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  1. Is anyone else having a problem with accessing SFN blogs? I'm getting a 502 bad gateway notice. 

    1. StringJunky
    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Not for me, it says network not secure, my battery is dying. Maybe it ill let me on tomorrow. 

       

  2. Watching Resident Alien on TV, hilarious show! 

    1. TheVat

      TheVat

      I noticed NF had picked it up this week.  I had a trial sub to whichever streaming service had it about a year ago, watched the first season and loved it.  So am looking forward to catching S.2.  Have been a Tudyk fan since he accidentally ingested hallucinogens in Death at a Funeral, and I discovered Firefly.  He is a great comedic talent.  As is most of the cast of RA.

       

  3. Guys, I need some help, power went off last night and when I went to start up pc it wouldn't Come one. It said the cooling fan wouldn't start up so the computer couldn't start up. I am getting ready to take it apart and see what is going on. Any tips as to how to proceed? 

    Where in the wide world of sports would I buy a cooling fan locally? Am I likely to be biting off more than I can chew or do I need to take it to a repair shop? 

    Any hints/tips will be apreciated.  

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Interesting, I just cleaned up the heatsink and replaced the cpu fan. I didn't remove the heatsink from the motherboard and the fan was just screwed into the fins of the heatsink. The heat sink was full of fluff and dust but a vacuum cleaner and a soft brush removed all traces of the stuff on the fan and heatsink. 

      The fan will not run despite turning freely, I thought maybe the fan frame was being torqued out of shape when I attached it to the heat sink but I made sure it still turned freely. I guess i could have received a bad fan, I'm not sure how likely that is.

      I am still amazed at how empty the tower was, it's been a good ten years since I worked on a computer, maybe that is why there seemed to be so little "stuff" in the tower. 

    3. geordief

      geordief

      Did you  send it in to be repaired?

      Let us know what they do to it if you did :-)

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Not yet, it will be a few weeks but I will let you know what was wrong. 

  4. Does anyone know if CCleaner is still a safe option? I am having some problems with my PC yet again, for some reason McAfee viral program has stopped being available, it's symbol on my desktop has vanished. It still pops up sometimes when i down load telling me it checked my download but I can't access the program to initiate a scan. I am paying for it, but for some reason it has stopped working... any ideas guys?    

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Thank you for your advice. 

    3. Sensei

      Sensei

      Spare (dispensable! i.e. with non-important data) SSD 120 GB with a fresh installed (i.e. "just now", from scratch! just before use!), is always a good idea. If you were infected ("the main system") by novel virus, no antivirus will find it, and you don't know what kind of backdoors were installed on it (if it was truly virus/hacker attack).. Viruses/hacker attacks disable antivirus and firewalls. They can do that because they gained admin/root privileges.

      It is better to not too accustomize with an operating systems..

      I am swapping Linux 4 times per year, and in between there are special "erase all to permanent zero", one per month or so..

       

      Learn how to backup entire browser (cookies etc.) from file system.

      It should be in hidden folders:

      %USERPROFILE%/AppData/Local

      and

      %USERPROFILE%/AppData/Roaming/

      (both are important!)

      Copy them from Linux Live pendrive to another device e.g. pendrive.

      This way you can even use web browser data (logged sessions) from Windows on Linux machine, and vice versa, if you did everything properly.

      Copy them in an appropriate places on a new fresh system..

       

      You need to create Linux Live pendrive first, somewhere (obviously not on compromised machine!)

      https://www.kali.org/docs/usb/live-usb-install-with-windows/

      (Linux can read Windows NTFS files and folders, even without admin privileges, attempt of reading Windows NTFS folders on Windows, which are only accessible by admin, will fail)

       

      Most people are never ready for "Winter is coming".. You don't know when winter is coming.. Unlike true winter which is pretty regularly (so people started making food for it)..

      Damage of disk, this way or another, will happen sooner or later..

       

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Thank you for your advice. Sadly that is far outside the realm of possibility for me at this time. I think the problems i am having are a senergy of a bad mouse and unused files cluttering up my computer. If it is a virus as you say then I am screwed but I know you guys will miss me. 

  5. I remember hearing about a Scifi book that portrays aliens from another plane of existence where cephalopods are top dogs and we interact in some way with technological cephalopods. Anyone know what book this was? 

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    2. TheVat
    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Thank you! This is the one i was talking about! 

