Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful winter holiday!

And now, to start the new year off … here‘s an article that talks about the Blu-Ray and HD DVD camps entertaining more strongly the idea of allowing more combo drives since sales for Blu-Ray and HD DVD are apparently not where they had anticipated. Why would they be? What a joke!

First, there’s the hardware/driver/software enforced and Vista enabled DRM (Digital Rights Management or Digital Restrictions Management – I believe credit for that goes to David Berlind along with his definition of C.R.A.P. aka DRM) which would be a better term.

Then, there’s the competing standards where operating system venders as well as hardware vendors and even the entertainment cartels can’t make up their mind on which format to go with so you have this one going with this side and that one going with that side, etc. etc.

So why would they expect consumers to know beyond a shadow of a doubt which format to buy, if any?

And who wants to deal with making sure the disks you buy will even play in your new and very expensive drive?

Personally, I think we as users and consumers would all would be better off just letting these drives die a slow death, but that’s just me … and I do mean both of them. Both drive formats coupled with Vista’s enabling of the entertainment cartels’ inflicted DRM is a nightmare for users despite the greater potential for size and speed. Shame on the hardware manufacturers and Microsoft for giving in to them. If they didn’t have you behind them, they’d have nothing.

So, instead of realizing they have messed up, now they are way late to the party with both Vista and now the combo drives for Blu-Ray and HD DVD format capability … that would make consumer’s lives at least a tiny bit easier.

This technology could have been a great thing … IF:

1. It weren’t for the intrusive DRM (most of the next items are based on this intrusive hardware/software/OS level/driver level enabled DRM)

2. The diametrically opposed and very expensive drives/formats (Blu-Ray and HD DVD)

3. The entertainment cartel’s interference with hardware manufacturers to the detriment of the people who would buy and make use of the hardware

4. The entertainment cartel’s interference with operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista — by allowing the entertainment cartels to tell them what to do are requiring Microsoft to meet higher hardware/OS/software standards than should be necessary for an operating system. (You can even see that with what Apple has done with much less hardware requirements) and by strong arming Microsoft (by threatening to take their marbles and going home) to make an operating system that is in the entertainment cartel’s best interest against the customers who are actually paying Microsoft for a VERY pricey product

5. Microsoft, due to the entertainment cartels threats, banded with hardware and software manufacturers making it possible for software, driver, and hardware DRM to strip away any fair use rights left to users who are paying for the privilege of LESS rights of what they buy!?!

6. Not to mention that Vista will allow, scotch that, force venders of hardware and movies/music to ‘down grade’ the quality of the output to the monitor or TV if ANY piece of hardware in the video chain doesn’t meet their expensive ‘standards’

More information on Microsoft and OS level DRM here.

Digital rights management operating system


A digital rights management operating system protects rights-managed data, such as downloaded content, from access by untrusted programs while the data is loaded into memory or on a page file as a result of the execution of a trusted application that accesses the memory. To protect the rights-managed data resident in memory, the digital rights management operating system refuses to load an untrusted program into memory while the trusted application is executing or removes the data from memory before loading the untrusted program. If the untrusted program executes at the operating system level, such as a debugger, the digital rights management operating system renounces a trusted identity created for it by the computer processor when the computer was booted. To protect the rights-managed data on the page file, the digital rights management operating system prohibits raw access to the page file, or erases the data from the page file before allowing such access. Alternatively, the digital rights management operating system can encrypt the rights-managed data prior to writing it to the page file. The digital rights management operating system also limits the functions the user can perform on the rights-managed data and the trusted application, and can provide a trusted clock used in place of the standard computer clock.

Inventors: England; Paul (Bellevue, WA); DeTreville; John D. (Seattle, WA); Lampson; Butler W. (Cambridge, MA)
Assignee: Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
Appl. No.: 227561
Filed: January 8, 1999

Current U.S. Class: 713/2; 713/200; 717/11
Intern’l Class: G06F 009/44
Field of Search: 713/1,2,155,164-167,200 717/11

NOTE: Be sure to check out the Related Applications and the Claims below that.

Another great Register article by Andrew Orlowski back in December 2006 should give pause to anyone: Vista’s Suicide Bomb: who gets hurt?

Did I miss anything?

Comments on: "Blu-Ray or HD DVD – The fight continues" (3)

  1. It doesn’t which format wins, because, either way, we all lose.

  2. Yep, unfortunate but true.

    It didn’t have to be this way either. 😦

  3. […] OK, I’m not gonna say it … don’t think I need to say it again. […]

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