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In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7, 2016. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

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Comment by Grinning Cat on May 7, 2016 at 9:31am

Proof that Internet Explorer is evil. :)

Internet Explorer vs. murder rate (graph of murders in US vs. Internet Explorer market share, both steadily decreasing between 2006 and 2011)(from cheezburger)

Tyler Vigen has tens of thousands of Spurious Correlations at his site, including this one:

Graph showing per capita consumption of mozzarella cheese strongly positively correlated with civil engineering doctorates awarded, 2000-2009, both increasingThe Spurious Correlations site also lets you explore and discover new correlations.

(click on images to embiggen)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 6, 2016 at 6:56pm
Comment by Steph S. on May 6, 2016 at 9:49am

Thank you Grinning Cat. I hope everyone is doing well.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:30am

Thanks for the wireless warning G Cat.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 6, 2016 at 9:23am

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.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 25, 2016 at 11:41am

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."

Comment by Steph S. on April 25, 2016 at 8:58am

Thank you Grinning Cat.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 24, 2016 at 3:38pm

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."

Comment by Joseph P on December 23, 2015 at 7:53pm

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 21, 2015 at 11:31am

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.

 

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