[linux-elitists] defanging TCPA?

billy@damaged-world.net billy@damaged-world.net
Wed Feb 5 23:10:12 PST 2003

On Mon, Feb 03, 2003 at 10:33:38AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> TCPA does not seem to be particularly dangerous to freedom or
> effective for mass-market DRM as long as (1) many computers have
> different kernels, and (2) nobody but the computer's owner knows
> bit-for-bit what's in that computer's kernel.
> 1. When installing an OS or first booting a new computer,
> people should run a program that changes the content of the
> on-disk kernel image without affecting its functionality,

	When installing an OS or first booting a new computer people
	should apply most or all of the latest patches from their
	vendor. They should turn off all un-necessary services. They
	should install and use an email client that is not a massive
	fucking security hole. 

	There are a lot of *really* simple things people should do. 

	They do not. 

	People want computers to be applinances. You turn them on, they

	The *only* reason people will be against TCPA is that within a
	year if its introduction almost all proffessionally produced
	"media", mostly movies and music, will be under DRM and will no
	longer be "free". It's simply a matter of dollars and sense. 

	As wonderful as Linux is for some things, and as wonderful as OS
	X is (It appears that Jobs Will Not Play That, but he's a CEO,
	and they serve at the boards will) (and the *BSDs and plan9 and
	whatever non-windows platform you wish) its less than a
	significant portion of the market. 

	So it doesn't matter. 

	There is no way to fight TCPA or DRM other than to *repeatedly*
	crack it to break it, and to demonstrate over and over that it
	doesn't solve the problems that it claims to solve (i.e.
	protecting the end user against viruses and the like) while
	doing things it claims not to (things like document revocation
	lists and selective access to data). 

[rock] "is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons. By 
means of its almost imbecilic reiteration it manages to be the martial music 
of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth." 
--Frank "Boring old fart" Sinatra. 

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