I Have Seen The Future Of Computing And It Is Closed For Unreasonable Security Reasons

Spike just put me on a scary tech read. A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection...

The twelve stages of DRM grief - the first 11 of which are anger according to Engadget- are going to hit us all hard when we move into the routine use of High Definition ('high', by whose definition?) media, like BluRay, HD-DVD and HDTV.

In order to ensure, as in ENFORCE, copy protection if you run some Premium Content like a HD-DVD or BluRay DVD, or even potentially ANY legitimately purchased DVD, Vista will detect it, check what you have attached to your computer, block any device, up to and including the connection to your display monitor, that can allow output of the Premium Content to "leak" potentially onto a copying system, even if there is no copying system. Even if you are vanilla user, not some evil-hacker bastard scum-bag destroying the very fabric of society by preventing movie companies paying Tom Cruise millions... Video and sound cards will all have to be redesigned - old mother-boards with low quality video and sound built-in will probably just refuse to work... It's going to cost manufacturers a fortune to comply, but guess who will be paying...

GET THIS: Any change to board design or video cards, etc, which potentially affects the security of the encrypted Premium Content signal has to be approved by three Hollywood Studios. Did I just say HOLLYWOOD? I thought this was my home PC, or my work laptop, we were talking about, which I may not even be using to play movies!




Remember how IBM made their PC design OPEN, and that's what started the real popularity of the computer revolution? Fuggedabardit... Gone. The future is to make YOU the criminal, close design innovation right down and Hollywood and Redmond are going to make you pay over and over the price of these limitations.

Can you believe that Hollywood money grubbers will be vetoing computer security design for the next current generation of computers.

“The evidence [of security] must be presented to Hollywood and other content owners, and they must agree that it provides the required level of security. Written proof from at least three of the major Hollywood studios is required”. From this 2MB Word file from Microsoft.

Holy shit.

The topic sentence for the whole of this article if you wish to skip the occasional bits of deep geek speak in this otherwise quite readable article, seems to be this:

"Whether you use Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 95, Linux, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris (on x86), or almost any other OS, Windows content protection will make your hardware more expensive, less reliable, more difficult to program for, more difficult to support, more vulnerable to hostile code, and with more compatibility problems. Because Windows dominates the market and device vendors are unlikely to design and manufacture two different versions of their products, non-Windows users will be paying for Windows Vista content-protection measures in products even if they never run Windows on them."

The topic sentence for this post:

"DRM, eeeeekk! Vista, eeeekk!"

How this problem will be solved? If you people want to watch HD-DVD, BluRay etc, just buy one of the squillions of $50 Chinese players that will soon be flooding the market and don't buy Vista.


This guy jokes about it, but in the medical imaging world, getting a DVD recorder to what you want it to do, i.e. be BOTH a medium of data storage AND a VCR replacement is a right pain in the arse already - if our machines migrate from XP-Embedded, which they under run now, to Vista this could be an even bigger pain.

Microsoft have posted damage control answers to some issues raised, including the one hinted at in the cartoon linked above, about the X-Ray image being altered, but that still doesn't mean that rewritable DVDs will EVER do what we really want them to do and be what we want them to be - much bigger, much more reliable CDs that can also take and store image feeds from a machine like an ultrasound or MRI scan or an fluoroscopic device. And that is due to the restriction placed on DVD research by DRM requirements from the movie industry.

E@L (who really understands a lot less of this than he pretends to.)

Ref: lots more on DRM at boingboing, including the Jobs' iTunes DRM backdown with EMI...


Posted by: expat@large on Apr 03, 07 | 4:43 pm | Profile


So basically, use your DVD player for DVD's your computer for computing, and be thankful you own a Mac

Posted by: Indiana on Apr 03, 07 | 8:24 pm

I use Vista. Twas the bright idea of the Mrs (who started getting all surly after I expressed skeptism about never hearing before about this particular OS, tech-retard that I am), and every other day now I feel like hurling my laptop at the room wall and then beating it up with a baseball bat. With spikes attached.

Posted by: VirginPornStar on Apr 03, 07 | 8:52 pm

Indy: to quote an long dead Irishman:

"I said that I had lost the faith, Stephen answered, but not that I
had lost self-respect. What kind of liberation would that be to forsake
an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is
illogical and incoherent?"

Seeing as how Apple is the EVIL EMPIRE of closed systems, and Steve Jobs is the DEVIL INCARNATE OF HYPOCRITICAL BULLSHIT and I'd rather have the contents of several of jalapeno peppers warmed in microwave and massaged into my sunburnt nipples, so no, I doubt that I will be migrating any time soon.

Nah, I'm going back to my old Amiga. Brilliant machine.

Unless the iMac is on special or something...

VPS: sorry I didn't get to you sooner with that post...


Luckily just today we were told that we weren't getting new laptops at work for another 3 years. (Current one is 3 years old.) Big rich company I work for, did I mention? & hopefully Linux might have matured by then...


Posted by: expat@large on Apr 03, 07 | 9:52 pm

Oh Indy and if I read the article rightly, if I attached that fantastic 27" Mac LCD monitor (yes, it looks good I admit) across to a Vista machine, it wouldn't work to play HD-DVD because it requires TWO Mac compatible video cables - Vista will allow only me to use only one convertor, as it will assume I am trying to copy a pirate out the other.

Also there are NO compatible graphic cards for Vista to run ANY BluRay or HD-DVD discs at the moment anyway, and even if there were, they would run the movies at a greatly reduced resolution from what you'd get on the TV (which has its decryption built in)...

And any video spare bits needing to float around for a second or two during fast forwarding, etc... would have to encrypted and decrypted into the page file for temp storage. Even the MOST CLASSIFIED documents in any country's government don't require that level of security. But Hollowhood does, it seems.

And all that totally unnecessary encryption and decryption going on in the background, is going to chew up processor usage, slowing my computer down to the level of a 386 anyway.


Posted by: expat@large on Apr 03, 07 | 10:12 pm

So that means you will have to watch HD-DVD and BluRay on your expensive TV and a player and not your computer...

And you should realise just because you buy something gone are the days when it has to work exactly as you desired...now it works as you are told and you better like it as well.

Posted by: Indiana on Apr 04, 07 | 10:18 am

Unfortunately my NOT expensive, but at least it's working 42" plasma is NOT HDTV compatible, it doesn't have the decoding chips required.

Gone indeed are those days... It wasn't so long ago either. For example, my Bose clock radio, you can't kill it with a stick! It's 10 years old and still brilliant, although it doesn't take CDs or MP3s or Digital Radio. I am looking for an excuse to dump it but I can justify it to myself because whatever I get next will be self-obsoleting crap.

Posted by: expat@large on Apr 04, 07 | 1:21 pm

p.s. I wonder if they'll make a HD-DVD version of Dead Man? What a brilliant movie!

Posted by: expat@large on Apr 04, 07 | 1:23 pm


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