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Paul

Like IKR

IKR. I recently found out that this stands for "I Know, Right?". I think this is an odd expression, when the person claiming to know asks if s/he indeed knows in the same few words. Or does this signify the insecurity of the famed 'next generation'? Perhaps I'm too odd/old for modern acronyms and expressions, because I quite often run into several of those that hardly make sense unless they are based on insecurity. One of…

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The Beatles may have been on to something after all

Via TM.ORG: The Beatles' visit to India in 1968 to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought the world’s attention to the Transcendental Meditation technique. This recent article in Great Britain’s newspaper, The Telegraph is a look at how the Fab Four were indeed ahead of their time. Below are excerpts from science correspondent, Richard Gray’s June 11th article in The Telegraph. ———————– It may have seemed simply a phase in pop history, but it seems the Beatles may have been…

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Keeping your data safe in the cloud the cheap way - part 2

Note: This page was updated on 2016-12-03. Truecrypt is no longer in use as it contained errors. If you want to find some alternatives for your system, have a look here. A while ago I posted about a cheap way to keep your data safe in "the cloud". Most people know Dropbox, Skydrive and Google drive, and that none of these systems are encrypted on your end. Because of that I installed Truecrypt and did…

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Turtle smugglers caught.

This is horrible! More than 10,000 live exotic turtles have been found in the luggage of two passengers at an Indian airport. The two Indian nationals were arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata after customs officials discovered the reptiles packed in their suitcases. "10,043 numbers of exotic varieties of the turtles have been seized from two passengers, residents of Chennai, who were coming from China to Singapore, and landed at…

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Dutch Government: Number of Internet Taps Has Quintupled In One Year

Via /. : "A Dutch newspaper has a digital version of the letter Mr. Opstelten, Secretary of Justice and Security, sent to Dutch Parliament (PDF in Dutch), in which he quietly admits to 56,825 phone taps (a 3% rise in one year) and to 16,676 internet taps in 2012, a 400% rise, or a fivefold increase, in one year. An older report already exposed the Netherlands as one of the biggest wiretappers in the western world. Slate also…

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On this apple and tree thing from the Garden of Eden.

Been thinking about this for a while so I started investigating. What did I investigate? According to the bible, it was Eve that took an apple from a forbidden tree. I wasn't certain on the kind of tree - what was its specific function? On http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/06/29/satan-the-fall-good-evil-fruit-edible I found that a) the apple wasn't necessarily an apple, and b) that this was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The first part isn't particularly interesting, the second…

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Keeping your data safe in the cloud the cheap way

Security and safety of data. You may not be concerned about it. I am. Especially since I like Cloud solutions. What if you can't afford that but you have a huge Skydrive with Microsoft, or this enormous space on Google Drive? The answer: Truecrypt. Truecrypt is a helper program that allows you to encrypt stuff. You can make it encrypt a file, a disk partition or even your entire computer. For this post I stick to…

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Google to the encryption-rescue

As found on cnet: The search giant is seeking ways to armor user files, sources say, a move that could curb government surveillance attempts. Google has begun experimenting with encrypting Google Drive files, a privacy-protective move that could curb attempts by the U.S. and other governments to gain access to users' stored files. Two sources told CNET that the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is actively testing encryption to armor files on its cloud-based file storage…

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This is how we make money

I noticed before how companies are making more money without you knowing it. I have here a few pictures of a way: See here. 2 bottles of shampoo. The same brand, the same thing, the same price, just a nicer shape bottle on the right. Here we are, there is the same description on the bottles, so it's really the same thing. So how do they make more money off this? They made the bottle…

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Pioneer 1

No, this is not about the early settlers in the United States. This is also not about the brand of musical equipment. This is about the spacecraft, Pioneer 1, that was shot into space long ago, in 1977. After 35 years, this craft are still going and operating, sending data back to earth. Isn't that amazing? After all that time it has crossed a distance that we cannot imagine and despite the insane environment it…

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