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Wolfgang Rupprecht
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your typical compu-nerd, tinkerer and occasional homebrewer

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Original author of the floating point code in GNU Emacs. Original author of GPS differential corrections transmitted over the internet (DGPSIP). GPS and mapping software.
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How to piss off two cultures: Futomaki with frankfurter, ketchup and wasabi
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+Christina Teskey I managed to live 7 months in German without trying currywurst even though work cafeteria featured it once a week.

On the other hand, two of my favorite combinations are:

0. gefilte fish plus kim chee plus brown rice

1. pickled herring plus pickled daikon plus brown rice

Add mung sprouts and cherry tomatoes, maybe some vinegar, dashi or Japanese rice seasoning.  Umm-good!

+Wolfgang Rupprecht your frankfurter concoction is assuredly a step-up from spam rolls comonly available in Hawaii.
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Buyer beware.  While it may seem tempting to buy an Advanced Glass Mat (AGM) battery from Amazon just because it is easy and you end up with a better battery, they aren't up to the task of packaging it correctly or even inspecting the product from their supplier.   It looks like the plastic at the bottom is both scratched and cracked.   Since it is AGM there is no liquid to leak out, but if there were, it would most certainly be leaking.   One of the side vent caps is missing and the bottoms and sides are so scratched one wonders if they used it to hold the warehouse doors open.  The red positive post looks like it was dropped onto something hard and the protective cap was shaved back from the collision.   To add the frosting to the cake, the "new" battery is 15 months old according to the date on the manufacturing sticker (MFG OCT 2014).   Shame on you Amazon.   #amazonfail  +Amazon.com 
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Amazon came through.   They gave me the choice of a credit or a replacement battery.   I'm a bit wary of a replacement so I chose the credit.   Now off to Pep Boys to see if their stock of Bosch AGM's is any better looking.
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"What's Hot and Recommended"  has turned into a real cesspool.   Between the Real Estate spam, dubious miracle health foods and UFO / alien sightings it is hard to find any interesting factual content.  Time to hire some curators for this content of shut it down.   #googlefail  

(GTW: For someone that claims to have worked at Groom Lake and seen UFO's and aliens there, his pictures are awfully fuzzy.)
 
Boyd was a retired Senior Scientist for Lockheed Martin. His career spanned over forty years, was awarded many patents, and included work with defense contractors Hughes Aircraft, General Dynamics, Texas Instruments, and Lockheed Martin. Bushman along with some other people believe that the information on Area 51 should come out now, so people can see with their own eyes what happens there. According to Bushman, some UFOs and Aliens are stationed at the base. He explains that from space there is a special flight path to Area 51: http://humansarefree.com/2014/10/the-deathbed-confession-of-area-51.html
Shortly before Boyd Bushman a renowned Area 51 scientist passed away on August 7, 2014, he was video...
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I made that disappear somehow and I haven't missed it since. Just like not looking at linkedin hides that stupid "pulse" thing that you can't get rid of.

Now if only I could get that "featured collections" thing to disappear.
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Shodan trojans were using free NTP (Network Time Protocol) services as a lure to harvest the IPv6 addresses of potential targets.

(Personally I think that people that expect their IP addresses to be a secret and hiding their security problems are being foolish and selfish.  Putting a device with security issues on the net is causing problems for everybody else.)
Shodan caught using time-keeping servers to quietly harvest IP addresses.
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Thanks for posting this, +Wolfgang Rupprecht 
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This is what 15,000 amps will do.
Wow! Check out this video of lightning striking a tree @BishopTKGorman school here in Tyler Thurs. afternoon. #etxwx pic.twitter.com/TnbUvogUhX— Cedric Haynes KLTV (@CedricKLTV) January 22, 2…
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PGP; the perfect compromise?   It keeps your data safe but lights you up like a Christmas tree for the NSA.  (and by PGP above I don't mean just that specific program but any Peer-to-Peer crypto.)
It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin
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This is big.   Google is bringing back end-to-end (now called peer-to-peer) just like we used to have in the good old days before NAT killed it.   I assume IPv6 is the key.   Google has a surprisingly large number of customers that are fully IPv6 capable.
Direct audio and video chats come to Hangouts on Android.
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I have used #webrtc  in modes like this over tinc over ipv6 over native ipv6... and it was great. Now if we can just make wifi less jittery....
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Today's hall of shame: A cooking range that uses a snap in NE-2 indicator that is 1) unsealed and 2) has such a small gap between the hot leads and ground that the leads start arcing when a drop of water falls on the indicator. The switch claims to be UR rated. I can only assume the "U" stands for unacceptable. Time to buy some clear RTV and try to fix this sucker.

Note:  this is a 240 volt US appliance, so both leads are 120 volts from ground which is why both arced.   The picture is of the posts after I tried to push them down a bit.  They were flush with the top of the white plastic case initially.   The path to ground was the approximately 1/16" across the top of the plastic case.
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What's better than pelting people with a whole bunch of snowballs? Doing it while looking like a Ghostbuster.
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Picture of the lunar surface from China's Yutu Rover (using a modern camera).   h/t reddit
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So, in order, Companion, Doctor, Davros and Dalek. What's this, the entrance to a TARDIS?
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No need to wait, you can set the flag yourself today.

chrome://flags/

Mark non-secure origins as non-secure Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android Mark non-secure origins as non-secure, or as "dubious". #mark-non-secure-as
Google wants to kill the unencrypted internet, and will soon flag two thirds of the web as "unsafe."
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