Voting and X-Ray machines?
Posted Oct 5, 2006 3:33 UTC (Thu) by GreyWizard
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Voting machines? X-Ray machines? The parties who own such devices can and probably should make use of tamper resistance features. Voters and patients should not be permitted to make changes, for the same reason guest accounts shouldn't have root access on servers. Maybe politicians and doctors should be restricted as well but governments and hospitals should clearly have the power to modify the software themselves if necessary.
Perhaps there are legitimate uses for DRM (I would like to know about them) but these particular examples seem confused. The extent to which the GPLv3 draft prohibits tamper resistance deployed by a system owner as opposed to DRM imposed by a vendor is unclear to me, but if it does that is probably not intended.
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