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  2. Chess is serious business in Russia:
  3. OMG, that would be me too (hate to admit) Clutter
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  5. WHAT DO YOU CALL A LOST WOLF? A WHERE-WOLF!
  6. That would be me plenty of times!! Sorry to admit!
  7. I started reading years of back issues of monthly publications like Nebula and Galaxy and many others, all tied up in bundles by year in the attic of a friend of my mother. It started when I was about 12. She talked in the kitchen and I climbed up into the attic to read year after year of great stories.
  8. Yeah... Yeah... irregardless of that. ;)
  9. This is an interesting thread. I've seen several opportunities to step in and 'set things straight'. Yeah, right. I rarely could resist the temptation of a 'tar baby' set before me, but in this case I did decide to pass (mostly). So I settled for checking out Eric's ThriftBooks reference, where I did a quick test search and found Jack Williamson's "The Legion of Space". Great old pulp SF fiction that got many a boy's heart pumping back in the day. (Probably contributed to my later electronics engineering career). I was first exposed to the SF genre as a young boy, age 7 to 10. "The Legion..." was it. Changed my life, it did. Talk like Yoda, I sometimes do... A parting comment, however- there are many possible definitions of 'sheeple', depending on your orientation. I submit that for a vast majority of mankind, myself included, the old addage is so true: "Look in a mirror- there you will be looking at the source of all your problems". Remember, those 'sheeple', supremely confident in their erroneous ways, believe you are the sheeple. Heh! Dang, I wish everyone could be as perfect as me... </sarcasm> Clutter
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  11. sunrat

    NEW UPDATES Debian

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Debian Project https://www.debian.org/ Debian 8 Long Term Support reaching end-of-life press@debian.org July 9th, 2020 https://www.debian.org/News/2020/20200709 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Debian Long Term Support (LTS) Team hereby announces that Debian 8 "jessie" support has reached its end-of-life on June 30, 2020, five years after its initial release on April 26, 2015. Debian will not provide further security updates for Debian 8. A subset of "jessie" packages will be supported by external parties. Detailed information can be found at Extended LTS [1]. 1: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Extended The LTS Team will prepare the transition to Debian 9 "stretch", which is the current oldstable release. The LTS Team has taken over support from the Security Team on July 6, 2020 while the final point update for "stretch" will be released on July 18, 2020. Debian 9 will also receive Long Term Support for five years after its initial release with support ending on June 30, 2022. The supported architectures remain amd64, i386, armel and armhf. In addition we are pleased to announce, for the first time support will be extended to include the arm64 architecture. For further information about using "stretch" LTS and upgrading from "jessie" LTS, please refer to LTS/Using [2]. 2: https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Using
  12. securitybreach

    Microphone Madness

    Perhaps https://askubuntu.com/questions/722685/realtek-audio-drivers-for-ubuntu#1052815
  13. Cluttermagnet

    Coronavirus - COVID-19

    Encouraging new statistics on Covid-19 mortality- it's low, like the flu. It's the gospel from CDC, by the way... and they're really serious about their numbers this time- now that they've collectively scared the carp out of everyone. IOW it's been greatly overblown. But we're mostly all locked down anyway. Horowitz: The CDC Confirms Remarkably Low Coronavirus Death Rate. Where is the Media? Oh, let me answer that for you- counting all the ad revenues from pharmaceuticals? Clutter
  14. Cluttermagnet

