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But I’m not sure whether this still isn’t the... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
But I’m not sure whether this still isn’t the better electoral strategy. Take Jeremy Corbin, the UK’s version of Bernie Sanders. Progressives in the UK cheered when he was made the leader of Labor,...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 08:29 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes, I agree that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
Yes, I agree that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are great public speakers, and was certainly a weapon in their arsenal. But correlation is not causation. I don’t see that this is a top priority among...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 08:17 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Do people really want great orators? We have been... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
Do people really want great orators? We have been spoiled with Barack Obama, but Bush 2 wasn't a gifted speaker. Nor is Donald Trump. Many people complain about Biden's gaffes, but that doesn't seem...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 12:14 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Fivethirtyeight (... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
Fivethirtyeight ( https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2020-election-forecast/) puts the odds of a Trump win at 28 %. That’s still quite high, but I don’t think it’s fair to say a Trump re-election...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Today at 09:42 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I don't understand. Why is the choice to either... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
I don't understand. Why is the choice to either keep Franken or Trump?

@andi*pandi
I agree that Franken's misconduct was of a very different order of magnitude. Especially in this day and age...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 09:20 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Al Franken didn’t get shanked by his party, he... 8,784 Views / 94 Replies  
Al Franken didn’t get shanked by his party, he was made to step down because of his inappropriate conduct towards women. The bar for people in elected office should be higher than what we consider...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Yesterday at 08:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
IMHO the better way to look at it is to reduce... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
IMHO the better way to look at it is to reduce risk rather than pretending we can decrease it to zero. So reducing the frequency of riskier behavior is one measure you can take if you can’t or don’t...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 9, 2020 at 09:20 PM, in Political/War Lounge
CEOs don’t get salaries, they have compensation... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
CEOs don’t get salaries, they have compensation packages. ;)
I’m by no means an expert, but you are right that stock options are usually part of the package, perks (access to company jets, coverage...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 9, 2020 at 09:30 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Good overview. The other thing that gets me is... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
Good overview. The other thing that gets me is that even when CEOs are fired (aka “They want to spend more time with their family.”) most get a golden parachute. Also that is in direct contradiction...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 8, 2020 at 10:32 PM, in Political/War Lounge
This is a pretty regular talking point of many... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
This is a pretty regular talking point of many Democrats, and I feel that the manufactured controversy over trans men in women's bathrooms is an attempt by the GOP to deflect from actual issues like...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 8, 2020 at 10:28 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Exactly, and re-opening public life necessitates... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
Exactly, and re-opening public life necessitates a balancing of risk and nuance. But as a prerequisite, you have to have the pandemic somewhat under control, because the general situation gives you a...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 7, 2020 at 12:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
What gets me is that once the situation is under... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
What gets me is that once the situation is under control, there are interesting approaches to have in-person instruction resume. Denmark (...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 6, 2020 at 10:39 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Supporters of the Second Amendment always go on... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
Supporters of the Second Amendment always go on about them being armed being a bullwark against a police state and an overreaching federal government. Where are the 2A supporters when the federal...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 5, 2020 at 07:16 PM, in Political/War Lounge
My cv does not come with a picture, unless the... 8,590 Views / 26 Replies  
My cv does not come with a picture, unless the application specifically requires it. (In Japan it is customary to include a picture.) When I interview people, I don't want a picture, because I am...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 4, 2020 at 11:45 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Although I should add that we should not allow... 668 Views / 16 Replies  
Although I should add that we should not allow our attention to be diverted from the important topics of the day, which are the pandemic and racial equality. Of all the things that the Chinese...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 4, 2020 at 10:35 PM, in Political/War Lounge
I thought Sarah Cooper’s brilliant Trump... 668 Views / 16 Replies  
I thought Sarah Cooper’s brilliant Trump impressions were what drew crosshairs on TikTok.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 4, 2020 at 07:45 PM, in Political/War Lounge
<mod voice>Let's keep it civil, this is the... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
<mod voice>Let's keep it civil, this is the regular lounge, not the PL. We can disagree with each other without calling the other an idiot.</mod voice>
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 3, 2020 at 02:49 AM, in Political/War Lounge
… and as you correctly write, this number is an... 1,365 Views / 29 Replies  
… and as you correctly write, this number is an underrepresentation.

