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  • Windows 10 is taking days to activate due to server strains (Microsoft site overloaded)

    08/03/2015 2:28:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Aug 3, 2015 | Chris Merriman
    Microsoft advises you to sweat it out MICROSOFT is warning customers that their free upgrade to Windows 10 may complete but not be activated for several days. A statement on the company website advises customers to "wait a few days and try again or just leave it and let it activate on its own. The activation servers might be overwhelmed." The advice is hollow succour for those who, perhaps less tech-savvy, want the reassurance of knowing that they definitely have a working Windows. Microsoft revealed just a day after the launch of Windows 10 that the OS has already been...
  • Ontario man spending $300,000 on iconic sports car axed by Chrysler

    08/03/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | August 3, 2015 | Dan Proudfoot
    Al Boughton paid $135,000 for his 1970 Plymouth Superbird seven years ago and what a kick it was, driving the most high-winged, cone-nosed, eye-popping, breath-stealing muscle car ever fashioned in Detroit, with its 450-horsepower V-8 and beep-beep Road Runner horn. In fact, last September, he realized it was so good, he had to make it perfect, and perfection meant returning it exactly to original form, just as it had left the Lynch Road, Mich., assembly line in 1969. With the stripped chassis trussed to a rotisserie at Davies Autobody in Etobicoke, he pointed to the firewall as an example of...
  • Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or ransomware? (CTB-Locker masquerading as Win10 upgrade!)

    07/31/2015 7:14:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | July 31, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    People aren't good at waiting for stuff, and with, computer users queueing up to download Windows 10, ransomware purveyors have started to move in. Cisco's security team has noticed a new spamming campaign attempting to spread the CTB-Locker ransomware using emails purporting to come from Microsoft, telling people they are ready to download Windows 10. The emails mimic the actual Windows 10 messages Redmond is sending out (with some minor text mistakes) and have spoofed the originating address to read as update@microsoft.com, although the sender's IP address can be traced back to Thailand. There's also a Microsoft disclaimer, and a...
  • MN firm reveals 110mph electric motorcycle – and will beat Harley to market

    07/31/2015 2:08:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | By Adam Uren
    (Photo: Victory Motorcycles, website) A Minnesota company appears to have beaten Harley-Davidson to the punch by unveiling its first electric street motorcycle. Medina-based Polaris Industries, makers of Indian and Victory motorcycles, has this week revealed its “Empulse TT” high-performance sport bike, which runs without gas and has a top speed of 110mph. The Pioneer Press reports that with the Empulse appearing in Victory dealerships by the end of the year, Polaris has secured a key advantage over competitors Harley, whose Project LiveWire motorcycle won’t be brought to market until battery technology has improved enough to allow for longer driving distances....
  • Shot Fired At State Police Cruiser, Rifle Found, But No Suspect

    07/31/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 15 replies
    CBS Boston WBZ ^ | July 23, 2015 | Staff
    MANSFIELD (CBS) — Massachusetts State Police are looking for the person who fired a gunshot at a trooper’s cruiser early Thursday morning. The trooper was in a marked state police cruiser on patrol near Forbes Road and Route 140 in Foxboro near the Mansfield line around 2:20 a.m. when he heard a loud noise from behind. He saw a “large amount of white smoke” in the area where the noise came from, according to police, “just several feet from the cruiser.” He was not hurt and his car was not damaged. “The Trooper reversed direction and observed a white male...
  • 79-Year-Old Norwegian Swims to Own Wedding

    07/30/2015 3:36:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2015
    A 79-year-old Norwegian has swum across a fjord in the pouring rain dressed only in swimming trunks and a bow tie to wed his 65-year-old bride-to-be on the rocks.Trygve Bernhardsen was accompanied by his two grandchildren as he swam the 800 meters in 14C (57F) water. Before his exploit, Bernhardsen joked with reporters that they were with him mostly to make sure that he didn’t swim off in the wrong direction. “If I decide to say yes, I will swim straight over. If it’s a no, I’ll swim off to sea, and I think the wife wanted some assurances,” he...
  • Some Facts on Cecil the Lion Hunt

