“Selling” for 0% Profit!


Today I just found one way (though not so “good idea”) to have a 45-day loan with 0% interest……!

I got approx 800,000 rupiahs today, cash, in less than an hour, that I can return around end January.. it was very easy.

I was shopping with my friends (actually my Entreprenur University Kediri classmates), at Gramedia book store. I’m not really sure if I want to buy a book, but seeing my friends take up a few books, I decided to buy a book and ask them, “hey, why dont you help me. what if you pay to me, and I’ll pay all of our books using my BCA credit Card?” In short, he said alright. And I start “marketing” my scheme to the other friends. So they joined.

I asked Gramedia if they had a discount. She said I’ll get 10% discount if my order is 1.5 million rupiahs. So I told my friends. Unfortunately some of the friends had already left, they said “Hendy why didn’t you told us earlier!!! :-P” and we didn’t get 10% discount. 🙁

Anyways, the total purchase was 861,300 rupiah. I only purchased one book worth 35,000 rupiahs (Robert T. Kiyosaki Advisor’s Building A Business Team that Wins) and my friends each buy average of 3 books (yeah I’m sooo a cheater). 😛

Now, I get 800,000 rupiahs in cash… That I can use for whatever, that I’ll pay on my next credit card billing statement. It’s much better than taking the cash out of my credit card (with 3%-7% surcharge). Without any monthly interest at all 🙂

Soo happy 🙂

P.S.: Thanks to all the Entrepreneur University friends who joined my scheme: Ali, Udin, Susi, Lestari, Harli, Eko, and Ulfa!

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Semantic Interface Driven Architecture and Continuous Change Driven Development

The time has come for yet another wishful thinking. With the rise of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Event Driven Architecture (EDA), and Test Driven Development (TDD) extended with Behavior Driven Development (BDD), and a bunch of other buzzwords… let me introduce something else for the enterprise world:

Semantic Interface Driven Architecture (SIDA)

In short, it’s a Model Driven Architecture (MDA), sprinkled with interfaces to reduce coupling of inter-model transformations, and semantic inferences in the spirit of topic maps and RDF+OWL, implemented on top of SOA and EDA.

MDA allows different services to communicate with each other by transforming models. The interfaces provide agreeing on specifications to common semantics. Semantics themselves are inferable, and navigable. Thus, it is possible to interrelate models even though they are entirely in different layers and/or (heterogeneous/external) systems.

Continuous Change Driven Development (CCDD)

In short, it’s a development approach where the requirements are constantly changing. Constantly, that is, as in “real-time”, in order of milliseconds. One millisecond you need to have this table, the next you have to add a column, the next you have to drop a whole table, and in the next you want a whole form, relationships…

Requirements are not specified upfront, but simply as a “starting point”. Much like the way (probably) the universe started during the Big Bang. Everything else is evolutionary, and can be changed in real time by the individual users of the application. It might also be named Real-time Evolution Driven Development (REDD), which is probably more buzzy.

Some of the general traits of this approach are:

  • extensive use of ultra meta-programming
  • taken-for-granted interoperability with other SIDA systems
  • fuzzy specifications/requirements (i.e. “want” instead of “what/how”)
  • generatively programmable systems
  • decentralized source code management (i.e. version control) is taken for granted

What?!?!

Let me know of your comments. If you are interested in doing research together, by all means please do. I’m serious.

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…and the moon split.

Let me begin by a scientific discovery, a few decades ago: (as pictured above)

A Lunar Rille
Credit: Apollo 10, NASA Explanation: What could cause a long indentation on the Moon? First discovered over 200 years ago with a small telescope, rilles (rhymes with pills) appear all over the Moon. Three types of rilles are now recognized: sinuous rilles, which have many meandering curves, arcuate rilles which form sweeping arcs, and straight rilles, like Ariadaeus Rille pictured above. Long rilles such as Ariadaeus Rille extend for hundreds of kilometers. Sinuous rilles are now thought to be remnants of ancient lava flows, but the origins of arcuate and linear rilles are still a topic of research. The above linear rille was photographed by the Apollo 10 crew in 1969 during their historic approach to only 14-kilometers above the lunar surface. Two months later, Apollo 11, incorporating much knowledge gained from Apollo 10, landed on the Moon.

