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Comment I love being online (Score 1) 150

Being online has enriched my life in countless ways. I don't find it stressful. I have plenty of time with my family, some spent online, and a lot spent in person. We are all happy, healthy, well-adjusted, and most of us get lots of benefits from being online. I met my wife online!

I don't see what the problem is.

Comment Some time back. . . (Score 2) 91

. . . . I had a Marketplace Seller who sent me a request for Feedback for 8 consecutive days.

I gave them feedback: One Star, titled "Adequate Item, but seller spams for feedback"

Amazon sent me a nastygram saying my review wasn't "helpful". . .

Have not left a review for a Marketplace item since, , ,

Comment So, you actually WANT to survive, long term ?? (Score 1) 296

Let's posit, for a moment, that you had millions of dollars, and notice that a major, but not world-ending apocalypse was coming.

Me ? I'd buy a farm in a remote area, with decent climate and a good water supply. Hunting and fishing areas would be a bonus, but if we actually had some sort of apocalypse, the woods would be hunted bare, and the lakes and rivers drained of catchable fish.

A sufficient variety of breeding stock for food animals (various poultry, cows, perhaps sheep, goats, and rabbits) and work animals (donkeys, horses, dogs, cats)

I'd have a few extra large-pre-fabricated buildings, one as a warehouse, another set up as a comprehensive workshop (with several generations of powered and unpowered tools for wood, metals, and perhaps stone), with sufficient power to run them. Perhaps even a smithy, if a local ore source was available, or a supply of scrap metal nearby.

And a large dead-tree library of useful books. . .

And I'd have a GROUP of people, not just a one-family survival plan. Ideally, a number of small family-scale farms, centered around the warehouses and workshops.

This should be obvious, but isn't, I suspect. . .

Submission + - The Bizarre Second Life of the Utopian "Facebook Killer" (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: Remember Ello? Two years ago, the alternative social network burst onto the scene as a safe haven for people fleeing Facebook's "real name" policy. The site wasn't even in beta yet, and wasn't at all prepared for the huge influx of new users it got—but that flurry of attention got Ello branded as the "Facebook killer." Today, the site certainly hasn't "killed" Facebook, but it's getting a second wind and, in that, returning to its original purpose: to be a thriving social network for artists.

Submission + - Rosetta's 12-year mission ends with landing on comet (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: It was an unusual grand finale. The crowded European Space Agency (ESA) operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, waited in silence and then the signal from the descending Rosetta mission simply stopped at 1.19 pm local time showing that the spacecraft had, presumably, landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko some 40 minutes earlier, due to the time the signal takes to reach Earth. Mission controllers hugged each other; there was gentle applause from onlookers; and that was it.

There were no last minute crises. Seven of Rosetta’s instruments kept gathering data until the end. Holger Sierks, principal investigator of the 12-year mission’s main camera, showed the gathered staff, officials, and journalists Rosetta’s final picture: a rough gravelly surface with a few larger rocks covering an area 10 meters across. Earlier, it had snapped the interior of deep pits on the comet (shown above, from an altitude of 5.8 kilometers) that may show the building blocks it is made of. “It’s very crude raw data but this will keep us busy,” Sierks said. It is hoped that this last close-up data grab will help to clarify the many scientific questions raised by Rosetta.

Comment One of the points of having a survival bunker. . . (Score 1) 296

. . . . is people not KNOWING you have one. Because if people KNOW you have one, then everyone who does know (and everyone THEY have told) will want in.

The old Twilight Zone episode "The Shelter" is instructive, on this point.

And then BOWLING ALLEYS and GARAGES ?? These people want to survive an apocalypse. . . .and they want to garage their Lamborghini ?? Additionally, looking at the floor-plan in the "Hollywood Reporter", and comparing it to offered bunkers by the providers mentioned in the article, there are no shelters that even CLOSELY resemble what the article presents as a design. As noted elsewhere in the comments, there is a lot of speculation and outright rumor-mongering in the article. . .

Slow news day on /. . . .

