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Hobbies (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »

    02/25/2017 12:25:34 PM PST · by V K Lee · 13 replies
    Quick Look: could be described as a Super Channel that links to a host of other channels from the same developer, most of which are already standalone Roku channels. These channels are categorized under the following categories: Auto Channels Beauty and Fashion Channels Comedy Channels Cuisine Channels Craft Channels Education Channels Entertainment Channels Food Channels Food Show Channels Healthy Food Channels Health and Fitness Channels Home and Living Channels Kids Channels Men Channels News Channels Movie Channels Music Channels Sports Channels Tech Channels Travel Channels Travel Shows Women Channels Developer's Channel Description: is a Free package of channels...
  • A new gun, and a mystery too! (vanity)

    02/23/2017 6:36:32 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 27 replies
    An obscure gun shop in the thumb | 02/22/17 | Me
    Ladies and gents, i think I've lucked out. Every year at this time when my tax return comes in I treat myself to a new firearm. Last year it was a snubby revolver. This year I found myself a Chinese SKS in pristine condition. The bore is spotless. The stock is clear and unmarked, the weapon functions flawlessly. I did some net research and it seems to have been made for the Chinese PLA, circa 1975. Just a really nice piece. But then I noticed something. With every other com-bloc weapon I've ever bought the importer has either laser etched...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/23/2017 3:47:25 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 77 replies
    It’s more like May here today in Maryland, than February; and our thoughts are turning toward Spring. This King Cake that came in the Better Homes and Gardens email newsletter a few days ago is the prettiest I’ve seen. I like it because the ring is thinner than many that we see, which I think makes it very elegant. believe we’ve featured these ‘tartes soleil’ previously, but this Feta Tapenade one from Smitten Kitchen is especially pretty and the recipe looks good; easy-to-follow instructions/pictures are included: attended a function recently where I had Corn Ice Cream for the...
  • Microsoft catches up to Valentine's Day Flash flaw massacre (but ignores Win7, wtf!)

    02/23/2017 10:35:21 AM PST · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Critical update deals with five ways to do remote code execution on Windows Microsoft's popped out a Security Update for Adobe Flash.Adobe did likewise last week, celebrating hackers' love for Flash by releasing it on Valentine's Day. That dump addressed no fewer than 13 CVEs that allowed code execution due to: Type confusion vulnerability Integer overflow vulnerability Use-after-free vulnerabilities Heap buffer overflow vulnerabilities Memory corruption vulnerabilities Microsoft's now caught up, issuing the Update to fix the mess on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016.The attack succeeds by poisoning...
  • Yeah, the AR15 is Now Becoming C&R Eligible

    02/22/2017 11:37:02 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 23 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | 2/7/17 | Ian McCollum
    Given the status of the AR15 as the preeminent military rifle still today, it comes as a surprise to many people to learn just how old the gun really is. Civilian production of the SP-1 model by Colt actually began in 1964, which means that early SP-1 rifles started becoming Curio & Relic qualified back in 2014. Right now in 2017, more than 10,000 C&R AR15s exist – and this is one of them.
  • Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more! (Windows10 2017 roadmap)

    02/22/2017 9:42:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 22, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft roadmap lays out second big update for 2017 Microsoft has confirmed it is planning a second major update for Windows 10, which is to be piloted this year, and is seriously considering releasing it before 2018.This is according to word out of Microsoft's Ignite partner conference in Australia, where the Redmond software giant revealed its map for upcoming operating system updates in a session.Software engineer Rafael Rivera posted online screenshots of the operating system's roadmap, which shows that following the Creators Update release – due spring 2017 – a second, unnamed major Windows 10 update is slated to arrive...
  • Scorpion 3 hoverbike...

    02/21/2017 12:28:39 PM PST · by Doogle · 24 replies
    YT ^ | 2/17/2017 | Hoversurf
    Russian Scorpion 3 flying. Bike
  • Goodbye, Brass?

