Hardware DRM

According to this, new WD network hard drives restrict access to some media files if you are not the owner of these files. This is pretty unacceptable IMO. Why? Because here you have a hard drive that won’t serve you its files, even if you placed them on a public folder, while this is its basic operation. So why is it ok to allow serving of the PiratedApp.exe file and not of Transformers-bootleg.avi? It’s not. And what if you forgot your password and had to reinstall Windows? You are also locked up from your own files? This “feature” only serves the MPAA/RIAA, not the consumer, and yet the consumer is the one who buys these products. It is not the place of the hard drive manufacturer to play Cowboys and Indians.

Over at hv20.com the community put up a public FTP server where users can upload their HV20 footage in various media formats to show the others. So what if that server buys that WD model? The files won’t serve up anymore unless you fool the drive that the owner is the “Apache user”? What kind of bullshit is that?

If you can’t trust your hardware anymore to do what they were originally designed to do, then there’s no point upgrading that PIII at 1 Ghz Compaq laptop your mother in law bought for you 4 years ago.

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Andrew wrote on December 7th, 2007 at 4:03 PM PST:

Stallman warned you! All people can do is laugh (fail).

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