A cost analysis of Vista content protection
Posted Dec 23, 2006 21:21 UTC (Sat) by lutchann
Parent article: A cost analysis of Vista content protection
It does seem necessary to take this paper with a grain of salt. Even the author admits that it's not possible for most readers to verify many of the assertions he makes about Microsoft's content protection requirements, and taking into account some of his leaps of logic (for example, the absurd assumption that adding a high-speed AES engine to a graphics card would require the removal of "a rendering pipeline or two"), I wouldn't take his predictions too seriously.
Frankly, I'm having a hard time getting worked up over this whole issue. As many other people have suggested, if you want a DVD player, buy a DVD player, not a PC. If you have a moral problem with DRM, don't watch DVDs.
I don't see this affecting Linux users much at all. Sure, these DRM requirements will have some not-insignificant effect on hardware prices for the next year or two, but I doubt it will be particularly notable looking at long-term trends. And honestly, I'm looking forward to having another reason to tell people not to run Windows.
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