Hard drive modifying data in flight (was: Free 500 USD laptop proposal)

Ben Finney ben+freesoftware at benfinney.id.au
Mon Nov 24 22:07:17 UTC 2014

"Neal H. Walfield" <neal at walfield.org>

> At Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:39:09 +0100,
> Paul Hänsch wrote:
> > I don't get this point:
> > 
> > ""quote --
> > - 128 GB SSD (this would be the one component that might have to be 
> > proprietary as I’m not aware of another option)
> > -- ""
> Don't trust a hard drive to not modify the data in flight:
>   http://spritesmods.com/?art=hddhack&page=5

I've now read that (short) page, but it doesn't say anything to me about
“hard drive […] modify the data in flight”. Probably because I'm not
expert on hardware hacking.

Can you point to, or write, an explanation of what a free-software
proponent is expected to learn from the above page?

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Ben Finney

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