[CrackMonkey] Fwd: Why is Microsoft watching us watch DVD movies?
jdub at perkypants.org
Thu Feb 21 00:14:24 PST 2002
<quote who="Overlord of Minnesota and Protector of the Dakotas">
> > - Each time a new DVD movie is played on a computer, the WMP software
> > contacts a Microsoft Web server to get title and chapter information
> > for the DVD. When this contact is made, the Microsoft Web server is
> > giving an electronic fingerprint which identifies the DVD movie
> > being watched and a cookie which uniquely identifies a particular
> > WMP player. With this two pieces of information Microsoft can track
> > what DVD movies are being watched on a particular computer.
> Oh no! Microsoft's product is downloading relevant information about
> DVDs! What the fuck are we going to do now?
> > - The WMP software also builds a small database on the computer hard
> > drive of all DVD movies that have been watched on the computer.
> Local caching of information? Now that's just plain EVUL!
So we don't trust Microsoft with this information, but we do trust freedb?
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