Can you see a connection with a Wikipedia biography about King Cheraman Perumal? (emphasis mine)

Cheraman Perumal was … a King of the Chera dynasty in Kerala in the late 8th Century AD …

Cheraman Perumal asked them what is this Islam which can so radically change the conduct of Arab thugs (who were so feared in Kerala that when an Arab ship downed anchor in port, people hid their women and buried their treasure) to so decent a nature that the populace was attracted to their trade and religion. The Arabs then described the tenets of Islam and talked about their Prophet. The king then wanted to know if there was any proof that this person is indeed a Prophet. The traders described the Mujizaat (supernatural deeds) of the Prophet, including the Shaqq Al Qamar or the Splitting of the moon into two.

Cheraman Perumal then summoned his Hindu Astrologers who consulted their almanacs and reported a similar phenomenon recorded by them. The King forthwith abdicated his throne and left with Malik Bin Deenar for Arabia where it is chronicled that he met the Prophet Muhammad, accepted Islam and performed the famous Last Hajj with him. On his journey back, he was drowned in a tempest which destroyed his ship and his body came ashore at Salalah, Oman where his grave is a famous landmark today.

The above is confirmed by Muhammad Hamidullah‘s book, titled “Muhammad Rasulullah: A concise survey of the life and work of the founder of Islam” (1979), quoted:

There is a very old tradition in Malabar, South-West Coast of India, that Chakrawati Farmas, one of their kings, had observed the splitting of the moon, the celebrated miracle of the Holy Prophet at Mecca, and learning on inquiry that there was a prediction of the coming of a Messenger of God from Arabia (Detail given bellow), he appointed his son as regent and set out to meet him. He embraced Islam at the hand of the Prophet, and when returning home, at the direction of the Prophet, died at the port of Zafar, Yemen, where the tomb of the “Indian king” was piously visited for many centuries.

Note: Chakrawati Farmas and Cheraman Perumal are the same person.

Finally, can you see again, the connection with one of Islamic teachings, written directly in the Holy Quran?

Did The Prophet Muhammad split the moon as a miracle?

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

The Hour has approached, and the moon split. But whenever they see a sign, they turn away and say, ‘This is evident magic.’ (54:1-2)

The miracle of the splitting of the moon was demonstrated before a certain gathering who persisted in denial of Muhammad’s Prophethood. As was related by ‘Adbullah ibn Mas‘ud, while they were in Mina’ one night, the Prophet split the moon into two by a gesture of his index finger. The halves of the moon appeared one behind the mountain and the other in front of it. Then, the Prophet turned to us and said: ‘Be witnesses!’

Watch a video here. But with disclaimer.

All that’s left is your faith.

P.S. Happy Ramadhan Fasting! 🙂

P.P.S. Beware, do not believe nor disbelieve a hypotheses unless there is scientific and/or logical explanation that makes sure it is truth or lie. Until then, just leave it as a mystery. 😉 For faith though, it’s entirely up to you, just consider the consequences.

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Bye Bye Dear Ex-Love.

Sometimes I just need to signify that what I decided,
has been decided.

A simple message to remind myself,
that me and my ex-girlfriend has broken up
.


Farewell. And I’ll let myself continue my journey…

PS: All punctuations in this post, including the single period in the title, and the horizontal line, do have intentionally significant symbolic meanings.

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Makan Pelan + Mengunyah itu *Sangat* Penting!

Anda sering atau sedang mengalami masalah kesehatan? Obesitas, diabetes, maag, diare, dan lain-lain?

Cobalah tips yang sangat sederhana ini: mengunyah makanan dengan pelan pada saat makan, jangan tergesa-gesa.

Alasannya? Artikel Irvan Tambunan ini sangat bagus:

Menurunkan berat badan. Menurut penelitian, saat makan dengan pelan, kita mengonsumsi beberapa kalori. Faktanya, cukup untuk mengurangi 10 kilogram dalam setahun tanpa melakukan sesuatu
apapun. Otak memerlukan waktu 20 menit untuk menyadari bahwa kita sudah kenyang. Makan dengan pelan, menyadari bahwa kita sudah kenyang, dan kita dapat berhenti makan tepat waktu. Jadi, untuk mengurangi berat badan, kita harus makan dengan pelan.

