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Data & Content Generation / Password generators
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:34:31 AM »
They can be useful, assuming it's a trust worthy service. Only downside is the passwords tend to be ones that are impossible to remember.

Data & Content Generation / Which data generation tools do you use?
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:26:52 AM »
Personally I have my own custom one. I've never made it publicly available, because it's not polished enough. Maybe someday.

I know the odds are very bad, but in terms of # in a # chance, or % chance, what would it be?

Space / How Do Black Holes Affect Time?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:49:51 AM »
I was reading this NASA article on black holes, and came upon an interesting, but confusing portion which talks about time slowing, and eventually standing still. How do black holes affect time?

Miscellaneous / How soon is too soon to put up Christmas decorations?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:43:06 AM »

Computers / Sandboxie is now free
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:39:41 AM »
Sandboxie was aquired by Sophos a while back, and they've turned it into a free product. Long term they plan to change it to an open source product, but Sophos has recently been purchased by Thoma Bravo so time will tell if Sandboxie actually does get opensourced.

Computers / Reasons To Choose Windows XP Over Windows 10 in 2019?
« on: November 24, 2019, 08:30:55 AM »
I'm talking about using it as your daily driver, not for special applications. What are some reasons one might choose Windows XP over Windows 10 even in 2019?

Computers / Reliable free file hosts in 2019?
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:00:53 AM »
Each year there are fewer and fewer file hosts period, let alone free files hosts, let alone free file hosts which don't require registration. Many of the hosts available now in 2019 are small services which disappear after a year or two. The few bigger services still in the game have long since rebranded as cloud backups, but they typically have the ability to create download links for things you wish to share. Basically, it has all been downhill since the Megaupload seizure in 2012.

Space / Is There Life On Enceladus?
« on: October 08, 2019, 10:45:46 AM »
Back in 2005 the Saturn probe determined the planet has water which all known forms of life need.

Windows 10 / What Is The "lifetime of the device"?
« on: October 03, 2019, 09:04:05 PM »
One thing that has been unclear since the beginning of Windows 10 is how long you will receive updates for. Microsoft has always stated you can update for the lifetime of the device, but what is the "lifetime of the device"?. Does Microsoft determine the life of the device, or do the component/computer manufacturers? As far as I can tell it's both, but mostly the manufacturer.

According to the System Requirements page you may not be able to update anymore if there are no drivers compatible with the updated version of Windows. So this would mean if the manufacturer doesn't provide updated drivers, and if there aren't any suitable generic Microsoft drivers, you might not be able to update anymore.

It also states that the system requirements for Windows may change over time. Though it does appear you can install Windows 10 even if you don't meet all the "requirements" I would imagine there are limits to how far you can push this, and it might prevent you from updating.

Space / Is there life on Mars?
« on: September 11, 2019, 10:27:07 AM »
Mars's soil is full of Perchlorates. On Earth some microbes eat these, but it is also toxic to many forms of life including humans. They are also explosive when heated (reminds me of that Star Trek episode where Kirk visits a planet with exploding rocks). If there is life on Mars it's probably below the surface, or just microscopic life if it's on the surface.

Space / Why do people want to colonize Mars?
« on: September 11, 2019, 10:07:03 AM »
I can understand why people want to examine Mars, even visit it. Who knows what might be found there. But I don't get why anyone would want to live there permenatnly when it's a barren inhospitable wasteland. I suppose the l lack of mosquitoes would be a plus, also no crowds, and you get to wear cool space suits all the time. Never mind, sign me up :P. In all seriousness though, unless there's a secret garden underneath the surface you'd be completely dependent on importing food, medical, and building supplies from Earth much like living in Antarctica, and no-one lives there. It's just researchers visiting for the purpose of doing research.

Space / Are There Any Known Earth-like Habitable Planets?
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:54:34 AM »
Back around 2014 there was a lot of talk about Kepler-186f. As far as I know, it's the best candidate to date, but mostly because it's so far away that little can be determined about it aside from it being in the habitable zone of it's star. Just this year the planet GJ 357 d was discovered which might be a better candidate as it's significantly closer to Earth, but not much is known about it yet either. Hopefully the next-generation telescopes Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be able to provide more insight into GJ 357 d?

Computers / How many people are really still using Windows XP in 2019?
« on: August 24, 2019, 08:59:02 PM »
According to Stat Counter 1.65% of the world still uses Windows XP. Keep in mind that Stat Counter is only counting online users, and with the end of support for Windows XP, many people transitioned their machines to offline only purposes. That said, 1.65% is nothing to scoff at. All of Linux only has 0.77% presently, according to Stat Counter. The Glory days of Windows XP may be over, but it's not dead, just smaller scale.

Computers / Ecosia
« on: August 23, 2019, 11:24:32 AM »
Ecosia is a search engine which uses 80% of its profit margin from ad revenues and merchandise sales to plant trees. The other 20% of profits is held in reserve, and may end up being used to plant trees.

The site was founded in 2009 so it's been around for about a decade now. The search engine relies on results from Bing (Microsoft's search Engine). It's unclear if Ecosia is German or American. It's a B Corporation which, the FAQ claims are based in the United States, but the FAQ also states Ecosia is "Germany's first B Corporation". This is a bit contradictory, and as far as I can tell there are several permitted countries for a B Corporation to be based in.

The FAQ says they currently plant trees in "Peru, Brazil, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Haiti, Colombia, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia". It is unlikely they will be planting any trees in Canada or the United States, because they are focused on biodiversity hotspot areas in the poorest agricultural regions of the world. The upside to this is they are helping to create jobs in places where they are needed (two birds; one stone), the trees also help to replenish soil allowing locals to grow more food, and it likely allows them to plant a larger number of trees for the same cost. That's an impressive chain of positive effects. The downside is, unless you're from one of these select places (you probably aren't) you can't help your local environment. It's also important to note that while Ecosia brands itself as the search engine that plants trees, it actually uses it's profits to fund any of the following: planting trees, sowing, firefighting (to prevent existing trees from being lost), or Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration. To date (Aug 23, 2019) the site claims to have planted over 65 million trees.

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