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Pluvious

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Ok, this AI stuff is starting to get creepy (Google's Duplex)

We truly are living in the SciFi age !!!

Just listen to a few of these clips...
If you only listen to one, choose "Duplex calling a restaurant"
She had no clue...

I'm telling ya:
We're leaving the Twilight Zone, and descending into the Uncanny Valley !

https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html

Helpful info on crypto currencies and personal data security

Recently, I've been "evangelizing" proper practices for personal data security to 100s of people from the poker table to the dinner table the last few years.

Too often I'm horrified at the lack of understanding and carelessness so many regard this important topic.

My top three harping points are:

1) Disaster Recovery - Have a data recovery plan in case of total loss of your phone, laptop, house, etc.

2) Use a dedicated, and properly maintained "banking" laptop used ONLY to visit safe websites and applications, no email, no searching, etc.

3) Digital Estate Planning - Do your care what becames of your digital assets and accounts access in the event of your incapacitation or demise ? What is your provisioning for this unwanted, and inevitable occurrence ?

Now that more people are jumping on the Cryptocurrencies bandwagon, good personal data security has become even more complex, and more important !

The blog entry below, kindly authored by the helpful Hodor, is an excellent starting point...

Good luck, and ALWAYS backup

https://xrphodor.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/security-tips-for-crypto-newbies/

The shocking truth about the universe - We shouldn't exist !!

In those rare moments, where I've tried to wrap my head around the vastness of the Universe, and conceive its origins, I always find myself frustrated with failing to understand why matter exists at all. I'm unable to grasp the timelessness of matter's existence, that it has no origin, that there is no "before."

Maybe, just maybe, science and technology will one day puzzle this mystery all out...

An exciting new avenue of research has opened up that could help us unlock the secrets to the universe itself.


It is the age old question about our universe, and that is why there exists anything at all. It is a question that has vexed philosophers and scientists alike since the beginning of time, and now researchers think they have come up with a rather disturbing conclusion: we should not exist at all.

There is one major problem with that conclusion, in that we do exist, and that is why the question is so intriguing. While every piece of evidence suggests that the universe should be a totally featureless expanse of nothingness, it is filled with stars and planets and even life forms capable of contemplating their own existence.

And that is where we get to the latest breakthrough. Scientists took 65 pounds of germanium, a rare isotope, and cooled it to extremely cold temperatures about a mile underground in some gold mine that has long sing been abandoned. They call it the Majorana Demonstrator, and it is located in South Dakota at the super secret Sanford Underground Research Facility.


https://www.morningticker.com/2018/03/the-shocking-truth-about-the-universe/

I predict this whole mess will end up being a five-movie series

It can't possibly be adequately be covered in just one film.

We'll have:

1) The Campaign: Rise Of The Deplorables
2) The Inauguration: Putin's Asset Is Installed
3) That First Year: Shock And Tumult, The New Normal
4) The Investigation: A Man Called Mueller
5) The Trial: The Republic Is Saved

Pic of crazy laws being flagrantly unheeded - ROTFL

Warning !
Some images are (mildly) NSFW (eg. A woman's bare bottom eek!!)

"In South Dakota it's unlawful to cause static."

In her series "I Fought the Law," New York-based photographer Olivia Locher pokes fun at America's most unusual and obscure laws from centuries past to recent days. With her her pop-arty photographs, Olivia says she intends to defy rules and regulations across all the remaining US states. She says she finds out about the laws from a variety of sources: reviewing law books, public records, even talking to the residents who, undoubtedly, know the most about local silly acts.


27 shockingly inane laws being broken
TRIGGER WARNING - actual photos of 'Merican Laws being DEE-fide !!!
(Look away, look away!!)

Dumped the phone company: Moved my landline to free Google Voice !

It really worked !!
They SOOO don't like us old-timers doing this, hahahaha

Here is my story...

First: Why am I taking the time to share this with you fine DU readers ?

I guess it's a case of "pay it forward?" Or maybe I'm just so pleased to finally be free of paying those blood suckers $40/mo for last few decades, that I want to share the good word.

I would not have known I could do this if it wasn't for a kind co-worker sharing the news about Google Voice (GV) and the OBi box.

The down side:
1) Not everyone's landline (LL) can be "ported" to GV (you can quickly find out via a simple web-page "check my number" form at Google and ATT).
2) There is a few small one-time costs involved, recovered in two months.
3) If you lose your internet service, you can't call 911.
4) If you DO want to use the old LL number to call 911, it's a $10/year fee.
5) The "porting" process takes some patience, and persistence - they DON'T like us doing this heh.

The upside:
1) People can text your old LL number, you'll receive it in your gmail (where you can reply directly back to their phone via email-reply).
2) All domestic (US) calls are FREE, unlimited. International calls are cheaper than via the phone company.
3) You can plug in your fax, old answering machine, and phones into the OBi box, and have things just like they were with the phone company.

My mistakes (avoid repeating!):
1) Like a fool, I didn't cogitate upon the ramifications that my phone company account number was my LL phone number... What I SHOULD have done, was simply: Call them up, tell them "I wish keep my other services with you, but port my LL number to another carrier, can you pls update my account number to avoid any disruption of the other services." - They do this all the time, it's a routine request.
2) When I bought my pre-paid "throw-away" cell phone, I should not have filled out the option to port my LL number as part of the purchase (this resulted in a few days of my LL number not working). Make the porting request AFTER you have your new (or reconditioned) throw-away phone.

My costs:
1) $20 one-time fee to Google for the sign-up to GV.
2) $48 for the OBi box (this is optional, as you could just use GV for your phone needs, but my goal was to make the completed process to effectively seem things are just like they were before with the phone company (albeit w/o the monthly fees!).
3) #30 to ATT for the "free" Android smart phone (one month pre-paid services, which I used for only 24 hours).

I will prolly add the $10/year to register my number to support 911 calls.

That's IT !

Everything else for the "porting process" is superbly explained by most kind author of this blog post. Someone whom I do not know, but am quite grateful to

https://www.oldtownhome.com/2015/3/19/How-to-Transfer-Your-Telephone-Land-Line-to-Google-Voice/

Good luck to any who brave the mission !
-Pluvious

Top Ten Words of Campaign 2016

There are so many words in this year's campaign.

Tremendous, beautiful words followed by even more beautiful words that are so very tremendous.

Believe me !

I just wanted to try and capture a list of the words that have taken on a tremendous and beautiful significance, before this batshit infuckingsane election comes to term.

This is my stab at identifying the ten most significant...
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Top Ten Words of Campaign 2016

1) Orange
2) Skittles
3) Wall
4) Emails
5) Stamina
6) Hacked
7) Temperament
8) Yuge
9) Deport
and...
10) Pussy

I'm sure I've missed a few, maybe I should've gone for 25, or 50 haha !!
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