From: Wesley Darlington (wesley at domain yelsew.com)
Date: Thu 09 Aug 2001 - 13:04:55 IST
On Thu, Aug 09, 2001 at 11:08:38AM +0100, Fergal Daly wrote:
> I agree that MS are about the only ones who could pull it off. I just don't
> think that even they can do it,
Do you think they don't have the ability? The inclination?
Perhaps the world just wouldn't let them get away with it?
I think MS has the ability and the inclination. I don't think the world
is quite ready for their solution. Yet. Soon, though, after another few
`Code Red's pressure will start to appear for some sort of unique
identifier for internet citizens. And MS will have `passport' ready
and waiting. Perhaps tied in to something not unlike this thing called
a `computer driving licence'. http://www.ecdl.com/
Governments love to regulate things, to control things. Anonymity and
anarchy on the 'net are in direct opposition to this. Couple this with
the fact that the 'net doesn't have *that* many pressure points - the
big telcos and their cables in particular - and I don't think it's
completely outlandish that an Internet uid can happen and that MS
can be its patron.
Conspiracy theorist? Moi? ;-)
PS. I feel a big, very disorganised rant coming on, but I'm getting off
topic. Perhaps this could wander over to social at domain linux.ie ?
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