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  • Why The Fed Ended QE And Why They Can’t Restart It

    03/25/2015 9:38:26 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    RainMan to Toddsterpatriot

    Excess reserves are when banks choose to hold greater reserves than the law requires. In other words, if the law said ABC Bank had to hold 3% of their depositors $100M in reserve, legally they are only required to hold $3M in reserve. If they choose to hold $5M in reserve, that is excess reserves.

    What praytell do you think QE is if not lending to banks?

  • Why Is Denver a Mile High

    03/25/2015 9:31:31 PM PDT · 55 of 83
    RainMan to JimSEA

    Actually, several years back I watched a show about plate tectonics and they had a very interesting explanation, which involved Pangea with a water layer under it. Then, at some point a really big asteroid hit and broke thru Pangea and hit the aquifer. They had some cool experiments they did to determine what would happen, and basically it would create a crack around the globe and the water (under immense pressure) would blow out, pushing the halves opposite directions. Once the aquifer emptied, the plates would hit bedrock, now with momentum, and buckle.

    The asteroid hit Iceland, and the evidence of the global split can be seen with the uplifts in both the Atlantic and Pacific which circle the globe. The buckling created the Rockies, and if you go up near Banff you can actually see flat plates that bent and broke.

    The theory basically used evidence to support the biblical version. I wish I could find it again.

  • Why The Fed Ended QE And Why They Can’t Restart It

    03/24/2015 4:59:27 PM PDT · 11 of 17
    RainMan to Signalman

    I just posted this link to my MBA Facebook page ... because Dick is right, and I love to tweak my Keynesian classmates. (I am pretty hardcore Hayek).

    If you want to actually learn how the Fed “creates” money, Dick’s explanation is a pretty good synopsis for the lay person. No, his explanation is not perfect, but at least he understands the mechanics of it. And no, the Fed does not print money, rather it lends money with the intent that once the banks get it they too will lend it. This is not bills that are printed, it is data in a database ... or more accurately journal entries on a ledger. The general rule of thumb that the Keynesians work on is that every $1 the Fed lends to a bank, based on reserve requirements, translates into $20 of new “money” that the banks can lend to you and me.

    By the way, QE was not invented in the last few years ... if you remember the Goliath that was the Japanese economy back in the 80’s, you might wonder what happened to it? Well, they had a crisis and responded with QE ... I don’t know what number of rounds of QE they are up to now ... I think it is in the mid-20’s, but regardless, they are living proof that QE does not work. The Japanese economy has been basically stagnant for 30 years because of QE. If you ever heard of Abe-nomics, that was just a new version of QE.

    For those who complain about the Fed mucking with monetary policy ... um, that is their job. The Fed has a dual mandate. The mandate is to maximize employment and create stable prices through monetary policy. If either one of those is starts to change too fast, the Fed takes action by changing monetary policy, either by expanding (lending) or contracting (buying back) bonds. That’s all they can do.

    What would change the game for the Fed considerably, is if we were to convert back to a hard currency such as Gold. If we did that, then the only way for the Fed to increase the money supply would be to either A) acquire more Gold or B) devalue the currency already in the market so that each dollar is worth less Gold. In short, converting to a hard currency pretty much makes it impossible for the Fed to achieve their dual mandate, which is why trying to convert us back to the Gold standard is great political theatre, but has virtually no chance of actually happening. At present, the US has roughly 260,272,000 ounces of Gold in its reserves. The US currently has $1.36 Trillion in circulation. Doing the math, Gold would have to be at over $5,225/oz to support our currency. Since Gold is currently at roughly $1,200/oz ... our currency would have to be devalued by around 77% to achieve equilibrium. In short ... we are talking revolution if someone tried to do that boys and girls ... cause that aint happenin.

  • 30 specific tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

    03/20/2015 1:34:55 PM PDT · 47 of 49
    RainMan to Nifster

    Your opinions of Microsoft are juvenile. As an example, Azure has performance metrics that meet or beat any other Cloud DB technology you could name when independent testing is done. In a tech field that is getting pushed probably as fast as any other, a leader in that field would be considered by most reasonable people to be a pretty strong tech company.

