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-Intel chip to include antipiracy features
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Boston Globe; Chris Gaither; September 10, 2002.

Bracing itself for another potential fight with computer privacy advocates, Intel Corp. said yesterday that its next generation of microchips, due next year, would include anti-piracy features that will protect computers against hackers and viruses while giving digital publishers powerful new tools to control the use of their products.

The technology, code-named LaGrande, was designed to protect computers from viruses and bad-natured hackers. But the feature will also give Hollywood, the recording industry, and software makers much stronger controls over the way consumers use their digital music, films, and computer programs.

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-Intel's new chip for security Renaissance
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The Register; Thomas C. Greene; September 10, 2002. A classic Register screed - which doesn't make it wrong, unfortunately.

Hideous viruses and terrifying hackers will soon be neutralized so that the computing public might finally doze blissfully in a cocoon of safety, Intel announced yesterday at the Developers' Forum. The proposed solution is LaGrande -- which is not, as it sounds, a genteelized pickup truck for suburban use, but a hardware system which will control your computing experience for your own good. It will prevent you from doing silly things by sandboxing numerous risky processes and apparently establishing a secure sanctum sanctorum on one's HDD along lines of the IBM rapid restore gimmick.

...But as we've pointed out on numerous occasions, controlled computing is not at all about protecting you and your stuff, but very much about protecting digital content from you. The software and media industries are convinced that you're a criminal, and they're determined to control in minute detail what you can do with content you've paid for, by controlling minutely what you can do with your machine.

You've bought some music and you want to listen to the MP3 on your computer and the CD on your DiscMan. Forget it. There will be no more ripping and burning except under conditions of which the labels approve, like if you pay a surcharge, say. This technology is just too well suited to industry extortion for that not to be a significant driving force behind it.

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-Intel: Hyperthreading to speed desktops
[8 hits, 0 votes, Average Rating 0] [Added: 10th Sep 2002]; Michael Kanellos; September 9, 2002.

LaGrande places a secure wrapper around selected hard-drive data, as well as around the keyboard, the display and the interconeects inside the computer, said an Intel representative. Currently, data that gets sent to commerce sites is encrypted while traveling between a PC and a server. But once it's back on a hard drive, it reverts to its original form, making it valuable if it can be stolen.

Conceptually, LaGrande is similar to IBM's RapidRestore, a feature on IBM notebooks that lets users store applications and data behind a secure partition on the hard drive. The technology, though, will have other functions. It is possible to use it in conjunction with digital rights management programs, such as Microsoft's Palladium, to prevent piracy, which in turn could help promote legal entertainment downloads.

Otellini said users will be able to turn LaGrande off. "It will be opt in," he said.

...Although LaGrande sounds useful, Intel could have a difficult time getting support for it, especially from Microsoft.

"Just like Microsoft eventually integrated signal processing into Windows, they will eventually integrate security processing, and they will do it on their own time," said Peter Glaskowsky, editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report, an industry newsletter. "Intel needs to work with these things with Microsoft from the beginning."

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-Where art thou Stuckists? Intel reveals share denial PC scheme
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The Register; Andrew Orlowski; September 11, 2002.

It was a schizophrenic Intel that faced the world at its Developer Conference in San Jose yesterday. In the morning keynote it touted its new multimedia "adaptor" platform, with glossy lifestyle videos explaining how our "digital media experience" would become "more convenient".

In the afternoon it explained why it was embedding digital certificates into the hardware - and a spokesman from VeriSign Inc., which is partnering with Intel in this great adventure, could hardly believe his luck.

On Thursday, when most of the press will have departed, it will host a session discussing a variety of share-denial technologies being funded by, or developed in, Intel's labs. These include our old favorite CPRM - incorporated into DVD-Audio players from Panasonic (DMR-E20) and Pioneer (DVR-3000) - along with DTCP (Digital Transmission Content Protection, which encrypts air to ground, or cable transmissions over FireWire) and HDCP (High Bandwith Digital Content Protection), which encrypts the display transmissions from your computer to your monitor.

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