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Paul Spoerry
Paul Spoerry is a father, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.
Paul Spoerry is a father, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.


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Mac users are getting locked out of their computers for a bitcoin ransom
Using a bunch of stolen iCloud usernames and password hackers remotely locking people's computers. The then demand a $50 bitcoin ransom in exchange for unlocking the devices.

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A History of God in Public Schools
Dispelling the myth that the right to pray to a myth was taken away.

"Many people complained about mandatory prayer and Bible reading in schools, with [complaints] stretching back to the 19th century. These practices were already illegal in some states before the Supreme Court ruled."

... and you can still pray in school. It's legally protected. You just can't force your belief or practice on anyone else.

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Experian site allows anyone to get your credit freeze unlock PIN
Experian that allows anyone to request the personal identification number (PIN) needed to unlock a consumer credit file that was previously frozen at Experian.

All that's needed is the information that that was leaked via Equifax. Wonderful.

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Facebooks latest creepy feature broadcasts your online activity status
The feature will show if you are "Active" in bright green letters or gives an estimate of how long it has been since you've been on Facebook in grey.

Sure... Messenger already does this but that makes a little more sense as it gives an indication if you're available to chat. This is just... creepy.

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Unauthorized Stranger Things Bar Gets Greatest Cease and Desist Letter EVER from Netflix
Hat tip to Netflix and the show creators!

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JP Morgan CEO 'Bitcoin is a fraud' - same week JP Morgan is one of the largest buyers
Did he literally go on TV to spread FUD just for a lower price?

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China's Bitcoin Exchanges Receive Shutdown Orders and Closure Timeline
BTCC and ViaBTC, following BTCChina, have already announced their closure. Exchanges Huobi and OKCoin are said to have met with regulators today, and are expected to announce plans to shut down within hours.

Chinese Bitcoin mining hardware firm Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu, however, claimed that the rumors hint of tougher regulations and temporary closures, rather than an outright ban. (

Some things to keep in mind:
* Chinese investors are notorious for their short-term trading activities, which often influenced Bitcoin volatility in the past.
* A complete ban on crypto-trading in China may have major consequences; the country is home to one of the most active Bitcoin trading activities around the world.
* There is a single large-scale mining farm in China that accounts for nearly one-twentieth of the total daily virtual currency production worldwide. China likely wants to stop the flow of their fiat out to crypto, but they're unlikely to shutter the whole thing as that's neither realistic nor feasible due to the industry’s magnitude.
* Given how closely the Chinese control their currency this turn into them figuring out a way to regulate the industry.
* They are not the only country that's taking this type of stance (there are also other countries leaning into it).
* This isn't the first time China has gone anti-crypto and caused a crash. They took a position in 2013 and the price plummeted... and then when it recovered BTC went close to $5,000. ;O)

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Trump Nominates Church/State Separation Denier for Federal Judgeship
Annnnnnnd now we should all be afraid. This is a man who has said, "… what I often do when I speak to children in schools, even college students… I’ll hold up my hundred-dollar bill and I’ll say, “For the first student who can cite me the provision in the Constitution that guarantees the separation of church and state — verbatim — I’ll give this hundred dollar bill… It’s not there… The protections of the First Amendment were to protect us from government, not to cause government to persecute us because of our religious beliefs."

What he means is HIS religious beliefs. Were someone want to interpret another religious belief into law he would not be OK with it. This is why a secular view of law is essential... it protects the rights of ALL religious as well as those of non-religious people.

For what it's worth, the $100 USD bill says "In God We Trust" on it (1955 Congress put it on all currency during Cold War hysteria). It has no business being there. Before you go all "but the framers!"... the words "God," "Creator," "Jesus," or "Lord" are never once mentioned in the Constitution of the United States or any of its Amendments (with the exception of the Signatory section). This was by design.

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Attempt to see if you are an Equifax breach victim and you could give up right to sue to find out Buried in their Terms of Service on the page they set up to allow people to find out if they were part of one of the largest data breaches in history is a clause that says that in order to see if you were part of the breech you have to waive your right to sue.
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