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Security Systems Standards and Certification Act UPDATE!

The hearings slated for tomorrow have been rescheduled. Hattip: Dan Gillmor

Digital Controls Senate Hearing Postponed
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Source: Dan Gillmor's Weblog

Security Systems Standards and Certification Act

Tomorrow, hearings begin on the SSSCA. This is a bill to require hardware level manufacturing of computer components to allegedly prohibit the reproduction of copyrighted materials such as Movies and Music.

It would make it illegal to sell or manufacture equipment for personal computers without this technology.

This is not about security, this is about slamming the door on what you can do with your computer.

This is a gift to the Movie and Music industry, the primary movers of this legislation. If you do not act to stop this, you will be very few steps to 1984 and thought control.

Hollings Sets Hearing on Copy Control, Explains Need for New Law
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Source: Webnoize.com

Defeat the "Security Systems Standards and Certification Act" (SSSCA)
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Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.org

Whoops!
A PATCH RELEASED by Microsoft Thursday to protect Windows 2000 and Windows NT servers against a denial-of-service vulnerability has been withdrawn after users who installed it complained that it caused their systems to malfunction.

Microsoft withdraws faulty server patch
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Source: Infoworld.com

Your National Identity Card

The proposal put forth by Larry Ellison for a National ID Card is gaining traction among groups that can make it happen.

Richard Stengel is the Editor in Chief for Time.com. In an editorial posted the other day, he makes a resonable case for it.

The Case for a National ID Card
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The question is not the applicability of such a card, but the potential for abuse of the system. Who has access? How secure is it? What kinds of information will be added to the files, and how soon will every transaction you make be added to this database?

Current Opinion

No RAND for Me

The web works because HTML is an open system.

The majority of what you see on your screen is written in Hyper Text Markup Language. This language has been carefully created to extend the capabilities of what can be communicated from one computer to another. The source for this is the W3C World Wide Web Consortium.

The W3C holds a special position in our little world. We in concert, without clubs, memberships, secret handshakes, or free mouse pads, have decided to agree on the W3C Recommendations as the stone tablets of our universe of the web. We are here as these 'standards' are non-propriatary, open source, and do not 'belong' to anybody. This means that we have a baseline to begin our exploration and experimentation with what we can get to show up in a browser.

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