On another website I am involved with a member has raised an interesting issue. He refers to developments at Microsoft regarding a ‘Fritz’ chip and the use of ‘Palladium’ software which can control which sites the PC user is able to access. The inference is that upon installation of the software (inference it is mandatory with forthcoming MS versions) Microsoft has the ability to effectively check which sites you are visiting on the net and block access to sites it (MS) doesn’t support.
Part of the poster’s article states:
"In an effort to ensure that the evil of piracy is defeated, M$ intends to utilise a combined hardware and software solution. They want a so-called ‘Fritz chip’ inside your PC, working alongside new software (Palladium) that essentially hands total control of your PC over to M$. Together they will tell you precisely what hardware you can put inside your box. Only hardware suppliers ‘trusted’ by M$ will be allowed to sell PC components. It will not surprise you to learn that the only software allowed to run on the new systems will be from ‘trusted’ software houses.
This will give M$ total control over what documents you may or may not open, create and save, and even what web-sites you may or may not visit. Even better as far as M$ is concerned, you will never ‘own’ M$Office again, or any of their software. You will lease it, on an ongoing basis. You will pay, pay and pay again.
The offensive thing here is that Microsoft and the entertainment industry clearly regard you as a potential crook. Most people neither own pirated software or copy and sell pirated films and music, and yet with the attempt to introduce these technologies they are accusing you of piracy before the act. Clearly the notion of ‘trust’ works only one way - you are expected to ‘trust’ M$ not to abuse your rights to privacy, and yet they do not ‘trust’ you to use their software legally and responsibly.
The implications go far beyond ‘piracy’, this technology will be used to blanket ban whole classes of publications, as and when either the government or M$ see fit."
Question is - is this actually happening or not, and does anyone have any further info on this if any or all is correct?