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  1. 21st century economics explained: SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour. COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk. FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk. BUREAUCRATISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other and then throws the milk away. TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income. VENTURE CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by Your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated General offer so that you get all four cows back,with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead. A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows. A QUEBEC CORPORATION See "A French Corporation". AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you donĀ“t know where they are. You decide to have lunch. A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5,000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them. A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation. AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them. A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad. AN IRAQI CORPORATION Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. Nobody believes you, so they bomb the crap out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows but at least you are now a Democracy. AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate. A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive. A GREEK CORPORATION You have two cows borrowed from French and German banks. You eat both of them. The banks call to collect their milk, but you cannot deliver so you call the IMF. The IMF loans you two cows. You eat both of them. The banks and the IMF call to collect their cows/milk. You are out getting a haircut.
  2. Some of you may find the output of this add-on interesting, educational, scary: http://lifehacker.co...eb-in-real-time https://addons.mozil...ddon/collusion/ https://github.com/toolness/collusion [edit:] This is worth a read: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/12/02/im-being-followed-how-google-and-104-other-companies-are-tracking-me-on-the-web/253758/
  3. Thanks Jacob, that is more classy than the Stylish style I have been using. The only complaint I have is the intensity of the blue bits. If they were turned down or somehow otherwise reduced in intensity I'd stop my complaining & only be applauding. Don't let my minor bitch take away from the fact that you've done a terrific job!
  4. Some of my friends & I used to scramble over a back cattle fence into Amaroo Park from a track off of Glenhaven Rd -> Blue Gum Rd -> track. Local knowledge & all that... A great shame Amaroo was turned into a housing subdivision it was such a great track; not quite as demanding a Catalina, but certainly plenty hard for the BIG cars, all of which bought about such enjoyable close racing between the classes. I'll always remember watching Gossie turn his blue HO (number 5?) over on its side two corners before the straight. When he got out of the car he looked like he was enjoying himself too...
  5. Good stuff, thanks. It takes me back to the good old days where there was so much more variety in the cars running in the touring car championship. Apart from having the legends facing off against each other.
  6. In an effort to avoid the expense of using sewing machine oil, I've tried both automatic transmission fluid (too heavy) & deisel, to bring the various computer fans back to the quiet life. I found that deisel does a great job (after they have been soaked in it for some hours) & the effect can last for years, which tends to indicate that the deisel oil is doing the right thing. Whether deisel is a good lubricant for slot cars or not I don't know. When I eventually use up the oil that I bought for the slot car job (which won't be soon) I think I might give deisel a try.
  7. If Handbrake will read your source video then you could use it convert the file to a much smaller .mp4 or .mkv format file. Handbrake is free & very good at what it does, I have been using the CLI version on Linux for years: http://handbrake.fr/index.php
  8. So there would be plenty of emails going to the club president?
  9. Thanks for the educational pics of the gizzards gazza.
  10. Can we see some photos of the chassis with the body off?
  11. Do you think the body was designed by a boat builder?
  12. Historically, it would seem that Leonardo da Vinci's only problem was that he perhaps had homosexual/bisexual tendencies? Though it surely is a bit hard to tell for certain from a distance of ~500 years. I expect that even the Roman Catholic church created by the Emperor Constantine I. may forgive Leonardo for that, these days... Especially when just the modern history of that particular church is considered. (I probably shouldn't have said that.)
  13. There is at least one potent denial: http://abcnews.go.co...d=102477&page=1 Time will tell...
  14. Letting go of my Cox magnesium chassis sidewinder. I had a wonderful time with that thing. Apart from that, $3k on the nDigital track setup (complete) & some cars could have been more effectively invested. I really should have made my own routed track. Anyway, that's how it went...
  15. Most users here probably(?) use I.E so a dark theme option would certainly help them. For those of us using Firefox it is very simple to use Stylish, & this particular theme can fairly easily have its colours changed by anyone who wants to play around with them - & can get the hex numbers for them. Can you suggest any tools that can do that under Windows &/or OX/X Jacob? It may help someone out in the future.
  16. TJ, is a regular at Spiralinear.org, & has made a number of user-styles for the Firefox add-on Stylish. I don't think he's made any for quite some time, but I asked him yesterday if he could make me a couple of user-styles, one for the Archbang.org site, as his style(s) made for the Arch site don't work there & one for the AUSlot.com site. He made a simple dark style for AUSlot, which my eyes prefer. I'll post it below for anyone that might find bright screens uncomfortable for their eyes. To use it: 1. If you don't already run Firefox, &/or Stylish, then you'll need to install Firefox & then install the Stylish Firefox add-on (I doubt it is available for any other browsers?): https://addons.mozil.../addon/stylish/ 2. Choose the Stylish menu items Write new style -> For this URL... 3. Delete any content on the editor page & add the following code to it. 4. Name it what you like & save it. 5. Your done. /***********************************/ /*********** AUSlot KISS ***********/ /****** created by: tjwoosta *******/ /***********************************/ /*********************************** To change the colors of this style use your text editors global search and replace feature to replace the following colors. #262626 (background color) #3e3e3e (border color) #8a8a8a (text color) #a7a15e #a67b07 #556b2f #af5f00 #705b46 ************************************/ @namespace url(http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml); @-moz-document domain("auslot.com") { * { background-color: #262626 !important; background-image: none !important; border-color: #3e3e3e !important; color: #8a8a8a !important; -moz-box-shadow: none !important; -webkit-box-shadow: none !important; text-shadow: none !important; } a:link { color: #a7a15e !important; } h1, h1 *, h2, h2 *, h3, h3 *, h4, h4 *, h5, h5 *, h6, h6 *, input, a:visited { color: #a67b07 !important; } h3 { border-bottom: 1px solid #3e3e3e !important; } a:hover { color: #af5f00 !important; } strong, strong *, b *, b, em { color: #556b2f !important; } li { color: #705b46 !important; } input, button, textarea, select { background: #262626 !important; border: 1px solid #3e3e3e !important; } span#search_wrap { border: 1px solid #3e3e3e !important; } img[alt="Logo"] { display: none !important; } } So now after installing it you've looked at it & you don't like the colours of the highlighted text. (Some people are hard to please! ) In Linux you could use GColor2 to get the hex number of the colours that you would like to use & then replace the ones that you don't like with the new hex id numbers. In Windows or OS/X you'll have to find something that gives you the hex for yourself. [edit:] For ~10 min's I had the Arch Linux script up. The right one is there now. :-}
  17. The water has been pretty thick for a great deal of the last couple of years. We must be getting pretty close to the start of the next draught I think.
  18. I have 5 cars, all converted to Ninco digital, & approx' 55ft feet of 2 lane track. I would have no change out of $3000- for my simple setup (see link in my signature) that has no computer/software & no wireless. You can certainly do it a lot cheaper, especially if you are handy, have the tools & the space to design & build yourself a routed track, which you can make both 1/32 & 1/24 capable; digital/analogue; use wireless & anything else that is available. Alternatively you could watch the for sale section here & buy an already created routed track that you could trailer home in its individual pieces & reassemble, which is probably financially the smartest move.
  19. Looks like it would keep the grit out of my water if I put it around the foot valve in the river.
  20. May this year be better for everyone than the last one.
  21. Wow mgongarcia you surely have been busy. It is nice of you to share your design talents with the world at large. I'm sure you have inspired many people with your designs. Thanks.
  22. That's truly a work of art brityank! If that were mine I wouldn't dare race it, I couldn't bare to put a scratch on it. The quality of your photo's is also superb.
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