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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Safety of house on Vacation

May 19, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
handyman777 wrote:
One other thing, DON”T make it obvious when you leave and packing up…

Years ago a friend of mine was going on vacation, had a pizza delivered just before they left, well you know where i’m going with this….they where broke into….but the crook was eventually caught—pizza guy.

And while it’s harder with kids…don’t post your plans on social media and don’t check into locations when you’re in another state. Wait until you’re back to post any pictures of your trip….

All too often my wife will run across posts from her FaceBook “friends” that they’re heading to Florida, Cancun, etc.

Oh another thing. While it seems smart to tell the post office to hold your mail, when I was growing up it was a regular occurrence to hear about a family who had their mail held only to come back to a house that was broken into. Maybe the USPS has gotten better about security, but it used to leak like a sieve.

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Personal Safety and Home Security • Re: Safety of house on Vacation

May 19, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
handyman777 wrote:
One other thing, DON”T make it obvious when you leave and packing up…

Years ago a friend of mine was going on vacation, had a pizza delivered just before they left, well you know where i’m going with this….they where broke into….but the crook was eventually caught—pizza guy.

And while it’s harder with kids…don’t post your plans on social media and don’t check into locations when you’re in another state. Wait until you’re back to post any pictures of your trip….

All too often my wife will run across posts from her FaceBook “friends” that they’re heading to Florida, Cancun, etc.

Oh another thing. While it seems smart to tell the post office to hold your mail, when I was growing up it was a regular occurrence to hear about a family who had their mail held only to come back to a house that was broken into. Maybe the USPS has gotten better about security, but it used to leak like a sieve.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 17, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Permafrost wrote:
We must be behind the times here, because the last time I went to the hospital I checked in on a paper form and the nurse/doctor filled out a paper chart. Information is later entered into a computer to comply with regulations but the info is all taken on paper here.

I find it hard to believe that there would not be a paper record of medical records there, the info is just to important to not have it backed up in a physical form. I wonder if this will be a wake up call to people in the cities about their dependence on tech.

Paper takes up physical space and has to be shuffled around, so it’s terribly inefficient when dealing with multiple departments. Modern hospitals have gone to digital records and aren’t looking back. Sure, paper records are more robust in a disaster, but electronic records are easier and cheaper to deal with. And if done properly, nothing would be lost even in a major natural disaster – offsite backups and the ability to rent cloud servers to get back into operations if a location was physically damaged or destroyed are all part and parcel of enterprise level IT.

And the Federal Government has been pushing medical centers into electronic medical records by reducing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for doctors that still use paper. But to hear of medical centers that start with paper and only do electronic records for reimbursement seems a bit odd to me…it can’t be terribly cost effective for them and it would still be just as prone to wrong information due to illegible forms (doctors aren’t exactly known for the legibility of their handwriting.)

And sure, I know EMP can wipe out all the electronics, but if the electric utilities aren’t protecting their system, then there is no chance that hospitals or doctors offices are going to worry about that disaster scenario. Too much cost for what is perceived as a minor risk. That said, I should sign into my doctor’s office record system and print out my medical records just in case. :whistling:

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 17, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Permafrost wrote:
We must be behind the times here, because the last time I went to the hospital I checked in on a paper form and the nurse/doctor filled out a paper chart. Information is later entered into a computer to comply with regulations but the info is all taken on paper here.

I find it hard to believe that there would not be a paper record of medical records there, the info is just to important to not have it backed up in a physical form. I wonder if this will be a wake up call to people in the cities about their dependence on tech.

Paper takes up physical space and has to be shuffled around, so it’s terribly inefficient when dealing with multiple departments. Modern hospitals have gone to digital records and aren’t looking back. Sure, paper records are more robust in a disaster, but electronic records are easier and cheaper to deal with. And if done properly, nothing would be lost even in a major natural disaster – offsite backups and the ability to rent cloud servers to get back into operations if a location was physically damaged or destroyed are all part and parcel of enterprise level IT.

And the Federal Government has been pushing medical centers into electronic medical records by reducing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for doctors that still use paper. But to hear of medical centers that start with paper and only do electronic records for reimbursement seems a bit odd to me…it can’t be terribly cost effective for them and it would still be just as prone to wrong information due to illegible forms (doctors aren’t exactly known for the legibility of their handwriting.)

