Green Party asks: who has the key to your Vista PC?

A bit of techno geekery today:

Micro$oft released a new operating system today (Jan 31st) called “Vista”.
But the Green Party raises some issues about this new product and its impact on your computer and on the environment:


Green party slams Vista Landfill nightmare

29th Jan 2007

“Microsoft’s latest operating system, due for release tomorrow (31/01/07) , is defective by design, putting Microsoft and the corporate media in control of your computer.
Beneath the gloss they have hidden traps that take away important consumer rights, force expensive and environmentally damaging hardware upgrades.

Cruise the Vista All computer hardware, such as monitors and sound cards, will have to obey Microsoft’s rules for encrypting content in order for consumers to use Vista to play ‘premium’ content, such as Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks. Although it is unlikely to prevent copying, it will make Vista more attractive to Hollywood film distributors, while also locking them into a Vista content distribution system.

Derek Wall, Green Party Male Principal Speaker, said: “So-called ‘digital rights management’ technology in Vista gives Microsoft the ability to lock you out of your computer. Technology should increase our opportunities to consume media, create our own and share it with others.

“But Vista helps the corporate media take away our consumer rights. Silence in government betrays a shocking complacency in the face of this latest attack on our rights.”

Vista will also be power hungry, as it requires more processing time to encrypt and decrypt ‘premium’ content, and looks around the computer every few milliseconds to check that nothing is trying to distribute de-coded ‘premium’ video or sound.

He continued, “Vista requires more expensive and energy-hungry hardware, passing the cost on to consumers and the environment. This will also further exclude the poor from the latest technology, and impose burdensome costs on small and medium businesses who will be forced to enter another expensive upgrade cycle…

… Greens predict that an enormous amount of hardware will be junked by consumers and companies as Vista will refuse to play Blu-Ray and HD DVD content with current monitors and sound cards.

Siân Berry, Green Party Female Principal Speaker added:

“There will be thousands of tonnes of dumped monitors, video cards and whole computers that are perfectly capable of running Vista – except for the fact they lack the paranoid lock down mechanisms Vista forces you to use. That’s an offensive cost to the environment.”

Read the full press release:
http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2851

Extra comment from me - Don't bother buying this, your current operating system is fine. Microsoft are already planning to issue a software update and as the article says there are serious concerns about the digital rights management (DRM). Although you can't get away from it if you are buying a new PC. Many of new the laptops and systems on sale in the shops have already got Vista pre-installed.
Extra reading: Wait! Don’t Buy Vista!

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