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  • Xbox One won’t really get Cortana until 2016

    10/04/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | JC Torres
    Xbox's Major Nelson has just revealed another slew of features for the New Xbox One Experience, a.k.a. the NXOE, but this time around not all of them are good news. Well, to be fair, only one isn't. Despite having hyped about how Cortana will help gamers stay on top of things even in the middle of gaming, it seems that such gamers will have to wait a bit longer to experience that. When Microsoft releases NXOE later this year, Cortana will only be available as a preview, with a full rollout happening only next year. Delays are a fact of...
  • Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

    10/04/2015 8:03:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft admits that users of its Office for Mac 2016 suite are encountering frequent crashes and is working with Apple on a fix. 'We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,' says company manager. Microsoft has acknowledged that users of its Office for Mac 2016 application suite are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timeline for delivering an update. In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem. "We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on...
  • "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" Lloyd Keating & Elmer Feldkamp 1930

    10/03/2015 6:34:59 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Lloyd Keating
    Lloyd Keating & His Music (Ted Wallace ensemble) plays "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" (1930). Elmer Feldkamp is vocalist.
  • The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray (at 90) Fast, cool, simple. Repeat.

    10/02/2015 6:56:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 2, 2015 | Davin Clarke
    Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a significant moment for a man of Jobs' character, not prone to flattering the inventions or ideas of others. In return, Cray is said to have quipped that he'd bought a Mac to design the next Cray. Cray – who would have been 90...
  • "So Beats My Heart for You" Buckingham String Players

    10/01/2015 7:47:29 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Van Phillips
    "So Beats My Heart For You" is played by the Buckingham String Players (directed by Van Phillips) on Columbia CB-148, recorded on October 10, 1930. Lou Aberlado is the vocalist.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    10/01/2015 8:22:58 AM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 69 replies
    A while back, Libertarian27 provided a link to a Blue Cheese dip recipe that she had previously posted. I tried it this week, and it really is good; I used it on seasoned Chicken Lettuce Wraps and it went perfectly. Here is her link: I'm not sure I've posted this before, but it's a nice appetizer or side dish, and though not strictly 'low-carb friendly', you can cut down on the flour, or use a low-carb substitute: Zucchini Pancake Appetizers 3 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini ˝ tsp. salt 2 large eggs, beaten 3 T. all-purpose flour 1 Cup crumbled...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • Apple iOS 9 feature Wi-Fi Assist could lead to huge iPhone bills

    09/29/2015 5:40:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    CBC News Technology & Science ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | CBC News
    On by default, feature automatically switches to cellular signal when Wi-Fi is weak If you've upgraded to iOS 9, you should be aware that it comes with a new feature – enabled by default – that could make your next wireless bill a lot bigger. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches your phone from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That's helpful if you're in the middle of watching a video or some other task on the internet that you don't want interrupted by spotty Wi-Fi service. "But this also means eating through your 500 MB data...
  • Hikers Beaten Up by Mountain Bikers in Tyrol

    09/29/2015 12:09:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    A group of hikers in Tyrol were attacked by three aggressive mountain bikers on Saturday afternoon as they descended the Rumer Alm in the Innsbruck Land district. One of the hikers suffered multiple lacerations. Police told local media that five hikers were descending from the alm towards the valley at around 5.30pm when they were overtaken at high speed by a mountain biker. The group called after the biker that he should slow down - at which point he stopped and put one of the hikers in a stranglehold. The man struggled to free himself and the biker sped off...
  • Romain Grosjean confirmed at Haas F1 for 2016

    09/29/2015 9:56:35 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 11 replies
    ESPN F1 ^ | 9/29/2015 | Nate Saunders, ESPN F1 Assistant Editor
    The Haas F1 team has confirmed Lotus' Romain Grosjean will be one of two drivers for its debut season in 2016. At an announcement at the team's US base in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the Frenchman was unveiled as the team's first driver signing. Grosjean has driven for Lotus since 2012, while he also raced for the team in seven races during the 2009 season under the guise of Renault. Team owner Gene Haas said Grosjean's F1's experience was key for the team's first season on the grid.
  • Superhero Window Washers Surprise Kids at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

