Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms

One of Europe’s top hotels has admitted they had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who managed to hack their electronic key system, locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until the money was paid.

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Day 0001 of Donald J. Trump as POTUS

My name is Stanford Mings.
I am a survivor living in St. Thomas, USVI
I am broadcasting on all Social Media.
I will be at the Lindquist Beach (now called Smith Bay Beach)
some days at sometime…
… when the sun is highest in the sky.
If you are out there…
If anyone is out there…
I can provide food.
I can provide warm weather.
I can provide beer.
If there’s anybody out there…
… anybody…
You are not alone.

Prof. Jürgen Schmidhuber – Deep learning neural network researcher

How do I not know this guy ?!

Since age 15 or so, the main goal of professor Jürgen Schmidhuber has been to build a self-improving Artificial Intelligence (AI) smarter than himself, then retire.

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EU is looking into the need to give robots/AI person hood in the eye of the law…

Robot headMEPs have called for the adoption of comprehensive rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots.

The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp of a “new industrial” robot revolution.

It looks at whether to give robots legal status as “electronic persons”.

Designers should make sure any robots have a kill switch, which would allow functions to be shut down if necessary, the report recommends.

Meanwhile users should be able to use robots “without risk or fear of physical or psychological harm”, it states.

Lorna Brazell, a partner at law firm Osborne Clarke, was surprised by how far-reaching the rules were.

But questioned the need to give future robots legal status.

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Padsa Information: Linux Founder Linus Torvalds: “I Don’t Really Love Other People. I Love Computers”

Linus is my spirit engineer.

“I’m actually not a people person. I don’t really love other people. I love computers,” the legendary software engineer Linus Torvalds said in an interview with Chris Anderson at the TED conference.

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Need to have your computer fixed ?

People hear that I am technology consultant, and ask me to fix their computers.  This is my questionnaire from now on.

  • Is it running windows XP ? Get a new computer
  • Is it more than 5 years old ? Get a new computer
  • Is it less than 4 years ago ?  Google the problem. It’s what I am going to do anyway.
  • Did you buy it less than a year ago ? Contact the vendor once you still have the original receipt
  • Is it a Mac ? You have to get new computer


Which brings up to the big question….

  • Will I fix your computer ? No.
  • Why ?
    • Because computers as of recent are designed to fail after their warranty. It is called planned obsolescence. Google it.
    • The time that it would take to determine the problem and fix it, would make it cost prohibitive.
    • And the most important reason, once I touch it, you will want me to fix every thing on it. At a discount.


To repeat ……


Want to blame someone ?

  • Predatory capitalism
  • Planned Obsolesce


90 hacker friendly boards

Our New Year’s guide to hacker-friendly single board computers turned up 90 boards, ranging from powerful media playing rigs to power-sipping IoT platforms.

Community backed, open spec single board computers running Linux and Android sit at the intersection between the commercial embedded market and the open source maker community. Hacker boards also play a key role in developing the Internet of Things devices that will increasingly dominate our technology economy in the coming years, from home automation devices to industrial equipment to drones.