    02/18/2017 11:32:03 AM PST · by MileHi · 40 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | Art Merrill
    Let’s skip the appetizer and get right to the meat and potatoes of a manufacturer’s claims for a new cartridge case technology to replace the 150-year reign of brass. Here’s what Shell Shock Technologies (SST) says about their two-piece, nickel-aluminum-stainless steel 9mm Luger NAS3 cases: •Stronger, cheaper and half the weight of brass. •Greater corrosion resistance. •More internal volume. •More consistent ignition. •+P velocities without +P pressures. •Cases won’t stretch, no trimming required. •Withstands 40 or more reloadings. •Picks up with a magnet. •Can be anodized different colors for instant ID.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    02/17/2017 4:50:33 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 157 replies
    I attended a funeral recently where the repast included an amazing Cream of Crab Soup, and I wanted to find a recipe. Since I'm a Marylander and love their crabcakes, Phillips is my first go-to for 'crab anything'. On their website, I found Shirley Phillips' recipe: you are taking care of a sick person who is trying to get his appetite back, you often wind up cooking things you don't normally eat; and instead of cooking double meals all the time you just wind up throwing in the towel and grabbing whatever you can here and there. Since Thanksgiving,...
  • Interview: Martha Salomaa Talks About the Night She Defended Her Family With a .38

    02/17/2017 9:26:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 2/15 | Dave Maas
    DM: First, it’s an absolute pleasure to meet you, and congrats on your recent marriage. Even though your last name has changed from Lewis to Salomaa, I’m guessing that not everything has changed . . . including your belief in the right to defend your family and home? Martha: Thank you, Dave. I certainly still believe in the right to defend my home and family. My husband is an immigrant from Finland, and he respects and admires the Second Amendment of our Constitution. He counts it among one of the great aspects of American life. My daughters continue to practice...
  • 'Hunting Is Not About Killing for Me': Trophy Hunter Sees Shooting Big Game as Form of Conservation

    02/17/2017 9:17:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 10, 2017 | Lisa Mayor
    Controversial practice attracts widespread criticism but also limited support from some nature groupsA British Columbia woman well-known for her trophy hunts of lions, bears and giraffes says she sees the killing as an ethical form of wildlife conservation. Jacine Jadresko of Victoria has found herself a target of online hatred for her trophy hunting around the world. Watch the fifth estate on CBC-TV Friday at 9 p.m: The Hunter and The Hunted Jadresko, who appears in the fifth estate's "The Hunter and The Hunted," said that after being on a show like the fifth estate, "I'll get up to 200...
  • Video: Grizzly Bear Steals Jeremy Wade’s Salmon Right Off His Line

    02/15/2017 9:37:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    We’ve all tuned into the fishing show ‘River Monsters’ to see what Jeremy Wade is reeling in next. But in this video, Jeremy faces a “monster” he’s not dealt with before. While pursuing salmon in the Alaskan wilderness, you have to keep your head on a swivel. You never know when you might get a 400 pound spectator who’s looking for a quick meal. That’s what happened to Jeremy and his crew in this next video. Grizzly bears are notoriously good at fishing, they even show up Jeremy Wade for a while! Finally, Wade hooks a salmon which draws the...
  • Six Self-Defense Handguns Under $350

    02/14/2017 8:03:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 13, 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    A dependable self-defense handgun can be a literal lifesaver not just for the wealthy, but for Americans of all socioeconomic classes. For that reason, Breitbart News presents a list of six self-defense guns that people may purchase for less than $350.
  • Never ending computer trouble

    02/14/2017 6:49:10 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 91 replies
    Self | 2/14/'17 | Zionist Conspirator
    Almost two weeks after buying a brand new computer, it's still giving me fits. They one they sold me is an HP with an AMD processor. Other than having trouble with Flash on Firefox it's been doing great, until Sat. night when, while watching a movie on YouTube, the computer suddenly froze up completely and rebooted. Then the next evening, while watching another long video on YT, it happened again. An online acquaintance has talked me into taking this back (I have one more day to do so) and switching it for a Dell with an Intel processor for practically...
  • Trump Disses ‘Not Smart Enough’ Mark Cuban, Sparking New Feud (White House thinks he may run 2020)

    02/12/2017 2:26:22 PM PST · by drewh · 41 replies
    The Wrap ^ | | February 12, 2017 @ 10:32 AM | Rosemary Rossi
    Very early Sunday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to once again let loose. This time, Mark Cuban was in the crosshairs. “I know Mark Cuban well,” POTUS tweeted. “He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!” The billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” responded simply, “LOL.” An hour later, Cuban tweeted that he didn’t know what triggered the president’s comment, saying, “But isn’t it better for all of us that he is tweeting rather than trying to govern?” Follow...
  • Woman Visited Every Country on Earth in Nearly 19 Months Time Span

    02/11/2017 11:32:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Her eyes teared up as a North Korean soldier gripped her hand in the hardest handshake she’d ever felt. “We’re going to destroy you, America,” he said. Over the past year and a half, American traveler Cassie DePecol has visited every country in the world, and the greetings she received weren’t always gracious. She had set out to promote peace in her own small way, by meeting people from every country in the world — and she did so at a record pace. Traveling to all the world’s 196 sovereign nations in 18 months and 26 days, De Pecol made...
  • Dear Microsoft – a sysadmin's wishlist (what could Microsoft do, or do better...?)

    02/09/2017 2:31:41 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 1, 2017 | Trevor Pott
    Sysadmin Blog I yell at Microsoft a lot. It's cathartic. Microsoft make several decent pieces of software and quite a few great cloud services, but for every awesome thing they create it seems they ruin something else. Over the past year I've developed a wishlist of changes. Dear Microsoft... Azure Stack I like Azure Stack. A lot. What I don't like is the price tag. The preview version was great. Unfortunately you removed our ability to roll our own. That's sad, but I understand that all your large partners are eager not to be put out of business by your...
  • Windows 10 will let you watch TV as you work (Insider Preview Build 15031 for PC)

    02/08/2017 7:38:16 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Stephen Shankland
    Multitaskers who need to watch video while crunching numbers in a spreadsheet will be delighted to know Windows 10 soon will be able to accommodate miniature video players better. A test version of Windows 10 released Wednesday comes with a feature called "compact overlay window" that will always float atop your other windows. That could be handy for holding Skype video chats, keeping an eye on political hearings and yes, watching Netflix or the big game when you're supposed to be at work.
  • Just Listed: Extremely Rare 1980 Ford McLaren Mustang M-81

    02/08/2017 7:32:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/7 | Conner Golden
    Let's get this out of the way, right up front this period correct, widebody, musclebound Mustang takes just a tick under ten seconds to reach 60 mph. Don't worry, we have the feeling once you read up on this uber-rare Mustang, you'll still want it as badly as we do. If you've got some cash lying about, you can even buy it for yourself, courtesy of our friends at Bring a Trailer. On behest of Ford, McLaren Engines from Michigan developed the swollen 1980 Ford McLaren Mustang M-81 with full-blown production plans set for a 249 unit run. In some...
  • Advise needed on build of AR- 15 Carbine 223/556

    02/08/2017 6:15:05 PM PST · by TNoldman · 75 replies
    2-8-2017 | tnoldman
    I am considering building a AR-15 Carbine 223/556. I have looked at the Ruger AR556 for about $600. Being an Engineer and mechanically skilled I'm giving some thought to "building my own". What do you think?
  • Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers (for Windows, Mac, and Linux)

    02/06/2017 5:08:43 AM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | Team Register
    Mac and Windows (and Linux) Skype users given until March 1st to modernise themselves Microsoft's hurrying desktop Skype users to new client software. As revealed in a post late last week, Redmond's new plan will mean that come March 1st, users of “Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in.” To avoid that conversational crimp, you need merely update your Skype client before the due date. The change is necessary, Microsoft says, because the clients mentioned above were built for ye olde ſkype and its peer-to-peer...
  • Where things stand now

