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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

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  1. Just to be clear, you are referring to the EB-5 Visa program that has been in place since 1990. Not a Kushner special program? Ruling on removing the stay and hearing in the fall was a 9-0 decision. Seems the Supremes were pretty aligned on this one.
  2. I think you may be confusing track with heading. What the chart shows is track(path of the ship's COG) not heading. The chart indicates the rudder input forces the Center of Gravity of the ship to displace to the outside of the turn.
  3. Shipping lines are selling freighters less than 10 years old for scrap. Merchant captains are going on the beach for lack of jobs. Any surprise the guys who's job is on the line is first to the media with a "Not my fault" story? Sounds like the teenager who t-boned me "launching out of a parking spot in a parking lot. Honest officer, I was driving slowly and looked carefully. He just have been speeding, or had his lights off or something. Plenty of blame to come and I'm pretty sure Fitz did a lot wrong. The investigation will tell us what happened.
  4. Agree but we have seen Lewis pull the "brake check" and other aggressive blocks more than once. I suspect the stewards put a bit of "Lewis asked for it" in the determination of how much of a penalty to give Seb. OTOH, Seb is all about "they can't do that to me" when he's pretty quick with a block or dive bomb. Giving up a sure podium won't sit well in Maranello. We'll see Seb and Lewis take each other out by season's end. A bit glad Lewis could not catch up to Seb in the last 10 laps. He was not going to get that pass. Do we need tracks like Baku? Very hard to pass. A car eater due to the narrow streets and no runoff. 14 classified finishers including Kimi who retired late so 7 actual retirements of 20 cars.
  5. You should educate yourself about oil reserves. OPEC no longer controls the oil market. US production couples with a tapering off in demand has driven and held prices below $50/bbl. Saudi needs $100 bbl to fund their "pay off the religious kooks" programs and is spending national cash reserves. They tried to squeeze production to raise prices and failed. A lot of oil reserves in the US and the Canadian tar sands oil isn't economically recoverable at current prices but its presence in the ground places a cap on how much oil prices can rise. None of this means we should not continue to develop alternate energy but those who think oil is running out are fooling themselves. As to Aussie coal? Perhaps we should count carbon emissions at the source. China smog is fair dinkum Aussie born.
  6. It is the "value edition" with power windows and seats and remote locking (no alarm). No pedal adjusters but Steering wheel adjuster. If you rented a mid size car in 2005-2007, you probably drove one. Problem is that it's "her car". I only drive it when she borrows mom's minivan or my Lexus RX for hauling/towing. Her rule is "I leave the seat where I need it tomorrow morning." asked her for a couple of pics.
  7. 5'4". Car does short OK. I have to stand outside and put the seat back before entering when set up for her.
  8. Sounds like a perfect buy for you. Good luck.
  9. My daughter's 2007 has 126k on the clock. On,y really weak spot in the engine is the VVT cam gear non hardened pins as built would wear. Symptom was a rattle on cold start until oil pressure built up. Cost $600 P&L to fix. Silent warranty applied but hers failed 2 years past that. If you can determine that the engine had that repaired, it is likely to go 175-200K. Automatic trans trouble free. Headliner sagged at about 100k. Same mechanic that did the engine fitted a new mouse fur one for $100. No other issues over 10 years. Period. Other than being. Magnet for idiots to hit. Latest was a rear end that is a "constructive total". Chose to take the initial estimate and sell as is with a solid engine and trans, A damaged front and rear bumper and slight unibody damage right rear. She is currently shopping for a replacement car and I expect to sell the Mazda to someone as a near bulletproof commuter bomb for $2,500. Serviced every 5,000 since new If it hadn't been hit, she would be driving it for another 3-4 years. if you find a good one, it's hard to beat as a reliable and cheap commuter. Hell, if of my daughter pulls her thumb out and buys something in the next week or so, I'll sell you this one. She wants a specific color and option package Fiat 124( the new one), has cash to buy it in the bank but is having trouble pulling the trigger. She is so tight, her checkbook is dusty. In the meantime, she commutes in the bent Mazda daily
  10. Interviews with Lewis and Seb worthwhile for what they would not say.
  11. Well.... Q-ships are not a new idea and a "missile in a box" that can fly to a gps coordinate is similarly old news. Nothing I see there that is intelligent or even autonomous. Someone will set the target and push "fire." I do agree Israel is a likely "early adopter" of enabling a fully automatic large scale system. Still likely to be based on a rigid, hard coded rule set and not a learning system in my mind.
  12. All 34 evacuated as unsafe. 2-4 weeks minimum to correct (?) the deficiencies.
  13. Agree it has been cracked open but to my h deratamdif "learning" hasn't been enabled. You speak of testing but I think an Aegis cruiser full system would run 200-250m SLOC, much of which could be locked down. The "hard part" would be how t regression test every "learned" update in the control system wophich I suspect would be 15-20 M SLOC. Once you go down that path, it's no longer a learning and adaptive AI system. JUst my random thoughts on a slow weekend.
  14. News from the U.K. troubling on additional hazardous blocks of council flats. BBC story tonight pretty sobering.
  15. I think there is a big difference between "automatic systems" that operate within a clearly defined rule set and networked AI systems that learn and adapt their rule set base on own ship, other ship and battle force system input. Engagement 1' I know what an AI based system will do. Day 5, after learning from multiple same ship and other activity engagements, I don't know what it has now determined are the kill criteria. Therin lies the rub.