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Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders | WIRED -
Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders | WIRED
"The Justice Department and local law enforcement agencies insist that the only reason for their secrecy is to prevent suspects from learning how the devices work and devising methods to thwart them. But a court filing recently uncovered by the ACLU suggests another reason for the secrecy: the fact that stingrays can disrupt cellular service for any phone in their vicinity—not just targeted phones—as well as any other mobile devices that use the same cellular network for connectivity as the targeted phone." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Hey MOO cards, what is this!?
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I uploaded images that were 1039 x 697 pixels. It complained. - Amit Patel
Well, 1039 is less than 1039.3700787401576 so it's understandable. - Mark H
Yes indeed, it's 102 square pixels too small ;-) That aside, Moo is great. - Nils Sandin
I order moo cards once a year. Each year I update the images on the back, and leave the front the same. It's a nice reminder of the projects I worked on, and it gets me started preparing mentally for Game Developers Conference :) - Amit Patel
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Proposed Chinese security law could mean tough rules for tech companies | Gigaom -
China apparently wants to one-up the U.S. and the U.K. when it comes to urging technology companies to install security backdoors and break their encrypted documents and user communications in the name of national security. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
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Autopsy report declares police shooting of Tamir Rice, 12, to be homicide - Boing Boing -
An autopsy report released today declared the police shooting death of a 12-year-old Cleveland boy to be a homicide. The report issued today by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner found that Tamir Rice died of one shot to the abdomen. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
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Astronomy: Mars and Venus conjunction tonight - Boing Boing -
via Pocket - Nils Sandin
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The NSA and its allies stole the keys to your phone's security | The Verge -
A new report by The Intercept details a stunning heist made by US and UK spies that has given intelligence agencies the ability to break through the privacy of smartphone communications. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
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Don't you forget about Ruth -
Don't you forget about Ruth
More fun from Philip Bloom. - Nils Sandin
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Absolutely amazing! - Nils Sandin
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Star Wars VS Star Trek Epic Trailer - YouTube -
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How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it - The Washington Post -
How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it - The Washington Post
"The problem is that most adults would try and prevent this sort of play. Everything would be questioned and controlled from the very beginning. There is often no trust when it comes to free play for children, creating a highly regulated and controlled recess atmosphere. A recess that is consistently short and very restrictive allows few opportunities for healthy sensory development – leading to potential difficulties with attention, learning, and behavior." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
Mark H
House of Self-Indulgence: Runaway (Michael Crichton, 1984) - http://houseofselfindulgence.b...
House of Self-Indulgence: Runaway (Michael Crichton, 1984)
House of Self-Indulgence: Runaway (Michael Crichton, 1984)
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"It's easy to sit back and laugh at bold predictions that fail to materialize in works of speculative science fiction that came out thirty years ago. However, just because evil bastards who look like Gene Simmons from KISS aren't running around stealing microchips with the help of an army of robot spiders doesn't mean the premise of Runaway is that far-fetched." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
This was one of those films that we must have taken out of the video store a dozen or more times in the first few years of having a VHS player. I loved this film so much. - Mark H
This is a classic movie. - Steven Perez from Android
BTW, Tom Selleck just turned 70! - Nils Sandin
Finally uninstalled WinZip ($$) bloat ware in favor of 7-Zip. Only 1/100th of the size, and much, much quicker. No hidden toolbars, ads.
