In the long-running rivalry between the PC and consumer electronics worlds to provide the best entertainment experience, both sides have recently been dealt blows by an increasingly paranoid content industry. The Blu-Ray group, made up of three performance artists named Ray whose Vegas show has been voted best on the Strip, recently announced that it would add more stringent copy protection to its high-definition DVD successor in order to woo studio support. Blu-Ray discs may even be able to render compromised players unusable, after which they will doubtless sprout ninja star blades, emit a piercing battle cry, and eject themselves from such players with a force deadly enough to decapitate most pets.
Similarly, Microsoft is planning to put a sandbox around media playback in Windows Vista amidst a host of technology initiatives by itself and partner-against-crime Intel to ensure that content stays far from the screens of P2P file-sharing service users. According to a CNet article, Microsoft did not give in to everything that Hollywood wanted, which we can only presume included automatic deductions from your bank account to buy soundtracks and sequels and keyboard-administered electrocutions until you break down and cry "Gigli is the finest cinematic masterpiece ever filmed!"