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Comment Re:A style suggestion for Google (Score 1) 211

What exactly is a "'dromie"? As best I can tell, it's someone who makes a joke that someone else doesn't get; if so, please see reply above by MysteriousPreacher for an explanation of the joke.

And beyond his explanation, it's just inherently funny that any actor/character would wear an engine air filter as a vision device. (Sorry that I can't really explain that - it's in the mysterious realm of what we dromies call "humor" - nyuk, nyuk. If you look at the pictures I linked, though, that might help.)

Comment Re:motives? (Score 1) 285

Exactly. The lack of an audit trail that many user deem to be a feature is an even more important feature for inept or dishonest bankers.

Which reminds me: the new Bitcoin version of "It's a Wonderful Life" is due out this Christmas:

George Bailey: [yelling at Uncle Billy] Where's that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where's that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison! That's what it means!

What?... It was just Bitcoins?... And it was Potter's Bitcoins? Hey, that's swell Uncle Billy, real swell! Look, no sweat. Let's go have a little "eggnog" at Martini's.

Comment Just say no to cloud encryption (Score 1) 200

I don't use encrypted cloud storage. Instead, for secure backup, I use USB hard drives that I leave disconnected from the computer except during backup operations. This method places a priority on security (no hacker or virus can get to a drive that's disconnected), but it leaves me open to physical theft or destruction. I don't worry much about the former, but for the latter, I keep a copy at a relative's house.

Of course, this method doesn't solve the sync problem. I don't personally have a much need to sync data across devices (except for program code, which is easily synced across computers via Git), but for those of you who do, I recommend you use it only for data that doesn't really need to be secure, such as personal photos. Then, you can use any cloud service that syncs well, without regard to encryption.

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