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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 18, 2021, 19:27
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 18, 2021, 19:27
Jun 18, 2021, 19:27
 
This video talks about how anyone's success is often due to things beyond their control. Is success Luck or Hard Work?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2021, 14:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2021, 14:39
Jun 18, 2021, 14:39
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 18, 2021, 14:23:
That daredevil had two young kids.. man why would you put yourself in that situation when you have two kids needing you.
Different people have different priorities. I'd agree it seems like a bad choice, but *shrug* Seems as if most of the video has been taken down, although truthfully I'm not sure I want to see it. I am curious to know generally what happened. Did he come up short and crash into the landing ramp? Or crashed on the landing ramp or what?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 18, 2021, 14:12
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2021, 14:12
Jun 18, 2021, 14:12
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 18, 2021, 14:06:
I'm surprised that WKRP isn't streaming anywhere.
Long term music rights were never secured. Hence the episodes can't be replayed without removing a lot (all?) of the music...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Morning Tech Bits
Jun 18, 2021, 14:09
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Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 18, 2021, 14:09
Jun 18, 2021, 14:09
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 18, 2021, 13:11:
Crypto is only frivolous to me because I have none and I don't understand it.
Whether or not I understand crypto would depend on the definition used. I get the general concept and understand the motivations, but I certainly don't understand the math or the actual functionality. I don't know how to create a wallet. I'm guessing creating an account on an exchange wouldn't be a problem though, not that I have any plans to do so...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Metaverse
Jun 18, 2021, 11:58
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Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 18, 2021, 11:58
Jun 18, 2021, 11:58
 
WinSCP was the standard for copying stuff around when I was working. I would imagine it is still in many places.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs
Jun 18, 2021, 11:53
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Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 18, 2021, 11:53
Jun 18, 2021, 11:53
 
The broadband/fiber I'm on might not "technically" be municipal but the fiber project did start as a municipal project which has since been licensed out to a company to complete and run. These kinds of restrictions are ridiculous and far more wide spread than you might think...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Into the Black
Jun 17, 2021, 22:22
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Re: Into the Black Jun 17, 2021, 22:22
Jun 17, 2021, 22:22
 
What a difference four years makes -- and I'm not talking about politics: Oroville Lake Hydro power plant to be shutdown. In Feb. 2017 it was a completely different story.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Into the Black
Jun 17, 2021, 22:01
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Re: Into the Black Jun 17, 2021, 22:01
Jun 17, 2021, 22:01
 
It would be interesting to see the numbers of how many couples sat down and just left...
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 16:56
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 16:56
Jun 17, 2021, 16:56
 
A long ways from the bad old days of the early 80s when I was working in a grocery store, my manager and I tackled and held a shoplifter until the cops showed up.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 17, 2021, 16:47
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 17, 2021, 16:47
Jun 17, 2021, 16:47
 
Srinivasa Ramanujan is probably another great genius. It is a great loss he didn't live a longer life.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 17, 2021, 16:35
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 17, 2021, 16:35
Jun 17, 2021, 16:35
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 16:21:
I absolutely believe someone else would have done it if he hadn't
So, do I -- I said so. Since special relativity is "built into" the universe, it only makes sense we'd figure it out eventually. That said, I still think Einstein was a nearly singular genius. Is that true for everything else? Is it inevitable we will figure out dark matter and dark energy? Doesn't really seem like it now, but who knows...

and I believe that about basically any human accomplishment outside of art.
Highly debatable -- especially since there are things people call art which many wouldn't. Pollack's painting dripping... please. I'd say your argument applies just as well against artists. How many great painters could never afford a paint brush? How many great artists only became great artist because of opportunities they got which many others didn't? What about fiction writing? Does that qualify as art?

