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Re: Mac reliability?

The only thing I don't like about Apple products is paying for them, the rest is terrific. As many said, to be fair, you should be comparing your Mac to a similarly priced PC. It is unfair to compare a $2500 Mac to a $500 consumer PC that can be replaced with updated units 4 times for the same pric...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 51
Views: 1835

Re: Mac reliability?

I have no basis to agree or contradict. I was just curious about experience of others, particularly those who deal with service issues on both machines. I'm not thinking of buying one....just curious. I've always broken it down like this...if you buy a Dell (or any PC brand) and it has hardware/sof...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 30, 2015 2:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 51
Views: 1835

Re: Mac reliability?

P.S. Comprising 10% of the market they are approaching 90% of my support calls for 'waaahhh, my email won't work'." As an anecdote, that doesn't tell us much. Did he really compile numbers? Is it a matched population or is it possible that Apple users as a group are in fact less technically sk...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 51
Views: 1835

Mac reliability?

I've never owned a Mac. Their reputation has largely been built on reliability. But quoting my friend, a computer systems repair guy: "I really have to laugh at the notion that mac is somehow better in any way. Comprising 10% of the market they are approaching 90% of my support calls for 'waaah...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:35 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mac reliability?
Replies: 51
Views: 1835

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

Mandelbrot is quite an engaging fellow, and it is interesting how he tries to explain but not predict. The two minutes 11:30 - 13:30 in the TED video I posted a link to: http://www.ted.com/talks/benoit_mandelbrot_fractals_the_art_of_roughness?language=en more than justify this thread, IMO. L. Those...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

. People who criticize the use of simulations to inform decision-making do not explain what alternative process they use and why it is better. I use "common sense" to govern my spending and investing. I know that I have a certain amount of money within my portfolio that is relatively safe...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

*Edit* - And what I mean by "alternative" is that only a slice is actually equity exposure, with exposure to bonds, interest rates, currencies, commodities, etc.....also involved. Yes. Managed fund, complicated concept, exposure to currency, commodities, etc., high ER.....and yet endorsed...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 272
Views: 31217

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

By the way, his name was the French name "Michel", not the English name Michael. He had a hilarious bit he'd do when introducing himself to Americans who would say "Michelle? But that's a girl's name!" My given name is Michael. I entered middle school, and my first French class,...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:51 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

Before the thread is locked, could anyone please explain how the paper is actionable ? What is main point of the paper for non physicists or non financial experts like me ? Thank you. I can try, ObGyn, to explain how this knowledge has been "actionable" for me (and why I chose this subfor...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:46 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: "Its Time To End Financial Advisers 1% Fees"

People who think that fee-only financial planners charge too much should enter the field, charge less, and help to bring down costs. Why? If I think a product is too expensive and unnecessary, am I going to change my profession to manufacture it and sell it cheaper, or am I more likely just not goi...
by protagonist
Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Its Time To End Financial Advisers 1% Fees"
Replies: 102
Views: 7958

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

I wonder if people realize that if the stock market is a chaotic system, that suggests it *is* predictable in the short term. From where do you draw this conclusion? If this were true, it would also be predictable in the long run and it would not be chaotic. No -- you misunderstand what chaos means...
by protagonist
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

I wonder if people realize that if the stock market is a chaotic system, that suggests it *is* predictable in the short term. From where do you draw this conclusion? If this were true, it would also be predictable in the long run and it would not be chaotic. The savvy investor would just revise his...
by protagonist
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:20 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: "Its Time To End Financial Advisers 1% Fees"

And 1% still bites even if you only have $250K, especially in a low return environment. Picture a retiree who's portfolio is 50% or greater fixed income, giving up most of that income to the adviser( + fund costs ). If you need that much hand holding, your probably better off in CDs. A fixed percen...
by protagonist
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:45 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Its Time To End Financial Advisers 1% Fees"
Replies: 102
Views: 7958

Re: Best deal on TurboTax

H+R Block is offering a one-time free Deluxe plus State for previous TurboTax customers interested in switching. Supposedly that covers investment and real estate income and I think it includes e-filing but I forget the details. You just have to email them and include proof that you were a TurboTax ...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best deal on TurboTax
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: 400ft Driveway - How do I plow the snow?

"How do I plow the snow?" You don't. Here's a system that I saw installed in New England (and it was snowing, of course) on a 1k foot switchback driveway. Assuming you have the $$$: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting - Ron Curious about how much this sort of system costs.
by protagonist
Tue Jan 27, 2015 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 400ft Driveway - How do I plow the snow?
Replies: 66
Views: 4850

Re: Chaos, complexity and entropy simplified

Exactly, coyote. And, though I am no expert, from my readings, the 21st century trend is towards considering "information" more fundamental than concepts such as matter or energy. The article was written by a physicist, not by a computer scientist or a psychologist . To my knowledge there ...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]

I have often referred to these concepts in this forum as a counter-argument to those who believe in the value of economic models based on limited past data regarding long-range future prediction of success. I stumbled upon this excellent, simplified discussion of these phenomena entitled "Chaos...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:32 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chaos, complexity and entropy [for non-physicists]
Replies: 62
Views: 3573

Re: Good Modern Science Fiction

You can't do much better than The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran.

