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  • Firearm choice - Requesting input

    03/27/2017 7:27:37 AM PDT · by nevergore · 76 replies
    Vanity ^ | 3/27/2017 | Nevergore
    It's Spring and time to get a new lightweight semi-auto pistol for carry! I need to get a new carry gun for Summertime! Currently I carry a Para-Ordanance P-12 .45....It's lightweight, high capacity and fairly small....Great for winter carry but not so much for summer in Atlanta....looking for a summer gun.... Caliber no smaller than 9mm and preferably with a hammer but I'm open to stricker weapons.... There are a lot of new small, flat semi-auto's out there from the Taurus to Sig... Corrosion resistance is a plus since the weapon will be up against my body on hot sweaty...
  • 'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court (Win10 update suit filed)

    03/26/2017 8:29:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.The complaint [PDF], filed in Chicago's US District Court on Thursday, charges that Microsoft Windows 10 is a defective product and that its maker failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risks posed by Windows 10 installation – specifically system stability and data loss.Microsoft "failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, formulating, and manufacturing the Windows 10 upgrade and placing it into the stream of commerce," the...
  • Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

    03/24/2017 3:22:21 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 March 2017 | Alan Yuhas
    In two rooms of Charles and Lois O’Brien’s modest home in Tucson, Arizona, more than a million insects – a collection worth an estimated $10m – rest in tombs of glass and homemade shelving. They come from every continent and corner of the world, gathered over almost six decades; a bug story that began as a love story. He remembers the roaches fondly – “I fed them and they helped me eat” “It was sort of an Indiana Jones life for Charley,” Lois said. “It’s been a wonderful life for me
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/24/2017 7:48:03 AM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 134 replies
    We’ve had requests for a thread on ‘kitchen problems’, so I thought we’d do it this week. * I cleaned out my refrigerator a few days ago, and was reminded of something I used to do and must start to do again. No matter how careful you are, there are always drips and leaks, or mess from a forgotten, rotten vegetable, staining up your refrigerator – especially the little shelves on the door. A good idea is to cut craft paper – or a brown paper bag – to fit those spaces, and then just change the paper out a...
  • Microsoft will kill some Windows 7 and 8.1 support in April (Apr 10 Patch Tuesday)

    03/23/2017 6:12:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 99 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Mark your calendar: Microsoft's promise to cut off Win7 and 8.1 support for the latest PCs will cause howls of pain next month Events of the past week have drawn into sharp focus the likely result of next month's patching cycle. If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC that you bought, built, or upgraded in the past year or so, it would behoove you to understand exactly what Microsoft plans. Many people -- I'll raise my hand here -- thought that Skylake-based computers would continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 patches until the respective end-of-life. We are...
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare (SJW in flames)

    03/21/2017 11:30:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    OneAngryGamer ^ | March 19, 2017
    Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare One of the most controversial individuals who worked at BioWare on Mass Effect: Andromeda was Manveer Heir, a game designer on the project. He had mentioned recently on his Twitter profile that Mass Effect: Andromeda was one of his past projects, but now we have confirmation that Manveer Heir is no longer working at BioWare. BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn responded to a comment on Twitter about Heir’s employment at BioWare, stating the following… /snip If you check Manveer Heir’s Twitter profile you can see that he does indeed...
  • Mohammed Anas: 'I Call my Daughter my Girlfriend'

    03/21/2017 9:22:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 21, 2017 | Yemisi Adegoke
    The footballer who mistakenly thanked his wife and girlfriend during his post- match interview has denied he's been unfaithful. Mohammed Anas appeared to dig himself into an even bigger hole when he said he was talking about his daughter in the now legendary interview. "My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend," the Ghanaian striker said. SNIP His post-match interview started innocuously enough when he thanked God and his fans, but things took a decidedly awkward turn when he suddenly blurted out: "Thank you for this, I...
  • How to get "frozen" caliper bolts out??

    03/20/2017 9:07:15 AM PDT · by Paul R. · 145 replies
    You | 3/20/2017 | Me
    Advice needed: It's either corrosion or a gorilla with a wrench, or both, but I cannot get the brake caliper bolts on our Ford Explorer out. FoMoCo exacerbates the problem by using bolts with shallow heads, so it is difficult to keep a socket on them. I have tried various penetrating oils such as PB Blaster, smacking the bolt heads with a medium hammer, etc. to no effect. More info. in my 1st comment...
  • Witness describes terrifying moment man grabbed by crocodile