    4. TheVat

      TheVat

      A "Red planet" Marxist Earth encountering capitalist squid people from an alternate timeline - this could be awful, or awfully amusing.  The squids are capitalists, so I guess they prefer to squirt black ink?  😏

  6. I woke up this morning to a tropical storm. blew down my avocado tree! I had no idea this was coming, I need to watch the weather more. 

  7. Is anyone else keeping track of all the whistleblowers who've come out of the woodwork on youtube lately about UFOs? It's beginning to look serious guys... no I will not start another UFO thread... I won't I tell you... you can't make me! 

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Genady... you would be wrong... still probably not ET but I don't think Human AI is part of this. 

    3. Alex_Krycek

      Alex_Krycek

      Yes, been following it closely.  

      Excellent article and interview here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJKwglRgwDM

      https://public.substack.com/p/us-has-12-or-more-alien-space-craft

      Critical mass is building...

    4. swansont

      swansont

      !

      Moderator Note

      Status updates are not for material that should be discussed in the forums

       
  8. Is anyone else getting an add before a page opens up? 

  9. Does anyone use the search engine Opera? Any pros or cans or tips to make it better. I generally use google but I am looking around to see what is available. 

    1. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Try Brave

    2. MigL

      MigL

      Opera is a web browser similar to Chrome, although a little slower.
      It was originally very compact but now has gained all sorts of extensions, and is available on multiple platforms, such as Windows, iOS, Android, etc.

  10. Today is the two year anniversary of my wife's passing, funny how the first year passed almost without me noticing the date, but this year it has really messed me up. I miss her so badly, the world is a much worse place without her. 

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Thank you guys, Phi I didn't realize until yesterday i was focusing on the date. The past few days have been full of panic/anxiety and depression. A full blown panic attack almost had me go to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack or something. Everyone keep telling me it will get better but it only gets worse. I still expect her to walk into the room at any time. I still think to tell her something I've seen or heard that was interesting. We shared so much it's difficult to even consider we can no longer share. 

      Vat, you make a very good point, she did keep me more or less on the straight and narrow and I miss her companionship, 46 years of marriage is difficult to get past. I've even been asked out by women recently but I still feel married and could see no way to do that. My own behavior has changed, I've become combative, easily irritated and very much unsure of myself. 

      Life goes on even after the thrill of living it is gone... John Mellencamp. 

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes hasn't exactly helped nor has sitting on the couch and eating cheese burgers I'm sure.  

    4. TheVat

      TheVat

      Know what you mean about still feel married.  I simply cannot imagine remarrying if I were to lose my spouse.  There is some terrific Samuel Johnson (?) quote about remarriage, but I can't dredge it up atm.  Some guy is delivering sheetrock to our driveway, so I have to go get it in before it rains.  

  11. I watched Avatar... The Way of the Water last night... or should I say Moby Dick on another planet? Wonderful CGI technology but evidently future humans are so evil the universe should be hoping for an early Nuclear War. What is the plot of the next Avatar based on? Maybe they'll step up and go with something more adult like Between Planets by Heinlein, Ooo Ooo Ooo I know! How about Oliver Twist? Naw too complex. 

    1. MigL

      MigL

      Most expensive cartoon ever made.
      James Cameron needs to go back to making movies that entertain, like Terminator 2 or Aliens.

    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      The cgi was great and hints at some wild possibilities, the John Varley trilogy, IMHO a great story but until now impossible to make, would lend itself to this type of cgi quite well. Sci-fi in general would benefit with this technology. But this movie was... not much more than a retelling of Moby Dick and not really well done either.

      The first movie was sweet but just a retelling of Pocahontas, the CGI and the idea of what an alien planet might look like was great but some of the portrayal of the aliens was "sweet" instead of realistic.

      The shifting of the necklaces of the females to hide their "almost" breasts was sweet in the beginning but became distracting and comical as the movie went on.

      The females either should have not had "almost" breasts or they should have shared the modern taboo of not exposing them, would bra tops have been such a problem for cgi? The constant "accidental" covering of the breasts became silly at best as the movie went on. In the second movie it became annoying as hell and just made it more difficult to suspend disbelief of the sci-fi setting of the movie. 

      I thought the idea of a world wide AI controlling the ecosystem was kind of unique and made it interesting but the willy nilly method of the AI intervening seemed contrived to me at best. 

