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 Apr 12, 2007 - 12:43 PM - by Michael
* The death of Print Screen

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Tom Yager sees one of the ugliest things that could happen, coming up in AMD's newest hardware - the loss of personal control of the computer.

It will ship with software that plays movies on Blu-ray discs. The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will ?block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.? In short, that means an unauthorized party can?t save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it.

There is a short list of parties who will be unauthorized to access your frame buffer: You. There is a long list of parties who are authorized to access your frame buffer, and that list includes Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Intel, ATI, NVidia, Sony Pictures, Paramount, HBO, CBS, Macrovision, and all other content owners and enablers that want your machine to themselves whenever you?re watching, listening to, reading, or shooting monsters with their products.
To those who came up with this at AMD, you just gave me and many others a reason not to buy the new AMD GPU chips.
 

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