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Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 8th August 2022, 02:17 AM
Replies: 516
Views: 4,765
Posted By Blue Mountain
Sorry, I don't do Google drive. I want as little...

Sorry, I don't do Google drive. I want as little as possible to do with that huge American advertising company that's amassing a huge database of individuals without oversight or regulation, and is...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 7th August 2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Relevant XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1179/ (Note...

Relevant XKCD: https://xkcd.com/1179/

(Note that there's another joke in the mouseover text.)
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th August 2022, 11:57 PM
Replies: 516
Views: 4,765
Posted By Blue Mountain
Here are the videos with clickable links: ...

Here are the videos with clickable links:
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Short: cnQ8mq40jsQ
Slowed down: 1hQszQ01X_4
Raw 60 seconds footage: SDq5ZTa9PoQ
Power coming back on: mh1j9vI4Fdk
And a car backing (for...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 4th August 2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 496
Views: 43,675
Posted By Blue Mountain
Imagine how badly it might have turned out for...

Imagine how badly it might have turned out for the elderly man if the officer had a gun! /s
Forum: Computers and the Internet 2nd August 2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Next you're going to tell me the data files are...

Next you're going to tell me the data files are in folders by years, so if I ever need to review the June 2019 data I have to find a folder named "2019" and look in it for the file "June Data.xls."...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st July 2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 1,428
Views: 101,397
Posted By Blue Mountain
As the headline points out, this wasn't just any...

As the headline points out, this wasn't just any law enforcement officer; he was the Chief of Police. I say "was," because he was fired yesterday and an interim chief has been appointed.

They guy...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 20th July 2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,471
Posted By Blue Mountain
Yikes! I must confess I'm rather surprised an...

Yikes! I must confess I'm rather surprised an operator had the ability to make those changes, let alone the OS-level permissions to do so. (A lot would depend on the OS, though. Some can lock things...
Forum: USA Politics 16th July 2022, 10:43 PM
Replies: 877
Views: 31,871
Posted By Blue Mountain
Just curious, who do you include in the Canadian...

Just curious, who do you include in the Canadian "Far Left?" The Liberal Party? The NDP? The Green Party? Marxist-Leninist? Communist? Also, what do you think is its approximate size out of the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th July 2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 564
Views: 9,816
Posted By Blue Mountain
^ This. The police aren't omniscient. At the...

^ This. The police aren't omniscient. At the time, in my opinion they had good reason to believe the Jayland Walker was armed and was prepared to use his weapon.

Having said that, it should not...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th July 2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 564
Views: 9,816
Posted By Blue Mountain
We have a very similar situation in Canada. ...

We have a very similar situation in Canada. While the RCMP is a national police force, as far as I know every community that's incorporated as a city has its own police, and they all do their own...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 14th July 2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,696
Posted By Blue Mountain
Overall I agree with your sentiment, but the JWST...

Overall I agree with your sentiment, but the JWST actually has not cost all that much. The current cost is estimated at $US 9.7 billion. But that spans a very long time, from the project's start in...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 13th July 2022, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Is it possible he initially wrote the code for...

Is it possible he initially wrote the code for devices where the block size was 512 bytes? Lots of early PCs were like that, and some Unix utilities still make that assumption.
Forum: USA Politics 9th July 2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 4,902
Posted By Blue Mountain
"Walmart, has short and long-term insulin vials...

"Walmart, has short and long-term insulin vials for $25 each, over the counter. "

That's the old price. It's gone up:

...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 5th July 2022, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
No. Have you ever managed AWS / Google / Azure...

No. Have you ever managed AWS / Google / Azure instances? All they do is provide a hardware layer so you don't have to look after the servers yourself. They do not provide the expertise needed to...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 5th July 2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Biometrics should be used only for identification...

Biometrics should be used only for identification ("this is who I am") and never for authorization ("I would like to get access this system.") The reason is if your biometric information is stolen,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 4th July 2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 564
Views: 9,816
Posted By Blue Mountain
Even though Jayland Walker was unarmed at the...

