February 18, 2003
Let's do the Time Warp Again!

As the nation goose-steps backwards with a frightening sense of inevitability toward the war we fought in 1990, and hurtles at relativistic speed toward the black hole of the voodoo economics policies of the 1980s, one might wonder if something is amiss. And, indeed, something is wrong in the cosmos; the rule of threes is unsatisfied! Fortunately, as Ross Anderson's quote in this article suggests, Microsoft's Palladium will complete the turn-back-the-clock trifecta by causing the torrential information free flow we have today to revert back to the pre-Internet boom trickle of the 1980s.

Thanks to the fine folks at Slashdot for bringing the article to my attention.

If you are a follower of Palladium and the TCPA, the article is probably nothing new, but it does feature some choice quotes.

I do take issue with one statement the article makes about the capabilities of Palladium. It claims that Palladium will "Prevent unauthorized access, via a computer network or the Internet, to Social Security numbers, credit-card information, and other personal data stored in PC's." Bollocks. Palladium is completely unnecessary for secure systems. We know how to build secure systems now, and Palladium does not exist yet! Furthermore, a large proportion of security breaches occur because the human layer of security fails. Think gullible employees and weak, easy to guess passwords.

Posted by Daniel C. Silverstein at February 18, 2003 01:10 AM
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