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The road to freedom in the embedded world

The road to freedom in the embedded world

Posted Mar 22, 2007 10:08 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: The road to freedom in the embedded world by greve
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world

A good indication of the flaws in the wireless stack domain would probably start with radio hams, and the fact that (as Alan Cox has pointed out), hardware wireless stacks forbid radio hams from transmitting on frequencies that they're legally allowed to transmit on, because they have no way of being told that the user is a ham. Equally, they have no way of being told that the user has purchased some other region of spectrum and is thus allowed to transmit in it.

i.e., it's not that they restrict the users to doing what the law allows: it's that they restrict the users to doing *less* than the law allows, and have no way of being told that the user has additional rights. This is akin to ditching the presumption of innocence (while in the domain of criminal law, I can see the analogy between `you can't do things because we can't be sure you have the right to do them` and 'you can't be set free because we can't be sure you aren't a criminal`. If the criminal law worked the way these wireless stacks do --- and the way that DRM systems do --- we'd all be locked in jail all the time in case we became serial killers.)


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