Menikmati makanan. Ini merupakan alasan yang sangat masuk akal. Saya teringat dengan kejadian yang dialami teman saya.Karena makan dengan cepat, dia sempat tersedak saat makan. Wah, tentu hal ini sangat menyiksa. Suasana makan pun terasa tidak enak lagi. Dengan makan pelan, kita dapat merasakan nikmatnya rasa makanan yang kita santap.

Pencernaan yang baik. Jika kita makan dengan pelan, kita dapat mengunyah makanan secara sempurna. Saya teringat pelajaran di SD bahwa kita harus mengunyah makanan sebanyak 32 kali sebelum ditelan. Ini dapat membuat pencernaan kita menjadi lancar. Karena sudah dikunyah dengan sempurna di dalam mulut, usus halus tidak perlu bersusah payah menguraikan makanan lagi untuk menyerap sari-sari makanan. Dengan ini, pencernaan menjadi lebih baik.

Mengurangi stres. Saat makan dengan pelan, otomatis konsentrasi hanya tertuju pada makanan. Kita tidak akan berpikir pada masalah yang sedang dihadapai. Dengan demikian, masalah yang dapat membuat kita stres akan hilang sementara. Ada beberapa orang yang percaya bahwa salah satu cara mengurangi stres adalah dengan makan. Menurut saya, hal ini ada benarnya juga. P

Melawan terhadap fast food dan fast life. Gaya hidup instan membuat kita sering untuk memakan makanan cepat saji. Sebut saja restoran fast food yang terkenal seperti McDonald’s. Hal ini membuat hidup kita menjadi tidak sehat, penuh dengan stres, dan tidak menyenangkan. Saya menyarankan kepada anda agar tidak sering mengunjungi restoran tersebut. Sebisa mungkin untuk dihindari. Makanlah di restoran yang sehat, atau lebih baik masaklah makanan anda sendiri. Selain lebih sehat, memasak dapat memberikan kesenangan kepada kita. D

So?

Kalo masih nggak percaya, coba kunjungi Slow Food Manifesto.

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What The Movies Taught Me About Philosophy, Episode I

Sometimes you learned enough just by watching enough movies…

Memento
taught me that every ending has a beginning, but you can never be sure what caused that beginning.
Tomorrow Never Dies
taught me that you can always predict the future if you made sure the it will happen.
Robots
taught me that tiny things may make big changes.
Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow
taught me that you can not only predict what happens in the future, but you can also schedule it.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
taught me that nobody has capability, or even willingness, to accept the truth.
Crash
taught me everything.
The Shawshank Redemption
taught me that you’re the only person who knows your plans better than anybody else.
Blast from The Past
taught me that lies heal.
Pleasantville
taught me that imperfections make the world the perfect place to perfect ourselves.
The Butterfly Effect
taught me that however bad your situation is right now, it always could have been worse had you tried to do it differently in the past.

Titanic
taught me that if loving someone is wrong, you better make sure you’d still be alright when you lose it.

Serendipity
taught me that nobody cares about how good you are, only what they feel.
Alfie
taught me that even if you can control the world, but you can never control how the world will respond to you.
Pay It Forward
taught me that you can never change, much less fix, anyone. But you can make the world a better place for people to blame others.

Life is Beautiful (La Vita è bella)
taught me that you can choose to be a special person whenever you want, but you should not expect others to respect the choice you made.

The Secret
taught me that atheists now has a better way of saying that they’re atheists.
Trivia: If David Heinemeier Hansson were to direct a movie, it would have taught me that 20% of the world’s goodness accounts for 80% of evil.

Credits: Thanks to magenSaa yang suka nonton & ditonton 😉

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Emosional

Emosi merupakan sifat bawaan manusia. James Gwee, motivator bisnis ternama dari Singapura, mengatakan:

Customer yang sedang emosi tidak akan bisa menerima penyelesaian masalah.

Singkatnya, dalam keadaan emosi manusia tidak bisa berpikir dengan jernih. Hal ini terjadi baik pada laki-laki dan terutama perempuan.

