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by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 79
Views: 5853

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

The problem is that there has been an actual case of an innocent person who became a suspect in a murder case based on DNA in a database. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-safe-is-your-dna-familal-search-privacy-rights/ "... A little more searching and I stumbled across a blog post about a young fil...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2694
Views: 863510

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Hit Parade by Lawrence Block John Keller series - Book 3 Keller is sticking to his ordinary schedule of contract killings assigned through his handler Dot of White Plains. In between, he relaxes with his stamp collection. Then 9/11 hits and security becomes tighter at airports and other transportat...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 79
Views: 5853

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

I don't think that is entirely correct. Companies have privacy policies. Any data you share cannot automatically be given to anyone at anytime legally. Part of their policy: We will not sell, lease, or rent your individual-level information (i.e., information about a single individual's genotypes, ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ancestry / 23andMe
Replies: 79
Views: 5853

Re: Ancestry / 23andMe

VictoriaF wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:54 pm
I don't see any value in giving it to 23andMe in return for some bogus information that you are 25% African, 25% European, 25% Asian, and 25% Antractican.

Victoria
25% Antarctican would be enough to put a person on the Do Not Fly list. :twisted:
by azurekep
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: Best albums of 2017

http://www.wfuv.org/content/best-2017-staff-picks I don't usually like a musician enough to get all their songs. So the concept of an entire album seems a bit foreign. I did notice Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still" on some of the lists. That tune immediately caught my notice because of the trombo...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

When through ignorance or malice a process begins to listen on a port without the courtesy of notifying you? How many people know how to identify which processes are listening on a TCP/UDP port? Do you check and re-check after every package install? Maybe I should flip this question around. What pr...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

I don't know, but my question is still unanswered. What's the point of a firewall when there are no daemons listening? As the sacrificial dunce, I'll raise my hand and say there would be no point. Now I'll wait and see if anyone disagrees.[...] I agree, there is generally no point to a firewall wit...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

I don't know, but my question is still unanswered. What's the point of a firewall when there are no daemons listening? As the sacrificial dunce, I'll raise my hand and say there would be no point. Now I'll wait and see if anyone disagrees. But here is some info I found earlier (see below). It basic...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

If no daemons are listening, which is typical for a desktop Ubuntu installation, what purpose does the software firewall serve? I guess the logical question is what happens when server software is installed. Will the software installation automatically turn on the ifrewall and configure it properly?
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

Regarding your comment that a firewall is only for servers, that might be the worst piece of advice I've ever heard. A default firewall configuration that allows all outbound and blocks all inbound is recommended. If you ever connect to an unsecured network, this is basically required! A Windows ma...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox
Replies: 28
Views: 3598

Re: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox

Thanks for the tip,Lady Geek; I have not been happy with Quantum, and this looks like an interesting solution. One dumb question though: if I am loading it to a laptop, must I download the portable version? And what's the difference between the portable version and the other download? (Am running W...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4318

Re: A Trip to Russia

There was a Bond movie a while back that showed him driving through an area full of oil derricks. This area is just outside of town and there are others nearby if that is what you want to see. Definitely would not want to see the oil derricks. :) I had just thought the city was supposed to be ugly....
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

trouble is, win10 is only free if its preinstalled ..... That may not be the case. You Don’t Need a Product Key to Install and Use Windows 10 After you’ve installed Windows 10 without a key, it won’t actually be activated. However, an unactivated version of Windows 10 doesn’t have many restrictions...
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do girls wear Ninja Turtle character shoes
Replies: 54
Views: 2540

Re: Do girls wear Ninja Turtle character shoes

OP your son can wear one of those six-pack abs T-shirts while he's wearing the shoes. :D But seriously... This kind of reminds me of when in fifth grade, there was an impromptu race on the athletic field. I was wearing high-tops and noticed that the girls hanging around were wearing lightweight "gir...
by azurekep
Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: google calendar event by unknown
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: google calendar event by unknown

Something is rotten in Denmark! Beat me to it. :D In general, I stay away from anything Google so can't answer the question. But whenever I find anything odd happening on a computer, I usually use one of the following words in a search engine: hacked, spammed, scam. In your (the OP) case, I tried "...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4318

Re: A Trip to Russia

I did the South Caucasus 3 years ago. Baku is, by far, the most amazing city with some stunning buildings and ruins. My mental image of Baku has been one of miles and miles of oil derricks. I just did a search for images of Baku and it looks like a vital city worth visiting. And not an oil derrick ...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

unless you understand how to secure a linux laptop, I suggest you purchase a windows laptop with good av, malware and firewall protection. I ran a linux laptop for a while since we were using linux for a client project. In the end, it was more work that it was worth and I went back to windows. Not ...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

It may not help if you are intending to get the most benefit out of a dedicated graphics card, but the VM layer can abstract the physical graphics card in your computer to fit a very generic model that will be compatible with almost any operating system, as long as the underlying operating system (...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

The processor isn't an issue. Both Intel and AMD make CPUs, chipsets, and GPUs that work in linux. What tends to limit functionality is the fringe components. WIFI adapter, ethernet adapter, USB, sound, bluetooth. This has all come a long way, but since many laptops are using semi-custom parts, if ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

You can do a little research and increase your odds of finding a Linux-compatible laptop, but generally if you buy one that turns out not to be fully compatible (and many, many still aren't) your odds are still pretty good that you can run it in as a VM. When I scan Linux forums, it seems lke 95% o...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

You can get laptops with Linux preinstalled from the big companies. http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/04/campaigns/xps-linux-laptop-us https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd031426 As you mention, driver support can be the issue. If you get the laptop version that comes with linux, you're going...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?
Replies: 48
Views: 2905

Re: Linux based laptop or just a Windows based laptop formatted?

It is unpatched Linux distros that are running some of the most capable DDoS botnets! DDos attacks are not usually the attacks individuals are worried about. But let's say they are, if I'm reading this right, this sounds like a human problem, not something inherent to Linux. XOR DDoS takes hold by ...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 4570

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

My main reason for buying this phone is to come up to speed with smartphones. If that's all you want, maybe you can get a free phone from Airbnb. Just look under the bathroom sink or in the bedroom. It will already be activated and active! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/airbnb-guests-find-hidden-came...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

I used to use these reflective, velcro strap things to cinch the bottom of the right leg of my pants when I ride a bicycle (to keep it away from the chain). One day I didn't have one of those straps handy, so I wound up just sort of folding over the end of my pants and putting a small binder clip o...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold removal from wood
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Mold removal from wood

Because of the price. If you have remedied the moisture problem, all you need to do is clean up the surface mold for appearance sake. Bleach does that. The lack of moisture will take care of the rest. We live in an area exposed to moisture. We use dehumidfiers and drying crystals throughout the hou...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?
Replies: 92
Views: 5476

Re: Do you subscribe to digital newspapers?

We read all our news online, which is basically free, but we want to support good journalism so my wife subscribes to the NYT and I subscribe to The Guardian. The online news model is broken, IMO, but journalism is incredibly important today. If we're not careful, our democracy could be in jeopardy...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mold removal from wood
Replies: 9
Views: 828

Re: Mold removal from wood

This is the first time I'm hearing about Concrobium and have a few questions. Is this the product that would be used after a hurricane for mold remediation? Is this the product incorporated into anti-mold paints? Is the product as non-toxic as it seems? From the FAQ: Sodium Carbonate is the listed “...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Chromebook user, loving it, quick question
Replies: 14
Views: 1546

Re: New Chromebook user, loving it, quick question

Notepad applications on any OS are great. It always bewilders me why people drag out Word just to type a shopping list. Or draft a message before posting it online. The latter is sometimes amusing since not only does it take time to fire up Word (and who has time?), but sometimes in the cut-and-past...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox
Replies: 28
Views: 3598

Re: Firefox upgrade broke my add-on, switched to Waterfox

Just wanted to add that the latest version of Firefox (Quantum) is supposed to be a significant performance upgrade as much of the browser has been rewritten in a newer language (Rust from C++). For most users, you probably won't notice the difference right away. For me, one of the main benefits of...
by azurekep
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?
Replies: 24
Views: 5793

Re: Why are so many Chinese visiting my website?

I think the thread title is okay. These constructions would have sounded bad: Why are the Chinese visiting my website? You Chinese, why are you visiting my website? The absolute safest (as alluded to earlier) would be to word it: "Why am I getting so many hits from China?" That shifts the focus to l...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4318

Re: A Trip to Russia

Do Belarus and Baltics instead. I was curious as to what was in Belarus and it turns out there are four UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites:, two of which are castles. Then of course, there's the not-to-miss Polesie State Radioecological Reserve, which adjoins the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukr...
by azurekep
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A Trip to Russia
Replies: 81
Views: 4318

Re: A Trip to Russia

An excursion from St. Petersburg to Tallinn, Estonia might be worthwhile. (I haven't done it, but would if I were in St. Petersburg.)
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

I like Ubuntu Mate and Mint, but lately I've found elementary OS (Mac like) and Zorin OS (Windows 7 like) to be very elegant. After WinXP lost official support, Zorin was one of the ones recommended as being a lot like Windows. I tried it, and as I recall it gave a choice of which version of Window...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

Aside from security, to me the biggest plus of Linux is that it is free/open source and you are not beholden to any commercial entity for something as fundamental as computing. Speaking of free and open source, I just ran across this Reddit thread... This is Jean-Baptiste Kempf, the creator of the ...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Running Linux vs Other OS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1566

Re: Running Linux vs Other OS?

