At 3:16 AM -0700 10/7/10, John Gilmore wrote:

BBC reports that Microsoft's idea seems to be that if your computer
doesn't present a valid "health certificate" to your ISP, then your
ISP wouldn't let it be on the net, or would throttle it down to a tiny
bandwidth.  The Health Certificate would, of course, be provided by
Intel and Microsoft, but only from machines with Treacherous Computing
hardware, after examining everything in your computer to make sure
Intel and Microsoft approve of it all.

I think that this will crash and burn because by the time that they're ready to implement this, PCs will be a minority of devices connected via IP.

My cable box talks TCP/IP. So does my Tivo. And my SqueezeBox. And my SlingBox. And my router. And most modern televisions.

Many people would be "annoyed", to say the least, if they couldn't watch movies on their NetFlix-enabled TV - which they bought before this cockamamie idea was proposed.
-- Marshall

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the hands acquire shaking, the shaking becomes a warning.
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