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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1812390)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Oh! I almost forgot what I came here for!

Love her hair.


Hehehe :)

The first day she looked a bit like John Belushi... then she went through a Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un phase... now, every other night after her bath the poor girl has Trump-hair! Even so, I duly think she is the cutest little thing on the planet.



(At nights it's even more Trump-like but I don't want to blast her with the flash)
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1812308)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Thank you for all the kind words guys & gals :)

Yeah I've been getting teased from day 1 for her looks... Nurses at the hospital would say, "Where's the pretty girl that looks like her mother?" and all my mates are convinced I was asleep when she was conceived ;)

Oh and, good question:
What is her Name?

Weeeeell, we didn't give her one at birth so we've got a ton of nicknames for now (most kids get their name later on here in Greece, usually by baptism). But of course we're floating a few real one's around and since this is the café let's see if you recognize these 2 lovely ladies...

I've got my heart set on (and thinking of using it as her second name, while Maria get's to choose her "real" name):




and Maria is likely set on:

3) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1809764)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Hi every one, I've been away, did I miss
anything, is America still there?



LOL!

Me too, past 3 weeks have been a daze, haze and a blur!
In a very, very good way :)

(Scanning through threads now, pretending to catch up on what's going on in the world)
4) Message boards : Politics : End Socialism Now!!! (Message 1809753)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
You all know that Christianity in it's purest form is nothing but socialism. Everybody works and shares what they don't need to exist with his or her neighbors.

But of course it never works well no matter what you call it. With no incentives to produce more nobody produces much of anything.


Cognitive dissonance for everyone in 3, 2, 1:

Star Trek

:D
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1809744)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
OK so obviously here's what I REALLY dropped by to share today!



She was born July 26th and she's only a few hours old in this pic :)

Born 3.8kg and eats like a piranha!

She's doing great!

(But her parents could use some sleep ;)
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Grease Stains on clothing, removal (Message 1809731)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
Our baby crib came with a small oil stain on the outside (not annoying enough to go through the hassle of returning) so I went on a Google binge...

Most common answer for a stain like that was, drumroll:

WD-40 :)

Seriously. Something about "re-oiling" the oily stain. Makes sense I guess.

Unfortunately I can't give it a shot because whatever you do it on, has to go in the washing machine but the fabric on that part of the crib isn't detachable.

Anyway, if anyone DOES give it a go, make sure to try first on a part of the clothing that isn't visible!

I can easily imagine a scenario where the WD-40 makes things worse rather than better :P
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Just watched "Jobs" (Message 1809718)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Alex Storey
This is the one you all want to watch :)

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (2015)

(and pretty much anything directed by Alex Gibney)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0316795/#director

Of course I'd say that seeing as Mr. Gibney has a knack for "outing" narcissists & psychopaths ;)

I'm sure I've already mentioned these on the boards:
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)
(10 years old and still one of my all time favorite docs!)

and I definitely remember getting a scolding from Major K when I brought up this lesser known gem:
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

(Park Ave., Taxi, WikiLeaks all awesome too and so were 2 sports-based ones: Last Gladiators and Catching Hell)

LOVE this guy!!
8) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1803730)
Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
(Haven't been paying attention... just scanned a few articles)

Is May showing signs of rolling up her sleeves?

That's the impression I got but don't know if it's all talk or if there are actions too.

Would be great to see the UK in capable hands, rather than run-of-the-mill politician hands.
9) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1803721)
Posted 20 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
You guys are giving me less and less motive to drop by :)

So the ONE person in the states that has done a thousand times more damage than Trump... (No, really)

The one person that makes an 8-year Donald-stint look positively harmless compared to his own reign of negative influence in America...

US Prime Psychopath #1 is all over the news these days...

And you guys are squabbling over Trump when the Big Kahuna Roger Ailes is in all sorts of trouble?

:D
10) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1802080)
Posted 11 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Don't nitpick etymology when it's not the central point of discussion.

You asked a question (which I assumed was not rhetorical) and it went like this:

Can politics reign in the ill effects of Globalization?

I assumed you said "one has no control over the other"

and my answer is:

Since politics are mostly to blame for the ill effects of THIS version of globalization (and not economics) it is both sensible and pragmatic to vote the politicians out. The kerfuffle is that BOTH parties are getting the finger to one extent or another all across the 2-party status-quo of the western world.

Let me try an example:

To say "the UK cannot afford the NHS anymore" makes sense... superficially.

Because it's a half truth. But I know you are a numbers man and the numbers are saying:

"We can't afford the NHS and hand-out tax-breaks to the rich for the 3rd decade in a row". One of the 2 has to go.

Then add to that:
The war against scientists.
The war on the middle class.
TTIP and other trade deals
Citizens United
Too Big to Fail
Too Big to Jail
Corporate welfare
Monopolies
Tax havens
Pensions that have been paid for, gone or reduced
Real wars with dubious motives
Mass incarcerations
Mass surveillance
etc.

That's a pretty long list!

It's silly to accuse "the simpletons" of voting crudely. Rather I think it's time "smart people" read a book or two instead of poorly written news articles.

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But I'll answer your other question too:
Hasn't there always been a middle class?

Yes and no.
The middle class I was referring to was created by The New Deal and did not exist before. At all.
It was politically created by "The Great Compression".
11) Message boards : Politics : Donald Trump for President? (Message 1802061)
Posted 11 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Do they have a choice, even if they vote against it?


