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All Technology & Tech Help / WOW!!! An incredible amount of stuff.
« on: March 27, 2018, 07:03:22 pm »
Want to freak yourself out?  Here's how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realizing it.

Discussions - Public / The truth about BitCoin and the world economy
« on: January 09, 2018, 10:48:43 pm »
Bitcoin Isn’t the Bubble — The Global Financial System Is
I agree with most of what the author of this article wrote.  Here are some key excerpts:
For one thing, bubbles don’t do what bitcoin has done since its inception in 2009…They don’t come right back a couple of years later and soar again to a new price 10 times greater than the previous bubble’s high, which is what bitcoin has done after each one of its three or four previous “bubbles” burst.

When a real bonafide bubble bursts. It stays below the prior high for decade at least, sometimes forever.

While we’re on the topic of bubbles, it seems the truly gigantic bubble in the world isn’t bitcoin, but rather the global debt market. This leviathan now stands at around $233 trillion, or 318 percent of global GDP. Even more troubling, an estimated $11 trillion of government debt now trades at negative yields. This means whoever is buying this paper is doing so despite the fact they are guaranteed to lose money on the “investment.” Much of this buying has been propelled by central banks which can print their own currency and buy debt indiscriminately. This is not characteristic of a healthy financial system (particularly so many years into a global recovery), but rather a zombie one that’s been artificially propped up since the financial crisis.

The rise of bitcoin foreshadows the emergence of something potent and new in the realm of money and finance, which also happens to be something the world desperately needs.

Understanding the NonCOINformist
This is another very worthwhile read.  Some key excerpts are:
The argument most used against Crypto-assets is that it is a bubble like the Tulip bubble 500 years ago. I would venture to guess that 90% (99.9%?) of the people making this argument know nothing about the tulip bubble other than they read somebody else’s post that Bitcoin = Tulip bubble and it fits with their negative narrative against Crypto-assets.

The other argument that I hear less now but by those with the least amount of research is that Crypto-assets will fail because ultimately its only purpose is nefarious and clandestine and that eventually all governments will outlaw it.

These people fail to realize/admit almost all crime is greased by cash, either US dollars or the other fiats, and nobody has thought to outlaw USD.

cash has no intrinsic value and in fact, most of our US dollars are entirely in digital form. When its said the government is printing money they are just changing some numbers in the ledger. Its the monetary equivalent of all music going from vinyl to iTunes.

But what intrinsic value does gold really have? Its a rock that people say has value.

Once you get a certain mass to own Bitcoin, I truly believe it has a NETWORK EFFECT that is more powerful than corporate economics.

Discussions - Public / BitCoin’s fourth big crash is now in progress
« on: December 29, 2017, 07:52:53 pm »
I was looking at some graphs of Bitcoin, and I noticed that the price of Bitcoin has crashed three times -- in a big way.

I believe that BitCoin’s fourth big crash is now in progress.  Now is absolutely NOT the time to buy BitCoin.

Here is a summary of the crash history, based on a graph at

                  Crash History of BitCoin
Price ($)
    Crash 1 - Bottom
    Crash 2 - Bottom
    Crash 2 - Bottom Again
    Crash 3 - Bottom

As I write this, the price of BitCoin is down roughly 25% from the latest top.

Similar, but not identical numbers can be derived from the graphs at two other web sites:

I don’t know why the three graphs are different (if only a little).  My best guess is that three different organizations did their own price measurements in different ways.

Note 1:
Between the peaks of 2013-04-09 and 2013-11-29, the graphs showed something that stock market analysts call a “double bottom”.  After the first bottom on 2013-04-16, the price of BitCoin looked like it was recovering nicely, but it later fell back to the bottom again, which is why the phrase “Bottom Again” occurs in the Comment column.

Note 2:
The three web sites mentioned above allow you to adjust the graph so you can zoom in on time intervals of less than a month.  Without that zoom capability, there would be no way to extract the data in the table above.

Note 3:
The chart is a bit flaky.  Every time I zoomed in our out, the numbers from the graph changed, if only a little.  I conclude that the math skills of the web site writers are not quite what they should be.  The numbers from the other two sites didn’t change.

