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Published: 20 Jan 18 04:34:55 GMT


Is carbon capture and sequestration viable?

20 Jan 18 04:31:26 GMT

Paris Hilton: It takes a lot of energy to do it.

How efficient is it?
Does it use more energy than generated?

It must put the price up
Does it make the use of coal less economical than gas, solar or wind?

Can the sequestered carbon ever escape?
How big is the risk?

I see muppet's gone mad again

20 Jan 18 04:18:39 GMT

Plm: Wait for all the deleting to start...

He just can't control himself.

Why the Left hates Jordan Peterson

20 Jan 18 03:42:33 GMT

^xFrCM6k)Z"87Dn": He says things to the effect of "stand up straight and face life head on" or "clean your room and sort your shit out".

This is is anathema to a generation of people embracing victimhood who want to indulge in non-stop pity parties online while hating anyone who doesn't subscribe to their crap.

They'd love to label him a hate filled rightwinger, however he's anything but that, he has a rigorous intellectual approach to his arguments.

As an atheist I find his take on religion to be far more realistic than the brash atheist horde who dismiss it out of hand. His position is that your thoughts are inextricably bound to the religion of the society you were brought up in, whether you like it or not, believe in it or not.

shutdowns are part of the Republican brand.

20 Jan 18 03:37:23 GMT

BxB: A new poll from The Washington Post shows that the public overwhelmingly blames Trump and the GOP for what seems to be an imminent government shutdown. 48% blame Trump and Republicans, 28% blame Democrats. A key indicator: independents fault the GOP 46% to 25%.

Blaming Democrats is the legislative/partisan equivalent of kicking the dog when something goes wrong in the house. The GOP controls everything. Of course, they’re responsible.

Republicans face a hurdle on the very concept of shutting down the government. Democrats are the party of government, the party of services. They are never the ones who really want to cut off services. Again, claiming otherwise runs against the self-presentations both parties espouse.

Help me out here

20 Jan 18 03:24:43 GMT

Legion: Start hitting delete on AlFranken and his fan Conservative IS

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trum

20 Jan 18 03:04:05 GMT

poltico: FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA’s participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned.

However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

Read more here:

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trum

20 Jan 18 03:04:05 GMT

poltico: FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

The extent to which the FBI has evidence of money flowing from Torshin to the NRA, or of the NRA’s participation in the transfer of funds, could not be learned.

However, the NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, including $30 million to support Trump – triple what the group devoted to backing Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race. Most of that was money was spent by an arm of the NRA that is not required to disclose its donors.

Read more here:

The government will shut down at midnight if a spending bill doe

20 Jan 18 01:24:31 GMT

poltico: How do you get a shutdown when 1 party controls house, senate, and White House?

What’s the difference between a switch & a dispatch table?

20 Jan 18 00:59:14 GMT

$++: > of course, it can be misleading, like long switch cases and so on. but then a dispatch table is often a better way, anyhow

Script for a new Rambo movie since Hubble said Rambo is old.

19 Jan 18 20:55:25 GMT

AlFranken: Rambo had a son while he was in Vietnam. His half Vietnamese son found his way to America and bumped into Rambo at a gym. A bunch of Whiteys (MS, Mup, and Walter) were bullying him and punching him around. Rambo came over and beat up the bullies. He then starts to have conversation with the young man. He realized that this is his son. He then trains the young man to be a soldier and sends him out on mission in Syria.

Node module has been stealing credit cards for years

19 Jan 18 19:00:45 GMT


He created a module that intercepts form data that looks like it has credit cards and sends it to a thing that looks like an ad tracker.  To make the module attractive, it offers colorized console logging.

People weren't adopting it fast enough, so he fixed bugs and added features to other people's modules and "while he was at it", added helpful colorized console logging.

The module's really clever.  Only steals credit cards once.  Doesn't dispatch between 7am and 7pm, when pen testers are likely to be working.  What he publishes to github is different from what's published to the npm repository.

So good.  I wonder if my credit card's been stolen by stupid sites that have dependency loaded this garbage.

Diamond Elite Gold Super-Plus status

19 Jan 18 18:53:10 GMT

xampl9 (Moto phone): Delta will have a Porsche pick you up at the gate and drive you to your connecting flight. I saw a Panamera and Cayenne pick some people up. $100k cars, just so they don't have to mix with the common people.

