I don't much like the dongles either - but re the breakage issue, I have a little 4 port usb hub and I use it not so much as a hub but to get a flexible connection to the dongles so they just sit on the table.

As I said, I dislike dongles, but at least an iLok is better than having a separate dongle for each of a bunch of different packages. At last count I have 3 or 4 that I have to schlep around. Also, Pace will replace your dongles and reload your authorizations to a new one. Lightwave (3D modeling) will only replace theirs once and you need evidence that it was stolen (like a police report)The second time they charge the whole price of the app. I used to insure the dongle. Now I don't use Lightwave!