* Posts by JCitizen

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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Sort of true - but...

we need at least two "fact checking" sites on the web, and so far I've not found one the qualifies as a true opposition to Snopes. Oh so you think Snopes needs no opposition? That is the BIG problem here!

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: Having had Dengue Fever,

I've had better luck building Cliff Swallow and bat houses, and having a thriving community of these wonderful creatures eating away at the bugs. I never get bit by one mosquito when I set this up properly. However, I also learned how to build traps for biting flies and mosquitoes. but they are now available at hardware stores. They waft CO2 in the wind, and simulate the temperature of a human around 98 degrees F. Then there is a suction system that traps them in the unit as they fly too close to carefully designed ports and/or landing points. These gizmos are very successful, and the price has been dropping since NASA released the public license to build them years ago.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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I always wanted to run one of those things.

If it were me, I'd park occasionally on a high point, like the top of a pole or high rise building, and save flight energy for when I see an event, or a person of interest! I'd have a whole map of strategic perch points for my little electronic vulture!

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Astroboffins spot tiniest star yet – we guess you could call it... small fry

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Re: habitability of tidally-locked planets

@stepharsh - your statement is totally logical. Just for argument's sake though. One advantage of our earth is that the core spins (at a retrograde I suspect) to the spin of our earth. This creates the Van Allen belt attributed to protection of our atmosphere. We need another model to protect the atmosphere of your theoretical planet - no? How will such a slow moving planet generate a magnetosphere?

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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I'd probably still recommend Kaspersky..

However, even when I do, it is with one caveat. I always admit that I don't trust them. But if you are not a business that has Intellectual Property (IP) to guard, or government contracts, I also say you have nothing to lose in the first place. Most entities will never be a target of a serious Russian breach. One would be more worried about ransomware, which I doubt will ever be hosted by Kaspersky.

However I also tell them it will be VERY expensive and usually always results in system instability of some kind. If I were going to pay for an AV product I'd go with ESET, or if an Enterprise, SOPHOS, so that is my usual recommendation - but since most of my clients are indigent, I always recommend the free ware that is abundant and does the job good enough that the risk margin is pretty thin compared to paid for solutions. So any of these companies will certainly not be making much money off my recommendations.

Since I didn't hear it brought up though - seriously - if you are a large successful company in Russia, do you seriously think that a criminal oligarchy is not going to notice you? Does the media seriously think if Putin comes knocking on your door, you will see him out?

I didn't think so!!

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Trump Hotels left orange faced: Hackers plunder systems for credit cards

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I was wondering how long...

it would take before a Trump hotel of related service was hacked. With almost every chain out there getting it long ago, I'm really surprised it took this long. Now maybe Trump will finally realize just how pervasive the problem is, and quit denying it like it will go away, if you just ignore it.

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Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

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Well...at least

they didn't come out with that tired old axiom of "your security is very important to us". That statement is so cliched that I can't even take any company using that line as "serious" at all!!

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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Even at those speeds..

which seem fantastic - it will probably take them forever to even get close enough to a star system to perturb it. In fact they may pass right though our entire galaxy and NEVER hit anything at all. That saddens me as I love collisions, but by that time the Earth will probably be destroyed by something completely unexpected. I certainly will not be around any more! I hope these massive computer simulations show data that can be made into a video - maybe even a 3D video to show them prancing through our universe without a care in the - uh - world. Heh, Heh!

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Boffins with frickin' laser beams chase universe's mysterious trihydrogen

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Hmmm!!

Since there are no frickin' laser beams in space, the first substitute that comes along, in my mind, is gamma ray bursts! I probably should get my coat!

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Bees have more than one sense

they can smell, and even sense direction to discovered food sources - I'm not sure scientist have figured out what kind of "GPS" this is, but the workers do a dance when they come from a new source of food, and other workers can tell what direction to take from the movements - Also I wonder if this behavior lets them get a whiff of the pollen on the bee's storage pockets, so they also know what kind of pollen they will detect.

I've seen nature videos showing bees recognizing an enemy by color and from several yards - and they claim it is visual alone. I'd imagine you wouldn't want to look, smell like, or wear any black or brown shirts, or they may get the idea you are a bear, their worst natural enemy next to fire. I really wonder why smoke calms them down so much - you would think it would be like the biggest panic you could think of. I guess that is one of nature's greatest mysteries?

