* Posts by JCitizen

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Google Chrome's crackdown on ad blockers and browser extensions, Manifest v3, is now available in beta

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Re: Getting out of the inferno

They've got anti-trust laws for that, and in the US they just love whipping it out to blow apart any huge corporation that thinks it can completely corner a market. They could even fine Google enough that the money could go to a company to develope a truely private browser. However, that might impact mom and pop web sites that make money on tracking and advertising too But there has be be a limit somewhere.

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Re: Advert program

As far as I'm concerned Google can make plenty enough money positioning search results for companies that want to buy into that, but getting in my nickers is verboten, and I don't care if they lose that or not.

I support the sites I wan't to, because I know they need to stay in business, so I don't block tracking or ads from them - Google should be happy they can glean from that too - if not, then I think it is time to whip out the anti-trust laws, because we need a choice of browser that doesn't steal our lives away.

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Re: I try to use a combination of methods

The mention of DDG was what I was wondering about - I will be seriously upset if I have to give up on DuckDuckGo! I haven't noticed anything slips by it, unless I configure it that way. It gives me granular control to allow web sites I support to keep doing business. Taking that away will impact Google's, AND those web site's business, I hope they know!!!

Hopefully this won't affect Edge, because that is what I will switch too if the Chocolate Factory pulls this stunt!. If it does effect it I will switch to FireFox whether I like it or not, or whatever browser I can to get away from the creepy crawly privacy violation that is Google.

'Malwareless' ransomware campaign operators pwned 83k victims' MySQL servers, 250k databases up for sale

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Isn't this article missing a step?

I don't remember reading that encrypting the victim's files was part of the process - just curious! I'm sure we are not talking about fake ransomware here, but just the threat of data exposure is enough - if the victim already had the data encrypted, that would solve that wouldn't it? I simple restore from backup would work, because there is no malware resident in the files.

Yeah - I know - if the victim is that clueless, they aren't going to practice simple countermeasures or protections anyway - maybe they don't deserve to be in business then! Kind of like Darwin's rules here!

Ad-scamming, login-stealing Windows malware is hitting Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Yandex browsers, says Microsoft

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Re: NoScript to the rescue (again)

Yeah, blocking ads is the way to go - but what if you are visiting your favorite free site that needs ad revenue to stay in business? - I turn off all that stuff when I'm on my favorite sites - do I get attacked - YES - but a blended defense has saved me before.

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Re: OS?

Web of Trust helps me analyse search results by reputation, but it isn't fool proof either - however an in depth defense can make the crooks jump more fences to get at your browser - better than nothing any day.

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Re: OS?

MBAM has a Chrome extension that blocks malware, but even it can't stop it if you have to allow ads to view a site. At least I'm pretty sure of that - besides, with today's undetectable APTs, any anti-malware is going to have a hard time detecting the initial intrusion. Last time it happened to me Edge crashed and prevented the installation of a BHO which definitely did NOT have my best interests at heart!

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Re: UN-bundled goodness

Not me! Between my IBM Rapport and my onboard HIPS they lose! I've had this fight before, these tools work, even in an infected environment,. I've passed all six tests of the Anti-Key-Logger Test tool (AKLT) when faced with these attacks.

Chuck Yeager, sound barrier pioneer pilot, dies at 97

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Re: ?

May he ride to that Happy Bottom Riding Club in heaven and have a drink to Pancho Barnes and all his buddies who lost there lives before he did! :'(

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more

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Re: Netflix

@ AC - hey! be careful with that JCitizen stuff! :D

Hacker given three years for stealing secret Nintendo Switch blueprints, collecting child sex abuse vids

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cognitive challenges

I wonder if this individual was autistic; idiot savant much?

China's Chang'e-5 lands on the Moon to scratch surface

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Proof..

Video or it didn't happen!!

European Space Agency will launch giant claw that drags space junk to its doom

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Not much time...

Specially designed nets seem the best - maybe some links will help explain.

https://youtu.be/fajxaDxmu_4

https://62e528761d0685343e1c-f3d1b99a743ffa4142d9d7f1978d9686.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/files/79573/area14mp/image-20150428-3048-frusin.png

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah

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Re: Calling all cars...

End of story!

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Re: "...the Department won't reveal its location "

That's odd!!? From space, the immediate area looks like a quarry!

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Re: Stainless steel, and very new

Whit says on his wall, that YouTubers showed up in a helicopter, and the BLM was there trying to figure it out. A later post says it now gone.

US Air Force deploys robot security dogs to guard base

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Re: Burning books...

@jake - Even better yet, the American 180 22lr machine-gun with 275 round drum - at 1100 rpm the robot would have to be light on the trigger to save ammo, but the ammo would last longer with that big drum. E&L Manufacturing makes them if one wants to take a look just for curiosity sake.

We see what you did there: First-stage booster from Rocket Lab's Return to Sender mission floats back to Earth

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Re: The Scottish Solution

I was so sad to find out Mr. Connery died late last month. He was such a hero of mine, even if just a movie one. :'(

ESA's Vega rocket crashes and burns after fourth-stage nozzle failure sinks two satellites

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That's what I was thinking..

Maybe the organizations that invest in such expensive devices should look elsewhere to launch. Space - X?

Trump fires cybersecurity boss Chris Krebs for doing his job: Securing the election and telling the truth about it

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Re: Petro Ruble

I think there are a lot of renewable energy companies that would argue with you about the US being owned by petro dollars. Wind farms are growing like weeds in the center of the US, and HVDC lines are being built to service areas without wind power. Nevada is making a killing off solar power sold to California; any place that has arid land unfit for farming, that has desert like weather will be a solar gold mine. In fact California weather makes it an ideal solar generator, if they stack enough of them on roofs and over parking lots. Energy storage solutions are growing rapidly too, using several techniques mostly from gravity; like pumped storage, and rail weights.

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Re: Another one bites the dust

How do you know a lot of them didn't? Trump did a lot of firing in his four years.

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Re: how states/counties/cities can decide to hold elections

State "powers", only humans have rights, if we start giving every animal and object rights we soon will have none!

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Re: You see Trump, now blaiming the voting machines.

Trump was a hand-grenade thrown by a disaffected electorate that had finally had enough, and decided to blow up Washington DC the legal way.

Heads up: A new strain of card-skimming Grelos malware is on the loose

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Re: Hard or Soft?

They've been getting footloose and fancy free with these terms for a while, and now have adopted them, just like when criminal hackers were called crackers, and now criminals are lumped into the same term 'hackers', right along with the white-hats. Just doesn't seem to be a way to stop these loose abuses of the terminology.

America's largest radio telescope close to collapse as engineers race to fix fraying cables

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What caused it???

We didn't do it - I swear! No! There is no invading force to look at! Certainly not! Our scout units have never seen the telescope! Honest!

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Re: Lack of long term investment in decaying infrastructure?

Yeah, it's like...Doh!

They’ve only gone and bloody done it – yawn – again! NASA, SpaceX send four to ISS

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Re: Spacex Are GO!

@The Oncoming Scorn - Now you've gone and done it - that made me cry! Lloved that show when I was a kid!! *sniff*

Shock news: NASA lunar ambitions might be a bit too... ambitious

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Mushroom

2nd men on the moon..

Seems to me, if all the private space venturists, got together on a manned moon mission, it would solve the budgeting and save NASA from doing it. Another thought is that some may be mistaken as why we need to go there. Mars is going to be the largest challenge man kind has ever accomplished so far, and as in war, you need to practice and test new machines and materials before blasting off toward that big red rock. But that is only one reason a return to the moon may be important.

IIRC the Sally Ride report described the best strategy to making the trip - I think she wrote this before ISS was built, but that doesn't matter - she proposed that doing a frog lily pad approach was the way to go - 1st establish a good space station in Earth orbit, then a base on the moon to support the mars effort ( low gravity saves fuel - and can act as a construction and science base.) Only then can you make that final hop to Mars. If you can't survive on the Moon then you have no business completing the Mars journey. I wouldn't doubt we could go back there easier than we may think.

