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Comment: repeat after me (Score 2) 88

by blackjackshellac (#46651327) Attached to: Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

Not a threat to Apple(tm). Apple fans are the least likely to leave their chosen brand. We android users are a fickle lot though, and I'll jump ship in a millisecond to Ubuntu if Shuttleworth can get his shit together on the mobile platform. Until the next thing comes along that tweaks my interest.

Comment: Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (Score 1) 335

by blackjackshellac (#46476713) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

I'm currently doing this with 2 3TB usb3 backups, and I have a copy of the data that I rsync at the offsite end. But still, it's a bit of a hassle, and there is still a small window of potential data loss that is closed significantly when using the cloud to backup. My biggest problem in Canada (with an absolute maximum upload rate of about 200KB/s max, is the time and cost to sync my data, basically impossible for anything more than about 10GB/day. Fucking ISPs in Canada all suck equally when it comes to upload.

Comment: Re:Now we have an answer to the 20TB backup questi (Score 1) 335

by blackjackshellac (#46476617) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

You need two of those 1200 NAS boxes, and you have to replace failed drives, and you have to move storage off site in case of fire, theft, foo, bar. $1200 for 10TB of storage is so incredibly cheap. It was only 15 years ago that we used to sell 100GB NAS boxes for $100,000.

Comment: SSH/GPG encrypted text file (Score 1) 445

by blackjackshellac (#46310513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

I use a vim plugin that allows me to read a gpg encrypted file to get to my passwords, which lately are random 12 character strings of letters, numbers and symbols generated with pwgen. The system ssh account and the gpg keys should have different passwords. I avoid entering passwords remotely from secured systems using ssh keys (with ssh-add, or in more recent years this is handled by gnome). I do not want to put my trust in other password safes, especially those on smart phones. I do use firefox with a master password to store less sensitive passwords and feel relatively secure doing so but would never store anything like banking passwords there.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.