Gosling: Blu-ray victory to spur Java creativity
By Chris Duckett
Special to CNET News.com
Published: March 6, 2008, 6:03 AM PST
"Father of Java" James Gosling says he sees Blu-ray's victory over HD DVD as a catalyst for more interesting forms of entertainment for the disc format.
Speaking at the Sun Tech Day in Sydney, Gosling told ZDNet Australia's Builder AU that he hopes that Blu-ray Disc win--combined with the possibility of having Java's new graphical framework, JavaFX, within the Blu-ray specification--would enable a graphical user experience beyond solely playing Blu-ray discs. [...]
With ever more network connectivity happening, I see the possibility that one day the government will mandate monitoring. Remember Bill Clinton's v-chip
? This fits in perfectly when you consider the use of broadcast flags and other DRM technologies.
But more to worry about is the networked unit reporting back to some commercial site the movies you watch and when. Register your machine online (you did want that firmware update/technical support/product activation, didn't you?) and then they can correlate your machine's IP address to your mailing and physical address. (Does Tivo have that or a similar function? I don't know much about Tivo and cable provider DVR technology) Prerecorded content could also be tagged with unique serial numbers to see if you have a legit copy. The player's programming then could update a software table in the machine and just never let you play that pirated disk... it would also report you.
Unlike the RIAA's John Doe suits
, the time, place, and actual offending content would be reported. Each attempt to play that illegitimate disk could be construed as an additional offense which would rack up your fines and/or jail time. The MPAA
is gonna love to have your player networked. Yes they will.