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  • Step into the 'Cave of Miracles' at Dubai's Dh100m Quran Park

    09/26/2016 7:57:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, September 26, 2016
    Dubai Municipality says thee vision of the project is to build a bridge between the Islamic vision and urban values Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has approved the cave and glass house project in the Quran Park at an estimated cost of Dh100 million. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said: "The approval of Sheikh Hamdan for this project comes in order to keep up with the basic needs of the population of the city of Dubai for municipality services. "The Quran Park is a great...
  • Classic American Muscle Cars & Customs (several 100 photos!)

    09/25/2016 11:29:21 AM PDT · by ETL · 76 replies
    many different sources
    1)2) 3) (plastic or diecast model)4)5) 6)7) 8) 9)10) 11)12) 13)14)15)16)17)18)19)20)21)22) 23) 24)25) 26)27)28)29)30)31)32) 33) 34)35) 36)37)38)39)40)41)42)43)44)45)46)47)48)49)50)51)52)53)54)55)56) l '39 Ford Coupe 1) 1955 Chevy 2) 1956 Chevy 3) 1957 Chevy 4) 5) 6) 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14) 15) 16) 17) 18) 19) 20) 21) 22) 23) 24) 25) 26) This through 42 are 56s, inc a few pickup trucks and a B/W Nomad... 27) 28) 29) 30) 31) 32) 33) 34) 35) 36) 37) 38) 39) 40) 41) 56 Nomad 42) 43) 57 Sedan Delivery (differs from Nomad--rear window filled in, etc) 44) 45) 46) 57...
  • Video: Underwater Glock-Fishing For Lionfish

    09/23/2016 1:11:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 9/22/16
    Lionfish are an invasive species doing a lot of harm to underwater ecosystems. They’re basically the feral pigs of oceans reefs. This underwater Glock-fishing video was originally made to see if this group of guys could shoot a Glock underwater, and once they realized it was possible, it developed into much more. With no known predator, the lionfish has been eradicating baitfish all across the ocean. These guys do their part in slowing the lionfish devastation by bringing their Glocks underwater with them and firing away. The guns had to have a few modifications done to them, and then they...
  • Replica of U.S.S. Arizona to join in Pearl Harbor event

    09/22/2016 12:01:27 PM PDT · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 19 replies
    Yuma Sun ^ | Sep 13, 2016 | James Gilbert
    Thanks to the generosity of many residents and businesses in Yuma, the 36-foot-long replica of the U.S.S. Arizona has been restored in time to be shipped to Hawaii for the National Park Service's commemoration ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a way of showing its appreciation, the Navy League of the United States (NLUS), took the recently refurbished model of the iconic battleship on a photo tour around Yuma Tuesday morning so residents could take pictures of it, making 15-minute stops at Yuma City Hall, the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, the Yuma Chamber of Commerce...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/21/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 139 replies
    The Avon lady who visits my office building brought us the new catalogs this week; and I noticed that Avon is currently offering cookie cutters for making a cookie version of the sugar skulls, or ‘calaveras’ that are traditional for the Mexican holiday ‘The Day of the Dead’. I didn’t know much about this holiday, and while doing a search on it I happened to find a really wonderful website/blog devoted to decorated cookies: Sweetsugarbelle.com. Along with all the other fantastic cookies, one entry includes a tutorial on making the skulls; and anyone who likes decorating cookies will love this...
  • NYC Explosion: Buying Bomb Parts Through eBay

    09/21/2016 10:21:07 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 36 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/21/16 | B. Ross, R.Schwartz, A. Katersky, J. Margolin, James G. Meek
    The man suspected of planting bombs in New York City and New Jersey was able to use the popular online bidding site eBay to secretly collect bomb components starting months ago, officials allege in court documents. Ahmad Rahami, the 28-year-old who was apprehended Monday after a shootout with police, purportedly began plans for a bombing in mid-June when he purchased more than 200 round lead and steel balls designed as slingshot ammunition. "I know, based on my training, experience, and conversations with other law enforcement officials, that ball bearings can be used in improvised explosives to increase fragmentation and thus...
  • A Sub-$700 Colt M4? The 5.56mm Colt Expanse. Full Review.

    09/20/2016 3:37:57 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 45 replies
    Guns America Blog ^ | 9/14/16 | Jon Hodoway
    When it comes to ARs, it all goes back to Colt. Sure, Eugene Stoner at ArmaLite developed the 7.62mm AR-10 that would evolve to become the AR-15 in 5.56mm, but it was Colt who purchased the rights to the latter design and not only captured government contracts for it as the M16 family of firearms, but also brought it to the civilian market at first as the AR-15 SP1 and then as the “Sporter” family of AR-15 rifles. Now, you should realize that while the AR is a well-accepted and extremely popular firearm today, it was extremely controversial in those...
  • Arabian Catapult (ISIS new secret weapon!)

    09/20/2016 1:15:24 AM PDT · by shibumi · 24 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 19, 2016 | JOHNNYOZONETAPIA
    Exclusive video of ISIS testing a new terror weapon. The Arabian Catapult!
  • Vanity: Our favorite performances from the Gong Show

    09/17/2016 5:56:32 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 24 replies
    We at Mainestategop.blogpsot.com and the new England Alliance for liberty and Free markets noticed that there have been a lot of uploads of episodes and sketches from The Gong Show. YES! Everyone's favorite reality show from 1978 and 1977 from before anyone heard of Simon Cowell, before American Idol, before there was America's got Talent, there was THE GONG SHOW! Here now is our favorite sketches. The best we saved for last! 1. Billy and the Billetes 2. RICK CUTLER (MAMA WONT LET ME ON THE GONG SHOW) 3. Michael foster Rivera (MAGICIAN WITH THE PET CHICKEN) 4. FRED TYSON...
  • Rock n'f'n ROOL !!! [a satirical view of musicianship from an aging Boomer]

    09/17/2016 4:28:13 AM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 43 replies
    my twisted mind | Sept 17 2016 | Mr_Moonlight
    <p>I always said that the Bassist is the most normal person in the room .... the Lead Singer is always an exhibitionist jumping about like a spastic idot [sic] screaming some incoherent gibberish into some cheap $23 dollar microphone bought from some cheezy pawnshop located in the seediest part of town, while the posing Lead Guitarist flails about in spandex with legs spread wide, a raised fist in mock triumph to his lame power chord, stomping on a battalion of shitty sounding effects pedals, each one sounding noisier and more obnoxious than the other ...</p>
  • THE D-DAY SALE COLLECTION NERRANT & FILS (D-Day militaria- trucks,gear, etc. cool!)

    09/16/2016 3:37:42 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    arcturial.com ^ | 9-16-16 | Arcturial
    SALE INFORMATION Sale: 3114 Location: Normandy Tank Museum, Catz Date: 18 Sep 2016 14:00 VIEWING INFORMATION 16-17 September, 11am-7pm 18 September, de 10am-2pm Normandy Tank Museum P.A. La Fourchette Avenue du Cotentin 50500 Catz
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/14/2016 4:29:56 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 127 replies
    It's getting to be Apple Time here in the Mid-Atlantic; and the P&G email newsletter recently had a clever way of serving things in apple cups: https://www.pgeveryday.com/home-garden/crafts/article/how-to-make-apple-cupsFor the see-and-do folks, here's a video of how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kke5d7qNCgMAnd to go in them, from the great 'Pick Your Own' site - Cider, which I've never made, but it doesn't look more difficult than any other simple canning; and there's also a link in the article for making fermented and hard cider ;-): http://www.pickyourown.org/applecider.htmAnd last, a very simple recipe for Apple Fritters, from Allrecipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/90295/moms-apple-fritters-JT
  • "Plaguefather" - Original brutal death metal, by Yours Truly

    09/14/2016 12:28:46 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 9/14/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    This is my first attempt at making truly brutal death metal. I think I got the brutal part right. (And yes, the Plaguefather in question is Nurgle of Warhammer / Warhammer 40,000 fame.) For a free download of "Plaguefather," click here, and then click on the Download icon.
  • 9/11 poem

    09/12/2016 12:09:01 PM PDT · by late bloomer
    self | 9/12/2016 | Richard Hurley aka late bloomer
    Our Blessed Heroes of 9-11 To those intrepid souls who fought the fight before the fight began Who gave their all on this second "Day of Infamy" Unaware of their impending fate living their lives as God would want became the sacrifice To evil forces defying the Creator as is their want All loving souls in a special Heaven set aside only of them with heartbroken families mourning their fate Asking God to retaliate that it never happens again And on this date forever more we will all recall the tragic scenes of crashing planes building burning falling down Our...
  • Customize your Windows 10 notifications (Get notified the way YOU want to be)