We could construct the lander and orbital command ship at the ISS, then in the last launch, only a fuel booster would be sent to marry up with the Lunar Landing ship to finish the voyage. Thought should be given to putting a structure on the lander that could double as a beginning structure to a moon base. This way every piece and part goes toward the goal. The lander doubles as a launch port just like in the LEM design, but perhaps it could include a robotic design that would later help build the Moon research station. This is going to be left behind after the module launch so why not take every advantage possible. Then robots could be used in an attempt to prepare a ground base to make a human return to a semi permanent research center possible.

The possibilities seem endless, and I get excited just brain storming new ideas. I'm sure someone could easily come up with a much more genius method that I could ever dream up. Lets GO!!

UK-led telescope to gaze at exoplanets, plus Jupiter 's 'glow-in-the-dark' moon

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Fantastic!!

I find the story about the moon glow the most interesting thing I've heard in quite a while - Thanks El Reg!!

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end

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Re: Maths is cool

But..but..the gerrymandering, what about the gerrymandering????? /s

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You sure about that?

@FrozenShamrock - mail in ballots are generally issued to old folks that normally can't make it to the polls. Since that generation is known to vote conservative; wouldn't Trump be stabbing himself in the back by trying to prevent mail in ballots.?

Trump stabs himself in the back all the time, it seems so never mind answering that! He may also have an insane distrust of the USPS which he figures is in lock step with Democrats that like to promote more government and more government jobs. In that instance, maybe he isn't so crazy. But such interference in Post Master business has such high Federal levels of violation with long prison terms, it wouldn't be worth it for a postal worker to comply with such a scenario, so it is still pretty doubtful; even if a motive seems plain.

When sci-fact beats sci-fi: Echoes of exploding stars' final cries may be trapped in the rings of trees on Earth

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Re: Sounds plausible

"formed the gulf of mexico" - hense your comical satanic icon.

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Re: Sounds plausible

I wonder if petrified wood has vestiges of the rings left and if this would work with them? It would be the only reason for this theory, as far as I'm concerned, because then you could really get into more interesting past astronomical events. The only problem is whether this carbon is varied in such rock or just smooth throughout the specimen. Also, I don't remember seeing any petrified wood that had visible tree ring bands to find.

Swiss spies knew about Crypto AG compromise – and kept it from govt overseers for nearly 30 years

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Re: So sorry

This is why we must learn to love the bomb, because the fear of it leads to evil that is even worse!

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Re: Cheese

"Not only chocolate, we also have excellent cheese."

And apparently the encryption machines were made of it too; or at least as leaky!

Soyuz later! SpaceX gets NASA green light to lob astronauts to the International Space Station full time

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Re: Hyperbole

Go Space X! - Go Elon! - Yay! Ra! Ra! RA! Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum for capitalist private enterprise! Boo on the naysayers! YEAH!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yee HAW!!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Try to avoid thinking of the internet as a flashy new battlefield, warns former NCSC chief

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Re: Threats

They don't have to - they still get arrested for leaving the safety of their lair - you did know that right?

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Re: Horse

D.A.R.P.A. - but they didn't have enough money to expand it to a point where its ability to hedge the bets in a nuclear war could be reached; which was why it was developed in the 1st place - and this is where Al Gore claims he started it, but only because he had enough political pull to get incentives passed in congress to reward companies that bought into the program. Thus begat the blistering pace of the world wide web.

It was exciting times back in the mid 80s watching it all begin! It started out at first as simple dial up with paid for 1-800 numbers to access sites like CompuServe, and exploded to a type of service in and of itself. I was a broke college graduate that couldn't afford to join in the fun until the early turn of the century. I've always regretted that. I had the computer, just not the money to get online.

Criticalstudies.org sounds pretty important, right? Wrong: USA says it’s an Iranian fake news front

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Re: Disinformation?

I've never heard of Live thirty eight whatever either; but I pasted it into a search, and it has a green Web-Of-Trust rating. Usually if a site is heavily stilted politically that isn't the case. But it isn't hard rock granite certain either. It is when the rating is gray I get highly suspicious. Red is supposed to be a warning for malware and criminal suspicion, and yellow is for spammer or other untrustworthy action.

