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Comment Re:Laptop hard drives (Score 1) 251

If you store the data encrypted and something happens to you, the files are worthless to someone else, maybe a family member, who might enjoy/benefit from their availability. Have you put the encryption key in your will / living will, or already given it to people close to you so they will be able to access your stuff when you're gone or incapacitated? Or are the files only for your own eyes?

That's a very good point. I am currently young and arrogant so I have yet to create a will. There is a 'live' copy of my shared data which is accessible to the appropriate people, but they would be unable to access my backups. That means disasters that strike both myself and my live storage location are still a threat to that data.

I think having multiple encryption volumes on the drives might be the answer here. Potentially a 'personal' volume which only I know the key to, and a 'shared' volume which I share the key across will / lawyer / loved ones. To make that more useful, storing a clear-text list of who should know the shared key with the data seems like a reasonable precaution.

I think the next time I rotate through my archives I will implement that type of multi-volume solution.

Comment Laptop hard drives (Score 4, Informative) 251

I happen to like 2TB internal laptop hard drives (2.5").

Pros:
-High capacity
-Small form factor, will fit in most safes / lock-boxes
-Slightly more shock resistant than 3.5" drives.
-Fit my hard drive dock/drive duplicator
Cons:
-Slightly pricey because of the large capacity

Keep the anti-static bag it comes in and toss a few zip-lock bags around it for a little bit of water resistance. If the data is worth anything to you, keep a local offline archive and one at a friend's house. If anything sensitive is on it, pick your favourite encryption (truecrypt is still my goto).

Comment Re:huh (Score 5, Informative) 264

You'd think they'd have just put polarized glass in the cockpit by now if it were that big of a deal. Oh wait... that's right, it's not that big of a deal.

If it were as simple as polarized glass they might actually go that route. Unfortunately for everyone, it is much more complicated than that. You need specific lenses to protect from specific wavelengths (of which there are many).

[...] hold a laser on a cockpit window for more than a tenth of a second. If a pilot is unable to land a plane after a flash of light that brief, we'd better start making lightening illegal because it's a hell of a lot brighter [...]

With high powered lasers (that are surprisingly easy to come by) a fraction of a second is all it takes to cause serious and often permanent eye injury.

Comment Re:Where are the online Computer Science degrees? (Score 1) 370

Anyone have recommendations for learning math starting from, say, Algebra I or II level (high school) that will actually teach in a way that will be useful rather than taking a test? Stuff that will carry over into future classes as the proper building blocks, etc?

Khan Academy is quite good in my experience. You can pick and choose if you want or follow their 'knowledge map'.

Comment Re:what is so hard about this? (Score 0) 132

As much as I like to blame Oracle, the state may have added serious requirements at the last minute that complicated everything. These articles doesn't say anything about it. Same seems to go for all the troubled exchanges - so what's the problem?

It's basically a waterfall design where you have a group of non-technical people (state and federal government) writing the requirements document. That seems like a recipe for disaster to me.

Comment Re:Technet + Dreamspark (Score 0) 187

Er, Windows PCs don't come much cheaper than that. Is the complaint here "I need to buy a computer in order to develop software"?

No, the complaint here is "I need to buy another computer unrelated to the one for which I want to develop software". When developing for mobile devices you're cross-compiling anyway, so why shouldn't we be able to work in an environment we prefer (linux or windows)?

Comment Common Confusion? (Score 1) 406

Perhaps its just me, but it seems like a few people may have jumped the gun here. There is a major distinction between correlation and causation. More to the point, just because in x% of accidents a cell phone was involved does not in any way show that by removing that factor you're going to magically stop those accidents. I'd be willing to bet over half of all car accident victims listen to the radio, and yet I do not see any government banning their use in cars. ((yes this is a stretch, but it illustrates my point))

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.

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