Subject: Re: MS's OS Vision
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From: Thomas Michael Wanka <Tom@Wanka.at>
Date: 09/23/2001 02:06:13
On 22 Sep 2001, at 13:57, Mike Cheponis wrote:
> Also, it would be sortta cool if people could look at the proposal in
> a non-emotional way, that is, in a cooly professional way. I happen
let me try it: Many things like the software runs on every hardware
etc. were the goals of the ACE so they are allmost ten years old.
It is not needed, and unwanted. Most pieces of informtion are not
intended for everyone. Currently everything is unpublished, until we
put it in a place accessible by the public. This will not change! So
using the principles described in the "New Machine/New Network"
sections, that would imply, that the first thing to be done is to deny
every access (even for configuration, as this data could eventually
be dangerous in the wrong hands) to the machine or network, and
then open the few things wanted for public access.
This is an altruistic approach: if I have ressources for fast
computation and storage, and others use it, I wanted to benefit
from that. Or the other way: why should I spend money in a fast
machine, when I can use the ressources of others? Given that most
do not have something to spend, there will be a payment system
If copy protected materials or intellectual properties can be shared,
a tracking, monitoring and payment system must exist, to keep it
legal. Otherwise it was just another Napstar.
In such an environment user profiles could be so precise, that other
biometrical authentification shemes are no longer needed. Such
environment has the potential of permanent monitoring.
Operating systems have to provide the user with the needed
applications. The user has to accomplish a task and therfore uses
an application. Many users I know eg. are not able to save an e-
mail attachment in the right place and open it with the correct
application, if they cannot doubleclick it and the application pops up
and they can save the data with this application they are lost. Such
users cannot be left alone with the possibility to save sensitive data
in a place where it could be accessible by the public.
The situation described in "Hardware Failure" can be done more
efficient with terminals and redundant servers and a good backup
The situation described in "Web Service" again is not realistic, as I
have to pay for bandwidht and or transfer volume. If my servers and
bandwidht are used for others content I would not want to pay for it.
Here again a payment system was needed.
So the majority will have no real advantages, but are under
permanent surveillance. This will be a costly system (and the cost
are probably shared between all) but only very few have an
advantage. Note: no illegal copies of Microsoft products are
possible in such environment.
> These ideas are, I believe, extremely powerful and timely. (Never
> mind that a few years ago I strongly argued for some of them on -tech
> and got flamed to a crisp. The point is: do we stagnate, or do we
I do not think this is an innovation. It might be seen as the "killerapp"
the industry is looking for for years. The point of saturation in the
PC market is close or reached and people do not want to purchase
a new computer every year.