Hollywood And Tech Make A Suspicious Pairing

from the indeed,-they-do dept

The latest Dan Gillmor column takes a closer look at Microsoft’s Palladium and warns that, while the goal of trustworthy computing sounds good, this technology can be used for “bad” things as well, such as digital rights management to remove our fair use rights and to kill off open source software. Of course, these points have been discussed to death since Palladium was first announced. It’s certainly good to be suspicious, but I’m starting to get suspicious of all the suspicion as well. I agree that these are points that should be watched carefully – and made clear to Microsoft (and others). However, a lot of people seem to be jumping to conclusions about these technologies that aren’t definitely true.

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Anonymous Coward says:

take the wind out of Hollings

Palladium will be a great thing if Congress can say “See. The free market works” instead of voting for mandatory DRM. I don’t have a problem if say Dinsey only releases a movie into a Palladium lockbox as long as the competition can release a movie into the open.

(BTW the word palladium is related to “pallbearer” and “obscured by a pall of smoke” the common theme being “pale”)

LittleW0lf says:

Re: take the wind out of Hollings

Not even close….obviously from A.C., and sorry if this is off-topic…I am a bit of an etymology nut.

Palladium (Lt.) comes from the greek word Palladion, which if I remember correctly means “likeness of Pallas,” or statue of Pallas. It’s common meaning is “a sacred object which protects the city or state from harm.” The Constitution of the United States is considered a Palladium in the common sense, as was the Ark of the Covenant to the Jews (although they didn’t call it that at the time…) Of course, Palladium has other meanings…such as the element…

Pallbearer comes from pall which has a number of roots and meanings, only one having to do with pale (which is probably one of the most recent origins, from French.) The Pall more appropriate to pallbearer comes from Latin, pallium, which means cover or cloak, Mid English it became pal, or cover (coffin). There are no roots in Greek, which suggests this word has no actual origin in Greek, hence it can not be related to Palladium.

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