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Reply-To: "Geraldo Sazias"
From: "Geraldo Sazias"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 10:01:29 +0100
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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?
You needn't worry. First of all, your computer will still be able to execute
non-licensed software as long as this software doesn't have special DRM
protection built-in. You will still be able to compile and run your own
created software with no problems at all.
Secondly, this scheme which was conjured up by the entertainment industry
and Microsoft will never work because people will simply refuse to buy it.
People are rejecting copy-protected formats out of hand as the DataPlay
fiasco shows. Same with Windows Media Audio (WMA) files vs. MP3. People are
simply ignoring WMA flat out.
The entertainment industry's goal is to a) put a hardware based DRM scheme
on the PC b) force us to view and play all digital content on our PC's only
(because DVD's and such can be copied). Again, it will never work. I'm feel
sorry for the sorry-ass computer manufacturers such as HP which are
marketing 'Media Computers' because no matter what happens, Microsoft always
profits from it: if it works M$ gets royalties from the sale of the OS, if
it doesn't work, no problem either since HP is stuck with machines they
can't sell, not them.
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