"As we suspected, the 4C Entity's damage control airforce has
succeeded in scoring a direct hit. A report on the CNet/ZDNet media
behemoth by CNet Staff Writer John Borland covers the recent CPRM
on ATA furore, pitching it - as IBM and Intel strenuously - as a
copy control mechanism for removable media."
"Alas, the author has ignored the fact that removable drives
Zip and Jazz use the packet-based ATAPI cousin of the ATA
specification, the standard used by fixed hard disk drives. What's
under consideration by the T.13 committee are extensions to the ATA
"And quite specifically, as examination of the proposed new
calls will reveal, the interface contains parameters that ATA need
but that ATAPI devices don't. Specifically, the sector start and
offset information requested by CPRM on ATA is not required by an
ATAPI device. ... Although IBM microdrives have been cited by both
IBM and Intel as a raison d'etre for the new specification,
extending CPRM to these does not require extending the ATA command
set itself, merely a small and device-specific subset."
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