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1) Message boards : Politics : Political CONvEnience of Madame Yoga. No Politician 'Is' Too BIG to FAIL. And NO Politician 'Is' Too Big, Not to go to JAIL. Plenty of Time for Yoga coming. (Message 1790469)
Posted 4 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
MK, if all they can get her on is mishandling unclassified material, like her hubby who didn't "have sex with that woman" because the dumb lawyer didn't include cigars in "sex", she will skate. Remember she, her person, had authority to classify/declassify any/all state department material. They haven't yet published an e-mail that had a secret cover when it sent through her server. Of course she had plenty of time to scrub anything that might have been sent. That is why the hacker is so interesting.

If the hacker has something that they didn't find that was classified then it isn't just mishandling but espionage as a foreign person has it and Romania may be on the naughty list of countries. If that hacker is seen down the hall from a grand jury room in the next few days ...


She might have authority to declassify information originally classified by the State Department, but not ALL the classified information present in the emails was originally classified by the State Department. Go check E.O. 12356, sec. 3.1b. Also check out sections 2.1, 4.1b, and 4.1c.

Doesn't matter what the classification is today, it matters what the classification was on the date tramsmitted.

At to the 'stamp', well that does not matter. If it had to have the stamp on it to be classified, all one would have to do is remove said stamps, and then one could walk out the door with the remainder of the document scot-free.

Besides there wouldn't be stamps on it. Clinton had her underlings cut/paste the information into a file on a portable storage media, then transfer it to an unclassified network for emailing to her personal email account on her personal server. This process is a great big Bozo no-no.

Well, if they removed the classified stamp, then they are the ones in trouble and Clinton is scott free, because if you don't know it is classified you can't mishandle it!
2) Message boards : Politics : Political CONvEnience of Madame Yoga. No Politician 'Is' Too BIG to FAIL. And NO Politician 'Is' Too Big, Not to go to JAIL. Plenty of Time for Yoga coming. (Message 1790460)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
MK, if all they can get her on is mishandling unclassified material, like her hubby who didn't "have sex with that woman" because the dumb lawyer didn't include cigars in "sex", she will skate. Remember she, her person, had authority to classify/declassify any/all state department material. They haven't yet published an e-mail that had a secret cover when it sent through her server. Of course she had plenty of time to scrub anything that might have been sent. That is why the hacker is so interesting.

If the hacker has something that they didn't find that was classified then it isn't just mishandling but espionage as a foreign person has it and Romania may be on the naughty list of countries. If that hacker is seen down the hall from a grand jury room in the next few days ...
3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1790455)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
So do we have two "criminals" running for POTUS?

Only two? Or do you mean this time and major parties?
4) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1790453)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Yep. I'm an old fossil.

I've probably got you beat on that. I'm a retired electronics engineer that when I started we got 70% of our instruction on valves, and reluctantly by the staff 30% on these new fangled transistors. I think they just missed the heaters.



You might.

I have some experience using 'valves' in electronics (here in the states, we call them 'vacuum tubes' or just 'tubes'...).

But it wasn't in computer systems. It was in radio (amateur radio). REAL radios glow in the dark. :P Gawd the tube equipment is HEAVY. I have a rather old 1.5kW linear that weighs over 100 lbs.

It is those dang transformers for the plate voltage, and those high voltage oil filled capacitors.

Can you imagine a modern switching power supply feeding a linear ...
5) Message boards : Politics : Political CONvEnience of Madame Yoga. No Politician 'Is' Too BIG to FAIL. And NO Politician 'Is' Too Big, Not to go to JAIL. Plenty of Time for Yoga coming. (Message 1790440)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Now that the hacker has pled out, I wonder if he will hand over a hive of documents he copied that might just include something with a TS/SCI header ..... Now that would get attention.
6) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1790439)
Posted 6 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Don't think the person who reported this understands "Assembly Language Code"

According to the report, the US treasury also needed to upgrade its systems, which it said was using "assembly language code - a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed".

It might be intentional bias.

Of course the "typically tied" is flat wrong, it is always tied.

Now if they knew stuff, they would report that the Gnu Compiler Collection always uses assembly language (the word code doesn't belong) and is the most used around.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW 255 - Giants beat Padres 4-3 in 10 innings, 13th win in 14 games! (Message 1790377)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
"We the Other!"
As the NBA has decreed that the Raptors must play
the You'all teams plus the refs', can we get a few
points added on at the start of the game?

Beep!
edit:
Very hard indeed for a wimpy little game like that.....

All Hail Thor.

Oh, wrong thread.

Bartender I'll take a wining poat please.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1790365)
Posted 13 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Thor's aim can be a bit wide.

All Hail Thor and his design.
9) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technolgy 3 (Message 1790322)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor

Building robot McDonald's staff 'cheaper' than hiring workers on minimum wage

But will it make the swill taste any better or increase the nutritional value?
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Diabetic? (Message 1790320)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Those beans have added sugar, as well. I wonder how much. Turn that can a little
and take another picture so I can see the rest of the nutritional label,
please. Thank you.

11% sugar! That's a LOT.
http://www.heinz.co.uk/en/products/beans/ranges/beanz/heinz-baked-beanz

26g in 1/2 can! That's half a meal of carbs.
11) Message boards : Politics : EgyptAir flight MS804 disappears from radar (Message 1790281)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
4 Minutes.

"They say": too slow for a bomb, too fast for a fire.

