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  1. I also think the whole thing is very interesting. Two Franken type machines more or less from scratch or the scrap heap. Some of the five guys or 'all' had to have some knowledge of electronics and computers ... a little higher IQ than you're average mugger. Cables and computers well hidden until a more aggressive investigation and search took place. ...
  2. Very sad from a big name company if true. The 'smartphones' are involved again with 'funny stuff' ! From the article below ... "People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share." "After paying $350 for his QuietComfort 35 headphones, Zak said he took Bose's suggestion to "get the most out of your headphones" by downloading its app, and providing his name, email address and headphone serial number in the process. But the Illinois resident said he was surprised to learn that Bose sent "all available media information" from his smartphone to third parties such as, whose website promises to collect customer data and "send it anywhere." Bose Headphones Spy on Listeners - Lawsuit By Jonathan Stempel Reuters - April 19, 2017 (Reuters) - Bose Corp spies on its wireless headphone customers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a lawsuit charged. The complaint filed on Tuesday by Kyle Zak in federal court in Chicago seeks an injunction to stop Bose's "wholesale disregard" for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones. "People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview. "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share." Bose did not respond on Wednesday to requests for comment on the proposed class action case. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company has said annual sales top $3.5 billion. Zak's lawsuit was the latest to accuse companies of trying to boost profit by quietly amassing customer information, and then selling it or using it to solicit more business. After paying $350 for his QuietComfort 35 headphones, Zak said he took Bose's suggestion to "get the most out of your headphones" by downloading its app, and providing his name, email address and headphone serial number in the process. But the Illinois resident said he was surprised to learn that Bose sent "all available media information" from his smartphone to third parties such as, whose website promises to collect customer data and "send it anywhere." Audio choices offer "an incredible amount of insight" into customers' personalities, behavior, politics and religious views, citing as an example that a person who listens to Muslim prayers might "very likely" be a Muslim, the complaint said. "Defendants' conduct demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights," the complaint said. Zak is seeking millions of dollars of damages for buyers of headphones and speakers, including QuietComfort 35, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, SoundLink Color II, SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Pulse Wireless. He also wants a halt to the data collection, which he said violates the federal Wiretap Act and Illinois laws against eavesdropping and consumer fraud. Dore, a partner at Edelson PC, said customers do not see the Bose app's user service and privacy agreements when signing up, and the privacy agreement says nothing about data collection. Edelson specializes in suing technology companies over alleged privacy violations. The case is Zak v Bose Corp, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No. 17-02928. ...
  3. Yes, that may well be the reason. Hopefully, it's a real project. I don't do Facebook so I will have to get any further news here or on the internet. ...
  4. Well it was a nice read ... thanks for posting. It won't hurt to follow the story ... I'm gullible to a large extent and I always like a good mystery. Is this real or just a hoax ? ... It's April and I forgot to check any dates to see if this story broke on April Fool's Day. ...
  5. I just noticed your reply today. Yes ... I'm like you, this story was hard to believe when I first read it. When you think of all the possible pitfalls that could happen over 5 years for a bird ... let alone 66 years. For instance, being attacked by other larger birds or some other threat when they do spend time on land ... snakes, lizards and such. Maybe being caught flying in a terrible storm, suffering a broken wing and then there are the health issues ... especially internal parasites or a serious biological germ attack. I guess this is one lucky bird ... I'm wondering how much the bird remembers of all her experiences over 66 years. Standing on a rock somewhere watching another sunset over the ocean ... thinking what a ride it's been. I guess this has to be a true story if it is to be believed what the 98 yr old biologist said about the banding in 1956 and there seems to be mention of other biologists now involved. One amazing story of a lucky bird ... I guess the bird has no idea of being lucky. It's just 'another day at the office' with each new sunrise. ...