Smart decision. - Sean McBride
Had a paid version of WinZip from ages ago, but a few upgrade cycles back they suddenly stopped recognizing that and wanted $$ for each upgrade. #fail - Nils Sandin
What's the advantage of WinZip over the native ZIP interface in Windows nowadays? I know that 7-Zip is capable of handling formats other than ZIP, but was WinZip able to do so, too? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I was going to ask the same question: what's the OS functionality lacking? - Walt Crawford
My software can use it to archive projects at the end of the day, it has support for WinZip built in. - Stephan from iPhone
What gets me is this: I am a paying customer, this is not free software. But it installed some toolbar along with it. Plus it forces a context sensitive menu item as advertisement for more software. Plus, version 19 started to load all sorts of modules such that it took 30 seconds on average to start. In comparison, 7-zip compresses the entire project in less than 6 seconds (~12MB... more... - Stephan from iPhone
Is there a way to access the Windows compression via a command line? - Stephan from iPhone
Sort of maybe I haven't tested this don't blame me if it doesn't work: - Walt Crawford
Bookmarked, I'll experiment with that Monday. Thanks for the link. - Stephan from iPhone
I am still using the free copy of WinRar 3.51 that they gave away back in 2005. Was also using Winzip 9 (I refused to pay again to upgrade) until I moved to Win7. Couldn't get it to work right, which was disappointing. For a long time I was extracting archives with WinRar, and using WinZip to create archives from the Explorer context menu, when distribution was intended (I don't believe... more... - April Russo
7-zip lets you configure that from the file manager tools menu. - Stephan from iPhone
I just checked on that and remembered why I could not change it. Everything I do throws an error. - April Russo
I'm sure you are aware but the system wide settings require admin privileges. - Stephan from iPhone
Stephan, years ago now I wrote a batch script for doing backups centered around the 7zip command line interface. In case it's useful: - Micah
Thanks, Micah! - Stephan from iPhone
I believe this one uses the built in zipping capabilities in Windows, and the config file for it will probably give you a really good hint as to how to do something similar from other apps. - April Russo
Interesting concept, thanks, April. - Stephan from iPhone
I'm probably the most clueless user ever … can't figure it out, so I move the zip/7z/rar/arj to my dropbox, then unzip/un7zip/unrar/unarj on a unix command line, then I move the resulting folder back out of the dropbox folder. :-( - Amit Patel
Interesting workflow. Sounds like you're a hardcore command line junkie. :) As long as it works for you, it doesn't matter in the end how you get there. - Stephan from iPhone
Nils Sandin
Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated | WIRED -
Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated | WIRED
"... two doses are 97 percent effective against infection. (Compare that to 88 percent for two doses of the mumps vaccine from the MMR shot.) It’s a live version of the virus, just weakened—or attenuated—so it doesn’t cause severe symptoms. The vaccine replicates just like the full-on measles virus, inciting your immune system to produce antibodies against it. Those antibodies then protect against actual measles as well. But in some people, that response just doesn’t happen. No one knows why. Either your body doesn’t produce enough antibodies, or the ones it does produce aren’t specific enough to latch on to the virus and kill it." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
Mark H
I have mispronounced Hartlepool all these years. (There were more I didn't know, but I've never had any reason to pronounce them. (Harlepool is a football team.)) - Eivind
Siobhan's adorable. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Chronic mispronouncer of ALL THE THINGS---> - Jenny H.
That was cute. - Stephen Mack
At least all the -cesters (and -minsters) are consistent (and I had those correct!) :-) - Nils Sandin
Nothing like a little bit of local knowledge. Near me are two places, Cosham and Bosham. The first is pronounced more-or-less like it's spelt: cosh'm. The second one is bozz'm. No idea why. - Mark H
EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys
EU wants internet firms to hand over encryption keys
"But critics warn that tech-savvy criminals can also exploit backdoors, leaving users more vulnerable to cyber attacks. “Instead of protecting citizens, it will actually endanger citizens’ net security and trample fundamental rights to data protection and privacy," said German Green MEP Jan Phillip Albrecht in a statement." - Nils Sandin
Nils Sandin
BBC News - Party invoice: Boy sent bill for birthday no-show -
BBC News - Party invoice: Boy sent bill for birthday no-show
"A five-year-old was billed for failing to attend a friend's birthday party - resulting in threats of legal action. Alex Nash, from Cornwall, was invited to the party just before Christmas. An invoice for £15.95 was sent by his schoolfriend's mother Julie Lawrence, who said Alex's non-attendance left her out of pocket and his parents had her details to tell her he was not going." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
Last time I filled up the truck was November, when fuel prices were already low. I was pleasantly surprised to see it has dropped to Can $0.739 / liter (taxes included).
