Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 31st Dec 2005 11:55 UTC, submitted by Andrew Bragdon
Privacy, Security, Encryption BentUser takes a look at OS-level DRM in upcoming operating systems, particularly Windows Vista. Protected video path, PVP-UAB and PVP-OPM, have the potential to be really obnoxious, eclipsing any annoyances one experiences with current DRM technologies.
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by flywheel on Sat 31st Dec 2005 12:43 UTC
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A future where you are forced to run Vista if you want to do anything remotely multimedia related.

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RE: Prediction
by ma_d on Sun 1st Jan 2006 07:11 in reply to "Prediction"
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That's what Microsoft is betting the company on.
Except for the half that's still bet on legacy products.

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RE: Prediction
by borat on Sun 1st Jan 2006 08:10 in reply to "Prediction"
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I'm just as pissed at Intel, Sony, ATI and all the other big names who are all signed up and ready implement this.

Microsoft can't provide end to end protected path; they have hardware guys like Intel below their spot in the stack providing the TPM modules, and hardware guys like Sony above them leading the charge for HDMI interfaces.

It's a big DRM gang bang and Microsoft is somewhere in the middle. Bill has much less to gain than the media companies who seem to have him on a leash. Hell hes' got things to lose. The compatibility of his OS and the user friendlyness is serious hampered by the DRM and protected path craze. I suppose the only reason hes not fighting it is... what makes the world go round... money, from the likes of the RIAA and Sony directly. I doubt he's doing it for any indirect benefits he would get by supporting DRM/PVP.

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RE[2]: Prediction
by flywheel on Sun 1st Jan 2006 10:46 in reply to "RE: Prediction"
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Bill has much less to gain than the media companies who seem to have him on a leash.

Actually Redmond have quite a lot to gain. They have seen a chance to force/lure the industry to accept protection against the pirate mob, in exchange of exclusively using Redmond multimedia standards. Most Video/Audio will thus be tied to the Windows platform.

If they in addition succeeds with replacing PDF and flash with their own closed alternatives - then they got it all.

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