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Name: Steve
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Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
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Microsoft's Bold Plan To Ditch Passwords In Windows 10 (still in beta)


FOR AS LONG as we’ve called for the death of the password, it’s still conspiring to make our lives both more complicated and less secure than they should be. In Windows 10, Microsoft will do its part to ease that particular pain. So long, random string of letters, characters, and numbers. Hello, well, Windows Hello.

Windows Hello, announced today on Microsoft’s blog, is an authentication system relies not on typing memorized gibberish but on face, eye, and fingerprint recognition. Unlocking your laptop or phone will be as simple as looking at or touching it.

Biometric solutions like this aren’t unique to Microsoft; Android has offered a Face Unlock feature since 2011, and fingerprint ID has been unlocking laptops and smartphones for years now. But the technology behind previous offerings—particularly facial recognition—has historically been lacking, and certainly not as ubiquitous as Windows Hello would be given the predominance of Windows machines in the world.

That’s not to say that Microsoft has necessarily gotten it right. There are signs, though, that Hello could succeed where others have muddled, particularly in its compatibility with Intel RealSense 3D cameras, a next-generation tech that can at the very least tell a human from a photo (a distinction with which early Face Unlock devices struggled). Better still? All of the data is stored locally, and not on some remote Microsoft server.

more at link

(Rochester,) Michigan mayor fires back at Madonna's dis


CNN)Madonna, saying something controversial? Perish the thought.

The object of her scorn fighting back? Of course.

The mayor of Rochester, Michigan, has written an open letter to the venerable pop star, taking her to task for saying she never wanted to go back the town where she went to high school.

"I can't be around basic, provincial-thinking people," she told Howard Stern last week on his SiriusXM satellite radio program.

Smoking, Cocaine, And 3 Other Ways You Can Kill Your Brain Cells


(original article title)

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have a limited supply of brain cells. Sure, the majority of them grow early in life, but some areas of the brain continue to grow them into adulthood and beyond — a process called neurogenesis. The hippocampus is one of these areas, and it’s also among the most important areas of the brain, playing roles in memory, emotion, and learning. But as we grow older, a number of factors compete with neurogenesis and kill brain cells. No, they’re not smoking weed and drinking alcohol; instead, they’re a little more common than you might expect. Here are seven of them.

(highly edited)

1. Losing Sleep

2. Smoking

3. Dehydration

4. Stress

5. Cocaine and Other Narcotics

Thought this was interesting, at least worthy of discussion.

I'm blessed with a really great older brother

It was his 60th birthday a few days ago, and by his wishes, we celebrated yesterday in his town, which is 5 hours northwest of me.

My entire family is great. I'm truly truly truly lucky/blessed. It always makes me sad when I hear the family-stories-from-hell that some people have.

Windows users security tip of the day: Use a standard account

A standard account is great for browsing the web and doing most other usual computer activities.

You only need to use a administrator account if you need to change settings or install software, etc.

It's tempting to always use the administrator account, because it's more convenient. However, if a nasty gains access to your computer, BOOM, the nasty has access to your entire computer right away. With a standard account, it makes it much more difficult to gain access to your entire computer.

Of course, if you're more concerned about security, use a distro of Linux. Better yet, unplug your computer from the internet and do things the pre-internet way. It's a lot harder to violate your security OFF the internet.

Bush v. Gore: The Worst (or at least second-to-the-worst) Supreme Court Decision Ever


A great article. The article cites Dred Scott also.

SCOTUS says it's ok to own a black man, 1856, Dred Scott v. Sandford 60 U.S. 393


It is universally denounced by scholars. Bernard Schwartz says it, "stands first in any list of the worst Supreme Court decisions — Chief Justice C.E. Hughes called it the Court's greatest self- inflicted wound." Junius P. Rodriguez says it is "universally condemned as the U.S. Supreme Court's worst decision." Konig et al. say it was "unquestionably, our court's worst decision ever."

The actual repulsive decision here.

Prior to the institution of the present suit, an action was brought by Scott for his freedom in the Circuit Court of St. Louis county, (State court,) where there was a verdict and judgment in his favor. On a writ of error to the Supreme Court of the State, the judgment below was reversed, and the case remanded to the Circuit Court, where it was continued to await the decision of the case now in question.

Mr. Scott lost his appeal to SCOTUS. Can you imagine, in 2015, a SCOTUS case that says what that excerpt says above ?

an extremely bright phishing email (edited of course)


Received: by DELETED with SMTP id jw9csp2630282wjc;
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:22:16 -0700 (PDT)

X-Received: by DELETED with SMTP id 68mr12045258ykp.61.1426501336160;
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:22:16 -0700 (PDT)

Return-Path: <DELETED>

Received: from DELETED (DELETED. )
by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id 66si3852241yka.23.2015.
(version=TLSv1 cipher=RC4-SHA bits=128/128);
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 03:22:16 -0700 (PDT)

Received-SPF: pass (google.com: domain of DELETED designates DELETED as permitted sender) client-ip=DELETED;

Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
spf=pass (google.com: domain of DELETED designates DELETED as permitted sender)

X-Virus-Scanned: DELETED

Received: from DELETED (DELETED)
(authenticated bits=0)
by DELETED (8.14.3/8.14.3/3.0) with ESMTP id t2GALXh6019669;
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:51:33 -0430

X-Matched-Lists: []

Received: from DELETED () by DOMAIN_DELETED (DELETED Webmail) with HTTP; Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:51:33 -0430 (VET)

Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:51:33 -0430 (VET)




Message-ID: <DELETED>
Subject: Good Day
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Mailer: DELETED Webmail
X-Originating-IP: DELETED

<span>Hello, Contact our diplomatic agent with your full delivery address And your nearest airport to land so that he can deliver the Package worth 2.7Million ; Name:Fred ugo</span><br>

*end of phishing email*

My email addy is NOT jennblahblah...... He or she obviously spammed hundreds/thousands/millions of email addies to get one victim.

Super intelligent phisher.

-15 °F at farthest north land, closest to North Pole


Always "warmer" than points further south (Arctic Ocean warmth, if you want to call it that lol )

New German high-security email provider in closed beta, taking invites

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