Linux is liberating. The people that might have trouble with it may have incompatible hardware -- I believe the GPU is the main culprit most of the time. You can find out what works using a search engine. The way I did it when buying a new computer (I realize you're building your own) is I went into...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

Not what you're looking for but I have found the dollar store can be a great source of gifts for younger kids, and millenials (me) who miss being a kid. We've loved racing to put together 100 piece puzzles or playing with dumb little toys on Christmas morning. Yea, I realize I made my question too ...
by azurekep
Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Re: Dollar Store Hacks

My approach is even easier. Just leave the door open. LOL I tried that on the way back from the gas station. Someone honked their horn at me -- trying to get my attention that the door was open. :D I'd feel uneasy with an open door, but then again, I remember when gas prices were ultra high and thi...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dollar Store Hacks
Replies: 27
Views: 4461

Dollar Store Hacks

The fuel filler door on my car won't pop open when I pull up the lever. It appears that the spring inside the compartment broke off. I did find a workaround to open it and get gas. In the meantime, I found a YouTube video that shows how to use a binder clip to replace the spring in the fuel filler c...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPN user -- can Vanguard remember my computer?
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: VPN user -- can Vanguard remember my computer?

Could be cookies. Could be canvas fingerprinting, could be something else that triggers a notice. (But I agree with the others that it probably isn't your VPN.) Canvas fingerprinting is the new "cookie". Some sites are using it to identify individual computers/devices. Firefox and Pale Moon are two ...
by azurekep
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?
Replies: 84
Views: 4570

Re: Moto G5 Plus: Software updates?

VictoriaF wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:45 am
As I have mentioned above, this will be my trial smartphone
When you get your phone, be sure to stand up straight occasionally.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fa/69/b1 ... fc0338.jpg
by azurekep
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5187

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Music?

For those who haven't been into music for awhile, one of the big things is collaboration. You'll have a song and the artist is listed as X ft. Y and Z, "ft" meaning "featuring". It gets kind of confusing because sometimes you have artists you like, say Daddy Yankee, collaborating with artists you di...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2694
Views: 863510

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Recent reads: 1. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason An Inspector Erlendur Novel, Book 9 The frozen fjords of eastern Iceland are where people go missing. Decades ago, a woman started her way across a fjord and was never seen again. People who might have known something are either dead or old, but...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win Bigly - Scott Adams
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Win Bigly - Scott Adams

You'd likely get a YUGER response if you just asked for recs for persuasion books. :P I once read a persuasion book and the only thing that stuck was that if you give a small gift (even a bottle of water) to someone, they'll feel obligated to do something in return. That puts the pressure on them t...
by azurekep
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?
Replies: 52
Views: 8668

Re: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?

BTW, the new thing that Facebook is considering is requiring people to upload a high quality picture of themselves as a captcha -- if "suspicious activity" is detected. Could you give them a picture of your dog instead? I know, it's pretty funny. A lot of people have signed up on behalf of their do...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?
Replies: 52
Views: 8668

Re: Facebook's malware scan- legitimate or malware? Invasive?

This is an old thread. BTW, the new thing that Facebook is considering is requiring people to upload a high quality picture of themselves as a captcha -- if "suspicious activity" is detected. Facebook’s New Captcha Test: 'Upload A Clear Photo of Your Face' During Thanksgiving, I gave thanks that I n...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5187

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

I have grown to appreciate the pop and jazz standards sung by people like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett. I like Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. If you want to update, there's always Amy Winehouse. Just about everyone you mentioned, she cites as an influence. Pretty amazing talent. T...
by azurekep
Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Win Bigly - Scott Adams
Replies: 26
Views: 3702

Re: Win Bigly - Scott Adams

You'd likely get a YUGER response if you just asked for recs for persuasion books. :P I once read a persuasion book and the only thing that stuck was that if you give a small gift (even a bottle of water) to someone, they'll feel obligated to do something in return. That puts the pressure on them to...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5187

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

Most music is electronic these days - they can even synthesize and modfiy voices to sound like they want them too. I was happy to see that Portugal. The Man uses real instruments. While I do like the electronic stuff for house/club music, it's nice to have real instruments. One of things about the ...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do You Stay Current With Music?
Replies: 111
Views: 5187

Re: How Do You Stay Current With Popular Music?

Since getting iPod/iPhones I got back into music but have gravitated to more electronic genres. Some late 90s electronic, trance in small doses, some dubstep like bass nectar. Some European friends sent me some "house" music (electronic) and I liked it a lot and added a few more to my collection. W...
by azurekep
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: Mac OS Tags for files? How do you use them?

They used to tint the entire icon, and I would use them to make important documents stand out on my desktop or in folders. Now that they’re just a bullet I’ve stopped doing that altogether. The usual folder hierarchy has been plenty, and so haven’t resorted to the added level tags provide. It’s nic...