    Furthermore, regarding your attack on MBA’s, sure, a lot are not (like finance), but my MBA is in Technology Management ... i.e, running a tech business, so yes, my MBA does have a lot to do with Technology.

    You see to have some really weird biases in both your blanket statement as well as your defense of it. The point being, if you want to sit on your rusty dusty and complain about being left on the bench ... well, that’s your choice, but if you are willing to reinvent yourself, you wont be left on the bench. I reinvented myself at 50, and I am not on the bench.

  • Scientists unknowingly tweak experiments (selecting optimal statistical method)

    03/20/2015 1:07:38 PM PDT · 17 of 22
    RainMan to Do the math

    First thing my stats prof in undergrad said was “Figures lie and liars figure.” The second thing he said is that “if you have a pre-conceived notion, you can prove anything you want with statistics.”

    In grad school, my stats class proved to me that most people who took undergrad stats really don’t know how to figure out how to properly build statistics. This is now being exacerbated by “Visualization Technology” where raw data goes in, and instead of creating data outputs, everything is visualized into some creative graph that lets people who don’t have a clue of what they are looking at go “ooh” and “ahh” and “oh, its obvious that (fill in the blank) is happening. Visualizations are stats for those who don’t understand stats.

  • What if Dick Cheney, Not Hillary Clinton, Deleted 30,000 Emails from a Private Home Server?

    03/20/2015 12:56:02 PM PDT · 19 of 26
    RainMan to jospehm20

    Exactly what I was going to ask!

  • 30 specific tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

    03/19/2015 4:59:25 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    RainMan to Nifster

    No so fast there Nifster.

    I have been in Tech mostly doing Business Development for 25+ years.

    52, got my MBA last years, mostly because I wanted out of sales. Now I am a v-dash at Microsoft.

  • Desperate bride marries wedding guest instead of groom

    02/18/2015 6:57:37 PM PST · 47 of 58
    RainMan to Jamestown1630

    Just to set things straight about destination weddings. They are actually MUCH cheaper than traditional weddings. Lets say you would like to go to the Caribbean for your honeymoon. If you went to an all inclusive resort like Sandals ... the cost including airfair is about $400/day/person, so roughly $5600 all in for the honeymoon ... which is kind of cheap by todays standards, but lets call that average.

    Your average wedding is going to cost between $10-25K, not including the honeymoon. The reception alone is going to cost you $100/guest just for food, not including drinks. The average venue is going to charge you $5-10K to rent the hall. Add flowers, booze, dress, cake, you get the picture.

    Now, back to Sandals ... if you agree to spend 7 days at Sandals you get your wedding there for free. They are hoping you will invite your friends (they don’t have to spend more than a day there). It is an all inclusive resort so all the food, the wedding cake, the venue, the officiate and all the booze everyone wants to drink ... all included in the same $5,600 price from before.

    So, instead of having a wedding with 100 guests, tell those that really want to come to meet you there. Those that don’t, they can just send the wedding gift ... (which probably would not have covered what you would have dropped on them for food at the reception, so you are plus money right there).

  • These concept NFL helmets feature massive, futuristic logos

    02/18/2015 1:47:58 PM PST · 72 of 81
    RainMan to ro_dreaming

    Would those be the Los Angeles Oilers?

  • European languages linked to migration from the east

    02/13/2015 3:22:49 PM PST · 10 of 21
    RainMan to Zionist Conspirator

    They did not speak Hebrew in early Genesis ... the best reasonable guess would be a language similar to Aramaic. The Jewish people were in Egypt from the time of Joseph until the time of Moses ... and the language they most likely spoke there was Egyptian. The development of the Hebrew language would have been post-Exodus, and Babel was early Genesis.

  • Need email help -- Dropbox annoys me

    02/11/2015 3:20:59 PM PST · 10 of 27
    RainMan to CharlesWayneCT

    I have never paid a penny to Dropbox and mine is 72GB of which I am only using about 30. Now, that said ... how many GB of Data constitute an entire human being cause I may not have enough either.