      Let's talk about the over the top evil of the humans and the unobtainium of both movies, the first one was difficult to swallow but not impossible to conceive of. It was easy to assume the "people" of earth stumbled across such a thing and it's value in their technology was enough to justify mining and shipping it to earth. 

      But the stuff obtained from the alien whales? They arrive ten years later and within a year they find an immortality serum in the brains of "alien whales" and have a complex system of obtaining it already set up?  This just beggars the imagination to think they discovered it that quickly.

      Did they set about the slaughter of native animals immediately when they arrived the second time looking for something of value to justify star travel? The method used to obtain this substance would have required a technological base already in place when they landed. No justification for this was even hinted at.

      The Red Planet by Heinlein would have been a much better story and a good way to display the CGI tech. 

      In fact the entire operation seemed to indicate they already knew about the immortality serum before they arrived, screw the unobtainium that allowed for the tech that got them to the planet, lets kill something and see if we can find an immortality serum. 

      I think the whale theme was meant to be a tear jerker for little kids but it detracted from the story line and made suspension of disbelief even more difficult. I write better than that or at least more subtilly. The entire story was about as subtle as a slap in the face with a dead fish.

      Such a wonderful possibility wasted, let us hope this technology can be applied to better movies in the future.  

  12. Has google merged with yahoo? I woke up this morning to a google page with yahoo in the search space but with google still listed as my search engine and missing some of my long term apps list. 

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    2. sethoflagos

      sethoflagos

      Look out for a pop up that appears every couple of months inviting you to reactivate Secure Search. It defaults to 'activate' so you have to clear the tick box.

    3. Satte1959

      Satte1959

      https://t.me/pump_upp
    4. Satte1959

      Satte1959

      https://t.me/pump_upp
  13. I had a personal experience tuesday morning at about 05:00...

    I was driving to the Walgreens pharmacy due to an intense sinus headache, planning on buying some Nyquil. I knew I was sick but all of a sudden i became severely nauseous and stopped the jeep to get out and lose my cookies. I woke up lying on the pavement beside a huge puddle of upchuck, i looked up at the sky and saw the beautiful stars but I was too weak to get up. 

    I was on my back in the middle of the busiest intersection in my city, I slowly got up and scanned my surroundings. I was in the middle of the intersection of two 4 lane streets, strip malls and street lights all around me where shining bright... but no cars, no humans, nothing but neon lights and sodium vapor lights as far as the eye could see!

    This was one of the oddest experiences I ever had made even more surreal by the total lack of other humans. Suddenly I felt like i was at the start some sort of apocalyptic Science fiction movie. Really strange, As I slowly stood up to climb back in my jeep I thought how great it would be if a cop showed up. 
     

     

    really odd to wake up laying in the city's busiest intersection and see no other humans.     

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      It was weird! I used to spend a lot of time fishing at night and coming and going to the beach at all hours of the night and I never saw the streets this deserted. Wilmington, NC has 117,000 people, the county has 229,000 people including Wilmington, not exactly metropolis but it seemed like no one was home the morning of the 1st. 

    3. MigL

      MigL

      Even more troubling if you woke up to find Rod Serling standing over you, saying ...
      "You're travelling through another dimension, a idmension not only of sight and sound, but of mind ..."

      Get yourself checked out, and get better.

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I'm fine now @MigL, weird experience for sure. If I had seen Rod Stirling I think I would have vapor locked! 

  14. Great minds think alike my friend! 

  15. Cooking beef stew today! To bad you guys aren't hear to enjoy it! 

  16. I found a house in my price range near where the Maco Light used to be. They took up the railroad tracks and replaced them with houses. I wonder what happened to the Maco Light, where did it go? 

    1. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Where do ghost lights go when their natural habitat is destroyed? 

    2. Phi for All

      Phi for All

      Probably removed the sign/reflector the light was bouncing off of when they removed the tracks and road. I don't know where ALL the ghost lights go, but the bad ones go to prism. 

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I've seen the Maco light, several times, I do not know what it was but reflector it wasn't. I always figured it was some kind of electrical phenomena associated with the RR tracks. Not everyone could see it even when others did. It was weird enough to make a sceptics hair stand up... it did mine. 

      I often wonder if it would still be there after the tracks were taken down but the area is lighted now with street lights and no way to see such a dim red glow with the lights drowning everything out. 

      To be fair the amount of lighting in the area seems more than a bit extreme, I wonder if the light has something to do with that. It was nearly 50 years ago now but if I remember correctly a news crew managed to film it once but that could be wishful thinking on my part.

