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  • Should President Trump ditch Twitter and signup to Parler?

    05/29/2020 12:56:31 AM PDT · by RandFan · 1 replies
    Twitter ^ | 29 May 2020 | RandFan
    OK This really crosses the line ... Twitter are now directly censoring Trump's tweets! Do you think he should give up on Twitter and signup to an alternative like Parler(.com)? Many banned/shunned conservatives are on that site and it's a very similar platform to Twitter. If Trump left Twitter and signed up to Parler(.com) he would take many of his 80 MILLION followers with him! It could be HUGE... Discuss!
  • Ready. Fire. Aim.

    05/28/2020 5:11:21 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 15 replies
    Twitter ^ | 6:48 AM 5/28/20 | Brendan Carr
    Twitter has abandoned it’s original explanation for labeling the President’s tweet. Yet it’s not removing the label. Instead, @jack claims the tweet could be read as making a different point that should be labeled for a different reason. What a mess. jack @jack - 21h Per our Civic Integrity policy (, the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear.
  • FR is run by cliquish Mods and Freepers that hurl insults and falsehoods who FB you if you don't agree.

    05/28/2020 3:36:32 PM PDT · by fightin kentuckian · 226 replies
    The rules say "be considerate" most of the Freepers are anything but, constantly hurling innuendo, names, and insults. But it's my fault or something like that so my threads get pulled without any explanation. And then the mods call me "thick". That's considerate? I'm a rock solid conservative, retired, 24 year Army Vet, and still work for the Army. I'm a lifetime member of the VFW and NRA. I'm a 20 year contributor to FR and the mods wont even answer a question, but instead call me names and insult me.
  • Joe Biden to headline Texas Democrats' virtual convention (starts Monday)

    05/28/2020 3:30:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Chron ^ | 5/28/20
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Joe Biden will close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention next month that was moved online over fears of the coronavirus. The announcement Thursday rounds out an unusual slate of big names that Texas Democrats have rounded up for their state convention. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will also speak at the weeklong event via video. Democrats are redoubling efforts in Texas this year after gaining ground in the nation's biggest red state in 2018. A major target for them is the Texas House, where Democrats need...
  • Distance Learning's Downfall: The rush to embrace expensive technology is best understood as a political response to deeply rooted educational problems

    05/28/2020 6:04:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/28/2020 | By Robert Weissberg
    Disasters, it is said, often have silver linings, and in the case of COVID-19 pandemic, this might be a widening access to computerized learning. Now, it is alleged, as a result of school closings, thousands of youngsters, disproportionately poor and members of minority groups, will finally possess advantages of their more affluent schoolmates. In California, for example, thanks to Google’s generosity, some 4000 students will enjoy free Chromebooks while 100,000 rural households will have no-cost  Internet access for three months. Moreover, the LA schoolboard had previously allocated an emergency $100 million to provide free laptops while partnering with Verizon...
  • This Scammer Thought He Was Talking To An Amazon Alexa..

    05/27/2020 5:40:10 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/23/20
  • Apple releases iOS 13.5 to the public with Exposure Notification API, Face ID enhancements, more

    05/26/2020 11:14:55 PM PDT · by bkopto · 67 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | 5/20/2020 | chance miller
    After releasing the golden master to developers earlier this week, Apple is releasing iOS 13.5 to the general public today. The update brings quite a few changes and new features prompted by COVID-19, including the Exposure Notification API, Face ID enhancements, and much more. Apple and Google have been developing the Exposure Notification API with close guidance from public health officials. When a user enables the feature and has an app from a public health authority installed, the device will regularly send out a beacon via Bluetooth that includes a random Bluetooth identifier. From there, the Exposure Notification API will...
  • LMAO Biden's New Profile Picture

    05/26/2020 4:20:08 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 80 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5/26/2020 | Caleb Hull
    ... Biden's new profile picture [on Twitter].
  • 五毛 - YouTube deleting any comment containing “ 五毛” (“50 Cent Army”)

    05/26/2020 5:21:14 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 32 replies
    YouTube is deleting any comment containing “ 五毛” (“50 Cent Army”, the social media wing of CCP propaganda). Tried it myself on my own video, comment promptly disappeared.
  • DEFCON27 Wireless Village - Kent Britain - Antennas for Surveillance

    05/24/2020 8:14:25 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 6 replies
    Defcon 2019 ^ | Nov 19, 2019 | Kent Britain
    Care and feeding of Software Defined Radios We will cover the various kinds of antennas available to optimized your SDR radio for different types of spectrum monitoring. We will also explain why RF filters are necessary on most SDR's and when Low Noise Amplifiers help, and when Low Noise Amplifiers hurt reception.
  • PSA: Terrible people are running a phishing campaign with fake Covid-19 stats

    05/24/2020 8:08:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    PCGamer ^ | 22 May 2020 | By Paul Lilly
    Security researchers at Microsoft say they have seen a "steady increase" in unsolicited email attachments containing malicious Excel 4.0 macros. It is part of a "massive campaign" to infect PCs with malware under the guise of providing current statistics related to Covid-19. Phishing scams are nothing new by any stretch, but according to Microsoft (via ZDNet), this latest campaign only started around a week ago "and has so far used several hundreds of unique attachments." "The emails purport to come from Johns Hopkins Center bearing 'WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT'. The Excel files open w/ security warning & show a graph...
  • PLEASE stop posting YouTube-based articles.

