Odd Stuff (Part 2)

Continuing the discussion from Odd Stuff (Part 1).

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After Cummings’ Barnard Castle trip, cheeky Britons started using the word ‘vision’ in their passwords

Britons began using the word “vision” in their passwords after prime ministerial advisor Dominic Cummings was caught travelling across the country from his parents’ farm in Durham to Barnard Castle “to test” his eyesight, according to research from Pen Test Partners (PTP).

Not only that but the words “covid”, “corona” and “lockdown” all increased in popularity over time, according to the infosec biz.

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Uncle Sam’s legal eagles hope to get their claws on $1bn in Bitcoin ‘stolen by hacker’ from dark-web souk Silk Road

The US Department of Justice on Thursday filed a legal request to formally take control of more than $1bn in Bitcoin (BTC) generated from the sales of illicit goods at Silk Road.

It is believed the crypto-coins were stolen from the dark-web market at some point, and now the Feds want to take ownership of the haul.

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Something for the Weekend, Sir?

Shopping online for Xmas? AI chatbots know whether you want to be naughty or nice

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you have clicked on Add to Basket .

T-800, eat your endoskeletal lubricant pump out: I’m talking about the new wave of ecommerce virtual assistants.

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There is clearly some messaging going on. Just don’t know who for.

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The Schwandts started dating as freshmen, attending Gaylord High School and Gaylord
St. Mary’s, respectively. They wed in 1993, before they attended Ferris State University, and before they graduated the couple had three sons.

Both earned advanced degrees, even as their family grew. Kateri holds a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University, and Jay, who is a lawyer and owner of a land surveying business, holds a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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the money quote is in the last paragraph–

“That the secretary of energy effectively demanded her resignation during this time of uncertainty demonstrates he doesn’t know what he’s doing in national security matters and shows a complete lack of respect for the semi-autonomous nature of NNSA,” Inhofe said.

that’s republican chair of the armed services committee senator james inhofe of oklahoma who is to the right of trump on virtually every issue except, apparently, on nuclear security.

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I work (very indirectly) for that guy on a little program at the Dept. of Energy. Our approach these last few years has been mainly to keep our heads down and try as best we can to stay out of the sites of this administration while still getting our job done (saving energy for Americans so they can afford their bills and stay in their homes). Seems to have been the right move and has worked okay so far! (Knock on wood!)

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in his book, the fifth risk, one of the departments that was most misunderstood by the incoming trump administration was the energy department. when incoming secretary of energy rick perry was briefed into the entire portfolio of risks which the department manages he was knocked back and regretted he had ever called for its defunding as a candidate.

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“rumpy pumpy”? Golly! I’ve never actually considered that phrase before. It’s rather … graphically descriptive isn’t it? Not a euphemism anyway. “Fancy pumping my arse this evening?”

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