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R.I.P. Tom Petty
« Reply #200 on: October 03, 2017, 07:00:14 PM »
Tom Petty passed away last night of a heart attack at the age of only 66.

Here's a mix of some of his popular stuff:
http://unclegadget.com/media/Petty.mp3
(13.9mb, 39.5 minutes mp3 V3)


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Re: In the News (with pictures & videos)
« Reply #201 on: October 04, 2017, 09:13:24 AM »
Sick elistist pig!

This is the leader of one of the most powerful nations on earth?

http://unclegadget.com/media/pres.mp4

http://unclegadget.com/media/TrumpTowers.mp4


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Re: R.I.P. Tom Petty
« Reply #202 on: November 03, 2017, 11:40:50 PM »
 :-[ I was fortunate enough to see him in concert with Bob Dylan. I loved Tom. His music was wonderful,  he was unique.

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Re: R.I.P. Tom Petty
« Reply #203 on: November 04, 2017, 09:56:26 AM »
I have to admit in recent years, I haven't listened to much Tom Petty except for a couple favorites. When I made the mix above, it was the most Tom Petty I heard in a row in a long time, but enjoyed it.

Even as a kid, I was never one of those people to regularly listen to a whole album all the way through, except for when it was brand new. I didn't even like listening to one artist or band continuously for a lot time. But most of my friends didn't mind listening the the same (favorite) song over & over again. I'd probably go nuts if I had to hear the same song, even if it was a favorite, more than 3 times in a day.

Early on in my house, my brothers & I mixed our favorites onto reel to reel tape. It wasn't a state of the art expensive deck, but sounded just as good as the stereos in the house & most albums of the time... or at least we would put a stack of albums or 45s on a record changer. That way you only listened to one 12-23 minute side of an album before it jumped to the next album.

Now that I made the Tom Petty mix, I found I played & enjoyed it quite a few times already. But my original mix of it is pretty good hi-fi quality, not this compressed version for web use.

I had started making a mix of his best music videos & concert video clips, but ran into delays & problems. It seems his most popular music video & concerts were produced in the VHS era. In those days American broadcasters, video producers, & networks of the time felt 270-320p video was good enough for their viewers even though most TVs of the time were capable of 400-550p. In America, we were lucky when they'd broadcast a big NFL game or special in 360-400p, while most of western Europe was regularly enjoying TV in over 400-500p. Most American broadcast video was produced or broadcast in 320p or less.

Although 16mm film was capable of DVD quality, you had to use good film, good lighting, & a good camera to do it. The Tom Petty concert films appear to be produced on poor quality 16mm film & cameras, probably much like someone would use to film their wedding before VHS tape. Those little 8mm cameras of course, looked no better than VHS.

Before DVDs, & before good film quality video projectors cost less than $10,000 I ran my local, weekly movie nights for many years on a pair of old 16mm projectors. We leased the reels of films from the distributors. Almost all the popular mainstream films were at least DVD quality or better. So the ability to produce & play good quality moving pictures on a budget was around for over 80 years. It's just that some didn't bother, or didn't know better -- or the originals are long lost, forgotten, or destroyed, & were copied in inferior quality before they were lost.

I was also looking for Tom Petty's last ever audio or video performances too. But there's a lot of controversy over which ones were the last as companies make a mad dash to make money claiming they have the last or "lost" recordings. Dates of the recordings were deliberately changed for sales, where in the video Tom clearly looks a bit younger, or the concert is recognized by many as having taken place a few years ago.

Maybe friends of his will eventually come forward & confirm which ones are really his last recordings.

So the Tom Petty music video mix I planned for last month, looks like it will be a winter project instead at this rate.

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Re: In the News (with pictures & videos)
« Reply #204 on: November 15, 2017, 12:24:13 PM »
YAY AUSTRALIA!

With over 80% voter turn out, Australia has voted to approve gay marriage by over 61%. Every state voted in favor.

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Re: In the News (with pictures & videos)
« Reply #205 on: November 18, 2017, 03:57:49 AM »
Coinhive is a popular browser-based service that offers website owners to embed a JavaScript to utilise their site visitors' CPUs power to mine the Monero cryptocurrency for monetisation. It was hacked last month.

An unknown hacker managed to hijack Coinhive's CloudFlare account that allowed him/her to modify its DNS servers and replace Coinhive's official JavaScript code embedded into thousands of websites with a malicious version.

Apparently, the hacker reused an old password to access Coinhive's CloudFlare account that was leaked in a Kickstarter data breach in 2014.

According to Cloudflare (who also hosts thousands of hackers, spammers, & scammers),    "Tonight, Oct. 23th at around 22:00 GMT our account for our DNS provider (Cloudflare) has been accessed by an attacker. The DNS records for coinhive.com have been manipulated to redirect requests for the coinhive.min.js to a third party server." Coinhive said in a blog post today.

"This third-party server hosted a modified version of the JavaScript file with a hardcoded site key."

As a result, thousands of sites using coinhive script were tricked for at least six hours into loading a modified code that mined Monero cryptocurrency for the hacker rather than the actual site owners.

Coinhive gained media attention in past few weeks after world's popular torrent download website, The Pirate Bay, was caught secretly using this browser-based cryptocurrency miner on its site.

Immediately after that, more than thousands of other websites also started using Coinhive as an alternative monetisation model by utilising their visitors' CPU processing power to mine digital currencies.

Even hackers are also using Coinhive like services to make money from compromised websites by injecting a script secretly.

Mining for virtual currency is being examined as an alternative to third-party ads as a way to generate revenue and it was the Pirate Bay's pilot trial which propelled the idea into the spotlight.

Due to a coding error, users spotted the website's miner as it pulled huge amounts of CPU power from visitor systems, rather than 20 to 30 percent as originally intended.

