The Null Device
In the not-too-distant futures, electronic devices may self-destruct if exported
outside of their target market. Motorola have developed a device, based on a miniaturised GPS receiver, which determines where an appliance is being used and
disables it if it has been illicitly exported. I'm sure the MPAA would love
to put these devices in all DVD players, right next to the Macrovision chip,
though one could imagine other greedy bastards putting them into everything
from wristwatches to toasters and charging extra for portability, much in
the way that Microsoft charge for per-head software licences. Funny how
these people only favour free trade if it empowers multinational corporations
and not the sheeplike consumers waiting to be fleeced.
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