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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@ I ain't Sparticus

If you read the "Ride Report" you will see one of the most thoughful processes at that time for planned exploration of the solar system. Sally Ride wrote it and it was very inspiring to a college kid like me at the time. I think Musk discounts the Moon in this plan because he knows we can bypass it if what we wan't to do is just get there. However you brought up points that make me think the Ride Report is still valid.

I propose that we mine He³ on the moon - it has the most dense source of this excellent fusion material that any other known source worth looking at. If we take advantage of the Moon's low gravity, we may be able to accelerate progress on accomplishing fission, and with that wonderful process you can make ANYTHING. The fusing of any atomic atoms, can result in anything you want from the periodic table, so you could throw moon dust in the process and make fuel, gold, whatever you want to enhance the next hop to Mars. Even if we establish this base and end up bypassing it, the lessons learned will go a long way toward building any base on Mars, and we would be much closer for any rescue missions that may come up.

And there again, many a rich folk might want bragging rights to being one of the first civilian moon walkers! Tourism might actually help pay for the next step.

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Re: Grid fins

Actually ALCOA holds that record for forging the under (belly) pan of an Army tank.

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Re: Interesting use of statistics... "lies, damned lies and statistics"

@Pompous Git - Noah forgot to put the 19 mega-fauna on board? Heh! Heh!

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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Re: I would be ashamed to push this line

@ atrum - #2 it depends on how you view the majority - In a Democratic Republic all people count.

https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/sunday-morning-sociology-first-edition/

This was published in The Washington Post - so I doubt any argument of FAKE news can be attributed.

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Re: I would be ashamed to push this line

SOOOOO true Tikimon!!

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Re: Reeaaallly....

I actually approved of that sale - because we were looking at an uncontrolled former Soviet nuclear warhead stockpile with woefully inadequate guarding - so trading old nukes for uranium for maintaining their new weapons instead, was actually a brilliant move in my best estimation - it was one of the things that surprised me about that administration, and the guts it took to do it. There is still missing weapons that haven't been accounted for to this day - but it was too late for them. Keeping the damage to a minimum was all we could hope for.

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Yep!

@ Prof - WWS

There is no "just the facts ma'am", any more - no money for actual fact checking or good old gum shoe reporting!

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Re: Fake News ?

I would say there is no such thing as "real" news - that is the problem - the news media could care less about the real facts at all. They are all on an obvious agenda, and all of it would make Edward R. Murrow turn over in his grave!

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Re: "potential jeopardy to the very fundamental underpinnings of our political system"

the purchasing of power with OUR MONEY - There - FTFY

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Re: Its a great narrative..

I would like to add another thought here - the US badgered the Russians during the entire cold war, with Radio Free Europe transmissions, and all kinds of dirty tricks to foul up Soviet progress at every step. The US interfered with other nations using NO rules of fair engagement to attempt to blast Soviet influence at all cost. And now we complain about innocuous interference in elections? Geeze! The US did lot worse over the cold war against the Russians; and they didn't care who's toes, or small country they had to step on!

And as far as hacking the DNC and their politicos - the fact is the information was the truth wasn't it? Probably the only time in recent history, that Americans found out the straight facts!!

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Assumptions that US elections can be easily swayed..

I think the world is making a silly mistake assuming voters can be so easily swayed in US elections. The public has lost too much confidence in not only their government but even more in the media - they have no confidence the truth is told at all.

If you have people who are already mad about one side or the other, they are ready to make assumptions about each side of the political spectrum - what they suspect is even worse than the fake news! I can say with confidence that the interference had minimal change in the result of the election, and if anything it may have back fired very badly for either side of the fence.

For those that actually bothered to vote. the outcome was literally up for grabs - and a coin toss could change everything. Many of the silent majority stayed home in disgust - but some of them had finally had enough and decided to throw a bomb into Washington no matter the consequences - Trump was that bomb - and now it is DAMN THE TORPEDOES FULL SPEED AHEAD!!

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

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@ davews

I have better luck with Avast's web shield than trying to use NoScript - webmasters pump so many scripts out now that NoScript is virtually worthless.

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!st computer virus..

