I won't deny that there aren't people who will want to try it that don't fully meet the requirements and might need to buy something to get there. At present the only real requirement is a compatible UHD or BDXL drive that allows reading UHD discs. A short list but it's available and a WH16NS40 can be bought for all of $58. That pricing makes it almost too cheap, IMO. That said, I think it makes no sense for someone to purchase an out-dated BDXL drive just to test DeUHD when the method being might be prevented at some point down the road. And, if people don't already own UHD then it's silly, indeed.
I'll agree that PC users fall into different usage camps: (1) bleeding edge users who have to have the biggest baddest systems, (2) people who enjoy building and experimenting with the newer technology as it comes out which isn't the same as group one, (3) the hardcore PC gamer and these days games are getting more and more hungry for powerful hardware at a faster pace, (4) casual PC gamers who can get by with hardware that is slightly behind the curve, and (5) the person who simply checks email and browses the web as you noted. That last group really is crazy to get involved in testing DeUHD, IMHO, but some people just can't help themselves.
I fully agree. ~10 minutes of "decrypted" content when it takes as long as it does at such a slow pace really makes it problematic, IMHO. There's also the fact that there is communication between the user's PC and Arusoft. What is that communication? There hasn't really been any transparency. I expect that it is something along the lines of the keys necessary for the decryption process but what else? Anything? Given the infancy of the software and the limited supported discs the product should have been less crippled. Hell, make it fully functional but time-bombed so that every 30 days the version stops working without a new version release.
I agree that the R&D could be very expensive and question the viability of the product making money but if the method does work and isn't easily blocked in the future then if the technique is perfected more and the supported disc list grows then even with the $235 price tag the software will be worth it for a fair amount of users and at that price if the license orders pile in it could bring in good money. Obviously, whether or not that will cover the original R&D and generate a healthy profit is up in the air.
I had not heard about the reward part. Interesting but vague. But, for some people the satiating their curiosity is reward enough. If they let the people who got the free licenses to test keep the licenses then they might be worth it. That really depends on the peron, obviously.
As a whole, I understand the points you've made and can fully understand them and might even agree with quite a bit.
Note: With everything being said, testing the software out definitely interests me but I won't go through the time and effort just using the trial version.