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  1. This may be the story of one of the white caskets ... a sister saved her sister. 'THEY WERE IN AN EMBRACE': Bishop says oldest sister's embrace allowed younger to survive Italy quake August 27, 2016 - Associated Press http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/27/embrace-life-story-2-sisters-in-italy-quake.html?intcmp=latestnews ASCOLI PIECENO, Italy – In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a four-year-old girl to survive. The heartbreaking story of Giulia Rinaldo, 9, and her 4-year-old sister Giorgia was recounted Saturday by the bishop who celebrated a funeral Mass for 35 of the 290 people killed by the quake that ravaged central Italy before dawn Wednesday. Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole recalled that around 6 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday — 15 hours after the quake — he returned to a church in his diocese in the town of Pescara Del Tronto to recover its crucifix. He said at the time, only meters (yards) from the church, firefighters were using their hands to dig out the two sisters. "The older one, Giulia, was sprawled over the smaller one, Giorgia. Giulia, dead, Giorgia, alive. They were in an embrace," D'Ercole said. He spoke beneath the crucifix that he recovered that evening, hung in a community gym transformed into a makeshift chapel, as Italy held a national day of mourning. Massimo Caico, the firefighter who pulled the girls out, told Italy's La Repubblica newspaper that the position of the older girl's body apparently created a pocket of air that allowed Giorgia to survive. He recounted how a black Labrador, Leo, first gave a sign that he smelled something. Rescuers began digging, finding at first a doll and then a cold human leg, that of Giulia. Then he saw the ground nearby moving "in the rhythm of what could be breathing." "Maybe they hugged each other in their sleep or in fear, and the body of Giulia saved Giorgia," Caico told the newspaper. On Saturday, as weeping Italians bid Giulia and 34 other quake victims farewell with a state funeral, Giorgia spent her fourth birthday in a nearby hospital, recovering from her ordeal. According to Italian news reports, Giorgia is in a state of shock and has stopped speaking. She is only sleeping, crying and asking for her doll and her mother, who is also recovering from earthquake injuries. .... this article has more detail about the white caskets and other grieving families - relatives. "Among them were two small white caskets, holding the bodies of children whose lives were snuffed out when the quake hit at 3.36am on Wednesday, turning a picturesque area of lakes, forests and stone villages into a death zone. In one of the coffins was the body of an eight-year-old girl, Giulia Rinaldo, who sacrificed her life by throwing herself on top of her four-year-old sister, Giorgia, when the ceiling of their bedroom came crashing down in the village of Pescara del Tronto. The tiniest white coffin belonged to Marisol Piermarini, who was just 18 months old when she died. She was asleep at her family’s holiday home in Arquata del Tronto when it was engulfed by the quake. Her mother, Martina Turco, survived the earthquake that struck the nearby town of L'Aquila in 2009, and had moved away to escape the memories of her ordeal. Around 500 babies, toddlers and older children were affected by the quake and 21 died." 'Ciao, little one. Sorry we didn't make it in time': Italy mourns earthquake dead at mass funeral http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/state-funeral-held-for-the-victims-of-italy-earthquake/ Nick Squires, Pescara del Tronto Henry Samuel, Rieti 27 August 2016 On a day of desperate grief and tearful farewells, it was perhaps the most poignant image. Italy held a mass funeral on Saturday for 35 of the 290 people who were killed by the country’s devastating earthquake, with the coffins of the victims lined up in a sports hall in the town of Ascoli Piceno, on the edge of the earthquake zone. Among them were two small white caskets, holding the bodies of children whose lives were snuffed out when the quake hit at 3.36am on Wednesday, turning a picturesque area of lakes, forests and stone villages into a death zone. ... more at link
  2. Some of this story has been updated since I first posted about it. There was no name for the dog or owner ... this now has been added or updated: "The dog, called Flash, refused to leave the spot, repeatedly pawing at the casket that held the body of his master. Flash’s owner was Andrea Cossu, 45, who was on holiday in the village of Pescara del Tronto when he was killed by a collapsing building. The village has been razed to the ground – cars have been crushed by pieces of masonry, houses have crumbled into dust and personal possessions lie scattered amid the debris. His funeral was held on Friday in Pomezia, the town south of Rome where he lived. “The two of them were inseparable,” relatives told the Italian media. Mr Cossu, originally from Sardinia, was one of dozens of victims who lived in and around Rome but who had come to the mountains for a summer holiday. Flash will now be looked after by Mr Cossu’s wife, who survived the quake." ... They also had a clear picture of the dog beside the casket but they now have writing on the picture and turned it into a video of sorts. Here is another article with some photos of Flash and sad people. In the pictures of the first article there are two white caskets showing ... in the article below this is mentioned. "Amongst the 35 coffins laid out in a sports hall were small caskets holding the bodies of an 18-month-old baby and a nine-year-old girl, two of the 21 children who are known to have died when the quake hit central Italy early on Wednesday." http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3761486/Dog-proves-man-s-best-friend-refusing-leave-master-s-coffin-mass-funeral-Italy.html Dog proves he is man's best friend by refusing to leave side of his master's coffin before mass funeral for Italy earthquake victims .... this link has the original picture and other pictures as they were in the first article. When you look at the picture that has the two white caskets ... beside the one there is a young woman sitting by herself hold a baby or very young child ... beside the other white casket there is a young couple grieving, or it could be two young women ... relatives or such ... it's hard to tell from the pictures ... it may be a young couple and the lone young woman by the other white casket may be holding a baby. http://www.tert.am/en/news/2016/08/27/dog-master/2116334 ...
