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Interesting idea. I'll have to see if there's a similar program for something like that around here.

    I've got a pretty passionate hatered for "efficient" appliances though. Energy targets seem to encourage manufacturers to shittify a product core function and create toilets that don't dispose of shit, washers that barely wash, dryers that leave clothes slightly damp... etc. I'd rather just pay the extra energy cost and have things work correctly. I guarantee the most people aren't going to choose the damp setting on their dryer if there is a dry setting, but programs like energy star encourage manufacturers to only have the damp option.

Additionally, if you have to double flush or run the dryer for another 15 minutes, it kind of defeats the original purpose, cause now you've probably used more resources than what was originally saved. Maybe. I dunno. I'm not an engineer.

I talked to the real estate agent yesterday. Apparently for our city, there's some kind of trust that residents on private roads join to put money in for maintenance. Sounds reasonable. Also sounds like something I don't want to do. So thanks for pointing out that this is a thing!

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

Dala took me to the phone store. I have a BlackBerry PRIV now. The screen is huge and I liked it better than the Pixel and Samsung G8. Hopefully Blackberrys extra security features will come in handy.

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

And yeah, it's a Galaxy 4. I've kept it so long because I'm a firm believer in "if it ain't broke," but I think we're looking into broke territory if it leaves me worrying about vulnerabilities.

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

So you don't think I have a virus on my phone or router? If so, I'll look into getting a new phone ASAP and doing something with this in the meantime.

As for the car, thanks for the advice. Since it hasn't been acting weird, I haven't been too worried. I'll still have the shop give it a look over, but it's nice to know I'm not overlooking something big.

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

If I did a factory reset (twice in a day) and Malware Bytes didn't pick up anything and there was nothing in my download history, am I probably okay?

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

Don't take this the wrong way, but that seems like a lot of work and I don't know how comfortable I am running a bunch of apps like those on my phone. Do you think I'm at a pretty high risk of being rooted? If so, I'd almost rather just go out and get a new phone. This one is really starting to show it's age anyhow.

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017

It's an Android and I use Chrome on it. I have Firefox on my Linuxbox with U-Block and I am happy with it. If you think it's a good idea, I'll look into doing the same for my phone, though I didn't know you could get adblockers for phones. I wonder how well they work/use up wireless data.

That's a really good point about the public/private road. We'll have to ask the real estate agent about that, both for this specific house, and the concept in general. As in, does that mean we have to pay to get it plowed? How does it affect home values? Etc. Etc.

What makes me think it's not the case for this one, is that this city has quite a few private roads, but there's always a sign saying as much and more often than not, they're in newer subdivisions or cul-de-sacs. This is a pretty old neighborhood, so I can't imagine it being private.

rd95  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 26, 2017


Recently I discovered and fell in love with Hale Woodruff’s block prints. They feel so energetic and modern and I love the white lines on black backgrounds that he has going on. It just adds so much to the energy.

A while back, while looking up Folk Art on Wikipedia, I discovered Jose Guadalupe Posada, and let me tell you, his work is crazy cool. It’s very energetic stuff and while he often used skeletons as a theme in a lot of his works, their behaving and posing like everyday people creates a feeling of both being down to earth and otherworldly at the same time. He drew more “normal” stuff too, but man, those skeletons really stand out.

Seriously, words can’t do either of these guys justice. Check them out.

Car Problems?

This weekend I was driving down the highway when I heard a loud, forceful, metalic “ping” in my rear driverside wheel well. When I had my summer tires put on for the year, the tire shop busted one of the wheel bolts. It turns out that for the FR-S they’re pretty crummy, so my first thought was one busted while driving. The family friendly auto-shop that does my car maintenance is closed on the weekends, so I dropped it off at the brake place near work, asked for a tire rotation, and asked them to check out the noise. All of the wheel bolts were intact. They checked all of the wheel wells, suspension, and undercarriage and there’s no sign of damage or impact. Car drives fine. No wobbling, shaking, or weird noises. I’m gonna assume that everything is fine, but I’m getting my oil change next week and I’m gonna mention it. kleinbl00 or lm, any ideas on if it could be something, and if so, what I should ask the guys to check for? Like I said, the ping was loud as fuck.

Phone Malware?

The fucking DailyBeast website on my phone kept on redirecting to a Free IPhone scam website last night, even after I did a system restore, so I ended up doing a second one just to be safe. Malwarebytes shows nothing on the scans. Not one to leave things alone, I looked all over the internet last night and came across two possible scenarios. The scary thing I came across was that maybe somehow the router for our wireless network got hacked and some program changed the DNS settings to exploit Andriod phones. That strikes me as . . . unlikely but it makes sense in a weird way. So I woke Dala up, much to her frustration, to have her reset all of the router settings. The DNS before the reset was (edited per Dala's advice but it looks like the default DNS address that comes with the router) and the DNS after the reset was the same. A little Googling shows me that’s a default DNS for a lot of routers out of the box. So I think we’re safe there.

The more likely scenario is that its just a bunch of ads from some ad network being all fucky and jerk ass because people can’t leave shit alone. If that’s the case, it’s the ad server on the website and not my phone, so both it and the router should be fine. Unless I’m missing something.

I called my dad and sister last night (two very tech savy people), explained the whole scenario before them, and they both say “Yup. Ad Networks being all fucky. Don’t worry about it.” Except, you know, it’s my phone. My E-Mail is on there. I Hubski when I’m on break from work. I need it for 2 Factor Authentication for literally everything I do. So. I’m worrying.

kleinbl00 (again), Devac, bfv, all you other savy computer bros. Any thoughts? I’m wracking my brain here. With the exception of Malwarebytes on my phone, it’s running just Andriod and the apps that came with it from Google, Samsung, and my wireless carrier. My PC runs Linux Mint, nothing extra added. I go only to sites I know, double check sites I don’t know with Norton Safe Web and Google Safe Browsing before going to a website I don’t know. So I’m very careful. No clue what’s on my wife’s windows box. Same for my roommate’s tablet. My wife is the tech pro of the household, so I trust her. My roommate? Well, don’t get me wrong, he’s a cool guy and all, but I let’s just say really wish he’d listen when we tell him about being careful on the internet.


Gonna look at it this afternoon. Don’t know if we’re gonna pull the trigger. I’ll share my thoughts tonight or on next week’s Pubski.

Hubski and its users

This is just the occasional reminder that you’re all awesome. :)

Yeah. I just did a full factory reset.

Edit: Same thing. Now to scarfe.win. Both sites are identical, free iphone scam. They had the exact same string of letters afterwards. I'm gonna assume it's bad ads, but I'm resetting my phone again just to be safe.

I hate the internet. I really, fucking hate the internet.

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