Even though Jayland Walker was unarmed at the time he was killed, he obviously was not unarmed when he was pulled over. The police would have reason to believe at the time Walker left his vehicle he...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st July 2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1,383
Views: 22,222
Posted By Blue Mountain
This is the first I've heard the boyfriend ended...

This is the first I've heard the boyfriend ended up in jail. (It may have been mentioned earlier and I missed it.) If true, was it due to the fact he fathered the child, or for other reasons?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th June 2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 14,592
Posted By Blue Mountain
Talk about a mixed message post that can't be...

Talk about a mixed message post that can't be understood on its face. How about explaining it. Or better yet, don't bother.

Regulated means just that, regulated. The specifics are not spelled out....
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 04:03 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Am havening problems

Am havening problems
Forum: Computers and the Internet 21st June 2022, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Could this be scripted using PowerShell?

Could this be scripted using PowerShell?
Forum: USA Politics 17th June 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 726
Views: 27,719
Posted By Blue Mountain
Does anyone have any numbers for the increase or...

Does anyone have any numbers for the increase or decrease in government spending under Trump vs Biden? Trump inherited a roaring economy and likely spurred it on with his tax cuts. That went super...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 13th June 2022, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Or, worse, they're halfway up the building and...

Or, worse, they're halfway up the building and waiting for a "down" elevator, but press the "up" call button in hopes it will bring the elevator to them faster. All that does is delay anyone going to...
Forum: USA Politics 11th June 2022, 11:01 PM
Replies: 726
Views: 27,719
Posted By Blue Mountain
[Citation needed]

[Citation needed]
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 8th June 2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3,006
Views: 94,532
Posted By Blue Mountain
Please expand little-used initialisms the first...

Please expand little-used initialisms the first time you use them. It was annoying to have to search the web to figure out you meant Luhansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic, instead...
Forum: USA Politics 6th June 2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 64,460
Posted By Blue Mountain
For sure! Those 1,033,591 deaths represent 0.311%...

For sure! Those 1,033,591 deaths represent 0.311% of the USA's 2021 population.

Had the US maintained the same rate as 1957-1958 Asian Flu pandemic (0.066%), they would have seen only 219,050...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 2nd June 2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,696
Posted By Blue Mountain
:D

:D
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 1st June 2022, 05:39 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,696
Posted By Blue Mountain
NASA has a webb page with a countdown to the...

NASA has a webb page with a countdown to the first images. (https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/countdown.html) As of right now it says July 12, 2022.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,070
Posted By Blue Mountain
Thanks. Those police officers are sadists!...

Thanks. Those police officers are sadists! Combined, the K-9 units in the are have cost the taxpayers almost $2 million in payouts from lawsuits: I-Team: Tampa Bay area taxpayers paying for...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st June 2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,070
Posted By Blue Mountain
That was one really useless link. I had to close...

That was one really useless link. I had to close one stupid video, one pop-up, and a banner that had nothing to do with what I wanted to read. So that's three clicks to get rid of unrelated content....
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th May 2022, 02:49 AM
Replies: 2,117
Views: 43,229
Posted By Blue Mountain
While the raw numbers are accurate, you're...

While the raw numbers are accurate, you're forgetting the USA is the third most populous country on Earth, after China and India. The proper way to do this is to look at the murder rate, which is...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 28th May 2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,070
Posted By Blue Mountain
Is it a predictor, or are we confusing...

Is it a predictor, or are we confusing correlation and causation?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th May 2022, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2,117
Views: 43,229
Posted By Blue Mountain
To be utterly crass for a moment, the USA has 45...

To be utterly crass for a moment, the USA has 45 million kids under the age of 12. 21 of them no longer here doesn't make that much of a difference.

That many kids will die in automobile accidents...
Forum: Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories 22nd May 2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 30,390
Posted By Blue Mountain
Seeing as you didn't provide a link, I'm guessing...

Seeing as you didn't provide a link, I'm guessing that's your view. What is the evidence that convinced you?
Forum: Trials and Errors 22nd May 2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2,251
Views: 116,427
Posted By Blue Mountain
Except for the minor detail that a man ended up...

Except for the minor detail that a man ended up dead!