    Coronavirus - COVID-19

    (Some nice theme music, links at the bottom- to read this, my latest piece by...) https://kellybroganmd.com/masks-have-you-been-captured-by-this-psyop/ Here's another one for you to scoff at, probably not even read. Yes, another 'alternative viewpoint'. This MD doctor is a clear thinker and asks some really good questions. Wow! Am I ever experiencing 'cognitive dissonance' as regards Covid-19. Nothing new- it's been this way for me for months now. I instinctively distrust what the establishment and the media are telling me, largely. OTOH I do see enough to judge that something 'real' has indeed been unleashed and it is indeed selectively killing a lot of people, who never deserved this! But importantly, it is not killing the vast majority of those exposed to it! My central concern all along has not been that this virus is going to get to me and either sicken or kill me. Nope, I trust in the good state of health I am in, and that I still have a pretty robust immune system. Rather, my greatest fear is that this is a vast psyop playing out here- one that will lead to some very unpleasant consequences for us all! It is being used as an excuse to intensify the major invasion of privacy triggered by 9-11-2001. (See also "TIA" and "Carnivore", long since renamed and gone underground) The 'Patriot Act' put a silver stake through the heart of personal liberties in the US, now Covid-19 fears will be jacked up so as to put a silver bullet to the brain of what remains of our freedoms. "Your papers, please" (or perhaps without the "please") conjures up images of the h3ll the German people and citizens in overrun European countries went through during WWII. Well, that is clearly and unarguably coming to America and the world very shortly. It will start as a sort of 'vac***ation' passport without which people will be close to locked down- no access to businesses, no travel, banished from the public square, etc. Resisters will eventually find themselves virtually under permanent house arrest. BTW that 'passport' comes through a needle, loosely speaking- actually, a form of 'patch' with a large array of dissolvable micro-needles which leave a permanent, uniquely identifiable 'brand' on the person receiving it- this is really no different from the tattoos the Germans applied (also to the arms) of inmates in their concentration camps in WWII. Invisible, granted, like invisible ink, but easily machine readable using a smart phone with the appropriate app installed. I'll no doubt be one in the 'arrest' category. For privacy reasons, I will not be going along with any snooping masquerading as 'contact tracing'. Further, I am prepared to defend to the death my bodily autonomy and integrity against any and all unwanted/unneeded 'medical interventions'. In the fullness of time, this may be the ultimate reason for my untimely death, defending myself against just such an attack. Yes, I absolutely do believe it is only a matter of time before any remaining pockets of resistance will be put down through violent home invasions! Wish I didn't have to believe that, but all the facts point clearly in that direction. Short of some form of popular uprising (Highly unlikely!) that is where we appear headed. Only a matter of time now... In the meantime, I meekly go along with the current masking regime, although I see a strong underlying futility in this masquerade. Heh! It's a pretty virulent foe we deal with, the 'invisible enemy' that is Covid- but our real foe goes largely unrecognized by a great majority of my countrymen. That would be the vicious control freaks who are really pulling our strings collectively. People are such sheep! They are blind to what is happening all around us, under our noses. Our national medical policy is being run by powerful corporations, led and financed by someone with lots of money, no formal medical training whatsoever, and a confirmed, undeniable belief in major reduction in the global human population. Eugenics, anyone? Bah humbug! I do not like where we are headed... Clutter Leon Russell - This Masquerade George Benson This Masquerade Carpenters This Masquerade
  15. Corrine

    Mozilla Firefox Version 78.0 Released

    Mozilla sent Firefox Version 78.0.2 to the release channel today. The update includes one security update rated moderate. Release Notes Security Updates
  16. Larson is the absolute best! Too bad he retired... Clutter
  17. raymac46

    Microphone Madness

    ray@mx-laptop-basement:~ $ grep "Codec:" /proc/asound/card*/codec* /proc/asound/card0/codec#0:Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI /proc/asound/card1/codec#0:Codec: Realtek ALC233 ray@mx-laptop-basement:~ ray@mx-laptop-basement:~ $ sudo dmesg | grep snd [ 8.335935] snd_hda_intel 0000:00:01.1: Force to non-snoop mode [ 8.384891] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: autoconfig for ALC233: line_outs=1 (0x14/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) type:speaker [ 8.384900] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 8.384903] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: hp_outs=1 (0x21/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 8.384905] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 8.384907] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: inputs: [ 8.384911] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: Mic=0x19 [ 8.384913] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC1D0: Internal Mic=0x12 ray@mx-laptop-basement:~ ay@mx-laptop-basement:~ $ lsmod | grep snd snd_hda_codec_realtek 122880 1 snd_hda_codec_hdmi 57344 1 snd_hda_codec_generic 86016 1 snd_hda_codec_realtek snd_hda_intel 45056 4 snd_hda_codec 151552 4 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec_realtek snd_hda_core 94208 5 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_codec_realtek snd_hwdep 16384 1 snd_hda_codec snd_pcm 114688 4 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_core snd_timer 36864 1 snd_pcm snd 94208 16 snd_hda_codec_generic,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hwdep,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_timer,snd_pcm soundcore 16384 1 snd ray@mx-laptop-basement:~
  18. raymac46

