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Peter Vogel

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Teacher | Network Admin | Journalist | Technology Enthusiast | CERN HST2011

Occupation: Teacher: Physics, Information and Commmunications Technology; Journalist; Network Administrator; Amateur Radio Operator

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Russell Bateman16,666testing new cameralive moon test2014-06-11 00:00:0012  
NASA3,043,342Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008295  
Peter Vogel51,690Canada celebrates its 145th birthday. Events take place in most communities across the land. The time shown is for fireworks shows that will take place in major centres.  (In case you are wondering, this is just a blatant excuse to test Google's new Event feature)Canada Day2012-07-01 22:30:0054  

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Most comments: 16

2017-06-14 18:38:10 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Google Transfer.

We are having graduating students (grade 12) test out Transfer. So far, no success over two days.

Students report the ever-helpful "Something went wrong" error message.

Anyone have some insight?

https://takeout.google.com/transfer 

Most reshares: 14

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2017-06-19 01:43:54 (3 comments; 14 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Ditching the neuromyth of individual learning styles.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education

Most RTs in many a year when I posted this earlier on Twitter. Via +Ana Cristina Pratas. 

Most plusones: 124

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2017-06-14 00:05:02 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft panicked about Chromebooks?

The company has tried to stamp out the Chromebook juggernaut once before, without success.

Here is round two.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794404/microsoft-scared-chrome-os-schools-businesses

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2017-06-22 17:49:03 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A cyber attack the world isn't ready for.

To borrow from BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/ransomware-attack-nsa-cyberweapons.html

A cyber attack the world isn't ready for.

To borrow from BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive), You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/technology/ransomware-attack-nsa-cyberweapons.html___

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2017-06-22 16:07:11 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Today's Bitcoin trading range: $2700 +/- $50.

$2800 is definitely a point of resistance. There have been no sustained breakthroughs to the upside of $2800.

To underscore the volatility, over the past week, the trading range has been $2550 +/- $250, a $500 spread.

Two years ago I awarded two Bitcoin prizes in my school in the nominal amount of $50 Canadian, at the time 0.17 BTC. One went to a colleague, one to a student. The awards were part of the prizes in a physics engineering contest.

The colleague immediately traded in the BTC for a gift card. The student held on to his BTC, and briefly considered cashing in when the value doubled. He still has it today, and his nominal $50 Canadian in BTC is today worth $610, a 12-fold increase. 

Today's Bitcoin trading range: $2700 +/- $50.

$2800 is definitely a point of resistance. There have been no sustained breakthroughs to the upside of $2800.

To underscore the volatility, over the past week, the trading range has been $2550 +/- $250, a $500 spread.

Two years ago I awarded two Bitcoin prizes in my school in the nominal amount of $50 Canadian, at the time 0.17 BTC. One went to a colleague, one to a student. The awards were part of the prizes in a physics engineering contest.

The colleague immediately traded in the BTC for a gift card. The student held on to his BTC, and briefly considered cashing in when the value doubled. He still has it today, and his nominal $50 Canadian in BTC is today worth $610, a 12-fold increase. ___

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2017-06-22 04:42:10 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Odd VISA security notice

This is an odd one. No link. Grammar is a bit sketchy. Note that dangling comma at the end. Comes with a 2k zip file which I have not yet checked.

And I do not have a VISA card.


Odd VISA security notice

This is an odd one. No link. Grammar is a bit sketchy. Note that dangling comma at the end. Comes with a 2k zip file which I have not yet checked.

And I do not have a VISA card.
___

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2017-06-22 04:30:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Washington State's majestic Mount Baker.

Photographed on the summer solstice, looking eastward from a Vancouver suburb. A portion of the Fraser River is visible in the foreground. Also visible is the Colossus movie theatre (looking like a gigantic flying saucer).



Washington State's majestic Mount Baker.

Photographed on the summer solstice, looking eastward from a Vancouver suburb. A portion of the Fraser River is visible in the foreground. Also visible is the Colossus movie theatre (looking like a gigantic flying saucer).

___

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2017-06-22 04:26:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Bendable laptop screen!

Lenovo displayed an ultimate flexible laptop concept at an event held in New York on Tuesday. The idea, which seems somewhat crazy, is that the screen is bendable, and the laptop can be closed just like any other. The concept device comes with the conjoined keyboard, no hinge and a stylus.
Lenovo’s event, called Lenovo Transform, was all about flexing its muscle when it comes to unveiling some of the most futuristic devices. Lenovo called the laptop the “future of personalized computing.”___Bendable laptop screen!