  3. All these pictures are sad with family members and friends inside a gym with 34 caskets of loved ones ... there is also a picture of a dog beside a casket. I see two white caskets beside one another. I hope the dog has some place to go or someone to offer help ... the people can work things out and come to terms ... maybe different for a dog when they grieve. At the bottom of the article is a video of another dog being rescued from the rubble. Heartbreaking Picture of Dog Who Won't Leave Master's Coffin After Italy Earthquake http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/27/heartbreaking-picture-of-dog-who-wont-leave-masters-coffin-after/ Chris Graham 27 August 2016 It is a sight reminiscent of the legend of Greyfriars Bobby. Thirty-four caskets lie side by side in a gym in Ascoli Piceno, and beside one a small blond cocker spaniel sits, devoted to the end, unable to leave his master even in death. The scene is a grim snapshot of Wednesday's earthquake that rocked central Italy and left at least 281 people dead and thousands more homeless. Families grieved beside their departed loved ones, saying their final farewells before they are buried on Saturday. Little is known of the victim whose companion still guards his casket except that he came from Accumoli, one of the communities that bore the brunt of the devastating quake. The quake was so strong that the town sank by 20 cm, according to Italy's geological institute. The funeral in the gym is to be presided over by Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole for the victims of nearby Arquata del Tronto. To date 49 of the dead have come from the tiny town and its nearby hamlet Pescara del Tronto. Matteo Renzi, the prime minister, has declared a state of emergency and authorised 50 million euros (£43 million) for immediate quake relief. The Italian government also declared Saturday a day of national mourning and scheduled a state funeral to be attended by President Sergio Mattarella. While the name of the dog is not known, the picture was a striking reminder of the bonds between man's best friend and their owners - a connection epitomised by the story of the Victorian dog that held a 14-year vigil at the grave of his master in Edinburgh. The tale of Greyfriars Bobby tells of a small Skye terrier who could not bear to leave his master's body and remained by his grave in Edinburgh from 1858 to 1872. His owner was said to be John Gray, a local policeman. Earlier this week, a dog trapped in rubble left by the quake was pulled out alive. ...
  4. There is hope more will follow her example ... Teenage Girl Ditches Smartphone For Flip Phone To Find Peace August 22, 2016 http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/08/22/stories-from-main-street-teenage-girl-ditches-smartphone-for-flip-phone-to-find-peace/ HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)– Like most of her friends in Hastings-on-Hudson, 16-year-old Janie Litvin was married to her smartphone. She grew weary of the constant “ding” notification as the backdrop to her life, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports. When her smartphone shattered, she decided to give it up. “I decided to get a flip phone instead,” she said. It’s a dinosaur of the cellular age and she loves it. “If you’re a teenage girl, having an iPhone can be very stressful. You’ll turn away from your phone and you’ll come back five minutes later and you’ll have 200 messages and 10 Snapchats, and like 15 notifications on Facebook. And just– it’s a lot. I just thought it was too much,” she said. At first, it was a bit of an adjustment. “I was so used to doing my pre-bed Instagram check and responding to Snapchats,” she said But she started to see the irony of so-called social media. “You’ll be in a room and people will be Snapchatting each other, they’ll be texting each other– from within the room,” she said. The teen said she now observes more and is present in the moment. “I’m not so much more tempted to look at my phone, I just look around me and you see a lot, you learn a lot,” she said. Her mom Lisa Litvin, has come to understand why her daughter made the switch. “I didn’t get it at first ’cause I wasn’t sure why she didn’t want a phone, or an iPhone, and I didn’t appreciate all the other stuff that came with an iPhone for a teenager that drove her nuts,” she said. “I really get it now.” Janie Litvin’s friends were upset at first, but they’re adapting. She may be the last one to know what’s going on, but she said that’s okay. “It’s great not to have to respond to everything immediately, and to not have to be constantly present with your phone worrying that you’re going to miss something,” she said.
  5. I was hoping someone with some knowledge of early ships might post some information on the Kronan. I am in awe of the size of this ship for the 1600's ... but I guess there were even larger size ships. I was looking for a picture or drawing of this ship. I found several links with information ... https://www.abc.se/~pa/uwa/kronan-e.htm Kronan The 126 gun battleship Kronan was built in 1668 by Francis Sheldon and was one of the world's largest ships in its time. She was 53 m long and 14 m wide. During battle against a Danish-Dutch fleet in June 1676, Kronan listed heavily during a badly prepared turn, then suddenly exploded and quickly sank with 800 men. Only 42 survived. What caused the blast is a mystery, perhaps something broke loose during the list and ignited the gunpowder. Possibly Lorentz Creutz, the newly appointed commander and admiral, is to blame for incompetence, because he had no naval experience before commanding the ship. -------------------- A drawing of the Kronan. http://forum.game-labs.net/index.php?/topic/2482-regalskeppet-kronan/ ...
  6. OK ... you are correct, I have seen those ads but never paid too much attention to them. I thought they were on the side of stupid. So that's what Walmart just bought ... another chance to make a few dollars lost on my part ! This ought to be some battle ... Walmart and Amazon. This is their first ad I guess ... with the purple smoke. Just saw an ad play last week. Jet.com Literally Blows Minds in Inaugural TV Ad http://creativity-online.com/work/jetcom-mindblowing/43164 ...
