* Posts by Eddy Ito

3092 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Let's not forget the sites, like some banks, who implement this policy then limit you to 10 characters or less.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: Pedanting...

"only 60 per cent believed that science has more benefits than downsides"

Has anyone actually produced a comprehensive list of both the benefits and the downsides, and therefore determined which list is longer?

TBD, it depends on whether we co-exist with dinosaurs. Now then, I've ordered some T-rex DNA from a 'mr goodbytes' on ebay. Does anyone happen to know where I could get a fresh ostrich egg?

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NINETY PER CENT of Java blackhats migrate to footling Flash

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Re: Basic Flash player

Isn't that what video in HTML 5 is supposed to be for?

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Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

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Re: Any Way Back?

I tend to agree. AMD are overly focused in the same way that Palm made the fatal mistake of locking their focus onto riding the back of iTunes.

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Any interesting voting trend changes since the machines were put into use? What kind of changes? Oh I don't know, near unanimous votes to triple the salary of the county IT guy every few years maybe.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: once again

I'm sure the LAPD will get to the bottom of this.

Thanks elDog, that's quite the knee slapper.

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Not broken

If they were broken the kids would have been instructed to return the broken iPads so they could be evaluated for repair/exchange/spare parts. They were almost assuredly lost, as in I lost something on ebay but I wasn't too sad since I also found a few dollars on ebay at the same time.

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Re: Good for them

Don't forget the nice professors who force their own textbook on their students and release updated editions every few years.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: "Sir Jony's juice"

@AC LMFTFY

"... sure I accept some people want to be able to repair their own machine once it's out of warranty but most others are resigned to the fact that the manufacturer or a specialist company has do it."

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: JustNiz

I'm having a hard time figuring out how JustNiz finds the headline to be misleading. It quite clearly says that "open source Linux devs" are locked out not Linux users and the article correctly points out that there are proprietary drivers from Nvidia for those users.

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Segway bought by former patent spat adversary Ninebot

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Re: I must be missing something

Seems easy enough, the iBot was Fred Upstairs after Fred Astaire and shortened to simply Fred. The Segway came after and was called Ginger, presumably for Ginger Rogers. I agree that the sentence is a bit awkward and certainly doesn't explain where Mary Ann and the seven dwarfs fit in.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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@ x 7

Well given you're the bullshit expert I'll have to cede to your far more advanced knowledge of linguistic diarrhea and looking stupid.

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I'm sure they can clearly ID your xenophobic redneck logic as faulty since you're probably also unable to wrap your head around the whole trusting trust issue, assuming you understand what that is. Perhaps a review of the names on quite a few of the chip design patents that Intel has might elucidate things for you.

Oh, y'all might want to stay in the shade there boy, that red neck o' yours is about ready to burn clean through son. Don't worry, as red as your neck is your skin headed brethren is still mighty proud of ya and you can take this Nip's word on that.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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@AC Re: Strike 1 of three? @Eddy Ito

Oh, don't misunderstand I'm not defending cops since I know personally that a whole bunch of them have that super-cop chip on the shoulder and 'everyone is a perp who just hasn't been caught' attitude. I'm all in favor of putting cameras on cops because it generally makes the cop less likely to escalate a situation when they feel they've been dissed. Heck, cameras on mobile phones are showing that some cops think they can get away with murder so it's pretty clear we need something to watch the watchers.

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Re: Strike 1 of three? @chriswakey

Perhaps you should look up what being arrested for being "drunk in public" means, it's hardly having a drink or two too many and wandering home. Here, let me save you the time.

(f) Who is found in any public place under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, controlled substance, or toluene, in a condition that he or she is unable to exercise care for his or her own safety or the safety of others, or by reason of his or her being under the influence of intoxicating liquor, any drug, controlled substance, toluene, or any combination of any intoxicating liquor, drug, or toluene, interferes with or obstructs or prevents the free use of any street, sidewalk, or other public way.

Basically it means being so drunk you're staggering about recklessly causing a hazard to yourself or the general public or passed out in the streets. No, can't say I've ever done that. Passed out in private when I was a kid just experimenting with alcohol once but I grew out of it after the ensuing hangover, porcelain prayers and my pop ensuring I got to 'enjoy' every minute of it.

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Re: Prison is about 45% effective

@Loyal Commenter - Don't forget that a good portion of that population is for drug users who get busted with little more than a spliff as a result of one of the myriad Wars on Nouns and the easiest way to rack up numbers is to patrol the poorer neighborhoods and roust anyone with more than a tan to make sure they aren't picking up a politically connected person's kid making a buy.

