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Comment: How long? (Score 1) 208

by jchoyt (#47274845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?
How long do you expect this to last before it's needed? DVDs and USB drives are common, but I see DVDs heading out at this point. Paper has the advantage that in 40 years it'll still be readable. Of course if your passwords change you'll have to update this information anyway. Assuming you update passwords occasionally because of a) good practice or b) some company gets hacked, I'd send it electronically and encrypted, so the person needs to actually enter a password to get to the data. Unless the recipient gets a keylogger installed, you should be safe. A text file encrypted with pgp is good for the knowledgeable recipient. For someone less savvy, I'd send them an encrypted tiddlywiki. Obviously give them the password over the phone, in person, or via snail mail.

Comment: Number one reason I dislike Microsoft... (Score 4, Interesting) 146

...they treat us all like morons. Their business practices have been predatory in the past and unecessarily nasty - and that comes in a close number two reason. But I can't stand using their products because they are always "helping". And now they're gonna screw with SEARCH RESULTS? Their OS is bad...Office is worse. THIS is insulting.

Comment: Changing my vote (Score 1) 317

by jchoyt (#38929069) Attached to: How long until the (first-world) classroom education model is obsolete?
I voted "within 20 years" however having 2 kids in the public school system, it seems that 50% of what they do would qualify as day care rather than education....so I'm changing my vote to "Never" since in order to survive in 20 years, both parents will have to be working and there'll be no $$$ for separate child care.

Comment: Re:Chain is only as strong as the weakest link (Score 1) 580

by jchoyt (#35518138) Attached to: US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis

The reactors did apparently shut down as they should but still needed cooling and these is where the other "links" appeared to have failed, and I stress appeared here as this will only be apparent when this whole thing is analyzed months or years from now:

It was nice of you to use your genius to save them all that time! And from thousands of miles away, too.

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Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-a-bigger-sidewalk dept.
As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."
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Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag 246

Posted by samzenpus
from the keeping-baby-fresh dept.
Born 14 weeks early, Lexi Lacey owes her life to some MacGyver inspired doctors and a sandwich bag. Lexi was so small at birth that even the tiniest insulating jacket was too big, but she fit into a plastic sandwich bag nicely. ''The doctors told us they had never known a baby born as prematurely as Lexi survive. She was so tiny the only thing they had to keep her body temperature warm was a sandwich bag from the hospital canteen — it's incredible to think that saved her life," says her mom.
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Child Abuse Verdict Held Back By MS Word Glitch 191

Posted by samzenpus
from the messy-verdict dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last week several defendants including one high-profile TV presenter were sentenced in Portugal in what has been known as the Casa Pia scandal. The judges delivered on September 3 a summary of the 2000-page verdict, which would be disclosed in full only three days later. The disclosure of the full verdict has been postponed from September 8 to a yet-to-be-announced date, allegedly because the full document was written in several MS Word files which, when merged together, retained 'computer related annotations which should not be present in any legal document.' (Google translated article.) Microsoft specialists were called in to help the judges sort out the 'text formatting glitch,' while the defendants and their lawyers eagerly wait to access the full text of the verdict."

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