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  • Were Copper Thieves to Blame For Detroit’s Massive Highway Floods?

    08/16/2014 7:06:05 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 22 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | August 15th 2014 | Ashley Herzog
    Were Copper Thieves to Blame For Detroit’s Massive Highway Floods? On Monday, as storms rolled across Southeastern Michigan, highways throughout the Detroit area became so flooded that over 1,000 cars were abandoned as their owners fled for higher ground. At least two people died, and it could be several more days before all the highways reopen. The possible cause of this unprecedented disaster? Copper thieves, says CBS Detroit.
  • Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

    08/03/2014 3:03:28 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 173 replies ^ | Aug 03, 2014 | Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines
    Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick. Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic. The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital.
  • London Celebrates The Monty Python Reunion By Putting A 50-Foot Dead Parrot In Potters Field Park

    07/17/2014 6:01:06 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    Co.Create ^ | July 15th 2014 | Dan Solomon
    Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue. Lovely plumage. The Monty Python reunion in London began on July 1, and after a 10-day break, picks up again tonight at the O2 Arena for the final five nights that will see Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin on the same stage together, doing silly things one more time.
  • Linux Ubuntu question for my older windows laptop.

    04/06/2014 1:04:45 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    4-6-14 | Me
    I got an older Compaq Presario Laptop and I've been toying with the idea of putting Ubuntu on it. I was wondering if I would need to totally wipe the HD to get Ubuntu to run properly or can I install it while leaving Windows 7 on and it will still run OK. I am going to get a new laptop eventually but am in no hurry so it would be nice to still keep windows But I can manage for now without it being I use my Entertainment System Computer most of the time. Thanks in advance for any...
  • Magnitude 8.0 quake off Chile sparks tsunami warning along Latin America's Pacific coast

    04/01/2014 5:27:30 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 249 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-1-2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive magnitude 8.0 earthquake on Tuesday off the coast of Chile, near the mining port of Iquique, sparked a tsunami warning for all of Latin America's Pacific coast, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," it said.
  • iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update...

    03/15/2014 10:19:49 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    Mail Online ^ | March 15th 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Full Title: iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update that's draining their batteries, erasing their contacts, and flipping their keyboards With every new I-phone software update comes the potential for problems and the iOS 7.1 released on Monday is no exception. Customer's say it's killing their phone batteries among other pesky glitches. The iOS7.1 is the first major update to Apple's newest operating systems for iPhones and iPads and the apple community is lamenting poor battery charges, disappearing contacts, bad Bluetooth connections, keyboards oriented the wrong way, and the list goes on, reports the Huffington Post.
  • Hollywood Continues to Flee California at Alarming Rate

    03/07/2014 8:14:48 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 59 replies ^ | 3/7/2014 | Dave McNary
    When Paul Audley took the job as president of FilmL.A. in late 2008, he was astounded to discover that physical production on the $70 million pic “Battle: Los Angeles” wasn’t being done in Los Angeles. “It stunned me that the movie was shooting in Louisiana, and that the state of California was letting this happen,” he recalls. In the subsequent five years, the situation has only worsened, despite the film production incentive program California enacted in 2009, which provides for $100 million a year in tax credits for what’s usually 20% of production costs. That’s significantly smaller than programs offered...
  • Man called Bitcoin's father denies ties, leads LA car chase

    03/06/2014 7:29:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies ^ | 3/6/2014 | Aron Ranen and Brandon Lowrey
    (Reuters) - A Japanese American man thought to be the reclusive multi-millionaire father of Bitcoin emerged from a modest Southern California home and denied involvement with the digital currency before leading reporters on a freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press. Satoshi Nakamoto, a name known to legions of bitcoin traders, practitioners and boosters around the world, appeared to lose his anonymity on Thursday after Newsweek published a story that said he lived in Temple City, California, just east of Los Angeles.
  • American Bitcoin exchange CEO found dead in her Singapore home after suspected suicide at age 28

    03/05/2014 12:07:57 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 5 March 2014 | Daily Mail Reporters
    The American CEO of an exchange for the troubled bitcoin digital currency has been found dead after a suspected suicide at her home in Singapore. Wisconsin native, Autumn Radtke, 28, was discovered inside her apartment on February 28 and officials in the South East Asian city state are now waiting for toxicology test results to determine the exact cause of death. Douglas Adams, the non-executive chairman of First Meta confirmed that his colleague had passed away in a statement which said the company was 'shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke.' The death...
  • Snow Test Video We need Science Minded FReepers to figure this out!

    01/30/2014 9:18:27 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 84 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Lots of youtubers
    OK this is really strange. there is a growing number of videos showing up on youtube of people getting snow and putting a lighter or open flame to it and the snow turning black and far too little water is formed out of the snow. Here is the first video I saw Snow test Here are some others: What is this snow?!?! Georgia Fake Snow WTF Snow? IS THIS SNOW? There are lots more on Facebook and vines and such... OK many people are convinced it is chemtrail related I never believed in such things. But what concerns me is...
  • Man, 30, dies during EIGHT HOUR wait in an emergency room after going in for a rash

    01/26/2014 12:39:19 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 65 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 25 January 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    One New York man went to the hospital for a rash and died in the waiting room during an 8-hour-wait for care. 30-year-old John Verrier went to St.Barnabas Hospital's ER for a rash on Sunday nigh at 10 p.m. At 6:40 in the morning, a security guard discovered a dead 30-year-old John Verrier slumped over in his chair. A worker from St.Barnabas Hospital says that he was cold, blue, and stiff and says that he may have been dead for several hours.
  • Supreme Court to Decide If One Person Can Buy Gun For Another

    01/22/2014 4:33:05 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 182 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 22, 2014 10:24 AM | Fox News Insider
    The Supreme Court will decide whether or not it should be a crime for someone to purchase a gun for another person if both are legally allowed to possess a firearm.
  • Brady: ‘I Could Care Less About Watching’ The Super Bowl

    01/22/2014 3:28:15 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 75 replies
    CBS Local Connecticut ^ | January 22, 2014 10:24 AM | CBS Connecticut)
    HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — Tom Brady won’t be one of the millions of people watching the Super Bowl. Speaking to WEEI a day after the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game, Brady admitted he will not be sitting in front of a television to see the Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2.
  • Shutdown slowdown? Job creation soars in October

    11/08/2013 5:41:31 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 34 replies ^ | Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 8:34 AM ET | Jeff Cox
    Forget the shutdown: Job creation surged in October despite dimmed expectations from the impasse in Washington. There were a net 204,000 new jobs created for the month, though the unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent The numbers easily topped economist expectations of 120,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs for the month, though it matched estimates for a slightly increase in the headline jobless rate.
  • Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed dies at 71, report says

    10/27/2013 12:00:36 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 77 replies ^ | October 27, 2013 | Foxnews
    Lou Reed, the frontman of the rock band the Velvet Underground, has died at age 71, according to a report from Rolling Stone magazine. The Velvet Underground became one of the most influential bands in rock music by fusing art and music through its collaboration with Andy Warhol in the 1960s, Reuters reports. The magazine did not say how Reed died and his representatives could not immediately be reached.
  • Police respond to reports of shooting at Nevada middle school

    10/21/2013 10:17:09 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 11 replies AP ^ | October 21, 2013 | Associated Press
    SPARKS, Nev. – Police are responding to reports of a shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada. A Sparks police dispatcher says the call came in at 7:16 a.m. Monday. Sparks police spokesman Rocky Triplett told the Reno Gazette-Journal that a suspect is in custody.
  • Washington Navy Yard shooting: Capitol Police to review response

    09/19/2013 2:59:58 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sept. 18th 2013 | Debbie Siegelbaum
    Washington DC's Capitol Police have ordered a review into a BBC report that an armed police team was ordered not to respond to Monday's mass shooting. A tactical response team from the force was told by a supervisor to leave the scene instead of aiding municipal officers, police sources told the BBC. The Capitol Police sources suggest they could have saved lives had they been allowed to go in. Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. In a statement on Wednesday, the US Capitol Police Board said the force's Chief Kim Dine had asked it to...
  • HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio

    09/04/2013 5:13:14 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 11 replies ^ | Sep 4th, 2013 | Richard Lawler
    Only just after it leaked out, the folks at HDMI Licensing are announcing HDMI 2.0 officially. Arriving just in time for the wide rollout of a new generation of Ultra HDTVs, it adds a few key capabilities to the connection standard. With a bandwidth capacity of up to 18Gbps, it has enough room to carry 3,840 x 2,160 resolution video at up to 60fps. It also has support for up to 32 audio channels, "dynamic auto lipsync" and additional CEC extensions. The connector itself is unchanged...
  • All Nasdaq markets halting trading due to processor issue

    08/22/2013 10:56:51 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 44 replies ^ | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | CNBC
    Traders waited nervously Thursday for the Nasdaq to begin trading after its largest intra-day shut in recent memory. "When everyone comes back online at the same time that's when even more dangerous things can happen in the marketplace," said Sal Arnuk, the co-founder of Themis Trading. The Wall Street Journal pointed to Apple as a good example of the chaos that could ensue. The tech giant's stock plunged shortly before the Nasdaq glitch. The Nasdaq earlier halted trading in all securities Thursday until further notice due to a problem affecting quote dissemination. Dozens of publicly traded companies, including high-profile companies...
  • Remembering Robert Johnson On The 75th Anniversary Of His Passing

    08/16/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    Robert Johnson Blues Foundation ^ | AUGUST 16, 2013, 1:20 pm | Robert Johnson Blues Foundation
    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of Robert Johnson. In honor of the world's most influential blues artist, here is one of only three identified photographs of him. This image was later used to create an official Robert Johnson postage stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1994.
  • Hooters Girl Hula Hooper - Unbelievable

    08/13/2013 9:14:55 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 61 replies
    Hooters Youtube ^ | May 11, 2012 | HootersRestaurants
    THIS "Hooters Girl Hula Hooper - Unbelievable" is why I LUVS my internets!
  • Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks

    08/13/2013 6:25:04 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 38 replies
    Youtube NBCActionNews ^ | 8/13/2013 | NBCActionNews
    “Warning” If you, your kids or grand kids take pics from your phone—WATCH THIS: YOUTUBE: Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks
  • U.S. Adds Just 162,000 Jobs in July, Rate Falls To 7.4%

    08/02/2013 6:07:04 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 79 replies
    Fox Business ^ | Aug. 2, 2013 | Dunstan Prial
    The U.S. economy added just 162,000 jobs in July, well below expectations and not nearly enough to alter the Federal Reserve’s plan to maintain its easy money policies for the foreseeable future. The headline unemployment rate fell slightly to 7.4%, according to figures released Friday by the Labor Department, down from 7.6% in June. Economist had predicted an increase of 180,000 jobs and a 7.5% unemployment rate.
  • The new GDP methodology: What you need to know

    07/31/2013 7:40:43 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | July 31, 2013 | Steve Goldstein
    The Commerce Department has made changes to how it calculates gross domestic product, designed to have the data better reflect the so-called knowledge economy. The U.S. government adjusted data all the way back to 1929, and other countries have or are about to make similar changes to their data.
  • US economy grows at 1.7 pct. pace in 2nd quarter

    07/31/2013 5:57:57 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 28 replies
    AP ^ | July 21st 2013 | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy grew from April through June at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.7 percent, as businesses spent more and the federal government cut less.
  • America's Dumbest Banks: Bank Repos Wrong House, Destroys Contents, Then...

    07/30/2013 6:50:20 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 27 replies ^ | July 27th 2013 | Rick Ungar
    Full title: "America's Dumbest Banks: Bank Repos Wrong House, Destroys Contents, Then Refuses To Pay Owner's Losses"Katie Barnett, a 36 year old nurse from McArthur, Ohio, made the mistake of taking her family on a two week trip last month, never realizing when they left home that they would return to find the family residence ransacked, emptied and, for good measure, the locks to the doors changed. A burglary? Or maybe, as the local police theorized, the work of squatters who had taken advantage of the open domicile to have a two-week vacation of their own? It turns out, the...
  • Bank breaks into woman’s home, steals her stuff (Update on the story)

    07/25/2013 8:59:06 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 42 replies
    The ^ | July 25th 2013 | Glenn Beck
    Glenn promised that TheBlaze would continue to cover this story until the bank rectifies the situation. “First National Bank in Wellston, Ohio, I would recommend that you do the right thing. And it’s really shameful that you have to be shamed into it, and I would recommend that all those who have accounts with the First National Bank in Wellston call the bank and say, “What are you doing?” I mean, I’m doing business with you because you’re a local bank. Stop being a dirtbag. Do the right thing. Settle with these people. And if you haven’t, on Monday we’re...
  • Bank Breaks Into Ohio Woman’s Home, Repossesses Her Belongings – But...

    07/24/2013 8:19:52 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 24, 2013 6:30pm | Becket Adams
    Full title: "Bank Breaks Into Ohio Woman’s Home, Repossesses Her Belongings – But That’s Not the Most Shocking Part of the Story"Having your belongings repossessed by a bank is an awful experience, but it’s probably a lot worse when it’s done by accident. That’s what one central Ohio woman claims happened to her. “Katie Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston foreclosed on her house, even though it was not her bank,” reports. “They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street,” Barnett explained. Barnett added that she was away when the...
  • #nojustice Trending on Twitter

    07/13/2013 10:09:29 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 47 replies
    Here is some of the idiocy so far: Miley Ray Cyrus ‏@MileyCyrus No justice. No peace. ✌🙏💔 Nev Schulman ‏@NevSchulman 16m Guns don't kill people, people with guns kill people. #GunControl #NoJustice 911 Operator ‏@911BUFF 21m CROWDS OF ABOUT 250 PEOPLE SCREAMING ON THE STREETS IN WASHINGTON DC 'NO JUSTICE' AFTER GEORGE ZIMMERMAN'S VERDICT. #911BUFF Chris Rock ‏@chrisrockoz 29m Biggest irony is that George Zimmerman will never be able to go out in public without a hoodie ever again. #nojustice #RipTrayvonMartin Shawn Fraser ‏@sfshawn 45m Wow #Florida. Shoot a ceiling to warn abusive husband, you get 20 years. Shoot...
  • NY Giants WR Tweets: 'Zimmerman Doesn't Last a Year Before the Hood Catches Up to Him'

    07/13/2013 8:54:52 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 87 replies ^ | 13 Jul 2013, 7:47 PM PDT | Breitbart Sports
    After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz sent a threatening tweet that has since been deleted from his account. He tweeted, "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him."
  • Activist arrested after loading shotgun in Freedom Plaza

    07/10/2013 10:38:28 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 23 replies
    Washington ^ | July 10, 2013 | Andrea Noble
    A controversial Internet talk show host was arrested at his home in Herndon on Tuesday night after a videotaped July 4 stunt in which he loaded a shotgun in the District’s Freedom Plaza — a violation of the city’s gun laws. Information about the arrest of Adam Kokesh was posted on his blog late Tuesday night. The Herndon Police Department confirmed Wednesday that Mr. Kokesh was arrested on a federal warrant but could not provide information about the nature of the charges. Video of the infraction. (Warning some profanity)
  • Fear Of Gang Violence Cancels Richfield 4th Of July Carnival

    07/04/2013 3:57:18 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 21 replies
    CBS Minnesota ^ | July 3, 2013 | Aristea Brady
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Fourth of July tradition that’s been around for decades is canceled this year because police fear it draws gangs. Police urged the City of Richfield to cancel its annual Fourth of July Carnival at Veterans Park. “I was kind of bummed,” said resident Maria Casillas, “because every year we come out to the carnival.” Casillas thinks it’s ridiculous for the gangs to ruin the carnival for her, her two children and other families. Lt. Mike Flaherty of Richfield Police says a number of gangs from north Minneapolis came to the Richfield Carnival last year and police...
  • Texas teen makes violent joke during video game, is jailed for months

    06/29/2013 4:33:02 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2013 | Robby Soave
    Texas teenager who has been in jail since March faces an eight-year prison sentence because of a threatening joke he made while playing an online video game. In February, Justin Carter was playing “League of Legends” — an online, multiplayer fantasy game — when another player wrote a comment calling him insane. Carter’s response, which he now deeply regrets, was intended as joke.
  • #NSACalledToTellMe trending on Twitter

    06/06/2013 10:53:34 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 5,357 replies
    Twitter Hashtag #NSACalledToTellMe ^ | June 7th 2013 | Me (Mad Dawgg)
    Twitter is running rampant with #NSACalledToTellMe tweets Here are some examples: #NSACalledToTellMe they need to use my bathroom -- the van's portapotty has exceeded its limit #NSACalledToTellMe Kudos on eating a salad with no dressing instead of The Blue Bell Rocky Road Icecream in my freezer. #NSACalledToTellMe they're not the NSA, don't know anything and would I please do the damn dishes. #nsacalledtotellme that my spare set of car keys fell in between the couch cushions! #NSACalledToTellMe to press 1 if my wiretapping experience was agreeable. If not, please notify next-of-kin of impending absence. #NSACalledToTellMe their data center is totally...
  • Longmire Season 2 Episode 2 “Carcasses”

    06/03/2013 7:39:41 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 15 replies
    TV Equals ^ | June 1, 2013 | (none listed)
    Longmire Season 2 Episode 2 “Carcasses” airs Monday, June 3 at 10 PM ET/PT. Episode Synopsis: Episode 2 “Carcasses” – When a body is found in a compost heap, the victim’s history of abusive behavior leads to a varied list of suspects. Walt and the team must cross county lines to track down the killer. Branch looks into Cady’s abrupt departure from Absaroka. Show Summary: A&E’s new original scripted series, “Longmire,” is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series follows its central character, Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor – The Matrix), the charismatic, dedicated...
  • Caption the Photo: Eagles OL Evan Mathis Peeing on IRS Building Sign

    05/16/2013 8:18:35 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 27 replies
    BSO ^ | Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 | RObert Littal
    I hope Mathis doesn’t owe any Taxes, because I am sure an audit is coming his way now. He is straight on Instagram flexing, Bleacher Report captured the photo before Chip Kelly makes him take it down and drink a protein shake (no more fast food in the Eagles camp).
  • Melt may explain Antarctica's sea ice expansion

    04/01/2013 7:03:44 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 28 replies
    Climate change is expanding Antarctica's sea ice, according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paradoxical phenomenon is thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves. This melt water has a relatively low density, so it accumulates in the top layer of the ocean. The cool surface waters then re-freeze more easily during Autumn and Winter. This explains the observed peak in sea ice during these seasons, a team from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in De Bilt says in its peer-reviewed paper.
  • At AMC, Zombies Topple Network TV

    03/04/2013 5:04:06 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 3, 2013 | DAVID CARR
    When a show about the walking dead on basic cable beats every network show in the ratings demographic that advertisers care most about, you have to wonder who the real zombies are. A zombie, after all, is something that continues to roam, and tries to devour all in its path even though its natural life is over — a description that does not sound that far-fetched when it comes to broadcast networks. During its run last fall, “The Walking Dead” was the highest-rated show among viewers 18 to 49, the most-sought age group, with a bigger audience than network winners...
  • U.S. economy grew 0.1% in fourth quarter

    02/28/2013 8:22:32 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 55 replies
    WSJ/Market Watch ^ | Feb. 28, 2013, 8:31 a.m | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The U.S. economy grew in the fourth quarter - but just barely - instead of contracting for the first time in three and a half years, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The U.S. expanded at a 0.1% annual rate in the last three months of 2012, better than the initially reported 0.1% drop but well below the third quarter's 3.1% pace.
  • Parrot Caught Singing Let the Bodies Hit the Floor (Youtube)

    02/27/2013 8:19:23 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 6, 2011 | Funnynetvids
    Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the floor Let the bodies hit the... floor! Beaten, why for (why for) Can't take much more
  • Net providers begin warning of illegal downloads

    02/26/2013 4:36:57 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 59 replies ^ | Monday, February 25, 2013 7:10 PM | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet users who illegally share music, movies or television shows online could soon receive warning notices from the nation's five major Internet service providers. The Copyright Alert System, organized by the recording and film industry, is being activated this week to target consumers using peer-to-peer software. Under the new system, complaints will prompt an Internet service provider — such as Verizon or AT&T — to notify a customer whose Internet address has been detected sharing files illegally. A person will be given up to six opportunities to stop before the Internet provider will take more drastic steps,...
  • Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

    02/13/2013 1:14:39 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 36 replies ^ | February 13, 2013 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
  • We just cut our Time Warner Cable TV service.

    02/11/2013 2:37:24 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    from inside my head | Feb. 11th 2013 | Mad Dawgg
    I've been 3 months trying to get TWC to come and get my defective DVR (we have 2) several calls promising they would come and they would adjust our bill blah blah blah. Then the new bill came and informed us we are getting a price increase so we talked it over and did some research. Our TV bill (We have their internet as well) was over 110 bucks a month. We realized we could get Hulu plus and receiver most of the shows we watch for about 9 bucks a month and the two shows we definitely watch that...
  • This is a test... (challenge)

    02/01/2013 1:34:53 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 46 replies
    My head. | Feb. 1st 2013 | Mad Dawgg
    This is a test... OK it is a challenge. I know there are multitudes of smart people who lurk and post here on FR. Well I've been dabbling in Ciphers and Codes. Why? Because a number of years back someone gave me the Cryptonomicon as a gift. It is a novel by Neal Stephenson. The story is hilarious yet based on actual historic fact. Places like Bletchley Park and people like Alan Turing loom large in the novel. If you are not familiar with the name or place it was where England broke the Enigma Code of the Germans in...
  • Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

    12/03/2012 9:13:00 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 5 replies ^ | December 3, 2012 9:02 AM EST | BRIAN MURPHY
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought Monday to quell worries about greater Internet controls emerging from global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from groups led by a high-powered U.S. delegation. The 11-day conference, seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown, highlights the fundamental shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the Internet.
  • The Pillbillies are getting desperate living in the Obamanation!

    12/03/2012 8:50:22 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 33 replies
    December 3rd 2012 | Mad Dawgg (Me)
    The Police were just at my door. They wanted to know if my security cameras were on. Some asshats just robbed the coin shop located about 10 yards from my front door. They walked in grabbed the old gentleman that owns the shop and beat him over the head and then robbed him in broad daylight. They got a lot of gold and silver coins and other collectable coins as well. For folks in a lot of cities this stuff happens all of the time. In our small town it is rare. Or should I say, it was rare. Then...
  • Only 12% of the world's population can solve this in under 30 seconds.

    11/29/2012 10:34:49 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 41 replies
    Only 12% of the world's population can solve this in under 30 seconds.Say the opposites of these words: 1. Always 2. Coming 3. Take 4. Me 5. Down Check your answers :here:
  • Amazon Kindle inches closer to iPad in tablet fray

    11/28/2012 4:59:31 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 64 replies
    WSJ/Market Watch ^ | November 27, 2012 | Dan Gallagher
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Inc. is expected to pick up share in the tablet market in the fourth quarter with strong sales of its Kindle devices, though Apple Inc.’s iPad will remain the dominant product line in the segment, according to a brokerage report on Tuesday. Analysts at Pacific Crest said supply-chain research shows increased production orders for the Kindle Fire HD, which Amazon (US:AMZN) now sells in a variety of sizes and configurations. The broker raised its forecast for the Kindle line, which is now expected to account for 13% of tablet shipments for the year compared with...
  • After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks

    11/07/2012 4:50:07 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 134 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 7, 2012 6:48pm EST | Louis Charbonnea
    (Reuters) - Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee's call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies. The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with...
  • Obama Says "When I Was President" At Debate

    10/17/2012 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 18 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 17, 2012
    President Obama spoke of being president in the past tense during last night's second presidential debate with Mitt Romney. (video ay link)