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Re: Strike 1 of three? @chriswakey

So the Pizza Boy, who was 27, apparently with a long rap sheet, when he was convicted of stealing pizza (which is oddly categorized as felony petty theft, yes really it's both a felony and petty) from children served five years to get out at about 32 years old and is now roughly 48. Oddly between the ages of 32 and 48 he has managed to get arrested twice.

Sure, he hasn't stolen anything or killed anybody since he's been out but when the hell is this joker going to grow the fuck up? Most of us learned about the time we turned 18 that the world isn't out to get us but it sure isn't going to put up with any of our juvenile shit any more than we're going to put up with anyone else's juvenile shit. Who knows, maybe he isn't a bad guy and he just caught some bad breaks but there comes a time when he has to stop feeling sorry for himself and get on with it.

Williams says the three-strikes law was never meant for someone like him, despite his record, and that he would be determined to stay straight even without the threat of a life sentence. But without a job, he fears he might one day slip up.

Slip up? If he's talking about breaking laws then he can cry me a river. Do what lots of other people do when they can't find a job and make one.

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Xiaomi's birthday present to itself: Flogging 2m phones in 12 hours

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How is Xiaomi doing in their own country?

Reports indicate they are first in China and third globally. It seems they only recently got into the Indian market so it's possible that they could move up the scale this year and if the product is good enough they might just expand their margins a tad on getting into the western markets.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

There are other uses for phone NFCs?

The tags are what convinced me that NFC was useful. The one in my car turns on BT and GPS, turns off WiFi and pairs the phone with the radio. Likewise the tag just in the front door of the house reverses those settings while the one in the bedroom puts it in "bedside mode" and turns on the alarm. The tag in the office toggles the ringtone to a more workplace friendly tone and volume and turns off BT, GPS and WiFi to save battery. Sure, I could probably do the same thing using location based services but to me NFC seems to be a better solution.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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@AC, the first mistake was giving the poor child a Social Security Number. It isn't mandatory but few people realize that it is an opt-in situation. The IRS want's everyone to get a SSN when they are born to get their hooks in as soon as possible but it's probably the worst possible decision a parent can make for their child. Sure, it gives the parents a tax write-off but the kid won't have a need for one for many years if ever, as in your son's case. Why is it a bad idea? Because in the US everyone uses the damn SSN for everything. Essentially, it defines you - well, not you precisely but a legitimate person in the eyes of the financial world and they are more than stupid enough to hand over huge sums of money to nearly anyone who has a valid number. What better number to use than one that isn't going to be missed for a decade or more?

Fortunately, given the nine digit base and current US population, it can't go on forever unless they create a wonderful new system like they did for zip codes. SSN+4 anyone?

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Re: Methanol

Clearly they can't operate it in the 2.4 GHz band since that runs the risk of having the lawnmower develop "a thing" for the microwave oven and the last thing we need is the autonomous radiation spitting mechanical samurai hellspawn that would undoubtedly be the result of such a union.

If only there was a way of creating some sort of invisible fence by some simple means like laying a wire in the ground.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Next week...

Funny, last week it was TM 31-210. For those who don't know it's the US Army's Improvised Munitions Handbook.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: "'Receptacle' is Americanese for electrical wall sockets."

I think it's actually a local dialect thing rather than Americanese. While I've heard the term it seems wall socket or power outlet is more common. Somewhat like the whole sub/hero/hoagie/grinder/? sandwich thing.

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Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

Nobody wants spend the money to move the roughly 200,000 miles of cable in the US grid underground. We'll have to wait until it's attacked by terrorists enough times to get funding from the congresscritters. Oddly, no matter how many times the power grid being vulnerable to terrorists (PDF) is mentioned there doesn't seem to be any interest in attacking wires.

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Lightning level voltage would have no problem flashing over to the nearest object, such as the tower, and on to ground. Remember, it's already flashed over quite a way from the heavens to the wire, jumping the last bit is trivial.

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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Ah... we're almost back to the J. Edgar Hoover era again when it comes to manipulating politicians.

Almost? I'd swear we crossed that bridge with Stellar Wind quite a while ago.

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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in fact, even Windows 8 will not run them unless users take advantage of a free upgrade to Windows 10.

How's that again? Isn't that kind of like saying XP won't run them unless folks pay for an upgrade to Windows 10? I mean the old OS isn't actually running them the new OS is, no?

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Scientists splice mammoth genes into unsuspecting elephant

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Re: Animal made from ancient degraded DNA released into the wild

Nah, it'll be OK. They've made them lysine deficient. Nature won't find a way round that.

Lysine?! Oh shit, I spliced in cat DNA because I thought you said to make them taurine deficient.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

I don't see it as terrorism. It's just a threat. Moreover it's a threat against a group of folks who are quite likely highly trained and skilled in the use of firearms and this threat will almost assuredly guarantee those folks a concealed carry permit if they so choose even in restrictive places like California or New Jersey. Threats don't generally terrorize people and in fact do just the opposite, more threats is just like crying wolf in a post "threat level orange" world.

Terrorism is what John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were doing a bit over a decade ago. Of course no self respecting jihadist would take that path because the publicity isn't right. What good does it do if you actually kill random folks but remain anonymous? If you don't do your best to remain anonymous then you don't last very long and as the Boston Marathon bombers proved, trying to stay hidden doesn't always work either and in six months the rest of the nation is respectfully back to 'meh'.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: He missed the main problem...

"... because people could easily recognize it as a camera pointed towards them. Give it 5 years..."

Hiding cameras isn't a problem. A quick look on the web shows several that are either designed as concealed or could be so quite simply. Camera glasses, pens, key fob, watch, hat, shirt button, etc. all for about $25. No, the camera wasn't likely the problem it was more likely to be the glasshole operator.

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Dread Pirate Roberts' first mate Peter Nash faces life behind bars

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Re: ".. faces life behind bars.. "

It's the magic theory of drug war crime in the US where once you reach a paltry amount of contraband you might as well go whole hog and fill the entire shipping container. Even murder has differing rates depending on the circumstances but drug warriors know no tolerance to degree. Of course it's all getting a bit ridiculous when making like a bear in the Californian woods can make you a sex offender for life no different in the eye of the state than a garden variety pedophile or rapist.

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Microsoft RE-BORKS Windows 7 patch after reboot loop horror

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There is something to be said for consistency. In this case it seems to be "FFS, not again?!?!?"

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: God help us now...

Rotary dial telephones still work for "compatibility". One might think this is a good thing. Of course VoIP people don't do this (I just tried!).

It largely depends on the VOIP adapter. Some of them will take the pulse dial and convert it while others won't. Fortunately it's a fairly trivial circuit to make something that converts the pulses to DTMF to dial out. I built one with a pic, because I had one, but you can use just about anything and I recall seeing a fairly complete example using an avr somewhere - ah, here it is.

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Re: First part was better.

Oddly, I had the same song going in my head. Product, slave, bought, sold, there's certainly a distinction let's hope the difference doesn't disappear altogether if it hasn't already.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Strange assumption

We can rule the 60s right out as among other things JFK had the Bay of Pigs and carried the lit torch for LBJ to stoke the fires of Vietnam. Likewise I'm sure the same can be done turning back every decade and President. The nice thing about FOIA is that it can be used to pull historical records as long as they haven't been sealed for "national security" reasons and there is likely plenty of dirt on all of them if anyone can be bothered to look but as they're all dead there isn't much point and slinging mud now just looks petty. Besides, a lot of the bigger cockups were hard if not impossible to conceal.

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Re: When politicians fail

It wasn't that long ago when she claimed to carry two phones so clearly her opinion of easy has changed quite a bit. Now a skeptical person might ask why she uses two phones now as her current employment status is somewhere between unemployed and freelance chin wagger but only one device for what is arguably a much more important job.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: snail mail

It's just too precious when it turns out a certain other person doesn't use email either. Somehow I don't think you'll ever catch Keiren calling him a Luddite though but it think the bit about lacking self control is widely known.

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Re: Luddites?

it bothers me very much that people who have so much power are so out of touch with the day-to-day realities of the people they represent.

It seems like a rather large leap to say that not using email puts them out of touch with their constituency.

It's very likely that most if not all other federal politicians have staff handle most email. As Senators they represent the entire state so there are potentially millions of emails on any given topic and to think they need to read it all to stay in touch seems a bit naive. Heck a spam filter could be trained to sort emails "for" or "against" the sujet du jour to see which way the political wind is blowing and don't think something similar isn't being used on a large scale. It's what keeps populists popular.

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McCain is 78 and I know lots of people his age who also don't do email. Yet they do things like Skype and Facetime so they can spend a little time with the grandkids or even great grandkids. Does that make them Luddites? I don't think so, it just means they couldn't give a gnat's arse about email but they see value in actually being able to see and talk face to slightly delayed video.

