[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Wed Jul 18 20:57:13 EDT 2007


On Thu, 19 Jul 2007, Jim Lux wrote:

> MS may be making tons o'bucks, but compared to the movie studios, the music
> industry, and cable tv, etc, it's still small. 

Which is why MS effectively kowtowed to the "premium" content providers over 
this, they believed they couldn't risk being locked out of that market, even 
if it meant releasing an OS that is even more broken than the standard 
offerings out of Redmond.

Now, with people like EMI backing away from DRM because of the consumer 
backlash (and the fact they can charge a premium for non-DRM tracks which 
cost less to make with no DRM royalty [1]) I bet there's a few people 
breaking out in cold sweats in MS..

cheers,
Chris

[1] - http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20070428

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Christopher Samuel - (03) 9925 4751 - Systems Manager
 The Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing
 P.O. Box 201, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia
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