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All my synced Opera browser bookmarks vanished...and lesson learned, I think

In every sync implementation I've encountered in software, it's wise to understand a couple of key points. First, sync is not a form of backup, even though it normally results in one's data being kept in duplicate on multiple systems... it's a way of slaving each of the multiple systems to each other in terms of the data that is sync'd. Second, when slaving systems to one another like that, bad things happening on any one of them (or in the sync system itself) can immediately ripple through to all of them and trash the data on each.

To prevent disaster when the second point occurs, it behooves users employing sync'ing of data or settings to be extremely diligent to employ separate, genuine backups somewhere within their multiple-system universe. Otherwise, this thread is exactly what can result.


Thankfully none of my Opera bookmarks were important and I can recreate them from memory. IT people, if the advice above is wrong, please advise.

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando's Vision for Carbon-Free Energy


ORLANDO, Fla. ó This city has long been a leading tourist destination. Now, it is vying for another distinction: to be a pioneer in weaning itself from carbon-based energy.

You can see its aspirations in the thousands of ponds all over the city that collect the runoff from Central Floridaís frequent downpours. Floating solar panels rise and fall in the water, sending power to the grid.

There is also evidence along city streets, where solar panels sit atop streetlights to power them instead of using the electric grid. About 18,000 of the 25,000 in the city already have been converted to high-efficiency light-emitting diodes.

Even algae pools may play a role. Thatís where officials are testing a system to trap the carbon that the city emits from power plants or transportation, rather than release it into the atmosphere.

Jailed NSA leaker Reality Winner on Trump "so unfair" tweet: "I can't thank him enough"


Reality Winner, the former NSA contractor who leaked a secret report on Russia's election hacking efforts to the media, responded Thursday to President Trump's tweet that called her sentence "so unfair." "I can't thank him enough," Winner said on "CBS This Morning" by phone from Lincoln County Jail in Georgia.

She was sentenced to more than five years in prison last week in the longest punishment ever imposed for this kind of violation, which she said she "deeply" regretted. She is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since the Trump administration took office.

"Well it was mid-2017, and I was the first one however, as of Friday, you know, even our commander in chief, President Trump, has kind of come out and said, 'Wait a minute, this is really unfair, there's this double standard here.' And for that I can't thank him enough because for 16 months those words 'so unfair' were actually not allowed by myself or my team or my family to say out in the public, so I just can't thank him enough for finally saying what everybody has been thinking for 16 months," Winner said.

On Friday, Mr. Trump tweeted, "Ex-NSA contractor to spend 63 months in jail over 'classified' information. Gee, this is 'small potatoes' compared to what Hillary Clinton did! So unfair Jeff, Double Standard." Winner said she's appreciative of his words of support but is hesitant to consider what it might mean.

Shadow of the Cute Raider [Xbox] (cute dogs and cats)

(a funny trailer for the real Xbox game)

eta: Thanks for being patient while I got the URL correct. The Xbox game is called "Shadow of the Tomb Raider".

AT&T-backed robocalls tell (California) seniors net neutrality raises phone bills by $30


A campaign to stop net neutrality rules in California is targeting senior citizens with robocalls claiming that the rules will raise cell phone bills by $30 a month and slow down their data.

The robocalls cite no evidence supporting the claim that net neutrality rules will raise cell phone bills and slow down Internet service. The bill in question would impose net neutrality rules in California that are nearly identical to the ones the Federal Communications Commission had on the books between 2015 and 2018. Since the federal version of the rules did not raise cell phone bills by $30 or slow down Internet speeds, there's no reason to believe that imposing similar rules in California would have that effect.

The calls are being made on behalf of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC) and the Congress of California Seniors (CCS). CCS is backed by AT&T and Verizon, but it's not clear what CJAC's interest in the bill is. Verizon told Ars that it is not involved in the robocall campaign.

The robocall effort comes as the California State Assembly prepares to vote this week on the state's net neutrality bill, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). A vote could happen as soon as today.

Smash rooms are breaking their way into Orlando area


LAKELAND, Fla. - Do you ever feel like breaking something?

There's a new trend of places called smash rooms. Yes, it's real. They're a place where you can break stuff, make a mess and not clean up afterward.

"It's a great place to de-stress, kind of unwind after the day or if you have some pumped up adrenaline it's a great place to let loose," Tyana Daley, the digital marketer for Smash Room in Lakeland, said.

The Smash Room in Central Florida opened on Aug. 4 for anyone interested in relieving the frustration typically caused after an argument, whether it was caused by a spouse or things at work got tense. For parents, it could also help relieve the stress when children are back home and being a pain in the you know where.

Paul Manafort has asked the judge in D.C. if he can stay put (in jail) and forgo attending any.....

Paul Manafort has asked the judge in D.C. if he can stay put (in jail) and forgo attending any pretrial hearings.


First snow of the season is now in the northern Rockies


First snow of the season is now in the northern Rockies


Granted, it's mostly above 8000 feet, but cooler weather is coming, folks.

I must go - my people need me! (cute video with dogs)

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