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  • Safe Boating Tips (FReepers are Lousy Boaters)

    05/26/2017 1:45:07 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 65 replies
    Discover Boating ^ | Non Given | Not Attributed
    Safe Boating Tips No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe: 1.Be Weather-Wise Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. 2.Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure...
  • Shooting A Fidget Spinner! - A New Way To Spin | Trick Shot

    05/26/2017 9:42:13 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 26 May 17 | Kirsten Joy Weiss
    Just something kinda cool.
  • Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks (Open source s/w tools)

    05/25/2017 7:36:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | May 25, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    [Microsoft has switched to Open-Source Code Management for Building Windows] [Yes, you read that right.] 300 GB repo handles 8,421 pulls and 1,760 official builds a day, more once GVFS fix is in Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way.The state-of-the-nation report for what Microsoft calls the “largest Git repo on the planet” follows on from its launch of the “fat Git repo” handler, the Git Virtual File System, as the foundation of its planned shift.Redmond's certainly feeling pleased with...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/25/2017 3:33:48 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 96 replies
    While roaming on Youtube last week, I found a video from the Southern Foodways Alliance about ‘Sally Bell’s’, a little Richmond, Virginia bakery which is famous for it’s boxed lunches. This is a very interesting short video about a family business that has become beloved for its made-from-scratch-everyday menu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVm0CaOxEQYI searched to see if some of their recipes might be available, with no luck; but I did find a recipe for Cheese Wafers with Pecans, which looks similar to those that are always included in Sally Bell’s lunch boxes: http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/food/my-happy-dish-cheese-wafers-with-pecans-1Apparently the Chicken Salad is the favorite sandwich at Sally Bell’s;...
  • Vanity: Bitcoin peaked today

    05/25/2017 1:36:47 PM PDT · by palmer · 32 replies
    none ^ | May 25, 2017 | palmer
    Bitcoin peaked above $2800 today.
  • The real reasons for Marvel Comics' woes

    05/24/2017 3:26:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 113 replies
    MSN / The Atlantic ^ | May 24, 2017
    On March 30, a battered Marvel decided to try and get to the bottom of the problem with a retailer summit — and promptly stuck its foot in its mouth. “What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” David Gabriel, the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, told an interviewer at the summit. “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not ... We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core...
  • The Unofficial Old and Obsolete American Beer Thread

    05/23/2017 9:22:43 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 129 replies
    Free Republic Chat Thread ^ | 5/23/17 | Jack Black
    Over on this thread discussing what has become of Fox News ratings the conversation slipped into the famous New Coke fiasco, and then onto discussion of what happened to Schiltz beer. This seemed like far too important a topic not to have it's own thread. Especially given the onset of summer. So lets have your opinions, good or bad, on the many regional American macro-brews of days past, both the survivors and the many more dead soldiers. Pictures are greatly appreciated!
  • Big Game Hunter Killed When Shot Elephant Collapses on Top of Him

    05/22/2017 12:17:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 159 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 22, 2017 | Ruth Brown
    SNIP A professional hunter was killed when an elephant that had just been shot fell on top of him, according to reports. South African big-game bagger Theunis Botha, 51, was leading a hunt in Zimbabwe on Friday when his group accidentally walked into the path of a herd of breeding elephants near Hwange National Park and three of the elephant cows charged at them, the Telegraph reports. Botha fired at the rampaging pack but was caught by surprise when a fourth cow came in from the side and picked him up with her trunk. SNIP
  • "A Hundred Years From Now" Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (1928) [corrected]

    05/21/2017 4:26:24 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1928 | Jack Hylton
    "A Hundred Years From Now" Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (1928) His Master's Voice B 5574
  • 'Safe and predictable' Windows 10 S won't run Linux, says Microsoft (disallows command line apps)

    05/21/2017 4:19:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    ZC Net ^ | May 19, 2017 | Liam Tung
    Windows 10 S and Linux will not mix, according to Microsoft senior program manager Rich Turner. Just because Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store, it doesn't mean they will work on laptops running Microsoft's streamlined Windows 10 S.Microsoft wants to clear up any confusion over two recent announcements. At the beginning of May it unveiled Windows 10 S, a fast-booting, locked-down version of Windows 10 that can only install apps from the Windows Store and is restricted to Microsoft's Edge browser. Windows 10 S ships with Microsoft's $1,000 Surface Laptop, as well as with forthcoming third-party Windows laptops...
  • Windows 7 PCs Account For 98 Percent Of All WannaCry Infections (tr)

    05/21/2017 4:05:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 62 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | May 21, 2017 | Paul Lilly
    For a quick minute, it looked as though a strain of ransomware that was seemingly stolen from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) was going to be a major problem for PCs around the world, and in particular Windows XP systems. Microsoft even made the unusual move of releasing an emergency patch for Windows XP even though it stopped supporting the legacy OS a long time ago. But now a week after the initial WannaCry outbreak it's been discovered that Windows 7 PCs were the hardest hit. A researcher for Kaspersky Lab posted a message on Twitter saying "the...
  • "A Hundred Years From Now" Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (1928)