That other kernel developer asshole that's right all of the time

19 Jan 18 18:30:23 GMT

Wabi-sabi: Theo de Raadt (of OpenBSD)

> Virtualization seems to have a lot of security benefits.

You've been smoking something really mind altering, and I think you
should share it.

x86 virtualization is about basically placing another nearly full
kernel, full of new bugs, on top of a nasty x86 architecture which
barely has correct page protection.  Then running your operating
system on the other side of this brand new pile of shit.

You are absolutely deluded, if not stupid, if you think that a
worldwide collection of software engineers who can't write operating
systems or applications without security holes, can then turn around
and suddenly write virtualization layers without security holes.

You've seen something on the shelf, and it has all sorts of pretty
colours, and you've bought it.

That's all x86 virtualization is.

Isn't it in Britain, you have to pay TV tax?

19 Jan 18 16:12:07 GMT

AlFranken: How much per TV?

Amazon Prime - bait and switch!

19 Jan 18 16:10:24 GMT

AlFranken: Good thing I don't have it.

Amazon is raising the price of Prime monthly memberships by nearly 20 percent
From $10.99 to $12.99

"Open source" comes to generic drugs manufacturing.

19 Jan 18 16:03:05 GMT


I wish I came up with that idea. Wabi, you should have thought of that instead of screwing around with airbag. lol

I lost the battle. Should I go over the boss's head?

19 Jan 18 15:43:24 GMT

.: The boss and I finally had it out regarding this situation:

Basically his stance is that he had to do this task 50% of the time for the past couple of years and it's time for everyone else to share the responsibility.

He did not buy my night shift argument since he has done it after working nights (even though we're talking 1-2 nights instead of an entire week).

I presented other options but he did not seem receptive.  He said there is not enough going on in the early AM to require another day shift to be added.

I asked him to change my schedule so I could come in and get out earlier on those weeks.  He said he would have to clear this with the director and he does not think he would approve ending coverage earlier in the evening. 

I have been sending out resumes and have an interview scheduled.  With that being said, should I bother going over his head to address with the director?  Or grit my teeth and  wait until I give him my notice and use this as one of the reasons for my departure?

1-1/2-space wide parking spaces for women

19 Jan 18 13:09:54 GMT

,ndo: haha why is the world such a giggle today? Pink and wide.

> "The women's parking spaces are closer to the exits and monitoring systems, which is more convenient for female drivers to take a break or go shopping in the main building, and much safer, especially at night," she said.

So apart from the obvious jokes, these parking spots are designed for safety and convenience.

The BBC - a state news agency at work

19 Jan 18 12:59:15 GMT

BeebBot: This is their report:

A teenager has denied responsibility for the Parsons Green terror attack which injured 30 people.

Ahmed Hassan allegedly built and placed a homemade bomb which partially exploded on a train at Parsons Green Tube station on 15 September last year.

Mr Hassan, of Cavendish Road, Sunbury, Surrey, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and causing an explosion.

The 18-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear for a two-week trial at the Old Bailey on 5 March.

What they're NOT reporting is:

His full name is Ahmad Hassan Mohammad Ali.

He is a Muslim from Iraq seeking asylum in the UK.

He arrived in the UK illegally in 2015.

He told an immigration officer that he blamed Tony Blair and the UK for the devastation in Iraq and the death of his parents.

He was arrested in the departure lounge at Dover’s ferry port before he could board a ferry to France.

It is truly amazing how little news a so-called news agency chooses to report.

Similarly the leftist Guardian newspaper:

Robot narrates documentary

19 Jan 18 12:36:43 GMT

,ndo: Imperfect timing, grammar and pronunciation.

Probably text-to-speech converter given that the original was in German.

Jordan Peterson for the win

18 Jan 18 22:21:38 GMT


The IT Crowd remake

18 Jan 18 21:12:48 GMT

trollop: Not sure if remakes are wise, so many have failed to fly.

