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  2. I didn't think of that. First and last.... makes perfect sense. You are someone who knows computers and security. Wonder if I already know you. (Apologies, I am finding a few months worth of new posts I somehow missed).
  3. New working link posted, but it can easily be found on a search engine if you don't like the source.
  4. Elon Musk's Starlink sounds pretty cool up front. He is going to release thousands of tiny satellites, all of which will orbit lower than traditional satellites, in an effort to provide high speed internet to the world. I appreciate this because I live out in the country and have one really sucky internet provider. The cost is going to be a flat $500 for the equipment, which you will own, and then $99 a month. The equipment fee is high, but the monthly fee is less than what I pay for mine. What about reliability? What happens when there is bad weather? This is the only part t
  5. Elon Musk had a computer chip implanted into a pig's brain. He claims it is to help cure disease, but you can imagine bad people drooling at the thought of being able to control people this way. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/aug/28/neuralink-elon-musk-pig-computer-implant
  6. Hello Friends Great Topic and I hope everyone is okay and safe
  7. TOR would be step 2, and used with a VPN. The reason is because even when using TOR--the first hop and last hop are visible by ISPs. So in essence using TOR without VPN causes more attention to yourself, because ISPs can see that you're using .onion links. -Oz
  8. So, just use TOR then..... for the web, anyway.
  9. I've used ExpressVPN in the past and never had any complaints. Haven't tried the others Oz mentioned but I know they're good ones also.
  10. You don't want to put all your trust in them; they're just another layer of security. When you're on VPN with one of the mainstream services you're put onto a subnet that other people might be sharing. It's only step 1 because it breaks the trail from you -> internet websites from being so direct. You can also setup your own private VPNs, but they take more work & don't really provide much more than a one stop hop somewhere else. It's not much better to have a localized VPN in one geographic area under one ISP. If you've got another machine you can hop to in a different state it's even
  11. "There are several websites out there that offer services. The two off the top of my head I'd recommend are IPVanish or Nord VPN There are MANY MANY MORE VPNs out there, which you can find better and better ones over time---but you've gotta start somewhere.: How can you trust these services? I think there is a way to set up your own VPN in Windows. We wanted to crate a VPN to get around our broadband bandwidth limit. (We use Sling for TV so we use hoards of data). We are throttled when we reach our limit. Someone suggested a VPN would help our bandwidth not be detected. But, I worry
  12. Something that may come in handy during any age with computers, is "how would I go about covering my tracks?" There is a footprint that we all leave online. Pieces of information that can be used to track you down, if someone is determined enough. --You can never 100% get rid of your footprint, but you can minimize it in such a way that your chances of being found are much lower. If this is something people are interested in, I might make this a series. For now I'll discuss what someone would do if they knew absolutely nothing & wanted to start being more private / secure onlin
  13. Elon Musk is developing Starlink Broadband that sounds a lot like Satellite, but maybe it's a bit improved. He said you just plug it in and go. Space X already has 500 orbiting routers up there. This is kind of cool, because that means they can have better internet access on the moon, and maybe Mars can tap in. What do you think? I wonder if it will be so expensive that nobody can afford to use it. Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/elon-musk-shares-details-on-starlink-plug-in-home-broadband-setup/
  14. Maybe self driving vehicles need a system similar to air traffic control, so that everyone can be stopped at once if needed and humans are keeping their eye on traffic. I know, I know, we get into government control and all that....
  15. Great point. Someone needs to sit behind the wheel and be able to override. Either that, or the on board computer needs to be tied in with weather conditions and give warnings. Still, I see a need for the override.
  16. Would we be able to tell the difference anymore? ??
  17. Suppose you are driving in tornado country. Will the onboard autonomous computer see the tornado up ahead and make a decision to turn around? Or do you wind up in Oz?
  18. IMHO, we should ALWAYS have a human override. Human technology is not flawless. If the computer goes bad, we need to be able to manually drive.
  19. The "levels of autonomy" are interesting, not something I've heard before. Check this out: https://www.synopsys.com/automotive/autonomous-driving-levels.html I think it's certainly possible to be at that point very soon. I hate driving anyways, and welcome our self-driving overlords... To the extent that Big Brother doesn't decide to use it as a suicide tool.
  20. What are your thoughts concerning self driving cars? It seems that there will always be accidents until ALL vehicles are self driving. As long as you place human error into the equation, there will be fatalities, sadly. I really wouldn't trust them, yet. We are at such a primitive stage. Well, Elon Musk is, of course, putting his hand in the cookie jar. "I remain confident that we will have the basic functionality for level five autonomy complete this year," he said, as reported by Bloomberg. He's very confident he can do it. Thoughts? Source: https://www.businessin
  21. Things will never be like they were in the late 90s on up until Facebook and Twitter came around. Those were the golden days of the internet for sure. However, I don't think niche sites like these will ever be completely out of the picture. A lot of forum owners thought Facebook groups were the death knell for small communities like ours. There's a forum I used to visit a lot called The Admin Zone and there's hundreds of discussions there about this topic. Now that those have been around for a while, what I mostly see is "low effort" communities now just spring up on one of those platforms.

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