Yeah, but what if you have to have Palladium enabled to install the drivers for your new broadcast flag capable HDTV tuner?
I dunno, I'm not entirely sure that flag will see much use
Pages 8, 14 and 27 were especially amusing.
What if you need to have Palladium enabled to rip copy protected audio CDs?
Again, unlikely. I sincerely doubt M$ would go so far as to disable audio playback like that. do you mean cd's with some sort of special flag? Yea that would really suck if m$ built some sort of DRM into their CD drivers. But that wasn't the impression I got from what ive read about the opt in pollicy.
Heck, what iif you need to have Palladium enabled to play sound?
Ok, the last one probably won't happen, but I would be astounded if you could use HDTV tuners on Longhorn without enabling Palladium and mildly surprised if the copy protected CD thing that the RIAA is trying to make happen doesn't require hardware level DRM.
We're strongly opposed to any technology that limits a consumers right to use something that they purchased at Maximum PC. DRM falls squarely in that category.
Now I understand you were tring to be broad and not specific, and I am of course with you all the way on the matter.
It makes me wonder the extent of the DRM, but if it truely is "opt in" then all it should do is preven playback of DRM protected files, which would be unplayable anyways. Not to mention crackable.
If anything this technology should give people the ability to show companies how pissed they are about DRM. By refusing to use it people can send a message to the corporate leaders about their feelings for the technology.
EDIT: uggh, I just re-read what I posted and I don't know where I was going with it. DRM has no place anywhere, anyone involved in its creation or propogation deserves to be beaten senseless, tied to a chair, covered with a wet blanket and forced to listen to hansons "mm bob" untill they go mad.
Having the tech already present in the OS will only make it easier for companies to lead people onwards into the bleak future that is DRM. >_<
I left my original post because I thought it did well to show the other side of the matter, and how its wrong no matter how you try to view it.