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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21.
HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLDYou'll be floored by the imbalance of information…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18.
Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open AirYou've probably played with a plasma ball.…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 10.
They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On CustomersYour TV will listen to your conversations with…Continue
Tags: corporate intrusion, TV stalking users
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 27.
Ads don't work so websites are using your electricity to pay the billsYou can…Continue
Tags: double dipping, bitcoin mining, cryptocurrency
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 29.
Being near your smartphone reduces brainpower even if it's off, study showsYour cognitive capacity is reduced…Continue
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Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 9.
Fake VPN services are popping up after GOP Congress kills privacy rulesLast week, Congress …Continue
Tags: VPNs, ISPs selling personal data, net neutrality
Facebook could secretly watch users through webcams, patent…Continue
Tags: privacy intrusion, Facebook user surveillance
Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14.
Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue
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Thank you Grinning Cat. I hope everyone is doing well.
Thanks for the wireless warning G Cat.
I didn't know they were called wall warts or dongly things, but I would like to see them standardized as well, along with batteries, hardware, and a dozen other things. Non-standardization has always irritated me greatly.
We would still need several sizes for different power requirements, but not as many as they make.
Some of my electronic devices are labeled with the voltage, power, and polarity, but many are not, which should change also. A few years ago, I finally started labeling those that are not labeled, and made things much better.
On a totally unrelated subject: it turns out Douglas Adams had declared war on the proliferation of wall warts, those "dongly things", all different, all incompatible: http://www.douglasadams.com/dna/980707-03-a.html
"Half the little dongly things I've got, I don't even know what gizmo they're for. More importantly, half the gizmos I've got, I don't know where their little dongly thing is.... The usual method of finding a little dongly thing that actually matches a gizmo I want to use is to go and buy another one, at a price that can physically drive the air from your body."
Thank you Grinning Cat.
Wireless mice leave "billions" at risk of being hacked: http://newsdaily.com/2016/03/wireless-mice-leave-billions-at-risk-o...
An attacker "can send data to the dongle, pretend it’s a mouse but say ‘actually I am a keyboard and please type these letters’" -- gaining access as if they were sitting at your keyboard, being able to install malware, reconfigure your internet settings to intercept traffic, etc.
"...some companies are starting to offer firmware updates to correct the security issues. Bluetooth devices are not vulnerable to this type of attack."
Speaking of Fallout 4 earlier, there's so much just ... random dialogue between all sorts of NPC's in the game. It's pretty amazing. Here's one of my favorite exchanges between two raiders.
I recommend pulling it up on YouTube itself, since it's in 1080p.
Sorry about the multi-post. I kept screwing up the sizing of the embed.
G Cat, That's interesting. I had a friend on a movie site who's name was "stenchofpiss". I never ask him why he chose that repulsive name just in case the question would bother him. I liked him. He was funny and we agreed about movie ratings. He disappeared before the site did.
Gamers' usernames reveal a lot about their real-world personalities and their ages. "What's in a name? More than you think..." (ScienceDaily)
"Where a player incorporated a profanity or other anti-social expression in their user name, they tended to adopt similar anti-social behaviour in the game environment. Conversely... positive in-game behaviour such as rapid learning, team building or leadership might correlate both with positive usernames and with positive personality traits in the real world.
"...where numbers featured in user names, it often provided an indication of the age of players."
(The study analyzed 500,000 data points from the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, including "Honour" and "Report" feedback from other players.)
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