From: "John Jardine"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC usefor engineering
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 18:14:26 -0000
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Christopher R. Carlen wrote in message
> 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
A surreal image!. Classic prose! .Love it!