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A location-tracking smartwatch worn by thousands of children has proven relatively easy to hack.

A security researcher found the devices neither encrypted the data they used nor secured each child's account.

As a result, he said, he could track children's movements, surreptitiously listen in to their activities and make spoof calls to the watches that appeared to be from parents.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Feb 20, 2019, 11:11 AM (2 replies)

We are now officially in Bizarroland
Posted by Currentsitguy | Wed Feb 20, 2019, 10:22 AM (2 replies)

Damn that homopobe of a President we have
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 03:55 PM (8 replies)

To hell with politics, this may be the best news I have heard in a long time!

Researchers: Polar Vortex May Have Killed 95 Percent Of Stink Bugs

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Researchers say January’s Polar Vortex cold snap may have been killed off a large number of invasive insect species, including stink bugs.

A Virginia Tech research experiment shows that the Polar Vortex may have killed as many as 95 percent of stink bugs that hadn’t found warm shelter during the winter months.

The National Pest Management Association also says that the Emerald ash borer and southern pine beetles also likely didn't survive the polar plunge.

Unfortunately that doesn’t mean all annoying insects were killed off in big numbers due to the frigid temperatures.

Researchers say cockroaches, and bed bugs will not be affected. Even if the adults freeze, they have already laid eggs which will hatch when the warmer weather gets here.

You may not see mosquitoes and termites this time of year, but that doesn’t mean the cold temperatures killed them off.

The researchers say these and other insects devise strategies to make it through the winter.

“Contrary to popular belief, these biting insects overwinter, or hibernate, in protected places like hollow logs,” researchers say.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 02:59 PM (6 replies)

Can I rant about high-tech kitchen faucets for a minute?

When we rebuilt our house after the fire we really tried to think things through and chose products and solutions that would last. I really didn't want to be replacing things 3, 4, or 5 years down the road. Boy did we get burned on our kitchen faucet. At the time, we did a ton of research and thought the new touch faucets were a great idea. I always thought Delta was a good name, so we went with their version, which cost a stupid amount of money, something on the order of $500. I really thought it was expensive, but you get what you pay for. After all, my mom still has her original Delta single lever from when her house was built in 1963. It looked great and the touch idea seemed brilliant.

Come 5 years on and the stream weakened to a trickle. I did what logic dictated. I disassembled the head, soaked all the parts in Lime-Away. No difference. I took the cartridge out and soaked it. No difference. I replaced the spray head. I replaced the cartridge, which was discontinued, BTW, but I managed to track one down. No difference.

After more reading I concluded the electric solenoid that turns the water on and off was most likely failing or crudded up, so I sprung for yet another $100 (it was the only part not covered under the lifetime guarantee) and replaced that. Bingo! The faucet worked great. It worked for about 3 weeks as it turned out and then right back to the same. I could stand in front of the toilet and get a better stream than what is coming out of this. It isn't even enough to spray out the sink! We were reduced to rinsing dishes in a bathroom sink. I'll point out we have a new whole house water filtration system, so sediment cannot be the issue.

Yesterday I decided I had had enough. I am done with gee-whiz. Everything that fails is going to be replaced with a commercial equivalent. The range? When it goes, commercial. The fridge? Same. Dishwasher? I'm going to restaurant supply to get it. I'm done with this crap. To that end I ordered this:

It's a damned NSF rated commercial prewash faucet. It has no flow restrictors, no fancy electronics. In fact, the primary complaint seems to be the spray is so strong that if you don't have a good grip it can blow the sprayer out of your hand. Sounds about perfect to me.

Bottom line is don't waste money trying to overengineer a solution to a problem that does not exist.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Tue Feb 19, 2019, 10:56 AM (6 replies)

Heartbreaking story from Aurora, IL shooting

The day after Valentine's Day, Terra Pinkard received a final text message from the love of her life.

She says it read: "I love you, I've been shot at work."

"It took me several times reading it for it to hit me that it was for real," Pinkard wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. "I called his phone several times, text, FaceTime, nothing."

After calling Henry Pratt Co., the Aurora, Illinois plant where her husband Josh Pinkard worked, she learned that police were at the building, Pinkard wrote.

She drove to the industrial valve manufacturer's warehouse, then to two hospitals -- waiting for hours -- before learning at a staging area for families that Josh was one of five people killed in a shooting at the plant Friday afternoon.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 12:36 PM (7 replies)

Can you imagine the reaction to this today?

The level of outrage would be downright explosive.

The first 5 minutes will make my point.

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:46 AM (8 replies)

Fighting this level of mental illness is fruitless

Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:13 AM (7 replies)

George Mendoza, man in famous Times Square VJ Day photo, dies at 95
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:10 AM (12 replies)

Gee, did you go hiking thinking it was named "Death Pass" on Opposite Day?

Two backcountry skiers were killed over the weekend in an avalanche in an area of Colorado known as "Death Pass," officials said.

Crested Butte Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post the two backcountry skiers were reported missing on Saturday night near the town of Crested Butte, and tracks were discovered leading into a fresh avalanche field near the area known as "Death Pass."

"No tracks exiting the slide were found and faint beacon signals were located in the slide area," the group said.

A search and rescue group determined shortly after midnight that conditions were too dangerous, and the search was called off for the night, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. On Sunday, a team of six Crested Butte Search and Rescue members found the men’s bodies.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the people involved," the agency said.
Posted by Currentsitguy | Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:07 AM (1 replies)
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