Weblog entry #13 for glanz
The following is from: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/03/28/14OPcurve_1.html
"I am increasingly aghast at the erosion of the traditional freedom we've enjoyed to do whatever we please with our personal computers...(...)"...
"My latest revelation came during a recent visit to AMD for a day of briefings, mostly about the Barcelona quad-core Opteron and the Torrenza direct-connect coprocessor interface. During that visit, I got the briefest of updates on ATI's new GPU (graphics processing unit) technology. It will ship with software that plays movies on Blu-ray discs. The AMD rep spelled it out in words that would have been undiplomatic coming from me: He said that the new chips will 'block unauthorized access to the frame buffer.' In short, that means an unauthorized party can't save the contents of the display to a file on disk unless the content owner approves it.
There is a short list of parties who will be unauthorized to access your frame buffer: You. There is a long list of parties who are authorized to access your frame buffer, and that list includes Microsoft, Apple, AMD, Intel, ATI, NVidia, Sony Pictures, Paramount, HBO, CBS, Macrovision, and all other content owners and enablers that want your machine to themselves whenever you're watching, listening to, reading, or shooting monsters with their products."
Do not be surprised if this happens to all the equipment you use, including chipsets, hard disks, BIOS etc..., "to protect American business interests".
Why shouldn't it? If Americans and their trained poodle counterparts elsewhere in the world went for a surveillance society, the Patr-idiot Act, a totally unjustified war based on lies, a small thing like American manufacturers and the fascist capitalism and greed upon which their profit mentalities and culture are based should just slip by as easy as "Truth, Justice, and The American Way" from a rolled up Superman Comic book coated with Vaseline.