From: "Christopher R. Carlen"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 09:40:03 -0800
Organization: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA
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The little lost angel wrote:
> We want something better not just bad! ;)
> Plus, MS will probably sue the socks off whoever even produces
> something that looks vaguely like it was reversed engineered.
To give you a clue as to how much this is true, they already sued the
maker of the "Lindows" Linux distribution, simply because the name
sounded like Windows, even though the OS was Linux.
Nobody wants to clone Windows, nor is this needed. What is needed is
for the file formats and networking protocols in which data is
communicated in the 21st century to be openly documented standards, so
that OS and application software vendors can compete on the merits of
implementation rather than through anticompetitive techniques.
What you see right now is various inductries desperately trying to
protect their business models by changing the legal landscape,
effectively trying to make it illegal to have anything but their
business model, and not surprizingly, their business to be dominant as
well. That is what DMCA, UCITA, whatever name the other related
legislation has changed into this time around, and TCPA/DRM/Palladium.
Meanwhile the public sleeps, their minds numbed by the convenience and
perpetual absorption of entertainment that modern life provides, as
their freedom slips away. But they don't notice because they think
convenience *is* freedom. One day you will wake up and to participate
in modern society you will *need* to use a computer, the only choice
will be a computer running Windows, you *will not* be able to pirate it,
because it will all be DRM/TCPA crap, and on top of that you will not
even possess any of the binaries (or source for that matter) of the
programs you use, they will be subscribed from Microsoft servers. Your
data will reside on Microsoft servers. Your data, that means everything
you claim to be your intelllectual property, will belong to Microsoft,
if you take the time to read, and if you can understand the licensing
agreement, which you won't and can't.
*You* will effectively belong to Microsoft, the RIAA, the MPAA.
Everything about what you do in life regarding computing, data, and
media of all forms will be what they have decided is acceptible so that
they may continue to profit from it.
Tell me what becomes of free speech and expression in a system like this?
Have a nice life.
Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA