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Comment: Re: pro government insanity (Score 1) 133 133

That's why I went ahead and bought my house now, with a fixed low-rate loan, and am paying more than the minimum so that I can (hopefully) have it paid off before the next bubble bursts. I was dumbfounded when I found out that my loan was sold within the first month...absolutely nothing has been done to prevent this sort of corruption, and I fear that because the general populace has no understanding of macroeconomics, there will never be anything done about it. I guess if you can't beat em...try to make sure they can't beat you either.

Comment: Re:pro government insanity (Score 3, Informative) 133 133

Buddy, I strongly recommend you turn off Fox news for a moment and consider the way the bubble was actually formed. (Forgive me if you're not a Fox news watcher...but your post is characteristic of the rhetorical malarkey they spread...) Big banks bought up "sub-prime" mortgages from small lenders at a massive discount. These lenders wanted to dump the loans anyway, because they were forced to lend to people who couldn't afford homes. The big banks packaged large groups of loans and called them "assets" - then sold portions of those "assets" back to the small banks and lenders, and on the international market. Now, technically, that's legal - anticipated income can be considered an asset. However, many of these loans that were part of the packages were already in default. This made the assets "toxic" - if the banks held on to them, they'd lose money, but as long as they didn't foreclose, they could claim the asset. So, each time they repackaged these mortgages, they were able to falsely inflate their reported earnings. THAT's what made it seem like there was actually more money than there really was. Couple that with the fact that by buying up the mortgages, the value of homes was artificially inflated as well. People had to invest more in their property in order to become homeowners. When the market crashed, and property values plummeted, those investments deflated or disappeared. THAT's why we had a recession. The "fake money" talk is nothing more than a failure to understand the function of a "fiat" currency - and we don't have space here for a course on global economics.

Comment: Re:What's AAA ? (Score 1) 170 170

It's relatively common knowledge for those in or interested in the gaming industry. It means very expensive, very large games with a large staff and long development time. These games are usually produced by a smaller company, and published by a major distributor. A counter to AAA titles would be "indie" games, which usually means that they're both produced and published by the same people, or at least that the producing company is not under contract for publishing.

Comment: Propaganda everywhere!! (Score 2) 1089 1089

Obama said that mandatory voting would change the political landscape, but that it would be a temporary solution. He went on to say that he'd prefer a constitutional amendment that clearly defined the role of money in politics. Propaganda from the people with money who don't want to lose control...that's all this CNN article amounts to.

Comment: Re:Heat gun (Score 1) 304 304

I'm sorry, but you're highly unlikely to be able to see that deeply under a cpu or gpu, given that when they're soldered on they're usually 5 or 6 rows of solder points deep. Trying to see that far under the chip from the edge of the board would be a nightmare, especially since you'd need to see all sides of each and every joint.

Comment: Re:Heat gun (Score 1) 304 304

No. No. Unequivocally no. Do not attempt to repair cracked solder joints using a heat gun. The movement of the air will shift the chip when the solder melts, and will likely cause bridges which will short the chip and destroy it. The oven is much safer; there is at least no air movement. However, the safest method for repairing this requires an x-ray machine, as there is no other way to safely check the solder joints.

Comment: IT is tough like that... (Score 1) 2 2

Tech pros have access to essentially everything. We have to know the ins and outs of every piece of software, have access to everyone's user accounts, and access to all storage locations. Because of that, we have to maintain strict confidentiality. It's best to keep that information to yourself, educate users on best practices, and ensure that proper procedures for security are followed.

Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.