And sure, I know EMP can wipe out all the electronics, but if the electric utilities aren’t protecting their system, then there is no chance that hospitals or doctors offices are going to worry about that disaster scenario. Too much cost for what is perceived as a minor risk. That said, I should sign into my doctor’s office record system and print out my medical records just in case. :whistling:

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 17, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Permafrost wrote:
Maybe I just spend to much time in the woods, but I just don’t see what the big deal was. So some people lost a few pictures or some music, so what. All records are backed up on hard copy for anything important, either privately or by the companies. Land records, medical records, bank statements are all on paper so why all the press on this? Could someone please explain to me why this is such a big deal.

Because some businesses relied on those infected machines to do day to day business. Worse yet, were the hospitals in the UK that had to turn patients away because medical records weren’t available (they haven’t used paper records in years.)

Sure, for a home user it’s not the end of the world, although losing pictures of dead loved ones is traumatic they will survive. But most businesses can’t run on paper anymore, so when the machines go down, most work stops.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Massive Cyper Attack

May 17, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Permafrost wrote:
Maybe I just spend to much time in the woods, but I just don’t see what the big deal was. So some people lost a few pictures or some music, so what. All records are backed up on hard copy for anything important, either privately or by the companies. Land records, medical records, bank statements are all on paper so why all the press on this? Could someone please explain to me why this is such a big deal.

Because some businesses relied on those infected machines to do day to day business. Worse yet, were the hospitals in the UK that had to turn patients away because medical records weren’t available (they haven’t used paper records in years.)

Sure, for a home user it’s not the end of the world, although losing pictures of dead loved ones is traumatic they will survive. But most businesses can’t run on paper anymore, so when the machines go down, most work stops.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: They know Who You Are

May 16, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

And no sooner had I sent my message, then I ran across this article:

https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/15/the … -learning/

The Pentagon is hunting ISIS using big data and machine learning
Its newly-minted Algorithmic Warfare Cross Functional Team is taking the lead.

Military and civilian intelligence analysts “overwhelmed” by the sheer volume of video surveillance data recorded over the America’s numerous military incursions against ISIS will soon get some relief. The Pentagon announced on Monday that it is tasking its newly-minted Algorithmic Warfare Cross Functional Team (AWCFT), dubbed Project Maven, with using big data and machine learning to accelerate the process of discovering actionable intelligence in all that aerial imagery.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: They know Who You Are

May 16, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Cast Iron wrote:
What is “normal” nowadays?

They investigated the Orlando club shooter. Failed to prevent that.

There is so much information out there, there is not enough computing power or analysts to scrutinize every American. Not that the average American would even pop on a suspect list.
I guess we should thank those antifa loons, the far left, as a lot of their rhetoric I find mildly alarming.
I would think the government has a lot more potential homegrown loonies to watch than some goat farmer in the sticks.

I would be careful about assuming that there is too much information to be analyzed properly. Big Data is a real thing, data storage prices are dirt cheap, and computer processing power is increasing all the time, so the algorithms that figure out which online ads to show to you today may be updated to pull out persons of interest for whatever reason deemed important at the moment. Man-power to track down additional info in the real world is the only impediment at the moment, but as cash goes away and with online ordering tied to physical addresses increase, there can be more computerized analysis and less emphasis on boots on the ground, so to speak.

Lets take a hypothetical person of interest. If he buys in cash at local stores he can still be tracked as a frequent shopper if LEO has placed license plate cameras in the area. If he buys online, it’s even worse…when UPS, Fedex, etc deliver they know the shipper and the recipient address. If certain stores are listed as potentially problematic, then anyone receiving packages from them can be added to a suspect list. Worse, all shipments sent to the suspect address can be traced back to businesses who could be forced to give up their business records for that address, giving a very detailed list of items purchased.

Or along the idea of license plate cameras, do you travel on toll roads? Transponders are required for a lot of toll roads these days and there is no reason that additional transponder readers can’t be installed wherever TPTB want them. And of course, the toll roads themselves are a wealth of info of where people move, when and how often.