Discussions - Public / I just found out about HyperLedger
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:28:11 pm »
I was watching a video called "Gold: The Once and Future Money" by Jim Rickards.

The video is very worthwhile, but it's main topic is NOT why I posted this message.

Near the end of the video, Jim Rickards mentioned "HyperLedger Fabric".  He said:
"There's something called the permission type of ledger fabric ... released July 2017 by the Linux foundation.  This is the future of blockchain.  BitCoin's a dead end.  The current blockchain architecture is a dead end.  HyperLedger Fabric ... is the future of the blockchain."

I had no idea what he was talking about.  So I did some googling.

Most web sites I found had descriptions that were suitable only for Dilbert cartoons:  Lots of business buzzwords and little to no substance.

Even the best three web sites gave me only a vague idea of what HyperLedger Fabric is about.  They seem poorly thought out, but I think that's only because it is still in the earliest stages of development.  In spite of their flaws, I am beginning to get some understanding.

What do you all think?

Hyperledger Fabric Demo

Hyperledger Fabric Explainer

Key Features of HyperLedger Fabric
   • Channels for sharing confidential information
   • Ordering Service delivers transactions consistently to peers in the network
   • Endorsement policies for transactions
   • Bring-your-own Membership Service Provider (MSP)


ALL wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, discovered the weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2, and published details of the flaw.

Alaska University: Impossible That WTC Building 7 Collapsed By Small Fires As Claimed By NIST

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) was tasked with investigating how World Trade Center building 7      (WTC-7) fell on 9/11. The team found that WTC-7 did not fall due to fire, contradicting the NIST who said the building collapsed from structural damages due to the fire.

This article includes a video.

While the UAF team disqualified fire as a cause of collapse, they don’t yet know the real cause of the collapse, because their analysis is not finished yet.

50 seconds into the video, the speaker thanks the funders of the UAL study.  Listen to who funded it.

The speaker talks about the NIST analysis of the WTC-7 collapse, and two structure modeling mistakes the NIST made, until about 39 minutes into the video.  This part of the video is highly technical -- by an Engineer for Engineers.  Lay people won't understand it.

At about 52 minutes, the speaker shows a list of 7 structural possibilities considered by the UAF the team.  The NIST considered only two possibilities.

At about 57 minutes, there is an interesting Question and Answer session.

Comment by ArnoldW2:
At 22 + 1/2 minutes into the video, the speaker presents a video showing the collapse of WTC-7.  Although the collapses of WTC-1 and WTC-2 (the two tallest skyscrapers) did NOT resemble a controlled demolition, the collapse of WTC-7 most certainly did.  Important caveat:  Only the upper half of WTC-7 is visible in the video of its collapse. Without seeing the bottom half of the collapse, it is impossible to be certain that the collapse was controlled.

Discussions - Public / The two best articles I've seen on the Equifax Hack
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:31:07 pm »

Part I of Dealing with the Equifax Hack

$4 Trillion in Profit Potential when “Big Data” Becomes Too Big…

Equifax announced last week that the intensely private personal data it had in its possession for 143 million Americans had been hacked.

That’s 1 in every 2 people — — even if you NEVER did business with Equifax and NEVER became their customer.  Not a single American signed up for this and there is not a single regulatory body that is likely to put the company out of business.

And the breach is vastly worse than other hacks.  Equifax maintained the financial equivalent of the “Holy Grail.” Social security numbers, driver license numbers, addresses, bank accounts, date of birth, and more.  Everything needed to create a “new you.”

What really chaps my hide is that criminals can now use this information to file tax returns, claim refunds, access medical records, rent apartments, buy houses, take out loans and more – all without you knowing for years to come.

This goes waaaaaaay beyond simple identity theft.

Part II of Dealing with the Equifax Hack

What's happened to Equifax's databases goes far beyond simple data theft.

It is extremely important you protect yourself and your money NOW.

Equifax, unfortunately, doesn’t want to make this easy.

The company’s website stinks. What’s more, it’s clearly written by corporate lawyers who appear more interested in protecting Equifax’s interests than yours.

