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What IF Garmin Supposed Ransomware Attack Is A DISGUISED Hack From China (Or Google)?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & skim. From ‘Google News’.


Click image to access my post from 4-days ago.


I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.

I am, however, still NOT convinced.

Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.

What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.

I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.

Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!

Think about it.

P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.


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What Am I Thinking: Are The Cyber Attacks In Australia, A Dress Rehearsal By China, For The U.S. Pre-Election?

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Click to ENLARGE & study. From ‘Google News’. Google as I have shown …


Not sure how many of you have been following this, i.e., MASSIVE cyber attacks in Australia that the Australian GOVERNMENT believes is from China, STATE-SPONSORED at that.

OK?

Scary?

I thought last week’s Twitter hack was related. It still could prove to be so. They are clever enough to provide some convenient red herrings to throw us off course.

So, what I am THINKING.

Is this just a DRESS REHEARSAL?

Real target is the U.S., pre-election.

Biden, just yesterday, said that he has had security briefings that intimate that China & Russia plan to interfere with the election. See below.

This worries I.

I think the Chinese have had it up to their eye-teeth with the US.

They have the resources. This could get UGLY with all of us as helpless pawns.

Have YOU thought about this?

Should you?


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What Am I Thinking: HOW & WHY Are We, The ‘Sapiens’, Standing Singularly Alone?

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I drove for 9.5 hours, to Acadia & back, Wednesday/Thursday of this week. That gave me a LOT of time to THINK. And this was one of the THINKS that popped into my stack & kept me THINKING.

Evolution, at least within our niche in the world (meaning the ‘Ape’ family (& i.e., Hominoidea)) seems to have STOPPED.

Chimps & gorillas don’t seem to be getting any smarter? Shouldn’t they. That is how we came to be us. We evolved. While I don’t expect chimps to be us, why haven’t they got CLOSER.

Also, within the ‘Homo Erectus‘ family. There were a LOT of splits & we & the Neanderthals lived side-by-side for quite a long time.

NO MORE. We are alone.

How come we haven’t seen a SPLIT?

Worth THINKING about. Well worth THINKING about.

I came home & serendipitously found this book. I have been listening to it, as an Amazon Audible (for FREE), yesterday & today — during my 100-minute walks.

Bingo. The book addresses my concern right up front.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. Link to book BELOW.


Click to access Amazon listing.


So, it would appear that this was a GOOD THINK.

I am not done yet. The book hasn’t answered all my questions. But, it has given me more to TH


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What Am I Thinking: How Come ‘See’ & ‘Sea’ Came To Be So Close?

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A LOT of ‘THINKS‘ (quite literally) come into my mind all the time. I THINK about them. I like to THINK. I spend a lot of time each day THINKING.

So, I was THINKING that I should share some of what I THINK about with YOU.

So, this was the other day, in Acadia, hiking. Yes, I was looking at the SEA. I could SEE the SEA.

Got me THINKING. ‘See’ & ‘Sea’. Very different entities. There shouldn’t be a commonality. So, how come we ended up with these two words that sound the same?

That is what I was thinking about.

Yes, I took a QUICK look at the entomologies when I got home. Didn’t see anything obvious. So, it is still on my stack of things to THINK.

Tell me what YOU THINK.


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Happy Thanksgiving 2019 From Anura Guruge.

by Anura Guruge



Happy Thanksgiving.

Appears that we in New Hampshire, for a very rare change, lucked out. Some strong winds (and yes, we could lose power) but no snow or bitter cold. Not so many of you in other parts. Sorry. Stay warm & safe & enjoy the turkey.

There is nothing that says you shouldn’t THINK at Thanksgiving. If anything it is a good time to THINK. You can’t be THANKFUL unless you THINK.

At some point please make a point of giving THANKS that you still can THINK.

Cheers.

Click to access my post from July 2019.


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“Ready Brain” — A Great Website To Help You Keep Your Brain Stimulated.

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Click on image to access the ‘Ready Brain’ Website cum blog.


The creator of this fun & stimulating Website, Larry Mager, sent me an e-mail last week about his Website and how it came to be.

To quote Larry: “After being laid off from my teaching job several years ago, I was pretty low. I’d lost a job I loved, and didn’t know what I was going to do next.