    02/05/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Self | 2/5/'17 | Zionist Conspirator
    Hey everyone. Just in case you've been wondering . . . Well, I bought a brand new computer at a good price. But it is so blasted different from anything I'm used to that it's running me nuts. First I couldn't figure out how to hook the thing up (being unused to these contemporary power cords) and wound up taking the thing back to the store the very day I bought it. Okay--that's one hurdle. Then I had trouble turning it on. Then I couldn't increase the text size in my browser without increasing the size of the tab as...
  • 18-Year-Old San Diegan Found Dead in Grand Canyon off South Kaibab Trailhead

    02/02/2017 1:58:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Feb 2, 2017 | Samantha Tatro
    The incident is under investigation. The body of an 18-year-old San Diego teen was found off a Grand Canyon National Park trail this weekend, the National Park Service (NPS) said. On Saturday at approximately 5 p.m., a witness called the Grand Canyon Regional Communications Center to report that a man had fallen off the rim near the South Kaibab Trailhead. The trailhead is located off Highway 64, near the North Rim of the Canyon. Park rangers found the body of an 18-year-old male, but could not get to him because of steep terrain, snow, ice and impending darkness. The following...
  • Minori Yahagi shoots for the first time in Saginaw, Michigan USA on 2-22-16 (video only)

    02/01/2017 10:33:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-23-2016 | Tactical Range Solutions
    Minori Yahagi from Japan shoots for the first time in Saginaw, Michigan USA on 2-22-16.
  • Microsoft joins Amazon in lawsuit over Trump's immigration ban ("Happy to testify" against it)

    01/31/2017 9:23:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 50 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Ashley Carman
    Tech companies are joining forces with the Washington state government to fight against Donald Trump’s recent immigration-related executive order. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against Trump’s order, which bars legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. Now, at least three tech companies — Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia — are joining that legal fight. A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that the company is providing information about the effect of the order in order to "be supportive." They also would "be happy to testify further if needed." Both...
  • Microsoft's mysterious 'Windows Cloud' could be the second coming of Windows RT

    01/30/2017 8:03:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Mark Hachman
    Windows Cloud: That name has appeared in system files deep within some of the most recent Windows 10 Insider builds. While a few experts guess it could be a new version of Windows, what it actually is remains a mystery. As far as evidence goes, it’s pretty slim pickings. Two names, “Windows Cloud” and “Windows Cloud N,” appear in a list of Windows versions as early as the recent Windows 10 Insider Build 15002, as originally reported by the Walking Cat Twitter account. (The “N” designation likely refers to a version specifically designed for European countries.) ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley,...
  • Ham / GMRS 400-1000mhz PC board antenna for ham radio

    01/30/2017 12:34:13 PM PST · by tbw2 · 56 replies
    SurvivalComms Youtube Channel ^ | Jul 29, 2016 | SurvivalComms
    A high quality, low cost ham radio communication set up demonstration
  • Cowboy Church Finds Fitting Home at Stock Show

    01/29/2017 10:18:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jan 29, 2017 | Brian Scott
    Before the cowboys and cowgirls at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo started prepping their livestock for the show ring Sunday, many took a detour to an auditorium on the show grounds, or as it was known on that day, their sanctuary. Every Sunday of the FWSSR, the auditorium is transformed into church for the vendors, show participants, and anyone else who wants to stop by. The Shepherd’s Valley Cowboy Church out of Alvarado set up shop there for the last decade or so now; finding the Stock Show a natural fit for their congregation. “It’s their wheelhouse,” said...
  • Onalaska Angler Caught With 2,500 Panfish Pleads No Contest

