Sunday, July 31, 2005

Microsoft is crippling you

According to recent revelations about Microsoft's next operating system, it looks like Microsoft is conspiring with Hollywood to make your computer have less functionality for working with digital media in order to gain Hollywood sweetheart status for Windows Media format.

You still have the capability to create analog copies of media with your computer, bypassing DRM; current computers typically have this ability built-in. But Microsoft's next generation OS will cripple your computer's ability to do things like record analog signals off of a television, which will make doing things like remixing recorded content impossible. Your computer, under Longhorn, will be less capable of dealing with media than it does now. ("Your creativity, our passion," indeed.)

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