wierd coincidence!

A commerciall came on for on for 24 just as i was hitting the join button for this group! wierd isnt it?

Topic by Zaphod Beeblebrox   |  last reply


Captcha, Coincidence or Provedence?

Ok, ive been sending some PMs around, quite a few in fact. And i must say ive started to notice a strange resemblance between some of the words? Has anyone else noticed this? is it a message from god? are the instructables team 'brainwashing' us? Here a few examples of my captchas, they currently will only make sense to the few. Add your screen shots of amazing coincedence captchas in the comments!

Topic by gmjhowe   |  last reply


Does the point at which two light beams coincide appear to be more visible/greater intensity than the beams themselves? Answered

Specifically, i'm interested to know if the coincident point of two laser beams would appear to have a greater brightness / intensity than the beams themselves. For example, I think I read somewhere that 15-25mW green laser diodes have a visible beam in med-low light conditions because they offset dust particles? So does this mean that where there are two light sources approaching from different angles that there will appear to be a greater amount of reflection from the dust particles? Any information would be useful really, just to put my mind at ease... Thanks :)

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Can this be a coincidence? Do they look like two independent designs? Answered

I came across this kit when I was browsing the web. What surprised me is the uncanny resemblance to my design published here in Instructables. I'd like to know what you guys think about those two designs. Do they look like they are created by two independent designers? Can someone design a product so similar to another without copying the other? (The kit in the front part of the picture is taken from Eastern Voltage Research website. The photo is photoshopped by them since yesterday to remove holes on the end of the PCB which accomodate home made battery clips.) Please post your opinions! Thank you!

Question by ledartist   |  last reply


Can Squid Labs be behind this?

Some people say there is no such thing as coincidence... An aquatic critter could get there from Squid Labs in a day.http://www.kcra.com/news/13751758/detail.htmlCan you say calamari?

Topic by SacTownSue   |  last reply


All these Mate1 ads...

I've noticed that banner ads often coincide with current or upcoming contests... What can we expect, with all the Mate1 dating site ads all over the place?

Topic by jeff-o   |  last reply


Are the admins picking best answers now? Answered

I've noticed lately that a lot of my really old answers are being picked as best answers.  Is it just a coincidence, or are the admins finally picking the best answers on the old questions?

Question by thegeeke   |  last reply


Does instructables.com sell our email addresses ?!!!

Hi, I subscribed to the instructables.com newsletter for only a couple of days (with an email address I hardly use) and since that I received a bunch of spams in my mailbox ! Weird coincidence, isn't it ? Does instructables.com sell our email addresses ?!!! >-(

Topic by PeanutFR   |  last reply


What happened to the spammers?

I noticed for a few days now that there is basically no spam showing up anymore. Of course I have no clue if that is coincidence but if not I would like to thank the code monkeys for fixing the spam problem. Yes, there will be new spam attacks but right now I really like the clean look after a reload - no spam is always good :)

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


Free LiveType Textures?

Is there any way I can get free LiveType textures? The defaults are very limited and hardly ever coincide with the theme or style of the film I'm making. I tried Googling, but I do not want to download a big, juicy virus. As you can tell, I don't want to spend $90 for a few more textures. I'm trying to save money for a future project.

Question by Spl1nt3rC3ll   |  last reply


Launch Statistics Down Following Site Upgrade ?

The new website no longer promotes other instructables written by the author.Perhaps this is a coincidence but the number of views appears to have has fallen drastically since the new website was launched. Would be interested to know if your launch stats are affected too.Perhaps a (significant) portion of the recommended section that follows each instructable could be devoted to articles from the author?

Topic by lingib   |  last reply


I started getting spammed after I joined Instructables...

Hi there, Can anyone technical tell me whether instructables has given my email address to anyone? I have had my email address for 2 years and only started getting spam after I joined instructables. I know it might be a coincidence - I just wanted to ask. Thanks, Bonnie

Topic by griffibo   |  last reply


General Discussion for Discussion

(In a musical gameshow like voice) It's time for the General Discussion for Discussion Blog. This is a blog where from week to week the owner will post something new and exciting to discuss and he and the audience discuss it in a general discussion matter With your host Mysterious Ninja Of Fire. Each week within the last post I will be giving a hint as to next week. This week is ninjas. next week will be democians.

Topic by mysterious ninja of fire   |  last reply


Instructables Un-Subscribing From Me

I have a feeling that there is a bug in Instructables that unsubscribes people after they subscribe to me. (or not only me?) I know people un-sub once in a while, But I think this isn't the case... In the past week (or two), Most of the people that followed me, Have un-followed, And I don't think this is a coincidence. I think I can estimate that it happened to me with ~15 people. Am I the only one that has this problem?

Topic by Yonatan24   |  last reply


Should I delete this instructable?

Do you think I ought to delete my ible on how to get six pack abs? They haven't accepted it into the burning questions contest, and people seem to HATE it, although it saying about the same thing as the six pack ible that was accepted (pure coincidence, I didn't read the other one beforehand, promise!)...on the other hand, I have gotten a ton of view (over 1000 in a couple of days).https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-get-six-pack-abs/

Topic by Lithium Rain   |  last reply


How to Remember Pi!

This nifty poem I created is called a "piem", a pi poem. I only made a poem for the first 10 digits, but you can make more. For example, the first word has 3 letters, representing the # 3. The second has 1 letter, representing the # 1. et cetera. Here is one I made up:    For a week a broke belittled he person aided all. Notice the coinciding #s: 3     1    4    1    5          9        2       6         5     3  -->  3.141592653 --> the first 10 digits of pi.

Topic by In Actuality   |  last reply


BBC runs Instructable-powered car?

Some of you will have seen the Honda that runs on trash. Jimmason built a gasification plant into the back end of the Honda, and ran the car on the gas produced. A classic Make, which the BBC have recreated, in the form of a car that runs on used coffee grounds. The video is here (click and scroll down to the second video) - it won't embed from the BBC. No sign of a credit for the source, but I do know that the chap in the video knows this site exists, since I tried to persuade him to join. What do you reckon - coincidence or plagiarism?

Topic by Kiteman 


Robot250 Festival

For all the instructablers in the PGH area be sure to check out Robot250 Robot 250 is a massive city-wide community art and technology program culminating in a two-week festival in July with exhibits, workshops, outdoor displays, movies and other installations throughout the Pittsburgh area. It was launched by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh with program support from a host of local community groups and financial support from The Heinz Foundation, The Grable Foundation and The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The mission of Robot 250 is to foster creativity, build a sense of community and raise the technical literacy of our entire region, while coinciding with the city of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary celebration.Check out their page for more.-Joe

Topic by joe 


REMOVE: Desktop Clutter

Hey everybody I made a file organizing system..... I CALL IT: FILE ACCESS TERMINAL or FAT what a coincidence or is it ( Fat)?I made it because my desktop was all cluttered It might take some time but it will make your daily computing easier, I hope. I made it on windows xp so if it doesn't work on other OS's sorry.All it is is several folders with awesome icons. All the instructions are in the ZIP file.I will soon make it an actual program...What it is right now seems cheese to me .....Any Ideas ? Check it out ! post away !NOTICE : Their seems to be a problem with th icons I will fix this asap !

Topic by littlechef37   |  last reply


DJ Radio- celebrating 14 years of pure awesome. (Aka my birthday) -UPDATE

Yes, today is my birthday.  I am 14.  I have a cake and everything.  I was gonna post a gun to concide with this event but unfortunately I couldn't finish it in time.  Oh well. *Update* To coincide with my birthday, I will not read any PM unless it has "To his majesty, the Honorable DJ Radio" in the subject line until March 15, 2010, 14 days from now.  The only exceptions are staff and replies to PM's I have made before March 1.  I'm serious, if you want your PM's read, you have to use that subject line until March 15.

Topic by DJ Radio   |  last reply


Ant Killer!

It seems every year we get ants in our kitchen. I don't know if its a seasonal thing or just coincidence.This time, however, we were able to effectively combat them with a home remedy. We mixed boric acid & sugar in water and set the concoction in a few little lids across the kitchen. We used roughly a 1:1:1 ratio, but it isn't an exact science. It's also not important if it doesn't dissolve completely.The idea behind this is that the boric acid will not kill the ants instentaneously. In fact, the sugar will lure ants to it. Also, this amount of boric acid isn't harmful, even to most pets. I don't have any pictures to do an instructable, so I thought I'd share it here. If someone else does this, feel free to do an instructable. (no credit needed)

Topic by zachninme 


Still computer problems: Not Windows 7? Not the motherboard? Not the HDD? Not the power supply??

Been having problem after problem with my 2 yr old computer: 2 months ago XP started misbehaving. Did install W 7. Many problems with compatibility, within 3 weeks installation corrupt. Reinstalled XP, which worked for 2 days. Ordered new ASROCK motherboard. One of the HDDs seemed to be fried. Put another (laptop) 2 yr old, almost brand new SATA2 HDD in, installed Windows 7 yesterday. It died just now .  What could be going on: Is the power supply killing my computer, is it coincidence or could it be something else?? This adventure is becoming very frustrating and expensive, and I've lost quite some data!

Question by BobS   |  last reply


What size resistor should I use to shorten a string of Christmas lights?

I need to shorten a string of christmas lights from 20 lights to 3 lights. The unaltered string ratings are  120volt,  .08 amps. The bulbs/lamps are 6volt and .48 watts each.   It is interesting to me that 20 lights x 6volts = 120volts. I'm sure that is not by coincidence but I'm not an engineer so I don't know how to use that information. I need to know what size resistor I need to use.  This is way to confusing for me to follow. If someone can help me out with a simple formula I would appreciate it as I need to work with lights strings of many different lengths.  Please try and put your answer into laymens terms. Thanks

Question by nobill11   |  last reply


What is this green globby goo in my driveway? Answered

What is this stuff?? I noticed this green slime in my driveway one day. It's sorta gel-like, has some air bubbles, and is centered around greenery. I can sorta pick it up with a stick and it jiggles and doesn't really come apart. It reminds me of seaweed kinda. It was mainly located in the center of my driveway where we have weed growth. The appearance happened to coincide with a long bought of rain (nearly several weeks). I also noticed some in areas of our lawn and near the edges of our gardens. This is in Northeastern Vermont, photo taken this summer, '09. PS--I apologize if this is too picture heavy. Please let me know if it is. I just like sharing all the neat photos of this strange substance that looks like Slimer from Ghostbusters!

Question by Pompom   |  last reply


Hilarious $500 ethernet cable

Denon, purveyors of audiophile equipment and home cinema kit, are selling a $500 1.5 metre cat-5 cable.That's not so much funny as disappointing.However, the Amazon reviews are utterly hilarious."Holding this cable in my hands actually makes me feel that much closer to the Lord Jesus...""So I shelled over the 1/2 grand and found out that I can SEE GOD when I play things now.. In addition I see the future and now know the stock market BEFORE it happens! ""Just 1 minute after pressing the button to order this, I had 7 phone calls from insanely hot women, and got 7 dates out of it. Coincidence? I think not. ""I couldn't believe a cable could make so much difference, so I connected a cable tester to it and saw that it rendered the 0s and 1s perfectly. I'm even getting some 2s and 3s!!!""Each one of these cables is blessed in the blood of a dead pope."There are, however, a refreshing number of people saying "I'll never buy anything from Denon ever again". I believe this product may be withdrawn shortly, if Denon have the tiniest bit of sense.

Topic by PKM   |  last reply


Marketing Instructables

This site is the business activity of Instructables Inc, and as such has to turn a profit (or break-even at the least). I don't know how the books balance or who has how much equity in Instructables Inc, but we do know that paid memberships (Pro accounts) have been introduced as an additional income-stream. Current Pro users number just over 600, so small money so far.A lot of complaints have been made about Pro membership, mainly in relation to what will be denied to free members, but also with regard to perceptions of an "us and them" division.If the site can successfully sell memberships and attract advertising revenue / sponsorship, it would not be necessary to annoy / nag free members by denying them basic features they won't or can't pay for.This is it: How can the site better market what it has to attract paying users willingly, and maximise other sources of income?E.g. gmjhowe's suggestion of Testimonials ("awesome" E Wilhelm)E.g. changing the Pro badgeE.g. changing the "recent Pro users" on the front page ("interesting idea" E Wilhelm) taken up unless it's just coincidence that it appears to be that wayThis topic is for constructive ideas around the introduction of new features and increasing site revenue, not for complaints (there are plenty of other topics for complaints)Personally I think the marketing of Pro accounts could be improved in some areas?L

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply


Guess who has Swine Flu?

My younger brother (age 8) was diagnosed with Swine Flu about 2 hours ago. He's had a high fever since yesterday. Since he got loaded up with shots within 48 hours of his fever's appearance, he should become a proud survivor of the morbid Pig Flu that will cleanse humanity like no other form of genocide has yet accomplished.As for the rest of my family... Everyone's fine but my mother and I; we've been experiencing minor flu-like symptoms since early this morning... this may or may not be related to Swine Flu, so I'll keep you posted.What you can do to protect yourself from Swine Flu:First of all, DON'T PANIC - really, my brother is the first person I know personally who's gotten it, and the fact that it's my brother and not the friend of a cousin's stepbrother's girlfriend is just pure coincidence. I'm no math genius, but if only 10,000 of the world's 7 billion people have Swine Flu, that's quite a bit less than 1%.Wash your hands oftenTry not to touch your face, especially around your mouth and noseUse common sense - if someone is sneezing their brains out into their hands, refrain from high-fiving him or her, etcWish me luck.

Topic by Labot2001   |  last reply


FIFA Day 2 Group B results

Another day of good matches at the 2010 FIFA world cup. The group B games were as good as the first games here are the results. Game 1 Korea republic 2- Greece 0 LEE Jung Soo 7th minute Park Ji Sung 52nd minute Game 2 Argentina 1- Nigeria 0 Heinze 6th minute Personal thoughts on game 1: I didn't get to see the two goals but I foud it an amazing coincidence that they were both scored 7 minutes into each half. Maybe the coach had planned this. If that is true I really want to see Korea's next match. It seemed to me that Greece wasn't playing very nicely as they constantly kept shouting at each other. I personally think this is why they lost. Good luck to both teams and I hope Greece plays nicer next time. Personal thoughts on game 2: This game i was able to watch except for the first few minutes. I missied the goal but I saw it in the Highlights. I found this game much more enthusiastic than the last one. Mainly because every time Aregentina commited a foul they apollagized to the Player. This is something that is needed in a lot of games. It's a great sign of good sportsman ship. Nigeria had an amazing defense. It will be hard to score when playing against them. I think all these teams still have a chance to enter the finals. Good luck to you all. Amazing games! Please Comment on the teams and games.   

Topic by Tornado96 


What could be wrong with my Kinroad Runmaster Sahara 250cc dune buggy?

I bought a Kinroad dunebuggy from a guy in Queen Creek, AZ for $1000. It is a yellow 2-seater with a 250cc engine and unifilter. It ran perfect when we tested it, but it has been downhill from there. I drove it around at home on the street for about ten minutes, then- uh oh. I was driving along, relatively slowly, when the gas pedal quit working. As in, it wouldn't make the cart move. When I pressed the gas pedal, it made the engine rev very loud, then stopped when I released. By now the cart was at a full halt. I pressed down on the brake pedal, then let go. That seemed to do it. It happened again in less than 30 seconds, but quickly subsided. I don't know if it was the braking that did it, or if that was just a coincidence. So that didn't happen again. I drove it around for a few more minutes, then shut it off. I came back to it less than an hour later. It started, I put in forward, and then when I pressed the gas- it died. No go. I tried again. No go. Finally, i started it, then revved it once for about 5 seconds in neutral. Then, when I put it in forward and gassed it, it went. It rode fine for a little while. I shut it off. When I came back and started it up- same as before. Whenever I gassed it, it quit. Finally, for whatever reason, it went. That lasted for about ten seconds. Then it quit. It hasn't started since, after maybe 20 more tries. So- any guesses as to the problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Question by snowpenguin   |  last reply


Grey Goo and Google

Grey goo is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving molecular nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves-a scenario known as ecophagy (eating the environment).This just happens to be the Wikipedia entry for Grey goo, which has earned a very rare position on the internet.If you haven't already noticed, if a browsers default search engine is Google, when you type something in the URL field that isn't a URL, it will either turn up a Google search for it, or go to the I'm Feeling Lucky page. I'm Feeling Lucky is just the first page a Google search returns.The Wikipedia page on Grey goo happens to be the first one up on a search for "goo." This is very standard, except for the fact that the first three letters in Google are goo. This is how I discovered this. While attempting to access google.com, a very angry-intentioned yogurt cup interrupted me using the great power of the enter key while I was typing. I was cut half way through, and it returned "goo," and I was shown the info on a wretched nano-sized robot that was about to eat me, rather than the friendly interface of Google, although it was Google itself that brought me there. Oh well, my largest problem was the yogurt cup exploding all over the floor of the hotel we were in. This means that the page on Grey goo must be a very popular page, not because of its content (although the content is rather interesting), but because of typing errors. It seems like more of an Easter egg than a coincidence.The Molecular Nanotechnology series is a little odd too.Just a sudden surprise I thought I might share with a few people...p.s. this seems to be similar to what happens in Micheal Crichton's Prey...

Topic by puffyfluff   |  last reply


Awesome Things to do in Halo

Hi there, fellow halunatics. In this forum, you can post awesome things that you have done/seen done in any of the Halo games. Other games are not welcome. Anyway, here I'm going to list some things that are just downright awesome to do. Keep in mind that over the course of time I will continue to add to this forum. - Facial grenades. When you go up to an enemy and stick a plasma grenade on their face. This practice is funniest with a Grunt as the victim. - Headshots. Especially badmirable when they're moving and/or you hit your foe in the face, as this is just awesome, and it usually makes flop around in a comical manner. - Keeping the energy sword after you run out of charge so that you can punch people. Hilarious with Grunts, as their faces are just at the right level for your fist to pound on them. What a happy coincidence >:D - Bullfighting/toying with Hunters. Safest in Halo 1;  Hunters can't swing behind them. - Playing on Legendary without dying a lot. If you can do this, then congratulations, you are good at Halo. - Killing a Grunt/Elite just as he's about to throw a grenade so that it lands next to him and blows up his friends. A real Master Chief moment. - Not dying. Life is regarded by most people as a healthy practice.  - Ninja Mode. Sneaking around an area (possibly with the help of active camouflage), killing your foes without firing a single shot. Extremely awesome if an entire area can be successfully cleared in this manner. - Energy sword/gravity hammer kills. 'Cause they're just awesome. - Splatter kills. Shows that a) you know how to handle a vehicle well, and b) you are confident enough to get that close to your enemy to kill them instead of shooting them from a distance. - Boarding. Can't do it in Halo 1, but its still awesome.

Topic by Plo Koon 


Asus EeePC Charger Troubles

First of all, I have to say I am sorry for posting so many forum topics.  However, I often do need help from people like those found here - thank you all! Now, with that out of the way, my problem. For christmas, I got an Asus EeePC. I am not sure of the specific model, but it is a Windows 7 Starter one. Anyway, a few weeks ago (I'm not sure specifically), the charger gave up and died on me. After checking the half that goes to the wall with another device, I realised that my problem lay in the adapter. I figured it was dead anyway, so no further harm could be done, and proceeded to hacksaw it open. Miraculously, after this, it worked. However, it is obviously not very convenient to have a charger that is constantly spilling its guts all over the place, so my mom bought me a new one off ebay. This one worked completely fine, except it was the wrong size plug for the laptop, so it had to constantly be anchored downwards. I decided to cut the two wires and connect the red to the red and the black to the black so I could have a normal adapter and the right sized plug. However, one of them did not have a red and a black but a white and an uncovered. After a short bit of research, I decided the positive was probably the white, so connected the white to the red and the uncovered to the black. However, when I plugged this in, it did not charge, and instead steam/smoke began to come from the laptop. I promptly disconnected and binned it. My mom bought a third one off ebay, which worked fine and fit fine, but when plugged into the laptop, did not charge it and the little indicator LED on the adapter flickered. So, for a third time, my mom bought a new charger off ebay. Again, this worked and fit fine, but when plugged into the laptop, did not charge it and flickered its LED. I tried this with various plugs from the wall (the figure-of-8 type), in various extensions, and straight into the wall socket, but all still to the same result. Each charger came from a different person on ebay, and each (including the original and second which both worked) had an output of 19V 2.1A. I cannot figure out why neither of the latest two have worked. Is my laptop broken? Am I somehow now buying the wrong chargers? Were the past two mere coincidences? Please help. Thanks in advance,  ~H4ZZ

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Paper Airplane Contest 6 (Closed)

To coincide with the publishing of my one hundredth instructable, I am hosting a sixth paper airplane contest (PAC6). However, unlike my previous contests, this one is aimed at origami aviators just beginning their flights. Although the previous “PAC5” has yet to conclude, I feel it is an appropriate time to start up another contest, due to the different aims of the two. For this contest, the specification is for a trainer paper airplane. Requirements: 1. Aircraft Requirements: • Ability to fly at least 25 feet (7.62 meters) from a launch height of 5 feet or higher • Durability to fly at least 25 feet, at least 15 times • At least two of the following must be featured on your aircraft: flaps, elevators, rudders, ailerons, spoilers, elevons, decelerons, spoilerons, flaperons, air brakes, slots, and/or slats • Allowed materials include: 2 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch (A4) paper, 8 inches of Scotch tape, scissors, a stapler, 5 staples, a ruler, a pencil, pen, and 2 paper clips • Aircraft must be named 2. Instructables Requirements: • 1 page (not the intro page) devoted solely to materials required in construction • 1 page explaining how to fly the aircraft • The instructable's license must be: "Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa)" • This sentence and link must be displayed on your entry's intro page: “This instructable is an entry in Paper Airplane Contest 6 (https://www.instructables.com/community/Paper-Airplane-Contest-6/)” Prizes: For this contest I will award the publishers of the top 5 performing paper airplanes* one patch each. However, unlike previous contests, each patch will feature its respective aircraft, rather than medals. The first place winner will also receive a 3 month Instructables Pro membership. *Multiple entries are allowed. To keep the distribution of patches wide however, each entrant can only win one prize. How to Enter: To enter this contest, you must send me a private message entitled “My NGT Paper Airplane [Member Name Here]” with your instructable's URL included. (The “NGT” acronym refers to Next Generation Trainer, in order to distinguish it from PAC5 entries). I will then put the link and author's name onto a list on this topic under "Entries". Judging: I have decided that I will judge all the planes myself based on abilities. I have decided this way because I believe judging on performance and suitability, rather than shape, is a more objective approach. The contest begins Friday, June 17, 2011 and ends Friday, July 15, 2011. Entries must be published before Friday, July 15, 2011. From July 16 to July 18, I will be judging all entries. I will announce the winners of the contest on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 and issue them their prizes Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Entries: wat.: "Hammerhead Glider II" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider-II/) vishalapar: "Smoothliner IV" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Smoothliner-4/) Results: 1st Place: vishalapar: "Smoothliner IV" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Smoothliner-4/) 2nd Place: wat.: "Hammerhead Glider II" (https://www.instructables.com/id/Hammerhead-Glider-II/)

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Canada Set to Ban "Weed-n-Feed" Products

Re-evaluation Note REV2010-01, Uncoupling of Fertilizer-Pesticide Combination Products for Lawn and Turf Uses 2 February 2010 HC Pub: 100037 ISBN: 978-1-100-14700-0 (print version) ISBN: 978-1-100-14701-7 (PDF version) Catalogue number: H113-5/2010-1E (print version) Catalogue number: H113-5/2010-1E-PDF (PDF version) Table of Contents 1.0 Purpose 2.0 Scope 3.0 Background 4.0 Regulatory decision 1.0 Purpose This document is to communicate to stakeholders the decision to uncouple fertilizer-pesticide combination products intended for lawn and turf uses. 2.0 Scope This regulatory action is focussed on the lawn and turf uses of fertilizer-pesticide combination products on the following types of turf: Lawn turf planted in or around residences, as well as public and commercial buildings including schools and cemeteries Sports and recreational turf such as turf in parks, playgrounds, golf courses, zoos, botanical gardens and athletic playing fields These types of turf are collectively known as fine turf, which may be maintained by homeowners or by professional applicators. This regulatory action does not include agricultural uses of fertilizer-pesticide combination products (turf farms), or products that have a single active material with both fertilizer and pesticidal properties. 3.0 Background Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) regulates pesticides under the Pest Control Products Act including those intended for lawn and turf uses. All pesticide products that are registered for use and sale in Canada have undergone rigorous health and environmental risk assessments including the pesticides present in fertilizer-pesticide combinations. Pesticides are often combined with fertilizers and sold as fertilizer-pesticide combination products, which are regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency under the Fertilizers Act. When pesticides are combined with fertilizer such that the two components can only be applied at the same time and to the same area, the delivery mechanism for the pesticide component is brought into question. The very nature of combination products removes the flexibility of applying the pesticide as a spot application due to the need to accommodate the fertilizer, which is designed for broadcast application to the entire lawn surface at specified times of the year. Pesticides should only be used when and where there is a need. Broadcast applications of pesticides over the whole area are warranted only for severe pest infestations that are widespread. As pest infestations are typically patchy, spot applications of pesticides to those areas are most often sufficient to ensure adequate control in turf. To be effective, fertilizers and pesticides must each be applied at the appropriate timings, which typically do not coincide. Fertilizers are most often applied in spring or early summer, and/or in late summer or fall. A spring-applied lawn fertilizer results in increased tillering and rapid growth as temperatures increase, resulting in turf of increased density. A fall-applied lawn fertilizer also results in increased tillering and may result in increased winter hardiness. The majority of pesticides found in pesticide-fertilizer combination products are broadleaf herbicides belonging to the synthetic auxin group of chemicals. This group of chemicals only controls broadleaf weeds that have emerged and are actively growing in the lawn. These herbicides are not preventative in that they will only control weeds that have emerged and they do not prevent weeds from becoming established in the lawn. Further, this group of chemicals is not long lasting in that they do not persist in the soil to prevent future weed infestations. Combination products have been purchased for their convenience and ease of use as a two-in-one product to address separate lawn maintenance issues (for example, nutrient deficiency and various pest infestations) with a single application. However, these products are unsuitable as a delivery mechanism because they support broadcast application of the pesticide when this might not be warranted. Ultimately, fertilizer and pesticide applications should be based on need. Fertilizer should only be used if the turf will benefit from additional nutrients, and pesticide should only be used as a broadcast treatment if the pest densities are sufficiently high across the area to be treated. Targeted, well-timed liquid formulations of pesticides minimize pesticide use on the lawn and turf sites. 4.0 Regulatory decision Based on consultation with the provinces, experts and registrants, the PMRA has concluded that fertilizer-pesticide combination products for lawn and turf uses do not support the goals of best practices for pest management in turf. The PMRA, in conjunction with Canadian Food Inspection Agency, is taking action to uncouple the fertilizer-pesticide combination products intended for lawn and turf uses. A date of last sale of 31 December 2012 for fertilizer-pesticide combination products for lawn and turf uses has been set in order to allow for replacement products to be made available where needed. Should situations arise to warrant the use of a fertilizer-pesticide combination product for lawn and turf uses, the PMRA will assess combination products in terms of the timing of application and flexibility to apply as a spot treatment, as well as potential risks to human health and the environment. The PMRA decision to uncouple fertilizer-pesticide combination products is not based on the health or environmental risk assessments but rather the nature of combination products. Combination products remove the flexibility of applying spot applications of the pesticide due to the need to accommodate the fertilizer, which is designed for broadcast application to the entire lawn surface at specified times of the year. Turf fertilizers will continue to be available for broadcast application when needed. Pesticide-only products will also continue to be available for lawn care use to homeowners and commercial applicators for either spot treatments of localized weed patches or for use as broadcast applications to severely infested turf areas when warranted. Although more time consuming, pest control in lawn and turf can be achieved with careful pesticide spot applications that target only the pests that are present and separate broadcast applications of fertilizers. Now if only the US were to follow suit...

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The future of mobile operating system or the end for "hackers" and rooting?

For mayn years it was almost logical to get full root access on your new smartphone or tablet.The other fraction might now it as "jailbreaking"...No one really needs it unless they are not happy with they way the mnufacturer designed the operating system and features.The removal of bloat, apps the user never needs, is still the most common reason for rooting.Custom ROM's offering a different experience are right behind.Now we also have TV's, entertainment boxes of all kinds, even from our ISP's directly.The main provider for the operating system is now Google with only a few "competitors" left.Apple has a strong hold of the mobile and tablet sector too but is not really presented in other areas.Android is still open source but Google heavily modifed it to suit the needs of data collecting and security for features like banking, access control and so on.What is good for the normal user and perfect for those with security in mind can be really bad for those actually just using a device.No matter why you buy a new phone from your provider, you almost never buy it for the added apps and services.Rooting has become more and more difficult.One reason of course is constant security updates and removing possible access options for even simple things like getting USB debugging and an unlocked bootloader.People dedicated to find ways to remove provider locks, creating custom firmwares or the basic tools required to work with firmwares were called hackers.If you buy a new car and decide to modify it with a new engine, seats or whatever than no one will stop you.So why don't we have the same rights for our electronic companions?I wouldn't call it hacking, I would call it actually owning and controlling your device instead of Google letting control you - or Apple, but who cares....The other reason is dead simple: Those guys who started it all have retired or found employoment with those they fooled for so many years.Chainfire should ring a bell for anyone ever concerned with rooting.The master is gone now and only a few people are willing to take his legacy.For Asian devices the community over there is better off but for our market region right now Magisk seems to be the only option left for modern devices.The sneaky ways to lock us out....Security comes at a price, simple as.You can offer secrity for money transfers if the device is not trustworthy.Same for online streaming - you want the money for what you give and prevent that someone is able to make unwanted recordings without encryption.The list goes on with access control system and literally everything we use our devices for that involves some security.Even with the lates PIE systems Google's own devices are still quite friendly in terms of gaining root access.Different story though if a manufacturer makes full use of all the latest addition at Google's disposal.Device security no longer starts with the boot we see.It is now possible to create a hardware based tree of trust.This means any modification to anything will cause a failure.This locks out all "tools" able to read out partitions and vital data while a device is in fastboot mode.And of course said fastboot can be fully disabled as well now.For security reason a so called A/B configuration is used.Updates come over the air and are applied to the dormant system.Next start will boot the new system and then update the old one, no requirement to manually apply and update.The recovery can also be abandoned and replaced by a system using a copy on the device itself that is updated through OTA updates with the firmware.So both ways to gain official access can be full removed from the user.From there we get encryption, hash checks and literally everything working in its own user space - a full SELinux enviroment at the highest level.There are already devices utilising a lot of this and so far the only way to get any sort of insight was done by those intercepting OTA updates on a router level.And apart from quickly changing the encryption with the next updates nothing was gained.Is it all coincidence?Of course not.Well known leaks were kept open for years.Kernel updates gave improvements and closed really old leaks but never all known ways.With the retirement of the best rooting experts these holes were suddenly closed.Checks of latest kernel releases showed that there is no known vulenerabilities anymore that can be misused to gain access.And those finding new ones and making them available for us are bascally gone now.Encryptions and packing algorithms changed, same thing for the actual handling of partitions and rights.Anyone with a decent understanding of how the old ways worked will be able to figure it out with some time wasted on it.From there however the outcome is often dark.The tools needed to work with these new files are not always updated anymore.The developer simply moved on and most of the time without publishing his source codes.And the still best way to protect your firmware from tampering is to encrypt it.In the old days it was enough to sign a ZIP file with a release key not available to the public.Custom recoveries allowed us to get around this.This still works to some extent but now we also get additional checks starting from the bootloader.A modified system will be detected and stopped and a stock system will stop i a modified boot is detected.Even using a custom recovery by flashing or through fastboot is preventable now.Right now the only way for most new devices is a total wipe and the installation of an unsecure firmware with everything.As you already guessed this is to prevent now as well.So does all this rooting stuff actually concern you?Of course not!If you never had any need for rooting or no clue what to do differently with a rooted device than you are a happy camper.But your neighbour or friend might think differently.You see, I have two problems when it comes to "stock" devices.a) I have no clue what data they collect from me and what it might be used for.b) I do not like being forced to agree to terms that are endless and of questionable content just to use the damn thing.For crying out loud: In most cases it is now impossible to even set up a new device without working internet and a Google account.....

Topic by Downunder35m 


: Arduino + Adafruit wave sheild + IR + Keypad sound board

Hi , was wondering if you could point me in the right direction I'm very new to Arduino I built last year a simple board with adafruit wave shield and added a simple 12 digit key pad to play 12 sounds + power up I have got the codes for the KEYES IR receiver so know the IR is correctly connected and library loaded im trying to integrate the IR code so can change the sounds by IR remote ideally with option of the buttons (if have to loose the buttons and just use remote that's fine) have copied the code below for how it works now just buttons   I found some code for Cylon Pumpkin that works great with just the remote but would also like to integrate the 12 digit keypad Thank you in advance for any help or pointers you can suggest Richard CODE FOR 12 DIGIT BUTTON PRESS /* ADAVOICE is an Arduino-based voice pitch changer plus WAV playback. Fun for Halloween costumes, comic convention getups and other shenanigans! Hardware requirements: - Arduino Uno, Duemilanove or Diecimila (not Mega or Leonardo compatible). - Adafruit Wave Shield - Speaker attached to Wave Shield output - Battery for portable use If using the voice pitch changer, you will also need: - Adafruit Microphone Breakout - 10K potentiometer for setting pitch (or hardcode in sketch) If using the WAV playback, you will also need: - SD card - Keypad, buttons or other sensor(s) for triggering sounds Software requirements: - WaveHC library for Arduino - Demo WAV files on FAT-formatted SD card This example sketch uses a 3x4 keypad for triggering sounds...but with some changes could be adapted to use several discrete buttons, Hall effect sensors, force-sensing resistors (FSRs), I2C keypads, etc. (or if you just want the voice effect, no buttons at all). Connections: - 3.3V to mic amp+, 1 leg of potentiometer and Arduino AREF pin - GND to mic amp-, opposite leg of potentiometer - Analog pin 0 to mic amp output - Analog pin 1 to center tap of potentiometer - Wave Shield output to speaker or amplifier - Matrix is wired to pins A2, A3, A4, A5 (rows) and 6, 7, 8 (columns) - Wave shield is assumed wired as in product tutorial Potentiometer sets playback pitch. Pitch adjustment does NOT work in realtime -- audio sampling requires 100% of the ADC. Pitch setting is read at startup (or reset) and after a WAV finishes playing. POINT SPEAKER AWAY FROM MIC to avoid feedback. Written by Adafruit industries, with portions adapted from the 'PiSpeakHC' sketch included with WaveHC library. */ #include #include SdReader card; // This object holds the information for the card FatVolume vol; // This holds the information for the partition on the card FatReader root; // This holds the information for the volumes root directory FatReader file; // This object represent the WAV file for a pi digit or period WaveHC wave; // This is the only wave (audio) object, -- we only play one at a time #define error(msg) error_P(PSTR(msg)) // Macro allows error messages in flash memory #define ADC_CHANNEL 0 // Microphone on Analog pin 0 // Wave shield DAC: digital pins 2, 3, 4, 5 #define DAC_CS_PORT PORTD #define DAC_CS PORTD2 #define DAC_CLK_PORT PORTD #define DAC_CLK PORTD3 #define DAC_DI_PORT PORTD #define DAC_DI PORTD4 #define DAC_LATCH_PORT PORTD #define DAC_LATCH PORTD5 uint16_t in = 0, out = 0, xf = 0, nSamples; // Audio sample counters uint8_t adc_save; // Default ADC mode // WaveHC didn't declare it's working buffers private or static, // so we can be sneaky and borrow the same RAM for audio sampling! extern uint8_t buffer1[PLAYBUFFLEN], // Audio sample LSB buffer2[PLAYBUFFLEN]; // Audio sample MSB #define XFADE 16 // Number of samples for cross-fade #define MAX_SAMPLES (PLAYBUFFLEN - XFADE) // Remaining available audio samples // Keypad information: uint8_t rows[] = { A2, A3, A4, A5 }, // Keypad rows connect to these pins cols[] = { 6, 7, 8, 9 }, // Keypad columns connect to these pins r = 0, // Current row being examined prev = 255, // Previous key reading (or 255 if none) count = 0; // Counter for button debouncing #define DEBOUNCE 10 // Number of iterations before button 'takes' // Keypad/WAV information. Number of elements here should match the // number of keypad rows times the number of columns, plus one: const char *sound[] = { "Crashing" , "Damaged", "InFlight" , "PowerUp" , // Row 1 = Darth Vader sounds "Brkdown3" , "Brkdown2" , "Brkdown" , "PowerUp" , // Row 2 = Godzilla sounds "Landing", "drain" , "Shutdown" , "PowerUp" , // Row 3 = Dug the dog sounds "Silent", "TakeOff", "Vortex" , "PowerUp" , // Row 4 = Cartoon/SFX sound "PowerUp" }; // Extra item = boot sound //////////////////////////////////// SETUP void setup() { uint8_t i; Serial.begin(9600); // The WaveHC library normally initializes the DAC pins...but only after // an SD card is detected and a valid file is passed. Need to init the // pins manually here so that voice FX works even without a card. pinMode(2, OUTPUT); // Chip select pinMode(3, OUTPUT); // Serial clock pinMode(4, OUTPUT); // Serial data pinMode(5, OUTPUT); // Latch digitalWrite(2, HIGH); // Set chip select high // Init SD library, show root directory. Note that errors are displayed // but NOT regarded as fatal -- the program will continue with voice FX! if(!card.init()) SerialPrint_P("Card init. failed!"); else if(!vol.init(card)) SerialPrint_P("No partition!"); else if(!root.openRoot(vol)) SerialPrint_P("Couldn't open dir"); else { PgmPrintln("Files found:"); root.ls(); // Play startup sound (last file in array). playfile(sizeof(sound) / sizeof(sound[0]) - 1); } // Optional, but may make sampling and playback a little smoother: // Disable Timer0 interrupt. This means delay(), millis() etc. won't // work. Comment this out if you really, really need those functions. TIMSK0 = 0; // Set up Analog-to-Digital converter: analogReference(EXTERNAL); // 3.3V to AREF adc_save = ADCSRA; // Save ADC setting for restore later // Set keypad rows to outputs, set to HIGH logic level: for(i=0; i pinMode(rows[i], OUTPUT); digitalWrite(rows[i], HIGH); } // Set keypad columns to inputs, enable pull-up resistors: for(i=0; i pinMode(cols[i], INPUT); digitalWrite(cols[i], HIGH); } while(wave.isplaying); // Wait for startup sound to finish... startPitchShift(); // and start the pitch-shift mode by default. } //////////////////////////////////// LOOP // As written here, the loop function scans a keypad to triggers sounds // (stopping and restarting the voice effect as needed). If all you need // is a couple of buttons, it may be easier to tear this out and start // over with some simple digitalRead() calls. void loop() { uint8_t c, button; // Set current row to LOW logic state... digitalWrite(rows[r], LOW); // ...then examine column buttons for a match... for(c=0; c if(digitalRead(cols[c]) == LOW) { // First match. button = r * sizeof(cols) + c; // Get button index. if(button == prev) { // Same button as before? if(++count >= DEBOUNCE) { // Yes. Held beyond debounce threshold? if(wave.isplaying) wave.stop(); // Stop current WAV (if any) else stopPitchShift(); // or stop voice effect playfile(button); // and play new sound. while(digitalRead(cols[c]) == LOW); // Wait for button release. prev = 255; // Reset debounce values. count = 0; } } else { // Not same button as prior pass. prev = button; // Record new button and count = 0; // restart debounce counter. } } } // Restore current row to HIGH logic state and advance row counter... digitalWrite(rows[r], HIGH); if(++r >= sizeof(rows)) { // If last row scanned... r = 0; // Reset row counter // If no new sounds have been triggered at this point, and if the // pitch-shifter is not running, re-start it... if(!wave.isplaying && !(TIMSK2 & _BV(TOIE2))) startPitchShift(); } } //////////////////////////////////// HELPERS // Open and start playing a WAV file void playfile(int idx) { char filename[13]; (void)sprintf(filename,"%s.wav", sound[idx]); Serial.print("File: "); Serial.println(filename); if(!file.open(root, filename)) { PgmPrint("Couldn't open file "); Serial.print(filename); return; } if(!wave.create(file)) { PgmPrintln("Not a valid WAV"); return; } wave.play(); } //////////////////////////////////// PITCH-SHIFT CODE void startPitchShift() { // Read analog pitch setting before starting audio sampling: int pitch = analogRead(1); Serial.print("Pitch: "); Serial.println(pitch); // Right now the sketch just uses a fixed sound buffer length of // 128 samples. It may be the case that the buffer length should // vary with pitch for better results...further experimentation // is required here. nSamples = 128; //nSamples = F_CPU / 3200 / OCR2A; // ??? //if(nSamples > MAX_SAMPLES) nSamples = MAX_SAMPLES; //else if(nSamples < (XFADE * 2)) nSamples = XFADE * 2; memset(buffer1, 0, nSamples + XFADE); // Clear sample buffers memset(buffer2, 2, nSamples + XFADE); // (set all samples to 512) // WaveHC library already defines a Timer1 interrupt handler. Since we // want to use the stock library and not require a special fork, Timer2 // is used for a sample-playing interrupt here. As it's only an 8-bit // timer, a sizeable prescaler is used (32:1) to generate intervals // spanning the desired range (~4.8 KHz to ~19 KHz, or +/- 1 octave // from the sampling frequency). This does limit the available number // of speed 'steps' in between (about 79 total), but seems enough. TCCR2A = _BV(WGM21) | _BV(WGM20); // Mode 7 (fast PWM), OC2 disconnected TCCR2B = _BV(WGM22) | _BV(CS21) | _BV(CS20); // 32:1 prescale OCR2A = map(pitch, 0, 1023, F_CPU / 32 / (9615 / 2), // Lowest pitch = -1 octave F_CPU / 32 / (9615 * 2)); // Highest pitch = +1 octave // Start up ADC in free-run mode for audio sampling: DIDR0 |= _BV(ADC0D); // Disable digital input buffer on ADC0 ADMUX = ADC_CHANNEL; // Channel sel, right-adj, AREF to 3.3V regulator ADCSRB = 0; // Free-run mode ADCSRA = _BV(ADEN) | // Enable ADC _BV(ADSC) | // Start conversions _BV(ADATE) | // Auto-trigger enable _BV(ADIE) | // Interrupt enable _BV(ADPS2) | // 128:1 prescale... _BV(ADPS1) | // ...yields 125 KHz ADC clock... _BV(ADPS0); // ...13 cycles/conversion = ~9615 Hz TIMSK2 |= _BV(TOIE2); // Enable Timer2 overflow interrupt sei(); // Enable interrupts } void stopPitchShift() { ADCSRA = adc_save; // Disable ADC interrupt and allow normal use TIMSK2 = 0; // Disable Timer2 Interrupt } ISR(ADC_vect, ISR_BLOCK) { // ADC conversion complete // Save old sample from 'in' position to xfade buffer: buffer1[nSamples + xf] = buffer1[in]; buffer2[nSamples + xf] = buffer2[in]; if(++xf >= XFADE) xf = 0; // Store new value in sample buffers: buffer1[in] = ADCL; // MUST read ADCL first! buffer2[in] = ADCH; if(++in >= nSamples) in = 0; } ISR(TIMER2_OVF_vect) { // Playback interrupt uint16_t s; uint8_t w, inv, hi, lo, bit; int o2, i2, pos; // Cross fade around circular buffer 'seam'. if((o2 = (int)out) == (i2 = (int)in)) { // Sample positions coincide. Use cross-fade buffer data directly. pos = nSamples + xf; hi = (buffer2[pos] << 2) | (buffer1[pos] >> 6); // Expand 10-bit data lo = (buffer1[pos] << 2) | buffer2[pos]; // to 12 bits } if((o2 < i2) && (o2 > (i2 - XFADE))) { // Output sample is close to end of input samples. Cross-fade to // avoid click. The shift operations here assume that XFADE is 16; // will need adjustment if that changes. w = in - out; // Weight of sample (1-n) inv = XFADE - w; // Weight of xfade pos = nSamples + ((inv + xf) % XFADE); s = ((buffer2[out] << 8) | buffer1[out]) * w + ((buffer2[pos] << 8) | buffer1[pos]) * inv; hi = s >> 10; // Shift 14 bit result lo = s >> 2; // down to 12 bits } else if (o2 > (i2 + nSamples - XFADE)) { // More cross-fade condition w = in + nSamples - out; inv = XFADE - w; pos = nSamples + ((inv + xf) % XFADE); s = ((buffer2[out] << 8) | buffer1[out]) * w + ((buffer2[pos] << 8) | buffer1[pos]) * inv; hi = s >> 10; // Shift 14 bit result lo = s >> 2; // down to 12 bits } else { // Input and output counters don't coincide -- just use sample directly. hi = (buffer2[out] << 2) | (buffer1[out] >> 6); // Expand 10-bit data lo = (buffer1[out] << 2) | buffer2[out]; // to 12 bits } // Might be possible to tweak 'hi' and 'lo' at this point to achieve // different voice modulations -- robot effect, etc.? DAC_CS_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CS); // Select DAC // Clock out 4 bits DAC config (not in loop because it's constant) DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); // 0 = Select DAC A, unbuffered DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); // 1X gain, enable = 1 DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); for(bit=0x08; bit; bit>>=1) { // Clock out first 4 bits of data if(hi & bit) DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); else DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); } for(bit=0x80; bit; bit>>=1) { // Clock out last 8 bits of data if(lo & bit) DAC_DI_PORT |= _BV(DAC_DI); else DAC_DI_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_DI); DAC_CLK_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CLK); DAC_CLK_PORT &= ~_BV(DAC_CLK); } DAC_CS_PORT |= _BV(DAC_CS); // Unselect DAC if(++out >= nSamples) out = 0; } CODE I FOUND FOR IR  ClyonPumpkin That I want to integrate in above   /* * Text-to-speech example to speak the first n digits of pi. * The number is stored in flash, each digit is spoken one at a time. */ #include #include #include SdReader card;    // This object holds the information for the card FatVolume vol;    // This holds the information for the partition on the card FatReader root;   // This holds the information for the volumes root directory FatReader file;   // This object represent the WAV file for a pi digit or period WaveHC wave;      // This is the only wave (audio) object, since we will only play one at a time char eyesound[13]="eye2.wav"; int mute = 0; /* * Define macro to put error messages in flash memory */ #define error(msg) error_P(PSTR(msg)) // IR Remote code int RECV_PIN = 9;  // pin 11 used by SD card interface so select pin 9 for IR IRrecv irrecv(RECV_PIN); decode_results results; long lasttime=0, lastcode=0, timediff=0; //////////////////////////////////// SETUP void setup() {   // set up Serial library at 9600 bps   Serial.begin(9600);               if (!card.init()) {     error("Card init. failed!");   }   if (!vol.init(card)) {     error("No partition!");   }   if (!root.openRoot(vol)) {     error("Couldn't open dir");   }   irrecv.enableIRIn(); // Start the IR receiver } /////////////////////////////////// LOOP void loop() {   if(mute == 0) playcomplete(eyesound);   // check for keypress happened   if (irrecv.decode(&results;)) {      Serial.println(results.value, HEX);      switch (results.value) {        case 0x83228B74:    // 1          playcomplete("command.wav");          break;        case 0x83228F70:    // 2          playcomplete("entertan.wav");          break;        case 0x8322906F:    // 3          playcomplete("extermin.wav");          break;        case 0x83228A75:    // 4          playcomplete("leader.wav");          break;        case 0x8322847B:    // 5          playcomplete("survivor.wav");          break;         case 0x83227887:    // 6          playcomplete("atention.wav");          break;        case 0x8322629D:    // vol up          mute = 0;         // mute off          break;         case 0x83226E91:    // mute          { Serial.println("mute detected");            timediff=millis()-lasttime;            Serial.println(timediff);            if(lastcode!=results.value || (lastcode==results.value && (timediff>1600)) ) {               if( mute == 0 ) { // is mute off?                  Serial.println("toggle off to on");                  mute = 1;      // turn on                  // delay(1000);    // wait a bit for debounce                  break;                 }               if( mute == 1 ) { // is mute on?                  mute = 0;      // turn off                  Serial.println("toggle on to off");                  break;                 }              } // end if             break;           } // end case        } // end switch      lastcode = results.value;      lasttime = millis();      irrecv.resume();   // Receive the next value   } } /////////////////////////////////// HELPERS /* * print error message and halt */ void error_P(const char *str) {   PgmPrint("Error: ");   SerialPrint_P(str);   sdErrorCheck();   while(1); } /* * print error message and halt if SD I/O error */ void sdErrorCheck(void) {   if (!card.errorCode()) return;   PgmPrint("\r\nSD I/O error: ");   Serial.print(card.errorCode(), HEX);   PgmPrint(", ");   Serial.println(card.errorData(), HEX);   while(1); } /* * Play a file and wait for it to complete */ void playcomplete(char *name) {   playfile(name);   while (wave.isplaying);     // see if an error occurred while playing   sdErrorCheck(); } /* * Open and start playing a WAV file */ void playfile(char *name) {   if (wave.isplaying) {// already playing something, so stop it!     wave.stop(); // stop it   }   if (!file.open(root, name)) {     PgmPrintln("Couldn't open file ");     Serial.print(name);     return;   }   if (!wave.create(file)) {     PgmPrintln("Not a valid WAV");     return;   }   // ok time to play!   wave.play(); }

Topic by SithLordIII 


Some of the current Ebay and Paypal scams to be aware of

Recently the spam activities increased for my inbox and with that the amount of phishing Emails and direct scams.Today I will only focus on the big two: Paypal and Ebay.1. General Paypal scams and phishing mails....Most of these are really easy to spot.Genuine Emails coming from Paypal always address you with your full name!Scam or other bad Paypal Emails will use your Email address or just your first name.There is a problem with some users here, but I will go into these details a bit further down.In most cases the scammer will spoof areal looking Paypal Email or server address.This means in your Email client the sender appears as "Paypal" and not some cryptic server address you can find in the source code of the offending mail.The simple scams use links to malware or phishing sites - often trying to look like the original so be aware of this.2. The latest and for some hard to spot Paypal scam.You are more likely to become a target if the Email looks genuine enough to fool you to click on some link in it.A lot of users do a quick check with the mouse on some links offered and check in the bottom left corner for the link that appears.Sadly in the latest scam mails the scammer uses genuine graphics and links.In some case directly from the Paypal servers, like logos and backgrounds.Only one link is in there that will fool you.If the scam informs you about a payment you supposedly made than it will be the link directing you to your account to cancel the payment for a refund.If the scam mail is about a refund you got then it is the same link - the one making it easy for you to get to your account settings.In one scam mail I landed on a really good looking copy of Paypal's login portal.The address bar however did not contain the usual secure HTTPS and neither a genuine address going to paypal.Problems with these new scam mails happen if you follow the suggestions or free will for naming your Email account.If your Email is for example tommy19726@mymail.com then you will spot this quite easy in the scam mail when you are addressed as tommy19726 instead of Tommy Hilfinger.It seems to be a favour now to have a real looking Email, so Tommy might have used Tommy.Hilfinger@mymail.com.And then in the scam mail he would be addressed as "Tommy.Hilfinger" - only the DOT is then different to a real Paypal mail!!!If you have one of these Email addresses with no numbers and just your first and last name then pay specail attention when checking Paypal mails!!!3. The latest Ebay scam from China :(Lately I had to order quite a few things that I could only get through Ebay for a reasanable price.Shipping costs were the major problem with other sources as I don't see the point in paying much more for postage than for what I bought.Anyways, the scam goes like this:You order something with a value above about $50.You get the usual payment confirmation and a few days later a tracking number.Problem is that this tracking number won't get any updates at all.It usually only states "Shipping information received".This means someone in China requested a shippment but never actually lodge an item or had one picked up.You can't do anything through Ebay until the max delivery time is over.Trying to get a working tracking number from those seller only gives you excuses but nothing of use.In many cases the answer you get has no relation to your request!Once the last date to get the shippment is over the seller keeps stalling and asks you to wait a few days more.No attempt to explain that the tracking shows that nothing at all was sent on the way gets any useful answer.It is like talking to your digital assistent set to a language you don't speak.Once you start a claim through Ebay the case and refund is handled quite quickly.Does not mean you are left alone by the seller, especially if you did the right thing and left negative feedback.And no surprise, suddenly the seller is then even able to uderstand your language LOLBiggest thing is that these dodgy seller are adjusting quickly.Once you state in your responses that you will open a calim they usually "offer" a refund.Even if you clearly state you want the item and not the refund you will get a nice thank note back and then a refund that makes a claim impossible.You are left with no item and can wait another 3 or 4 weeks if you find trustworthy seller that is.Only chance is to open a "Item not received" claim right after the last due date.But even if Ebay agrees and provides you with a refund, as they have no interest to do more, you need be quick!The item in question will end in the hidden section of your purchase history.Only if enable to show your hidden items you can then select it to rate at least the transaction for a negative feedback.If you act quick enough you can even leave negative feedback in the usual way, but only through activating your hidden items.What can you do to stay secure?The easiest way for Paypal is to simply ignore all content in any Email you get that seems to be from Paypal!Whatever you do or feel you need to check: Go directly into your Paypal account through the app or with your browser but DO NOT use any links provided in any Email.If you think an Email is suspicious then just forward the Email to "spoof@paypal.com" - or .com.au for Australia, .de for Germany and so on.In case the Email is genuine you will get a corresponding response.If the Email is indeed fishy then Paypal will notify you to delete the Email in question.For Ebay the problem is not s easy - at least if you don't buy locally.From my end I can only state it is the Chinese sellers, Hong Kong and mainland.And a few years back the recommendation was not to buy from a seller with less than 95% of positive feedback.You can try it yourself and mess up one sale if you are private and see how badly your feedback goes down - just kidding, please don't try!!!With the introduction of "power Sellers" and Ebay stores however this guide was rendered totally useless.A power seller with 99.7% positive feedback can still literally have hundrets of negative feedback comments for the past few months.Quite often you see it spiked a month or 6 ago - a clear indicator the seller is going to new account and tries to make as much quick money as possible before Ebay closes him down for good.If in doubt you really need to check the negative feedback in detail before buying.Some really dodgy sellers make all sales "private".This not only removes the item from the feedback but also the sale price.Intended only for special uses, Ebay sees no need to stop this misuse.If you can't see detailed feedback for a seller then just don't trust the seller!If you see way too many negative feedback comments during the past 6 months then stay away!Click on other listing showing identical listing images and you can be almost certain that even if the seller name is different it will be the same scammer.You can usually confirm this by seeing a similar pile up of negative feedback with that seller.Why do I stress so much about Ebay scammers if you get a refund anyways?Interest...No really, I mean interest in getting it for the money in your account.Firstly, if you wasted about 100 bucks and waited a few weeks for finally getting a refund, then you were out of pocket twice.Once by paying for something you never got and then again for the money you lost in interest.Sure on your end only a few cents worth...But see it from the other side:Have just hundred transactions of $50 going into your Paypal account where you never actually bother to send anything.Add a longer than usual shipping time and make it free.Means you have $5000 in your account collecting interest rates for 4 to 6 weeks.Do it on an even bigger scale and you can invest 10.000 or more on a regular base.With up to 10% of interest on foreign currency Chinese banks are only too happy to take it.Or did you never wonder why an item sold in Greece needs to be paid for in US Dollar, UK Pound or Canadian Dollar? ;)A good Ebay scammer can make over $25.000US in interest rate payouts this way before Ebay even decides to limit or monitor his sales.And once Ebay or the feedback rating goes to negative on him it continues on another account with the same items and availbilities.Quite often you can find a seller has let's say 5 items sold and 12 still available.Isn't it then funny and of course pure coincidence that another seller has the same, hard to find item, with the exact same 5 items sold and 12 available?Ebay has no interest to actually stopping this in any way, Paypal also prefers to look away if the same account is used for multiple Ebay accounts.Not even the need to provide the Paypal details of the seller in plain english is a requirement anymore.You need to use a translator to figure out what "company" is behind the Paypal account and it never matches the Ebay account in any way....I did some checks on the few suspicious sellers that still had at least item prices listed with their negative feedback.There are some out there having a vlue of well over $12.000US in "not received" claims over the last 12 months.About a year ago I tried to start a little (ad sponsored) reporting service online.Scammed Ebay users were asked to provide the details about the item, Paypal address of the seller and the amount/time until refunded.Within 3 days of going online and with only having two users that reported a scammer my provider gave me a shut down notice - effective immediately.A few days later I got an Email stating my website was shut after both Ebay and Paypal stated I would violate their privacy terms and break US law.Needless to say this notice also included a note informing me that if I attempt to conitnue to provide such service I will be taken to court for legal action.So what was the fuzz all about you might wonder?It was planned that users can provide the required data, without this data actually showing up anywhere.Once the databse was full enough a user could enter a seller or shop name or even a Paypal account to have it checked for negative things.You either get "unknown" or a list that states when and how many users reported this seller.With no deatils about any transactions, item numbers or user names linked.Did I mention how supportive Ebay and Paypal were when I contacted them about the take down notice? ROFLRules and regulations...I pointed these flaws out to Ebay and Paypal more times than I can count over the past 3 or four years.But as always, money is all that matters and those scammers won't be stopped.If you get a refund then the seller will be punished by more than your feedback, only if the Paypal account he used was unable to provide the required funds.In the rare case the Paypal account disappears with the seller you will notice the refund comes from Ebay or Paypal but not from the seller's account.This is the only real buyer protection Ebay has on offer.The rest is just following the pressure of local laws, especially in terms of refund and warranties.Does not mean though a warranty for an Ebay item will be honored by a company....If you start selling on Ebay then one big requirement is to have a validated Paypal account.Also a real physical address - although this is only too often just taken as granted once you had a delivery to your nominated address.Either way you Paypal account's address and name must match what you used for Ebay.Means if things go really south both Ebay and Payl will have enough details to surrender you to the local law.In China however things are different, starting with space.An export business is highly subsidised as it brings in foreign currency.So you can just hire a dummy letter box in some office building for company purposes.All mail however will be directed to whatever real address you specified for your "company".Same for actual company grounds.A n awful lot of producing factories/companies over there get additional support by the government for supporting small export businesses.That means you, as a little Chinese Ebay power seller forward your orders to whatever factory produces or stores these thing in huge amounts.This company then does all the shipping for you.Becomes really clear once you try to figure out from where you Ebay shippment really came.There won't be any Ebay seller name on the address, same for whatever you found in the Paypal invoice.The guy can just sit in his lounge room and never actually touches any shippment at all.In mayn cases those sellers have good discounts and since small items ship for free out of China, no one complains about the extra work.Both Ebay and Paypal are well aware of those loop holes in China!But as with multiple accounts they look away and prefer not to act as long as the money keeps flowing.

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Your thoughts on "UFO's", strange things and the unknown

