lrose writes "Check out this story over at ZDNet -- Microsoft is developing a secure operating system to be combined with hardware doing public key cryptography. The DRM aspect reminds me of something I read about an imaginary day in the not-too-distant future, where you can no longer install Linux on your own box because you don't have the necessary rights."
Coursey's column is quite interesting, bringing a lot more of the backstory behind Palladium
into public view. While geeks have been following and worrying about the TCPA
, Microsoft has been working to spin the story with assorted columnists and journalists, so that when it broke it would be in the context that Steven Levy bought into hook, line and sinker
: a scheme to protect you rather than one to prevent you from using your computer in unapproved ways.