Donald Rumsfeld says:
“We’re functioning with peacetime constraints, with legal requirements, in a wartime situation in the Information Age, where people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise.”
Yes, Donald, isn’t it terrible that these people broke the law by telling the truth.
Intel has announced that Tejas and Jayhawk, versions of the Pentium 4 designed to push the clock speeds of the chip ever higher, have been shelved. It seems that the power consumption of the new chips would simply have been too insane for them to be a viable option, and instead the company will move to a dual-core architecture, which will give better performanced without the power requirements of a small house.
It seems that the Next Generation Secure Computing Base – NGSCB, better known by its codename Palladium – is being rethought. Instead, the company will be working on more support for No Execute – NX – a feature of AMD’s Opteron and Athlon64 chips which allows code to effectively be marked as code, preventing it from being overwritten. This would prevent many of the most common buffer overun exploits, and support for it appears in Windows XP SP2.
Microsoft looking again at this is no bad thing, and no surprise after the overwhealming hostility that Palladium had met from the computer buying public While some of its ideas were sound, the overall package managed to conflate the issues of digital rights management and secure computing, two things which only loosely connected.
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