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Mike Macgirvin

mike@macgirvin.com

Maria Karlsen
  
Great eye-opener, thanks for sharing.
Raymond Monret
  
Note to self: plan to live in the southern hemisphere from october to march, in the northern hemisphere from april to september. Alternative plan: live in a subtropical country all year long. Caveats of the alternative plan: deadly animals, hurricanes, etc...
Adam Robertson
  
No thanks for me. We live in a brutally hot/dry summer climate from June ~ October.  Winter is always very welcome for us!
JRandal
  
Just saw a newspaper article: big thing here this year is dressing up pineapples as Christmas trees.
Sean Tilley
 
I'll have to check this place out. I'm a big fan of Club Deluxe in the Upper Haight, which features live jazz every night.
Mike Macgirvin
  
It's located in the penthouse of the Duncan/Channon ad agency, 114 Sansome and officially listed as a "speakeasy".
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
2-meter snake slithering around the Chemistry building this morning. The foreign students were hysterical. A couple of girls were screaming. I was like 'Meh - it's only a red-belly. Yeah, it can kill you, but it probably won't attack unless you poke it with something.'
Maria Karlsen
  
Right. Keep calm and don't poke it. Got it.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Damn near stepped on an eastern brown while picking boysenberries in the garden just now. This is a different story than the red-belly. These guys will attack you for no reason other than they feel like killing something, and it's a good 25 minutes to the nearest anti-venom. There are a lot of ripe berries at the moment but I think I'm just going to let the birds have them.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
:scream:
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
So let's say you find an ancient virus that was so "virulent" that it attached itself to human DNA hundreds of thousands of years ago and now travels along with our species wherever it goes - dormant.

What do you do?

1.  Detach it from its human DNA host and drop the nasty thing in chlorine or zap it with radiation and kill it
2.
see if the forgone germ can be revived



Ancient virus found hibernating in the human genome—and it might wake up

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In DNA dig, scientists unearth more viral code, which makes up >8% of our genomes.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
3. Market "Retrovirus Home Kit - 101 experiments with your ancient self you and or child will not enjoy".
Maria Karlsen
  
Poking the sleeping dragon with a stick is usually not a good idea. Not even if you are "excited" to see what colour its eyes are.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Bloody hell...

Already, surface temperatures in parts of Darwin’s CBD have been recorded nudging 70C.
And regional cities in Queensland might not be far behind.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The keyword is "surface" temperature, not "ambient" temperature. Think asphalt. But in the concrete jungle cities, this can raise the ambient temperature in some sections of downtown to potentially deadly levels. If you're outside, there's no relief. Even under the occasional shade tree you're talking about 40+
JRandal
  
Gotcha. And I thought it got hot here.
Waitman Gobble
  
ouch 70c
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Anybody who is surprised about this is living in a state of denial. And call me a cynic, but I don't really have much faith in the company's response. My guess is that now they'll just encrypt the data so you won't know exactly what data your phone is sending back to the mother ship.

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Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled
by Keith Collins on Quartz
Andrew Manning
  
So unless you are the only case (obviously not), basically you are saying that plenty of people have personally experienced proof that Google has been tracking them everywhere regardless of their phone settings. Clearly if this was going to be something the public would be upset about, it would have made "the news" before now. I know I should be numb to this by now, but I'm still shocked.
Marshall Sutherland
  
The average person would see this as a "benefit". Kind of like the "benefit" I discovered a few years back of automatically copying all my pictures to their servers, which I only discovered because they started asking if I wanted to make them public on Google+.

Secrets are Lies! Sharing is Caring! Privacy is Theft!
Andrew Manning
  
Wild, isn't it? If someone stole all your family photo albums and made copies of them, and then sent you advertisements for how you could order prints to go on birthday cards or gift mugs, you would consider legal action. I suppose this will be reality when you have to agree to the Amazon/Google terms of service when you buy your house in the future.

"By opening your door, you agree to these ToS. If you do not agree, stay out and live on the streets. Your key will be automatically revoked for your convenience."
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and anybody else who wants to join in).
Andrew Manning
  
Thanks! Regardless of nationality or history, all of us benefit from taking time to focus on what we are thankful for in our lives and sharing that time with loved ones. What we're usually most thankful for is having those loved ones and having good food to eat, so combining the two makes sense.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
It's weird trying to grasp that David Cassidy and Malcolm Young were apparently living in the same universe.



