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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @01:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the rethinking-closed-source-software dept.

Akkana reports via the Shallow Thoughts blog

I went to a night sky photography talk on Tuesday. The presenter talked a bit about tips on camera lenses, exposures; then showed a raw image and prepared to demonstrate how to process it to bring out the details.

His slides disappeared, the screen went blank, and then ... nothing. He wrestled with his laptop for a while. Finally he said "Looks like I'm going to need a network connection", left the podium, and headed out the door to find someone to help him with that.

I'm not sure what the networking issue was: the nature center has open wi-fi, but you know how it is during talks: if anything can possibly go wrong with networking, it will, which is why a good speaker tries not to rely on it. And I'm not blaming this speaker, who had clearly done plenty of preparation and thought he had everything lined up.

Eventually they got the network connection, and he connected to Adobe. It turns out the problem was that Adobe Photoshop is now cloud-based. Even if you have a local copy of the software, it insists on checking in with Adobe at least every 30 days. At least, that's the theory. But he had used the software on that laptop earlier that same day, and thought he was safe. But that wasn't good enough, and Photoshop picked the worst possible time--a talk in front of a large audience--to decide it needed to check in before letting him do anything.

Someone sitting near me muttered "I'd been thinking about buying that, but now I don't think I will." Someone else told me afterward that all Photoshop is now cloud-based; older versions still work, but if you buy Photoshop now, your only option is this cloud version that may decide ... at the least opportune moment ... that you can't use your software any more.

[...] I talked to the club president afterward and offered to give a GIMP talk to the club some time soon, when their schedule allows.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:55AM (#272362)

    Weeaboos are just filthy normies in the first place. Merely watching anime and such does not make one a weeaboo. You can tell the difference between people who are genuinely interested in it and cringe-worthy fucks who want to pretend to be Japanese in an instant.

    It's like how the word "nerd" is now used to describe people who purposely wear dumb-looking clothing, dye their hair, and wear glasses so that they can try to become a stereotypical "nerd" in the most superficial sense possible.

  • (Score: 1) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:42PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:42PM (#272568) Journal

    For my part, I'm using this name because something oddly similar in a metaphorical way happened to me when I was her age. It didn't involve time/dimension hopping of course, but so much else was so similar it felt like watching an alternate universe's biopic. Plus there's a lot of resemblance, though I'm even taller, have brown eyes instead of blue, and wear glasses. We even have very similar sounding voices.

    Sometimes I wonder if there are only a few dozen or a few hundred "stories" out there that just get rehashed with different trimmings each time. Art does imitate life after all...

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...