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From: "Big John"
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Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC usefor engineering
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 21:13:18 -0500
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>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.
Absolutely, you'll also get more rapid technical development and lowercost
>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.
Ah yes, greed! The very fuel that the corporate world runs on. Well, at
least the lawyers will be rich.
>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?
Freedom of speech! No, it stands in the way of profit! Seriously, The
general public doesn't know what is going on because the mass media doesn't
cover stories of this kind. Big business holds all the cards. And most of
the public doesn't have the technical education to understand what is going
on. They won't know what they have lost, perhaps even after we have lost
But there may be more to it than just corporate greed. The government has
been trying for years to get free and open access to the public's computer
data. The arrest of Phil Zimmerman who wrote PGP and gave it away to the
public, back doors installed in web browsers to allow the hard drive to be
read remotely, Magic Lantern, and Carnivore are just a few examples. With a
system that needs to be connected to MicroSoft servers just to function you
can pretty much guarantee there will no privacy at all.
The future is looking darker every day!