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question about "25 year" 3M LED Advanced Light Bulb



I bought it yesterday for a light for my front door. The bold claim is 25 years. The small print is 27,500 hours, which is 3.14 years if run 24/7/365. I might use it for 5 minutes a day just to light my entry way, because I don't feel the need to have an outside light burning all night. 5 minutes a night = 1700 minutes a year roughly, or theoretically a lot more than 25 years if the bulb lasted that long.

25 years is marketing BS, correct ? Assuming normal weather conditions on a covered front porch (largely shielded from rain, hail, direct sunlight, etc), there is no way a light bulb could last that long, right ? FWIW, the light bulb is encased in a typical decorative light fixture housing (with small glass panes encasing the bulb) one would install by a front door. How many years can you expect ?

Thanks in advance, Steve

White House: The Economic Costs of Inaction on Immigration Reform


Teen arrested for Heartbleed bug attack on tax agency


A 19-year-old has been arrested in Canada for allegedly hacking into the country's tax collection agency using the Heartbleed bug.

The bug undermined encryption on some websites, allowing possible access to protected information.

It appears to be the first report of an attack exploiting a flaw in the encryption method known as OpenSSL. The Canada Revenue Agency(CRA) said this week that about 900 social insurance numbers and possibly other data had been compromised as a result of an attack on its site.

According to a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario was arrested on April 15 at his home: "It is believed that Solis-Reyes was able to extract private information held by the by exploiting the security vulnerability known as the Heartbleed Bug."

Europe to Florida in a kayak: Another bucket list check


(CNN) -- Olek Doba's slow, lonely kayak journey across the Atlantic Ocean is nearing an end this week.

Doba, 67, isn't making the record-setting transatlantic trip for money, but because it's on his bucket list, a friend waiting for his arrival in North America said.

He has no corporate sponsors. The only logo on his yellow 21-foot boat is the name of his hometown: Police, Poland. Doba is paying his own way with his retirement money saved during his career as an engineer, according to Piotr Chmielinski, a friend who helps with his logistics.

Doba began paddling the kayak, named Olo, in Lisbon, Portugal, last October with a goal of reaching the Florida coast more than 5,000 miles away. At a pace of about 30 miles a day, he hoped to get there in February. A broken rudder and unusual weather patterns slowed Doba, but he wasn't stopped.

Flood warnings/watches for ME, NH, VT, NY state, MA, MI and CT

White House: Your 2013 Federal Taxpayer Receipt


In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. And for the fourth year in a row, he’s keeping that promise.

Just enter a few pieces of information below, and the Taxpayer Receipt gives you a breakdown of how your tax dollars are spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, or health care.

Learn more about President Obama's plan to grow our economy.

*online tool at link*

"Early summer" over in Florida for today....

Thundershowers and cooler temps tonight. 76 F and overcast right now.

Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera (after Crist's speech)

No ‘Good-time Charlie’ in West Palm, Crist hits hard at Scott in Forum Club speech


WEST PALM BEACH — Former Gov. Charlie Crist is known for speaking off the cuff with sunny optimism and interrupting his remarks with shout-outs to members of whatever audience he’s wooing.

Monday’s appearance at a nonpartisan Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch was different. Donning glasses to read from a prepared text, Republican-turned-Democrat Crist delivered a multi-pronged attack on GOP Gov. Rick Scott, accusing the incumbent of being beholden to “fat cats” and the tea party and of not caring about teachers, students, the environment, sick people and middle-class families.

This story continues on our new premium website for subscribers, MyPalmBeachPost.com.

question about Open SSL versus a proprietary SSL solution

I know the advantage of open source. A bug becomes known, an army of coders moves in to patch it, life is good. However, I've read that only a few people actively work on Open SSL.

Other than Open SSL being a donation (or free), why choose it over a proprietary one ? Are the commercial SSL solutions really expensive and difficult to deploy ? I'm NOT being anti-open source here, just asking a sincere question. Thanks.


The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now (list of web sites)


*Long list of web sites, much too long to list here*
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