Re: [stella] Emulator detection

Subject: Re: [stella] Emulator detection
From: Adam Wozniak <adam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 14:09:31 -0400
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On Mon, 4 Jul 2005, atari2600 wrote:
> An anonymous source (I will let him identify himself if he so desires)
> has just sent me a binary which effectively allows code to determine
> if it is running on an emulator or not.  I am not making this up.
> This binary will work both on Stella and Z26 (both latest versions) and
> allows the code to quickly determine if it is running on the real thing.
> So, my question is -- should this 'exploit' be published and thus allow
> the emulators to more correctly emulate the hardware, or should it be
> kept private and allow authors (me! me! choose me!) to release binaries
> that can only be played on real hardware?

It'll take less than a month elapsed time from release of the cart to
someone dumping it and running through dasm to see what's going on.

It will then take less than six months for the emulator boys to catch up
to the trick.

It's probably a neat trick, but in the end, who cares?  This isn't a
million or even a hundred thousand dollar a year market.

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