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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

WillAffleckUW Original IPCC report said 10 countries make 70 pct (141 comments)

The original IPCC scientific report stated that 70 percent of the climate change emissions were coming from just 10 countries, of which two of the largest were the US and China.

But they removed that, because then those countries might have to actually change their behavior and stop shipping US coal to China.

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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

WillAffleckUW Re:Or you can just use your cell phone (87 comments)

Because cellphones put so much less stress on the environment than a sheet of paper does.

Hey if you can't destroy Central African countries for rare earths, what good is life?

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Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

WillAffleckUW Or you can just use your cell phone (87 comments)

If you go to the University of Washington website and check today's news, you'll see a UW scientist developed an app so you can use your cell phone as a microscope.

It's an app.

You don't have to kill trees.

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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

WillAffleckUW Re:Actually, my SF from then was pretty accurate (272 comments)

oh, and we did have the Internet back then, I was using ARPA*NET at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. We had 110 baud modems and I think UBC had 300 baud.

So the Internet did exist, at least for those of us in Computer Science, Math, and Science.

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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

WillAffleckUW Actually, my SF from then was pretty accurate (272 comments)

The Science Fiction stories I wrote back then are fairly correct in terms of what 2020 would look like.

I had the planet suffering from technological disasters that had people working as serfs to heartless corporations, and never-ending war machines, with a planet that was heating up so much that plans to colonize Antarctica were underway.

My only incorrect guess was that fusion power would exist for slow multi-generation interplanetary spaceships sent to the moons of Jupiter.

Fusion is always 20 years in the future. Has been since I was born. Still is today.

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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

WillAffleckUW I write a check to Billionaires and Corporations (379 comments)

Since they only pay less than 10 percent tax maximum on their earnings, while the rest of us pay 2-3 times as much, I just write the check to them and cut out the IRS tax-subsidies-for-Billionaires middleman.

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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

WillAffleckUW Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

No, my point is that you can't choose three countries which work together to spy on their citizens - for example, choosing Canada, US, and UK would be self-defeating.

You need one in each region, so that the "odd man out" will be obvious when it "fails" to report a flaw the other two report.

2 days ago
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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

WillAffleckUW The main reason this can work (41 comments)

Is the availability of solar power, and the low energy need to run basic wi-fi

But one needs long-term trials showing survivability during storms and inclement weather events, as well as impacts on aviation due to mobile wi-fi.

The main design choice is between mobile wi-fi repeater platforms that communicate with satellites for a period of time, and ones that have a fairly long lifespan (2-3 years) and are mobile to locate at a specific region. If you keep things up in the air, stuff happens to them. In the New Zealand trials in remote areas, the lifespan was a bit short, so the cost per day of service depends on the weather.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

WillAffleckUW Re:What if we overcorrect? (338 comments)

Worldwide, yes.

In the US and Canada, no.

Growth in population masks some impacts. When measuring energy use and climate change impacts, we tend to focus on per capita measures.

By those standards, India has a far lower impact due to lighting than does China. Even though some of India's electricity comes from coal, their impact per person is much lower than China's impact per person.

Different regions have different changes and different optimal energy sources. The main problem is that many people try to do a One Size Fits All approach, but in reality each region needs to move to the 2-3 most optimal energy sources and implement changes that minimize their impact. For places where coal makes sense, the most optimal changes would not be electric cars, but rather high mpg cars, and improvements in building efficiency in heating/cooling and in coal power generation processes via cogeneration uses.

In other areas, as in most of the US, solar makes the most sense.

Especially in the South of the US.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

WillAffleckUW Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

True. I for one know that Australia and China definitely do.

My point is that you need to set it up so that you have three auditors for each part, each in a different "security" region.

And give them "unsafe" code words to embed in a place where other auditors can see if they have been compromised.

Has to be done in a sealed room without electricity, of course (or at least no circuits in) when you set up the code words.

Otherwise, we had the technology in the 80s to hear it, so I can guarantee we can still hear it.

Technically they would have to disrobe and shower and scrub if you really wanted to be safe.

(thinking about this makes it sound like an episode of Get Smart ....)

Verify. Then trust.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

WillAffleckUW Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

See, that's my point.

The audit needs to occur in a place that does not utilize the backdoors the NSA and GCHQ and other agencies are.

Which rules out Canada, the UK, and the USA.

At the bare minimum.

Verify. Then trust.

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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

WillAffleckUW Re:What if we overcorrect? (338 comments)

I recently read that at the same time light bulbs have gotten more efficient, total lighting power expenditure has gone up! Evidently, it's a combination of people using a lot more light when lighting gets cheaper to operate, and more ligthing being installed in general.

I can imagine if we start offsetting global warming we will produce more of its anthropogenic causes.

Not really. Electricity use is down due to more efficient lighting, and the cooler lighting generates less heat that needs to be cooled in buildings. But the problem is half the energy use is to heat and cool buildings. You change that with better insulation and things like LEED green buildings that use little to no energy to run themselves and keep a reasonable temperature. Like we do at the UW, where half of our campus is very energy efficient and all of our energy comes from green power sources (wind, solar, hydro). It's not hard and it saves a ton on the energy bills.

But you have to do it, not just talk about it.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

WillAffleckUW Re:What if we overcorrect? LA comparison (338 comments)

... trying to keep everything just like it is in the 1980s (or whenever) may do more damage than just letting it cycle naturally.

Oh yea, we want to go back to 1980? Shesh, does ANYBODY here remember what LA looked like in the 80's? Apart from all the women in big hair and the plaid suits going out of style? No, don't want to go back to the orange brown haze myself.

I remember, as a kid, flying into LA and seeing that thick brown layer over the entire valley.

Look, we had the Clean Air Act and it worked. The same goes for switching from tax-subsidized and tax-exempted Coal, Oil, and Gas to cleaner fuels. Get rid of the tax exemptions and remove the "grandfather" permits for inefficient old power plants. The market will self-correct to cheaper Solar fairly quickly, if you can provide low-cost capital in low-interest loans from part of the money we save by removing those inefficient tax subsidies for coal, oil, and gas.

2 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

WillAffleckUW Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

Technically, if an NSA backdoor existed in the codebase, you would be prevented from reporting it by an NSA letter, subject to immeadiate imprisonment and confiscation.

So, what we can say is that it's clean, insofar as they are permitted to report.

Verify, then trust.

2 days ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

WillAffleckUW Incorrect Analysis (338 comments)

Look, real climate change impacts are cradle to grave for power sources.

When done that way, nuclear fission causes water to heat, the mining process is extremely impactful, and the amount of risk and capital required make it no more efficient than reducing the impact of existing coal power plants by converting them to more efficient (as in double the output per ton of coal) by cogeneration.

The problem is really one of massive subsidies for wrong-headed energy sources.

Coal, oil, and natural gas.

Get rid of the tax exemptions for those and the below-market rate leases for drilling and exploitation and shipping and the market self-corrects.

Take the money saved by removing those exemptions and put it into low-cost 1 percent capital loans to build solar, wind, and micro-hydro power sources instead. The problem with those sources is coming up with the capital to switch, not the cost to operate (solar is already cheaper than everything except coal, for example, and that's with massive coal subsidies and tax exemptions).

2 days ago
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The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight

WillAffleckUW On top of a pyramid (144 comments)

Face it, if you can't do it right, you might as well not do it at all.

2 days ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

WillAffleckUW Just end all Oil Coal Gas tax exemptions (423 comments)

You can accomplish the same thing by ending all Coal, Oil, and Gas tax exemptions and below market rate leases for the same on public lands and oceans.

And then use the remaining cash after the deficit is all paid (about 4 times larger than the deficit) to literally provide low cost loans to US consumers and businesses to build solar, wind, and tidal energy nationwide. The main barrier is the capital cost to build these systems, not the operational costs.

Problem solved.

2 days ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

WillAffleckUW Re:Stopping a billionaire's car (324 comments)

Correction, Sweden's fines are fixed.

Only if you sped too much over the limit and you are charged with "reckless driving" (and convicted), you will get a fine based on your income.

So for "Normal speeding", no.

/C

What is the conviction rate for rich people compared to the conviction rate for poor people in the US?

That's the number we need to be concerned with.

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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

WillAffleckUW Re:Stopping a billionaire's car (324 comments)

Who do you think elects those officials? Ask SCOTUS - Billionaires do.

We're all peons in an Oligarchic Feudal system pretending to be a Democracy.

5 days ago

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IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 3 months ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "Infoworld reports IBM has a patent on an encryption method that, if implemented, allows you to process encrypted data without having to decrypt it first.

Called "fully homomorphic encryption," this encryption method patent may result in software products in the near future.

Normally, encrypted data must be decrypted entirely before any math or programming operations can be run. Homomorphic encryption (HE), however, lets you perform math directly on the encrypted data and have the results show in the underlying data.

From a security viewpoint, there is no need to decrypt any data and expose it to attack.Supposedly, programs (or entire VMs) could run while encrypted and exchange encrypted data between themselves while running.

Bruce Schneier in 2009 pointed out this is not a new technique: "Visions of a fully homomorphic cryptosystem have been dancing in cryptographers' heads for thirty years."

Schneier pointed out this technique could take longer to tun, but IBM claims that Victor Shoup and Shai Halevi of tT. J. Watson Research Center, claim to have taken Gentry's original breakthroughs and implemented them practically, with a released open source, GPL-licensed C++ library to perform HE, mostly meant for researchers working on HE.

"Hopefully in time we will be able to provide higher-level routines," writes Halevi.

Bob Gourley of CTOvision.com writes, "I have seen nothing in any of the research that makes me think a solution can be put in place that cannot be defeated by bad guys. And if that can’t be done then the solution will not solve any problems, it will just add processing overhead."

Since the implemented may not be that efficient, IBM has public challenges for its HE schemes, allowing successful attacks on the Gentry-Halevi implementation of HE to be examined in detail."

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When Twitter Went Down I (poll)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "(Poll)

When Twitter Went Down I:

(a) Fell into a pit of despair
(b) Laughed at our successful hack
(c) High fived the guys in my NSA team who did it
(d) Had a meal with my Chinese counterparts who took it down
(e) What's Twitter"

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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to InfoWorld, there has been a subpeona of L.G. Phillips over possible anti-competitive practices by them about LCD pricing. This would involve not just LCD monitors, but also their HDTV lines. First they were visited by the Korean Fair Trade Commission, then the Japanese Fair Trade Commission issued a notice to their offices in Tokyo, and now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a subpoena to their offices in San Jose, California.

Not only that, but apparently, in addition to the recent investigations of chip manufacturers and suppliers, this LCD investigation may spread to other companies."
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "I think Slashdot needs to wake up and smell the fact that most of us here want to buy a Wii, not a PS3.

To acknowledge that, they need to can the lame PS3 poll - dude, look at the stats, we ain't buyin it till it's less than $300 retail - and post a new post-PS3-rollout pre-Wii-rollout POLL:

Wii?
Got Mine Preordered
Launch Day
Christmas
Bought a PS3
Bought an xBox360, playing it!
When Spore comes out on the Wii
Never"
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to a cNet story, GameStop and EBX will be taking Nintendo Wii preorders for $50 down on Friday, Oct. 13. However, they also said "Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional preorders at that time," in an email.

On Tuesday they sold out of preorders for Sony new PlayStation 3 video game console, which is in tighter supply constraints. Severe shortages are expected for both the Wii and PS3 until the new year.

Nintendo said it will supply 4 million Wii units to US stores by year end, with Sony shipping 2 million PS3s, but a number of articles in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Fortune seem to indicate Sony will have a hard time shipping that many due to supply parts constraints."

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Thoghts on Ukraine and Crimea

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a month and a half ago

If I were the Ukraine, I'd sink my ships and block the Russian port right now.

Better than surrendering and there's nothing the Russians can do after that. The port becomes disabled for months.

Just ask the Japanese.

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submitted encryption story

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 3 months ago

FYI, if you want to mod it up or add keywords, I posted a story to slashdot.

http://slashdot.org/submission/3236635/ibm-patents-encryption-technique-to-run-unencyrpted-vms-and-programs

Just thought it was interesting.

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Bought a replacement GPU for my home machine

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

The old one was overheating way too much, running 70 C or higher and even shutting down, while my 8 core CPU and everything else ran 20 C to 30 C.

Oh well. Spent half as much as when I bought the current one, got 4 times the memory and double fans.

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FREEDOM! USA freed from NSA quartering troops in our cells

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

Today America was freed from Tyranny when the NSA was forced to stop quartering troops in our cell phones.

They still quarter troops in our PCs and xBox Ones though.

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UW U District station starting construction a year early

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

They are digging starting a week from Monday at the station next to the UW Tower, since they finished the light rail to UW Husky Stadium. Just some cosmetic shell work and testing to do on that part.

Can you FEEL it?

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Done with ENVS final

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 4 months ago

760 out of 1000 with a few extra bonus points before the exam - the exam is 240 total points so even if I did very badly I pulled a 4.0 and the three practice final exams were 88, 96, and 100 percent so highly unlikely I did badly.

Now for Calculus - again. God I hate that. Never use it. Never have used it. But, resistance is futile.

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Got my Sounders seasons tix

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

Section 214 out of the rain - my son will probably go to some of the games with me, but sometimes he has to work ...

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LG Phone Home

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

So, don't buy the LG sets - they phone home, with your personal browsing data, in DIRECT violation of my Constitutional Rights as both a US and a Canadian Citizen.

And you can't "click thru" or "sign away" Constitutional Rights in Canada.

THEFT IS THEFT!

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Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 6 months ago

So far having fun in my Environmental Science course, pulling an A+ down (yes, I know they don't do such things any more, but my high school transcript is filled with A+ grades).

Skipped four questions (meant to go back, forgot) on the last quizzam, so got a low mark of only 88 out of 100, 3rd highest in class (would have been highest if I hadn't spaced), but since I had accumulated 20 bonus points by having my teams win the last two jeopardy events, still have 8 points left over and a perfect score.

Looking forward to taking two courses after Thanksgiving finals, new calendar up in a few weeks so I can get permission from the instructors. Then I'll be halfway to the Graduate Non-Matriculated PhD entry.

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Another 9-11 another pointless war

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

If you actually cared about the extremist terrorists who have tried - unsuccessfully - to kill four of my direct relatives - brother, uncle, foster brother on 9-11 - and first cousin in Boston - you'd pull all the money we waste of Wars of Foreign Opportunity and spend it in America on BUILDING (not planning, building) solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power and defund them. But, hey, keep ignoring the real problem.

Note: I don't count the ones from when I did counter-terrorism ops - I chose that.

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What if they gave a war in Syria and we said No?

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

Look, I have nothing against using a drone attack on Assad himself, but I'm sick and tired of excuses for wars that end up being 99 percent fabrications after later analysis.

Take out Assad in Syria? Sure, go for it.

Start yet another unfunded war?

No. Heck no.

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No Sonics, just Hockey

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Well, everyone is upset at the Sonics decision.

Me, I was just hoping for a decent NHL team.

Hockey, that is.

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Allison on crutches both surgeries done

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, my cousin Allison is now mobile, on crutches, after both surgeries from the Boston Marathon explosion caused shrapnel to hit her knee and leg.

The largest piece of shrapnel was the size of her hand.

She should be fine in a few weeks, will get updates from my Aunt Yanna and Uncle Len Saari who are staying with her to help out while she recuperates.

Glad to hear the Vancouver Sun Marathon and the Nelson BC marathon report large increases in people signing up. Living in Fear is what the (probably domestic) terrorists want.

It was her first marathon.

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Allison in surgery for 2nd time today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,7 hours

She got thru the first surgery fine after the Boston Marathon bomb (she was 20 feet from the finish line when the first went off), and went in for surgery for her knee again today. Word is she is out of that.

Glad it's sunny.

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Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,1 day

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).

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Boston Marathon

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,1 day

So, my cousin Allison was in the Boston Marathon.

Still no word.

Trying to be positive, but so far my uncle (her dad) and my brother survived 9-11 even though they worked in the World Trade Center, so just hoping our family's luck is still golden.

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Now that the asteroid has hit

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Now that the asteroid has hit the earth, and everyone is dead, it's time to talk about how we're all going to deal with the Zombie Invasion in Canada.

Just waiting until I'm called up. Sigh.

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WA state just legalized MJ and gay marriage

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Boo ya.

12-6-12 is our new 4-20

Nobody puts muppets in the corner. Mess with PBS, die like the rest.

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Using SFTP in a web page (really dumb question)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 years ago

OK, so today I'm trying to write a web page to link a bunch of known files and transfer them to another location.

Due to HIPAA and VA rules this has to be a secure file transfer, encrypted.

When they get to our site, they have to login as a specific user. The user belongs to a group. The site forces HTTPS secure connection if they try to come in as HTTP.

So, normally, if I wanted to provide a link to a file I would go something like this:


get important file

Can I just use SFTP in place of FTP? Or if I specify FTP will it literally invoke FTP on the browser end? Since the entire thing is running under SSL2 for SSH is this just plain overkill?

Or am I just being extraordinarily clueless?

I ask, cause normally I write code that uses PHP and runs MySQL commands and literally builds the output files - CSV, XLS, etc - from scratch, and sets the transfer type and authentication level. But this is so primative - a literal ONE FILE TRANSFER LINK - that I can't remember what to do, as the last time I did something like that, not using FOPEN() and scanning a dir and popping an array and building stuff was like ages ago in Internet time, and back then we used FTP.

THANKS!

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