August 30, 2005 4:00 AM PDT

Hollywood, Microsoft align on new Windows

As Microsoft readies the next version of its Windows operating system, called Vista, the software giant is building in unprecedented levels of safeguards against video piracy.

For the first time, the Windows operating system will wall off some audio and video processes almost completely from users and outside programmers, in hopes of making them harder for hackers to reach. The company is establishing digital security checks that could even shut off a computer's connections to some monitors or televisions if antipiracy procedures that stop high-quality video copying aren't in place.

In short, the company is bending over backward--and investing considerable technological resources--to make sure Hollywood studios are happy with the next version of Windows, which is expected to ship on new PCs by late 2006. Microsoft believes it has to make nice with the entertainment industry if the PC is going to form the center of new digital home networks, which could allow such new features as streaming high-definition movies around the home.

PCs won't be the only ones with reinforced pirate-proofing. Other new consumer electronics devices will have to play by a similar set of rules in order to play back the studios' most valuable content, Microsoft executives say. Indeed, assuring studios that content will have extremely strong protection is the only way any device will be able to support the studios' planned high-definition content, the software company says.

"The table is already set," said Marcus Matthias, product manager for Microsoft's digital media division. "We can come in and eat at the buffet, or we can stand outside and wash cars."

Hollywood studios didn't get all the protections they wanted in Vista, and record labels have even seen some of their key concerns about copy-protecting CDs left unaddressed. But the Vista operating system as a whole goes much further than any general-purpose computing platform before it toward addressing content companies' piracy fears.

Although ordinary MP3 files and DVDs will play without any difference, the deep changes in the way the operating system handles some entertainment content will come with costs. The most obvious of these may be the risk of compatibility problems between some older monitors or TVs and Vista computers, particularly when trying to play high-quality video. Vista may also make it harder to do some casual copying, such as recording Internet audio.

"This is definitely being driven by Microsoft's desire to position Windows as a home entertainment hub, and to do that they have to make some concessions," said Matt Rosoff, an analyst with research firm Directions on Microsoft. "They're walking a line, trying to please both sides (content companies and consumers) at the same time."

These changes are worrisome to some computer programmers and digital activist groups. They fear that increasingly high security levels will block off avenues of programming innovation, or even stop computer owners from accessing portions of their own machines--a little like walling off a room inside a private house.

"There is a concern that there is a tendency to lock down parts of the design to protect the flanks of the copy-protection system," said Princeton University computer science professor Edward Felten, who has been an outspoken critic of rigid copy-protection rules. "That makes it harder for everyone, including Microsoft, to adapt to new uses."

Putting video behind a wall
Several major changes have been made to the way the operating system will handle video and audio, though few of these are included in the early version now in the hands of beta testers. The rest of the components will likely be added in the next, as yet unscheduled, beta release, and will be in the final launch of the operating system next year.

At the most basic level, some audio and video--at least when it is in Microsoft's Windows Media format--will be handled in a new "protected environment" that will keep applications such as media players or plug-ins separate from the actual media data.

FAQ
Vista's antipiracy shield
Microsoft is working closely with studios in ways that could affect your home entertainment system. Here's what you need to know.

Essentially, this means that much of the actual heavy lifting of decoding, unlocking and playing the audio will happen in what some engineers refer to as a separate "sandbox." Media player applications will send remote control commands such as play, fast-forward or stop into this protected space, without directly handling the data as they do today.

Technology called the "Protected Video Path" will then attempt to ensure that a video stream is encrypted--and thus difficult to copy--all the way until it reaches a monitor or other device where it is being displayed.

This won't always be possible, because most analog plugs, and some digital connections, don't support this kind of copy protection. Part of Vista's job will be to check to see what kind of devices are

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What about the users?
<i>in short, the company is bending over backward--and investing considerable technological resources--to make sure Hollywood studios are happy with the next version of Windows</i>

I mean is this what the users really want?
Posted by volterwd (466 comments )
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Do you want to watch first-run movies at home?
Then there needs to be some protection in place. A $100 million dollar movie is expensive.
Posted by ordaj (338 comments )
Link Flag
The answer
The answer immediately follows your quote.

