Couldn't happen to a better bank than Wells Fraudo. And I was NOWHERE NEAR the place!
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Y'know, If I had been a government IT guy, and there was even a CHANCE that there would be a budget stalemate, I would have looked around and asked "If the government were to "shut down" and go on autopilot, what will go SERIOUSLY wrong in the next month?" Security certs are something that could EASILY have been renewed for another year well in advance.
Pure incompetence. Or malice; take your pick.
I agree with all except #11, Any computer game invented after 1994. There have been a plethora of newer games. Granted; I still enjoy playing the original "Wizardry" game from 1981, I think, and "Might and Magic" of a slightly newer vintage. But the 1998 "BattleZone" game was outstanding for vector graphics.
But I'm still a big fan of the "World of Warcraft" and "Starcraft" series, from Blizzard.
Donald Trump wants a "Space Force", but that's the wrong name. We don't need a "Space Force" modeled after the Air Force; we need a Space GUARD, modeled after the US Coast Guard. Search and rescue, because there's nothing like that up there now. Maintenance and repair of navigational aids such as satellites, much as the Coast Guard maintains buoys. Removal of "hazards to navigation", and there we are; collect all the space junk and broken satellites, and bring it back to the Space Guard space station.
Let's face it, ANY sort of mass that's already in orbit is very valuable. Use it to build new satellites and space stations.
Can't be done NOW, of course, but I think this would be a valuable goal.
While we did - a few times, 45 years ago - put men upon the Moon, we cannot do so NOW - nor will we be able to do so for longer than the entire Apollo Project took. If the cures for AIDS and all cancers were deposited on the Moon by godlike aliens, we couldn't go get it for at least 10 years.
And going to the Moon was trivial compared to creating crypto that the USA could crack - but that nobody else ever could. Any crypto backdoor _WILL_ be used against us. Not only are there more Chinese and North Korean programmers working on that, one of our own people would most certainly sell it to them. Aldrich Ames; the Walker brothers; Edward Snowden; Bradley Manning - the list of traitors goes on and on.
It MIGHT be possible to create crypto that they cannot hack - but not if there's a backdoor anywhere. By claiming that they want a way to hack our computers, they're flat out stating that the FBI and CIA and all the three-letter agencies DO NOT CARE about _OUR_ security. It's the "clipper chip" all over again!
When I hold my conventional Android phone (from my first HTC Evo to my Google Nexus 6 to my current Essential PH1) up to my head in the ordinary way, I frequently have problems. Because the "Mute" button on the phone's touchscreen is positioned so that my cheek often touches the Mute button.
I know, the phone is SUPPOSED to blank the screen when it's next to my head - but it often takes a significant fraction of a second to do so, and during that period it's susceptible to "Cheek Mute".
That's one reason why I prefer using a headset, either BlueTooth or wired.
I spent 20 years as a computer trainer. I was sent out to do software training for a company where everybody had their own laptops with built-in trackballs. (LONG ago.) One user could make the cursor move up and down, but not side-to-side. Classic dirty mouse symptoms. So I turned the retaining ring, popped out the trackball, and looked in. This model laptop was light gray plastic, but hers was orange, and gritty.
I asked her "What have you been eating?". She held up her (orange) fingers and said "Cheetos". It took about 15 minutes to scrape the Cheeto-dust off the rollers in that trackball well. .
Download the UBIT Toolbar for Office. It adds a new "Menu" Ribbon which contains most of the Office 2003 menus and toolbars. So if there were some things that you like about the Ribbon, use the Ribbon. And if there are times when you need the old Office 2003 menus or toolbar buttons, select the "Menu" button and you're right back to 2003.
It is _literally_ the best of both worlds.
My 4-year-old Dell laptop gave me no end of fits last year with the first of the "Creator's" updates. I eventually got it installed, and haven't had any large problems since.
A 3-y.o. Lenovo desktop and a new Dell desktop worked with no problems for the latest round of updates.
The problem is that these aren't Windows "UPDATES"; it re-names the "Windows" folder to "Windows.old", and it does a complete fresh installation. If you've got anything in the Windows folder - such as MS SQL Server LocalDB - then you're going to have to move those files back into the new Windoze folder.
I knew a woman who swapped out her mouse for a trackball, and then put it on the floor. She had fairly severe carpal tunnel syndrome, and it was easier for her to keep her hands on the keyboard, and use her foot to control the mouse/trackball.
But since sewing machines have pedals to control the speed, it's sort of a natural mistake to make, to think that a computer's mouse might work the same way.
In the case of the San Bernardino murderer, he had destroyed his personal iPhone, but the Feds wated access to his work iPhone, to see if there was any record of contacts with other terrorists. Since that phone was owned by the county, that should have been easy - except the county hadn't installed the Apple software that would have allowed them to manage all of their phones. And then the Feds changed the shooter's iCloud password, so that they couldn't even connect to the phone that way. When they finally did get in, there was nothing useful there. Big surprise, right?
In this case, there's no reason to assume that there is anything useful on his phone. There wasn't anybody else involved. And the phone wasn't owned by any government agency to give them any pretense of right.
I support Rosenstein's proposal with two amendments.
1. Only to be used for terrorism or national defense issues. MANDATORY 10 years in prison for any government official who abuses this.
2. ALL government officials are subject to the same surveillance in order to detect and deter government corruption.
I _might_ be inclined to believe the government when they said that they needed complete access to all communications to prevent or punish terrorism, if only the creeps making those claims hadn't already demonstrated that EVERY police power that they claim will prevent terrorism is immediately used for petty crimes like tax non-compliance or divorce or child custody disagreements. EVERY tool that the police obtain will be used in EVERY case in which it might be useful.
Cops demand the use of "Stingray" cell site simulators to catch terrorists - and then use them to find low-level drug dealers and cigarette smugglers.
No! Police, you have abused EVERY tool that you've ever been given. NO MORE!
The article (or perhaps the doctors, it isn't entirely clear) is confused about the meaning of "triage". The original (Napoleonic War-era) definition divided combat casualties into three categories. The first group was expected to die, no matter what treatment was provided. The second group would probably survive, if treated immediately. The third, less severely injured, group would survive with minimal, perhaps "first aid"-level treatment.
The first group would get palliative, comfort care to make their deaths as easy as possible. It is the SECOND group that got the doctors' attentions, because they were the ones who could PROBABLY be saved.
Suppressing the evidence obtained by an illegal search - the "fruit of the poisonous tree" doctrine - allows criminals to go free, but does NOTHING to discourage rogue cops from doing the same things again. I'd allow the evidence of the crime to be used in court against the criminal.
But I'd ALSO like to have the court bring charges against the cop and the prosecutor, and the judge who issued the flawed warrant. Cops are supposed to be BETTER people, and we're allowing criminal cops to go free because they deserve a second chance. Baloney! We give cops expanded powers because we expect them to be better than the average citizen. If they're going to be just criminals with a badge, then they should lose the badges and should go to prison themselves.
As long as they were sticking to reality and urban legends, Snopes had some purpose and value - but about 10 years back, they veered hard left into the political mire, and at this point it's difficult to trust them for ANYTHING.
If you see that Snopes has validated something - especially something political, like "global warming" or "climate change" or whatever name Algore is using for it these days - then you really ought to get that confirmed by a few other sources. Because Snopes is less trustworthy than whatever lies David and Barbara are telling about each other in their divorce..
"(There's already a black market for pirate tractor software that allows farmers to circumvent John Deere's proprietary systems.)"
That's an inaccurate description of what's going on. The "proprietary" systems are designed to prevent farmers from making their own repairs, or from going to a non-Deere-authorized repair center. And those rules are starting to be overridden by state "Right to Repair" laws. These will affect virtually ALL high-tech companies that try to limit competition in the repair business.