    01/29/2017 9:06:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    La Crosse Tribune ^ | Jan 25, 2017 | Anne Jungen
    An Onalaska angler caught with more than 2,500 panfish pleaded no contest Tuesday to four citations for exceeding possession limits. Stanley Paalksnis, 74, faces fines totaling $24,683, although prosecutors agreed to ask a La Crosse County Circuit judge impose a $10,000 fine, revoke his fishing privileges for 12 years and order Paalksnis forfeit his 15-foot boat seized by authorities. He will be sentenced at a later date. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wardens Nov. 4, 2015, on Lake Onalaska saw Paalksnis keep 47 bluegills, according to court records. The daily limit is 25. Pause Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time...
  • 17 Years Later, Microsoft Corp. Is Worth $500 Billion Again (Business is good, but different)

    01/29/2017 6:23:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | Jan 29, 2017 | Anders Bylund
    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is putting some pep back in its step these days. On Friday, Reuters pointed out that the software giant's market cap has risen above $500 billion for the first time since March 2000. I'm all for celebrating neat milestones, including this 17-year benchmark. And it's no secret that Microsoft really is doing a lot of things right these days. Large-cap stocks don't post market-crushing 55% returns in two years for no reason. That being said, I would like to argue that the Microsoft you see today is miles removed from the $500 billion beast you knew 17...
  • Microsoft Creators Update Will Blur The Lines Between Xbox One And Windows 10 Gaming

    01/29/2017 10:21:32 AM PST · by dayglored · 5 replies
    iTech Post ^ | Jan 25, 2017 | Mandy Adams
    Microsoft has been keen on making doing a Creators Update to improve the Xbox's gaming abilities. The latest information reveals that the company plans to bring the same quality of gaming to Xbox and PC gamers. Xbox insiders who had the first dibs on the latest update already saw the changes brought about by the new update. Xbox UI Changes Microsoft received a lot of complaints on how complicated it is to navigate the Xbox home screen and the company already addressed this issue in their Creators Update. The main goal of this update is to bring Windows features to...
  • Americana Roadshow LEGO Washington Monument/ Statue of Liberty/ White House

    01/29/2017 8:22:28 AM PST · by Trumpnation · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-29-17 | JR
    Here's a patriotic, positive event on display now at the Americana Roadshow in Birmingham, AL. According to their website "The Americana Roadshow is a highly visual, educational traveling display of large scale LEGO® models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks." And their models prove it. Kudos to LEGO for valuing our American national landmarks. Their are no protests here, I guarantee it.
  • Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun (Insider)

    01/27/2017 7:38:47 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 27, 2017 | Mark Lachman
    The bugs could crash some popular games, but from Microsoft's perspective, it's all part of the beta-testing journey. The gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that Microsoft promised earlier this week, with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features, is rolling out—but with some game-breaking bugs, unfortunately. What’s officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring also includes a number of more general improvements, including a version of Edge that will read your ebooks aloud and a better out-of-box experience, complete with voice actors to guide you through the process. If you’re hoping to try out the new PC-centric...
  • Whoever you are, thank you.

    01/27/2017 12:14:48 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Self | 1/27/'17 | Zionist Conspirator
    I have reason to believe a fellow FReeper has done something very nice for me. Please contact me via PM.
  • Windows code-signing tweaks sure to irritate software developers (Hardware Certs? Huh?)

    01/27/2017 5:17:17 AM PST · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 26, 2017 | John Leyden
    Changes that mean signing certificates for Windows can only be sold in hardware form – or from an as-yet undefined cloud-based "service” – from the start of February are likely to have a big effect on software development. US trade body the Certificate Authority Security Council decided in December that "best practice" for code-signing certificates was to embed them in hardware devices, a policy endorsed with upcoming changes from Microsoft that kick in next week. This could present an upheaval for software developers, according to a Reg reader who flagged up the story and asked to remain anonymous. "ISVs who...
  • This Teen Creates Dresses Straight Out of a Jane Austen Novel

    01/26/2017 12:46:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 22, 2017 | Kirsten Fleming
    Long Island has its own time traveler. Angela Clayton, 19, spends her days lost in eras bygone, designing and sewing dresses that look straight out of a Jane Austen novel or a 16th-century portrait. She also models the creations on her Web sites (including The teen, who was home-schooled, is self-taught in design, pattern-making and sewing. Her YouTube tutorials have hundreds of thousands of views and earn her cash to pay for materials. Clayton has made more than 50 dresses, but saved only 30, discarding ones she doesn’t think are good enough.
  • I Swear (adapted from today's NYT crossword.

