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Comment: Re:Jurisdiction (Score 1) 210

A French bank was found by USA to violate its (yes, USA's) policy on the embargo of Iran --- well, that bank was from France, and all its business dealings with Iran was done OUTSIDE the United States, --- and yet, US dare to fine that French bank hundreds of millions of dollars !

What the fuck is going on, people ?

How can the government of country A fine a company from country B any money when that company's dealing has NOTHING to do with country A in the first place ???

Simple, if your business wants to do business in the U.S.A., you'll need to mind the rules. That bank knew the rules and actively falsified documents to make it appear that it was abiding by those rules. They got caught and severely smacked. The fact that they are willing to pay that ginormous fine means they want to make amends with Uncle Sam and *continue* to do business in the U.S.A.

Comment: Re:Not a word of that is true (Score 1) 68

So they claim the SSD writes data to a blank location on the drive temporarily, then erases the original intended location and later moves it back to that location to be contiguous? What's so damn special about that location? Just leave it in the blank location. They claim that causes fragmentation, which has no impact on the performance of an SSD in any way.

This is a useless invention from people who don't know how SSDs work.

You are correct. SSDs don't have a fixed LBA-to-physical arrangement, so host rewrites of an LBA will normally go to a new (erased) NAND location, with the drive updating its internal LBA map automatically (I.e. no need for TRIM of that LBA).

Comment: Re:"causes fragmented data (Score 1) 68

GP is correct about read disturb. NAND vendors will specify specific policy for a given part, but it is typically N reads to a particular area (i.e. one block, which is 256 or 512 or 1024 pages) then requires erasing that area. So even if page 7 in a block is never read, but page 100 is read a lot, the drive will have to rewrite that whole block eventually.

(I work for a NAND controller vendor.)

Comment: Re:Excuse my naiveté (Score 1) 68

Not even close to practical. The magnetic disk manufacturers implemented wear leveling back when the drives were in the 200MB-range. Before that disks wore out even quicker than flash disks and I didn't even use swap-files then.
There is a huge difference between unlimited number of writes and undefined number of writes.
In critical applications, a bad number is better than an undefined one. At least you can calculate a life-time and design after that.

No, sir. HDDs (at least up until I stopped writing FW for them in 1999) did not have any wear leveling algorithms. In other words, the translation of LBA to physical location on the media (sometimes called Physical Block Address or PBA) is fixed, other than for defective sectors which have been remapped. So if an O.S. wrote to a specific LBA or range of LBAs repeatedly (think paging/swap file or hibernate file), those PBAs would be written to more frequently (or at least at a different rate) than other PBAs across the drive.

Comment: Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (Score 1) 355

by OffTheWallSoccer (#47015967) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

especially once USB gets its shit together and provides enough power to run HDDs without an extra power supply.

It already does... for 2.5" drives.

No it doesn't. At least not spinning rust - those things easily require 2+A to start up. On USB alone, that would prevent them from even starting, nevermind running.

I've been using external USB-powered 2.5" HDDs for years, connecting to laptops, desktops and USB hubs. Works just fine in all situations, which is why companies such as WD are still selling these things like hotcakes.

Comment: Re:13 deaths? (Score 0) 518

Let's just ban cars. And scissors. How many people died from choking last year? Surely there's some way to prevent those.

And if they don't ban cars, they should at least ban alcohol, because that would save thousands of auto fatalities per year.
And guns, too....lots of lives to be saved there.
And mosquitos, those little malaria-carrying bastards.

These busy bodies are just thinking too small.

+ - Ars Technica and Cisco Provide Another Example of Bad Security Reporting

Submitted by wjcofkc
wjcofkc (964165) writes "It was recently reported by Cisco, Ars Technica, and reported on Slashdot that Linux based web servers running the 2.6 series were being attacked and infected with Javascript intended to allow attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor. White Fir Design begs to differ, pointing out that the websites are not even all running Linux, much less the Linux 2.6 Kernel."

+ - WPA2 wireless security cracked

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Achilleas Tsitroulis of Brunel University, UK, Dimitris Lampoudis of the University of Macedonia, Greece and Emmanuel Tsekleves of Lancaster University, UK, have investigated the vulnerabilities in WPA2 and present its weakness. They say that this wireless security system might now be breached with relative ease by a malicious attack on a network. They suggest that it is now a matter of urgency that security experts and programmers work together to remove the vulnerabilities in WPA2 in order to bolster its security or to develop alternative protocols to keep our wireless networks safe from hackers and malware.

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+ - Waves Spotted On Titan->

Submitted by minty3
minty3 (2942557) writes "Planetary scientists believe they have observed waves rippling on one of Titan’s seas. The findings, presented on March 17 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, describes how the Cassini spacecraft captured images of sunlight glinting off the Punga Mare, suggesting they are not reflective sunlight but waves."
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+ - Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase to Work 1

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "If you're going to sell a brief case for $6,000 bucks, there better be a pony inside — or at least an electric scooter. Who wouldn't want to transform their boring old briefcase into an electric scooter and zip off to (or away from) work? That's what Green Energy Motors Corp. is selling for $5,990. The Commute-Case, as it's known, is essentially, well, a briefcase you can ride to work. While in briefcase mode, if you extend sections of the front and back — wheels, handlebars and a step for your feet pop out. In 3 to 5 seconds, your briefcase is now an electric scooter that can go up to 25 miles on a single charge and weighs 27 pounds. There are eight different colors available. Don't count on actually carrying stuff to work with this briefcase (there's a scooter inside)."

10 to the 6th power Bicycles = 2 megacycles