posted about 14 hours ago on metafilter
In 2011, Andrew Tait installed MS-DOS 5.0 and systematically updated it all the way through Windows 7. Now he's done it again, but starting with MS-DOS 3.10 and going all the way to Windows 10. Cameo appearance by Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time game.

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Maybe something we can print at home or make at home but I don't know where to get the material to print on. Or... we can buy them I guess but we've never done this before. Any help please. Thank you. OH, she is going to sell each one hand-made. Maybe a few, maybe a lot.

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Recently moved. Kitchen counter/sink opens to living room and carpeted area instead of being walled in. Only a couple of inches, if that, of counter space between the back of the sink and the edge of the counter. Not a lot of buffer for splashes. What can I do to block the sink area off a bit to avoid splashing on the carpet when I am washing the dishes, et cetera?Any advice for avoiding getting the carpet wet since it is bound to happen? Anything I can put or install behind the sink (but not the rest of the counter) to guard the area behind it against splashes?

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
Ornithoscelida Rises: A New Family Tree for Dinosaurs Today sees the publication of a significant new technical paper on dinosaur phylogeny. And it's a game-changer or watershed study, one of those that will get cited a phenomenal amount and result in a distinct pre- and post-2017 marker in the literature. The paper concerned – published in Nature and authored by Matthew Baron, David Norman and Paul Barrett – argues that the consensus view of dinosaur phylogeny is inaccurate, that Saurischia of convention (the sauropodomorph + theropod clade) is not monophyletic, and that theropods are closer to ornithischians than they are to sauropodomorphs (Baron et al. 2017). This is surprising stuff in view of the apparently robust, conventional and well-supported view that Saurischia of traditional is natural, a hypothesis that has been well bolstered by substantial study and the gradual accruing of data. If you don't happen to be a big dinosaur nerd, just know that this is a bonkers development.

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posted about 16 hours ago on metafilter
People Share the Most Pointless Argument They've Been Passionately Involved In, inspired by reddit. (Pleated Jeans has a single-page version without the unfunny commentary.)

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I've got a day off tomorrow. I live in London. What should I do?So, for various reasons, I have a day off tomorrow. My wife also has a day off tomorrow. The child is in nursery. What could we do between 0800 and 1800 (hard cutoff for nursery pickup) that would be fun, interesting, novel, relaxing?

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
The World Go Championship is underway in Japan. Organized by the Nihon Ki-in, it is the first international tournament that will include both professional human players and an artificial intelligence Go-playing program. 1st-day coverage is up on youtube, with commentary from Michael Redmond and Antti Tourmanen (commentary begins at 2:53). Neither the top-rated (by one estimate and some public opinion) human player nor what is widely believed to be the strongest AI will be participating. Since AlphaGo demonstrated it was possible last year, a number of other organizations have developed strong go programs using neural networks. Several of them competed in the recent UEC Cup, with Fine Art (aka JueYi, from Tencent) being the winner of that computer Go contest. Among the computers that have been turning up on internet Go servers recently, one stood out as undefeated in 60 quick online games against various strong players. Known as "master" or "magister", it was subsequently revealed to be a version or descendant of AlphaGo. The record of those 60 games is now the largest collection of game records we have from the Deepmind AI, so even though they are played at very short time settings -- some 30 seconds per move, some only 20 -- these games have been the subjects of much commentary. Some games are viewable on eidogo via reddit, or you can download all 60 games in sgf format. There is also a new AGA video review series. Some other video commentaries from the usual suspects are listed at Sensei's Library. Extrapolating from its rapid rate of improvement between its games in 2015 and those in 2016, and considering its undefeated record, it is difficult to guess how good at this game AlphaGo might be by now. It may be completely unbeatable already, or its performance might suffer at time settings more suited to human professionals. The free programs available for download to play go against home computers have also become much stronger in the past year. Leela (easier to use) and Ray (open source) both appear to be capable of play at amateur mid-dan ranks on a fairly average PC. That is not good enough to challenge a professional, but it is suddenly much closer than a year or two ago.

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posted about 17 hours ago on metafilter
The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself To Death. Mary's story looks different to different people. Within the ghoulishly cheerful Lyft public-relations machinery, Mary is an exemplar of hard work and dedication—the latter being, perhaps, hard to come by in a company that refuses to classify its drivers as employees. SLNewYorker, written by the always-interesting Jia Tolentino.

