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  • Sig 2022, Springfield XD9 or S&W Shield 9

    11/30/2015 7:08:30 AM PST · by skeeter · 51 replies
    Looking for advise on a firearms purchase. Any advise on any of the three mentioned models?
  • Windows Tablet Shipments Gaining Momentum at Expense of Android (Up 58% Jan-Sep 2015)

    11/29/2015 11:13:22 PM PST · by dayglored · 33 replies
    TechoBuffalo ^ | Nov 28, 2015 | Maximum PC
    Windows-based tablets may have gotten off to a slow start, but things are changing, and changing fast. According to Strategy Analytics, Windows tablet shipments jumped 58 percent in the first nine months of 2015, and with the holiday shopping season in view, they'll reach 22 million shipments by the end of the year. If that comes to pass, Windows will account for 10 percent of the global tablet market. That would still put Windows way behind Android (68 percent) and iOS (22 percent), but it's far better than the measly 1.7 percent of the smartphone market Windows owns (based on...
  • "Ain't She Sweet?" classic flapper '20s song Harry Bidgood & His Broadcasters ( 1927)

    11/29/2015 10:21:54 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 29 Nov 1927 | Harry Bidgood
    "Ain't She Sweet?" is played by Harry Bidgood & His Broadcasters on Broadcast 129, recorded on May 11, 1927.
  • Microsoft takes PUPs behind the shed with gun in hand ('Potentially unwanted programs', not canines)

    11/29/2015 9:49:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 30, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Cute canines safe, 'Potentially unwanted programs' now nixed by System Centre or Forefront Remond has updated its paid System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection services with a feature to kill spammy and advertising injecting programs operating from within enterprise networks. The upgrades will help system admins to eliminate potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from networks that are not explicitly malware but at minimum are annoying and will escalate corporate attack vectors. Microsoft security bod trio Geoff McDonald, Deepak Manohar, and Dulce Montemayor say the PUP destroyer will be delivered through automatic updates. "These applications can increase the risk of...
  • "Savoy Christmas Medley" Debroy Somers Band from 1929

    11/29/2015 10:40:13 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1929 | Debroy Somers
    "Savoy Christmas Medley" is played by the Debroy Somers Band (a British dance band).
  • Abe Lyman "What Have We Got To Do Tonight But Dance?" on Brunswick 6094 (1931)

    11/29/2015 1:02:30 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1931 | Abe Lyman
    Abe Lyman & His Orchestra plays "What Have We Got To Do Tonight But Dance?" on Brunswick 6094, recorded on March 30, 1931.
  • The Official Fallout 4 Thread

    11/28/2015 7:53:03 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 296 replies
    11/28./2015 | By Laz A. Mataz
    Had to do it. Had to create the thread. The game is too damned good. This thread is reserved for hardcore gamers who play Fallout 4. Norm, KC, TADSLOS and I have hijacked so many threads discussing this game, I felt we needed our own thread.Fallout 4 is amazing. The content is excessively large. There is so much to explore, you could replay this game 10 times and not find every mission or quest. The characters are so much better fleshed out than any other game I have played. Even the radio announcer of Diamond City Radio will have you...
  • It followed me home...

    11/27/2015 6:02:29 PM PST · by Chode · 101 replies
    11/27/2015 | Chode
    isn't it cute????
  • Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate (MS Defender does the trick)

    11/27/2015 6:13:55 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 26, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Windows Defender lives up to its name by dealing death to Dell's dumb DLL Microsoft has killed Dell's user-pwning root certificate and its self-reinstalling .dll with its antivirus Defender tool. The certificate is a big blunder because it opens a universal means for attackers on public networks to hose new Dell laptops. That's because bright minds planted a self-signed root CA certificate and private key on new laptops which allows attackers on public Wi-Fi to steal otherwise encrypted usernames, passwords, and other sensitive data. "An attacker can exploit a certificate using phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks to decrypt, modify or spoof...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    11/27/2015 3:56:50 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 68 replies
    I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving, and is now enjoying plenty of leftovers! We took the advice of 'boatbums', and did a dry brine for the first time - just salt. It turned out wonderfully, despite a near disaster. We began with a fresh turkey, and my husband salted it a few days ahead, dried the turkey naked in the fridge overnight, and started it in the oven at 450 degrees on The Day. A couple of hours later, the probe thermometer went off, and we stared at each other: something was wrong, and there was no way the...
  • The Cruel Secret Behind Tennessee's Walking Horses [Big Lick Only-17min video]

    11/26/2015 2:40:07 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    SPS Dateline [YouTube-Journeyman] ^ | September 2014 | Ashley Hamer (research)
    Walk of Shame: How Tennessee's famous high-stepping horse became the latest animal-cruelty scandal
  • Homeless man is accused of collecting submachine guns, silencers and handguns

    11/25/2015 6:30:25 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 60 replies
    LA Times ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Veronica Rocha
    Richard Cunningham was homeless. But he wasn’t gun-less, police allege. Deputies found a cache of weapons at his Harbor City encampment, including: two fully operational submachine guns, four handguns, two makeshift silencers and numerous rounds of ammunition, It is unclear how Cunningham came to possess the arsenal.
  • Gun magazines dominate the supermarket magazine rack

    11/25/2015 1:51:04 PM PST · by dennisw · 42 replies
    self | Nov 25 2015 | self
    I was sent to the supermarket to buy some green beans for Thanksgiving. On the way out I decided to look at the computer magazines in the magazine rack which I have not done in years. This rack is medium size. I figured I would see no computer magazines (computers are passe) but that I would see magazines devoted to smartphones and iphones. But I saw nothing.What I did see surprised me. 12 gun magazines, maybe one or two were buying guides. I also saw a model drone buying guide. On the cover was a photo of a helicopter type...
  • Would Trump Pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey as President.

    11/25/2015 12:48:09 PM PST · by ThomasThomas · 39 replies
    Vanity | Today | Thomas
    If Trump is elected president do you think he will pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey. It has a recent practice among presidents to pardon a for Thanksgiving. But even as I child I was sure they still ate Thanksgiving day. Would Putin hold such a tradition if Russia had one. Do you think Trump would hold on to this tradition? It is said to date back to Truman but was really tradition till about Kennedy. Anyone have a better history?
  • Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs (oh goodie it's going away)

    11/24/2015 6:55:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful root CA certificate called eDellRoot, which puts the machines' owners at risk of identity theft and banking fraud. The self-signed certificate is bundled with its private key, which is a boon for man-in-the-middle attackers: for example, if an affected Dell connects to a...
  • Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites (Mo' Badness)

    11/24/2015 6:50:06 PM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and scammers, who can quote the information to trick victims into thinking they're talking to a legit Dell employee. And, well, it's just plain rude. A website created by a bloke called Slipstream - previously in these pages for exposing security holes in UK school IT software - shows...
  • Is this the greatest man-cave ever?

    11/24/2015 8:05:16 AM PST · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/24/15 | Euan McLelland
    An expecting father has ensured he will suffer no sleepless nights when his pregnant girlfriend gives birth - by building a bunker 10ft under his back garden which is capable of surviving the apocalypse. Former plumber Colin Furze, 36, says he has dreamt of having his own secret lair since he was a child. So he spent two months building the 16ft x 20ft man cave underneath the garden of his modest semi-detached house in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
  • Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper (Earlier problem is worse than was thought)

    11/23/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Jeremy Kirk
    Duo Security researchers found a second weak digital certificate on a new Dell Inspiron laptop The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern. Researchers with Duo Security have found a second weak digital certificate in a new Dell laptop and evidence of another problematic one circulating. The issue started after it was discovered Dell shipped devices with a self-signed root digital certificate, eDellRoot, which is used to encrypt data traffic. But it installed the root certificate with the private encryption key included, a critical error that left many...
  • Percival Mackey & His Band "Mercenary Mary Selections" on UK Columbia 9062 (1925)

    11/23/2015 9:22:06 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1925 | Percival Mackey
    Percival Mackey & His Band plays "Mercenary Mary Selections" on UK Columbia 9062, issued in 1925. Mercenary Mary is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by William B. Friedlander & Isabel Leighton. Music is by Con Conrad & William B. Friedlander. The show was more popular in England than in America. The New York opening was at the Longacre Theatre on April 13, 1925. It closed in New York after 136 performances. In England it opened at the London Hippodrome on October 7, 1925, running for 262 performances.
  • Neil Young's $1m LincVolt hybrid convertible breaks down on outing with girlfriend Daryl Hannah

    11/23/2015 9:08:51 PM PST · by dennisw · 82 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 17 November 2015 | Caitlin O'toole For Dailymail.com
    However, on Monday the car refused to co-operate as its battery died. Exiting the 20-foot car, Splash star Daryl bundled up against the chill in a white cardigan fingerless black gloves. She wore green flared corduroy pants and pink, cats-eye sunglasses as she carried her bags. The stranded pair called a group of friends to help, and four men were later seen pushing the car to the side of the parking lot, before the couple climbed into a pal's car and sped off. Earlier this month, Neil posted a photo of his beloved LincVolt to social media with some details...
  • Original Havana Band "Great Camp Meeting" Noble Sissle song 1929

    11/21/2015 7:55:08 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1929 | Noble Sissle
    Original Havana Band plays the Noble Sissle song "Great Camp Meeting," recorded on January 14, 1929.
  • "Lucille" Johnny Marvin & His Orchestra on Perfect 15536 (1931)

    11/21/2015 7:38:36 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1931 | Johnny Marvin and his Orchestra
    "Lucille" is performed by Johnny Marvin & His Orchestra on Perfect 15536, recorded on October 8, 1931.
  • Amish man runs marathon in traditional slacks and suspenders

    11/21/2015 3:16:45 PM PST · by Daffynition · 69 replies
    AP via SeattlePI ^ | November 21, 2015 | staff reporter
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ~ An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon ~ not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Twenty-two-year-old Leroy Stolzfus finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing his community's traditional clothing, Pennlive.com reported
  • Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 YEARS (and you're officially old - A Nostalgic Retrospective)

    11/20/2015 6:15:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 95 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft's cash cow celebrates three decades of PC dominance On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI) was more intuitive and easier for novice users to manage. Running Windows 1.0 required a PC running DOS 2.0 as well as two double-sided floppy disk drives, 256K of memory, and a new-fangled device known as a "graphics...
  • Just bought a Tokarev TT

    11/20/2015 3:59:33 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 38 replies
    11/20/15 | Celtic Conservative
    Just bought a Tokarev TT. Interesting pistol. It's been called the "Soviet 1911" and after disassembly and cleaning I can see why. Mine is a romanian model with a production date of 1956. To meet import regulations a frame mounted trigger safety has been added. It's fairly crisp and positive functioning, but just the same I don't think I'll be using it a lot. Most literature I've read on the TT doesn't recommend carry with a round chambered anyway. The Soviets carried them chamber empty. I'm looking forward to getting some range time with it when possible. I heard they're...
  • Buying Glock G 43

    11/20/2015 3:08:44 PM PST · by saleman · 51 replies
    me | 11/20/2015 | saleman
    Buying glock g 43. Or was.....
  • Bryce Harper wins first NL MVP in a landslide

    11/20/2015 6:04:30 AM PST · by pgkdan · 14 replies
    MASN Sports ^ | 11/19/2015 | Chris Johnson
    Bryce Harper has been named the National League Most Valuable Player in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The announcement was made live on MLB Network tonight. Harper was a unanimous selection, easily beating the other two finalists, first basemen Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks and Joey Votto of the Reds. Goldschmidt finished second. The complete balloting results are available here. Harper is the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history. Harper is the fourth-youngest MVP winner overall and the third in the NL behind Vida Blue (22 in 1971); Johnny Bench (22 in 1970); and Stan Musial (22...
  • "Until You Get Somebody Else" George Olsen & His Music vocal Fran Frey (1928)

    11/20/2015 3:48:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    Victor Talking Machine Co. ^ | 1928 | George Olsen and his Music
    "Until You Get Somebody Else" is played by George Olsen & His Music. Vocal is by Fran Frey. Issued in 1928.
  • Weekly Cooking Thread: THANKSGIVING EDITION cont'd.

    11/19/2015 3:24:16 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 74 replies
    The first dish I recall making when I began helping with the family Thanksgiving dinner, was my Aunt's recipe for Sweet Potato Souffle. If you don't like marshmallows (V K Lee, I'm talking to you!) they can be left out; but I think it would be tragic to leave out the raisins :-) I usually cheat on this: I don't whip the whites separately and fold them in - too much work for Thanksgiving, and it's wonderful even if you just throw it all together and mix it up. I also make the sweet potatoes the night before and refrigerate...
  • Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors (browser now blocks devious ads, toolbars, crapware)

    11/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 19, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Web scum foiled in Win 10 net ship. Microsoft has nixed the ability for its Edge browser to run unsigned dynamic link libraries (DLLs) in a move that will make life hard for dodgy extensions and ad injector merchants. Edge senior program manager Crispin Cowan says the update was dropped last week in the latest Windows 10 update and follows Redmond's plan to harden its web browsing asset. Last May Microsoft killed ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects making Edge faster and more stable, Cowan says. "Web browsers are an attractive target, because in-browser advertisements can be a significant source of...
  • Keefe Report: Ruger on the Frontline Against Terror

    11/18/2015 6:30:02 PM PST · by Jed Eckert · 36 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Mark Keefe
    As Americans are shocked and horrified by the carnage of another extremist Islamic attack in Paris-this one far worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher market massacres-one of America's most popular rifles is once again on the frontline in the war against terror. And it's not a gun familiar from the nightly news. That gun is a nearly 30-year-old variant of the Ruger Mini-14 called the Mousqueton A.M.D., the latter is an abbreviation for Armement Moyen de Defense. The veteran rifles from Ruger have appeared on broadcasts around the world in hands of helmeted French police. And the guns are...
  • Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat (down 35% from 2014)

    11/18/2015 6:25:50 PM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    ...And 80% of Windows phone owners desert the ecosystem for Android or iOS. Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, researcher Gartner said today. By comparison, total global smartphone shipments climbed 15% in the third quarter. Of the 353 million smartphones shipped in the September quarter worldwide, less than 6 million were powered by Microsoft's Windows, making Windows' share 1.7%, Gartner estimated, down from 3% in the same quarter of 2014. Windows phones shipments tumbled in some of the historic strongholds for the OS, said Roberta Cozza, a Gartner...
  • 33,600-piece Jigsaw Puzzle Completed

    11/18/2015 3:39:52 PM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    Neatorama ^ | January 11, 2015 | Miss Cellania
    It took 450 hours of work, but redditor manne0708 finished a jigsaw puzzle with 33,600 pieces. She says it was accomplished over two and a half months, despite the interference of two dogs and a cat. There were a few pieces retrieved from the vacuum cleaner bag. She is considering donating it to a children’s hospital after it is sealed. The puzzle is called Wildlife, and it will cost you nearly $400. It*s not a world record puzzle, but it is the largest mass-produced puzzle on the market.
  • "Blue Night" Percival Mackey And His Band with vocalist Cavan O'Connor (1929)

    11/18/2015 12:15:26 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1929 | Percival Mackey
    Percival Mackey & His Band plays "Blue Night" on Metropole M 1134. Vocalist is Cavan O'Connor. This was recorded in February, 1929.
  • Microsoft to world: We've got open source Machine Learning too (Artificial Intelligence)

    11/17/2015 10:35:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    Help teach Cortana to say 'Sorry, Dave' Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research promises it will get extended in the future. The DMTK Framework is front-and-centre, since that's where both extensions will happen. It's a two-piece critter, consisting of a parameter server and a client SDK. The parameter server has "separate data structures for high- and low-frequency parameters", Microsoft...
  • Boating accident - need help replacing CC pistol

    11/17/2015 9:58:21 PM PST · by America_Right · 55 replies
    Me | 11-17-2015 | Self
    Hi all, I lost all of my guns this past summer in a tragic boating accident in the middle of Lake Erie, and really need to replace my concealed carry pistol.Anyway, I was hoping I could get some ideas from you folks as to what I should get. I would like something small enough to fit in a pants pocket without being obvious, but still have some stopping power (.38 or 9mm). Of course, this is just what I would like, not what I necessarily need. If you have any other ideas for concealed carry, please feel free to add...
  • Jack Hylton & His Orchestra "The Pick Up"

    11/16/2015 7:30:42 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Jack Hylton
    Jack Hylton and His Orchestra plays "The Pick Up" on HMV B5882. The vocal is by Pat O'Malley. The song is featured in the film titled "Safety in Numbers."
  • Microsoft boffins build better crypto for secure medical data crunching

    11/16/2015 6:55:34 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Team Register
    Practical homomorphic encryption manual released As genome research - and the genomes themselves - get passed around the scientific community, the world's woken up to the security and privacy risks this can involve. A Microsoft research quintet has therefore published ways to help scientists work on genomic data while reducing the risk of data theft. The team published an informal manual to help scientists and other researchers to use the Simple Encrypted Arithmetic Library (SEAL). Homomorphic encryption is a technique in which software can operate on encrypted data without decrypting it. This would let hospitals and labs to work on...
  • Microsoft quietly slips out patched patch for Outlook – in camouflage (Windows Update Update)

    11/16/2015 6:38:12 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Same name, very different results If you held back on installing November's Patch Tuesday updates last week after Microsoft fumbled an Outlook patch, it's apparently safe to go back in the water. Many IT managers and normal folks held off on last week's patching cycle after one Microsoft fix - KB 3097877 - broke several versions of Outlook. The error came in how the software handled fonts, and resulted in the email client crashing as soon as some emails were scrolled through. "We have re-released KB 3097877 for Windows 7 to address the Outlook difficulties that some customers experienced. We...
  • Camera Captures Man Stealing Guns From Worcester Armory

    11/16/2015 12:48:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    cbslocal ^ | 16 Nov 2015
    Police are looking for a light-skinned man between 5’7”-5’10” tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a white t-shirt and a dark colored vest. Also caught on surveillance was the man’s car, which appears to be a newer model dark colored BMW hatchback with dark rims.
  • Microsoft has pulled the plug on its failed music service, Zune

    11/16/2015 6:05:29 AM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    Herald Recorder ^ | Nov 16, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft has officially buried its Zune music service, though it was already a distant memory for a lot of music fans. The Zune music service was discontinued on Sunday and users are now no longer able to stream or download content. Instead, Microsoft encourages users to try out their 3-year-old Groove Music, a digital music streaming service which boasts a music catalog of over 38 million tracks. Zune device owners are not affected and can continue to listen to and transfer music without a problem. Microsoft launched its Zune portable player and music service in 2006 as a response to...
  • Massive Windows 10 Update Has Three Nasty Surprises (Threshold 2 Problems)

    11/15/2015 6:20:35 PM PST · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Forbes (Tech) ^ | Nov 14, 2015 | Gordon Kelly
    'Threshold 2', Microsoft's massive Windows 10 update has brought lots of very positive changes... But unfortunately it has also been dogged by familiar controversy. Nasty Surprise #1: The 44% Bug Users have been reporting installation issues ... it gets stuck at the 44% mark ... In the official Windows Forum, Microsoft explained it may be to do with SD card issues: "We've observed that some devices that have an SD bus with an SD card inserted while installing the Windows 10 November update will stop responding at 44%, and we are currently investigating the issue." Nasty Surprise #2: Deleting And...
  • Exclusive: We Test The Armatix iP1, The Not-So-Smart Gun

    11/15/2015 4:31:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    NRA ^ | 11-12-15 | Guns and Gear
    In May 2014, NRA staffers secretly tested the Armatix iP1, the so-called "smart gun" that at the time was causing a furor among both media and gun owners nationwide. What we found was disappointing at best, and alarming at worst. NRA sent a team of firearm experts to an undisclosed range (at the request of our hosts) to do real-world tests of the iP1. To our knowledge, NRA is the only organization that has actually conducted real-world tests of the iP1 under range conditions. Guns & Gear Editor and team member Frank Winn penned a review of the iP1 for...
  • Laying down some full-auto freedom with the BAR Browning Automatic Rifle (VIDEO)YEAH BUDDY!

    11/14/2015 10:50:19 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies
    guns.com ^ | 11/13/2015 | Chris Eger
    The Browning Automatic Rifle, officially designated the M1918, was a sweet light machine gun designed by no less a firearms genius than John Moses Browning in the tail end of World War I. Capable of spitting out .30-06 rounds at 500-600 rounds per minute, the BAR could empty a 20-round detachable box magazine in just two seconds when wide open.
  • Is There a FReeper Gun Club?

    11/14/2015 11:07:45 AM PST · by conservativeimage.com · 51 replies
    self | 11/14/15 | Red Fox
    If there is no Free Republic associated firearms bearers organized yet, I will start one.
  • Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10 (improved performance and compatibility)

    11/13/2015 9:13:35 AM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 12, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has released an update it says is the first major release for Windows 10. Redmond said the new version of Windows 10 would offer better performance and compatibility with third-party hardware. "With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands of partners updating their device drivers and applications for greater Windows 10 compatibility," wrote Microsoft Windows and Devices executive vice president Terry Myerson. "Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today, and select mobile phones soon." Microsoft is also courting enterprise customers with the addition of two new services aimed...
  • NVIDIA Supercomputer to Bring AI to New Generation of Autonomous Robots and Drones

    11/12/2015 11:52:01 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 13 replies
    nvidia.com ^ | 10 November 2015 | nvidia
    NVIDIA today unveiled a credit-card sized module that harnesses the power of machine learning to enable a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn. The NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX1 module addresses the challenge of creating a new wave of millions of smart devices -- drones that don't just fly by remote control, but navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue; compact security surveillance systems that don't just scan crowds, but identify suspicious activity; and robots that don't just perform tasks, but tailor them to individuals' habits --by incorporating capabilities such as machine learning, computer vision, navigation...
  • Fallout 4 discussion thread

    11/12/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by An American in Turkiye · 69 replies
    An American in Turkiye
    Would like to hear what fellow FR gamers think of the new Fallout 4 game. I tried Fallout 3 but didn't care for it. I'm not a fan of open worlds or RPG's. I prefer linear games, like BioShock, Uncharted, Dead Space, etc. Is Fallout 4 living up to the hype? Is it open world like Fallout 3?
  • 'Blue Moon' diamond sells for record $48 mn at auction

    11/12/2015 12:51:43 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | November 12, 2015
    Tycoon Joseph Lau bought this bauble for his youngest daughter, Josephine, age 7,and promptly renamed the natural 12.03 caret diamond "The Blue Moon of Josephine." Geneva (AFP) - An exceptional 12.03-carat diamond dubbed "Blue Moon" was sold in Geneva for a new world record of 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) on Wednesday, auction house Sotheby's said. The vivid diamond, described as flawless by experts, was bought by a private collector from Hong Kong. The record-breaking sale comes a day after rival auction house Christie's sold a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond, the largest of its kind to ever appear at...
  • Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook (bad Windows Update alert)

    11/11/2015 8:14:59 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 11, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    The El Reg inbox has been flooded with reports of a serious cock-up by Microsoft's patching squad, with one of Tuesday's fixes causing killer problems for Outlook. "We are looking into reports from some customers who are experiencing difficulties with Outlook after installing Windows KB 3097877. An immediate review is under way," a Microsoft spokesperson told us. The problem is with software in one of the four critical patches issued in yesterday's Patch Tuesday bundle – MS15-115. This was supposed to fix a flaw in the way Windows handles fonts, but has had some unexpected side effects for some Outlook...