Everyone wants security and reliability in their flash drive, until that security and reliability become a problem. Stuck with a flash drive in his possession, possibly containing incriminating evidence, Florin Necula resorted to his only viable option: he swallowed it.
According to a U.S. District Court filing, Necula, who was suspected of ATM skimming, and in the custody of the Secret Service, “grabbed Subject Flash Drive 2, which had been on his person at the time of his arrest, and swallowed.” Apparently the drive didn’t agree with Necula who, after four days, still hadn’t passed the device. (No port incompatibility comments, if you please.) Doctors recommended removal, which Necula agreed to.
But did the drive survive? No word on that from the Secret Service. And the flash drive maker, Kingston, reports that they don’t know if stomach acid could damage the device, as they have no experience with people swallowing their flash drives.
Necula’s reward for his quick thinking? A charge of obstruction of justice, to go along with the other three felony indictments he faces for ATM skimming.
Are you worried Fermi is going to make your GeForce 8800 look a bit long in the tooth? Well just be glad you're not stuck trying to run Crysis on the Secret Service's mainframe featuring state of the art technology from the 1980's. A classified review of the aging computer system has revealed that the system is now only operational about 60 percent of the time, and frequently prevents them from accessing the master database of mission critical information and apps.
"We have here a premiere law enforcement organization in our country which is responsible for the security of the president and the vice president and other officials of our government, and they have to have better IT than they have," said Lieberman, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Currently the NSA runs 42 mission-oriented applications on a 1980s IBM mainframe, and are hideously underpowered based on the agencies current requirements.
The price tag for updating the system is a mere $187 million, and far below the $33 million they currently have in the budget. If I were president, I would probably check the seat cushions on Air Force One to make up the difference, they are charged with saving his life after all.