  • Need email help -- Dropbox annoys me

    02/11/2015 3:17:47 PM PST · 6 of 27
    RainMan to Cowman

    You are getting sent to Dropbox because the size of the attachments exceeds Yahoo’s limits. If you don’t like Dropbox (not sure why ... it is a REALLY good service), pick your own Cloud Storage Solution. Microsoft has OneDrive that is free to anyone with an O365 Account, Apple has one that I think is free if you own an Apple product. Basically, store the doc in the cloud, then share the directory with your friend. They simply get a link, and download at their leisure, and the email servers don’t get dropped to their knees.

    Welcome to the future ... and if you don’t conform ... twas nice knowing ya ... companies are getting smarter about deploying infrastructure and taking on costs, and just cause they used to let you send massive emails doesn’t mean they ever will again, especially if you are using a free service.

  • This is a Fund That Spans All American Stocks

    02/03/2015 9:04:34 AM PST · 3 of 4
    RainMan to ConstantSkeptic

    Or, you could just by spider stocks ... which are nothing more than index funds, and don’t require anything close to a $10K minimum investment. In my MBA Finance class we studied investments in depth, and spiders are a way to get the highest return with the lowest risk. No, they will not outperform certain individual stocks, but they also will not underperform individual stocks. If you are looking for a safe investment, those are the way to go.

    http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/spiders.asp

  • Libertarian Org on ‘American Sniper': No Difference Between Chris Kyle, Adam Lanza

    01/30/2015 11:27:51 AM PST · 64 of 73
    RainMan to rktman

    I think “hero” depends on who you are rooting for to win. Someone that saves the lives of countless people on your side would be a hero to you, but a major villain to the opposition. Anyone that says Kyle is not a hero is exposing who they want to win, and who they want to lose.

    This is why the left is viewed as anti-American.

  • Presbyterian Church And Arab Palestinian Group Rewriting The Bible To Remove References To Israel

    01/27/2015 10:24:48 AM PST · 44 of 74
    RainMan to Doomonyou

    That’s what I was thinking ... lets see, we have Genesis 1-10 with parts of 11 up until Abram is introduced. If you want to go a little farther, you could go as far as Genesis 29 when Jacob’s kids are born and end the story there.

    You could include Job.

    You could include Proverbs for the most part.

    You could potentially include Song of Solomon, but would need to retitle it.

    Pretty much the rest of the Old Testament would be gone, and all of the new testament (almost all the characters, including Jesus being Jews)

  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 9:57:00 AM PST · 52 of 57
    RainMan to goldstategop

    All they have to do is start a business and compete with the for profit resort down the street. Problem is, 1) they wont, and 2) even if they did, their penchant is for tilting the playing field rather than trying to build a better mousetrap.

  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 9:39:11 AM PST · 51 of 57
    RainMan to E. Pluribus Unum

    OMG, I am stealing that as my tagline. Unfortunately, I have to shorten it.

  • Seahawks lead league in PED suspensions under Pete Carroll

    01/24/2015 10:21:44 AM PST · 37 of 62
    RainMan to edzo4

    Um, any bother to look at the Date Stamp on the story in the link. This is 2 years old ... and how many times in the last two years have Seahawks gotten in trouble for PED’s ... oh yeah ... zero. In fact, the last Seahawks player that got in trouble ... Brandon Browner, was benched then released by the Seahawks, and now plays for New England.

  • TOP-10 Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

    01/23/2015 2:03:39 PM PST · 53 of 57
    RainMan to dware

    Not voting R, if the R is conservative, just because you don’t like the R’s is an absolute guaranteed way to lose.

    A conservative running as an independent is also a guaranteed way to lose.

    How about you agree to support a conservative candidate, regardless of what party (if any) they are affiliated with?

    Heck, if a conservative made it as the Dem nominee and the R’s were putting up a closet liberal, I would have no problem voting Donkey. Now, we all know that is not going to happen, but the point is, support the candidate.

  • TOP-10 Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

    01/23/2015 10:29:33 AM PST · 45 of 57
    RainMan to dware

    I would like to see the conservatives do this wisely. First, if 10 conservatives run, then we have lost. They will split the vote and we will get another Milquetoast Mitt or Manchurian McCain.

    Here is my preference.

    * If you never ran for office even statewide before. Please sit down, you are not going to win a National election. This includes all congressmen.

