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Posted by steve2470 in Computer Help and Support Group
Sat Nov 05th 2011, 01:53 PM
1- Turn off wireless access, if at all possible.

2- Along with #1, use ethernet to connect to my modem and router.

3- Use an excellent consumer-grade router. Of course, you can spend a lot of money on commercial-grade routers
but that's usually overkill for a home.

4- Harden your OS: http://www.itcoach.com/unsafe/System-Harde... (one of many pages on the internet about it)

5- Inspect your router log every day to see which IP addresses are trying to gain access. In my experience, you will see many IP's from China. Just stating
my experience. You can look up the locations by using this URL: http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/inde... (again, one of many pages)

6- Make sure your DMZ is turned off. A "duh" step but worth mentioning.

7- On your "Security" router administration page (or something that means the same thing), turn on as many features as you can.

8- Turn off UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) service both in your router and your OS (if you have it). Yes, it makes life a tad more difficult but you
can open ports easily enough.

9- Make sure you only open ports that you absolutely have to. The usual way hackers gain access is by identifying open ports. Close the ports as soon as you can, if you can. You can test your router's ports with this service: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 (Gibson's ShieldsUp).

10- Disable the Telnet service both in your router and in your OS. Only use Telnet very briefly and if you absolutely have to. Telnet is a very insecure protocol and a very old one, well known to hackers.

11- Malware scan your hard drives (including all floppies, CD's, DVD's, and USB thumb drives) with at least two excellent anti-malware programs. If you're really concerned, you can always backup your data, erase/format your hard drive and reinstall your OS anew.

12- Then.... I would use a security program as you have mentioned. I would also seriously consider a higher-grade commercial router if you are really concerned about it.

FWIW. Hope it was helpful.

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Posted by steve2470 in The DU Lounge
Thu Sep 29th 2011, 08:17 PM


61 and still going strong !
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Posted by steve2470 in Economy
Wed Sep 28th 2011, 09:08 AM
My point is, there is NEVER certainty in the global economy or US economy. Yes, there are periods of less certainty and more certainty but aside from buying US Treasury bonds (and even that was put in doubt recently), there is no guarantee you will make money on an investment.

Am I that far off in my assessment ?
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion
Mon Sep 26th 2011, 08:16 AM
I remember reading an alternative newspaper in 1969 about Woodstock. I took it home, and my parents promptly found it and got rid of it

The "hippie vibe" was late in coming to my neck of the woods, but came it did. I would guess it lasted in my part of the world from 1969 to maybe 1973.

The one permanent change I think it's wrought in American culture is "do your own thing", you don't have to fit in exactly, you can lead your own life. Of course, the old school conservative ethos of doing as your parents say or as your "elders" recommend is still with us, but at least now there is a strong viable alternative.

I envy you older DU'ers that actually got to BE hippies. It wasn't really available to me in my limited thinking in 1976. I think hippies rock !
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Posted by steve2470 in The DU Lounge
Fri Sep 23rd 2011, 11:14 AM
I grind my own coffee and I LOVE coffee. The problem is, my current beans/brew tastes a tad burned even after 10 minutes.

I need recommendations for good quality coffee beans. Thanks for your time !


Steve
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Posted by steve2470 in Ask the Administrators
Thu Aug 18th 2011, 12:15 PM
I know you can't be too explicit about this, but it seems as if the "attack from the left" posters have vastly increased in the 7 years I've been here.

Are the mods trying to ferret out the RW-posing-as-LW attackers ? GD is almost unreadable at this point.

Thanks for a great discussion board.


Steve
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Aug 22nd 2010, 01:30 PM
"When the Smilodon leaps, the caveman dodges, assuming that Smilodon is looking for a crunchy snack, that assumption could well save his life."

Humor FTW !
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Aug 20th 2010, 01:13 PM
Quick summary: 1972-1974: Very liberal Dem, hated Nixon. Ford pardoned Nixon, tuned out for a long time.

1974-1976: Not able to vote yet, but still liberal Dem. but deeply disappointed in the system.

1976 to about 2003, I was a liberal Democrat. I wasn't really plugged into politics, but I have always voted D on all levels.

2003 to October 2004: I started listening to AM radio (yes, huge mistake). I still voted Dem during this period and never have once opposed any Dem. I've never given to the R's with money or time, etc.

October 2004 to the present: I'm back firmly in the liberal Dem. camp. DU is responsible for that. People back in 2004 had patience with my sincere questions. I read, I learned, I grew.

