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  • Shopping Tip: Walmart Gets Competitive With Great Deal (No Need to go to Store)

    04/21/2018 9:58:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 58 replies
    Self | April 21, 2018 | PJ-Comix
    As some of you know, I have sort of a reputation for finding great deals. Anyway, one open "secret" is that Walmart has become very competitive with Amazon. Now, I am not crazy about shopping at Walmart on weekends (and I don't need to tell you what a nightmare that can be) but I have gotten a lot of great deals where I merely walk into the front of the store on weekdays and pick up stuff I ordered online. Well, right now they have a great deal where you don't even need to go to the store and you...
  • Yeti bails on NRA

    04/21/2018 6:19:57 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 136 replies
    Florida Sportsman ^ | 4/20/2018 | limitless
    The National Rifle Association is targeting YETI after the Texas-based maker of high-dollar cups and coolers dropped its sponsorship of the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country, according to an alert issued by NRA Florida lobbyist Marion Hammer today. The YETI coolers “have been a hot item for sportsmen” at the events for years, according to Hammer’s alert. “Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why. They will only say they will no longer...
  • Economic Outlook: Sierra Vista economy on the upswing

    04/21/2018 5:11:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    SIERRA VISTA — Though at a slower pace than hoped, Sierra Vista’s economy is improving. Robert Carreira, Cochise College chief economist of the Center for Economic Research, went over some of the statistics at the annual Sierra Vista Economic Outlook Luncheon held at Thunder Mountain Recreation Center on Fort Huachuca Thursday. Sierra Vista was fortunate to have a lower rate of unemployed people in 2017, 4.7 percent, and that trend continues into 2018. Offsetting that recovery is a population loss of 12,000 people over the past eight years, he said. Tourism appears to be a strong factor in the recovery...
  • China Touts Fusion Progress As New Details On Lockheed Martin's Reactor Emerge

    04/21/2018 3:54:08 AM PDT · by PIF · 16 replies
    The War Zone ^ | April 20, 2018 | Joseph Trevithick
    China, which is reportedly hard at work on a host of advanced technologies for both military and civilian applications, has given foreign journalists a close look at its potentially revolutionary fusion energy project, which they claim has produced the longest man-made nuclear reaction of this type ever. The tour came as additional details have come to light regarding another advanced fusion reactor program at Lockheed Martin, which recently obtained a patent for portions of its own design. Snip “The CFR will avoid these issues by tackling plasma confinement in a radically different way. Instead of constraining the plasma within...
  • Orbital ATK names new launcher, selects upper stage engine

    04/20/2018 5:08:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Orbital ATK’s proposed rocket to answer the U.S. Air Force’s desire for two families of satellite launchers with U.S.-made propulsion systems will be named OmegA, and the company has selected the cryogenic Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10 engine to power the vehicle’s upper stage, officials announced this week. The OmegA rocket could launch for the first time in 2021, but Orbital ATK is competing against several aerospace companies for a pot of Air Force funding the military is expected to award this summer. Blue Origin, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance are expected to compete for the government support, and then Air Force...
  • Slidell woman used stolen ID to get 6-figure job; faces 10 years in prison

    04/20/2018 3:50:58 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies ^ | 4/20/18 | Kim Chatelain
    A 41-year-old Slidell woman faces up to 10 years in prison after being convicted of stealing another woman's identity via social media and using fake credentials to obtain a high paying job at the spice company founded by the late entrepreneur Al Copeland. Cindy T. White, who was found guilty this week by a St. Tammany Parish jury of theft of identity over $1,000, will be sentenced Tuesday (April 24) by Judge Scott Gardner of the 22nd Judicial District, North Shore District Attorney Warren Montgomery's office reported. During her opening statement in White's trial, Assistant District Attorney Casey Dieck described...
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

    04/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to demonstrate the plug-and-play abilities of the upcoming OS. The result was an all-too-familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), and a "whoah..." from Capossela.Youtube Video"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.As Windows 10...
  • Why Lenovo Is The Best Laptop Brand And Apple Fell Off A Cliff

    04/20/2018 11:52:18 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 68 replies
    Tom's Hardware ^ | April 20, 2018 at 6:12 AM | Avram Piltch
    Good laptops complete tasks faster; great laptops make you faster. On the strength of world-class business systems like the X1 Carbon, which helps you get more done, and elegant consumer laptops like the Yoga 920, which lasts all-day long, Lenovo has won Laptop Mag's Best and Worst Brand ratings for the second year in a row. Apple, the former champion, dropped all the way to seventh place in the rankings, which are scored based on innovation, design, support / warranty, value and selection and, most of all, product quality. HP and Dell placed second and third while Acer, Asus, Microsoft,...
  • Philadelphia Starbucks worker says manager was racist [truncated]

    04/20/2018 11:33:35 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 36 replies
    The Grio ^ | 4/19/18 | Kia Morgan-Smith
    Former Starbucks manager Holly Hylton, who called the cops and got two law abiding Black men arrested inside the coffee shop, is being called out by a former employee who says that Hylton’s a controlling racist who targeted and demoted Black employees, reports the Daily Mail. Ieshaa Cash says last year Hylton was hired on as a manager at the 18th and Spruce Starbucks in Philadelphia and employees warned her that her new boss was “controlling, aggressive, and emotional.” That Starbucks location is under fire because that is where two Black men were arrested while sitting and waiting for a...
  • Taco Bell Space Station? It’s possible, panelists say

    04/19/2018 5:59:45 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies
    Space News ^ | 4/19/18 | Debra Werner
    COLORADO SPRINGS — Future private space stations may be sponsored by major corporations, which prompted a spirited discussion during a panel on the future of low Earth orbit at the 34th Space Symposium here. “I don’t want the Taco Bell International Space Station,” said Erin MacDonald, modeling and simulation engineer for Engility’s Space and Mission Systems Group. “I think it goes against what the public perceives the space station is supposed to be like.” While the International Space Station is unlikely to be rebranded by Taco Bell or any other corporation, if a new commercial space station is “paid for...
  • David Copperfield forced to reveal secret of vanishing trick as he is sued by ... audience member

    04/19/2018 2:02:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 04/19/2018 | Staff
    Gavin Cox, from Kent, claims he suffered lasting brain and body injuries after falling over during the "Lucky #13" vanishing act. Magician David Copperfield has been forced to reveal the secret of one of his signature tricks after being sued by an injured British audience member. Gavin Cox, from Kent, claims he suffered lasting brain and body injuries after agreeing to take part in the "Lucky #13" illusion in 2013. Mr Cox, who had previously cooked for the Royal Family, has not worked since he fell over while being led through a secret passageway at the MGM Grand in Las...
  • Fighting Solar Farm proposed for beautiful hilltop & ridge

    04/19/2018 10:38:20 AM PDT · by George from New England · 11 replies
    We are at the Florida county level, trying to fight a land purchase by an electric utility, to install acres of solar panels, on pristine hilltops and highest land in Florida. 350 acres. My posting is to solicit any freeper input as in has this happened in your area of the world. Our group wants to limit the solar farm to the lower elevation land areas, between the hillsides. What we are up against is corrupt politicians. State Senator Wilt Simpson bought this pastureland in 2016, after the county passed restrictions on housing development. He seems to have gotten fantastic...
  • 'Privatization is hell': Protesting French rail workers defend their strikes

    04/19/2018 9:10:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 19 April 2018 15:53 CEST+02:00 | AFP/The Local
    French rail workers spoke of their anger over the government’s proposed reforms to France’s national rail service as they took part in a day of mass protests on Thursday. President Emmanuel Macron faced mass protests Thursday as trade unionists seek to galvanize striking train drivers, angry students and public sector workers and into a joint movement against his multi-pronged drive to overhaul the French economy. The hard-line CGT union has urged the broad spectrum of groups opposed to Macron’s overhauls to come together on the streets, with some left-wingers dreaming of a re-run of the huge May 1968 demonstrations that...
  • NEW TODAY: Elder-Beerman parent company confirms liquidation

