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Comment Re:For a field that is compartmentalized... (Score 1) 491

Unless you believe that it takes 10 years to plan a new terrorist attack.

Without many of these extraordinary laws in place, the time between highly visible attempts on the World Trade Center was 8 years - first in 1993, then in 2001. So yeah - 10 years between major attempted attacks in an unfriendly country where you don't have complete freedom of movement doesn't seem particularly hard to believe.

Comment Re:Text, but why? (Score 1) 329

Maybe I missed something: Why encrypt the hard drive if I'm going to tape the password to it?

That was a brain fart on my part. Initially I had typed the part about having the drive and password in two separate locations, then thought "wait, it's a safety deposit box - they can be together" without taking the next obvious step.

The whole point of using a hardcopy is to avoid a number of problems with digital copies, the biggest of which is that harddisks, flash memory, and optical discs all suffer in terms of data longevity. They can also be damaged relatively easily, and, as someone mentioned above, data and hardware formats go obsolete and may be practically inaccessible in relatively short order.

At least some subset of this data won't be static - it'll have to be maintained. At least I hope he's not keeping the same passwords for decades! In that case it seemed silly to me to treat this as a separate problem from the fact (not mentioned by him) that people should keep a separate offsite backup of all their data. He should be doing that as well - so why not kill two birds with one stone?

Comment Re:Text, but why? (Score 1) 329

I agree - introducing needless complexity is always dumb. However in the case where he needs to get at this data backup, re-entering everything by hand is tedious and unnecessary.

Scan all the physical documents to PDF or whatever format you prefer. On a Mac? Keep your passwords in the Keychain. On a PC? Windows 7 has a similar feature, and there are third-party encrypted password wallets that work with older versions of Windows. On Linux? There are myriad ways to accomplish this.

Copy it all to an encrypted hard drive. Tape the password to the drive, and lock that in your safety deposit box. Alternatively, just lock the password in the box, and keep the drive at a family member's residence.

Comment Wait a minute (Score 4, Insightful) 298

Let me get this straight. Based on the "struggle" and "disappear" links in the summary, I guess we're supposed to feel sorry for Barnes & Noble as well as Borders. Is that correct?

It wasn't all that long ago people lamented how these mega-stores - specifically Barnes & Noble and Borders - were killing all the little independent book shops. Their response was they delivered what the consumer wanted at lower prices. Well, it looks like the shoe is on the other foot now! I actually felt bad about the independent book sellers (a few of whom have managed to adapt and do good business)... but not these guys. If they can't compete in the modern marketplace, that's their problem.

Comment Huh! I just got it (Score 3, Interesting) 300

Looking at a still photo of the XBox One screen just made me realize... it finally dawned on me where Microsoft got the idea for the start screen tiles on XBox and Windows 8.

It's the Wii. All they've done is let you have some of the boxes be bigger than the others - but it's basically the Wii's interface that Nintendo released in 2006.

Even the ads. The Wii used the boxes for the Shop to advertise stuff you could buy.

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