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  1. This is a key point I have been thinking about. I have been using Carbonite service also, thinking I am covered. But, hmm... But are there ransomware programs out there sophisticated to introduce a delay between their surreptitious encrypting of your files and the point it announces itself and demands payment? And if there are no ransomware variants that currently do that, how long until they do? Any ransomware that encrypts the files, then spends the next week/month or so silently acting as a decrypting pass-through for those files as you use them normally will end up over-writing your instant/periodic backups with encrypted files. Meaning the ransomware has you over a barrel, as you have no unencrypted backup. Unless your online backup service provides multiple versions of the file going back weeks or months. I may check to see if Carbonite offers some elevated service level that keeps multiple versions of all files available. And I would think locally attached backup disks are pretty much worthless as a defense against this. Any ransomware will easily find attached drives and encrypt those backup files also.
  2. Just checked the CBP site below. The duty free limit is 1L per person, not 2L like I said. Hmm, was it always 1L and I mis-remembered, or was is lowered at some point? If you bring more than the duty free limit, just be sure to state it up front. Most of the time when I do this, the border agent doesn't even lift an eyebrow. On the rare occasion when they look up at me after I say "6 bottles", I just say, "I'll happily pay the duty on the extra bottles." They usually just wave me on. I think they know the administrative cost of having someone at the desk look up the duty on those bottles and booking my payment probably exceeds the duty they collect anyway. The one time I did have to pay it, it took the agent inside the building about 10 minutes of looking through printed tables to figure out how much to charge me.
  3. Tell the duty free you are traveling to the USA. They have special bags they put the purchase into that are approved by the TSA. The bag is clear and is sealed by the duty free shop, so that it can't be tampered with. You should be able to then keep it in carry on luggage. Keep the receipt to show TSA if they ask. See the bottom paragraph on the following page: As to the limit, I believe it's still 2 liters duty free. But there is actually no limit to how many you bottles can bring in. It's just that you are supposed to pay the duty on any amount more than 2 liters. I often bring more than 2L driving in from Canada. I just declare how much, and only once in 20 years have I had the customs agent tell me to pull into the station to pay the duty. I had 6 total bottles and the duty ended up being something insignificant, $11 if I remember right. Was more annoyed by the time it took to go into the office and pay the duty than I was by the dollar amount.
  4. Bar code authenticity check is utterly meaningless. It's easy to duplicate numbers or simply look them up. They're sequentially applied anyway, so one valid number for a box will give counterfeiters many valid numbers to apply. The bar code isn't really intended for our benefit anyway. I can say with a lot of confidence you did not get the BAM MAR 16 box on the right from our hosts. Or any other reliable shop.
  5. Always love a Vegas trip report! Your next trip to Vegas, be sure to hit the Rhumbar at The Mirage. It's a great place to sit outside and soak up the atmosphere of the Strip, and have a great Mojito with a cigar!
  6. Funny, the Google translate apps thinks this says, "Bushings be kills. Tobacco Smoke your environment."
  7. The language is Serbian. A health warning sticker. It says "Smoking kills, something something, blah blah."
  8. Good microcosm of modern American journalism. A guy who had never seen a torch lighter before is the Washington Post's idea of an expert on cigars.
  9. Got news for the "OMG don't risk inhaling a single mold spore!" crowd... Mold spores are everywhere in small quantities. Almost everyone will inhale small quantities of mold spores throughout their life, both indoors and outdoors. It's just exceptionally high levels combined with long-term exposure that can lead to problems. And I suspect there are few better ways to eliminate a mold spore than setting fire to it.
  10. PSD4 box arrived here today from our host. Looks exactly like the new one presented here. Dark, sharply defined markings. But definitely branded, not ink printed. Run your finger along the marks, you'll just barely feel the indentation. My guess it they probably recently promoted the 300 pound dude with gorilla arms who used to run the box branding machine to a different job. His replacement is a 90 pound young woman who can only open the door to her house by getting her shoulder into it.
  11. How have you come to the conclusion they are printed? I have seen many boxes where the brand was applied with an extremely light touch, making virtually no indentation in the wood.
  12. First of all, you don't make a distinction between plugged and tight draw. Probably most of theses are just tight/over-filled. Too many bad suggestions here...don't pitch 'em, don't chop them up, don't start poking at them with a draw tool. Just let them sit where they are for six months. Then try the draw again. By then, I bet you'll find many have opened up and are smokable. The ones that didn't open up, give them another six months in your penalty box. Then repeat the process. After 1-2 years, most should open up. But even the ones that are still tight after 2 years, don't throw them away. I still have H. Upmann Monarchs from 2002 that are only just now opening up, and boy, am I glad I didn't toss them.
  13. Never seen a JLo 1 or 2 cab lid that wasn't done in that goofy "upside down" way. Even the 50 cabs were all that way. I've probably had about 4-5 boxes over the years with no factory code stamp. Rare, but it happens. Even had a 15-pack cardboard pack of Montecristo No 2 without a stamp on the inside of the top recently.
  14. Great, so a National Post journalist and a UCSD professor both fail to understand that food production/distribution is not a zero sum game anywhere in the world, except in Cuba. (And similar places, like North Korea, etc.) Does the UCSD professor fret over the quinoa he's taking out of the mouths of his fellow Americans when he does his shopping at his local San Diego Whole Foods? I didn't think so. So why does he and the author completely fail to identify the utterly self-evident root cause?

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