Re: LCC and blobs
Måns Rullgård <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Brian Thomas Sniffen <email@example.com> 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,
I probably can't. No good with that sort of thing. Software on disk
is software. Also, I could pull the Pentium off my motherboard, scan
its contents to disk, and open that in any editor I like -- right?
> 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?
Before I believe your definition or put too much thought into
considering it, please explain why it isn't a complete destruction of
the line between software and hardware.
Brian Sniffen firstname.lastname@example.org