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Comment Re:this is why (Score 2) 67

However, for a machine I'm giving to a friend or family member, what I wind up doing is just a format command, then a pass with cipher /w (assuming Windows.) Since all my volumes are BitLocker protected, a format command overwrites the areas on the hard drive with the volume master key multiple times. Even with the right BitLocker password or recovery key protector, the data is gone, since the master key cannot be retrieved. The cipher /w just does a simple three pass (zeroes, ones, random numbers), which is good enough for almost anything.

Why? What's the point? Self-entitled "nerds" here keep perpetuating the same old myths that you need to wipe and wipe and wipe and wipe a billion times for the data to be completely inaccessible and are just making themselves look just as ignorant as the people they berate themselves.There is plenty of research on this topic and I wish people would just finally learn something and stop spreading some god damn myths.

The purpose of this paper was a categorical settlement to the controversy surrounding the misconceptions involving the belief that data can be recovered following a wipe procedure. This study has demonstrated that correctly wiped data cannot reasonably retrieved even if it of a small size or found only over small parts of the hard drive. Not even with the use of a MFM or other known methods. The belief that a tool can be developed to retrieve gigabytes or terabytes of data of information from a wiped drive is in error.

        Although there is a good chance of recovery for any individual bit from a drive, the chance of recovery of any amount of data from a drive using an electron microscope are negligible. Even speculating on the possible recovery of an old drive, there is no likelihood that any data would be recoverable from the drive. The forensic recovery of data using electron microscopy is infeasible. This was true both on old drives and has become more difficult over tine. Further, there is a need for the data to have been written and then wiped on a raw unused drive for there to be any hopy of any level of recovery even at the bit level, which does not reflect real situations. It is unlikely that a recovered drive will have not been used for a period of time and the interaction of defragmentation, file copies and general use that overwrites data areas negates any chance of data recovery. The fallacy that data can be forensically recovered using an electron microscope or related means needs to be put to rest. --

Studies have shown that most of today’s media can be effectively cleared by one overwrite.

        Purging information is a media sanitization process that protects the confidentiality of information against a laboratory attack. For some media, clearing media would not suffice for purging. However, for ATA disk drives manufactured after 2001 (over 15 GB) the terms clearing and purging have converged. --

For the purposes of clarity, this will be repeated: If every single sector of a modern hard drive is overwritten, then NO DATA can be recovered, and especially not by the police. In fact companies such as Ontrack, who spend millions of dollars on research into data recovery are not able to do this. This wiping does not need to be done 33, 12, or even 3 times. Just once. -- https://whereismydata.wordpres...

These things go on forever if one just bothers to Google a bit, I could keep linking and quoting stuff for several books' worth.

Comment Re:Are they actually powered down? (Score 3, Insightful) 54

Agreed, unwanted shutdowns seem to be a thing with mobile devices in general.

I wouldn't quite agree. Most often I see it happening when people are using custom ROMs on Android and the kernel-dev screwed up with timings or undervolts the device a bit too much when it goes idle and it basically crashes when it goes to sleep. There are the occasional SoCs that got through the testing at the factory, but when in actual use they still end up crashing during sleep due to lower clocks than usual, but usually raising the clocks slightly fixes that. I would assume all it takes for Apple to fix this is a quick kernel-patch.

It's anecdotal evidence, sure, so take what you will from it, but I certainly haven't experienced sleep-of-death on any of my devices nor have I heard of anyone in my circles having such and therefore I find it hard to believe it was some sort of common issue.

Comment Re:DO NOT WANT (Score 1) 52

Wow are you REALLY this dumb, or are you just a console tard? Lets see 1.- Tigerdirect is one of the largest e-tailers in North America, 2.- There are vids of 6 year olds putting together PCs, fuck they come with instructions that use pictures so you don't even need to be able to read (should be great for you) 3.- Windows 10 IS FREE, just type "Windows 10 for free" and you can get the Insider version for a whole $0, and are you really too fucking dumb to know how to fill out a fucking envelope and mail in your receipt, really?

BTW if you are dumber than the 6 year old or so fat you can't actually see your wee-wee and therefor are incapable of bending over to use a screwdriver? You can pick up an A-10 APU PC for $479 and the upgrades you to a TB drive and gives you Windows 8.1. All you have to do is flip the switch...think you are capable of that, or do you need to have somebody draw you a picture?

Comment Re:DO NOT WANT (Score 3, Informative) 52

Except that "You need a gaming beast PC" has been a myth for quite awhile now, hell you can play battlefield 4 on an AMD A10 7850k,which you can get in kit form for $345 after MIR, that is "Walmart PC" territory. Just slap on the free edition of Windows 10 and voila! $350 PC that will play most games at 30FPS, even comes with an SSD.

That is of course if your PC is truly ancient and you want a new PC, if its less than 7 years old or you don't mind going to Craigslist? You can get a gaming PC for just stupid cheap. The cheapest gaming PC was one I set up for a single mom down the hall as a favor, cost? $150! I just picked up a C2Q PC off of CL with 4GB of RAM, Windows 7 and a 500GB HDD (cost $75) and then $75 for an HD7750. He plays TF2 and other online shooters at 30FPS+ with no issue and since most games don't use quads to their full capability they can always pop in a $100 GPU in a year or two and keep right on gaming.

