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Anyone have used Computer license of IDA?

Recently I heard Hex-rays will not sell named licenses to company users. Instead, they need to buy computer license. According to the rules:

Licensed to a specific machine, as many local users as one wants, provided only one of them uses the software at any given time.
However I want to know how they do this. I have a few possible ideas:
  1. collect hardware info when you buy it, and send it to Hex-rays for a license
  2. run the IDA with some "locked" license, the IDA will collect those hardware info, and "activate" the license
  3. send some broadcast messages, and frequently do check to Hex-rays servers to ensure only one copy with one computer ID is running at the same time

I have no computer licenses, and I can not get any binary, so I do not have any clues about if they used any of those 3 ideas, or they used neither. I just want to know how they managed to do this, so maybe I and my friends can use IDA happily again.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
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