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 17, 2021, 15:07
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2021, 15:07
Jun 17, 2021, 15:07
 
You have me beat, Blue. I had my first accident in just short of 30 years two years ago. I walked away uninjured and my car was still drivable -- airbags did not deploy. Basically it was a bad merge at highway speeds and the other driver ended up doing a 360, partially in front of me -- before going off the side of the highway. Pretty exciting for a few seconds. On the plus side it did give me an excuse to also have the body shop take all the paint nicks out of my hood, which after 11 years were numerous enough to annoy me.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: etc.
Jun 17, 2021, 09:11
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Re: etc. Jun 17, 2021, 09:11
Jun 17, 2021, 09:11
 
I know I'm wasting my time, but every time I get a notice to vote with my shares I always vote against electing the board members and against compensation plans. *shrug*
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 17, 2021, 08:10
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 17, 2021, 08:10
Jun 17, 2021, 08:10
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 17, 2021, 01:32:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 16, 2021, 20:18:
The first name to jump to mind for me was Einstein.

See, I would still disagree. If it wasn't him it would have been someone else eventually. Call me cynical, but I don't think any one person is all that special. I think one person can do something that makes other people treat them special and that gives them more opportunities to be special. It starts a chain reaction of opportunity, so to speak. My deep thought for the decade. lol
While I might agree that "special relativity" would have eventually been discovered anyway if Einstein hadn't been born, to think he wasn't special seems especially critical. Sounds like you don't want to give credit to anyone for doing anything. Everyone was simply in the right place at the right time. I'd certainly agree that helps, however the examples of people trying to accomplish something over and over and failing, until one person came along with a new idea are too numerous to count.

It seems clear to me some people are just more driven to do things than others are. I know this pretty well because I am a complete lazy bum. My personal motivation level is low enough that I am completely surprised I've gotten to where I am. I am shocked I have accomplished as much as I have. I know I came no where close to the potential I had.

This comment was edited on Jun 17, 2021, 08:52.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Get Tell Me Why for Free
Jun 16, 2021, 20:54
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Re: Get Tell Me Why for Free Jun 16, 2021, 20:54
Jun 16, 2021, 20:54
 
Is this a separate game by itself, or just 1/3 of a game and chapter 2 & 3 required for a full game?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 16, 2021, 20:43
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 16, 2021, 20:43
Jun 16, 2021, 20:43
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 16, 2021, 20:36:
There's "earned" income consisting of wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. Earned income also includes net earnings from self-employment.

Unearned income includes investment-type income such as taxable interest, ordinary dividends, and capital gain distributions. It also includes unemployment compensation, taxable social security benefits, pensions, annuities, cancellation of debt, and distributions of unearned income from a trust.
All of this information is absolutely correct. And if it has anything to do with what people were saying about the mentioned individuals "deserving" that income, I would be very surprised.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer
Jun 16, 2021, 20:30
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Re: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer Jun 16, 2021, 20:30
Jun 16, 2021, 20:30
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 16, 2021, 17:40:
...along with a substance that was so valuable the best fictional name they could come up with was unobtainium then you will love...
Did the name actually bother you? I mean yeah it is silly, but assuming a new substance was discovered which was highly valuable and extremely difficult to find and get -- I can totally see it ending up with a name like that. Even if it might not be the scientific name, I could definitely see it being a PR name or even a branding... but whatever. Are you bummed out by Adamantium too?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 16, 2021, 20:20
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 16, 2021, 20:20
Jun 16, 2021, 20:20
 
Code got reused? Shocking.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Evening Tech Bits
Jun 16, 2021, 20:18
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Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 16, 2021, 20:18
Jun 16, 2021, 20:18
 
Jivaro wrote on Jun 16, 2021, 18:25:
I don't think anybody in the history of the world has ever done anything to earn them that.
The first name to jump to mind for me was Einstein.

As with many things, I have mixed feelings on it. On the one hand I understand and somewhat agree with the concept that no modern business man "deserves" to make billions of dollars. Although this is tempered by trying to define what "deserve" means in this context. On the other hand, Bezos and many others like him are simply playing by the rules society has created. You can hardly fault him for doing that. And in fact, many others have profited on those efforts by doing nothing other than buying stock in the company. So, if I had become a millionaire by investing in Amazon, who deserves the money more, Bezos or me?
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Out of the Blue
Jun 16, 2021, 11:22
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Re: Out of the Blue Jun 16, 2021, 11:22
Jun 16, 2021, 11:22
 
Glad to hear you were not significantly injured. Guess you would have rather won the lottery.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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