Check out the reviews on Amazon.
by protagonist
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Modern Science Fiction
Replies: 151
Views: 8462

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Who is more authoritative: Matt Taibbi or Wikipedia? In this case, it's an interesting question. I have huge respect for Wikipedia but it's important to understand how it works. Wikipedia is not an authority. Wikipedia is a secondary source that cites authorities. On controversial topics, it is a g...
by protagonist
Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: Malware problem on new PC

Malwarebytes is a great idea. But on top of that, if the computer is new and your data is all backed up, after restoring the computer to its original I would spend the time going through all the junk and bloatware on the machine and eliminate all of it. This is, to me, an essential initial step when...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Malware problem on new PC
Replies: 42
Views: 2627

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

It's a judgment call. If I've misjudged anything, please PM me.[/color] It is a judgment call, and, as always, I respect your judgment. I don't think appealing the decisions of an admin on their own page is appropriate. Your job is hard and thankless enough, and this is, after all, just the interne...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I think we have strayed off the topic of a books thread. If the thread is "what book are you currently reading?", yes, we have strayed and I apologize. If it has morphed into "let's discuss books we are reading" , then I don't think we have. I've seen both types of posts here of...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Both Frankl and Rand are philosophers who wrote popular books. I've never read Frankl but I have read Rand's major works. I wouldn't call Rand a philosopher, any more than I would call L Ron Hubbard a scientist. I think there's a risk of false analogy there. Hubbard was a science fiction writer who...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Both Frankl and Rand are philosophers who wrote popular books. I've never read Frankl but I have read Rand's major works. I wouldn't call Rand a philosopher, any more than I would call L Ron Hubbard a scientist. Matt Taibbi pretty much summed up the entirety of Rand's "philosophy" very we...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Both Frankl and Rand are philosophers who wrote popular books. I've never read Frankl but I have read Rand's major works. I wouldn't call Rand a philosopher, any more than I would call L Ron Hubbard a scientist. Matt Taibbi pretty much summed up the entirety of Rand's "philosophy" very we...
by protagonist
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Tiger got to hunt,
Bird got to fly,
Man got to sit and wonder "Why, why, why?"
Tiger got to sleep,
Bird got to land,
Man got to tell himself he understand.

-The Books of Bokonon.
by protagonist
Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: $7 gas - what would you do?

No change - neither my wife nor I have ever owned a car. I can bike (10 minutes), bus (10-50 minutes), or walk (40 minutes) to work. My wife either buses or carpools to work. All of our amenities (grocery store, library, doctor, etc.) are easily accessible without a car. If gas hit $7/gal, nothing ...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 18673

Re: $7 gas - what would you do?

The big costs of driving are fixed costs for most: insurance + depreciation + lease finance costs (if any). These don't vary much with mileage. You are being logical. This is not how most minds work. The same person who will not think twice about paying $100 for a fairly good (but not great) restau...
by protagonist
Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 18673

Re: $7 gas - what would you do?

I love reading these old threads. And this only 6 years ago. Imagine how fascinating some posts will be when they are 20-30 years old. You mean like...."If you have x dollars 100% invested in the stock market, at expected returns of 8%/year, at a 4% annual withdrawal rate you can expect a y ch...
by protagonist
Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7 gas - what would you do?
Replies: 125
Views: 18673

Re: Boglehead Beer

House Blend wrote:
Hayden wrote:I love this thread. My current favorite beer is oatmeal stout.

You must try Founder's Breakfast Stout.




Founders Stout is quite delicious. They make a great porter as well.

There is fantastic beer coming from the Magdalen Islands. A l'Abri de la Tempete. Expensive stuff but amazing.
by protagonist
Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 475
Views: 67625

Re: Any art "investors" here?

I think "art index funds" would be a great thing. The average Joe investor who appreciates art and the idea of supporting artists could invest broadly in all artists' work, or work of, say, American female expressionists, emerging Newyorican portrait photographers, or whatever. You could ...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any art "investors" here?
Replies: 69
Views: 5821

Re: Boglehead Beer

My suggestion is find a STYLE (e.g., Pale Ale, IPA, Sour, etc.) you like and use it to navigate the world of beer. I pretty much drink IPA/IIPAs and just recently started seeking out and trying various Stouts. Yes, exactly what I do, and I am learning. However, as with wines, though I know what sty...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 475
Views: 67625

Re: Any art "investors" here?

