Bill Gates has said security is Microsoft's No. 1 priority.
Creators of the company's future operating system took their president and chief software architect seriously.
Really? No-one else is!
As "Tech Live" reports tonight, Palladium is the code name of Microsoft's new OS, which promises to end viruses, stop spam, thwart key logging, and safeguard your private data.
End viruses, yeah, right. Stop spam?! How do they plan to do that? Who determines what's spam? M$ or the user? If M$, that would piss a lot of people off. If the user, then it's not going to stop spam. Slow it maybe. Thwart keylogging? Maybe. For a short while. Safeguard private data? Right.
In an interview granted to Newsweek, Microsoft project managers and hardware partners sound giddy with excitement over the new OS.
Nah, they're just jizzing (gizzing
) at the thought of all the money they're going to make with claims like these.
Because Palladium is such a radical departure from previous Windows operating systems, Microsoft has enlisted processor manufacturers to alter their technical designs. Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have signed on to produce special security chips that power the new locked-down OS.
So only M$ can get in your computer!
Data flowing from the processor to the monitor will be encrypted. This foils a practice called "van Eck phreaking" -- highly technical, cloak-and-dagger eavesdropping of computer activity that picks up the electromagnetic radiation emitted by a monitor.
TEMPEST? If people have the ability to use TEMPEST technology (like NSA & stuff), you think a little encryption will stop them? They'll just find a way to modify the technology so that the encryption doesn't matter. I'm sure they already have ways to remotely monitor your screen that can get around this encryption.
Palladium's hardware and software security innovations center on authentication and encryption: Making sure users are who they say they are and preventing unauthorized code from running on the computer. Palladium prevents malicious worms from running.
And how are we going about getting code authorized? Sounds like a major pain in the ass for programmers other than those at M$.
Microsoft expects financial institutions, health-care providers, and government agencies to serve as early adopters of the OS.
Ah, their plans for world domination are falling into place!
As a side benefit for Microsoft and for corporate America, the OS has tight control over copyright media. According to the Newsweek article, Microsoft sees this as a way to bridge the gap between locked-down media and open media. Microsoft doesn't want to stop consumers' fair use of media, such as making backup copies of CDs and transferring songs to an MP3 player, so Palladium will authenticate that you actually bought the music and have a right to rip it for your own use.
And do they think poeple won't bypass this "protection"? I'm sure they'll spend millions on it only to be foiled by something stupid. Just like Sony and that black marker...