Subject: Re: TCPA (Trusted Computing Platform Alliance) and future PC use for engineering
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From: Jean-Pierre Moreau
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Date: 11 Nov 2002 14:48:53 -0500
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Organization: Bell Sympatico
Chris Carlen writes:
> Geraldo Sazias wrote:
> > I read about it, although from what I gather, there wasn't too much
> > support for the bill. Besides, it will infuriate businesses in
> > America who will find themselves with no choice at all when it
> > comes to Operating Systems. Even worse, other countries are likely
> > to ignore the American call to pass
> > similar legislation thereby handicapping American businesses who will have
> > to pay a great deal more for their IT infrastructure whilst foreign
> > businesses save bundles of money by switching to Linux.
> That's where WIPO comes into play. You do realize that the US has
> little restraint when it comes to pressuring other governments to
> adopt policies that serve US interests, right?
> I agree there are a lot of reasons why TCPA and the like are unlikely
> to be appealing to a great many (duh!), but there are also strong
> factors at work to make it happen despite what is sensible. Those
> factors being the profound greed and economic imperialist motivations
> of the US government/corporations.
> I certainly hope *you* are right, though. But sometimes in order to
> head off such very bleak outcomes as what would occur with TCPA and
> DRM, it is necessary to get a bit alarmist in order to counter the
> deception on the other side.
> But I'm still not confident in any rosy outcome as it stands today.
> . . .
> Christopher R. Carlen
Exactly, Christopher. The US being the most powerful country is
advantageous to the US (by definition of 'powerful'!).
Here a minor (for me) example in Canada. Some months ago, a report
recommanding legalization of Marijuana for the Canadian government
was issued. After some weeks of discussions in the medias and
in the parliement, there were come 'concerns' coming from US
authorities, very legitimate from the point of view of US law.
After that, the were less and less discussion in government,
than nothing. I have no interest at all in this legalization or not,
but what impressed me is the 'pressure' from the US I perceived,
and mostly that it was *very effective*.
So I do NOT count on countries outside US, because the globalization
of laws that is coming.
Naturally, these laws are advantageous for a subset of the US
'entities' (people, organizations, corporations, ...), not
necessarily for the majority of its citizens. It is a political
question, not a market or other one. And being myself very lousy
on politics, I do nothing about it, except this minor post and
Jean-Pierre Moreau uu@dd (s/uu/jpm-qc/; s/dd/iquebec.com/)
"1984 has not been cancelled; it's just a little late."
(stolen from stolen sig)