    07/30/2015 9:58:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I found this on the popular site accuratereloading.com. It adds facts, texture and nuance to the emotion floating about out there. Remember that Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. From Zimbabwe Wildlife Conservation: We have been following these threads with great interest. we emphasize we are advocates of "sustainable utilization " as a conservation tool , some Basic facts that have been verified by several reliable and credible sources :- The operator / professional hunters in question had a valid TR2 form stamped by the Zimbabwe parks & wildlife authority. This form once stamped allows...
  • Man Buys Guitar at Garage Sale for $175, Turns Out It's Worth $800,000

    07/29/2015 7:28:49 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 39 replies
    UltimateGuitar.com ^ | 7-21-15 | Ultimate Guitar website
    John McCaw is a building contractor from San Diego who struck jackpot way back in 1969 without even knowing it. The story actually began in 1962, when John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles got themselves a pair of matching Gibson J-160E guitars. About a year later, John's six-string was stolen after the band's pre-Christmas show in London. A few years later Mr. McCaw's friend had unknowingly bought Lennon’s Gibson in a local music shop. In 1969, that friend sold it to McCaw for about $175, or about $1,100 when inflation-adjusted for 2014. 45 years later, after using the...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/29/2015 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 83 replies
    I've had several requests to do a thread on bread baking. I've hesitated, because it's been quite a while since I baked bread; I'm by no means expert at it; and I don't like to post recipes that I haven't tried and proven recently. But, due to popular demand, here we go! My first experience with baking bread was back in the 1970s when so many of us young folks were bitten by the 'back-to-nature' bug. I was also experimenting with various levels of vegetarianism, and was very interested in cooking with whole grains. The first bread I made was...
  • VICTORY RACING AT ISLE OF MAN TT ZERO - Victory Motorcycles(electric bike)

    07/28/2015 9:06:35 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Victory Motorcycles
    Watch #VictoryRacing compete at the infamous Isle of Man TT Zero. Lee Johnston piloted the way to claim the first podium for Victory in 2015.
  • Safari tourist suspected in killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

    07/28/2015 11:31:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 july 15 | Don Melvin, Khushbu Shah and Elaine Ly
    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege.
  • Dangerous PCP Polymer Cased Ammo (Update)

    07/28/2015 5:15:53 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies
    TFB ^ | June 23, 2015 | TFB
    If you shoot centerfire you need to see this video.
  • This is for all you N/E Free Republicers...

    07/27/2015 11:31:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 51 replies
    27 July 2015 | US Navy Vet
    I would like to take my wife to the N/E United States to do some Falltime "Leak Peepin"
  • No, 'Super Mario Maker' Is Not Racist

    07/25/2015 4:11:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 7/22/2015 | Erik Kain
    Super Mario Maker is a game we’ve all been waiting for: Finally, we can create our own classic Mario levels using the Wii U’s touch-screen gamepad. (I’d sure like to have a mouse and keyboard, but the touchscreen is far superior for this kind of thing than a traditional gamepad.) Ben Gilbert of Business Insider recently demoed the game and was mostly just really disturbed by the big, white, feminine hand that appeared onscreen as a stand-in for his own. This one: Here’s Gilbert’s reaction: During a meeting with Nintendo on Thursday in New York City, I tried the game...
  • At 94, Duluth's Mark Sertich still plays hockey, for the love of the game

    07/24/2015 5:27:18 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-24-15 | Jimmy Lovrien
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Injuries can end a season or career for a hockey player in their teens or 20s, but just weeks after Mark Sertich broke a rib and punctured a lung in an on-ice collision, he was out on the rink Wednesday -- at age 94. Three to four days a week for the past 30 years, the retired office manager and World War II veteran has been joining a group of Duluth firefighters for friendly games of hockey. To celebrate Sertich's 94th birthday, which was Saturday, family and friends gathered Wednesday for a game at the Duluth Heritage...
  • Camera Drone Rescues a Stranded Drone, Interstellar-Style

