Last week, the master key for the HDCP DRM scheme -- which prevents people from connecting unapproved monitors, recorders and switches to high-def players, computers and consoles -- leaked. Using this key, it is now possible to make more flexible and cheaper high-def equipment (for example, high-def recorders that save unrestricted video-files). Intel is promising to sue anyone who tries it, though:
"There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers," said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. "Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies."
I love the spokesmanese here: "avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies" indeed! Christ, where'd this guy learn to talk, the Mistakes Were Made School For Obfuscation and Passive Voice Bullshittery?
Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack
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Elizabeth Warren is on fire in this speech at a New America Open Markets conference on monopolies this week in DC; Senator Warren is pitiless, lucid and laser focused on the way that corruption creates monopolies, and monopolies suborn corruption.
The US imprisons more people than any other country in history, both as a total number and as a proportion of its population; a White House data-mining effort proposes to set free prisoners who are “low risk,” which is something we can all get behind.
A very good piece by Tom Simonite in the MIT Technology Review looks at the implications of Intel’s announcement that it will slow the rate at which it increases the density of transistors in microprocessors.
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