It's annoying that Intel is choosing to disable hardware level features to segment the marketplace, but it shouldn't really be a shock to anyone. Until they have credible competition in the desktop space, they're going to do as they please.
Well... they *do* have credible competition, as long as you're not building a bleeding edge system. AMD is price/performance competitive (and has been for years) for mid-range and budget systems.
I think there was a recent game by EA maybe, they said there would be no DLC.
then the game was released and people found there was already DLC waiting on the release disc...
I find this new trend far more repulsive.
I don't mind paying for something if it's not something I already paid for.
How do you figure you already paid for it? You paid for a piece of plastic, not for *all* the data encoded on it.Edit
: That particular business model isn't even new. Think cable TV -- all of the channels are there on the wire coming into your house, even if all you've paid for is basic cable. But you can't (legally) decrypt the premium channels unless you pay extra for them. Even before the technology to encrypt/scramble cable channels existed (we're tallking *decades* ago now), the cable installer would put analog filters
on your line to knock out the channels you hadn't paid for. Yup, yet another example of a company doing *extra* work to provide a *lower* level of service, in order to segment their product line.