  17. I'm growing self cloning crayfish, anyone else interested in this?  

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I used to breed dwarf crayfish commercially, in the time these self cloning crayfish have resulted in many dozens of crayfish I would have been lucky to get a dozen having started out with just two. 

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I have a couple of "proprietary" methods of insuring crayfish breed out of season, every 28 days to be specific. But these self cloning females breed continuously with no need to trick them into season.  No need for males either and none appear in the clone's broods.

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      My self cloning crayfish have resulted in such a numerous population i am using them as fish food. The down side is that some escape and start eating my plants.  

  18. I spend a lot of time watching youtube videos and I've noticed that some of the less reputable sites are using buzz words to try and get you too watch lately "massive" seems to be the word of choice ie

    " Scientists have observed something massive near the Sun" or

    " Scientists have observed something massive on the Moon" I am just waiting for "Scientists have observed something massive emerging from Uranus" 

    1. TheVat

      TheVat

      I belonged to an astronomy club in my teens - it is hard to overstate the giggle factor of that poor, erm, gas giant.  With the American pronunciation, anyway.  (I know some English speakers call it "YUR-uh-nuss," which neatly defuses all the fun that "yur-AY-nus" provides)

    2. Genady

      Genady

      Not only on the less reputable sites. "... frogs ... massive leap ..." Scientists regrow frogs’ amputated limbs in massive leap for regenerative medicine | Euronews

    3. joigus

      joigus

      Glad to see you back, and with your sense of humour in good shape.

      It's a massive comeback. ;) 

  19. I'm getting better but the pain is still mentally crippling. 

    1. zapatos

      zapatos

      Hope it gets better soon Moon. Hang in there!

    2. MigL

      MigL

      Hope you're well soon, and can start posting regularly again.
      We haven't had any threads about extra-terrestrial visitors in a while 🙂 .

    3. Phi for All

      Phi for All

      It's so hard to focus when you're in pain. My heart goes out to you, my friend, and I hope the pain fades as you continue to get better.

  20. Ok, it's official, UAPs are bullshit, Glenn Beck has weighed in and he says they are aliens. 

  21. 13 days until the great reveal!

    1. MonDie

      MonDie

      Missed that, heard old Diana Ross songs.  How many years left?

  22. My wife, Nancy, passed away the morning of the 16th in her sleep. I am lost, I don't know what to do, I keep thinking I'll ask Nancy what to do then it hits me again.

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    2. CharonY

      CharonY

      I am so sorry to hear that. Please take time for yourself and know that folks are there for you.

    3. J.C.MacSwell

      J.C.MacSwell

      Sorry to hear that Moontanman.

      I can only imagine what you're going through, and have gone through, but I do know time can help, even if it is one day at a time.

      May she rest in peace.

    4. arc

      arc

      Moon, my dear friend, my heart aches for your loss. You will be in my thoughts in these coming days, stay strong and keep well knowing so many care for you and share in their hearts your grief.

  23. One thing that has become apparent after watching the Capital be over run by insurgents seeking to tear down our government is that across this great land a great many towns and villages are missing their Idiots...

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    2. StringJunky
    3. joigus

      joigus

      Tan too.

    4. koti

      koti

      Arnold Shwarzenegger said in his emotional video clip yesterday that American democracy is like this Conan sword he's holding, that US democracy will get stronger with each tempering (Capitol raid) just like this sword gets stronger with fire and water. It was a very good video and much needed in light of current events but he forgot about one crucial thing which renders his clip a scary cliche - the sword is a movie prop.

  24. I am building  a large styrofoam background for my 75 gallon aquarium to allow me to use plants as filters. Can I post the picture on here and if so where? 

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    2. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Life interfered, no room for it now. 

    3. MigL

      MigL

      It would be a good way to keep busy, and get yor mind off things.
      When you're ready, of course.

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      I live in an apartment now, no place to really work, it makes a huge mess to make such a background. 

       

  25. Getting ready to go fish collecting, any requests? 

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    2. MigL

      MigL

      I think you'd better talk to JCMacSwell about that cod, Strange.
      Won't find much cod in Moony's neck of the woods.

    3. joigus

      joigus

      You got me mouth watering until you mentioned the tadpoles. 🙀 Hello. We've never met before.

    4. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      The fish were far too small to eat... 

       

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