Graham on the other hand doesn't really have an excuse but he is from the south. Oh that's sahy-owth, sah-yowth or even saaahouth depending on where you are.

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Re: Discretion

Be honest, congresscritters don't twitter. They have people for that.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

Nah, they'll just need to buy an Apple wireless charger pad to put it on. It will go on sale a month later and will cost half as much as the laptop. Unless you buy the gold one which will be treble the cost of the laptop, will double as a hot plate due to the eddy currents in the gold foil and when you complain that it doesn't charge the laptop Apple will say you put it down wrong.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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Re: Memories of Microsoft Bob

During my last move I found a copy of Bob still wrapped, seal unbroken. I thought about opening it to stick on a virtual machine but couldn't be arsed so it's sitting somewhere still sealed and it will probably turn up again the next time I move. Maybe someone will find it in a post apocalyptic earth and decide it was the pinnacle of human achievement or the beginning of the end.

Bob's your uncle? I'm sorry, have a beer or six.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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I've always been a fan of grated Parmesan cheese set out in little discs on parchment paper then baked with a shake of chile powder to make cookies or crisps depending on how thick you make them.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: the market doesn't always work

You're aware, of course, that in a land of Ayn Rand worshipers it wouldn't cost a half a billion dollars to get a drug approved by a governmental regulatory agency and new drugs and treatments would be available all the time. The downside is that a few dozen folks might likely die as guinea pigs the way they did a hundred years ago.

The biggest hindrance to drug approval is that everyone in the industry remembers thalidomide which started as a cancer drug and became a panacea for everything from anxiety and insomnia to nausea and morning sickness. Given the lack of testing it may not be surprising that it all didn't work out as planned. Today the unspoken motto of FDA approvers is "be like Kelsey and never be the one who approves tomorrows thalidomide". While that isn't a bad thing it also hinders companies from producing generic equivalents of drugs used for a hundred years. My sister has Hashimoto's thyroiditis which has left her hypothyroid and all the natural varieties (all made with dessicated thyroid glands of livestock, mostly pigs) of generic thyroid replacement have disappeared because the FDA won't approve the drug and switching brands is impossible because none are considered to be an equivalent dosage of the other so when the price of one rises it requires a trip to the doctor for a new prescription of today's cheapest variety.

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The secret of Warren Buffett's success at Berkshire Hathaway

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Actually right about now is a tad late but still a good time to start buying Greek stocks as they've been beaten down pretty well during the recent brouhaha.

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Re: @ST

Not much point in going too far with this but if you're comparing the world to a price weighted index like the Dow I don't know how anyone is going to take you seriously and when you exclude dividends from stocks in your calculation it becomes even more silly. What's 100 years worth of dividends reinvested? Why reinvested? Because it's free money that's why and if you don't want to reinvest it becomes income. What's the dividend / income on your 10 year treasury note? Oh that's right, I'm sorry. Thanks for playing.

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Re: It's an interesting analysis

Also don't forget how Buffett got where he is. He looked for companies that had been punished by market for one reason or another and were selling at a discount to their book value. He bought a company at a discount, sold off the capital shortly after and made a profit, all with minimal if not zero risk. Buffett himself compares it to picking up a cigar butt and taking the last puff.

Berkshire Hathaway was a textile company in New Bedford, Massachusetts which was going to be another "one last puff" but Buffett was angered by a buyout offer from Seabury Stanton, who was running the company, which led Buffett to buy the company so he could fire Stanton. While it later became the name of Buffett's money storehouse, Buffett maintains it was a mistake.

If anyone is interested, I found the book Snowball to be quite a good read. I even bought the audiobook for the car but then radio has gotten to the point where I don't mind going over it again.

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A Brit in California moves to the Lone Star State – just swerve the TexMex grub

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Football

Be sure to remember that's US football which manages to pack in 10 to 15 minutes of action1 into every hour of game time (three hours real time).

1. By NFL rules where the clock continues to run while players mill about smartly between snaps. Note the popularity of the "two minute drill / hurry up offense" at the end of each half where you can see nearly a third of the action in the entire game in a few minutes.

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Re: Asking you what church you go to?

Yeah, the bible belt for sure. Besides being asked in Huntsville AL on up into TN I found a similar thing in parts of SoCal where if you aren't wearing religion on your sleeve the Christians will assume you're not religious and try to convert you. If you tell them that you are religious (Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, etc) the "professionals" will try even harder.

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

@TheOtherHobbes

The Internet of Brains won't last long because the Internet of Zombies is already here to eat it.

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