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Comment Model Railroad Hobbyist (Free Online Magazine) (Score 1) 149

If you're not aware of it, check out the Model Railroad Hobbyist (MRH) website.

Just keep in mind that MRH and Model Railroader (MR) magazine are both advertiser-driver... which is a nice way of saying that their business models are to always be trying to convince you to buy the newest and greatest, instead of being happy with what you already have!

Comment Re:an amazing OS (Score 2) 284

Yes I (AC) remember it - it was a fantastic upgrade from W 3.11 for Workgroups: - the new UI/desktop made it much nicer than 3.11, the file manager was much better - the Recycle Bin made it much simpler to 'recover' accidentally deleted files, no more FAT16/32 undelete tools (anyone else remember Revive or was it Revival?) for most mistakes - the Plug'n'Play feature did work ok for well known extension cards, everyone I know found it way cool not to fiddle with deep technical settings just to get a sound blaster to work At the time it looked amazing and although slower (on my old 486DX2@50MHz) it showed a new way to use the computer - the future to the 2000s looked bright.

Although at the last Win 9x in the series - Windows ME - I switched to Linux full time (mostly for stability), I remember W95 fondly.

Comment Looked slick, but so unstable (Score 4, Interesting) 284

Do you remember first seeing or installing Windows 95?

I do.

95 was really slick looking. Its splash screens and on-screen fonts seemed beautiful, after years of having run DOS programs, earlier Windows (2.1 and 3.0) and Desqview.

I also remember that 95 was awful to use for work -- it would crash, hang, and/or start acting erratically, requiring reboots several times during each work day. I also remember having to manually save my work every few minutes, unless I was using a program that could be configured to autosave every few minutes. (I think we were still using WordPerfect in a DOS box back then and WP was one of the few programs that could actually autosave.)

95 was so unstable that, when you purchased a Microsoft language (C, Pascal, etc), Microsoft actually include a copy of NT 4.0 for free. (At my college bookstore, buying a Microsoft language with a NT 4.0 CD in the box actually cost less than buying just NT 4.0 by itself.)

Comment Re:... using the name and e-mail address of other (Score 4, Insightful) 319

Arstechnica reports:

For what it's worth, more than 15,000 of the e-mail addresses are hosted by US government and military servers using the .gov and .mil top-level domains.

I wonder how many federal employees will be losing security clearances as a result of this?

Submission + - And On His Farm, Bill Gates has Rotten Onions, E I E I O->

McGruber writes: Bloomberg has some fascinating news about Bill Gate's agribusiness in the US state of Georgia: Stanley Farm is on probation in Georgia after neighboring farmers accused it of substituting garden-variety bulbs for renowned Vidalias, the Bordeaux grapes of the onion world. The farm was disciplined in June for a lesser violation and paid no fine, although it lost onions valued at more than $100,000 when they rotted during the probe, according to state estimates.

By federal law, the squat, sweet-flavored Vidalia onion can be grown and packaged in only one region in Georgia. Vidalia farmers, many with corporate pedigrees and most with international experience, have parlayed their onions into a $100 million to $168 million annual market.

In April, Vidalia farmers noticed a truck carrying yellow onions from outside of Vidalia territory entering the region at the height of the Vidalia season. The onions were from Florida, including from one of Gates’s earlier farm acquisitions. The interloping vegetables were unloaded at Stanley’s packing house.

Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black's investigation found organic yellow onions inside Stanley’s packing facility that weren’t properly segregated from Vidalias as required by law. “There are two things you cannot do,” Black said. “You cannot pack a yellow onion in a Vidalia onion bag. And you cannot have non-Vidalia yellow onions in the packing facility when Vidalia onions are present.”

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Submission + - Japanese Police arrest Mount Gox CEO Mark Karpelès->

McGruber writes: Mark Karpelès, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has been arrested by Japanese police.

In February 2014, Mount Gox filed for bankruptcy, saying it had lost 750,000 of its customers’ bitcoins as well as 100,000 of its own, worth some $500 million at the time
A police spokesman said Mr. Karpelès is suspected of manipulating his own account at the company by making it appear that $1 million was added to it. The connection between that allegation and the missing bitcoins wasn’t clear.

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Submission + - Tracking Data casts doubt on Kentucky Drone Shooter's Story->

McGruber writes: The owner of a drone shot down by Kentucky man ( is now telling his side of the story: David Boggs says he had just bought the drone a few days earlier and was planning on using it to shoot video of his kids riding motocross. (

Boggs also shared the drone's tracking data with the media. "We are now 193 feet above the ground,” Boggs described as he showed the flight path. “This area here is the world-famous drone slayer home, and this is a neighbor's home, and our friends live over here, and over here, and over here. You will see now that we did not go below this altitude — we even went higher — nor did we hover over their house to look in. And for sure didn't descend down to no 10 feet, or look under someone's canopy, or at somebody's daughter."

The track does show that the drone hovered for around 30 seconds near Merideth’s home but was at an altitude in excess of 200 feet.

However, drone slayer Willie Merideth says he downed the drone using bird shot, an ammunition Merideth says would not have caused enough damage to bring the drone down at an altitude of more than 200 feet. “His claims are that the drone never got below 200 feet,” Merideth said on Thursday. “Number 8 bird shot is not going to take anything out at 200 feet.”

Both Boggs and Merideth say they want to see the video that the drone captured but neither seems to know what happened to the memory card inside the drone that saved the video. “The reason we don’t have the live footage is because when we got there where the drone was shot down and a neighbor had gone and retrieved it and the SD card was gone,” Boggs said. “We want that SD card.”

When asked, Merideth didn’t have an answer either. “We have no idea where that's at,” he said.

Meredith is facing two felony charges of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. He appears in court this September. (

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Submission + - MH370: Found Airplane Debris is believed to be from missing Malaysian 777->

McGruber writes: Air crash investigators have 'a high degree of confidence' that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same model as the doomed MH370 which disappeared in March 2014. Investigators will need to examine closely the wreckage to link it to MH370, but MH370 was the only Boeing 777 over lost over water.

NOTE: The Daily Mail article I'm submitting has the best pictures of the debris that I've been able to find.

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Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1197

Can you provide a citation for the quote you provided?

Helicopters are allowed to fly below 500 ft, per the following:

91.119 Minimum safe altitudes: General.

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

a. Anywhere. An altitude allowing, if a power unit fails, an emergency landing without undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

b. Over congested areas. Over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, or over any open air assembly of persons, an altitude of 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle within a horizontal radius of 2,000 feet of the aircraft.

c. Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

d. Helicopters. Helicopters may be operated at less than the minimums prescribed in paragraph B or C of this section if the operation is conducted without hazard to persons or property on the surface.

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