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  1. I took my son to see it (11). He thought it was okay. I thought it was dull, but then it's a kid's film. Anyway, son prefers the episodes of A-Team and Dukes of Hazzard (and others that I got for him), more.
  2. Thanks for the work you did back then. I've never needed to use the emergency services but I am very glad that they're there for if/when I do need them.
  3. Maybe. It is just as likely that capitalism has found that the 'acceptable' price for transport is about 1/5th of post-tax income, so any replacement for ICE will just gravitate towards that price. If the price of the underlying tech is lower then either the costs will increase until it matches -- either through an unavoidable aspect of the service (you have no choice but to have a spotless ride (cleaning cost), nice seats, etc) -- or taxation will make up the difference. IMO the self-drive revolution will make some people better off -- both in terms of access (eg, the elderly who have given up their driving license) and time (people able to work while travelling)... but it won't necessarily be a monetary 'better off'.
  4. Thanks DB. I'd seen that Bass interview earlier and thought of it when I saw this thread title. Kyle sees this as a longish drawn out process -- similar to the start of the debt crisis in early 07... I'm not sure if it will work out that way this time. The lesson for investors from last time is 'trust the system' -- that central (bank) efforts will ensure that the system doesn't collapse. Thus you'd imagine that there would be a hesitancy to withdraw monies (from the debt markets) at first, but, presumably, there comes a time when losses are made real and people start seeing others lose everything... at that point, the run starts proper. This is kind-of the inverse of what happened before -- people (investors) withdrew, then entered back in when reassured by the system. [i'm not sure if you're still in contact with Cgnao -- I recall from last time (07) thinking that there was one more cycle to come, after the gov steps in to bankroll everything. Now that that has been done, they'd find it difficult to do it again (without collapsing important parts of the economy). It looks like that 'emergency' cycle is now ending with a boom... Any thoughts from you or Cg about strategies?]
  5. IMO we're on the verge of a new era in the internet, where internet users are much (much) more active in protecting their privacy. This is being prompted/promoted by things like the Trump web-history-for-sale changes and in the UK the snoopers' charter. [i'm involved in a few projects to do with new ways to enhance privacy and they (and other approaches) could really muck up the plans of the internet giants and surveillance institutions.]
  6. It is interesting. For all the bluster that the UK will lose everything in Brexit, the EU is in a much harder place. They need the UK as a trading partner, but they cannot afford to make it look as though anyone leaving the EU will be okay. The funny thing is, though, is if they were a truly democratic institution then leaving should be fine, with the proviso that you have to 'start again' if you want to join again. The EU's very negative stance makes them look exactly like the sort of organisation that you wouldn't want to join. [People talk of Brexit like a divorce, but at the moment it looks much more like leaving a cult -- okay, you might be ostracised and have a hard time for a short while, but in the end you'll be better off.]
  7. It is by design, both by TPTB and by the manufacturers.. If we could repair stuff (or, if stuff lasted longer) then we'd buy less stuff and GDP would suffer. At the very least they could have VAT free for any manpower on maintenance or repairs (but not necessarily on the actual replacement parts/modules). Or they could have different import tax rates on stuff that has been tested to not be able to last 5 years of use (or whatever). Or different rates on stuff where a 'standard repairer' (expert in the field) couldn't open up the thing, readily dismantle, see what was wrong, uniquely identify part (ie, id numbers) and replace assembly. But this would go against the agenda, so it won't happen. All that said, the internet is a magnificent thing for information on repairs, and how to get specialised repair parts cheaply. But it is annoying how you eg, have to get specialised tools to open things (eg, torx anti-tamper screws).
  8. I think he'll have a hard time -- the world is primed for so many problems at the moment, and it would suit some of the establishment for him to fail. But I think at the very least he'll cope and will be regarded well by many at the end of his presidency. But with troubles also comes opportunities, and there is the potential for him eventually to to be regarded as a great president.
  9. DRC is trying to set Trump up as a 'friend of Russia' when he comes to power and the first thing he does is reverse the expulsions. Trump will need to tread carefully -- but Putin has effectively defused things massively by not playing ball & doing a tit-for-tat.
  10. dgul

    Wed Jul 6 18:08:14 UTC 2016

    Is there a bank run going on in Italy?
  11. We all like to think that if we were about in Germany in the 1930's we'd have been the ones protesting about the dictatorial Hitler taking over the country, but the fact is that he had immense popular support at the time, and the ugly reality is that most of us would be the ones passively supporting him, if not actually attending rallies, etc. It is painful to think of such a terrible time in history like this, but you have to to understand the dangers. We like to think that the lesson of history about Hitler is that you've got to watch out for power mad individuals. This is not the lesson from history. The danger is of the seductive leader, the one that sounds pained to introduce some limited oppression, some emergency legislation, a little more surveillance, a slight temporary removal of democracy. I wouldn't like to suggest whether Clinton or Trump is closer to this danger -- but whenever you vote, think about it. Think about how you are being manipulated, both by politics and by their press. Think about whether history will interpret their motions as the start of the slippery slope.
  12. IMO he's playing a clever, longer game. Perhaps now he gets the 'isn't he compassionate, not like I thought he'd be', then later on, after some strategic leaks, 'he had to do something, she had broken the law so badly'. Anyway, I think this is only about the email server, whereas he'll get her on one of the numerous other crimes she's committed (accepting bribes via the foundation, for example).
  13. Thanks for the DasBoot reference CG. I'll see if I can dig out my old box-set DVDs for the weekend... Other than that, thanks for the update, stay safe.
  14. Thanks CG. I really can't tell what is going on at the moment.
  15. dgul

    Brain Enhancement

    A bit like that but without the sex.