    09/28/2015 9:58:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Grime-fighting window washers, dressed as superheroes, joined forces to surprise kids at UC Benioff Children's Hospital Monday afternoon. "UCSF window washers are back at the hospital," the hospital tweeted around 11:45 a.m., with a photo of superheroes giving the building's windows a good wiping. The heroes waved at children as they washed windows. Some of the heroes children saw Monday were Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Ironman, Thor, The Flash, the Red Ranger power ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo and Shrek, UCSF spokeswoman Juliana Bunim said. The event is part of the hospital's child life services program, which aims to provide...
  • Windows 10 Core Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 (Trade in Linux for Windows?!? It's the IoT!)

    09/28/2015 8:35:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    Raspberry Pi Blog ^ | Sep 25, 2015 | Helen Lynn
    When we released Raspberry Pi 2 in February this year, we announced that Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for small Internet-of-Things devices that may or may not have a screen, would be available for the device. Since the Windows Insider release of Windows 10 Core in August, we’ve found that lots of people looking for a Pi 2 are arriving at sellers’ websites from sites catering for Windows developers. Many Windows developers are coming to Raspberry Pi for the first time; we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them, and we hope they’ll encounter much...
  • Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness (open source-friendly cloud services)

    09/28/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use Azure HDInsight – a managed service for Hadoop, Spark, Storm and Hbase. HDInsight was developed by Microsoft working with Ubuntu-shop Canonical and Hadoop spinner Hortonworks, Microsoft and Canonical said. In preparation for the preview Microsoft Monday threw the doors open on managed Linux clusters. Microsoft’s...
  • At Long Last, Somebody Finally Built a Fully Functional X-Wing Drone

    09/27/2015 10:35:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | Drew Prindle
    At this point, if you don’t know who Oliver C is, chances are pretty good that you’ve been living under a rock. Over the past few months, this guy has won the heart of the Internet with his awe-inspiring, fully functional, and totally badass replicas of popular Star Wars ships — and he’s showing no signs of stopping. Following up his previously shown Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter, and Imperial Destroyer drones, he’s back with a ship we’ve all been waiting for: The iconic X-Wing fighter. Keeping with the same formula he used in his previous spacecrafts, Oliver’s X-Wing (specifically an...
  • Common Feminist Myths Completely Debunked by Karen Straughan

    09/26/2015 11:33:37 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 17 replies ^ | 09/26/2015 | Steven Crowder
    "What Feminism has seemed to want to do is give women all the advantages that men have historically enjoyed but none of the disadvantages..." This week I had the most informative guest I've ever had on the program. It's worth your listen if you're looking to learn more about the roots of feminism, and just how inaccurate some of their commonly accepted myths are. Highlights of the video: Women actually commit domestic violence at a much higher rate than men. She explains why When polled, over 70% of women in Europe did not want the right to vote. The reason...
  • Complex Car Software Becomes the Weak Spot Under the Hood

    09/26/2015 5:23:50 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 26 Sept 2015 | DAVID GELLES, HIROKO TABUCHI
    “If you look at all the code in this car,” Dr. Patel said, “it’s easily as much as a smartphone if not more.” New high-end cars are among the most sophisticated machines on the planet, containing 100 million or more lines of code. Compare that with about 60 million lines of code in all of Facebook or 50 million in the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/24/2015 4:39:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 86 replies
    I love thrift stores - you never know what you'll find, and nearly all of my extensive cookbook collection has come from the local 'thrift' - not to mention my ever-growing collection of vintage Pfaltzgraff 'Yorktowne'. (My husband has finally surrendered, ceased wondering just how many dishes a woman really needs, and now proudly ferrets-out the best pieces that are hiding somewhere behind all the other 'junque' in the store ;-) A few weeks ago I found a New Orleans cookbook that had an interesting cake recipe. I haven't tried it yet, but I thought I'd post it here and...
  • RC Broom Flyer Wizard Witch (Halloween)

    09/24/2015 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 19 replies ^ | Sep 25, 2013 | Otto Dieffenbach
    RC Broom Flyer Witch for Halloween by Otto Dieffenbach ( 0:30 )Published on Sep 25, 2013 ... This video is of the Witch variation of [ Otto Dieffenbach's ] Broom Flyer. This was the first day of flying and it was quite windy, 20 mph plus. ... A build log is posted in rcgroups titled RC Broom Flyer Wizard Witch at RC Witch Broom Flyer Part 2 by Otto Dieffenbach ( 0:54 )Published on Oct 10, 2013 ... This video is a better cut of the Witch Broom Flyer. This was the first day of flying and it...
  • Kam Chancellor returns to Seahawks active duty roster

    09/23/2015 3:01:35 PM PDT · by djf · 8 replies
    9/23/2015 | djf
    King-5 news reported today that Chancellor is returning. Two games too late, but it's a start!
  • Engineer Builds Rapid Fire 'Paper Plane Gun'

    09/20/2015 11:44:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    When one engineer in Düsseldorf began making paper planes to order, he realised he couldn't do it all by hand. Luckily, he found a novel solution to the problem. German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves (26 Aug 15) Bavaria fights activist assault on cow bells (24 Aug 15) At the push of a button, the A6 1.0 folds, builds and shoots out paper planes. It's a revolution in the world of paper plane construction. But for inventor Dieter Krone, it all started out as a simple hobby. 'They wanted 500 paper planes' Engineering graduate Krone first became interested in...
  • Percival Mackey's Orchestra [three tunes]

    09/20/2015 4:14:59 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1928 | Percival Mackey
    Three tunes from 1928.
  • "I'd Love To Take Orders From You" Jacques Renard & Orchestra vocal Chick Bullock (1935)

    09/20/2015 4:00:40 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1935 | Jacques Renard
    Dance Orchestra.
  • “I'm an Unemployed Sweetheart” Harry Bidgood's Orchestra or Manhattan Melodymakers (1931)

    09/20/2015 3:51:31 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1931 | Harry Bidgood
    Dance Orchestra.
  • Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

    09/17/2015 9:16:56 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond reveals Azure Cloud Switch, its in-house software-defined networking OS Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth? Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking. Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches.” Kamala Subramanian, Redmond's principal architect for Azure Networking, writes that: “At Microsoft, we believe there are many excellent switch hardware platforms available on the market, with healthy competition between many...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/17/2015 4:27:56 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 94 replies
    When I was growing up and ever since, toward the end of August there is always one day when I can distinctly sense the coming of Fall, even though it is still Summer. It may be a change in the slant of the light that alerts me, or a faint smell of decomposing leaves that have died prematurely; sometimes it's been a fresh wind with a whisper of change on its breath, after a hurricane has grazed the Mid-Atlantic and cleaned the air of the long, hot days of the Summer. But I always realize two things on that day:...
  • Constitution quiz!

    09/17/2015 3:24:50 PM PDT · by djf · 9 replies
    OK! On Constitution Day, a quiz for everyone who thinks they know what's what! I missed three: number of Amendments Percentage of Congress voting on Amendments Where is the Constitution located (which one, I ask) Oh well, have at it! Good luck!
  • Asian Movie Weekend #7

    09/16/2015 10:07:02 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 12 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1967 | Various
    You can find the previous editions by using the Keyword "Asian Movies" in the FR index This week we have double feature for your week end pleasure. First up is a blatant Godzilla ripoff from South Korea called Yongary Monster from the deep. Yongary is a gasoline eating fire breathing giant reptile who wants to devour Seoul. Cheesy with poor special effects but lots of screaming girls and burning buildings. Yeah its really dumb but soooo much fun. It is, however; dubbed into English. Yongary, Monster from the DeepThe second offering this week is a classic Kung Fu flick from...
  • Cops arrest woman at home filled with 3,500 knives, swords

    09/16/2015 9:40:48 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    washington post ^ | 16 Sept 2015
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a Florida woman who they say tried to stab a deputy with a large sword or machete inside a mobile home filled with thousands of knives, swords and bladed instruments. Deputies said they had removed more than 3,500 “bladed instruments” from the home.
  • Exotic Cars Speeding Through Beverly Hills Focus of Police Report

    09/16/2015 2:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 | Jason Kandel and Robert Kovacik
    Police are investigating a street race between two high-performance exotic cars in Beverly Hills that garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube — and the man claiming to own the cars says he is protected by diplomatic immunity. The video shows a white Porsche 911 and a yellow Ferrari LaFerrari, a hybrid supercar with a combined horsepower rating of around 950, speeding through a residential tract at high speeds on Saturday evening in the 700 block of North Walden Drive. It includes an exchange between a journalist who captured the video and a man outside the house where the...
  • Play it again: One fan’s quest to save old video games

    09/16/2015 5:18:34 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Special To The Japan Times ^ | Sep 16, 2015 | David Kracker
    We now recognize the late Yasujiro Ozu as one of Japan’s finest film directors, but his early works are lost to history, victims of a time when cinema was seen as disposable entertainment and not an art form worth saving. Joseph Redon doesn’t want the same thing to happen to video games. “You wouldn’t classify opera as ‘old music.’ It’s classical music. Video games are the same. These titles are classics and should be valued as such. Even a lousy game hints at how the medium evolved so we must preserve everything, not just the best sellers.” A network engineer...
  • Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball (open source encryption code!)

    09/14/2015 10:02:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 15, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    While Washington mulls ways to make crypto less effective, the industry, thank heavens, continues to push in the other direction. Microsoft Research has just published an elliptic curve library it reckons is considerably faster than what's currently available. Outlined in this International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) paper, the implementation, the FourQLib, comes from noted Redmondian researchers Craig Costello and Patrick Longa. The aim with FourQ sis to update today's elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) – implementations like the National Institute of Science and Technology's (NIST's) P-256 and the non-NIST-influenced Curve25519 – since one inevitability of crypto tech is that it...

    09/14/2015 11:01:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 7 replies
    Space Weather ^ | 9/13/2015 | Space Weather
    DOUBLE ECLIPSE OF THE SUN: On Sept. 13th, the sun was eclipsed--twice! No one on Earth has ever seen anything like it. Indeed, it was only visible from Earth orbit. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recorded the event: The double eclipse began around 06:30 UT when Earth passed directly between the sun and SDO. The observatory watched as the body of our planet moved slowly across the face of the sun, producing a near black-out. When the Earth finally moved aside about an hour later, another eclipse was in progress. This time, the Moon was in the way. A movie...
  • Conceal Carry Preference (Vanity)

    09/14/2015 8:53:17 AM PDT · by demshateGod · 32 replies
    Hi trusted Freepers, Kansas recently passed a constitutional carry law. So someone I know wants to start carrying for protecting his family. He likes .40 S&W caliber because, well, it's superior to everything else in every way. He has a small frame .40 but it's a little too thick to carry comfortably (1.25"). In his search for a small .40 he's looking at either a Walther PPS or a M&P Shield. He has a few questions: 1. Does anyone know of anyone who has experience selling an 7-8 year old Taurus PT140? 2. How much should he ask for? 3....
  • 79-year-old explosive enthusiast's death not likely caused by dynamite on property, police say

    09/12/2015 2:00:10 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies ^ | September 12, 2015 | John Counts
    Though Elwood Hansen's rural property had both ample amounts of fireworks and dynamite on it, authorities don't think the explosives had anything to do with what blew up his solidly built, 140-year-old stone house while he was inside. The 79-year-old Bridgewater Township man was likely asleep in his bedroom when he was killed in the blast around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, said Michigan State Police Sgt. Chuck Bachmeier. At least one of his two dogs also died in the explosion. The other was unaccounted for. No one else was injured, according to Bachmeier. A neighbor told The News Hansen, who...
  • Conservative Tech Fans Once Again Snubbed By Lack Of Apple Gun (HuffPo Satire)

    09/10/2015 5:16:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | John Trowbridge
    This week, Apple announced plans to roll out the iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Pencil and a Siri-Controlled Apple TV. This came as a huge disappointment to conservative tech users who have been silently waiting for the tech conglomerate to release a product that fits their Republican lifestyle. First on their wish-list: the Apple Gun. A Texas techie complained, "I don't draw. Neither does anybody I know. So a digital pencil is garbage to me. What I'd love is a gun that can stream Hannity. I'd pay $400 for that. No question." Tim Cook and Co. made...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/10/2015 3:52:28 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 142 replies
    My husband and I are preparing to test for our Technician's Class radio license, and I've been listening to the local repeater network a lot lately. I love listening to these guys: sometimes they talk shop, and sometimes they just shoot the breeze, and it's simply a really fun and interesting 'culture'. There's one gentleman who comes on now and then, and frequently mentions that he has just had - or is looking forward to - a piece of Peanut Butter Pie, which is obviously a favorite of his. This tickles me so much that in my mind, I've named...
  • Aylan Kurdi’s family had FREE housing in Turkey, while father’s story is full of holes

    09/06/2015 10:46:09 PM PDT · by hamboy · 15 replies
    The Muslim Issue ^ | September 4, 2015 | The Muslim Issue
    4 million Muslims pretend to escape 30,000 ISIS fighters who are not even near their towns, cities and even countries. This kind of mass-migration fraud is a medieval war strategy and it’s called Hijrah. It’s part of jihad.Ok, so let’s pretend that they are victims of war and need to escape. Very easy to resolve. Pressure the 49 Islamic countries around the world to take them all in. Block them from all and total entry into the West. If the Islamic countries don’t take them in – put trade sanctions on them. Watch and see how quickly this mass-migration flood...
  • Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine (U.S. Government) lawyers

    09/06/2015 4:56:42 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Children are being raped, citizens murdered, and lost souls trafficked for sex and the police can't do anything about it thanks to Apple and Google, senior government lawyers and a top cop have claimed. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr; Adrian Leppard, commissioner of the City of London Police; Paris' chief prosecutor François Molins; and Javier Zaragoza, chief prosecutor of the High Court of Spain, said that the current situation is unsupportable and legal changes are needed to keep the public safe. "The new encryption policies of Apple and Google have made...
  • America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH (new FCC regulations)

    09/06/2015 3:39:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 5, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be authorized to make software changes." In addition, it proposes that "modifications by third parties should not be permitted unless the third party receives its own certification." While the intent is to make the FCC's certification of the next generation of wireless equipment faster and more flexible, open source advocates were quick to notice...
  • Building a Tiled Roof Hut (From Scratch...Video via You Tube)

    09/06/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 8 replies ^ | September 4, 2015 | Primitive Technology
    From the video description: Published on Sep 4, 2015 I built this tiled roof hut in the bush using only primitive tools and materials. The tools I used have been made in my previous videos. It should be pointed out that I do not live in the wild and that this is just a hobby. It should be obvious to most that this is not a survival shelter but an experiment in primitive building technology. To cut and carve wood I used the celt stone axe and stone chisel made in this video: carry water and make fire I...
  • Man Takes to the Skies in World-First Pentacontakaitetracopter

    09/05/2015 4:43:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 4 September 2015 | Alex Hern
    YouTuber gasturbine101 flies in a 54-rotor homemade vehicleStop the search: the greatest Briton in history has been found – sitting astride a makeshift helicopter comprised of 54 drone rotors dressed like one of Monty Python’s Gumbies. YouTuber gasturbine101 built the world’s first pentacontakaitetracopter (that’s a vehicle with 54 blades), and flew it almost three meters above the ground,
  • Anniversary!!!

    09/05/2015 11:29:09 AM PDT · by djf · 40 replies
    9/5/15 | djf
    Today IS MY ANNIVERSARY!! And I am excited!!! I'll bet every one who reads this is wondering "Of what? His marriage? (No, sadly my wife passed years ago). His FReeperdom-ness? (Nope. I think that one is in October). His job? (well, almost. Sept 27 will be 18 years). Nope. It's none of that. But it is important. I QUIT SMOKING A YEAR AGO!!! Well, I use E-cigs now, but that's another story. Hurray! In celebration of me quitting, I am making a $50 donation to FReerepublic, and encourage everyone else so inclined to do the same! If you have a...
  • Don’t check that box! Windows 7 patch KB 3083324 sneaks in (a patch for Windows Update??)

    09/04/2015 7:43:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    People all over the world are waking up this morning to a little present in their Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) Windows Update boxes: KB 3083324, which describes itself as “Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015.” Here’s what the KB article says: This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. That’s it. If there’s any further description, I can’t find it. In particular, as of this writing anyway, it isn’t even listed in the...
  • Microsoft is using Bing to discourage Windows 10 users from downloading Chrome and Firefox

    09/04/2015 7:32:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Jordian Novet
    Microsoft is using a new tactic to keep Windows 10 users from switching away from its Edge browser. The first time Edge users search for “chrome” or “firefox” using Bing — presumably with the intent of downloading those browsers from Google or Mozilla, respectively — they are shown a serious-looking message at the top of the search results. “Microsoft recommends Microsoft Edge for Windows 10,” it says. A “Learn why” button next to that message brings you to a website showing off Edge’s features... The message only showed up the first time I searched for “chrome” and “firefox” in Edge,...
  • Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

    09/03/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush. Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow. A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut. News reports say the merino sheep had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had been on the lam(b) in the wild ever since. While merinos are typically sheared every spring, rescuers think the sheep, named Chris,...
  • Meet Bug-Eating, Urine-Drinking TV Outdoorsman Bear Grylls, Obama’s Unlikely Hiking Buddy

    09/03/2015 12:42:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    As far as hiking buddies go, Barack Obama and Bear Grylls make for an unlikely pairing. Grylls is a TV outdoorsman with a flair for drama and a propensity for drinking his own urine. Obama is cerebral and stolidly even-keeled, and, you know, the president of the United States. Nevertheless, the strange duo is slated for some bonding Tuesday while hiking the Exit Glacier, a south Alaskan river of ice that has shrunk by 1.25 miles in recent decades. They have no plans to drink urine, Grylls has confirmed, and the adventurer’s usually madcap exploits will be scaled down to...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/02/2015 5:33:16 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 166 replies
    I suspect that everyone who keeps a recipe box or binder has, as I do, a section for favorite homemade concoctions for household use. I thought this week I'd share some of mine. I've collected some nice old copper pieces on thrift-store forays; most of them aren't used often, but look lovely hanging in the kitchen - my favorites are a set of copper mixing bowls. Usually when I find these items, they have spots of tarnish or are completely tarnished. Here is the best recipe for copper cleaner that I've found: Copper Cleaner 1/4 Cup White Vinegar 1/8 Cup...
  • Atari games buried more than 30 years ago in New Mexico landfill

    09/02/2015 10:11:19 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/15 | By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend and proved it to be true that Atari discarded hundreds of games, including E.T. The Extraterrestrial, more than 30 years ago. In addition to the E.T. cartridges, Joseph Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles including Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Centipede and Super Breakout.
  • I Have 300 Facebook Friends and Nobody to Hang Out With

    09/02/2015 1:57:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 1, 2015 | Lindsay Putnam
    Standing in front of Francois Payard Bakery at Columbus Circle, Walter Piper shifts his weight nervously from one foot to the other. The 28-year-old is waiting for Jay, a bioengineering student whom he met online just days prior. To take the pressure off of their first meet-up, they planned to run the 10K loop in Central Park together before work. But this isn’t the beginning of a romance — the two men met through an online “friending” site, Piper, despite having more than 300 friends on Facebook, found himself in a predicament shared by many millennials: He had no...
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation – but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...