  6. Meet the 105-Year-Old Doctor Who is still Hard at Work By Helena Horton 31 March 2017 Dr Bill Frankland, who we caught up with around his 100th birthday five years ago, is a remarkable man. He's been asked by Saddam Hussein for treatment, suffered as a prisoner of war and worked with Alexander Fleming, and is still going strong. Born in Sussex, the doctor is known as the 'Grandfather of Allergy', which is his specialism - he helped thousands every year by convincing the media to show pollen counts in weather forecasts. Dr Frankland has received two cards from the Queen for reaching such a grand old age, and still drinks alcohol, cheekily telling the Daily Mail: "No wine for me — I had too much to drink yesterday". Britain's oldest working doctor still contributes to journals and consults people about their allergies. He even requires a secretary to run his busy diary and he only gave up driving in 2004. It was Frankland who championed the view that an allergic reaction is due to a malfunctioning immune system. In doing so, he and his colleagues opened up the possibility of radical new treatments for lifelong sufferers by using small doses of an allergen to, in effect, retrain the errant immune system. He told The Telegraph some years ago about his encounter with Saddam Hussein. He said: “I got a call [in 1979] to see the new president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. They told me he had an allergy and he was being treated with various desensitising injections. But he wasn’t allergic at all; his problem was that he was smoking 40 cigarettes a day. "I told him to stop and if he wouldn’t I would refuse to come and see him again. I don’t think anyone had spoken to him like that before. "I heard some time later that he had had a disagreement with his secretary of state for health, so he took him outside and shot him. Maybe I was lucky.” During the Second World War, he joined the Royal Amy Medical Corps and was sent to Singapore. On arrival, he tossed a coin with a fellow medic to decide upon the institution where each would work. It was three days before Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941. Some two months later, on February 15, 1942, the Japanese swept into Singapore. His colleague, who had gone to the Alexandra Hospital to work, died there along with other staff in an orgy of killing by Japanese soldiers armed with bayonets. Frankland survived the invasion but endured ''three-and-a-half years of hell” in an internment camp on Blakang Mati Island (now Sentosa). He now has a non-paid consultancy role at Guy’s Hospital, where he researched peanut allergies. He continued to see patients as a private consultant into his late 90s. After all his hard work, he received his MBE, aged 103, in 2015. ...
  7. Can you imagine these things walking around ... any dinosaur ... large or medium size footprints. Must have been something to see or film, if only. There are some pictures ... STEPOSAURUS - World’s largest dinosaur footprint discovered Down Under – and it’s as big as a man THE huge sauropod footprint found in Australia's 'Jurassic Park' is 1.7m long by JASPER HAMILL 27th March 2017 SCIENTISTS have discovered the world’s largest footprint in a stretch of remote coastline known as “Australia’s Jurassic Park”. The unidentified sauropod’s print is 1.7m long, just five centimetres less than the height of the average-sized British man. It was found among an “unprecedented” 21 different types of dinosaur tracks and dwarfs a metre-long footprint discovered in the Gobi desert by a team of Japanese and Mongolian researchers. Palaeontologists from the University of Queensland and James Cook University said their find was the most diverse array of dino footprints in the world. The remains were unearthed in rocks aged up to 140 millions years old in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Steve Salisbury, lead author of a paper on the findings published in the Memoir of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, said the tracks were “globally unparalleled”. He added: “It is extremely significant, forming the primary record of non-avian dinosaurs in the western half of the continent and providing the only glimpse of Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first half of the Early Cretaceous Period. “It’s such a magical place — Australia’s own Jurassic Park, in a spectacular wilderness setting.” He added: "Among the tracks is the only confirmed evidence for stegosaurs in Australia. There are also some of the largest dinosaur tracks ever recorded." It was almost lost, with the Western Australian government in 2008 selecting the area as the preferred site for a massive liquid natural gas processing precinct. The region's traditional Aboriginal custodians, the Goolarabooloo people, contacted Salisbury and his team to officially research what they knew was there. They spent more than 400 hours investigating and documenting dinosaur tracks in the Walmadany area. The area was eventually awarded National Heritage status in 2011 and the gas project subsequently collapsed. Salisbury said: "There are thousands of tracks around Walmadany. Of these, 150 can confidently be assigned to 21 specific track types, representing four main groups of dinosaurs. "There were five different types of predatory dinosaur tracks, at least six types of tracks from long-necked herbivorous sauropods, four types of tracks from two-legged herbivorous ornithopods, and six types of tracks from armoured dinosaurs." Most of Australia's dinosaur fossils have previously come from the eastern side of the vast country. Earlier this year, boffins discovered the remains of a flesh-eating dinosaur the size of an aeroplane. ...
  8. I don't know if there's any truth to the story ... I thought it was strange the hackers were only demanding $100,000 from Apple. I would have thought there would be a few more '0s' on that amount. I am reading that Apple is denying any accounts have been hacked but maybe passwords should still be changed ... so the new article says. Apple denied the massive iCloud hack (but you should still change your password) By Chris Smith Published March 23, 2017 A hacker group claiming to have access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts threatened to remotely wipe iPhones associated to these accounts unless Apple pays a ransom amounting to up to $100,000 in cryptocurrency or iTunes gift cards. Just as we suspected at the time, Apple has now confirmed that its servers were not breached. But that doesn't change the fact that some hackers out there believe they can remotely wipe iPhones linked to certain Apple IDs so it's time to change passwords again. "There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," a company spokesperson told Fortune. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services." Apple did not confirm the authenticity of the data the Turkish Crime Family says it has, as the report notes. A person familiar with the email accounts and passwords contained in that data set says it matched the LinkedIn breach from 2012 when hackers grabbed information tied to more than 100 million accounts. The LinkedIn hack was only revealed last year, but that's enough of a reason to change your passwords, especially if you haven't done it since then -- and especially if you use the same password for several different accounts, including the Apple ID you use on your iPhone. Apple, meanwhile, is "actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved," the same spokesperson said. "To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication." The company says it has taken measures according to "standard procedure," without elaborating on what's been done.
