Non-IT News Thread





  • @scottalanmiller when we voted back in 2016 there was two options on the ballot paper and that was in or out of the EU, there was no option that we must leave with a deal. They are destroying democracy by not listening to the will of the people that voted to leave.



  • @StuartJordan said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller when we voted back in 2016 there was two options on the ballot paper and that was in or out of the EU, there was no option that we must leave with a deal. They are destroying democracy by not listening to the will of the people that voted to leave.

    Kind of, except it wasn't that clear. While the ballot might have said "stay or go", there were a LOT of stipulations with the "go" that were explained to be what the vote was about.

    So technically, without a deal would actually be violating democracy. The FIRST referendum was in 1973 and was about JOINING the EU. The second referendum to leave two years ago is the first violation of democracy if the government isn't allowed to change its mind with the time. The idea that a vote is binding into the future is a new concept introduced just by pro-leave folks to try to push through something that they want that doesn't match what the public was told that it was voting for.

    Just like things changed between 1973 and 2016 that made people feel it wasn't a problem to re-vote on something already voted on, between 2016 and 2019 things have changed and now the truth that the vote in 2016 was false has come to light.

    Bottom line, the 2016 vote wasn't honest, and dishonest democracy isn't democracy. Sadly, that mistake was already made. But going into a no-deal Brexit, or really doing anything at this point without getting honest input from the people, is anti-democratic to the extreme. From the outside looking in, democracy already failed, and the PM is trying to use FUD and bullying to push through her personal agenda at the cost of what little democratic process could be salvaged.



  • I think at this point, everyone is in agreement that the British government has failed. It used threats of blocking EU membership to keep Scotland from leaving, then turned around and is pulling them out anyway. They had a vote based on impossible choices that weren't reality. Now that they have the things that they wanted, the government can't action them. And the queen, who has but one job, hasn't stepped in to help. The system is abject failure from beginning to end.

    I think even attempting to look for "democracy" in this process is just marketing. People use it to promote whatever agenda they want. One side points to democracy demanding X, the other to Y. Democracy, not so many years ago, was considered a bad thing, tantamount to mob rule or chaos. And that is mostly what we are seeing. No one is concerned about the "will of the people", but rather a false democratic process where people believe that they are voting on one thing, but their vote is used to determine something different.

    While terrible, there could be a silver lining. Maybe something this dramatic can help salvage the UK. Maybe Scotland can break free of the train wreck. Maybe the constitution can be rewritten. Maybe the silly lady with the hat can stop making everyone laugh at the British government and not take it seriously. Maybe the country can step back and vote on "creating a new government that works in the modern world". Just like the US needs to do, both of our countries designed their governments around the needs and knowledge of a much younger world. Things have changed, we need to adapt.



  • As an "outsider"...

    In my "pro UK" hat, I hope that the Brexit fails because deal or no deal, it is a train wreck for the UK. It has made everyone look bad, hurt the economy, and it hasn't even happened yet. The degree to which it will likely cripple the UK is staggering. So for the love of the UK, it needs to cancel Article 50.

    In my "tourist" hat, I want the Brexit to go through, with no deal. Because the UK currency and market will collapse and touring it will be so cheap. It'll be the next "near Europe backwater" like Morocco. Cheap and where Europeans and Americans go for quiet, low cost vacations.

    In my "EU citizen" hat, I don't want the UK to stay - they need to go (but with a good deal.) Their government and values don't align well with the rest of the EU and it's nothing against the UK, but they don't make good members of the family. Better as neighbours than as family.



  • Our government has completely failed, and while this whole Brexit stuff is going on our streets are becoming unsafe, murder rates through the roof due to all the stabbings in and around London, our health system is being stretched to the limits. Our country is a shambles.

    Even though we have a queen, she's only has the power to dissolve government, which she would never do. The queen remains impartial with politics. I believe they step very carefully these days as well because there is a movement of people, especially younger generation that feel we should go republic. I personally like having a monarchy and I feel it's great for bringing in tourism.

    People want to leave the EU due to stopping free movement and to be able to manage our own laws, bring back our fisheries which the EU limits. I know something though, our country is so devided at the moment and the deal offered was a bad deal, But by taking no deal off the table we have lost all our bargaining power. Brexit will be fully watered down now I believe and we will still will end up staying in the EU, and probably will still be restricted on our trade deals...in essence it's all been a waste of time...



  • @StuartJordan said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Even though we have a queen, she's only has the power to dissolve government, which she would never do.

    Right, but that power exists for.... something like this, it would seam. That she "would never" do the one job that she has, makes the monarchy a terrible thing. It's a safety mechanism that won't trigger.



  • @StuartJordan said in Non-IT News Thread:

    People want to leave the EU due to stopping free movement and to be able to manage our own laws, bring back our fisheries which the EU limits.

    Some do, but no vote to determine how many has been taken. The vote that was taken covered a lot of other things. A lot of false things. Sure, there are great reasons to leave, and great reasons to stay. The issue is that no vote based solely on reality has been put forth. So getting a democratic feel for how many want to stay or leave isn't something that's been done.



  • @StuartJordan said in Non-IT News Thread:

    But by taking no deal off the table we have lost all our bargaining power.

    Not really, it's not actually off of the table. Right now, it's still the most likely thing because unless 27 other nations all decide to cave in the UK is going into no deal as that's what they made the initial referendum trigger as a default.



  • Christchurch mosque shootings: Several dead after New Zealand attacks

    There are multiple fatalities after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand police have said.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as a terrorist attack, and one of the country's "darkest days".

    Three men and one woman are in custody, police commissioner Mike Bush said, but warned more suspects may be at large.

    Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.

    He described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".



  • Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware

    19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed.

    On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware

    19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed.

    On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US.