  7. This is one big contest payoff. First of all, I never heard of Jet.com but Walmart just purchased Jet.com for $3.3 billion ... it will take on Amazon. So this guy enters a contest not too long ago ... and wins the contest prize of 100,000 shares of Jet common stock. Now his worth is between ten and twenty million dollars. From the article below: "More than a year ago, Martin had won a contest prize of 100,000 shares of Jet common stock. Now, his stake is worth between $10 and million and $20 million, according to news reports. Last January, Martin saw a news story about Jet.com, and wound up participating in a program that offered stock options to people who got others to sign up for membership in Jet.com. He spent about $18,000 on online ads that led to 8,000 referrals and the top prize of 100,000 stock options, according to ydr.com." Walmart turns midstate man into multimillionaire David Wenner August 10, 2016 http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/08/eric_martin_york_jetcom.html?ath=44e4e33060be73ef8412534509af4620#cmpid=nsltr_herostryheadline_single An act of well-informed risk-taking has paid off big for Eric Martin of York County. It led to the 30-year-old York Township resident getting in on the ground floor of Jet.com, an online shopping venture and would-be rival of Amazon.com. Now, Walmart's purchase of Jet for $3.3 billion has made Martin rich. More than a year ago, Martin had won a contest prize of 100,000 shares of Jet common stock. Now, his stake is worth between $10 and million and $20 million, according to news reports. According to Business Insider, "Martin says that he has no big celebration plans today, besides perhaps buying some snow crab legs to eat with his family for dinner. He doesn't know yet what he'll do with the money long-term either, but says he's already received a couple of texts joking that he'll need to get a new security system." Business Insider quoted Martin as saying, "I've told my wife in the past that someday we'll go to Thailand again, because she grew up there, so now that will definitely happen eventually ... Our kids are one and three right now, so it's kind of awkward timing. Other than that, I'll have to think about it." According to a 2015 profile by ydr.com, Martin works in IT and has a self-professed "history of having wild ideas and trying them." Last January, Martin saw a news story about Jet.com, and wound up participating in a program that offered stock options to people who got others to sign up for membership in Jet.com. He spent about $18,000 on online ads that led to 8,000 referrals and the top prize of 100,000 stock options, according to ydr.com. Martin's previous "wild ideas" include an unsuccessful run for U.S. Congress in the race eventually won by Scott Perry, according to ydr.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- Here's the Walmart - Jet.com story. https://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=walmart+buys+jet.com 2 days ago ... Walmart Agrees to Acquire Jet.com, One of the Fastest Growing e-Commerce Companies in the U.S. http://news.walmart.com/2016/08/08/walmart-agrees-to-acquire-jetcom-one-of-the-fastest-growing-e-commerce-companies-in-the-us ...
  8. There have been many people in show business that actually went to college for a degree while in their teens and early twenties ... Jodie Foster and Brooke Shields come to mind. Just read this today about Mayim Bialik ... what a resume. I knew of her and her name but not much else. She had on her resume as she did an audition for the third season of "The Big Bang Theory" ... a TV show in the US. From the article below: "At her audition, she said her resume raised some eyebrows. “Under miscellany, it said, like: ‘Speaks Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish. PhD in neuroscience.’ Because I felt like it should go on a resume. Like, I worked seven years for that,” she recalled." I'm impressed with the PhD ... curious how many actors have a "PhD"? I watched the show the first two seasons (so long ago) and drifted away from it afterwards. Really amazing ... they made her character in the show a neuroscientist. Mayim Bialik thought 'Big Bang Theory' was a game show before she joined August 09, 2016 http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/08/09/mayim-bialik-thought-big-bang-theory-was-game-show-before-joined.html Mayim Bialik is now a staple on “The Big Bang Theory” but back when she was cast on the show, she had no idea what it was. “I had never seen it. I had heard about it and thought it was a game show, ’cause someone told me I was mentioned on it, I think in the first season,” she told the crowd at the #BlogHer2016 Experts Among Us Conference in Los Angeles on Friday, ETCanada reports. The actress first appeared on the show during its third season. At her audition, she said her resume raised some eyebrows. “Under miscellany, it said, like: ‘Speaks Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish. PhD in neuroscience.’ Because I felt like it should go on a resume. Like, I worked seven years for that,” she recalled. But she said “Big Bang” co-creator Bill Prady wasn’t sure what to make of it. “[Prady] was at my audition, and he’s like: ‘Is this for real?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.'” Bialik’s character ended up being a neuroscientist because of the starlet’s real-life expertise. “Bill Prady was quoted somewhere as saying, ‘We made her a neurobiologist so Mayim could fix things if they’re wrong,'” she said. “Any good actor has to pretend to be what they’re not, so I actually feel like they must not have thought very much of me.” ...