    Microphone Madness

    So I have this older Lenovo Flex2-15D laptop which I added an SSD to and converted to Linux. The grandkids are here for the week and they tried to do a Google meet with their dad. They could hear and see him fine but he couldn't hear them. Later on I tried the mic with Skype test and a number of online mic testing sites and it doesn't work. No sound at all. The mic is recognized by the system and its codec is supported but it just doesn't work. USB plugged microphones work well. The internal mic isn't broken as I can record sounds locally with Audacity. The laptop's camera/mic solution is a Realtek ALC 233 chip. It's not Linux either as I have a different ALC chip in my Thinkpad (ALC 3202) and that works well with Debian. I tried switching the O/S from Linux Mint to MX-Linux and that didn't help. I have also futzed around with alsamixer and pavucontrol with no results. The mic is not muted. The only workaround I can see is to replace the internal mic with a usb microphone. The speakers and the camera work well. There must be a bug in the codec that messes up cloud sound transmission. The mic was working OK in Windows 10 when I had it on this laptop. Go figure.
  19. sunrat

    NEW UPDATES Debian

    - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Debian Security Advisory DSA-4720-1 security@debian.org https://www.debian.org/security/ Sebastien Delafond July 08, 2020 https://www.debian.org/security/faq - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Package : roundcube CVE ID : CVE-2020-15562 Debian Bug : 964355 It was discovered that roundcube, a skinnable AJAX based webmail solution for IMAP servers, did not properly sanitize incoming mail messages. This would allow a remote attacker to perform a Cross-Side Scripting (XSS) attack. For the stable distribution (buster), this problem has been fixed in version 1.3.14+dfsg.1-1~deb10u1. - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Debian Security Advisory DSA-4721-1 security@debian.org https://www.debian.org/security/ Salvatore Bonaccorso July 08, 2020 https://www.debian.org/security/faq - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Package : ruby2.5 CVE ID : CVE-2020-10663 CVE-2020-10933 Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the interpreter for the Ruby language. CVE-2020-10663 Jeremy Evans reported an unsafe object creation vulnerability in the json gem bundled with Ruby. When parsing certain JSON documents, the json gem can be coerced into creating arbitrary objects in the target system. CVE-2020-10933 Samuel Williams reported a flaw in the socket library which may lead to exposure of possibly sensitive data from the interpreter. For the stable distribution (buster), these problems have been fixed in version 2.5.5-3+deb10u2. - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Debian Security Advisory DSA-4722-1 security@debian.org https://www.debian.org/security/ Moritz Muehlenhoff July 08, 2020 https://www.debian.org/security/faq - ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Package : ffmpeg CVE ID : CVE-2019-13390 CVE-2019-17539 CVE-2019-17542 CVE-2020-12284 CVE-2020-13904 Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in the FFmpeg multimedia framework, which could result in denial of service or potentially the execution of arbitrary code if malformed files/streams are processed. For the stable distribution (buster), these problems have been fixed in version 7:4.1.6-1~deb10u1.
  20. Bookmem

    MS force feeding Edge

    I'm not referring to just Netscape but also the much later action the EU took.
  21. My pet peeve, and I hear it from people who should know better, is "returned back to . . .".
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