The question is, if I buy a car - or a cell phone, or a computer, or any other tech - do I OWN what I paid for, or do I merely have a non-transferable license to USE my car in accordance with the car's EULA?
There will be another major solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 twice the duration of this one.
The path of totality starts in the Pacific, crosses Mexico, into Texas, and north into Canada.
If you live near Carbondale, IL, you're in the path for BOTH eclipses!
The Space Shuttle, as magnificent as that system was, was a primitive first-generation attempt at a "space truck" to get things into orbit. They were practically rebuilding those things after every flight, and every reasonable person knew that it was risky and complex.
So what REALLY puzzled me about the Challenger disaster was that NASA didn't have PR response to a crash that should have been seen as "inevitable someday". Why hadn't all the astronauts recorded video messages of the "If you're seeing this, then I've died doing what I loved and trying to advance the causes of humanity. But we cannot allow my tragedy to derail the effort" category? It would have seemed to be an OBVIOUS way to mitigate, in some way, the PR disaster that would accompany the loss of a shuttle.
NASA and the news media together conspired to to the unthinkable; they made space travel BORING.
It's quite simple; sperm is a mutagen. It can cause mutations in the cells it comes in contact with. Certainly, it's VERY effective in causing DNA changes in a woman's ovum.
If you don't have sex very often, then your own sperm can cause prostate cancer, because your own sperm accumulates in the prostate. If you're a woman, you can get uterine and cervical cancers that are related to your exposure to a man's sperm after intercourse. If you're a woman who has many sex partners, your risk of cancers is greater than if you have only one partner, because you're exposed to many different types of sperm.
If you are a man who has had a vasectomy, your risk of testicular cancer is increased, because the sperm is blocked in the testes and doesn't make it to the prostate.
If you're a gay man and are on the receiving end of anal sex, you're getting your OWN sperm, AND from your partner; hence the increased risk.
It's a good thing that Apple has several billion dollars in cash, and is prepared to litigate this to the Supreme Court. (You don't hire Ted Olsen, former Solicitor General of the US, unless you EXPECT to take this to the Supreme Court.) I'm confident that the SC would side with Apple; even without Scalia, the rest of the Justices would consider this a slam-dunk. Except for Sotomayor, who owes her appointment to Obama.
But this would be a risky move for the government to take; this is SO overreaching that Apple might request personal sanctions against the government's attorneys for misconduct. The whole idea of "judicial immunity" is a judge-created fiction, and I think it might be ripe to be reined in or eliminated.
"Free Speech" is only free when it protects speech that you don't like. If you only protect speech that you approve of, then you're just a fascist. Most leftists differentiate between "free speech" that they approve of, such as an Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at George Bush. Speech that they do NOT approve of, like Major Garrett asking a "disrespectful question" about how Barack Obama is abandoning four Americans in Iran after his "historic nuclear deal" - heck, that's HATE speech and the speaker should be horsewhipped, shot, and burned alive.
See the difference?
Of the three IAU criteria for a "planet" - orbits the Sun, spherical shape, and has cleared its orbit - the third would be almost impossible to demonstrate for Kuiper Belt objects. Heck, not even the Earth really qualifies, given all of the Earth-orbit-crossing asteroids that have been discovered since then. No matter how large such a planet might be, the volume of its orbital space is no doubt filled with other minor bodies following similar orbits.
So, until the IAU reverses itself, there will never be any more "planets" discovered. Dwarf plants by the dozens are likely.
"The non-boring non-technical upshot of this is that Rosneft has just got a loan by the central bank printing roubles. That's inflationary and inflation is going to, at some future point, push down the exchange rate."
Big deal. The U.S. Federal Reserve has been doing the same thing to the US economy for 6 years now, to the tune of a TRILLION dollars a year. If and when any accurate inflation statistics are ever released (and the current inflation statistics are entirely bogus) then the dollar's collapse will make the ruble look tame.
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