[URL]http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt[/URL]\n\nGuys, it seems that nobody will be able to make his own movies with Vista\nbecause M$ thinks that all devices and drivers should be certified to allow\nthem working.\n\nAlso take a look at this one:\n\n"Decreased Playback Quality\n-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\n\nAlongside the all-or-nothing approach of disabling output, Vista requires\nthat\nany interface that provides high-quality output degrade the signal quality\nthat passes through it if premium content is present. This is done through\na\n"constrictor" that downgrades the signal to a much lower-quality one, then\nup-\nscales it again back to the original spec, but with a significant loss in\nquality. So if you're using an expensive new LCD display fed from a high-\nquality DVI signal on your video card and there's protected content present,\nthe picture you're going to see will be, as the spec puts it, "slightly\nfuzzy", a bit like a 10-year-old CRT monitor that you picked up for at a\nyard sale [Note F]. In fact the specification specifically still allows for\nold VGA analog outputs, but even that's only because disallowing them would\nupset too many existing owners of analog monitors. In the future even\nanalog\nVGA output will probably have to be disabled. The only thing that seems to\nbe\nexplicitly allowed is the extremely low-quality TV-out, provided that\nMacrovision is applied to it.\n\nThe same deliberate degrading of playback quality applies to audio, with the\naudio being downgraded to sound (from the spec) "fuzzy with less detail"\n[Note G]."\n\n\nSounds scary. I'm wondering if anybody really wants to switch to Vista :)\nI'm talking not only about digital video or audio, but medicine where the\nquality of images and signals can be deathly dangerous, etc. BG created a\nvery nice system for the whole digital world :) You will not be able to\ncontrol your own machine and have to live with NT/W2000 or XP without\nservice packs because they can apply any critical service pack automatically\nthrough the INternet to "improve" these systems and turn all your critical\ndevices off. Or move to Linux.\n\nHow do you like that?\n\nJust D.