First Ring Daily 1272: If You Have Been

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On this episode of First Ring Daily, another trip for the future, Apple locks it down, and M2 on Friday.

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  • bluetoothfairy1

    07 July, 2022 - 2:38 pm

    <p>Perhaps stating the obvious, but if you haven’t already Brad, do get the Annual Pass (America the Beautiful) from the NPS website. Well worth the eighty bucks and if you go to more than one park with three people, it will pay for itself on your second park!</p><p>I think you said you did Bryce (Silent City is gorgeous), but I definitely recommend you put Arches on your bucket list! That was my most favorite after Bryce and Antelope Canyon – which was on top of my list as a photographer.</p><p>Early September is the best, weather and crowd-wise</p>

  • arjay

    07 July, 2022 - 6:49 pm

    <ol><li>You NEED the annual park pass for this trip. Much cheaper than paying for each park, and if you go to any other US Fee area in the year following when you buy it, you’ll get in free. Last I knew, you can get the annual pass when you pull up to the first entrance station. Check at the ups.gov site.</li><li>I’ve been to all these places. Our epic CA trip was: Fly to Las Vegas (cheap flights) and rent a Grand Cherokee for 2 weeks; drive through Death Valley (stark but beautiful), go north to Sequoia (great), Kings Canyon (pretty enough, but just an in-out road and I wouldn’t go there again), Yosemite (as great as you can imagine, but crowded). We took the Tuolumne Meadows road north and west to Mono Lake (weird and beautiful, where the Clint Eastwood film "High Plains Drifter" was made) and on to Bodie State Park, which is an amazing ghost town because many of the buildings are preserved as they were when everybody left. From Yosemite, you can make your way through the gold mining country back down to SF, but if you go north of the bay, you can drop south into Muir Woods (the redwoods Paul was remembering) and from there you can visit the Marin Headlands, where you can get a cool view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If it’s still possible, you can park by the bridge and walk out to the center; my kids loved that.</li><li>When we got back to San Francisco, we went down to Monterey, Big Sur and into Los Angeles. You’ve seen movies and tv shows filmed along that highway, and it’s as beautiful as you might imagine. From Los Angeles, we drove out through Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve, and back to Vegas for the trip home.</li><li>After we got back, somebody told me I should not have rented the Jeep at the LV airport; they have some kind of punitive tax that you don’t incur if you do it off airport property. You might want to check on that for the SF airport.</li></ol><p><br></p><p>If you have any specific questions, contact me.</p>

    • bluetoothfairy1

      07 July, 2022 - 8:21 pm

      <p>Adding Bodie to my list! Cheers!</p>

  • arjay

    07 July, 2022 - 6:50 pm

    <p>That would be the NPS.gov site. Stupid auto-correct, no ability to edit the post.</p>

  • arjay

    07 July, 2022 - 7:33 pm

    <p>Also, Mono Lake and Bodie are north and EAST of Yosemite.</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2022 - 12:55 am

    <p>It is for people like journalists working with whistelblowers or in countries where they might be targeted by the government, human rights organisations, like Amnesty International, country leaders etc. that are currently targeted with the likes of the Pegasus trojan, which would be sent to unsuspecting users’ phones via a text message with payload, that would cause the phone to install it.</p><p><br></p><p>The lockdown works by disabling features like people being allowed to message you or facetime you, unless you call them first and not downloading or opening attachments to messages etc.</p><p><br></p><p>That makes it very inconvinient for the average user. The problem is, these tools, like Pegasus, use zero-day exploits that Apple know nothing about, until they are uncovered, so the phone can’t protect you against them, when it notices you are being attacked, because the attack is using a route the phone doesn’t know about, so it can’t detect it. Therefore the only option for people who want to be safe is to make the phone less useful and more inconvinient.</p>

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