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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. World Series

    Here in Pasadena, my car is telling me it's 105 at 2:30pm
  2. World Series

    105F at game time.....YIKES
  3. It's Official, he's toast...Bill O’Reilly will no longer be employed at Fox News, the network’s parent company 21st Century Fox said in a statement Wednesday. The decision comes after allegations of him sexually harassing female colleagues prompted protests outside network headquarters and a mass exodus from advertisers.
  4. Pokemon Go, OMFG...

    Sorry to say, it's already happened !! http://bokeh.digitalrev.com/article/a-bunch-of-cheaters-decided-to-catch-pokemon-using-a-drone
  5. So, here's a perspective. I grew up in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia during the civil war and we lived on a farm under constant treat from insurgents/terrorists. I grew up with guns everywhere, everyone was armed and in reality there were almost ZERO terrorist attacked thawed or prevented by the victims being armed and also bear in mind that these were civilians, who where steeped in gun handling and usage, not had military service and he even had mandatory range time at school from a young age. On the farm we used firearms all the time, and still when it came down to it, civilians with guns are less than useless in a situation like Orlando. In fact, idiots shooting blind in the dark would be my worse nightmare. Even a "trained" security guard made no difference. So let's knock the good guys with guns myth on the head, unfortunately I've seen lots of dead good guys (women and children too) with guns ! We were lucky in that we had military personnel on the farm (sounds like the 2nd amendment to me..) and we because of this we managed to avoid serious attacks except for when Comrade Mugabe liberated the farm after the war ! Same BS is happening in South Africa now, farmers are armed, but they are being killed all the time, and most of these have been through 2 years of military service...defending yourself in a life and death situation is more complicated than just being armed, a gun is not a guarantee or a magic shield. So we need a different tack. There has to be a way to restrict access without infringing 2nd amendment rights. rights bring responsibilities, if you want to enjoy your right, you need to sign on to the responsibility. I have no issue with a real background check, mandatory training, and licensing..it you can demonstrate that you are responsible, exercise your rights, own what you want, no problem. We accept this in driving a car, we need training, testing a licensing, no-one is arguing to get rid of driving licenses. As for AR style rifles, they are no different to any other firearms, but they have a mythology that makes them targets for idiots bend on doing evil things. No need to ban them, but I would agree however that large capacity magazines should be banned, no-one hunting needs more than 5 or 10 rounds in a magazine and if you do, you shouldn't be hunting. Same for defense, if you need 30 rounds you are in deeper shit that an AR will solve. We need a sensible approach,that is not gun control or get tough on mental health or terrorists it's all of these things, together and while we are at it cut out the fundamentalist religious or political bullshit...right wing, left wing, Islam, Christianity they are all the same, while we have extremist of all types sprouting hate for any group of our society there are idiots who will take them seriously. You have a right to free speech, but again with rights come responsibilities, words matter. Finally I believe in the second amendment, and the right to bear arms, I do, but we also need to remember that the NRA is a gun industry lobby first and foremost, they hide behind the constitution to sell their products. They need to come to the table and be part of the solution but the obstructionst body they are now. They have way more influence they they should have. To be able to threaten a member of congress with being thrown out of office for not supporting their agenda is complete BS.
  6. first music purchased with your OWN money

    1973 - Slayed? by Slade..
  7. first music purchased with your OWN money

    Bill Backer, the adman behind that Coke commercial DTS last Friday, May 13th
  8. Porsche Porn

