[OT]Re: Books...

Bill Baxter dnewsgroup at billbaxter.com
Sat May 10 15:49:17 PDT 2008

Lars Ivar Igesund wrote:
> Fawzi Mohamed wrote:
>> With respect to the way the book is distributed (and it is a good book
>> and I paid for it, and I think it is worth it), I had some reservation
>> to the fact that it is encrypted, I find an approach like the one used
>> by http://www.pragprog.com/ (generate a pdf just for you with written
>> in in each page <This book was generated for xxxx>) much better and
>> even more effective.
>> Anyway (to my surprise) I didn't have any problem with the encryption,
>> neither on mac not on linux.
>> I had thought about stripping it immediately, but I still haven't done it.
> I suppose the simple password on the ebook can be considered DRM in some
> fashion, but kwallet on KDE/linux remembers it for me, and so I only had to
> write it the first time (and I personally think that would be a descent
> thinkg of any PDF reader to do). 

Acrobat reader does not, so I resorted to removing the password.  It 
seems a rather silly form of DRM anyway.  A pirate only needs distribute 
the password with the file to circumvent it.


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