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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

What’s going on?

Trying to communicate with #skpoli gov't?Don't bother. E-mail server, website all still down.

— Murray Mandryk (@MMandryk) December 7, 2016

server down all day. No gov't news releases. So the question is: How many of the govt's 400 communication officers still filed for overtime?

— Murray Mandryk . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: IT Problem At Saskatchewan Government

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Wildrose offices burgled, computers stolen, membership data being misused

David Climenhaga over at AlbertaPolitics.ca has the scoop. Here is an excerpt from his piece tonight: In an email to supporters sent late Sunday with the bland subject line, “A Wildrose Update,” Opposition Leader Brian Jean drops a bombshell with… Continue Reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Story Of Human Voice Recordings

For the longest time, historians thought they knew Edison was the first to record the human voice. Then a team of researchers realized there were earlier recordings that were made by a Frenchman without any expectation that they could be converted back into sound. Our advanced scanning and computer equipment was able to do it . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Story Of Human Voice Recordings

Scripturient: Transcendance

It’s not surprising that AI replaced the biological form in the popular Frankenstein monster trope. In fact the smart-evil-machine scenario has been done so often this past decade or so that I’m more surprised any film writer or director c… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Transcendance

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Pacemakers and Piracy: The Unintended Consequences of the DMCA for Medical Implantshttps://t.co/uGz68CtR7V pic.twitter.com/ZXFrZgRCBd — Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 25, 2016 “Today there are well over 3 million pacemakers and over 1.7 million ICD’s in use.” What should you do to close potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your wireless implantable design? For one, make device security an […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Most Dangerous Writing App

I tried this silly online app, and won on my first try. I chose the easiest 5 minute difficulty though. I’m certain I won’t be able to use this dangerous writing app effectively. I should have a screenshot of it, just in case, I fail. It’s been nearly one minute, and I’ve not been interrupted, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Most Dangerous Writing App

Bill Longstaff: Technology bargain betrayed—where have all the rewards gone?

Early in the Industrial Revolution, many workers were concerned about being replaced by machines. The most well known group were the Luddites, British weavers who smashed mechanical looms that threatened to replace them with low-wage labourers, leav… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Technology bargain betrayed—where have all the rewards gone?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sanders Backs Up Clinton, Gets Back Stabbed By DNC

One of the notable moments of the Democratic Debate on CNN weeks ago was when Bernie Sanders bluntly said he was sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Clinton infamously used personal email for government business, which is illegal. Sanders took the high road and refused to pillory her. The Democratic Party is […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Sanders Backs Up Clinton, Gets Back Stabbed By DNC

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: $5 Raspbery Pi Computer

With computers this cheap, the hardest part is finding applications that are programmed well enough to work on under-powered hardware. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: $5 Raspbery Pi Computer

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Apple’s Welcoming Ceremony Challenged By Robot

I’m cool with a robot waiting in line for a little tech innovation.

Get used to it, cyborg haters. https://t.co/Q4Omggedoc

— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) September 25, 2015

It makes more sense than a human wasting their time.

“Since the iPhone’s official release in 2007, waiting outside for a new iPhone has become . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Apple’s Welcoming Ceremony Challenged By Robot

Scripturient: Server upgrade coming

Sometime in the next two weeks, I will be amalgamating servers for the several sites I manage and conflating them onto one, new and (I hope) faster and more efficient server. There may be some downtime while the files and databases migrate, like virtual birds, to their new home. I hope that the digital gods . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Server upgrade coming

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

This is great improv acting and a great concept for a video.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

When I read about the $9 computer on Crash Bang Labs’ Facebook page, I was ready to help kick start that CHIP. But I got to the payment screen when the shipping amount came up. How much could it cost I’d thought to ship a computer smaller than a couple of AA batteries? I braced . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: NSA Wants To Apple-fy All Computers

Do you want a computer that will only install US Government authorized applications? That’s what the NSA wants for you, so they’ll have a front-door to every device.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Anti-Petroleum” RCMP Explodes Gasoline In Their Cars’ Engines

RCMP called ‘anti-petroleum’ critics (aka anyone concerned about climate change) a potential security threat http://t.co/sollGvyhdB #cdnpoli

— Keith Stewart (@climatekeith) February 18, 2015

The RCMP have displayed Climate Change Denial symptoms. This is bad for Canada, because if the police tasked with interfering in climate change related activism do not understand the science . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: “Anti-Petroleum” RCMP Explodes Gasoline In Their Cars’ Engines

The Disaffected Lib: Shhh – Not In Front of the TV, George.

Be careful what you say in front of your smart TV.  According to Samsung, you never know who might be listening to your every word.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

When the feature is active, such TV sets “listen” to what is . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Shhh – Not In Front of the TV, George.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How’s That City On The Hill?

From Barrett Brown, a wrongfully jailed journalist… in the USA. He’s imagining speaking to the founding fathers about the country’s progress:

Benjamin Franklin: “It was among my fondest dreams that my beloved Philadelphia would someday grow into one of the world’s great centers of high culture, and become a by-word for the gentlemanly arts. Tell . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: How’s That City On The Hill?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The WOW Factor

After two years away from the game, I was recently convinced by a friend to return to World of Warcraft again and play in the fantasy universe of WOW. At 10 years old, WOW remains the biggest, most-subscribed, most popular MMORPG, with around 10 million subscribers. By technology’s rapid-aging standards, WOW is a grandfather game; . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The WOW Factor

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon

“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”

Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: That’s So Meta #PRISM

This is why Edward Snowden risked life and liberty. http://t.co/FNhj7mIi8a https://t.co/c7f4hynSZm via @RecentApp pic.twitter.com/PED4veBpWw

— Declan McCullagh (@declanm) November 9, 2014

Critics of Snowden tried to claim that no one would ever be hurt by metadata collection willy-nilly. We can hopefully all put that canard to bed.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: That’s So Meta #PRISM

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Banished: Sandbox Gaming at Its Best

Banished is a medieval-style city building game, along the lines of SimCity, but with several significant differences. While not as slick or comprehensive as SimCity, it still provides a compelling, addictive gameplay.* It’s slow and cerebral, true, not your basic action-filled RPG or FPS, but it’s one of those games that demand ‘just another fifteen . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Banished: Sandbox Gaming at Its Best

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Testing a Homeplug-Powerline Network

I’ve had some wireless issues for quite some time now. There are dead spots in the house – a central wall has metal ducts and a gas fireplace, which are beside the laundry room with its metal-enclosed washer and dryer. About 5-6m of metal interfere with the wireless signal. The modem is attached to the . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Testing a Homeplug-Powerline Network

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: USB Broken

It’ll be hard to justify using USB now. It basically must be assumed to be malicious/infected. It was so nice to have a standard port too!

I guess USB condoms are going to become a lot more common.