So the "beat PC for gaming" is just a myth, its for guys that care more about bench scores than game scores.

Comment Re:Acceptable ads? (Score 5, Insightful) 259

Exactly. During the early days most of us had NO problem with ads because they weren't being assholes. They had simple .txt, maybe a .jpg or if they wanted to be fancy a .gif, and since it was first party it was actually relevant to the site and usually the site host had good experiences shopping there.....then came the MBAs, Masters of Being Assholes.

First came the pop ups, then came the ads blocking content, then came loud as hell sound blaring, then Java (in fact the reason I originally started advising customers to remove Java was early Java ads) and then came Flash, now look at what we have...want to make a PC so safe you can remove the AV and be just fine? Block ALL ads and watch infections disappear. Last figures I saw had malware ads causing something like 96 out of every 100 infections, nothing else came close.

And to all those that say "we need ads to have the web, boo hoo" I'll say the exact same thing I said to Jim Sterling that got me banned from The Escapist when he was being their apologist, I produced links showing how many times The Escapist had shown malware ads and said..."are you gonna be responsible for the damage you cause? Are you gonna pay to clean their PCs, have a watch put on their CC numbers? Gonna pay them for the lost hours dealing with resetting passwords and cleaning up the messes YOU CAUSED with your ads?" You want to be treated like REAL journalists and stores? Fine and dandy because they pay when they are hacked sometimes to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars like TJ Maxx when their system got hacked.

You cannot have your cake and eat it too ad pushers, either you step up to the plate and claim responsibility and pay for the damages when YOUR ADS cause damage or you have a heaping cup of STFU when users do the only smart and sensible thing and block the largest source of malware their PCs can possibly see.

Comment Re:there is only one (Score 1) 488

The GOP will never let ANY Paul have a shot, just as they are trying their damnedest to get trump to sign a pledge that he won't run as an independent so they can find an excuse to kick him out the race, all they want is corporate booty kissers that don't have a chance in hell.

With that criteria it will probably be Bush (no chance in hell) or Rubio (less than no chance in hell) because that is what they want, somebody that will scream about "entitlements" and how the rich are paying too much and the poor are just lazy for not being willing to work in a cancer city like they do in China for $5 a day.

So I'd say the best bet at a non spy loving POTUS would be Sanders, didn't think he would have a chance just a few months ago but apparently the press hates Hillary as much as they loved Bill so he is getting tons of good press and shooting up the polls, so he may have a real shot at the brass ring.

Comment Re:More nope (Score 1) 403 DO understand that the word fallacy does NOT always come with the word "logical" connected, yes? Loaded words are a form of POLITICAL fallacy as they are used by politicians to sway the populace. Same as you don't say "integration is bad" you use "forced busing", you don't say "we are against blacks" you say "welfare queens". It gives you the same effect thanks to the public "filling in the blanks" but gives the one using them a CYA.

And excuse me for not being willing to coddle the spoiled as fuck population, I suppose you want "trigger warnings" and all that bullshit? I call it as I see it and if you are an idiot? Well sorry but unless English is not your native tongue I really shouldn't have to write for fucking third graders or keep a pile of LOLCats so that the clueless masses can understand basic sentences, especially when I use something so fucking obvious like "see how that works" that Ray Charles would have caught it.

How about everybody stop smoking the blunts before posting, yes?

Comment Re:More nope (Score 1) 403

Wow are we REALLY gonna have to come up with a fucking ironic tag because the users here are too damned stupid to understand anything unless it has a fucking LOLCat connected to explain it to them?

Since you and everybody else here are unable to comprehend anything without it spelled out? Allow me to spell it out The name calling was to point out how worthless name calling is but I guess that's my bad, I forgot this generation doesn't understand a damned thing without a fricking meme pic connected. I thought it would have been fucking clear when I literally spelled it out "...see how that works"? But I guess this audience is so damned burnt out that unless somebody literally bitchslaps you with the answer? You ain't getting shit.

Comment Re:A flat sheet of glass (Score 1) 250

Not to mention it will end up costing more money in the long term. that tablet you got for $150 that played everything 2 years ago? Yeah not so much today. Compare this to my 2009 Phenom X6, the oldest is playing the latest shooters on it just fine, all he replaced was my old HD4850 for an R9 280 which he got for $120 on sale. If you want to go back even further my Pentium D is still playing games, a neighbor bought it and the above HD4850 and is using it for his flight games.

That is why I'm glad I got my boys on PCs when they were little, ended up saving a ton over the years compared to consoles and I don't even want to know how much it would cost to keep tablets capable of playing the latest and greatest every year. the nice thing about X86 is that once we went multicore PCs quickly reached a point where they were more than capable, so that a C2Q or Phenom II has no problem playing the latest games without issue, hell even that HD4850 was playing games just fine, I just wanted a new card because the newer ones generate less heat.

Comment Re:Consoles are easy to choose, use, and afford (Score 2) 250

One console, one TV, two extra controllers, and one copy of four $60 games is cheaper than three gaming PCs, three monitors, and three copies of four $40 games.

I don't contest the other points, but why do you think it's okay for the kids to share one console, but then every kid must have their own PC? Why couldn't they just as well share the PC?

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard