[linux-elitists] Monday 15 Dec: first all-Open Source System-on-Chip

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Thu Dec 11 12:45:17 PST 2003

D. Joe Anderson writes:

> w00t!  Here's a good start to the the back-up plan if
> TCPA/Longhorn/Palladium/"Fritz-chips"* get out of hand.
> First there was Free Software.  Now there is Free Hardware.
> --Joe
> *http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html

You don't have to have a trusted computing machine to be harmed by
other people's abuses of trusted computing, because the most important
harms are from lost interoperability.  If people are precluded from
accessing some service unless they can prove they're using a
particular program, they may be worse off _whether or not they are,
and whether or not they can prove it_ compared to the status quo in
which nobody can prove it.

Having and using non-TC hardware _WILL NOT PROTECT YOU_ from being
punished by various entities for not using TC hardware.

Seth David Schoen <schoen@loyalty.org> | Very frankly, I am opposed to people
     http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | being programmed by others.
     http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     |     -- Fred Rogers (1928-2003),
                                       |        464 U.S. 417, 445 (1984)

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