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2017-06-21 16:38:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Today's BTC trading range: $2750 +/- $75

A little more volatile than yesterday. Market cap remaining about $45 billion.

Sharp $150 drop earlier this morning. Range: $2675-$2825.



Today's BTC trading range: $2750 +/- $75

A little more volatile than yesterday. Market cap remaining about $45 billion.

Sharp $150 drop earlier this morning. Range: $2675-$2825.

___

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2017-06-21 04:44:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Holding at $2800 +/- $50

Bitcoin's market cap is back over $46 billion and the cryptocurrency is within striking distance of a new all-time high.



Holding at $2800 +/- $50

Bitcoin's market cap is back over $46 billion and the cryptocurrency is within striking distance of a new all-time high.

___

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2017-06-21 03:49:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

How Dark Overlord hacked Hollywood, and almost destroyed a family business.

http://variety.com/2017/digital/features/netflix-orange-is-the-new-black-leak-dark-overlord-larson-studios-1202471400/

How Dark Overlord hacked Hollywood, and almost destroyed a family business.

http://variety.com/2017/digital/features/netflix-orange-is-the-new-black-leak-dark-overlord-larson-studios-1202471400/___

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2017-06-21 01:04:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The end is nigh for Sears Canada.

The once might retailer is set to file for creditor protection.

Eddie Lampert and Sears Holdings, based in the US, have pretty much extracted what they could from the Canadian entity. Most of the valuable real estate has been sold off. There is little left to generate value here.

If you have a Sears Canada gift card, you probably want to use it soon.

If you are considering buying a Sears appliance, there may be no point in buying extended warranty.

Having said that, the appliance business could be sold off as a complete entity. It is still a fairly well-regarded part of the Sears business here in Canada.

The tool division, Craftsman, was earlier sold off to Black and Decker.

Stay tuned.
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The end is nigh for Sears Canada.

The once might retailer is set to file for creditor protection.

Eddie Lampert and Sears Holdings, based in the US, have pretty much extracted what they could from the Canadian entity. Most of the valuable real estate has been sold off. There is little left to generate value here.

If you have a Sears Canada gift card, you probably want to use it soon.

If you are considering buying a Sears appliance, there may be no point in buying extended warranty.

Having said that, the appliance business could be sold off as a complete entity. It is still a fairly well-regarded part of the Sears business here in Canada.

The tool division, Craftsman, was earlier sold off to Black and Decker.

Stay tuned.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/sears-canada-is-said-to-seek-creditor-protection-in-coming-weeks___

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2017-06-20 16:32:59 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin trading range today $2650 +/- $50.

Up about $75 from yesterday.

Bitcoin trading range today $2650 +/- $50.

Up about $75 from yesterday.___

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2017-06-20 16:14:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

ProtonMail team rolls out Proton VPN

https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/20/encrypted-email-service-protonmail-launches-protonvpn/

ProtonMail team rolls out Proton VPN

https://venturebeat.com/2017/06/20/encrypted-email-service-protonmail-launches-protonvpn/___

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2017-06-20 16:03:11 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Landing of the AN 225, the world's largest aircraft.

Impressive physics at work here. Just watch the flex in those enormous wings.

https://youtu.be/i7PhWzBc8Q0

Landing of the AN 225, the world's largest aircraft.

Impressive physics at work here. Just watch the flex in those enormous wings.

https://youtu.be/i7PhWzBc8Q0___

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2017-06-20 15:46:20 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017.

According to TechRadar.

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017.

According to TechRadar.

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696___

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2017-06-20 15:45:17 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017.

According to TechRadar.

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696

The 7 best Chromebooks of 2017.

