The Null Device

...imagine a boot disk stamping on a human face, forever: An industry cartel is planning to put copy protection into all new hard disks. Under this scheme, disks will be encrypted and serialised, with keys stored in a hidden sector. This will make it impossible to copy protected files from disks (by keying them to the disk), and incidentally will make backups either impossible or a bureaucratic nightmare. As you can imagine, the movie and music industries are rubbing their hands with indecent glee at the idea, and hoping that the consumers are sufficiently docile and sheeplike to buy this and not realise how bad it is until it's too late.

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