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Been awhile, but today I learned that a random computer virus is what caused the electrical grid in the northeastern parts of the US to shut down back in 2003. Hopefully, it's not connected to the Internet since then.

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The virus or the electrical grid?
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Soontir C'boath wrote: 2021-07-10 02:59pm Been awhile, but today I learned that a random computer virus is what caused the electrical grid in the northeastern parts of the US to shut down back in 2003. Hopefully, it's not connected to the Internet since then.

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NOPE.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast ... ut_of_2003
The blackout's proximate cause was a software bug in the alarm system at the control room of FirstEnergy, an Akron, Ohio–based company, which rendered operators unaware of the need to redistribute load after overloaded transmission lines drooped into foliage. What should have been a manageable local blackout cascaded into the collapse of much of the Northeast regional electricity distribution system.
It's a bit more complicated by that, but the investigation did not show any sign of malicious software. It was a case of old infrastructure not being able to handle power demands, causing what should have been a local issue to become a cascading failure.

The article you quoted can be summarized as a guy with his own software company using fear mongering to pitch his products and services, including hints the Microsoft Windows needs to be replaced as a operating system.
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I got a good one, today re-watching the end of Deep Space Nine I learned that Kai Winn Adami was played by Louise Fletcher, the actress who played Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It's the kind of movie you only want to see in its entirety once! :mrgreen:
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Today I learned that if I don't touch the calls on the Answering Machine at work -- NO ONE ELSE WILL EITHER.

I'm getting sick of being the only one on afternoon shift who'll do CallBacks. I'm also getting fuckin' tired of a co-worker shutting down at 15 til 9 and not even closing her windowblinds before she sashays her drama-queen ass out the door.
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Today I learned about the Finnish breakfast...

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muse wrote: 2021-07-23 09:40pm Today I learned about the Finnish breakfast...
Today I learned I'm Finnish. Who knew?

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I just got randomly aware of something wrong with this picture on the main site:
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The "hammer" is very obviously a kitchen sink faucet.
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Today I learned that it’s pretty windy when you jump out of an aircraft.
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I would be interested in hearing the rest of that story....
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Broomstick wrote: 2021-08-03 06:14pm I would be interested in hearing the rest of that story....
Did a tandem jump near Niagara Falls, which was awesome. 35 min climb (got to see a great view of the falls on the way up), a minute of free fall then about 5-6 minutes of gliding via parachute. I happened to fall through a cloud right before the chute was pulled which was neat :D

Planning on jumping in each province at least once!

Oh, and I learned that small aircraft (I was riding a Cessna) seem to be a bit more bouncy than their jumbo jet counterparts.
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Oh, yes - the smaller the aircraft the more it bounces. After flying micro/ultraights I now know how a sock in a dryer feels.
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Now I did a job. I got nothing but trouble since I did it, not to mention more than a few unkind words as regard to my character so let me make this abundantly clear. I do the job. And then I get paid.- Malcolm Reynolds, Captain of Serenity, which sums up my feelings regarding the lawsuit discussed here.

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Today I learned when I receive a refund for an item that is due to be paid in the next statement, it still counts as payment for the current statement.

I returned items from the previous statement that helped bring down statement balance which is expected, but then this return pushed it over by $8. Seems like a really neat trick to avoid paying off the credit card for the current due date. Just buy something that matches the balance due. Return it and the credit card will think you paid off the bill! Of course, the kicker is now you gotta worry about next month's bill, but at least it's next month!
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Today I learned how well I can lie with a smile in my voice.
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Today I learned that next time I have a kitchen rebuilt, screw being considerate to the neighbors, I'm getting a skip for the waste rather than dumping it in my garden and then ferrying it out to a hired van.
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Today I learned the door did NOT hit Drama-Queen co-worker on her way out.

Stupid whiny bitch left 10min before closing, and on her way out DID NOT CLOSE THE EMPLOYEE DOOR. Another employee came 5min later to check and see if we were ok because the door was half-open. When she found out that Stupid-Bitch-Drama-Queen had been the last to leave, helped me close the office and said she'd have a word with our Manager in the morning.

I know they won't fire her with only 6weeks left in the Season, but I really *REALLY* hope they don't call her back next Spring. She's more fuckin' trouble than she's worth.
And I feel very sorry for those getting mail at the Post Office she's now working part-time at.
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