But then a funny thing happened. My neighbor came to me desperate to find a tutor for her son. I offered my services as a temporary solution. Fast forward two years later and I’m running my own tutoring business and making progress with my mental fitness website, Readybrain.net.

I’ve never been happier, and I want to help those going through a tough spot in their careers feel like I do“.

I sure like what Larry is doing.

His premise is the same as my “A ‘Think’ A Day, Keeps Alzheimer’s At Bay” books. He even talks about it, on his home page, using terminology similar to what I advocate. So, yes, I am very happy and delighted to be able to promote this effort. Great job, Larry.

I like the Sudoku. I don’t know how to play Blackjack (and, alas, there are no instructions as yet) but it looks interesting. You definitely should explore this Website. You will find it rewarding.


 

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My BIG, Very BIG — 471-Page — THINK Book — Now Available, Worldwide.

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Click to ENLARGE and study. Link to Amazon below.


Link to Amazon LISTING for this BIG boy.



The family. The BIG book differs from the other two in that it contains 365 sample answers. That is what makes it SO big.


So, for those that have made fun of me that my book are are on a diet, and keep on getting skinnier and skinnier.

Well I fixed that with this book. A full 471-pages long and we are talking good size 7″x10″ pages (and not ones that are small).

Took me 18-months to write and proof it. The longest I have worked on a book — ever!

Yes, I wrote it BEFORE my other two THINK books, BUT the proofing was a bitch. So, I spun the other two out and continued labouring on the BIG book.

Well, it is out. A true labor of love.

Check it out. I will arrange for FREE eBook downloads after Easter.


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Just Because The Dow Was Down 6% In 2018 Does Not Mean All Investors Lost Money. No Sire.

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Click to ENLARGE. From the Jan. 1, 2019 marketwatch.com.


No, my stock investments did NOT lose money in 2018. They actually appreciated, as they should. I have not lost money on the stock market in quite a few years. {Smile}.

No, it wasn’t luck. Much of it was patience, prudence and sanguinity. When I was younger I used to panic and start selling when the market went down. Well, after nearly 30-years I finally learnt. And towards the end I was inspired by two elderly gentleman, both close to 80, who had done very well as investors. I learnt from them. They were long term investors. Buying and holding ‘solid’ stock for years without constantly trading and chasing the latest fad/trend.

Their wisdom finally dawned on after I turned 55. I started thinking long-term and strategically.

That I stayed FULLY invested during the financial carnage of 2008 — 2012 helped. Proved to me that I can weather the worst downturns and still survive. Of course, those of us who suffered during those 4-years came out of it stronger and then started reaping rapid gains soon after. That was a nice boost.

I do a lot of options BUT I don’t churn stock. I buy and hold for years and I have bought well. {Smile}

Yes, sometimes I do think I should share with others my investing insights. But, I am not licensed etc. So, alas, I have to keep much of my strategy to myself.

But, please, going forward THINK — ‘be patient’, ‘be sanguine’, ‘try not to panic’, ‘think long’, ‘buy-and-hold’.

Happy New Year. Good investing. 2019 will be a better year I hope — for YOUR sake.


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Time To THINK About Your ‘Full Year’ Resolution For 2019 — And What Better Than ‘Think A Day’.

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How many New Year resolutions have YOU given up on? Have you ever thought about that.

Calling it a ‘New Year resolution‘ is a bad start. Think of it as a ‘Full Year resolution‘. You want to stick to it all year and make it a part of your life.

I have said this before and I will unashamedly say it again. When it comes to resolutions only one — and one alone — matters and makes sense, And that is the resolution that you are going to gift yourself the privilege of THINKING.

You are what you think; thinking is what you are.

THINK A Day 2019.

Gift yourself that — A THINK A Day 2019.

Think about it.

The more you THINK about it the more you will see the benefits and joy.

The Joy of Thinking.


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I Wrote A Book For IBM’s ‘Think 2019’ — Advocating A ‘Think A Day’ For Each & Every Day Of 2019.

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IBM & I, in our own separate ways, were into ‘THINKING‘ before our paths intersected in 1974. I was thinking well ahead of joining IBM, and IBM was encouraging folks to think decades prior to my birth.

IBM did not encourage me to think, but working there made me truly appreciate that THINKING was a good thing.

I am glad that IBM is having a ‘Think 2019‘ Conference.


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