Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent

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Today's I Told You So

Why do I make a point of buying AMD processors rather than Intel? Why have I stated that I do not intend to install Windows XP or any subsequent release, no matter how stable it gets?

Because of TCPA and Palladium:

I'll go back to a manual typewriter before I buy something that seems like the bastard cross between 1984 and Farenheit 451.

Is it just me, or does it seem like the only people who really paid attention to all the dystopian fiction of the last century were the ones who thought it all sounded like a grand idea? It was only a few years ago that my friends and I ragged on the cliches of cyberpunk fiction -- and now, suddenly, every news report seems like something from Robocop, Snow Crash, or The Dark Knight Returns. They meant this stuff as parody, not prediction, people! They certainly didn't mean it as a model for social planning....

The Old Guard caught onto the notion of the Information Based Economy -- and is doing their damnedest to try and impose the Economics of Scarcity on it. Meanwhile, one of my best friends, socially conscious, keenly aware of concepts of Class Struggle in a historical context, has cheerfully installed Windows XP with a shrug.

Gaaaaah. This isn't just a geek concern. These issues of control and copywrong are intimately tied to other issues of social justice and personal freedom. It's not about whether or not we can download free music. It's whether or not we'll have the right to create our own content -- and continue to own it. It's whether the revolution of desktop publishing, desktop music, and desktop video will continue, or if only Officially Approved Content Producers will be allowed to create.

The Powers That Be share a vision of Digital Feudalism, where the corporate barons own all "Intellectual Property" and control the reins of your hardware to enforce it.

I only wish that was an exaggeration. I only wish that I was just an alarmist. You don't have to look very far. It's not a conspiracy theory. They've stated their goals right out -- all you have to do is wake up and pay attention.

Their idea of "computer security" is having computers secure from the end user. That's you, out there in LJ land. Well, except for the NSA agent reading this bit of subversion.

Nothing to lose but our chains, my friends, nothing to lose but our chains.

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