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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by random axe on March 19, 2019, 05:26:39 PM »
There desperately needs to be a common protocol for Urgent vs Not Urgent text messages.  :nonplused:
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General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by stormneedle on March 18, 2019, 09:05:26 PM »
Headline: Georgia bill would require men to report every release of sperm to officers
Begins whistling "Every sperm is sacred."
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General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by mo on March 18, 2019, 04:13:46 PM »
Headline: Georgia bill would require men to report every release of sperm to officers

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General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by mo on March 18, 2019, 04:10:29 PM »
 :thumbsup:

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Science & Technology / Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Last post by random axe on March 18, 2019, 09:16:33 AM »
From Google's end, the BEST version of this is that they really didn't know there was a microphone in there because whoever manufactured it for them put it in without being asked to and without saying.

Which is still not good for people who were foolish enough to buy one.
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Last post by mo on March 16, 2019, 03:53:49 PM »
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Last month, Google announced that its Nest Secure would be updated to work with Google Assistant software. Following the update, users could simply utter “Hey Google” to access voice controls on the product line-up’s “Nest Guard” device.

The main problem, though, is that Google never told users that its product had an internal microphone to begin with. Nowhere inside the Nest Guard’s hardware specs, or in its marketing materials, could users find evidence of an installed microphone.

When Business Insider broke the news, Google fumbled ownership of the problem: “The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs,” a Google spokesperson said. “That was an error on our part.”

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“Oops! We neglected to mention we’re recording everything you do while fronting as a security device,” wrote Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business.

It's sad that I find this so comical.  :lol:
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General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by flipper on March 13, 2019, 12:32:23 PM »
Mr. Eviscerator is a great bandname
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General Discussion / Re: Topicless
« Last post by stormneedle on March 10, 2019, 10:08:30 PM »
Dog's name in a book - Mr. Eviscerator. You have to have the "Mr." in front, because he's a good dog.
[Rowe, Andrew. On the Shoulders of Titans.]
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General Discussion / Re: Pets
« Last post by random axe on March 09, 2019, 06:16:37 PM »
Just as we sifted through many, many kitten listings, we sifted through many names.  But once you gots the kitten, you best have the name, or you end up calling the cat something random that just stuck.

He is a very boy-cat kitten, adventurous and enthusiastic and athletic, and princely, and so it's "Flynn" as in "Errol Flynn".

He has long but sort of sparse fur at this point, so we're waiting impatiently to see what his coat turns out like.  He's mostly white (goes well with the furniture :P) but his tail is dark from base to tip, which keeps amusing me.  He's very pliable, considering -- he's already learned to fetch properly (he brings the toy back and drops it so you can throw it again) and to high-five, and we're teaching him to do a dance before he gets his food.

One of our older cats, a female named Xena, will jump in the air and spin around on command . . . about half the time, if you don't try to do it too often.  With cats, it's sort of easier to let them demonstrate the tricks they're partial to, and then encourage them, than it is to pick tricks ahead of time and train them.  But kittens are more malleable, in a couple of senses.
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General Discussion / Re: Pets
« Last post by mo on March 09, 2019, 05:46:07 PM »
He's a beauty.  :thumbsup:

Is there a story behind the name? Is he your security advisor?  :P
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