    09/11/2016 9:04:39 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    CNet ^ | Sep 10, 2016 | Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
    Get notified on your PC the way you want to (or not at all). The Windows 10 notifications system is still a work in progress -- universal-ish app notifications that appear on your lock screen, on your desktop and in your action center. In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft has added more notifications (Windows can now link to your Android phone via the Cortana app and mirror Android notifications on your desktop) and more notifications options, including the ability to prioritize certain apps over others. The notifications/action center is getting there, but it's still pretty confusing. Here's how to...
  • NFL Players and the National Anthem

    09/10/2016 10:01:55 AM PDT · by ScubieNuc · 30 replies
    Me | 9/10/2016 | Me
    I know this probably wont have any real effect on the NFL players who decide to not stand for the National Anthem, but I would like a list of all players who don't stand. My reason is pretty simple....I don't want any of them on my Fantasy Football team. I sent an email to my league asking them to tell me if any of my players fail to stand so that I can drop them. I realize that this thing is gaining some momentum and some great players may join in. It's easy for some people to say, "punish them",...
  • How to speed up Windows 10 (tutorial notes and hints for newcomers to Windows 10)

    09/09/2016 3:32:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    IT Pro (UK) ^ | Sep 5, 2016 | Rene Millman, Adam Shepher
    Want to find out the top tips and tricks to make Windows 10 faster? Read on... Despite (or perhaps because of) all the bells and whistles, Windows 10 can sometime run a little slower than other systems, particularly on older machines. If you're one of the new Windows 10 users who feels that they've had to sacrifice speed to get the latest version of Windows, here's how to speed it up. Topics include: Make starting up Windows 10 quicker Make shutting down Windows 10 faster Disable Startup programs in Windows 10 Remove bloatware in Windows 10 Make the Windows 10...
  • Microsoft pushing out Build 14393.105 cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile devices (tr)

    09/09/2016 8:32:00 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    MS Power User ^ | Sep 7, 2016 | Surur
    (Full title: "Microsoft pushing out Build 14393.105 cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile devices on the Release Preview and Slow rings") Microsoft has today pushed out a new cumulative update to Windows 10 Mobile devices on the Release Preview and Slow rings, taking their build to 14393.105, the same as Windows 10 for PCs build in the Production ring. The update comes less than 2 hours after Dona said not to expect a new build this week, but she may have been referring to one of the faster rings. Being a Release Preview build we may see this build pushed...
  • The Windows 10 Anniversary Update's best new features (It didn't break everything, you know)

    09/08/2016 2:53:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 2, 2016 | Brad Chacos
    (Continuing my series of pro-Windows articles... -dayglored) Happy birthday, Windows 10 Microsoft’s planning a big bash for Windows 10’s first birthday, and you’re the one receiving presents. On August 2, the company will push out the (boringly named) Windows 10 Anniversary Update to Windows 10 PCs, and the update’s chock-full of all sorts of new goodies for you to play with—some niche, some helpful, and all free. Windows Insiders who don’t mind living dangerously with unfinished software have been testing these new features in Windows 10 preview builds for months, and now it’s time for the Anniversary Update to hit...
  • Windows 10: The 10 best new features to try first (Nice things about Windows 10 for a change)

    09/08/2016 1:45:39 PM PDT · by dayglored · 77 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 5, 2016 | Brad Chacos
    Let’s not beat around the bush: Windows 10 is wonderful. It’s head-and-shoulders better than Windows 8.1, at least for traditional PC users. The fact that it banishes full-screen apps and the Metro Start screen, focusing instead on the tried-and-true desktop, should be reason enough to make PC purists smile. The massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update released on August 2, 2016, added even more features, functionality, and polish. The obvious desktop improvements are just the tip of the iceberg, though. If you’re fresh to Windows 10, these are the cool new features you’ll want to check out first.Editor’s note: This article...
  • How to set up Windows 10 (IoT Core) on the Raspberry Pi (yes, on a $35 computer!)

