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General Discussion / Local Headlines
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:03:29 PM »
Sunday Evening, February 11, 2018:

Politics / 5th and 9th Districts
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:05:31 PM »
I know they Republicans changed the lines in order to keep the Democrats out, and they've done that, but they've also made it so we have no local representation anymore. Anyone here about our 5th District Rep declaring a run for re-election? I never even got a news release. Nothing here locally. I've never met the man and he's running for re-election. He's the only republican running so far and the 4 or 5 democrats that are running are so far up north I doubt they'll consider us worth the trip. I miss the Virgil Goode days. If there was a Volunteer Fire Department Breakfast or a Chamber luncheon, or a Board of Supervisor meeting that involved him, he was there - in person. I'd bet you could ask a 100 people in Henry County who the 5th District Rep is and they maybe 10 could tell you. Maybe not even 10.

I think I'm going to go to Buckingham County one weekend and do an ambush interview.  8)

Movies and Television / RIP John Mahoney
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:02:38 PM »
Martin Crane - one of my favorites, and a very underrated actor passed away today of brain disease, seizures, and lung cancer. RIP.

General Discussion / This is a Test
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:07:42 PM »
Someone tell me what this means. (There is a real - correct answer - no joke)

General Discussion / Where do they get these people?
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:03:30 PM »
Just had a lady from CenturyLink to call and wanted to confirm our location at...

"Chat - Thumb - High - Guts - Road"

I told her that's where Harry Callahan lives.

Politics / Let's solve the world's problems
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:14:50 AM »
Since we have opposing points of view here on the boards, this thread is aimed at crossing the divide and finding a solution. Let's take them on - one at a time - and see what we come up with that works for everyone.

Let's start with an easy one - the wall. The Donald says he's going to build a "real wall" while the young Kennedy in his response recently said his generation would "tear it down." Safe to say - some want a wall, others don't. Any plausible solution that serves both sides here? I've got one, but I'll hold out for you to offer yours first.

** Thread rule - we only take up one issue at a time and move to the next one once we've solved the one we're on. **


General Discussion / WYAT-TV
« on: February 03, 2018, 07:19:25 PM »

General Discussion / The Iranian Hacker
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:22:24 AM »
One of my servers (not the one this site is on) started getting back thousands of undeliverable spam emails. It appeared my server was sending out spam under my business domain! The company I have the server with did a deep scan and produced some questionable code embedded in a half dozen files. I cleaned it up and ran several scans myself and everything is clean now, but the undeliverable emails are still pouring in. I set a trap and it took several days, but this morning I got him:

At Saturday 3rd of February 2018 at 04:26:53 AM, a user with username "admin" who has administrator access signed in to your site.
User IP:
User hostname:
User location: Hamadan, Iran

I ran a search of the IP and it comes back to Iran Telecommunication Company PJS, Telecommunication Company of Hamedan.

Here's where the little bastard was when he hacked into my server:

Anyone interested in going with me to see the Khomeini Square? Maybe take a little detour down Ekbatan Street?

Maybe I could talk the military into giving me 15 minutes with one of those drones!

Politics / European Business Leaders Praise Trump
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:25:58 AM »

Movies and Television / Upcoming Movies
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:25:50 AM »

General Discussion / The "Optical Telegraph"
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:16:23 AM »

I just find this fascinating. I've never read "The County of Monte Cristo" and quite frankly had no idea what it was about other than a French novel written in the 1800's.

This article reminds me of a segment last Sunday on 60 minutes when they interviewed the famous spy novelist John le Carre. He was asked how he was able to keep up with modern spying given all the technology we have today. He said because of all the technology, spies who didn't get caught nowadays would never pass messages "via the ether" has he called it. He said "it was back to paper and pen." The safest and most secure way to make sure a message was received and not intercepted.

General Discussion / Cellphones that can keep their charge for months?
« on: January 23, 2018, 11:36:23 AM »
This is a bit technical, but the bottom line is this... cellphones could last months on a charge if this turns out to work as it appears.

General Discussion / Martinsville Daily
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:33:03 AM »
First of the year we started sending out a daily email with the headlines from Haven't promoted it because we wanted to get the bugs worked out, but it's running smoothly now. If you're interested in having the local headlines emailed to you once a day, just go to and sign up in the box on the right hand side. It's free and I promise we won't spam you. If you don't like it, there is a link at the bottom of the email where you can opt out. No fuss.

Politics / How long will the Government Shutdown last?
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:40:12 AM »
Everyone registered can vote one time. You're not allowed to change your vote.

General Discussion / Facebook
« on: January 20, 2018, 08:32:57 AM »
Ok, I've been reading about Mark Zuckerberg deciding to change the newsfeed on facebook in order to make it... well... less newsy. I wondered how this was going to shake out and this morning I read it explained. Take a look at this:

If there’s anything we learned from the advent of “fake news” and its spread across social media at alarming rates, it’s that most people have abysmal media literacy, and struggle when tasked to separate verified information from hogwash.

We could try to make that decision ourselves, but that’s not something we’re comfortable with. We considered asking outside experts, which would take the decision out of our hands but would likely not solve the objectivity problem. Or we could ask you — the community — and have your feedback determine the ranking.

We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.

Did I read this correctly? People can't tell the difference between fake news and real news so they are going to let the people who can't tell the difference determine what is and what isn't?

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