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Re: LCC and blobs

Brian Thomas Sniffen <bts@alum.mit.edu> writes:

>> Can a company release an encrypted CD, so that it's as difficult to
>> modify the firmware on CD as it is in a chip, and then have it
>> count as part of the hardware?
> No, that's not hardware.  That's an encrypted CD.  That, and the DRM
> approach below, are just various forms of non-free software.  The
> difference with a chip on a card is not that it's difficult to modify,
> but that it's not treatable as software!  I can't open it in Emacs, so
> it isn't software.

You can pull the chip from the socket, copy the contents to disk, and
open it with any editor you like.  The chip can also be rewritten.
Where is the fundamental difference from a device where the firmware
is written with the chip in its socket?

Måns Rullgård

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