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From: John Larkin
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 15:31:58 -0800
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On Sun, 3 Nov 2002 20:51:05 +0100, "N. Coesel" wrote:
>"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.
The Rainbow also had its own unique floppy format, and you couldn't
format floppies yourself... you had to buy them from Dec. People
didn't buy them in droves.
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