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Comment I use it and appreciate the developer's approach. (Score 4, Insightful) 73

I am not a security expert and can't tell you whether Veracrypt is 100% secure, but I've been using it and I'm reasonably convinced that at least nobody short of a 'state actor' is likely to get at my data, and they're not the people I'm securing data from. It's the petty thieves who might steal my backup drives, or somebody who finds a USB stick I accidentally drop on the ground, that I'm protecting myself from.

I've been to the support forums for Veracrypt and my impression is the developer is trying hard to be transparent and responsive and make the product as secure as possible.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 2) 250

I realize it's a pain, but print something once a week whether you need it or not. I print some coupons from a local discount store. One sheet a week will keep things working. And I only have black ink in my printer (miraculously it complains that the cartridges need alignment but it prints anyway).

Comment Gene's favorite actress (Score 1) 145

I basically grew up in the time just after TOS aired (I was only 3 in 1967 so I wasn't watching then, and I barely remember the series being on first run TV at all). However, I do remember a number of TV pilots that Roddenberry created after Star Trek, that unfortunately were never picked up by the networks as regular series. I'm talking about made-for-TV-movies like Genesis II, Strange New World and Planet Earth (which were all attempts to boot up a series set in the same post apocalyptic future), as well as The Questor Tapes, and Spectre (a really weird supernatural series I didn't know about until recently). It's interesting to look at those shows now and see the familiar face of Majel Barrett in nearly all of them. She also had a small role in the movie Westworld, one of my favorite SF films of the 70s.

Comment Still cheaper than USB drives... (Score 1) 385

for giving large amounts of data (like photo albums) to friends, especially since I have a spindle of DVD-Rs bought years ago that rarely get touched. Also as a backup to my backup (which is encrypted hard drives I can take offsite).

And, the reliability of optical is still pretty damn good in my experience. I just had reason to pull data from a CD-R burned in 2003. One file out of several hundred failed to read, which I ascribe to bad handling (this was a music collection for my kids to play on vacation), more than degraded media. For any data I really want to keep forever, I would replace my DVD backups every few years with fresh burns from primary storage. I have looked into upgrading to BD-R but the cost is too great (for drives and media). I suspect my optical use cases will eventually switch to flash, but that hasn't happened yet.

Comment Re:Would make sense for a military base. (Score 3, Informative) 101

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009 and as far as I can tell it is still orbiting the moon. Its science mission may be finished though. In any case, keeping satellites in permanent orbit near the moon isn't simple, because of gravitational anomalies of the moon:

Comment Too bad robots couldn't do what people could (Score 2) 34

Are you aware that the three Russian robotic sample missions returned just a few hundred -grams- of lunar soil, while the Apollo manned flights returned hundreds of -kilograms-? The later lunar astronauts were also able to study geology before their flights and actually make intelligent decisions about -what- samples to return. Hardly the same level of achievement or the same scientific value. It would be really sad if all we had were the 326 grams of lunar soil returned by the Luna missions.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 2) 195

Where did I say everybody under the age of 30 goes to college? When I said 'that whole group' I was referring to people who do go to college (who are 99% under 30 after all). You're hearing what you want to hear. GP made it sound as if nobody under 30 uses a computer. I was just pointing out that is not a valid assumption.

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