"They" as usual are wrong.

Bomb can be just the right size to not cause enough damage to make if fly apart, but enough damage that it won't hold together very long. Bomb can damage the fly by wire systems enough to cause loss of control and then aerodynamic forces rip it apart.

Fire can spread much faster than people think, especially when an oxygen supply is put on it, say from the flight crew oxygen tank.

Of course the the source could be intentional act or bad Q/C at the assembly plant or even getting struck by space debris. Oh and today terrorism includes computer hacking. Until the black boxes are read out everything is speculation as there was no claim of terrorism before it went down. Even then the entire thing may need to be plucked from the depths and put into a hanger to be studied for clues, but still may not provide an answer.
12) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1790276)
Posted 19 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
No, i didn't.
need coffee
13) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1790261)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
What would become of amazon, apple, microsoft, mcdonalds, etc, etc.?




http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/05/20/third-cash-owned-5-us-companies/84640704/

Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are sitting on $504 billion, or 30%, of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents held by U.S. non-financial companies in 2015,



In light of the big brouhaha over the 'Panama Papers', would it really be a bad thing?

Don't let the headline writers fool you. US GDP is about $18,000 Billion. So these five have 2.8% of the GDP as cash (or cash equivalents as they like to say). All the rest of the GDP was taxed. And the amount they have is from at least a decade of profits, so at best 0.3% of the money is escaping tax in a given year. Tax rate of 35% on say $50 billion is $17.5 Billion. You look up what the US budget deficit is and tell me if that makes a BIG difference or a little difference.

In any case it is a pile of cash they hold.


Gary,

Oh, I know...

I was making a joke response to Bobby's 'what would happen to <corporation list> if the USA went isolationist again?' question.

A return to Isolationism for the USA is a move that I do happen to support.

Plus, if one actually read the article, one would find that the US$1.7 trillion *INCLUDES* all the cash/cash equivalents held by non-financial (that is not banks, stock brokerage firms, etc.) US corporations, not just that that is held overseas (and out of the reach of the US Internal Revenue Service -- the tax man).

Only 72% is held outside the US, so the 2.8% becomes 2%.

Ok, US$1.7 trillion * 0.72 * 0.35 * (your figure) 0.1 = roughly US$43 billion in taxes per year... A drop in the bucket compared to the US$534 billion the CBO says will be the US Federal Budget deficit this year.

You missed the *.1 because it likely takes a decade to accumulate that pile ...
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V8 (Message 1790260)
Posted 20 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
I see why Gary thought this might belong in politics. Anyway, there we go, Grant! :) Nice to see you posting again xx
I suspect you are setting your sights in the right direction.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1790175)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
That image looks to be lit by natural light, it is totally dark at the bottom of the Mariana trench.

Actually it looks to be artificial light, like at the bottom of an aquarium sitting in a photo studio, but that's just me.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1790173)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
http://abc7.com/news/2-killed-when-amtrak-train-collides-with-car-in-california/1354158/
Two people were killed when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Northern California today, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

The crash occurred in San Leandro, a city on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, according to the fire department. The Amtrak Capitol Corridor train 532, which operates between San Jose and Sacramento, was heading east when it struck the car, Amtrak Spokesperson Vernae Graham said in a statement.



@David, time to blow the dust bunnies out.
17) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1790170)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
What would become of amazon, apple, microsoft, mcdonalds, etc, etc.?




http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/05/20/third-cash-owned-5-us-companies/84640704/

Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOGL), Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are sitting on $504 billion, or 30%, of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents held by U.S. non-financial companies in 2015,



In light of the big brouhaha over the 'Panama Papers', would it really be a bad thing?

Don't let the headline writers fool you. US GDP is about $18,000 Billion. So these five have 2.8% of the GDP as cash (or cash equivalents as they like to say). All the rest of the GDP was taxed. And the amount they have is from at least a decade of profits, so at best 0.3% of the money is escaping tax in a given year. Tax rate of 35% on say $50 billion is $17.5 Billion. You look up what the US budget deficit is and tell me if that makes a BIG difference or a little difference.

In any case it is a pile of cash they hold.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Birthday to Angela! (Message 1790073)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part III (Message 1789932)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Why has the Last person to Post thread gone dark?

Baseball?
20) Message boards : Politics : EgyptAir flight MS804 disappears from radar (Message 1789911)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierCrowdfunding Project Donor
Gary Apollo 13 was a space mission so unless your saying that a Airliner can fly in space then it means nothing , as they say S-t happens !
Part was bad and installed. Manufacturing defect. Sorry but Airbus can F up off the line just like North American Rockwell who made the bad part on 13. Not everything fails PDQ.

Now you can return to your rant that plane mechanics aren't any better than the local car shop. I shocked, shocked that they employ humans!

You are aware that most airlines do not do their own maintenance work, aren't you? They hire contract shops to do the work. You will see planes from several airlines on their ramp. So if you have a bitch, direct it at the contractor doing the work.

Every mechanic passes the same test to get his license (in his country). Doesn't mean some are faster than others, it means they know how to fill out the paper work, which is 90% of the job and were the day they passed able to do all the basic functions which should be required of them. It doesn't mean there isn't greed, greed to sign off inspections as done that never were and pocket the money for doing it. Or greed to grab a nut from the local hardware shop rather than wait a couple days for the certified part to arrive.

Now if you want to urinate on some airline, name it, or shut up with your nationalistic nonsense.


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