Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 20th Jan 2007 21:55 UTC
Windows "A conversation has cropped up since the recent publication of a paper scrutinizing how Windows handles digital rights management, especially for HD video. I've since looped back with Dave Marsh, a Lead Program Manager responsible for Windows' handling of video, to learn from him the implications involved and to learn to what extent the paper's assertions are accurate. The following is an article Dave has put together to address the misconceptions in the paper, followed by answers to what we expect will be the most frequent questions in the minds of our customers."
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I am not for DRM, but lets be realistic...
by proforma on Sun 21st Jan 2007 07:51 UTC
proforma
Member since:
2005-08-27

DRM (Digital Rights Management aka content protection) has been around for a long time.

This is nothing new at all.

Liberal Linux folks want you to believe that Microsoft is evil and that they are controlling everything you do. This is a scare tactic by a bunch of liberal anti-microsoft folks to scare people into getting people to leave the Microsoft Operating System.

CSS is the protection on a DVD, without this protection you cannnot watch a DVD, well a long time ago it was cracked and now DVDs can be copied and the industry is trying to slow down piracy.

In Windows Vista, it has to support the DRM protection so that you can play Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies, this protection is also on the hardware you buy at the store. Linux won't be able to play these because it does not have the DRM protection.

Windows Vista does not use the protection if you want to use your own software to copy from the buffer (ie you want to record sounds or other media).

Just like you can copy CD's into MP3, you can do this on Vista like you can on XP.

You are not losing any freedom.

I am not saying Windows Vista or Microsoft is perfect. I am saying that these anti-microsoft liberal people have devoted their entire lives against Microsoft and trying to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt about Microsoft and their products to try to drive people into Linux and (Free as in speech) Open Source Operating Systems.

This isn't so much about freedom as it is about power and political power.

So don't let these people tell you lies and tell you what you must do and to dump Windows. You need to make up your own mind on what you want for your lives.

This post will get modded down, but I will keep posting it because it is the truth and it is about time the real truth is known.

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h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

You are not losing any freedom.

Well, it's hard for MS, Intel, Hollywood etc. to beat the Patriot Act, isn'it?

I am not saying Windows Vista or Microsoft is perfect. I am saying that these anti-microsoft liberal people have devoted their entire lives against Microsoft and trying to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt about Microsoft and their products to try to drive people into Linux and (Free as in speech) Open Source Operating Systems.

Sure, and once everybody uses Linux, Eric S. Raymond will crack all of our computers, and we will be assimilated, and become drones in the Penguin Empire, where we will have to do slave labour: compile kernels all day long, and solve dependency problems due to broken repositories. Then, rebels will illegally sell us copies of Windows, which will become symbols of Resistance and Freedom. But they will be suppressed with unimaginable cruelty - just as the BSD guerrilleros and the Mac perverts, naturally.
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This isn't so much about freedom as it is about power and political power.

In which one of the parallel universes you inhabit does Microsoft not have "power and political power"?

BTW, I replied to you cuz you're funny.

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hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//I am saying that these anti-microsoft liberal people have devoted their entire lives against Microsoft and trying to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt about Microsoft and their products to try to drive people into Linux and (Free as in speech) Open Source Operating Systems. //

As a Linux user and supporter, let me be as clear as I can here: I gain absolutely nothing if you use Linux instead of Windows.

I am not damaged in any way if you use Windows and not Linux. Good luck to you (your loss though).

However, I do stand to benefit if you decide to either: (1) let Microsoft know you are not happy with DRM, (2) let the movie industry know you are not happy with their efforts to infringe upon your rights, and/or (3) refuse to support the commercial success of DRM schemes by refusing to buy such content.

If you do any (or all) of (1) to (3) above, in your own interest, and many people like you decide to do the same, then there is a chance that high definition content may eventually become available on unencumbered formats. Then we would all win in the end.

Apparently there is a move afoot in China to make such a format.

Anyway, if you decide to reject DRM, we all win. If you decide to go with Vista and swallow DRM and let the big media interests dictate your rights to you, then we both lose ... mostly you lose because you have paid money to lose your rights, but I too must wear some of the restrictions your acceptance of them has let into the market.

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NxStY Member since:
2005-11-12

This post will get modded down, but I will keep posting it because it is the truth and it is about time the real truth is known.

No, that's not the truth. That's your interpretation of the truth. And that's a big difference.

In my opinion Microsoft is just a guilty as they've worked togheter with the record and movie companies to co-develop these techniques. As the largest software vendor they could have said "No, this is bad for our customers, we want to make this less evil." but instead they just happily collaborated.

And I'm pretty sure no outside companies forced Microsoft to do their work on TCPA/Paladium, that luckily wasn't ready in time for vista.

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