A release from motherboard company Abit has made the strange claim that security technology on its motherboard will "keep the RIAA away from your Kazaa files"

The advance of motherboard integrated, hardware based encryption was inevitable in these times, really. Right now, with RIAA this that and the next thing going on, it was only a matter of time before mobo companies decided it was time to sell you the idea of hardware integrated security.

And so, enter Secure IDE, which "has a special decoder without a special key, and that means hard drives can "never be opened by anyone". Nothing particularly bold about that, but there is something rather bold in Abit's rather confident (and actually rather strange) claim of:

Secure IDE technology will "keep government supercomputers busy for weeks".

A testimony, if ever one was needed, that untechnical people should not necessarily be in charge of the marketting claims made of technical products. Somehow, I don't think your home PC is going to pick a fight with anything from here, and certainly not anything from here. But hey, it's a fun step in the right direction, and it may (like integrated IDE RAID) wind up becoming something of a standard on motherboards aimed at power users.

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