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  1. Well that's a bummer, Dude. That's a bummer. Understand the point to move on. I've regretted parting out my green 854 off and on over the years, but it's easy to be nostalgic about the good times and forget how much shit goes wrong when you're pushing the limits. I'm with Eric here that putting this much power through the given displacement just isn't going to be ultimately reliable. Yeah yeah I know there's a lot of strong stuff out there but whenever I see those EVOs or GTRs with a bunch of extra power shit breaks all the time just the same. Best of luck with the new car!
  2. Sorry buddy But you'll be back. Eventually ;-)
  3. Not late at all...been making good money with scrypt coins. About 60% profit over power prices. Picked these up used at a price I can probably mine for 6 months without any more depreciation. My 5 old 7970s paid themselves back 4-fold...these probably won't be that good but I want more coins to trade with and getting money into exchanges is a PITA.
  4. Shot a Russian pop singer for his latest CD. Longest day of my life and it rained for most of it. Last shooting with my trusty 5D2 as well...just got the 5D3 with BG and 24-105 IS L kit lens so finally something with an autofocus worthy of the name. Kinda sad to do away with the Mark 2 though after more than 3 years of trusty service. I'm close to the rated amount of clicks but it's still doing well if a little dusty inside.
  5. Maybe something like a Tamron EF 70-300mm would be good. It's 1/3rd the price of the Canon 70-300L but not too far off IQ wise. That'll give you 480mm effective. You'll probably need to start using a tripod though, otherwise the required shutter speed is going to cause your ISO to get uncomfortably high in less than bright daylight.
  6. I think both sides are pointing at each other equally hard, as you would expect. When you have an effective 2-party system and they both run in different directions to please their hardcore base you end up in an impasse, simple as that. I don't see how the president would be able to single handedly solve any of this...the problem is that both sides promised opposing things to their voters. I always thought coalition building was futile and counterproductive but seeing how the 2 main parties over there are making a mess of things it might not be quite as bad as I thought.
  7. Evidently a US president can't single handedly push things like these through, checks and balances I suppose. Or gridlock in this case. If Obama had the legal power to sort out that mess by himself I imagine he would have done so. If the opposing party refuses to come to a compromise the only things left for "The leader" to do is either capitulate or make speeches that accomplish nothing.
  8. The Australian laws aren't exactly recent. But they are reported to have little to no effect in general. But the problem there is that Australia already WAS pretty safe by any standard, and gun related deaths are currently around 1 per 100.000 inhabitants a year. The laws appear to have been a knee-jerk reaction to a few high profile shootings. I'm not here to argue that specific gun laws (in the US or elsewhere) worked. I am arguing against the concept that the best thing possible is "no gun laws whatsoever". Is this relevant to the number of people dying as a result of gun
  9. Your first sentence could have some truth in it, because crime rate is ambiguous and can be not gun related. The second part is BS and I wonder where on earth you got that from, but you might want to stop believing that source. Even logically it goes nowhere. How can gun laws NOT influence gun violence on some level? If someone doesn't have a gun he isn't going to be able to create "gun violence". If you narrow it down to the US in its present state...yes there are way too many guns in circulation to "solve" the problem with gun laws. Criminals will get their hands on guns regardless, but
  10. The problem is that every country has a different way of counting crimes, something like murder is a much better yardstick than "violent crime" which is ambiguous. The US is well ahead of the civilized world there by any statistic. The UK actually has quite a lot of shitholes as well although they're referred to as chavs over there lol. You mentioned FBI stats, those were used in what I linked to. Some interesting tidbits, 260 justifiable "homicides" http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-15 "Accidental g
  11. 1st world like what, Venezuela? Looks like the levels are similar to 50 years ago (up in some things) but well down from the highs that were reached 25 years ago. Anyway, gun control in itself isn't going to be a solution but it's part of it. It seems sensible to me that you don't want guns to be purchased freely by people who really can't be trusted with them for mental or practical reasons. Like a driving license is obtained only by demonstrating a minimum capability to handle a car. It's never going to be perfect, obviously. But more importantly, the average life stand
  12. If the US could get anywhere near Canada's statistics for gun safety that would be a good thing no? That's not to say that I expect any political solution to actually succeed in making any meaningful progress.
  13. No I don't expect it to have any noticeable effect, that's why I was wondering :)
  14. Any particular reason to go that big H or just feeling bored? I've always considered 2.5" about ideal considering it'll be plenty for well over 600hp. Otherwise it's just bringing velocity down and delaying boost ever so slightly. Are you shooting for 1000 ? :D
  15. Yes, you made a prediction whilst believing the polls that you liked, and dismissed the ones you did not like. The ones you did not like were obviously right, in the end. The point stands: you decided to believe what you preferred. Indeed I do, but I don't actually have a problem with people being delusional, in most cases they are happier for it. It's only when they want to push their delusions onto others (or compromise their offspring's education) that it starts to bother me. You missed the point slightly. Your laws might be based on religious teachings but I'm interested in
  16. My MTE map was programmed to 27 deg advance at 6200 100% load.............................................................................................................car was faster with 17 and extending the rpm points though.
  17. For spark you could also use your logs of actual advance vs what you programmed in TT to give you an idea of what you should be at. Seems safer to me, the advance numbers in ME 4.x tend to look quite high compared to other EMS (although yours are not particularly high, mine were well higher)
  18. Oh I agree, I merely object to religion claiming to be the source of morality. Religion basically took "unwritten rules" that were already in place (they're hard wired in most people) repeated them and added a few that only apply to the religion itself. I guess you'd have to describe religion as a delivery method, a popular one at that but not the only one. In any case, worldly laws change (frequently) even though religious texts are static. So there's an obvious disconnect.
  19. You could get the exact same result without Christianity or any religion for that matter. There is no evidence that supports the conclusion that you need religion as a moral compass. There is certainly no evidence that the religious are more "moral" by current standards either. If it were true, countries filled to the brim with atheists would be running amok raping and pillaging. The opposite is true, you don't want to compare stats there really. Not to mention there are quite a few countries with entirely different (or no) religious roots that ended up with exactly the same kind of law and o
  20. It certainly isn't. You have to do a heck of a lot of picking and choosing in "holy books" to get to something approaching a moral yard stick. Not to mention everybody's interpretation tends to differ. Basic morality is something all of us (minus a few psychopaths) have, and the rules of morality are anything but static unlike religion. What could be considered ethical 100 years ago can very well be unethical or immoral today. The holy books haven't changed a letter meanwhile. But religion does like to take credit for it, that much is true. In the meantime it's fascinating to watch some o
  21. I follow politics globally, but US politics are by far the most entertaining! lol Also, doesn't make much sense for me to start talking to you good American folks about the Communist party of the People's Republic of China. I have a subscription to the Economist so I get quite a lot of this material dropped into my lap. US politics are also somewhat related to my fascination with (and general disapproval of) organized religion.
  22. I think this article sums it up pretty well, particularly the final paragraph. http://www.economist...ake-white-house
  23. Aaaand we're done. Shipped a few billion to the media and spent at least a year campaigning rather than governing, but hey. Good night. 8:30 AM here now actually but don't have any work till 5PM anyway.