[mythtv-users] tivo series 3 released
Michael T. Dean
mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Tue Sep 12 13:36:20 EDT 2006
On 09/12/06 12:58, Craig Partin wrote:
>Don't forget that the TiVo is basically and x86 PC. If it has a
>cablecard interface then someone will hack it. If cablecard does take
>off then MS will push for cable card interfaces for the PC as well.
>It'll come around to linux eventually. It may be a grey area like
>DeCSS but I happily watch DVDs now.
Yes, but DVD's are used worldwide. CableCard is US-only. That means
anyone in the US who attempts to crack CableCard is committing a federal
felony offense (under the DMCA). If CableCard were used outside the US,
others--who aren't constrained by the DMCA--would have motive to crack
it, thereby having a very different cost/benefit ratio than a US cracker.
Oh, and DeCSS is gray like speeding is gray. It's very much against the
law--only you're not very likely to be prosecuted for doing it. (True,
you're probably more likely to be prosecuted for speeding, but the
cost/benefit ratio is, again, very different--remembering that cost must
factor in both penalty (which is smaller for speeding) and likelihood of
prosecution (which is higher for speeding).)
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