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Hardware & Technology / UK wifi extension
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:14:27 AM »
seems with automation, the start has to be great wifi coverage. A mesh works, but if a part of the mesh goes down, it needs to heal.  clever stuff, but it can take 24 hours to come right.

So, how to extend the wifi without running ethernet cables everywhere or other costly options.

USB charging for the phone too.

Water Cooler / Whats Your home assistant called?
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:43:24 AM »
I was thinking that the other day... What should the home assistant be called? I dont have one yet (OK Google I guess on my phone)

We have the defaults:

OK Google
and now

Why not something like Uncle Sam?

I like Simone..... Rose, is good...

No, Happy... what could be better?


The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that as many as one out of ten workers will retire either this year or the next one. Losing 10 percent of employees can hit a company incredibly hard if it's not prepared. This, at the same, will put a great strain on the healthcare system.

Adding to this is the fact that baby boomers are now physically in worse shape than generations that have retired previously. While lifespan has increased, health related illnesses, suicide, and divorce are higher than ever.

Points to a report here
costing £850

That quote is the biggest take out for me, despite my deep interest overall.

Traffic / Word cloud from a site
« on: November 30, 2018, 11:44:24 AM »
I want to be able to show on one screen a picture of what a site looks like to a search engine. Its multi page/catagory/product so like a sites, complex.

I found a tool that looks at a page:

But does not spider the whole site. I cannot see anything on Ahrefs or Majestic, (although know neither that well)

Screaming Frog seems to get part way there, but again only per page with the visualisations.

I guess it is quite complex to do cross site, but I think would give a huge amount of value.

Anyone know who does it?

Water Cooler / Black Mirror comes to life
« on: August 30, 2018, 06:47:40 AM »

I have to say Black Mirror is on the watch list for winter evenings...

We are, in many ways, already being prepped for a world where we are judged for every single action we do, on a daily basis. And that is linked to a series of further actions, which may entitle us to get or remove the ability to receive, certain things in life. And that in itself is the beginning of becoming part of a herd.

The up side is of course its going to be a bit like living in a village, where everyone know everyone, so doors are left open, neighbours leave eggs on the kitchen table for you, as there is a sense of trust.

The problem of who you have to trust still remains.


More data issues...

Both data and the online controls on "connected cars" from Jaguar Land Rover remain available to previous owners, according to security experts and owners of the upmarket vehicles. The car maker has defended its privacy safeguards and security of its InControl tech.

El Reg began investigating the issue after talking to Matt Watts, a techie who blogged about the issue of connected cars and the data they collect, without initially naming Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Watts' secondhand Range Rover came with the ability to remotely control the climate systems, call breakdown services, upload GPS/destination details and much more. The vehicle also keeps a record of much of this information and stores it in an online account.

Another example of how your data is not safe.  Medical records anyone? Think of the power of a list of cialis users. I would be surprised if its not out there.

and earlier:

Have you ever heard of Exactis?  According to their website, the company states, “Exactis is a leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and consumer data”.  They go on to tout “With over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly), our universal data warehouse is one of the largest and most respected in the digital and direct marketing industry”.  That is a ton of data.  One would assume they have some serious security in place to keep that information safe.  But, we all know how bad it is to assume…

According to a researcher, Vinny Troia, that was certainly not the case.  While researching the lack of security of ElasticSearch, another database, he found Exactis was actually leaving personal data available to online users, without any form of firewall.   The data found included names, email addresses, physical addresses, personal likes and dislikes, names of any children, as well as their ages, and more.  Although, it is important to note, social security numbers were not listed.  Even without having socials posted, if this information was obtained by hackers, they could certainly create false profiles or targeted social engineering attacks.

After being notified of the breach, Exactis worked to resolve the security gap.  As of today, the information is no longer available for public viewing.  Although, that does not mean damage hasn’t already been done.  It remains unclear if the information was found by a malicious third-party.  However, Troia states it would not have been difficult to find.

Water Cooler / Interesting Keto diet vid.
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:55:28 PM »


Imagine a world where many of your daily activities were constantly monitored and evaluated: what you buy at the shops and online; where you are at any given time; who your friends are and how you interact with them; how many hours you spend watching content or playing video games; and what bills and taxes you pay (or not).

For now, technically, participating in China's Citizen Scores is voluntary. But by 2020 it will be mandatory. The behaviour of every single citizen and legal person (which includes every company or other entity)in China will be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not.

so many nuggets, but SEO for social score:

Sesame Credit already offers tips to help individuals improve their ranking, including warning about the downsides of friending someone who has a low score.

Jobs & Service / More of the same
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »

This I found interesting:

In food, increasing numbers of people now prefer to buy local and often. Fewer big weekly shops mean out-of-town superstores are under pressure and the big supermarkets are trying to lure in other retailers to take space they no longer need.

Hardware & Technology / bitcoin beater :)
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:27:00 AM »
Introduction to PhOENIX Theory

PhOENIX: The Physics Of Entanglements Networks and Information eXchanges is based on topology and combinatorics whereby all the known “particles” in physics can be represented as information which has been spatially entangled onto networks of vertices.

According to E=mc2, mass is nothing more than entangled energy. With PhOENIX, we have decoded how that energy becomes entangled, how it forms particles, and how those particles interact according to simple rules, using Graph Theory. A graph with n vertices is represented by an nxn matrix, called a coordinate matrix.

WOW!  not a believer yet though. But a fun idea.

Marketing / Anyone tried it as a cheap alternative?
« on: November 29, 2017, 03:41:55 PM »
Or is it likely to fail as a spam trap.

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