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Comment Re:Biggest NOT fake news you should know... apk (Score 1) 164

In case anyone was wondering exactly which books this APK is referring to for the Occult / Conspiracy readers ...

Manley Palmer Hall, Secret Teaching of All Ages, or Kindle edition

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Since it was originally published in 1871 you can find it on Project Gutenberg

Madame Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

Annie Besant, The Ancient Wisdom

Personally, I wouldn't bother with any of these except the Manley's P. Hall which is an excellent compendium -- especially the original over-sized print version. The full sub-title is "An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed Within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of All Ages". LOL. He actually does a decent job summarizing these.

We now return you to your pointless circle-jerk between Microshaft, Crapple, Linsucks, Bitcoin, etc. ...

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Apostle Paul the Murder, noun, murderer of Stephen, corruptor of The Way, attempted murderer of James. Why do you people listen to his garbage ego again??

Comment Re:two-edged sword (Score 2) 33

$20/month is definitely a sweet price for unlimited streaming!

As an audiophile I still refuse to use a streaming service. There are number of reasons for that:

* Compared to the 90's when I used to buy a ton of CD's my music purchases for the past 5 years has slowly dwindling. iTunes seems to fit the bit of convenience for the odd purchase I make these days.

* Part of the reason is that I'm still debating whether to upgrade to Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL (ELectroStatics) when my current audio setup is "good enough."

* I've actually been going through all my monthly expenses and finding that in the end most of them just aren't used enough to justify it. I'd rather put the month towards other things.

Sadly, there is no cure for an audiophile -- except to make peace with yourself. LOL.

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"When I die I hope my wife sells my speakers for what they are worth, not what I told her I paid for them!"

Comment Re:And you apparently do not understand calculus (Score 1) 281

OTOH, taxation based on income treats everyone the same regardless of whether they spend their money wisely or foolishly.

So people who took advantage of the opportunities available to them should have to pay more taxes, while others who had exactly the same opportunities but choose not to exploit them should have to pay lower taxes and qualify more easily for government aid?

Taxation based on income does not treat everyone the same. Those who take better advantage of the opportunities that come their way are penalized compared to others who let those same opportunities pass by but were equally wise or foolish in spending what money they did earn.

Comment Re:Every Antivirus has done this. (Score 1) 59

> they bought rav from gecad in '03, and giant antispyware in '04. those turned into onecare (later mse) and defender, respectively.

Yup, those were Microsoft Acquisitions #72 and #77, respectively.

Number Date Company Business Country Value (USD) References
72 June 10, 2003 GeCAD Software Antivirus technology Romania $???,??? [93]
77 December 16, 2004 GIANT Company Software Anti-spyware United States $???,??? [98]

Submission + - Oregon fines man for writing a complaint email stating "I am an engineer..." (vice.com) 2

pogopop77 writes: In September 2014, Mats Järlström, an electronics engineer living in Beaverton, Oregon, sent an email to the state's engineering board. The email claimed that yellow traffic lights don't last long enough, which "puts the public at risk." "I would like to present these facts for your review and comments," he wrote. This email resulted not with a meeting, but with a threat from The Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying stating "ORS 672.020(1) prohibits the practice of engineering in Oregon without registration — at a minimum, your use of the title 'electronics engineer' and the statement 'I'm an engineer' create violations." In January of this year, Järlström was officially fined $500 by the state for the crime of "practicing engineering without being registered."

Comment Re: Unimpressive performance. (Score 1) 140

Thanks for the SSD link -- I didn't realize they were back in the '50's as well ! That makes sense though -- the price was just through the roof.

> it looks like a decent SSD will cost around $0.35/GB, and HDD around $0.035. That's 10x the price for technology that's nearly half as old.

Your analysis matches my findings too. Back in 2013 I noted they were around $0.75 / GB.

i.e.

In 2011 prices were around $1.20/GB for SSDs, and around $0.33 for a high performance HD.

SSD: $145 Intel 320 SSD 120 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

HDD: $280 Velociraptor 600 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

HDD: $100 Velociraptor 300 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

It is kind of funny to see the Velociraptor 300 GB still selling today -- in 2017 is $48 = $0.16/GB, and the 600 GB at $0.19/GB !

Back in 2010, SSD prices were $2.14/GB

$274 128 GB
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...

Gotta love Technology and Capitalism ! :-)

Submission + - Why Did Google Really Block A Guerrilla Fighter In The Ad War? (fastcompany.com)

tedlistens writes: Google's decision to ban the Chrome plug-in AdNauseum due to a violation of its "single purpose policy"—shortly after the app began supporting the EFF's new Do Not Track standard—was only the latest salvo in an ongoing war over online advertising. The ad industry knows that ads are a nuisance, and it's now taking pre-emptive measures to make them more palatable—or, in Google's case, to block the unpalatable ones. But Google's positions also point to a crucial disagreement at the heart of the ad war: What makes ads such a nuisance to begin with?

Ads aren't just ugly, annoying, and bandwidth-sucking: They pose a risk to privacy, as the networks of software behind ads—cookies, trackers, and malware—watch not only where you go on the web but, through your phone and your purchases, what you do in real life. But privacy is largely missing from Google's discussion of problematic ads, says Howe. By avoiding mentioning AdNauseum's actual intent, Google's explanation for banning it echoes the advertising industry's discussion of web ads, which focuses on aesthetics rather than privacy.

Comment Re:Ontario, largest subnational debtor on the plan (Score 1) 488

OK, so the government owes us money. So what's the problem?

The problem is that any repayment you receive on that loan will be coming from the taxpayers, i.e. from you. That's great (for you) if you happen to hold an exceedingly large portfolio of government bonds, so that the net interest you receive fully offsets your taxes. Otherwise it's a net loss. From the average taxpayer's point of view it's simply bad debt, along the lines of buying consumer goods with a credit card and continually applying for more credit rather than paying it off each month.

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