Second Life and Open Source
Posted Dec 21, 2006 18:32 UTC (Thu) by rwmj
In reply to: Second Life and Open Source
Parent article: Second Life and Open Source
I don't see the connection. Second Life is a game. People want to pretend they are
in the real world there. In the real world you can't arbitrarily copy physical objects.
Sure, in this game. But as I understand it we're talking about vendors
in the game selling digital objects and then (*gasp*) complaining because
they can be copied.
Don't get me wrong. I want this to happen. I hate trusted computing. However,
XBox was only Microsoft's first attempt in trusted computing. They are bound to get better at it
and it will become progressively harder to break their next attempts. For example if everything is
on a single chip, it is practically unbreakable.
I really doubt that even a single chip / combined processor + TPM will be unbreakable. This
assumes for a start that MS are capable of writing software without any type of
buffer overflow or other exploitable bug. Not just that they fix their bugs,
but that they never ever (not even once) write one in the first place, because
as soon as trusted software is out there which contains such a bug (even if it
has been fixed in a later release) the platform is vulnerable. That's before
we even start on hardware attacks.
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