Did read any of the previous 1,934 posts in this thread before jumping in with your opinion? If you haven't, I recommend you do to see if your...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd May 2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3,195
Views: 228,595
Posted By Blue Mountain
https://twitter.com/archer_rs/status/1528251916995...

https://twitter.com/archer_rs/status/1528251916995764224?t=B8gZQOgNvUkgO-Xg6mfSjA&s=19[/QUOTE]


You also got the name of the charity wrong, which hampered my search for a source; it's RE:ACT, not...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 12th May 2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 3,608
Views: 127,704
Posted By Blue Mountain
I'm afraid this general comment is off-topic,...

I'm afraid this general comment is off-topic, but I'd like to respond to this post.

I really wish everyone had more empathy for their fellow human beings.

My belief is that most of the Russian...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 11th May 2022, 12:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
And they're back! This time it's for a parcel...

And they're back! This time it's for a parcel Canada Post wants to deliver. Very much same spiel, including a link to a PDF in the email, except this time it isn't encrypted. The correspondence is in...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 10th May 2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
With more and more people reading email on...

With more and more people reading email on smartphones and tablets, I'm not sure even this option is available. However, on these devices I believe a long press on a link will pop up a dialogue...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 10th May 2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Oh freddled gruntbuggly, / Thy micturations are...

Oh freddled gruntbuggly, / Thy micturations are to me
Forum: Computers and the Internet 10th May 2022, 04:27 AM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
Sorry, must contain at least one upper case and...

Sorry, must contain at least one upper case and one lower case letter.

"MyPasswordIsMoreThan20CharactersLong!"
Sorry, breaking up the password on uppercase characters reveals common English...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 10th May 2022, 04:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
Indeed. The distressing thing is most email...

Indeed. The distressing thing is most email clients out there actively hide critical information like this, so all one sees is the sender's name and not the email address.

Mind you, it's trivially...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th May 2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 5,936
Posted By Blue Mountain
Indiana is only two states removed from Alabama....

Indiana is only two states removed from Alabama. I wonder if it would have been better for them to make a clear run across the US to Washington or Oregon? I was going to suggest Montana because it's...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 9th May 2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
This particular scam got a lot of BS information...

This particular scam got a lot of BS information from me because I was probing the system to see how it worked.
Forum: USA Politics 8th May 2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 1,767
Views: 90,208
Posted By Blue Mountain
Therefore the law can be changed. I'm surprised...

Therefore the law can be changed. I'm surprised one or two of the more entrenched Republican states haven't tried this yet.
Forum: USA Politics 7th May 2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 1,767
Views: 90,208
Posted By Blue Mountain
Are the states bound by the Constitution to...

Are the states bound by the Constitution to choose their electors to the college by popular vote?
Forum: Computers and the Internet 7th May 2022, 01:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
It's an advantage I have running Linux and...

It's an advantage I have running Linux and possessing a thorough understanding of how the operating system works. If I'm really paranoid I can set up a virtual machine and work inside that. Even if...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th May 2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 71,696
Posted By Blue Mountain
This image: Webb Telescope Image Sharpness Check...

This image: Webb Telescope Image Sharpness Check (https://blogs.nasa.gov/webb/wp-content/uploads/sites/326/2022/04/webb_img_sharpness.png) has images from all the sensors. It's fascinating that the...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 6th May 2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 934
Posted By Blue Mountain
A scam in seven stages

For some reason this is causing a re-direct when we view it in the mod only section so having to nuke the content. I have saved a plain text copy of the contents if you want it. Worked out the...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 3rd May 2022, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 74,120
Posted By Blue Mountain
I remember working with PS/2s back in the day....

I remember working with PS/2s back in the day. They were based on the 386. In the days before Plug and Play and auto-configuration in the cards' BIOS, each device came with a "reference diskette."...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 3rd May 2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 9,218
Posted By Blue Mountain
FFS. [/QUOTE] Arthwollipot, I'm sure...

FFS.

[/QUOTE]

Arthwollipot, I'm sure you know the modern Christianity is incredibly diverse. For every example I can bring of Christians living a of quiet humility, prayer, community service,...
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