    03/20/2017 12:43:46 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 30 replies
    The Courier-Mail ^ | March 19, 2017 10:07pm | Clare Armstrong, James Law,
    ... Lee De Paauw was mauled by a crocodile after leaping into a river at Innisfail on a so-called “dare” and was witnessed “screaming and splashing the second he hit the water”.... Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan said most locals would know not to jump into the Johnstone River. “Most people have got common sense ... we can’t legislate to protect dickheads, but we need to be protecting the community, public safety and our tourism reputation are priority,” he said.
  • Berlin police seize cannon made for launching coconuts

    03/18/2017 11:33:32 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 46 replies
    upi ^ | March 16, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    Berlin police announced they seized an artist's homemade cannon after a coconut launched by the device narrowly missed hitting a dog walker. Police said in a Facebook post that a man taking a dog for a walk March 1 in an industrial area of the German capital heard a loud bang followed by the sight of a large projectile whizzing past him at a high speed. Investigators determined the projectile was a coconut that had been launched from a cannon created by a 23-year-old artist. Police shared photos of the device in the Facebook post. The artist, Julian Charriere, said...
  • Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game

    03/17/2017 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 17, 2017 10:01 AM EDT | Wayne Parry
    Monopoly is making changes: The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game. In their place this fall will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. …
  • UK authorities seek owner of gold trove stashed inside piano

    03/17/2017 6:04:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    AP ^ | March 16, 2017 | Staff
    British officials are trying to trace the owner of a trove of gold coins worth a “life-changing” amount of money found stashed inside a piano. A coroner investigating the find on Thursday urged anyone with information to come forward.
  • Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

    03/16/2017 5:59:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 65 replies
    TechGage ^ | Mar 16, 2017 | Rob Williams
    Have you upgraded to Intel’s Kaby Lake or AMD’s Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, that’s going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that it’s cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration – one that also includes Windows 8.1. In effect, this means that if you are running one of the newest CPUs and either Windows 7 or 8.1, Windows Update will refuse to update. You should still be able to upgrade straight to Windows 10, but as for those minor updates that get pushed through on...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/16/2017 4:00:27 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 160 replies
    In recent years the pineapple has superseded peaches to become my favorite fruit – perhaps partly because it’s so much easier to find very good pineapples in my area. But getting at the fruit inside a pineapple is a real project! I’ve often been tempted to buy one of those pineapple-coring gadgets, but I always turned it down – I thought it would be hard for my small hands to use, and it seemed like the kind of ‘unitasker’ (channeling Alton Brown, here) that would take up space and hardly be used. A few weeks ago, I saw one of...
  • 5 fatal flaws that dog the new Windows 10

    03/16/2017 10:02:00 AM PDT · by upchuck · 43 replies
    Info World ^ | March 14, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Microsoft's forthcoming Creators Update offers a mixed bag of fixes for Win10's biggest knocks Windows 10 will get better in the forthcoming Creators Update. That isn’t a hollow promise or more marketing drivel. It’s a straightforward observation, comparing the most egregious parts of the current version, Win10 1607 Anniversary Update, with near-final betas of the next version, 1703. While it’s too early to gauge 1703’s stability, the feature improvements are very real. Windows 10 beta build 15031, which appeared on Feb. 8, was the first Win10 build in the rs2_release branch. That’s the point where a fork in the Win10...
  • UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Anti-Free Speech Group Crashed by Crowder (Me)!

    03/15/2017 4:50:56 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 23 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 03/15/2017 | Steven Crowder
    This is as Orwellian as anything I've ever seen. Went to South by Southwest and attended some of their activism panels. It was terrifying. We'll be exposing more of it in weeks to come.
  • 'Smart vibrator' maker settles suit from outraged users

    03/13/2017 6:56:38 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 March 2017 | Rob Quinn
    Standard Innovation Corp., the company behind the "We-Vibe" smart vibrator, has agreed to pay up to $10,000 to customers who used a smartphone app that allowed one partner to remotely control settings like vibration intensity... ...her vibrator was tracking information, including temperature and vibration level, and sending it back to the company's servers in Canada
  • Vanity: Once in a lifetime Double Deck Pinochle Hand.

    03/12/2017 8:01:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Vanity, | Sunday, March 11, 2017 | Swordmaker
    My girlfriend, ex-wife, and younger daughter and I were playing cards this afternoon. We were playing double-deck contract pinochle. My daughter shuffled and my ex-wife cut the cards and dealt the first hand. My girlfriend bid and won the contract for the first hand. This is that hand she got, a once in a lifetime pinochle hand: Meld scoring in this game was handed down from both sets of double grandparents on my side and my ex-wife's side from the two different parts of the mid-west. It does not comport with the Las Vegas meld rules but I have seen...
  • Jack Payne and his B.B.C. Dance Orchestra "Bubbling Over With Love" (1931)

    03/10/2017 8:54:48 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1931 | Russell and Ager
    Jack Payne and his B.B.C. Dance Orchestra play "Bubbling Over With Love."
  • Ipana Troubadours "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" (1926)

    03/10/2017 8:43:43 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1926 | Harry Woods
    Ipana Troubadours "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" on Columbia 662-D May 25, 1926 Conducted by Sam Lanin
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/09/2017 4:37:45 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 163 replies
    For ‘foodies’ – and a lot of vegetable gardeners - one of the most welcome harbingers of warm weather and the growing season is the Asparagus. This recipe for ‘Asparagus Tart’ comes from the website of the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and it's as easy as - (actually easier than) - pie!: http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/3-ingredient-asparagus-tart/But I think my favorite, is just Roasted Asparagus (which is also my favorite way with Brussels Sprouts, in a different season). My husband makes this often, with just olive oil, salt and pepper; but I like the addition of the Parmesan Cheese: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/parmesan-roasted-asparagus-recipe-JT
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    03/02/2017 2:13:26 PM PST · by Jamestown1630 · 116 replies
    I have a book entitled, 'Simply Homemade Food Gifts', from the Meredith Press. It contains many very attractive recipes for gift-giving, and ways of packaging/presenting them. I thought these Viennese Coffee Ball cookies looked good, and quick to put together: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/viennese-coffee-balls/This time of year I begin craving more vegetables, and one veggie recipe that we never tire of is this Gratin of Eggplant, Tomatoes and Zucchini, from the Julia and Jacques 'Cooking at Home' series: http://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/recipe-eggplant-and-zucchini-gratin/The companion book to this series is especially good: https://www.amazon.com/Julia-Jacques-Cooking-at-Home/dp/0375404317-JT
  • Linux Mint Question- Windows Suddenly Go Transparent

    02/28/2017 9:56:30 PM PST · by Bob434 · 32 replies
    None | March 1 2017 | Me
    OK- installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 recently, everything was working fine- then recently what has been happening is I'll be working along fine, and then for some reason, my windows go transparent- Icons are still opaque on desktop- but everything I open, card games, Internet browser, notepad etc are all transparent- even the shutdown dialogue is- Can't find any info online linux forums about this behavior- Any thoughts on how to fix it?
  • 2k Row (Cam Nichol on rowing a 2K for record time on a Concept 2--video)

    02/27/2017 5:53:35 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
    Video LinkThis video is for you fitness nuts.I row daily and work out with weights daily also...though rowing is my primary focus. BTW I am 68 y/o and many better rowers are much older and much more fit than I am.I row a Concept 2 model D about 3.5 miles a day. My rowing machine was making noises so I called the company. Customer services is their speciality. The rep spent about 30 minutes on the phone with me chatting about all my rowing questions.When I mentioned that I recently watched a Cam Nichol rowing video, he told me that...
  • Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

    02/27/2017 9:40:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Tim Anderson
    The Windows 10 Creators Update is set for release shortly, and comes with significant improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as Bash on Windows or Ubuntu on Windows.Just to remind you, this is not done via emulation, nor by running a virtual machine, but rather by redirecting system calls. Does Microsoft really love Linux? While that is hard to answer definitively, the company does see a lot of Linux in its future, and is smart enough not to resist it.Around a third of VMs on Azure run Linux; SQL Server for Linux is coming; the next-generation .NET...
  • "The King's Horses" Ray Starita And His Orchestra (vocal by Sam Browne)

    02/26/2017 10:56:02 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Noel Gay
    "The King's Horses" is played by Ray Starita And His Orchestra.
  • "The King's Horses" Jack Hylton & Orchestra

    02/26/2017 4:22:37 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1930 | Noel Gay
    The King's Horses" is played by Jack Hylton And His Orchestra
  • ROKU USERS - FAWESOME TV NEW CHANNEL

    02/25/2017 12:25:34 PM PST · by V K Lee · 14 replies
    Quick Look: Fawesome.tv 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: Fawesome.tv 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 · 90 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. http://www.bhg.com/recipe/yeast-coffee-cakes/kings-cake/I 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: https://smittenkitchen.com/2015/12/feta-tapenade-tarte-soleil/I 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 · 24 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jowv167KdbM
  • Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more! (Windows10 2017 roadmap)

    02/22/2017 9:42:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 25 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 https://youtu.be/odVFa_3lmiM
  • Goodbye, Brass?

    02/18/2017 11:32:03 AM PST · by MileHi · 40 replies
    ssusa.org ^ | 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: http://www.phillipsfoods.com/recipe/shirley%e2%80%b0uss-original-cream-of-crab-soup/When 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
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | KATRINA BUTCHER
    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...