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Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 3, Insightful) 288

by Orestesx (#49623171) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device
Maybe. But getting caught with incriminating data is almost certain to get you convicted. Think about it this way. You're a defense lawyer. Would you rather explain your defendant's suspicious behavior, or an excel spreadsheet showing how much coke he's sold this month?

Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 2) 288

by Orestesx (#49622667) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device
This doesn't prevent suspicion and it doesn't prevent your from being arrested. The police arrest you and seize your property because they think you've committed a crime - at that point, there's no convincing them that you didn't. This is about avoiding conviction or keeping highly sensitive information secret. Of course, if the information on your computer isn't highly sensitive and you aren't doing anything illegal, and you are not super paranoid about your privacy, then you probably shouldn't be using this, because it is suspicious. This isn't for the general public. This is for people who REALLY need to keep their data secret. Even at the risk of raising suspicion.

Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 5, Informative) 288

by Orestesx (#49621631) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device
This is to be used in conjunction with TrueCrypt. The summary is alluding to the arrest of the alleged founder of Silk Road at a public library. He was using a computer with full disk encryption, but they physically separated him from the laptop before he could power it off. Attach this to your wrist, and the machine will be powered off when the USB drive is removed from its port.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 4, Informative) 430

by Orestesx (#48933225) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

So, if I get this right, 80% of the US Americans have at least 25MB/s download.

No. 80% of Americans HAVE ACCCESS TO 25 Mb download. As in they have the option to subscribe to. They may not be able to afford it, or they may choose not to subscribe, or they may be choosing to subscribe to a lower tier.

Comment: Re:Malware (Score 1) 181

by Orestesx (#48754685) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware
Of course, the replication/snapshots are great for recovering for certain types of disasters, but they shouldn't replace tape backups...that's simply an extension of the old "RAID is not a backup." Do you actually work at a shop that only does replication and no actual tape backups, or have your heard of such a business? If so, please let me know so that can make sure that I'm not affiliated with them in any way.

Comment: Re: Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Orestesx (#48728435) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Here's the argument: it's easier to write a contract based on physical location. What you are proposing is not technically difficult. In fact, it is probably even easier than what they are doing. Therefore we can conclude that the agreements that Netflix has in place with the movie studios is that they are allowed to distribute certain content to certain countries.

Comment: Re: A joke? (Score 1) 647

by Orestesx (#48499897) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

You can't buy Windows 7 retail anymore.

That is simply not true. You can buy notebooks with Win 7 pro installed from Dell. You can buy individual Windows 7 home/pro from Newegg and Amazon. There are plenty of places to get Windows 7 if that's what you want. Sure, if you walk into Best Buy and say "give me a 'puter" then you're going to get something with Win8 but it's not like Win7 is hard to find.

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