Teman-teman saya sering tidak percaya bahwa saya berusaha untuk bersikap berbalik dengan mood saya saat itu. Saya sendiri dalam menilai orang, berusaha memperhatikan mood orang tersebut, dan bukan hanya sikapnya.

Ada prinsip mendasar dari “keanehan” tersebut.

James Gwee, lagi-lagi pernah mengatakan dalam sebuah seminar bisnisnya:

Apabila Anda melakukan A, Anda akan mendapatkan A. Apabila Anda menginginkan B, Anda harus melakukan B. Tidak bisa Anda menginginkan B tapi tetap melakukan A. Karena antara keinginan Anda dengan usaha Anda tidak sinkron.

Bila seseorang bahagia dan dia tersenyum, itu wajar!
Bila seseorang sedih dan dia cemberut, itu juga wajar!
Bila seseorang kesal dan dia marah-marah, itu sangat wajar!

Dalam sebuah hubungan, juga sama…

Bila di dalam “hati” seseorang ada cinta buat Anda, dan dia selalu memperlakukan Anda dengan spesial, itu biasa!
Bila orang itu membenci Anda dan dia selalu berpikir negatif tentang Anda, itu juga biasa!

Entah kenapa, sebagian orang tidak menyadari perbedaan antara sikap seseorang, dengan pendorong orang tersebut bersikap seperti itu. Pendorong sendiri sering disebut dengan istilah “motivasi.” (disclaimer: ada juga yang mengaitkan motivasi dengan tujuan yang ingin dicapai, tapi bukan itu yang saya maksud di sini, melainkan penyebabnya.)

Kalau mendengar kata “motivasi”, mungkin orang berpikir macam-macam, mulai dari bisnis, MLM, sampai belajar untuk ujian. Namun, yang perlu diperhatikan adalah, motivasi mendorong kita untuk melakukan sesuatu.

Motivasi di sini dalam artian luas, bahkan emosi juga termasuk “motivasi”.

Contoh saja, orang marah-marah, juga karena adanya motivasi atau pendorong. Motivasinya, tentu saja adalah emosi dia yang sedang kesal. Akan sangat aneh rupanya, jika orang sedang kesal tapi dia tertawa terbahak-bahak. Atau jika hatinya sedang bahagia tapi malah marah-marah.

Namun, yang ternyata jarang disadari orang, adalah motivasi menutupi niat sebenarnya dari sikap seseorang.

Analoginya adalah jika Anda menaruh sebuah gerobak di atas bukit yang menurun, maka gerobak tersebut akan berjalan dengan sendirinya tanpa Anda harus berbuat apa-apa. Ini beda dengan gerobak yang berada di tanah datar, atau lebih hebatnya lagi adalah gerobak yang berada di lembah, dan Anda harus berusaha mendorongnya ke atas sambil melawan gravitasi.

Ini alasan mengapa saya berusaha menghargai seseorang lebih karena niatnya daripada sikapnya.

Sekedar ilustrasi, misalnya ada seseorang yang Anda minta dari Kediri ke Surabaya. Dia sampai dalam waktu 3 jam, naik bus. Anda seharusnya puas. Tapi, andai saja, ternyata keadaannya saat dia hendak berangkat tidak seperti itu. Ada hujan badai, sehingga dia basah kuyup. Tidak ada bus yang lewat setelah ditunggu lama. Dan dia kecopetan.

Apakah dia tetap berangkat ke Surabaya?

Bila dia membatalkan niatnya, itu wajar. Karena motivasinya sudah dilemahkan oleh berbagai kesulitan yang dia hadapi. Tanpa motivasi, hanya tertinggal niat. Dan tanpa niat, orang tak akan melakukan apapun.

Namun, mungkin juga dia tetap kukuh menjalankan niatnya. Dia berusaha mengayuh sepeda dari Kediri ke Surabaya. Terlepas dari berhasil tidaknya, dia pantas diberikan penghargaan atas usahanya ini.

Emosi adalah motivator yang sangat besar, namun jarang diberi perhatian.

Apakah Anda akan memberi penghargaan bagi orang yang suka tersenyum?

Bagaimana dengan orang yang hatinya sedang sangat kalut tapi dia berusaha tersenyum untuk Anda? Akankah Anda memberinya penghargaan?

