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Auto-generated frolics.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

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The Internet of Strings 0

So you still think that the connected home is a good thing?

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Suckering the Suckers 0

Mike Brooks takes a look why people take the click-bait. A snippet:

Another way in which clickbait lures us in is through a variable ratio reinforcement schedule. This is is sometime referred to as the “Vegas Effect” because variable ratio reinforcement schedules are involved in gambling. . . .

Those clickbait headlines make us curious to see what’s behind the curtain, so to speak. To quote the sagacious, Forrest Gump, who was quoting his mother, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.”

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Make TWUUG Your LUG 0

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (September 5, 2019). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

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The Watchers 0

The IoT is spreading its voyeuristic web. Now it’s doorbell cameras being made available to law enforcement.

From the story (emphasis added):

The partnerships allow police to request footage from Ring devices in area up to half a square mile wide within a certain amount of time, the company told the Post. Law enforcement agencies can’t access live video or receive ongoing access.

Ring users can decline video access requests by police officers.

I am certain that there’s no way this guarantee can be circumvented. After all, we never hear news stories about outfits getting hacked, do we?

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Just Because You See It on a Computer Don’t Make It So 0

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It’s All about the Algorithm, “Googling Is Believing” Dept. 0

David and his guest discuss how the internet feeds confirmation bias.

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Geeking Out 0

Listening to Richard Diamond, Private Detective, starring Dick Powell, from the Old Time Radio Network Library on Real Player in a VirtualBox virtual machine of Windows 8 on Ubuntu MATE using the Fluxbox window manager on my Zareason media box.

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Not ready for prime time frolics.

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When They’ve Got Your Number . . . 0

. . . it turns out that they really have got your number.

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

Nancy LeTourneau reports on Youtube’s “recommendation engine” and what the engine spawned engineered in Brazil.

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The Fluxbox window manager with the looksClearblue theme on Ubuntu MATE on my Zareason mediabox. The background is from my library.

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Customer Care 0

I got a call from the “business development” arm of my hosting provider yesterday to inquire as to what needs I might have. They call about once a quarter.

After introductory pleasantries, I informed the caller that my site is not a business site, but a hobbyist site (unsaid was, “So whatever you’re selling, I ain’t buying”). He asked, “By the way, what’s the hobby?”

I said, “Running a website.”

That’s when he started laughing . . . .

(By the by, I am quite happy with my hosting provider, particularly with the tech support, which has proven extremely competent. It’s the calibre of the tech support that keeps me with them. I don’t need tech support often, because I generally know what I’m doing, but, when I do need it, I need it bad.)

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Ubuntu MATE with the Plasma Desktop. The wallpaper is from my library. Swisswatch and the GKrellM system monitor are on the right:

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Make TWUUG Your LUG 0

Learn about the wonderful world of free and open source. Use computers to do what you want, not what someone else wants you to do. Learn how to use GNU/Linux and its plethora of free and open source software to get stuff done with computers.

It’s not hard; it’s just different.

Tidewater Unix Users Group

When: Monthly TWUUG meeting at 7:30 p. m. on the first Thursday of the month (August 1, 2019). Pre-meeting dinner at Chicago Uno, JANAF shopping center, 6:00 p. m. (map)

Who: Everyone in TideWater/Hampton Roads with interest in any/all flavors of Unix/Linux. There are no dues or signup requirements. All are welcome.

Where: Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk Training Room (map). (Wireless and wired internet connection available.) Turn right upon entering, then left at the last corridor and look for the open meeting room.

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Windows 8 in a VirtualBox virtual machine on Ubuntu MATE with the Plasma Desktop.

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Afterthought:

Yes, I know the Windows taskbar is at the bottom of the screen by default. Did you know that you can reposition it? I find putting the taskbar (or, in Linux-speak, the panel) at the top fits my workflow.

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The KDE Desktop on Slackware 14.2. The background is from my library.

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The Plasma Desktop with the Glowglass theme on Ubuntu MATE. The wallpaper is from my library.

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Crypto-frolics.

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