[Linux-aus] Australian Digital Civil Rights Quiz
glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Wed Jun 21 10:20:02 UTC 2006
I'm not arguing against the substance of what you wrote.
> - statistical data modelling
Not a good example. I don't understand how Excel works, but I
know its stats functions are crap because there is an external
standard to test them against. Equally I know the functions in
SAS are brilliant. Both are closed source.
There is a question about the rights inherent in a data model,
especially those used in public policy, but again that is an
important fight for others.
> - cryptography
Interesting example. All that DRM hardware is really aimed at:
- providing a secure channel, even in the face of a compromised
- providing secure storage of keys.
And people need this -- look at the dreadful state of Internet
banking. But the agenda of MPAA, etc is that this hardware is
only to protect *their* "property" -- not to protect yours.
In short, DRM hardware isn't necessarily a bad thing -- a DRMed
channel from the keyboard to the ethernet card would be marvellous
for Internet banking.
The problem is that the current DRM hardware has a different focus --
dumbing down computers into DVD players.
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