"The table is already set," said Marcus Matthias. "We can come in
and eat at the buffet, or we can stand outside and wash cars."

IOW Microsoft is goiing in to eat at the buffet, leaving the users to
deal with the mess (wash the cars). At least that's how I read it.
Posted by taznar (45 comments )
Link Flag
Vista not stopping me mister.
If I get content, I'm going to play it.
If I get an OS I expect that OS to play it the way I want. Any type of Vista Features such as content degregration and locking will be fixed within a month after release. A PC is not a vending mashine.

The good thing is there's a current competition to see which hacking group will fix Vista as soon as it's released. So not to worry.
Posted by zbeast (38 comments )
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What about the users?
<i>in short, the company is bending over backward--and investing considerable technological resources--to make sure Hollywood studios are happy with the next version of Windows</i>

I mean is this what the users really want?
Posted by volterwd (466 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Do you want to watch first-run movies at home?
Then there needs to be some protection in place. A $100 million dollar movie is expensive.
Posted by ordaj (338 comments )
Link Flag
The answer
The answer immediately follows your quote.

"The table is already set," said Marcus Matthias. "We can come in
and eat at the buffet, or we can stand outside and wash cars."

IOW Microsoft is goiing in to eat at the buffet, leaving the users to
deal with the mess (wash the cars). At least that's how I read it.
Posted by taznar (45 comments )
Link Flag
Vista not stopping me mister.
If I get content, I'm going to play it.
If I get an OS I expect that OS to play it the way I want. Any type of Vista Features such as content degregration and locking will be fixed within a month after release. A PC is not a vending mashine.

The good thing is there's a current competition to see which hacking group will fix Vista as soon as it's released. So not to worry.
Posted by zbeast (38 comments )
Link Flag
What about the users?
<i>in short, the company is bending over backward--and investing considerable technological resources--to make sure Hollywood studios are happy with the next version of Windows</i>

I mean is this what the users really want?
Posted by volterwd (466 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Do you want to watch first-run movies at home?
Then there needs to be some protection in place. A $100 million dollar movie is expensive.
Posted by ordaj (338 comments )
Link Flag
The answer
The answer immediately follows your quote.

"The table is already set," said Marcus Matthias. "We can come in
and eat at the buffet, or we can stand outside and wash cars."

IOW Microsoft is goiing in to eat at the buffet, leaving the users to
deal with the mess (wash the cars). At least that's how I read it.
Posted by taznar (45 comments )
Link Flag
Vista not stopping me mister.
If I get content, I'm going to play it.
If I get an OS I expect that OS to play it the way I want. Any type of Vista Features such as content degregration and locking will be fixed within a month after release. A PC is not a vending mashine.

The good thing is there's a current competition to see which hacking group will fix Vista as soon as it's released. So not to worry.
Posted by zbeast (38 comments )
Link Flag
What about the users?
<i>in short, the company is bending over backward--and investing considerable technological resources--to make sure Hollywood studios are happy with the next version of Windows</i>

I mean is this what the users really want?
Posted by volterwd (466 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Do you want to watch first-run movies at home?
Then there needs to be some protection in place. A $100 million dollar movie is expensive.
Posted by ordaj (338 comments )
Link Flag
The answer
The answer immediately follows your quote.

"The table is already set," said Marcus Matthias. "We can come in
and eat at the buffet, or we can stand outside and wash cars."

IOW Microsoft is goiing in to eat at the buffet, leaving the users to
deal with the mess (wash the cars). At least that's how I read it.
Posted by taznar (45 comments )
Link Flag
Vista not stopping me mister.
If I get content, I'm going to play it.
If I get an OS I expect that OS to play it the way I want. Any type of Vista Features such as content degregration and locking will be fixed within a month after release. A PC is not a vending mashine.