    * If you are a Senator or Governor and lost a re-election after you achieved that title, please sit down, you have proven that you can be beat in your back-yard, what makes you think you can carry any of 50 states that don’t know you as well.

    * If you have not endured the blast furnace that is the national spotlight trying to discredit you, please sit down. Those that have and are still standing ... the left has exhausted a lot of ammo on and wont have much to attack except for old tired diatribes. Newbies will get a very complete colonoscopy by the press, and we cant afford someone to fail after the fact.

    * Finally, if there are already 3 conservatives that are running, please sit down. As said, crowding the field wont take votes from Jeb or Christie or Mitt, it will just ensure their victory.

    I am hoping Sarah gets in early and keeps the other conservatives on the bench.

  • Open request to Senator Cruz

    01/22/2015 3:13:46 PM PST · 24 of 448
    RainMan to VerySadAmerican

    My understanding was Obama’s Mamma was not 18, which was a statutory requirement.

  • NFL Schedule - 2014 Season Super Bowl XLIX [Live Conference Championships Playoff Thread Week 22]

    01/21/2015 6:03:53 PM PST · 18 of 206
    RainMan to Bender2

    People are picking against my HAWK’s thinking that last week is a precursor to next week ... but look at it this way. The hawks rarely have consecutive bad weeks, and had they not spotted GB 5 turnovers and average field position in their own territory, the game could very well have been a blowout for Seattle. (i.e, GB does what they did w normal down and distance and they would have scored about 9 and the final score would have been 16-9 WITHOUT overtime or the on-side kick.) They basically limited Aaron Rodgers (QBR 55) and the entire GB offense (135 rushing yards) to nuttin honey. So ... Seattle has a “normal” game, which means they win the turnover differential, and their defense is just as stout as it was this last week, and their offense does what their offense does (put up around 250 in the air and 200 on the ground) and ... it will be a long day for the NE de-flators. Seahawks 28, NE 13

  • Which Movies Make Grown Men Cry?

    01/15/2015 3:06:56 PM PST · 82 of 102
    RainMan to HossB86

    I cry when there is a plausible, realistic scene where an every man, knowing full well the fate that awaits him, musters the courage to face it with dignity and honor. I believe this is actually ingrained in all Christian men, because it tugs at our heart from John 15:13 - Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

    Galipoli
    Braveheart

    Although Hopkins is not laying his life down for another *directly*, his final scene in Meet Joe Black is also a picture of courage and redemption that brought tears to my eyes.

    Also, movies where the focus character is exemplary, and death is so absolutely unjust that you spend the movie hoping that somehow it will be avoided, but it is not.

    The Green Mile
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    Seven Pounds

  • Snowstorm forces closure of 132-mile stretch of NY Thruway

    01/09/2015 10:42:24 AM PST · 15 of 23
    RainMan to oh8eleven

    Back in ‘86 I was going to visit friends in Ratfester (I am an RIT Grad) for Thanksgiving ... driving 90 from Buffalo to Rochester I spun out 3 times and did damage to all 4 sides of my car.

  • ‘Super Cookies’ Track Your Private Web Browsing — Apple Users Can't Get Rid Of Them

    01/08/2015 4:05:03 PM PST · 14 of 46
    RainMan to Swordmaker

    I use CCleaner (CrapCleaner) ... have for years. One nice feature is that it allows you to select which cookies are good and those don’t get deleted when you clean. Also has a good registry cleaner. Both free and paid versions.

  • NFL finally returning to Los Angeles? Rams owner to build massive stadium complex

    01/05/2015 1:18:09 PM PST · 66 of 85
    RainMan to jttpwalsh

    By largest you mean roughly 1/3 the size of the unrestricted seating capacity of CenturyLink in Seattle (67K), home of the Seattle Sounders, who AVERAGED over 43K every season??? (which is above their restricted capacity of 38K). Before you get all huffy about the Galaxy being the primary tenant ... part of how CenturyLink was sold was based on the inclusion of MLS.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Soccer_attendance

  • NFL Schedule - 2014 [Live Thread Week 16]

    12/23/2014 3:29:32 PM PST · 310 of 310
    RainMan to Rummyfan

    RG III for Cutler is the only trade I can think of that would make sense for both parties.

  • Vanity - trying to think of an oldie, with almost nothing to go on

    12/23/2014 3:04:23 PM PST · 70 of 169
    RainMan to NewJerseyJoe

    The Beatles had several. A day in the life is one of the better ones and from 1967.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Q9D4dcYng

    Procol Harum had Whiter Shade of Pale also in 1967
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb3iPP-tHdA

    Beach Boys had Lady Lynda in the late 70’s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzd4D9ndtok

    Sting had the Russians, but this was way more recent than your projected timeline.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHylQRVN2Qs

    These are some of the more familiar ones I can think of.

  • ‘Correction: $1 Trillion bill’? Prediction: Obama will be on the $20 bill in 50 years (Mega Hurl)

    12/17/2014 11:41:40 AM PST · 34 of 51
    RainMan to left that other site

    In 50 years, a $20 wont even buy a cup of drip coffee.

  • It is time for a Convention of the States

    12/17/2014 10:28:27 AM PST · 30 of 100
    RainMan to nathanbedford

    My opposition is this ... a Constitutional Convention puts EVERYTHING on the table for discussion. Want to re-write that pesky right to bear arms ... no problemo. Want to eliminate checks and balances ... easy peasy. Want to pack the supreme court ... go for it. Want to change America from a Republic to a Democracy, a Monarchy or a Dictatorship? You got the power baby! Everything ... and I mean everything from the Bill of Rights to each Amendment in the constitution gets to be RE-WRITTEN. People pushing this cr*p are the spawn of Satan because it literally would be the end of America.

    Now, just who do you think would actually be at the convention and be allowed to vote? Can you guarantee that you can give me a majority of delegates that would actually stand up for America and not be socialists in disguise? ... Would it be you or me voting? Hell no! It would be the morons that got us into this mess in the first place ... and we would be taking off what little leash we have on them and telling them to do the right thing. Only a complete idiot would sign up for that ...

  • SO WHO CAN YOU STILL JOKE ABOUT? A List of groups you can still safely make public jokes about

    12/16/2014 4:32:07 PM PST · 108 of 123
    RainMan to SeekAndFind

    My daughter worked in a staffing firm. Last week a coworker asked about a candidate that she was managing, and wanted to know about them. She used the term “Asian” when describing the candidate, and was fired before the end of the day for discrimination!

  • NFL Schedule - 2014 [Live Thread Week 16]

    12/16/2014 3:01:05 PM PST · 16 of 310
    RainMan to Red Badger

    Agree with all your picks except Colts beat the Boy’s and the Hawks beat the Cards.

  • World's Tallest Man Finds Love With Woman 2-Plus Feet Shorter

    10/27/2013 3:04:00 PM PDT · 7 of 31
    RainMan to bicyclerepair

    That would be tough even on the legendary backseats of a Jaguar. (Jags were historically designed for men over 6 ft tall, and held the distinction of having models where men that were 6’4 could sit in both the front and back seats without cramped legs)

  • 20 Of the Most Obnoxious Quotes From College Professors

    09/21/2013 7:20:58 AM PDT · 21 of 49
    RainMan to Kaslin

    I am currently in the MBA program at the University of Washington, and had my “indoctrination” course over the summer. It certainly was not as bad as any of the above, but it was called “Global and Domestic Economic Conditions” which is fancy speak for Macro Economics.

    In the first class we had a discussion about Kant, Hayek and Friedman, and then the teacher wanted to “prove” something so she wrote on the board a graph, at which point I asked ... doesn’t that graph only recognize Kantian Theory? At this point she admitted she was a Kantian, but promised to try to show all sides.

    Each week we had a quiz (and we were allowed to discuss the quiz with other students before we submitted it). Each quiz had 20 questions, each with 4 options. We were told there was one and only one correct answer for each question. On the very first quiz, I noticed particular wording on a question where there was one answer that was clearly Kantian, and another that took the Monetarist view. I mentioned this to my friend and told him ... well this (monetarist) follows my beliefs, but since the instructor is a Kantian, I bet this is the answer. Sure enough, I was right.

