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  1. J

    Windows 11

    That's really the thing I missed the most when I went to 7. That and the fact some 16-bit Windows programs no longer ran under 7. In fact, running those programs is really the only time I boot into XP.
  2. J

    Windows 11

    Right now I'm running an A10-7870K that's roughly 5 years old. I was running an Athlon XP3000 with Windows XP well into the 2010s. By that point it was well north of 10 years from state-of-the art. Any newer hardware should age even more gracefully given that processors have gotten faster than...
  3. J

    Windows 11

    I doubt I'll have any software in the near future which requires 10 to run on. Also, if I upgrade to 10 don't I lose all my settings and software installations? Last thing I want to do is start over from scratch. My current setup can dual boot to XP. Haven't used XP in a while but I'm curious...
  4. J

    Windows 11

    What ever happened to "Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of Windows ever?" Still using 7 and I have zero desire or need to upgrade.
  5. J

    Something Random

    Actually, it's 31 one genders NY recognizes, not 32.
  6. J

    Something Random

    The big issue for me isn't what a person identifies as. It's the massive amount of confusion, and the constantly changing number of genders, which are the problem. I think NY state now recognizes something like 32 different genders. To try to remember who is what, and refer to them by whatever...
  7. J

    Empire in Decline

    In other news, one of the rare times Trump does something that I actually find praiseworthy: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56424614
  8. J

    Empire in Decline

    The gas prices have zip to do with Biden: https://news.yahoo.com/why-price-food-gas-creeping-221605331.html It's way too early in his Presidency for his policies to have any far-reaching effects like that. The future is electric cars anyway, so by 2030 gas prices will be moot for the majority...
  9. J

    I do want to buy a used car

    This gives you a good idea of the rates to expect: https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/average-auto-loan-interest-rate They mention that a typical used car loan rate is 9.69%, which is pretty high if you ask me. Like I said, try to see if you can get something decent with whatever...
  10. J

    I do want to buy a used car

    You might want to start your search here then: https://www.carfax.com/Used-Cars-Under-1000_f1 Better to just buy outright and get the least expensive car you can for now. I'm sure you can find something halfway decent for the amount of your down payment. Once you have steady work, if the car...
  11. J

    I do want to buy a used car

    Owning a car is a great way to remain poor. Before you go out and spend all that money see what your needs really are. You might be able to get by with an e-bike, for example, especially if most of the time the only thing you're transporting is yourself. Or perhaps look at motorcycles if an...
  12. J

    Coronavirus

    My understanding with both SARS and MERS is that by the time a person is contagious they're already likely to be very sick, and therefore at home, not running around. The asymptomatic spread of covid-19 is what has caused it to spread far and wide. I'm guessing the various strains of common...
  13. J

    Coronavirus

    What I'm saying here is catching it and getting really sick from it are two different things. If the vaccines which are only 50% effective are still close to 100% effective preventing serious disease then we're much better off than now. That doesn't mean we just give up masks and social...
  14. J

    Empire in Decline

    One thing to keep in mind is that when the Democrats have done this in the past, it was largely symbolic. In 2004 nobody disputed that Bush won the election. In 2020 there was an ongoing movement, led by Trump, to reverse the election results. Thankfully only AZ and PA even came up for a vote...
  15. J

    Empire in Decline

    The thing is I don't particularly care if Biden distorted facts somewhat or not since all politicians do this during campaigns. Trump claimed when asked that he took the virus very seriously. Now was this him walking back what he said earlier, as he often does when it damages him, or how he...
  16. J

    Coronavirus

    What we won't know until the data are released is how effective the newest vaccines are at preventing serious disease. While their numbers at preventing immunity are far less than the two dose vaccines, if they're as effective at preventing serious disease they will still be a very useful tool...
  17. J

    Empire in Decline

    There's a difference between inaction due to lack of information, versus spreading outright falsehoods. Trump started off handling the pandemic as well as can reasonably be expected. So did other leaders. Unfortunately, there was a serious lack of information about how dangerous this virus was...
  18. J

    Empire in Decline

    The key here is were any of the BLM and Antifa people involved in insurrection? From my point of view they were just acting like common criminals, rioting or looting, not storming a government building with the intent to overturn an election. If any Trump supporters who were just committing...
  19. J

    Coronavirus

    Micromanaging is Cuomo's thing, unfortunately. Sometimes a hands off approach is better.
  20. J

    Empire in Decline

    I'll readily admit a lot of the evidence against people, including Trump, might be legally insufficient to convict them in a court of law. However, convictions aside, anyone who took any part in this should be removed from public office, and made ineligible to ever run for public office again...
  21. J

    Coronavirus

    It'll probably take at least 50% vaccination rates before we even have a chance of achieving herd immunity but at least the daily increase in vaccinations is a step in the right direction.
  22. J

    Empire in Decline

    Far left generally means commies and the like. Give the Dems some time to condemn this. Or borrowing from the GOP playbook, maybe these were MAGAs in far left attire posing as left wing activists. At this point, it seems when one side starts something, the other side takes advantage of it. I...
  23. J

    Empire in Decline

    Well, I think I mentioned somewhere that the day Trump's followers turn on him will be the day he regrets he was born. To paraphrase him, these are very bad people. Not the kind you want pissed off at you.
  24. J

    Empire in Decline

    I briefly turned on OANN. They weren't even covering Biden's inauguration. Instead, they were touting the accomplishments of Trump's term, with Rudy Giuliani stating that historians will eventually see Trump as one of the best Presidents ever. Honestly, if I didn't know any better, I would have...
  25. J

