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Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 376

by Private Baldrick (#35241914) Attached to: Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

Encryption isn't falling to Moore's Law, it's falling to weaknesses in the encryption algorithm (the bit that mere humans came up with). AFAIK all the recent in-roads to DES, 3DES, WPA with TKIP have been through faults in the encryption.
What I'm saying is that from a weakness being found, within a few years (or even months), you have scripts that can be run on Amazon EC2 and soon the question is how much money do you want to spend on getting the SSD cracked in a reasonable time.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 376

by Private Baldrick (#35237498) Attached to: Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

Agree completely (and I should have RTFA better rather than skimming it); any volume of encrypted data is vulnerable to cryptanalysis. You only defense is time and strength of the encryption.

If the data is really sensitive (should never see the light of day) then destruction IS the only defense. If the data is sensitive but in a few years will be meaningless (commercial details etc) then most modern crypto should suffice to keep it secure for the next few years if configured correctly.

I think the main fear is with SSDs entering mainstream then data that shouldn't be publicly available is being stored on them (personal details from banks and government) that might be lost/stolen with the laptop.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 376

by Private Baldrick (#35236578) Attached to: Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

Encryption is a solution that would work. However one of the main reasons for people using SSDs is the performance boost. (Software) Encryption would give a (slight) overhead which might cancel out the benefits of the drive.

Also you need to encrypt the drive FROM THE START. Once data is put down unencrypted in the drive it is potentially retrievable even if you've then encrypted the volume on top.
(Hate to use wikipedia as a resource but... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Comparison_of_SSD_with_hard_disk_drives )

So your encryption choices are either software encryption right from the first build or an SSD with hardware based encryption built in (which is available but not sure how common it is).

Comment: Re:I have a crazy idea! (Score 1) 228

by Private Baldrick (#34979554) Attached to: New <em>Red Dwarf</em> Series Threatened By the Twitter Era

Hello Joe Tie. (567096), sorry I'm a bit late to this conversation.

I'm one of the idiotic persons shipped in for the studio audience of Red Dwarf (Series 6 Episode 6).

I will say it was my first and only time in the audience in a comedy show providing the laughter track. (I was in the audience for a few other shows but nothing comedy).

Firstly the episode we saw was significantly different to the episode that was screen on TV. They replaced the cliff hanger ending with a mild joke about recycled urine giving you limescale on the top lip. I estimate that around 20-30% of the episode was changed for broadcast. They got us in for the laughs and they obviously switched bits around, re-edited for broadcast.
A large percentage of the audience had actually been in the audience for all 5 previous episodes in the series.

Do I object that we didn't see the finished episode? No, what we saw was really funny.
Do I object that my laughter was possibly reused for scenes I never saw (e.g. the cliffhanger)? No,

Something that maybe Robert Llewellyn has missed out was the internet was well established around the geek community (key audience group of Red Dwarf) alt.tv.red-dwarf newsgroup (and others) was popular and subscribed to (though I can't confirm there was a Red Dwarf based newsgroup at the time of my studio audience experience)

The information we went away with was enough for us to give someone a "TV guide" style synopsis of the episode, and we did! We got all our friends to watch it because "we'd been in the audience!"

Will things like Twitter & mobile camera phones upset the jokes... I suspect filming will be frowned upon and actively policed & the jokes will not really translate across to Twitter. Well except one...

They are dead Dave all dead. Dave they are all dead. Dead all they are Dave etc. etc..

Comment: Re:Alas poor segway, I knew him not so well (Score 1) 413

by Private Baldrick (#33720566) Attached to: Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

Bicycles do at least as much as a Segway does for most people, and they're a lot cheaper. The Segway tried to fill a niche that didn't really exist -- it isn't the lack of a small, exposed personal transport machine that keeps people in their cars.

It's pity that the useful spin off of the Segway. The iBot mobility system, likewise didn't take off. It might have changed dramatically the life of disabled people. However there wasn't the demand. That was a case of the Segway technology filling a niche.

Comment: Re:This isn't new (Score 1) 173

by Private Baldrick (#33709230) Attached to: Thieves Use Vacuum To Siphon Cash From Safes

These vacuum delivery systems for cash are quite often decades old. I remember seeing them in the 70s as a kid (in other stores). We could be talking about a legacy system here. In 1956 they had 199 stores (according to their company history translated by Google).

We're looking at an old system that someone is exploiting a inherent weakness in and creating a solution/fix for it would cost a lot or require the retiring of the system. Similar to the problems with legacy old IT systems.

Games

Portal 2 Gets Release Date 110

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-been-a-long-time dept.
AndrewGOO9 writes "After what has seemed like an eternity since Valve initially announced a sequel to their lauded puzzle title Portal, a release date has finally been attached to the game. Originally slated to be released before the end of the year in time for the holidays, Valve instead opted to delay the game, citing reasons such as, 'making games is hard' as well as continuing their tradition of releasing games when they're finished as opposed to rushing them out the door. Either way, mark your calendars for February 9th, 2011, and in the meantime, brush up on thinking with portals." There's some new gameplay footage available, and Valve announced that Stephen Merchant will be lending his voice to the game.

Comment: Risk is the factor you are wanting to reduce (Score 1) 164

by Private Baldrick (#30580858) Attached to: Testing Network Changes When No Test Labs Exist?
What I'd suggest is something quiet alien to the tekhead. Get management on your side. Explain the issues talk about the problems. Give them easy to read bullet points. Management will then ask you "Well what do you suggest?" Well you know a lab that effectively mirrors the live environment is about as likely as rocking horse poo but ask about it anyway. If you have concerns they won't fork out the money for it then it's most likely a case that they won't but ask for it and make sure they understand and you discuss it... Assuming you didn't get a lab then talk about the change. Talk them over the mitigation you want to plan in, talk about the rollback, get them on board. Then hit them with a compromise. You know the network better than anyone; work out what equipment you do need to replicate the vast majority of the network. If 90% of your network is based upon say 3 standard models of switches/routers ask for a lab of them. Discuss that you can reduce the risk. Risk is factor you are looking at trying to reduce. You should be able to speak to you management saying. Option 1 cost $50000 99% of network tested Option 2 cost $10000 95% of the network tested Option 3 cost $5000 90% of the network tested The important thing is by getting them in on the dialog and the issue you face the risk assessment and responsibility is being shared between you and management. If things still go south you have some defence against people yelling at you, in fact management will understand the lengths you have gone to to reduce the risk & they will understand that you cannot promise 0% risk on the budget they want and they will have agreed to this...

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