The good thing is there's a current competition to see which hacking group will fix Vista as soon as it's released. So not to worry.
Posted by zbeast (38 comments )
Link Flag
Bill Gates could care less about his Ignorant user base
Since PC users (er losers) keep buying his junk then he can keep
looking for ways to grab money from another source since he
has already got that 90% of the world fooled. He isnt going to fix
winblows, he is going to side up with hollywood and waste some
of their time and money next. It would really be in everyone's
best interest to buy American, get a Mac, just like Mom and hot
dogs and baseball. The time to dump Windows is NOW, its just
plain useless to hope it will get better, 10 years have shown you
it WONT. What a shame PC users are stuck like this. A shame
the government didnt sue these hucksters at Microsoft long ago,
maybe the terrorists will use MSFT against us sometime soon,
and THEN "Maybe" many of you PC losers will get smart and get
off winblows for good. it just plain sucks.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
huh?
Last time I checked, Bill and MS were very much American institutions. For that matter, so is Dell. So get off the Mac soapbox and reply with comments that actually apply and make sense.

Not that dumping MS is a bad idea...
Posted by skeptik (590 comments )
Link Flag
That doesn't...
make you sound smart and nobody is going to take you seriously with comments like that.

On the other hand Microsoft only cares about the bottom line just like every other business who's trying to make money, including Apple. Notice here that I didn't say anything about Bill or Steve (Jobs). Bill is a competitor and he makes no bones about doing just about anything to win. Steve (Jobs) narcissistic about Apple. I can't tell you what Bill and Steve really feel down deep inside, but at the end of the day they both are trying to make money. The only real difference is that Apple could have been were Microsoft is today, but took a different path instead. I don't mean that to be good or bad either.

As a whole I am glad to see Apple fighting for the top and I am also glad to see other companies (Sun and Linux) trying to make way into Microsoft territory. Competition is good most of the time.

None of them really care for the end user though. We are faceless consumers. Now don't get me wrong, if they new each of us personally that would be different, but when was the last time you cared about some guy walking down the street you never met before?
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
Link Flag
Are you drunk?
What are you talking about? Windows is a very good operating system, and XP in particular. I have NEVER had Windows XP blue screen out. Actually, I haven't had ANY Windows blue-screen since Windows 3.11. Even Windows 95 OSR 1, which everyone said was buggy as hell, NEVER crashed on me, unless I TRIED to make it crash when I was testing a program.
I will buy Vista, video controls or no, I will just complain and sue the people who make the content if they do not make it CLEAR that their things will not play on Vista unless you have a Microsoft-certified Video Card.
Posted by Leria (585 comments )
Link Flag
Thanks for the insult
I find your comment rather insulting and offensive. I am a Windows user and also a Linux user. There was a time when Apple had the opportunity to take control of the PC market, but they chose instead to keep their equipment and operating system proprietary and unaffordable for the average user. They're doing the same with the I-Pod and I predict that as soon as good and less expensive alternatives are available the public will leave Apple in the cold again.

Chances are that Windows popularity will decrease in favor of Linux. Apple MIGHT see a small gain, but many people, myself will stick with Windows XP and refuse to upgrade to Vista.

Hollywood needs to re-evaluate it's business model now, before it is too late. Theatre owners need to get rid of the advertisements and try to draw customers back. I love going to the theatre. There is nothing like seeing a great movie on the big screen, but several times I have been tempted to walk out when that Toyota ad came on. Oh, and by the way MPAA, you're after the wrong people when you show that piracy clip. I paid to see the movie therefore I supported you. I want to see the feature at the time indicated on the marquee.
Posted by MythicalMe (51 comments )
Link Flag
Bill Gates could care less about his Ignorant user base
Since PC users (er losers) keep buying his junk then he can keep
looking for ways to grab money from another source since he
has already got that 90% of the world fooled. He isnt going to fix
winblows, he is going to side up with hollywood and waste some
of their time and money next. It would really be in everyone's
best interest to buy American, get a Mac, just like Mom and hot
dogs and baseball. The time to dump Windows is NOW, its just
plain useless to hope it will get better, 10 years have shown you
it WONT. What a shame PC users are stuck like this. A shame
the government didnt sue these hucksters at Microsoft long ago,
maybe the terrorists will use MSFT against us sometime soon,
and THEN "Maybe" many of you PC losers will get smart and get
off winblows for good. it just plain sucks.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
huh?
Last time I checked, Bill and MS were very much American institutions. For that matter, so is Dell. So get off the Mac soapbox and reply with comments that actually apply and make sense.

