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Submitted by UrsaMajor987
UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes "I have a Asus Transformer tablet that I dropped on the floor. There is no obvious sign of damage but It will no longer boot. Good excuse to get a newer model. I intend to sell it for parts (it comes with an undamaged keyboard) or maybe just toss it. I want to remove all my personal data. I removed the flash memory card but what about the other storage? I know how to wipe a hard drive, but how do you wipe a tablet?"

Comment: You have redundancy right? (Score 1) 265

by UrsaMajor987 (#47434253) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
The last place I worked at had redundancy both within the data center and across data centers. That is they could survive the loss of a data center. If the service you are supplying is so critical you should have redundancy. This will give you a little more leeway on when maintenance is done.

Comment: Incomplete Specs (Score 2) 143

by UrsaMajor987 (#47370375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?
You have left some important information off. Is the meeting being held at the customer site or your facility? Is there a need for people to join remotely? These days not everyone is in the same room during a meeting. I really think that something like Lotus LiveMeeting might work best. Remember a key point; the decision makers in such efforts are frequently technically illiterate. Keep the presentation as simple as you possibly can and don't forget printouts of the presentation that people can mark up by hand.

Comment: We all hate legacy code (Score 1) 536

We all hate legacy code and want to work with something brand new but Perl is actually a very useful language. Don't forget to add performance to your list of desired attributes. Here is a performance comparison between several popular languages http://raid6.com.au/~onlyjob/p... . At least for the tests they were conducting; Perl was very quick.

Comment: In All Fairness (Score 1) 205

In all fairness to "software engineers", this discipline is so new it is a joke to call it engineering. Civil engineering is centuries old with more than a few huge heaps of rubble created when they pushed outside of their bounds of knowledge at the time. Lots of exploding steam engines and crashed airplanes before best practices were codified in those disciplines. Real engineers have to pass a professional exam. You could try the same thing for software engineers but the exam would be meaningless almost before anybody could take it. That tells you the discipline is too new to called engineering however comforting the title may be. Give it another 50-100 years until it settles down. Right now, programming is more of a craft than an engineering discipline.

Comment: None of it (Score 1) 155

by UrsaMajor987 (#47294143) Attached to: Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?
Basic schooling (up to high school) should be about preparing kids for life; not jamming in some jobs training gratis for business. Instead of statistics, how about financial literacy? So that later on the kids won't be stunned when they find out what a $100,000 college loan really means. And maybe they can keep their parents away from the pay day loan vendors. Instead of computer science, how about critical thinking? The next time they hear some bloviating politician they will be able to see the arguments for the hogwash they are. If a kid graduates high school with good reading skills (and with that the ability to teach themselves anything they want to learn), good math skills (enough for financial literacy), a good grasp of history (at least of their own country) and the ability to think critically and analyze arguments, the schools can pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Comment: Re:Weird questions... (Score 2) 208

by UrsaMajor987 (#47275479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?
Nope, not a concocted story. A long career in IT; the last 19 years with a major international bank that took great pains to secure sensitive data both within the data center and in transit between data centers. The problem I am trying to solve is different. With the bank, we were sending sensitive data from one secured facility to another; what I need to do is send sensitive data from my (reasonably secure) home system to a location where I can not be sure of the security. How do I keep sensitive data secure in a remote location that is not necessarily well protected? At first I thought it would be easy; just use a password protected zip file and put it on DVD or USB. Send the media and password through different channels. But then I thought, what if someone gets curious and unzips onto their hard disk and leaves the files unprotected? The more I thought about all the possible scenarios for compromise, I realized plain old paper was the best solution. I was hoping there was some way of doing it electronically since there will be updates in the future but I could not think of any safe way of doing it via computer. The best solution suggested so far is to print everything out on paper and keep in a safe deposit box in the local bank. I can send the branch location and deposit box number to the siblings and since the paper is kept locally, updates should require nothing more than a trip to the bank. Kind of ironic that after all those years in IT and worrying about securing systems and data; I am reduced to using paper. Maybe I will seal the documents with wax and a ring :-)

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