Welcome to 2007, the year Microsoft becomes our Big Brother, telling us what we can and cannot read and watch.
Peter Gutmann of the University of New Zealand has documented ten reasons why Vista kills technological advance. His 7,000-word paper, A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, is sourced from Microsoft and ATI documents, including the "Vista Content Protection Specification." The ten reasons Vista will kill your business include:
1. Disabling of Functionality
2. Decreased Playback Quality
3. Elimination of Open-source Hardware Support
4. Elimination of Unified Drivers
5. Denial-of-Service via Driver Revocation
6. Decreased System Reliability
7. Increased Hardware Costs
8. Increased Cost due to Requirement to License Unnecessary Third-party IP
9. Unnecessary CPU Resource Consumption
10. Unnecessary Device Resource Consumption
Microsoft hopes you'll be so distracted by the shiny user inteface that you won't notice it slipping on the handcuffs.
If CAD vendors were to become even more fearful of losing customers to competitors, I could see some of them being desirous of utilizing Vista's DRM [digital rights mismanagement] to go even further in locking up design files. The effort could be spun along the lines of, oh, how about: "Trusted Customers."
IPP [intellectual property protection] is the new god over business, its name is Janus, and Microsoft is the high priest.
Canadian computer manufacturer MDG said that its tests have shown almost 200 older software programs are incompatible with Vista... - "Craplets" cause problems in the bowels of Vista