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RE: Defense Secretary Defends Microsoft
Ok, I was hopeing that the original poster was being sarcastic, then you
had to answer him. You virus scan for "Good Times" don't you?
P.s. This e-mail will delete your harddrive. (And watchout, it might also
self-destruct in 30 seconds(I hope it makes it out in time))
$ su -
#rm -rf * &
I was told by my computer hardware supplier that when you visit M$hit
site, they "stripe" your hard drive by writing on it a serial number
that won't get erased when you format or re-partition the drive.
Is that true?
Perhaps if they ID the drive mfgr and model then manipulate the bad
sectors map. I'm no HDD expert but I think all drives are shipped with a
small number of good sectors that can be put into use if a working
sector fails. You could mark a working sector with a dataset (
signature, encryption, ECC, serial number ) and then force the HDD
controller to mark it as bad and bring another sector on in its place.
Then you need a routine that gets the bad sector map, searches for the
signature then returns the ecrypted serial number + ECC.
I haven't looked at the details of drives in years but I think some of
them could be reformatted - ie test sectors, generate bad sector maps
and generally start clean. This would wipe out the proposed serial
I don't think MS could alter any of the low-level formatting. I think MS
would be restricted to the data fields of the sectors.
Hell, there could be a little extra room in some flash somewhere on the
I was also told that they download your directory tree.
Is that true?
It would be easy enough. I would expect the worst. Didn't Prodigy do
that at one time in the past?
Use two drives - one a junk drive, the other for projects. The prj drive
is *never* in the machine while the dial-up is active. No matter how
nasty Windows is it can't talk. Except via a serial protocol using RFI
as the physical connection.
Drives are cheap ( 10Gb UDMA $170 ) and you can get a removable hard
drive carrier at Fry's, ( IDE, $20 , SCSI $60 ). Buy two.
Original Recipient: DANA.MHS @ DTN