Why, in the name of fuck, do the likes of Window Media Player and Power DVD insist on policing what kind of DVDs I play on my PC? It's none of their business.
Windows Media Player almost earned itself a black eye the other day, when I attempted the heinous crime of playing a Region 2 (Europe, Oz and, uh, other stuff) DVD. Perversely, WMP is packaged on my new PC (which is, worryingly, displaying a blue screen of death each and every day) with a default setting of Region 1 (US/Canada), but will only allow me to change the region setting four times. So what's the logic here? Region-switching is either okay, or it isn't. And clearly, no-one apart from the makers of DVD-playing software gives a flying fuck about DVD regions any more. Apparently, these new-fangled HD-DVD discs are region-free, so clearly the days of shiny-disc segregation are over.
Yet... yet... here's Windows Media Player, popping up with the oh-so-patronising message: "You need to obtain a disc appropriate to your international region". Cheers for that, you electronic cock.