Posted Oct 6, 2006 12:16 UTC (Fri) by alexbk
In reply to: 4 points
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Much better case than a Tivo would be latest Nokia phones, which *are* general purpose computers that happen to have smaller than normal screens and keyboards. These phones also have a sophisticated mechanism for verification of installed applications called Symbian Signed. That mechanism ensures that only Nokia and vendors approved by them can write software that does interesting things such as getting coordinates from built-in GPS receiver or working with the phone's microphone and speaker. They can legally use GPLv2 software to do that, and keep the keys to themsevles. Saying "don't buy the phones if you don't like that" is not really an option - there are no other devices that offer similar functionality.
Also, when you say "desire to trust a piece of hardware" you should be more specific - who has that desire, and who owns the hardware?
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