Thank you Skinner, EarlG, Elad, and other long-time DU posters. If you had rejected me in 2004, I might not be here today.

Steve
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Aug 19th 2010, 12:54 AM
Here goes the reasoning:

1- 19 terrorists who were Islamic killed ~3000 people of many faiths and nationalities (generally accepted, with the caveats that they were not uber-devout Muslims and represented an extreme political anti-American viewpoint and an extreme Wahabbist sect)

2- Therefore, they represented all of Islam (News to me ! Broad brush much ?)

3- Islam killed Americans and attacked the USA (let's just ignore the dead Muslims and, no, 19 men who were Islamic did, not 2 billion Muslims)

4- Park51 (aka "Ground Zero Mosque") is a mosque (not true, a community center with a prayer room)

5- X amount of square feet/meters/miles surrounding the old WTC site is "hallowed ground" (despite the fact that NO ONE made a serious effort to buy up this land and the fact that several decidedly not-so-respectful businesses are in that mythical area)

6- Since Islam killed Americans and Park51 is a mosque, the nasty Muslims two blocks away from the old WTC site are a menace/insult to Americans and the families of the 9/11 dead (note my extreme )

7- The feelings/unresolved grief of SOME of the 9/11 dead's families trumps the First Amendment rights of this religious minority (not legal but when did that matter to the opposition !)

8- Therefore: despite a) the incontrovertible fact that the property is theirs; b) they have the right to build a community center or mosque or both; c) they have complied completely with all the local zoning laws; and d) their Imam has cooperated with both the FBI and the Bush Administration.... the Muslim minority loses to the feelings of some of the 9/11 families and of the RW political manipulation
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Aug 18th 2010, 10:00 PM
Sarah... go back home and shut up... please.
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Aug 18th 2010, 04:43 PM
Lots of R's in Florida, the ignorant conservative ones.

BTW, I think this really hurt Florida:

Constitution of 1885:

http://www.law.fsu.edu/crc/conhist/1924ame...

Amendments, Election of 11-4-24:

Section 11. No tax upon inheritances or upon the income of residents or citizens of this state shall be levied by the State of Florida, or under its authority, and there shall be exempt from taxation to the head of a family residing in this State, household goods and personal effects to the value of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars.


and:

http://www.law.fsu.edu/crc/conhist/1968con...

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA

As Revised in 1968.

Section 5. Estate, Inheritance and Income Taxes. No tax upon estates or inheritances or upon the income of residents or citizens of the state shall be levied by the state, or under its authority, in excess of the aggregate of amount s which may be allowed to be credited upon or deducted from any similar tax levied by the United States or any state.


The tax situation is wonderful if you oppose governmental services and libruls, but not so good if the private sector cannot accomplish something or will not accomplish something.
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Posted by steve2470 in The DU Lounge
Wed Aug 18th 2010, 02:33 PM
Remember Newton's Laws of Motion ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton\'s_law...

Third Law: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. This means that whenever a first body exerts a force F on a second body, the second body exerts a force −F on the first body. F and −F are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This law is sometimes referred to as the action-reaction law, with F called the "action" and −F the "reaction".


IMHO, the same applies to online debates. You exert X amount of "force" to make your point/thesis/rant, and it's to be expected that some will exert X amount of "force" in opposition to your point/thesis/rant. In other words, highly charged words/phrases/sentences are met with equally highly charged words/phrases/sentences.

In other words, if you do not like/cannot handle highly charged words coming back to you, don't type them in the first place. Of course, you can type "the weather is nice today", and someone could type back something unpleasant.

Good luck.
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Aug 18th 2010, 12:24 PM
I knew almost everything about Watergate in the 1970's. I strongly despised Nixon and the R's. Then Ford pardoned him and, temporarily, destroyed my faith in this country. I had to take a break from politics because I was so totally disillusioned and cynical.

Vote. Give money to your candidates. Take a break from this. I think it will help you a lot.
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Posted by steve2470 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Aug 17th 2010, 01:12 PM
If the old World Trade Center site and its surrounding area (however far that is) were truly regarded as a national, secular hallowed ground (akin to Gettysburg), why didn't GWB and Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson, etc. try to buy up all that land and make it a national historic site ?

Yes, it would have been hugely expensive to do so (and perhaps impossible for some parcels), but.... you get my point. Instead, 99% of that land is dedicated to the gods of commerce.

The Cordoba House belongs anywhere ! Islam did not cause 9/11. Therefore, all opposition to it is based on false premises and blatant religious discrimination.

(reposted as OP from here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discu... )
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