If you don't already know the name Caspar Bowden, we bet you soon won't be able to forget it. In 2000, as chair of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, he made the silicon.com Agenda Setter top 50 list as a prime mover and shaker in Europe, and over the years he has campaigned tirelessly for privacy and individual freedoms to be protected online. Only now his career has taken its most interesting twist.
L33tdawg: I was with a Sun guy the other evening and he mentioned the somewhat scary notion of Palladium -- hardware that's registered to the OS, which in turn means Microsoft could determine when it's time for you to upgrade your hardware just by telling the OS to not recognize key components on your board. Far fetched? What do you think?
Source: The Register
If you caught our recent coverage of the Windows Media Player trio of security holes you may have followed a link to the TechNet download site for a patch, or you might have activated Windows Update. If you did the former (though, oddly, not if you did the latter), you would have been confronted with an End User License Agreement (EULA) stating, most ominously, that: