sad treacherous computing day
Alfred M. Szmidt
ams at gnu.org
Mon May 7 13:52:54 UTC 2007
> DRM and TC can be used in useful ways, again it is not the
> technology, it is the use of the technology that can be good
> or bad.
> What are these useful ways one can use DRM and TC? The whole
> point of TC and DRM is after all to prohibit a user from updating
> their software, or from listining to their favourite song on
> their music player of choice. I cannot see anything useful about
> these things.
That's because you have limited imagination I guess.
TC and DRM are simply mechanisms, you could use a TC enabled
machine to sign your own binaries so that you are sure nobody can
take over your machine and run a different kernel.
Same for DRM, you can use it for your own stuff.
This is the exact case I stated, prohibiting others from updating
their software. It is one thing to _verify_ the binary, and still
allow it to run, and another to simply say `You're bad! Go away bad
person!'; and this is exactly what DRM/TC does. Signing binaries is a
great way to check their integrity, but that doesn't mean that one
shouldn't be able to run unverifiable binaries. So I still don't see
how DRM/TC can be a useful thing.
Do you leave your machine passwordless with all files set to 777 ?
I actually do.
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