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
Retired Microsoftie and video game nerd Ed Fries [previously] tells the tale of how he and former Atari engineers Ron Milner and Michael Albaugh chased down a forgotten Easter Egg in Atari arcade game Starship 1, programmed by Ron and released in 1977, making it a contender for the title of the oldest known video game Easter Egg.

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posted about 18 hours ago on metafilter
I'm thinking of a comedic actor who may still be active but came up in his 20s in the 1980s or maybe 1990s and who primarily acted in screwball comedies. But I can't think of the name!Identifying characteristics: Usually seemed to have a smirk on his face. Like so much that it's annoying. Black kind of spiky hair. but naturally so, not coiffed to be punk or anything. I think he had very blue kind of piercing eyes. Very much a stereotypical "middle class" look. Kind of a funny voice but not a put-on funny voice like Jim Carrey. Not Robert Carradine, but played similar roles. Not Steve Guttenberg either. Help?!?

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I normally shop bargain bins and veer towards minimalist shoes for road running because whenever a shoe has a rigid heel counter, I tend to wear holes in the lining within a month. I'd like to find trail worthy shoes that fit my clown feet and have that same lack of hard plastic that wraps up behind my heel.Preferences: Rock guard in the sole Decent cleats/lugs No metal spikes Pebble sized grooves that grab bits of gravel are a hassle Available in something close to a mens 12.5E or a 13D Not important, but bright offensive colors are delightful I've found a lot of very close options once I let go of my typical $70 upper price limit (NB MT10v1 looks tempting), but so far it seems to me that gaining a floppy heel loses the rock guard and I can't find any store website that even bothers to list whether their shoes have rigid heel counters in the first place, so I'm hoping somebody can enlighten me to an option I haven't found through google or convince me that I'll be fine crashing through stream crossings without that. Thank you!

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posted about 21 hours ago on metafilter
What would be a good retirement gift for a work colleague who will soon have significantly more time to compose music and enjoy his acreage in the mountains?Difficulty level: I am his quasi-replacement and have spent the last 5 months working closely with him and trying to absorb as much of his knowledge as possible. So this needs to be more than a card, I think. It would have to be shipped to him as we are in different locations within the US. He composes music in his free time including choral arrangements for his church. He has a Windows Surface for composing his music on, so he may appreciate any doohickey that can help facilitate or add-on to that.

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I've been in a happy relationship for 7 months - the last 5 have been exclusive - with a man who is very sweet, funny, and good to me. We spend a lot of time together, have a lot of fun and good sex, but he's not the most romantic person in the world, in large part because he's not very emotional. The other day a good friend of mine told me that she felt like my boyfriend and I were "just friends" and that she didn't think I should be very invested in a long term commitment with him. I'd love to hear from the married/long-term partnered folk out there: what's the difference between romance and friendship in a relationship?For context, I feel very happy. My boyfriend and I laugh all the time and have a ton of inside jokes. We've had a few small arguments that seem normal, but I haven't seen him be anything less than kind and honest with me (which is a break from my previous toxic relationship). I also have noticed that the longer we've been together, the better our relationship has been and the more he has opened up to me. He admitted that he's not the type of person to "fall" for a woman immediately and that has has more of a slow build. He's also said on a number of occasions that he feels like I'm different than his other girlfriends and that he feels like he could do this forever. On the other hand, I do think that a lot of what we do could be perceived as "friendly" to others, but it feels good and right to me. After an emotionally turbulent relationship, I like the fun and consistency of my boyfriend. But I still wonder... Is it possible to have friendship chemistry without the love chemistry?

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What is the best salted oatmeal cookie recipe? I love the salted oatmeal cookies from Whisked in DC but they're a bit pricey for me to consume constantly and they haven't published the recipe (I wrote to ask). Please help me make delicious salted oatmeal cookies at home!The cookies in question are big and flat and chewy and just salty enough and the oatmeal has sort of dissolved into the cookie? Like you know how some oatmeal cookies are very noticably oaty and you can pick out the oats? These are not, and they don't have sort of clumps; they're very homogeneous for oatmeal cookies. They don't have chocolate chips or raisins. Obviously I don't expect to find an exact recipe but these are the ways I would like my oatmeal cookies to be. I can find plenty of recipes but I don't know which ones are actually any good so if you have experience with a recipe for salted oatmeal cookies (or I guess a recipe for regular oatmeal cookies and a recipe for salt) I would be very grateful. Thank you for your assistance!

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posted about 22 hours ago on metafilter
How do I make the most of my time in Utah? Difficulty: heat, children, wheelchair.In mid-July of this year my family will be visiting Utah. For four of those days we'll be in Park City for a family reunion. A couple of those days will be taken up with scheduled activities but the rest of the time will be ours. We are also thinking of spending a few extra days in the state because we want to grab the opportunity to see some beautiful stuff. We had planned to go to Moab and go into Arches National Park and makes use of whatever accessible walking there is to be had and maybe drive around. However I understand it will be very hot at that time and we are not a party that does well in the heat at all. This question about hiking with a toddler had some interesting possibilities but I need to know if paved tracks are wheelchair friendly, and how difficult it would be in the heat for the person pushing the chair. Do you have suggestions as to how we can maximize our experience of Utah nature while minimizing exposure to high temperatures? Is there some place we can park ourselves for a few days, explore when it's cool and sloth around a hotel pool when it's not? If we extend our stay in Park City are there things we can do? We can split into ambulatory and less ambulatory groups. I like hiking and birdwatching. The two boys (10 and 13) will take on a supervised water or land based adventure and will tolerate (barely) driving round looking at stuff. They would be up for canoeing or rafting or fishing. They love things like zip lining. My wife uses a wheelchair to get round so some recommendations for accessible outdoor activities would be really welcome. She swims well so boats and water are good as long as she can get to them. Do you happen to know of a company in Utah that might specialize in accessible tourism? While outdoor activities are my preference I'm open to all kinds of suggestions. If something is weird and wonderful but not outdoors we'll be interested. Museum suggestions are great. Shopping is fun. Corny is good but I don't think I can do intense nationalism right now. We will be flying in and out of Salt Lake City if that makes a difference and we'd rather base ourselves somewhere and branch out rather than driving a lot.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
Rosa Maria Segale was born in 1850 in rural Italy. At age four, she and her family moved to Cincinnati, where as a teenager at a school run by the Sisters of Charity, she decided she would join them. As Sister Blandina, her sights were set on the west. She was sent to a small town in Colorado Territory and she spent two decades in the region, tending to the ill, educating the poor, building schools and hospitals, speaking up for the rights of Hispanics and displaced Indians, facing down known bandits including one* Billy the Kid (PDF) and saving at least one man from hanging, as depicted in "The Fastest Nun in the West," a 1966 episode of Death Valley Days. She documented her life in her journal and a collection of letters, which begins with a letter from Segale's Mother Superior: "My dear child, you are commissioned to Trinidad. You will leave Cincinnati Wednesday and alone." Her diary and letters were originally published in 1932 (and since republished a number of times) as At the End of the Santa Fe Trail (Google Books preview, Amazon with preview, Good Reads), which is being used to create a semi-fictional television series. * One of her more storied tales is her interactions with Billy the Kid, but two Billy the Kids roaming the high desert in 1877: William Bonney, the famous Billy, who did much of his outlawing in southern New Mexico and eastern Arizona, and William LeRoy (an alias of Arthur Pond)—the not-so-famous Billy—who terrorized northern New Mexico. It seems she interacted with the second, but later confused him with the first, which others have also done, even during and soon after their lives, as noted in an article titled "Building His Own Legacy: Billy the Kid and the Media" in the Spring 2007 issue (link to 14 MB PDF) of New Mexico Historical Review. The intrepid Sister Blandina returned to Ohio in 1893, where she and Sister Justina Segale went "to see if they could do anything for the poor Italian [immigrants]" in the inner city of Cincinnati. With only five dollars in their pocket, these two sisters founded and managed Santa Maria Institute (now Santa Maria Community Services), the first Catholic settlement house in the United States in 1897. In 1900, she returned to Albuquerque for two years to help start St. Joseph Hospital, known today as CHI St. Joseph's Children, who are currently supporting her Sainthood Cause.

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
With less than two months until 2017s most important cultural and voting event, another major problem has occurred. Against staff resignations, a possible ineligible entry and a hostile backdrop, the Russian selection, Julia Samoylova, has been barred from traveling to the event host due to entering the Crimea from Russia, a decision which may not be surprising. The Russian Foreign Minister is apparently outraged, and the EBU is trying to broker a settlement. Across the bookmakers, Italy is currently the clear favorite to win, with Bulgaria, Sweden and Belgium also receiving much betting, with strong showings from ex-Yugoslav countries and some commentators thinking this could be Australia's year in Europe.

