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Are there any utilities to do such a thing? Why don't these companies provide such a thing to users? Has anyone compiled and posted a public list of known-good firmware hashes for the major hard drive vendors and models? This seems to be a critical hole in PC security.
I did contact Seagate support asking for hashes of their latest firmware; I got a response stating that '...If you download the firmware directly from our website there is no risk on the file be tampered with." [their phrasing, not mine]. Methinks somebody hasn't been keeping up with world events lately."
If you want those "features" bad enough, break out your favor editor and download the source.
This surprise revelation comes from the most brilliant mind of our generation? In other news, the sky is still blue...
so you smash all their belongings. With their winning from the suit, they'll just buy new ones to replace the ones you smashed. Plus they get to have you charged with vandalism and sue you for damages. They get to have new things and make your life even more miserable, a total win-win for them.
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It worries me that drive manufacturers are in bed with these people. Either this group has experts in reverse engineering or the manufacturers are cutting these people custom firmware. With product life cycle under 18 months (and seems to be getting shorter all the time,) reverse engineering seem unlikely.
I am pretty sure they'll sleep just fine, like the perpetrators of ethnic cleansings of late. Never forget, MY ASS.
From their time table, I am *guessing* they're traveling on foot. It would take but a few months if they're traveling on horse back.
... enough to deprive potential competitors of necessary human resources.
And big network service provider will implement it to the detriment of their revenue (think Comcast and Netflix). Riiiiiight.
now the most brilliant minds can move on to prolonging male erection. no, boosting IQ is still dead last in the list.
When sued -
0. stall plaintiff
1. transfer assets to a new shell company
2. closed down old shell company
3. rinse and repeat
" Is there a broader implication for DRM? Not really."
But is it going to stop them from parading it as such? Hell no.