According to TechRadar.

http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-chromebooks-top-5-chromebooks-in-the-us-1233696___

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2017-06-20 15:33:45 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 



World's biggest operational aircraft

The Antonov AN 225.

https://www.facebook.com/EngineeringClub1/videos/1868149396780553/



World's biggest operational aircraft

The Antonov AN 225.

https://www.facebook.com/EngineeringClub1/videos/1868149396780553/___

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2017-06-19 18:58:14 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

How Bitcoin works.

http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/BITCOIN-WRIGHT-PATENTS/01004011028/BITCOIN-WRIGHT-PATENTS.png

How Bitcoin works.

http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/BITCOIN-WRIGHT-PATENTS/01004011028/BITCOIN-WRIGHT-PATENTS.png___

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2017-06-19 16:55:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Today's trading range for Bitcoin:

$2575 +/- $50

Today's trading range for Bitcoin:

$2575 +/- $50___

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2017-06-19 14:52:21 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

How Susan Wojcicki has transformed YouTube.

And made it increasingly relevant as a sidebar to cord-cutting.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40427026/susan-wojcickis-youtube-isnt-tv-but-its-tvs-biggest-rival

How Susan Wojcicki has transformed YouTube.

And made it increasingly relevant as a sidebar to cord-cutting.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40427026/susan-wojcickis-youtube-isnt-tv-but-its-tvs-biggest-rival___

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2017-06-19 06:33:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

This site came in handy for me this evening!

http://large-type.com/#*hello*

This site came in handy for me this evening!

http://large-type.com/#*hello*___

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2017-06-19 03:40:30 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Major leap in quantum entanglement communication.

This has important implications for encrypted communication.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/china-sets-new-record-for-quantum-entanglement-en-route-to-build-new-communication-network/news-story/e528da0cf68b2e63bbe093cab49ec507

Major leap in quantum entanglement communication.

This has important implications for encrypted communication.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/china-sets-new-record-for-quantum-entanglement-en-route-to-build-new-communication-network/news-story/e528da0cf68b2e63bbe093cab49ec507___

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2017-06-19 02:10:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Inside Apple's forbidden "city".

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/18/foxconn-life-death-forbidden-city-longhua-suicide-apple-iphone-brian-merchant-one-device-extract

Inside Apple's forbidden "city".

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/18/foxconn-life-death-forbidden-city-longhua-suicide-apple-iphone-brian-merchant-one-device-extract___

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2017-06-19 01:43:54 (3 comments; 14 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Ditching the neuromyth of individual learning styles.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education

Most RTs in many a year when I posted this earlier on Twitter. Via +Ana Cristina Pratas. 

Ditching the neuromyth of individual learning styles.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education

Most RTs in many a year when I posted this earlier on Twitter. Via +Ana Cristina Pratas. ___

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2017-06-19 01:19:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Wild week for Bitcoin.

A week ago at $3000. Then two-step drop to $2200.

Since then it has mostly traded at $2550+/- $100.



Wild week for Bitcoin.

A week ago at $3000. Then two-step drop to $2200.

Since then it has mostly traded at $2550+/- $100.

___

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2017-06-18 18:41:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

On the anniversary of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver.

An anecdote I shared back in 2012.

https://plus.google.com/105201176373156907412/posts/LNhSxsjNSpo

On the anniversary of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver.

An anecdote I shared back in 2012.

https://plus.google.com/105201176373156907412/posts/LNhSxsjNSpo___

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2017-06-18 04:20:58 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Saturn near opposition.

From NASA's APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day).

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1706/s2017_06_11picdp.jpg

Saturn near opposition.

From NASA's APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day).

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1706/s2017_06_11picdp.jpg___

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2017-06-17 17:28:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Why Amazon might want to acquire Slack.

Slack serves 77 of the Fortune 100 companies. The company has had spectacular growth since 2014. Rumours have Amazon's Bezos et al valuing Slack at around $9 billion.

Here's why the fit may be a good one for Slack, a company with strong Vancouver connections.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/why-would-amazon-want-to-buy-slack/530430/

Why Amazon might want to acquire Slack.

Slack serves 77 of the Fortune 100 companies. The company has had spectacular growth since 2014. Rumours have Amazon's Bezos et al valuing Slack at around $9 billion.

Here's why the fit may be a good one for Slack, a company with strong Vancouver connections.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/why-would-amazon-want-to-buy-slack/530430/___

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2017-06-17 14:52:12 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Metamaterials antennae and software-defined radios.

A physics breakthrough company spins off from its parent, Intellectual Ventures.

http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2017/06/16/bill-gates-backs-fourth-metamaterials-spinout-pivotal-commware/#

Metamaterials antennae and software-defined radios.