    05/20/2017 11:37:43 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1928 | Jack Hylton
    "A Hundred Years From Now" Jack Hylton And His Orchestra (1928) His Master's Voice B 5574
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/19/2017 3:47:18 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 79 replies
    Well, we’re back! I thought we’d do something different this week, and post the recipes that our friends and family like the most and always request. I have two that I’ve routinely taken to potlucks and parties that are always asked for again. The first is Olive Cheese Balls – a pimento-stuffed green olive wrapped in cheesy pastry. This is a very old recipe that has always remained popular, and is very easy to do. It’s one pastry that I do make in the food processor rather than manually cutting the fat and cheese into the flour , and I...
  • Rhythm Band = That's A Good Girl (Jack Buchanan show) 1) Fancy Our Meeting 2) Sweet So-and-So (1928)

    05/14/2017 10:45:24 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1928 | George Fisher
    The Rhythm Band plays tunes from That's A Good Girl (Jack Buchanan show) 1) Fancy Our Meeting 2) Sweet So-and-So (1928)
  • Chasing Cats in Alabama (vanity)

    05/13/2017 6:30:28 PM PDT · by eastforker · 37 replies
    me | 5/13/17 | eastforker
    Catching catfish when living in Texas was always a passion of mine as you can see from my profile page. We retired in Alabama 2 years ago but last year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I never got to fish during recovery. Cancer is all in the past so this year we are back chasing cats. Brought this 40 pounder in this morning but still looking for old grandad, he's out there somewhere. https://www.facebook.com/lauramoorechambers/posts/10203211185755847?comment_id=10203211312039004
  • Microsoft glasses could one day tell you when to stop eating (Augmented Reality Patent)

    05/13/2017 7:16:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    KIRO 7 (Seattle News TV) ^ | May 10, 2017 | KIRO 7 News Staff
    Microsoft won a patent for augmented reality glasses that would provide a guiding voice at mealtime – whispering for you to consider grabbing a salad for lunch, rather than a greasy burger. The patent claims a device with image data would use a sensor to detect foods – and then provide feedback information to the user on the food's nutritional information. “A see-through, head mounted display and sensing devices cooperating to provide feedback on food items detected in the device field of view,” the patent abstract reads. “Feedback can include warnings based on personal wearer needs, general nutrition information, food...
  • Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more (Reviews)

    05/12/2017 9:12:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | May 12, 2017 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft's Surface Laptop is aimed at supplanting the MacBook Air as a college-student favorite. The svelte, stylish clamshell also fills a middle ground between its cousins, the Surface Pro 4 tablet and Surface Book powerhouse 2-in-1, providing a third option that could appeal to many regular consumers. We went hands-on with the Surface Laptop last week and plan to test it in advance of its June launch. Until then, if you're trying to decide between the Surface Pro 4's promise of a tablet that can be a full-fledged computer, and the Surface Laptop's full-fledged computer that's nearly as light (and...
  • Woman Unwittingly Wears Her Own Engagement Ring for a Year

    05/12/2017 9:11:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | MAY 12, 2017
    An Australian man may have outdone pretty much everyone when it comes to perfecting the marriage proposal. Using only first names, the man named Terry tells HuffPost the story of how he gave his girlfriend Anna a necklace on their one-year dating anniversary. Using Huon pine, a wood native to Tasmania, he carved the necklace himself, and she wore it almost every day for the next year. What she didn’t know was that inside the necklace he’d hidden an engagement ring. “It was literally under her nose,” writes the Independent. Flash forward to November 2016. They took a trip to...
  • Thomas the Tank Engine Car Stopped by Police

    05/12/2017 10:34:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Yorkshire Evening Post ^ | 5/10 | Grace Newton
    A modified car designed to look like Thomas the Tank Engine has been pulled over by police near Leeds. West Yorkshire Police road officers spotted the bizarre vehicle - believed to be a BMW - on the M1 southbound near Wetherby on Wednesday afternoon. Despite its comic appearance, the stop was no laughing matter - as the driver has been reported for construction/use offences relating to the potentially unsafe design of the car. The bonnet has been re-modelled to look like Thomas's boiler, while 'buffers' have been added to the bumper.
  • Microsoft Build 2017: The lessons learned on Windows, Azure, Dynamics

    05/12/2017 6:32:20 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 12, 2017 | Larry Dignan
    Microsoft's Build powwow has concluded and there were many key takeaways for business technology buyers to ponder. The big question: What did we learn? Here are six key themes that emerged. Microsoft conceded mobile and is betting that it can keep Windows relevant by connecting it to Apple's iPhones, Android and Internet of things devices. CEO Satya Nadella at Microsoft's analyst briefing didn't mention the smartphone once in his opening remarks. However, Nadella said mobility 10 times. Here's his view:When you say that it's going to be multi-device experiences, then the next logical thing is the data and the AI...