January 26, 2007 1 Comment
Funny stuff. First a technical paper by Peter Gutmann titled A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection which simply says under “Executive Executive Summary” the following:
The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history
Now Microsoft comes out with an offcial response which is promptly shredded to bits by the same guy. Here’s one bit I especially liked:
Will Windows Vista content protection features increase CPU resource consumption?
[Microsoft response:] Yes. However, the use of additional CPU cycles is inevitable, as the PC provides consumers with additional functionality.
Note the careful use of the term “additional functionality” rather than “enhanced functionality”. […] Another way of looking at this is to rephrase the question to “Will viruses increase CPU resource consumption?”, to which the answer is also “Yes. However, the use of additional CPU cycles is inevitable, as the PC provides consumers with additional functionality” (like spamming, phishing site hosting, and so on).
You can get more laughs in coverage by The Inquirer.
Microsoft confirms just about every point in the Gutmann piece and tries to spin it as good. It is one of the most amazing piece of PR weaselwork I have seen for years.