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Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
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Member since: Mon Jun 16, 2008, 10:59 AM
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Farthest journey by hoverboard - Guinness World Records



http://www.cnet.com/news/this-guys-homemade-hoverboard-flight-sets-a-guinness-world-record

The Guinness organization says Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has broken the world record for longest hoverboard flight with a flight of 275.9 meters (905 feet and 2 inches) -- and that was out over a lake.

Guinness World Records posted a video of the flight to the organization's YouTube page on Friday saying it was achieved on August 25, 2014. In the clip, you can see Catalin's quadcopterlike hoverboard flying about 16 feet off the ground as he travels across the water on Quebec's Lake Ouareau. The footage is actually pretty spectacular.

According to Guinness World Records, it took Duru a year to build the board, and he says it can be used "anywhere" and can fly at "scary heights." By going for the record, Duru wanted to "showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet."

Guinness World Records confirmed the authenticity of the footage, and the record, by email. Check out this record-breaking flight for yourself in the video above, then get ready for a future where drones are delivering our packages and we're all traveling about town on our hoverboards. Marty McFly would definitely approve.

My experiences with Windows 10

I have been trying the latest version (10074) and did a clean install on one of my 120GB SSD. I did not like it too much. Was way too different from my beloved Win 7 Pro. I have not used 8 or 8.1.

Then I cloned my Win 7 Pro install to another 120GB SSD, and did an in-place upgrade install on the clone drive. Frankly I did not expect it work given the number of programs I have running. It took about 2 hours with multiple restarts, but it finally came back up, and I was very impressed.

I only had a few programs that did not work. Perfect Disk Defragger was the main one. Had 2 updates that refused to go though. One for an Asus motherboard driver and one for the latest Nvidia WHQL driver (running a GTX970). I used it all weekend long this past weekend, including multiple visits to DU, and had no OS crashes. Firefox crashed multiple times.

I was hesitant beforehand, thinking I might stay with Win 7. Now, I'm looking forward to Windows 10.

I am extremely impressed by our President.

I am 58 years old, and I never thought I would see the normalization of relations with Cuba in my lifetime unless Castro died and there was another revolution. I have vague memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I witnessed decades of anger, bitterness, hate and some very harsh rhetoric on both sides. Yet here we are headed down the path of ending the Embargo, and normal relations. It takes real courage to go against the path of the last 60 years, yet Barack Obama has made the choice to do so.

Two Thumbs Way, Way Up, Mr. President.

An Invitation to Connect with Satan at CES 2015

http://qz.com/322002/an-invitation-to-connect-with-satan-at-ces-2015/

I hope this email finds you well. I noticed that you were attending this year’s CES, and I was wondering if you were interested in scheduling a meeting with Satan.

Satan, the Prince of Darkness, is an international leader in inflicting pain, destruction, and doom upon hapless mortals. Coming off a fresh round of funding (from investors including the Illuminati, a subterranean cabal of shadowy banking executives, and Andreessen Horowitz) Satan is looking to make 2015 a year to remember for His trademark brand of deceit and wickedness.

Satan can walk you through his patent-pending technique for tormenting lost souls and discuss emerging trends in the sowing evil-upon-innocents space. Satan can also provide exclusive insight into the ongoing Comcast-Time Warner merger.

The King of the Bottomless Infernal Pit is available for briefings at a private suite at the Mirage. We’re pleased to offer free transportation to and from your hotel via Satan’s preferred method of transportation, the Las Vegas taxi system.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on sale at Amazon

I know how many people here love this series. I jumped on this deal.

Note: This is a "Deal of the Day" it expires at 2am CDT November 2nd.

The DVD is in stock, the Blu-Ray will be in stock on November 5th.

Via Slick Deals

$22.49 Blu-Ray (63% off)
$19.99 DVD (60% off)


Father & Son MechWarrior Halloween 2014

Terrific costume. Father builds a costume out of cardboard and PVC pipe. Little son rides upfront.