David Cassidy - Get it up for love 1975
by fritz5176 on YouTube
Waitman Gobble
  last edited: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:43:11 +1100  


AC/DC - Ride on
by MetalMusicChannelITA on YouTube

the comments on that one are pretty amusing.

maybe this one?



Ride On - ACDC Bon Scott
by Luis Patricio Vacas Torres on Vimeo
Tile View

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Those using dev may have noticed the 'tile' view of their cloud directories (default is 'list' view). This shows directory contents as a collection of icons rather than a list of filenames. I've recently provided a collection of icon generators to provide icon previews when using this mode.

Images: image thumbnails
SVG images: image thumbnails *if* you specifically allow them (don't do this on a multi-user site - SVG images may contain executable code).
Epub: cover photo of the ebook
PDF: thumbnail of first page
Text: Text and code files are converted to thumbnail images of the first page. You can't really read them at this scale, but you can see the text flow.
Video: Thumbnail of first frame
MP3: album cover if available

Please wait a day or three for these to show up in the hubzilla repository and feel free to give it a go. The icons are only generated for new files (photo images will appear retro-actively since we have already stored these). It wouldn't be difficult to create a script to generate icons for existing files but this is left as an exercise for the reader.

Currently the icons are forced square, often resulting in a bit of image squashing. You're welcome to come up with a smart auto-crop function if this bothers you.  (We actually have a smart auto-crop function but a number of people have previously complained that it isn't smart enough for them, so I'll leave that to anybody who thinks they can improve it).

It's relatively straightforward to add thumbnail generators for additional filetypes such as Office Documents.
mrjive
  
I'm asking, so I can become one of "Those using dev", thus not being a topic hijacker anymore ;)
Mike Macgirvin
  
git checkout dev
cd extend/addon/xxxxxxx
git checkout dev

replace xxxxxxxx with whatever you've got
mrjive
  
Thanks I'll try that. Expect not to hear from.me for a while ;) (I know it would be a releaf not to hear from me for a while)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Word for the day: bedlam
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Because "Aussie gets pissed drinking and falls over" is such a boring and predictable headline.

Australian diplomat dies after falling from NYC balcony 'during trust game'

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Australian diplomat Julian Simpson has died after accidentally falling from his balcony in New York City while drinking with friends.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
OK, I'll bite. Why ferfluxsake does a vibrator contain a microphone and connects/syncs to your personal tracking device? A "minor software bug" and "no information or data is sent to our servers"? :facepalm  

Sex toy company admits it ‘secretly recorded intimate sessions’

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A sex toy company has admitted its vibrators have been secretly recording users' intimate sessions. Lovense blamed a "minor software bug" after users discovered its remote-controlled vibrator app was recording sound files and storing them on their phones. The issue first came to light in a post on Reddit.
Andrew Manning
  
The real question is whether you are supposed to drink ferflux sake warm or cold.
Marshall Sutherland
  
I think the phone app was recording the audio, not the vibrator. And it isn't clear if this is the case for this device, but I have heard of things where your app connects to your partner's app allowing you to control the device when you are away from each other. I guess that adds a whole new dimension to "phone sex".
h.ear.t | tobias
  
And that after the We-Vibe debakle?

Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got hacked

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The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a vibrator with a computer inside it – but hackers say it also phones home, telling its makers when it’s being used
Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users' sexual activity

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Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers’ knowledge
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 


Flies Australia
by cyclingdutchgirl on Vimeo
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Maria Karlsen
  
How would this help? If I understand it right, you are supposed to upload photos that you've taken yourself. What about pictures taken - maybe secretly - by someone else? They won't have the same digital footprint...right?
Mike Macgirvin
  
The footprint isn't relevant. They're going to set a learning algorithm to recognise your body bits in the same way they can (already) pick your face out of a random stranger's photograph.

I'm just not convinced that we're being told the correct underlying reason for making this request and it can lead to some pretty awesome power. Imagine a politician snapped in bed with somebody but the face was obliterated or obscured. Facebook can tell you who it was. From a marketing viewpoint, they can present ads for swimming costumes using somebody who's a close match to your body style and avoid the "I'll never fit in and look good in something like that" response. They can also determine with a high degree of accuracy what colour or shade of hair you were born with (the areolas hold important clues). I see it as just a power grab for information they don't already have and probably shouldn't have. What do your private bits look like? If it is extended to men (and it probably will be), they can now trace all the anonymous dickpics and tick the 'circumcised' or "ooh, that's long" bits on their hidden advertising profile.