Does this happen wholesale? Probably not, but there is nothing in current law or legal precedent stopping any of this. I’m probably on some lists because of my online shopping habits, but I’m also a good little consumer and don’t rock the boat.

Big Brother is here and he’s improving his data collection all the time….

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: EBOLA-News & Discussion-WORLD-(Continued Reports)

May 12, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

And from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39899406

Ebola: WHO declares outbreak in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country’s north-east, the WHO says.
The Congolese health ministry had notified the WHO of a “lab-confirmed case” of Ebola, it added on Twitter.

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Full article at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39899406

Time to recheck your medical preps and see if anything needs replacing….

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

May 9, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
ReadyMom wrote:

dmwalsh568 wrote:

Rod wrote:All they have to do is get a device, that can be remotely detonated, into low orbit.

Like in a satellite?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangmyŏngsŏng_program

Yeah, they have two up there right now…but who knows what’s actually in those satellites. Hopefully if President Trump decides to take military action in NK that he has the air force destroy the satellites at the same time…hit them with a missile, fry them with x-rays, put a bucket of nails in a crossing trajectory, doesn’t matter how, just that they are disabled in case they have an EMP device in them…otherwise things could get quite ugly here in the homeland. :eek:

You need to listen to Dr. Peter Fry’s interview here: http://scotthelmer.com/radioshow/shows/2017/05/07

OR … did your read the latest thing I posted just 2 posts up? -k

I was just pointing out that NK might not need to loft anything new, they may already have a bomb in orbit awaiting a signal to start the countdown.

The fact that the secretive air force shuttle just landed just adds to my concern, but adds some hope. Maybe they are outfitting it with something to deal with rogue satellites on the sly? No reason to break more treaties than we have to, but the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 leaves a lot of wiggle room for weapons in space.

I hadn’t listened to the radio show, and I’m trying to get through it but almost 3 hours is a bit much to listen to while I’m at work. :blush: That said, I have read your messages. I was just trying to point out to Rod that NK has already shown its ability to loft items of the required size and to the required altitude, or that they may have already done so.

reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

May 9, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
ReadyMom wrote:

dmwalsh568 wrote:

Rod wrote:All they have to do is get a device, that can be remotely detonated, into low orbit.

Like in a satellite?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangmyŏngsŏng_program

Yeah, they have two up there right now…but who knows what’s actually in those satellites. Hopefully if President Trump decides to take military action in NK that he has the air force destroy the satellites at the same time…hit them with a missile, fry them with x-rays, put a bucket of nails in a crossing trajectory, doesn’t matter how, just that they are disabled in case they have an EMP device in them…otherwise things could get quite ugly here in the homeland. :eek:

You need to listen to Dr. Peter Fry’s interview here: http://scotthelmer.com/radioshow/shows/2017/05/07

OR … did your read the latest thing I posted just 2 posts up? -k

I was just pointing out that NK might not need to loft anything new, they may already have a bomb in orbit awaiting a signal to start the countdown.

The fact that the secretive air force shuttle just landed just adds to my concern, but adds some hope. Maybe they are outfitting it with something to deal with rogue satellites on the sly? No reason to break more treaties than we have to, but the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 leaves a lot of wiggle room for weapons in space.

I hadn’t listened to the radio show, and I’m trying to get through it but almost 3 hours is a bit much to listen to while I’m at work. :blush: That said, I have read your messages. I was just trying to point out to Rod that NK has already shown its ability to loft items of the required size and to the required altitude, or that they may have already done so.

reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

May 9, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Rod wrote:
All they have to do is get a device, that can be remotely detonated, into low orbit.

Like in a satellite?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangmyŏngsŏng_program

Yeah, they have two up there right now…but who knows what’s actually in those satellites. Hopefully if President Trump decides to take military action in NK that he has the air force destroy the satellites at the same time…hit them with a missile, fry them with x-rays, put a bucket of nails in a crossing trajectory, doesn’t matter how, just that they are disabled in case they have an EMP device in them…otherwise things could get quite ugly here in the homeland. :eek:

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Water • Re: Lifesaver Cube Water Filtration Review and Thoughts

May 9, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

IIRC, the Berkey Black filters remove 95+% of lead. The PF2 filters are for removing Arsenic and Fluoridation, and I’m pretty sure it further reduces heavy metals, but the black filters do a good job all by themselves. Oops, my bad, looks like the black filters do an amazing job by themselves on lead:

http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/bl … gory/lead/

The Big Berkey range of drinking water filters fitted with Black Berkey filters can reduce lead and other heavy metals by 99.9%+, and can also remove trihalomethanes and many other drinking water contaminants to ensure your family’s safety.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Book Needed: All About Antibiotics

May 8, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
daaswampman wrote:
I would go online and print out information specific to the drugs you have! There are resources with many in layman’s terms. I work in a Trauma Center and have not seen a PDR in use since the advent of the smartphone!

I would also check out Doom and Bloom for information that is actually useful! The PDR make an excellent doorstop or might be useful if you run out of TP. Swamp

https://www.doomandbloom.net/

Buying a lightly used PDR from a couple of years back (PDR 2014) on Amazon set me back less than $6.50. So while printing out things for your specific medicines might make sense, if you have room for the book in your library, it’s not a budget buster.

Of course I also have The Survival Medicine Handbook as the first stop for information on treatment post SHTF, but for the money I couldn’t resist getting the PDR too.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Book Needed: All About Antibiotics

May 8, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
daaswampman wrote:
I would go online and print out information specific to the drugs you have! There are resources with many in layman’s terms. I work in a Trauma Center and have not seen a PDR in use since the advent of the smartphone!

I would also check out Doom and Bloom for information that is actually useful! The PDR make an excellent doorstop or might be useful if you run out of TP. Swamp

https://www.doomandbloom.net/

Buying a lightly used PDR from a couple of years back (PDR 2014) on Amazon set me back less than $6.50. So while printing out things for your specific medicines might make sense, if you have room for the book in your library, it’s not a budget buster.

Of course I also have The Survival Medicine Handbook as the first stop for information on treatment post SHTF, but for the money I couldn’t resist getting the PDR too.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #2 (May 2017)

May 4, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Another sign of deteriorating situation in the region:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/n … 39856.html
North Korean state media lashes out at main ally China
In rare rebuke, N Korean news agency accuses China’s media of ‘dancing to the tune of the US’ amid rising tensions.

North Korea has lashed out against its main ally, China, over criticism of its nuclear weapons programme, accusing “ignorant politicians and media persons” of undermining decades of close relations to side with the United States.

With tensions rising on the Korean Peninsula as a US aircraft carrier strike group conducts war games with South Korea’s navy, North Korea’s state media took its Chinese counterpart to task on Wednesday over “absurd and reckless remarks” that are “dancing to the tune of the US”.

“The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China,” the commentary on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The report chided China for its “insincerity and betrayal on the part of its partner”.

China’s state-run Global Times newspaper retorted on Thursday that the nuclear-armed North was in the grip of “some form of irrational logic” over its weapons programmes.
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full article at http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/n … 39856.html

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Pandemic Preparedness • Mystery illness in Liberia

May 1, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

As if we don’t have enough to worry about, an article on CNN talks about an unknown disease that both the WHO and the CDC are looking into:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/health/li … index.html

11 dead so far with 21 hospitalized. Ebola and Lassa fever have been ruled out. Samples have been sent to Atlanta for the CDC to analyze.

Maybe nothing, but it’s a reminder to keep up to date with medical preps while the news keeps us focused on other threats. I really need to check on fish to see if they have enough antibiotics just in case. :whistling:

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP and Stored Data

May 1, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
daaswampman wrote:
I wonder what a solar storm like a Carrington Event would have a stored data?

On Saturday, September 3, 1859, the Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser reported:

Those who happened to be out late on Thursday night had an opportunity of witnessing another magnificent display of the auroral lights. The phenomenon was very similar to the display on Sunday night, though at times the light was, if possible, more brilliant, and the prismatic hues more varied and gorgeous. The light appeared to cover the whole firmament, apparently like a luminous cloud, through which the stars of the larger magnitude indistinctly shone. The light was greater than that of the moon at its full, but had an indescribable softness and delicacy that seemed to envelop everything upon which it rested. Between 12 and 1 o’clock, when the display was at its full brilliancy, the quiet streets of the city resting under this strange light, presented a beautiful as well as singular appearance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859

Shouldn’t have any effect on offline data, since a geomagnetic storm causes induced currents in long wires. So cable TV, old copper telephone lines, antennas, and oh yes, the power grid are all vulnerable. But if you unplug your gear from the grid, and retract or remove any antennas you should be fine.

In some areas the ground currents could be high, so that could be a problem for folks using an earth ground (long metal rod pounded into the ground and connected electrically to your home.) But again, unplugging your gear will protect it.

And as long as the solar observation satellites are working we’ll have hours to days of warning before any impending storm. This gives grid operators and satellite owners time to implement their mitigation plans before a storm hits. One geeky note – for a CME to be effective, it has to have the correct polarity, and while the solar observation satellites can see a plasma cloud head towards us (the plasma cloud is what gets ejected), we don’t know the polarity until it reaches another satellite which is a LOT closer to earth. So basically, each storm warning could be false alarm, but failure to act means until certain means there won’t be enough time to do much if any mitigation…. :smartass:

Sorry if I got too professorial…it’s a bad habit of mine that is more pronounced on Mondays. :floppytongue:

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP and Stored Data

April 28, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I’m not worried about gamma ray damage to my electronics in an EMP scenario. The estimated altitudes for an EMP nuclear burst are all over the place, but the lowest I’ve seen is 40km, so I’ll use this as a worst case scenario. Half value layer of air depending on energy level of the gamma rays ranges from 35.55m to 61.89m, so again going worst case, I’ll say the HVL is 62m. Dividing 40000 by 62 gives 645 half value layers, assuming no other material between your gear and the blast…just 40km of air. So the amount of gamma rays reaching you from a nuclear EMP blast will be so close to zero, you’re at more risk from granite countertops than an EMP blast…

That said, I keep my USB thumb drives in an Altoids tin at night just in case, to prevent damage from induced currents from the EMP itself.

Reference material:
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1549/1
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Basic_Phy … Gamma-Rays

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: April 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep Todayhis Week?

April 24, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Sealed up some of my moderate use electronics in expedient faraday shielding. Separately wrapped old iPhone, a portable DVD player, a Kindle that has my prepping library in it, plus my wife’s old Kindle in paper, then foil, then another layer of paper before placing into an aluminum chafing pan, then covered that with heavy duty aluminum foil. Hopefully that’s enough if NK’s weight challenged leader :crazy: really does have an EMP device….

Oh, and I sealed my last trash can faraday cage with aluminum tape, again same reason. Other cans had been sealed for months, but last one had battery packs that I charge periodically. Sealed for now, until latest crisis blows over or the balloon goes up.

Heading to market on way home to top off some canned goods I used this weekend. I want to be as buttoned up as I can be for April 25th, since it’s a military holiday for NK.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: If a Nuclear Bomb Hit NYC

April 18, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Emp effects from a ground burst are pretty much limited to areas impacted by thermal and pressure waves. Air bursts have longer ranges but it depends on the height. I’m on the road now so can’t find my notes, but basically it’s line of sight for emp effects, so whatever the horizon is for a given height is the likely emp zone.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Dallas emergency siren system hacked

April 13, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Found an updated article on the hack:

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec … y-manager/

Seems it was done via radio signals and NOT a network hack. That explains how they knew it was someone local doing the hacking, but still leaves open the possibility that all similar systems can be hacked as easily unless things get fixed.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Dallas emergency siren system hacked

April 13, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Found an updated article on the hack:

https://arstechnica.com/information-tec … y-manager/

Seems it was done via radio signals and NOT a network hack. That explains how they knew it was someone local doing the hacking, but still leaves open the possibility that all similar systems can be hacked as easily unless things get fixed.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Dallas emergency siren system hacked

April 10, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Late Friday evening the Dallas emergency siren system was hacked and was set off multiple times by hackers:

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/0 … zen-times/

While not technically a disaster, it certainly riled things up and the 911 call centers got overloaded with more than double the usual amount of Friday night calls, but in just a few hours.

Yet another issue to plan for…fake emergencies set off by hackers that could get the sheeple all riled up. Here’s hoping the emergency text alert system is a bit better protected…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: CAN YOUR PEACE BE DISTURBED?

April 3, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
apache235 wrote:
Being calm and not disturbed today is one thing, WROL is going to be an entirely different matter. Too many wack jobs out there that think they are King Tut.

Not that I’d say it to a wacko’s face, but King Tut died as a child, most likely because he was the product of an incestuous relationship – in other words, his parents were brother and sister…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien … 06586.html

As to the original post, as long as I’m not already super stressed, I can let most things just pass as it’s not worth getting into things most of the time. But as stresses pile up, I know my temper gets more volatile…so I try and de-stress early and often. Life is too short to get into it with an idiot that isn’t causing actual harm to you or your loved ones.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions

March 30, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
theoutback wrote:

ReadyMom wrote:Well, he’s right about one thing … he IS a ‘crazy fat kid’ :shakeyes: My only concern is ‘crazy’ is also ‘unpredictable’. -k

Agreed! Hopefully he’s all bluster.

Hopefully the diplomats can keep a lid on him, since there are very few things as dangerous as a cornered crazy person…if he thinks he’s going down he’s quite likely to lash out.

Oh well, I’m pretty much as prepared as I can be although I’m always adding a few items to the stockpiles and learning new skills…just in case.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Spreading Prepper Mentality—Pros Vs. Cons?

March 19, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I point out the FEMA and CDC websites that suggest being prepared and if they aren’t convince I go the insurance route…everyone has home insurance, car insurance, fire insurance, etc. why not food insurance with some freeze dried foods? My father still didn’t get it so I gave him 3 days of FD food he has stuck in the basement. At least he has something now…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Online data collection and privacy

March 17, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Murby wrote:

dmwalsh568 wrote:Murby, you’re forgetting a 3rd easier way for them to track you through a VPN. Malware. If they can get malware onto your machine, then it will track your usage and whatever else it’s designed to hoover up (yes, an intentional pun) and then report back to the 3 letter agency that considers you a person of interest. Unless you run extra tight network security you’d never see the data leaving your device with all the details they could ever want….most folks just firewall incoming connections, not outgoing too.

I agree..

They have to get the malware into my machine first.. I run firefox with Noscript and AdblockPlus and do not click on every cute puppy picture that I am presented with. I run antivirus, hardware firewall, and software firewall..

I’m pretty sure the government has smarter people than I so I’m pretty sure they could still track me if they targeted me specifically.. If they tag you as a domestic terrorist, you can bet your rear end they’ll figure out a way to track you… This is not something I’m concerned with…

Maybe its a good thing I’m not a terrorist?? LOL..

The reality is that I’m more concerned with opportunistic tracking. If I download a video one day that documents how to turn a ball point pen into an intercontinental ballistic torpedo because I’m worried that mermaids might invade, I don’t want them logging all the IP addresses and then using that information to choose to track me to see what else I’ve been looking at.

You’re better protected than most folks.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t flaws in some of your devices that aren’t known by the vendors, but black hat hackers or 3 letter agencies might know about them and have written code to exploit those flaws. When those flaws are found they are called zero day flaws since exploits are already out in the wild and folks literally have zero days to patch before they are at risk.

One other thing I’ll assume you’re doing right, but others might not be aware of since it wasn’t mentioned: good cookie hygiene. Make sure you clear out your web browser cookies early and often. Ad networks will use cookies that cross between sites and they use that to pass info along. It’s why when I search for something on Amazon, then start reading some news site, I’ll see ads for what I was searching for on Amazon or related products. Spooky for folks who don’t understand, but still creepy for those of us who understand what’s happening.

The school network that I run has a nice little firewall and I have configured it to block all Facebook access as well known advertising sites. This reduces the junk on people’s pages and reduces the info flowing out of the user devices. Anybody who has signed into FB is being tracked all over the web, or at least on every site that has a FB like button or a FB comment section. By blocking that at the firewall I prevent that info from leaking out, even for folks who don’t have FB accounts, since cookies would be created even for non-users which can still track you….

All this helps reduce unintended data leakage, but nothing will completely stop it. Computer software is too complicated these days for anyone other than a specialist to have any hope of figuring out what every piece of code does, and then you add in hardware that communicates over USB, Ethernet, wifi, bluetooth, etc…

So anyone planning on overthrowing a government should keep their notes on paper, written by hand using pen or pencil, and keep that locked up. Anything that makes it onto a computing device can possibly be retrieved by others.

And if I haven’t scared folks enough, consider all those IoT devices folks might have in their homes. It’s almost impossible to buy a TV these days that isn’t a “smart” device that wants Internet connectivity, and the CIA hack revealed that Samsung TVs were turned into audio bugs. I’m not worried about that because I have an Amazon Echo in my house so they already have an audio bug without turning my TV against me. :innocent: Any evil plans I make are safely kept inside my head and not shared with others in any form, that way it’s private until they vanish me and use the really good pharmaceuticals. :evil:

Be safe out there folks, and keep your electronic footprints to a minimum. :ninja:

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:17 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Online data collection and privacy

March 15, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Murby, you’re forgetting a 3rd easier way for them to track you through a VPN. Malware. If they can get malware onto your machine, then it will track your usage and whatever else it’s designed to hoover up (yes, an intentional pun) and then report back to the 3 letter agency that considers you a person of interest. Unless you run extra tight network security you’d never see the data leaving your device with all the details they could ever want….most folks just firewall incoming connections, not outgoing too.

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:51 pm


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General Family Preparedness • Re: Books and Entertainment for a BOB/Home..SHTF/Grid down

February 24, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

While I have plenty of physical books for critical info that others might need if I’m not around to help, I also prep a Kindle Touch and my iPhone. I have a 20W solar panel system and a bunch of Lithium battery packs to keep everything charged up in an extended grid down event. My wife has a Kindle Fire, but I don’t trust it in a long term event since the current unit is the 3rd she’s had in 3 years…the charging port keeps getting broken and will only charge if you hold the cable just right.
My Kindle Touch is currently loaded with over 1500 books from light reading to education to medical info. Assuming it doesn’t get caught out of a faraday cage during an EMP event or broken by some oaf (like me), it will last for years with or without the grid and be a great portable library. Easily put in my backpack if I need to bug out along with the solar panel system.
My iPhone also has the Kindle app on it and about 200 books, mostly light reading, but lots of tech info and a bit of prep info (first aid, and foraging guides with pictures.) But I also have a map program that doesn’t need the cloud…it has downloaded maps of the entire US, Canada and Mexico (my choices, not fixed selections.) Best thing about it is that if the GPS satellites continue to work, then I have a fully GPS capable map system wherever I go, at least until the phone breaks (I can charge it via that same portable solar system…) If you have an iPhone look for an app called maps.me. Free and very useful. Every summer I use it up on Prince Edward Island despite not having an international data plan.

For entertainment, I do have some light reading books, but mainly it’s decks of cards and board games. Last time I checked, I have over 20 board games and at least 25 unopened decks of cards (not sure how many open decks I have scattered around the house…) Whenever I see a store closing out old inventory, I check out the games section and buy anything interesting to add to the collection. Drives the wife nuts, but as long as I keep it stored away she doesn’t freak out at me. :evil:

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Water • Re: Galvanized steel pipes

February 23, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I’d be more concerned with the solder used to interconnect the pipes than the pipes themselves.

Although, after reading up on both ends of the spectrum, I gather scale buildup inside the pipes COULD contain lead. I find it telling that the websites advocating changing out galvanized pipes are all plumbing sites…unless your water authority does something stupid (like Flint, MI), all the scale buildup will do is restrict your water flow in the house. If the water flow is too low, then that’s a good reason to replace the pipes, not worrying about lead leaching into your water.

But if you want to err on the side of caution, get your water tested before committing to a complete replumbing job. There are home tests kits on the cheap and every water quality testing lab will check for lead among other contaminants. I haven’t bothered with either since I have a whole house water filtration system that gets a yearly checkup and as part of that they check for contaminants, and so far no problem in my 113 year old home…

Sites with info on pipe issues:
http://www.americanvintagehome.com/plum … zed-pipes/
https://www.cdc.gov/fluoridation/factsh … rosion.htm

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Not just bug-out bags

February 3, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I have a bag for air travel too, but I don’t consider it a bug out bag, or GHB. It’s just a bag with a couple of days of food and my electronic recharging gear so I can keep myself sane when stuck at a gate waiting for a delayed flight. No water, but that’s the first thing I buy once I’m through security. I suppose I could bring my Berkey Sport bottle through the checkpoint as long as it’s empty, but I haven’t risked it yet since I don’t really want to throw one away because someone doesn’t like the hose and/or filter in it…and I get extra security pat downs often enough as it is…no need to make them think a BCS is necessary. Although I’ll ask it be done in the open if they want to go there. :evil:

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:52 am


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

February 3, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
JayJay wrote:
Regarding the brashness of Trump’s Tweets; you are extremely sophomoric and naive to think all–and yes, I mean all–officials don’t talk this way behind closed doors.
Grow up snowflakes!!!

And one more thing while I am here–we had 8 years to misbehave, 8 years to behave like two year olds, 8 years to disrupt and throw fits, 8 years to set cars ablaze, read poems about ‘p*****s’ on stage with the whale, Michael Moore…..
Know why we didn’t, cupcakes??? Because we maintained something you liberals would never understand or ever have—–C-L-A-S-S!!!! ;)

I expect them to talk freely when behind closed doors, and with this crew I expect a mix of high brow and gutter conversations. As long as they keep it private, I have no problem with that at all, it’s normal. BUT, it’s when the off the cuff, no filter crud gets posted to twitter that I have an issue with it. If DJT can’t start filtering his knee-jerk tweets I’m sure we’ll lose allies and probably will be in a shooting war with someone within 6 to 12 months. I guess I should look at the Vegas odd sheets to see which country is most likely so I can see if I need to adjust my preps.

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:44 am


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Not just bug-out bags

February 2, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I have an emergency bag at my office desk with basic supplies including n95 mask, first aid kit, 2 days of food and water, plus a blanket. Idea of this bag is to shelter in place until I can get to full GHB in car, or worst case, walk home with just these supplies. Car GHB has same basics but also has 5 days of food plus camping gear in case I’m further from home when an event happens. I don’t actually have a bug out bag. I have GHBs in both cars and a garden cart at home that can haul 400 pounds of gear if I have to leave for any length of time. But I could only take a fraction of my preps so bugging out is a last resort.

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:20 pm


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

February 1, 2017 dmwalsh568 0
Illini Warrior wrote:

BK in KC wrote:

RayMac1963 wrote:And the’re getting motivated. IF you could accomplish the same thing without energizing your opponent then why not take tactical advantage and do so, unless part of your motivation is to outrage them and egg them on.

Absolutely egg them on! How many people whose travel plans were disrupted by these jackholes protesting at airports have decided to support their cause? Not many. They do their cause much more harm than good and their violent intolerance is on full display for everyone to see. Trump comes off as the adult against spoiled children. They are losing and they are losing badly. Two more years of this and Trump has a 60 seat majority in the Senate.

it’s totally understandable why some of these dissenters are sooooo freaking stupid & acting childish …. just watch the various DC press conferences – it’s just amazing HOW freaking stupid these newspeople really are … it’s been stated hundreds of times that it’s not a “travel ban” – first dumbazz female up with a question comes out with it again – at least didn’t call it a “muslim ban” – had to explain it ALL over AGAIN – just amazing ….

News reporter asked that question because our fearless leader used the word ban in a tweet. Words matter when you’re the president. Lack of precision can lead to misunderstandings or worse.

While I’m nervous about trump, I could get behind him if he’d just stop tweeting. Let his minions do the outreach, but his off the cuff tweets are ulcer inducing.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Repeaters

January 30, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

Wouldn’t even need to be a surge, depending on how close the repeaters are to each other, a squirrel bridging the lines on a transformer could be enough to cause trouble…until I moved, we’d lose power at least once a year because a squirrel fried itself and took a transformer with it…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Repeaters

January 27, 2017 dmwalsh568 0

I’m not a ham, but I’d wonder about lightning storms in the area, or if they are all connected to the power grid and if there was a over or under-voltage condition messing things up.

Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:18 am