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  1. 7 hours ago, Tom05 said:

    I’m optimistic , right now we’re seeing a  steep steep very steep rise in Covid cases , that will be followed by a very very steep decline in cases , after which a very high percentage of the population will have a reasonable level of immunity...

     

    This used to be conventional thought.

  2. 6 hours ago, oldtimer said:

    In no way were they underrated.  At least among musicians.  Close to the Edge, btw, is often the top and always in the top 5 of best prog lp's of all time.

    I am a Yes fan, but Close to the Edge doesn't do it for me.  I think their best album is Album.  Fragile is next.  After those 2, there's not a whole lot left. 

     

    Of course 90125 is in its own sphere.  It, too, is a great album.

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  3. On 12/8/2021 at 2:05 PM, opusk2k9 said:

    Latest Gil update:

     

    Gil is still hospitalized.  He is eating normally and is off oxygen, but is still paralyzed on his left side.  Mentally he is pretty good, but there are some gaps and things he is confused about.

     

    He will be going to a rehab facility soon and will be there for three to four months.  What happens after that depends on how much progress he makes during rehab, but it is unlikely that he will be able to live on his own.

    A guy I knew had a stroke, and he said it is important to comply with therapy 100%, no matter how dumb or monotonous many of the exercises can seem.  Good luck, Gil!

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  4. Does anyone recognize a pattern?  I think we should just categorize this thread as, "Discussion #2," and rather than hash it out in long form every 2-4 weeks, somebody could just post a thread titled, "Discussion #2."  We'd all know in advance where it was headed, so it could be closed before the first reply, and nobody would miss anything.

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  5. 1 hour ago, oldtimer said:

    The economic definition is a speculative asset with no underlying intrinsic value.

     

    Other people have tried to explain it to me, and I have read on it.  Still, I cannot find that magic thing that says, "Here's the value."  What it sounds like is a pyramid scheme. 

     

    As long as people put their money into it, it has value.  That much is true.

     

    On the other hand, stocks have constraints based on performance, measured by revenues, growth, margins, free cash flow, etc.  Crypto has none of that.  For that reason, stocks are something which are much easier to understand.  However, even then, I have reservations on the ones which don't pay dividends.  Sure, you can read up all about how well a company has performed, but it will pay you nothing, and it will keep paying nothing forever (I realize they can change dividend policy).  What is the value of an income stream of $0?  Still, people buy them and put their faith in them, giving them value.

     

    I just don't know anymore...

     

     

  6. 10 hours ago, Oicu812 said:

     

    The software actually stores all of the data to another drive in real time, in the background.  Make sure your machine is on a battery UPS type system so that a brown out or power loss doesn't affect your desktop.

     

    I set up the ram drive to store it's own image file on the 5 SSD drive array.  That drive array is faster than everything else in my system, even the directly connected M.2 drive.  So the image file is continuously updates in real time.  In theory, nothing is lost.  I pulled the power on the machine as a test, and everything was good when it came back up.

    What about if the machine freezes, and the only thing you can do is to reboot?

  7. 1 hour ago, Oicu812 said:

     

    Wise words.

     

    My goal with this machine was to "spec out" with an eye towards lasting a decade or more.  I doubt that ten years from now I will still feel the need to play the latest and greatest, and to be honest this machine should be good for the rest of my life (at my age and level of health).  Future income can go towards picking up those Klipsch pieces that I definitely want to experience.

     

    I am intrigued by the RAM drive, but I know little about its stability.  I know if you shut off the machine, RAM is toast.  I know they must have safety features to prevent data loss, but how vulnerable is a RAM drive to data loss, despite these safety features?

     

    I do legal work, which includes a lot of drafting and commenting on documents every day.  An unlucky "blip" for me would not be good.

  8. On 11/18/2021 at 11:36 AM, dirtmudd said:

    I will stick to a Amazon fire tablet..

    I have Chase tech before... no thanks... by the time you buy it..

     

    it becomes ...it's To late this model is out of date...

     

     

     

    This is true if you buy a mid or lower grade machine.  Performance will drop off as software installation and updates start building a lot of bloat.  I used to buy $599 computers, too, but the last few times, I went with the latest high performance CPU, plenty of RAM and an SSD.  I get years out of them.  

     

    Intel i-7's have been out a good, long time, and they are still fast in relation to almost everything else.

     

    I am sometimes tempted to get an i-9, but I can wait.  IMO, $1,200 buys a really good computer.  Avid gamers will want much more.

     

     

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  9. 21 hours ago, Rivervalleymgb said:

    May be an image of text that says 'English is difficult. It can be understood through tough, thorough thought, though.'

     

    At school we learned that the word "fish" is spelled GHOTI.

    GH as in enouGH
    O as in wOmen
    TI as in naTIon

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  10. When I was young, many of my friends and I were allowed to run the streets and play in the fields, etc.  Most parents seem too nervous to allow that these days.  So, what's a kid left to do?

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  11. 4 hours ago, Coytee said:

    Miss Jane Hathaway

     

    Speaking of her, I was recently watching some episodes, and it occurred to me that Frazier's character is based on hers.  Compare how they speak.

  12. 22 minutes ago, Marvel said:

    I get freshly ground almond butter... no suger or other oils added (except what they might use in the roasting).

    I had some really good snack bar treats which used almond butter.  But when I made an AB&J, instead of a PB&J, sandwich, it wasn't that good.  Kind of "yuck!"

  13. 2 hours ago, Tarheel said:

    Try Jif after Peter Pan and it's like a veil has been lifted.

     

    I thought Peter Pan was the best until I was challenged to a blind taste test.  Jif won.  I was convinced.

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  14. Just now, jimjimbo said:

    Or try practicing without morals or ethics, and see how far that gets you.

    I agree.  That's true in life for everyone.

  15. 50 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

    LOL.  The hunt and peck approach. 

    Tell me you're not serious.  LOL!  That's the way laws are generally made.

  16. 46 minutes ago, geezin' said:

    There was a time when that earned respect. Just another piece of paper these days.

    Try practicing without a license, and see how far that gets you.

  17. 45 minutes ago, oldtimer said:

    LOL.  The hunt and peck approach.  But otherwise, let's keep the rest of fascist policy in place.  You can be fired for anything else.  You're killing me man!  Smiling big time.  Human rights!  Best entertainment in a while, thanks.

    Somehow, you've changed.  You strike me now as a defeatist without an opinion (other than everyone else's opinion is hypocritical or uninformed).

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  18. 1 minute ago, oldtimer said:

    so how exactly do you propose to change these heinous laws that allow employers to be rather, well, fascist?

    Well, we could start with one simple change.  "Thou shalt not fire an employee for refusing to take the jab."  

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