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I'm in my second year of voice lessons, and I need to find an art song in the mezzo-soprano or alto range for the final exam. Classical singers of MeFi, can you give me some suggestions?My voice teacher is great, but she's a true soprano, so she keeps suggesting things that go a little too high for me. My comfortable range is from middle C (do) to the high D (re), and I can hit a high E (mi) every once in a while as long as I don't have to hang out up there. If I try and sing something that stays too high too long, my throat starts to hurt, so I'd rather not. In terms of ability, I have a good ear for melodies but I don't have a very strong voice. I've been working hard for a year and a half and my voice is no longer so breathy. But I'm still sorting out some breathing stuff, and I'm also still working on staying in resonance all the time. In terms of languages, I'm very comfortable with German, Italian, and English. My French is horrible, and I'm currently living in a country where everyone speaks French, so I'd rather stay away from it. To give you a sense of my musical taste, I love Beethoven, Bach, Dvorak, Brahms, and Handel. I'm not a huge Mozart fan. I don't like Purcell much. I don't mind Schubert or Schumann. Do you have any suggestions?

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posted about 23 hours ago on metafilter
(Note: I know it's illegal to copy DVDs to sell them...I'm not doing that)...just looking to print black type headlines directly onto my own back ups.I have a fairly large library of instructional DVDs (maybe around 80-100) Over the years I've loaned out a few and unfortunately some weren't returned. I would like to back up my entire instructional DVD library (just for myself). I have a friend who has copied a couple of my DVDs with his software, but he just handwrote the title, he doesn't have printing capability. He is willing to try to back up my library for me. Do you have any recommendations for a standalone printer that will just print black type directly onto the DVDs? I've looked online and it is pretty confusing....maybe because this is such old technology? Any recommendations and ideas you can give me will be appreciated. Thank you!

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Family BlahLaLa will be in NYC in a few weeks and I'd really like to go do something at Trump Tower. Yell at it? Spit at it? Hold up a sign? New Yorkers and other knowledgeable folks, what say you? It's not going to be the focus of our vacation, but I feel it's our patriotic duty to show how much we hate him and reject everything about his administration.

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posted about 24 hours ago on metafilter
New York Presbyterian provides a Spotify playlist of 100 songs to do CPR to, including the eponom-appropriate "I Will Survive". Obligatory "Office" link.

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I've been a Firefox loyalist for...way too long, honestly. Its performance is now dire. It hangs and I have to force quit on a regular basis. What, besides Safari, should I replace it with?I have some secondary stuff I handle through Safari and I want to use Safari exclusively for that. So I need a replacement for Firefox that isn't Safari. I've considered Chrome. However, I have some squeamishness about being even more in the Google ecosystem. But I'm on Gmail and Gcal now and do lots of my work through Google Docs, so perhaps I'm being silly in thinking that being on Chrome would allow for some next-level tracking? Any other recs?

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It is a unique joy when I encounter a particularly cool live (usually-but-not-necessarily acoustic) performance of a song that I love on YouTube. A bunch of examples are in the "more inside," but I particularly like tight harmonies, and stripped-down, and clean in a way that makes you hear the song in a new way. I want to fill a playlist with these. What are your favorites? All genres are welcome. (Note: I know there are probably a zillion pretty covers, but I am looking for the original artist playing their own song.)Some examples are: * Hall & Oates doing "She's Gone" in 1976 * The Bangles playing "Manic Monday" * The Barenaked Ladies playing "One Week" in Ed's bathroom * The Vaccines doing "Teenage Icon" * Dawes doing a lovely version of "Somewhere Along the Way" * Hanson killing it on "MmmBop"

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Over last night and today I have received literally hundreds of emails from ebay to my seldom-used gmail address. It must be a scam of some sort, but it's odd and there's no info online as far as I can tell.First there were hundreds of emails about how I supposedly bid on jewellery, and then how some items got away, and then how I've succeeded in bidding. But the weird bits are: The emails seem to be legit as far as I can tell. All links in them go to rover.ebay.com. But clearly generated by a bot (sometimes dozens in a minute). I haven't clicked any links in them anyway. I don't have an ebay account related the gmail account. And I anyway closed the one I have. No activity on any of my credit cards. No activity on the gmail account, and it should be mostly secure anyway, with 2fa etc. No info about this online as far as I can tell. The emails tell me that "eBay sent this message to silverd mixo (silvermix_0)". So I'm not particularly worried right now, but it'd still be interested to know what the hell is going on.

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Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel. ‘Five years ago, China’s most charismatic politician was toppled from power. His disgrace allowed his great rival to dominate the political stage in a way unseen in China since the days of Chairman Mao. All this was made possible by a murder. And the story of that murder begins not in China but in a British seaside town.’ A BBC News magazine article by Carrie Gracie (also available in podcast form). Previously: i, ii, iii.

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