Are there any multiplatform viruses that exist yet?
Somewhat, I think there are a few malicious scripts for OOo which *should* by their nature be multi-platform if they're properly written. After that it mostly depends on what they try to achieve. I don't think they are very frequent in the wild.
Are there many static-CMSes (for want of a better term) like that available?
If the malware is in BIOS, it will probably not be network capable to send collected keystrokes. Drivers and networking is just too complex to do that. I'm also not sure where it would store them to survive a boot (on some hard disk sectors?).
AFAIK some antivirus programs do check the BIOS, but I guess smart malware may circumvent that.
If you regularly have to create a LiveCD, and you're the kind of person who is susceptible to malware attack, then:
1) You're not going to do it, and
2) You're likely going to get owned during the LiveCD creation chain..
It kinda seems like all the value of using a LiveCD disappears as soon as you start trying to update it.. which is why I was bothering to object to suggesting to people that they use a LiveCD, as they necessarily contain software that is not patched up-to-date.
None of this is new BTW, it's just that a pundit has stumbled into this old discussion.
As a philosopher, I know that a computer will never be self-aware.
As a logician, I know that statements like the above are meaningless without evidence.
"Why would the solution to something that is not easily enforceable be to make it legal? "
You answered it yourself - it's not easily enforceable.
What the RIAA/MPAA is trying to do is to get the governments and police forces of the world to enforce something which can't be enforced. The amount of money which could be sunk in this black hole if they achieve it is unthinkable.
The real problem is that the RIAA has spent the last ten years with their hands over their ears going "LALALALALALALA, we're not listening". Listening to customers is usually seen as good business practice, but they're not doing it.
The world has changed, people don't listen to CDs any more, they listen to mp3, and they want the singles, not a CD with one decent track and a load of filler.
Apple listened and their iTunes business is doing very well thank you very much.
The other elephant in the 'enforcement' room is that DVD sales are booming year on year almost in line with the drop in CD sales. Maybe the public is buying DVDs instead of CDs...? Nah, it couldn't possibly be market forces at work. We'd better spend billions of tax $$$ on law enforcement to protect the buggy-whip makers, just in case...
this war on dissent
... the evidence against him was essentially that he was associating with a website, didn't operate the website. [FBI wiretaps showed his decision and urging of others not to violate] civil injunctions that were imposed on certain demonstrations. ... the government alleges [encrypted email is] evidence of his criminal intent.
the journey that Andrew Stepanian has gone through is a frightening example of
... this incredible attempt by the government to envelop political activists, criminalize dissent, convict them and then send them to special housing units based on a political agenda.
Andrew's other dangerous activities include six years of feeding homeless people and rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. I don't think limited software options were the main problem when state police labled dissidents, "terrorists" two years ago. The oppression of dissidence is systematic. It's time to get rid of these obnoxious and illegal surveillance systems and the cowardly laws that foist them on us."
Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan