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  • Why hunters are trading in traditional hunting rifles for the AR-15

    11/18/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by Simon Green · 79 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 11/17/17 | Jack Billings
    AR-15s have long been a symbol of the tactical world, but black rifles are slowly creeping their way past military and law enforcement applications and into the world of hunting. Touting more caliber options, efficiency and modularity, the versatile platform is transforming the way hunters down prey, but what’s causing hunters to ditch traditional rifle set-ups in favor of modern sporting rifles? The biggest benefit to the AR, or modern sporting rifle, platform has always been its modularity. Unlike traditional bolt-action setups, gun owners can easily swap between an almost endless sea of uppers and lowers. This ability to...
  • Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style (Dot Matrix? Who knew?)

    11/17/2017 4:00:31 PM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers.Reg readers let us know that, after installing this week's Patch Tuesday payload from Redmond, their Windows boxes no longer work with Epson's dot matrix printers (which are still a thing, apparently, especially among those working with accounting software like Sage)."I had two clients today whose Epson dot matrix printers stopped working after applying this month’s cumulative update on Windows 10 and Windows 7," one tipster told us. "It just seems to eat the print job."In a discussion...
  • 3D Printing Gives Hackers Entirely New Ways to Wreak Havoc

    11/16/2017 11:42:02 PM PST · by fireman15 · 26 replies
    Hrvard Business Review ^ | October 25, 2017 | by Alessandro Di Fiore
    For the last decade, the 3D printing sector has been dominated by closed systems, in which 3D printers could only be used with the manufacturer’s resin and software. The trouble with closed systems is that they limit innovation. One printer manufacturer alone cannot offer the variety of materials needed for the thousands of potential 3D printing applications. As a result, the development of new end-user applications and materials has stalled, and growth in 3D printing has plateaued. To break out, the industry must reinvent itself and become open. There has been progress in that direction. Players from adjacent industries have...
  • 'Sewing with Nancy', Nancy Zieman dies following battle with cancer

    11/16/2017 9:03:49 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | Nov. 14, 2017 | wsaw
    BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WSAW) -- Nancy Zieman, the host of 'Sewing with Nancy' had died following a battle with cancer. Wisconsin Public Television states 'Sewing With Nancy' is the longest-running sewing series on television. It debuted in 1982. An educator, author, pattern maker, television producer, entrepreneur and innovator, Zieman inspired millions of sewing and quilting enthusiasts throughout her career.
  • Drunk Michigan man found covered in blood, screaming, waving deer meat in parking lot

    11/15/2017 9:30:22 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 43 replies
    click on detroit ^ | 11/15/17 | Ken Haddad
    MASON COUNTY, Mich. - A man was arrested Monday afternoon after police found him acting "extremely bizarre" in a parking lot in Northern Michigan. WPBN reports police were called to an BP Gas Station in Scottville (just East of Ludington), Michigan, for a man walking around the parking lot covered in blood and sitting in a car that did not belong to him. Police arrived and found the man in the car. When they approached, the 62-year-old man rushed at them, screaming and began trying to attack the deputies. The man, identified as Roy Purple, was arrested for the attempted...
  • FASTEST RC TURBINE MODEL JET IN ACTION 727KMH 451MPH FLIGHT

    11/15/2017 10:34:46 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/30/17 | RC Media World
    Full Title: FASTEST RC TURBINE MODEL JET IN ACTION 727KMH 451MPH FLIGHT TRAINING WORLD RECORD TRAINING PART 2Best thing I've seen all week. Action starts at 2:25.Video Here.
  • Honoring Nancy Zieman

    11/14/2017 6:17:59 PM PST · by madison10 · 11 replies
    Nancy Zieman Blog ^ | 11/14/2017 | Nancy Zieman Productions
    Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. is saddened by the death of our friend and colleague, Nancy Zieman, longtime host of the Sewing With Nancy TV show on Public Television. Thank you, Nancy, for a life filled with inspiration, education, and grace. We extend our condolences to Nancy’s family, friends, colleagues, viewers and readers. We all miss her so much. After a long battle with cancer, Nancy passed away at home, surrounded by family, on November 14, 2017. A private funeral service is planned with family and close friends.
  • ‘Sex Addicts’ Are Facing Mounting Cries of ‘BS!’

    11/14/2017 2:11:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2017 | Ben Graham
    Hollywood’s latest scandals have rocked the world and put sex addiction back in the limelight. Celebrities like Tiger Woods and David Duchovny have famously sought treatment for sex addictions. And now, after the recent revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, both stars have checked themselves into rehab. So is sex addiction real? Or is it just an excuse for bad behavior
  • Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020 (Resistance is Futile)

    11/13/2017 6:18:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Andrew Silver
    Never go full Windows Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.A coalition of Social Democrats and Conservatives on the committee voted (PDF, in Deutsche, natürlich) for the Windows migration on Wednesday, Social Democrat councillor Anne Hübner told The Register.Munich rose to fame in the open-source world for deciding to use Linux and LibreOffice to make the city independent from the claws of Microsoft. But the plan was never fully realised – mail servers, for instance, eventually wound up migrating to Microsoft Exchange – and in February the...
  • HELP! Where Can I find a PDF list of DWM Cartridge Numbers?

    11/12/2017 8:22:20 AM PST · by txnativegop · 13 replies
    November 12, 2017 | me
    Where can I find a pdf list of DWM cartridge numbers?I had such a pdf on my old computer but it died unexpectedly and to my everlasting shame, I did not have a back up copy of the list.I have tried to find the list on the internet again, but I have been unable to do so.
  • Lamborghini creates world's first 'self-healing' sports car

    11/11/2017 2:49:30 PM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 November 2017 | Nicola Harley
    Lamborghini has created the world's first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work. Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading. The super car was created in collaboration with researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. ... The all-electric car is powered by supercapacitors rather than conventional batteries. ... Each of the car's wheels includes its own integrated electric engine...
  • Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

    11/10/2017 12:32:34 PM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 10, 2017 | John Leyden
    Microsoft president Brad Smith appeared before the UN in Geneva to talk about the growing problem of nation-state cyber attacks on Thursday.Smith, also Redmond's chief legal officer, last month publicly accused North Korea of the WannaCry ransomware attack.During the UN session on internet governance challenges, Smith made the case for a cyber equivalent of the Geneva Convention. He started off by noting the sorry state of IoT security before arguing that tech firms and government each have a role to play in reining in the problem."If you can hack your way into a thermostats you can hack your way into...
  • Looking for a beginner's guitar recommendation.

    11/09/2017 8:39:02 AM PST · by gop4lyf · 42 replies
    me ^ | 11/9/2017 | me
    Calling all Freeper guitarists. I am looking into buying a beginner's guitar for myself. I am wanting to spend around $200. I am only interested in an acoustic guitar at this time. My musical tastes range from classic rock, old school country, to some blues. I have sort of narrowed down my choices to a couple of guitars, the Yamaha FG800 (https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FG800?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrOjvwfWx1wIVSY1-Ch2w3wK8EAAYASAAEgL1h_D_BwE) and the Ibanez AW50 OPN (https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AW54OPN?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj-Tht_Wx1wIVw19-Ch2vHwtwEAAYASAAEgLViPD_BwE). I was wondering if any of y'all had any experience with either of those and could possibly make a recommendation, or possibly a suggestion for something else. Any and all advice is...
  • 250,000 Dominoes - The Incredible Science Machine: GAME ON!

