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Comment: Re:Perhaps there should be a bit of summary. (Score 2) 278

by PantherX (#44765293) Attached to: Jury Finds Google Guilty of Standards-Essential Patents Abuse Against MS

And it is worth noting that this was Motorola, not Google. This lawsuit was in full swing when Google bought Motorola Mobility, so Google really just ends up paying the bill, even though they weren't involved initially. The article here is misleading, the CNET article that it links to is not.

Comment: Re:Well yes but, (Score 1) 459

If we're going to do analogies, let's pick something that is closer to what actually happened.

If I request a copy of your bank statement that is in your locked home, and you go inside, get it and come back and give it to me, that's not theft.

If you set up an automation to go and get information or things for people outside of your home and the automation gives out the wrong information or things, that's still your responsibility.

Comment: Practical Do It Yourself Drive Destuction (Score 1) 1016

by PantherX (#37565922) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?

I did this exact job at my work for a year and a half. I still assist that group from time to time. Where I work we destroy hundreds of drives a day, so obviously we had a machine that would do the job.

For remote sites, however, it took us a while to come up with a good solution, so here's what we did in the meantime, and what you can do also, at home:

Get yourself a technical screwdriver set... yes, one that will work on those screws on the hard drive. Their exact name escapes me at the moment, as I just woke up. Since you know what I'm talking about anyway, get that. Exactly that.

Anyway, open up that puppy, and remove the platters from the spindle.

Generally your platters should be metal. If this is a rare case where they are glass, smashy smashy. If not, get some vice grips, channel locks, pliers, whatever is handy, and fold that platter over like a taco.

We sent a sample like this around to all the major data recovery outfits and they all quoted 5 figure sums with zero guarantees. They probably could get some data off it, but who is going to pay $10k+ to find out?

At that point, is the data secure? About as secure as you can make it without some crazy.

We would do other things after that point, but it was mostly out of due diligence/paranoia than actual data security.

Comment: Going About This Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 335

by PantherX (#32743194) Attached to: ASCAP War On Free Culture Escalates

Typical. Instead of just defining what copyleft is and isn't we get into a dickering match with people that have more money and resources. Let's get to the point already. In small bites so your grandma can understand in less than 2 minutes.

Here's a start, under typical creative commons copyleft:

Copyright - a way to make sure nobody plagiarizes your material, so you get credit for your work, usually with a motive to make profit.

Copyleft - a way to make sure nobody plagiarizes your material, so you get credit for your work, with little regard to how that material is used, copied, improved, changed, etc.

The main difference being copyright can be used in a Daffy Duck method. "MINE! MINE! MINE!" and copyleft is generally a "Hey, if you want to use this to do something else with, go ahead. Just make sure I get credit."

Flame on.

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