According to NASA the next Mars rover, the Mars 2020, is looking for a name.
The names under consideration are:
Endurance, Tenacity, Promise, Perseverance, Vision, Clarity, Ingenuity, Fortitude and Courage.
Previous rovers have been named Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiousity.
ALL of those are nice words, but all of them speak to human traits. These rovers are machines, not humans. They aren’t even supporting humans. The nearest humans are over 30 million miles away. None of these fine words convey any sense of character or meaning to these marvelous machines. Why not give them names that provides some descriptive character?
My name proposal for the Mar 2020 rover? How about:
Do you have ad an blocker? Do you want to read an article on forbes.com, but they insist you turn off your ad blocker?
Don’t do it! Forbes.com is littered with ads, most annoying, but many malicious! So do you just forgo forbes, or risk getting infected with some malicious software?
I acknowledge that some websites depend on ads for revenue, but sites like forbes.com is the real reason ad blockers exist. It only takes a couple bad apples (like forbes) to ruin it for the sites who depend on legitimate ads.
14 January 2020
NSA Finds Major Security Flaw in Windows 10, Free Fix Issued
Microsoft said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have used the technique.
That sure was nice of the NSA. I mean, when was the last time the NSA cared so much about individual security? To the best of my recollection, the last time was — NEVER!
Microsoft promptly fixed the issue…. a WELL PUBLICIZED issue.
I have three questions, just for thought…
1) Do you trust the NSA?
2) Do you trust Microsoft?
3) Is it possible there was no flaw, but the NSA was having trouble clandestinely accessing certain parts of Windows 10 machines and needed a system modification from Microsoft to give them such access, thus the urgent “fix”?
I am making NO accusations here, just asking a question no one seems to be asking.
Remember the saying “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” It is very possible that there really was a flaw in Windows 10 (there are, after all, LOTS of flaws in Windows 10), and the NSA was indeed being nice and Microsoft indeed fixed an unused but potentially serious security problem.
However, considering the reputations of both the NSA and Microsoft, there needs to be room for suspicion.
Here are the answers to the Christmas song quiz:
–HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
–THE FIRST NOEL THE ANGLES DID SAY
–GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN LET NOTHING YOU DISMAY
–IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
–SILENT NIGHT HOLY NIGHT ALL IS CALM ALL IS BRIGHT
–ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME
–DECK THE HALLS WITH BAWLS OF HOLLY FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA
–YOU BETTER WATCH OUT YOU BETTER NOT CRY
–JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD HAS COME
–YOU KNOW DASHER AND DANCER AND PRANCER AND VIXEN COMET ND CUPID AND DONDER AND BLITZEN
–I SAW MOMMY KISSIN’ SANTA CLAUS UNDERNEATH THE MISSLETOE LAST NIGHT
–CITY SIDEWALKS BUSY SIDEWALKS DRESSED IN HOLIDAY STYLE
–HARK THE HEARLD ANGLES SING GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING
-GRANDMA GOT RAN OVER BY A REINDEER
–O HOLY NIGHT THE STARS ARE BRIGHTLY SHINING
–ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH
–DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW IN A ONE HORSE OPEN SLEIGH
–WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE
–I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW
–CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE JACK FROST NIPPING AT YOUR NOSE
–IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
–O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHAM HOW STILL WE SEE THEE LIE
–SLEIGH BELLS RING ARE YOU LISTENING IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING
–I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
–WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
–I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
–FROSTY THE SNOWMAN WAS A JOLLY HAPPY SOUL
–JOLLY OLD ST. NICHOLAS LEAN YOUR EAR THIS WAY
–GOOD KING WENCESLUS LOOKED OUT ON THE FEAST OF STEPHEN
–UP ON THE ROOFTOP REINDEER PAUSE OUT JUMPS GOOD OLD SANTA CLAUS
–JINLGE BELL JINGLE BELL JINGLE BELL ROCK
–I’LL HAVE A BLUE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU
–WAY UP NORTH WHERE THE AIR GETS COLD
–JUST HERE THOSE SLEIGH BELLS RINGING TING TING TING TINGLING TOO
–COME THEY TOLD ME PA RUM PUM PUM PUM
–ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
–HAVE A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS
–AWAY IN A MANGER NO CRIB FOR A BED
-DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR
–GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
-CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE TIME FOR TOYS AND AND TIME FOR CHEERS
–ROCKIN AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
–OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS TO GRANDMOTHERS HOUSE WE GO
–O CHRISTMAS TREE O CHRISTMAS TREE HOW LOVELY ARE THY BRANCHES
–I SAW THREE SHIPS COME SAILING IN ON CHRISTMAS DAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY
How many of the following Christmas songs can you identify by the initials of the words of the first line of the song ? ( For Example: OCAYF = O Come All Ye Faithful).
