Thursday, November 16, 2006

DRM DOA

This good article lists all of the digital rights management that Microsoft has built into its new Vista operating system. And the copyright police aren't just sitting in the software layer, they live in the hardware, and even in the cables that connect one beige box to the other.

I don't know how much of an impact DRM will make to the average Microsoft user. Most people probably will not know what's on their system, and probably won't care until they find they cannot do something that seems like common sense to them.

I think that Microsoft's bigger problem with Vista is that it's not obviously better than their last release. And since it gives remote users *more* power over what your system can and cannot do (thanks to DRM), I don't think it will be more robust against viruses either.

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