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From: "N. Coesel"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 20:51:05 +0100
Organization: Planet Internet
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"ricardo" wrote in message
> I read an article about TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance). The
> project targets on introducing hardware protection against running
> uncertified software. Any software without certificat is intended no to
> be executable on future PCs.
> What happens to allt the engineering software written daily for the
> folloing purposes:
> - Device driver for lab equipment
> - data mining (I can't imagine Excel to handle an oscilloscope data
> stream of 8MB binary and perform fourrier analysis with 1.6 Billion
> - C-models for complex systems
> - Compiled verilog or VHDL
> Does TCPA mean we have to refrain from using PCs for engineering and
> switch to UNIX workstations?
> When does delivery of PCs with such hindering hardware start?
Hmm, I wonder when something _really_ new is going to be invented. In the
early 1980 DEC already shipped a desktop computer with an unique number in
it mainly to enable software vendors to create software that runs on only 1
computer. I think these where called DEC Rainbow, but I can't remember the
name right now.
Besides, a lot of software already uses licence schemes based on harddrive
ID, MAC or IP address.
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