Re: on firmware (possible proposal)
On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 12:29:20AM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> > - code uploaded into another cpu (a device cpu, not a SMP cpu of some
> > kind) does not run in the same memory space, and can thus not impact
> > the main software running on the host CPU.
> Impacting other software has very little to do with the
> desirability of freedom of software.
It often can, though. You can't really tell if the firmware for your network
card is using DMA to send away your private data in unaccounted frames.
The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."