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I sincerely wish I could just ignore Privacy Policies and ‘Terms of Use’ pages.

I really, truly do. It would make life so much simpler and would ease anxiety levels tremendously!

Perhaps the fact that they need to have a privacy policy in the first place is a bit unnerving.

I understand that sites need the privacy policy so they can exist because everyone is worried about what is going to happen to/with their information – and with good reason!

http://mises.ca/posts/articles/does-privacy-matter/security/

Does Privacy Matter?

It seems everyone wants a piece of us. Well, truthfully they really ONLY want a piece of our pay envelope, us they couldn’t care less about. It’s just that we, unfortunately stand between our pay packet and those greedily sucking it dry.

I wish I could find the Privacy Policy of a company I read a few years ago in which they declared, (I loved it!), TRUTHFULLY:

“We will do anything we want with any information you choose to share with us or that we gather from your computer during your visit. We do not intentionally infiltrate your computer, but what we find we will use in accordance with our policy outlined above. If you don’t like this, tough. Go away.”

I mean, sure, it’s blunt and would scare me away, but, it’s TRUTHFUL, unlike most of the policies which are mired in legalese and ambiguous statements.

But, when you hit statements, like the one below, from Google’s Privacy/Terms of Use Policies, you know there is no such thing as internet privacy.

“Google Play”: Special legal privacy protections for users may apply in cases where law enforcement or civil litigants ask Google for information about what books an individual user has looked at.

Yes, they have ‘special legal privacy protection’, but between you, me and the judge; they protect Google NOT us…

And, yup, they (Google+) store the last five pages of any book you read, as well as a complete collection of everything you’ve read or purchased. (I noticed they also collected information from ANOTHER website, not associated with Google+, I was logged in to, and recorded what I’d read THERE. Just thought you might find THAT interesting…) Not sure which part of the “Special Legal Privacy Protection” rule they invoked for that, but until they recorded it there was no issue…

This recording of our reading habits will help law enforcement, HOW? (Well, all right, if you are accused of blowing up a building and the last book you read was ‘How to Build a Better Bomb’? I can see the relevance, but I don’t see why Google should need to store that; re-creation Forensic Scientists can (easily) de-construct the computer and see what I last read without Google feeling the need to pretend it’s because of Law Enforcement, or so my account can be synchronised.)

BUT, it’s this statement below that makes my blood boil (and should ‘tick-off’ everyone).

“Add-ons developed and provided by Google may communicate with Google servers and are subject to the Google Privacy Policy unless otherwise indicated. Add-ons developed and provided by third parties are the responsibility of such third parties and may be subject to third party privacy policies. For example, a version of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in is preinstalled with Chrome. Adobe’s website at http://www.adobe.com provides more information on Adobe’s privacy practices with regard to Flash Player, and you can learn more about disabling Flash Player or any other plug-ins.”

So, Google installs this program during PRE-installation of a product and they (GOOGLE) are NOT responsible for their (in this case ADOBE’s) privacy policy???

You give me a ‘freebie’ I don’t ask for and tell me my computer experience will not be as enriching if I choose NOT to use it and yet don’t GUARANTEE the product is safe; DON’T guarantee it’s conducting itself in a way that is inline with your policies; and suggest Icheck out their policy’ before using the product???

If a product comes PRE-INSTALLED WITH ANOTHER ONE, I DON’T CARE IF IT IS FROM A THIRD PARTY – YOU BETTER BE DAMN SURE YOU GUARANTEE THE PRODUCT FULLY!!! IF YOU DON’T TRUST IT, WHY THE HELL SHOULD I???

Sorry for yelling (and swearing) but I’m hoping program developers (particularly Google’s) are listening.

I know they are not and don’t care about my concerns – heck, if you want to be private, don’t use the internet, right??? Such a cop out.

They don’t want to create programs that don’t let NSA, CSIS, SIS (or MI5), keep careful tabs on us so they dress it up under the disguise of “personalised ads”. (PO Personal Opinion.) At least I am still ahead of them on that and have not seen a single ad that even ‘kinda’ interests me…

I must be doing something wrong…

http://www.alctraining.com.au/introduction-security/

Human Element

Or they’ve already got enough cookies and markers stuffed in my computer to track me any and everywhere. I’m thinking this is probably the correct response. (PO)

Have fun and say “hi” to the authorities as you pass them lurking along the information highway greedily misdirecting traffic; tell them I say ‘hi’, too… ‘cause I’m not speaking to them!

What policies have you come across that make you scratch your head and say, “What’s the point? Here’s my first born, blood-type, DNA sample and link to everything I MIGHT EVER ‘like’…”

~khrys…

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I’ve been playing with Win 8.1 for a few days now. I am NOT a fan. (Maybe I just don’t like change?) I have been avoiding this upgrade for months now; I don’t know what caused me to accept the notices that kept annoying me… I suppose I don’t like change for change’s sake; if you follow.

They (MS) are so proud that they’ve offered us back our “start button” in the form of a link that drifts you to their new ‘charms’. 

Photo of desktop showing MS 8.1

This is the new ‘START’ button… Yup, yup it is…

Charms are what used to be known as ‘program shortcuts’; or possibly a better term would be ‘program folders’.
I find them, or rather the NAME, highly condescending.
‘Charms.’ Was it chosen to ‘charm’ us into thinking they were cute? Was it chosen in hope that we would be charmed by them? In my case, epic fail. In yours? Who knows; you may find the name ‘charming’. So, basically the same as Win 8; NO START BUTTON.
Oh! But when you upgrade, they, (MS), offers you many new apps that make the heartbreak of losing all your files and photos and programs much easier to handle.

NOT.
Like a Recipe App. (Called ‘Food and Drink’.) Uh-huh. An app that includes ADS with your recipes. I want this WHY? It has all sorts of sections to categorise their stuff. Oh! Sorry, spoiler alert! Yah, it’s organised for the app not for you; sorry, should have mentioned there was going to be a spoiler. There’s oh, heck, check out ANY recipe program on the market, they’re all basically the same and MS doesn’t have anything new to offer with this app except their choice of ads. NEXT…

An app I MIGHT find interesting if I can get the bells to actually SOUND, is the Alarm app. An alarm; laps (???) and stopwatch. I seriously doubt I’m going to use a LAP timer, I suppose if it were in my phone it’s possible… OH! WAIT! I already HAVE one in my phone… Well, the alarm thing-y seem good; again, IF the bells will sound.

There were others. Let me think, (or cheat and peek). Right. The ‘Helps & Tips’ app.. Anyone have a good reason why this was included? I checked it out. I have to say that not even if you were the stupidest person on planet Earth could you find this app helpful. Really. Either that or I AM the stupidest person on the planet because I can find zero redeeming qualities for this app/program.

The Reading List. Can you say ‘redundant’? Say it twice and you’ll be approaching the waste of programming… ooops sorry…. waste of apping(since we don’t have programs any more, I suppose we don’t have programmers, but this is just a jump in logic that I have; not sure anyone else is on board yet…). I mean, find something you don’t have time to read now… Why were you looking for it for in the first place? But, still, I get it, you find an article you don’t have time to read, or want to reread and don’t want to bookmark the page, you can now stuff it into this app and it will hold it for you like an overstuffed trash can; and, as long as you install it on your PHONE (or mobile) you can share those bits that you saved. (Of course, if you are using your laptop, *sigh* or desktop *double sigh*, you can’t share. You’ll need to do it the regular way: bookmark the page and share the address…) App included, WHY? (They already have One Note to do this?)

Scan App. Not sure what this does at all. I have a scanner. Why do I need another one? Or an app that scans for me?

Sound Recorder. What’s wrong with the one I have already? If I am recording sound for any REAL purpose, I already have a sound recorder that is far superior to a ‘free one’ and, if I’m NOT recording sound, specifically, why do I need one? Another uselessly bundled prograpp…

(Like that? My newest word-invention. Prograpp… so they’d be prograppers… Hey! If MS can make up words, so can I!!!)

Printer Control. Uh-m… pretty sure I control my printers just fine, thank you; don’t see a need for an app to become the middle man.

Google something or other. Haven’t opened this one yet, just noticed it. I suppose I’m going to need it, right? Uh-huh. I’ll let you know… (waiting on pins and needles, aren’t you?)

And OH! forgot the Calculator App… so useless I deleted it first off! I mean, it didn’t even recognise the keyboard and only provided for the mouse… really? Really? *sigh*…

These apps and the trouble to traipse back through all the settings, because, OF COURSE! MS is CERTAIN I wanted all my settings reverted to their favourites, *sigh* (’cause it’s so much more polite than what I’m REALLY thinking…) drove me batty and are NOT helping the migraine I am still dealing with!

The single thing that has me worried though, is the little blurp, when you are finally allowed to take YOUR computer back; about not being able to ‘sync’ your files until you provide a security code. I screwed up and entered the wrong e-mail address for the code to go to and MS, in all its wisdom assumes that a mistake is as good as an attempt to circumvent procedures and does NOT provide for a correction. I have a double protection on my e-mail; do they ask for the secondary security measure? NOPE… they go straight to, “You “F’d” up go to jail, go directly to jail; do not pass go; do not collect $200.” (I wonder if my ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card will work here?)

As far as I understand things, because it won’t permit me to change the BACKUP address (not that I’m changing it; just correcting the one I entered) I have one option: Let MS shut my account down for 30-days. This apparently ensures that no one else is using my account.

It also ensures that I won’t be using my account. And, since MS insists that my computer be strangled… errr… tied to a hotmail/live/outlook/something they can trace… I am not at all certain if the warning; something to the effect that I would have 7-days to complete this directive before Bill Gates send minions to infiltrate my computer and render it useless until I comply with their extortion demands…; will actually render my computer useless for 30-days, something to which, I assure you, had it been included in the warnings before I downloaded 8.1, would NOT have resulted in my downloaded of the fascist operating system. (I don’t even really know WHAT 8.1 IS.)

To this end, I think I have one, maybe two days left before the proverbial stinky-stuff hits the spinning apparatus and flings odoriferous-pucks throughout the land, infecting everything with the unpleasant odour of bully-ism…

Fingers crossed…

*hugs*
~khrys…

PS: I’ve also just noticed that when I try to comment, occasionally the window freezes and I am forced to shut down and start again. I’ve no idea if this is a WordPress issue or a Win 8.1 issue; or, could it possibly be, something else???

So, once again I tediously try and figure out why my computer hates me… Enjoy your day! *smile* 

Insanity: When the law is so far from reality you shake your head and throw your hands in the air.
(Thanks to Tech Thoughts Daily Net News for this.)

Photo of water pipe burst

Thar’ she blows!

We were number 18 to “call in” the sinkhole starting in the centre of the front street that goes past our home. Or, technically it’s the side street, because we face the cul-du-sac, but that won’t matter to you, so… on with the tale!

Water pipe burst and water was shooting straight up like, (I assume) Old Faithful in Yellowstone.

Cops showed up and blocked the street until the city works could get their trucks back on the road. Happened just long enough after quitting time that nearly everyone had already left and was three-quarters of the way home. I really feel for those guys; having to shuck a hot supper and hot shower for the overtime.

While waiting, of course, a crowd gathered. Nothing like a minor catastrophe to bring the neighbourhood together. The kids thought it was kewl! I mean, it’s not every day a geyser opens up. Cops at both ends of the street had their work cut out for them!

What I need to ask is, “Why do some people assume the barricades don’t apply to them? Are they somehow immune to the effects of tumbling down the widening hole? Or is it they develop wings and transport over top?”

As our home sits on the corner and, conveniently this time the barricades were set up directly in front of us, we were able to watch as car after car tried to negotiate passed the police barricade. I think the cop was getting ready to use his weapon there were so many!

Even after the city works arrived there were still idiots in the crowd. As the worker prepared to lift the lid off the overwhelmed grate to start the flood headed the right direction, the kids naturally pushed forward. Some of the parents were smart enough to realise the danger and pulled their kids back; the worker politely asked the rest to step back so they wouldn’t get sucked down the storm drain when he opened it. All but one complied. That one actually pushed her kid forward and peered over his shoulder. The worker asked her, directly, “Please get your kid back.” 

Swirling waters

Swirling Waters

Well you would have thought he’d told her to leave planet earth!

Her “Harrumph!” and loud, “Fine!” as she dragged her kid away, leaving entirely; had the rest of the crowd shaking its collective head and asking, “Did we just witness that?”

Some people think the rules just don’t apply to them. I wonder how she would have reacted if she hadn’t removed her kid? When the grate was removed it almost took the heavyset worker off his feet and actually sucked one of his tools down in the whirlpool. The remaining kids thought that was kewl, too!

Back to the traffic. Now, just to note, this burst pipe/sinkhole is at probably the perfect spot on this road. There is an easy diversion one minute maximum, that puts you back on the road a block further along. Still, many cars attempted to pass the barriers.

FYI, the entire street was blocked, crosswise, with work trucks; asphalt equipment; police cars! Did I mention the police cars?

Road Closed photo

Road Closed

Still, all night long, (yes, it took until the gray rain-heavy clouds brightened this morning before the work was done and the barriers could be removed…) anyway… cars; SUV’s, trucks; you name it! tried to past the roadblock. When they were successful, they drove literally five turns of their tires at MOST before they had to turn their vehicle around and, red-faced, sneak back around the barricade and follow the detour.

Why do SOME people believe the barricade was put there for everyone but themselves? Have they EVER been handed a ‘get-out-of-logical-thinking-free’ card? (Are there any of those?)

The road is fixed; the geyser is gone; and the new river flowing where the front street was has been quelled. Wonder what I’m going to do for excitement now? 

I suppose I’ll get ready for a weekly game of DnD… I was attacked by an alligator? Crocodile? last week… I survived. I’m watchin’ the swamps a LOT closer now… lol 

Praying the road stays fixed; they’re calling for torrential downpours throughout the weekend and into next week; may you have great weather and sunshiny people in your future! 

*hugs*
~khrys…

‘Thar’ she blows PHOTO CREDIT: CLICK HERE

My spelling list. These are words that I usually contrive to develop an entire new language for. It’s not that I cannot spell them, it’s that I can’t spell them correctly when I want without first referring to a dictionary…

Call it mind block. Words like ‘antidisestablishmentarianism‘? No problem! (I know you won’t believe it, but I really did spell that without looking it up and without misspelling it first…*Scout’s Honour*; & I was a Scout Leader, so I can say that! LOL)

  1. Wizened
  2. Flaccid
  3. Groused
  4. Forgeries
  5. Pompous
  6. Anteed
  7. Churn
  8. Welsh / Welch
  9. Tumultuous
  10. Peignoir
  11. Diarrheoa / Diarrhea
  12. to
  13. for
  14. the
  15. if
  16. of
  17. and 

Now, you may be wondering WHY the last six are on this list… (you may wonder why ANY of them are on the list!) it has NOTHING to do with my inability to spell them; it has to do with my fingers inability to hit the keys in the correct order!

It has come to the point where I am willing to agree ‘to’ has two different ways of spelling, both of which are correct?

To may be spelled either to (so those with no imagination will not be perturbed) or ot… as this is the way my fingers INSIST it is spelled.

There are other words that have insisted on my brain to the point where I am happy to leave the non-popular spelling in place and just assume you can figure out what I was referring to.

Groan has been graon for years… Spell? pishaw… speelWords? werds… NOW you’re catchin’ on…

There ARE few words I INTENTIONALLY created new spellings for.

God is one. I cannot take the Lord’s name in vain and, years ago, when others had no compunctions about it, I would spell the word ‘gawd’ in my head, it made the same sound, but has a totally different meaning… I feel WAAAAY more comfortable hearing or saying this new word.

I do feel correct spelling and pronunciation is critical in a young child’s life, but, once they’ve grown-up (grup…) as long as they CAN spell and pronounce and write legibly, I see NO reason to follow the pre-conceived rules… make some up of your own! Confuse the masses…

Just remember YOUR rules… Or come and play crazy eights with me… I can show you rules you never even CONSIDERED… LOL…

Crazy tired… trying to convince my brain to shut down… I’m brain dead… drained… fried… Hmmm…? wonder what’s for supper?

*hugs*
luv khrys…

PS: D’ya think it’s okay to serve hot water and call it soup? I mean, I’ll even add a few crackers if you insist…

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father (acknowledgement)
Who art in Heaven (belief)
Hallowed be Thy name (praise)
Thy kingdom come (anticipation)
Thine will be done (confirmation)
on earth as it is in Heaven (fairness)
Give us this day, our daily bread (thankfulness)
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (forgiveness)
lead us not into temptation (direction)
but deliver us from evil (comfort)
for Thine is the kingdom (ownership)
the power, (ability)
and the Glory, (awesomeness)
forever, (NEVER ending)
Amen. (trust) 

This is “as we/the world” tends to say this prayer. Stuff in italics is my idea; sometimes I’m even right…*grin*. (How do YOU see them?)

I was taught by my pastor about ten-years ago, (something, again, you may or may not know; I didn’t), when you pray the Lord’s Prayer, it’s like a starting point. It is how Jesus taught us, but He didn’t intend (we don’t think) that we ‘rote-ly’ recite it.

Learn it. But, like a poem, learn the ‘parts’.

Our Father. My Lord; precious God. MY FATHER. (acknowledgement)

Who art in Heaven; Who did NOT ‘die’ but rose to Heaven and lives there watching, waiting, putting up with our shenanigans. (belief)

Hallowed be Thy name; Blessed be the name of the Lord. Take it not in vain. Hear it and respect it. (praise)

Thy kingdom come; Waiting for the coming, eagerly; expecting but not brooding that you’ve been good all week, do you really have to behave next week too? Your timing Lord, not mine. (anticipation)

Thine will be done; Not what we want, but what YOU know we NEED. (confirmation)

on earth as it is in Heaven; God will not play favourites, the ‘rules’ in Heaven apply to us on earth as well; God doesn’t play favourites; note, Satan was cast from Heaven. (fairness)

Give us this day, our daily bread We cannot provide our food. We cannot create meat, grains, fruits or vegetables. It is all provided for us. (thankfulness)

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors;Please don’t treat us as we deserve! Help us to truly forgive and forget the actions of those who hurt, anger, annoy, frustrate, belittle, cheat, lie, destroy… Help us to love them and ask for their hearts to be changed so they can know forgiveness themselves. For whatever measure we use to judge another, it will be used for us. (forgiveness)

lead us not into temptation; Help us to follow you Lord and not our own thoughts or desires or those of the world. (direction)

but deliver us from evil; and Lord, when we stray and go against your word, please, keep us safe and bring us back. Let us be welcomed and kept safe, yet again. (comfort)

for Thine is the kingdom; Because I know I am not in charge. I belong to You Lord. Not like a mindless slave, but by choice. Yours. You called and I heeded. My choice, your decision. (ownership)

the power,; Nothing can separate us; nothing can prevent Your will; NOTHING can stand against you! (ability)

and the Glory,; All things are created by You, for a purpose, even those mosquitoes. No one is or ever will be as imaginative as You. You remember every detail, every part fits with none left over! (awesomeness)

forever,; We’ll never doubt; You are always there always watching, always waiting politely for us to come around. (NEVER ending)

Amen.; I trust and acknowledge my insignificance in the scheme of things. I hope I will do the part You have requested. Thank You.(trust)

Hannah’s Prayer (1 Samuel 2:1-10)

Generally assumed to be The Lord’s Prayer, or instruction on how to pray or ‘good’ prayer practise. It is (for me) a way of ‘seeing’ what is meant by learn the ‘mitre’ and the order of The Lord’s Prayer. With different words.

Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
    in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
    for I delight in your deliverance.
“There is no one holy like the Lord;
    there is no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God.
“Do not keep talking so proudly
    or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
    and by him deeds are weighed.
“The bows of the warriors are broken,
    but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
    but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
    but she who has had many sons pines away.
“The Lord brings death and makes alive;
    he brings down to the grave and raises up.
The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
    he humbles and he exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
    and has them inherit a throne of honour.
“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
    upon them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his saints,
    but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
those who oppose the Lord will be shattered.
He will thunder against them from heaven;
    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
    and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

It doesn’t sound AT ALL like The Lord’s Prayer? Really? Try again.

*hugs*
luv khrys…

Graphic boys leaping into pile of leaves in FAITH

attribution: Kotecki (artist)
I’ve NO idea where it came from…

Mark 11:22:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

I read Mark 11:22 during my morning devotions. The devotion comes to my inbox as a ministry and one I enjoy spending a few minutes of my day reading and praying into. It always amazes me JUST how those devotions are presented. How clever the writers make connections, spin their love for God and His promises and offer the rest of us an opportunity to share in their ‘moment with God’.

It is a fresh outlook on some ideas. (As the Bible usually is; read the same verse for a year and you’ll have 365 different ideas and insights and new looks on that verse.)

What I especially enjoy is when God hits me up side the head.

I hear you, “EXCUSE ME?”

Let me explain. When I read that verse above, (Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.) I was blown away. “Why?” you may well enquire.

My faith has NEVER wavered. I believe in God, His son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I believe they exist and that one day, I shall meet ‘them’ face-to-face. (Well, I’ll be on my knees face to floor, but you get the idea…) So, WHY did this verse connect with me today?

Well, the first reason is I asked God, before opening the e-mail that He would speak to me. He did! First line of the devotion. Amazing, ‘eh?

Question/Exclamation Marks

unknown attribution, *sorry*

The second, that took me all of a minute to figure out, is that we’ve been needing to make some pretty big decisions and none feel quite right.

Do we purchase the home we‘ve seen and fallen in love with, or not? Do we stay put and renovate, waiting for the market to pick up? Do we re-mortgage (our mortgage is due for renewal in Feb.) and remain, giving up the thought of moving? All questions plaguing us, (along with normal day-to-day concerns and worries).

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.

Well, that makes it easy. For those who are not yet at this stage of faith, and may not understand what that means to me – “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Means that no matter which road we choose; no matter what happens after we choose; no matter what, HAVE FAITH IN GOD. Okay. With God’s help, I can do that.

To some, having faith in God and then watching as they see their world crumble as Job’s did; it means they didn’t have enough faith; or they didn’t DO enough.

God DOESN’T tell us He’s going to give us an easy life. He tells us if we have FAITH in Him we will have ETERNAL life. Not if we have LOTS of faith. Matthew 17:20 (NIV), He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

I feel peace. No matter WHICH choice we make, I feel confident that God will be with us and watch over the proceedings. If he chooses to remove His blessings; well, they are HIS to remove… Heaven WILL be perfect. Those who believe will be made perfect. I have FAITH.

FAITH: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1; NIV.

I will be praying that God chooses to honour whichever decision we make and I will be praying that whichever decision we make is in keeping with His plans for us. I could use more prayer… *smile*

*hugs*
luv khrys… 

I searched the word ‘FAITH’ on BibleGateway.com.

Faith resulted in 423 occurrences in the NIV 1984 text.
336 results in the King James Version.
453 results in the updated NIV. (New International Version)

ALL versions, in all searches, turned up this passage first. It certainly isn’t first chronologically. It’s definitely not the first ‘faith’ in the Bible. Yet it begins (and ends) my search for a way to explain FAITH. (Mostly, ’cause – how DARE I think to come up with a better explanation than God himself? Yup, I’m not stupid…) I’ve chosen to use the NIV for its readability and because I’m most comfortable with this or the KJV. (I like the language, but many are not familiar with it.)

Click BibleGateway.com to search YOUR favourite Bible version for text.

Hebrews 11

New International Version (NIV)

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.
And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.
People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshipped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw HIM who is invisible.
By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,
who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.
Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—
the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,
since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

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And, if YES, why for you not tell the rest of us…? *wry grin*

Although I am SURE I have read this in the past, (only because I THINK I have an account… not sure if it’s hotmail, or what they mean, but that isn’t important…right now, anyway), but I am relearning Excel. (When you don’t do something for a long time, you tend to forget the short-cuts and rules etc…). To do one (or any, I suppose) of the tutorials (which, BTW are a JOKE!) you need to agree with this agreement, or, as always, don’t use the products.

Okay, as ALWAYS I read (want to put ‘red’ LOL) the agreement, and, as always I don’t understand it. Basically, most of these agreements say, (my words), “We promise to offer you this fantastic product completely at your own risk. Agree or don’t use.”

Reading, I was stopped DEAD in my tracks… (okay, so my butt made a deeper groove in the seat), by the following: (Torn to shreds by me, but left intact in each point form. IE: RED = my comment; BOLDING = I did it; their words.)

Microsoft services agreement

Excerpted from Microsoft Services Agreement. Click here for entire agreement.

3.3. What does Microsoft do with my content? When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services. For example, we may occasionally use automated means to isolate information from email, chats, or photos in order to help detect and protect against spam and malware, or to improve the services with new features that makes them easier to use. When processing your content, Microsoft takes steps to help preserve your privacy.

(GRANTED MOST VIRUS PROGRAMS ISOLATE INFO TO DIVERT TO CORRECT BOXES, BUT THEY ARE NOT USING THE CONTENT FOR THEIR BENEFIT.) 

3.4. Does Microsoft have voice enabled services? Yes. If you use voice enabled services, you consent to Microsoft recording and collecting your voice input. The voice input will be used to provide the voice enabled services to you and improve Microsoft products and services. Microsoft won’t use your voice input for any other purpose.

(WHAT OTHER PURPOSE IS THERE?)

3.5. What type of content isn’t permitted? Content that violates this agreement (which includes the Microsoft Anti-Spam Policy and the Microsoft Code of Conduct) or your local law isn’t permitted on the services. Microsoft reserves the right to review content for the purpose of enforcing this agreement. Microsoft may block or otherwise prevent delivery of any type of email, instant message, or other communication to or from the services as part of our effort to protect the services or our customers, or otherwise enforce the terms of this agreement. 

5.1. Does Microsoft collect my personal information? Your privacy is important to us. We use certain information that we collect from you to operate and provide the services. Additionally, as part of the services, we may also automatically upload information about your machine, your use of the services, and services performance. We may use technologies, such as placing cookies on your machine, to help us gather such information. Please read the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement to learn how we use and protect your information.