Saves $50/tank. - Stephan from iPhone
*/me sobbing in a corner* - Xabaras (G.O.)
You're paying under a $1 a gallon for gas, Stephan? - Stephen Mack
I thought that was a per-liter price. - Brian Johns
Ah, that makes sense. - Stephen Mack
I filled up my truck yesterday for 140€, in november it was €180, about the same saving but on *slightly" different basis - Ivan Crema
Ha, Stephen, I wish. This is per liter. (You're probably laughing by now.) -- I edited the post. - Stephan from iPhone
Honestly, with our local taxes, that's still cheaper than here :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Ivan, ouch, that's expensive. It only took 100 liters this morning, I can live with that. - Stephan from iPhone
Jenn (whose name iOS keeps correcting to Ken), this is including taxes. - Stephan from iPhone
You Americans complaining about fuel prices makes me laugh, come over here to UK and your jaws will drop to the floor, bring a pillow to lessen the blow! ;-) - Halil
Oh, I'm not complaining - just comparing. I'm used to our northern neighbors having higher prices, but in this case, the difference is likely tax-related (I don't remember what ours is, but it is very high compared to most of the country.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm this case, I wasn't complaining, more the opposite. If it weren't for these crutches I would have done a happy dance around my truck this morning. :) - Stephan from iPhone
I'm just being cheeky, sorry, wasn't being serious, just having a dig! Sorry if offended! - Halil
When I drove to Michigan for Christmas, my local Chicago station was charging about $2.50, I think, but I had already filled up in the suburbs for $2.09 or so. I made an unplanned stop at the Meijer gas station in Kalamazoo, $1.89. Nice! Leaving Ann Arbor on Christmas evening, the local BP where I usually go was charging $2.19, but they were closed for Christmas. So I went to the TA... more... - bentley
You weren't offending anyone, Halil. Although your "you Americans" was a bit on the edge. :-) - Stephan from iPhone
Sorry about that, didn't mean it the way it sounded and I should of phrased it better, but all I was trying to do and failed in a jestful manner was to say that fuel prices in UK are high. I don't actually drive myself but all the drivers I know always complain about fuel prices and then go on to complain that US prices are much cheaper. - Halil
Absolutely no need to apologize, Halil. The grass is always greener on the other side. Plus, what human being doesn't complain about the weather or the gas prices? - Stephan from iPhone
@Stephan about a hundred liters also here (F150 with a 26 gallons tank) - Ivan Crema from Flucso
That would still hurt my wallet. :) - Stephan from iPhone
I'm just glad we walk or take the train. Gas prices here are frightening. - Jenny H. from Android
Last week I filled up for $2.29 a gallon. Never thought I'd see gas this low again. It's definitely helping me in this crazy busy running-around time. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Saw gas this morning for 1.79! - Jenny
I just filled up Diesel at 1.049 €/L, or $4.58/gal. - Nils Sandin
Current price around here is around £1.04 per litre which is ridiculously low compared to this time about a year and half ago; if I could be bothered to work out what that is in dollars per US gallons I probably still wouldn't. All hail American fracking and the need to compete in the market from the remainder of the world's petroleum producers. - Mark H
most of the fracking in my neck of the woods is for natural gas. it's a disastrous mess. - Big Joe Silence
Oil prices have not yet impacted fracking activity here. (Will not hurt my feelings if it does.) - Stephan from iPhone
RT @team_bane: If you feel the need to hide something from your BF/GF, Husband/Wife. Chances are you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
Buying a gift? - Stephan from iPhone
+1 Stephan - Nils Sandin
Good point! - Melly
I think my husband wishes I hid some of my television watching habits from him. And yes, I probably shouldn't be watching it in the first place ;) - joey
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Cameron’s call for banning encryption undermines our rights, security | Privacy International -
Cameron’s call for banning encryption undermines our rights, security | Privacy International
"Now UK Prime Minister David Cameron is promising that, if re-elected in 2015, he will introduce powers to allow for intelligence agencies to 'break into' encrypted communications, or worse, ban the use of such technologies altogether. While the attacks in Paris present an opportune moment for Cameron, the UK Government in fact has been encountering public and parliamentary resistance to introducing this kind of policy for years. After being unsuccessful on repeated tries since the mid 2000s, it has now resorted to using emergency as a motivation." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
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Sony hackers could have slipped past 90% of defenses, FBI director says | Ars Technica -
The malware that thoroughly penetrated Sony Pictures Entertainment was so sophisticated it likely would have worked against nine out of 10 security defenses available to companies, a top FBI official told members of Congress. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
My first iPhone 5 had the common power button problem (stopped functioning). Now that the replacement is out of warranty I can turn the phone off but not back on (need to plug it in to the charger). The button itself seems to function fine. Weird.