You can’t change your social security number so that’s out.

But you can “freeze” your credit.

If you’ve never heard the term before, that’s a process that creates a permanent hold on your credit files that prevents the credit bureaus from releasing your credit to any company except those that you specifically designate (or those that already have you as a customer), law enforcement and the court system, or specific government agencies under the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

This article has four links to help you get started.

A few more data thefts a la Equifax is all it’ll take to bring Big Data to the forefront.

The problem will get worse before it gets better. It also means that individuals, companies, and entire countries will spend whatever they must to protect themselves.

Companies that profit by selling computer security products will be good investments.  Equifax is only one of dozens of attacks to come and, as nasty a thought as that may be, it’s also a sign of tremendous opportunity.


Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.

In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under the control of the hackers.

Once they get control of the phone number, they can reset the passwords on every account that uses the phone number as a security backup — such as Google, Twitter and Facebook.

“My iPad restarted, my phone restarted and my computer restarted, and that’s when I got the cold sweat and was like, ‘O.K., this is really serious,’” said Chris Burniske, a virtual currency investor who lost control of his phone number late last year.

Here's a good editorial on the subject:

The author mentions a case when hackers made 13 requests to transfer a phone number and the cell carrier did NOTHING about it.

All Technology & Tech Help / Two Interesting Weather Sites
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:39:59 pm »

Here's a site that shows wind speed and direction for the entire U.S.

As I write this post, this map shows that Hurricane Harvey has moved well inland and is currently centered near Memphis, Tennessee.

Here's another site that shows wind speed and direction for half of the world.,32.71,481

This map shows Hurricane Harvey even more clearly.

It also shows an even more powerful storm not far from newfoundland.  And it shows a storm at the tip of Baja California.

Finally, it shows what looks like a new hurricane forming in the Atlantic, perhaps 800 to 1000 miles west of Africa.


This web site shows that Brave is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Here's the web site for Gab:

Here's an article that mentions both the Brave browser and the Gab social media site.

How To Keep Your Online Browsing Unfiltered By Political Propaganda

Facebook joined Twitter in censorship by putting forth initiatives to combat what they called fake news, and began implementing a fake news detector funded by the notorious left-wing election meddler George Soros.

The Left’s Big Tech corporations have had near-monopolies in their respective services for a long time, with competitors unable to gain traction simply because of the overwhelming amount of users who had already settled into these services. But by pushing so hard against the values of half of the country, these companies may have shown an Achilles heel, allowing for a number of freedom-centric competitors to get their feet in the door.

Founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, Brave is the first browser created with the user in mind instead of what data can be mined from its customers. Like most modern browsers, it blocks ads, but it also stops trackers from getting data from what you browse. It’s made to streamline websites so they load faster, and even keeps a running tally of all of the ads and trackers that it’s removed.

Brave also offers Brave Payments, in which a user can allocate donations to favorite websites.

Where Can Users Get Unbiased Reference Information?
Infogalactic launched as an alternative to Wikipedia during the height of the toxic political climate of 2016. Wikipedia moderators at the time began deleting information that could paint conservatives positively, and replaced those articles with information from editorials with notorious left-wing biases. Vox Day, founder of Infogalactic, said these problems stemmed back to Wikipedia’s beginning.

Where Can Users Find Free And Open Social Media?
The mantra of since its opening day has been #SpeakFreely. CEO Andrew Torba saw the many controversial bannings of vocal Trump supporters across Twitter, how left-leaning pundits could get away with saying far worse than their right-wing counterparts, and finally said enough is enough. Torba wanted to experience social media without censoring from the other networks, and the only way he saw to do that was to create his own platform.

Here are a few more articles about Gab.

Interview with Andrew Torba, CEO of

Twitter Alternative Gab Is Worth a Second Look If You Slept on It Early

When I first signed on to, I was skeptical. Things have improved a bit since then, enough that I think it’s worth a second look.

Yes, there are several areas for improvement.

Well, they now have an Android app, although Apple has so far been stonewalling them.

Still, with prominent people getting kicked off Twitter left and right (Mister Metokur is the latest high profile victim, as well as TRR contributor Christi Junior), Gab has now grown into an even more viable option.

