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Comment: Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (Score 1) 158

True .. it's like the stupid car radios where you have to enter a code when the battery dies.
If it gets stolen, the thief realizes sometime later that it's useless, and it's still stolen.
Meanwhile, every time YOU have a dead battery or replace it, you have to dig around and find the stupid tag, or pay the dealer $100 to tell you.

Comment: Not worth it .. (Score 1) 130

by mindcandy (#46398903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?
There are tons of ways to do this .. problem is they will all cost more than what your'e trying to accomplish.
As I like to tell the bean counter types .. "what you seek is a technical solution to an administrative problem"
You have cameras, so that's your "abuse" answer .. you said you use logbooks but compliance is poor"
Solution: Random daily audits and punish any non-compliance.

Also, consider the cost for all the inter-departmental billing and your time in managing all this foolishness .. and ask "is this really worth it?".

Source? : I am security@ for a large .edu and I deal with a lot of this BS.

Comment: FIPS-140 (Score 2) 162

by mindcandy (#46367165) Attached to: Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone
FIPS-140 (and 140-2) address exactly this.

At FIPS-140 Level 4, the crypto keys are stored on a unit that actively monitors for attack by environmental, electromagnetic, and physical methods.The physical is usually handled by a mesh of gridwires over the die.

The problem, of course, is Boeing is in bed with the government for Billions (Trillions) of dollars worth of military hardware, so don't think they'd sell you an Android phone before having a friendly chat with their friends at [A-Z]{3}.

Comment: Not really (Score 1) 111

by mindcandy (#46367107) Attached to: Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive
Intel (and everybody else) does this for good reason .. high endurance components (Milspec, server, whatever) are usually designed for tolerances far beyond the actual spec, because manufacturing issues can cause the tolerances of the finished product to deviate somewhat.

If they design a [gizmo] to operate at 1.5ghz and sell it as a 1ghz chip knowing full well there is plenty of overhead but chances of failure running it at 65% of design are pretty much nil, yay for them for meeting the rejection rate.

Then along comes marketing and says "hey, we can sell the rest of them at 1.5ghz as consumer units" .. and the failure rate there doesn't really matter as much because you just print a disclaimer about "your data may go poof" and RMA the broken ones. As long as the defect rate is low enough to remain profitable, yay again.

Comment: Re:dd (Score 3, Insightful) 295

by mindcandy (#43306037) Attached to: When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)
If it's old, then it's out of warranty. Yeah, I get the whole e-waste thing, and I'm sure it pains people to see a pallet of otherwise good 1TB drives headed off to be shredded into chips .. but remember they are 3-4 years old and having one go bad while is a far bigger PITA in terms of lost productivity, lost data, etc. than it is to just buy a new one for $100 and pay $1 for the old one to get securely scrapped.

How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?