Not that dumping MS is a bad idea...
Posted by skeptik (590 comments )
Link Flag
That doesn't...
make you sound smart and nobody is going to take you seriously with comments like that.

On the other hand Microsoft only cares about the bottom line just like every other business who's trying to make money, including Apple. Notice here that I didn't say anything about Bill or Steve (Jobs). Bill is a competitor and he makes no bones about doing just about anything to win. Steve (Jobs) narcissistic about Apple. I can't tell you what Bill and Steve really feel down deep inside, but at the end of the day they both are trying to make money. The only real difference is that Apple could have been were Microsoft is today, but took a different path instead. I don't mean that to be good or bad either.

As a whole I am glad to see Apple fighting for the top and I am also glad to see other companies (Sun and Linux) trying to make way into Microsoft territory. Competition is good most of the time.

None of them really care for the end user though. We are faceless consumers. Now don't get me wrong, if they new each of us personally that would be different, but when was the last time you cared about some guy walking down the street you never met before?
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
Link Flag
Are you drunk?
What are you talking about? Windows is a very good operating system, and XP in particular. I have NEVER had Windows XP blue screen out. Actually, I haven't had ANY Windows blue-screen since Windows 3.11. Even Windows 95 OSR 1, which everyone said was buggy as hell, NEVER crashed on me, unless I TRIED to make it crash when I was testing a program.
I will buy Vista, video controls or no, I will just complain and sue the people who make the content if they do not make it CLEAR that their things will not play on Vista unless you have a Microsoft-certified Video Card.
Posted by Leria (585 comments )
Link Flag
Thanks for the insult
I find your comment rather insulting and offensive. I am a Windows user and also a Linux user. There was a time when Apple had the opportunity to take control of the PC market, but they chose instead to keep their equipment and operating system proprietary and unaffordable for the average user. They're doing the same with the I-Pod and I predict that as soon as good and less expensive alternatives are available the public will leave Apple in the cold again.

Chances are that Windows popularity will decrease in favor of Linux. Apple MIGHT see a small gain, but many people, myself will stick with Windows XP and refuse to upgrade to Vista.

Hollywood needs to re-evaluate it's business model now, before it is too late. Theatre owners need to get rid of the advertisements and try to draw customers back. I love going to the theatre. There is nothing like seeing a great movie on the big screen, but several times I have been tempted to walk out when that Toyota ad came on. Oh, and by the way MPAA, you're after the wrong people when you show that piracy clip. I paid to see the movie therefore I supported you. I want to see the feature at the time indicated on the marquee.
Posted by MythicalMe (51 comments )
Link Flag
Bill Gates could care less about his Ignorant user base
Since PC users (er losers) keep buying his junk then he can keep
looking for ways to grab money from another source since he
has already got that 90% of the world fooled. He isnt going to fix
winblows, he is going to side up with hollywood and waste some
of their time and money next. It would really be in everyone's
best interest to buy American, get a Mac, just like Mom and hot
dogs and baseball. The time to dump Windows is NOW, its just
plain useless to hope it will get better, 10 years have shown you
it WONT. What a shame PC users are stuck like this. A shame
the government didnt sue these hucksters at Microsoft long ago,
maybe the terrorists will use MSFT against us sometime soon,
and THEN "Maybe" many of you PC losers will get smart and get
off winblows for good. it just plain sucks.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
huh?
Last time I checked, Bill and MS were very much American institutions. For that matter, so is Dell. So get off the Mac soapbox and reply with comments that actually apply and make sense.

