[CS-FSLUG] A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Don Parris parrisdc at gmail.com
Thu Dec 28 16:09:50 CST 2006

On 12/28/06, Frank Bax <fbax at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt
> This document looks purely at the cost of the technical portions of
> Vista's
> content protection [Note A].  The political issues (under the heading of
> DRM) have been examined in exhaustive detail elsewhere and won't be
> commented on further, unless it's relevant to the cost analysis.  However,
> one important point that must be kept in mind when reading this document
> is
> that in order to work, Vista's content protection must be able to violate
> the laws of physics, something that's unlikely to happen no matter how
> much
> the content industry wishes it were possible [Note B].
> _______________________________________________

Thanks Frank,

This is one that got sent to me, and I posted on LXer.  Interestingly, it
generated far less discussion than I had expected.  However, I think it
really is an important piece.  So many of us are fighting for libre hardware
drivers, and Vista, or rather, Microsoft, fights to eliminate them.

D.C. Parris
Minister, Editor, Free Software Advocate
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