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Discussion in 'Computers' started by Jeff Jacobson, Jan 2, 2006.
Glad they lack the hacker community know early so they can start working on it.
Not much point to working on it; you can just buy software that bypasses the whole region coding thing so you can watch DVD's released everywhere. http://www.dvdidle.com/ will remove region coding and add a lot of caching for the DVD drive so the drive doesn't have to spin continously. To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing illegal about it either, and most certainly nothing morally against it as we're not talking about copying anything, just viewing whatever you've bought outside the boundaries of whatever artificial "region" one finds oneself...
What Kimmo said. There's no reason to let Microsoft dictate what one can watch on their computers. Stupid move on Microsoft's part.
Actually, while you are of the idea that "hey, we'll just use someone else's softwar" actually, that's not how it will work. MS intends, with MPAA's signature approval, to mark drives that software-set their Region code as "non-compliant" hardware devices; Windows will not see or read data from them; and because Windows controls the Hardware Abstraction Layer, nothing else will either. So, what the Hacker community would have to do is this: they would have to devise a way to change the default DVDROM driver to allow it to support such drives while not screwing up Windows by creating a system-file-check issue. MS did it's homework on this one, by including such a thing within the base driver model, it makes it more difficult to up-end. Then again, if you're still running a 4X DVDROM (or older) then Vista is probably not for you anyway.
What this basically means is that a legitimately bought Region 1 DVD will not play on a legitimately bought licensed copy of Windows Vista in the UK. Once again, the law-abider suffers. Freedom is slavery, war is peace. Honestly, the way the music/movie industry, the RIAA, the MPAA are conducting themselves just makes me have nothing but the upmost contempt for them. Get your stinking hands off MY hardware Another reason not to consider upgrading to Vista. Another reason to support the movie industry that little bit less. I'm seriously wondering if these people deserve to be in business.