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Mouse Print* -- Slack-Fill Case Against Barilla Dismissed

mouse print Five years ago, a group of New York consumers sued Barilla claiming that some varieties of their pasta were deceptively packaged because the company put only 12 ounces of pasta in boxes made to hold a full pound. Mysteriously, these consumers recently dropped the case. That is our Mouse Print* story this week.

Surprise: Windows 11 Won't Work on Millions of PCs

windows Last week we brought you the good news that Windows 11 is going to be a free upgrade for those with Windows 10. Now the bad news: millions and millions of computers with Windows 10 do not meet Microsoft's new minimum hardware specifications and won't be able to run Windows 11. Officially, for those with an Intel processor, you need an 8th generation one or higher in your computer. That means if your computer is more than three or four years old, you may be out of luck. Check yours by clicking the magnifying glass on your taskbar, and entering: system information. For example, MrConsumer's processor is an Intel Core i7-4790. The number after the hyphen in my case indicates 4th generation, and doesn't qualify. Here is a deeper explanation of the new hardware requirements to run Windows 11. Use the WhyNot11 tool to test your PC's compatibility. [Look for the "download latest stable release" link. You will have to override security warnings to install.]


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Beware Health Care Sharing Ministries

Warning: Contains Profanity

John Oliver devoted a recent program to warning viewers about health care sharing ministries. These are nonprofits with religious overtones that look and sound like heatlh insurance, but rely on contributions of its members to cover fellow members' medical bills. They promote these plans as cheaper than health insurance. The trouble is, they don't have to follow health insurance regulations, and thus can exclude pre-existing conditions, or anything they don't want to cover. Many members are left with thousands in unpaid bills. Warning: contains coarse language and profanity, but the show contains a very important consumer message.

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Bargain of the Week

BOGO Entrees at Chipotle - July 6 Only

It is time for buy one, get one free entrees at Chipotle on July 6. Valid for in-restaurant orders only after 3 pm. You may have to tell the cashier "friends bogo."

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Before Buying a Major Appliance, Check the Brand's Reliability Rating

Here is a great chart from Consumer Reports with major brands' reliability ratings for refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, microwave ovens, washers, dryers, and more.

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