Pernahkah (atau seringkah?) Anda mendengar: “Maklum dong, waktu itu aku kan lagi emosi. Sekarang aku udah gak marah lagi…”

Atau mungkin: “Waktu itu aku kan lagi senang. Sekarang aku lagi marah nih…!!”

Atau mungkin: “Waktu itu aku kan lagi suka ama kamu, tapi sekarang…”

Anda mungkin bisa melihat niat seseorang yang sebenarnya di balik sikap dan motivasinya… Sikap seseorang bisa berubah dalam hitungan detik. Motivasi bisa berubah seiring waktu.

Niat seseorang, sebagaimana pun sulitnya untuk dicari, juga bukanlah suatu hal yang konstan, bisa berubah-ubah, tidak jauh berbeda dengan emosi manusia itu sendiri.

Everybody always starts a mistake at all times. They just don’t know when, they will realize each mistake they started. In the mean time, they’re simply enjoying it… 🙂

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Emotional Healing for You

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is based on a new discovery that has provided thousands with relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues. Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture except needles aren’t necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says…

The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.

And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true…

Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases.

EFT, along with numerous other emerging emotional healing techniques, are based on Thought Field Therapy, or TFT, a controversial psychological treatment developed by Dr. Roger Callahan. Its proponents say that it can heal of a variety of mental and physical ailments through specialized “tapping” with the fingers at meridian points on the upper body and hands.

Emotional healing therapies are a good way to kill fearful emotions. As Andrew Trinh of Trizle business journal put it:

Remembering traumatic experiences makes you vulnerable to future experiences, ensuring you’ll mess up repeatedly [in the] future.

More resources on EFT and related stuff:

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Dragon Fruit aka Buah Naga: The Bad Cholesterol Killer

Baru tau kalo ternyata buah naga itu “selain dikenal sebagai alternatif dalam menyembuhkan berbagai macam penyakit, juga bisa diolah menjadi berbagai macam makanan yang lezat, yakni dari mulai sup sampe puding.”

Tentu saja, gw sendiri juga baru tau kalo ada buah yang namanya buah naga.

Berdasarkan informasi sang penulis, cara makan buah naga yang paling uenakk yaitu “dicampur kedalam salad buah, dicampur sama potongan melon, nanas (my fave), jagung, potongan telur, siram dengan Thousand Islands dan Mayo”. Boleh juga ya! Ada yang sudah mengkonfirmasikan ketersediaan menu ini di salad house favorit Anda? 🙂

Manfaat buah naga, dikutip dari sebuah kutipan: 😉

Secara amnya, pakar sependapat dan mengakui buah naga kaya dengan potasium, ferum, protein, serat, sodium dan kalsium yang baik untuk kesihatan berbanding buah-buahan lain yang diimport.

Mengikut wakil Johncola Pitaya Food R&D, syarikat penanaman dan penyelidikan buah naga merah terbesar di negara ini, AL Leong, buah kaktus madu itu cukup kaya dengan pelbagai zat vitamin dan mineral yang boleh membantu meningkatkan daya tahan dan mengurangkan metabolisma dalam badan manusia.

“Kajian menunjukkan buah naga merah ini sangat baik untuk sistem penghadaman dan peredaran darah. Ia juga memberi tindak balas memberangsangkan untuk mengurangkan tekanan emosi dan meneutralkan toksik dalam darah.“Kajian juga menunjukkan buah ini boleh mencegah kanser usus, selain mencegah kandungan kolesterol yang tinggi dalam darah dan pada masa sama menurunkan kadar lemak dalam badan,” katanya.

Secara keseluruhan, setiap buah naga merah mengandungi protein yang mampu mengurangkan metabolisma badan dan menjaga kesihatan jantung; serat (mengawal kanser usus, kencing manis dan diet); karotin (kesihatan mata, menguatkan otak dan menghalang penyakit); kalsium (menguatkan tulang) dan fosferos (pertumbuhan tisu badan).

Buah naga juga mengandungi zat besi untuk menambah darah; vitamin B1 (mengawal kepanasan badan); vitamin B2 (menambah selera); vitamin B3 (menurunkan kadar kolesterol) dan vitamin C (menambah kelicinan, kehalusan kulit serta mencegah jerawat).

