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Lizzie

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  1. It's been a year since I was an active part in this community because of this I only know of Stormy being a vet. I just wanted to thank Stormy for his service! Same to anybody reading this that is also a veteran.
  2. Absolutely! This coming Veterans day I am planning to be helping our church with their feed the homeless Veterans plans for the 11th. I still live on Post here at Ft Eustis, and try to never miss an opportunity to thank a vet! I still miss Picker too! GO NAVY!
  3. My bad! Lizzie takes note that the Old man in West Texas served on the USS Rosie and the USS America. My memory must be defective, I honestly thought I remembered you said you was on the Connie!
  4. Stormy, if my memory is correct, you used to call this ship your home!
  5. LINK If you use Alexa, Echo, or many other Amazon devices, you have only 10 days until you're opted in to an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with neighboring Sidewalk-capable devices that don’t have connectivity. Sidewalk will also help your Amazon devices to a sliver of bandwidth from other Sidewalk users when you don’t have a connection. By default, a variety of Amazon devices will enroll in the system come June 8. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not. The Amazon webpage linked above says Sidewalk "is currently only available in the US." The full list of devices that can act as Sidewalk bridges is Ring Floodlight Cam (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer), Echo Plus (all generations), Echo Show (all models and generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input, and Echo Flex. Amazon has published a white paper detailing the technical underpinnings and service terms that it says will protect the privacy and security of this bold undertaking. To be fair, the paper is fairly comprehensive, and so far no one has pointed out specific flaws that undermine the encryption or other safeguards being put in place. But there are enough theoretical risks to give users pause. Wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have a history of being insecure. Remember WEP, the encryption scheme that protected Wi-Fi traffic from being monitored by nearby parties? It was widely used for four years before researchers exposed flaws that made decrypting data relatively easy for attackers. WPA, the technology that replaced WEP, is much more robust, but it also has a checkered history. Bluetooth has had its share of similar vulnerabilities over the years, too, either in the Bluetooth standard or in the way it’s implemented in various products. If industry-standard wireless technologies have such a poor track record, why are we to believe a proprietary wireless scheme will have one that’s any better? The omnipotent juggernaut Next, consider the wealth of intimate details Amazon devices are privy to. They see who knocks on our doors, and in some homes they peer into our living rooms. They hear the conversations we’re having with friends and family. They control locks and other security systems in our home. Extending the reach of all this encrypted data to the sidewalk and living rooms of neighbors requires a level of confidence that’s not warranted for a technology that has never seen widespread testing. Last, let’s not forget who’s providing this new way for everyone to share and share alike. As independent privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani puts it: “In addition to capturing everyone’s shopping habits (from amazon.com) and their internet activity (as AWS is one of the most dominant web hosting services)... now they are also effectively becoming a global ISP with a flick of a switch, all without even having to lay a single foot of fiber.” Amazon’s decision to make Sidewalk an opt-out service rather than an opt-in one is also telling. The company knows the only chance of the service gaining critical mass is to turn it on by default, so that’s what it’s doing. Fortunately, turning Sidewalk off is relatively painless. It involves: Opening the Alexa app Opening More and selecting Settings Selecting Account Settings Selecting Amazon Sidewalk Turning Amazon Sidewalk Off No doubt, the benefits of Sidewalk for some people will outweigh the risks. But for the many, if not the vast majority of users, there’s little upside and plenty of downside. Amazon representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment.
  6. Got this in an email. Thought Stormy might like it!
  7. I have looked for an old photo I have of a strike. My father took this photo by accident while doing some time lapse photography. You can see the main bolt in the distance and this was a small streamer off that main bolt. As I stated I can't find the photo, but I took a few minutes to find this old Youtube video. This streamer I am talking about looked like the one showing in the video. These things are dangerous too!
  8. One of my uncles is a retired USAF Colonel. Back a few years ago I accompanied him to a funeral at "The Garden" for one of his old Commanding General. This General started his career in the US Army Air Corps. As a military spouse I have also been to more military funerals then I would like. Taps does not go through my spirit like hearing Amazing Grace played on the Bagpipes does. I long for the day when we can beat all our Swords into Plowshares and learn war no more!
  9. Lizzie

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    There is a tracking chip implanted! Tracking him by satellite!
  10. Busy day at the Ft Eustis Commissary, somebody beat me to my favorite parking spot!
  11. Well, since it looks like I can't expect any poultry coming from Colorado, I got me a turkey today!
  12. Not so much a screenshot, but an interesting shot of the moon. I can't get to my better camera, this was taken with my Iphone7 about 30 minutes ago. Just a really clear image.
  13. I got the 2nd monitor today. I like my setup!
  14. Just a quick look at my work area, my new built system alongside my laptop!
  15. Bing image with watermark removed!
  16. I would estimate the entire store was maybe 60% stocked. There was no poultry to speak of. Very little pork. No canned biscuits. Very little milk. No TP and a few packages of paper towels. The main freezer compartments were empty.
  17. This morning I took a grocery list of 37 different items with me as I took my kids and went to the Commissary. As you can see from this receipt I only was able to get 5 items. I will keep trying. The manager told me they were expecting several more trucks.
  18. For the record! I can't seem to be able to get in at all. If this means I have to change something about my chat software take this as a goodbye.
  19. My current desktop. This is how the Moon, Earth, and sun looked in July of 2018.
  20. On the way to Stormy's house!
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