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Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 222

Yes, the common root of these failures is the same - it is mechanical stress.

Although Nvidia's (customers) problem was somewhat different - NV decided to save few pennies on BGAs by telling their foundry not to bother putting stress relieving layers on their wafers. Great writeup is here

BGAs in general are fine. Overtime, mechanical stress will kill anything not properly designed for it.

Comment Good luck with investigation! (Score 4, Interesting) 110

It was 3 years ago. Importance of this detail is this: in pre-Snowden era NSA did not have access logs or other internal audit tools. Those were considered risk to security of operations.
My speculation is that this is why the data dump is so old - to maximally complicate forensic team's job.

Comment Good luck, NSA! (Score 1) 272

An important thing to note about NSA operations - they intentionally do not keep access logs. They do not allow for auditing tools or any other such nonsense. Claiming that such infrastructure will endanger security of operations. Now, they will try to figure out what/who/where. Good thing they know when: 3 years ago.

Comment ADD? (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Slashdot is getting ADD.

Go, read entire series of Snowden's twits on the subject. The whole point is: this disclosure is a warning shot. Imagine if the rest of the files will reveal targets, personally identifiable info on perpetrators, provable attribution etc. God forbid malware targets are in NATO countries or some such. This thing might explode into a serious international scandal.

Russians are mentioned simply because they might have better motives for pulling this off (with some tit-for-tat hacking going on right now). But that's beside the point.

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