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Peter Vogel
Works at NDRS Vancouver BC ICT/Physics/Network Admin
Attended Simon Fraser University
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Near-full moon shots from this evening.

It's not quite the July blue moon but it's really only a few hours into the waning stage. These are crops from various shots of the moon with different exposure and colour temperature settings. The lens is a relatively cheap kit lens mounted on a Canon 7D camera. 
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ISS pass over Vancouver this evening.

Here's a lovely pass of the International Space Station over Vancouver this evening, a six-minute pass starting at 11:08 pm. That put the ISS nearly directly overhead at 11:12 pm. The maximum angle was actually about 65 degrees but believe me anything over 50 degrees feels like it is directly overhead. The pass coincided with a nearly full moon; you'll see an artifact of the moon in one of the shots. 

Each shot is 30 s in duration and at minimum magnification. The ISS is between 300 and 400 km above the Earth and travelling at around 27,000 km/h. 
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Yes, 30 s x 7.7 km/s roughly. Amazing really.
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Better get on this right away.

Can't they make these scams look a little more appealing. Here's one just received in email for my "ATM Visa card", whatever that is. 
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Wolfgang as usual makes a good point. I think both conjectures are true, depending on the post. I recall reading at one time that many variants of the typical Nigerian scam originated I'm Amsterdam as many of the scammers set up shop there to take advantage of the high speed Internet available there at the time. Amsterdam was the home for key Internet infrastructure that the Nigerians were able to use to their advantage at a time when many were still on dialup feeds.
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Collection numbers.

What exactly do follower numbers mean for Google+ Collections? I just took a look at mine and notice they all say 49,800 plus or minus a few tens. Shouldn't they all be the same if all they are is the number of people who follow me (have me in circles) here on G+. 
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Collections visibility is set by you. It can be public like I usually do or it can be selective
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How to hack that GM vehicle through OnStar vulnerability.

It takes about $100 worth of electronics. 

http://www.techinsider.io/gm-onstar-hacker-reveals-just-how-easy-it-was-to-attack-car-2015-7
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And when the Internet of things is really going your air conditioning and blender 
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Photos of the "blue" moon for July.

Here we have the second full moon of the month pictured with Washington State's beautiful Mount Baker and the pink-coloured band known as the Belt of Venus. 
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How much is it downgrading them? I thought it wasn't meant to. 
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Gorgeous sculpture at the new McArthur Glen outdoor mall at the Vancouver Airport.

This is a stunning piece of art. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the piece or of the artist. Once I ascertain that I will add it to this post. 
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Thank you. So here we have the artist's name: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Check out Wolter's link above for more on the piece itself.
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This is disconcerting: Kim Dotcom says we shouldn't trust data on Mega.

Says he' s no longer involved with the company.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/07/31/kim-dotcom-i-dont-think-your-data-is-safe-on-mega-anymore/
In a Q&A session with Slashdot users this week, Kim Dotcom, the infamous former millionaire at the center of a US court case against Megaupload, has told all about what happened ...
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BitDefender sees unencrypted customer data leaked.

First Kaspersky, now Romanian firm BitDefender. It's a small leak at the moment but there could be more on the way.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/07/31/bitdefender-hacked/

#compsec
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Casting with your Chromecast
 
Google’s Chromecast is one of our favorite ways to get our streaming content up on the big screen. It’s a tool that every cord cutter should have, and...
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Photo uploading to Google+.

Why are photos I upload to Google+ converted to some low-res format with sizes around the 100 k mark? What is the reason for this? I have lots of storage. I've been uploading photos since 2011. Only recently have I had this nonsense. Note that this is direct uploading of photos from a desktop, not from mobile. 
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No problem +Peter Vogel - glad it was an easy fix!  I imagine the technicalities for Google are going to be tricky for the switch over... Things like if photos are uploaded to a post in G+, do they get added to Google Photos?  
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Solid security tips here.

Click-to-play for Flash content is a new one for me. Then again I seldom see or use any Flash content. 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ygrauer/2015/07/30/online-security-best-practices/
(Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers) After surveying security experts and non-experts alike, three Google researchers identified some distinct discrepancies between the practices and recommendations of experts (defined as having studied or worked in computer security for at least five years) and non-experts, recruited from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform. I spoke with Micah Lee, a technologist [...]
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Teacher: Physics, Information and Commmunications Technology; Journalist; Network Administrator; Amateur Radio Operator
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Writing, physics, chromebooks
Employment
  • NDRS Vancouver BC ICT/Physics/Network Admin
    ICT/Physics/Network Admin/Newspaper columnist, 1980 - present
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Vancouver BC Canada
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Teacher | Network Admin | Journalist | Technology Enthusiast | CERN HST2011
Introduction
ICT/Physics teacher, lifelong learner, Internet/tech newspaper columnist, Network administrator, Prime Minister's Award for Science and Technology 1996, Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence 2009, Canadian Association of Physicists Award for BC and Yukon 2011, CERN HST 2011, APEGBC President's Award 2011.

Vancouver BC Canada
 
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  • ICT
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  • Physics
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  • Tech Writers
  • BC Teachers
  • Canadian Teachers
  • Catholic School Teachers
  • Photography
  • Ham radio
 
Bragging rights
Prime Minister's Award for Science and Technology Education, BC Premier's Award for Excellence in Education, Inaugural Canadian CERN HST Attendee
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Education
  • Simon Fraser University