Miguel de Icaze points us at an article entitled ‘A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection’.

In this article, you’ll discover all the wonderful ways Microsoft is making your next video card more expensive and/or less featureful, as well as removing the ability for certain functionality to continue to work in the presence of so-called “premium content”.

I find the whole thing vaguely amusing, considering that Prof. Ed Felton and others pointed out the flaws in HDCP, one of the lynchpins of the whole system. You won’t be able to get at the raw MPEG-encoded video when HDCP is cracked, but you’ll certainly be able to stream it into another high-quality encoder and get a pretty darn good approximation.

So, is this the “longest suicide note in history”?

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