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  • Eating Sewer Salmon From the LA River

    01/27/2021 5:09:12 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 36 replies
    Lino Jubilado has been fly fishing in the Los Angeles River for over 40 years. Though most LA residents view the river as a polluted eyesore, to Lino, it’s a slice of nature’s paradise hidden within a big, bustling city. Amongst the trash and the concrete, Lino fly fishes for carp, bass and bluegill. But it’s the joy of catching carp that keeps Lino coming back to the river several times a week. Lino doesn’t usually eat the carp he catches from the LA River, but today is unusual.
  • Computer Problem Can't Speed Up Internet

    01/27/2021 4:25:33 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 51 replies
    Vanity ^ | 1/27/2021 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I have a fairly new tower computer with a built-in network RJ45 port. The motherboard has a Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller built in that is supposed to get speeds up to 1GB but in the device manager it only says 100MB/100MB up and down. I have a fiber connection that was 600MB Full Duplex but is being upgraded to Gigabit fiber soon. Since my computer is upstairs I use a TP-Link R305 range extender that is supposed to be capable of up to 1.2GB. The signal is strong and I connect directly from that to my PC with a...
  • Man catches 54 pieces of popcorn in his mouth in one minute

    01/25/2021 3:12:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | 1/25\5/2021 | Ben Hooper
    A pair of Idaho men broke a Guinness World Record when one used both hands to throw popcorn that the other caught in his mouth. David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, teamed up with neighbor Jonathan Hannon to break the record for most popcorn thrown and then caught with the mouth in one minute (team of two). Hannon, who is ambidextrous, threw popcorn with both hands and Rush caught the flying snacks in his mouth. The men managed 54 catches in one minute, beating the previous record of 37, which was set...
  • Girl In Zimbabwe Is Using Martial Arts To Combat Child Marriage By Teaching It To Young Women

    01/24/2021 1:21:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    All India Roundup ^ | January 21, 2021
    A 17-year-old girl from Zimbabwe is using martial arts to combat child marriage by teaching self-defense to young women. Now that’s what heroes do! Natsiraishe Maritsa founded the Vulnerable Underaged People’s Auditorium initiative and in that program, they use martial arts, such as Taekwondo to fight child marriage. The initiative is taking place in her small community, which is located in Harare, just near the capital of Zimbabwe. Maritsa started to practice Taekwondo since she was just 5 years old and she used her talents to help other women in her community. Since 2016, she utilized her love of the...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - January 23-29, 2021

    01/23/2021 7:09:12 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 108 replies
    January 23, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Freeper has Wifi Question.

    01/20/2021 2:18:53 PM PST · by rapture-me · 27 replies
    1/20/21 | self
    I have a home network consisting of my main router (wifiMain) and 2 additional routers connected as access points (WifiHome & WifiOffice). Both access points are wired into the main router. However, I have the access points named with a separate name (WifiHome & WifiOffice). When I travel to different parts of my house I have to manually connect to the one with the strongest signal. If I name all 3 of them the same, will I stay connected without having to reconnect to the appropriate one? In other words, will I stay connected regardless of where I am in...
  • How SpaceX Recovers Falcon 9 after Drone Ship Landings - Port Canaveral Recovery Operations

    01/20/2021 1:06:32 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | Januray 01 2020 | SpaceX
    I have always wondered about that. Now I know.
  • Ebay blocks seller from providing pdf manual from potential buyer

    01/20/2021 7:08:08 AM PST · by George from New England · 55 replies
    I've been an ebay'er since 1998. Never have I encountered so much censoring and blockage from ebay as there is now. I ask the seller for an install manual, iow in pdf form. Ebay blocks my message. Seller wants my email address, ebay blocks. Seller wants to post it in the listing, ebay blocks. There is no way that I can see to learn more about this product and its application for me. So I cannot buy. Any freeper have a suggestion ?
  • Top songs of 1958 (Pure nostalgia for the old timers)

    01/18/2021 8:03:07 AM PST · by SmokingJoe · 84 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1958 | Various Artists
    My own favorite from that year was from The Everly Brothers, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
  • Back to the 50s USA Car Show [Minnesota, June 2019]

    01/17/2021 10:07:03 AM PST · by ETL · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 17, 2021 | samspace81
    samspace81Back to the 50s, car show footage filmed at MSRA Back to the 50s classic car show in Saint Paul, Minnesota, June, 2019.This is episode 1 of a 4 part series, Samspace81 exclusive classic car series.Thanks everyone for watching Samspace81, your classic car channel in 2021. I’m a traveling Texas classic car YouTuber & classic car inspection specialist.Filmed in 4K.
  • 2021 Hugo Award And Worldcon ALREADY Embroiled In Controversy

    01/17/2021 9:27:58 AM PST · by tbw2 · 25 replies
    Jon Del Arroz blog ^ | 01/14/2020 | Jon Del Arroz
    The Hugo Awards turn into a participation trophy of sorts ...
  • BSides Canberra 2018: A low cost guide to satellite listening