    05/22/2020 5:49:44 PM PDT · by pabianice · 58 replies
    I refuse to pay for them.
  • CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Contact Tracing

    I just spent a considerable amount of time reviewing everything I could find from our immensely powerful CDC on this subject, starting here at their index. Within that link you will find: Within that are many pdf documents with detail. The “principles-contact-tracing-booklet.pdf” is a pretty clear outline. The download link to that pdf is at the bottom of that page. Apple and Google (Android) have already introduced apps to support this massive tracking effort in support of the CDC. Apple in iOS 13.5 introduced an exposure notification API, which lets apps from public health authorities and governments worldwide help...
  • The Crazies were on my computer - Almost Funny!!!!

    05/21/2020 12:59:04 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 10 replies
    vanity | 5/21/2020 | me
    So, like many of you, my laptop was purchased with a McAfee product and everything was apparently fine. I did scans routinely - no problems. Then about a month ago, I noted duplicate charges on my credit card, so I called the main McAfee phone number - a young lady then referred me to Carlos. Carlos linked himself to my computer - accessed my BANK ACCOUNT - I COULD READ MY USER NAME AND MY PASSWORD!!!!!! I was one terrified old lady!!!! Immediately took my laptop to a Tech Geek to clean it and remove McAfee. Changed all passwords, cancelled...
  • About the security content of Xcode 11.5 (Apple releases a security update to address a vulnerability in Xcode)

    05/21/2020 10:08:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    Apple Support Site ^ | May 20, 2020 | Apple Support
    About the security content of Xcode 11.5 This document describes the security content of Xcode 11.5 About Apple security updates For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available. Recent releases are listed on the Apple security updates page. Apple security documents reference vulnerabilities by CVE-ID when possible. For more information about security, see the Apple Product Security page. Xcode 11.5 Released May 20, 2020 Git Available for: macOS Catalina 10.15.2 and later Impact: A crafted git URL that contains a newline in it may cause...
  • First steps with the Nano text editor

    05/20/2020 5:11:43 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    PragmaticLinux ^ | 18 May 2020 | PragmaticLinux
    Nano is a versatile, easy to use, and quick to learn text editor for the Linux terminal. This article presents the first steps with the Nano text editor. The goal is to get you comfortable with editing text files from the terminal. The article covers topics such as managing files, navigating the cursor, copy and paste, search and replace. The article includes brief exercises to try out your newly learned skills.A general concept of Linux is that everything is a file. Especially when configuring your system and the installed applications, you typically do so by editing configuration text files. When...
  • Pennsylvanians embrace mail voting, new machine features ahead of primary

    05/19/2020 11:07:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Fox 29 ^ | 5/18/20
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - The once-delayed Pennsylvania primary won't determine the presidential nominees, by now a foregone conclusion. But the voting in two weeks will feature legislative and congressional races, a first run for some new paper-record voting systems and the inaugural use of newly legalized mail-in ballots. Voter registration will end Monday for the June 2 primary. The latest figures show many Pennsylvanians have embraced the state’s new vote-by-mail option that was passed last year but has been widely adopted as a way to avoid pandemic exposure. More than 1 million Pennsylvania voters have requested mail-in ballots, including 700,000 Democrats...
  • Neil Ferguson's Imperial model could be the most devastating software mistake of all time

    05/19/2020 8:42:42 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/16/2020 | DAVID RICHARDS AND KONSTANTIN BOUDNIK
    In the history of expensive software mistakes, Mariner 1 was probably the most notorious. The unmanned spacecraft was destroyed seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral in 1962 when it veered dangerously off-course due to a line of dodgy code. But nobody died and the only hits were to Nasa’s budget and pride. Imperial College’s modelling of non-pharmaceutical interventions for Covid-19 which helped persuade the UK and other countries to bring in draconian lockdowns will supersede the failed Venus space probe and could go down in history as the most devastating software mistake of all time, in terms of economic costs...
  • Solid State Hard Drives vs Mechanical Hard Drives

    05/18/2020 5:59:01 PM PDT · by ducttape45 · 95 replies
    This post is an inquiry. I am investigating whether to purchase new solid state hard or mechanical drives for our company laptops. Solid state hard drives are faster, of course, but I thought I saw somewhere that they have a limited predetermined life span. The older mechanical hard drives are of course slower but I'm more comfortable with them and if you find a good one they can almost last forever. Plus they are easier to retrieve data from if the O/S goes haywire. The hard drives in our laptops now are 5400 RPM, whereas I always use 7200 RPM...
  • Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

    05/18/2020 10:46:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | May 15, 2020 | Richard Speed
    Tell-all with president Brad Smith reveals Obama warned tech giants that a privacy reckoning was coming Microsoft president Brad Smith (pictured) has admitted that the Windows giant was "on the wrong side of history" when it came to open source.While nowadays the born-again company seems unable to resist the embrace (if that's the right word) of the open-source world, it was not always so.Former CEO Steve Ballmer memorably declared that "Linux is a cancer" back in the day. Goodness, how times have changed in Redmond."Microsoft," said Smith during a chat hosted by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL),...