What's really scary is the number of people that will volunteer this information without question. We know the narcissists will. But so will hundreds of millions of other people just because "everybody else is doing it" ...
Maria Karlsen
  
Brrr.... That's one of those "I don't want to hear it because I don't want it to be true" moments.
Oliver
  
... add some tomato sauce ...
JRandal
  
When seeing something like this, I often think what could the original "Star Trek" series have been if they'd had today's computing power of a laptop.
Andrew Manning
  
That video makes me uncomfortable. I bet Stephen Hawking would like it.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I sort of knew there was a piano involved - and they're leaning on the sustain pedal a bit. The decay over time of a guitar chord (even with two or three guitars) doesn't have nearly the same characteristics.

How mathematics revealed a Beatles secret

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It's probably the most famous chord in popular music — but for decades, no-one could figure out exactly how to play the opening chord of A Hard Day's Night.
Erik Lundin
  
That crucial chapter introduced Dr Brown to Fourier transforms: a mathematical technique that lets you take a signal, like a musical a chord, and break it down into its component parts.

I was surprised to hear that you can become a maths professor without knowing of the Fourier transform.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Notice how the description of "good design" involves authentication and access control.

Blockchains Considered Harmful: Is Brute-Force Processing Replacing Good Design?

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Emerging cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have reached market capitalizations in the billions of U.S. dollars and transactions volumes in the hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars per …
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
In case you missed or didn't watch the entire video first time around. This is getting old now, but it's still relevant.



NOTHING TO HIDE - The documentary about surveillance and you
by NOTHING TO HIDE - documentary on Vimeo
Klaus
 
An excellent documentary. But still having family member who is not convinced it is a real problem.
Waitman Gobble
  last edited: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:37:13 +1100  
I've known cowboys who break into bank buildings to get Internet. Rent back-hoes and dig up public streets to get internet. I used to teach engineering stuff in the 1990's, a student who was employed by JPL told me that whatever I could imagine 'science fiction over-the-top' computer technology, take that crazy imagination times 100 and that's the technology they actually have, and it's all classified. There is nothing in any news channel about it. I believed him, and it's probably much 'worse' (or better?) now. :) I have thought at least since 2002 that the only true 'security' we would have is if everything was freely available, credit cards, bank accounts, etc. The value of the personal information would be zero. Like a futuristic utopia universe right? Then we can all just do yoga and peace out and shit. If they even want to watch me go take a pee, then whatever, have a go at it. Even zoom in on the gory details. lol. The problem is that some humans make their life goal to control people, and we really don't want these guys sitting in an office watching, pressing a red button and zapping people from space satellites.

So, I travel with multiple laptops. I have multiple cell phones from different countries, I use various VPN servers I've set up myself. I use multiple computers on a daily basis. I pay for four different ISP services. I use a couple of dozen email addresses and sign up for alot of news groups and love lots of SPAM. It's noise. I have at least 20 phone numbers and I never answer the phone unless I'm expecting the call. 'In my imagination' it would be probably a full time job for someone to keep up with me. I imagine I appear suspicious lol. But actually there is not a point to it, i'm just kinda crazy I guess. It's fun. I'm a good guy for sure and even an Eagle Scout. :) But still I have people show up and steal my shit, or blatant agents in suits (like they really, really didn't fit in the whole town, Americans in a different country) show up and look to see what's up with me.

I primarily use my own software for most things (i'm not a quickbooks guy) or at least try to use something I can see the source and build or run myself. But there are issues. I don't feel comfortable driving without Google maps, especially in foreign countries and especially where I cannot read the street signs. *they are not always right, by the way, but decent IMHO* I use some sites because I need to reach people I could not otherwise reach.

You can run, but you cannot hide. :)

When I saw Richard Stallman in person, he said that he does not visit any web sites which use javascript code that is not open source. But he said he has no problem having friends go to those sites on his behalf, or using their computers to visit those sites. I'm wondering how he decides which sites have open source javascript code? When I was there, I met some chick in a bar who was his 'volunteer' and took her back to my room and fucked her brains out. One of my laptops was stolen that night, I've always wondered about what the story was behind that.