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Submission + - Set free your inner jedi or pyro... (dailytech.com)

sirgoran writes: We've all thought about being the hero fighting off evil doers and saving the day ever since we first saw Star Wars. The folks at Wicked Lasers have now made that a little closer to reality with their latest release. A 1Watt blue diode laser that can set skin and other things on fire. From an article at daily tech they talk about the dangers of such a powerful laser. "And here's the best (or worst) part — it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people." The thing that caught my eye was the price, $200.00! I wonder if they'll be able to meet the demand since this will be on every geeks Christmas list...

Submission + - Epic Fail?

sirgoran writes: About a month ago the company I work for had a hard disk fail. It was sent to a Disaster Recovery company to try to get back whatever they could from the failed hardware. Total cost to our company was $5,000 for the service. Well yesterday we got the results back from the Recovery Company. One small problem, the data they sent, wasn't ours. So far we have not gotten our data and have not yet heard if our data left their offices and was sent to someone else.

I wanted to ask the slashdot crowd what they think our next step should be, and has anything like this ever happened to someone else and how did they handle it.
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Submission + - What's the best tool for remembering passwords? 15

StonyCreekBare writes: Lately I've been re-thinking my personal security practices. Somehow having my Firefox "fill in" passwords automatically for me when I go to my bank's site seems sub-optimal should my laptop be stolen. Keeping passwords for all the varied sites on the computer in a plain-text file seems unwise as well. Keeping them in my brain is a prescription for disaster, as my brain is increasingly leaky. A paper notepad likewise has it's disadvantages.

I have looked at a number of password managers, password "vaults" and so on. The number of tools out there is a bit overwhelming. Magic Password Generator add-in for Firefox seems competent but is tied to Firefox, and I have other places and applications I want passwords. Plus I might be accessing my sites from other computers which do not have it installed.

The ideal tool in my mind should be something that is independent of any application, browser or computer, something that is easily carried, but which if lost poses no risk of compromise.

What does the Slashdot crowd like in Password tools?
Google

Submission + - SPAM: A Gift From Google: Free Airport Wi-Fi

itwbennett writes: Google is giving you something to be thankful for as you travel over the river and through the woods this holiday season. The company announced today that it is offering free Wi-Fi at 47 airports across the U.S. between today and January 15. If you haven't booked your flights yet, you want to factor this into your plans. The 47 airports include Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis and Charlotte.
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