Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

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.

Original Submission

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by jmoschner on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:51AM

    by jmoschner (3296) on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:51AM (#272383)

    The problem (for adobe) wasn't piracy or the need to spy on users. It was that businesses were skipping upgrade cycles. By making the software a service it is actually easier to get upgrades as it becomes a yearly expense instead of trying to get money for an upgrade. It may sound dumb, but really is easier in a company to pay 100/yr per machine than 500/machine every 5 years. In a corporate setting what adobe is doing makes sense for both them and the users. Everywhere else it is a shitty setup.

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   +3  
       Insightful=2, Interesting=1, Total=3
    Extra 'Insightful' Modifier   0  
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   5  
  • (Score: 2) by melikamp on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:41AM

    by melikamp (1886) on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:41AM (#272431) Journal
    I agree, this is a huge factor too. It's malware, and it abuses the user in every way it can.
  • (Score: 2) by Nuke on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:50AM

    by Nuke (3162) on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:50AM (#272450)

    ..... Or pay 500 ever. I'm still using a copy of WordPerfect that's 22 years old

    • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Sunday December 06 2015, @05:07PM

      by maxwell demon (1608) on Sunday December 06 2015, @05:07PM (#272515) Journal

      That's great if you only need to edit your own files. But good luck editing a .doc file another person sends you.

      The Tao of math: The numbers you can count are not the real numbers.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 08 2015, @09:13PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 08 2015, @09:13PM (#273627)

    It is easier in *some* companies to pay 100/yr/machine than 500/5 yr / machine.

    It is *always* more profitable for Adobe to be collecting rent from you every month for continued use of their software, than it is for them to sell you a product you can use for however long you need it for and then walk away from it or upgrade to the newest version at that time. I'm still running Adobe 9 Professional and will until this machine dies - a very good long run and certainly less money than they'dve gotten off me in rent.