    I wonder if this works for other programs that handle .rar files as well?



  • Iran pumps up “massive” offensive exercise with as many as 50 drones

    Knock-offs of US RQ-170, Predator drones included in coordinated strike test.

    170 Sentinel. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as "massive drone drills" on March 14, including coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator.



  • New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit

    Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”



  • @travisdh1 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware

    19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed.

    On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US.

    I wonder if this works for other programs that handle .rar files as well?

    My 1st thought. 7zip anyone?



  • @travisdh1 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware

    19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed.

    On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US.

    I wonder if this works for other programs that handle .rar files as well?

    @scotth said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @travisdh1 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Nasty WinRAR bug is being actively exploited to install hard-to-detect malware

    19-year-old code-execution flaw exploited within days of being disclosed.

    On Thursday, a researcher at McAfee reported that the security firm identified “100 unique exploits and counting” in the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed. So far, most of the initial targets were located in the US.

    I wonder if this works for other programs that handle .rar files as well?

    My 1st thought. 7zip anyone?

    "When a vulnerable version of WinRAR is used to extract the contents...."

    The vulnerability is within the WinRAR application. Not the compressed file itself.

    The answer here is don't use WinRAR and actively uninstall it.

    Here is an example of how to remote uninstall winrar:

    Invoke-Command -Credential domain\user -ComputerName (Get-Content D:\Powershell\computernames.txt) -ScriptBlock {Get-CimInstance -ClassName Win32_Product -Filter "name like '%winrar%'" | Invoke-CimMethod -MethodName Uninstall}



  • And here is the solution: "Another solution is to switch to 7zip."

    Meaning that WinRAR's application is the issue. Not the file, even if the file itself is payloaded with a virus.

    Literally the last sentence in the article. . .



  • @scotth said in Non-IT News Thread:

    My 1st thought. 7zip anyone?

    First thought should be either.... "WinRAR still exists?" or "What's WinRAR?"



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scotth said in Non-IT News Thread:

    My 1st thought. 7zip anyone?

    First thought should be either.... "WinRAR still exists?" or "What's WinRAR?"

    LOL.



  • At quick Los Angeles event, Tesla announces the 300-mile-range Model Y

    The SUV will seat 7 and be a successor to the Model 3.

    Tonight in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off a prototype version of the Model Y, the fourth mass-produced vehicle that the electric car maker will bring to market. As expected, the vehicle will be a larger SUV take on the Model 3, much like the Model X was the larger, SUV version of the Model S.



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  • After pushing addictive OxyContin, Purdue now pursuing overdose antidote

    Purdue still blames the crisis on illicit drugs but says it won’t profit from antidote.

    Notorious OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma—which has been widely criticized for deceptively marketing its highly addictive painkiller and for its role in spurring the current nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose deaths—is moving ahead with a new, potent drug, one said to be an antidote to opioid overdoses.



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  • How hackers pulled off a $20 million bank heist

    Efforts were enabled by sloppy and insecure network architecture in Mexico.

    In January 2018 a group of hackers, now thought to be working for the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus, attempted to steal $110 million from the Mexican commercial bank Bancomext. That effort failed. But just a few months later, a smaller yet still elaborate series of attacks allowed hackers to siphon off 300 to 400 million pesos, or roughly $15 to $20 million from Mexican banks. Here's how they did it.



  • Behind the Curve a fascinating study of reality-challenged beliefs

    The documentary tracks how people form and maintain bizarre beliefs.

    There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as a metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated and incurious public. One of them, Mark Sargent, sits in a re-entry simulator that suggests he should press "Start" to begin. He dutifully bangs away at the highlighted word "Start" on screen, but nothing happens.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Behind the Curve a fascinating study of reality-challenged beliefs

    The documentary tracks how people form and maintain bizarre beliefs.

    There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as a metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated and incurious public. One of them, Mark Sargent, sits in a re-entry simulator that suggests he should press "Start" to begin. He dutifully bangs away at the highlighted word "Start" on screen, but nothing happens.

    I loved this one! Highly entertaining.



  • @NashBrydges said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Behind the Curve a fascinating study of reality-challenged beliefs

    The documentary tracks how people form and maintain bizarre beliefs.

    There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as a metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated and incurious public. One of them, Mark Sargent, sits in a re-entry simulator that suggests he should press "Start" to begin. He dutifully bangs away at the highlighted word "Start" on screen, but nothing happens.

    I loved this one! Highly entertaining.

    Reading the article it seems they also talked about the chemtrail conspiracy theory too.

    Have someone in this forum that believes in that one.



  • SpaceX may begin testing its Starship spacecraft this week

    "Starship needs to be ready to fly again immediately after landing."

    On Friday, the company sent a notice to nearby residents saying it planned to conduct testing of the vehicle as soon as the week of March 18, and that it would be closing the main roadway of Highway 4 to non-residents during the tests. This "safety zone perimeter" is part of an agreement with the local county, and has been set up out of an abundance of caution.



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @NashBrydges said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Behind the Curve a fascinating study of reality-challenged beliefs

    The documentary tracks how people form and maintain bizarre beliefs.

    There's a scene somewhere in the middle of a new flat Earth documentary that acts as a metaphor for so much that surrounds it. Two of the central figures of Behind the Curve are visiting a spaceflight museum that pays tribute to NASA, an organization that they believe is foisting a tremendous lie on an indoctrinated and incurious public. One of them, Mark Sargent, sits in a re-entry simulator that suggests he should press "Start" to begin. He dutifully bangs away at the highlighted word "Start" on screen, but nothing happens.

    I loved this one! Highly entertaining.

    Reading the article it seems they also talked about the chemtrail conspiracy theory too.

    Have someone in this forum that believes in that one.

    Wait, someone else is even loonier than I am? This can not stand!


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