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How long do your computer mice last?

Dice Do mice break? (361 comments)

I have never replaced a mouse due to hardware failure. I bought a new mouse when PS/2 finally adequately replaced serial mice, and another when USB did the same with PS/2.

about 9 months ago

Police Using YouTube To Tell Their Own Stories

Dice I'm okay with this (299 comments)

If we can film them in public places then they can do the same: liberty is a two way street. Let the information flow and justice prevail.

more than 2 years ago

Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:

Dice Re:9:0 here (277 comments)

Undefinidely better.

more than 2 years ago

How much of your music/video entertainment is streamed online?

Dice Between Netflix and Pandora... (170 comments)

... I don't really see the point of owning large storage devices anymore. I watch my shows on Netflix and music comes in over Pandora.

more than 2 years ago

Approximately how speedy is your Internet connection?

Dice Re:Rounding (367 comments)

Orders of magnitude: 25 is 10. 60 is 100.

more than 2 years ago

How many robocalls do you get each month?

Dice Re:It's amazing how few you get . . . (228 comments)

They can still call you for surveys. I had a number of those recently after having purchased a vehicle and foolishly giving them my cell number. I did some research and started telling the humans who eventually came on the line that they had reached a business. This results in your number getting removed from their list (unlike actually asking to be removed from the list) since they don't want to screw their numbers by polling a Starbucks.

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

Dice Re:Games like D3 (1880 comments)

I have a machine dedicated to gaming for this. It runs Win7, has fancy whiz-bang hardware, and any time that I try to use it for anything other than that I end up rage-quitting the browser and going to get my Linux laptop.

Windows is great for games, I don't understand how people can stand using the interface for actual work.

more than 2 years ago

Logitech Calls Google TV a 'Big Mistake'

Dice Re:I wanted one (195 comments)

Well, good news! Now you can get a Revue for cheap!

more than 2 years ago

Next-Gen Game Consoles Still Years Off

Dice Re:Years off? (386 comments)

Forget "other aspects of the user experience", Nintendo's selling point is games. I will buy a Wii U for no other reason than that the next Zelda game will run on it. $400 for Zelda is perfectly reasonable.

more than 2 years ago

I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...

Dice Heavily (147 comments)

I have a bottle of whiskey and around 3000 miles between myself and the storm.

about 3 years ago

Google's Self Driving Car Crashes

Dice Re:Summary is sensationalistic (244 comments)

It is a test car. It collects more data while in operation than you could imagine. It'd be trivial to verify the logs against what they claim.

I can imagine quite a lot, but that's beside the point. It would be trivial for Google to verify the logs, sure, but I doubt very much that the Mountain View Police Department would have an easy time with it.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Self Driving Car Crashes

Dice Re:Summary is sensationalistic (244 comments)

The car crashed while being driven by a person.

According to a Google spokesperson. If I were in that car, and it crashed while the software was driving, I would claim that I had been driving it too. Any public crash that could be blamed on the software would put the project in serious jeopardy.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Laptops Vulnerable To Battery Firmware Hack

Dice Re:No worries here (272 comments)

Not terribly hard compared to what?

You know how I remove the battery on my Thinkpad? I slide the clasp into the unlocked position then slide the battery out. Same for the DVD drive (although I don't know who swaps theirs out, there doesn't appear to be an option to put a second battery there).

I can also use one screwdriver, a phillips, to replace the hard drive, memory, wireless card, keyboard, CPU, video card, etc.

more than 3 years ago

LastPass Password Service Hacked

Dice Re:I guess I'm just old school... (268 comments)

I find that sentences describing my thoughts about the service in question and mapped to leet-speak are easy to remember for a large number of sites.

Some hypothetical examples:

1. Slashdot: d0tc0m1.0d1n0s4ur
2. Twitter: 0hg0dwh0c4r3z4b0utth1zsh1t
3. Flickr: 3y3y4mh3r3f0rth3b00b13z--3y3m34n4rt

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

Dice The left lane (717 comments)

Regardless of how fast you're going, PLEASE only use the left lane for passing other vehicles. People seem to be mostly okay with this point on a 2 lane highway, but it applies to 6 lane freeways as well. If you are not actively passing all other vehicles on the roadway, move over. Especially if someone is coming up behind you at a greater rate of speed.

more than 3 years ago

Order of importance if disaster strikes?

Dice Re:Problem with poll (458 comments)

We're also assuming that our loved ones are separate from our data. I haven't seen a real human being in years.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks

Dice Re:Let them know how you feel (385 comments)

Of course, if you want to actually be taken seriously you should refer to it as SC2, and not SC3...

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Suing Creators of StarCraft II Hacks

Dice Let them know how you feel (385 comments)

The message I just sent to

Just a quick note to let you guys know that I've recently read news articles describing your actions against individuals using single-player mode cheats in SC3, specifically locking them out of their accounts and forbidding even local play. Having been already annoyed by your decision to forbid LAN play in SC3 and require Battle.Net I have decided that your recent actions tip you over onto the "companies who are too evil to give money to" side of the consumer equation.

I had been looking forward to purchasing and playing Diablo 3, however I no longer feel that providing financial support to the tyrannical measures you feel it is necessary to impose upon your customers is morally justifiable.

more than 3 years ago



Personal data security while traveling

Dice Dice writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Dice (109560) writes "It's been a couple years since I was last on a plane, but business will require me to make an inter-state flight soon and I may be vacationing in Europe towards the end of the year. Having read of the TSA and Custom's recent crackdowns on laptops I'm wondering what my options are for keeping my data safe without attracting attention. For example, I could encrypt my entire filesystem but I think it would be suspicious to refuse to enter a passphrase in order to allow the machine to boot. I have a lot of personal information on this machine, not to mention the client confidential stuff, and I would really rather not have anyone pawing through it. I am running Ubuntu 8.04 on fairly recent hardware and I'm willing to backup and then wipe the entire disk in order to re-install if necessary."


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