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  1. I don’t know about the toxins but they have that soft middle that I wouldn’t expect to burn well.  They are also a pain in the ass to get rid of. Root suckers will popup after you cut it down. Yet another thing about China we can hate.

  2. With inflation as it is, anything not making gains to match it, is a loss.  But what you do depends on how much you are depending on that 30 to 40k at the end of the 2 years.  If its imperative you still have it in two years then any investment with potential for gains may be too risky.  Two years is a short window.  Not much time to recover a loss.  Sure, you could get lucky with an index fund for example, but you could also lose a chunk of that money if the timing is bad.  If that’s a situation that will force you to alter your plans in two years, then it may be better just to avoid any loses and not worry about gains.

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  3. 6 hours ago, Displaced Texan said:

    A new fab won’t help the current chip shortage. It will take Samsung several years to build the Taylor chip fab, and another couple of years to get a good yield. 

    Long term, it’s a great move for Samsung, but don’t expect it to help the current issues. 

    Chip production is a very dirty process. All kinds of nasty gasses, acids, and other chemicals are used in the processes. The EPA, OSHA, and many other .gov agencies are constantly up their asses about working with these materials, and the disposition of the waste. 
    Regulatory nightmare. 

    That was one of the major reasons much of chip production moved offshore. Places like China don’t have the regulatory and environmental concerns most of the rest of the world does. 

    I realize the benefit is long term, but at least one company taking that path.  Maybe they’ll have an easier time with regs in TX.  Can’t avoid the feds...but less grief from the home state may be helpful.

  4. On 11/18/2021 at 8:09 PM, High Exposure said:

    I thought there were going to be 2 more seasons. They have a lot to wrap up….

    I was hoping for more than just season 6 but I hadn’t seen anything specific talking about how many they had planned.

    Seems like they could do a spin off of sorts that that’s place in the time gap in the series.  If the series is making money, why not do it?  But thats always the issue.

    Or...if Bezo’s still likes it...he can do as many seasons as he likes, just because he wants to.  Hell..if I were him...I’d do it.  Bar change for him.

  5. On 11/24/2021 at 10:13 PM, FXDX said:


    A ways back in a discussion, it was mentioned by some with some experience here in the semiconductor industry that it would take too long and cost too much $$$ to build semiconductor fabrication plants in the US.  This article seems to contradict that view.

    Was wondering what the semi industry people thought about this project by Samsung.

    sorry but wasn’t specifically directed at you, thought it reads as it was.

  6. On 10/22/2021 at 9:48 PM, 1LtCAP said:

    i know i'm sounding stupid....but prop gun. should only fire blanks. makes sense. what kind of movies are gonna fire live rounds?

    Unless they manufacture “prop” guns with special chambers that can not fit a round with a bullet, I suspect they are capable of firing live rounds.  But if its possible to have metal fragments lodged in the barrel, someone needs to design new prop firearms. Or do really complex CGI.

  7. Data Centers do this with N+1 generator arrays. I don’t deal with those kinds of systems, but they are likely expensive as hell and way too big for a residential generators.  As I think about it, they probably feed the generators in the very big inverters, which is where the sine wave out is controlled.  3 phase in their case. Also accepts a feed from batteries to maintain power during the generator start process.

    This may be a problem requiring too much stuff for a typical house.

    It may be easier to break out the panel to be fed by two different generators. One for lights and similar loads plus critical stuff like a fridge.  Then the other larger gen/panel for well pumps, AC units, furnace blowers, etc.

  8. 15 hours ago, 45Doll said:

    I've got another friend on NJ Comcast, and I think she watches FNC all the time. I'll check with her. Should have done that already.

    Without knowing what the outbound feed topology of FNC looks like I have no chance at all. That's why I tried to get at least two points of reference for someone who does. FNC did respond to my inquiry and said they forwarded my complaint to the broadcast department. I'm not holding my breath. But I'll report if I ever get an answer.

    In the meantime, if any one else has seen this issue let me know. I know it's not that big an issue even for me, but my curiosity as an ex-broadcast guy is going to keep me after it. And when it happens it's annoying.

    Drop the TV portion of cable and all of the set top boxes.  Add Hulu Live for $55/ month.

    But if you still want a phone line, their lowest priced triple play may be the cheapest option. Maybe as low os $65 but for high bw internet, cld be $100+.

    we went from $265/month for cable with a bunch of stuff we didn’t need to 75 for cable without the premium crap and 55 for Hulu.

    Hulu isn’t the only choice.  There are also a couple of free options though I am not familiar with those services.

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  9. Kids have been going out to parties, etc with backpacks for years.  Most of them will have a water bottle filled with gin or vodka.   Plus whatever other stuff they feel they need to lug around.  Seems like a pain in the ass to me.  I guess minors who can’t get served would stash booze in it.  Other than that and your wallet, what the hell would you need to carry around?

  10. Make sure you have only compliant stuff if you bring em here.  It would suck if PD ends up responding to an alarm and finds a bunch of stuff.  Or your divorcee decides she wants to screw you over and makes a false claim of abuse and mentions firearms.  Even if you did nothing wrong, it could become problematic.

    So.. 10 rd or fewer mags... no flash hiders....compensators pinned.... adjustable stocks pinned... etc etc..   I suspect you already know this stuff, but wanted to mention it.

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