|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] [Fwd: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?] (fwd)
On Sat, Oct 02, 2004 at 01:52:39AM -0400, Mike Richardson - NYLXS PRESIDENT wrote:
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> Date: Sat, 02 Oct 2004 01:39:50 -0400
> From: Michael L. Richardson
> To: michael-nylxs
> Subject: [Fwd: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?]
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> > From: Martin T. Focazio
> > To: politics-at-lists.mx2pro.com
> > Subject: [Politics] What Else is Tucked Away in ROM?
> > Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 15:26:31 -0400
> > Interesting....tucked into the ROM of imaging devices of all kinds is
> > a money detector...
> > http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/10/01/copying.dollars.ap/index.html
> > Precisely how the technology works is a mystery. The U.S. government
> > keeps its inner workings a closely guarded secret, arguing that
> > disclosing too much information could help counterfeiters circumvent
> > protections.
> > It also has declined to identify which companies have agreed to add
> > the technology in their products, although Kodak, Xerox, Adobe
> > Systems, Ulead Systems and Hewlett-Packard are among those known to
> > use it. The European Union is considering a proposal to require all
> > software companies to include such anti-counterfeit technology.
Of course, this EU proposal and its unborn domestic cousins have BAD
implications for free photo processing software in the same way as the
DMCA's canonization of CSS had BAD implications for free DVD-playing
software. I can't see how free software licenses can be compatible with
such a secrecy requirement. We can't embed 'secret' algorithms in free
software. Keeping the detection systems secret is not going stop the
bad guys for very long, anyway. They can always use older computers and
software to do the counterfeiting job, right?
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