(Answers in January.)
Here are listed 67 TLD’s (top level domains) which have provided me pure spam. I have never gotten a single legitimate email from any of them. This doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate users of any of these, but it DOES indicate, to me at least, that those legitimate users are few and far between. As a result, these are all blocked outright. This hasn’t eliminated spam, but sure as **** taken a HUGE bite out of the mess (80%+).
After several years of improvements and enhancements to Sphider, we have decided to do something different. We are going to produce a scaled back edition!
All security and indexing improvements will remain, but the indexing and search capabilities will be removed for images and RSS feeds, resulting in SphiderLite.
A good number of users don’t need image or RSS capability. SphiderLite will be smaller, simpler, more compact.
Look for SphiderLite later this year, perhaps early November.
Version 3.3.0-MB of Sphider has been released. As far as indexing and searching functionality is concerned, this version is IDENTICAL to version 3.2.1.
What HAS changed is that the database has been altered to include the use of foreign key restraints. With the database thus being able to maintain key relationships on its own, some admin functions have been simplified as the code no longer needs to maintain the relationships. Database maintenance functions are accelerated and more reliable.
The BEST way to implement this newest version is either with a clean install, or to empty the database, upgrade, and re-index. It IS possible to upgrade in place, but the larger the database, the larger the risk. The upgrade process will attempt to back up the data only, delete the tables, recreate the tables with the foreign key restraints, then restore the data. This has been tested numerous times, but as previously mentioned, the more data there is, the higher the risk of data loss.
There is a file, “README_FIRST.” You are definitely encouraged to do just that for the simple reason that not all MySQL installations are created equal.
I was trying to install a codec for Windows Media Player. (I know what you are thinking… WINDOWS? I usually work with Ubuntu, but confess I do sometimes use Windows…). Anyway, low and behold I happen to discover something called Segurazo Antivirus running on my machine!
Supposedly, it is a good, lightweight antivirus… But I have a question…
IF Seguarazo is SO good, why do they have to do a clandestine install, without asking for permission, or ANY notification? I have to suspect, that claims to the contrary, there is nothing ANTI about this Segurazo Virus!
And it wasn’t easy to get rid of, either!
So remember SEGURAZO, a product to shun, avoid, stay away from… and uninstall if you find yourself victim. After the uninstall, there was STILL a lot of Segurazo crap in my registry.
Segurazo is NOT an antivirus, it IS a virus, an unwanted program, possibly spyware or adware. No reputable program needs to secretly install itself.
Segurazo… you need to be ashamed of yourselves!
I have posted before about the problems Sphider may have on websites using a shared hosting plan. Sphider, in its normal form, uses both mysqli and mysqlnd extensions. Mysqli means “mysql improved”, and Mysqlnd stands for “mysql native driver”. In the past, mysqlnd was actually an optional extension, whereas beginning with PHP 7 it is integral to a MySQL installation.
With most PHP installations, nd (native driver) is the default. This is not the case with many installations used in shared hosting. The default may be mysqli, and not nd_mysqli. You can determine if nd is the default or not by running phpinfo() on your website and examining the results. Firstly, the results should contain a section with the title “mysqlnd”. Within that section, you will find a line “API Extensions”. If the value for “API Extensions is “no value”, nd is NOT your default. Below is a screenshot of a typical installation in which nd is NOT the default.
If nd is not the default, you may be able to change it. If your control panel gives you the option to view/change PDP extension settings, check that page. If you see “mysqli” is checked, and “nd_mysqli” isn’t, uncheck “mysqli” and check “nd_mysqli”. (“mysqlnd” should also be checked.) Save your changes. Now when you view the mysqlnd section of phpinfo(), the API Extensions should show mysqli. (You might need to do a browser refresh.) Note that having BOTH “mysqli” and “nd_mysqli” checked will give you a error when trying to save the settings.
In the event you do not have the ability to edit the PHP extension settings, contact your host administrator and ask if they will perform this change. Changing to the native driver as default should have zero impact on other parts of your website while making Sphider usable.
If you can’t change the extension settings, and your host admins can’t or won’t, your only Sphider option is to use the PDO edition. The PDO edition is currently at 2.4.2-PDO, which is stable, but there are no plans for further development. Meanwhile, the normal Sphider, which is currently at 3.2.0, continues to be developed and improved.