RIP - Peter Mayle

18 Jan 18 20:40:16 GMT

The Grim Reaper:


18 Jan 18 20:09:02 GMT

Lotti Fuehrscheim: The Germans call this storm Frederieke, that blew over the Netherlands today

Groningen wasn't hit seriously, she past just South of us.

A real hit and run storm.

NPR, how do you figure out tax on your REITs?

18 Jan 18 19:19:03 GMT


Basically MLPs and REITs don't pay tax but its shareholders do. Hence, it must pay out 90% of its income in the form of dividends to shareholders.

WoW gold is more valuable than the Venezuelan Bolivar

18 Jan 18 16:41:26 GMT


There was a story the other day about how Venezuelan banks will only allow you to withdraw Bs 10,000 a day (per government rule). But a coffee costs Bs 35,000

Can you guys explain something to me?

18 Jan 18 15:49:04 GMT

AlFranken: For years, Apple would not create any job in this country. It is one of the best hipster company on the planet. They kept saying we don't have enough smart and intelligent people for Apple to hire. We need to invest more money in education to train people in computer field for jobs. Obama went and have dinner with Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. Nothing happens.

Then Prez Trump came into office and helped passed 21% tax cut. All a sudden, Apple is now investing in America with 325 billion dollars.

WTF is wrong with this picture? Tim Cook and the rest of guys in Silicon Valley are full of shit!

US Gov shutdown

18 Jan 18 13:13:50 GMT

xampl9 (Moto phone): They'll close the national parks for dramatic effect.

But does Congress continue to get paid, when they aren't doing their job to pass a bill?

How can I filter out

18 Jan 18 07:27:14 GMT

Salviati: WF's posts?!?

And now your political entertainment instead of stocks trading.

18 Jan 18 02:52:53 GMT

AlFranken: The Trump Paradox This era’s most disliked president has produced a successful first year in office. By Daniel Henninger Jan. 17, 2018 7:09 p.m. ET What’s the difference between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump ? Mr. Zuckerberg saw that the destructive political forces set loose by social media were threatening the core of Facebook and made adjustments last week to protect his crown jewel. A Twitter account and the tides of media are undermining Mr. Trump’s presidency, but he’ll never adjust. Which leads us to the Trump Paradox: Donald Trump may be the most disliked president in the postwar era, even as he presides over one of the most solid first-year policy performances of that era, most notably a strengthening economy. (A colleague asked if by “postwar,” I meant World War II or the American Revolution.) For most of the first year, the Trump paradox didn’t matter much beyond the altered psychological state of his audience. Reacting to “Trump” became, like uncontrollable weather, a daily routine. But in Year Two, the story line is about to change. Everything in 2018 will be defined in terms of its effect on the November midterm election. Including any meeting with Dick Durbin. The phrase “political animal” was invented for people like Sen. Durbin. Lost down the Trump-Durbin you-know-what hole is a question: Why did Dick Durbin do it? The answer is inescapable: Sen. Durbin poisoned the well of the immigration negotiations. He instantly recognized that Democrats would gain more politically from public exposure of Mr. Trump’s private words than they would from any DACA deal. For Democrats, every waking moment has telescoped down to one thing: gaining control of the House in November. They have concluded, not without reason, that success at the polls will correlate directly to public dislike of Mr. Trump personally. For Sen. Durbin, the Trump expletive was a gift from the gods. As to the 800,000 dreamers who had a deal in sight at last Tuesday’s White House meeting, well, they can wait. If the Trump economic record was pouring out of a different, more agreeable vessel, the Democrats would be floating out to sea. Instead, Democrats and the nonsectarian Trump opposition are billing him as the apotheosis of evil, arguing that his personality and words discredit all his policy accomplishments—whether the historically low black unemployment rate of 6.8% that eluded Barack Obama or the defeat of an Islamic State that beheaded journalists on camera and sold Yazidi girls into sexual bondage. Teeing up Donald Trump as a cartoon villain is preposterous—but rational. Normally, politicians strive to enlarge the circles of empathy between themselves and the public. The empathy may be fake, but it’s necessary. Mr. Trump is uniquely content to limit his personal appeal. The Democratic “[...]

AlFranken: What do you think of this mobile home REIT?

18 Jan 18 01:55:20 GMT


In my opinion, this sector is the future of housing in America, as the price of conventional housing, already out of reach to many, continues to go up, while the average working American continues to experience erosion of real wages.