I have the same issue with my iphone 5, sometimes the power button does not work. fortunately my contract is up Dec 10th. - Mike Nencetti
I recently had the battery exchanged as part of Apple's free replacement program (bad battery batch), and they replaced the power button at the same time. :-) - Nils Sandin
The button on this phone never fails me for a screenshot or to turn off the phone, that's so weird about it. (Previous 5 definitely had a faulty button.) - Stephan from iPhone
Nils Sandin
Jeff Jarvis: Eurotechnopanic | ZEIT ONLINE -
Jeff Jarvis: Eurotechnopanic | ZEIT ONLINE
"Protectionism is at the core of the German problem. News publishers, led by Axel Springer and its CEO, Mathias Döpfner, have waged war on Google as their convenient bogeyman of the digital age. "Googlephobia," The Economist calls the campaign, "short-sighted and self-defeating." The publishers have used their considerable political power and influence to enlist government in their battle." - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
Leo Laporte
3D Fruit Printer: The Giz Wiz 1495 -
3D Fruit Printer: The Giz Wiz 1495
Man, I hope they don't pronounce "Giz" like you would "Wiz" because...well... - That's So CAJ!
It's a hard G like GIF - Johnny from iPhone
But of course some say Jif ;-) - Nils Sandin
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Five Wide Angle Lenses For Shooting Landscapes With Your Mirrorless Camera - The Phoblographer -
Mirrorless Cameras are one of the best conveniences and inventions for travelling photographers. They balance excellent image quality with a small portable package that you really can easily embrace. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
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Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture | Knote -
Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture | Knote
"[...] what many people don’t realize is that Germany is the industrial powerhouse of Europe, and is a leading manufacturer of goods for export to developing Asian nations. We don’t hear about the superiority of German engineering in Volkswagen commercials for nothing!" - Nils Sandin from Bookmarklet
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How the secret police tracked my childhood - BBC News -
Fighting the system used to be dangerous anywhere in Eastern Europe. For one protester from a small Romanian village it was disastrous - and also for his family, whose every word was recorded by the secret police. Carmen Bugan, who found the transcript of her childhood, tells their story. via Pocket - Nils Sandin
Amit Patel
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat -
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
Did the new Star Wars movie used a font from the Star Trek movies? Actually, Star Wars used it first! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Any true Star Wars fan would have known that SW had it first! That was its calling card. - Nils Sandin
A father-and-son duo attempt to carbonate wine using a SodaStream:
Their Mom is going to be furious with the mess! :-) - Nils Sandin
RadioShack is banking on people's love for Weird Al in a new holiday spot:
Radio Shack is still around? - Nils Sandin
A mom's retelling of 'Inception' goes hilariously awry. Watch:
The same guy's Star Wars retelling is hilarious: - Nils Sandin
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