Tuh kan…. buat yang jerawatan, buruan tuh makan naga!! 🙂 eh, buah naga ^)^

Ditambah lagi cuplikan dari Tanaman Obat yang dicuplik dari Waspada Online:

Buah naga selain mempunyai nilai ekonomis tinggi, juga memiliki khasiat bagi kesehatan manusia, di antaranya sebagai penyeimbang kadar gula darah, pencegah kanker, pelindung kesehatan mulut, pengurang kolestrol, pencegah pendarahan, dan obat keluhan keputihan.

Ada juga beberapa tulisan lainnya yang boleh bangeeets:

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Windows Vista, DRM, Microsoft, and All That Complex Stuff!

horriblecherry

I was just reading A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, written by Peter Gutmann, referred by Bad Vista.

A pre-disclaimer: I’m not really “at war” with Microsoft, as I have some friends at Microsoft, and even I’m myself a .NET Blogger.

In short, it describes how the content protection features incorporated in Microsoft’s latest-and-greatest operating system Windows Vista actually backlashes… not to Microsoft, but to Microsoft’s loyal users. Innocent people who actually shell out money to watch movies… and simply can’t play them:

Say you’ve just bought Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”, released as a Super Audio CD (SACD) in its 30th anniversary edition in 2003, and you want to play it under Vista (I’m just using SACD as a representative example of protected audio content because it’s a well-known technology, in practice Sony has refused to license it for playback on PCs). Since the S/PDIF link to your amplifier/speakers is regarded as insecure for playing the SA content, Vista would disable it, and you’d end up hearing a performance by Marcel Marceau instead of Pink Floyd.

Why? High-end graphic cards are “useless” in Vista:

But what if you’re lucky enough to have bought a video card that supports HDMI digital video with HDCP content-protection? There’s a good chance that you’ll have to go out and buy another video card that really does support HDCP, because until quite recently no video card on the market actually supported it even if the vendor’s advertising claimed that it did.

As the site that first broke the story in their article The Great HDCP Fiasco puts it:

“None of the AGP or PCI-E graphics cards that you can buy today support HDCP […] If you’ve just spent $1000 on a pair of Radeon X1900 XT graphics cards expecting to be able to playback HD-DVD or Blu-Ray movies at 1920×1080 resolution in the future, you’ve just wasted your money […] If you just spent $1500 on a pair of 7800GTX 512MB GPUs expecting to be able to play 1920×1080 HD-DVD or Blu-Ray movies in the future, you’ve just wasted your money”.

The reason is Vista deliberately disables anything that doesn’t conform to its guidelines, err… specification:

Vista’s content protection mechanism only allows protected content to be sent over interfaces that also have content-protection facilities built in. Currently the most common high-end audio output interface is S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format). Most newer audio cards, for example, feature TOSlink digital optical output for high-quality sound reproduction, and even the latest crop of motherboards with integrated audio provide at least coax (and often optical) digital output. Since S/PDIF doesn’t provide any content protection, Vista requires that it be disabled when playing protected content [Note E]. In other words if you’ve sunk a pile of money into a high-end audio setup fed from an S/PDIF digital output, you won’t be able to use it with protected content. Instead of hearing premium high-definition audio, you get treated to premium high-definition silence.

The article lists lots of other interesting information (regardless of their accuracy, which I don’t really know, they’re at least interesting to me).

Users aren’t the only group of frustrated people, our beloved hardware vendors also:

As of this writing, major vendors like nVidia (graphics) and Creative Labs (sound) still don’t have their Vista drivers ready, and other vendors like ATI have resorted to fudging their Vista certification, selling Radeon X1950 graphics cards with no certified drivers but with a “Certified for Windows Vista” label on the box, although nVidia them followed suit, selling their GeForce 8600GTS without a
certified driver
but with the same “Certified for Windows Vista” label. In fact nVidia only has beta (pre-release) drivers available from its web site (and a pending class-action lawsuit to match, with an accompanying class-action suit against Microsoft for good measure), and when ATI finally released a Vista-certified driver for the X1950, it crashed Vista and would only work reliably in basic VGA mode, circa 1987.

