OT: Acrobat Reader needs plugin?
hlhowell at pacbell.net
Wed Sep 5 08:43:16 UTC 2007
On Tue, 2007-09-04 at 22:25 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-09-04 at 20:13 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
> >>I have some PDFs which Acrobat claims needs the "file open" plugin.
> >>Does anyone know what this is, what it does, and why Acrobat Reader
> >>wants me to get it?
> > Coincidentally, the Numerical Recipes Web page I referred to in another
> > current thread requires that very plug-in.
> > http://www.nr.com/plugin/plugin_install.html
> Not a coincidence :-)
> And, tcpdump showed attempts to look up the website being done.
> They failed. I had inadvertently ;-> pulled the DSL out of the
> modem before trying to open the file. Using other than Acrobat
> resulted in "this file is encrypted, please enter the password".
> Also, a hidden directory ~/.fileopen with NumericalRecipes got
> installed, along with another binary file. Apparently, someone
> is trying to track opens to those files.
I went to the site and looked at the plugin installation page, then
followed a couple of links to some discussion on the subject. They are
using DRM, but not calling it that. I will cease recommending anything
from Cambridge press from here on out. Sorry guys. I detest a company
that thinks everyone is ripping them off (even if it is happening to
some degree, I purchased the book, and I do not want anyone snooping
about on my system or reading habits. Frankly, it is none of their
business. I think a civil suit for peeping should be appropriate to
such organizations. Just my opinion.
However for now, my censureship will be that I will email my friends
and tell them what the plugin does and to avoid it. YMMV.
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