Don't take what comes below too serious please ;) I thought for the start of the new year it would be fun to talk about things we take for granted or that we would call nonsense. You know topis like those provided by Erich Däniken and other that think outside the conventional archiological range. Modern science has provided us with new insights into very old stuff but also a new look on things we thought to know better anyway. Here is some food for thought: 1. India... In this beautiful and old country it was discovered that hundreds if not over 2000 years ago people used lathe technology on stones. For example to make pillars with a weight over a few tons... Chains were created from molten rock and in many areas you find polished stone that even after hundreds of years still has a mirror finnish. Some of these creations are claimed to be made with hammer and chisel but how do you get a displayed accuracy that even modern technology struggles to provide? I don't want to clutter everything with video links but check Youtube and you will find temples in India showing musical granite pillars and chambers carved into solid rock with a precision that seems impossible! If that long ago human knd already knew about gear systems and lathe technology, then what else have we lost over time that we now claim as new technologies? How could anyone polish an entire granite hall and a big one that is to a mirror finnish? 2. Peru... Apart from being full of archeological wonders there is also the impossible to be found. The Nazca region shows, in aerial views, kilometer long and perfectly straight lines. In other regions, also in other continents, we can see images of strange people or artwork - again only from high above ground level. Some of the artwork is only in correct proportions and with proper contours if watched from a very specific angle to the mountain in question. The kilometer long lines are not simply on standard mountain faces but instead on top of mountain that have the top removed to be perfectly flat. And even with a lot of posible options to interpret the lines they look like any other huge, modern airport landing strips - including runways and tracks to areas we would call terminals or service bays. You can ignore all possible ways to interpret the design and possible use, what you can't ignore is the missing mountain top and level of accuracy on such a massive scale! 3. Pyramids... On all continents except Australia we find pyramid structures with very similar features in terms of proportions, angles and the way the face in a certain direction. In Egypt they just recently found another hidden chamber... Tunnels, too small for a human to fit point to stars and star signs. Some of the tools used to create were found with the help of small robots but also that some seem to be quite modern in age. Did grave robbers use them at a time were it is beleived that such tools were impossible to create? Or could they be as old as the pyramids itself? In south america we find pyramid structures looking quite similar to those in Egypt - why so similar in features and appearance if there was no contact between the two civilisations? To make things worse some of the Inca structures show tunnel and channel systems "leading" to the pyramid in question. Classic thought is that they were like tunnels to direct water or provide access in the beleive the jungle was not removed to hide the complex. Makes no sense if you see the city like areas that are now exposed and studied. I mean: how would created a city in the jungle without removing the trees?? What could make you wonder is a simulation that was performed several years ago. Based on a computer model in 3D different theories were tested. Irrigation was ruled out quickly, same for access routes or secret tunnels for the priests. One funny student got bored and decided to play god. Assuming the Inca priests would call their gods in the sky temple to provide rain he let a monsoon go down on the pyramid. The result was unexpected so he showed the results to his companions and they did the same test agin but simulated a massive airflow going down directly on the pyramid. Turned out the flow would be directed away under ground with more efficiency than systems Nasa uses today for rockets and space shuttles... Mind you the tunnels are far from straight and without this simulation it was trusted that they could not do this stuff... We now have rocket technology that uses surface direction and vector control. The square and flat designs leave a void insight that pretty much perferctly match the angles of those inca pyramids? Apart from pure coincidence, what could be the reason for this match in shape and angle with a tunnel system perfect to remove hot engine gasses? Ok, I admit, not all continents, the pyramids in Bosnia are just a hoax, so Europe is out of the race ;) Sorry Semir :) 4. Artwork... Be it here in Australia, the African desert or America - we find images of mystical people or rulers that could make you wonder. Again modern tech in the form color filtering, desitity readings and 3D scanning provided us details unseen before. If you think of gods in very ancient times and try to imagine you would be a native: What do think how many different images of their god could 100 people imagine? Let's agree it would be plenty... But if we study artwork in caves and rocks from around the world we find similarities that IMHO can't be explained. Many show features that, compared with modern technology, could be mistaken for helmets, gloves or even manual control systems. Others show things thought to be as simple as pine cones to resemble modern milling or finnishing tools. Again only possible by enhancing details the naked eye won't see. With no contact to each other and often thausand of years apart: What could the reason for having images of their gods show very similar and sometimes identical "features" ? 5. UFO technology and sightings... Some people love to post videos of secret weapons and UFO's that are simple rocket launches at a perfect time and with perfect weather conditions to attract attention. But what about the things we don't get to see? Just recently the US finally admitted to have a program to investigate what we might call "UFO activity", quite costly one too... This means a lot of leaked videos from fighter planes or spy planes you find on the net are actually the real deal. Often "enhanced" with editing tools but authentic ones have been released by the military and other organisations now too. If it happens over US ground and no US organisations admits to be flying the things we see than what it is? Right, it is a UFO - An Unidentified Flying Object! Does not mean it is alien, despite far too many people thinking an UFO must be alien :( UFO means just that! At the time of seeing it the ones seeing it can not identify the craft or "thing". And, no you are not alone! ;) Happens in all parts of the world and even commercial pilots upload what they can't explain. Oh, you are still a sceptic? Does that mean you think some of these sightings must be alien or do think someone down here uses technology we are not supposed to know of? If you are like me you might like to relax watching the live feed from the ISS. In case you are not try it anyway! Every noticed that that despite the stations own speed "forgeign" objects appear to come towards the station or even to grow in size very quickly? If so you also noticed another very strange thing... No matter what happens up there the stream keeps playing, even at times when the station is moved around a bit to avoid a possible hit with debris. But every single time something appears to move around the ISS or come close to it the feed cuts out. Ok, not every time, for well known stuff orbiting around like satellites, other stations, rocket lauchnes or supply flights they stay on. So, what are those flying objects changing course and direction or even circling the station? Why does the live feed cut out once an object is identified to be unidentified? 6. Roswell technology boom... Some think the US did take ownership of an alien craft, you know the stories and movies I mean... So called eye witness reports and some leaked documents all claim certain unknown technology in great detail. Anything from fibre optics and microchips, over "intelligent metals" to light enhancing glass lenses and seemingly indestructable fibres... Some say that if we would had the option to copy and understand the technology to copy it (without knowing anything about it of course) then the tech boom of the 60' would have been instantly. Imagine flat screen TV's and smartphones with GPS 50 years ago for everyone... ;) 7. Great land in the south - Antartica... The mysteries originating from Antartica range from Atlantis over hidden civilisations and living dinosaurs to the often claimed secret Nazi base with submarines and lost technologies. We all know that life as we know it can't really exists down there, so no strange animals, ancient creatures or a possibility to sustain a secret military base some 60 years ago. Or it there more to it?? Warm lakes containing fresh water with signs of life in them have already been discovered. Same for caves under the ice with temperatures far above freezing - constantly and again with signs of life. Ages ago the continent was still joint with other and in a warmer region so no wonder to find fossils. If we already found places that sustained life for thausands of years then what living things might be down there? Maybe even a place like the Galapagos Islands but for life thought be extinct - imagine Jurassic Park for real under the ice ;) With thriving life, vulcanos, rivers, lakes and all long before the dinosaurs it is not hard to imagine the remains under the ice and carved into the mountains. In todays times it all covered by ice and the sea level is much much higher, so again not hard to imagine that there might be rivers running off under the ice and into the ocean. Some maybe even connected to lakes in a hot spot sustaining life. A secret base from some secret part of the Nazi regime over 60 years ago?? Well, with all we know today about Antartica and is also known about the technological options available at that time it is possible. A submarine could have operated for days or even a few weeks under the ice with support ships available. Not just with so called secret tech but simply with a big sub on a minimum crew and the support of crude ways to reclaim and produce oxygen. If an entrance to a river leading to a suistainable area exists or existed at that time it would have been just a matter of time and endurance to find it. Of course we can't know if it was already found and removed or used since those with capable submarines and technology these days would not talk about it ;) But private or non government explorations map and drill more than ever, so once they hit "restricted areas" or create their own base and research station under the ice we will know ;) What to do if you actually see (or think you do) a real UFO?? Grab the oldest and dirtiest camera aou can find, mount it on the end of your longest fishing pole and create the shakiest video possible. And please make no references at all that would allow to get on the loctation, time or date. Jokes aside there is a good option these days, your modern smartphone, telescope, GoPro or favourite drone. A fake is often uploaded in very bad resolution often so low you might think an old webcam was used. Good fakes are often just a rocket launch, so check for this before you claim it is of unknown origins. Modern tech allows us to record a video in 4K at 60 or even 120FPS , so no excuse for a 320x240 AVI video LOL Optical zoom causes bad results so try to avoid it if possible. Image stabilisation can do wonders for free hand shots of moving objects, so crank it to the max even if the resulting video is a bit smaller in resolution. Geotagging is also a good thing as it allows an easy reference. You might see much more with you eye than what the video show, or in the best case the other way around. That means before you upload take a step back and try too see the video like someone who was not there when it happened! Are the movements reall that impossible? Is it really not just a plane, rocket flares? What sounds did you hear at the time or shortly after that might not be audible in the video? Sometimes a plane in the distance still is in the sunlight while you already stand in the dark - keep elevation in mind ;) Compare with other videos online that claim to be taken around the same time and area - sure you did not film a rocket launch? But if your video is crystal clear and shows the impossible in great detail you might want to check for the usual markings on military aircrafts or flashing lights in green and red. Still all good and impossible to explain? Then what are you waiting for? Tell us where, when and with what type of gear and upload the video so we get evidence of unknown technologies in the use/testing or an actual UFO - Unidentified flying object, until we know better. ;) Again don't take me too serious today but enjoy some of the thoughts and let your imagination wander off a bit. Lost technologies and knowlege exists, existed, is found again - whatever you want to call it. If humans could move stone blocks the size of a small house and create them with an accuracy down to the mm then they might have known more than we think they did. If we could melt granite to form new things, manipulate its sound or carve hollow heads of just a few mm in size then again we lost something well worth knowing. If in ancient times people had no way of seeing really distant and dim stars then how were they able to accurately map them and predict their movement? If milling and lathe technology was known and used when in other parts of the world we were happy to create simple and weak tools: How was it possible to create gears and know about planetary gear systems? If the evidence of the work clearly shows advance technologies used then where are the tools used and why can we find any written records or images of it being used? If even the all mighty US military, secret agencies and space programs fail to explain what they encounter quite often since we fly around: What is really that seems to try to hide from us while appearing to watch how we evolve, explore and fight wars? Since you still bother to read all this nonsense: If it appears we have "evidence" of the existance of beings capable of flying or even space travel since the dawn of time and add all the modern evidence: Is it possible someone or something has been watching us since humans came to be? Did "they" guide some cultures at some stage during their evolution to show us modern ways of creating alloys, machine stuff or understand what was magic or the gods at that time? And if they did help our evolution in some parts then why did this greatly improved society disappear with no more trace than their stone remains? How would we react if they dare to help us again? Is there a reason that even after countless encounters noone tried to shoot one of the UFO's down? I mean, not even a claim for trying since Rosswell..... Not any evidence of a recent landing either..... Or are we just watched so closely because they want something back we too from them??? ;) I blame all spelling mistakes on my annoyingly unresponsive keyboard. But if you still find some then feel free to keep them! I still demand a fee if use them to make money from them ;)

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