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  • New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

    07/24/2017 11:21:40 AM PDT · by Hotmetal · 24 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | July 19, 2017 | B.J. Bethel
    Congress will allow the transfer of old U.S. Army pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program as a part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The 2016 NDAA allowed the release of 10,000 M1911 .45 caliber pistols to be released via a pilot program, but providions in the bill didn’t mandate the transfer of the guns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The new bill, passed by Congress and expected to pass the Senate, would allow the CMP to sell the pistols to civilians. The surplus pistols are the largest remaining stock of military World War II-era handguns according to,...
  • Not Sold In Stores Anymore; Home Stereo w/ AM-FM Radio. or Replacemnt Cords for CD Players!!

    07/23/2017 8:19:33 PM PDT · by lee martell · 136 replies
    July 23, 2017 | Lee Martell
    I decided it was time to replace my very old home stereo system from Magnavox. It had a CD player, an AM/FM radio and a pair of speakers. I must have bought it back in the late 90's. I knew it would be difficult to find an affordable CD player vs one that took DVDs or other. What I didn't know was how difficult it would be to find a home stereo system that allowed me to get AM radio. All the systems I saw online offered FM. That was no problem. I went into Best Buy and was told...
  • Microsoft's Wilsonville jobs are going to China, underscoring travails of domestic (tr)

    07/19/2017 10:37:40 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Oregonian (OregonLive) ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Mike Rogoway
    (Caption:) Microsoft stamped "Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA" on the Surface Hub (which has actually been made in Wilsonville.) Now, production is apparently moving to China.(Microsoft photo) Just two years ago, Microsoft cast its Wilsonville factory as the harbinger of a new era in American technology manufacturing.The tech giant stamped, "Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA" on each Surface Hub it made there. It invited The New York Times and Fast Company magazine to tour the plant in 2015, then hired more than 100 people to make the enormous, $22,000 touch-screen computer.But last week Microsoft summoned its Wilsonville employees to...
  • How to remove Windows password login in Windows 10 (Tired of typing your password?)

    07/19/2017 6:20:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    PC Advisor ^ | Jul 18, 2017 | Marie Black
    Don't want to enter your Microsoft password every time you log into your PC or laptop? Our helpful guide will show you how to bypass the Windows password login in Windows 10. Part of the reason tablets became so popular is the fact they are always-on - no waiting for Windows to load, and no needing to enter your password every single time you wanted to use them.Well, tablets are great, but depending on the situation at hand sometimes you just need a PC or laptop. And you still want it to load quickly. That shouldn't be too much to ask.You...
  • SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and - yes! - it runs on Linux (Microsoft loves The Penguin)

    07/19/2017 5:56:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.Microsoft said the early release would land in the middle of this year. Arguably, since this is only the RC1-level release, Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux is running late.There's not much detail on what's in the box, with this Technet blog post only saying: SQL Server 2017 support for Linux includes the same high availability solutions on Linux as Windows Server, including Always On availability groups integrated with Linux native clustering solutions like Pacemaker. There's also Active Directory authentication, so domain-joined Windows or Linux clients can use their...
  • Hi everyone, please follow and like my Facebook page

    07/18/2017 10:31:54 AM PDT · by chinaboy · 140 replies
    I am an architect, but I love art, I have just made a Facebook page to share my paintings, if you interested art, please like and follow my, thank you so much! Please visit my Facebook page to see my art work. :)
  • I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is (Video only)

    07/18/2017 9:59:01 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 7-18-2017 | Tom Scott
    I can show a brighter pink. I can show a more saturated pink. But I can't show you this pink. Not quite. (I reached out to Anish Kapoor's studio twice for comment; I didn't get any response.) Colour grading this video was a nightmare! I've got as close as I can to the real colour - Stuart gave me a small pot of the pigment to take home! - but it's just not quite there. It's not more saturated, it's not brighter, it's just... a tiny bit more pink, somehow. More about Stuart Semple and his pigments: [that's his...
  • Microsoft reveals first Windows Server Insider Build (16237 - many interesting new features)

    07/17/2017 5:50:24 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 17, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft's revealed the first fruits of its plan to deliver twice-yearly updates to Windows Server by revealing the first-ever Insider build of the OS.Available here for users who register with a corporate Active Directory credential, Windows Server Insider Preview Build 16237 adds plenty of features that emphasises Microsoft's current mania for microservices, software-defined-everything and containers.Among the additions The Register imagines users may find interesting are new features to let Hyper-V VMs access non-volatile memory, improved networking between containers and various optimisations that reduce the size of Windows Core by a fifth. Windows Nano Server is also smaller, as it's excised...
  • VANITY: Gunshot-induced Hearing Loss

    07/14/2017 1:20:58 PM PDT · by WKTimpco · 91 replies
    Self | 7/17/2017 | Self
    I need help from my fellow Freepers. An audiologist today found moderate hearing loss in the upper frequencies of my auditory system. She said my pattern is typical of high impact noises. I frequent the gun ranges, etc. Despite my proper use of hearing protection, I usually experience some temporary hearing changes after a couple of hours at the range. Today I discovered from my audiology appointment that these temporary effects are evidence of damage to my hearing, and some of that damage, however slight, has permanent consequences on my hearing, especially on the upper frequencies. Some people shrug off...
  • Man accused of intimidating Muslim couple says he did it out of 'fear and ignorance'

