Phil wrote:

> Disagree. There is, obviously, a *market* for code obfuscation with
> *affordable* tools. The challenges are higher for a highly dynamic 
> Language
> like Ruby, but less so for languages like Java or C#, which have the
> additional benefit of creating bytecode/IL, which can be obfuscated 
> easier.

There's a market for _lots_ of "bossware" - thinks like MS Project, that 
nobody really needs...

> Code obfuscation is one step of many to "keep honest people honest".
> Fighting a war with crackers will not end well, since there are more
> crackers out there than people writing an application.

Right idea but wrong formula. For every week spent securing code, a cracker 
can spend an hour cracking it. That's just entropy - it's easier to destroy 
than create.

> And in regard to social solutions, so far the DMCA hasn't stopped 
> copyright
> infringement nor IP "theft".

09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0, holmes. See you in GITMO!

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