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News US may ban import of HDDs

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 12 Oct 2007.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. MilkMan5

    MilkMan5 Yeah man...

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    I will be very surprised if the ban happens.
    Or is this October Fools day.
     
  3. naokaji

    naokaji whatever

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    they prolly just gonna fine them if found guilty... after all.. the us government needs to make up for the cost of the war in iraq....
     
  4. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    this will only mean higher prices for a short amount of time i dont see any real issue here

    what patent did they infringe upon?
     
  5. wolff000

    wolff000 I am here to steal your secrets.

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    I sure the hell hope it doesn't happen. My company can't afford to pay any more for parts than we already do.
     
  6. Bluephoenix

    Bluephoenix Spoon? What spoon?

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    considering how much the gov. depends on hard drives as much as the rest of us, I don't see this happening. maybe a fine and a turnover of any bans as being "against the interests of national security"
     
  7. Hells_Bliss

    Hells_Bliss New Member

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    If there's a shortfall of HDD's in America, the government will just seize them under the Patriot act :p
     
  8. MilkMan5

    MilkMan5 Yeah man...

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    I was actually thinking about this as well !!!
    Could it be something to do with its platter technology.

    Also, does this only apply to 3.5inc HDD or 2.5” HDD’s as well!

    Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard.

    Dell and HP – I did not know they manufactured HDD’s! :confused: :confused:

    Then how will this affect Sony PSP and MS Xbox.
     
  9. DarkLord7854

    DarkLord7854 New Member

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    Guess it's time to stock up on hard drives :p
     
  10. wbdog206

    wbdog206 not me

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    geez some people just have to much time to sit and look for
    things to whine about .the people that started this lawsuit must
    have something to gain.
     
  11. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    god im glad i am in the uk! sounds like a load of BS!
     
  12. kosch

    kosch Trango in the Mango

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    I don't really see this one sticking somehow, imagine the chaos it would cause.
     
  13. Paradigm Shifter

    Paradigm Shifter de nihilo nihil fit

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    I've got an old Hewlett-Packard 15K RPM SCSI drive, but I don't know more than that. Not heard of Dell making HDDs themselves, but chances are they rebadge some of the ones they use, and that's why they're getting sued. Why not Samsung as well, though? I understand why not Maxtor, as they've been part of Seagate for a while now...
     
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    Those 2 patents don't refer to technology that is actually in a HDD, just tools for manufacturing, unless I'm reading them wrong.
     
  16. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    All the HP (well, actually Compaq) drives i have seen so far have been made by someone else. I have a drive here from Compaq that says "manufactured by IBM". I also have a drive from about the same time that is from IBM, that says "manufactured for IBM by Seagate"...

    Now days IBM drives are the same as Hitachi IIRC. And Maxtor is a part of Seagate.

    I guess that leaves us with Seagate, Hitachi and Western Digital. (unsure what Toshiba actually is, though..)
     
  17. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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    wont stick.....
     
  18. Breach

    Breach Modding in Exile

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    Meh, the companies already know and Im sure at this very moment redesigning or replacing the tech in question to something else to skate around it.

    But, I would seriously doubt they would institute a ban on hard drive imports that would otherwise cripple major and minor PC manufacturers in the US.
     
  19. steveo_mcg

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    Just imagine the sudden increase in data off shoring, I doubt india would be able to keep up, google alone must need loads of disk a month.
     
  20. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    lol well this is certainly interesting so what worse case situation is I have to buy by hdds over seas and have them shipped to the US? if they cant be sold state side anymore, hmm well I doubt this will happen isnt there some kind of grandfather clause or something because they have been operating for so long in this country already and have so much in twined with them?
     
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