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Comment: Re:If you don't like it.... (Score 1) 296

by TechnicolourSquirrel (#27924721) Attached to: Apple Refusing Any BitTorrent Related Apps?
Equivalency between any of those things is not required for that post to be dead accurate about the logical flaw in the typical defence for censorship, capitalist-style. Ever heard of reductio ad absurdum? "But what *I* choose to apply my logic to is *not* absurd!" -- that is not a valid defence.

Comment: Did somebody outlaw making assumptions? (Score 1) 625

by TechnicolourSquirrel (#26524029) Attached to: Single Drive Wipe Protects Data

There is *no* way to recover the data on a modern drive after a single wipe. It is actually impossible. It cannot be done.

The reason is simple - although you may be able to detect a tiny tiny bit of data from the previous recording, you've no idea how strongly overwritten it is. Now, with old drives which used simple on/off pulses to write data to the disk, it would be possible to see if the bit you're looking at is a little higher or lower than it should be, and infer the previous value from that. Modern drives use a system similar to QAM - quadrature amplitude modulation - to pack more bits of data into each transition on the disk. Since the signal is essentially analogue, you'd need to know how badly degraded the print-through was. You can't do this, so you can't recover data after it's been overwritten even once.

Well, you could just assume it's all been overwritten exactly once. I imagine that this would allow you to reconstruct a fair amount of data -- particularly if people take the advice in TFA seriously.

Comment: Re:Very sensitive people? (Score 2, Informative) 432

by TechnicolourSquirrel (#26375939) Attached to: Hippies Say WiFi Network Is Harming Their Chakras
Their problems don't disappear at all in a double-blind test. They just fail to correlate with the actual presence of the signal. Often their 'problems' become exacerbated and they send themselves mentally into a crisis because of their belief that they are being subjected to RF, even though it happens to be off in that part of the test. These trials usually end up with a significant number of people dropping off due to such 'crises'. Mind you, the symptoms of the 'sensitives' are actually real and can be life-threatening, so they should absolutely be taken very seriously and they never 'disappear'. They just aren't caused by what they are convinced they are caused by.

Comment: Welcome to the minority! (Score 1) 542

by TechnicolourSquirrel (#26214239) Attached to: The RIAA's Rocky Road Ahead
Welcome to the post of the minority opinionator, where your opinion matters. Unless it agrees with that of the majority. Then you are obviously being coopted and brainwashed. Only those who hold minority opinions can possibly have logic on their side. No, this isn't sore-loser whining: it's principle! Anyone who agrees with the majority obviously has no principles, since the only explanation for this common opinioin is that the holders of it are afraid of the majority. I am unafraid therefore I am right. Your Mileage Must Vary.

Comment: Re:Revisionist Memory (Score 1) 648

by TechnicolourSquirrel (#26212649) Attached to: Psystar Claims Apple Forgot To Copyright Mac OS

Back then a computer was $4000

Um ... no. Not unless you're comparing high end 10 years ago to low end today. A starter name-brand desktop system complete with monitor and keyboard in the mid-'90s would generally hover just below $2000 and sometimes break above it: this was true for both Mac and PC. Nowadays they tend to hover just above $1000, sometimes breaking into the $1500 range. A significant change, but not nearly as radical as you suggest. The last time I can remember hearing about typical 'average' (non-pro) Mac users spending $4000 on their systems was in 1984. From there until the 1990 it was more like $3000 as an upper range. After 1990 (but still well before the clone era) prices precipitously dropped to around to $2000 level for starter systems. And after 2000 they have been dipping toward that magic $1000 mark and sometimes with the odd product even hitting it, like with the eMac and the very lowest end iMacs. (The Mac mini crossed it like many bargain basement PC vendors, but that also depends on what you do for a monitor and a keyboard.) Things changed much more before the Mac cloning era than they have since.


+ - Lawsuit Invokes DMCA to Force DRM Adoption

Submitted by TechnicolourSquirrel
TechnicolourSquirrel (1092811) writes " informs us that Media Rights Technologies is suing Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and Real Networks for not using its DRM technology and therefore 'failing to include measures to control access to copyrighted material,' alleging that their refusal to use MRT's X1 Recording Control technology constitutes a 'circumvention' of a copyright protection system, which is of course illegal under the Digital Millenium Copryight Act. I would say more, but without controlling access to this paragraph with MRT's products, I fear I have already risked too much..."

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