Timothy Pearson of Raptor Engineering has a blog post talking about the security issues of closed-source firmware ‘blobs’.
[…]So, what are your thoughts on the current x86 proprietary software situation? Are you willing to continue to use FOSS software inside the ever-shrinking x86 “software jail”, or are you possibly willing to give up some cost or performance advantages in order to retain full control of the software running on your hardware? This is a question that will need to be answered soon; the long-term consequences of a fully TiVo-ized computing world are not to be taken lightly, and thus far the free software community has put up very little resistance to the antifeatures being forced into modern x86 platforms. I hope to provoke wider discussion on these topics via this message.