Originally Posted by ClearToLand
- Spoof the Serial Number of a Lifetime Unit, I missed.
- Where was that discussed?
It was not discussed, per se. I brought it up as the only reason that DNNA would consider ordering a software update. Since the encryption keys were released, and DNNA has not come forward with a plan to "take them back", I don't think this is a violation of the TOS of this board.
The serial number is on the EPROM of the unit. Let us say a person had one lifetime RTV, and several that were not lifetimed by DNNA. They don't want to pay for monthly service, nor do they want to pay for SD and set up a WiRNS machine. In theory, they could 'clone' the EPROM from the LT unit and put those clones in their non-lifetimed units in order to continue having the clocks on those units set by DNNA and have guide data fed to those units by DNNA.
I have no idea if the EPROMs themselves are encrypted. I really don't care anymore. And if the EPROMs aren't socketed, this becomes a PITA.
If someone is actually willing to spend the time and money to clone the EPROMs for LT units to avoid having to pay $20 / yr and run a PC for WiRNS, then I don't think they've taken an Economics course. I don't think its worth it anymore.
If DNNA considers spoofed LT boxes a threat to their bottom line, then I can see them pushing out a new lock-down. In the end, I don't think it matters; the ends will not justify the means for them.
DNNA will be able to set up their servers, (if they choose to), to:
1. Set the clock and provide guide data for units that THEY LIFETIMED.
2. Charge a fee to set the clock and provide data for units that THEY never LIFETIMED.
I don't see a reason for them (DNNA) to spend the money to develop a software update to prevent people from spoofing a LT unit to get free guide data. Again, the only reason for the lockdown was so they could reduce the up-front cost of a box, and recoup on the back end. There is no longer an up-front cost to recoup. They could simply charge non-Lifetime owners a fee for simply providing the same service that WiRNS 3.0 / SD does for those owners who do not wish to take on the burden themselves.