Frederick Noronha said on Sun, Feb 29, 2004 at 01:43:48AM +0530,:
Please excuse the posting of a completely off-topic
posting here. This is
This is not exactly off-topic.
Do we realise that after non-free software, greatest threat to the
right to information is control of the spectrum and bandwidth??
Do we realise that a few years down the line, the struggle to free
software from hands of proprietary hoarders will go in vain if the
spectrum and bandwidth is controlled by a few??
At the moment, I am reading on `quality of service'. This topic is
giving me the goose bumps. I find that it possible to use Digital
Restrictions Management technology to authenticate the type of content
in the TCP/IP packet. `Extend' the DRM based IP packet authentication
a little to identify the software creating the packet, and it will be
possible for your your bandwidth carrier or ISP to give lower priority
to traffic originating from software they do not like. (ouch!!! have
I put ideas into peoples' heads??). Modify that a bit to drop packets
containing certain kinds of information ... and 20 years (and a few
weeks) of struggle goes ... zilch!!!
(I have not gone through the mail you forwarded -- I am working on the
backup UPS, and before it shuts down, I have to send this ...)
Mahesh T. Pai, LL.M.,
'NANDINI', S. R. M. Road,