Not that dumping MS is a bad idea...
Posted by skeptik (590 comments )
Link Flag
That doesn't...
make you sound smart and nobody is going to take you seriously with comments like that.

On the other hand Microsoft only cares about the bottom line just like every other business who's trying to make money, including Apple. Notice here that I didn't say anything about Bill or Steve (Jobs). Bill is a competitor and he makes no bones about doing just about anything to win. Steve (Jobs) narcissistic about Apple. I can't tell you what Bill and Steve really feel down deep inside, but at the end of the day they both are trying to make money. The only real difference is that Apple could have been were Microsoft is today, but took a different path instead. I don't mean that to be good or bad either.

As a whole I am glad to see Apple fighting for the top and I am also glad to see other companies (Sun and Linux) trying to make way into Microsoft territory. Competition is good most of the time.

None of them really care for the end user though. We are faceless consumers. Now don't get me wrong, if they new each of us personally that would be different, but when was the last time you cared about some guy walking down the street you never met before?
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
Link Flag
Are you drunk?
What are you talking about? Windows is a very good operating system, and XP in particular. I have NEVER had Windows XP blue screen out. Actually, I haven't had ANY Windows blue-screen since Windows 3.11. Even Windows 95 OSR 1, which everyone said was buggy as hell, NEVER crashed on me, unless I TRIED to make it crash when I was testing a program.
I will buy Vista, video controls or no, I will just complain and sue the people who make the content if they do not make it CLEAR that their things will not play on Vista unless you have a Microsoft-certified Video Card.
Posted by Leria (585 comments )
Link Flag
Thanks for the insult
I find your comment rather insulting and offensive. I am a Windows user and also a Linux user. There was a time when Apple had the opportunity to take control of the PC market, but they chose instead to keep their equipment and operating system proprietary and unaffordable for the average user. They're doing the same with the I-Pod and I predict that as soon as good and less expensive alternatives are available the public will leave Apple in the cold again.

Chances are that Windows popularity will decrease in favor of Linux. Apple MIGHT see a small gain, but many people, myself will stick with Windows XP and refuse to upgrade to Vista.

Hollywood needs to re-evaluate it's business model now, before it is too late. Theatre owners need to get rid of the advertisements and try to draw customers back. I love going to the theatre. There is nothing like seeing a great movie on the big screen, but several times I have been tempted to walk out when that Toyota ad came on. Oh, and by the way MPAA, you're after the wrong people when you show that piracy clip. I paid to see the movie therefore I supported you. I want to see the feature at the time indicated on the marquee.
Posted by MythicalMe (51 comments )
Link Flag
Bill Gates could care less about his Ignorant user base
Since PC users (er losers) keep buying his junk then he can keep
looking for ways to grab money from another source since he
has already got that 90% of the world fooled. He isnt going to fix
winblows, he is going to side up with hollywood and waste some
of their time and money next. It would really be in everyone's
best interest to buy American, get a Mac, just like Mom and hot
dogs and baseball. The time to dump Windows is NOW, its just
plain useless to hope it will get better, 10 years have shown you
it WONT. What a shame PC users are stuck like this. A shame
the government didnt sue these hucksters at Microsoft long ago,
maybe the terrorists will use MSFT against us sometime soon,
and THEN "Maybe" many of you PC losers will get smart and get
off winblows for good. it just plain sucks.
Posted by educateme (101 comments )
Reply Link Flag
huh?
Last time I checked, Bill and MS were very much American institutions. For that matter, so is Dell. So get off the Mac soapbox and reply with comments that actually apply and make sense.

Not that dumping MS is a bad idea...
Posted by skeptik (590 comments )
Link Flag
That doesn't...
make you sound smart and nobody is going to take you seriously with comments like that.

On the other hand Microsoft only cares about the bottom line just like every other business who's trying to make money, including Apple. Notice here that I didn't say anything about Bill or Steve (Jobs). Bill is a competitor and he makes no bones about doing just about anything to win. Steve (Jobs) narcissistic about Apple. I can't tell you what Bill and Steve really feel down deep inside, but at the end of the day they both are trying to make money. The only real difference is that Apple could have been were Microsoft is today, but took a different path instead. I don't mean that to be good or bad either.

