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Geert Jan de Groot
Has RIPE NCC ever tried to contact the manufacturers of the USB sticks we are harping? There could be reasons why the USB sticks behave this way, and I think it just to ask the other side of the story. For instance, a USB stick consists of a flash storage array, and a controller that maps the storage pages to disk sectors to allow wear levelling. An encrypted filesystem may play havoc with the controller. Anybody ever tried endurance of an encrypted filesystem, versus a non-encrypted filesystem containing encrypted files?