atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3748: Five is right out.

Unless you have asbestos-coated tonsils, don't eat more than two wasabi peas at a time. On the plus side it does clear the sinuses.

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$5 says the congresscritter is a Democrat. He wants to outlaw the home manufacture of gun magazines.

...good luck with that, anus.

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Looks like I never have to watch another Jackie Chan movie. Jackie Chan is a communist shill.

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A lot of us were calling Obamacare fascist years ago. On the other hand this is the head of Whole Foods, the hippie food store.

But he's right: when the means of production are owned by individuals but controlled by government, that's fascism. Remember, Ferdinand Porsche had to go to Hitler to get approval to build the VW Type 1 "Beetle"; he couldn't just go ahead and try marketing the "peoples' car" without securing permission from the Nazi government first.

Obamacare really is the final nail in the coffin, though. Our health care system has been becoming increasingly fascistic since WW2 thanks to the ever-greater intrustion of government. It's why medical care costs so much in the first place.

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Alan Caruba says Obama could not pass a background check.

The press remains unskeptical about Obama's history, despite the fact that so much of it has been deliberately obscured from public view:
His official, long form birth records were SEALED.
His Occidental College records were SEALED.
His Columbia College records were SEALED.
His Harvard College records were SEALED.
His College thesis – SEALED.
His Harvard Law Review articles – SEALED.
His Indonesian adoption records – SEALED.
His passport file – SEALED.
His medical records – Unavailable
His baptism records – Unavailable
His papers from his service in the Illinois legislature – Unavailable
His Illinois State Bar Association records - Unavailable
When it's a Democrat, the press simply does not care about any of this information. Republicans have different results; just ask Jack Ryan about that.

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Hey, that's just fine with me. If a government is going to limit the right to self-defense it ought to be limited for police and government officials as well.

The gun grab by New York is anti-freedom and anti-rights, but if civilians don't "need" 15-round magazines, why do police need them?

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Karl Denninger has a piece up about what he expects the economy to do, and I'm linking it because of this part, emphasis removed:
Intel cited soft PC demand. The truth is a bit more complex.

PCs have been commodity items since Compaq came on the scene, and then the Japanese clones showed up (Tatung anyone?) But there has been a relentless strive forward for most users, driving a roughly 18 month replacement cycle. You wouldn't know that from some folks, but it's there and it's been very significant.

Until about two years ago.

Current-generation PCs are about all that the common person will get benefit from. In the last year I performed the last upgrade I'm likely to on my desktop machine for the next several years.


Because I can't get anything more out of my common workday applications -- even the higher end ones -- by buying more hardware. And my applications are pretty rigorous, including video editing and production.

The same is true of my laptop. I can't come up with a performance reason to upgrade it, which means I'm not in the market any more. There is simply nothing that I can buy which will be materially better in performance on the tasks I perform -- no matter how much money I spend.

The price:performance ratio of a new PC acquisition is therefore infinite, since the available performance increment in terms of actual material impact is zero!

Everyone claims the real problem is the "shift to tablets." Nonsense. Those are mostly add-ons; they simply are not suitable for anything other than media consumption. For that they're fine, but for any sort of actual creation of content, even simple content such as emails, they suck now and will continue to suck tomorrow until and unless near-perfect voice recognition becomes available, if it ever does. And even then it will only cover a small part of the need -- are you willing to dictate a letter to your boss out loud in an airport waiting area?

I didn't think so.
My present computer is nearly six years old, and the only deficiency it suffers from is that I can't run World of Warcraft with the detail settings very high. The game runs fine but I've got the graphics settings on "fair to middlin'".

A new high-zoot video card, more memory, and a 64-bit OS would fix probably 80% of that problem, and cost me perhaps a hundred or so less than a new computer would...but I don't need it. I don't, in fact, need to replace the system I'm using now. (I want to, but I don't need to.)

WoW is very processor- and video-intensive. Games are. But most applications being run by businesses are not; most office workers could get by just fine with this computer as it came from the factory, with a 64 MB video card and 160 GB hard drive.

Quad-core processors are overkill for most business applications. A typical secretary could get by with El-Hazard, my torrent box built around a dual-core Atom processor running at 1.2 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM, on-board video, and a 500 GB hard drive.

That 18-month replacement cycle Denninger mentions? That's a Moore generation, right there--but hardware has (at least for the moment) outpaced the programmers' ability to capsize it with bloatware. And because that's so, people just don't need to replace their computers as often.

This will change, yes, but not very soon.

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Today's XKCD demonstrates the superiority of nuclear power:


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