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    Default Dear AMD, WHAT THE HELL?!?! AMD locking users out of their hardware

    Looks like AMD is locking down their hardware and locking out the users and costomers of the hardware.

    http://ir.amd.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=74...cle&ID=1704888

    Through a strategic technology partnership with ARM, AMD will integrate the established ARM(R) TrustZone(R) technology into future Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) via a system-on-a-chip (SoC) design methodology.
    In a presentation this week at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2012 (AFDS), AMD Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Mike Wolfe described AMD's vision to advance computing security by enhancing AMD's existing security technologies. This is expected to include developing a platform security processor using an ARM Cortex(TM)-A5 CPU that features TrustZone technology, to monitor and help protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level.
    This isn't real security. It's a way of preventing users from access to the hardware they they paid for and preventing users from using software of they choose to use.

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    Some more info on this new AMD strategy to put "Trusted Computing" (meaning "we at AMD don't trust you the user or owner of the hardware they buy from us") into every AMD CPU and APU they make

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/6007/a...e-capabilities

    Also known as ACTA/SOPA in every AMD APU/CPU.
    Last edited by linux5850; 06-13-2012 at 12:46 PM.

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    And here's a short video on what "Trusted Computing" is

    http://www.lafkon.net/tc


    or on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuI6SLFnGbQ

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    Default And btw UEFI "secure" boot already comes...

    Btw, UEFI "secure" boot comes and it about to restrict us on what we can boot and would also force our computers to "trust" to someone. And that "someone" wouldn't be YOU. This basically implies your computer obeys not to you but to it's manufacturer. Whoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0xBADCODE View Post
    Btw, UEFI "secure" boot comes and it about to restrict us on what we can boot and would also force our computers to "trust" to someone. And that "someone" wouldn't be YOU. This basically implies your computer obeys not to you but to it's manufacturer. Whoa.
    Please get your facts straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobiSGD View Post
    Please get your facts straight.
    Why, he is correct.
    They just make exception NOW with current x86 implementation of UEFI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linux5850 View Post
    This isn't real security. It's a way of preventing users from access to the hardware they they paid for and preventing users from using software of they choose to use.
    This process isn't going to stop no matter how many people protest against it, it can only be put on hold for a while but then it'll start over again (maybe under a different label).

    Anyone watching what's going on knows that even if such a "security" project meets opposition the people behind the project either change tactics or take a break and start over again, e.g. think of ACTA/patents in software, Trusted computing in hw, the TSA in real life, world-wide 3 color terror-alerts, there's plenty of evidence, and it almost always gets pushed in the name of security or IP.

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