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PDF of graphics: Convert to Searchable and Text Copyable for Ubuntu 16.04 using OCRMyPdf

Manulife blacklist of health services providers provided in PDF but all pages are images. You therefore cannot copy or search the 22 pages.

Manulife blacklist of health services providers provided in PDF but all pages are images. You therefore cannot copy or search the 22 pages.

Our insurer, Manulife, has a list of health service providers, available on PDF, that are black listed. If you use any of them Manulife will not reimburse you. These companies go back to 2015. My doctor has recommended a provider near my house, so I wanted to check if the provider was blacklisted.

Pacific Mall on US 2017 Notorious Markets List for Global Piracy

Pacific Mall, the epicenter of the North Toronto, Scarborough and Markham Chinese locale, made the United States Trade Representative 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.

United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the findings of the 2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, also known as the Notorious Markets List (List). The List highlights 25 online markets and 18 physical markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.

China Now Refuses the West’s Plastic Waste

It had to happen sometime, and the time is now. As of 2017 Jan 01 China is refusing to accept a large proportion of the West’s plastic waste. Consumption in the West has depended on China for decades. Now China makes new pretty things, the West uses them, creates a lot of garbage, then ships a proportion of the garbage plastic back to China for recycling. This needs to stop, and I thank China for pushing us to a better solution to our rampant consumption.

Smartphone: Tool of Evil in China

Every tool used by humans can be used for good or evil. It is up to the individual to determine its use. Smartphones are some of the newer tools for modern living. Their longer-term implications for everyday use are as yet unknown. While we in the West, where I see this in Canada, take steps to preserve privacy, this is untrue in China. The Chinese government has turned the benign too of the smartphone into a personal tracking device for its own political purposes.

Hacked By An0n 3xPloiTeR, 8B0K3N H34R7, Team Pak Cyber Ghosts: Cyber Hack Forensic Examination

Hacked By An0n 3xPloiTeR And 8B0K3N H34R7 Team Pak Cyber Ghosts [P.C.G], main message screen with running footer 1

Hacked By An0n 3xPloiTeR And 8B0K3N H34R7 Team Pak Cyber Ghosts [P.C.G], main message screen with running footer 1

This hack suspended the hosting account and the web site as a malware infected account. The hack set up a malware attack for anyone who visited the site, specifically targeting Windows. I am still trying to figure out how they got in, This is a Pakistani-based attack, or so their message says. I’ll try to document as much as I can to help others in the same situation.

NoScript Plugin: Simple Instructions

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. The large clock means it is temporary and will be removed when the browser closes.

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. The large clock means it is temporary and will be removed when the browser closes.

NoScript 10.1.5.9 is a web browser plugin for Firefox that allows you to control what javascripts run on your browser. I find it a very effective tool that really does a good job, but was initially most discouraged because the instructions were complex and the tool is not so user friendly. This is a simplified set of minimal instructions that will get you started. If you need more than the basics then go read the complete official instructions.

Walmart Wastes Food that Customer Puts in Cart but never Bought

I was at my local Walmart today, in Toronto, Canada. Two customers in front of me was an elderly woman who had, in her cart a variety of soft goods items such as a small rug, a shirt, some toothpaste, but also some groceries such as eggs, and a 4L bag of milk. Unfortunately her credit card was denied, so she left her products at the checkout and walked away.

Firefox NoScript Plugin Problems: Unclear Documentation, bad UI

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. Click the large clock and it will turn into a small clock, which means it is now permanent and will be retained when the browser closes.

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. Click the large clock and it will turn into a small clock, which means it is now permanent and will be retained when the browser closes.

After a couple of sites I visit decided to use overly aggressive javascript I decided to try the NoScript plugin v10.1.5.9. This plugin, standard on the Tor browser, works quite well. Unfortunately when I close the browser my settings are all lost and I have to redo them. I tried to read the documentation, which is badly written and even tried to find the solution in a Google search. Finally I stumbled upon the FAQ from within the Firefox plugin area, from my browser and found a solution. I wrote some NoScript Plugin: Simple Instructions for myself.

China’s Voice Recognition Program for Chinese Surveillance

The Chinese government is using voice recognition in order to fingerprint criminals for tracking and prosecution. This should not be surprising. As usual a supposed “private company” with government ties is involved.

IFlyTek is portrayed in the Chinese media both as a technology innovator and as an ally of the government. Last year iFlyTek helped prevent the loss of about $75 million in telecommunications fraud by helping the police target scammers, according to The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party. Its article quotes a Chinese security official as saying collecting voice patterns is like taking fingerprints or recording people with closed-circuit television cameras, meaning the practice does not violate their privacy.

Baizuo, the White Left, coined by Chinese Netizens

An interesting term, coined by Chinese netizens, is baizuo 白左, which literally means “white left”. In a nutshell it is a derogatory term for Western people who care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment, and are blind to other, more realistic and pressing issues. I see our Canadian politicians clearly fitting into this category, and especially our PM. Political correctness, a need to show the world they are noble, benevolent and humanitarian. While it is true that much of these views fall on deaf ears in places like China, the relevance of the term is greater in countries such as Canada where these issues are raised, but undermine more important issues such as employment and trade issues. There should be balance between overly PC talk and reality. We are not there yet.