RAM as a document

A California court has ruled that information stored in a computer's RAM is a document which can be subpoenaed by an opponent in a civil lawsuit. The technical arguments against this idea are long and (to some) tedious, but I think we can clear up the issue if we consider Microsoft Word 95. Anyone who used a computer 10+ years ago will remember how it often crashed, which meant you'd lost hours of work unless you remembered to pressed CTRL-S or click the little floppy-disk icon. Nowadays Word has an auto-save feature, which secretly saves your work even if you forget to, but in the old days we didn't have it so good. Heck, now even the Blogger website that I use to write this post auto-saves my work, but this is a pure luxury. Not that long ago all computer users had a favourite string of curses they'd unleash whenever Windows would show you the dreaded "General Protection Fault" error. Modern computers have coddled the judges until they no longer have to worry about how the system works (which is fine) at the expense of giving us judges that don't know how the system works. Ironic that the GPF was a tool for learning.

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