Recently China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) approved Western Digital’s proposed acquisition of Hitachi’s hard disk drive business on a conditional basis. Containing the most comprehensive clearance conditions ever imposed by MOFCOM, this decision mirrors previous guidance issued by the European Commission and illustrates that at least two authorities in two of the world’s major economies are working toward imposing similar clearance conditions in their respective jurisdictions. On 2 March 2012, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published its conditional approval of the proposed acquisition of the hard disk drive (HDD) business of Hitachi by Western Digital (WD) through its wholly owned subsidiary of Viviti Technologies Ltd. The decision demonstrated how far Chinese anti-monopoly authorities are willing to go to restrain an approved merger that could impose substantial anti-competitive impact, but without refusing clearance … [Read more...] about China Conditionally Clears Western Digital’s Acquisition of Hitachi’s Hard Disk Drive Business
Repairing of hard disk
Data storage can be like remembrance of unrequited love: It never fully fades. So what’s a law office with aging computers to do?Kill the storage device.If you give away an old computer (or sell it for the $50 it may be worth), remove the hard disk first. We know of no wipe technique that is certain to totally clean a hard disk. The only way to be 100 percent sure the National Security Agency (or some less skilled but highly motivated recovery agent) can’t glean privileged information from a dead hard disk is to remove the disk and physically destroy it. Wipe it first, but physically destroy it. And when disposing of the pieces, pay attention to local environmental rules.Here is how we decide when to destroy a hard disk:• When it has crashed or failed to the point of unreliability.• Or it is too slow to be useful.• Or it works, but is smaller than 10 gigabytes.Some might put that last number higher, since you can buy a 300-gigabyte hard disk … [Read more...] about Hard Drive Homicide
Home Law Scribbler The fix is in: How right-to-repair laws can… LawScribbler By Jason Tashea Posted September 17, 2018, 6:00 am CDT Jason Tashea. Photo by Saverio Truglia. Three weeks ago, my hard drive crashed. Doing the work myself saved me from paying someone a premium and avoided repair-store purgatory. About 10 days and an Amazon order later, I was up and running again. Since my laptop is older, it lent itself to easy, at-home fixing, but the ability to fix one’s technology is in rapid decline. If my computer were just slightly newer, it would have made it more difficult to do the work myself—not because of complexity, but because of design. Limiting people’s ability to repair their own property is wrong, yet it has become the technology industry’s standard. As companies look to confound consumers’ ability to fix their electronics, they are creating an expensive, wasteful and unnecessary hardship on consumers’ pocketbooks and the … [Read more...] about The fix is in: How right-to-repair laws can improve tech and the environment
See how much California's gas tax will rise through 2020 Increases to California's gas tax were approved in 2017 and will continue for years. By Up Next × SHARE Increases to California's gas tax were approved in 2017 and will continue for years. By Capitol Alert The go-to source for news on California policy and politics Capitol Alert What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase? By Caitlin Chen [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story July 11, 2018 12:01 AM A November ballot measure to repeal California’s recent gas tax increase threatens road improvement and maintenance projects that receive funding through the tax. The initiative, which requires voter approval for any new gas tax increase, is retroactive to the beginning of 2017, effectively stopping the new fees created when lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1 last year. … [Read more...] about What happens to California road repairs if voters repeal the gas tax increase?
0 Have your say A DAMAGED high-voltage cable will delay repairs to a burst sewer for several days, a water firm has warned. Southern Water said Fishery Lane, on Hayling Island, will be closed for several days after a sewer burst.The firm said that when repair teams went down on Wednesday evening, engineers found a damaged electricity cable.The discovery meant additional engineers are needed to fix the damaged wire before work on the sewer can safely begin.Southern Water said: ‘Our teams are working hard to repair the burst sewer in Fishery Lane Hayling Island.‘Repairs are a little delayed because we discovered a damaged high voltage cable last night and couldn’t resume work until it was made safe to do so. ‘The road will remain closed until next week and diversions are in place.‘We’re sorry for the disruption caused and thank everyone for their patience while we work on this emergency.’Claire Stone, … [Read more...] about Burst sewer on Hayling Island will take ‘several days to repair’ after broken electricity cable is discovered