    At the Long Beach Grand Prix Porsche Party on Wednesday...3 918's and 9 911GT3R's in a line https://www.dropbox.com/s/h2eh5c2zlq4xi3l/2016-04-13%2019.54.49.jpg?dl=0
  9. I would sorta dispute that. I had a Surface on my most recent business trip to the US and was doing some hardcore PPT briefs, word and excel stuff and it did perfect. And I plugged it into the conference room projector through the HDMI and did the presentations right off of it. I could see if you are doing some CAD or really intense photo/video processing, you might want the full size laptop. When I didn't bring my big laptop I was initially worried I had made a mistake. But the SP3 did just fine. Especially with a little bluetooth mouse.... YMMV To take it one step further, I have a surface pro (first generation) and have run a variety of CAD software and computationally intensive code on it. The CAD software (some application specific packages, but also things like solidworks and ANSYS) run just fine, maybe a hint slower than the work desktop with an i7 that I had in my last summer job, but plenty for on the road work. Using it for engineering studies I've pushed some reasonably intensive MATLAB code through the computer, again, noticed that it was slower than the desktops, maybe 25-30%, but you're comparing a 1-2 year old desktop to a 3 year old lightweight laptop. I'm sure if I were running bigger applications or comparing to state of the art desktops then I'd see the slow more, but last I checked, the OP of this thread isn't running anything that will completely shatter a small computer. And I'm sure the difference between my surface pro and the new surface pro 4 is a whole lot in terms of computing power. My Surface Pro 4 is pretty high spec, has 6th Gen Intel Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, same as my macbook pro (it's faster than the macbook for many things) and more power than many desktops. It also has a fantastic screen, higher res than the retina. Only thing I miss is a SD card slot, it has a micro SD slot...
  10. I could see if you are doing some CAD or really intense photo/video processing, you might want the full size laptop. I run full Lightroom and Photoshop on my surface 4 and it's faster than my macbook pro with large DNG files from my Leica Cameras. Also with the pen it's a pleasure to re-touch and edit directly on the screen. You might have a problem with 4K video, but then you will with most laptops.
  11. My company is all Mac, but I have recently bought a surface pro 4, i7, 16gb ram and 512gb SSD and it's faster and more versatile than my macbook pro at 25% of the weight. It's not cheap, but it's the only tablet that can replace your laptop completely. Obviously the no 1 attraction is full versions of office, adobe creative suite etc rather than tablet apps and it has a real operating system rater than a cut-down tablet system. I remote in all the time via Citrix, no problems....
  12. Mirrorless Camera

    Semi pro here (I've shot travel for several big clients, Amex, Hilton etc as a sideline to my consulting business) For years I shot on Leica M's (rangefinder, mirrorless) which have been around for many years, and Nikon D3 where the manual Leicas were not appropriate ( action etc..) As the D3's aged I looked at replacing them and spent a lot of time weighting up the pro's and con's of going mirrorless. Fuji and Sony were on the radar, the Sony Ar7 is AWESOME, great sensor, 42mp (too many probably), excellent ISO range and small and light. The Fuji's are also good, I know one pro who ditched all this Cannon stuff for Fuji and he shoots landscapes mainly. Bottom line I ended up with the new Leica SL, mirrorless autofocus etc. This is the best 35mm camera, mirrorless or otherwise. Would I recommend this to a first time buyer, NO...it's just too expensive, but if you have an investment in Leica M glass, it's a no brainer. Some images from the camera here http://www.cbm.photography If I was buying with no investment to protect, Sony A7R, without a doubt..If you shoot sports or action, you might stick with a DSLR (go full frame at least, latest D5 will shoot full frame at 14fps!..) purely because of the greater available of faster, longer zooms for canons and nikons.
  13. Joke

    Olympic sailing medal tally is in.........Australia took gold, Great Britain, silver and Somalia took the boats.............
  14. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Good for you....I have Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy and in the last year have had 2 MI's, a Stroke and 2 heart surgeries. Now on the transplant list, and the doctors et al keep telling me to slow down, take it easy, you won't survive the next one etc etc... Well, my respond is this: to buy a bigger boat, bugger off to the bahamas for a couple of months and to hell with the naysayers. If I have 1 day, 1 Week, 1 year or 100 left, I will live each one as if it was any other day. If I wake up in the morning stretch out my arms and I can't feel a box on both sides, it's going to be a good day. Stay strong, live and love like there is no tomorrow and rest assured that there is a community that will return the favour.
  15. Misty May's Ass

    Speaking of Olympic Asses, this one isn't bad....