The high-end graphics and audio market are dominated entirely by gamers, who
will do anything to gain the tiniest bit of extra performance, like buying
Bigfoot Networks' $250 "Killer NIC" ethernet card in the hope that it'll help
reduce their network latency by a few milliseconds. These are people buying
$500-$1000 graphics and sound cards for which one single sale brings the
device vendors more than the few cents they get from the video/audio portion
of an entire roomful of integrated-graphics-and-sound PCs. I wonder how this
market segment will react to knowing that their top-of-the-line hardware is
being hamstrung by all of the content-protection "features" that Vista hogties
Well, I'm not happy. Lol. At least it seems ATI gets it, there are numerous quotes from ATI voicing their concern that all these stupid things Microsoft is making hardware vendors do is only making drivers more complicated, increasing CPU overhead (when MS claims Vista was going to reduce it) and most importantly making everything more expensive.
The worst part I think is that Vista encodes and decodes every frame of video sent to the pagefile, slowing down playback, but not more important things like credit card numbers or your PIN (Personal Identification Number) that may be stored on your computer
I'd much rather have a hacker access frames of what I'm watching than my credit info, wouldn't you?