Yup. Traditionally, the more serious left-wing crimes typically center around property crimes (e. g. vandalism during May 1st...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 3, 2020 at 02:48 AM, in Political/War Lounge
In one of the latest videos... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
In one of the latest videos (https://youtu.be/NrVAZmVeOHg?t=1524) Munro compares how Tesla had simplified the production process for the Model Y compared to the same part in the Model 3 (from over...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 2, 2020 at 10:41 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I’m more concerned with what being foreshadowed... 817 Views / 18 Replies  
I’m more concerned with what being foreshadowed already: there will be a huge problem with mail-in ballots. It is not 100 % obvious to me whether one party will have a systematic advantage, although...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 1, 2020 at 10:35 PM, in Political/War Lounge
That’s the American electoral machine on steroids... 817 Views / 18 Replies  
That’s the American electoral machine on steroids (= tons of money) for ya. Some of these cross-party ads (e. g. from the Lincoln Project or Republicans for Biden) have more legitimacy than others...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Aug 1, 2020 at 10:29 PM, in Political/War Lounge
This ignores differences in the high school... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
This ignores differences in the high school system and specialization. Germany has several types of high school and only if you graduate from one type of high school are you allowed to study at...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:38 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Masayoshi-san (Softbank’s CEO) hasn’t had much... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
Masayoshi-san (Softbank’s CEO) hasn’t had much luck investing money after hitting the jackpot with Alibaba. I was just mentioning WeWorks, because that actually hit the fan this year whereas Uber is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 25, 2020 at 09:29 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Yes, they made some questionable investments such... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
Yes, they made some questionable investments such as WeWorks.

Yeah, agreed, it’s stupid to view ARM as a short-term investment. If things continue as they are, they’d be in control of the vast...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 25, 2020 at 08:41 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Sure, although unlike Apple (who simply hasn’t... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
Sure, although unlike Apple (who simply hasn’t been in that position), Qualcomm has used its market power in the modem market to strong arm competitors into compliance. I guess I am saying that...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 25, 2020 at 07:25 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Thanks, I wasn’t aware of that nuance. But even... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
Thanks, I wasn’t aware of that nuance. But even then, wouldn’t you still have the distinction between (on average) rich cities and poor rural parts?