  9. I'm fairly good at knowing what words should be in capitals and not in capitals when being used in a title ... but sometimes I get stumped as I did today. I found this nice simple guide for help with a Google search today. I decided to post about it here, maybe it will be of help to someone in the future. Capitalization in Titles 101 by Jennifer Frost on May 13, 2013 http://www.grammarcheck.net/capitalization-in-titles-101/ Very few people know which words should be capitalized in a title. In fact, the majority of people adopt rules from others who don’t know either. This usually takes on one of two forms: capitalizing every word, or capitalizing words containing three or more letters. Where blog posts and internal work communications are concerned you can usually get away with such sins, largely because those in the know tend not to point out the error of your ways. But wouldn’t you rather know the truth? Wouldn’t you rather be an ambassador of proper titling rather than a capitalization criminal? Well, today is your chance to repent for improper form, and learn which words should be capitalized in titles, once and for all! What to Capitalize in a Title The cool thing about learning what should and shouldn’t be capitalized is that each category contains three core rules. Rule 1: Always capitalize the first and last letter of a title, no matter what the word is. Rule 2: Always capitalize the following five word categories: Nouns Pronouns Verbs Adjectives Adverbs We don’t have the time to list every noun, pronoun, verb, adjective and adverb here, but as long as you remember this list, you can Google the word you’re struggling with to find out whether or not it falls into one of the five categories listed above. Rule 3: Always capitalize words of five or more letters, regardless of whether the word falls into one of the aforementioned five categories. This rule will help you avoid making errors when using conjunctions and prepositions in your titles. You see, many moons ago, writers did NOT capitalize any conjunctions or prepositions. However, today’s standard practice is to capitalize conjunctions and prepositions of five or more letters. Here are some examples: Prepositions (five or more letters): Within, About, Among, Between. Conjunctions/subordinating conjunctions (five or more letters): While, Where, Until, Because, Although. What Not to Capitalize in Titles Rule 1: 1) Never capitalize prepositions and conjunctions of four or fewer letters. However, remember the above rule: words with five or more letters, regardless of whether the word is a conjunction or preposition, must be capitalized. Here are some examples: Examples of prepositions not to be capitalized (four or fewer letters): at / by / down / for / from / in / into / like / near / of / off / on / onto / over / past / to / upon / with Examples of conjunctions not to be capitalized (four or fewer letters): and / as / but / for / if / nor / once / or / so / than / that / till / when / yet Rule 2: Never capitalize the particle “to”, even when used as an infinitive (meaning with a verb). For example: to See, to Read, to Write, etc. Rule 3: Never capitalize articles: a, an, the. Still a Little Confused? No worries. Below we have created two lists of common words people struggle with when capitalizing titles. Bookmark this page and refer back to the lists when you’re in doubt. DO Capitalize in a Title About / Above / Across / After / Against / Along / Although / Among / Around / Because / Before / Behind / Below / Beneath / Beside / Between / During / Except / Inside / Outside / Since / Through / Toward / Under / Underneath / Unless / Until / Whenever / Where / Whereas / Wherever / While / Within / Without DON’T Capitalize in a Title and / as / as if / as long as / at / but / buy / even if / for / from / if / if only / in / into / like / near / now that / nor / of / off / on / on top of / once / onto / or / out of / over / past / so / so that / than / that / till / to / up / upon / with / when / yet Tricky Word Groupings Even when armed with these core rules, people end up making silly mistakes by allowing doubt to make them second-guess their titling. In light of this, here’s a short list of tricky word groupings that often trip people up: as Though even Though in Front of in Order that Instead of Rather than Start Practicing Today It’s a lot to take in, we know, and so you’ll need to practice writing a few titles before things begin to click into place. Another great way to learn is to spot mistakes in other people’s work. You’ll be surprised just how many journalists, authors and bloggers (in particular) get titles in a muddle. Bear in mind, though, occasionally a writer will break the rules to suit their preference or to appropriate a concept. For example, a book entitled “Think Like a Genius” might well be adjusted to “Think Like A Genius”, for no other reason than the publishing house or author thinks it looks better on the cover. That’s it! No more excuses. Start correcting titles today and help make the world a capitalization-friendly place. ...
  10. Can a person ever really feel relaxed or comfortable and let one of these cars fly down the road ... feeling 100% safe that "all is well" or "nothing to worry about" ... watch a movie, read a book or just text message after message? Hackers or no hackers ... I still could not feel safe going 40 to 60 mph or 60 kilometers and not be watching the road. Hackers Show How They Tricked a Tesla into Hitting Objects in Its Path http://www.businessinsider.com/defcon-tesla-jamming-spoofing-autopilot-2016-8 Paul Szoldra Aug. 8, 2016 LAS VEGAS — A group of researchers presenting at last week's Def Con hacker conference showed how they were able to overwhelm or deceive Tesla's sophisticated sensors to make a car hit an object it would normally detect in its path. "Normally the car will not move. However, when we jam the sensor it moves," Chen Yan said in a talk on Friday while playing a demo video of a Tesla Model S attack. "It hit me," he added, to audience laughter. It's important to note that the demonstration was a proof-of-concept that did not mimic real-world conditions today. Researchers were working on cars that were usually stationary with what was sometimes very expensive equipment. They noted that the "sky wasn't falling." But the experiment suggests that theoretically, a few years from now, somebody could make a device that could jam certain sensors in a nearby car. The group, which consisted of Chen Yan, a PhD student at Zhejiang University, Jianhao Liu, a senior security consultant at Qihoo 360, and Wenyuan Xu, a professor at Zhejiang University and The University of South Carolina, presented a variety of new findings. They discovered methods for "quieting" sensors to diminish or hide obstacles in a car's path, "spoofing" them to make an object appear farther or closer than it actually is, and jamming, which, Yan said, renders the sensor useless as it's "overwhelmed by noise." “This is definitely interesting and good work,” Jonathan Petit, the principal scientist at Security Innovations, who has also presented research on deceiving autonomous vehicles, told Wired. "They need to do a bit more work to see if it would actually collide into an object. You can’t yet say the Autopilot doesn’t work." There are a number of sensors on a Tesla Model S that are used for a variety of functions. It has radar to detect objects in front of it, GPS for location tracking, and cameras to detect speed limit signs and lane markings, for example. As the talk showed, many of these things can be tricked by a determined attacker. "What would happen if there is an intentional malicious attacker?" asked Liu. Much of their presentation focused on the Tesla Model S, but they also successfully jammed sensors on cars from Audi, Volkswagen, and Ford. In a video demonstrating an attack, the researchers jammed sensors in the rear of the Model S, so the car did not know it was about to hit a person standing behind it. In another, they "spoofed" its Autopilot to trick it into thinking it would drive into something that was not actually there. They also used off-the-shelf lasers to defeat the onboard cameras, and, in one of the most low-tech demonstrations, they wrapped objects up in cheap black foam that rendered them invisible to the car's sensors. "[It was the] same effect as jamming," said Yan. He told Business Insider after the talk that Tesla reacted positively when they disclosed their research, and it was researching ways to mitigate these types of attacks. "They appreciated our work and are looking into this issue," he said. The full presentation of their findings is available at Def Con's website. ...