It’s even weirder, that even if the whole uber-complicated mechanism works, you’d pay more just to get less:

This problem is a nasty catch-22 from which there’s no escape. In theory it would be possible to add a DVI-to-HDMI (with HDCP) encoder to bypass this (a typical example would be the Silicon Image Sil139x or Sil193x devices, which were specifically designed for this application. Silicon Image TMDS transmitters are widely used on graphics cards), but HDMI doesn’t have the bandwidth to carry the high-definition images that the Cinema Display provides. Even without explicit image degradation via constriction, the
requirement to use the lower-quality HDMI link to carry what should be a DVI signal means that image quality is lost, and to make it even more painful the resulting graphics cards will be more expensive because it costs extra to add the quality-downgrading HDMI transmitter. In other words consumers will be paying extra in order to get a lower-quality image.

There are reasons why “this whole complex mechanism” are so slow. First, they encrypt everything, even things not flowing on the Ethernet wire or your wireless:

(I’ve used conventional bits-on-the-wire notation for this, the values are actually fields in a structure so for example the sequence number is provided in the ulSequenceNumber member). This is very similar to the protocol used in SSL or SSH (in practice some steps like cipher suite negotiation are omitted, since there’s a hardcoded set of ciphers used). Finding SSL being run inside a PC from one software module to another is just weird.

A better reason is because your computer would do things to ensure nothing:

In order to prevent active attacks, device drivers are required to poll the underlying hardware every 30ms for digital outputs and every 150 ms for analog ones to ensure that everything appears kosher. This means that even with nothing else happening in the system, a mass of assorted drivers has to wake up thirty times a second just to ensure that… nothing continues to happen (commenting on this mechanism, Leo Laporte in his Security Now podcast with Steve Gibson calls Vista “an operating system that is insanely paranoid”).

Of course, they best blow is that all of these hard sweat work are somehow useless with the latest “invention”:

As a result, both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray content can now be decrypted and played without image downgrading or blocking by the OS, and unprotected content is already appearing in the usual locations like BitTorrent streams.The fact that the legally-purchased content wouldn’t play on a legally-purchased player because the content protection got in the way was the motivating factor for the crack. The time taken was about a week. As a result, all of the content-protection technology (at least for HD-DVDs and Blu-Ray discs) is rendered useless. All that remains is the burden to the consumer. It lasted all of one week.

And thanks to I’m-not-sure-who-to-thank-to, the good guys get the actual damage:

This was indirectly confirmed in April 2007 when the WinDVD player apparently had its keys revoked, requiring that users download and install, an, uh, “security update” to re-enable the DRM.

He demonstrates why Microsoft’s (and hence, Bill Gates’ and Windows Vista’s) current state has historical resemblance:

A historical feature of organisations like Beria’s NKVD (and by extension any kind of state enforcers in a totalitarian society) is that the lack of any fixed goals and limits on their behaviour, the kind that would be set by the laws of a democratic country, combined with the intense paranoia of the leadership, leads to a continual extension of the security apparatus and an ongoing escalation of repressiveness by the enforcers. The result is a driftnet approach to enforcement that ends up netting more innocent bystanders than anything else. The many examples given in the rest of this writeup are an indication that Windows is already well down this path.

Of course, there’s a “speculation” (which is amazingly quite accurate) of Microsoft’s business model of the future (or today):

Enter the subscription model for software. Instead of paying for something once and then falling off the radar as a revenue source for several years, subscription-based content and subscription-based software guarantee a continuous revenue stream for the vendor. If Microsoft controls the distribution channel for content (which is what Vista’s content protection is trying to achieve) then every time you view or listen to some content (no matter whose content), Microsoft gets paid for permitting that content to be played on their system.

This new revenue model extends beyond mere content playback and into SaaS, in a manner revealed by Microsoft’s patent application System and method for delivery of a modular operating system, the first portions of which we’re already seeing as Vista’s Windows Anytime Upgrade. This provides a scary look at Microsoft’s view of the future of computing. As the Groklaw analysis points out, “the patent is not interesting for its technical content — all the building blocks of the described system have been used for some time now — but for the glimpse it offers into the business model envisaged by the applicant”.

Ah, Microsoft… you could’ve been a great company. You really could still be, just look into your heart and see the real pure-hearted child inside you. 🙂

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