Here is a follow-up to the last Tuesday’s article about Vista slowing down your networking if you do something so amazingly intensive as (GASP!) listening to music on your computer.
quirdan writes “With the discovery last week of the connection between Vista’s poor networking performance and audio activities, word quickly spread around the Net. No doubt this got Microsoft’s attention, and they have responded to the issue. Microsoft states that ‘some of what we are seeing is expected behavior, and some of it is not'; and that they are working on technical documentation, as well as applying a slight sugar coating to the symptoms. Apparently they believe an almost 90% drop in networking performance is ‘slight,’ only affects reception of data, and that this performance trade-off is necessary to simply play an MP3.”
This information and exhibited behavior really shores up the arguments of Peter Gutmann in his Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection. What it comes down to is that the considerable amount of code that is in Windows Vista simply to stop bad people from copying High Definition video completely degrades every other part of Windows.
Because of the DRM mechanisms in Vista:
- All of our computer hardware is getting more expensive
- Vista users have to replace their video cards and monitors to play high definition video (without artificially degraded quality)
- Vista users have to replace their video cards to play the latest games (those requiring DirectX 10.2 support)
- You have to double the amount of RAM you buy to have decent performance
- 10% – 50% of your processor is taken up just doing content protection activities
- You will suffer 90% degradation in network performance if you listen to music.
All of this regardless of the fact if you want to play high definition content or not– there’s no way to turn the protections off and just stick with regular video watching!
No thanks… I’m not buyin.