    By the 5th quiz I got into a long heated email exchange with the TA over a particular answer to a particular question where the only way to get it “right” is to assume that a congressional aide would have no idea whether a tax bill were intended to be temporary or permanent (my argument that any bill that is not time limited is by definition permanent, and any bill that is time limited is temporary and will remain temporary unless other legislation is passed to extend it or make it permanent did not sway them).

    I passed the course, but it was the worst grade that I got in the program to date.

  • Student Loan Bubble – Bursting Or Not? Delinquencies Falling in 2013

    09/11/2013 7:57:16 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    RainMan to familyop

    How do you default on a student loan? Like taxes, student loans cannot be discharged by bankruptcy. The only way to eliminate a student loan without paying for it, is by death of the student.

  • In Silicon Valley, age can be a curse

    08/20/2013 6:48:58 AM PDT · 24 of 113
    RainMan to CodeToad

    Um, you may be able to study and pass the PMP in 12 weeks, but you cannot get the documented work experience in that timeframe. You need a minimum of 2 years of on the job experience as a project manager to earn your PMP.

  • Infamous hacker Barnaby Jack dies, one week before Black Hat convention

    07/31/2013 10:39:07 PM PDT · 26 of 28
    RainMan to Nita Nupress

    He actually started in a quick mart in New Zealand. He played with computers, and responded to an ad in a magazine by Juniper Networks in a hacking contest. He figured out how to hack a system that had never been successfully hacked before, and they flew him to America and offered him a job and a speaking spot at the biggest industry conference. He was never a black hat.

    The timeline they gave was slightly off ... I was with him when he first started pondering medical devices.

  • Infamous hacker Barnaby Jack dies, one week before Black Hat convention

    07/31/2013 10:35:24 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    RainMan to A_perfect_lady

    Well, to each their own opinion. He was a white hat ... so his job was exposing weaknesses in products before the bad people could. I admired him.

  • Infamous hacker Barnaby Jack dies, one week before Black Hat convention

    07/26/2013 12:46:47 PM PDT · 4 of 28
    RainMan to novemberslady

    Back in 2010, Barnaby was a good friend of mine and we travelled extensively together. I heard this news on the radio this morning and was deeply saddened. He was one of the few Hackers that I respected.

  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · 1 of 31
    RainMan
    Well ... isn't this special.
  • Swedish Women Drop Burkas and Enter Stockholm Mosque Bare-Breasted; Pandemonium Ensues

    07/01/2013 4:18:16 PM PDT · 96 of 141
    RainMan to humblegunner; txhurl

    Its not my blog ... a friend sent me the link, and I could not find the video anywhere else. In reference to those offended that it was an atheists blog ... like I said, show me somewhere else that published the story, otherwise, news is news, and this story obviously was of interest to many.

  • “Obama Porn” Flops at the Box Office (White House Down)

    07/01/2013 4:12:15 PM PDT · 20 of 26
    RainMan to MeganC

    I had no idea that was the premise ... I go to theatres to escape the heat and see action movies that don’t translate well to TV. So ... I saw WHD. It took about 15 minutes to see that they were going after the conservatives, but it could have been worse. The plot had so many holes however ... in the entire movie there were terrorists in front of and on top of the white house, and not a single sniper took one of them out. The most amusing part however was the presidential limo taking 10 MINUTES of abuse from a minigun (does it EVER run out of ammo), including hitting glass, and not penetrating.

  • Swedish Women Drop Burkas and Enter Stockholm Mosque Bare-Breasted; Pandemonium Ensues

    07/01/2013 1:58:12 PM PDT · 2 of 141
    RainMan to RainMan

    Anyone have the over/under on how long until the Honour Murder? I am thinking 2 weeks.

  • Swedish Women Drop Burkas and Enter Stockholm Mosque Bare-Breasted; Pandemonium Ensues

    07/01/2013 1:57:12 PM PDT · 1 of 141
    RainMan
  • Student Lectures Teacher On How to Teach in Front of Classmates

    05/09/2013 2:49:34 PM PDT · 1 of 23
    RainMan
  • Lenovo ships new enterprise gear with Windows 7

    03/20/2013 8:31:46 AM PDT · 4 of 16
    RainMan to RJS1950

    I bought a new machine with Win 8 preloaded (Lenovo Twist) and found the biggest problem is that Win 8 needs exceptional power behind it or it crashes regularly. My machine has an i5 processor and 4 GB RAM, and I have to reboot 5 times a day because something stops working ... and on Win 8, it is weird because when something stops (like hyperlinks) working, there are NO error messages ... it just sits there letting me click away but doing nothing. Win 8 is the new Vista, but that may be too mean to Vista. Win 8 is the new Win ME.

