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Web Development / Re: Fast Wordpress theme
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:08:06 PM »
Oxygen builder doesn't validate but it only triggers a very low amount of errors for both HTML and CSS.

Not bad!

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: July 02, 2020, 12:21:46 PM »
>>>>>Is air conditioning helping spread COVID in the South?

No air conditioning at swimming pools and those people in Arkansas or whatever got it.

It's all about the lack of masks. The AC could contribute to it but ultimately, it's the lack of masks. Remember those hair stylists in Missouri or wherever who had 144 clients and nobody caught the virus? They were wearing masks.

People in the BLM protesters in masks didn't generate a surge in infections.

People going to the beach and the bars without masks got infected.

The math on that is pretty simple, even I can do it.

>>>>> order Google to open up its click and query data to rival search engines

What happens when you get a bunch of out of touch politicians who know nothing about the Internet writing the laws.

This is about more than Twitter.

This is about more than being "fair" to different viewpoints.

This is about the immunity from lawsuits for EVERY blog, forum, and news site that publishes user generated content.

Yes, there are doubts if the FCC can change the immunity. But I think it's important to understand that this has the potential to affect a great many sites and that this isn't just about Twitter. It's way, way bigger than that.

I wrote an article about it because the mainstream media is mistakenly framing this as about Twitter, which it is not.

That did not happen the way you are representing it GM66.

What happened is that an employee at the clinic decided on their own to pad it. The news reporters had nothing to do with it.

The point about Project Veritas being a disinformation group is entirely relevant to this discussion. Anything produced by Project Veritas must be interrogated and not accepted blindly because they have a long history of distorting facts to fit their political narrative.

Monetization / Re: Amazon to affiliates: we don't need you anymore
« on: April 15, 2020, 07:51:17 PM »
This only affects Covid-19 related shopping categories. It's not an across the board cut in affiliate rates.

The motivation is it makes little financial sense to pay for traffic that is already hitting Amazon at unprecedented levels. They're said to be hiring 100,000 warehouse workers to meet these insane levels of demand.

Of course, from our point of view it would have fostered good will to share the bounty and let everyone's boat rise. The move is definitely creating negative feelings toward Amazon.

Monetization / Re: Amazon to affiliates: we don't need you anymore
« on: April 15, 2020, 12:51:20 AM »
Those are shocking changes!

Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:54:17 PM »
Oh totally. We never had pan handlers on the scale of today until Reagan was in office. Of course there was Proposition 13 (was that it?) the tax revolt thing that lowered housing taxes and gutted the counties without a plan for how police, fire, schools and public hospitals would be funded, leading ultimately to the state debt that went out of control from constant borrowing.

I don't blame liberals for the homeless problem. But they did fail to properly address it. Mayors Art Agnos and Frank Jordan were the worst, they basically ignored the problem. Remember the homeless camp in front of City Hall in SF? OMG, what a sh## show that was.

Economics & Investing / Re: States people are fleeing - guess #1
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:41:24 AM »
People fleeing California are changing the political landscape of the American Southwest.

From NYTimes

"In Nevada...Democrats won the governorís mansion and a second U.S. Senate seat in 2018."

"Colorado... is now reliably blue. Democrats won majorities there by more than 100,000 votes in the last two presidential elections. "

"Arizona could be the next to fall to Democrats.

Trump won Arizona by 91,000 votes. But in 2018, the quirky Kyrsten Sinema became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat since 1988, with a victory margin of about 56,000 votes.

Looking at this yearís electoral map, Arizona is a wild card.

Texas, the top state for California exiles, will probably come up short for Democrats this year, though itís in play. Democrats have a growing advantage in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, all seeing heavy U-Haul traffic from California."

Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: February 18, 2020, 04:25:14 AM »
>>>olitically , California's s foundering because of the wretched political correctness and self-proclaimed Wokeness

That is spot on.  I read a research study the other day about homelessness in San Francisco. The author's politically correct unwillingness to "blame the victim" led her to blame society and the economy. She ignored the obvious twin issues of  drug and mental health problem that is at root of probably the majority of homelessness in San Francisco (at least from the sixties to the mid-2000's when I lived there).

Consequently, the solutions she prescribed (more affordable housing) ignored things like more drug abuse counselling, more mental health facilities and the like.

Hell, a kid who grew up in the house next door (and is now in is late 50's) was arrested in December for panhandling on CalTrain and attacking a train worker. He's homeless because he's mentally ill. He inherited a million dollar home and let it go to sh## and was thrown out. 

In the 1990's I walked past a homeless beggar that looked like a human cockroach, smelly, filthy and wretched. Turns out I went to grade school with him. His demise was crack.

When I lived in the Mission in the 1980's through the early 2000's, there was a fat old hag that used to ply her body on two blocks away. When I saw her boyfriend, a thin ratty man who looked to be twenty years older I recognized them. The woman was younger than I and he was about my age. He was dating her since high school. He used to be handsome mixed race boy, part black and white. The teenaged girl went to a Catholic high school where my own girlfriend attended as well. They were both hooked on heroin.

Seriously, how can one address a homelessness without acknowledging the root problems of mental illness and drugs?

As far as the base price of a home in 2000 as $420,000 that's incorrect.  As I recall the base price of a home was closer to $700,000. By 2004, when I was in the market, you couldn't buy a condo in Berkeley for less than $500,000 and homes were already selling for around $700k.

That Millenium Tower is going to collapse during the next major earthquake. Remember what happened to the landfill specials in the Marina in 1989? They all sunk. If that building is sinking now, in an earthquake the water is going to rush in and shift the sand beneath it. Large portions of south of market were destroyed in 1989.

This is happening to dental practices and government entities. I have a whole file of notes about this because I'm planning an article about it.

The news reports aren't saying what the crooks are exploiting but one article I found said it had to do with password access to remote access ports that are there so that the customer or IT contractor can gain remote access. The contractors use weak passwords in order to coddle the customer.

However, there are huge attacks against all websites and servers right now although it gets intense between October and X-Mas.

Water Cooler / Re: Quotes that hit home
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:50:12 AM »
Never before in human history have slaves been so well fed, thoroughly medicated, lavishly entertained ó but we are slaves nonetheless.

Nice! Going to tweet it or something.  :D

Water Cooler / Re: Blu-ray players?
« on: November 16, 2019, 08:45:41 AM »
I had a Sony BDP something that lasted around eight or nine years. It cost around a hundred bucks when I bought it. Finally this year stopped playing Blu Rays...

Traffic / Re: How to get a featured snippet on Google
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:03:48 PM »
Step 1. Rank on Page One

Good article! Nice link!
Might be a lesson in the value of outreaching to writers and editors with a research paper.

Traffic / Re: New EU based Search Engine -
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:39:16 PM »
Thanks for keeping up with this!

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