    07/24/2015 1:44:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 07/23/15 | Michael Zhang
    Freelance camera operator Harrisen Howes lost a small camera drone two months ago after his roommate “drunkenly” crashed it onto a neighbors roof high overhead. After recently purchasing a larger, camera-equipped drone, Howes decided to try and rescue his old drone with his new one using some rope and hooks fashioned from coat hangers.
  • Coe State Park Offers Bay Area’s Best Mountain Biking

    07/23/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    What you’ll see: An early spring has transformed Henry W. Coe State Park into one of the best parks for mountain biking anywhere in America. At 87,000 acres, it’s the largest state park in Northern California. A 250-mile network of ranch roads and trails — including my favorite, the ride from Hunting Hollow to Kelly Lake — makes it a cyclist’s paradise. Location: Henry Coe is in remote Santa Clara County, surrounded by Morgan Hill (access to park headquarters), Gilroy (access to Hunting Hollow) and Bell Station (during special events, access to Dowdy Creek entrance and Orestimba Wilderness). Bike to...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/23/2015 4:02:37 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 133 replies
    Back in the 'Wild West' days of the early Internet, a lady named Susan 'Hattie' Steinsapir posted to the Usenet group rec.foods.cooking. Unfortunately, Susan passed from us far too early; but her recipes live on. Perhaps her most renowned recipe was her Goat Cheese Torta with Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. (I have to admit that I didn't - and don't - know much about goat cheese; and the first time I made this, my husband said that it tasted as if he'd licked a goat. I decided to change the recipe, until I could learn more about goat cheese; and...
  • Man uses lonely winters in remote Colorado cabin to convert his home into Star Trek shrine (tr)

    07/23/2015 12:43:47 PM PDT · by dware · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07.23.2015 | Jack Crone
    'Being a fan of Star Trek has given me a life', claims 69-year-old Steve Doman. The devoted trekkie has spent 14 years transforming his remote Colorado cabin into a Star Trek shrine complete with Klingon and Federation-themed rooms. Steve has spent a staggering $30,000 on the renovation project - which started as a winter hobby - and says there is still plenty of work to do.
  • Mozilla to focus on minimizing desertions to Edge with new Windows 10 Firefox

    07/22/2015 8:30:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | July 20, 2015 | George Keizer
    Mozilla plans a campaign to stop or slow desertions from Firefox to Windows 10's new Edge browser because the OS's express setup changes previous defaults to Edge during an upgrade, according to published documents. Edge, introduced in Windows 10, will be the default browser out of the box. In fact, according to Mozilla -- supported by a video that showed what happened when Windows 7 was upgraded to Windows 10's build 10162 of July 2 -- those who upgrade by selecting "Express Settings," as most do, will find Edge the default even if they had previously specified a competitor like...
  • Slow Action at Eldora (Vanity)

    07/22/2015 7:28:37 PM PDT · by noprogs · 24 replies
    Self | 7-22-15 | noprogs
    Ho hum. NASCAR brought its Camping World Truck Series to Eldora Speedway today, and it's like watching 300 lb women mud wrestle. In the search for "parity", NASCAR has absolutely ruined this sport with their silly rules. Let it be known, THE ONLY EQUALIZER IN RACING IS POVERTY! I have been involved with a few cars at the WORLD 100, know the track, stepped it off, etc. and this is a pitiful display. I feel sorry for those drivers having to force those machines around that wonderful track. Honestly, there are Street Stocks in the immediate vicinity of Bellfontaine and...
  • Caitlyn Jenner Named One of Vogue's Best Dressed Women of the Week

    07/22/2015 12:10:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | JUL. 21, 2015 | SOPHIE VOKES-DUDGEON
    Caitlyn Jenner has been given the ultimate fashion seal of approval by being appointed one of Vogue's best dressed women of the week. The former Olympian, 65, who has showcased a stunning array of gorgeous dresses since she first introduced herself to the world last month, has been given a huge thumbs up for the stunning cream Versace gown she wore to collect her ESPYS award last week. Vogue has placed her in its number two spot amongst the ten best dressed female celebrities of the week, behind socialite and model Olivia Palermo. Also featuring in the fashion Bible's lineup...
  • Are Broken Marriage Vows Grounds for Blowing Up Someone’s Life?