@Mark 110 - chances are the 1st antivirus I ever had was Avast as it is probably the oldest one I've ever used. This is certainly the most serious issue I've ever heard of in regard to Alwil's fine free software. I've not heard reports from any of my clients. However I have had to use the "Avast clear" tool to get new versions of Avast to work properly, so it is not perfect. At least it doesn't blow up peoples computers like so many of the other brands out there.

To my best knowledge G-Data was the very 1st anti-virus, and probably wasn't called that in its inception. I believe Atari may have been the company that developed it.

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Hang on...

Obviously this must be a project 'Brains' concocted - he's the glasses wearing geek behind it all!

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Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

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#DJO

Plus, I'd imagine that a cool or solid core in Mars is why there is no magnetosphere left.

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

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I've not heard one suggestion...

That for almost ALL encryption malware, the Microsoft Management Console can cut off the main vector of damage by these type of attacks. Will the worm and/or virus part of the attack do damage? Perhaps - But no backups will be compromised and by isolating the machine, and scanning after zero day, the malware can be removed. I've done this sort of thing for a long while, but I'm not the author of the snap-ins and MMC concoctions; you'll have to configure them your self, or buy into some coders that can make the changes for you with configuration tools. It probably takes about 100 actions to properly configure the MMC to block these attacks. If you combine that with a good enterprise anti-malware solution, you put yourself well above the low hanging fruit for sure!

None of my clients tested their backups before disaster - so I had to do them anyway, and I certainly found what works. With those kind of backup applications you never have to worry about a recovery, as long as the drive you are imaging has the same geometry as the original. I always scan the backup drive outside the operating system, even if it was isolated during the attack - invariably I find the original attack package sleeping in the files. By removing it, I have always had a successful restoration.

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Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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Re: The bigger picture

Under US HIPAA regulations the doctor might even be required to encrypt patient files to keep them confidential, when giving up the files for computer maintenance. Our whole organization was under HIPAA, and we were very cognizant of every move we made to maintain compliance. I really wonder how much training doctors get along these lines, though.

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Re: a prominent California gynecologist

Doctors find themselves in the distasteful position of having to treat victims of child abuse - so it would not be unusual to find pictures of such cases in the doctor's computer. They have to gather photo graphic evidence for the child's medical case as well.

They would have to give a doctor wide latitude as long as they are case histories, only as records of private patients. Many doctors have to go to special training seminars on child abuse, and it would be no wonder they would have graphic training details in the files as well.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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Re: Landslide ?

Pretty much same with the US election. When you see the pie chart of who voted for who and who didn't, Hillary's popular vote doesn't count for much. Wake me up when a US candidate actually gleans the MAJORITY of the registered voter population.

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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

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Never

I learned a LONG time ago to never use anything made by Webroot again. My new clients keep proving this to me for years now.

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Microsoft says: Lock down your software supply chain before the malware scum get in

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Re: Microsoft Store?!

Sounds reasonable - Apple does it - right?

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Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

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Re: Fuck America

There are a lot worse places to visit:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3076470/How-does-country-fare-MURDER-MAP-Interactive-graphic-shows-homicide-rates-world.htm

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Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years

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Re: Clickbait headline

@Prst. V. Jelzt

I can think of one reason - using that technique, he could use libraries and/or web cafes to run his system in boot mode, completely separated from the host machine. This would negate needing to always have a hardware device with whatever OS would be installed. It would make him device independent. Not a 'bad' thought for a terrorist.

Personally, I'd want a separate device to save the files to, except that partitioning may help wrangle most malware variants during the write session. I'm not sure if any of these devices have a feature with one non writable partition, and other write capable partitions or not. That would be the best option, if it is possible.

If he were caught with an original computing device, there would be an even more permanent trail for authorities to back track his movements and activities; I assume using it as a "Live CD" would automatically remove all files and traces of web surfing, except for only those things saved into a file location.

This technique is also used by folks interested in having a safe method of online banking. Each boot session is clean as a whistle because malware and tracking cookies, ect. cannot survive the next boot session. To save files would require temporarily removing the USB and switching the write protect on and off as required for saving documents, and ect.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Re: Riiiight

Well said - have a pint on me! We've had "professional" politicians for how long, and look at the mess!! Like Trump once said to the auto workers, who are still out of work - "what do you got to lose?"

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Re: Not entirely correct.

