The main reason I always install Google Chrome on any linux distro I happen to be running is that Chrome will by default play videos from Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu without a hitch, whereas Firefox will not. In fact, neither will Chromium.
This is because Google has built proprietary flash graphics inside of Chrome.
However, after listening to several podcasts about how Google is sharing our information and how tracker cookies are being placed on our machines without our knowledge or consent by Chrome, I decided to have another look at the problem of getting Firefox to play online video content from the above mentioned providers.
Here’s what I discovered: It’s an easy fix.
First of all, I recommend you to install yay, which is an alternative to yaourt. To do this simply go to the command line and type in the following: $ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git $ cd yay $ makepkg -si
Once yay is installed then you need to install flash as follows: yay -S flashplugin $ sudo pacman -Syyu firefox
Next, if you haven’t already, install Firefox as follows: $ sudo pacman -Syyu firefox
At this point, I needed to reboot and/or logout and login. I then loaded Firefox and navigated to Amazon Prime videos. Try to watch a video and it will give you an error, but you’ll notice in the upper left corner of Firefox a little message will appear that says something like “Enable DRM content?” Click yes, and from that time on you’ll be able to watch Amazon Prime videos, Netflix and Hulu all from withing Firefox.
For two years I hosted this site on WordPress.com even though I had a GoDaddy hosting plan. Previously, all my sites on GoDaddy were designed by me from the ground up and were mostly static websites. So when my wife decided to create her own site on WordPress.com, she talked me into starting my own: RationalThinking101.com.
I liked having a WordPress site on WordPress. The pros were many. I could see Stats, how many visitors I was getting and from which parts of the world. I would get likes and comments left by other wordpress.com users. It was great.
However, when it came around to renew the whole package this year, it seemed expensive. Why pay all that when I can host it myself on GoDaddy for free (since I already owned a hosting plan there).
Having made up my mind, I began the arduous procedure of how to move the site from one hosting plan to the other, how to install a free SSL certificate, how to get all the files transfered and so on. It was a hassle, and in the end not perfect. The site has been transferred but some of the media files are missing and some of the links don’t work.
Not only that, no one from wordpress.com “likes” or visits my site anymore, and I don’t have stats telling me how many countries my visitors are coming from.
It is cheaper.
So the pros of moving are: It’s cheaper.
The cons of moving are:
It was a hassle and some files were lost.
Some links don’t work anymore.
I don’t have the stats I used to have.
I don’t get “likes” from my wordpress.com followers.
In fact, I have no idea at the moment what kind of traffic this site generates at all.
I’d say the cons outweigh the pros and it’s better to have a site hosted on wordpress.com or wordpress.org unless price is your number one bottom line.
It wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked switching this site from WordPress.com to Godaddy.com (where I’ve had a hosting plan for years). But I have succeeded in doing just that and I shall have to document the steps for others to follow!
NASA never said anything like that. What did happen was that when the Apollo program was shut down, the building that the Apollo’s were built in was retooled for newer technology. In the process, some parts were thrown away because they were outdated and better stuff was available.
The reason we stopped going to the moon, at the time, was the Vietnam War. Congress needed to cut NASA’s budget to finance the war. After the near disaster of Apollo 13 and waning public interest, the money wasn’t there for continuing along that line.
Times have changed. The moon is a target once again. In the meantime, we have placed quite a few satellites in orbit around the moon. Due to problems with gravity variances on the moon, most of them have fallen from orbit and crashed on the moon’s surface or have become dead because of loss of power. However, there are at least three satellites right now that are active and in orbit around the moon. They are the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), as well as the two ARTEMIS probes, which are functioning.
So not only did NASA not lose the technology, but we’ve been sending stuff to the moon for awhile. It’s just that we haven’t sent people in awhile.
Sad, really. Yahoo is dead. I met my wife in a Yahoo chat room. Yahoo chat rooms no longer exist.
It used to be a huge company. Advertised on TV. “Yahoooooo!” Big deal on the stock market.
No more. No more chat rooms either. It’s a gonner. Email only, and then if you’re foolish enough to have a yahoo email address, it’ll get filled with ads. Plus they have had security leaks. Bad deal. Poor Yahoo.
Email and news. Not a shadow of it’s former self.
The header logo I use on this site was created by me with the help of a program called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) which is free to download and use. The creators call it “a free and open source image editor.” It’s all I use.
The GIMP was originally designed for Linux but nowadays it’s been ported over to work on pretty much any operating system you might be using.
In the olden days I used Photoshop, but as you know Photoshop costs a lot of money. The GIMP is every bit as powerful as Photoshop, perhaps even more so, and it’s free.
Of course, doing stuff in the GIMP is different than doing stuff in Photoshop, but still once you get the hang of it it’s easy peasy.
By Wayne Boyd May 14, 2017: There are many aspects to this ransomware attack that have yet to be mentioned.
All of the systems attacked, it seems, are running older, unpatched, sometimes even illegally cloned versions of Microsoft Windows. The cyber attackers are using ransomware that exploits these older versions of Windows. Essentially they tell their victims that if they don’t pay their files will be deleted. If their system had been updated, then the attack would not have been successful. Everybody knows this. Issue number one:
Microsoft demanded money for an upgrade.
When people didn’t pay up, cyber terrorists demanded money through ransomware.
Microsoft did not orchestrate the attack, but essentially they did demand money for already functioning operating systems. People were sandwiched between two parties, both demanding money to keep their system safe.
Microsoft did, after the fact, cave and provide upgrades for free.
Issue number two:
There are alternate secure operating systems that do not cost money to purchase, install and keep upgraded.
Save money, drop Windows, install Linux, run your hospital, package delivery company or government on open-source software.
Issue number three:
Bitcoins. The alternative currency. It’s legal. It is so secure, in fact, that the cyber attackers are demanding they be paid in Bitcoins. This is the currency of the future. I read in an article that Bitcoins was a form of cyber currency used by criminals. Well, guess what? Criminals use paper money too, and non-criminals use Bitcoins too..
Tech giant reveals stunning update that allows users to soar past towering skyscrapers and mountains in stunning accuracy
By Neal Baker
GOOGLE has launched an update to Earth that allows users to see the world’s greatest wonders in all their glory.
Tech wizardry means that armchair travelers can see towering skyscrapers, tourist hotspots and treacherous mountains all in stunning 3D.
And your view is fully changeable, with every picture able to turn on a 360-degree axis.
The planet’s major cities and landmarks are all covered, meaning you can swoop through the streets, dodging, trees, cars, cranes and buildings that are all rendered with astonishing accuracy.
But one such landmark that isn’t covered is the White House, leading to speculation that security fears may have held back the project.
But top sights like the Shard in London, Mount Everest, the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower can all be appreciated in outstanding detail.
What was envisioned didn’t happen and what wasn’t envisioned happened instead – and it was better.
We humans are a hopeful bunch, the civilized ones among us.
We dream of a wondrous future and stop not to realize we have now what wasn’t predicted at all.
Here is a list of items I see for the near future. You may be surprised or may even disagree, but these are very realistic expectations.
Do not expect we’ll terraform Mars and establish settlements there. Do expect more orbiters and robotic machines and equipment in space to discover more about who we are and where we came from.
Do not expect AI to lead us to self aware thinking machines. Do expect amazing advancements in tech we cannot presently imagine.
Do not expect intelligent alien life to be discovered or that ancient aliens once visited Earth. Do expect an ongoing search for evidence life may have evolved elsewhere.
Do not expect conspiracy theories to go away. Do expect science to advance our understanding of the universe around us.