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39 minutes ago, Gary from OPA said:

The story of the man who almost accidentally spoiled the US Army plan to eliminate Osama Bin Laden with a tweet, 13 years ago #Today.

On the other side of things, buddy of mine was deployed to Kuwait during the kerfuffle in the 2000s.  His entire company had its Internet (not much at the time, mostly AOL/AIM and some Skype,) suspended because someone was giving away movement and convoy information over AIM to his or her spouse state-side.

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On 5/1/2024 at 5:31 AM, mizapf said:

What I recently learned from some videos on Youtube is that the older Amish speak in a German dialect that is surprisingly well understandable for us even today, in particular for me, since my home dialect (Hessian) is related to their original dialect from the Palatinate ("Pfalz", "pfälzisch"). The language is named "Pennsylvanian Dutch", but the word "Dutch" is not used in today's sense (from the Netherlands) but probably coined from how they name it, "Pennsilfaanisch Deutsch".

It does have a lot of English loan words that you won't find in Pfälzisch though. I have several books in Pennsylvania Deutsch, along with a more-or-less comprehensive dictionary of it that I bought at the Mennonite Library/bookstore in Lancaster, PA about 30 years ago. And from personal experience, if you understand Pfälzisch, you understand nearly all of conversational Pennsylvania Deutsch. The people in their farmer's market were a bit surprised to find an outsider that understood what they were saying. . .

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Americans arrested for allegedly swindling Canada out of 12 million COVID masks

 

Fraudsters in the U.S. swindled funds that were supposed to buy 12 million face masks for Canadians in the frantic early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new criminal indictment alleges.

 

American authorities this week arrested two residents of New York state, charging them with wire fraud in an alleged $8.2-million US scam.

 

Jonathan Cannon and Julie Dotton are accused of devising a scheme in which they falsely promised millions of masks to a Canadian company that was supplying two provinces.

 

"The defendants sought to take advantage of a provider's need for life-saving personal protective equipment through a fraudulent scheme that was designed in reality to line their own pockets," said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/americans-charged-pandemic-mask-swindle-1.7193553

 

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I've been stuck in Microsoft flight simulator this year which uses Google Earth and real weather. 

 

Mixing in real aircraft flights along with user flights. 

Throw in virtual reality, I use META quest 3.

Flying an F-16, F-15 developed by SC and DC designs.

Addicting.

https://www.aerosoft.com/us/shop/flight/microsoft-flight-simulator/msfs-aircraft/3386/dc-designs-f-15-c-e-i-eagle-msfs

 

https://www.flightsimulator.com/microsoft-flight-simulators-40th-anniversary-edition/

 

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Wait ... this is no late April fool's joke? I think the maximum tab count for me was 10, and that already stressed me out. When I want to find some location I visited a while ago, I'm using the browser history.

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1 hour ago, Gary from OPA said:

I really don't understand people with tabs I rarely have more than two open tabs per browser window and at most 3 browsers open one on each monitor.

 

https://www.tomshardware.com/software/mozilla-firefox/firefox-user-loses-7470-opened-tabs-saved-over-two-years-after-they-cant-restore-browsing-session

I have a shit-load of tabs open in Firefox because Mozilla eliminated tab groups as they used to exist and I never moved to a new add-on to manage them.  Mind you, Firefox also no longer maintains tabs' existing disposition, instead re-loading them when you click on the tab after the browser has been restarted, which stymies my old way of doing things.

 

Why?  I dunno.  Most of it is probably because I have many different things going at a time.  For instance, I just closed 15 tabs which were related to research on a particular Exchange issue a customer was having.  Back when browsers did not have tabs, I would wind up with a bazillion browser windows open at a time.

 

Bookmarks are shyte.  If the site goes off-line, or the link changes, your bookmark is dead.  Back in Netscape I used an add-on which went through my bookmarks toe find dead links, but that started failing when sites changed from reporting a 404 error with a custom 404 page to a redirect or actual page which instead returns a 200 result.  Fraken developers and admins doing cutesie shit breaking the Internet, then get pissy with you when you complain with the ignorant "what does it matter to you?" or "why do you care?" followed by "it's the same thing!"

 

Back in the days when I was doing a lot of research for gain, I started using Zotero.  It is a research reference tool which, with the plugins for OpenOffice and Microsoft Office, you can insert reference citations, including a bibliography, in various standards.  It can proxy through research gateways, will download and store full articles in whatever formats are available, like TXT, PDF, &c.  When capturing news outlet articles, it will use any metadata it can find to catalogue the article.

 

Its basic functionality is good for my non-research purposes, as well.  Since it takes snapshots of the articles and pages, if the article or page disappears, I still have it as it existed at the time.  It will notify me of changes, including articles which have been retracted (a lot of those over the past several years for some reason.)

