http://www.newsfactor.com/perl/story/20509.html Microsoft announced to the world its new technology to protect CD & DVD discs from being copied. Great! Now every time I think about buying a new CD I have to check the packaging to see if it is indeed a CD or one of these new things that just look like one. I hope that iTunes can be patched to work with these new discs so that ripping CDs for my personal use does not become more difficult that it should be. I would even record the music through the digital out of a DVD player if I have to. Copy-Protection might be a telling sign of Microsoft's closeness to the government that would have split it in two just a few years ago. They get away with being a monopoly and in return government agencies get to look at the Windows source code and consumers get copy-protected discs. If this outcome does not give companies like Apple an incentive to release an OS for generic PCs then nothing will. An OS X for x86 would not be all that it is on Apple hardware, but for PeeCee users who want to go on ripping CDs it might be the only sensible alternative to Windows.