    01/25/2017 7:51:29 AM PST · by Lisbon1940 · 45 replies
    Vanity | 1/25/2017 | Based on puzzle by Tracy Gray
    What TV character is associated with the following faux curses? DAGNABIT HORSEHOCKEY SHAZBOT OHBARNACLES JEEZALOO
  • What Are Leftist Women Lacking?

    01/24/2017 8:35:12 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 1/23/2017 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Aside from good morals, proper behavior, appropriate dress, and proper language around their children, what else are these leftist women lacking? American women have more respect and freedoms than most women in the world. But these marchers are unhinged, enraged, and deranged because their favorite Maoista lost the election. So they’ve turned our nation’s capital into a bizarre spectacle of hatred and petulant intolerance, verbally attacking the rest of the country who disagrees with them. Did they march for women who are truly disrespected and treated like animals, beaten, abused, and traded as slaves in Islamic countries today? The answer...
  • Microsoft fixes remote desktop app Mac hole (MS Remote Desktop app for MacOS/OSX)

    01/23/2017 8:34:42 PM PST · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Darren Pauli
    Full read/write access was there for the taking Microsoft has patched a code execution hole in its Mac remote desktop client that grants read and write to home directories if users do no more than click a link, says Italian security researcher Filippo Cavallarin. The hole was patched 17 January. Cavallarin says the flaw allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable machines if users did not more than click phishing links. From there, attackers would gain read and write access to Mac home directories. "Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X allows a malicious terminal server to...
  • Not good-bye . . . just so long for a while (I hope)

    01/23/2017 6:17:40 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 57 replies
    Self | 1/23/'17 | Zionist Conspirator
    I was so looking forward to the inauguration, after refusing to watch the two preceding ones. Unfortunately, fate intervened. Our little family has had some rough luck the past month, and last week was especially so. Fortunately I could kick back and do anything on my trusty used computer, and had been watching a great deal of old movies. Thursday night while surfing I saw a couple of junk tabs open with Firefox allegedly wanting me to download something or other for safety. I've seen these before and have always just closed them. However, it's possible that this time I...
  • The biggest barrier to Windows 10 success is still Windows 7

    01/22/2017 6:23:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 97 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | Steve Ranger
    The fate of Windows 10 lies in the hands of users that are still deeply in love with Windows 7. This year's CES saw plenty of shiny new Windows 10 devices on display, from the acrobat Lenovo Yoga through to HP's all-in-one Sprout Pro. Hardware like this will certainly boost the fortunes of Windows 10. Sleek new designs and form factors, and the rise of two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro that can function both as a PC and a tablet, are giving consumers and businesses a reason to invest in Microsoft's latest operating system. And Windows 10 has made...
  • Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications (not as bad as it seems)

    01/19/2017 9:26:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 19, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    They'll go in mid-2018. Does that support the 'too insecure for business' message? In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system. Microsoft's educators have announced that certs for Windows 7 configuration, plus the the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician and Enterprise Desktop Administrator qualifications, won't be needed after July 31st 2018. That Redmond is keeping the exams going suggests it has customers a-plenty that will need certified staff. And seeing...
  • Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout (at Redmond HQ)

