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  Aqua, how did Windows10 go?
Posted by: silverfish - 11 hours ago - Forum: Misc - Replies (2)

Aqua, how did Windows 10 go for you eventually?

My old Windows 8 running laptop eventually died, it might just be the battery needing replacing, but it was about four years old and was having trouble acknowledging my firewall.  It tried to upload Windows 10 and failed every two days, which was a hassle, but it was a decently made enough laptop.

A few days ago for a similar price to what I paid for my old one four years ago I bought a new laptop from Amazon, thinking it would be adequate and a lot of the reviews were good. It arrived today. This laptop is an absolute piece of junk.  I think Windows 10 probably is too.

The laptop feels like a cheap child’s toy.  The screen is much smaller than I am used to, and the information is squeezed into a small part of the screen instead of utilising the whole screen, which is infuriating.

I don’t know what to do now.  I don’t yet know if I can return it.  I don’t know if I should go to a shop where I can pick up a better quality computer, only to find I still hate Windows 10 and can’t navigate it or deal with cramped part screens.  Or do I invest in a new Apple Mac?  Or is there a recent trend for awful laptops?  Do I buy an old, cheaper, refurbished Mac?  My daughter offered to bring me a laptop back from China for my birthday in February, maybe that would be both cheaper and better.

I am now using my mini iPad, but it isn’t made for the heavy duty I need from a laptop, doesnt print or have the full functionality that my old laptop had.

My main question to you is, is Windows 10 truly awful, as well as the piece of trash laptop I just bought on Amazon? That would rule out buying any Windows computer, and I would be looking at an Apple Mac, old or new, or some other operating system that I have no idea about and could be just as bad. I am considering blowing a lot of money on a new Apple Mac, and even then not holding my breath that it will be much good, just better than anything else.

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  Tesla in the news
Posted by: aqua - Yesterday, 06:08 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - No Replies

I wonder if George Soros still owns his stock in this company ?

Tesla short sellers continue to sow doubt,
but the numbers back up earnings

Published: Nov 13, 2018 12:50 p.m. ET

Tesla TSLA, +3.58% delivered more cars to customers in the third quarter than it
did in all of 2016, and delivered for investors $271 million in pretax operating profit,
its first profitable quarter in two years, and only its third ever.....


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  The Great Distraction Rolls on
Posted by: aqua - Yesterday, 04:56 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

An interesting essay by Jack Rasmus.

The Great Distraction


It’s the ‘enemy within’ that’s the problem, we’re told by Trump. And the ‘enemy without’. Or,.
in the case of the immigrant—it’s both: the enemy without that’s coming in! So put up the
barbed wire. Grab their kids when they arrive, as hostage bait. Send the troops to the
border right now, to stop the hordes that just crossed into southern Mexico yesterday.
Hurry, they’re almost here, rapidly proceeding to the US on foot. (They run fast, you see).
They’re in Oaxaca southern Mexico. They’ll be here tomorrow, led by Muslim terrorists,
carrying the bubonic plague, and bringing their knapsacks full of cocaine and heroin.

And if the enemy immigrant is not enemy enough, the ‘enemy within’ is increasingly also
us, as Trump adds to his enemies list the ‘mob’ of Americans exercising their 1st amendment
rights to assembly and protest against him. And don’t forget all those dangerous Californians
who won’t go along with his climate, border incarceration, trade or other policies. Or
their 80 year old Senator Diane Feinstein, their ring-leader in insurrection. They’re all
the ‘enemy within’ too. The chant ‘lock ‘em up’ no longer means just Hillary. So Trump
encourages and turns loose his White Nationalist supporters to confront the horde, the
mob, and their liberal financiers like George Soros. If all this is not an unraveling, what is?

Not to be outdone in the competition for the Great Distraction, there’s the Democrats
resurrecting their age-old standby ‘enemy without’: the Russians. They’re into our voting
machines. Watch out. They’re advancing on Eastern Europe, all the way to the
Russian-Latvian border. Quick, send NATO to the Baltics! Arrange a coup partnering with
fascists in Ukraine! Install nuclear missiles in Poland! And start deploying barbed wire
on the coast of Maine and Massachusetts, just in case.

