Bitfrost: the OLPC security model
Posted Feb 8, 2007 22:52 UTC (Thu) by bronson
In reply to: Bitfrost: the OLPC security model
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Of course the OLPC program is restricted.
From the article: "in general, the children will not have that functionality available to them."
From our editor's comment: "There is a delay built into the developer key mechanism; if the laptop is reported stolen during the wait, no key is issued."
This makes total sense. If there really were no restrictions, there would be no point to making the keys private in the first place. The thieves would just request the keys after they'd stolen the laptops.
I've read the v3 draft a few times. You'll notice that 6.3b doesn't specify any durations. How long could Tivo delay issuing a key before It's in violation? A few months? A year? And could Tivo pull the old tape trick used by a number of BSDs in the early 90s? (charging $400 for a $30 tape claiming "it's a reasonable cost of physically performing this conveying of source. Go ahead, take us to court -- it'll cost you a lot more than $400!")
From reading the license, it seems to me like they could.
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