Following visitor backlash, the Pirate Bay admitted to testing the miner as a "way to get rid of all the ads."

Other parties have begun exploring mining, too. According to a report from Adguard, 2.2 percent of the top 100,000 websites on the Alexa list are now mining through user PCs -- but few are asking for permission first.

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The use of American companies to push Russian hackers & propaganda goes beyond social media sites like Facebook. Russians also used American internet services to keep their websites up and hide their true owners, according to internet records and two executives at internet routing companies.

The firms routing these websites' internet traffic include Cloudflare, a major Silicon Valley corporation, and a Ukrainian company's subsidiary in Florida.

The websites are part of a network run by the Internet Research Agency, a troll army based in St. Petersburg, Russia, with ties to the Kremlin. The groups, with names like "Don't Shoot Us" and "Black Matters," posed as black American activists. They posted videos showing police brutality against African Americans and attempted to organize protests across the United States. But they need internet infrastructure to keep sites online.

The use of the routing companies shows how Russian trolls & hackers tried to mask their efforts that also used Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, and other popular social media platforms.

Cloudflare provides protection from hackers, placing its computer servers between clients' websites and the outside internet. This allows Cloudflare to absorb cyberattacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service attacks that flood a website and take it down.

But Cloudflare's services can also be used as a mask, because the outside world can no longer identify who operates the website -- or the location of its physical home.

That's because Cloudflare serves as a guard that receives incoming internet traffic. It offers this service to legitimate companies, but in this case, it is also assisting the Russian trolling & hacking operations.

Cloudflare admits its role as a proxy service for trolls & hackers, but it said "terminating a customer wouldn't actually remove their content from the internet." Cutting off that customer would, however, stop them from using that particular American firm as a shield.

Cloudflare said it would not consider dropping these Russia-linked websites & hackers unless compelled to by a court order.

"Cloudflare does not view its role to pass judgment of content that runs on our infrastructure and our network," the company's general counsel, Doug Kramer said. "An open internet and an opportunity for all voices is a good principle. If we try to regulate in any way with our resources and capabilities, we would do more harm than good."

Cloudflare is, however, willing to pass along public complaints to the websites' operators, Kramer said.

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Betty's has always blocked/firewalled all ISPs used by Cloudflare & it's services. We also do not allow links to sites hosted by Cloudflare because their servers are listed internationally as malicious & dangerous.

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David Cassidy dies
« Reply #206 on: November 22, 2017, 03:45:01 AM »

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Re: In the News (with pictures & videos)
« Reply #207 on: November 22, 2017, 05:25:06 AM »
65,000 mental care professionals signed a petition declaring the president nuts! Play the attached mp3 there. 32minutes but only about 4mb in size. HTML5 friendly to stream for browsers that support it. Or right-click, & select save or "save as" to download & save to play later. Unclegadet is one of my own domains, PSK Research in 1 of my sites on my own leased servers. There is no tracking, data mining, malware, & only a few minor ads at the top & bottom of the page. I hand design my sites, coding/programming, & security on them. Most online stores, & many online banks are not as safe & secure as our simplest or oldest sites & forums. Your privacy & safety is very important to me at our networks. I spend more time on safety & security on them than anything else.

http://unclegadget.com/pski/index.php/topic,89.0.html

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CDC is forbidden to use words like Trangender, fetus...
« Reply #208 on: December 16, 2017, 08:45:23 PM »
Trump is prohibiting officials at USA's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender”

The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

More: http://unclegadget.com/pski/index.php/topic,90.0.html

Where's our regular other trans news? It's the link at the top of every page. It's now a regularly automatically updated news feed served externally off our UncleGadget/PSK Research server.

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Dance Moms host get early prison release
« Reply #209 on: January 27, 2018, 10:37:26 AM »
Abby Lee Miller gets early release from prison.

She’s not entirely free yet, but former “Dance Moms” host Abby Lee Miller will be walking out of jail next month after having served less than half of her sentence for fraud.

The often explosive reality TV host will leave a federal prison in California on February 20 and segue to a halfway house, Deadline has learned. It is unclear how long Miller will spend at the Van Nuys facility after her release, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.

This news comes just over five months after Miller started serving her year and one day sentenced on July 12, 2017. She’s being released early for good behavior.

Miller was indicted on 20 counts of fraud back in October 2015. Facing a pile-up of charges and evidence and seeking a deal that was not going to be, Miller entered a guilty plea on June 27, 2016.

This whole sordid affair, which among other things saw Collins Avenue paying Miller’s fees to her mom instead, only came to light when the judge in the host’s almost-completed bankruptcy case came across “Dance Moms” on TV one night by chance. Judge Thomas Agresti wondered why money from the show was never a part of the bankruptcy he was overseeing, which had Miller claiming a total income of $8,899 a month.

That soon led to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh pursuing the case of the missing money – which resulted in hundreds of thousands being stashed away. The charges against Miller followed.

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On the TV show, Dance Mom's she trains little girls to be in pageamts, & dance shows.

From May 9, 2017

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and for taking $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it.

A federal judge also ordered Miller to pay a $40,000 fine and spend two years on probation following her release. Miller pleaded guilty in both cases last year.

Prosecutors said she tried to cheat her creditors by hiding $775,000 worth of income and deserved prison. Miller’s attorneys argued for probation, saying her creditors were made whole after the fraud was discovered.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the court that Miller went from being a “dance mom in the bankruptcy case to dance con.”

Prosecutors said Miller repeatedly hid her true income and contracts for future income from her TV shows until her channel-surfing bankruptcy judge saw her on TV and concluded she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared.

Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn’t initially report, but then federal investigators found she’d hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.

Miller filed for bankruptcy after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her dance studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb, her bankruptcy lawyer said.

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