A physics breakthrough company spins off from its parent, Intellectual Ventures.

http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2017/06/16/bill-gates-backs-fourth-metamaterials-spinout-pivotal-commware/#___

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2017-06-16 17:07:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin back over US$2500.

What a volatile week or two for the cryptocurrency, and for most of the cryptocurrencies.

The market cap for BTC has fallen by almost $10 billion.

Bitcoin back over US$2500.

What a volatile week or two for the cryptocurrency, and for most of the cryptocurrencies.

The market cap for BTC has fallen by almost $10 billion.___

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2017-06-16 14:21:45 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Netflix hits important metric.

Its subscriber bases surpasses that of the major cable companies in the US.

However, it has a long way to go to hit the total count for cable, satellite and Internet-delivered services such as Sling and DirectTV.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2017/06/13/netflix-is-now-bigger-than-cable-tv/#1553e3c7158b

Netflix hits important metric.

Its subscriber bases surpasses that of the major cable companies in the US.

However, it has a long way to go to hit the total count for cable, satellite and Internet-delivered services such as Sling and DirectTV.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2017/06/13/netflix-is-now-bigger-than-cable-tv/#1553e3c7158b___

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2017-06-15 22:51:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Cryptocurrencies decline in a sea of red.

http://www.coindesk.com/sea-red-top-10-cryptocurrencies-see-steep-declines-market-turns/

Cryptocurrencies decline in a sea of red.

http://www.coindesk.com/sea-red-top-10-cryptocurrencies-see-steep-declines-market-turns/___

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2017-06-15 21:29:13 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

CRTC moves to eliminate unlocking fees in Canada!

That should trim around $40 million in annual fees from the big three, Telus, Bell, Rogers. And, starting in December, phones must be sold unlocked. December 1 also marks the end of the typical $50 fee to unlock a device.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638

CRTC moves to eliminate unlocking fees in Canada!

That should trim around $40 million in annual fees from the big three, Telus, Bell, Rogers. And, starting in December, phones must be sold unlocked. December 1 also marks the end of the typical $50 fee to unlock a device.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638___

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2017-06-15 18:37:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Quite a ride for Stewart Butterfield's Slack.

The messaging service is attracting interest from a range of tech giants, including Amazon and Microsoft.

Butterfield's first success was Flickr, when he was based in Vancouver. Flickr went for a reported $20 million, to Yahoo, then an unheard of amount. Fast forward a decade and a half and now we see Butterfield with valuations for Slack approaching $9 billion!

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/messaging-startup-slack-said-to-draw-interest-from-amazon-com

Quite a ride for Stewart Butterfield's Slack.

The messaging service is attracting interest from a range of tech giants, including Amazon and Microsoft.

Butterfield's first success was Flickr, when he was based in Vancouver. Flickr went for a reported $20 million, to Yahoo, then an unheard of amount. Fast forward a decade and a half and now we see Butterfield with valuations for Slack approaching $9 billion!

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/messaging-startup-slack-said-to-draw-interest-from-amazon-com___

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2017-06-15 14:42:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Facebook celebrates 30 years of the (Compuserve) GIF.

And, yes, it's pronounced JIF!

FB takes a look back at the history of the venerable file format.

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/06/celebrating-30-years-of-the-gif/

Facebook celebrates 30 years of the (Compuserve) GIF.

And, yes, it's pronounced JIF!

FB takes a look back at the history of the venerable file format.

https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2017/06/celebrating-30-years-of-the-gif/___

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2017-06-15 05:53:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Nine outstanding bridges in Europe.

Thanks to +Michael Cooke for forwarding this to me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/telegraph-cars-top-5-must-drive-european-bridges/

Nine outstanding bridges in Europe.

Thanks to +Michael Cooke for forwarding this to me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/telegraph-cars-top-5-must-drive-european-bridges/___

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2017-06-15 05:46:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Nine outstanding bridges in Europe.

Thanks to +Michael Cooke for forwarding this to me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/telegraph-cars-top-5-must-drive-european-bridges/


Nine outstanding bridges in Europe.

Thanks to +Michael Cooke for forwarding this to me.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/features/telegraph-cars-top-5-must-drive-european-bridges/
___

2017-06-14 18:38:10 (16 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Google Transfer.

We are having graduating students (grade 12) test out Transfer. So far, no success over two days.

Students report the ever-helpful "Something went wrong" error message.

Anyone have some insight?

https://takeout.google.com/transfer 

Google Transfer.

