From: email@example.com (N. Thornton)
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
Date: 4 Nov 2002 07:35:05 -0800
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NNTP-Posting-Date: 4 Nov 2002 15:35:06 GMT
firstname.lastname@example.org (The little lost angel) wrote in message news:<email@example.com>...
> On Sun, 03 Nov 2002 23:00:15 +0100, Rene Tschaggelar
> >A silly idea from some marketing guys.
> >I cannot imagine any user gaining something by using such a
> >machine, therefore none'll buy it.
> >This idea was dead before it was thought of.
> Who said anything about the user gaining anything from it?
> If the TCPA gets off the ground, we either hope that everybody
> heads off to another platform entirely, or enjoy William Big Brother
I understand one of the ramifications of pratadium is that if you have
a hardware problem, you will be unable to recover any data whatever
off your HDD. Put the HDD in any other machine and it simply wont be
possible to recover anything off it. Who would choose that?
The problem is, since it looks like Intel will play ball, many could
end up buying pratadium without understanding what they're buying,
thus it could become common. Then various major business software
packages will require pratadium to work, then all new MS OSes wil be
pratadium only... I can easily see a day when pratadium could take
If this happens I think it would do an immense amount of damage to the
whole computer thing. Imagine the problems that result when people
start looking for alternatives to a closed pratadium PC market. The
compatibility issues that dogged the puter industry in the 80s will be
back, and will create all hell.
When all new CPUs are pratadium, after 5 years no-one will still be
using non prat 5 yr old CPUs. Perhaps the now minor CPU manufacturers
will experience a mssive boost in sales providing (then) incompatible
non-prat CPUs. The PC industry will split in 2 directions, prat and
non prat, just like todays MS and Linux split.
Pratadium is some thing to Avoid with a capital A. But I suspect the
majority won't know that, or be bothered enough to find a suitable
alternative to it. After all, how many people 'upgraded' from 95 to 98
1st, only to find they had not less prolems but more? And did other
poeple learn from that? Or did people still upgrade from 98se to Me,
only to have the same problem?
There are real concerns about XP too, yet its uptake has been almost
universal. Very few new puters are shipped with older OSes now.
Prepare for pratadium folks. Prapare for a major screwing with the PC
I think the hops will lie with things like Lindows, and maybe Linux
will eventually get it together enough to be more accepted.