    07/21/2015 6:51:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/20 | Heather Havrilesky
    Do you miss the good old days of tarring and feathering, town-square stockades, and public guillotining as entertainment? If so, you may be savoring this week's events, which reveal that the crime of betraying one's marriage vows is now prosecutable by journalists and hackers alike, punishable by public shaming online. Last week, Gawker publicly outed a Condé Nast executive, a married father of three, for allegedly soliciting a male escort. The story was later removed from the website by Gawker executives, but the damage had been done: The executive, many argued, was not a public figure, yet his private life...
  • Jules Bianchi laid to rest in Nice

    07/21/2015 2:34:09 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 7 replies
    Sky Sports ^ | 7/21/2015 | Sky Sports
    Jules Bianchi has been laid to rest in his home town of Nice at an emotional ceremony at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral. Just across the border from Monaco where Bianchi famously scored Marussia’s first points in 2014, Nice was inundated with well-wishers wanting to pay their respects on Tuesday morning. As friends and family gathered inside the cathedral, the deputy mayor of Nice announced: “We have come together to say goodbye to a champion.”
  • Does anyone remember this old board game?

    07/21/2015 8:51:14 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 44 replies
    Self | 7/21/'15 | Zionist Conspirator
    Way back when I was a little kid there were occasional specials sponsored by the 3M company. I don't remember much about them but I do remember a certain commercial that ran during the telecasts. It was for a game 3M had created involving a small square board with holes in it and a set of pegs. The pegs were put in the holes and then other pegs were laid atop them. It struck me at the time because it seemed similar to a game we had at elementary school which consisted of a board and pegs, except that this...
  • "Never Swat A Fly" Marius B. Winter & His Orchestra (1930) vocal by Al Bowlly.

    07/21/2015 5:24:57 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 5 replies
    Broadcast Twelve ^ | 1930 | Marius B. Winter
    On Broadcast 2606 (L-0820-1), Marius B. Winter & His Orchestra plays "Never Swat A Fly," a song from the Fox film titled "Just Imagine" (1930).
  • Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John [Sodomite Coming Out Song]

    07/20/2015 4:29:55 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 97 replies
    Bing ^ | 1973 | Elton John
    Philadelphia Freedom By Elton John I used to be a rolling stone you know If a cause was right I'd leave to find the answer on the road I used to be a heart beating for someone But the times have changed The less I say the more my work gets done 'Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom From the day that I was born I've waved the flag Philadelphia freedom took me knee high to a man, yeah Gave me a piece of mama, daddy never had [Chorus] Oh Philadelphia freedom, shine on me, I love you...
  • Patch! Microsoft emits emergency fix for THIRD Hacking Team hole (Critical Windows Vulnerability)

    07/20/2015 1:58:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | July 20, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has, in the past couple of minutes, released a security update for all supported versions of Windows to fix a critical remote-code execution vulnerability. Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This follows an elevation-of-privilege hole in Windows, and a remote-code execution vuln in Internet Explorer 11, that were also uncovered from the Hacking Team files, and patched last week by Microsoft. This latest security flaw (MS15-078) lies within the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library, and can be exploited by attackers to hijack...
  • Is Windows Nano Server a data center game-changer?

