[MPlayer-users] Re: best graphical card for mplayer

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Thu Sep 11 17:31:12 CEST 2003

On Thu, Sep 11, 2003 at 03:44:25AM -0500, Jonathan Rogers wrote:
> [Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]
> D Richard Felker III wrote:
> >IMO legal action would be good. What other type of business, except
> >computer hardware, can get away with selling a product that requires
> >very specific technical information to use it, and NOT PROVIDING THAT
> >INFORMATION TO CUSTOMERS?!? Perhaps some users could try driving the
> >hardware themselves (making random guesses at how to control it) then
> >sue nvidia when they break it, since they weren't given sufficient
> >info to know how to avoid breaking it... :) Other ideas are welcome!
> That's not entirely fair. Computer hardware manufacturers provide enough 

Maybe you think it's fair that they get away with advertising their
products as doing things which they really can't/don't do, by
emulating missing features with the drivers? IMO the two biggest
reasons they don't release specs are to cover up lies in the
advertising and to cover up infringement on (usually bogus) patents.

Releasing a product without the necessary information to use it (and
this includes "supported" platforms like windows too, since eventually
nvidia will go out of business and there'll be windows 2010 with a new
driver architecture (and new cpu instruction set too) and no one will
be able to use their old geforce) is a scam, plain and simple.
Covering up your false claims about what your hardware can do with
secret emulation in software? That's a scam too. This is a classic
case of corporate crime, and it needs to be stopped.


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