“The longest suicide note in history”

The [Windows] Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history.
Peter Gutmann — A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Interesting reading, and it makes me wonder just what the minds in Redmond are thinking. Still trying to control the world I guess. *sigh*

I especially like this bit:

“[O]ne 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.”

Microsoft got its lock on operating systems because they were there in the beginning (or close enough) that they were able to sink in their hooks from the start. The foolish thing they’re trying (over and over) to do now is to retroactively get a lock on media forms that have existed for years. Consumers do not respond well to draconian measures, and there will most certainly be a backlash if they insist with going forward with this.

The security holes weren’t damaging enough. Now they’re going to deliberately cripple Windows computers… which will just throw more and more angry former Windows users into the waiting arms of Apple.

Watta buncha maroons.

Update: Another quote from further down is kind of amusing in a geek-out kind of way:

[I]f you’re reading this document on the web then it’s been copied from the web server’s disk drive to server memory, copied to the server’s network buffers, copied across the Internet, copied to your PC’s network buffers, copied into main memory, copied to your browser’s disk cache, copied to the browser’s rendering engine, copied to the render/screen cache, and finally copied to your screen…. Windows Vista’s content protection (and DRM in general) assume that all of this copying can occur without any copying actually occurring, since the whole intent of DRM is to prevent copying. If you’re not versed in DRM doublethink this concept gets quite tricky to explain…. [I]n order for Windows Vista’s content protection to work, it has to be able to violate the laws of physics and create numerous copies that are simultaneously not copies.

Great Shades of Schröedinger!

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