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Weekend Open Thread
by Karl Bode 06:10PM Friday Jan 03 2014
The weekend is here! Please share something interesting or funny in the comment section conveniently provided below. Be sure to avoid mention of the shorter cronut lines caused by the Northeast storm.

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jades

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New York, NY

First post!

5 degrees expected tonight in NYC. Crazy!

GadgetsRme
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Re: First post!

That's a heat wave in Minnesota. :-D
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spewak
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Damn, makes this California 70 degrees look downright toasty.

bionicRod
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Re: First post!

70 degrees IS downright toasty! That's more than what we set our thermostat at!
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said by jades:

5 degrees expected tonight in NYC. Crazy!


Was -12 F this morning, 14 now. Wait till next week!
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jazzlady

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Re: First post!

said by backfeed:

Was -12 F this morning, 14 now. Wait till next week!

Hey there backfeed!

Yup, bloody cold here too. Right now it's 1 F in Tannersville. Supposed to go down to -6 tonight.

Next Tuesday the *high* is supposed to be 4 F... brrrrr.

I'll tell you one thing, I'm SO glad that this was the year I finally convinced my husband to install a new heating system. For the first time in 22 years I can sit in my kitchen without a coat on... LOL
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Re: First post!

Hi Jazz!

It is a winter, that is for sure.. We are to get a pile of snow Saturday night and Sunday, and then a lot of wind and very cold temps....-teens... pretty dangerous colds coming our way..

hope all is well out your way and stay warm! Stay in and snuggle if possible! Take care
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battleop

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I got in the hot tub last night at 21 degrees.

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Re: First post!

said by battleop:

I got in the hot tub last night at 21 degrees.

Wouldn't that be a Cold tub?
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GadgetsRme
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Re: First post!

said by backfeed:

said by battleop:

I got in the hot tub last night at 21 degrees.

Wouldn't that be a Cold tub?

Not if you're in MN @-40
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battleop

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Heh the water is 102 and it's about 12 feet from the door to the tub. It's cold getting in but you have a layer of hot water to keep you warm long enough to get back in the house. Its supposed to get to 7 in the next 24 hours. I might try it then.
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FBSued

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Facebook sued for more than $2.4 Trillion

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Facebook for violating users privacy by scanning URLs sent in Private IMs between users.

The lawsuit is seeking damages between $2.4 Trillion and $18.9 Trillion.

»www.tomsguide.com/us/facebook-li···070.html

WOW!!!
jjeffeory

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Re: Facebook sued for more than $2.4 Trillion

GOOD! We need to take back our privacy as much as possible.

IowaCowboy
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The usual response: settlement with no admission of wrongdoing. And then Facebook will bury an arbitration clause in their terms of use.

The reason, 99 percent of the time it's cheaper to settle than it is to drag it through our plaintiff friendly court systems. Some states have courts that are friendly towards plaintiffs and their ambulance chasing lawyers like New York, Massachusetts, and California. I think Pennsylvania makes the list too, transit operators get sued over alleged injuries from bus crashes that allegedly happened before the bus even left the bus barn.

Personally I favor tort reform. They need allow legitimate lawsuits to go through but keep the frivolous ones out.

Security cameras have come a long way at deterring frivolous lawsuits. There was one slip n fall incident where they showed the tape to the plaintiff of her throwing her purse on the ground and intentionally throwing herself on the ground, she quickly withdrew her claim.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.
n4bkn

join:2003-12-11
Memphis, TN

Weekend Open Thread

Here, midway in between in Memphis, it's freezing -- plus or minus a degree or two.

Jim_in_VA

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Cobbs Creek, VA
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I could

give a shit about a "cronut" must be a Karl Bode and New Yawk thing
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Cronuts

@comcast.net

Re: I could

said by Jim_in_VA:

give a shit about a "cronut" must be a Karl Bode and New Yawk thing

»dominiqueansel.com/cronut-101/

DOStradamus
MVM
join:2003-11-04
Santa Rosa, CA

Re: I could

ahh OK!

Thanks for clearing that one up.

I had been thinking that for every 2 cronuts eaten, there was one really pissed off crow!
Happydude32
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Never realized a cronut what a real thing. I thought it was something made up in an episode for 2 Broke Girls from a few months ago.

commanguy

join:2013-08-05

Cold air.....what cold air?

Having a temporary heat wave in Minnesota. 25 above zero, break out the swim trunks and tanning lotion. Starts dropping again tomorrow. Starts out above zero and going for a low forecast for -18 Saturday night.

