Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Feb 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Does Windows 7 contain more DRM than Windows Vista? Does Windows 7 limit you from running cracked applications, and will it open the firewall specifically for applications that want to check if they're cracked or not? Does it limit the audio recording capabilities? According to a skimp and badly written post on Slashdot, it does. The Slashdot crowd tore the front page item apart - and rightfully so.
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lemur2
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2007-02-17

"DRM itself is "black helicopter". No-one is allowed to know who it works. There is something in Vista that sucks performance, and DRM is an excellent candidate, given that it is invoked at 30ms intervals.
Stop lying, lemur2. As I've already pointed out to you in a comment you so skillfully ignored: the protected paths (the DRM) and thus the polling are only invoked WHEN YOU USE DRM'd CONTENT. Since practically no media make use of the protected paths, THERE IS NO POLLING. Got it? "

If there is to be polling of "protected paths" when there is DRM'd content present, then there must at least be polling "if there is DRM'd content present" that occurs every 30ms in order to switch it on. No?

Why would I be lying? I have already said that no-one knows how DRM works. I have already said that this is speculation. What we do know is that Vista has lethargic performance on high-end hardware that gets considerably worse for lower-end hardware. I have speculated that the DRM polling is a good candidate for what has caused this lethargy. So far, no one has been able to say that it isn't, despite the desperate attempts to do so.

The question that I always get back to is this ... why can't I get a version of Vista without the DRM? If my machine cannot play HD video content anyway, why do I need to have DRM embedded in my OS? Of what possible use is it in such a machine?

If I want to run Windows then perhaps (more speculation here) I must have DRM because Microsoft doesn't want it to be possible for anyone to benchmark a Vista machine without DRM against a Vista machine with DRM? Just sayin ...

Edited 2009-02-19 02:55 UTC

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