Data protection scofflaws failed to pay £2m in fines from UK watchdog – and 68% of penalties are still outstanding

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I learned a long time ago..

To use a call blocking device or service, and if the spammers get past that, I simply don't answer the phone. I used to be able to tailor my voice mail to confuse crooks too; but the phone company took that over. Needless to say, my incidence of unwanted calls disappeared for a long time and even now, I rarely get any unknown origin calls. Once in a great while I take the chance and take the call - but fortunately they are wrong number accidents from people I actually know, but don't normally communicate with. I'm taking a big chance doing that, though, because spammers can transmit fake caller IDs, and have had that capability for some time.

It also helps to have a very long voice mail answer time set, because the spammer automated system gives up sooner - once that happens, that number goes into a "never call again" file, as a dead number - which is just gravy for me! In fact the original blocking service does that anyway to robot callers; only determined human callers get through. I sincerely hope the spammers don't discover a way to get past the signaling the blocking services use, because it will be all bets off after that.

Whoa, humans have been hanging out and doing science stuff in freaking space aboard the ISS for 20 years

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I remember...

being extremely angry about having complete ignorance of the existence of the Mir space station, and blaming it on the news media; but most of it was because I not only didn't have the money to buy science magazines anymore, but I didn't have the time to read them either - so I guess it was my fault after all.

Was that November's Patch Tuesday? Already? Oh, no, it's just Adobe issuing 14 emergency security fixes

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Re: If all you want is a PDF reader...

But so few people need that minibus! I haven't found anything I can't do with the tools Blackjack posted. Sumatra and LibreOffice rules.

Feds throw book at eBay execs who deny they had anything to do with cyberstalking of site's critics

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One of the stupidest things I've heard of in a long time...

It makes one wonder, especially after reading somewhere, that we are already at a condition, where states won't be the people's enemy or tyrannical regime, but huge global corporations will; and they will have more power than any single country could ever hope to posses. Could it happen? Something to chew on!

If you're an update laggard, buck up: Chrome zero-days are being exploited in the wild

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I had to totally restart the PC..

To get this update to relaunch the browser! WTF!! I've never had trouble updating Chrome before! I couldn't get it to relaunch after downloading the update, so I restarted the PC and started all over again, to finally get it updated. Weird! The other odd thing, was I cleaned all my files, and yet Chrome remember where I left off even after cleaning and restarting! That has never happened before either?! Maybe the previous version was tracking every page I had open and sending that information back to the browser once connected to the web again? I don't know - makes no sense.

Also Chrome didn't tell me it was time to update like it usually does before; I only knew to check after reading this article!

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

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Re: Hydrogen is a problem

There is an excellent carrier with 18 hydrogen atoms in the molecule that only needs a catalyst to combine more hydrogen as an energy carrier; but I don't remember the formula or process, but I seem to remember toluene being in there some where ( no not TNT)

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Re: Storing hydrogen is an absolute pain

Sound like using a Stirling engine for part of the process.

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Re: Storing hydrogen is an absolute pain

Just use E-diesel (blue crude) - problem solved. Takes carbon from the atmosphere and combines it with water using similar processes. This new process would make this much cheaper by eliminating the expensive step to combine with water.

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Megaphone

Re: Storing hydrogen is an absolute pain

One good thing about Generation 4 nuclear reactors like that, is that if they get high pressure or heat, then a safety plug blows/melts and the fluid or fuel, dumps into a containment bucket and cools down. No China syndrome here!

Typically the spent fuel may be highly radio active, BUT the half life is like 50 to 100 years. So in one human generation the spent fuel is safe. Plus the current spent fuel we have in storage at present old reactors, can be used with most Gen 4 designs. There goes the radioactive waste problem!

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Re: 3x the energy density of petrol?

I was gonna say - lighting it can be dangerous too; evidently from what I saw a friend of mine do! Scorched his butt hairs off - I was surprised he didn't ask if his balls were still there! HA!

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That's liquid hydrogen...

So rocket fuel is compressed by the cryogenic process. Rather expensive for use in cars.

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