  • I Need Help with Philosophy Class Questions

    03/18/2013 9:31:14 AM PDT · 33 of 92
    RainMan to EaglesNestHome

    I will answer the middle question, because how anyone responds to the middle answer determines how they will answer the other two.

    Why are we here?

    This is a test, and this is only a test. The test is whether you can believe in a God that you cannot visually see, physically touch, or audibly hear. God wants mankind’s unconditional love, but because of the lack of physical attributes AS THEY DEEM THEM, many deny his existence. Jesus spoke to Thomas (doubting Thomas) about how he needed to see the wounds to believe. If you believe, then the answer to the first question is that you came from the creation of God, and last questions would be that you will spend Eternity with him in Heaven. If you fail the test, then who knows where you came from ... you can only guess, and many of us know where you are going, but you certainly do not.

  • The most popular TV show is …

    03/10/2013 10:44:47 AM PDT · 17 of 21
    RainMan to SuziQ

    I was complaining about it to my wife as well, and we stopped watching after the first episode. My beef with it was simply this ... God is written out of most scenes. They reduced the Bible from the word of God to a preposterous story with bad casting and bad acting. I felt this would do serious damage to evangelizing to young people because after watching this, they would simply say ... what’s the big deal.

    No real creation story (other than Noah telling it)
    The ark leaked
    Most of God talking to people was inaudible
    Nothing about Abram and Melchizedek.
    Sarah was not a looker - nothing about being kidnapped 2x.
    In this show, Sarah was about 50-55 when she gave Hagar to Abram, still about 50-55 when she had Issac.
    The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were not homosexuals, Lot did not offer his daughters.
    The ninja angels were just silly.
    Ishmael looked to be about 10 when he and Hagar kicked out
    Nothing about Issac’s life
    No Jacob at all
    No 12 tribes, Joseph, Coat, Egypt, saving the people from famine, brothers ending up in Egypt.
    Each plague got less than a second of air time.
    The future pharaoh figured out Moses killed the guard
    Aaron did not speak for Moses
    Did not turn the staff to a snake
    Pharaoh did not call for the plague that lead to the death of his own son.
    Joshua was Moses right hand man before they left Egypt. But no Caleb.
    No cloud by day, pillar of fire by night
    They did not even digitally image people to show the size of the nation of Israel that left Egypt. You would think it was less than 1000 people.
    God apparently could give them dry ground to walk on crossing the Red Sea, but could not keep it from raining cats and dogs and being dark.

  • Toothy Spiral Jaw Gave Ancient Sea Predator an Edge

    02/28/2013 12:32:45 PM PST · 13 of 58
    RainMan to cuban leaf

    My thoughts exactly. In fact, to take it a step farther ... if evolution “works”, then first you have to reconcile how the mutation occurred in the first place. Supposedly this mutation made life better for progeny, yet they went extinct. If life was getting tougher generation by generation, per evolution, this should have bred OUT of the species. To reach a point of collapse of ANY species is an argument of failure for evolution. I love how this article ends by saying how this awesome killing machine probably lived on squid .... and that makes sense ... there would be NO leverage on a jaw like that to rip or tear anything of substance ... in fact it would be just the opposite. Take on anything with a thick skin and it could snap your jaw off if it swam away.

  • Truman Deployment Cancelled

    02/07/2013 6:55:15 AM PST · 16 of 18
    RainMan to Jacquerie

    Because my boy is on the ship. They actually deployed 2 weeks ago then returned Monday. That alone was very weird. We spoke yesterday AM, and at that time he expected to be restarting the deployment on Friday. They already have the air wing on the ship, so you don’t “delay” with the planes on board. Now they will have to go back out to sea just so they can fly the planes back off the boat ... and no, they will not just let the planes sit there. When the ship is in port, the planes are on land. This is absolutely non-trivial, but like most things, it is being ignored in the media.