As a whole I am glad to see Apple fighting for the top and I am also glad to see other companies (Sun and Linux) trying to make way into Microsoft territory. Competition is good most of the time.

None of them really care for the end user though. We are faceless consumers. Now don't get me wrong, if they new each of us personally that would be different, but when was the last time you cared about some guy walking down the street you never met before?
Posted by System Tyrant (1453 comments )
Link Flag
Are you drunk?
What are you talking about? Windows is a very good operating system, and XP in particular. I have NEVER had Windows XP blue screen out. Actually, I haven't had ANY Windows blue-screen since Windows 3.11. Even Windows 95 OSR 1, which everyone said was buggy as hell, NEVER crashed on me, unless I TRIED to make it crash when I was testing a program.
I will buy Vista, video controls or no, I will just complain and sue the people who make the content if they do not make it CLEAR that their things will not play on Vista unless you have a Microsoft-certified Video Card.
Posted by Leria (585 comments )
Link Flag
Thanks for the insult
I find your comment rather insulting and offensive. I am a Windows user and also a Linux user. There was a time when Apple had the opportunity to take control of the PC market, but they chose instead to keep their equipment and operating system proprietary and unaffordable for the average user. They're doing the same with the I-Pod and I predict that as soon as good and less expensive alternatives are available the public will leave Apple in the cold again.

Chances are that Windows popularity will decrease in favor of Linux. Apple MIGHT see a small gain, but many people, myself will stick with Windows XP and refuse to upgrade to Vista.

Hollywood needs to re-evaluate it's business model now, before it is too late. Theatre owners need to get rid of the advertisements and try to draw customers back. I love going to the theatre. There is nothing like seeing a great movie on the big screen, but several times I have been tempted to walk out when that Toyota ad came on. Oh, and by the way MPAA, you're after the wrong people when you show that piracy clip. I paid to see the movie therefore I supported you. I want to see the feature at the time indicated on the marquee.
Posted by MythicalMe (51 comments )
Link Flag
Unprecedented Levels of Suck
Why doesn't Microsoft build in unprecedented levels of safeguards
against security attacks? But it doesn't what they do to combat
piracy or security attacks it will easily defeated. The record is clear.
Posted by cjohn17 (268 comments )
Reply Link Flag
M$=Keystone Kops of Security
Microsoft and security are an oxymoron. They always let the
programmer do any DAMN thing s/he wants, hardly ever even
BOTHER to ask the USER (it's easier to program that way, you
know).

I mean, you are absolutely right, M$ track record is totally
ridiculous. I guess the Hollywood types are coked-up to believe
anything from MS. I would argue that M$ do have geeks in
mind though, it seems they are only loyal to the programmers
and geek/nerds, they could care less about the average
consumer/worker though. Real truth is M$ has probably
figured out a great revenue stream (maybe hollywood has
decided to PAY M$ per copy?)

I guess MS are going to make audio/video inseparably
integrated into the OS. Ha ha ha... Maybe their lapdogs at the
DOJ/Bush administration will believe it though.
Posted by Byronic (95 comments )
Link Flag
Unprecedented Levels of Suck
Why doesn't Microsoft build in unprecedented levels of safeguards
against security attacks? But it doesn't what they do to combat
piracy or security attacks it will easily defeated. The record is clear.
Posted by cjohn17 (268 comments )
Reply Link Flag
M$=Keystone Kops of Security
Microsoft and security are an oxymoron. They always let the
programmer do any DAMN thing s/he wants, hardly ever even
BOTHER to ask the USER (it's easier to program that way, you
know).

I mean, you are absolutely right, M$ track record is totally
ridiculous. I guess the Hollywood types are coked-up to believe
anything from MS. I would argue that M$ do have geeks in
mind though, it seems they are only loyal to the programmers
and geek/nerds, they could care less about the average
consumer/worker though. Real truth is M$ has probably
figured out a great revenue stream (maybe hollywood has
decided to PAY M$ per copy?)