I support Prez Trump with this DACA deal.

18 Jan 18 01:40:03 GMT

Y: On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stated President Trump wants about $20 billion for wall funding and chain migration limited to the nuclear family in order to bless a DACA deal.

Anchor Bret Baier asked Kelly, “What does the president need to see on chain migration to bless a DACA deal?”

Kelly answered, “The president sees that we should control that — nuclear family, that people that qualify to come into the United States as immigrants, if they’re married, of course, their wife will come in. If they have minor children, the minor children will come in. But not the parents, not the extended families. So, that’s where he is right now. This is — you know, we can talk about this, but that’s where he is.”

Baier then asked how much would be needed for a border wall for Trump to okay a deal. Kelly answered it would be “about $20 billion.”

Kelly later said that “there’s no doubt in my mind” that there will be a DACA deal, “so long as men and women on both sides are willing to talk.”


brining back cash

18 Jan 18 00:21:05 GMT

asdfgh: > Besides dramatically lowering the standard corporate tax rate, the reforms offer a one-time break on cash being held overseas.

Apple plans to take advantage of that provision to bring back more than $250 billion in offshore cash, generating a tax bill of roughly $38 billion.

.......Since we give this break from time to time and the corporations are happy to wait. Why not give up and make the break on cash overseas permanent? No reason for the money to pile up oversea for decade. Inefficient.

How hard is it to become CFO of any company?

17 Jan 18 22:01:41 GMT

AlFranken: Anyone knows?

my portal T.B.D's

17 Jan 18 21:16:40 GMT

Glue On Glue: So I'm still working on the infra for my portal.

I am leaning toward a design and content that will resemble the "serious" ones (such as the nytimes)...

So the articles are going to be stored in DB in XML like structure. Article sorting will be by tags, categories and keywords.

The website itself will be divided to main section and their subsections.

Articles will be selected for version 1.0 by their date and category and assigned to a section or subsection of this portal.

Software wise a page will show links in a gallery style. So a piece of software will build the galleries.
==> class GalleryBuilder

An HTML page will display the gallery. When the user presses on a link to an article, a piece of software will fetch the xml.

==> class ArticleFetcher

Does it make sense? Is it good and sound design?

NPR, is it time to buy REIT stocks since they are beaten up

17 Jan 18 21:08:08 GMT

AlFranken: due to higher interest rate coming?

Welltower (HCN -1.6%), Ventas (VTR -2.3%), Healthcare Trust (HTA -1.3%), National Retail (NNN -1.1%), Essex Property (ESS -1.9%), Weingarten Realty (WRI -0.8%), Kite Realty (KRG -0.9%), Public Storage (PSA -1.1%), Gramercy Property (GPT -1.6%)

I have a list of stocks where I rotate in term of trading.

17 Jan 18 20:50:43 GMT

AlFranken: Anyone interested in getting this list of stocks? If you say yes, I'll post them on here. It isn't too long a list.

Most of us can't retire.

17 Jan 18 19:43:09 GMT

AlFranken: Ok, so that's fine advice for long-term investors with a lot of time before retirement. But what if you're only five to 10 years from needing to live off your portfolio, or already retired? Then your course of action depends on several factors, most notably your existing savings.

For example, if your retirement accounts amount to $500,000 and it's in a low risk, blue chip portfolio yielding 5%, then you're generating $25,000 a year in income. Assuming you get the average social security benefit ($15,216) after maxing out your benefit (retire at 70), then you're looking at just over $40,000 a year in income. If you're married and your spouse is also retired then it's about $55,500.

While that's not enough to live lavishly, it does mean that you are price insensitive, i.e. able to live 100% off a safe and exponentially growing income stream. Thus you're less at risk of panic selling during a crash, when there is literally no reason to as your income won't be affected.

What about people with a smaller portfolio? After all, the average 56 to 61-year-old family has just $163,577 in retirement savings. Many people expect to live off periodic selling of their portfolios, a la something like the 4% rule.

Sadly, the harsh reality is that there is simply no substitute for the kind of portfolio size that comes from a sufficient savings rate, or long enough time in the market. For example, if you and your spouse are looking to retire at 62, and have just $100,000 in retirement savings between the both of you, then the math just doesn't work out.

