MEANING: (noun)
NiFi is a system of enhancing data through filtering with the help of point source security. It was developed by the National Security Agency to enhance and boost the underlying capacities of the host system NiFi is operating on. NiFi’s main purpose is to automate the data flow between two systems. This facilitates better flow of data between two systems, one of which is creating data while the other is consuming it.

NiFi is built on the philosophy of ensured and guaranteed deliveries. It works by effective load spreading and providing high transaction rates. It supports buffering and can queue the data until the data reaches its intended destination. It also supports prioritized queuing in cases when there are exceptions that the largest, newest or some other data should be processed first.

The main goal of NiFi is thus to enhance the data flow between the two underlying systems on which it is running.

ETYMOLOGY: (American), Formerly Niagarafiles, Earliest documented use: before 2016.

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Turn off Cortana

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, Microsoft removed Cortana’s on-off switch. But it’s still there, if you know where to look. Use this tweak to make Windows search strictly local.

As with most things Windows, you can remove the search button or box completely if you’re really convinced you won’t use it. Right-click the taskbar and then click Cortana > Hidden.

On a system running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, you can use Group Policy to apply this setting across multiple machines in an enterprise network; on a single PC, use the local Group Policy Editor, gpedit.msc, to open the policy Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana and set it to disabled.

On a system running Windows 10 Home, you need to make a manual edit to the registry. Find the key HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search (you might need to create this key if it doesn’t exist), and then create the DWORD value AllowCortana and set it to 0.


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Knock Knock

Knock Knock! Who’s There?


Abbott who?

Abbott time you answered the door!

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Private Internet Access VPN

Private Internet Access VPN
Operating Systems: OSX/WIN/NIX/IOS/Android/DD-WRT

Pros: One-click activation and connection. Ad blocking. Advanced features. Fast performance. Multiple payment options. Supports P2P file sharing and BitTorrent. Multi-platform support. VPN Kill Switch.

Cons: Very little feedback about errors. No way to select specific servers. Very minimal interface.

Bottom Line: If you can live with its minimalist interface, Private Internet Access offers just about every VPN feature you could want, at a great price.

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It Might Be Cleaner

After trying to for hours to get my daughters to clean their room, I burst in and yelled, “GET THIS ROOM CLEAN NOW, BEFORE I HAVE A COW!!!”

My youngest daughter (3 years old) looked at me with a very puzzled expression and said, “You mean you’re going to get rid of us and have a cow instead?”

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Pokemon Go

You have probably heard about the new Pokémon app. It’s going viral and sends people on the street to catch these little virtual creatures. There are some risks if you have the “gotta catch ’em all” fever.
First, please stick to the vetted app stores, do not download the app from anywhere else. Why? Bad guys have taken the app and infected it with malware, and try to trick you downloading it from untrustworthy websites.
Second, anyone using the app, and especially kids should be VERY aware that they are not lured into a real-world trap which could lead to mugging or abduction. Other players can track you in the real world using this app so be careful.
Third, there are possible privacy issues if you use your Google account to log into the app. Create a throw-away account and use that to log into Pokémon, not your private or business account.
Last but not least, Pokémon is a no charge app and do not fall for emails that claim you have to buy an upgraded version for a monthly fee!
As always, Think Before You Click!

Pokemon Go
Fun AR implementation. Addictive gym battles. Convinces kids (and adults!) to get up and moving. Encourages social interaction. Huge potential for growth and improvement.

Change your name
Until now, if you wanted to change your name on Pokemon Go you needed to plead with Niantic’s customer support.

Pokemon Go: How to Get Started and Catch ‘Em All
Pokemon Go has virtually nothing in the way of in-game help or instructions. Here’s how to get catching.
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Things you should avoid doing in Pokemon Go
In just under a week, Pokémon Go was downloaded an estimated 7.5 million times in the U.S. alone. Fans have gone wild for the augmented-reality game, which sends potential trainers out into their neighborhoods and communities on a quest to catch ’em all. The massive popularity of the app means there’s already been abundant feedback from the player base about problems with the game. We’ve prepared a list of some of those problems, as well as a few real-life issues that trainers have encountered along the way. Check ’em out in our video above or keep on scrollin’, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos about your favorite games!

UPDATED: 18 Hidden Tips for Pokemon Go Fanatics
PCMag now has even more tips and tricks that will help you become a Pokemon Go Master.

17 tips for Pokemon Go
Want to train Pokemon like a pro? Here are 17 tips to get you out there catching ’em all.
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Advanced tips from people who play too damn much
Here’s how to become a Pokemon Master.
You already know the basics of Pokemon Go, and now you want to catch ’em all. Perhaps you’d like to have a snowball’s chance in hell of knocking down your neighborhood Pokemon gym as well.
You’ve come to the right place — we’re updating this post each week with the latest tips. Here’s what we wish we knew before we started playing this ridiculously addictive game.

Level fast with this technique

First, gather up a group of Pokeplayers for a leveling party. Next, drive (with the game off, of course) to an area that has multiple PokeStops in one small area.
Some places that typically have a high concentration of Pokestops are historical districts, town squares, tourist attractions and locations that have many churches in one area.
Once you’ve found a good spot, walk around and harvest all of the PokeStops for their goodies. Then, have one person set a lure at each PokeStop. Once the lures are in place, walk from PokeStop to PokeStop catching the hoard of Pokemon that appear.
Running out of Pokeballs or other items? Don’t worry. Setting a lure at a PokeStop makes it refresh with new items every couple of minutes. So, by the time you make a loop around all of the nearby PokeStops, they will be ready for you to spin again.
Collecting droves of Pokemon in a short amount of time will level you up quickly without a lot of searching, driving while Pokemon Go-ing (a big no-no) or buying gear like incense.

How to find Pokemon in Pokemon Go
Are you finding endless Zubats but no Squirtles, or no Pokemon at all near you? We have tips for tracking and capturing critters in Pokemon Go, including crowdsourced monster maps from Poke Radar and (would you believe) Yelp. Check out our guide to finding Pokemon, and come back later this week for tips on training your Pokemon.

Bonus: Rarer Pokemon

Be ready for your Pokeparty to be joined by dozens of other players. This is great, though. There’s a theory that the more people that are located in a PokeStop area, the more likely a rare Pokemon will be to show up.
I tested this theory. Sure enough, I was able to catch a Magmar, Exeggutor and a Nidorina in the span of an hour. While not the rarest Pokemon, they were a lot better than the dozens of Pidgey and Rattata creatures I usually get.

Pokemon Rarity

Engineers hack Pokemon Go by using a drone
An awesome video has emerged of a group of engineers using a drone to play Pokemon Go. The footage, captured on Sunday in San Diego, CA, USA, shows the men building a drone capable of playing the new augmented reality game. “Tired of walking around to capture Pokemon, our team of engineers and Pokemon enthusiasts built a quadcopter capable of capturing the little monsters from the Sky,” member of the team Radley Angelo wrote online. “The rig is 100 per cent functional, and we managed to snag three Pokemon from the air,” he added.
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Someone’s caught them all in Pokémon Go
Redditor ftb_hodor has done something that feels a looong way off for most of us – caught all the Pokémon in Pokémon Go.

The Only 2 ‘Pokémon Go’ Egg Hacks You Need to Know
by Ryan Craggs

There are enough Pokémon Go hacks out there to fast-track you to becoming a Pokémon Master — just don’t think it’ll be all Sunny Days and Ho-Ohs once you hit level 30. But on your way there, you’re bound to be walking a lot. And that means hatching eggs.

Do not hatch eggs without considering these two points first.

Wait to hatch 10km eggs
Since they seldom fall into your lap, don’t go wasting your good eggs and the rarest Pokémon by hatching them when your XP is low. Wait until you’ve leveled up a while, THEN hatch that Snorlax. And for kicks, here’s a Pokédex somebody put together to show you which Pokémon hatch from which eggs.


Use only your infinite incubator for 2km eggs
It’s not Team Rocket science; it’s just math. Let’s say you have another incubator besides your infinite one. You can either hatch three eggs in the limited one before it breaks, walking a total of 6km. OR, you can put a 10km egg in that thing, and walk 30km before it breaks.

Now, let’s say you put a 10km egg in the temporary incubator. In that same 10km, you could hatch five other eggs in your unlimited incubator.

Again, it’s simple advice, but if the egg incubator ain’t broke… well, I guess you can’t really fix it anyway. You’d just have to buy a new one. But you get the idea.
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Guaranteed 1,000+ CP Evolutions
Looking to get the most out of your Pokemon GO roster? Don’t waste valuable Stardust or Candy, and don’t keep Pokemon with poor CP stats. Only capture Pokemon at certain CP levels to maximize your CP gain during evolutions — we’ve got all the numbers in the list of Pokemon below.

How to Get Coins
Coins are the currency of Pokemon GO, and if you’re hoping to take advantage of all those items in the shop, you’re going to need plenty of coins. Naturally, coins can be purchased for real-life cash (this is a free-2-play app after all) but that absolutely isn’t required. If you play your cards right, there’s no need to purchase coins with your hard-earned cash. Learn the best ways to earn cash with our complete guide below.

PokeCoins for free
If grinding for the items you need in Pokemon Go is getting old, you can buy them in the Shop. Poke balls, incense, lucky eggs, incubators, lures, storage and bag upgrades need to be purchased with PokeCoin, though. You have the choice of spending real money to purchase PokeCoins, but if you’re low on cash you can earn PokeCoin just by playing the game.
As of right now, there is only one way to earn PokeCoin; that may change as updates are added.

Save Pokemon when the game freezes
One of the biggest frustrations of Pokemon Go is losing a fresh catch due to the game freezing.
You know what I’m talking about.
You finally find the Pokemon you’ve been searching for, successfully catch it, but just as the game announces “Gotcha!” the whole thing freezes. When you close out the game and restart it, your new Pokemon is nowhere to be found.
The next time this happens, suppress the urge to throw your phone and take these steps:

  • As soon as the game freezes, go to your phone’s Settingsmenu or the fast menu (your Control Center, on iOS) and turn on Airplane Mode.
  • Go back to Pokemon Go and close the game.
  • Wait until the game says that it has lost its internet connection.
  • Restart the game.
  • Turn off Airplane Mode.
  • Check your bag for your newly captured Pokemon.
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    Pokemon ‘capturing’ people
    BASEL, Switzerland (UPI) — A group people dressed as Pokemon mascot Pikachu sought revenge on Pokemon Go players in Basel, Switzerland, as the city hoped to use the game’s popularity to attract tourists.
    A prank video shared to YouTube by fadeoutTrashTV showed the group dressed in Pokemon-themed unitards “taking revenge” on citizens for playing the smartphone game Pokemon Go by bombarding them with human-sized pokeballs.
    The group used a large slingshot to launch the giant inflatable balls at unsuspecting bystanders, often seen carrying their phones.
    A link in the video takes viewers to a tourism website, which lists various locations around Basel for tourists to catch monsters in Pokemon Go.
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    Turning hydrogen into a metal

    Like modern day alchemists, scientists are attempting to transform a common element into a precious metal. This isn’t about making lead into gold, but turning elemental hydrogen into a different, never before seen form of hydrogen. Scientists are tantalizingly close to producing the first samples of solid metallic hydrogen using powerful lasers, electrical impulses, and other cutting edge equipment. It’s no simple feat, but it could have huge implications for humanity if they’re successful.

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    Seagate’s 60TB SSD

    Seagate recently unveiled a new solid state drive that has 60TB capacity. The new drive is a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD, and was displayed at the Flash Memory Summit.
    The bar for solid state drive (SSD) capacity has officially been set, and Seagate is the company that set it. At the 2016 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA, Seagate displayed its new 60TB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD, the world’s highest capacity SSD.

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    Basic Training

    Seargeant: When you are scared, what do you do?

    Recruit: Keep on fightin’

    Seargeant: Good for you. And now they shoot off your right ear…what then?

    Recruit: Keep on fightn’!

    Seargeant: Excellent. But now they also shoot off your left ear, what then?

    Recruit: Then I can’t see.

    Seargeant: Can’t see? what school did you come from?

    Recruit: Well seargeant, when both my ears are gone my helmet falls down…over my eyes.

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    Star continues to defy explanation

    The star KIC 8462852 sits 1,480 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It’s an unassuming object at first glance, but it became a hot topic in astronomy last year when data from the planet-hunting Kepler telescope showed something causing fluctuations in the light coming from KIC 8462852 (nicknamed Tabby’s Star, after the astronomer who led the original team). It wasn’t a planet, and some speculated that what we were seeing was evidence of a massive alien megastructure.

    As much as scientists have tried to come up with a more plausible cause, Tabby’s Star continues to defy explanation. A new report now confirms that in addition to fluctuating, Tabby’s Star has been getting dimmer overall. It’s as if the star is slowly being enveloped.


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