Awhile back, I found that many DVD titles released by Sony weren't able to be viewed with mplayer. This annoyed me.
So, I investigated a bit and found that VLC (another wonderful media player) could not only play them back, but also rip them with ease. Up until a bit ago, this has been the case since the writing of that article
When version 0.9.6 of VLC was released, evidently a new scripting syntax was implemented which isn't backward compatible with the version 0.8.6i I've been using for months.
Try as I may, I cannot get VLC to rip any movies at all, let alone movies with Sony's stupid DRM installed.
Case in point: I go grab my shiny new copy of The Dark Knight this morning and try to rip it using mplayer -dumstream. It fails. I try the new version of VLC and it fails. I pound on it for 2 hours trying to get it to rip anything. It fails. So...
I revert back to the trusty old 0.8.6i version and try ripping it. It works without a hitch
So... Why, Videolan, did you upgrade your program so drastically that now it won't do what I need it to?
Or maybe I just need to pound on the syntax a bit more to see if I'm missing something. But sheesh... I really don't like learning the same thing twice, just because someone makes a program backward incompatible.