I guess MS are going to make audio/video inseparably
integrated into the OS. Ha ha ha... Maybe their lapdogs at the
DOJ/Bush administration will believe it though.
Posted by Byronic (95 comments )
Link Flag
Unprecedented Levels of Suck
Why doesn't Microsoft build in unprecedented levels of safeguards
against security attacks? But it doesn't what they do to combat
piracy or security attacks it will easily defeated. The record is clear.
Posted by cjohn17 (268 comments )
Reply Link Flag
M$=Keystone Kops of Security
Microsoft and security are an oxymoron. They always let the
programmer do any DAMN thing s/he wants, hardly ever even
BOTHER to ask the USER (it's easier to program that way, you
know).

I mean, you are absolutely right, M$ track record is totally
ridiculous. I guess the Hollywood types are coked-up to believe
anything from MS. I would argue that M$ do have geeks in
mind though, it seems they are only loyal to the programmers
and geek/nerds, they could care less about the average
consumer/worker though. Real truth is M$ has probably
figured out a great revenue stream (maybe hollywood has
decided to PAY M$ per copy?)

I guess MS are going to make audio/video inseparably
integrated into the OS. Ha ha ha... Maybe their lapdogs at the
DOJ/Bush administration will believe it though.
Posted by Byronic (95 comments )
Link Flag
Unprecedented Levels of Suck
Why doesn't Microsoft build in unprecedented levels of safeguards
against security attacks? But it doesn't what they do to combat
piracy or security attacks it will easily defeated. The record is clear.
Posted by cjohn17 (268 comments )
Reply Link Flag
M$=Keystone Kops of Security
Microsoft and security are an oxymoron. They always let the
programmer do any DAMN thing s/he wants, hardly ever even
BOTHER to ask the USER (it's easier to program that way, you
know).

I mean, you are absolutely right, M$ track record is totally
ridiculous. I guess the Hollywood types are coked-up to believe
anything from MS. I would argue that M$ do have geeks in
mind though, it seems they are only loyal to the programmers
and geek/nerds, they could care less about the average
consumer/worker though. Real truth is M$ has probably
figured out a great revenue stream (maybe hollywood has
decided to PAY M$ per copy?)

I guess MS are going to make audio/video inseparably
integrated into the OS. Ha ha ha... Maybe their lapdogs at the
DOJ/Bush administration will believe it though.
Posted by Byronic (95 comments )
Link Flag
Not for me thank you
My one remaining windows PC will just have to keep running XP
and eventually get loaded with linux.

I hope Apple doesn't get this stupid but I fear they might as well.
Posted by miketkrw (86 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Not for me thank you
My one remaining windows PC will just have to keep running XP
and eventually get loaded with linux.

I hope Apple doesn't get this stupid but I fear they might as well.
Posted by miketkrw (86 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Not for me thank you
My one remaining windows PC will just have to keep running XP
and eventually get loaded with linux.

I hope Apple doesn't get this stupid but I fear they might as well.
Posted by miketkrw (86 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Not for me thank you
My one remaining windows PC will just have to keep running XP
and eventually get loaded with linux.