Ryan and Geraint MechWarrior Halloween 2014

My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child. The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school. When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work. Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born. With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it. Ryan built a frame for the body out of PVC and wrapped a cardboard shell around it and secured it to the frame with zip ties. He then cut and sculpted the other pieces out of cardboard, with some foam board details to add a true 3D effect. The joints are all fastened with Velcro cable wraps, and the head and other pieces attach to the main body with Velcro tape. The legs are supported by a belt, which is hidden under the body. His arms slip into the gun pods and he has more Velcro straps on the inside in order to hold them. The feet just fit over his shoes by gluing toilet paper tubes on the inside to take up the extra space. He did a wonderful job and I am so proud of him. It looks amazing and Geraint loves it! Check out how cute my little man is in the video...


http://imgur.com/gallery/kzTns



How many "30 day vacations" before a PPR occurs?

Do you have a hard and fast rule on this? Or is it as case by case basis?

If you do not have a policy on this, I recommend you implement one, and publicize it.

Thanks.

Goat riding a guy riding a bike.

That is one calm goat.

#t=14

Mozilla Co-Founder Brendan Eich Resigns as CEO, Leaves Foundation Board

http://recode.net/2014/04/03/mozilla-co-founder-brendan-eich-resigns-as-ceo-and-also-from-foundation-board/

Brendan Eich, the well-known techie who has gotten swept up in a controversy about his support of California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8, is resigning as CEO of for-profit Mozilla Corporation and also from the board of the nonprofit foundation which wholly owns it.

Mozilla confirmed the change in a blog post.

“Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,” read the post, in part. “We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”

In several interviews this week, Eich had insisted that he would not step down from the job he was only recently appointed to, due to the intense backlash over a $1,000 donation he made in 2008 in support of the ballot measure to ban gay marriage.


More at link.

Well, who would have thought that public pressure could force a CEO out.

How Safe Is Airline Water? Bring Your Own Bottle!

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1036110025940498271

But we do -- because we tested it. We packed sample vials and took to the skies, hopping on 14 different flights everywhere from Atlanta to Sydney, Australia. On each, we collected water from the galley and lavatory taps, sealed them up and sent them to a lab for analysis. The results of our water-quality snapshot: a long list of microscopic life you don't want to drink, from Salmonella and Staphylococcus to tiny insect eggs. Worse, contamination was the rule, not the exception: Almost all of the bacteria levels were tens, sometimes hundreds, of times above U.S. government limits. "This water is not potable by any means," says Donald Hendrickson, the director of Hoosier Microbiology Laboratories in Muncie, Ind., which tested our samples.

The good news, of course, is that this water isn't the main drinking supply for passengers, who usually get bottled H2O from the beverage carts. But plenty of people depend on the plane's taps to wash their hands and brush their teeth. And while the airlines say they rarely serve tap water, many flight attendants say it isn't that uncommon: When the bottled water runs out, they turn to the tanks -- which, under federal regulations, are supposed to provide drinkable water. "It's the way our service works," says Sara Dela Cruz, a spokeswoman for the union of United Airlines attendants.

For their part, the airlines say they closely follow federal guidelines for drinking water, and say no passengers have ever complained about getting sick from it. "It's absolutely drinkable," says a United spokesman. They called our water tests unscientific, and said our own samplers could have contaminated the results. "Someone with dirty hands must have used that sink," said a spokesman from National Airlines, where the lavatory sample came back positive for coliform.

But our experts said human contamination wouldn't explain all our results. Some of the water we collected on a short flight to St. Louis, for example, contained Pasteurella pneumotropica, a bacterium primarily carried by rodents. Similarly, our Chicago-to-Los Angeles trip turned up Pseudomonas, a highly resistant bacterium associated with a range of infections. And while the U.S. government sets a maximum bacterial level of 500 "colony-forming units" per milliliter for municipal drinking water, our lab counted more than four million per milliliter in a single sample alone. That's roughly the same bacterial concentration you find in a tainted raw hamburger, Dr. Hendrickson says.
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