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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

beerdragoon TrueCrypt and a Safe (445 comments)

I keep all my work passwords in a file that is saved in a TrueCrypt volume. This volume is kept on a network share where only domain admins can access it. I also keep some of the important passwords on a piece of paper that is locked in a safe in the data center. Generally I remember all the passwords I need, but sometimes (especially after a vacation) I need to refer to the TrueCrypt volume. If I ever forgot the password to access the volume, I have it stored in the safe. If I forget the combination to the safe...I'm screwed. Thankfully that hasn't happened yet.

about 5 months ago

Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

beerdragoon Re:It's the ads (222 comments)

I'm with you, I don't see any ads either. The only ones I see are when I hover over, or go into the PS Store app. I don't think this is unreasonable. If you are in or hovering around the PS Store, you might actually want to see ads about new or on sale content. This is like bitching about Steam showing you "featured products" when you click on the store link.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

beerdragoon Reflective Material (478 comments)

I don't think you'll win any style points for this but you could install a ton of reflective bands inside...In fact, maybe just make make the seats out of it. Keep the limo bus dark so you need to use a flash to get a decent photo. When the flash goes off, the reflective material will pretty much ruin any photo taken.

about 6 months ago

20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

beerdragoon Re: "post-food consumers" (543 comments)

I can also cook better than most and I love cooking. I also enjoy eating what I cook. What I hate doing is cleaning up after I cook.

about 7 months ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

beerdragoon Re:My children are using it (188 comments)

From what I understand, SnapChat will detect that you have done this and let the other person know you grabbed a screenshot of the image. While this won't stop you from having a copy of that particular image, it will warn the other person not to send you any new ones in the future.

about 9 months ago

GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings

beerdragoon Re:I'm a little confused about GTA 5 (621 comments)

Because graphic violence only gets a game an M rating. Full nudity and sex automatically get a game an AO (Adult Only) rating. Most retailers refuse to stock AO games and getting an AO rating is effectively a death sentence for a console game since the only place you'd be able to sell them is the Internet and smaller stores. If you want big sales your game has to be sold in Walmart, Toys R Us, Gamestop etc.

Didn't The Witcher 2 get an M rating? Not that I care, I just want some consistency from the ESRB.

about a year ago

Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

beerdragoon Re:Public Relations.... (255 comments)

If you re-arrange the letters in 'Public Relations' you get 'Crap Built On Lies'.

...just saying.

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

beerdragoon Re:Not true. (984 comments)

Maybe that's a Quebec thing?

Correct. I believe I have also seen it in Ontario (Ottawa to be exact). Out west they use the flashing green arrow for a protected turn. A flashing green light is the same as a regular green light, it just indicates that the intersection is pedestrian controlled.

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

beerdragoon Re:US/Russia? but no China? (615 comments)

China is likely rapidly increasing their stockpile to bring it inline with the US and Russia. According to this diagram they are still quite far behind. Even if the US removes 1000 warheads, they will still be far behind. If that matters or not in the end is another argument entirely.

about a year and a half ago

West Virgnia Auditor Finds Cisco Router Purchase Not Performed Legally

beerdragoon Re:Cisco Sucks BUT... (280 comments)

The only reason to make your bidding process Cisco only is if you are using Cisco-specific features on your network (e.g. EIGRP, HSRP) and you are too lazy or stupid to change them to the industry standard (e.g. OSPF, VRRP). HP and Juniper make good network equipment too. Seriously.

about a year and a half ago

West Virgnia Auditor Finds Cisco Router Purchase Not Performed Legally

beerdragoon Re:Something wrong with plain switches? (280 comments)

You could use a switch if you bought one with a layer 3 license. Unfortunately this switch would only do basic routing functions and wouldn't help you if you want to do site to site VPN for the really small sites. The cheaper solution is to buy ASA 5505s for the small sites. They do site to site VPN quite nicely and they have 8 ports so you probably won't even need a switch.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Deploy Small Office Wi-Fi SSIDs?

beerdragoon Not Really That Difficult (172 comments)

This really isn't that difficult and you can do it on the cheap if wireless isn't critical to your small business. Just buy 1 wired router with a built in DHCP server, and 4 or 5 wireless ones. Unless you need them to be powered by PoE, I wouldn't bother with the Cisco Aironet APs, just buy some cheap Linksys/Cisco wireless routers. Once you have all that, setup your wired router to connect to your network and then configure the wireless routers in the following way:

1. Disable the WAN/Internet interface on each one, you won't need it.
2. Give each one a static IP inside your network on the LAN interface (for example: - with a gateway equal to the LAN IP of your wired router (for example:
3. Set each wireless router to have the same SSID, encryption, password and channel (disable automatic channel selection).
4. Connect one of the LAN interfaces on each wireless router back to your network.

