From: "Christopher R. Carlen"
Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use
Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 12:59:08 -0800
Organization: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA
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Geraldo Sazias wrote:
> Your future vision of the world is complete bogus for it will never happen.
> People will reject all DRM/Palladium (or whatever name it will have) PC's
> outright and switch over to Via in a heartbeat (provided they don't have DRM
> as well). Intel will quickly change its policy once it figures out that it's
> marketshare is dropping like a stone. I don't understand how they got
> themselves in this mess in the first place. Why would Intel want to rub the
> backs of the media companies anyway? It seems illogical to me. Microsoft I
> can understand but Intel, Microsoft and AMD at the same time? Is suspect the
> government is pulling the strings somewhere.
If you assume that market forces alone will be at work, then there is
some measure of likelyhood that it will not come to pass. However, even
this is uncertain given the propensity of people to accept well crafted
But the reason why this may very well come to pass is that, as you
acknowledge, that the government may be involved.
This is in fact why I am so concerned about this vision. Because, if
you pay attention to the legislative landscape, you will see a series of
related legislations, some of which have already passed, and some of
which are in the works. Each of these individually may not seem like
such a big deal. But when you see how it all fits together, and you
couple that with understanding who is funding these legislative efforts,
then you have little choice but to become *very* alarmed.
I cannot reproduce in this post all of what I have learned about these
matters from reading IT industry news for the past several years. I
will provide two links, and leave it to the reader who cares to pay
attention enough to begin to perceive the big picture.
This link is about a recent legislative effort:
For a daily flux of IT news that is Linux-centric,
At Linuxtoday you can find links a few weeks ago to stories which
indicate that members of the US legislature, funded by you-know-who, are
considering sponsoring legislation to explicitly ban Linux and GPL
software from being developed in the government. No folks, this isn't a
bogus vision, it is happening now!
Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA