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21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : I've got a bun in the oven! (Message 1809744)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 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 ;)
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Grease Stains on clothing, removal (Message 1809731)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 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
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Just watched "Jobs" (Message 1809718)
Posted 16 Aug 2016 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)

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!!
24) 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.
25) 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?

26) 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
Tax havens
Pensions that have been paid for, gone or reduced
Real wars with dubious motives
Mass incarcerations
Mass surveillance

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.


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".
27) 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.
28) 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."*

(Part one of two. Link to page 2 at the bottom of the article)
29) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: October 25th (Message 1801622)
Posted 8 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey

New driver appears to be as promised :)
30) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: October 25th (Message 1801375)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Title change
(apologies for double post)
31) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: October 25th (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
32) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: October 25th (Message 1801268)
Posted 7 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey

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."
33) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: GTX 1050 Ti & GTX 1050: October 25th (Message 1801059)
Posted 6 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Just dropped in to say the same.

34) 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.

35) 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.
36) 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


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
37) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800945)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Brussels has inserted itself into Warsaw’s internal legal affairs based on authority conjured out of thin air.

Ooops! :)



The European Union’s current overreaching and meddling in Poland’s legal affairs under the guise of its lawless, ironically named “Framework to Strengthen the Rule of law,” provides a glimpse at some of the dynamics underlying last month’s Brexit vote. The framework, announced in March 2014, did not directly factor into Brexit, but it demonstrates the EU’s troubling propensity to harass its member states and dictate Brussels-based solutions for domestic problems. If pursued, the framework could further destabilize the EU.

At issue is a standoff between Poland’s new center-right governing coalition and its Constitutional Tribunal—akin to the U.S. Supreme Court—regarding the validity of appointments to the Tribunal. The new governing coalition believes its appointees should be seated, while the Tribunal believes the seats should go to the appointees of the outgoing center-left government. Which side is correct under Polish law is less important than the complete lack of evidence that the impasse cannot be resolved politically within Poland, to say nothing of the lack of evidence that the dispute threatens the “rule of law” values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (updating the 1992 Maastricht Treaty).

No matter. Instead of directing its energies to resolving the refugee crisis, calming the turmoil surrounding the Brexit referendum or revitalizing its moribund economy, the EU is flexing its muscle to dictate its preferred result for Poland’s internal dispute...

(and so on)
from The Wall Street Journal

If the link doesn't work, I got through to the whole article from Bing News. Not sure why that is...
38) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800915)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
39) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1800911)
Posted 5 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
Good news for a change:

I'm starting to see articles crop up from seemingly unrelated sources about how people are essentially voting against globalization and not out of ignorance or a bunch of other stupid ideas that have been floating around for months.

What do 61% of the Greeks, 52% of the Brits, Bernie fans AND - yes, I know this one's hard to swallow - Trump fans all have in common?

Now THAT'S a narrative. I hope it grows because it's the only narrative that ties up everything with a pretty little bow :)
But you already know that because we've been over it before.

We still need a Wozniak.
And all we've got is Juncker & Shoebbels, Hillary & Trump.

Now I know it looks like we've got a long way to go... and we do.

But I have to be honest. I wasn't expecting the thought that all this pro-market crap we've had shoved down our throats is to blame for all the "protest votes" going on in the Western World... I wasn't expecting that line of thought to break mainstream so soon.

I'll see if I can't round up a few links for you later today...
40) Message boards : Politics : The Varoufakis thread #2 (Message 1800803)
Posted 4 Jul 2016 by Profile Alex Storey
...and deserve to be ignored.

I'm going to hold you to that.

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