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Comment Hardware encryption... (Score 2, Informative) 205

...is worthless. Proprietary, chip-based solutions are the opposite direction we should be going. An open source solution...and there are several great ones already available...is what I use and recommend/setup for all my clients.
Any and all of today's processors can handle the exertion necessary for on-the-fly encryption; most users (including, generally, myself) don't notice the difference.
As per usual, I question SM's logic.

Comment Re:TrueCrypt or Wait for On Drive Upgrades (Score 2, Insightful) 468

Are there any theories as to why this is?
I don't understand what the 'Foundation' would stand to gain from this sort of behavior. It is an open source / free app., and they aren't selling anything. Not that that is an excuse.
I knew something was up when the Truecrypt forums were down for weeks, prior to the 6.0 release. No real reason given, but screw anyone who needed info in the mean time.

Comment Comet viewing can be incredible... (Score 5, Interesting) 97

I was in the Navy, out at sea (probably Atlantic) when Hale-Bopp was visible.

A few of the guys I worked with would venture out on deck at night, usually to sip whiskey or stargaze, or talk about how much we hated the Nav. Anyway, I've seen comets before so when a buddy said 'you should really come outside and see the comet' I was thinking 'meh...'

When I stepped outside, I initially thought the moon was out it was so bright on deck. I look up at the sky and almost fell down (seriously...had to catch myself). The comet was so bright and beautiful it damn near took my breath away. It stretched 3/4 of the way across the visible sky; looking like some kind of cosmic jewel.

I got to see a lot of interesting things while serving, but the comet was a definite highlight.

Comment Re:Quicktime? Seriously? (Score 1) 591

I'm assuming Windows...

Download and install Zoomplayer Standard; free as in beer.
During the install process, let it install the codecs it wants; its an automatic process.
Done. It plays everything, and well. It is the most configurable media player known...which can be good and bad.
It runs light on resources, and doesn't take over file associations until you tell it to.
Uninstall Quicktime. (seriously? You have QT installed?)

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