Rinisari writes: "Creative Labs message boards user Daniel_K had been modifying the Vista driver to re-enable functionality which was apparently available on Windows XP but disabled for Vista. In a somewhat DMCA-like claim this past Friday, Phil O'Shaughnessy, VP Corporate Communications at Creative Labs, wrote a message on Creative's message boards asking using user Daniel_K "to respect our legal rights in this matter and cease all further unauthorized distribution of our technology and IP." This created an immense outcry from folks who have paid a premium for Creative's X-Fi line of sound cards, which is "intentionally crippled" on Vista. Creative doesn't seem to care, though. "If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make." It appears that the modified drivers are still available, but will no longer be updated as per Creative's request."
Thus spake the master programmer:
"When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes."
-- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"