Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:36 UTC, submitted by PR
Windows "Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called 'premium content', typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry."
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the first and foremost is the outright theft of content this will cause. briefly consider what precentage of people won't be able to afford new shiny computers or blue ray/hdvd players plus then the new movie format more exprensive of course. this could increase the demand for ripped content.
the increase in vista hardware cost could make lowcost linux hardware more appealing to consumers
and i have one question how do all the vista certified computers sold work with all this protection they don't have the special hardware i've read about

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