    01/19/2017 9:06:21 PM PST · by dayglored · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 19.2017 | Kieren McCarthy
    No pressure, peeps: Techies are awaiting a fix from their Redmond coworkers A bug in Windows 10 is undermining Microsoft's efforts to roll out an IPv6-only network at its Seattle headquarters. According to Redmond's principal network engineer Marcus Keane, the software giant is struggling to move over to the decade-old networking technology due to a DHCPv6 bug in Windows 10, which made it "impossible" to expand its planned corporate network. "We have reported it to the product group, and they are duly working on a fix," he revealed today. The horrible irony of Microsoft waiting on its own team to...
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/17/2017 9:11:01 PM PST · by dayglored · 59 replies
    The Register ^ | jan 16, 2017 | Darren Pauli
    Microsoft security boffins throw fresh CVEs at unpatched OS, emerge smiling Microsoft says its Windows 10 Anniversary Update squashes more exploit delivery chains than ever. The August updates brought in a series of operating system security improvements including boosts to Windows Defender and use of AppContainer, designed to raise the difficulty of having zero day exploits execute on patched systems. Redmond's security team tested its exploit mitigations against two kernel-level then zero-day exploits (CVE-2016-7255, CVE-2016-7256) used by active hacking groups that offer privilege escalation. They find, in a technical analysis designed to stress test the resilience of Windows 10, that...
  • Shotgun Guitar played and SHOT by Rev. Peyton

    01/15/2017 5:29:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Dec 4, 2016 | bigdamnbandofficial
    Shotgun guitar played and shot by Rev. Peyton of Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band. The three string Guitgun was conceived by Rev. Peyton and custom made by our pal Bryan Fleming who is an expert custom pickup designer (He hand wound the pickup for it!).
  • Watch: Hairdresser Sets Fire to Straighten Hair

    01/13/2017 2:11:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 13 January 2017
    A video of a Pakistani hairdresser lighting hair on fire as a method to straighten it went viral yesterday on social media. The video shows the hairdresser placing apparently flammable liquid on top of the customer’s head, before lighting it on fire and quickly combing his hair.
  • New Orleans woman shoots trophy Mississippi buck<picture>

    01/12/2017 5:01:23 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/12/17 | Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune
    Conditions couldn't have been better Saturday for deer hunting, with frigid air keeping Friday's sleet and snow in a frozen state on the ground in Jefferson County, Miss. A New Orleans woman says all that ice is partly responsible for her killing the biggest deer of her life. Marni Demelo, 29, told she heard the deer moving through the woods adjacent to a food plot she was hunting, and had time to prepare herself for what she hoped would be a shot at a big buck.-snip-Demelo knew the buck was one she would be proud of, but didn't realize...
  • Windows 10 will soon lock your PC when you step away from it (a.k.a. "Windows Goodbye")

    01/11/2017 8:28:11 PM PST · by dayglored · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jan 11, 2017 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 feature that will automatically lock and secure a PC when the operating system detects someone has moved away from the machine. The feature is labelled as Dynamic Lock in recent test builds of Windows 10, and Windows Central reports that Microsoft refers to this as “Windows Goodbye” internally. Microsoft currently uses special Windows Hello cameras to let Windows 10 users log into a PC with just their face. Big corporations teach employees to use the winkey+L combination to lock machines when they’re idle, but this new feature will make it an automatic...
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Update Installs Chrome Browser Extension (Privacy Alert!)

    01/11/2017 8:19:48 PM PST · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | Jan 11, 2017 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Adobe released yesterday Acrobat Reader DC 15.023.20053 that included fixes for 29 security issues. Along with the security fixes, this update package also silently installs the Adobe Acrobat extension into the user's Chrome web browser. The installation process is covert, but the next time users open their Chrome browser, they'll be notified by Chrome's security systems that a new extension has been added. The extensions name is Adobe Acrobat and is the same extension available through the Chrome Web Store. This extension allows users to save any web page they're on as a PDF file and share it or download...
  • It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file (It's Patch Tuesday!)

    01/10/2017 9:15:57 PM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Also: Edge is foiled by hyperlinks, Windows Server fails at authentication requests, and Microsoft is a $486bn company Microsoft has begun its 2017 with the release of four updates to address security holes in Windows and Office, while Adobe has posted fixes for more than three dozen vulnerabilities in Flash and Reader. Microsoft's January patch load includes: MS17-001, a fix for the Edge browser to address a flaw that would let a malicious page gain elevated access privileges when the user clicks on a link. "An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when Microsoft Edge does not properly enforce cross-domain policies...