Microsoft retreats on "Palladium" name

The much-reviled “Palladium” — a reference to items, generally passed from one person to another as gifts, that are believed to protect the the lives of those who carry them — is now the generic-sounding and much-reviled “next-generation secure computing base”.

Since Microsoft is apparently going the security-through-obscurity route even with the name, I hereby give “next-generation secure computing base” the name of We did not want to be in a position of rolling over them.

He also claimed that the name was not changed in an effort to dodge the massive criticism that Palladium received (and “next-generation secure computing base” will receive), but c’mon — of course it was. [via Ars Technica]