Captain Ned wrote:
Past management made them do it to RAM sticks as well but recent changes in management have acknowledged that that was particularly stupid and expensive.
It would have been even better if they forced you to rub them all over a bulk tape demagnetizer first!
DoD stuff gets a little surreal sometimes too. Take a device with non-volatile storage into a secure area? It can't come out again intact. I'm not just talking about thumbdrives and the like either; *any* electronic devices with an internal flash memory (e.g. firmware storage for embedded devices) are considered to be potential vectors for security leaks.
...Meanwhile near-children are walking out with Lady Gaga CDs full of "secure" information.
I know, I know, R & P... I'll quiet down.
Once you see how the DoD operates, you start to understand why military hardware is so much more expensive than consumer hardware. It's not so much a reliability/ruggedness thing (though that definitely comes into play as well); it's the inflated development costs due to all of the additional hoops you need to jump through.
Yup, by far, and not just the security implications either.