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Comment: Re:"overwrites all files" How Many Times? (Score 1) 27

Doesn't really matter - nobody has ever successfully recovered information from magnetic history like that.

There was a $1m prize for nearly a decade and not one "recovery" company could claim it.

Once a bit on a magnetic / solid state device is overwritten, that's your lot. Now, whether you overwrite ALL bits or not (e.g. reserved areas, replacement sectors, etc.) is another question entirely.

Comment: Re:Why - why $1 billion a year? (Score 1) 64

by Lumpy (#47442425) Attached to: FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

nobody employed at a K-12 school has the ability or IQ to properly run and terminate cat6/fiber/etc let alone install a clean network rack.

Ever single school my company is called in to fix was an utter nightmare that had to have most of the infrastructure gutted. Idiots just running non plenum wire in the ceiling ducts, etc...

If you want it half assed, let the school do it. If you want ti right, hire a real company of professionals to come in and install it right so it has a chance to survive the school's staff.

Comment: And? (Score 1) 58

by ledow (#47442101) Attached to: Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

It's not difficult to write a malicious program that can steal data as the user it runs. In fact, it's trivially easy, and your homebrew program will almost certainly avoid every antivirus signature with the minimum of tweaking and testing.

Exploiting holes is harder, but there's always a PoC code somewhere if you dig enough, especially if you are subscribed to security lists. And there you might have to do a little tweaking/testing but with VM's and debugging toolkits, it's not hard for any proficient programmer.

Quite what the news is here, I don't know. Almost every virus in existence has "variants" that aren't made by the same author - people take and either hexedit or have access to enough source-code to outright clone a virus. It's all out there if you look hard enough.

But, honestly, if you want to write one, a teenager could do it. Whether it "goes viral" is more to do with how easily it spreads and how many people you can get to run it before it gets noticed. I work in schools, and "viruses" written by the bright kids can spread through the school in a matter of days.

Given that, the number of viruses used with actual malicious intent is extremely low.

Go ahead - write a program with viral attributes and compile it with a random compiler. Guarantee you you could infect your workplace, not show up on an anti-virus signature, and do much nastier things than steal some data that passes through memory in plaintext.

Which is why we should be running a permissions-based security, or at worst a signature whitelist and NOT a signature blacklist like AV operates on. The very existence of AV still makes me laugh at humanity.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 154

This has nothing to do with literacy, and everything to do with protecting businesses from external (i.e. foreign) competition.

In some countries, physical books enjoy a discount on VAT as they are basically encouraged to improve literacy. But ebooks, for some reason, don't.

It's the same thing - protecting an industry. You think anybody but Disney actually benefits from Disney being allowed to own copyrights on its work for ludicrous amounts of time?

It's lobbying, and politics, and being seen to protect some people (local businesses, friends, etc.) and nothing to do with actual literacy or the overall picture.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 205

by evilviper (#47441909) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

And why is all tarp blue? Can't they make them camouflage color for St. Pete's sake?

Silver is also popular, and there are camo tarps:

Also I've seen some shiny travel trailers made out of stainless or nickel plate that's not peeled, but those are small, expensive, and they are meant for more like a desert area to reflect the heat of the Sun.

Reflective coatings work both ways... They also keep heat inside from being radiated out.

I'm currently looking to sell just such a trailer, in good shape. 1950s, 8x36' in Southern California.

Comment: Re:Ewww... (Score 1) 205

by evilviper (#47441803) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Probably the worst part about reverse osmosis is that it eliminates the water "taste" that people are used to because it gets rid of minerals as well.

The loss of minerals is a heath issue. The "taste" is hardly the "worst part" of doing this. And let's not forget that demineraled (RO) water will dissolve metal pipes, coffee machines, pots and pans, etc.

That's why they usually mix it with some other source like lake or ground water before it gets piped out to homes.

So, again, you're getting only a fraction of the minerals you used-to get out of drinking water.

RO should always involve carefully re-adding natural mineral content. Failing to do so is worse than not RO filtering the water in the first place.

Comment: Re:Moby Dick ain't got no Porta Potty (Score 1) 205

by evilviper (#47441775) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Camping out in a nonresidence tent on your lot in the middle of winter to save a few bucks? There is a pill for that too!

There are 4-season tents that are well-insulated and stay nice and warm through mild winters just from body-heat. Active heating can make the colder winters comfortable, too. Heck, a -30F degree sleeping bag isn't that expensive, so you can stay pretty damn warm without any heater.

And is there some regulation forcing only tents on your lot? Most people also consider living in a travel-trailer to be "camping". They are cheap, can be quite comfortable, even in winter, even without direct utility hook-ups. Rain collection, grey water, small septic system, and solar power, can make your trailer camping semi-permanent with only minimal hassle.

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