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Wired: Everyone Wants to ‘Own’ Your PC

“When technology serves its owners, it is liberating. When it is
designed to serve others, over the owner’s objection, it is
oppressive. There’s a battle raging on your computer right now–one
that pits you against worms and viruses, Trojans, spyware,
automatic update features and digital rights management
technologies. It’s the battle to determine who owns your
computer.

“You own your computer, of course. You bought it. You paid for
it. But how much control do you really have over what happens on
your machine? Technically you might have bought the hardware and
software, but you have less control over what it’s doing behind the
scenes…”

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