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Nei College Of Technology

825 41st Ave Ne
Columbia Heights, MN 55421-2974

General Phone: 763-781-4881
Financial Aid Phone: 763-782-7361
Sector: Private nonprofit, 2-year
Classification: Associates Colleges

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Bill Gates: Blu-ray anti-consumer - Hardware

DP: There has been a lot of debate about the next generation Blu-ray and HD DVD technologies in recent weeks. It seems more and more companies are backing the Blu-ray standard. The current debate seems to harken back to the Betamax vs. VHS format war in the 1970s and 80s, where Betamax was ostensibly the superior technology yet it did not gain wide acceptance. Why is Microsoft not backing Blu-ray today a technology that many consider to be superior? Gates: Well, the key issue here is that the protection scheme under Blu-ray is very anti-consumer and there's not much visibility of that. The inconvenience is that the [movie] studios got too much protection at the expense consumers and it won't work well on PCs. You won't be able to play movies and do software in a flexible way. It's not the physical format that we have the issue with, it's that the protection scheme on Blu is very anti-consumer. If [the Blu-ray group] would fix that one thing, you know, that'd be fine. For us it's not the physical format. Understand that this is the last physical format there will ever be. Everything's going to be streamed - more available