    09/07/2016 5:22:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | Sep 7, 2016 | Nick Heath
    A beginner's guide to installing and pushing a simple app to Windows 10 IoT Core running on a Raspberry Pi. Microsoft's ambition is for Windows 10 to run on every type of computing device, even the credit card-sized $35 Raspberry Pi board. The Pi doesn't run the same version of Windows 10 as a laptop does, but a far simpler, stripped-back release called Windows 10 IoT Core. This OS won't boot you into the traditional Windows desktop, but instead loads a bare bones menu from which you can set up the system, which can only run a single Universal Windows...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/06/2016 3:49:38 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 90 replies
    When we had our first home and my husband and I began cooking together, we acquired a copy of Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ from a book club. Being ignorantly ambitious, we decided to first try Boeuf Bourguignon.We must have done a lot wrong because in the end, a can of Dinty Moore with a splash of cheap red would have been superior to our sad product; but we learned our lesson, and realized that we needed to know a lot more about cooking before attempting something like that. We never tried that particular dish again, until...
  • College Students Know Nothing About the Guns They Want Banned (Snowflakes on guns!)

    09/03/2016 6:19:17 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    And these morons can vote! Unbelievable. There was a a time when people would not open their mouth when they did not know the matter being discussed.
  • Decoding the Civil War - Volunteers Wanted! 75,000 Strong!

    09/02/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by wtd · 62 replies
    Decoding the Civil War Volunteers Wanted! 75,000 Strong!Over one hundred and fifty years have passed since the end of the United States Civil War and it still captures the imagination and passion of young and old. Decoding the Civil War, funded by a two-year grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is a consortium project to digitize and transcribe the Union Army telegrams from The Thomas T. Eckert Papers housed at the Huntington Library. This project draws together the expertise of four organizations — The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Papers of Abraham...
  • Where can one find the name of a TV program that was on 3 days ago ?

    09/02/2016 12:01:01 PM PDT · by George from New England · 33 replies
    I know I saw it on tnt but I cannot find a site on the web to look at past TV listings. Help?
  • model railroading to life Local club going strong with a world of train layouts inside its door

    09/01/2016 2:42:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Steve Stockmar
    Attention to detail brings SIERRA VISTA — The precise attention to detail surrounding the room isn’t by accident when you walk into the Cochise & Western Model Railroad Club. All the track, the buildings, the lights and every other scale model carefully in place are there for a reason. The neighborhoods designed from the 1940s and 50s. The personnel responding to a building on fire. The construction worker welding away. Each layout “tells little stories,” said club member Jason Bease. The club has been going strong in Sierra Vista for more than 30 years, most of which have been in...
  • Microsoft conscripts upload bandwidth in Windows 10's latest Insider update (GB/mo cap alert!)

    08/31/2016 10:24:52 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Aug 31, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Say hello to "Windows Update Delivery Optimization" Microsoft today updated the Windows 10 beta, switching on a controversial technology that commandeers users' upload bandwidth to shift some responsibility for updating from the company's own servers. Build 14915 was released earlier Wednesday to participants in the Windows Insider "Fast" track. The notable change highlighted by Dona Sarkar, the software engineer who acts as the public face of Insider, was the enabling of Windows 10's "Delivery Optimization" technology. Delivery Optimization, formally dubbed "Windows Update Delivery Optimization" (WUDO) by Microsoft, was part of Windows 10 from the get-go. But it was only switched...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/31/2016 4:32:52 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 161 replies
    A while back, someone asked if we had ever done a thread on kitchen gadgets; and I got to thinking that maybe it was time to do another one. First, one of the most useful items I've ever found for slicing home-made loaves of bread in nice, even slices: the Mountain Woods Fiddle Bow Bread Knife. I found mine at the thrift store, but you can still get them on Amazon. The blade remains very sharp, and my husband also likes it for getting thick slices from big tomatoes. Note that they come in right- or left-handed styles, and choose...
  • "Whose Who are You?" Paul Ash & Orchestra on Columbia 602-D (Milton Watson vocalist)

    08/31/2016 12:16:31 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1926 | Paul Ash
    Paul Ash and His Orchestra plays "Whose Who are You?" on Columbia 602-D. Vocal chorus is by Milton Watson.
  • Nepal bans Indian police couple for faking Mount Everest climb

    08/30/2016 4:10:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    ABC Net ^ | 8/31
    Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, both police constables, said they reached the top of the world's highest mountain on May 23. But fellow climbers cast doubt on their claim, saying their photos at the summit were doctored. Nepal's tourism department initially certified their claim but later conducted an investigation.
  • A new attraction rolls into the Benson Visitor Center

    08/28/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies
    BENSON – The Benson Visitor Center’s murals and historic displays will be sharing the spotlight with a new attraction. A model train — the detailed replica of a Union Pacific SD 70 locomotive pulling five railcars — is now circling around the inside of the visitor center, mounted high overhead on a track suspended from the building’s ceiling. The project marks the first phase of a series of model train displays planned for the visitor center by Bob Nilson, tourism supervisor for the City of Benson. Funding for the train, track and support structures came through a $6,000 grant from...
  • This Day In History: Aug 27, 1776 - The Battle of Brooklyn (aka, Battle of Long Island)

    08/27/2016 6:00:01 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies
    various sources
    The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn and the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, fought on August 27, 1776, was the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776. It was a victory for the British Army and the beginning of a successful campaign that gave them control of the strategically important city of New York. In terms of troop deployment and fighting, it was the largest battle of the entire war.After defeating the British in the Siege of Boston on March...
  • Woman Wins $10.7 Million on Penny Slots in Vegas

    08/25/2016 10:33:41 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 24, 2016
    A Hawaii woman has won more than $10 million playing the penny slots in Las Vegas.
  • Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

    08/25/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 25, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed. Connecting the Amazon e-reader to a fully up-to-date W10 machine via USB triggers an immediate Blue Screen of Death, according to complaints on Microsoft's support forum. All the trouble started when people downloaded and installed the Anniversary Update, which arrived at the turn of the month. That's the same upgrade that has knackered millions of webcams and caused some systems to freeze up. The crash kicks off in the storage partition driver partmgr.sys, with a bugcheck code...
  • I Only Date Guys With High Credit Scores

    08/25/2016 9:50:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 152 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Christian Gollayan
    When it comes to love, Martina Paillant won’t settle for someone who has a credit score below 700. “I need a man who has his life together and can pay his bills,” the 22-year-old Canarsie, Brooklyn, resident tells The Post. Paillant, who attends graduate school in Miami, asks potential suitors their credit scores by the fourth date. While some may call her snooty for checking someone’s FICO number before becoming Facebook official, she’s been focused on her finances since she was 16 years old and has a credit score above 800.
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/24/2016 12:03:01 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    I recently picked up a nasty ‘bug’ that threw me into a six-day fever. No idea what it was, but I’ve never been laid-out so badly, or so little interested in food - all I could taste was salt, and salt was revolting. I finally hit on vanilla ice cream as tolerable, and ate nothing else for days. There are still some ‘notes’ that I can’t taste, and I’m craving the weirdest things: “MacDonald’s Fish Sandwich???” - my husband must feel that he’s got a pregnant lady calling him at work and demanding this-or-that be picked up on the way...
  • Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand (awesome photo)

    08/23/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click here (it is planted in Facebook's garden, so if you'd prefer not to visit, you were warned).
  • Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

    08/23/2016 5:26:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs. The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores arranged in 12 clusters. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM on top, all in a 12mm-by-12mm BGA package. We understand it can perform a trillion calculations a second. It handles all the environment sensing and other input and output necessary for the virtual-reality goggles. It aggregates data...
  • What Microsoft won't tell you about your Windows 10 recovery drive size (4GB? 8GB? 16GB?)

    08/22/2016 8:04:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Josh Norem
    Microsoft is coy about it in places, and estimates vary. (The time to make a Windows 10 recovery drive is before your PC dies. Grab a USB drive—you might need a big one!—and we'll show you how it's done...) Attila Balaton bought an 8GB USB key to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive only to find out 16GB was required. Mea culpa: Answer Line was partly to blame, as my former colleague wrote that Microsoft suggests “at least a 4GB USB key.” It’s not his fault, though, as on this support page Microsoft says in order to create a Windows...
  • This Day In History: Aug 22, 1776 - British Invasion Of New York

    08/22/2016 5:10:38 AM PDT · by ETL · 34 replies
    various sources
    On August 22, Howe’s large army landed on Long Island, hoping to capture New York City and gain control of the Hudson River, a victory that would divide the rebellious colonies in half. On August 27, the Red Coats marched against the Patriot position at Brooklyn Heights, overcoming the Americans at Gowanus Pass and then outflanking the entire Continental Army. Howe failed to follow the advice of his subordinates and storm the redoubts at Brooklyn Heights, and on August 29 General Washington ordered a brilliant retreat to Manhattan by boat, thus saving the Continental Army from capture. At the Battle...
  • Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps (misplaced Melbourne Australia near Japan)

    08/21/2016 8:51:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    City of Melbourne, population four million, placed in the wrong hemisphere Microsoft has misplaced Melbourne, the four-million-inhabitant capital of the Australian State of Victoria. A search on Bing Maps for “Melbourne, Victoria, Australia” says the city is at 37.813610, 144.963100 which we've screen-captured above (or here for those reading our mobile site). The co-ordinates are right save for one important detail: Melbourne is at 37.8136° South. Bing's therefore put it in the wrong hemisphere. The Register's Australian outpost has tried searching for a few other major cities in Victoria and beyond and believes this is an isolated and probably-fat-fingered error....
  • Fishing Report keeps anglers informed

    08/20/2016 12:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Looking for the latest info on where the best fishing spots are in southern Arizona and across the state? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has regular updates from anglers all over Arizona detailing what fish are hitting what baits and where as part of its weekly Fishing Report. Compiled from regular input from fishermen and women as well as Game and Fish officials, the report covers the fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and waterways, as well as stocking schedules, water levels and updates on which fish species are most active and when. “The idea is...
  • This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built

    08/18/2016 10:18:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/ 17/16 | This Car Matters Films
    The HVA takes a look at the story of the first Chevrolet Camaro built visiting with its stewards and marque historians. The first Camaro built is being recognized as No. 15 on the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register program in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress.
  • Florida Officials to Vandals: Stop Painting Birds, Tortoises

    08/18/2016 2:07:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 18, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    If you want to paint your nails, furniture, house, whatever – knock yourself out. But, stop painting birds and turtles; they don’t need to be prettied-up. That’s the message from Florida officials, who rescued a painted white ibis bird this week, days after they found turtles and gopher tortoises illegally decorated in hues of blue and red. “Please keep your paint on the canvas and off of wildlife,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted on Facebook. “Tortoises and turtles don’t need touch-ups!” While it may sound harmless, unleashing your inner artist on wildlife could land you in jail....
  • Microsoft open-sources PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat... (includes OpenSSH) (tr)

    08/18/2016 9:09:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Microsoft has published PowerShell, its scripting and automation platform, as open source under the permissive MIT licence, as well as porting it to Linux and Mac, with an alpha build now available on GitHub. PowerShell is built on Microsoft's .NET platform, and one of the enabling pieces here is .NET Core, the refactored fork of .NET which runs cross-platform. PowerShell "Core" has already turned up on Nano Server, the barebones edition of Windows Server 2016, and the newly announced release will run on .NET Core on Mac and Linux. The initial Linux support is for Ubuntu, CentOS and RedHat. "Others...
  • Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell (Virtual Reality)

    08/18/2016 6:14:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Chris Williams
    We're a long way from the Start Menu now First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles. Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets. The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It is designed to work on any normal PC, not just high-end graphics rigs; the emphasis is on the fact that anyone with a half decent machine can use the new UI. The Holographic Shell...
  • Microsoft Rewards is how Microsoft will pay you to use Edge, Bing and more

    08/17/2016 9:48:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Aug 17, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Years back, Microsoft began paying people to use its Bing search service via a program called Bing Rewards. Now, Microsoft will do the same with its Edge browser and other products. Microsoft announced Wednesday that over the next few weeks, Bing Rewards will become Microsoft Rewards. The concept remains the same: The more you use or buy Microsoft products, the more freebies you’ll receive in return. With the debut of Microsoft Rewards, you'll also be able to accrue points by browsing with Edge or purchasing items at brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores. Why this matters: At the end of July, Google Chrome...
  • VIDEO: "Common Sense" Gun Reform Debunked! (Man-on-Street)

    08/17/2016 3:38:23 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 48 replies
    Dear fellow FREEPers: today I present to you the biggest, most labor-intensive video my team and I have ever put together. I wanted to create the most thorough video possible regarding the myths, falsehood and outright lies surrounding "common sense" gun laws being pushed on Americans today. This video required permission from the city, mayor, as well as cooperation of local police officers (whom I thank profusely) to make happen. What you'll see is eye-opening and terrifying, but hopefully incredibly informative, useful in the education of your friends and wildly funny. Let's open some eyes out there with the truth!...
  • India: Three die as kite string slits their throats

    08/17/2016 7:43:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    Three people, including two children, have died after their throats were slit by glass-coated strings used for flying kites on India's Independence Day. ... Glass-coated strings are used to bring down competitors' kites, but they also end up injuring and killing people. Many Indians fly kites to celebrate festivals and important occasions like the Independence Day, which is celebrated on 15 August. But every year, there are reports of people dying or getting wounded from the kite strings - locally known as manja - treated with powdered glass or metal to sharpen them. ... The Delhi government has now banned...