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Re: Broken dream of mine :(

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Broken dream of mine :(
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:26:00 +0200
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Am Dienstag, 22. September 2009 18:15:33 schrieb Jonathan S. Shapiro:
> Finally, I note that the entire debate about TPM/DRM has become irrelevant.
> The clear fact is that customers voted against DRM on music etc. because it
> was too cumbersome. Ultimately, enough of the hidden costs of DRM were very
> apparent to the customers, and they simply stopped buying DRM-protected
> music. Given that this is true, the presence of DRM support in the TPM
> becomes a pretty silly thing to argue about, because the market apparently
> will not "buy in" to the bad uses, and the good uses remain compelling.

This is now only for (some) music. But look at the iPhone and you see just how 
much lock-in users accept, if the device is just fancy enough. 

> Even in the "information is free" model, I still have the right to decide 
> not to tell you something at all based on who I think you are.

But not based on which versions of programs I have. It shouldn't concern 
anyone which programs *I* use, as long as they stick to the communication 

> First is the secure store. TPM will store on your behalf the encryption keys
> to sensitive data. 

As long as I have a way to retrieve it, everyone can use that same way, so 
airport security could just force me to "open" the laptop for them. 

And I could just as well use a password-protected GnuPG key to encrypt 
sensitive data - ideally one on a crypto-card like the smartcard from the 

Where is the advantage of a TPM over that model? 

Best wishes, 

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Ein Mann wird auf der Straße mit einem Messer bedroht. 
Zwei Polizisten sind sofort da und halten ein Transparent davor. 

        "Illegale Szene. Niemand darf das sehen."

Der Mann wird ausgeraubt, erstochen und verblutet, 
denn die Polizisten haben beide Hände voll zu tun. 

Willkommen in Deutschland. Zensur ist schön. 
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