Ok, I'll add my $.02 here. Actually, since I'm in the top 3 donors to Guino I guess I'm adding a bit more than that! But in spite of my comparatively large donation, RR has been the biggest bang for my buck where my carpc is concerned. Since I've spent thousands on hardware without a blink, I can only humbly say, "Thank you, Guino"!
Now, I do appreciate Guino's right to do whatever he wishes with RR. However, I do think this time-bomb approach is not the way to go. Personally, the last time I did any maintenance/update to my RR was back in 2007. The system has worked flawlessly all this time and I saw no need to change things. This new paradigm though would have caused me grief at least three times since then. My carpc is not setup to easily download and install new wares and this procedure would be a significant inconvenience. Add to that the fact that I'm not an early adopter and I like to see new versions tested before I upgrade, if ever, and this version is off my list.
Surely, there can be a more stealthy registration / upgrade process created that ensures that dozens of copies of the download are not installed on multiple machines. I'm not sure that I even want/need to get the latest version for myself right now. But if I have to live with required manual updates, I would develop a script to do this for me, just as the "bad guys" could do to circumvent the system, or they could just run a recent version without the security feature in it.
This change hurts the installed base more than it hurts future software pirates and I urge Guino to reconsider its implementation.