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Comment: Re:This probably ignores cost of decommissioning (Score 1) 409

Because reprocessing works, there is little reason to store high level waste it's valuable feed stock to our current commercial plants. New designs do not intentionally make a lot of weapons grade byproducts to feed cold war arms races.

Comment: Depends on the DC (Score 1) 116

by silas_moeckel (#47617841) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

I would never expect new drives on a leased box as it's a leased box. Nor would I expect them to sanitize my data before handing it to a new customer. I work with a lot of hosting companies and it's not very uniform. One dirt cheap place runs everything through dban before handing it back others not so much. If you need to insure this happens expect to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Yeah, only if one speaks in extremely low tones (Score 1) 142

by silas_moeckel (#47602517) Attached to: Extracting Audio From Visual Information

From the looks of it a 1d array might work rather well and get the frame rates required. I didn't say generic cell phone just fitting in the form factor or close enough to not be suspicious. This could fit in existing security camera form factors (the 18 ish inch long all weather enclosures commonly used) that are so common as to be forgotten.

Comment: Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (Score 1) 430

We fired the tech writers 20 years ago and told the devs to do it. Remember Dec with it's bookcase of manuals? When we paid people to document they documented, I'm sure some better than others but they did it. RHEL has a decent set of docs to go with it, far from perfect but workable and obviously it works for Centos as well.

Comment: Re:Moving information for Freedom.... (Score 1) 502

by silas_moeckel (#47581513) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

No it should not. Getting a warrant in the country the data is stored is not a high bar. Yes this means in most civilized countries you can not get a warrant to look for something that is legal there. This is a good thing.

In this particular case it looks like the DOJ is fishing as getting a court order in Ireland for a legit criminal case should be easy.

Comment: Re:Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmwar (Score 1) 205

by silas_moeckel (#47578733) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

One example given was a keyboard that can guess your password (watch for the first string you type) and then wakes up your pc in the wee hours to send the keylog to collections web sites. You need not install anything into the OS.

We already know that the NSA has swapped hardware in transit. This just makes it even easier. Often their is no facility to read the firmware back from these devices without physically accessing it and even then it may not be possible.

Comment: Re:Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmwar (Score 1) 205

by silas_moeckel (#47576763) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

http://www.usb.org/developers/... has been around for a decade and a half. I'm sitting in front of a USB mouse that gets firmware updates. I've flashed USB keys with new firmware. USB devices can and do contain nonvolatile firmware not just flash drives and not just what is general accessed by the OS.

Comment: Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmware (Score 1, Troll) 205

by silas_moeckel (#47574467) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Windows loves to install USB drivers for all sorts of things. A couple NSA letters later and MS is now sending NSA payloads. They do not even have to ever touch the hardware.

Sure this is the case with any hardware and MS but you would assume a secure facility would lock it down. But USB now you have the sneaker net issues.

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