    Empire in Decline

    Thankfully no drama today in DC or at state capitols by Trump supporters. Trump is gone, Biden is President. The national nightmare is over, finally. Maybe now the US can try to earn back some of the respect it lost over the last four years.
  26. J

    Empire in Decline

    It's no secret he was probably perpetuating the "stop the steal" lies to use the office of US President to grift. He does have about $400 million in personal obligations coming due not long after leaving office. This is going to put a damper on that...
  27. J

    Empire in Decline

    There's also the 14th Amendment, Section 3: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress...
  28. J

    Empire in Decline

    Stopping the cash flow is the best way to end this. Without donations, the fringe elements of the GOP can't win elections. That might encourage the Republican voters to select more mainstream candidates in their primaries, or simply get used to losing elections.
  29. J

    Empire in Decline

    Hey, they finally found evidence of election fraud:
  30. J

    Empire in Decline

    Of course some of them are pushing the narrative that this was Antifa dressed up as MAGAs. You accuse others of what you're guilty of yourself. It's the oldest trick in the book. How about the known fact that many of the rioters and looters were from right-wing groups trying to discredit BLM? Or...
  31. J

    Empire in Decline

    This is huge: https://www.businessinsider.com/mcconnell-doesnt-want-to-speak-to-trump-again-capitol-riots-2021-1 McConnell has been practically a lapdog to Trump since day one. He's jumping ship. I suspect a lot of other Senate Republicans who respect him will do the same. Maybe the votes...
  32. J

    Empire in Decline

    1. Probably not enough time, and almost certainly not enough votes to remove him from office if he is impeached. Removal from office requires a 2/3rds majority in both the Senate and House. 2. So far Pence doesn't look like he's interested, and the votes might not be there. 3. The threat of 1 or...
  33. J

    Empire in Decline

    And by the way, this isn't a D versus R debate. If this election had been, say, Romney or Kasich versus Biden, I could fully understand a vote for one of the former. I might even have gone that way. I can't understand a vote for a wannabe mentally unstable autocrat of either party who already...
  34. J

    Empire in Decline

    Any comments on this? https://news.yahoo.com/six-republican-lawmakers-among-rioters-225945766.html I don't recall any Democratic lawmakers joining the people who were rioting and looting this summer.
  35. J

    Empire in Decline

    4 people died, one by gun shot, three by medical events. Materially, the impact of what happened Wednesday was small. However, the intent wasn't, regardless of the end result. Listen to what Trump and Giuliani said before it happened. However poorly this was thought out, it was an attempted...
  36. J

    Empire in Decline

    Because many of those same LEOs are Trump supporters. We had the same thing in NY. Trump supporters disrupted traffic with parades of big, obnoxious SUVs and pickups, many with obscured license plates, and the NYPD did squat...
  37. J

    Empire in Decline

    And you do know a fair amount of these illegal activities were done by far right groups trying to discredit the peaceful BLM protesters? Others were done by career criminals who simply took advantage of the situation. Little or none of it was done by the same BLM protesters who were out earlier...
  38. J

    Empire in Decline

    This is supposedly the party of law and order. Nothing the BLM protesters or Antifa did is even close to this. We're looking at sedition. Those involved should be tried, found guilty, and hanged. That includes President Trump himself.
  39. J

    Empire in Decline

    You know what they say, right? Give someone like Trump enough rope, and they'll eventually hang themselves. For all the talk of him running again in 2024, it's going to be all he can do just to stay out of jail once he leaves office. Ditto for his three oldest kids. Maybe they'll turn one of the...
  40. J

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Also, given his long list of pre-existing health conditions, if he caught coronavirus his odds of pulling through were relatively low. I hope he's OK, and just not posting because he lost interest. Dave hasn't posted in a while, either. And SD left in the spring and hasn't come back. I'm glad...
  41. J

    Mirrorless Cameras (MILC) and Lenses

    Merc, Great to see you around! It's been a long time!
  42. J

    Empire in Decline

    Trump is hiding in the basement, gorging on fast food, and raging that the election was stolen from him. At this point he's incapable of doing anything here, or offering any words worth listening to. The hallmarks of his administration have been inaction (except for things he considered...
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    Empire in Decline

  44. J

    Empire in Decline

    Nice portraits! Here's one of Mitch McConnell I found:
  45. J

    Empire in Decline

    The Supreme Court rejected the Texas suit as well: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/11/945617913/supreme-court-shuts-door-on-trump-election-prospects Now is this nonsense finally, really, over? I don't care if Trump concedes or not. He lost the election. Period. Time to get on with life.
  46. J

    Empire in Decline

    Hopefully this fiasco really is over now: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/us/supreme-court-republican-challenge-pennsylvania-vote.html
  47. J

    Empire in Decline

    I actually stayed up until Trump was declared the winner. On the one hand, I was worried but hoped Trump might grow into the role (obviously he didn't). On the other, I was no fan of Hillary Clinton, so it wasn't like I was so sad that she lost. I was actually singing "Ding Dong The Witch Is...
  48. J

    Empire in Decline

    When even Fox News won't support Trump you know how far off base these allegations are.
  49. J

    Empire in Decline

    At this point if they're going to vote for candidates like Trump it's better if they don't bother voting at all. It doesn't say much for the people who voted for him that think he's a good representative of our country. I've heard that a stable democracy depends upon an educated voting base...
  50. J

    Something Random

    Last time for me was 42½ years ago. I don't plan to move again.
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