    07/19/2015 7:52:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    CIO ^ | July 8, 2015 | Jonathan Hassell
    Back in April, Microsoft somewhat quietly previewed what its Windows Server engineering teams had been working on for quite some time... Windows Nano Server has the potential to reinvent your data center. Windows Nano Server is a project that was previously codenamed Tuva... and is designed to be Windows without the GUI or legacy baggage. It’s different than Server Core, the GUI-less installation option introduced in Windows Server 2008, because Windows Nano Server strips out basically every part of Windows that is designed to ever service the GUI or a GUI oriented application. Server Core merely takes off the GUI...
  • Ruger Precision Rifle (new long-range rifle - beautiful and inexpensive)

    07/18/2015 7:14:36 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 87 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | Kelly Young
    As Townsend Whelen, former U.S. Army colonel and American Rifleman contributor, was once famously quoted as saying, “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” Employing that rubric alone, the Ruger Precision Rifle is a supremely interesting firearm. And, to the company’s credit, the introduction of additional evaluation criteria such as versatility, reliability and value only make its newest bolt-action repeater all the more intriguing. Featuring sub-minute-of-angle accuracy, the dependability of a bolt gun built on the gunmaker’s proven American action, all the modularity of the über-customizable AR-15 platform, the ability to accept a multitude of magazine types and a price tag that...
  • Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update Rolls Out After 22 Years - No Kidding LINK

    07/17/2015 10:12:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | Jul 17th, 2015 | By Jeff Gamet
    Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers....
  • 'Hooli Sucks:' Real Silicon Valley Company Creates Offbeat Billboards to Lure Engineers

    07/17/2015 9:44:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jul 16, 2015
    First there was the "Pied Piper" billboards popping up all over Silicon Valley. Now there is "Hooli Sucks." But this time it's not HBO or its hugely popular show "Silicon Valley" that's behind them. It's Tubi TV — a San Fracisco based streaming service for TV shows and movies, including Korean dramas, comedies and reality shows who want to lure talented engineers with some creative marketing. Back in April, when the "Pied Piper" billboards went up, "Silicon Valley" creator Mike Judge said he wanted to surprise and delight his audience with real-life advertising. The show — which spoofs tech culture...
  • Belgium, Lux, North France Travel Planning: Which Historic Site & Battlefields Would You See?

    07/17/2015 12:32:02 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 34 replies
    NA | 16 July 2015 | RACookPE1978
    My daughter (A research librarian) and I are planning a 1 week north France-Belgium-Luxemburg trip later this fall to see the historic battlefields and "general sites" across the area. Would fly into Paris, go the the "usual" tourist sites there by tour bus, but then she wants to drive across the area looking at the area of the battlefields and sites across the region. Over 2000 years since the Roman conquests, there are obviously hundreds - if not thousands - of interesting sites. Equally, we want to go to the more interesting architectural and battlefields just to "see" what each...
  • VIDEO: Explaining Microaggression: The Most Liberal College Theory There Is...

    07/16/2015 4:40:19 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 27 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 07/16/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Taught as a legitimate theory at Universities and tumblrs across the country, you'd think that everyone in mainstream America would know the meaning of "Microaggression". Only when we asked people on the street... VIDEO AT LINK http://louderwithcrowder.com/sjw-dictionary-defining-microaggression/ As a matter of fact, the only person who knew what Microaggression meant was... a women's studies feminist. So again, watch the video above. We've created a beginner's guide to understanding the ins and outs of the complex landscape that is modern "Microaggression theory"! You can thank us later. COLUMBIA DEFINITION: “microaggression” is a term referring to “commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/16/2015 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 53 replies
    Some time ago, I found a book about 'Gifts from a Jar' in the thrift store. Though I've never given a gift like this, one of the recipes has become a staple side dish for us. I sometimes use 1/2 cup of Golden Raisins that I've soaked in boiled water for a few minutes, instead of the cranberries and currants; and I rarely add the vegetable flakes because I don't usually have them around. Also, I frequently use toasted pine nuts instead of the almonds - they toast up very quickly in a small pan on top of the stove....
  • Man Drugs Girlfriend to Keep Playing Videogames

    07/15/2015 9:46:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    A court fined a 23-year-old man in North Rhine-Westphalia after he admitted to giving his girlfriend a sedative so that he could keep playing video games with a friend.“I only put four or five drops into her tea,” the man told the court in Castrop-Rauxel as he admitted to the crime, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported. On an evening in August 2014, he was playing on his games console with a friend when his (now ex-) girlfriend arrived at home at around 10pm. After ten hours at work, she had understandably been planning on having a quiet evening rather than...
  • Three Lessons From Microsoft's Windows Phone Misadventures (Nokia $7.6B writedown)

    07/13/2015 8:03:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 12, 2015 | Ewan Spence
    With last week’s write down of $7.6 billion, Microsoft has finished the chapter of its corporate career marked ‘Nokia’, and arguably the book titled ’Windows Phone’. With a renewed focus on software the need for a leading phone business has lessened at Microsoft, and the Finnish company’s former devices and services section is surplus to requirements. There is much to learn from this adventure, and anyone looking to make as serious play in mobile hardware and software in the future will find lessons in the story of the third platform. As CEO Satya Nadella said alongside the announcement, ”We are...
  • Is FCA Crazy To Think Maserati Can Be The Next Ferrari?

    07/12/2015 9:40:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CARBUZZ ^ | 7/12 | Michael Hines
    Someone has to step up once the Prancing Horse is spun off.Sergio Marchionne has done a great job reviving Chrysler, Fiat and with the FCA group as a whole, but if his latest gambit works he will go down as legend in the auto industry. Last year we reported that FCA was planning to spin off Ferrari to grab some cash. The majority of the company (80 percent) would be owned by FCA shareholders so the company would still wield a lot of power over Ferrari. That being said Marchionne needs a new brand to fill the Prancing Horse’s shoes,...
  • The Trail Less Traveled: Dinosaur hunting, anyone?

    07/12/2015 6:32:38 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Dalton Daily Citizen ^ | 7-8-15 | Larry Case
    I’d really like to shoot a dinosaur. I know that some of you are going to think that is just a little weird, but maybe if you have been reading this column for very long you might be getting accustomed to such things. Now that the movie “Jurassic World” is out I felt that it might be more socially acceptable to talk about such things, what with all the dinosaur blasting going on in this flick. You see, here is what is really great about all this. Once we accept the premise that we are going to hunt dinosaurs we...
  • Velocity Project (Aviation Buffs)

    07/12/2015 9:31:18 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 17 replies
    self | 7-12-14 | self
    Moving right along on My Velocity Airplane project, top is all cleaned up, lines all straight and even, finish sanding on the top of plane next week.
  • TWO MORE Flash zero-days emerge in Hacking Team leak – crims (criminals) exploit holes

    07/12/2015 6:49:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | July 12, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Updated -- Two more serious security holes in Adobe Flash that let miscreants hijack vulnerable computers have emerged from the leaked Hacking Team files – and crooks are apparently already exploiting at least one of them to infect machines. The use-after-free() programming flaws, for which no patches exist, are identified as CVE-2015-5122 and CVE-2015-5123. They are similar to the CVE-2015-5119 Flash bug patched last week. The 5122 and 5123 bugs let malicious Flash files execute code on victims' computers and install malware. The bugs are present in the Windows, Linux and OS X builds of the plugin. The 5119, 5122...
  • Weekend music fun and whatever comes with it...

    07/11/2015 4:06:53 PM PDT · by Baynative · 48 replies
    Me again | July 11, 2015 | Me
    When we talk of guitar playing it is often in the text of rock and roll and what immediately comes to mind for most folks is the driving and powerful popular classics of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and others. Because guitar playing and rock music most always conjure up the hits that made us stomp our feet and dance. A former hard rocker and “party ‘til you puke” concert consumer myself, I don’t quarrel with any of the hard rockers getting their due. But, just for fun on a slow Saturday night I’d like to offer up a couple of...
  • Microsoft giving up on phones? Naaahh, Windows 10 Mobile lumbers toward release (build 10166)