(LONG WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE COLLECT AND USE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)

5.2. Does Microsoft disclose my personal information outside of Microsoft? You consent and agree that Microsoft may access, disclose, or preserve information associated with your use of the services, including (without limitation) your personal information and content, or information that Microsoft acquires about you through your use of the services (such as Internet Protocol address or other third-party information) when Microsoft forms a good faith belief that doing so is necessary (a) to comply with applicable law or to respond to legal process from competent authorities; (b) to enforce this agreement or protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers; or (c) to help prevent a loss of life or serious physical injury to anyone.

(AN EVEN LONGER WINDED WAY OF SAYING “YES, WE DISCLOSE YOUR INFO FOR OUR BENEFIT.”)

13. You may be able to access third-party websites or services via the services. Microsoft isn’t responsible for third-party websites, services, or content available through those third-party services. You are solely responsible for your dealings with third-parties (including advertisers). Your use of third-party websites or services may be subject to that third-party’s terms and conditions.

(SO, EVEN THOUGH MS STEERS YOU TO THESE SITES VIA ‘HELP’, THEY TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM BEING SPAMMY-MALWARE FILLED HACKING SITES; BUT PLEASE, “TRUST US (MS)…”)

And I thought e-mail was PRIVATE. And that those sites I’m diverted to, via the HELP MENU INSIDE MICROSOFT’S OWN PROGRAMS, were safe. 

Apparently, as with everything else on the internet, they (MS) make it work, kinda, then they (MS) tout it as the greatest thing since humankind appeared, then they (MS) exploits every tiny crevasse of it. THEN, (and ONLY then) do they (MS) actually check to see if it works properly. And when it doesn’t? That’s OUR fault. We downloaded/purchased a product that wasn’t ready. But the next one is coming out with better and greater and it’ll work more… we (MS) promise. 

Getting back to the agreement (yeah, but conversation never lags…*smirk*).
Standing on my SoapBoxI thought e-mail was sacrosanct. That reading it without approval (or court order) was akin to opening my snail-mail and punishment would be as if they (the ‘post office’) opened or read the contents of something directly addressed to me.
I guess because MS warned me they are going to be disseminating my mail, it’s okay for them to do so. I’ve given my permission by continuing to use their service. Apparently. Gotta wonder the fun they’re going to have reading the next few e-mails I send… (Wonder how soon before ‘Homeland’ pays me a visit? LOL!)

It does bug me. What I write in an e-mail is for the other person (and whom they chose to share it with) not for a third-party to intercept and DECIDE or decipher, the meaning of. MS has NO IDEA of the context of my message. If I write about checking if the poison will kill a person in so-and-so many minutes or if so much Nitro is enough to take out a city block, or if the code sounds familiar; they will instantly assume I am up-to-no-good.

Out of context, even I will admit it looks suspicious. But then, I’m not expecting someone who isn’t the recipient of my note to intercept it. I know the expert at the other end will understand I am plotting a devious crime and need to be sure of my facts before the crime reveals itself deep within the pages of my novel. MS’s ‘algorithms’ most likely won’t.

Understand, that is.

How many people does it take to disseminate the quadrillion-babillion e-mails sent daily? And turn them into logistical opportunities for law enforcement? And how many false-positives? Versus positive, concrete evidence that leads to a larger conspiracy and valuable arrests? BEFORE they’ve (cops) identified the players?? There’s GOT to be an easier (& more accurate) way.

I understand threats etc…

The terrorists HAVE won.

We’re told ALL the time, “We won’t negotiate with terrorists.”

No, they won’t. Why? Because the terrorists have already won.

We hide; we change our laws and security measures; we suspect everyone of everything; we profile; we err on the side of caution; we avoid places and people; we assume bad, without hesitation; we lose. We lose because while the world is a big beautiful place, it’s turned into and ugly cesspool of doubt.

I have to divert this information into a novel… except I think it’s been done to death…

Climbing off the soapbox once again…soapbox

I hope I made some sense…

*hugs*
luv khrys…

PS: Remember me when the proverbial poop flies too close to the cooling apparatus… *giggles*

 


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