Archive for January, 2007

Debate on Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Well, I’m using the term “debate” loosely here because it seems to me, given the marshalled evidence, there isn’t much of a debate to be had, but in any case, Microsoft has responded to Peter Gutmann‘s cost analysis of the DRM subsystems in Windows Vista (of which I’d written about earlier), and also in system hardware that has anything to do with handling of so-called “premium content” (i.e. content encoded onto newly emerging HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs). Their reply is here..

Windows Vista Content Protection – Twenty Questions (and Answers)
http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive
/2007/01/20/windows-vista-content-protection-
twenty-questions-and-answers.aspx

Peter Gutmann’s rebuttal to Microsoft’s response is here..

Microsoft’s Response
http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.html#response

..which is an appendix of his overall “Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection” paper.

If you are at all curious as to the veracity and logic of Microsoft’s response, it is worth reading Peter Gutmann’s response in detail.

Firefox extension for XRI – FoXRI

Friday, January 5th, 2007

William Tan, aka =wil, aka dready, has taken his Firefox XRI extension — FoXRI — and made it a SourceForge project! Here’s relevant links…

FoXRI Installation & Information Page
http://foxri.sourceforge.net/

FoXRI SourceForge Project Page
http://sourceforge.net/projects/foxri/

This extension enables Firefox to process XRIs entered directly into the Location bar. Try it out, it’s very cool. And join the project if you have a hankering to learn more about XRIs and want to more fully realize their enablement in Firefox.