Submission + - Mozilla Trials Native Firefox Ad Blocking Tools For All 1

Mickeycaskill writes: Mozilla could add a degree of native ad blocking to Firefox in a future release if a test of the ‘Tracking Protection’ feature in the browser is successful.

Tracking Protection arrived with Firefox 42 last November, giving users control over what types of data third parties received from their browsing. This could mean certain online advertisements might not display properly.

However until now, Tracking Protection has been limited to private browsing. Mozilla is looking at extending this protection to all tabs but first needs to see where the feature “breaks” the web – this includes ads.

To achieve this, it is inviting users to participate in a ‘Test Pilot’, a scheme which sees Firefox users test experimental features in the early stage of development.

Submission + - Fears of a Hacked Election May Keep 15 Million Voters Away from Polls (carbonblack.com)

rmurph04 writes: According to a survey conducted by security firm Carbon Black, more than one in five registered U.S. voters may stay home on Election Day because of fears about cybersecurity and vote tampering. Respondents believe a U.S. insider threat poses the most risk (28 percent), followed by Russian hackers (17 percent) and then the candidates themselves (15 percent), the survey found.

Comment Re:Can't wait for solar power and electric cars ta (Score 1) 115

. . .or the power plants that generate electricity to charge the Electric cars.

And, of course, the toxic waste streams from rare metal mining and refining, and semiconductor manufacture for solar cells.

***EVERYTHING*** pollutes to one degree or another. The trick is, optimizing the maximum yield/minimum pollution level. And it is not an easy problem to solve.

Submission + - The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices (helpnetsecurity.com)

Orome1 writes: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle – and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords – consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to password reuse. A global Lab42 survey highlights the psychology around why consumers develop poor password habits despite understanding the obvious risk, and suggests that there is a level of cognitive dissonance around our online habits. When it comes to online security, personality type does not inform behavior, but it does reveal how consumers rationalize poor password habits.

Submission + - International Space Station to Trial Aussie-designed Ion Thruster (abc.net.au)

theweatherelectric writes: Barney Porter from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation writes, "An Australian-designed rocket propulsion system is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) for a year-long experiment that ultimately could revolutionise space travel. The technology could be used to power a return trip to Mars without refuelling, and use recycled space junk for the fuel. Former University of Sydney student, Dr Paddy Neumann — now of Neumann Space — and two co-inventor professors from his alma mater have developed an ion thruster that could replace the current chemical-based rocket propulsion technology, which requires huge volumes of fuel to be loaded onto a spacecraft."

Submission + - Woman Who Took Husband's Intestine on Flight to Europe Wanted It Tested

HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that a Moroccan woman who took a piece of her dead husband’s intestine on a flight to their home in Austria was carrying the sample because she suspected that he had been poisoned and she wanted European doctors to examine it. The woman packed the four-inch piece in her checked baggage on a flight to the southern Austrian city of Graz, where she and her husband had been living for eight years. She acted on the advice of a doctor in Marrakesh who shared her suspicion that her husband had been poisoned at a meal the couple ate while visiting his relatives. The woman was travelling through Graz airport in the south of Austria but was reportedly stopped by officials after they observed her behaving suspiciously. Officers determined that the woman had violated no Austrian laws by bringing the sample into the country. A Moroccan doctor extracted the piece of intestine and apparently helped pack it in formaldehyde and in thick plastic containers. Gerald Höfler, who leads the pathology institute in Graz where the intestine is being examined, described the packaging as very professional. “I would imagine that it was done by a pathologist,” Höfler said. “It was absolutely secure, triple wrapped, according to European Union norms.”

Submission + - Linux Mint unveils 'Mintbox Mini Pro' -- a diminutive desktop powered by AMD (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Today, the all-new Mintbox Mini Pro goes on sale. This diminutive desktop is the same size as the previously-released Mintbox. This new machine with the 'Pro' moniker takes things to another level with much-improved specs. Thankfully, it retains the same cute appearance and Linux Mint branding.

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