  11. OK, so what are these updates ... are these updates for only people with the POSReady 2009 updates or are these regular XP updates just released by MS? The description says: Supported Operating System / Windows XP Service Pack 3 I can't imagine MS is releasing any "regular" XP updates in 2016. I posted sometime back ... a few months ... that my MS Update check no longer works. It never finishes ... the last time it did work correctly was in March ... then sometime after March ... everything changed. I hadn't run any update checks till June, that's when I discovered that something had changed. I was only getting MS Office 2007 updates for my MS Office 2000 program. I may be the only one affected ... no one has posted here about that problem with a non POSReady machine ... I have checked Google several times in July and no one is asking or posting about any problems with the MS Updates check no longer working. So I am wondering if these two updates are for POSReady 2009 machines only or have these two updates been released for all XP SP3 machines? I am curious what might have caused my regular MS update check to suddenly not work anymore. I have installed nothing from MS ... except those monthly Office 2007 updates ... and Dec 2015 was the last time for them ... I did run update checks in Jan, Feb and Mar and then waited till late Jun to run the update check again. ...
  12. Just a few short years back ... this thread/topic was started and it was more of a curiosity at the time, these things were just a novelty of sorts ... about little insect type drones buzzing around, maybe only for a minute till the power ran down. Then various types of drones were being built for the masses ... with more power and cameras. So the old saying from so long ago ... "the genie is out of the bottle" ... says it all. I went to Google to get a definition or the real meaning of that line or those seven words. Phrase - If you say that "the genie is out of the bottle" ... you mean that something has happened which has made a great and permanent change in people's lives, especially a bad change. These are the beginning three paragraphs from the news article below: "Police are having to investigate a fourfold rise in the number of crime reports involving shop bought drones – including allegations they are being used by paedophiles over children's playgrounds, peeping toms spying through bedroom windows, burglars scoping out people's properties, and even cash point scammers recording PIN numbers. An investigation by The Independent has found that the number of incidents reported to the police involving drones surged by 352 per cent in a single year as the public became increasingly aware – and suspicious – of the machines. Reflecting the rapid uptake of the flying robotic devices, which can be fitted with cameras, reports to police surged from 94 in 2014 to 425 in 2015. The projected figure for 2016 is set to be even higher, with 272 reports recorded up until May this year." Here is the article from England but it could be from somewhere else also. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Massive rise in drone-related crime reports amid paedophile fears Peter Yeung 7 August 2016 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/drones-police-crime-reports-uk-england-safety-surveillance-a7155076.html Exclusive: An investigation by The Independent reveals shop-bought drones have endangered commercial airliners, caused fights between neighbours and been used by criminal gangs to transport drugs into prisons. Police are having to investigate a fourfold rise in the number of crime reports involving shop bought drones – including allegations they are being used by paedophiles over children's playgrounds, peeping toms spying through bedroom windows, burglars scoping out people's properties, and even cash point scammers recording PIN numbers. An investigation by The Independent has found that the number of incidents reported to the police involving drones surged by 352 per cent in a single year as the public became increasingly aware – and suspicious – of the machines. Reflecting the rapid uptake of the flying robotic devices, which can be fitted with cameras, reports to police surged from 94 in 2014 to 425 in 2015. The projected figure for 2016 is set to be even higher, with 272 reports recorded up until May this year. The figures were obtained from Freedom of Information requests, with 21 of the UK's 45 police forces responding. The numbers also include reports of drones endangering commercial airliners of them causing fights between neighbours, and also of them being used by criminal gangs to transport drugs, often into prisons. The majority of the reports, 257, were listed as a concern for public safety and under suspicious circumstances, but five cases involved acts of violence, 13 related to burglary, 14 to dangers posed to transport – largely related to air space – and seven made reference to drones in the vicinity of young children. One remarkable incident recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in June last year revealed a drone allegedly being used to film a cash point in Templepatrick as people entered their pin codes. The witness told the police that when the drone was spotted it flew off and crashed into a taxi. The police said a male suspect had been forced to pay compensation to the taxi driver, but officers had been unable to prove the footage was being taken with criminal intent. Drones, quadcopters and multi-rotor helicopters already equipped with 360 degree 4K video cameras, more than twice the quality of HD, are currently available to buy without any registration or permit. Speeds range as high as 70 mph for mass produced drones, while potential altitudes up to 10,000 feet make them a threat to aircraft flying in or out of airports. Many also offer image transmission to a handheld device, such as a mobile phone, and others include night vision. Sexual offences involving a drone were reported in both London and South Wales, with the Metropolitan Police referring to case of "voyeurism" and the Welsh force revealing a drone had been used to record footage of a young woman undressed in her apartment. In Leicester, a pedestrian claimed