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  • Landlords and tenant issues

    08/10/2018 7:21:39 PM PDT · by George from New England · 46 replies
    Own property and been renting it out in Florida for three years now. I'm sure we have freepers that have done this for decades and even some that got out of it. 1) We see the renter that asks? Do you accept Section 8? Aside from what that might allow, does section 8 allow for payment of last month rent. Is the security deposit in anyway dictated by that govt program? 2) We see potential tenants tell us about 'service animals' that we must take and allow in. We read that at least in Florida the statute does not allow...
  • Four Husbands

    08/10/2018 10:34:00 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    email from a friend | 8/10/2018 | unknown
    Subject: 4 Husbands 4 Husbands The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a...
  • Alien Life, Seth Shostak and SETI

    08/09/2018 11:10:20 AM PDT · by jcpryor · 16 replies
    The Chris Pryor Show ^ | 08/09/2018 | Chris Pryor
    Seth Shostak from joined the Chris Pryor Show. Seth discussed current scientific attempts to discover intelligent life and the mechanisms involved in this search. Seth has a fantastic radio show of his own, Big Picture Science and it can be found here
  • Lucky Yellow Marble (Video)

    08/09/2018 9:04:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    BigGeekDad ^ | also unknown | unknown, unfortunately
    Watch this lucky yellow marble navigate through a course of blocks and other objects in tune to the song Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart. The creator of this video is very patient as it took over a month to make and about 300 failed recordings of the music. I find it mesmerizing to watch the yellow marble as it seems like it will surely get stuck or fall off course somewhere along the way. If you enjoyed this cool video then you might also like to watch Marbles and Magnets and Music. Lucky Yellow Marble.
  • Ford celebrates 10 millionth Mustang while banking on car's draw

    08/08/2018 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 97 replies ^ | 08 August 2018 | Staff
    <p>The Ford Mustang -- an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool -- will reach a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolls off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.</p> <p>The car celebrated in American song and film, and recognized the world over as an iconic American cultural export, will get a big party at Ford's Michigan headquarters.</p>
  • Classic car collectors brace for a Trump auto tariffs crash.

    08/08/2018 6:14:48 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 37 replies
    CBS Money Watch ^ | August 8, 2018 | Rachael Layne
    The Trump administration's proposed auto and auto part tariffs may claim an unexpected casualty: The more than 20 million Americans who spend an estimated $1.5 billion annually on classic and antique cars, trucks and motorcycles, according to specialized insurer Hagerty Group. Though many classic car sales are by wealthy collectors and cost in the tens of millions, the average classic vehicle's value is less than $35,000, according to Hagerty Group.
  • ATF Is Classifying .50 Cal Bolt Action AR Uppers As Firearm

    08/03/2018 4:07:16 PM PDT · by LegendHasIt · 21 replies
    The Firearm Blog ^ | 7-30-2018 | " Nicholas C"
    Thanks to a friend of mine for alerting me to an issue concerning Safety Harbor Firearms and other manufacturers of .50 cal uppers. These manufacturers received a letter from the ATF. The letter claims that bolt action .50 cal AR uppers can possibly be considered firearms. I reached out to Walter Keller of Safety Harbor Firearms and he agreed to share the letter with TFB. (Snip) Then they segue into bolt action rifles. If you think of a traditional bolt action rifle, the serialized portion of the gun is the barreled action. So now the ATF is saying a bolt...
  • Windows 10 turns three years old today: Here's how it's evolved

    08/01/2018 7:17:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 90 replies
    NeoWin ^ | Jul 29, 2018 | Rich Woods
    On September 30, 2014, Microsoft announced Windows 10, thus changing the firm's operating system as we know it. Windows was going to be serviced, rather than being refreshed every few years. We've learned since then that this means biannual feature updates, along with monthly (sometimes more often) cumulative updates. Indeed, Microsoft was done competing with itself with new versions of Windows. On July 29, 2015, Windows 10 launched, and it was promised that there would never be a Windows 11. Here we are, exactly three years later, when we would normally see the next version of Microsoft's flagship OS. Since...
  • Arctic people were spinning yarn before the Vikings arrived

    08/01/2018 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 7-24-18 | Karen Graham
    New research and technologies may end up changing the way we think about early Arctic history, upending the assumption that the ancient ancestors of today's Inuit people learned how to spin yarn from Viking settlers. It has long been assumed that the ancient Dorset and Thule people learned how to spin yarn from Norse settlers who arrived in Newfoundland some 1,000 years ago, according to the Canadian press. “There’s a lot we don’t know,” said Michele Hayeur Smith of Brown University in Rhode Island and lead author of a recent paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Hayeur Smith and...

    08/01/2018 12:48:34 AM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 11 replies ^ | July 30, 2018 | Disturbed
    The new record is done! The new album includes many styles of music. Since our last album and the recent footage from the studio, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about the evolution of our new music. Disturbed Ones, we have decided to embrace the debate. For our next single – what kind of sound do you want it to be? Tell us
  • New iPhone X Plus Leak Highlights Apple's Cancelled Feature

    07/31/2018 11:10:32 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/30/2018 | Ewan Spence
    By surrendering to the triple-lens competition, Apple has once more given away the high-ground to manufacturers such as Samsung and Nokia who are expected to have triple-lensed cameras on handsets before the end of the year. Once more the iPhone will be playing catch-up, hoping its fan base will be happy to wait for ‘new’ technology already available in the mainstream.
  • Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25 (Blast from the Past)

    07/30/2018 12:26:15 PM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 30, 2018 | Richard Speed
    [Dayglored's comment: As usual The Register has its sarcastic, barbed tongue deeply embedded in its cheek.] Absurd hardware requirements and compatibility problems aplenty. Sound familiar? Windows NT has hit an important milestone. Its launch is now closer to the first Moon landing than it is to today.With its debut in July 1993, Windows NT ushered in a gloriously pure 32-bit future, free of the 16-bit shackles of the past. While the majority of PCs at the time were running MS-DOS, often with Microsoft's Windows 3.1 perched precariously atop, like a giant lemon balanced on a peanut, the kernel-based NT represented...
  • The Last 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Converted to 427 Power by Don Yenko is Uncovered

    07/29/2018 5:22:22 AM PDT · by vannrox · 35 replies
    Hot Rod ^ | 25JUL18 | Jerry Heasley
    ...snip... Weaver was a teenager in March 1968 when his dad offered to “buy me something new.” They lived in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and first visited Grabiak Chevrolet “down the road,” where the 19-year-old spotted a black 427 Corvette coupe that he “was interested in getting.” Except, “My God, the insurance was over $1,000 a year,” which was “a fortune” in those days. “So we went up to Yenko [Chevrolet] to see about getting a Camaro.” They entered a candy land of “at least 50 Z/28s, different colors, different gear ratios—4.10s, 4.56s, 4.88s.” Weaver recalled it like it was yesterday. “I...
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - August 2018

    07/28/2018 4:12:20 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 161 replies
    Eggplant Parmigiana is one of my favorite dishes, but it’s a time-consuming dish to make and messes up a lot of dishes. And even though we’ve used for years a great, easy recipe from America’s Test Kitchen which involves baking instead of frying the eggplant, my husband’s commitment to low-carb eating makes any recipe that uses breading less than ideal. Looking for a fast, low-carb alternative, I happened to find ‘Cooking with Pina’ on YouTube, and Pina’s quick, throw-together recipe. It may not be like what you are used to, but if you like eggplant for itself and are low-carbing,...
  • Weekend whites! Melania Trump dons tight jeans and a simple button-down as she and Donald(TR)

    07/28/2018 1:39:57 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 140 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 July 2018 | CLEMENCE MICHALLON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    Weekend whites! Melania Trump dons tight jeans and a simple button-down as she and Donald head to Bedminster - but spruces up the look with a HUGE $2,600 Burberry bag and yellow heels Melania, 48, and her husband, 72, left Washington, D.C. on Friday to head to New Jersey, for the weekend The Trumps have spent several weekends at the president's golf club in Bedminster this summer The first lady went for an all-white look, pairing a button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeps with a pair of slim pants She added a pop of color with pointed yellow stilettos, which matched...
  • Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows (Lower Saxony)

    07/27/2018 4:56:09 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 27, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Lower Saxony says 'auf wiedersehen, pinguin' The German state of Lower Saxony plans to follow Munich's example, and migrate a reported 13,000 users from Linux back to Windows. Apparently undaunted by the cost of the Munich switch (which we reported in January could be as much as €100m), Lower Saxony is considering making the change in its tax office. The state seems to expect a much cheaper transition, with Heise (in German here) reporting the first-year budget is €5.9m, and another €7m further out.The tax office argues its decision is driven by compatibility: field workers and teleworkers overwhelmingly use Windows,...
  • Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs (uptake 84%)

    07/27/2018 4:50:34 AM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 27, 2018 | Richard Speed
    It's been three months and 16% have their heels firmly planted [Dayglored note: Ya gotta admit, The Register comes up with some really catchy pics.] The charge of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update continued into July with 84 per cent of lucky, lucky users seeing their desktops upgraded, according to AdDuplex.The rate at which the code was flung at PCs slowed a little, which was inevitable considering June's impressive (or alarming, depending on your point of view) 78 per cent penetration of the Windows 10 install-base.In the absence of official numbers from Microsoft (other than a cheery "it's going...
  • Oklahoma girl catches fish with 'human-like' teeth

    07/26/2018 9:11:45 AM PDT · by ETL · 52 replies ^ | July 26, 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    A young girl in Oklahoma said she snagged a “weird” catch over the weekend, reeling in a fish bearing “human-like” teeth. Kennedy Smith, 11, was on a fishing trip at Fort Cobb Lake with her grandparents and brother on Sunday and got “really excited” when she hooked the fish on her line, she told The Associated Press. But to Smith’s surprise, her grandmother was bitten by the animal while she was trying to take out the hook. "I was confused because I knew that fish with teeth are not normal. It was weird," Smith told the outlet. "They were human-like...
  • My First SBR!!!

    07/21/2018 11:10:47 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 15 replies ^ | 21 Jul 2018 | Demolition Ranch
    Trying to protect BillyBob. Poor Billybob.
  • 1st Comic-Con of the MeToo era grapples with harassment

    07/17/2018 2:38:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies ^ | 7/16/18 | LINDSEY BAHR
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic-Con, the annual gathering of over 130,000 fans, artists, collectors and geek culture savants, has already been changed by the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, with at least one notable figure stepping aside due to sexual misconduct allegations. But questions remain about its atmosphere and whether convention organizers will take any extra steps to address longstanding allegations of harassment issues during the event which kicks off Wednesday night in San Diego. The convention has always been a home for comic book and genre enthusiasts, and a refuge for like-minded fans to mingle, but it’s also been...