However, behind all the manufactured fear of immigrants, US demonstrators, and concern
about violence- oriented white nationalists whipped up and encouraged by Trump and his
political followers—lies a deeper anxiety permeating the American social consciousness
today. Much deeper. Whether on the right or left, the unwritten, the unsaid, is a sense
that American society is somehow unraveling. And it’s a sense and feeling
shared by the left, right, and center alike.

Both sides—Trump, Republicans, Democrats, as well as their respective media machines—sidestep and ignore
the deep malaise shared by Americans today. Older Americans shake their heads and mumble ‘this isn’t the country
I grew up in’ while the younger ask themselves ‘is this the country I’ll have to raise my kids in’?

There’s a sense that something has gone terribly wrong, and has all the appearance will continue to do
so. It’s a crisis, if by that definition means a turning point. And a crisis of multiple dimensions. A crisis that has
been brewing and growing now for at least a quarter century since 1994 and Newt Gingrich’s launching of the
new right wing offensive that set out purposely to make US political institutions gridlocked and unworkable until his
movement could take over—and succeeded. It’s a crisis that everyone feels in their bones, if not in their heads.
The dimensions of the unraveling of America today are many. Here’s just some of the more important:

Growing Sense of Personal Physical Danger

Mass and multiple killings and murders are rampant in America today, and rising. So
much so that the media and press consciously avoid reporting much of it unless it
involves at minimum dozens or scores of dead. There are more than 33,000 gun
killings a year in the US now. 90 people a day are killed by guns. While we hear of
the occasional school shooting, the fact is there are 273 school shootings so far
just in 2018. That’s one per school day.

The suicide rate in America is also at record levels, with more than 45,000 a year now
and escalating. Teen age suicides have risen by 70% in just the last decade. The fastest
rate of increase is among 35-64 year olds. People are literally being driven crazy by the
culture, the insecurities, the isolation, the lack of meaningful work, the absence of
community, and the hopelessness about a bleak future that they’re killing
themselves in record numbers.

And let’s not forget the current opioid crisis. The opioid death rate now exceeds more
than 50,000 a year. These aren’t folks over-dosing in back alleys and crack houses. These
are our relatives, neighbors and friends. And the ‘pushers’ are the big pharmaceutical
companies and their salespersons who pushed the Fetanyl and Oxycontin on doctors
telling them it was safe—just like the Tobacco companies maintained for decades that
cigarettes were ‘safe’ when their tests for decades showed their product produced
cancer. Big Pharma knew too. They are the criminals, and their politicians are the paid-for
crooked cops looking the other way. All that’s not surprising, however, since Big Pharma is
also the biggest lobbyist and campaign contributor industry in the US.

So it’s 33,000 gun killings, 45,000 suicides, and 50,000 opioid deaths a year. Every year. That
compares to US deaths during the entire 8 years of Vietnam War of 56,000! That’s a death rate
over three years roughly equal to all Americans who died during the three and a half years of
World War II! We all got rightly upset over 2500 killed on 9-11 by terrorists. But the NRA and
the Pharmaceutical companies are the real terrorists here, and politicians are giving
them a complete pass. ......

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  Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel That Can Store The Sun's Energy For Up to 18 Years
Posted by: ModestProposals - 11-10-2018, 09:51 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - No Replies

No matter how abundant or renewable, solar power has a thorn in its side. There is still no cheap and efficient long-term storage for the energy that it generates.

The solar industry has been snagged on this branch for a while, but in the past year alone, a series of four papers has ushered in an intriguing new solution.

Scientists in Sweden have developed a specialized fluid, called a solar thermal fuel, that can store energy from the sun for well over a decade.

"A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity, you put sunlight in and get heat out, triggered on demand," Jeffrey Grossman, an engineer works with these materials at MIT explained to NBC News.

The fluid is actually a molecule in a liquid form that scientists from the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden have been working on improving for over a year.


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  Tech's big 5 in the news
Posted by: aqua - 11-10-2018, 05:46 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - No Replies

Tech's big five lost a combined $75 billion in market value on Friday

  • Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet collectively lost $75 billion in market value on Friday.

  • Tech stocks are coming off their worst month since the recession.

  • Stocks were down overall as falling oil prices and concerns of rising rates contributed to a view that economic growth may be slowing.