    07/14/2017 8:01:56 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 18 replies
    KATU ^ | 7/10/17 | Jason Nguyen,
    PORTLAND, Ore. – The man accused of threatening a Muslim couple, days after the deadly MAX stabbing, says he did it because of "fear and ignorance." Portland police said 49-year-old Frederick Nolan Sorrell was arrested on Friday, July 7. Bias crimes detectives investigated the incident in May, which led to an arrest warrant for Sorrell. Investigators said he made verbal threats to the couple and pointed his hand at them like a gun. Court documents say he unlawfully, intentionally and because of his perception of the victims' race, color, religion and national origin, caused alarm by threatening to inflict serious...
  • S.A.'s famous Toilet Seat Art Museum being sold to the highest bidder (TX)

    07/13/2017 4:37:28 PM PDT · by bgill · 14 replies ^ | July 13, 2017 | Madalyn Mendoza
    Barney Smith has spent nearly half his life creating friendships through his trove of toilet seat art. But now he's ready to auction it off. Turning trash to treasure has been Smith's hobby for more than 50 years, he told He is the owner of Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum and 1,200 ornately decorated lid covers that he has created works of art on. Generations of oddity oglers from around the world have stopped by 239 Abiso Ave., in Alamo Heights, to check out Smith's collection and chat with him.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/12/2017 4:42:25 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    I’m a little late to this bandwagon, but I recently learned about ‘Crack Pie’ - a pie that has become very popular since it was introduced in Momofuku’s Milk Bar bakery. I haven’t made it, but it looks wonderful, and very party-worthy. Has anyone made or eaten it? (The following link goes to all of their recipes, and you have to scroll to find 'Crack Pie':’ve done beets before, but I was impressed by this beet salad from P. Allen Smith, which showed up in one of my gardening newsletters this week. I will be away next week, but...
  • Windows Phone dies today (MS drops support for WP8.1, with WP10 not far behind)

    07/11/2017 5:21:30 PM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jul 11, 2017 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update. The end of support marks an end to the Windows Phone era, and the millions of devices still running the operating system. While most have accepted that the death of Windows Phone occurred more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimates that nearly 80 percent of all Windows-powered phones are still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. All of these handsets are now officially unsupported, and only 20 percent of all Windows phones are running the...
  • Mayak - (Russian for Lighthouse) Satellite

    07/11/2017 6:53:26 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies ^ | Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Staff
    Mayak, Russian for ‘Lighthouse or Beacon,’ is a crowd-funded 3U CubeSat developed by a group called ‘Your Sector of Space’ with support from the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering to create an experimental mission for establishing an artificial star – the brightest object in the night sky aside from the Moon. Mayak is expected to deploy four triangular reflectors, each with a surface of 4m², forming a large tetrahedral reflector with a reflection coefficient of 95%. Based on pre-flight analysis, Mayak will reach an optical magnitude of -10 at the beginning of the flight – surpassing the brightness of...
  • B-29 Buffs, heres a restoration story. Got this in an Email. Many may have seen many may have not as there is a Good Morning America logo on it.(Disclaimer I don't watch GMA)
  • We’re Losing a Whole Generation of Young Men to Video Games

    07/08/2017 1:07:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2017 | Kyle Smith
    One night in the mid-1990s I tried out a computer game called “Civilization.” You started with a screen that was completely black, except for one square of land. As you pushed outward from this base, you’d make discoveries about the land around you and its inhabitants. You’d start to build a society, first primitive stuff like granaries, then advancing to roads and weapons. Trade-offs would arise: Should I build a library or a cannon? As your world advanced, you’d run into other civilizations. It was disconcerting to discover somebody else had a battleship while you were working with catapults. As...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/05/2017 4:06:53 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 91 replies
    I think I’ve mentioned before that many years ago, I could get the most delicious hummus from a little hole-in-the-wall on K Street in DC. It was made by a cheerful Middle-Eastern woman working there with all her little children around her, who served it with a perfect soft white flatbread; and was the silkiest, most garlicky and addictive Wonderfulness in the world of Hummus. I’ve been wanting to try Yotam Ottolenghi's recipe, because it seemed as if it might be very like the K St. version, and this weekend I had time to try. It turned out very, very...
  • PCB log periodic dipole array 850mhz -6.5ghz & 2.4ghz panel antennas for ham radio

    07/04/2017 10:14:14 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 29 replies
    SurvivalComms ^ | Apr 12, 2017 | Tamara Wilhite
    Several high quality and cheap PCB antennas demoed for ham radio and survival communications by Survivalcomms You can click here to go to the video.
  • Thinking about buying a gun. Any advice?

    07/04/2017 7:01:30 AM PDT · by A Cyrenian · 103 replies
    I'm thinking about buying Smith & Wesson SW22 pistol to start target shooting. I've thought this could be fun for a while and now have the opportunity to join a local gun club. What advice can you give me on owning a small caliber pistol? Thanks.
  • Armed 'patriot' accidentally shoots self in leg at Gettysburg battlefield

    07/02/2017 9:48:10 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 17 replies
    Penn Live ^ | 7/1/17 | Christine Vendel
    GETTYSBURG--A "patriot" who brought a revolver to Gettysburg National Military Park Saturday amid rumors of desecration of memorials accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday. Benjamin Hornberger, 23, of Shippensburg, accidentally triggered the revolver, which was inside a leg holster, when he temporarily rested the bottom of his flag pole against the holster, according to witnesses. Park police were nearby when the shooting occurred and officers quickly applied a tourniquet that may have saved the man's life, said Sgt. Anna Rose, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Park Police. A tourniquet type device covered the wound on the man's left thigh...