    07/11/2015 10:54:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | July 10, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 10 Mobile, the version of the new OS for phones, and it has the same build number as the current version for desktop PCs. That doesn't mean it's equally close to release, though. While Microsoft has committed to a July 29 release date for the PC version, it has made no promises about the mobile version. And with good reason; Windows 10 Mobile is still in much rougher shape than the desktop OS. Build 10166 of the PC version of Windows 10, released on Thursday, was mostly about "bug fixing and...
  • George Olsen & His Music "Roll Out Of Bed With A Smile" on Columbia 2848-D (1933)

    07/09/2015 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 6 replies
    Columbia Phonograph Company ^ | 1933 | George Olsen
    VIDEO
  • Asbestos found in children’s crayons, toys

    07/09/2015 7:34:20 AM PDT · by dware · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.08.2015 | Fox News
    our brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits were found to contain asbestos, according a report released Wednesday. The tests were commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) action fund, a government-certified laboratory and confirmed by another government-certified laboratory.
  • U.S. Military Makes Monumental Shift To Hollowpoint Pistol Ammunition

    07/08/2015 8:33:41 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 46 replies
    Bearingarms ^ | 08 Jul 2015 | Bob Owens
    In a significant doctrinal shift, the U.S. military is relegating full metal jacketed (FMJ) pistol bullets to a training role, and will be adopting modern hollowpoint designs similar to those used by most domestic law enforcement agencies and citizens who carry handguns for self-defense. The stunning announcement was made at the U.S Army’s Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey yesterday during the military’s two-day “industry day” for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), which will conclude today. A military lawyer who made a presentation during the Industry Day noted that the United States is not a signatory to the Hague Conventions which...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/08/2015 4:38:46 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 88 replies
    Busy week here, so I'm just posting a couple of links to Fancy Desserts. Please post your own favorite! Back in the 90s, I found this 'Chocolate Truffle Loaf with Raspberry Sauce' in a magazine ad. There are many versions of it now, but this one is the exact recipe I've used for years; it's not difficult, and makes an elegant, do-ahead dessert for a dinner party: http://www.kraftcanada.com/recipes/bakers-chocolate-truffle-loaf-84706 I once made an alligator cake for a kid's birthday party. It was made by using several pans of different shapes, and cutting the cake up to create the critter - I...
  • We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the HORRORS (actually a good in-depth review)

    07/07/2015 6:16:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 83 replies
    The Register ^ | July 7, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    Every time I've looked at Windows 10, it hasn't been long before I've run away screaming. As recently as May the ISO was nowhere near ready for prime time. Testing Windows 10 seemed to me like volunteering to be an unpaid drug trial guinea pig – it would be painful and could potentially give you horrible side effects, and you wouldn't even have an envelope of cash at the end to show for it. Keeping my distance from the very bleeding edge betas gives me some advantages, though. Like a sense of perspective. While bloggers and fanbois get excited over...
  • Casanova Who Cheated 20 Women Arrested

    07/06/2015 10:31:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    ASIAONE ^ | Monday, Jul 6, 2015
    It was the end of the road for a Casanova who has swindled about 20 women of their money and jewellery when he was arrested by police. The 34-year-old man was believed to have been involved in 20 fraud cases amounting to about RM155,000 (S$55,000). [US$40,600] Identifying himself as Aidid Iskandar, Afzan Iskandar and Hafis, the man would approach his victims on Facebook and sweet-talk them into believing he was sincere. The father-of-three is said to have cheated about 20 women between the ages of 28 and 38 of their cash and jewellery in two years. Brickfields police chief Asst...
  • How many iPhones does it take to stop a bullet?

    07/06/2015 3:52:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    C-Net ^ | 5 July 2015 6:38 pm BST | by Michael Franco
    Can a stack of iPhones protect a Samsung Galaxy S6 from a blast fired from a Russian assault rifle? You'll just have to watch and see. See the video here. Whenever a new iPhone comes out, there are lots of questions about its screen resolution, its battery life, the quality of its camera... You know, normal questions. A YouTube user known as EverythingApplePro recently had another kind of question about the shiny slabs of tech -- just how many of them it would take to stop a bullet shot at close range from an AK-74. No, that's not a typo;...