mapesdhs wrote:Elsewhere, I know of a movie company who wanted a Fire license for a very nice Onyx2 but Discreet just said no because they didn't want to bother with SGIs anymore.
This is off-topic to the off-topic but it's really time some of these companies grew some balls.
"Piracy" is not a criminal offense. It is a commercial offense for which one entity can sue for damages due to lost revenue.
Now, we have here the ideal counter-case for the "piracy" crap and all we need is someone with enough money to save to slam those bastardly software thieves to the mat.
Step one - get a written statement from Autodesk that they are unwilling to license this program since they have dropped the product due to no commercial demand. Offer to pay, document the Autodesk decline. If there is no demand, there is no monetary value.
Step two : cracking FlexLM is child's play
Step three : let the bastards sue you and win. But since there is no commercial value in the product, damages equal zero. Autodesk, you may now go pound salt.
dc_v01 wrote: the Octane was clearly not "stupidity" for SGI, since it was clearly the type of technical implementation and market that SGI was engaged in - providing proprietary workstation solutions with capabilities exceeding those on the commodity market. Perhaps that was not a long term growth market, but it is okay to be in a business that will only provide a service for a limited amount of time, profit from that, and move on (specializing in y2k upgrades, anyone?)
In fact a market does exist for this type of product. Go to the IBM website and search for Intellistation. They sell Power5 based Intellistations almost entirely aimed at people running Catia. Starting price is about $ 8,000. And, contrary to earlier reports, I would imagine that there will be a Power6 Intellistation in the future, also suited almost entirely for running Catia.
Apparently there are some companies who find it economical to run real workstations rather than glorified peecees. And while IBM may be a universe unto itself, it does make money and it doesn't do so by clinging to products that no longer earn their way (e.g. Thinkpad.)
SGI coulda done a lot better. They were just too dumb at both ends - or more likely, the people at the top didn't care as long as they got their salaries and the stock owners were too lax. With a billion dollars they should have done anything but go tits-up.