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Comment Re:Of course it can... (Score 1) 282

... and the reason that is true, even in the Internet Age, is because the speed at which a story travels is proportional to how interesting it is, not how true it is.

Which reminds me:

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. The Hingefreel people of Arkintoofle Minor did try to build spaceships that were powered by bad news but they didn't work particularly well and were so extremely unwelcome whenever they arrived anywhere that there wasn't really any point in being there.

Comment Bypass the filesystem (Score 1) 578

So, do you need to write to a specific sector? Or do you have to position the data in a specific *place* on the disk (eg 1 cm from center, 20 rads)? If it's the first, you only need to bypass the filesystem, so just fopen "/dev/sdX" under Linux, or use CreateFile "\\.\PhysicalDriveX" on Windows, seek to the position you want, and write away. For the latter, you need to bypass the drive's logic, so you will have to either re-write the firmware, or implement your own controller board.

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