It goes down from their. Highs in the -teens (-12 to -16) for Sunday and Monday with lows in the -22 to -27 range. I expect the new neighbors to be polar bears this year.

But this weather is why we have wool clothing, long underwear, and down jackets for the really nasty weather. It helps if a person doesn't have to go out.
And tomorrow I take my car in for some routine maintenance....good timing on my part.

Everyone else stay warm out there.

CaptainRR
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Blue Rock, OH

Re: Cold air.....what cold air?

That's just another day on the railroad for me! Didn't mind winter years ago as I get older and have to work outdoors in all kinds of weather I don't really care for snow anymore!

commanguy

join:2013-08-05

Re: Cold air.....what cold air?

I know what you mean.
iowaboy
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Fairfield, IA

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Re: Cold air.....what cold air?

wife finally decided it was time to move for warmer weather.
But daughter is moving to Alabama and wife just can't go without seeing her so maybe it will come true.

CaptainRR
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Re: Cold air.....what cold air?

I visited parents in Ft Myers, FL for Christmas this year. Already miss the weather!

GlobalWarm

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Where is all the global warming claims lately?
»nation.time.com/2014/01/04/polar···-freeze/

Factoring in wind chill, temperatures as low as 50 to 70 degrees below zero are forecasted in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists attribute the “polar vortex” to freezing air from the North Pole being pushed down to as far as the Gulf Coast of the U.S., the Associated Press reports. In Atlanta, temperatures will be in the mid-20s on Tuesday. The cold front will likely freeze large bodies of water, like the Great Lakes, meaning freezing temperatures could last through winter.


EverlyBros

@comcast.net

R.I.P. Phil Everly of the Everly Bros

Phil Everly died today. He is 1/2 of the singing group the Everly Brothers. They had a number of big hits in 1960/61 just before The Beatles made it big.

Wake Up Little Susie

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X7b2E_Jq-k


Bye Bye Love

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFoIdxLBm_A


Cathy's Clown

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpgo3Lkns5s

EverlyBros

@comcast.net

Re: R.I.P. Phil Everly of the Everly Bros

Believe it or not, Wake Up Little Susie was banned in Boston in 1957 as being too risqué and damaging to the morals of teenagers. 2 teens fall asleep at a drive-in movie and get home after curfew - shocking parents and friends.

IowaCowboy
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Re: R.I.P. Phil Everly of the Everly Bros

And the Music today is outright filthy. Just listen to any music by Eminem or Green Day. I do listen to both.

Of course you can't regulate music thanks to the first amendment.

EverlyBros

@comcast.net

Re: R.I.P. Phil Everly of the Everly Bros

Another of their #1 hits:

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbU3zdAgiX8

DOStradamus
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Let's Play "How did the spammer get that email address?"!!

All aboard for Funtime, kids!

I'm one of those who uses a bunch of email boxes....

Into one that was "born" two months ago, I was sent malware-laden SPAM "(yourname) your credit score has been updated" from "experian update" on Christmas and New Years' days.

How did the scammer get that particular email address? As of Christmas Day, there were only FOUR parties I gave that address to:

* My brother, who used at as an SMS destination on his Verizon phone
* Two friends (neither! of! which! use! Yahoo! email!)
* Thursday before Christmas, lacking judgement ("seasoned for the season" that day), I let OFFICE DEPOT have that address to sign up for their damn discount card.

Six days later the first spammed malware was sent.

Contacted all 4 parties. 3 by phone, OD by email.

* My brother doesn't have that "smart" a phone.
* Both of the two friends have other active email addresses of mine in their address books. Would have seen similar crap sent to at least one of my other addresses if their contact lists had been harvested.
* Office Depot... OFFICE DEPOT.. Got an auto-responder Wednesday saying I should expect a response "within 24 hours".... HOW MANY DAYS AGO?

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OK, boys and girls! How did the spammer get that addy??


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Re: Let's Play "How did the spammer get that email address?"!!

username - use it anywhere else, is it common, ?
domain - yours, webbased or ?

Google the e-mail, may give a clue - "handle@mail.com". Make sure to use the "" quotes. Used that to track one of my that had made it to a "list".

Caution - make sure AV, and other security is up to date if clicking on any questionable search results. With FF, I use WOT, Ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, Disconnect, AdBlock Plus, NoScript and others.

I too would be curious as to how it was captured in such a short time.

DOStradamus
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Re: Let's Play "How did the spammer get that email address?"!!

