I first heard on episode 73 of Steve Gibson’s great Security Now podcast about the problematic
Let me be clear - I don’t advocate piracy – content producers should be paid a fair amount for their work. However right now, DRM is killing the goose who laid the golden egg. In a vain attempt to assure revenue streams, A new attack from Alex Ionescu seems to go one better.
A new attack from Alex Ionescu seems to go one better.
My problem with all this is that Microsoft has failed to provide a compelling operating system, but rather prefer to sell us crippleware. The technical specifications were drafted by lawyers with the intention of locking down rather than providing features for the users. The use of tilt bits and promotion of closed source hardware drivers will make our systems more expensive and less reliable.
Microsoft’s response to the controversy has been fairly tepid; see this Windows Vista blog entry. Some of the main criticisms are answered – e.g. suspect video signals will “only” be degraded for premium content, never the user’s own content (it’s incredible that the specs were not clear on this point). However the use of unnecessary CPU cycles; tilt bits and crowding out open source software is just shrugged off, on the assumption that the consumer is ready to accept these inconveniences in order to support high-def DVD playing.
My own personal conclusion is that I won’t be buying any version of