Elektrobolt wrote: TheNavigator wrote:
grecore wrote:I bought that car, and everytime I want to drive it, I have to use the key. Seriously!?
This is an invalid comparison.
The carkeys benefit the driver of the car, the USB - key to Cubase only benefits Steinberg and annoys the user.
A key (or license) enables legal use and prohibits illegal use, so I would not label the comparison as being "invalid".
The eLicenser obviously annoys many users. Though I'd like to see your argument about how it only benefits Steinberg.
What benefit does the user gain from having the USB licenser?
1. A feeling of quasi-fulfillment for "investing in Steinberg's security"
Beyond that, nothing. Steinberg gains control over the licenses and who can use the software. Users lose control over their licenses, and those who are foolish don't complain about it because they don't see themselves needing that flexibility at that moment.
The comparison is entirely invalid because the key to your car is actually being held in a safety deposit box that only the car manufacturer has access to.
If you want to drive your car, you have to go to the manufacturer's safety deposit box, stand in line and verify your identity with a special passkey, and wait for an official automated response.
If no connection to the repository is available, you cannot drive your car that day.
If the repository is broken into or the branch is closed down for maintenance, you cannot drive your car until they decide they're done.
If you lose your special passkey, you no longer own your car, even if you have a backup and can verify your credentials.
In addition to those risks, you cannot sell your car or your passkey. You also cannot maintain or repair your car yourself - you have to wait for an official engineer to verify if the problem exists, and then they will take your issue into consideration as soon as they get around to fixing all the other issues that don't affect you and adding additional features you never asked for (now you have air conditioning for your trunk! isn't that exciting? too bad your windshield is still missing and now you can't start your car. That'll be $50, by the way).
If you're okay with that, and you think the whole simplified "it's a key to a car" comparison is still valid, get your brain checked.