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Digitimes reports that much faster HD recorders will be coming in a few months, and even faster ones in 2008.

As the article says:

“For burning a 90-minute movie for example, existing 1-2.4x BD or HD DVD burners take 30-45 minutes whereas 6x models will spend 10-15 minutes only, the sources indicated.”

The article goes on to say that 10X speeds should become available in 2008, which should reduce the burn time to sub-10 minutes levels. That’s fast enough for mainstream acceptance (provided the price is right, of course).

Just as obviously, the bulk of recording with these devices shall be, well, illegal. However, from a practical (as opposed to a moral) standpoint, it’s pretty hard to defend those who want to protect their content when their protection schemes are easily broken. Maybe the movie people were naive the first time with CSS, but there’s no excuse this time around.

After years of watching this, I get the sense that everyone is performing as in a play, acting their roles on a stage, with about as much impact on the real world as a stage performance.

Just like the thieves aren’t “really” stealing, the content providers aren’t “really” going to take their ball and go home if they don’t or can’t get the protection they want, the computer people aren’t going to “really” lock machines down, and the governments aren’t “really” going to make any of those previously mentioned accountable for what they do/don’t do.

So why take this seriously if none of the interested parties are?

It’s like being in a city plagued by burglaries where everybody says they care very much about it, but the owners won’t pay extra for dead-bolt locks, the locksmiths refuse to put in advanced security devices, and the police assign one cop to handle all the burglary cases.

Meanwhile, an entire generation of burglars learns that it’s OK to steal, so long as it’s digital.

Who’s kidding whom?

Ed


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