We are having graduating students (grade 12) test out Transfer. So far, no success over two days.

Students report the ever-helpful "Something went wrong" error message.

Anyone have some insight?

https://takeout.google.com/transfer ___

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2017-06-14 07:07:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

MSFT gives more attention to XP patching.

Microsoft responds to enhanced cyberattacks with more XP patches

To their credit Microsoft is backing down from their former complete abandonment of the millions of remaining global XP users with patches to protect it from the latest round of very serious cyberattacks and ransomware.___MSFT gives more attention to XP patching.

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2017-06-14 01:28:11 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft panicked about Chromebooks?

The company has tried to stamp out the Chromebook juggernaut once before, without success.

Here is round two.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794404/microsoft-scared-chrome-os-schools-businesses

Let's face it, most of us are here because of Chromebooks. However, I suspect this post will be turfed by the moderator.

Microsoft panicked about Chromebooks?

The company has tried to stamp out the Chromebook juggernaut once before, without success.

Here is round two.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794404/microsoft-scared-chrome-os-schools-businesses

Let's face it, most of us are here because of Chromebooks. However, I suspect this post will be turfed by the moderator.___

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2017-06-14 00:05:02 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft panicked about Chromebooks?

The company has tried to stamp out the Chromebook juggernaut once before, without success.

Here is round two.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794404/microsoft-scared-chrome-os-schools-businesses

Microsoft panicked about Chromebooks?

The company has tried to stamp out the Chromebook juggernaut once before, without success.

Here is round two.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/13/15794404/microsoft-scared-chrome-os-schools-businesses___

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2017-06-13 05:50:15 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Quite a day for Bitcoin.

Fairly constant at $3000 +/- $50 the past day or two, then a plunge this morning to around $2540.

Has bounced back to around $2730.

Quite a day for Bitcoin.

Fairly constant at $3000 +/- $50 the past day or two, then a plunge this morning to around $2540.

Has bounced back to around $2730.___

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2017-06-12 20:03:33 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Deleting unused service accounts.

If you are like me, you test lots of web services for possible use down the road with students. At some point you may want to delete an account or two.

Have you noticed that there are services with no option for account deletion? And there are others that make such an option very difficult to find.

For example, right now I am dealing with the Kizoa service. They have sent a reminder that my account will be shut down unless I upgrade to a premium plan. Well, it seems likely that their interpretation of "shut down" is different from mine. I presume they mean that they will render the account unusable. However, that means it is still sitting there, fodder for a hacker down the road. It seems better to be proactive and delete the account.

So, I've written Kizoa asking how I might delete my account, or, failing... more »

Deleting unused service accounts.

If you are like me, you test lots of web services for possible use down the road with students. At some point you may want to delete an account or two.

Have you noticed that there are services with no option for account deletion? And there are others that make such an option very difficult to find.

For example, right now I am dealing with the Kizoa service. They have sent a reminder that my account will be shut down unless I upgrade to a premium plan. Well, it seems likely that their interpretation of "shut down" is different from mine. I presume they mean that they will render the account unusable. However, that means it is still sitting there, fodder for a hacker down the road. It seems better to be proactive and delete the account.

So, I've written Kizoa asking how I might delete my account, or, failing that, having them delete it for me.___

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2017-06-12 18:02:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Wild ride in the Bitcoin space the past 48 h.

BTC crosses $3000, then a plunge to the $2500 range. 

Wild ride in the Bitcoin space the past 48 h.

BTC crosses $3000, then a plunge to the $2500 range. ___

2017-06-12 04:26:32 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Variation of the Nigerian bank scam.

I wouldn't normally post this but the email is one of the more interesting variations of this sort of scam. I haven't previously seen a request for a copy of a passport and/or a driving license.

Besides that, this one does contain some enjoyably floury language.

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Apex Bank of Nigeria
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way
Central Business District,Cadastral Zone,
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,Nigeria.
Direct Telephone/fax: +234-8188884609



Attn:Beneficiary,

RE: PAYMENT DELIVERY ON APPROVED ENTITLEMENT FUND (US$6.500,000.00).

Sequel to the summit meeting held at the Federal Government Capital Territory (Abuja) in which an indoor meeting was held between my Government, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Auditors, representatives of... more »

Variation of the Nigerian bank scam.