to have seen a drone falling from the sky, while in Sutton Coldfield another fell and damaged to roof of a BMW, as regulation of air space has become increasingly demanding with unprecedented new risks. Reports of disturbances to flight paths around Birmingham, Stansted and Luton airports were also provided, raising wider concerns for public welfare and potentially the threat of terrorism. In April, Elstree Aerodrome Air Traffic Control noted that a drone had been seen five miles Northeast of Elstree by a pilot whose aircraft was at 6,000ft. Greater awareness of privacy concerns has also led to some direct confrontations. In South Wales, one homeowner threatened to a drone out of the sky. Dozens of other reports related to surveillance. A similar incident in Bedham, Sussex, saw one person firing a shotgun at a neighbour's drone. The pair were said to "loathe" each other. In Spennymoor, County Durham, a fight broke out over a drone, with one disgruntled bystander pushing a man and throwing his remote controller into a bush. Elsewhere, a drunken man was found to be “causing distress to livestock” after using a drone to fly close to cows in Plymouth. There are also fears that drones could be used by paedophiles, with reports of drones flying over children’s areas in Kingswinford, Dudley, and schools in Hemel Hempstead and Northumbria. David Dunn, a professor at Birmingham University who has led research into UAVs, said there needed to be more regulation. He told The Independent: "What you have is a massive proliferation of easy access to the air from machines that have the capacity to cause nuisance, to carry out surveillance, to cause potential injury and to frighten people and cause collisions with cars and airplanes. There needs to be regulation. We are lacking accountability or a deterrence. "There needs to be regulation and there needs to be systematic attempts to educate the public. At the moment, you can buy one of these things in a supermarket without any safeguards. We are lacking accountability or a deterrence. “The police are being forced to use laws that were designed before the invention of drones fit in terms of personal safety and privacy, but actually what we need is a Drone Bill through the House of Commons to address the technological challenges.” Mr Dunn said the terror threat was a “massive concern” to law enforcement agencies, adding: "These machines have the ability to actually deliver drugs into prisons, to deliver sim cards into prisons.” Corroborating previous reports, the data reveals a significant number of sightings of drones around prisons. At HM Prison Leicester, legal highs and a mobile phone were caught in netting around the perimeter – a measure used across UK prisons to counteract smuggling devices such as drones – and drugs were also found attached to a machine by Sherwood Prison. The Mount prison in Bovingdon was the centre of a high number of interceptions, alongside institutions in Exeter, Bedford and Greyfriars. Anyone found using drones to smuggle contraband into a prison can be given a sentence of up to two years. A spokesman for the Prison Service said it was working to ensure the “right tools” are in place to tackle the problem of drones. He added: "We take a zero tolerance approach to illicit material in prisons and work closely with the police and CPS to ensure those caught are prosecuted and face extra time behind bars." Steve Barry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Unmanned Aerial Systems, told The Independent: “Both the Police and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are aware of the ever increasing use of drones by members of the public and are keen to ensure that people are aware of the rules that apply to their use. “We have issued guidance to all forces on how to respond to drone misuse by the public. Work is ongoing to better understand the threat posed by drones, and to develop an appropriate technical response. “We are working with the Home Office on how drones might be used to enhance operational capability in law enforcement, including for support for emergency response or for public order events.” The public have serious concerns about drone use but the safeguards around them are flimsy and obscure. Sara Ogilvie, policy officer for Liberty, told The Independent: "As the use of drones by both individuals and the police continues to soar, the need for thorough public debate and robust regulation of this shadowy industry becomes all the more obvious and urgent. As these figures show, the public have serious concerns about drone use – but the safeguards are flimsy and obscure. "Drones have the potential to serve as incredibly intrusive spying tools – and their capacity for violating people's privacy will only increase as the technology improves. Our authorities need to wake up fast to the stark implications for our privacy and safety." The figures also reveal a large amount of investment in drones by some UK police forces as a new way of tackling crime and helping with other investigations. Last year alone, Sussex and Surrey Police spent £413,000 in a joint initiative, training 38 officers to fly the remote controlled aerial cameras. They now have five drones – more than any other force in the country. The drones are being used in missing person searches, forensic collision investigations and airport security, as well as patrol teams and neighbourhood response units. Mr Barry, who is also assistant chief constable of Sussex Police, said in a statement: "Our drone operations will be overt, open and transparent, and we will use all outlets available to us to ensure the public are informed of our drone use.” Police forces in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset are also testing the use of drones for missing people searches and photographing of crime scenes. In September, Nigel Wilson became the first person in England to be prosecuted by the CPS for illegally flying drones. The 42-year-old from Bingham in Nottinghamshire admitted nine breaches of filming footage over football grounds and tourist attractions. Amazon, the world's biggest online retailer, last month agreed a partnership with the Government to start using drones for deliveries by 2017. ...
