Hackers gained access to “gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches” for 14 million users…
I would like to meet some of these people.
“Let me hold your wallet for a minute.”
“Oh, sure. Here you go.”
“I’ll just be taking this photo, some of the cash, and one of your cards. Okay?”
“Um…okay, I guess?”
“Yes it is. Tell me, do you hold any sort of degree?”
“No, I only went to college for a year.”
“Okay. Dating anyone right now?”
“Not at the moment, no.”
“Got it. Now, what was the last thing you bought?”
“It’s kind of embarrassing, but if you must know, it was some Immodium and some toilet bowl cleaner.”
“I see. Well, thanks! Nice to meet ya!”
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LOL! Yeah, that’s about it! My ‘nom de Dingleface’ is “Euell Ooluu” (A variation on “Yul Ulu” the decorator that made the moving furniture from Auntie Mame) I play a few of those flash games and use the social media plug-in to crab on the internet but that’s it..
Actually, what brought me here today.. I lost my big storage drive – it tried to defy gravity and failed and leapt off my desk and died the death of crashing heads and all the stuff I got from [the old site] was gone. I posted the lamentable tale to [site] – and got a few replies! I thought of you instantly.. (God bless their hearts, they hit me up with a 50GB credit to rebuild my library.)
Things are looking up after being dismally bad for weeks. King Tut’s Cider Mill out in Eliot, Maine is open, and they are on it with the cider. Am gonna get a few gallons and let it go fizzy in the fridge, Hmmm. My favorite time of the year, food wise.
Sorry to hear about that literal hard drive crash. I got worried enough about my PC stuff that for home and office, in addition to the static backup drives on both, I started to do regular offsite backups as well, once every month for the office, where network attacks are more frequent, and once every four months for the home PC. On my home PC, there’s maybe twenty-five years of stuff, some mundane, some precious, and almost twenty years on my office PC, including every email I’ve ever received and sent (20GB), one of my secrets to fast resolution of problems and, when I don’t mention how I know, appearing somewhat smarter than I actually am.
The cost of doing such backups falls every few months – I note that Costco now has an
8GB8TB USB 3.0 Seagate drive for US$129. That’s astounding when I recall the two removable single-platter RK05 disk packs on the first computer I used, a PDP-11/45 in high school. They each held 2.45MB and a single drive was priced around US$5,000. One drive held the OS (RSTS/E: Resource Sharing Timesharing System Extended) and we swapped several disks into the second drive for different business classes, attendance, grading, and class scheduling.
In case of something disastrous at home, offsite backup won’t save the hundreds of data DVDs and more recent data Blu-rays, but I ain’t so worried that I’m going to copy all those offsite, too. That would take a few years of all my spare time, for which I have far better plans.
Duh. I typed 8GB above when I meant 8TB, now corrected. It’s approximately 1,000 times more impressive this way.