Free Speech Twitter Alternative ‘Gab’ Now Open for Public Registration

Gab, a free speech Twitter alternative, has finally opened to the public after nearly nine months of beta testing.
Users will now be able to sign up for the platform without waiting on a list.

Native image hosting, GIFs, quote posts, private messaging, and live streaming are all recent additions to the social network, as well as a unique payment model which allows users to optionally pay a fee monthly for extras in an attempt to keep Gab ad and investor free.

“Gab is the only social network that is 100% supported by the community, not by advertisers or venture capitalists,” the company declared in their statement. “In under nine months, 170,000 Gabbers have 7.6 million posts and raised $145,000 to help us expand our team and cover operational expenses. Make no mistake about it: we are The People’s underdog in the multi-billion dollar social networking landscape.”

Meet the CEO of Gab, The Free Speech Alternative to Twitter

Andrew Torba, CEO of, a new freedom of speech-focused social network. Though the Twitter-style network was only launched recently and is still very much in early beta, thousands of people are currently waiting in line for an invitation to the service, which aims to act as a shelter for freedom of speech and expression.

Invest in Gab AI Inc

When you invest you are betting the company's future value will exceed $10.9M.

Google Interviewee Posts Technical Questions After Rejection

Pierre Gauthier, a computer engineer who set up his own tech company 18 years ago, has published a blog post detailing all the questions Google asked him during an interview for a director of engineering role at the company.

Business Insider noticed his story, but didn't put much technical info in their article.

I noticed another related article on Business Insider.

Discussions - Public / A Story I Thought Would Interest You All
« on: August 27, 2016, 05:20:06 pm »

Fake resumes, jobs, lead to real guilty plea in H-1B fraud case

A Virginia couple has pled guilty to H-1B fraud charges in a scheme that made them millions, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

A married couple -- Raju Kosuri, 44, and Smriti Jharia, 45 -- created a visa-for-sale system involving some 900 H-1B visa petitions over a multi-year period, according to the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Court records detail an elaborate operation that required a series of fictions to pull off.


Amazing Grace . . .

Appears that he found a flyable attitude (sideways) and jerked it right at the end. Wonder who does his laundry???

Discussions - Public / Gorn: Some links I thought might interest you
« on: April 22, 2015, 10:01:19 pm »

First, a couple web sites for businesses that have some similarities to your business.
I hope you will find them thought provoking enough to spark or inspire ideas that will help you succeed.

Publishing’s New Breed
How smaller, nimbler publishers are revitalizing former big company brands.

In particular, the Peerless Media web site offers technology writing services similar to what that you could probably offer your customers but haven't thought of before, such as writing "white papers" for lead generation, and "custom publishing".  Good food for thought, I hope.

Now for some other links.  Please lest us know what you think of the articles below.

How I made almost $24,000 in 4 weeks freelancing online

show you the simple "hack" I used to make over $23,000 on Elance in four weeks designing simple Wordpress websites.

I posted a fake job to see what types of responses I would get. I recommend you do the same!

My goal was to attract my competitors and see what types of proposals they sent me — then use that knowledge against them.

Within 30 minutes, I received almost 100 proposals — and I learned two very valuable insights:

   • Over half of the applicants to my job were non-native English speakers.
   • Most people were submitting "canned" proposals without any personalization.

To stand out against a sea of freelancers, you have to show that you understand your potential client and provide them with a reason to give your proposal a second look. Your approach should feel warm, engaging, and above all, personalized.

How I broke into freelance copy writing online and started earning over $100,000 a year

The author says he quickly developed a simple, three-pronged strategy for winning work.

A popular visa program allegedly is being misused by U.S. companies to lay off thousands of American workers and replace them with foreign labor.

And, adding insult to injury, many of the laid-off workers allegedly have been forced to train their replacements, in what one anonymous whistleblower called a “humiliating” experience.

Nine quotes in this article.
Two pictures for each quote:  A communist and a CEO.
Click the picture of which person you think said it.

I got 8 out of 9 correct.

Have fun!!

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