    01/17/2021 8:40:07 AM PST · by tbw2 · 16 replies
    BSides Canberra 2018 Conference ^ | April, 2018 | Pamela O'Shea
    So many satellites are moving and sitting over our heads, and the numbers are ever increasing. Using low cost software defined radio (SDR) and low cost DIY antennas you can make from materials at your local hardware store or garage, a world of fun can be explored. This is a beginners guide on how to get up and running. Exploring which projects to tackle first, from weather satellites, data over Inmarsat and Iridium, to listening to amateur radio and cube satellites. Learn about some hardware you can make or scout for online and use at home. A quick tour of...
  • An Interview with Theatre Director and Playwright Robert Cooperman

    01/16/2021 12:28:08 PM PST · by tbw2 · 2 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 01/15/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Robert Cooperman is the founder and president of Stage Right Theatrics. Stage Right Theatrics is a non-profit theater dedicated to promoting conservative-themed plays and artists. They present the annual Conservative Theatre Festival®, as well as produce original plays with conservative/traditional points of view.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - January 16-22, 2021

    01/16/2021 7:12:09 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 136 replies
    January 16, 2021 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is a non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack...
  • Out-Of-Work Waitress Excited To See Congress Spend Time Impeaching Trump Again

    01/15/2021 12:19:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | January 14, 2021 | The Babylon Bee
    SAINT PAUL, MN—With Democrats in control of Congress, Americans are looking forward to seeing their elected representatives put the needs of the American people first. Democrats have responded by pursuing the one thing every American affected by devastating lockdowns needs: another Trump impeachment. According to experts, there are millions of struggling Americans-- many of whom are completely destitute-- wondering where their next Trump impeachment is coming from. Local unemployed waitress and single mother Alissa Martins spoke to reporters, saying she is "very happy" about this development. "I haven't made a dime in over 3 weeks," said the struggling young mother....
  • Magicians To Gather In Online Event To Mark Centenary Of 'sawed Into Half' Trick

    01/15/2021 11:04:11 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Republicworld ^ | Jan 14, 2021 | Zaini Majeed
    London’s The Magic Circle informed that was organizing a ‘Special event’ this Sunday to commemorate the magicians history Selbit created 100 years ago.On January 14, the Magic Circle of London celebrated the 100 years since English magician named Percy Thomas Tibbles painstakingly cut out a sealed wooden box into two, splitting a woman lying inside into halves. British stage magic of ‘sawing into halves’ originated after P. T. Selbit, synonymous with iconic magical illusion performed the trick in the presence of the audience as he cut a woman in half and miraculously reassembled her. On January 17, the magic circle...
  • Windows 10 (and prior) bug corrupts your hard drive on seeing this file's icon (Zero-day, not fixed)

    01/15/2021 8:43:27 AM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | Jan 14, 2021 | Ax Sharma
    An unpatched zero-day in Microsoft Windows 10 (and prior) allows attackers to corrupt an NTFS-formatted hard drive with a one-line command. In multiple tests by BleepingComputer, this one-liner can be delivered hidden inside a Windows shortcut file, a ZIP archive, batch files, or various other vectors to trigger hard drive errors that corrupt the filesystem index instantly. "Critically underestimated" NTFS vulnerability In August 2020, October 2020, and finally this week, infosec researcher Jonas L drew attention to an NTFS vulnerability impacting Windows 10 that has not been fixed. When exploited, this vulnerability can be triggered by a single-line command to...
  • This Japanese Sports Car Is So Ugly, It Almost Looks Good

    01/14/2021 1:43:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    Hotcars ^ | 1/14 | Ben Kirk
    Six years after it left production, the Orochi is starting to make an unexpected comeback.The phrase "everyone's a critic " has never been more apt than in the year 2021. It's as if society roll plays every single day as Danny DeVito in the episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia where he wears a ridiculous turtle-neck and wig and pretends to be a preposterously snobbish art critic. The Mistuoka Orochi is a car that's been absolutely beaten to a bloody pulp in forums and message boards across the internet and even on this very website. Some call it ugly,...
  • Can Ammunition "Go Bad"?

    01/14/2021 11:49:50 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 58 replies
    NRA Family ^ | Monday, October 28, 2019 | Jeff Johnston
    We know you love to stash ammo, because no gun owner wants to be without a few rounds when they need it most. But does it have a shelf-life? When does it go bad, if ever? In this article we’ll examine what causes ammo to peter-out, and what you can do to prolong its life. I remember the day I asked my father if we could shoot “the old .303.” To my delight, he said yes. (I guess he’d had a good day at work, because I’d been asking him for years!) He’d bought the Lee Enfield WWI-era bolt-action...
  • Would You Buy a $400 Chef's Knife?

    01/14/2021 11:08:50 AM PST · by mylife · 84 replies
    food and wine ^ | 1/13/2021 | jesse blanner
    High-end custom knives run from $400 to $40,000. Here's what makes them so expensive, and why they could be worth it. Buying an expensive knife won't turn you into an excellent cook anymore than going to the Container Store will make you an organized person. But well-crafted custom knives are things of physical beauty, and they can have a kind of talismanic power. Super-luxury chef's knives start at about $400, and go up from there. Famously, some custom knives, like those from legendary knife maker Bob Kramer, sell for upwards of $500 an inch. At auction, Kramer's knives often fetch...