My money says Office Depot had a hand in it, either through their DP department incompetence, or that of someone they might have sold it to, like a data broker.

I use disposable email addresses and made-up phone numbers for various things just in case something like this happens.

Google "monsterhut spam". I was one of those who busted them for harvesting WHOIS email addresses. "nsi-regs@(mydomain.com)" was used ONLY for contact with Network Solutions, and Monsterhgut made the mistake of spamming it.

chip89
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Independence, OH
And this is why I have a hotmail address it's manly for the juck companies send me.

AnonMe

@comcastbusiness.net
You're assuming someone/someplace actually "got" your address. If you ever have access to a mail server's logging, you can see how automated bots just keep trying and trying addresses that never existed. They will try every variation of Dave, David, Davie, BigDave, BigDavie, LittleDave, LittleDavie, etc @ your domain name. Several per second for days if you let the connection stay up that long. The bots don't care, they are usually a hijacked machine, it doesn't cost the controller of the bot a penny. I'm not saying it wasn't one of those you had sent it to, just saying that you'd be surprised at what the bots consider "common" names to try!

DOStradamus
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Re: Let's Play "How did the spammer get that email address?"!!

I used to run my own mail server a few years back (2000-2007). I've seen that kind of attack first hand.

No the address isn't guessable.

(fake laughter) Maybe it's the NSA calling!

chip89
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Independence, OH

Snowstorm yesterday

In Cleveland thinks to the snow and winds it was not safe to go out. So I just played my Xbox One all day.

workablob

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Email Migration!!

Argh. I just finished manually migrating a friend's/client's 8 E-mail accounts to a new lappy. 2010 to 2013 Outlook. Autocompletes too.

Different smtp/pop ports from standard. Port 80!!

Contacts done, which I seem to always forget..

When he comes over to snag it we're going to toss a few back at the neighborhood bar.

That is all.

Blob
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Uplinkpro

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Here's a good watch

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRhixe5K···1-ttTdOg


This guy calls out some of the problems with data caps~

chip89
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Re: Here's a good watch

With Wow I don't have caps. Even if there was no caps The US Internet is not ready. Because most of US are still stuck on slow DSL which it take days to download a game.
elray

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Re: Here's a good watch

The data says otherwise.

At the end of 2012, Cable had 46M broadband subscribers to telco's 34M - which include 15M Verizon Fios and AT&T U-Verse customers. (Leichtman 3/19/13).

So no, "most of the US" is not stuck on slow DSL.

If you're in one of Karl's "un-upgraded" areas, the question that needs be asked, is whether your neighbors are willing to pay the market price necessary to entice an upgrade to "better broadband". Unfortunately, again, the survey data suggests the answer is "No!".

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thinkin' 'bout a tat

Click for full size
just the pig in the center

PlusOne

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Re: thinkin' 'bout a tat

said by former qwest:

just the pig in the center

Here is a relative of mine that does tatoos and a sample of what can be done:
»www.upperdarbytattoo.com/mike-nemo.html

DeadSurvivor
Shattered Dreams
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"Stone Cold"

So blasted cold today I actually wore shorts! (in Tampa)

IowaCowboy
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Bought a new router (non-Apple)

Went to Best Buy today and picked up a new router, the sales guy said the Netgear N600 would be fine with Comcast but I wanted a little more power so I opted for the N900.

I didn't see the point in buying a $200 router for AC when my gear doesn't have AC radios in them.

Cost $129.99
Plus $8.12 for so Boston can get all the good stuff at the expense of those of us in Western Mass.
Grand Total $138.11

Proof I bought a non-Apple device.






Went home and set it up, pretty decent performance. I think it works better than my Apple router it is replacing.

I had to move things around as it doesn't fit on my shelf.
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I have not and will not cut the cord.

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Re: Bought a new router (non-Apple)

Power settings are regulated by the FCC. You could of gotten the same performance if you knew what you were looking for. Personally the Airport Express has the same capability as this device. The only difference is the interface and options both have. I owned a N900 and it's great but it sucks in router features. I now use Pfsense as my main router and a WAP with 2.4Ghz/5.8ghz.

ARGONAUT
Have a nice day.
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Pole Dancing Sun

Sun ‘flips upside down’ while reversing magnetic poles
December 31, 2013

The sun has undergone a “complete field reversal,” with its north and south poles changing places as it marks the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24.

“A reversal of the sun's magnetic field is, literally, a big event,” NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips said in a statement issued on the space agency’s website.

»rt.com/news/sun-upside-down-flip-990/

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4UtVo7-yJA

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