    11/08/2017 11:02:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Aug 12, 2017 | Hevesh5
    250,000 Dominoes were toppled at Zeal Credit Union's Incredible Science Machine: Game On! This event features 3 new US domino records: largest domino field, largest domino structure, and largest overall domino project in America. 19 builders from 5 countries spent 7 days (over 1,200 combined hours) building the Incredible Science Machine. Watch our past ISM events!
  • Weekly Cooking: Special Thanksgiving Edition

    11/08/2017 4:11:15 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 220 replies
    While the food is always the real ‘centerpiece’ of the Thanksgving table, décor can make any occasion more special and memorable. A recent newsletter recently led me to a really beautiful website, ‘Freutcake’, which had this unique idea for place ‘cards’ or holders at the table. The mini dried Indian Corn is available from dried botanical suppliers, and perhaps in your grocery florist area or local garden store; but you can also find them in pet stores, where they are sold in bags as a treat/enrichment for small pets. (And if you’re not into gilding things, they would be charming...
  • Microsoft goes to bat for DREAMERs: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

    11/07/2017 3:20:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 65 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 7, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft is suing the US government to prevent the deportation of immigrants – including at least 45 of its own staffers – who are in America under the now-dying DACA program.The Redmond giant has signed on to a lawsuit filed by Princeton University on behalf of one of its students seeking an injunction against the Department of Homeland Security and its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows for children who entered the US illegally to obtain protection from being snatched and kicked out of the country by deportation officials.Microsoft and Princeton, along with...
  • Man With World's Longest Mustache Has Been Growing it Since 1970

    11/06/2017 9:00:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KSAT ^ | November 06, 2017
    Facial hair measures up to 18 and a half feet longThose participating in No-Shave November will have a hard time catching up to Ram Singh, who holds the world record for longest mustache. Singh, 62, of Jaipur, India, sports facial hair that measures up to 18 and a half feet long. “People always compliment my mustache,” Singh said in an interview with Guinness World Records. “Both mustache and beard have always been a symbol of pride for men, so I’ve been able to earn a name, fame and respect for my mustache.” He explained he has been growing it since...
  • The man who built an aeroplane on his Mumbai rooftop

    11/05/2017 6:24:17 AM PST · by BobL · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5 November 2017 | Soutik Biswas
    Seven years ago, Amol Yadav announced to his family and friends that he would build an aeroplane on the roof of a boxy apartment building in the teeming Indian city of Mumbai. Incredulous friends and family members asked the young pilot how he planned to bring the plane down once it was complete. "I really don't know," he told them. Mr Yadav, who flies twin-engine turboprop planes for a living, is nothing if not obstinate. The five-storey building, home to his 19-member joint family, didn't have a lift, so they lugged factory lathes, compressors, welding machines, and an imported 180kg...
  • Yes, You Can Still Clean Install Windows 10 with a Windows 7/8.x Key (Tricks and Tips)

    11/05/2017 6:20:30 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    Thurrott.com ^ | Oct 28, 2017 | Paul Thurrott
    Readers routinely ask me whether it’s still possible to clean install Windows 10 with an unused Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key. Over two years after Microsoft first enabled this functionality, the answer is a resounding yes.And I can think of a number of reasons why one might need to do so.As noted, Microsoft first introduced this capability over two years ago, and in doing so it erased what had been one of the early install/activation issues with the then-new Windows 10.Almost a year later, I reported that this capability—which was supposed to be temporary, by the way–still worked....
  • LIVE THREAD: 2017 BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC

    11/04/2017 3:41:39 PM PDT · by ETL · 14 replies
    This Breeders' Cup is all about Arrogate Mike Watchmaker, DRF [Daily Racing Form] National Handicapper DEL MAR, Calif. -- I was talking last weekend to a friend of long standing, an outstanding handicapper and avid racing historian, about the Breeders' Cup. Almost immediately, the conversation turned to Arrogate, of whom we were of similar minds. We agreed that Arrogate's four-race run of the Travers, Breeders' Cup Classic, Pegasus World Cup, and Dubai World Cup just blew us away. He raved about how Arrogate shattered the track record in the Travers, running the fastest 1 1/4 miles ever at Saratoga, which...