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Hardware & Technology / Re: WebPerl | Run Perl in the browser
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:37:04 PM »

I'd be surprised if LM ever left. He used to dream in perl.

Water Cooler / Re: And now their stealing... bees
« on: October 22, 2018, 02:56:11 AM »
Stolen church roof '£400k to replace' - BBC News

Hardware & Technology / Re: I need a W10 crapbook
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:29:52 PM »
It's quick, no doubt about it.  I'm seeing why the school teachers are raving about it.  Seems optimized for daily life on wifi.

USB keyboard & trackball work a-ok. USB device recognition seems especially quick.

OS + trimmings isn't a hawg, about 22g of 32g left after loading apps, extensions, etc.

The 4g hybrid with touchscreen is definitely the way to go. Thanks, reddit!

Hardware & Technology / Re: 5 Ways to Thwart Spies
« on: October 21, 2018, 12:31:13 PM »

Of the 3 privacy extensions I run (ScriptSafe, Privacy Badger, Ublock), ScriptSafe is the meanest AND the biggest pita --which makes it the most effective, I guess.  Every domain and subdomain is blocked by default and  you're forced to check off -often by guessing- all of the 3rd domain assets a site might use to build a page.  Text usually displays even in the default mode but it can take a few trial-and-error reloads to get the pix & vids unblocked.  Media sites, in particular, might have as many as 20-25 items blocked, ranging from ad networks to CDNs. 

ScriptSafe does have the option of exporting/importing your custom user data.

WTF, "shoppingshadow" isn't tracking?  That does it! -->

---> 1 hr later
---->2 hrs later

OK, out of 3700+ cookies, I've blocked all but 45 of them.

Economics & Investing / Re: Schwab starts talking about recession
« on: October 21, 2018, 11:46:55 AM »
<saved you a click>

"The mortgage pain point
Interest rates on the most common type of mortgage topped 5 percent last week for the first time since January 2011, said Wolf Richter at WolfStreet, and another point higher will hit the "pain threshold" for the housing market. Thirty-year fixed rates for "conforming loans" — mortgages for single family homes priced below $453,100, with a 20 percent down payment — are now at 5.05 percent, up from below 4 percent in 2016. While that's still a historically low number, it's likely to rise as the Federal Reserve steadily lifts the interest rate it charges to banks. A 6 percent rate would take mortgages close to where they stood in the housing bubble. That "will block a considerable number of potential buyers from buying at current prices." Cities where prices have "surged" as much as 55 percent from their housing bubble peak — including Seattle, San Francisco, and Denver — could be hit particularly hard."

Hardware & Technology / Re: I need a W10 crapbook
« on: October 21, 2018, 11:26:16 AM »
I had already installed Carat, and it is the one I'll keep for now. I've tried to find column mode but can't --will try again.

Nope, not that I could find.

Hardware & Technology / Re: I need a W10 crapbook
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:52:09 PM »
Chromebooks run full desktop chrome which immediately synced with my W10 browser.  The major extensions, Scriptsafe, uBlock, Privacy Badger, Tampermonkey, and a few minor ones have been armed (by importing user files from W10 Chrome) and tested.

I'm moderately impressed.  Almost an ultralight. Fast, though not blazingly so.

Big drawback, might be fatal: I can't run Ultraedit. Yeah, there are plenty of chromebook text editors, but I can't find one with Column Mode other than -ugh- Vim.

Hardware & Technology / Privacy Badger repair CAUTION
« on: October 20, 2018, 02:43:56 PM »
I noticed PB icon wasn't showing in my Chrome extensions. When I checked, it was marked "Corrupted" and showed a "Repair" button.  When I repaired it, it simply re-installed PB and overwrote my much-modified cookie database.  I had exported a copy a few weeks ago and could upload it, but would have lost a few hours work otherwise.  In this instance, "Repair" was misleading.

Marketing / Re: (US) March of the Non-White Babies
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:23:44 PM »
As U.S. fertility rates collapse, finger-pointing and blame follow - The Washington Post

"William H. Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, said that what struck him about the new report is the figures on Hispanic women, who have traditionally had high fertility rates. From 2007 to 2017, Hispanic women experienced a 26 percent drop in fertility rates in rural areas, a 29 percent drop in smaller metro areas and a 30 percent decline in large metro areas.

He said the fertility rates for Hispanic women in urban areas are now below the 'replacement rate' of 2.1 children per woman, which would keep the population stable."

Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:20:15 PM »
David’s Bridal stops payment as private-equity owner seeks finance deal

Facebook will have a meltdown when they pull the plug on David’s Bridal.  I'm not sure the intertubes will be able to withstand the firepower of 200,000 livid brides-to-be.

Water Cooler / Re: Federal flood insurance has a cap
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:15:13 PM »
"Specifically, uninsured flood loss for the same {NC,SC,VA) area is estimated to be between $13 billion and $18.5 billion. Wind losses are estimated to be an additional $1 billion to $1.5 billion."

Or roughly 3-4 times the estimated insured loss.

Traffic / Re: Facebook Turns to U.K. Politician to Help Repair Its Image
« on: October 19, 2018, 06:34:33 PM »
Congratulations to Nick Clegg, who just got the world’s worst job

Water Cooler / Re: Possible CoreCon 2019 - Maybe
« on: October 19, 2018, 02:16:23 PM »
>HOLD May 10th & 11th 2019 OPEN   Asheville, NC

Barring the unforeseen, I'm in.

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