[ILUG] Disposing of old computers ?
ole at tange.dk
Tue Aug 2 13:48:39 IST 2005
On Tue, 2 Aug 2005, Niall O Broin wrote:
> On 2 Aug 2005, at 12:58, Ole Tange wrote:
> > On Tue, 2 Aug 2005, Rory McCann wrote:
> >> After some gardening we had to dump some garden waste so off to the
> >> dump. I had a peek at the old PCs lying around, and was approached by
> >> an employee. Apparently the general public can't help themselves to
> >> dumped hardware. :(
> > Which makes sense:
> > http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/07/31/
> > 0618205&tid=158&tid=198&tid=172&tid=218
> No, it doesn't. People should be wiping any sensitive data from
> machines before they give them away.
The keyword here is 'should'. In the real world they do not know how to or
do not care or even forget. We should deal with this. A way of dealing
with it is by having a trusted party either erase or remove+destroy the
harddrives and let the rest be reused.
In the long run I believe electronics should be made to be recycled by a
robot, so every reusable part will be reused, and the producer should be
punished for every part that is not reusable.
Free software gives you the freedom to:
* F orward copies to anyone
* R un the program
* E xamine the source code
* E nhance the source code
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