    04/18/2018 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    dayton daily ^ | April 18, 2018 | Kara Driscoll, Staff Writer
    Tt’s official: Elder-Beerman’s parent company is headed for liquidation. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. officials announced a joint bidder, including a group of the bankrupt retail chain’s bondholders, won an auction for the company’s asset. Great American Group and Tiger Capital Group —and the holders of Bon-Ton’s second-lien secured notes will acquire the retailer’s inventory and certain other assets, Bon-Ton said in a statement. A bankruptcy court hearing to approve the venture and wind down Bon-Ton operations is set for today.
  • Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

    04/18/2018 3:47:55 PM PDT · by upchuck · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Facebook's apology-and-explanation machine grinds on, with The Social Network™ posting detail on one of its most controversial activities – how it tracks people who don't use Facebook. The company explained that the post is a partial response to questions CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to answer during his senate and Congressional hearings. It's no real surprise that someone using their Facebook Login to sign in to other sites is tracked, but the post by product management director David Baser goes into (a little) detail on other tracking activities – some of which have been known to the outside world for...
  • The octane game: Auto industry lobbies for 95 as new regular

    04/18/2018 3:40:59 PM PDT · by outofsalt · 126 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am | Richard Truett
    "GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler are seeking just one grade of fuel: 95. That would eliminate today's grades, generally 87 octane for regular, 88-90 for midgrade and 91-94 for premium." "In testimony Friday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's environment subcommittee, Dan Nicholson, General Motors' vice president of global propulsion systems, said making 95 octane the new regular aligns the U.S. with Europe and is one of the most affordable ways to boost fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions."
  • Scientists uncover new battery chemical with 50 percent more storage capacity

    04/18/2018 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    V3 ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Lee Bell
    Development could change future smartphone, laptop and car battery technologies Scientists have found a way of using alternative metals in lithium-based batteries that might not only help relieve the issues associated with conflict materials, but also offer more storage capacity in future devices. The research team, led by professors at the University of California, Berkeley, managed to build lithium cathodes with 50 per cent more storage capacity than conventional materials - potentially enabling batteries to be made that can last considerably longer between recharges than current battery technology. This could change how we use technology in the future as these...
  • iPhone X Made 5x the Profit of 600 Android OEMs Combined

    04/18/2018 11:54:17 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies
    iDropNews ^ | April 17, 2018 | By Mike Peterson
    image Tom's Guide Apple remained the most profitable smartphone brand through the fourth quarter of 2017, according to a new market research report. The Cupertino tech giant managed to capture 86 percent of the total smartphone market profits Q4 2017, even though the premium handset segment didn’t grow as expected, according to a new report by Counterpoint Research (via CNBC). Additionally, the iPhone X accounted for 21 percent of total revenue and 35 percent total of the profits made by the entire industry in the fourth quarter — allowing Apple to grow about 1 percent, year-over-year. That’s despite the fact...
  • 'They are refusing to make a purchase': Philadelphia cops release Starbucks manager's 911 call ...

    04/18/2018 11:28:15 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | April 18, 2018 | Emily Crane For
    Full title: 'They are refusing to make a purchase': Philadelphia cops release Starbucks manager's 911 call that led to two black men being arrested and sparked coffee chain boycott Police have released the 911 call a Philadelphia Starbucks manager made claiming that two black men wouldn't leave the store, which ultimately led to their arrests and widespread calls to boycott the coffee chain. The brief 911 call, which was released by Philadelphia Police on Tuesday, shows manager Holly Hylton reporting the two men for not making a purchase at her store last week. 'Hi, I have two gentlemen at my...
  • Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

    04/18/2018 10:23:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Microsoft Windows Insider chief 'fesses up to potential blue-screen inducing glitch Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs.Though Microsoft has never actually confirmed a release date or name for the elusive Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (aka version 1803), many expected it to arrive on April 10's Patch Tuesday, with build 17133 hitting the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider programme.But nothing happened, until now.Supremo of the Windows Insider programme, Dona Sarkar, dropped a hint last...