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  • Windows 7 Reaches 60 Percent Market Share for the First Time in History

    07/04/2015 8:04:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    SoftPedia ^ | July 1, 2015 | (none)
    Windows 10 is almost here and since Windows 7 and 8.1 users will be allowed to upgrade to the new OS without paying a single cent, usage of these two versions increases on a daily basis. Statistics provided by Net Applications show that Window 7 has reached a market share of 60.98 percent in June 2015, obviously remaining the number one desktop operating system in the whole world. Windows 8.1 is second in this list with 13.12 percent, while Windows XP is still being used by 13.12 percent of the PC owners across the world. Windows 8 has dropped even...
  • Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that... (MS rollout plan)

    07/04/2015 7:24:30 AM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Register ^ | July 2, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Microsoft has shared more details about how it plans to roll out Windows 10 beginning later this month. We already knew the OS will start shipping to members of the Windows Insider program on July 29. On Thursday, however, Microsoft OS boss Terry Myerson explained in a blog post that not everyone should expect to receive their updates on that date. "From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th," Myerson wrote. "Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users." What's more, he...
  • Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders (10162 w/ISO)

    07/04/2015 7:13:03 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | July 3, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft's "Windows Insider" fast track is living up to its name, with build 10162 released yesterday, making it three builds in four days since 10158 appeared on 29 June. One difference this time round is that you can download the ISO image in one of 22 languages. The download page is headed "April update" at the time of writing, but expand the downloads and you find build 10162. The ISO image enables testing of clean installs, and suggests that this may qualify as a "slow" preview; the more stable builds which are made available to all testers. This is also...
  • Nikon’s P900 takes the term ‘Super Zoom’ to a new level

    07/03/2015 12:16:54 PM PDT · by texas booster · 32 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 27 June 2015 | Jim Rossman
    The P900 is a bridge camera. I wasn’t familiar with the term until this week, but it makes perfect sense — it’s a bridge between the pocket camera & a full-blown DSLR. The P900 is an all-in-one; it does not have interchangeable lenses. But the lens it has is a doozey. The P900 is in a subcategory of cameras called super zooms.. The Nikkor ED VR (vibration reduction) lens is sharp at the lower end of the range and not too shabby at the high end. The autofocus speed is very fast. I found the shutter lag (the time between...
  • New Bubble Wrap is losing its pop

    07/02/2015 10:24:53 AM PDT · by dware · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 07.02.2015 | Wyatt Massey
    (CNN)Stuffed beside the terrible birthday gift your grandma mailed was always the one redemption: Bubble Wrap. That instantly amusing piece of packaging is losing its pop -- literally. Sealed Air, the company that created the material in 1960, introduced a version that will no longer pop, according to the Wall Street Journal. Instead, air will shift in columns of bubbles.
  • Ex-CNNer Lynne Russell's husband kills robber in wild motel shootout

    07/01/2015 7:50:32 PM PDT · by rikkir · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/1/2015 | Shawn Cohen
    A road trip down old Route 66 led to a Wild West-style motel shootout for a pioneering CNN anchor and her former-soldier hubby. Lynne Russell — the first woman to ever solo-anchor a primetime network news show — and Chuck de Caro, 65, had stopped at a Motel 6 for the night in Albuquerque when an intruder slipped into their room as Russell went to grab something from the car around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. “I opened the door and he materialized out of nowhere; he was inside,” she told The Post. “And he pushed me into the room and onto...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/01/2015 4:09:24 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 85 replies
    Eggs! I enjoy a cheese souffle, but I don't always enjoy the work of it. This 'Sturdy Souffle' is adapted from the 1979 edition of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook, and cuts down on the work - no separating or separate beating of eggs. It won't rise as high and light, but doesn't fall as flat as a 'regular' souffle. Sturdy Souffle 4 T. butter (and some to grease the dish) 1/4 cup flour 1 cup hot milk Pinch of salt Pinch of cayenne pepper 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus more to sprinkle the baking dish; or just MORE in...
  • Armless pilot inspires with her accomplishments

    07/01/2015 8:20:40 AM PDT · by dware · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Fox News
    An armless Arizona woman became the first female to fly with her feet five years ago — and now she’s showing people what it’s like to feel limitless without limbs.
  • Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends (and FB friends, and...)

    06/30/2015 7:07:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | June 30, 2015 | Simon Rockman
    A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts. So giving a wireless password to one person grants access to everyone who knows them. That includes their Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends. There is method in the Microsoft madness – it saves having to shout across the office or house “what’s the Wi-Fi password?” – but ease of use has to be tamed with security. If you wander close to a wireless network, and your friend knows the password,...
  • I've Never Said This Before – But It's Time For You To Start Buying Guns and Ammo

    06/27/2015 11:54:07 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 66 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 06/27/2015 | Steven Crowder
    I've pasted the whole column below. But there is a video that can only be seen on the site/not embedded here. So please, if you support my work, visit the site. If not, no problem. "Now before you label this as a “crazy” post, I’m not talking about, nor am I predicting some doomsday scenario. Don’t expect me to be selling you seeds, food preserves or bomb shelters anytime soon. That is not what I am suggesting here. I’m also not suggesting that you need to buy yourself an AR15 to fight off an onslot of newly married gays. Okay?...
  • Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops (disabled Windows security updates)

    06/27/2015 6:40:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 26 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Samsung will release a patch for its computers so that they no longer kill off automatic Windows updates. On Wednesday, reverse-engineering specialist Patrick Barker blogged about a program suspiciously called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that is bundled on Sammy machines and shuts down automatic Windows Updates – including security updates. Users have to remember to install updates from Microsoft manually, and if they opt for automatic installation, Samsung's software disables it. The firm's support staff told him that was to make sure Samsung's hardware drivers were not removed or overridden by Microsoft's upgrades. While not as serious as Lenovo's Superfish debacle – where...
  • What?! I think I'm an animal (part 1)

    06/26/2015 3:04:50 PM PDT · by fishtank · 6 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQqSwVhD96E ^ | Apr 24, 2013 | Not really sure.
    From the YouTube link: Published on Apr 24, 2013 "An amazing video of Therians involving some of my close friends talking about the therian lifestyle, their lives, and a reflection of my own. My name is Alpha Blue-Eye. I'm a blue and white arctic wolf. If you have any questions for me, put them in the comment box and I'll answer them in a later video!"
  • Drag a Million Dollars Through the Supreme Court Trailer Park.

    06/26/2015 1:23:14 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 10 replies
    www.freerepublic.com | 1/26/15 | Carvelle
    Who knew? It was this easy to destroy a democracy. Elected to the highest court in the land, but no better than a crack whore.
  • Vermont now 41st state to allow civilian ownership of suppressors

    06/26/2015 9:53:23 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 14 replies
    Guns.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Chris Eger
    Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a Fish and Wildlife bill last week that included language to legalize suppressors and repeal one of the oldest bans in the nation on the devices. The bill was introduced to the House in February as a standalone measure before being rolled into larger Senate economic development package and finally into the House F&W measure which passed the legislature with broad support. Vermont’s prohibition on silencers and suppressors predated the National Firearms Act. The legislation, signed by Shumlin on June 17, was introduced by Rep. Pat Brennan, R-Colchester, who championed the devices for safety and...
  • Here’s Why My Dad Will Never Buy Anything But a Lexus Ever Again

    06/24/2015 9:13:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/24/15 | Doug DeMuro
    So I’m on vacation the other day, and I get a text message from my dad saying that he’s returning to the Lexus dealership service department for the second time in a day. This surprised me. My father would never willingly go to an automobile dealership twice in a single day. The man will sometimes go entire years without setting foot in a car dealer. He is, when it comes to cars, my polar opposite: he doesn’t care. He drives 6,000 miles a year and religiously maintains his vehicles at the dealership, documenting every service, every oil change, every fuel...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/24/2015 4:55:21 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 65 replies
    I once attended a wonderful wedding dinner given by a Greek lady for a friend of mine. The marriage was a late-life second marriage for both the bride and groom, and they just went off to the courthouse in the morning and 'got hitched'. That evening, they were feted with the first authentic Greek dinner I'd ever enjoyed, with about fifty people seated at numerous tables that were set up in the home of the hostess. This lady and her husband managed the cooking and serving of the dinner alone, in a feat of efficient, elegant hospitality that left me...
  • Duke Engines' incredibly compact, lightweight valveless axial engine

    06/23/2015 12:50:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.gizmag.com ^ | September 3, 2014 | By Loz Blain
    New Zealand's Duke Engines has been busy developing and demonstrating excellent results with a bizarre axial engine prototype that completely does away with valves, while delivering excellent power and torque from an engine much smaller, lighter and simpler than the existing technology. We spoke with Duke co-founder John Garvey to find out how the Duke Axial Engine project is going. The Duke Axial Engine is lighter, more compact and already slightly more powerful than a typical equivalent engine, even though this is just a prototype Duke Engines' 3-liter, five cylinder test mule is already making a healthy 215 horsepower and...
  • Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

    06/21/2015 12:50:52 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | June 21, 2015 | Kelly Fiveash
    Microsoft backtracks blog post containing apparent "Free" Windows 10 upgrade promise for all preview testers Microsoft has been forced to quietly edit a misleading blog post that seemed to suggest that anyone could get their mitts on Windows 10 for free – if they first installed a test version of Redmond's upcoming operating system for PCs. The only caveat appeared to be that folk had to use a Microsoft Account (MSA) that's connected to the firm's Windows Insider program. Microsoft had said that a freebie upgrade would then be applied for anyone who has installed its latest Windows 10 preview...
  • Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

    06/20/2015 11:43:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 20/2015 | Michael Zhang
    Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called “freedom of panorama,” and it’s currently under attack over in Europe.
  • At Waterloo Re-Enactment, History So Real You Can Taste It

    06/20/2015 9:07:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | Eleanor Beardsley
    Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers. French lawyer Franck Samson, dressed as Napoleon, takes part in a re-enactment of the Battle of Ligny in central Belgium on June 14. The re-enactment of Ligny, Napoleon's last victory, is part of bicentenary celebrations of the Battle of Waterloo. PARALLELS 200...
  • The Air Waves

    06/20/2015 2:03:19 PM PDT · by mylife · 37 replies
    RNI ^ | 7/11/2003 | Allan H Wiener
    In this day and age of communication we have lost free speech and are losing our airwaves to the big corporate and government interests. http://radionewyorkinternational.com/archives/pirates-cove/2003-1107%20pirates%20cove%20rni%2087%20and%20caroline%2088.mp3 http://putlocker.is/watch-pirate-radio-online-free-putlocker.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5PQnngPX00
  • Mexican Artisan Launches Donald Trump Pinata

    06/19/2015 10:59:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jun 19, 2015
    After Donald Trump's Mexico-bashing comments this week, Mexicans are engaging in a little Trump-bashing of their own. Call it revenge, Mexican style. Artisan Dalton Avalos Ramirez launched a Trump pinata Friday, featuring The Donald's inimitable hairstyle and a big, big mouth. The papier-mache figure will come in a variety of sizes. The first was on display at the Pinatas Ramirez store in the border city of Reynosa. Avalos Ramirez said he created it "because of the hatred Trump expressed for the Mexican people." He said "people want to burn the pinatas, they want to break them. People are angry." During...
  • I Went to The Battle Bots Reboot Taping, And It Was Awesome

    06/19/2015 10:49:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Jun 19, 2015 | Matt Saincome
    Tombstone, a 250-pound fighting robot that is unapologetically designed to just be one big weapon, powers up in the red corner, its large, horizontal-spinning blade gaining speed. Across the Battle Box in the blue corner, over a few buzzsaw-type booby traps and spike hazards, sits Witch Doctor, a bright-green robot with a one-toothed, vertical-spinning wheel beginning to gather momentum. The lights are on, the box is locked – it’s robot-fighting time. These are the Battle Bots, and they are programmed to kill. (Sort of). The crowd roars, having been waiting patiently inside the Mare Island Sports Complex, an old naval...
  • Woman Carrying Cocaine in Breast Implants Arrested at Colombia Airport

    06/19/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 20, 2015 | (none)
    A Honduran woman carrying 3.3 lbs of liquid cocaine in her breast implants was arrested at the airport in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, police said. Paola Deyanira Sabillon, 22, was attempting to travel to Spain when her apparent nervousness aroused suspicion in the security line, airport police colonel Diego Rosero said. X-rays revealed a recent surgery on Sabillon's breasts and she confessed that an unknown substance had been implanted which she was meant to take to Barcelona, police added. Authorities said a preliminary investigation showed that the surgery took place at a clandestine clinic in the city of Pereira,...
  • Clay Target Shooting In Minnesota, The Hot High School Sport

    06/19/2015 7:52:22 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 6/19/15 | AP
    Kalley Johnson was hunting with her father by age 4. She had a bow and arrow in hand two years later. She once shot a zebra on a productive big-game trip to Namibia. Who knew those skills would earn her varsity letters? “Sometimes if I tell a random person I’m on the trapshooting team, they kind of look at me funny like, ‘You’re a girl. You can do that?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, we do it all the time,'” said Johnson, a just-graduated senior at Delano High School. “But it’s definitely getting better. The first year it started, there were only...
  • So, I've decided on the handgun I'm going to buy. Opinions? (Vanity)

    06/19/2015 5:23:06 PM PDT · by Skooz · 149 replies
    The Bizarro World of The Skooz | 6/19/2015 | Skooz
    After doing due diligence researching a high quality, yet affordable, handgun for concealed carry purposes (as well as the first handgun I will own) I've decided on the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield. I'm still not sure if I'll go with the 9mm or .40. Any ideas on that? Like I said, this is my first ever handgun purchase, having owned only rifles and shotguns in the past, so I think this will be a fine starter handgun for a middle aged rookie. I know FR is populated with experts and I greatly value your opinions. Please advise. Thanks.
  • Rights group condemns Colorado bike club's 'anti-Ramadan' barbecue

    06/19/2015 5:23:03 PM PDT · by windcliff · 20 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 6-19-2015 | Daniel Wallis
    DENVER (Reuters) - A civil rights group said on Friday it was deeply disturbed by reports that a Colorado motorcycle club has distributed flyers for an anti-Ramadan barbecue, including a pig roast, this weekend "in defiance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan." Scott Levin, regional director of the Mountain States Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said in a statement the "open bike party" was being advertised by the Colorado Springs chapter of the Infidels Motorcycle Club. "Holding an event mocking the Muslim observance of Ramadan, a holy time in the Muslim faith, is highly offensive and abhorrent. As a community, we must...
  • US: VW and Audi try to impose diesel engines

    06/19/2015 1:35:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.inautonews.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | By Aurel Niculescu
    Germany’s VW AG has a mixed situation in the US – on one hand its luxury stablemate Audi is thriving and posting record sales each month, while on the other hand the mass-market brand is suffering. The company is a powerhouse in Europe, where it’s the largest automaker and thanks to China has also achieved the status of the second biggest carmaker in the world. Among the issues lie the fact that in the US the mass-market car brand VW has been sliding while the rest of the market is going up and the fact that Audi is indeed posting...
  • Audi sets diesel records on road and track

    06/19/2015 1:28:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    www.autoblog.com ^ | Jun 16th 2015 at 8:00AM | Noah Joseph
    Ever the proponent of diesel propulsion, Audi has claimed two very different kinds of records in Europe with its finest oil-burners. The more exciting of the two was achieved recently at the Sachsenring, where the Audi RS5 TDI Competition Concept posted the fastest diesel-powered lap time ever recorded on the track. As you may recall, Audi revealed the RS5 TDI Concept last year, swapping the gasoline-burning 4.2-liter V8 in the production RS5 coupe for a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with two turbochargers and an electric supercharger. The result was 385 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, but Audi's been working on...
  • Toyota's Revamped Next Generation Turbo Diesel Engines

    06/19/2015 1:17:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 06-19-2015 | Toyota
    Toyota's newly developed direct-injection turbo diesel engines raise the bar for fuel efficiency, power and quietness. The world's first use of Thermo Swing Wall Insulation Technology (TSWIN) makes the 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV engine one of the most thermally efficient in existence, with a maximum thermal efficiency of 44 percent. Despite smaller engine displacement in comparison to the current KD engine, maximum torque is improved by 25 percent and low speed torque improved by 11 percent, while fuel efficiency has received a 15 percent boost. The engines also have Toyota's first-ever urea Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)6 system that can eliminate up to...
  • Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136 (Released)

    06/18/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | June 18, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    [NOTE: This one is for the techies, especially those evaluating Windows 10 Previews] Microsoft has released Build 10136 of Windows 10 Mobile, part of the “One Windows” wave set to be released later this year. Windows 10 for PCs is due on 29 July, but the phone version is likely to follow later. It's just as well, since this build still does not feel release-ready, though progress from the last build is dramatic and the operating system now looks better and works more smoothly. The main deficiencies are with performance overall, and bugs in specific apps. Performance is inconsistent; on...
  • Aviation buffs

    06/18/2015 4:21:42 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 53 replies
    06/18/2015 | self
    Just thought I would share my project I have been working on for about 5 years now. I am definitely on the home stretch now, about 90% complete. I have a guy coming next week to do all the finish work on the outside, I simple do not have the patience for finish work, everything else was pretty easy, just time consuming. I already have a 200hp IO360 ready to bolt on. Gear was all installed but I had to remove to seal the fuel tanks, so Now it is on a stand. After the finisher does the top and...
  • Father’s Paintball Rampage Believed To Have Provoked Shooting Of 4-Year-Old Girl In Oakland

    06/18/2015 3:46:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 18, 2015
    Investigators are looking into whether the father of a 4-year-old girl who was shot in East Oakland on Tuesday afternoon provoked the shooting suspects by firing on them with a paintball gun, a police officer said Thursday. The father and another man were arrested after arriving at the hospital to check on the girl, Oakland police Officer Frank Bonifacio said. They were booked into jail on suspicion of child endangerment. Bonifacio did not release the names of the two men, but according to jail records, they are Marcel Powell, 21, and Julius Miller, 22. Miller and Powell were fired upon...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/18/2015 3:41:44 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 36 replies
    One Christmas season many years ago, I was invited to a friend's home for her family's annual holiday party. Her son greeted me by saying what sounded like "We have Jowzas!" That was my first experience with the little dumplings called 'potstickers', 'Jiaozi' or, in Japanese flavor, 'Gyoza'. My friend, who is partially of Chinese descent and comes from a family of restaurant owners/managers, was busy at her small cast-iron wok in the kitchen, frying these wonderful little dumplings as quickly as they were consumed by the guests. Several years later when I was planning my own Christmas party I...
  • Risky unprotected sex linked to weak working memory in teenagers

    06/18/2015 7:36:08 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 42 replies
    benchmark reporter ^ | 18 June 2015 | TASNUVA RAHIM
    The adolescents had been involved in experiments that had been designed for measuring working memory and their ability for focusing their attention on information relevant to a task. The participants’ impulsivity has also been evaluated in a task that tested their ability to delay gratification. The levels of “sensation seeking”, the tendency for seeking excitement without thinking had been self-reported in this study.
  • Let’s All Remember The Hasty Cavaliers Fan Who Got A 2015 NBA Champions Tattoo

    06/17/2015 5:52:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 17, 2015
    OOOOOH, that looks like it hurt — and we’re speaking in more ways than one here. This real sad Cavaliers fan, Lonnynell Coleman, recently got a tattoo boldly (and incorrectly) proclaiming the Cleveland Cavaliers as the new NBA 2015 Champions. Clearly, he ended up being wrong, leaving his new leg work looking like a sad, risky, and ultimately, foolish-looking tat. Aw, you just can’t help but cringe for the guy when you look at it.
  • FIRST AEROBATIC FLIGHT LEA (Fun Video)

    06/17/2015 1:46:49 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 26 replies
    Vimeo via Aviation RL (ARL) ^ | June 16, 2015 | Aviation RL (ARL)
    "My 4 years old daughter, Léa, come with me any time we have an opportunity to fly together. Today, she ask me to make some aerobatic figure. Let's have fun!!"
  • 4 Microsoft Executives to Leave in Top-Level Shake-Up

    06/17/2015 8:49:26 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 17,2015 | Nick Wingfield
    SEATTLE — Four senior Microsoft executives, including Stephen Elop and Mark Penn, will leave the technology company, in the biggest organizational shake-up yet under chief executive Satya Nadella. In an email sent to Microsoft employees on Wednesday morning, Mr. Nadella said three of the departures were related to his decision to organize the company’s engineering efforts into three groups. The three executives leaving as a result are Mr. Elop, the former chief executive of Nokia who has been leading Microsoft’s devices group; Eric Rudder, the leader of its advanced technology and education efforts; and Kirill Tatarinov, the head of its...
  • The B-Unstoppable is the World’s First Camera Tank Quadcopter Drone VIDEOS

    06/16/2015 11:27:37 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | Michael Archambault
    If quadcopters haven’t yet caught your interest then maybe the B-Unstoppable hybrid drone will be the first. A Kickstarter project created by a company named ‘B’ aims to introduce the first commercially available hybrid tank-quadcopter to market. With the flip of a switch, your drone can transform from a dirt-barreling tank into a sky-flying aircraft while capturing footage the entire time via an optional 720p HD camera.
  • Duqu 2.0 malware buried into Windows PCs using stolen Foxconn certs (Signed by Chinese factory)

    06/15/2015 8:24:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | June 15, 2015 | John Leyden
    The super-sophisticated malware that infiltrated Kaspersky Labs is more crafty than first imagined. We're told that the Duqu 2.0 software nasty was signed using legit digital certificates issued to Foxconn – a world-leading Chinese electronics manufacturer, whose customers include Microsoft, Dell, Google, BlackBerry, Amazon, Apple, and Sony. The code-signing was uncovered by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, who are studying their Duqu 2.0 infection. Windows trusts Foxconn-signed code because the Chinese goliath's certificate was issued by VeriSign, which is a trusted certificate root. Thus, the operating system will happily load and run the Foxconn-signed Duqu 2.0's 64-bit kernel-level driver without setting...
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/11/2015 5:55:11 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 39 replies
    When I was growing up, my father's sister was a great cook, especially of sweets and delicacies. She made the nicest Christmas cookies, fudge, and fruitcake, and we would get a big basket of everything at Christmas. I've always loved this cookie recipe, which she cut out as stars, trees, and bells for Christmas, and iced them with yellow, green and red icing respectively. She would put sugar sparkles on the trees and bells, and dot the points of the stars with silver dragees. It's a difficult dough to work with, but worth the effort. And, if I recall correctly,...
  • Husband catches ‘upskirting’ suspect red-handed in Walmart

    06/11/2015 9:41:30 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    WTVR ^ | 06/10/2015 | Joe St. George
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A photo obtained by WTVR CBS 6 News allegedly showed John Wiggins, 55,  using a cellphone camera to snap photos up a woman’s dress at the Walmart in Short Pump. That picture was taken by the husband of another woman who claimed she was also one of Wiggins’s victims.Henrico Police arrested Wiggins after he allegedly violated two women by using his smart phone to snap pictures under their skirts on Sunday, May 31. Officers said one victim became very uneasy when he  bumped into her in the middle of the store and pretended to drop something in the store.Caught...
  • Vanity: Who has a good recipe for Garlic / Deli Style pickles?

    06/10/2015 2:19:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    My dark and forboding mind................... | 06-10-2015 | Red Badger
    I'm tired of paying good money for soft pickles..................
  • It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video (Today is Patch Tuesday)

    06/09/2015 2:46:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | June 9, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has released the June edition of its Update (neé Patch) Tuesday security update dump. This month's bundle includes eight security bulletins, two rated "critical" and six rated "important." Users and administrators are advised to test (if necessary) and install the updates as soon as possible to prevent attacks. MS15-056 A cumulative patch for Internet Explorer versions 6-11. It addresses 24 CVE-listed security flaws. "critical" (remote code execution). MS15-057 A Windows update to address a single flaw in Media Player for Windows Vista and 7 and Windows Server 2003 through 2008 R2. Opening a web page that plays a maliciously...
  • Went to the Atlanta Hamfestival this weekend and passed the tests! (vanity)

    06/08/2015 6:14:38 AM PDT · by jaydee770 · 74 replies
    06/08/2015 | jaydee770
    I Went to the Atlanta Hamfestival this weekend and passed the tests: Technician, General and Extra all in one sitting! This all started when I made an impulse buy of a cheap, dual-band HT back in April. I had planned on testing just for the Technician class, but the more I studied, the more I thought I stood a chance at going from "Zero-to-Extra". I'd always been intersted in radios, starting back in the 70's CB era. Growing up, I had a fire-fighter Uncle who worked on radios on the side. I was always fascinated by his radio workshop and...
  • This Website Can Identify the Bird Species in a Photo

    06/08/2015 12:51:35 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 07, 2015 | Michael Zhang
    If you’re interested at all in bird watching and photography, Merlin Bird Photo ID is a website you should add to your bookmarks. It’s a new website that can help you identify the species of the bird in your photograph.
  • My Homemade 40W LASER SHOTGUN!!!!!

    06/07/2015 11:56:22 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/7/2015 | styropyro
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  • I bought a bike! (bicycle)

    06/07/2015 9:26:39 PM PDT · by djf · 70 replies
    djf
    It took quite a while, but I finally broke down and bought a bike at a garage sale. It ran a total of 30 bucks. It's a twelve speed Spalding Blade manufactured in Taiwan. So yesterday I decided to ride it a bit (about 2 miles) and did. It was VERY off, and I knew I would have some work to do - probably a LOT of work! The seat was too low - I need to be fully extended on my downthrust, so I adjusted it. Then, I looked at the tires and what a mess... I spent this...
  • Long Range Shooting

    06/07/2015 6:04:51 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 41 replies
    Self | 6-7-2015 | Self
    A youtube series on long ange shooting...to 1000 meters and more. Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwG-D0HjCBQ Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7bOIB2Zk-E Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtlwoNCNnFA Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCu8a5MynwM Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2XrL7B9-8c