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Comment Re:Abstraction (Score 1) 162

That was true before consoles adopted high-level 3D APIs. Now the only benefit to consoles is that they can target a single platform. Microsoft wants to eliminate that benefit, because they don't understand the console market.

Good, I hope Microsoft successfully kills the console market so that games are fully brought back to PCs again. I'm tired of crappy ports.

Comment Re:Don't have to buy one (Score 1) 207

Encryption is great for many things but, protecting your data against national intelligence agencies is not among them. The agencies have spent a lot of time and money to make sure that common encryption tools are too weak to stop them. Encryption has only stopped them a handful of times (9 in all of 2013 and that was the first report of encryption ever working against them). Now, it will slow them down and possibly make them pass over you if you're a small fish so, definitely use it. Just don't rely on it to save your ass if they have your hard drive in their possession.

Comment Re:Don't have to buy one (Score 1) 207

The problem I have with sending a drive to these services is that I have no way of knowing that the drive was destroyed properly. If you're up against intelligence agencies, it's far easier for them to give a piece of paper (or an envelope full of cash) to someone to have the drive handed over intact than to recover the drive after it's been destroyed. So, if you're up against them, destroying the drive personally is the only option. Thankfully, most of us don't have to worry about this level of paranoia.

Comment Re:Plenty of research on this, no need to spend on (Score 1) 207

For clarification, it's not unrecoverable. It's just so cost prohibitive and time consuming to recover it that recovery is unreasonable. A subtle difference but, important if they want you bad enough that they're willing to throw years and millions of dollars away to get you.

Comment Re:In the article "Full Format" vs "Secure Erasure (Score 1) 207

All of it. A full format re-writes the file tables and the sectors but, the data is still there and can be pieced back together. It's really hard to reassemble files if they are badly fragmented but, you can capture the majority of data, especially for common file types. Images are really easy to pull. Videos are hard to get intact due to fragmentation but, you will get, at least, some of it. In order to clear the drive, you have to, at minimum, write 0s to every bit on the drive. That requires either a tool like DBAN or some of the linux commands suggested in these threads. That'll keep the standard wannabe data thief on ebay or the pervy guy at Best Buy away from your data. If you're up against anyone more serious than that, destroy the drive.

Comment Re:Don't have to buy one (Score 2) 207

It all comes down to your potential data thief. If it's just some wannabe hacker who buys your drive off ebay, then a tool such a DBAN or the dd commands in linux should do the trick, even for SSDs. If you're up against professional data thieves, you'll want to smash and then have the drive shredded (don't send it to the shredders intact as there have been cases of the drives being resold intact instead; probably by unscrupulous employees). If you're up against the CIA, FSB or the Mossad, dissolve it in acid or personally grind it to dust. I could see taking an orbital sander to a SSD being a great stress reliever. There are people who are or should be, on the upper paranoia list that try to use DoD style erasure tools to make the data unreadable but, keep the drive usable but, I've never been able to support that. If it's important enough to go through that much trouble, destroy the drive; no exceptions.

Comment Don't have to buy one (Score 5, Informative) 207

You don't have to buy a secure hard drive erasure tool, DBAN does a reliable job for most drives and is free. SSDs are a new kink in the mix that means that some really advanced tools could retrieve data from the drives, even after a complete wipe but, if you're going up against people that dedicated, I recommend a sledgehammer instead.

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