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A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

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sovereignjohn
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I would like to know what everyone's opinion is regarding this article about Vista...

I'm new here and my Toshiba laptop is crashing, its on its last leg and I'm trying to decide between PC/Vista or Apple/MacbookPro. Your guidance is much needed.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~....._cost.html

Executive Summary

Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called ‚Äúpremium content‚Ä?, typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry.

http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~....._cost.html

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The Geek
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It depends greatly on the software you need to run... If Apple/Macbook can run everything you need... I'd go with that for a home computer instead of Vista.

If you are a gamer, you're better off with Vista even though it's got compatibility problems with a lot of games.

The last thing I'd note... you can run Vista on a MacbookPro with bootcamp, so you could pretty much have the best of both worlds.

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