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Comment: TrueCrypt and a Safe (Score 2) 445

by beerdragoon (#46307377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
I keep all my work passwords in a file that is saved in a TrueCrypt volume. This volume is kept on a network share where only domain admins can access it. I also keep some of the important passwords on a piece of paper that is locked in a safe in the data center. Generally I remember all the passwords I need, but sometimes (especially after a vacation) I need to refer to the TrueCrypt volume. If I ever forgot the password to access the volume, I have it stored in the safe. If I forget the combination to the safe...I'm screwed. Thankfully that hasn't happened yet.

Comment: Re:It's the ads (Score 1) 222

by beerdragoon (#46295811) Attached to: Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect
I'm with you, I don't see any ads either. The only ones I see are when I hover over, or go into the PS Store app. I don't think this is unreasonable. If you are in or hovering around the PS Store, you might actually want to see ads about new or on sale content. This is like bitching about Steam showing you "featured products" when you click on the store link.

Comment: Reflective Material (Score 2) 478

by beerdragoon (#46278495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
I don't think you'll win any style points for this but you could install a ton of reflective bands inside...In fact, maybe just make make the seats out of it. Keep the limo bus dark so you need to use a flash to get a decent photo. When the flash goes off, the reflective material will pretty much ruin any photo taken.

Comment: Re:My children are using it (Score 3, Informative) 188

by beerdragoon (#45422643) Attached to: SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook
From what I understand, SnapChat will detect that you have done this and let the other person know you grabbed a screenshot of the image. While this won't stop you from having a copy of that particular image, it will warn the other person not to send you any new ones in the future.

+ - Bell Canada to Collect User Data for Advertising->

Submitted by beerdragoon
beerdragoon (1142579) writes "One of Canada's biggest mobile and TV providers will soon begin collecting detailed information on usage patterns of its subscribers. Starting November 16th, Bell plans on using this information to provide targeted ads for subscribers. According to Bell this policy will allow customers 'to receive Internet advertising that's relevant to them rather than the random online advertising they're receiving now.' Customers have until the 16th to opt out of the targeted ads, but there doesn't appear to be a way to opt out of the data collection. Apparently this is not illegal, but it is certainly considered unethical by many."
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+ - Can Verizon save HealthCare.gov?

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "It turns out the "tech surge" promised Sunday http://www.hhs.gov/digitalstrategy/blog/2013/10/making-healthcare-gov-better.html by the DHHS just meant bringing in Verizon http://sdt.bz/65245 to try and improve performance and fix the bungled source code of HealthCare.gov. Verizon's Enterprise Solutions Division will pour even more time and money into the already $300 million website, in hopes of making the Affordable Care Act actually accessible before President Obama pops a blood vessel."

Comment: Re:I'm a little confused about GTA 5 (Score 1) 621

by beerdragoon (#44949039) Attached to: GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

Because graphic violence only gets a game an M rating. Full nudity and sex automatically get a game an AO (Adult Only) rating. Most retailers refuse to stock AO games and getting an AO rating is effectively a death sentence for a console game since the only place you'd be able to sell them is the Internet and smaller stores. If you want big sales your game has to be sold in Walmart, Toys R Us, Gamestop etc.

Didn't The Witcher 2 get an M rating? Not that I care, I just want some consistency from the ESRB.

+ - NSA, Obama Sued Over Domestic Surveillance Program 4

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "A group of people, including a former federal prosecutor and the parents of a Navy SEAL sniper killed in action, have filed a class-action law suit against the National Security Agency, Verizon and President Obama over the NSA’s collection of cell phone data. The suit says the order that enabled the surveillance program is “the broadest surveillance order to ever have been issued” and enables indiscriminate collection of data.

The suit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., also names Roger Vinson, the judge who signed the Verizon order, as a defendant, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and NSA Director Keith Alexander. The plaintiffs say that the NSA’s surveillance program violates the Constitution and unfairly and unnecessarily infringes on citizens’ privacy. The classified order directs Verizon to hand over all of the so-called metadata for calls on its network to the NSA. The metadata includes the originating and terminating phone numbers along with details of the call, but not the contents of the call.

“The order, issued and signed by Judge Roger Vinson, violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”"

+ - Sony Introduces New PlayStation 4 at the E3 Event 2013->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sony has unveiled the much anticipated PlayStation 4 at the E3 event 2013. The cost of the device is $399, hundred dollars less than Microsoft Xbox One. Sony announced that it will not stop the sell of the used games and playing single-player games on offline mood is possible without online authentication"
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+ - Astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire in July->

Submitted by Anti Cheat
Anti Cheat (1749344) writes "The Astronaut who brought space exploration to millions all over the world is retiring from the Canadian Space Agency. Commander Chris Hadfield, by making it fun, seeming accessible and by taking hundreds of pictures of earth and peoples home towns, has decided to end his long career with the agency. What he will do now is up to him but education is strong in this one."
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+ - Microsoft Apologizes for Employee's Xbox 'Always-Online' Tweets 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Thursday, Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth sent out a slew of tweets implying that he sees nothing wrong with rumors of Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed Durango, requiring an “always-on” Internet connection to function. Unsurprisingly, the backlash from users was massive, and although Orth ended up setting his Twitter account to private to hide them from the general public, by then the damage had already been done.

Microsoft on Friday released an official statement regarding the tweets: "We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter.""

+ - EA Responds to its Appearance in the Worst Company in America Poll->

Submitted by beerdragoon
beerdragoon (1142579) writes "EA's CEO Peter Moore has responded to the company's appearance in the finals for the Consumerist's Worst Company In America poll. While he did accept some responsibility for some of EA's past failings, he seems completely oblivious to the real reasons why EA is in the finals for the second year in a row."
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