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Journal trianglman's Journal: Kinkos has your number 2

CNN is carrying an article about a "new" (or rather, newly disclosed) way to get your personal information.

Now, experts are warning that photocopiers could be a culprit as well.

That's because most digital copiers manufactured in the past five years have disk drives -- the same kind of data-storage mechanism found in computers -- to reproduce documents.

Now, I understand needing to store an image in volatile memory for the duration of a job, but storing it on a magnetic hard drive indefinitely to my mind serves no purpose.

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  • Now, I understand needing to store an image in volatile memory for the duration of a job, but storing it on a magnetic hard drive indefinitely to my mind serves no purpose.

    Modern copiers can scan and make hundreds of copies of documents that are hundreds of pages long - that would require a ridiculous amount of RAM.

    Hard drives are cheap, and hard drives in copiers are just big swap files so that the machine can handle such large documents. It's cheaper storage. For the price of 2GB of RAM you can buy a

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