  13. We have known about card readers attached to ATMs and other terminals to steal card information. This seems to be more advanced ... using a Bluetooth reader. I try to always keep it in my head to look for anything suspicious attached to an ATM or gas pump ... but sometimes I forget if I'm in a hurry. This is from the article below: "The most obviously way drivers can fight back against the new Bluetooth skimmers is to stop using plastic and stay away from the outside kiosks when buying gas. “Now that you’ve made me aware of it, I’ll probably get cash and go inside and pay,” said Schlossstein. Police also urge driver to look for gas stations that have security tape strips. If anyone has cracked inside, the seal would be broken." Does anyone know about or have they seen these "security tape strips" mentioned in the last sentence ... what do they look like ... I don't know what "broken seal" they are talking about? I suppose if some people decide to go inside to pay, their information could still be stolen or compromised in some way. Crooks Using Bluetooth To Steal At Gas Pumps http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/08/04/crooks-using-bluetooth-to-steal-at-gas-pumps/ August 4, 2016 DALLAS (CBS11) -Pump prowlers in Dallas are stepping up their game, stealing bank information in some cases instantaneously with a new device police are calling “scary.” Dallas Police recently discovered five different skimming devices that utilize Bluetooth technology. “I think that’s terrible,” said Tracy Schlossstein, a driver who uses one of the impacted gas station. Investigators said they found the devices buried inside the outside, credit card kiosks at four different ExxonMobil gas stations. “I think that’s sad because they could be over there in the next parking lot reading information, hacking it off the computer,” said Schlossstein. Dallas Police said instead of the crooks returning to the machine to collect the data, the credit card information is sent directly to someone likely sitting in the parking lot on their computer. “They can do it in a split second, put it on. So they obviously have knowledge of the pumps,” said Dallas Police Lt. Tony Crawford. The last Bluetooth skimmer was found on Thursday afternoon. “It makes total sense being that Bluetooth is very short-range, easy to install, micro-small,” said Michael Dear, owner of Spy Centre Security. Dear said consumers or gas station owners could purchase a frequency detector to figure out if one of the new devices are attached to their pumps. Basic models start at $200, but more sophisticated units that can pin-point each specific frequency can cost up to $500. “It doesn’t surprise me, the thieves and criminal are always a step ahead,” said Dear. The most obviously way drivers can fight back against the new Bluetooth skimmers is to stop using plastic and stay away from the outside kiosks when buying gas. “Now that you’ve made me aware of it, I’ll probably get cash and go inside and pay,” said Schlossstein. Police also urge driver to look for gas stations that have security tape strips. If anyone has cracked inside, the seal would be broken. ...
  14. The Beta machine I had was a really neat machine ... I wish I had kept it ... it was like new. One of the selling points (as I remember) for Beta tapes ... they were the size of a paper back book and would fit in your pocket ... the VHS tapes being a little longer. Also, the Beta machines were supposed to put less "stress" on the tape when being run in the machine ... but the VHS machine could go 6 hours of recording ... because there was more tape on the larger VHS cassette compared to the smaller Beta cassette. I think that is why the VHS system was more popular in the US and Beta was always number one in Japan and maybe other parts of Asia. Yes, I remember the VCDs ... I only own two of them ... films that were not on DVD at the time. This department store years ago where I used to live had many of those VCDs for sale ... I bought those two and intended to go back and get maybe 10 or 20 more titles. I finally got back to the store in a month or two and all the VCDs were gone. They were $5 each as I remember ... so either they all sold out fast or the store just got rid of them ... DVDs were becoming more available. I do have a rather large DVD collection from years back ... the bad news is that I was paying way too much money back then ... when there are $5 DVD bins at Wallmart today. There are two second hand stores in my area with "used" DVDs going for $2 and maybe $1 with a special clearance sale going on. Just boxes of DVDs, everything mixed up ... there may be a few films in those boxes that I would like but I only went to the one store once and after going through 4 or 5 boxes, I had to leave ... just too much. I have some DVDs that have gone up in value and many from 10 yrs ago are cheaper today and still available. Some are out of print. I always wanted this set of the TV version of "The Lost World" ... there were three seasons and in 2013 I finally decided to get all three DVD sets ... before they were gone and "maybe" started going up in price. I got Season 1 and Season 2 for around $20 to $25 dollars ... Season 3 was on "backorder" with Amazon. A week after I ordered all three seasons ... I got Season 1 and 2 ... but something was happening and prices just started moving up ... to around $50 for each season ... the prices just kept increasing ... I still had my order for Season 3 with Amazon on "backorder" ... there was an Amazon seller selling Season 3 ... brand new for around $24. I think a lot of Amazon sellers got caught of guard with the price jump. For three days I had a chance to get Season 3 for that price of $24 and then it was gone ... either someone bought it quick or the seller discovered what was happening with the price jumps of all three seasons and cancelled the sale. I had a "price lock in" with Amazon for around $20 but it was on "backorder" ... about three months later Amazon cancelled my order, with no e-mail ... no explanation. I know the reason was simply, the supply of the DVD sets were gone and no further production was planned. I could have had Season 3 but I miss read the "backorder" and price lock from Amazon ... I thought they would get some more sets to fill orders ... I messed up big time. I just checked to see what I paid for Season 1 and Season 2 at Amazon ... Season 1 was $14.00 + $3.99 shipping ($17.99 total) and Season 2 was $23.77 which included shipping. Here are the prices as of today at Amazon (now) ... of course they change at times with sellers ... supply and demand ! https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_14?url=search-alias%3Dmovies-tv&field-keywords=the+lost+world+tv+series&sprefix=the+lost+world%2Cmovies-tv%2C339&rh=n%3A2625373011%2Ck%3Athe+lost+world+tv+series Season 1 : $199.99 Season 2 : $249.99 Season 3 : $200.59 Season 3 ... I had my shot for three days in 2013 to get that set for around $25 ... give or take ... but I do have Season 2 ... it always seems to have the higher price over Season 1 and Season 3. So a "heads up" if anyone has these DVD sets stored in a box somewhere in the garage or a hot attic ... treat them like "gold". Just to add about the Philips DVD Player that I mentioned two posts back ... it does play VCDs or Video CDs. From the description with the manufacturer: Video Playback Playback Media: CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, DVD, DivX, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-Video Compression formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX Ultra I did not know that all DVD Players do not play VCDs in today's world ... I guess they are a thing of the past that a newer machine no longer plays them. ...
