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General Discussion / Pi Day 2019
« Last post by noquiexis on March 15, 2019, 06:58:10 AM »
Hello math lovers!
3.14 (March 14) of 2019
 
Neil deGrasse Tyson posted this picture on his Twitter page:
 

"Gotta love pumpkin Pi."

From "Wandering For Life" (Twitter)


 
Let us not forget Pizza Pi


Image credit: http://cogansghent.com/sh-html/
 
or Apple Pi
 

Image credit: https://patch.com/michigan/detroit/pi-day-2017-deals-pizza-pies-metro-detroit
 
Slicing a pie (pizza or other) would be an interesting way to teach fractions. The students would just eat it up!

 :tasty: :tasty: :tasty:
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General Discussion / Re: Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 12, 2019, 08:15:40 AM »
Follow-up on the Bitcoin scam

     I found a few links about the Bitcoin scam. Apparently, it has been around for a while.

What should you know about the Bitcoin Email Extortion Scam?

Get an extortion scam email? Here’s what to do

University of Michigan
NOTICE: Extortion scam emails with stolen passwords not credible (updated)

From the U of M article:
References

Sextortion Scam Uses Recipient’s Hacked Passwords (Krebs on Security, 7/12/18)
Don't Fall for This Scam Claiming You Were Recorded Watching Porn (Gizmodo, 7/17/18)
A frightening email that is spreading online (Kim Komando, 7/10/18)
Phishing scam known as 'sextortion' is using people's real passwords to blackmail them for supposedly watching porn (Mirror, 7/16/18)
How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam
Scam Alert: Sextortion Email Using Real Passwords (Infogressive, 7/13/18)

If you want to report the scam, go to:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center

C:-) C:-) C:-)
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General Discussion / Re: Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 08, 2019, 12:09:51 PM »
Bitcoin scam

     On March 8, 2019 I received a scam e-mail at this website that was forwarded to my primary e-mail address. Most likely it came from the same scammer as above. By the time I looked for the original message at Arimecibo, the system software had already deleted it.

     I did not open the e-mail to read it, but extracted the text by checking Properties in my mail client (Windows Mail {WinMail.exe} on Windows 7). The text of that e-mail is posted below as a warning to everyone. My comments are in Maroon.



From: "HACKED" <Phony e-mail address>
To: oquiexis@arimecibo.com This message would never find me!
Subject: IMPORTANT! You have been recorded masturbating!

Text:
Hi there,

The last time you visited a porn website with teens, you downloaded and installed the software I developed.
I do not visit porn websites, so this is bullshit.

My program has turned on your camera and recorded the process of your masturbation.
I do not have a camera on either of my computers.

My software has also grabbed all your email contact lists and a list of your friends on Facebook.
Seriously?

I have the - Oquiexis.mp4 - with you jerking off to teens as well as a file with all your contacts on my computer.
More bullshit. The dufuss could not even get my name right!

You are very perverted!

If you want me to delete both the files and keep the secret, you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you 72 hours for the payment.

If you don't know how to pay with Bitcoin, visit Google and search.

Send 2.000 USD to this Bitcoin address as soon as possible:

<-- link obfuscated by noquiexis -->
(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 3,850 USD right now, so send exactly 0.524689 BTC to the address provided above.

Do not try to cheat me!
As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it. I am tracking all actions on your device.
More bullshit. The message came in as plain text. There is nothing that can track my keystrokes or mouse movements.

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know when you send the correct amount.
When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my program.
More bullshit. If this dufuss had the goods on me, he would milk it for all he could.

If you don't send the payment, I will send your masturbation video to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact lists I hacked.

Here are the payment details again:

Send 0.524689 BTC to this Bitcoin address:

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<-- link obfuscated by noquiexis -->
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You саn visit police but nobody can help you. I know what I am doing. I don't live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don't try to deceive me - I will know it immediately - my spy software is recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press. If you do - I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know, including your family.

Don't cheat me! Don't forget the shame and if you ignore this message your life will be ruined.

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment. You have 72 hours left.

Anonymous Hacker



     As I mentioned above, this message is posted as a warning. Do not fall for this bullshit.

C:-) C:-) C:-)
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General Discussion / Chinese Domain Name Scam
« Last post by noquiexis on March 08, 2019, 12:03:48 PM »
Chinese Domain Name Scam

     I received a few e-mails at Arimecibo that looked suspicious. In the messages, someone claimed to attempt registering my Domain Name and Internet Keyword in China.  I contacted my web host to find out what they thought. Upon further investigation, I found this article:


     The text in the article was almost word-for-word as in the e-mails. Apparently these scammers are using the same translation. I know that a few members here have websites for their own businesses and other hobbies, so be forewarned.

C:-) C:-) C:-)
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Anatomical Doll / St. Patrick's Day 2019
« Last post by noquiexis on March 05, 2019, 12:59:04 AM »
"Luck of the Irish"

     It is a bit early, but since I was doing a shoot for the Photo Challenge on another website, I figured that I might as well kill two birds with one stone.

     Feodora once met Brian Conners, King of the Leprechauns while she was exploring the ruins at Knocknasheega (Cnoc na Síge), which are situated on top of the Fairy Mountain. King Brian granted her three wishes, but she did not believe him and did not make the wishes.

     I asked her what she would like to do for St. Patrick's Day, and she offhandedly wished for a crock of gold.






Alternate photo made for the Photo Challenge ("Film Nior").


I used this picture for the Photo Challenge.

Some nice Irish music is always nice!
 
Celtic Woman
Mo Ghile Mear
Níl Sé'n Lá
Tír na nÓg
 
Enya
The Celts
Boadicea
The River Sings
 
Jethro Tull
Cup of Wonder
Jack In The Green
The Whistler

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General Discussion / Homes4Families (Veterans)
« Last post by noquiexis on March 02, 2019, 08:29:01 PM »
     In another topic, I posted a few pictures of Feodora that show our involvement in various fundraisers. I do not currently have any pictures of her to support this message, but if I take any, I will post them here.

     As a fan of actor Sean Maguire, I follow him on Instagram and Twitter. He wrote, "@homes4families {corrected link} is an amazing organization that helps vets and their families get the homes so they richly deserve. If you can spare a buck or two you’re giving to those that really earned it with what they’ve sacrificed."
 
     Not everyone is in a position to help, but you may know someone who is. If so, please forward this message to them. Sean is on a team called Celebs4Vets Winter 2019. Here is Sean Maguire's Homes 4 Families page.


     Homes4Families (on the FirstGiving platform) "was founded in Los Angeles in 2008 and exists to meet the significant need for affordable housing and effective, no-cost services that equip and prepare veteran families for home ownership and movement up the housing ladder. With the support of CalVet and generous corporate sponsors and individual donors, we have helped over 365 low-income families achieve their dreams of safe, affordable home ownership. This includes 138 low-income veterans and military families. In the next few years, we will add 86 additional homes to this number."

;) 8) ;)
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General Discussion / Much Ado About Nothing
« Last post by noquiexis on February 21, 2019, 09:20:22 AM »
Much Ado About Nothing

     William Shakespeare was the master of miscommunication and misunderstanding. If there is anything we can learn from his works, it is that there may be more to the story than we comprehend.

     The World Wide Web, often erroneously called "the Internet", is a tool. Like any tool, it can be properly used or it can be misused. Like this website, it can be used as a meeting place where people of like mind can find new friends and share information.

     The biggest problem with people is that they are human. They all have their own thoughts, ideas, and opinions. If thoughts are misconstrued, personalities clash and arguments break out. Rules are put in place to curb some of these clashes, but they cannot govern all human behavior.

     People often use the World Wide Web as their major source of communication. We meet other people all the time, but seldom get to really know the person behind the avatar, nickname, or online handle. Most of us do not need a deep understanding of each other to get a general outlook on their real-life characters. Oddities may be brushed off as quirks in a person's behavior. Some give-and-take is necessary in all human communication.

     Most people are the same online as in real life. There are some few who hide behind the relative anonymity of their online persona. The false sense of security may give them all the balls in the world, and they make comments online that they would never dare repeat in real life.

     People may take online comments to heart, and take great offence at what they perceive has been thrown at them. In the worst case scenarios, they may take drastic action including violence and suicide. More often those who are offended will simply abandon the website where that perceived (or proven) offence took place. Many websites have tools in place that allow users to block or ignore other users. (i.e. "That asshole is on my shit list!")

     What people need to understand is that the only power anyone has over them is the power that they give others. Most of us online will never meet each other in real life (IRL), so there is no real danger of harm. If "one bad apple spoils the barrel", then get rid of that bad apple! You may be helping others who do not have the courage to speak up.

:-\ :-\ :-\
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Anatomical Doll / Valentine's Day 2019
« Last post by noquiexis on February 12, 2019, 08:58:40 PM »
Valentine's Day 2019

     Feodora was ready for a change, so I managed to get her into a couple of her other new dresses. All of these are in the Dressember 2018 Collection.

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Anatomical Doll / A Happy Beginning
« Last post by noquiexis on January 08, 2019, 06:34:22 AM »
     Killian (Captain Hook) Jones: "You did it Swan! You got your happy ending!"
     Emma Hook (née Swan): "That's not what this is! It's something else!"
     Killian: "What then?"
     Emma: "A Happy Beginning!"


"Cocktail Time"



The "Ask Me About My Dress" button is for the Dressember Foundation.

 :-* :-* :-*
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Anatomical Doll / Dressember 2018
« Last post by noquiexis on October 25, 2018, 08:36:39 PM »
Dressember 2018

     I support the Dressember Foundation (see my forum post here) which works to free people from human slavery and sex trafficking. Ladies who join Dressember wear a dress every day throughout December (Dress + December = "Dressember") and men wear neckties or bow ties every day. Advocates donate and raise funds to support Grant Partners who work to prevent people from being trafficked and to aid those who are already trapped in this indignity. Since the program began, over $5 million was raised. During 2017 they raised $2 million. The 2018 goal is $3 million.

     Dressember partners with Elegantees (and other Brand Partners) to help provide employment for those rescued from slavery and sex trafficking and to prevent others from being forced into those indignities.

     The Dressember 2018 Collection includes several Elegantees dresses that were designed by celebrities. Jennifer's Dress that I acquired in January 2017 was designed by Dressember Founder and CEO Blythe Hill.

     I purchased four dresses from the Dressember 2018 Collection. They were expected to arrive in November, but the first one arrived on October 11. It is the Danielle Dress in Indigo, designed by Danielle Urban.


     The first dress that I ordered was designed by Jennifer Morrison. It is the Jennifer Dress in Blue Slate


     I also ordered the same dress in Ruby Red.*


     Among the other dresses that I like is the Jes Dress in Aubergine, designed by Jessica Rey. The response to the new collection was so great that this dress SOLD OUT in the first week! Once the sewing team gets caught up, they will be taking new orders for this dress.


* Jennifer Morrison stared in the ABC drama Once Upon A Time. Meghan Ory played the characters of Ruby and Red Lucas. (Ruby / Red) I have to wonder if the design team chose that color name for this coincidence.

     If this looks like something that you would like to support, go to http://www.dressember.org/ to donate or register. My Dressember page has my real name on it. Send me a PM if you would like to donate through my page.

:heart: :-* :heart:
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