Yes. Not what you think.
And more and more people are realizing it.

Brexit wasn't Boris & Farage.
People feeling the Bern were not under the spell of Bernie's enchanted flute.
61% of Greeks are NOT die-hard Varoufakis-or-bust voters.

Exaggerated statements obviously but I truly believe they are FAR more true than not. Here's one more:

If Trump gets 40% of the vote, does that mean 40% of Americans are dying to get the Trump wall built? Muslims banned? Of course not.

What a lot of people appear to be voting for this past year is:
""Screw VW, Wall Street, TTIP etc. and start paying attention to ME"

This is a political crisis, so yes it makes complete sense for politicians to get the blame.
The New Deal created the middle class, not economics.

And The New Deal has been dealt non-stop blows these past few decades.
By BOTH parties.
In EVERY western world country.

Blows that were all political.

And to be honest I'm super-glad it's being done through voting and not pitchforks.

But depending on just how stubborn and unwise these Establishment politicians get... Well I guess pitchforks won't be far off.
12) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1801801)
Posted 9 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
By the SPIEGEL Staff

"Whether they are fans of Donald Trump, supporters of Brexit or Marine Le Pen voters in France, "angry voters" have one thing in common: They've been left in the dust by globalization."*

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/brexit-the-era-of-the-angry-voter-is-upon-us-a-1101438.html

(Part one of two. Link to page 2 at the bottom of the article)
13) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801622)
Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
https://www.techpowerup.com/223981/amd-releases-pci-express-power-draw-fix-we-tested-confirmed-works

New driver appears to be as promised :)
14) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801375)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Title change
(apologies for double post)
15) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801369)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Thank you for the heads-up archae!

Nvidia meanwhile made the announcement official & Launch Date will be July 19th

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10474/nvidia-announces-geforce-gtx-1060-july-19

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/10series/geforce-gtx-1060
16) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801268)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Ouch?


Appears to be a bit of an "ouch" in the sense that while not "too big a deal" there'll probably be tons of moaning going on, on the internet. Anyway, read the comments in the Anand link and found one that maybe best explains what's going on (for now).

by tipoo:
"Seems like the fix and lower power toggle all but confirms a last minute overclock. They also say the 3% boost in games the new driver provides should substantially offset any impact from the lower energy setting, so it seems pretty sure to me they got worried and pushed it past what they found was it's peak efficiency point, or at least the better tradeoff of efficiency to performance (since power use scales more than linearly with voltage+frequency, while performance scales less than linearly with clock), in favor of boosting it a bit more.

All that debacle didn't seem worth it if it's 3-5% they squeezed out."
17) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1060 July 19th (Message 1801059)
Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Just dropped in to say the same.

Ouch?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/10469/amds-tuesday-radeon-rx-480-update-new-driver-by-late-thursday
18) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800985)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
So it's more true than not that you can't trust "the media" to not be biased. But here's a handy trick:

Scout out insiders you think you can trust.

And these next two I've linked to before and consider them "100% guaranteed" atm. As much as humanly possible. Oh and remember, it's one thing to gather and take notice of the info anyone provides and another to take their predictions at heart. Educated guesses are still guesses.

Nouriel Roubini

The United Kingdom’s narrow vote to leave the European Union had specific British causes. And yet it is also the proverbial canary in the coalmine, signaling a broad populist/nationalist backlash – at least in advanced economies – against globalization, free trade, offshoring, labor migration, market-oriented policies, supranational authorities, and even technological change.

All of these trends reduce wages and employment for low-skill workers in labor-scarce and capital-rich advanced economies, and raise them in labor-abundant emerging economies. Consumers in advanced economies benefit from the reduction in prices of traded goods; but low and even some medium-skill workers lose income as their equilibrium wages fall and their jobs are threatened.

In the “Brexit” vote, the fault lines were clear: rich versus poor, gainers versus losers from trade/globalization, skilled versus unskilled, educated versus less educated, young versus old, urban versus rural, and diverse versus more homogenous communities. The same fault lines are appearing in other advanced economies, including the United States and continental Europe.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a huge boost, as will other anti-immigrant populist politicians. Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy, and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration.

Brexit is thus a watershed event that signals the need for a new kind of globalization, one that could be far superior to the status quo that was rejected at the British polls.


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https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/globalization-political-fault-lines-by-nouriel-roubini-2016-07
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/meaning-of-brexit-by-jeffrey-d-sachs-2016-06
19) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800979)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Did I say good news? Actually I've got awesome news! No really.

OK so a lot of you guys have been Going Over to the Dark Side making some pretty sweeping & negative comments about Trump supporters and Brexiteers.

But it's a pretty crap theory to say, "yeah, I woke up this morning and it turns out half the people of whatever country are xenophobic racists". You can't explain away 40% or 50% of a voting population like that. That's silly.

If majorities have started surprise voting with their hearts instead of their heads and casting "I'm flipping you the bird" votes then something's REALLY going on.

And really going wrong.
20) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800957)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
For the record, my crystal ball has been nagging me these past couple of weeks and keeps telling me there is a high probability of the overuse of the word

"dystopia"

to describe the EU.

Since most of us here are SF fans please don't let a few journalists & politicians ruin - for example - Philip K. Dick for ya just because they learned a new buzzword.

Resist! :D


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