Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2007 13:19 UTC
Windows Months go, I reviewed Windows Vista, and concluded: "All in all, I am impressed by Windows Vista [...]. Windows Vista is better than XP, and definitely more than just an improved look as many say." After 5 months of usage, it is time to put that statement into perspective.
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RE[3]: I agree, fair review
by Supreme Dragon on Tue 8th May 2007 15:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I agree, fair review"
Supreme Dragon
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2007-03-04

"What? How exactly DRM is obtrusive in Vista?"

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html

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RE[4]: I agree, fair review
by stare on Tue 8th May 2007 17:33 in reply to "RE[3]: I agree, fair review"
stare Member since:
2005-07-06

"What? How exactly DRM is obtrusive in Vista?"

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html


I'll repeat:

How exactly DRM is obtrusive in Vista?
Say, I'm a Joe User. Provide an example of how I'm supposed to feel the obtrusive nature of DRM.

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RE[5]: I agree, fair review
by cyclops on Tue 8th May 2007 17:56 in reply to "RE[4]: I agree, fair review"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

How exactly DRM is obtrusive in Vista?
Say, I'm a Joe User. Provide an example of how I'm supposed to feel the obtrusive nature of DRM.


I got a phone call from a friend recently. He couldn't play his DRM protected (sic) WMA files. It came up with nice message though asking him if he wanted to buy *his* files again. This was on XP.

Now Vista downscales your content switches off drivers...and remember HD content hasn't even hit Vista.

And remember like WGA/Activation etc. etc this can change for the worse at any time.

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Supreme Dragon Member since:
2007-03-04

"How exactly DRM is obtrusive in Vista?
Say, I'm a Joe User. Provide an example of how I'm supposed to feel the obtrusive nature of DRM."

From the article:
"Say you've just bought Pink Floyd's ?The Dark Side of the Moon?, released as a Super Audio CD (SACD) in its 30th anniversary edition in 2003, and you want to play it under Vista (I'm just using SACD as a representative example of protected audio content because it's a well-known technology, in practice Sony has refused to license it for playback on PCs). Since the S/PDIF link to your amplifier/speakers is regarded as insecure for playing the SA content, Vista would disable it, and you'd end up hearing a performance by Marcel Marceau instead of Pink Floyd."

I am posting the link again, read it this time:
http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html

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RE[6]: I agree, fair review
by Gzzy on Fri 11th May 2007 06:01 in reply to "RE[4]: I agree, fair review"
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2005-11-21

That's a horrible example. SACD doesn't play on Linux, XP, or the Mac OS. In the example you quoted, Vista is allowing SACD to play over a secure connection and (presumably) through attached speakers but not over an unsecure connection whereas NO OTHER OS IN THE WORLD LETS YOU PLAY SACD AT ALL.

By definition that is not obtrusive in comparison to anything else currently on the market.

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