Lotti is right about hydrogen fuel?

17 Jan 18 19:24:29 GMT

AlFranken: "One kilo of hydrogen holds about 600 times more energy than a one-kilo lithium battery." That just about sums up the foolishness of battery vehicles.

CoT is being Spammed, apparently

17 Jan 18 19:05:52 GMT

SaveTheHubble: EOM

Ut oh, Telsa will be in trouble for sure.

17 Jan 18 18:41:46 GMT

AlFranken: Infiniti, the luxury brand of Japanese automaker Nissan, will start phasing out gas-powered vehicles in 2021 and switch to “all electrified” models, the maker’s new CEO Hiroto Saikawa said Tuesday afternoon.

Making an appearance at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit — his first in the U.S. since succeeding Carlos Ghosn as Nissan Motor Co. CEO last April — Saikawa also suggested that the Euro-Asian Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance could look to add a fourth partner.

“Infiniti will have a specific focus on electrification,” said Saikawa, adding, “We are trying to position Infiniti as the premier electrified brand” as part of the five-year Nissan business plan that will extend through 2022.

So what do you say? Do we have the US gov shut down this weekend

17 Jan 18 18:38:34 GMT

AlFranken: It will be interesting. The stock market has been doing crazy thing. It went up yesterday 200+ points. Then dropped to give up most of the gain. Today it went up again at 268 points. It is like roller coaster ride.

Wabi has been bragging. Can we all brag? What can you brag?

17 Jan 18 18:15:31 GMT

AlFranken: What was your success in 2017?

Which TV channel give you 24/7 news with no opinion?

17 Jan 18 16:56:04 GMT

AlFranken: I remember in the 80s CNN used to give you the news. Now every channel is about spewing their opinions.

I think Japanese NHK or something like that gives out news with no discussion. However, it is predominantly news about Asia and Japan.

Interesting green energy discussions.

17 Jan 18 15:03:41 GMT

AlFranken: Person A:

"To have any kind of a manufacturing base you must have the lowest cost energy. "
And also low cost labor, which is only in ....China, Vietnam, etc....
The lowest cost to make electricity is....wind.
As more windmills are built, more solar cells are put on roof, and more energy storage is put in strategic places, then.....the grid goes green and everyone goes electric. That would be the cheapest energy solution available.
15 years it will happen.

Person B:

And how do you store energy for the night and winter ? Sometimes there is no wind for weeks. You need 3 Terawatthours per day. Lithium can store 0.2kwh per kilogram. Do the maths. You need 15 million tons of batteries for EACH day. Lithium extraction per year is like 50k tons lol.

Some maths. USA electricity generation is 4000Twh per year. It means you need 26 billions solar panels to produce the same thing over a year. It's a square of 300x300 miles. It's like covering entire Michigan, turning it all black.

4 in 10 Republicans consider accurate news stories ...

17 Jan 18 12:44:58 GMT

libtard_uk: Four in 10 Republicans consider accurate news stories that cast a politician or political group in a negative light to always be “fake news.”

17% for Democrats, it seems the truth really does have a left wing bias.

A world without Ruseman/ Wayne M / Somebody

17 Jan 18 11:24:38 GMT

Lose the Ruse!: > In 2016, the island nation’s police reported 135 total days without any crimes including snatch-theft, house break-ins and robbery. That low crime rate means many small businesses enjoy little concern about shoplifting.

In fact, as CNBC recently observed, many local businesses take few precautions when closing shop at night.

For instance, in the ground floor lobby of a mixed-use building in the downtown business district, many shops don’t have windows, locks — or even doors.

Marcel de Graaf nails it

17 Jan 18 10:27:28 GMT


What do you think of NuoDb?

17 Jan 18 09:49:18 GMT

Johnny Ekstrom: Do you think it will kill SQL Server?

I want them from anywhere...

17 Jan 18 09:19:21 GMT

Donald Trump: ...but merit based.

How am I being racist?

Worried about rape accusations? - We have an app for that

17 Jan 18 08:13:59 GMT

Zap: Now with added blockchain:

extremely shitty "nukes coming!" menu design

17 Jan 18 02:38:41 GMT

Reality Check:

Image of the "menu" which is a list of links on a web page for them to click to let the people know to watch out for road conditions, or take cover due to nukes.

I could massively improve this UI very very very easily. As could anyone who isn't a fucking retard.

Problem isn't bad design, it's no design. They are just adding entries to a web page. They aren't even bothering to alphabetize or characterize any of it.


I think Wabi should take some jobs just for fun like in the show

17 Jan 18 02:06:29 GMT

Y: Dirty Jobs.

1. Harvesting lettuces out in California.
2. Fishing in Alaska.
3. Mining for gold in Alaska.

You are welcome to add to the list.

Sodium benzoate and Potassium sorbate. I keep seeing these in

17 Jan 18 01:16:12 GMT

Y: processed food. Are they safe?

stocks doing great!

16 Jan 18 23:35:38 GMT

Reality Check: My quarterly portfolio statement arrived today.


Suck it haters. Fuck all y'all haters.


What will BTC be at by Sunday at midnight?

16 Jan 18 21:53:43 GMT

Simulacrum: Make your guesses!

I'll say 8500 USD

Illinois, you need to recall your senator!

16 Jan 18 21:05:29 GMT

AlFranken: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says his sole focus in Congress is making sure illegal aliens are given amnesty to remain permanently in the United States.
In comments on Monday, Durbin said it is illegal aliens, not his Illinois constituents, who he is working “full time” and around the clock for.

Durbin said:

Listen, politics ain’t beanbag. When you get into tough, complicated, contentious issues, sometimes rhetoric gets very fiery. If you don’t have a tough skin, this is not a good business to get into. I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting. I’m focused on one thing — not that meeting — but on making sure that those who are being protected by DACA and eligible for the DREAM Act have a future in America. I am focused on that full time. [Emphasis added]

Ann Coulter should be an honorary CoT mod

16 Jan 18 20:14:28 GMT

Wabi-sabi: "I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

"Why not go to war just for oil? We need oil. What do Hollywood celebrities imagine fuels their private jets? How do they think their cocaine is delivered to them?"

"There is a growing body of evidence that radiation in excess of what the government says are the minimum amounts you should be exposed to are actually good for you and reduce cases of cancer."

I could've posted any one of these under a realSockPuppetGuy alt and it would've fit perfectly.  He would even think it was something he posted himself while he was drunk last night.

Ethnicity in historical dramas

16 Jan 18 20:07:57 GMT

Grumpy Old Git: There seems to be a lot of fuss being made over a person of colour playing the role of Achilles in a forthcoming BBC drama.

Could Achilles have been black? (I really have no idea, Greece isn't that far from Africa, classic scripts don't usually bother mentioning such trivia).

Does it matter anyway? It is acting after all.

Was Brad Pitt's portrayal any more realistic?

Margaret Atwood nails it

16 Jan 18 19:30:30 GMT

Grumpy Old Git: The feminists are going to hate her for this:

The Axis powers make the best cars

16 Jan 18 17:28:30 GMT

^xFrCM6k)Z"87Dn": Axis:

Merc, BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Alfa...


Horrendous American shit, God-awful French crap, British mostly bullshit and Russians make absolutely nothing, except awful Lada and Zil which can't even be classed as cars.

Another book you should read.

16 Jan 18 17:09:03 GMT

AlFranken: What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions—the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail—are degenerating. With characteristic verve and historical insight, Ferguson analyzes the causes of this stagnation and its profound consequences for the future of the West. The Great Degeneration is an incisive indictment of an era of negligence and complacency—and to arrest the breakdown of our civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

Tell me about Britain. Where is the best place to live?

16 Jan 18 17:03:43 GMT

AlFranken: I was watching some British program about collecting debt. It is insane that they will come and take away useless stuff like TVs, computers, stereos, and so on when the court orders you to pay debt. I can see car as valuable but TVs or Computers? These things aren't worth a dime.

Frenzied knife attack in hospital

16 Jan 18 16:55:45 GMT


Funny how every description is 'a man in a sunglasses and a hoodie'.

The guy has been arrested

No name
No description
No ethnicity
No religion

...but mysteriously, they know his age.

