As a user, there is simply no escape. 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
I believe the author is positing his opinion on the caveat that Vista and its attendant protocols take hold of the market.
I'll simply suggest that the Zune is a reliable indicator of what the market thinks of Microsoft and it's nonsensical view of copyright and ownership.
posted on 12/23/2006 6:29:33 PM PST
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One hopes. However since the author cites ATI (video card mfr) extensively, it's clear that if multimedia card mfrs. expect the MS certification for their "Vista ready" roll-out, they will be on board to serve the 90% personal computer market. They really don't have much of a choice do they? I mean that's all they really manufacture, no?
With Apple using Intel processors and making available a dual boot system, Apple users will feel the economic pain, if not functional degradation of PCI video cards etc.The question then becomes, "Will a Vista standard mandated hardware card function in an Apple running competitive OS without crippling the machine? Will the MS DRM silicon dongles have a "call home 911' feature accessible by, let's say RIAA, who will then descend on the end user with a platoon of lawyers?
These are legitimate concerns for all computer users, lest they become virtual serfs to MS.
posted on 12/23/2006 10:41:24 PM PST
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Unfortunately you are incorrect in your assumption here. Every major video card manufacturer has had it's Vista compliant next generation of GPUs in the pipeline since late 2005.
Upgrading a Mac to a new generation video card will have a Vista fee associated with it, say $20 to $50 per card at the high end cards.
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