 

In a way, my tab collection works like my mind.  I have two browser windows on my laptop, one active and one auxiliary, with around 100 tabs each.  It is easier for me to find a tab versus finding a bookmark or the site, again.  Could not tell you why, but why fight it when it works?  My desktop has three windows, the first two working similarly, but the third is used for more "gray" purposes.  Another note is my laptop and my desktop are configured differently, which also differ from my tablets: layout, software, shortcuts even for the same software (no shortcuts on the Desktop -- that is clutter,) and I move between them as seemlessly as I move between various platforms.

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17 minutes ago, OLD CS1 said:

I have a shit-load of tabs open in Firefox because Mozilla eliminated tab groups as they used to exist and I never moved to a new add-on to manage them.  Mind you, Firefox also no longer maintains tabs' existing disposition, instead re-loading them when you click on the tab after the browser has been restarted, which stymies my old way of doing things.

 

Why?  I dunno.  Most of it is probably because I have many different things going at a time.  For instance, I just closed 15 tabs which were related to research on a particular Exchange issue a customer was having.  Back when browsers did not have tabs, I would wind up with a bazillion browser windows open at a time.

 

Bookmarks are shyte.  If the site goes off-line, or the link changes, your bookmark is dead.  Back in Netscape I used an add-on which went through my bookmarks toe find dead links, but that started failing when sites changed from reporting a 404 error with a custom 404 page to a redirect or actual page which instead returns a 200 result.  Fraken developers and admins doing cutesie shit breaking the Internet, then get pissy with you when you complain with the ignorant "what does it matter to you?" or "why do you care?" followed by "it's the same thing!"

 

Back in the days when I was doing a lot of research for gain, I started using Zotero.  It is a research reference tool which, with the plugins for OpenOffice and Microsoft Office, you can insert reference citations, including a bibliography, in various standards.  It can proxy through research gateways, will download and store full articles in whatever formats are available, like TXT, PDF, &c.  When capturing news outlet articles, it will use any metadata it can find to catalogue the article.

 

Its basic functionality is good for my non-research purposes, as well.  Since it takes snapshots of the articles and pages, if the article or page disappears, I still have it as it existed at the time.  It will notify me of changes, including articles which have been retracted (a lot of those over the past several years for some reason.)

 

In a way, my tab collection works like my mind.  I have two browser windows on my laptop, one active and one auxiliary, with around 100 tabs each.  It is easier for me to find a tab versus finding a bookmark or the site, again.  Could not tell you why, but why fight it when it works?  My desktop has three windows, the first two working similarly, but the third is used for more "gray" purposes.  Another note is my laptop and my desktop are configured differently, which also differ from my tablets: layout, software, shortcuts even for the same software (no shortcuts on the Desktop -- that is clutter,) and I move between them as seemlessly as I move between various platforms.

I have bookmarks mainly and divided in folders along the favorites bar and then more dividers with either lines or new sub folders.

 

I rarely run into dead bookmarks except for some ti99 sites that changed or died after years.

 

A friend of mine recommended this addon for Firefox but haven't tried it out yet:

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/onetab/

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Remember the bathwater girl?

 

She claims PayPal fined her 2,500 usd for each sale of her 35 dollar bathwater.

 

She lost 90k in total she claims.

 

https://fxtwitter.com/bunnydelphine/status/1787478788676207087

 

For some reason you can't embed this tweet so here it is. Or use the fx link above to view it.

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Since it’s been a couple years now I can finally share the biggest L I’ve ever taken.
Not only did I not earn any money selling my bathwater, I in fact LOST money doing it. @PayPal  without any warning closed my PayPal account and took the $90,000 that I earned from selling my bathwater. There was nothing I could do, I tried phoning them up and they just said ‘sorry, nothing we can do!’
I knew it would be a better news story to say that I made ‘sOoOo much money’ from selling my bathwater so I just kept this secret…Ultimately I’m still glad I did it since it was a really funny time on the internet when it happened, and I still did mail out all the bathwater people bought from me (which I did all by myself 🥲 )
Sooo... fuck PayPal I guess?

 

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14 minutes ago, Gary from OPA said:

Remember the bathwater girl?

 

She claims PayPal fined her 2,500 usd for each sale of her 35 dollar bathwater.

 

She lost 90k in total she claims.

 

https://fxtwitter.com/bunnydelphine/status/1787478788676207087

 

For some reason you can't embed this tweet so here it is. Or use the fx link above to view it.

 

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Maybe that is why she became an OnlyFans skank.

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17 minutes ago, Gary from OPA said:

For some reason you can't embed this tweet so here it is. Or use the fx link above to view it.

The fx link kind-of does not work, either.  I appears her profile is age-gated and you have to sign in to view it.

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23 minutes ago, Gary from OPA said:

If she can make money from bathwater. We should start bottling our soldering fumes from building retro hardware and sell it.

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You know what P.T. Barnum has been quoted as saying...

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