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Ottawa Parliament Hill Cam
posted by dennisn on May 11th, 2020 at 11:47AM

2-day timelapse, 9am May 2 2020 - 1pm May 4 2020:

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Executive Order: Give us all your gold
posted by dennisn on May 2nd, 2020 at 9:44AM
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posted by dennisn on April 29th, 2020 at 9:03PM
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Dennis Nežić S2 Camille Dubé
posted by dennisn on April 27th, 2020 at 12:54AM


"I want everything with you"

"You make everything awesome"

"You're my favourite person on this planet"

"I love you more than anyone in this lifetime"

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Libertarian Canadian Beaver
posted by dennisn on April 13th, 2020 at 12:21AM
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Zoom Encryption
posted by dennisn on April 9th, 2020 at 11:29AM
This is the kind of "encryption" that Zoom (recently popular Chinese video groupchatting software) used to encrypt their streams:

EDIT: This is an encrypted bitmap with an easy-to-read structure, so their streams would be a bit harder (but not impossible?) to unscramble.
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The State's Prayer
posted by dennisn on April 6th, 2020 at 8:43PM
Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, government created the societies on earth. Now the societies were formless, void, and empty. Darkness reined over the unconnected landscape, the spirit of government hovered over the barren fields of land.

And thy Government said "Let there be roads!", and there were roads.


Our Leader, who art in government,

hallowed be thy roads.

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Mandatory Phones
posted by dennisn on April 3rd, 2020 at 10:33PM
Starting Thursday (yesterday), Moscow citizens will have their movements tracked through a mandatory app required on their smartphones. The new app will merge with existing street cameras and face recognition software to quickly identify residents who stray from their homes and/or quarantines. Penalties for skipping quarantine include fines and up to seven years in prison.
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Ottawa Lockdown Air Quality
posted by dennisn on April 3rd, 2020 at 9:44AM
I wonder if all the lockdowns and social distancing that started in Ottawa in mid-March cuz of the Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu) had any effect on the air pollution here. So I copy pasted the PM2.5 values (particulate matter that is smaller than 2.5 micrometers) for the previous 5 Marches (2015 to 2020). (The bigger the numbers (in micrograms per cubic meter), the worse. Apparently, for every increase of 10ug there is a 36% increase in lung cancer.) I don't see an improvement?

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Apple vs Privacy
posted by dennisn on March 28th, 2020 at 8:27AM
When Apple spoke privately to the FBI about its work on phone security the following year, the end-to-end encryption plan had been dropped, according to the six sources.

That person told Reuters the company did not want to risk being attacked by public officials for protecting criminals, sued for moving previously accessible data out of reach of government agencies or used as an excuse for new legislation against encryption.

Backed-up contact information and texts from iMessage, WhatsApp and other encrypted services remain available to Apple employees and authorities.
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Where the US Federal Reserve will get the $1.5 Trillion
posted by dennisn on March 19th, 2020 at 1:36PM
That they have just committed to injecting.
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Mailgun delivery status messages
posted by dennisn on March 18th, 2020 at 2:38PM
By default, Mailgun's (a cool email service) routing system discards delivery status messages, eg. "Invalid recipient" messages from people who have changed their email addresses. To have such messages actually reach you, you need to setup a custom route, with the following match magic:

match_recipient(".*", dsn=True)
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What people used for wiping before toilet paper
posted by dennisn on March 14th, 2020 at 11:46PM
Rich people often used hemp, lace, or wool;   poor people would often simply shit in rivers and clean off with water, rags, wood shavings, leaves, hay, rocks, sand, moss, sea weed, apple husks, seashells, ferns, and pretty much whatever else was at hand and cheap or free.

America’s favorite wiping item tended to be things like corn cobs and other such plant items, and, later, the pages of Sears and Roebucks, Farmers Almanac, and other catalogs.

For seaman, the common thing was to use old frayed anchor cables, a bit of seawater for rinsing.

The Inuit’s and other peoples living in frigid... (continue reading)
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