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[News] Western Digital Stifled by Encryption Monopoly; Apple Builds More Walls

  • Subject: [News] Western Digital Stifled by Encryption Monopoly; Apple Builds More Walls
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 10:57:47 +0000
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WD accused of encryption IP filch

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| Western Digital is being sued by Taiwan's 
| Enova Technology for alleged unauthorised 
| use of its encryption technology in My 
| Book and My Passport external drive 
| products.
| [...]
| It refers to two US patents; 7,136,995, 
| issued in 2006, and 7,386,734, filed in 
| 2008. The '995 patent describes a 
| cryptographic device and, with the '734 
| patent, refers to real time data 
| encryption/decryption by devices such as 
| disk drives without materially 
| compromising their operational speed.


Apple Patent Reveals Work on Improved Mobile Touch Screen

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| Today, touch-sensing components sit atop 
| the layers that form a liquid crystal 
| display (LCD) screen. In effect, Apple's 
| invention aims to make the LCD pixels 
| "touch sensitive" by eliminating the 
| additional layers. By doing so, the screen 
| becomes thinner, somewhat lighter, and 
| brighter.



Western Digital ShareSpace NAS

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| Powered by a Linux OS, the network-attached
| device â which you connect to a router using
| an Ethernet cable â works with Linux
| computers, although the remote access is
| Windows-only for now. For those working in
| digital media markets who need fast and
| expansive storage, or for an office
| workgroup that needs a place for everyoneâs
| files, the ShareSpace is an ideal product
| thatâs easy to configure and use, with only
| a few minor issues.


Open source helps Western Digital prioritize product features

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| Thanks to open source freedom, Western
| Digital's MyBook World Edition is a better
| choice than Apple Time Capsule for home
| backup



Western Digital's 'crippleware': Some lessons from history

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| We published shortly before Christmas 2000, and a fascinating and fairly
| nerve shredding few days followed. There was no anti-DRM lobby at the time:
| no P2P bloggers to hound the manufacturers. But understanding this one
| required learning some obscure technical procedures, and a little about
| standards committee politics.
| [...]
| This brings us to the second difference from the turn of the decade - and
| it's slightly more positive. Technological restriction mechanisms such as DRM
| are, more often than not, bad for business.
| [...]
| Yet even if Microsoft implements driver-level support for External Path
| protection (as it has for "Secure Audio Path") - will there be any takers?
| I doubt it. DRM is falling away from music as sound recordings owners begin
| to realise they need radically more attractive offerings to compete with the
| unstoppable tide of free music. No technology force majeure will step in to
| save rights holders today.


Western Digital DRM'd Hard Drive Won't Let You Share MP3, DivX ... Or Impulse

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| The manual's appendix and online support site provide setup instructions for
| SAMBA, allowing access over IP instead of with the DRM-infested and
| poorly-reviewed client app, elsewhere claimed to be "required."
| MOAR! Samba not enough? Gut the firmware and install made-to-measure Linux:
| An entire community of folks is here to help you hack your MyBook:
| mybookworld.wikidot.com.


Seagate snubs Linux

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| As our reader points out this is a, "fairly shit idea perfectly
| implemented, " unfortunately while Windows can handle it, Linux and Mac's
| can't cope.
| There are a few work-arounds but Seagate Tech Support says they do not know
| what they are. Instead they are telling man plus dog that their latest drives
| do not support Linux.

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