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From: "N. Coesel"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 09:45:29 +0100
Organization: Planet Internet
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"Chuck Simmons" wrote in message
> "N. Coesel" wrote:
> > "ricardo" wrote in message
> > news:3DC58036.335D721E@erckert-ibe.de...
> > > I read an article about TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance).
> > > project targets on introducing hardware protection against running
> > > uncertified software. Any software without certificat is intended no
> > > be executable on future PCs.
> > > What happens to allt the engineering software written daily for the
> > > folloing purposes:
> > >
> > > 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
> > early 1980 DEC already shipped a desktop computer with an unique number
> > it mainly to enable software vendors to create software that runs on
> > computer. I think these where called DEC Rainbow, but I can't remember
> > name right now.
> I did not know that the Rainblow (as many of us at DEC at the time
> called it) had that feature. The VAX 11-7xx series all had unique serial
I was wrong, it's the DEC PRO I was typing about.
> > Besides, a lot of software already uses licence schemes based on
> > ID, MAC or IP address.
> These methods have various diseases but they definitely beat having a
> dongle. A dongle has the advantage, in any event, that in an emergency,
> the license is completely portable.
That's why I always clone computers and choose for harddrive ID; all
machines will have the same harddrive ID and so the license it completely
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