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  • 1937 Hot Rods

    06/23/2018 8:59:53 AM PDT · by ETL · 64 replies
    various sources (pics, no links)
    1937 Chevy Pickup
  • Testing GYROJET Rocket Guns

    06/22/2018 6:03:15 PM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 30 replies
    youtube ^ | 10 June 2018 | TAOFLEDERMAUS
    We were able to make the impossible happen, test out two rare Gyrojet rocket guns. Remarkably, instead of just taking one or two shots, we were able to take 4 shots. We were able to learn a lot with these limited test still.
  • Cherry Hill gang member known as 'Butt Juice' is convicted (Baltimore)

    06/21/2018 12:59:12 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 50 replies
    Fox Baltimore ^ | 06/19/2018 | by Bryna Zumer|
    A 25-year-old Baltimore man who goes by the name of "Butt Juice" was convicted Tuesday of conspiracy to take part in racketeering as part of his gang activities in the Cherry Hill area. Lamont Jones, a.ka. "Butt Juice," faces a maximum sentence of life in prison; his sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5, according to a news release Tuesday. Jones is a member of the Up Da Hill (UDG) gang and was also convicted of conspiracy to distribute drugs and having drugs with intent to distribute, according to the news release.
  • This Is a 1000-Hp Toyota Hypercar

    06/20/2018 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | Jun 20, 2018 | By Máté Petrány
    Update: At the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota announced that the company is now developing the GR Super Sport Concept as a road car, effectively bringing Le Mans tech to the streets, a first since the GT1 era. What a time to be alive. Our original story on the concept, published 1/12/18, appears below. ______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Last year, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda said that as the auto industry approaches times of tremendous change he is "strongly determined to make sure that cars will be fun for the next 100 years." One small step towards that honorable goal would...
  • Police: 2 arrested after having sex by busy Oklahoma City intersection

    06/18/2018 12:47:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 64 replies
    okcfox ^ | June 18, 2018 | Austin Prickett
    Two people were taken into custody after police say they were having sex on the ground near a busy Oklahoma City intersection. Oklahoma City Police Department reports show that police were contacted at approximately 5:30 p.m. June 15 by a woman who was at a tire shop near NW 10 and Virginia when she observed two people under a tree. The woman stated she saw a man with his pants "halfway down" on top of a woman... Police then arrested both subjects: 48-year-old Tony Willis and 42-year-old Verna LeClair... LeClair has previously been arrested after reportedly being caught having sex...
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout (ok now you're ALL getting it!)

    06/15/2018 2:52:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 80 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 15, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    [Microsoft] Claims it’s the least complaint-generating Windows ever Microsoft’s decided that Windows 10 version 1803, aka the April Update, is now fit for consumption by business users or indeed anyone or anything capable of running Windows 10.The company’s declared the updated OS is now “fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide”, including business PCs. Redmond’s advice comes after over 250 million users installed the OS and gave it a thrashing. Those efforts produced data that Microsoft said shows a twenty per “reduction in system stability issues” and the same reduction “in operating system and driver stability issues.”The...
  • Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

    06/13/2018 7:59:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 13 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix.The document (PDF) was revealed on June 12th and is intended for security researchers, to offer “better clarity around the security features, boundaries and mitigations which exist in Windows and the servicing commitments which come with them.”“We are primarily interested in feedback around our servicing policies and whether our criteria makes sense to you, the researcher,” says Microsoft’s announcement of the draft.Microsoft explains that it asks two questions when it learns of...
  • "Which?" (UK consumer rights advocate) calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

    06/12/2018 9:37:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 12 2018 | Richard Speed
    So how did that April 2018 Update go for you then? Champion of consumer rights and closer of customer email services Which? has taken a hobnailed boot to Microsoft's beleaguered Windows 10 operating system with research that will make for unpleasant reading at Redmond.A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.In the survey, conducted in...
  • The Crossing is being cancelled

    06/11/2018 6:08:17 PM PDT · by George from New England · 41 replies
    Can we have any freeper that watched The Crossing on ABC for the last three months, chip in here. One of the few new good TV series lately and the networks are killing it. Did you like it, wasn't it original, unique, etc.
  • Testing the super rare Gyrojet series of 1960s rocket guns

    06/11/2018 8:46:13 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 11 replies ^ | 05/11/18 | Chris Eger If encountering the Space Age MBA Gyrojet is like petting a unicorn, firing one is akin to bigfoot riding a unicorn, so be ready to nerd out. In 1960, San Ramon, California-based nuclear weapons researcher Bob Mainhardt and arms designer Art Biehl came together to form MB Associates (after their initials) to explore modern rocket-firearm designs. The pair’s initial pet project was a small handheld flare projector that morphed, with an eye to military sales, into a rocket-firing family of weapons. These guns– both pistols and rifles– could be incredibly light (as low as 17-ounces), near recoilless, and powerful....
  • Microsoft Forums Drop Support for Win 7/8/8.1, Office 2010/13, Surface/Pro/2, MSE, IE10, ...

    06/11/2018 8:07:50 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    Microsoft Community Forums ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Michelle Mad
    FR dayglored note: Technical Support and answering questions are being discontinued for the listed Community Forums, meaning the forum threads are either users-only, or locked to further comments (read-only) This does NOT indicate dropping of Product Technical Support, e.g. Security updates, etc. Those are still per the regular end-of-life announcements. Hello, Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can...
  • Steam games store to 'allow everything'

    06/08/2018 4:35:08 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | June 7, 2018 | Dave Lee
    The Steam video game store has changed its content policy to "allow everything", unless it is illegal or "straight up trolling". The shift comes after controversy surrounding games which many people considered were offensive. A school shooting simulation game was removed from the store last month. But now games publisher Valve, which owns Steam, said it was not up to the company to decide what should or should not be on sale. The new policy paves the way for pornographic games to be made available on the platform, including in virtual reality. It would make the Steam store the first...
  • Reports: 2 Eagles planned to attend White House visit;

    06/07/2018 11:30:46 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 40 replies
    Philly ^ | 6/7/2018 | Philly
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Eagles players and officials made individual decisions to not go to the White House for a scheduled celebration of their Super Bowl title, leaving two players actually planning to make the trip to Washington before the visit was canceled by President Donald Trump, according to players and a person familiar with the arrangements. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because of the sensitivity of the issues. All-Pro center Jason Kelce said players filled out forms anonymously indicating whether they wanted to go to the White House, not make the trip or go to Washington and...
  • “Don’t Buy Expensive Defense Guns?” Revisited

    06/05/2018 10:27:46 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 52 replies
    The American Rifleman ^ | 06/03/18 | Joe Kurtenbach
    Recently, Sheriff Jim Wilson posted his thoughts regarding the practice of purchasing and carrying “pricey” firearms for personal defense, and I’d like to offer my perspective to the conversation. In particular, I’d like to address the pervasive sentiment—on anonymous Internet forums, at least—that it is foolish to buy or use expensive firearms because it may need to be used in a defensive shooting, and would subsequently be held as evidence by the police. This is pure “Web Warrior” B.S. of the first degree, in my opinion, and here’s why. Let’s just say you own and carry a $1,500 firearm …...
  • Meaning of Firearm Cartridge Designation Number

    06/03/2018 9:44:42 PM PDT · by txnativegop · 30 replies
    Do any FReepers know the meaning of the cartridge designation SAA on the European Cartridge Research Association website?
  • The Rolling Stones Charlie Watts Celebrates His 77th Birthday

    06/03/2018 1:42:10 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 83 replies
    Manchester Evening News ^ | June 3, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Charlie Watts, legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones is celebrating his 77th birthday this weekend.He's preparing for a live show on Tuesday with the boys in Manchester.
  • A $5 million nickel? Extremely rare 1913 coin up for auction

    06/03/2018 11:46:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 36 replies ^ | June 2, 2018 | James Rogers
    Described as the most valuable U.S. nickel in existence, a rare nickel from 1913 is expected to sell for between $3 million and $5 million at auction. The Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, one of only five ever produced, will be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in August. “The other four 1913 Liberty Head Nickels have gone on to private collectors and museums, including the Smithsonian,” explained Stack’s Bowers, in a statement. Named for Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., the banker and famed coin collector who bought it in 1948, the nickel will be auctioned at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s...
  • Romanian AK-47 SAR-1 (circa 2000)

    06/02/2018 10:08:12 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 26 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | June 2, 2018 | Reno89519
    The Romanian SAR-1 AK-47 type rifle produced by ROMAK S.A. was imported into the US by Century Arms in 1998-2003. I just got on trade a 2000 model. Mostly "new" condition. Does anyone have any thoughts and experiences with this model?
  • Monthly Cooking Thread - June 2018

    06/01/2018 4:24:29 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 113 replies
    Last week we tried ‘roasting’ a whole chicken in the Instant Pot, and used the Lemon and Herb Chicken recipe on the Instant Pot website. The meat itself turned out amazing, very moist and tender; but as we suspected when discussing this last month, the skin was not crispy. We got around this by giving the chicken a few minutes under the broiler after cooking, and as Liz suggested one could use a chef’s torch. We came away from the experience thinking that it’s a great way to do a chicken if you want to use the meat in a...
  • Why Polaroid photography is making a comeback

    05/31/2018 1:22:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | May 10, 2018 Updated: May 10, 2018 01:45 PM | Kevin Hackett
    Dubai's Julian Castaldi putting the final touches to an exhibition of Polaroids ___________________________________________________________________________________ Instant photography is cool again, says Dubai artist, Julian Castaldi “It’s for an office party,” quips Raj Thomas as he hands over his debit card in a Dubai store, in return for a “Polaroid” camera that’s made by Fujifilm. “I think we’ll have some fun with it for a few weeks before the novelty wears off.” The force of nostalgia is strong with instant cameras (which, no matter the brand, will always be referred to as Polaroids, just like every vacuum cleaner used to be known as...