I wouldn't normally post this but the email is one of the more interesting variations of this sort of scam. I haven't previously seen a request for a copy of a passport and/or a driving license.

Besides that, this one does contain some enjoyably floury language.

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Apex Bank of Nigeria
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way
Central Business District,Cadastral Zone,
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,Nigeria.
Direct Telephone/fax: +234-8188884609



Attn:Beneficiary,

RE: PAYMENT DELIVERY ON APPROVED ENTITLEMENT FUND (US$6.500,000.00).

Sequel to the summit meeting held at the Federal Government Capital Territory (Abuja) in which an indoor meeting was held between my Government, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Auditors, representatives of the European Union, Asian and American Congress respectively concerning the debts owed to Foreigners by my country.

Be inform that your over due entitlement funds has been gazetted to be paid to you through our correspondence bank in Ghana BUTTER FIELD BANK.It was agreed that all the beneficiaries under the category "A" will receive the sum of Six Million Five Hundred United States Dollars (US$6.500,000.00) as approved and endorsed by all the parties present in the summit meeting. Right now, you are officially informed that your payment file has been dispatched to BUTTER FIELD PRIVATE BANK GHANA by the Apex Bank accredited attorney Barrister Williams Brooks, your name was stipulated under the category "A" awaiting the receipt of this payment. Therefore, you are advised as a matter of urgency, to reconfirm the following details.

Below are the following details:
YOUR FULL NAMES:.......................................
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:..............................
CELL PHONE NUMBER:.....................................
FAX NUMBERS:..........................................
COPY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVING LICENSE.

Note that if you have received this message by(electronic email sending error) to your system, kindly help us by informing us to enable us sort this out as my office has been instructed by the inaugurated authorities to take the issues of the release of all payment owed to foreign beneficiaries upon myself in order to sanitize the good image of this Country and this Government under the leader of President Mohamadu Buhari which who does not want to leave any stone unturned and would not want to leave without the settlement of all debts as agreed/endorsed by the parties involved.

It may interest you to know that as soon as we receive the above details, we will expedite action with all needed necessary legal procedures and issue on the Transfer details to you,in order to perfect the Transfer of your long over due entitlement fund, as our Government wants to rebuild confidence in International Cooperation and International Financial system. I want you to understand that this arrangement supersedes all the previous arrangements given to you. Nevertheless,if we do not hear from you within the next three (3) working days from today, it shall attract indefinite postponement of your payment and my government will not be blamed for such action, any question should be directed to this office. The federal government of Nigeria is sorry for any inconvenience and delays in releasing your entitlement fund must have caused you as a result of unprofessional services rendered by the banking and financial institutes and that is our aim of objective.

We awaits your urgent response to the above subject matter today.

Best Regards,
Barrister Mona Shah___

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2017-06-11 21:27:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Why there's no point to buying gold in a location where gravity is lower and then selling it a location where it is higher.

Yes, a question that does get asked!

Earth's surface weight is not a constant, due to rotational effects and to the oblate spheroid shape of the planet.

So, why not buy gold where weight is lower and sell it where the weight is higher?

Here's why!

https://www.quora.com/If-gravity-differs-on-Earth-because-of-Earths-rotation-could-I-weigh-a-small-amount-of-gold-where-it-is-heavier-and-sell-it-where-it-is-lighter

Why there's no point to buying gold in a location where gravity is lower and then selling it a location where it is higher.

Yes, a question that does get asked!

Earth's surface weight is not a constant, due to rotational effects and to the oblate spheroid shape of the planet.

So, why not buy gold where weight is lower and sell it where the weight is higher?

Here's why!

https://www.quora.com/If-gravity-differs-on-Earth-because-of-Earths-rotation-could-I-weigh-a-small-amount-of-gold-where-it-is-heavier-and-sell-it-where-it-is-lighter___

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2017-06-11 20:56:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin hits all-time high.

Trades above US$3000. Presently trading in a narrow $3000 +/- $25 range.



Bitcoin hits all-time high.

Trades above US$3000. Presently trading in a narrow $3000 +/- $25 range.

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2017-06-10 20:33:54 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

66 ways to protect your privacy.

A thorough set of suggestions from the people at Consumer Reports.

http://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/66-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-right-now/

66 ways to protect your privacy.

