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Posted Feb 8, 2007 7:17 UTC (Thu) by grouch (guest, #27289)
Parent article: Bitfrost: the OLPC security model

The anti-theft mechanisms (both the activation one and the "optional" one) have tremendous potential for abuse by repressors. Instead of phoning home, can the OLPC be required to take the child's photo at intervals to confirm it has not been stolen?

It seems to me that it would be better to rely on a mechanism where the machine confirms its owner than to rely on reporting to a remote entity. The owner may be presumed to have his or her best interests at heart. If the remote entity has the power, even by lack of confirmation, to disable the OLPC, that remote entity is the owner of the machine. Is the goal to provide ownership of one laptop per child, or conditional loan?


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Posted Feb 9, 2007 2:09 UTC (Fri) by ikm (subscriber, #493) [Link]

> If the remote entity has the power, even by lack of confirmation, to disable the OLPC, that remote entity is the owner of the machine.

Absolutely.

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Posted Feb 9, 2007 4:55 UTC (Fri) by dlang (subscriber, #313) [Link]

which is why bifrost shuts down the laptop after some period of not being able to phone home.

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Posted Feb 9, 2007 10:22 UTC (Fri) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501) [Link]

A device that shuts itself if it cannot phone home may not be a good idea: China Loses Over 9,000 Domain Names in Earthquake.

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Posted Feb 9, 2007 11:06 UTC (Fri) by k8to (subscriber, #15413) [Link]

Yes, but the OLPC is designed to create its own network.

In the case that the central authority itself goes away for 21 days, the fact that OLPC systems also shut down probably will not help, but will not be a big problem compared to some.

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Posted Feb 9, 2007 12:00 UTC (Fri) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501) [Link]

A major communication cable going down can actually cause this.

Going to a different part of the country for a month with your laptop can also brickify it.

And a malfunctioning network adapter will also brickify your device.

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Posted Feb 15, 2007 13:07 UTC (Thu) by arcticwolf (guest, #8341) [Link]

Aren't these machines supposed to use some form of ad-hoc wireless mesh networking? Communication cables going down shouldn't be a huge problem, one would hope.


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