[linux-elitists] defanging TCPA?

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Fri Feb 7 16:41:28 PST 2003

Don Marti writes:

> begin billy@damaged-world.net quotation of Fri, Feb 07, 2003 at 04:24:56PM -0800:
> > 	But they will not be able to interact with large bodies of
> > 	copyrighted media. 
> If you're designing a computer, you have two choices. Either you
> make a general-purpose computer that can do everything that every
> other computer can do; or you make a special-purpose device that
> can do only an infinitesimally small fraction of all the interesting
> computations one might want to do. There's no in-between.
> -- Edward W. Felten
>    http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/archives/000148.html

I don't think Felten's observation eliminates the possibility of
making devices which do _both_.

See "One way to think about trusted computing" at


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