I've seen the future, and it has a kill switch

Thursday, 26 June 2008, 2:23 PM EST

It used to be that just the entertainment industries wanted to control your computers - and televisions and iPods and everything else - to ensure that you didn't violate any copyright rules. But now everyone else wants to get their hooks into your gear.

OnStar will soon include the ability for the police to shut off your engine remotely. Buses are getting the same capability, in case terrorists want to re-enact the movie Speed. The Pentagon wants a kill switch installed on airplanes, and is worried about potential enemies installing kill switches on their own equipment.

At Wired.

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