A thorough set of suggestions from the people at Consumer Reports.

http://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/66-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-right-now/___

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2017-06-10 15:48:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin continues to hold around the US$2900 level.

The cryptocurrency seems to have shrugged off its brief drops to the $2000 level and volatility appears to have diminished to narrower range. Note that the vertical scale of the chart below is small, representing a range of just $100 or so.

If you are in Canada and want to acquire some Bitcoin, here's one of the easier routes: https://gonetcoins.com .


Bitcoin continues to hold around the US$2900 level.

The cryptocurrency seems to have shrugged off its brief drops to the $2000 level and volatility appears to have diminished to narrower range. Note that the vertical scale of the chart below is small, representing a range of just $100 or so.

If you are in Canada and want to acquire some Bitcoin, here's one of the easier routes: https://gonetcoins.com .
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2017-06-10 00:47:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Big shakeup in the streaming media field as Kodi add-on developers pull the proverbial plug.

A suit from American provider Dish Networks has created fear amongst those who develop add-ons for the popular Kodi software that simplifies the operation of Android TV boxes.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/kodi-add-ons-shut-down-10591513

Big shakeup in the streaming media field as Kodi add-on developers pull the proverbial plug.

A suit from American provider Dish Networks has created fear amongst those who develop add-ons for the popular Kodi software that simplifies the operation of Android TV boxes.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/kodi-add-ons-shut-down-10591513___

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2017-06-09 19:55:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

The Chinese domain name scam.

This one is simple, and yet elaborate. And it is protracted. Most scams require one interaction and the deed is done.

This one begins gently with an email that indicates a Chinese business wants to use various .CN domains that look similar to a domain that the recipient owns. In my case I happen to own and operate balsabridge.com for my physics students.

The email in essence asks if the recipient has a concern over possible infringement of trademark.

I didn't realize until the second email arrived that this is actually a scam to sell the possibly infringing domain names to the unwitting recipient.

Here are the two emails as I received them.

(1)(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center... more »

The Chinese domain name scam.

This one is simple, and yet elaborate. And it is protracted. Most scams require one interaction and the deed is done.

This one begins gently with an email that indicates a Chinese business wants to use various .CN domains that look similar to a domain that the recipient owns. In my case I happen to own and operate balsabridge.com for my physics students.

The email in essence asks if the recipient has a concern over possible infringement of trademark.

I didn't realize until the second email arrived that this is actually a scam to sell the possibly infringing domain names to the unwitting recipient.

Here are the two emails as I received them.

(1)(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On June 5, 2017, we received an application from Baohai Ltd requested "balsabridge" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (balsabridge.cn, balsabridge.com.cn, balsabridge.net.cn, balsabridge.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is associated with your company or not?

Best Regards,
Thomas Liu | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
Mob: +86-13816428671 | Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697
Email: thomas@chinaregistry.org.cn
Web: www.chinaregistry.org.cn

and the second

(2) Dear Peter Vogel,

We have already advised them to choose another name according to your company that have no relationship with them, but they insist on this name as China domain names (balsabridge.cn, balsabridge.com.cn, balsabridge.net.cn, balsabridge.org.cn) and internet keyword. In our opinion, maybe they do the similar business as your company then register it to promote his company.

As is known to all, domain name registration based on the international principle is opened to company and individual. Any company or individual have the right to register any domain name and internet keyword which are unregistered. Your company haven't registered this name as China domains and internet keyword, so anyone is able to obtain them by registration. But in order to avoid this conflict, the trademark or original name owner have priority to register China domain name and internet keyword during our dispute period. If your company is the original owner of this name and want to register these China domain names (balsabridge.cn, balsabridge.com.cn, balsabridge.net.cn, balsabridge.org.cn) and internet keyword to prevent anybody from using them, please inform us. We can send you an application form with price list to help your company register these China domains and internet keyword during our dispute period.


Best Regards,
Thomas Liu | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office) | 6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
Mob: +86-13816428671 | Tel: +86-2161918696 | Fax: +86-2161918697
Email: thomas@chinaregistry.org.cn
Web: www.chinaregistry.org.cn

And here is an article that discusses this scam:

http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2015/07/beware-of-chinese-domain-scams/
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2017-06-09 17:29:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin maintains lofty heights, up near US$3000.

And it has basically tripled in value since March.


Bitcoin maintains lofty heights, up near US$3000.

And it has basically tripled in value since March.
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