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  1. There's a difference between actual productivity, i.e. how much stuff you are making, and accounting. I see a lot of confusion between the two and it's important to separate them. Productivity is what puts a roof over your head and food on the table, accounting is assigning a monetary number to those products. As governments become more and more Keynesian, the price of goods and services become more and more warped. It's gotten to the point where the prices of things like food, college, health care, automotive, real estate, electronics, and oil, are completely decoupled from their actual value. Because of that, it's hard to know how much work in the economy is being done versus how much people are paying for that work. What we're seeing right now I wouldn't call The 2nd Great Depression, but The Great Correction. As you've seen, stock prices are in la-la land and The Fed is running the money printer as fast as it can trying to keep it up just a little bit longer. The accounting part of the economy is coming to terms with the fact that productive growth since the 1990s has actually slowed or completely stalled while the number of people it's had to serve has gone up. The point to all this is: accounting wants to see growth YoY forever but if it doesn't it's going to cause problems for accounting, not necessarily productivity. The 2 are sort of tied together since accounting is what invests in productivity so we'll see some shortages, but productivity isn't going to fall off a cliff just because it hit a ceiling. The two will realign but it'll probably take a decade or two, probably a world war as well. For the reason I stated above, this is why looking at the fiscal situation US shale oil and coming to the conclusion that it takes too much effort is disingenuous. Back around the mid-2000s, the US heavily subsidized shale, to grow it as fast as it could, to meet the strategic needs of the country. As a result, on paper, it looks very expensive because the government wanted oil independence from S.A. and wrote those oil companies a blank check to make it happen. But now that the technology has matured greatly it's now profitable, until oil prices went negative anyway. Either way, the investment in shale technology has been made, it eventually it'll pay back. Had it been allowed to grow organically, shale wouldn't be as debt laden as it is now. As of 2018 I think, the break even cost of a barrel of shale oil was on-par with the break even cost of Saudi oil. My understanding is that the estimated shale reserves in just the US and Canada is enough to meet our oil needs for hundreds of years. Probably longer since exploration is still on-going. An honest to God peak oil situation is far off the horizon. I'm out of time now but later I'll post about climate change and CO2 and how our predictions for global surface temperature and measurements don't align at all and really call into question the link between CO2 and the greenhouse effect.
  2. I don't know what you're talking about. He thinks he was recruited by the CIA, the world was taken over by tripods, that Kleiner is a mad scientist who he adores, and that he's supposed to be in Hawaii. Plus considering he's taking the time to edit the maps so they don't have too much game logic, I think Ross is going above and beyond.
  3. I feel like this thread needs some pallet cleansers for all these bad color pallets.
  4. We wouldn't have gone if we didn't have money to make from it. Money, power, and influence were really the only good reasons to have American soldiers fight Asian wars. Viets have loyalty to Viet Nam and a stake in a civil war, Americans do not. To that I say the US was protecting its ally from a communist invasion. You can say what you want about communist boogeymen and the Red Menace, but nobody wanted Moscow influencing their politics. The USSR's "imperialism" makes the US almost look like a saint. Go read up on the history of South East Asia after the communist take over. It's brutal.
  5. Try booting up in safe mode and see if it still does it.
  6. Download CPUID HWMonitor and take a quick look at the temperatures. You can also try looking at the Windows log files to see if anything triggered a shutdown. Your BIOS or UEFI might have built-in hardware diagnostic tests you can run as well.
  7. I just tested it in Win10. Put it to sleep and 20 minutes later brought it out of sleep. Uptime went ahead 20 minutes. IDK! So there's a new kind of weapon suppression system call Flow-Through Suppression. Introduction: Demonstration with a .50 BMG. Notice there is no ear protection. https://youtu.be/ndbfj-Jk0To?t=24s Seems really slick, huge improvement over what we have.
  8. False, try it now. Record the uptime, set it to sleep for like 10 minutes, start it back up, and record it again. 10 minutes have gone by. Now it's not like all those processes and service were running the whole time, so setting a computer to sleep for 10 days is not the same as leaving it on for 10 days. But, coming from IT, I still highly recommend shutting down your computer every night. Now for you Windows 8 and 10 people lets do an experiment, record your uptime and then Shut down your computer. Through the Start menu > Shut down, not restart. Now turn it back on and look at the uptime.
  9. Being able to guess any password/encryption key on my first try. I would use this for good though, exposing corruption and what have you. This super power breaks physics the most of all the answers on here. If all time stops, how does air move out of the way when you move around? If light stops, what would you see if you walked backwards? Or for that matter, if light is slowed down and you are walking faster than it, what would you see? It completely destroys special relativity. ^^^^^^^^^^^this^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Y'all need Jesus. This is my second pick. I've had dreams where i just swim through the air Peter Pan style and it's awesome. Though if I'm the one picking the super power I owe it to society to actually be helpful. It'd be really selfish if I didn't. So what would the most utilitarian super power be?
  10. Europa Universalis IV has a killer soundtrack. My personal favorite.
  11. The one screenshot I'm missing here is a Civ IV screenshot. I was playing as Germany came up with a good conquest victory strategy. I rushed for trans-ocean sailing tech so I could scout the new world, then I rushed for rifles and conquered it fairly easily. I spared the players in the new world, but made them give up all their resources to me. Then I rushed Corporation tech and founded Mining Inc. Mining Inc. gives you a production bonus for every metal you possess. So with all the metal I imported from the new world, I had crazy high production. Then I built tanks... lots and lots of tanks... On a standard sized map running and normal game pace, I had my 4 core cities make one Panzer every turn. I quickly defeated every one on my continent and won the game before 1945. The picture I had was my production statistic from that game.
  12. For your YouTube playback issue, have you tried reinstalling DirectX? Turning the web browser's hardware acceleration off?
  13. The point I was trying to make was why is activism for male specific issues, like prison rape, are But activism for female issues are not. Men are, by far, victims of more violent crime than women. They also commit the majority of violent crimes. Source 1
  14. They are 2 completely separate categories that simply share a similar name. A celestial body is exclusively either a planet or dwarf planet. Euler diagram A planet must not be a satellite of any other body. Even though the Earth-Moon system orbits the Sun, only the Earth is a planet because the Moon is our satellite. Except there is an algorithm to dictate whether a body has cleared the space around it enough to qualify as a planet or not. Source This video explains the dwarf planet/planet situation pretty well. norkDnRhUy8 What do I have to vent about? This thread.
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