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I double check my spam filters ...

halfelven "once a day" - WHAT??? (144 comments)

May as well not use any filters then.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

halfelven long time (252 comments)

They've been delaying it for a decade now.

about 2 years ago

Chinese Rare Earths Producer Suspends Output

halfelven cerium too, right? (265 comments)

These guys also make cerium, right?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Contractors, How's Your Health Insurance?

halfelven best plan for insurance (468 comments)

"what do you think is the best plan for insurance?"

Move to Europe, or to any other civilized country.

more than 2 years ago

Young People Prefer "Sizzle Sounds" of MP3 Format

halfelven Re:Like the phonograph.... The what? (743 comments)

I came here to say the same thing. :-)

Yup, it instantly reminded me of the ridiculous claims of the vinyl proponents.

The power of the almighty habit.

more than 5 years ago

Tips For Taking Your Laptop Into and Out of the US?

halfelven Ubuntu 8.10 and transparent encryption (940 comments)

When dealing with the Almighty Government, encryption is not the solution. Stop believing in this myth, they can find their way into your crypt vault, one way or another, if they really want to. And no, cracking the encryption is not their only tool.

With that being said, I am going to install Ubuntu 8.10 on my laptop and all my workstations as soon as it's released at the end of October. It has a very neat feature - it allows you to create a Private folder which is encrypted. You can then move things such as your Firefox files into that folder, and symlink them to the original location. Anything you move into Private gets encrypted. Very nice.

Again, this is not to "protect" my data against Three Letter Agencies, but to prevent snooping from nosy sysadmins at work, to prevent data theft if my laptop gets stolen, etc. It's not perfect, there are ways around it, but it's better than nothing.

As far as the Three Letter Agencies are concerned, I have nothing to hide. That's probably the best policy.

more than 6 years ago



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