Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Feb 2007 17:44 UTC
Windows "Windows Vista includes an array of 'features' that you don't want. These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure. They'll make your computer less stable and run slower. They will cause technical support problems. They may even require you to upgrade some of your peripheral hardware and existing software. And these features won't do anything useful. In fact, they're working against you. They're digital rights management features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry. And you don't get to refuse them."
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RE: Refuse them.
by Aussie_Bear on Fri 16th Feb 2007 04:04 UTC in reply to "Refuse them."
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vimh says:
I don't for one second believe that the DRM helps the artists. It sure as heck doesn't prevent the unauthorized distribution of thier content.

Correct. DRM's main purpose in life is about control. It has, and always been.

Its just been marketed as "beneficial for the consumer". (A very big lie).

What gives them to right to allow them to control what I can do on my PC? I paid for it! I built the darn thing! I set the thing up! I even paid for the content to watch at my leisure!

The fact is, both the RIAA and MPAA have no idea what to do about the Internet. The web has changed the way how content can be distributed. The problem is, MPAA/RIAA don't know how to profit from it. They really have no clue! This is because they don't want to change their business model!

This is why they implement a draconian campaign.

(1) Anything P2P is evil. It doesn't matter if P2P can be used to transfer legal content.

(2) DRM on hardware and software.

(3) Use political influence to get the Law changed (as well as affect other countries with similar laws...Such as Australia via Free-Trade Agreement. Search for "Copyright Amendment Act 2006").

(4) Make public examples out of P2P sites and folks with legal cases. (Notice how the folks they sue have very little knowledge of computers? And notice how eager they were with a Press Release about The Pirate Bay raid?)

I don't think Microsoft is the only one guilty of DRM implementation. Apple does it as well. With their iTunes as well as the EFI in their current Macs. (Notice how no other company has implemented EFI in a consumer available motherboard or system?)

Although, its not the same as a DRM framework for HD content!

Notice how they don't advertise it? If word spreads out that DRM is really bad, no one would buy anything to do with it!

I've made sure:

(1) I don't purchase a video card or monitor that has HDCP.
(Which will get harder in the future as HDCP completely saturates those products).

(2) I'm using Linux and BSD, with no plans to spend a dime on Vista. (Only using Win2k if I need specific Windows apps).

(3) I have no intention on buying HD content. (Yes, I have viewed HD content before, but I find DVD quality good enough for me. If it shows the movie and tells the story, why do I care that I can see the freckles of the actors/actresses?)

Maybe we should start hardware companies that provide DRM-free solutions? ;) (Just to stick it to companies who are siding with content providers)...Would anyone buy such products? (Assuming DRM-free solutions perform just as well as DRM'ed ones)

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