I hope Apple doesn't get this stupid but I fear they might as well.
Posted by miketkrw (86 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Barring users...
...from audio and vidio registries will not hinder hackers from using them, it'll just make it harder for the user and Broken Windows to fix.
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Barring users...
...from audio and vidio registries will not hinder hackers from using them, it'll just make it harder for the user and Broken Windows to fix.
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Barring users...
...from audio and vidio registries will not hinder hackers from using them, it'll just make it harder for the user and Broken Windows to fix.
Posted by (11 comments )
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Barring users...
...from audio and vidio registries will not hinder hackers from using them, it'll just make it harder for the user and Broken Windows to fix.
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What they haven't realized
I have to admit, I was looking forward to Vista (despite the fact that it is an unnecessary new version of the OS), but not anymore. If Microsoft is going to limit what I can do with my PC then I might as well stick with Linux, and use Windows only for the occasional DVD I like to watch on my PC (Note: there are currently no legal DVD players for Linux). Oh yeah, the PC will be "center of entertainment hub" of the future indeed. I put in my DVD but I can't watch it, because Microsoft deemed that my hardware is too old to run it. I have to buy the hardware that Microsoft wants me to buy, or not be able to watch my movies, or just see crappy low-definition versions. I wonder why the honest PC user always ends up paying for the crimes of the dishonest ones? But because one is evil, then all are evil and must be controlled. They must be stripped of all freedom.
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Linspire
It is my understanding that Linspire offers a legal DVD player for thier distribution of Linux.
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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What they haven't realized
I have to admit, I was looking forward to Vista (despite the fact that it is an unnecessary new version of the OS), but not anymore. If Microsoft is going to limit what I can do with my PC then I might as well stick with Linux, and use Windows only for the occasional DVD I like to watch on my PC (Note: there are currently no legal DVD players for Linux). Oh yeah, the PC will be "center of entertainment hub" of the future indeed. I put in my DVD but I can't watch it, because Microsoft deemed that my hardware is too old to run it. I have to buy the hardware that Microsoft wants me to buy, or not be able to watch my movies, or just see crappy low-definition versions. I wonder why the honest PC user always ends up paying for the crimes of the dishonest ones? But because one is evil, then all are evil and must be controlled. They must be stripped of all freedom.
Posted by Sentinel (199 comments )
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Linspire
It is my understanding that Linspire offers a legal DVD player for thier distribution of Linux.
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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What they haven't realized
I have to admit, I was looking forward to Vista (despite the fact that it is an unnecessary new version of the OS), but not anymore. If Microsoft is going to limit what I can do with my PC then I might as well stick with Linux, and use Windows only for the occasional DVD I like to watch on my PC (Note: there are currently no legal DVD players for Linux). Oh yeah, the PC will be "center of entertainment hub" of the future indeed. I put in my DVD but I can't watch it, because Microsoft deemed that my hardware is too old to run it. I have to buy the hardware that Microsoft wants me to buy, or not be able to watch my movies, or just see crappy low-definition versions. I wonder why the honest PC user always ends up paying for the crimes of the dishonest ones? But because one is evil, then all are evil and must be controlled. They must be stripped of all freedom.
Posted by Sentinel (199 comments )
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Linspire
It is my understanding that Linspire offers a legal DVD player for thier distribution of Linux.
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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What they haven't realized
I have to admit, I was looking forward to Vista (despite the fact that it is an unnecessary new version of the OS), but not anymore. If Microsoft is going to limit what I can do with my PC then I might as well stick with Linux, and use Windows only for the occasional DVD I like to watch on my PC (Note: there are currently no legal DVD players for Linux). Oh yeah, the PC will be "center of entertainment hub" of the future indeed. I put in my DVD but I can't watch it, because Microsoft deemed that my hardware is too old to run it. I have to buy the hardware that Microsoft wants me to buy, or not be able to watch my movies, or just see crappy low-definition versions. I wonder why the honest PC user always ends up paying for the crimes of the dishonest ones? But because one is evil, then all are evil and must be controlled. They must be stripped of all freedom.
Posted by Sentinel (199 comments )
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Linspire
It is my understanding that Linspire offers a legal DVD player for thier distribution of Linux.
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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The Beginning of the End...
Microsoft is the dominant player in the PC market because their system was "pirate-able" and because they allowed the geeks the ability to reasonably do what they wanted with the system. When the geeks can no longer do what they want with the system, they will switch to another and when the average consumer sees what a geek can do and they can't. The consumers will follow the geeks. Does Microsoft (or anyone else for that matter) really believe they can out-smart 1,000,000+ hackers and hacker wannabes. The smart thing for MS to do would be to embrace the open source model. They could make linux disappear and even the rabid Mac fans ocillate. But that won't happen.

Mark your calendars. In 5 years will all be complaining about the stabilty of the latest linux release. But we won't be using Windows.
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