Looking at the popular vote for one candidate ignores the other part of the population.

https://scatter.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/sunday-morning-sociology-first-edition/

We are a Constitutional Republic not a democracy - a democracy votes the majority so the larger crowd can beat up on the smaller - that is not how it works in the US. That is how the Romans did it - we are not the Romans either, although our fiscal policy will surely defeat us in similar manner.

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: I'm ignorant! But I'm commenting anyway!

@ S-Raven - The electoral college was sewn into the framework for US elections not only because in that day you actually had to pay taxes to vote, but because there were so many parties to choose from. The forefathers wisely came up with the college to prevent just what happened to the Weimar Republic when they had too many parties to make a quorum possible during a national election. This made Hitler's rise to power possible. The US wisely avoided that, even though you folks across the pond probably see Trump as just another Hitler. There is no saying Hillary could not have been just as powerful had she won, and she did have a penchant for going after enemies with more than just Tweets and riotous speech. So who is to say whether the college is obsolete or not - only history will tell. The college was conceived long before there was a North and South identity, and even the North had slaves at the time, so I'm not sure your reasoning applied to the birth of the US nation.

It could be argued - however - that the college did delay the civil war; however once Lincoln was elected, all bets were off.

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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Re: The obvious question is...

@AC - Exactly - I just have to wonder how much of the US defense hardware is made in China in the first place - did any electrical engineers even look at some of that hardware under a microscope to check for microchip "doping". I have a suspicion they did not. So consequently there would be any number of ways to crack our defense systems. About now, I bet they wished they could go back to the old missile silo systems with its 1950 based hardware.

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CompSci boffins find Reddit is ideal source for sarcasm database

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Re: correct use of /s in reddit

It has been my observation that the more nerd a commentard is, the less likely they will detect sarcasm. So every time one of them joins the discussion, everyone has to explain themselves to them. It really is easier just to use the "/s" symbol to avoid having the over explain EVERY DAMN TIME! Phew! Got that one off me chest!

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Bah!

YES!! Cowchip-N'-Pen will be the end all of card security! NO WORRIES from NOW on!

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Easy to avoid

Just don't use Google or operating systems like Windows 10 if you value your privacy. Sure they could still find out anything they want about a private person, but they would have to do good old gumshoe work to get it. Why make it so easy for any government to violate one's privacy? Google just loves getting into everyone's shorts, they are the world's worse company at that. MS is knocking at the door next.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Re: But the thought i'd have is

Armstrong has been dead for years, so they are going on historic statements? Pretty weak if you ask me!

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Re: Entrapment?

Well, Davis certainly deserves compensation now, even if the paperweights ended up being fakes. Maybe now she can get the help she badly needed in the first place. This kind of heavy handed crap from the Feds just makes me want to puke!

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: Hats off to them...

What a bored prisoner can't do when motivated by pure boredom!

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SWIFT on security: Fresh anti-bank-fraud defenses now live

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Already there.

I think my credit union already has something like this, because if any thing is phishy about a transaction I'm doing, they call me on the check out counter's phone to see what is going on. I love that kind of system - what ever it is!!

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Wet, wild Mars stripped off by hot young star, left barren and red faced

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Re: Ummmm 2

One big surprise that I read of in Scientific American, was a theory that the only reason Earth still has a molten core, is that an Earth Moon collision occurred and heated it all up again. This was a collision that happened between two planets that were moving in almost the same speed and direction, so most of the detritus of said collision said within the orbit of the Earth/Moon system. This apparently happened after the other planets had already lost their core generators.

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Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business

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One of da boys in Texas..

Joe Vito Venzor of the Lucchese Boot Company got a deal he no can'na refuse! Bada-bing, Bada Boom!!!

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Re: Lifetime VPN $30 to $40

A good read at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, may help folks who don't know what you are talking about.

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Re: OK - now it's up to the US congress to ban VPN, HTTPS, Tor

So Ole Juul how do you know proxy.sh isn't sniffing your packets too??

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Re: It might be good, but...

If you want a good VNP solution to hide from the ISP you need a chart recommended by Krebs on Security.

https://thatoneprivacysite.net/simple-vpn-comparison-chart/

The more green bars the better. Here is the article I got it from:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/post-fcc-privacy-rules-should-you-vpn/

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