Use an iPod, go to jail

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Opinion/Interviews
    Link: Use an iPod, go to jail
    Description:: Misleading headline and article, implying that iPods endanger us and are a boon to criminals simply because they are portable data storage devices.

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  2. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If you store personal data on your iPod, and it gets stolen, criminals could have your personal data! Unlike other portable memory devices. :eek:

    iPods can be used by criminals to store information! Unlike other portable memory devices. :eek:

    Shame on Apple for endangering us all. I'm glad this danger doesn't apply to keychain flash drives, CD-R's, or any other format on which you can store data.

    Gee, what a "brilliant" article. How did this guy get to be a "senior editor", anyway?
  3. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Well they can't have MY personal data... it's on my iPod on an encrpyted DMG :)
  4. suntzu macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2003
    Correct me if I'm wrong but can't a MAC address be changed? I know that it's possible to spoof a MAC address so that you can intercept information on a network. Seems to me if you're going to commit some kind of big crime with an iPod you'd have the skills to change your MAC address.
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'm pretty sure you can even do this on a Mac or other unix computer just using ifconfig (i.e. you don't even need special software to do it). But if you spoof on a wired network at work, I guess you would typically need to spoof another registered MAC address, that was not being actively used. If it's a wireless network, you'd need to not only spoof the MAC but also crack the network, AFAIK. I.E. at my home, you'd have to crack the WPA encryption as well as spoof my MAC address to packet snoop me.

    It seems to me that there is nothing particularly special about the iPod... it's just the fact that relatively big HDs have gotten very small.

    And P.S. ....on what planet is the writer living that he can get by with a 40GB hard drive and not have trouble with space? I wish! :eek: :( I have a 40GB hard drive too, but I literally cannot wait for my iMac to arrive so that I can offload things from my iBook, because I need more space. :(
  6. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    The master boot record? Well, here's one journalist that doesn't know the tech about which he writes. A directory structure is not an MBR. The MBR is what contains the partition table and pre-boot software.
    What kind of crack is he smoking? Writing disk blocks does not cause wear, uneven or otherwise. Someone should show him a statistic of how often swap-files and swap-partitions are overwritten on desktop PCs. Flash memory blocks wear out with repeated write cycles, not hard drive sectors.

    If the iPod tries to distribute writes across a hard disk surface, excessive wear is not the reason why. It's probably to try and prevent file fragmentation (which would cause excessive head motion, and shorter battery life.) Or it's because the flash-file-system code is being used on both flash and HD models.

    But this level of idiocy is what I've come to expect from CNet's reporters.
  7. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    He's the oldest.
  8. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    Thats the only way i see it happened.

  9. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.

    Even if you data is encrypted it can be hacked, its only a time barrier these days. ;) :)

    False sense of security. :p
  10. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Own a Zen, Go to Jail.

    Own a Dell Jukebox, get your ass laughed at.

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