A model immigrant.

16 Jan 18 15:45:54 GMT

AlFranken: We need more like him.

Bitcoin advantage: be your own banker

16 Jan 18 13:09:12 GMT


You have full control over your transfers, and even get to say how much in transfer fees you're prepared to pay!

Spectre/Meltdown patch out today (KB4056892)

16 Jan 18 09:47:24 GMT

Zaq: My PCs are reporting the update today.

There have been reports of this patch hanging up AMD PCs.

Serious business advice #2

16 Jan 18 07:46:49 GMT

Io: Allright, here's the catch. There's a government program here called "start-up nation 2018" which offers subsidies for newly created companies up to $50,000.
There are various criteria for eligibility but information technology gets the highest score. And one must hire two juniors (fresh out of college) and keep them employed for two years.
That makes roughly $1000 / month per employee as gross figure. Net income is half of that and at $500 / month you can't hire a cook or construction worker, let alone a software developer.
And those money don't include cost of renting an office. I could cover that with about $500 / month ... or think about remote work but I'm really not sure about that especially with juniors.

China HATES The Last Jedi

16 Jan 18 05:09:16 GMT

Reality Check: After 7 days in the theatre, nearly all CHinese theatres have dropped The Last Jedi:

> Chinese moviegoers have rejected Star Wars: The Last Jedi like a bad liver transplant. The film earned just $27 million in its debut last weekend, less than one-third of the $87 million that the low-budget rom-com Ex-File 3 earned in its second frame, and it added only $7 million during the week, to reach a distressingly low total of $34.2 million in its first 7 days.

So what's going on?

Chinese people say the movie is absolutely fucking retarded, so much so that it "insults their IQ". They also complain that the characters are mostly ugly old people and there are no attractive stars in the film.

Well they are not wrong on either count. The movie was completely retarded, and the actors really were ugly.

Be a lion in your life!

16 Jan 18 00:30:35 GMT

Y: An African proverb, the story of the Lion and the Gazelle has long been a source of inspiration for Tony Maglica, and continues to inspire MagLite today.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle awakens. He has only one thought on his mind: To be able to run faster than the fastest lion. If he cannot, then he will be eaten.

Every morning in Africa a lion awakens. He has only one thought on his mind: To be able to run faster than the slowest gazelle. If he cannot, he will die of hunger.

Whether you choose to be a gazelle or a lion is of no consequence. It is enough to know that with the rising of the sun, you must run. And you must run faster than you did yesterday or you will die.

This is the race of life

Shithole hearing

15 Jan 18 23:56:18 GMT

BxB: > Here’s one thing that occurs to me. When I first heard about the “shithole” meeting at the White House I thought it was a bipartisan meeting. Technically it was. But my understanding now is that there was only one Democrat there: Dick Durbin (D-IL). He went there with Lindsey Graham. But there were a handful of other Republican senators already there. Would we have ever heard about this if a Democrat hadn’t been in the room?


15 Jan 18 23:50:45 GMT


Words fail me.

Disabling air bag

15 Jan 18 21:59:36 GMT

Wabi-sabi: This is most likely a Legion or a Mountain_Dewd question!

Suppose you have a vehicle that's affected by that Takata air bag recall, but the nearest service center for your vehicle is hundreds of miles away and you're never going to drive there.

Since the air bag in this car is more dangerous than the safety it's providing, can it be reasonably disabled by unplugging the human-sitting-here sensor under the passenger seat?

Of course there's still an air bag in the car and it could still be tripped somehow, but I assume that unplugging the sensor is some slight improvement over leaving it connected.  I understand it's important to disconnect the battery first before playing with the connector.

Any other side effects to driving with it this way?  Other than the airbag lamp permanently showing on the dashboard?

Legal pot

15 Jan 18 18:40:42 GMT


We show that the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) leads to a decrease in violent crime in states that border Mexico. The reduction in crime is strongest for counties close to the border (less than 350 kilometres) and for crimes that relate to drug trafficking. In addition, we find that MMLs in inland states lead to a reduction in crime in the nearest border state. Our results are consistent with the theory that decriminalisation of the production and distribution of marijuana leads to a reduction in violent crime in markets that are traditionally controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organisations.