Lauren Feiner
Published 20 Hours Ago Updated 17 Hours Ago


It was a down day for big tech.

"Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook — the five most valuable U.S. tech companies — lost a combined
$75 billion in market value on Friday. They led a 1.7 percent drop in the S&P 500 tech index and a similar slide in the
tech-heavy Nasdaq. Amazon was the worst performer of the group, dropping 2.4 percent...."

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  ‘AI anchor’ to read the news
Posted by: ModestProposals - 11-10-2018, 03:54 AM - Forum: Gloves Off - No Replies

Xinhua, China’s state-run press agency, has unveiled new “AI anchors” — digital composites created from footage of human hosts that read the news using synthesized voices.

It’s not clear exactly what technology has been used to create the anchors, but they’re in line with the most recent machine learning research. It seems that Xinhua has used footage of human anchors as a base layer, and then animated parts of the mouth and face to turn the speaker into a virtual puppet. By combining this with a synthesized voice, Xinhua can program the digital anchors to read the news, far quicker than using traditional CGI. (We’ve reached out to AI experts in the field to see what their analysis is.)


You thought the news was fake before, now it's going to get even more fakey.

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  Election 2018 still going on
Posted by: aqua - 11-09-2018, 05:49 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (12)

Yegads, the election is still on.

They are still counting ballots in Florida, Georgia, California and Arizona.

Big Grin Republicans got washed out of the House.   Maybe the Senate too the way it is going.

Republicans complaining that counting every vote is “unethical” says everything you need to know about Republicans.  With voter suppression, they thought that they had their fix in. But now counting all the real votes from all the real voters will screw up their “fix”. Republicans sure don’t like democracy, especially when they can’t control it.

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  Another Trump failure
Posted by: aqua - 11-09-2018, 05:33 PM - Forum: Politics - Replies (1)

So much for hiring only the best people.

Another vetting failure—White House officials caught off-guard by Acting AG's disqualifying history

Jen Hayden  
Daily Kos Staff
Friday November 09, 2018 · 8:43 AM CST

It appears once again Donald Trump has not hired “the best people” as he repeatedly promised he would
do if he took office. Trump administration hires have included serial domestic abusers, avowed racists, and
now, Matthew Whitacker, a former hot tub salesman who Donald Trump inexplicably tapped to be the
acting attorney general.

There are mounting legal questions about whether this is even a legitimate appointment. Legal experts
contend Whitaker’s appointment is both unconstitutional and in violation of the Vacancies Reform Act.

Those arguments aside, almost immediately after the Sessions resignation (at the request of Donald Trump)
 and the Whitaker announcement, commentary, Whitaker’s troubling history, including many biased, false
public statements regarding the Mueller investigation began to surface and CNN reports that White House
staffers were surprised Whitaker had been so vocal about the Mueller investigation and that his statements
appeared to completely disqualify him from taking over the role. Again, it appears nobody at the White House
did even the most basic Google search about the man they tapped to lead the Department of Justice.......

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  PM down today
Posted by: aqua - 11-09-2018, 05:20 PM - Forum: Markets, Money & Investing - Replies (14)

PM is down today.

Any guesses as to why ?

Silver: $14.10 [Image: down.gif] -0.31 

Gold: $1207.40 [Image: down.gif] -15.60


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  Deperately poor Americans cut cable in enormous numbers
Posted by: ModestProposals - 11-08-2018, 01:05 PM - Forum: Gloves Off - Replies (3)

Faced with continually declining real wages in the Trump economy, desperate American families cut their budgets to try and reduce their spending to the level of their income.

Still, with all this budget cutting, about 3/4th of American families are in serious financial trouble.  After a while, you run out things to cut from the budget.

Cord cutting accelerates as pay TV loses 1 million customers in largest-ever quarterly loss

Scratch the theory that cord-cutting might be decelerating.

Cable and satellite TV providers lost about 1.1 million subscribers during the July to September period, the largest quarterly loss ever – and the first time the industry lost more than 1 million subscribers in a quarter, according to media and telecommunications research firm MoffettNathanson.

After Dish Network reported its third-quarter earnings Wednesday, the New York-headquartered research firm tallied up the publicly reported subscriber losses to arrive at the finding.


I used to be able to afford cable TV.  No longer, have to cut the budget somewhere.

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