Oh yeah, absolutely. Because it showed the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:06 PM, in Political/War Lounge
True, and to be honest, that’s part of the reason... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
True, and to be honest, that’s part of the reason why I don’t see it as a good fit: AMD has had a great streak of great products recently sold at great prices. Basically in every category they are...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:56 PM, in MacNN Lounge
… also has an earned reputation for abusing its... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
… also has an earned reputation for abusing its market power. While they might be a better fit than Intel, I don’t think it’ll work out well for the market.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 10:47 PM, in MacNN Lounge
That’s not the counterposition. For... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
That’s not the counterposition.
For specialized needs, there are singular clinics like the Mayo clinic. The hospital my mom worked at was similarly singular, it counted heads of states and famous...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 09:39 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Welcome back. Yup, a lot has happened in 20... 1,023 Views / 3 Replies  
Welcome back.
Yup, a lot has happened in 20 years. I can’t believe that I spent half my life participating in discussions on this place! :)
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 08:49 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I was quite worried when ARM sold to Softbank,... 6,201 Views / 186 Replies  
I was quite worried when ARM sold to Softbank, and it seems my worries now come to a pass. I can’t think of a good shepherd to sell ARM to: Intel and Apple shouldn’t get approval due to anti-trust...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 24, 2020 at 08:48 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I find it weird that people clad in military garb... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
I find it weird that people clad in military garb who do not clearly belong to any discernible law enforcement agency have any sort of jurisdiction whatsoever.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 23, 2020 at 09:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
Ditto in Germany or the Netherlands. Quite a few... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
Ditto in Germany or the Netherlands. Quite a few countries don’t have lengthy cues in their health care systems. In Japan I did not have to wait either, I just go to the doctor/hospital and get...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 23, 2020 at 01:44 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Agreed, and if you spend that much money on a... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
Agreed, and if you spend that much money on a car, your expectations should be in line with the competition.
But in my observation Tesla’s customers tend to care about other things where Tesla is...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 22, 2020 at 09:21 PM, in MacNN Lounge
If memory serves, there were also attempts to... 424,303 Views / 2,544 Replies  
If memory serves, there were also attempts to deny African Americans citizenship after slavery was abolished.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 22, 2020 at 09:10 PM, in Political/War Lounge
You adapt. We have our rainy season in Japan... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
You adapt. We have our rainy season in Japan right now and many people cycle with an umbrella (which I hate). Others have a full-body rain cape or waterproof pants. I just wear one of two rain coats...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 22, 2020 at 02:50 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Whether or not cycling is feasible is largely a... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
Whether or not cycling is feasible is largely a question of infrastructure. Japan has very hot and humid summers, too, yet people keep on cycling. And in Nordic countries, people keep on cycling even...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 22, 2020 at 01:56 AM, in MacNN Lounge
No, you did not misquote me, sorry about that.... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
No, you did not misquote me, sorry about that. But I read you response as arguing that the Model Y does have bad quality control, which wasn't my argument. I merely said that Tesla has been improving...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 22, 2020 at 01:40 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Are you talking about health care specifically or... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
Are you talking about health care specifically or life in general?
With health care it’s definitely not true. If you have money, you can get top-notch treatment in all first-world and even many...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Not speaking on behalf of all foreigners, but... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
Not speaking on behalf of all foreigners, but only myself: a huge factor is the US's really, really crappy health care system. Yes, if you have money, you can get the best care you can imagine. But...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 21, 2020 at 02:00 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yes, although the important keyword you should... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
Yes, although the important keyword you should not omit from my quote is improvements. Have a look at these videos Munroe and Associates did...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 21, 2020 at 01:43 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Can't wait to find out what the NSA is doing... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
Can't wait to find out what the NSA is doing these days … ;)
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 20, 2020 at 09:52 AM, in Political/War Lounge
According to Monroe & Associates Tesla is... 262,101 Views / 1,056 Replies  
According to Monroe & Associates Tesla is improving production quality with every new model. The model Y is supposedly a marked step up as compared with the model 3.
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 20, 2020 at 09:51 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I'm not disinterested in how my arguments are... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
I'm not disinterested in how my arguments are perceived nor am I asking you to be disinterested, I'm just saying that rather than interpret what I wrote in the worst possible way (e. g. as a personal...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 20, 2020 at 09:50 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Yeah, or like the evident decline and eventual... 10,360 Views / 89 Replies  
Yeah, or like the evident decline and eventual death of the Roman Empire. It just took 400 years, and eventually we were right. Forums were the initial watering hole of the web where discussions...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 19, 2020 at 09:51 PM, in MacNN Lounge
I propose not to go down that route. I don’t want... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
I propose not to go down that route. I don’t want that this discussion deteriorates and rather than discuss about the topic at hand, we end up analyzing each others sentences for perceived slights. I...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 19, 2020 at 08:33 PM, in Political/War Lounge
When I first read that story, I just thought this... 1,368 Views / 47 Replies  
When I first read that story, I just thought this is completely bananas. Isn't that what the Second Amendment crowd has always feared would happen? “The feds come in and abuse their power in clear...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 19, 2020 at 09:52 AM, in Political/War Lounge
I'm sorry for your loss, Glenn. That's one... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
I'm sorry for your loss, Glenn.

That's one reason why a lot of sources use 7-day averages and take patterns like that into account. In many places there is a backlog that accumulates over the...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 19, 2020 at 08:55 AM, in Political/War Lounge
You added that as a side remark whereas I think... 32,032 Views / 648 Replies  
You added that as a side remark whereas I think this is the main story. Of course, the efforts to sideline the CDC did not start yesterday. Just today The Hill reports that the Trump administration...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 19, 2020 at 08:52 AM, in Political/War Lounge
Probably my very favorite myth was whether water... 993 Views / 11 Replies  
Probably my very favorite myth was whether water can shield you from bullets (spoiler: yes!). The result was really surprising to me at the time and the tests very simple. (Grant wasn’t involved in...
Posted by OreoCookie, on Jul 18, 2020 at 10:29 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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