From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 12:31:02 -0800
Organization: Posted via Supernews, http://www.supernews.com
X-Newsreader: Forte Agent 1.91/32.564
On Sun, 03 Nov 2002 20:59:50 +0100, ricardo wrote:
>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
> - 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?
"Trusted" computing means that Microsoft will load another heap of
buggy stuff on top of already buggy operating systems, the intent
being to control everything we run or play and charge us monthly for
Windows has already made it difficult for anybody but fulltime
software geeks to really use a computer, other than just running
applications or hacking Visual Basic. The aim is to, eventually, turn
the PC into a physically (no PCI slots, even) and logically (runs only
certified drivers, apps, and media files) closed box.