| How do I know you're a pirate? Every piece of software comes with a
| serial number or installation code
Since when? Perhaps many do, but certainly not all or even most.
And even when there is a code, sometimes it's forgotten, or put in a
place different than where the instructions say. It's rare, but it
| even your MS Windows calls for one when it's first installed on the
| hard drive.
Well then. If Windows does it, ALL software must do it.
But as far as RFG2 goes, I'm aware of no `trick' that prevents you
from needing the key, beyond a cracked copy. I usually write these
keys onto the cd itself whenever I get software like this (spit!) so I
don't lose the key even if the case itself is lost.
Of course, at least the version of RFG2 I have (it came with a
gameport TX, so it was a while ago) won't even run on modern hardware
without some patches, and you can't get the patches without
registerring the software. It's amazing the levels of copy protection
this program has --
-- you need the original CD, of course. And it's copy protected.
The game won't run without the CD in the drive.
-- there's a cd key.
-- if you have addons, it'll occasionally ask you to put them in to
verify that you still have them.
-- the transmitter is basically a hardware dongle -- can't really use
the program properly without it, though you can do some things
with the old G2 and a joystick.
-- if you have the USB TX or the parallel port adapter, that has it's
own serial number that must be entered, and it absolutely does
work as a hardware dongle. (The Interlink version of G2 will NOT
run without the Interlink controller.)
-- at least with the version I have, it won't even work on modern
computers without updates, and you can't get the updates until
you've registered the software.
About the only thing it doesn't do is phone home periodically or
install some sort of root kit. (Perhaps G3 does.)
| If you hadn't stolen or copied the software, you'd know this. For
Doug McLaren, firstname.lastname@example.org
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things
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