Can You Trust Your Computer?
Oct 23, 2002
Richard Stallman has released an important criticism of the proposed "trusted computing" paradigm proposed by Microsoft and others. Saying it should be called "treacherous computing," Stallman explains, "large media corporations (including the movie companies and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft and Intel, are planning to make your computer obey them instead of you. Proprietary programs have included malicious features before, but this plan would make it universal.CRLFProprietary software means, fundamentally, that you don't control what it does; you can't study the source code, or change it."