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Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P on Friday. 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

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

Tags: transaction costs, sustainability, Bitcoin

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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.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 17, 2015 at 3:32pm

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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Comment by Joseph P on November 16, 2015 at 5:03pm

We got it the day it came out ... well, technically pre-ordered about a month in advance, because of a 24%-off deal through Green Man Gaming.  Pulled up the game at about 12:15, because I was busy with other stuff at midnight.  I'd probably be over level 30 by now, if we hadn't had a house guest from Vietnam who needed stuff from me about 8 hours a day for the past week.

Plus, I lose the gaming machine for about 5 hours each evening, when someone else acquires it for her Fallout 4 playing.  I don't think my 1.4 GHz quad-core laptop with an integrated graphics chipset can handle the game, so I'm having to rely on our gaming desktop, which can handle the game at ultra settings.

 

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