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General Discussion (Public) / IoT Inspector - by Princeton
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:57:04 AM »
Wasn't exactly sure which section to post in. Princeton university students made a tool to see what's "spying" on you.

Hope fully they make it for other OS soon. Honestly, not sure why it was made for macOS first but my guess was for the smaller audience or the team that made it just liked that OS and want to see if people even caught on.

United States / Random text messages sent overnight 11072019
« on: November 08, 2019, 09:01:28 AM »
So I was hearing a few people had a bunch of random texts from people they have in their contacts randomly texting them overnight. I received one too from a buddy (aka Anthony lol). When I sent him a screen shot, he said it wasn't him. Anyone hear anything out there? It was all SMS texts and between 2:30a-4a EST.

This is all over the news now... something fishy was definitely going on.

General Discussion (Public) / LIFX Bulbs Firmware update 3.50 issue
« on: September 19, 2019, 04:02:28 PM »
Almost a year ago I posted a thread about my Lifx smart bulbs not working and now I'm having a new issue after the latest update. The update came out about a week ago. I think it firmware version 3.50 and my White A19 and Dusk A19 bulbs were working amazing since the update in December 2018 but ever since about a week ago September 2019 they only work locally. I can control them fairly ok inside my home but as soon as my phone is off the wifi they appear to be disconnected. My girlfriend is home at the sametime and her phone controls them so I know it has to be a cloud issue. My Google Home account sees maybe one bulb here and there but mostly keeps failing. The dusk bulb seems to stay on the most but not consistent. The dusk is on a timer in the app and sometimes won’t change and sometimes will. My wifi is super strong and all the bulbs on are the same wifi as they were before. I’m a computer technician and I’ve installed a ton of your bulbs without an issue. All signs point to this being a cloud issue. I posted about it in the Lifx Community so hopefully I get a reply.

United States / Cheap Prescription Drugs
« on: July 05, 2019, 12:01:47 PM »
I was at the doctors office and on the TV they mentioned this website on The View.
...which then forwards to...

United States / Product Recalls
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:34:16 PM »
Figured recalls are a good one to track.

United States / Gun Laws
« on: June 01, 2019, 10:57:59 AM »

General Discussion (Public) / Sup...
« on: May 24, 2019, 11:28:51 AM »
I'm kinda bored.. what's everyone up to?

International / Helium Shortage 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 02:15:21 PM »

No laughing matter
Still, scientists add, a helium shortage – which has been years in the making – is no laughing matter.

"It is a serious problem," said Roman Dembinski, an organic chemistry professor at Oakland University. "A shortage and disruption would quench our magnets, so we would be without instruments."

As helium prices surge to new highs, some researchers and companies in the medical industry, which uses the gas as a coolant in magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance, are suggesting a ban on party balloons.

Helium also is used in space flight to pressurize the fuel tanks of liquid-fueled rockets, in satellite instruments, in aerospace for supersonic wind tunnels and even combined with oxygen to create nitrogen-free atmospheres for deep sea divers.

A big reason for the shortage is that about 75% of all the helium comes from just three places: Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar, ExxonMobil in Wyoming and the National Helium Reserve in Texas, according to gas-trade publication

In Texas, the reserves are being depleted, while at the same time overall demand for the gas has been growing.

Even though it is the second most abundant element in the universe, helium is rather scarce on Earth.
This does create a stock opportunity which is for another thread:

You can pay more for it, find another sourc, or wait. We did find some a few years ago.

Helium is mostly made on Earth by radioactive decay.

Can we use another gas? We can but Helium needs to be used in some situations. Helium is very commonly used in balloons so we should use something else for balloons. Here are some ways to extract other gases for balloons.


International / First Image of a Black Hole
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:24:12 PM »
"Scientists have obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87." - Event Horizon Telescope

"Microsoft Retaliates Against APT35 Hacker Group by Seizing 99 Domains"

Microsoft Retaliates Against APT35 Hacker Group by Seizing 99 Domains
By Sergiu Gatlan
March 27, 2019 03:39 PM

Court documents unsealed today show how Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit was able to block some of the cyber attacks conducted by an Iranian-backed advanced persistence threat (APT) group by taking over domains used as part of their core operations.

By seizing the 99 domains previously controlled by APT35, Microsoft was able to take over parts of the hacking group's core operations and "redirect traffic from infected devices" the Digital Crime Unit’s sinkhole, thus collecting important info on the group's operations.

This would be a weird line of infringement of speach but I'm happy to see this happened.

International / Theresa May will resign if "Brexit" deal is passed
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:34:28 AM »

Theresa May has promised Tory MPs she will quit if they back her Brexit deal.

She told backbench Tories: "I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party."

She really wants this  :o

International / UK Porn Rules Requiring Age Verification
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:06:19 AM »

New rules that could come into effect as soon as April 1st will require anyone wishing to access a free adult site to provide proof of identity.
Alongside those websites, a whole host of others will require anyone wishing to access free content of an adult nature to sign up to a new system called AgeID.

That means that you'll have to register yourself using details from a valid form of ID such as a driving licence, credit card, or passport.

Basically, as soon as you log on, you'll be met with a non-pornographic landing page upon which you'll be prompted to verify your age.

This is according to a spokesperson for the company providing the verification software.

AgeID spokesperson James Clark told The Metro: "When a user first visits a site protected by AgeID, a landing page will appear with a prompt for the user to verify their age before they can access the site,
You can expect to pay £4.99 for use with one device, or £8.99 for multiple devices, should you wish to go down this route.
If porn websites don't comply, they face a fine of up to £250,000 and even a blanket ban from UK internet service providers.

International / Russia will target U.S. with advanced weapon 02212019
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:07:57 AM »

"Putin threatens Russia will target U.S. with advanced weapon if Washington deploys new missiles in Europe"

Putin reaffirmed that Russia will not be the first to deploy new intermediate-range missiles but warned of a quick retaliation if the U.S. puts such weapons in Europe.

“They will only take 10-12 minutes to reach Moscow,” he said. “It’s a very serious threat to us, and we will have to respond.”

He didn’t directly mention the U.S., but noted that the Russian response will be “asymmetrical” and involve new weapons will reach the enemy’s decision-making centers just as quickly.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy new types of weapons that could be used not only against the territories where a direct threat to us comes from, but also against the territories where decision-making centers directing the use of missile systems threatening us are located,” he said. “The capability of such weapons, including the time to reach those centers, will be equivalent to the threats against Russia.”

The president didn’t specify which of the prospective Russian weapons will do the job, but he reported a quick progress on an array of new weapons presented a year ago.

General Discussion (Public) / Obihai OBi200 VoIP Telephone Adapter
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:45:44 PM »
For anyone looking to have a "landline" phone this would be the way to go if you ask me. Super cheap if not free!!! Even if you just want a business line.


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