Re: Yet another reason to give thanks for using a Mac! Sony SPYWARE discovered on Windows OS
- From: jsavard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (John Savard)
- Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 16:32:58 GMT
The *obvious* way to solve problems related to DRM on audio CDs - and
the Mac had one first (remember the drive doors that wouldn't open
unless you took it into a shop and spent $$$?) - is the following, which
wouldn't even make it easier to pirate music from CDs...
A CD-ROM is an audio CD with one track, and it just happens that the
digital data representing the music on that track actually contains,
first, an extra level of error-correction, and then a filesystem, and
then digital data.
So, a CD-ROM drive should simply assume that anything put into it IS an
audio CD, and behave accordingly. If it is given a command to play the
music on the CD to its *analog outputs*, it should just do it. No
attempt to look at the music to see if it might be the contents of a
But when you try to open a file on, or list the directory of, a CD,
*then* the CD-ROM drive checks to see if it's a CD-ROM in there, and
*then* it might stumble if the CD is actually a copy-protected music CD
that looks like a defective CD-ROM.
Simple, obvious, and doesn't even violate any licenses or patents. A
computer is just an ordinary CD player when it comes to CDs, until it's
*told* to do otherwise.
What's wrong with this picture?
Could a CD-ROM be bootable? Yes, because starting up a Windows PC with a
CD in the drive could be construed as "asking" to view the CD as a
CD-ROM... and, if you've got a Mac, you're even holding the letter C
down on the keyboard.
Of course, it does still kill _one_ feature. Doing it this way means...
no more autorun. Gee, I'm all broken up.
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