Because all your APs have the same SSID and password, the wireless clients should automatically connect to the one with the strongest signal strength. Your connection may temporarily drop if you are downloading a file and start walking across the office but for most people this solution should work. If you require monitoring, use a ping script or network monitoring tool to make sure all the APs are up. PRTG is actually free for less than 10 sensors so I'd recommend that if you don't already have one.

about a year and a half ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

beerdragoon Re:Socialism and Unions (670 comments)

Damn right. I'm reading some of these stories on here and I can't believe how bad it is in some companies. Every year I get 20 vacation days, 5 flex days (to be used for vacation/dentist/sick/child sick days) days and 15 sick days (that can only be used when you are sick). I also live in Canada so going to the doctor when I get someone really bad doesn't cost me anything extra.

I'll take some of the union-induced laziness exhibited by some of my coworkers in exchange for the power of collective bargaining any day of the week.

about a year and a half ago

Maker of Hackable Hotel Locks Finally Agrees To Pay For Bug Fix

beerdragoon Re:Sure, "in seconds" (66 comments) could, or you could use your $10 crowbar to threaten a cleaning lady or bellhop and get a room card that will open any guest room in the hotel.

about a year and a half ago

Red Light Cameras Raise Crash Risk, Cost

beerdragoon Re:Cost vs injury (499 comments)

We've had these signs for a decade in BC. The problem is that some people actually speed up when the warning lights start flashing. Basically all it has done is give people a heads up that they need to start accelerating now if they want to make the light up ahead. The end result is people speeding through the intersection far faster than they would be if they had just run the amber light.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

beerdragoon Turkey Tips from a Geek (447 comments)

I don't know if it is geeky, but here are some turkey cooking tips from a geek.

about a year and a half ago

German Police Stop Man With Mobile Office In Car

beerdragoon Re:Serious comment (146 comments)

Where I live the law specifically exempts on-duty policy officers from the talking on the cell phone while driving restriction. There is no language in there saying that the phone call has to be business related either. This caused a bit of an uproar when the law was introduced...but of course it went through anyway.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Sponsors Linux Foundation Event

beerdragoon Microsoft is a Gold Sponsor for Everything (134 comments)

I don't even think Microsoft looks at the events they sponsor. I can't tell you how many tech events I've been to where Microsoft was listed as a "Gold" sponsor. The last few were small ones in a 100 person conference room and nobody from Microsoft was even there. They just paid the x number of dollars to get their name listed as a sponsor for the event. What is $20,000 to a company that charges $30,000 for a single-processor edition of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise?

about 2 years ago



Bell Canada to Collect User Data for Advertising

beerdragoon beerdragoon writes  |  about 10 months ago

beerdragoon (1142579) writes "One of Canada's biggest mobile and TV providers will soon begin collecting detailed information on usage patterns of its subscribers. Starting November 16th, Bell plans on using this information to provide targeted ads for subscribers. According to Bell this policy will allow customers 'to receive Internet advertising that's relevant to them rather than the random online advertising they're receiving now.' Customers have until the 16th to opt out of the targeted ads, but there doesn't appear to be a way to opt out of the data collection. Apparently this is not illegal, but it is certainly considered unethical by many."
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Hostess is Going Out of Business

beerdragoon beerdragoon writes  |  about 2 years ago

beerdragoon (1142579) writes "It is the end of an era. Hostess Brands Inc, the maker of the Twinkie, is going out of business. Apparently unable to negotiate a contract with it's 18,500+ employees, the company has decided to halt all manufacturing and close it's doors for good. If you are one of the people that still eats Twinkies, HoHos or DingDongs then you might want to hit your local convenience store and stock up now!"
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Samsung Sends Free Galaxy SIII to Dragon Doodler

beerdragoon beerdragoon writes  |  about 2 years ago

beerdragoon (1142579) writes "A Canadian man received a one of a kind, customized Galaxy SIII from Samsung. How? He sent them a drawing of a dragon he made and asked for a new phone in return. The Samsung social media team responded instead by sending him a drawing of a kangaroo riding a unicorn. The exchange generated a lot of attention and as a way of saying thank you, Samsung provided a shiny new SIII, customized with the drawing of his dragon."
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Canadians #TellVicEverything in Response to Bill C-30

beerdragoon beerdragoon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

beerdragoon (1142579) writes "In order to protest the governments new Internet snooping legislation, some Canadians have started a somewhat unorthodox protest. Vic Toews, the minister responsible for tabling the legislation, has had his twitter account bombarded with tweets regarding the boring, banal aspects of regular Canadians lives. The idea is that since Toews wants to know everything about your personal life, we should oblige him and #TellVicEverything."
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