Re: Totally American
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Mad Dan Eccles
(Auto-correct hates me now)
257 posts • joined 25 Mar 2011
I used to play cricket with a guy whose kit had red marks from shining the ball for the whole season. At the end of the season, one of the player's wives gave this guy a box of washing powder. It wasn't until later that we wondered what could happen if he was pulled over by the cops with an unmarked plastic box of white powder...
Disclaimer: I work for a company active in this area.
Filesystem encryption is common these days - bitlocker on Windows, or Veracrypt, or the Linux alternatives, etc. But that's not going to help if scumbags are logged into your system because they then see the same view of the files as you do, they're inside the file system.
There are also ways to do application level encryption, which is what you're suggesting. There are tools that will plug into Word, for example, and encrypt/decrypt stuff between Word and the disk. The problem is that this needs to be implemented on a per application basis - if your favourite CAD software doesn't have a plug-in for your chosen encryption software, you're short on luck. You also need to be careful with configuration - for example, ensuring temporary backup files created by the application are also encrypted.
Depending on your paranoia level, you also need to worry about swap files, which can contain unencrypted snapshots of files resident in your application's memory.
Finally, there's a kind of middle ground where you manually encrypt / decrypt files as needed - either on a per-file basis or in a container like Veracrypt. But that is less convenient for day-to-day workflow.
The Goon show called it 65 years ago:
Tell me, how do we raise the pier?
Oh, don't raise the pier!
Lower the river!
Gad! Genius! Absolute genius! But, but can you do it?
Sapristi yacka-backakas of course I can. My partner, the Honourable Grytpype-Thynne is the greatest water remover in the world! Follow me!
They should sew sponsors logos on their suits, like athletes. Or take a leaf out of stadium naming - like you have Etihad Stadium or the Kia Oval, could we see The Rio Tinto Prime Minister or The Boeing Defence Secretary?
Idea courtesy Robin Williams.
It has always puzzled me why US and UK elections are held on work days. Here in Oz, elections are always on a Saturday. ( Yes, voting is mandatory here, but you could still have the election on a weekend with voluntary voting).
Of course, this system delivered us Scotty From Marketing, so is far from perfect, but still.
Had something similar. Small company, "server room" was a couple of racks in a small room with no emergency light. Power cut happened, cue frantic beeping from our Potato Clock, and a mad scramble (using phones as torches) to try and plug a monitor in to perform orderly shutdowns on the servers before UPS drained completely.
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