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After a week of absence it's time for a new SOTW!
I'm still listening to the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack, though this is no bebop jazz.
Beautiful song sung by Steve Conte.
Don't we all want someone to call us to tell us it's going to be alright? (No, I'm not leaving my number)
So anyway, I've been listening to this song for weeks and I can't get it out of my head.
Basically SOTPTW (Sound of the Past Two Weeks).
Wow! That takes me back!
I used to listen to Zardonic back in high school.
That was back in 2005, but I hear he's still kicking ass
I used to listen to him and Bong-Ra[^] quite a lot during the same period. Bong-Ra is faster and more chaotic though (and this is just a random video I've never heard before, but seems to sound like the Bong-Ra I know)
1) cat container, best one of the top loading type, not front loading
2) chainmail covering at least the chest and the arms
3) a closed or visored helmet, chainmail coif optional
4) plate gauntlets
5) cat tranquilizer
6) antidote, just in case you accidentally get the tranquilizer yourself
7) alternative wooden cat tranquilizer
8) first aid kit (for you, not the cat)
1) Nope, front loader[^] - they are easier to get the cat into as it's hard for them to get all legs on the box. This is huge: 50x36x45cm, so the animal has plenty of room to stand, turn round, play cards, run a very short marathon ... I don't trust the plastic ones as one cat managed to break out of one. The cardboard ones are useless given a cat can eat a whole box in moments...
2, 3, 4) Nope, use charm and misdirection instead! It's also a good idea to put a blanket / jumper that smells of you (or something familiar) in the box as it helps the cat feel more relaxed.
5) Don't like those. Especially on an ill cat, which is normally why it's going in the carrier in the first place.
6) See 5.
7) Have you met my wife?
8) I have two in the house, one in the car - and I only ever gt to use them on visitors and neighbours.
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1) The trick is simply to drop the cat into the 'chest' and quickly slam close the lid before kitty can jump out. When they are falling, they concentrate on the landing, not on getting hold of the sides. Besides that, they can also stem all four legs against the sides of the front loading door and resist with all muscles they have.
2,3,4) That approach works more than twice, for the first and the last time? They learn quickly.
5) No, really not. I did not even know that they really are available.
6) Pointless if we agree on not using 5).
7) Is that a trick question?
8) When a cat panicks, just let it go. It will hide somewhere and calm down. No need to get scratched up or bitten.
I got a message from a Facebook Friend who said that he got a spam E-mail ostensibly from me to his non-Facebook E-mail account; the text of this spam was just a URL (at least that's what it looked like). The sender's E-mail was a garbage name, but it did have my Facebook name. And this Facebook Friend has his E-mail (i.e., this one that got the message) listed publicly on Facebook (he's a realtor and thus is always looking for new business).
Now what I am thinking is that the spammer just went through Facebook looking for any listed E-mail account, and then when one was found, went through the Friend list where my Facebook name was listed among many, and then set up a garbage E-mail account, spoofed in some way I would imagine but having my Facebook name, through which the spam message was sent to my Friend's e-mail publicly listed E-mail account.
Or perhaps I am not considering all the possibilities here?
Faking an email sender name and address is very simple, due to a huge security hole in the SMTP protocol (do they still use SMTP or am I aging myself?). This is something that spambots do all the time. From what you describe, it looks like the sender is more concerned with having you click the link in the message than concealing his identity. Most likely the site will attempt to trick you into download/install some malware on your computer.
Incidentally, I like to open up a web browser in Sandboxie, and load those spam links in my sandboxed browser, just to see what kind of evil it's trying to do to my computer. Once in a while I stumble upon one that is quite evil and/or destructive!
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I think most of the malware now falls into a few categories...
1. Encrypt your "Documents" folder and hold it hostage for ransom money. The fake anti-virus scam also falls into this category, as it somewhat takes your machine hostage.
2. Install some service that adds your computer to a botnet.
4. Send email with malware attached, in your name, to all of your contacts.
5. Randomly try to destroy the contents of your hard drive or brick your computer. This one to me is the most stupid, because the malware writer has no way of knowing if his code was ever executed on someone's computer. I suppose maybe if it made the news, then it might give some sense of reward to the evil-doer. Who knows?
#1 is the most fun to watch in Sandboxie or on a virtual machine that you don't mind trashing.
It does seem, though, like the majority of them nowadays are bent on making money in one way or other, either directly from you (ransom), by injecting affiliate links in your browser search and bookmarks, or even install bitcoin miner on your computer.
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The majority of the little facebook apps which "analyze" your profile and make up some mem collect profile info and friends. If both you and your friend did the same one that app would have collected enough information to have to & from addresses.
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On what I know about tennis, I can count on one hand and have 3-4 fingers left over. With Wimbledon currently going on, I noticed something while passing by one of the matches on TV. Why does the receiver always seem to stand near a corner during the serve? If the ball were served to the opposite corner, the receiver has to run the whole width of the court for a return. I would think a mid-court stance would be optimal. Correct me where I'm wrong.
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Service has to happen in diagonals so the person who has service has to be diagonally opposite and serve to the other person. So, the optimal place is near (but not quite at) the far corner because that gives the player the least amount of work to do. If they were close to the centre line, they may have to turn to run to get the ball to hit it back, whereas if they are near the far corner, they only have to turn if they are playing a back hander.
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A good serve requires the server, standing behind his back line and on the proper left-right side, to hit the ball such that it bounces in the rectangle of his opponent's side (and without hitting the net) and whose edge is the net and which is on the opposite left-right side of the server. An for any volley, the ball cannot bounce more than once, although it need not bounce at all (although perhaps it does for the serve?)
Good tennis players are able to hit this serve (i.e., the initial volley) at a very high velocity, which is facilitate by aiming as far away from the net as possible (i.e., deep into that rectangle), so the returner must be able to react to a very fast ball hit very deep into the upper rectangle, which of course has the bounce that can be all the way from the middle of the court t the side, a rather wide angle spread. And not only that, but very good servers are able to put spin on the ball - like a good billiard player would do - so that the ball comes from that initial bounce with an unexpected new trajectory. And all of this must be done while the ball is whizzing by at about 130 mph (Federer's speed)!
Now, with a fast, deep serve as "normal", an abnormal serve would be to have the ball hit farther up, but to accomplish that, the ball cannot be hit fast, as there must be a parabolic arc that could only happen with a soft shot. But a soft shot gives the returner a lot of time to run after it, so the optimal stance to return the ball is to be very deep.
The ball has to be served into the 1/8th box (the service area) that's toward the net on the same side that the receiver is standing (diagonal of the server.) A right-handed player can then return the serve with the best control by standing in the left bottom corner or the bottom center, at most having to traverse half the width of the court.
If receiving on the left diagonal of the court, this means standing on the left corner. If receiving on the right diagonal, this means standing at the bottom of the center line.
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