  9. They may have access to 300 million Apple accounts ... Hackers claim to have breached hundreds of millions of Apple accounts Chris Smith March 22nd, 2017 at 11:35 AM Apple’s iPhones and Apple IDs are a tough nut to crack for hackers, but it’s not be impossible. At least that’s what a group of hackers seem to suggest, as they’re currently attempting to blackmail Apple for up to $100,000 before they start remotely wiping millions of iPhones. Can they actually do it? Should you be worried? It’s unclear at this point. The hackers apparently engaged in conversations with the media to force Apple’s hand. The Turkish Crime Family hacker group, which spoke to Motherboard, want either $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards. “I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing,” one of the hackers said. Apparently, the hackers have been in contact with Apple’s security team for quite a while now. They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones. Apple, understandably, doesn’t appear to be willing to pay up the ransom. “We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law,” a screenshot of a message purportedly coming from an Apple security team member reads. The hackers say they have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts, including @icloud and @me domains. The number is the source of some confusion though, because a different hacker from the group claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. They have not explained how they gained access to Apple ID credentials. The hackers are threatening to move forward with remotely wiping Apple devices on April 7th, unless Apple pays up. Apple hasn’t publicly commented on the matter at this point. On the off-chance that the hackers are indeed holding access to millions of iCloud accounts, you might consider changing your password to protect your Apple ID. ...
  10. After Roffen asked for help last Thur with the POS registry entry ... I got to thinking maybe I could at least update IE 8 on my WinXP setup. I quit getting any WinXP updates after April 2014. So my IE 8 has had no updates since then ... a few days ago heinoganda posted a manual Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for WES09 and POSReady 2009 (KB4012204). I really am not too interested in all the 'extra' WinXP updates that have been released starting in May 2014 but I have thought having IE 8 updated might be nice. Anyway, after installing the POS registry entry the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update did install ... so that part of IE 8 should be a little better on my setup. I am not sure what all the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update supplies ... maybe all the updates since I last updated IE 8 in 2014 ... since the word Cumulative is used. I'm sure I am missing some other IE 8 security updates but I have no way of knowing what all those would be since 2014. I don't really use IE 8 anymore ... this was just an idea and an experiment. I tried the MS update just now and it just ran for 15 minutes with nothing except my CPU building up heat. I am reading about others waiting forever for updates. I'm not interested in going that route but in the future I can at least apply the IE 8 Cumulative Security Update. ...
  11. Thanks guys for the clarification on all the Firefox versions. I guess I will just wait and let it update automatically to version 52 in April. I just ran a Google search in December asking for the latest FF ESR version and downloaded that. monroe
  12. I'm curious as to how everyone has Firefox v52 ESR? I switched from regular Firefox Portable to Firefox Portable ESR around December. My version is Firefox Portable ESR v45.7.0 and when I run the FF update check ... it says 'Firefox is up to date'. Just checked it again before posting this. Where's the FF ESR v52 coming from or does the portable version go with a different version number?
  13. So after reading your post I guess a person should still apply these certificate updates ... even if they no longer receive any WinXP updates or no longer use any version of Internet Explorer. Ok ... thanks for your reply, I will continue to download newer versions.
  14. Just a simple question or two about these certificate updates. I think I saw this mentioned many pages back in this thread but not sure. I want to get this cleared up for all future discussion. These current updates are 'only' for the IE browser that a person uses with WinXP ... probably mostly IE 8 with most people. So if a person no longer uses IE 8 or IE 6 with WinXP but another browser like Pale Moon, Firefox and such ... these updates really mean nothing or are of little use ... am I correct on this? I am not using the WinXP POS updates ... my WinXP updates stopped in early 2014. However, these newer certificate updates can benefit those people still updating WinXP and using a version of IE. So my question ... if I no longer use IE 8 for anything then these certificate updates have no benefit and are not needed? If a person uses Pale Moon or any other browser ... these certificate updates are of no use to any other browser that a person might be using on their computer? Sorry for repeating or going over everything more than once but I want to nail this down once and for all ... thanks.
  15. Thanks Bersaglio for the help explanation. I got the download ... I was not familiar with using the Zippyshare download site. I did seem to be going around in circles at times. I'm not sure how I got the Torch browser download. monroe