Re: [dwm] Tell that your students...

From: Enno \ <>
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 14:06:59 +0100

I really dislike the idea of mind controlled devices.
The main problem is: If this main control device is a bidirectional
device, what could happen if somebody finds a way to hack your brain.
Something like "Remote Brainwashing". Very scary.

And even when the device has only "read access" to your brain, why not
using it by Goverments to find so called "Terrorists"?

2007/11/4, Anselm R. Garbe <>:
> On Sun, Nov 04, 2007 at 01:41:37PM +0100, Anselm R. Garbe wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 04, 2007 at 12:48:11PM +0100, Maarten Maathuis wrote:
> > > One of the problems i would see with making a completely new operating
> > > system is all the device drivers that have to be made or ported, that
> > > alone makes it a daunting challenge. 20 years ago the amount of
> > > devices that existed (relevant for a general purpose OS) were limited,
> > > there is also the question of how much will be gained from such a new
> > > operation system?
> >
> > Hmm, I think it is all about interfaces. If the interface is
> > simple and general purpose, it might be trivial to adapt device
> > drivers. For instance, I believe that a simple interface will
> > enable us to reuse existing drivers for Windows Vista or Linux,
> > what might be necessary is an interface stub implementation for
> > Windows, for Linux etc. to reuse those drivers.
> >
> > > Writing a new userland is out of the question, so you'd be strictly
> > > looking at a new kernel to replace either the linux or bsd kernel.
> >
> > Nah, I think if you stuck to the Unix/Linux/Plan9 userland, than
> > the whole idea of writing a new OS gets irrelevant. I believe
> > the challenge is to find a completely new and different OS
> > design, esp. from a userland perspective. Otherwise all design
> > decisions will be similiar to what Unix did decades ago.
> >
> > > I have few issues with the linux, i do not know bsd or any other unix
> > > like operating system. But what could be gained from the massive work
> > > to make a new kernel?
> >
> > Nothing, I understand Pikes paper as request for something new,
> > that is neither Unix nor Plan 9/Inferno (though the latter ones
> > come with really great general purpose concepts). I won't think
> > about a new OS to replace anything existing, I think about an OS
> > which is so different (hence new) as a demo only, that it might
> > show up as a promise for something in the future. It would be
> > enough if such an demo OS would make a specific but rather
> > limited thing easy to use, like a digital camera, a mobile
> > phone, or something else. I believe for a small community and
> > project, there are not enough resources to attempt replacing an
> > existing full-featured Windows or Unix OS.
> Having said that, I think a new OS might also depend on
> completely new devices. Imagine that screens get replaced by
> headsets + eyeglasses sets or in cars with showing the UI up in
> the windscreen. Think of something like a mind-controlling
> input device for a user interface - and hence the impacts to
> the OS design with such things in mind...
> So a new OS should include some sci-fi ideas.
> Regards,
> --
> Anselm R. Garbe >< >< GPG key: 0D73F361

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