  15. Well the story or news about this shipwreck is dated July 29th ... about some very old cheese found in a container having been on the ocean floor for 340 years. There have been some gold coins found ... over 20,000 artifacts. What seems interesting to me is the size of this ship ... it must have been massive for the time ... like a battle ship of today. Here are the stats ... it had 126 guns or cannons I guess and a crew of around 840 men. Think about a ship 350 years ago with that many guns ... I would think a ship with 30 to 50 guns would be a real threat on the water but this one had 126 guns ... maybe 63 guns on each side? Then imagine a crew of 840 men all over the place ... the enormous amount of food supplies that would have to be on board along with sleeping quarters. Modern ships of today have that size of a crew and more but that many on a ship in the 1600s ... seems really fantastic. How large was this ship ... around 800 men perished and only 40 survived, so the records say. This from the second article link ... "The royal ship Kronan sank at noon on June 1st, 1676" 17th-century cheese pulled from shipwreck in the Baltic http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/07/29/17th-century-cheese-pulled-from-shipwreck-in-baltic.html By Jenn Gidman July 29, 2016 For 340 years, the Swedish ship Kronan has languished at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the 126-gun warship's permanent resting place after it was sunk right before a 1676 skirmish with Denmark and the Netherlands, Atlas Obscura reports. It was found in 1980, and since then it's presented more than 20,000 artifacts to divers, including jewelry, gold coins, and even brain matter from some of the deceased crew (around 800 men died and 40 survived, per the Local). But a recent two-week diving expedition turned up a new find that's "pure gooey grossness," Atlas Obscura notes: "some kind of dairy product" crammed in a small black container, researcher Lars Einarsson tells the Local, adding, "We think it is cheese." The could-be cheese resembles "granular Roquefort," he continues, noting the yeasty aroma wafting from the jar. Einarsson and his diving partners presented the nose-wrinkling victual Tuesday at Sweden's Kalmar County Museum as part of an entire haul of items pulled up from the waters around the island of Oland. But while Einarsson admits he finds the odor somewhat "exotic," he adds he has no plans to sample the wreck's wares. "It's reasonably well preserved, but at the same time it has been at the bottom of the sea for 340 years—we're not talking Tutankhamun's burial chamber," he says. For now, the stinky snack is being kept chilled so it can be further examined for clues as to its makeup and perhaps even regarding how sailors lived onboard warships during that time period. then ... there are a few pictures here. Really old stinky cheese found on royal Swedish shipwreck http://www.thelocal.se/20160727/old-stinky-cheese-found-on-swedish-17th-century-ship 27 Jul 2016 Swedish scientists have discovered what is believed to be 340-year-old cheese on board an iconic shipwreck. Divers excavating the royal ship Kronan in the waters off the Baltic Sea island of Öland came upon the smelly material inside a black tin jar found on the seabed this month. "It's a pretty good guess that it's some kind of dairy product, and we think it is cheese," researcher Lars Einarsson at the Kalmar County Museum told The Local on Wednesday. "It looks a bit like some kind of granular Roquefort cheese. It's been in the mud, so it's reasonably well preserved, but at the same time it has been at the bottom of the sea for 340 years – we're not talking Tutankhamun's burial chamber," he said. Einarsson said the thick, gooey find smells strongly of cheese and yeast. "I think it smells quite nice, because I like exotic food. But I would not want to taste it." He and his team presented the suspected cheese on Tuesday along with some of the other items salvaged during the two-week diving project in July – including 14 gold coins and a diamond ring. The royal ship Kronan sank at noon on June 1st, 1676, just prior to hostilities beginning between the Swedish and the allied Danish-Dutch fleet, known as the "The Battle of Southern Öland". Only some 40 men survived the sinking of the ship, with 800 or so perishing in the waters. More than 20,000 items have so far been recovered from the vessel since it was located in 1980, including crew members' cranial remains, with traces of brain tissue. As for the cheese, it is currently being kept at low temperatures awaiting a scientific analysis to find out exactly what it is and what it could reveal about life on board a Swedish ship in the 17th century. ...