We have to wonder, is El Reg headline writer heading for greater things?
(Full of wise saws and modern instances ;-)
Lauri Love will find out whether he is getting his computers back from the National Crime Agency on 19 February, a judge ruled today. As reported earlier, Love wants the return of two laptops, two desktop tower PCs, an SD card, an external hard drive and one of the laptops' hard drives, which were seized from his family home …
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I've always been baffled why people like and repeat that quotation. Don't get me wrong, I am and always have been a fan of DNA's work, but that quote is the absolute worst. It's a rich, privately-educated Cambridge graduate gloating about the fact that things like delivering the work you promised something like on time is a concern of the little people. It's hateful privilege of the sort you'd expect from someone like Boris Johnson.
Actually it might be just fine.
From previous experience (don't ask!) anything seized always gets bagged and dealt with properly.
In fact sometimes when you do get it back it has been charged up as well.
You can actually get special marked USB cables with VCC + Gnd and no data lines for this purpose.
The resistor trick is normally used to make the phone charge or for more modern ones they use a cheap OTP 6 pin micro
to emulate the special chip used via agreement with the manufacturers to guard against any claims of tampering.
Also newer versions add a monitor IC that gives the host control over power for gas gauging in case the device being recharged
goes bad and to guard against sneaky software (tm) that wipes or locks the device wth a time delay.
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