I think "art index funds" would be a great thing. The average Joe investor who appreciates art and the idea of supporting artists could invest broadly in all artists' work, or work of, say, American female expressionists, emerging Newyorican portrait photographers, or whatever. You could d...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any art "investors" here?
Replies: 69
Views: 5821

Re: Any art "investors" here?

The art that I own is art I love. I have no idea what it is worth. That said, I love the IDEA of investing in art vs stocks. Perhaps because I am a musician, I much prefer the idea of supporting starving artists over supporting banks and oil companies. And I would rather look at a work of beauty han...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any art "investors" here?
Replies: 69
Views: 5821

Re: Boglehead Beer

The problem is that after 9 pages of fantastic recommendations, what is left is a wider range of choice than one had when the thread began. Walk into any decent pub in, say, Brooklyn or Portland, and every beer on the menu will have been mentioned here. Back to square one I suppose (ie the nicest la...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 475
Views: 67625

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

It's an alternate history where the US lost WWII and is occupied by Germany and Japan. I have thought about a "historical fiction what-if" scenario based on the Confederacy winning the Civil War and remaining intact as a separate nation with slavery into the 20th century, in which case th...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

nisi, I agree about News in Slow Spanish, and may be inclined to return to it. You might check out "Veinte Mundos" (webpage, good for tablets). It's free, at a similar level, and I like the "flash card" approach to the dialogue vocabulary....I think it sinks in better. Not quite ...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 442
Views: 57401

Re: Learning a NEW language - Foreign Service Inst

[quote="planoguitarist"][/quote]

Not to derail the thread, but I can't help but be curious, since "plano" means "flat" in Spanish and the thread is about learning languages....
Do you tune your guitar flat?
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning a NEW language - Foreign Service Inst
Replies: 56
Views: 4498

Re: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure

Most people evaluate doctors on their bedside manner. Physicians often recommend doctors with whom they work or their friends. Statistics can be very misleading since major screwups are relatively rare events. The sad truth is that it is very difficult for the general public to find out who are the ...
by protagonist
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure
Replies: 49
Views: 3984

Re: "Wining and dining" in medical community

Not sure this forum is a good sample set of the general physician population. Why? The only thing I think most doctors really have in common is that they are highly driven. They are a much more diverse set (politically, socially, etc) than stereotypes would imply. And there are plenty of people fre...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Wining and dining" in medical community
Replies: 35
Views: 3516

Re: "Wining and dining" in medical community

For someone with that level of income, I could see how it would be expected socially, but I don't understand why the medical field would be any different in this respect than any other high-paying professional field. It is different. Perhaps partly because it is much more secure than most other &qu...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Wining and dining" in medical community
Replies: 35
Views: 3516

Re: "Wining and dining" in medical community

In a recent thread, a surgeon referred to: the "wining and dining" that is integral to the medical community. As an outsider (with some friends in the medical community), I'm interested in this. Do others of you who are doctors/surgeons/etc see this too, as a sort of cultural necessity of...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Wining and dining" in medical community
Replies: 35
Views: 3516

Re: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure

I agree with everything EmergDoc said in his post above. If you can get access, you might also ask radiologists or anesthesiologists in the community who they would go to. They work intimately with the surgeons and see their successes and failures. Success/failure rates don't tell the whole story, s...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: urgent: how to identify top surgeons for a procedure
Replies: 49
Views: 3984

Re: How does an Efficient Market explain Buffett?

Being a 6-sigma event means it is a 99.99966% likely he knows what he's doing and 0.00034% likely he is just getting lucky 0.00034% is about one in 300,000. In a field of what I would guess would amount to millions of investors, that at least one would fall within this range would be highly probabl...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How does an Efficient Market explain Buffett?
Replies: 257
Views: 12711

Re: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question

oneleaf wrote:The thing is there is no car I like the best, which is why I am equally ok with buying either vehicle despite them being quite different.


Then the decision is simple. If you like them the same and can't decide, get the Fit because it is cheaper.
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question
Replies: 55
Views: 3334

Re: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]

I value 25,000 American Airline or United miles at more than $200. Of course, the miles bonus option is not available for an IRA account. Depends on where you want to go...RT for me to Venezuela on AA would cost about $1500, but I paid 30K miles. That is about $.05/mile. You have to calculate based...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:29 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: An alternative to alternative investments [QSPIX]
Replies: 272
Views: 31217

Re: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question

I've never noticed any sort of analysis about this, and not sure how it'd be done. But I'd guess the most effective way to improve your safety is by your ongoing behavior. Drive less (easier than most people want to admit-- combine shopping trips, for example), avoid driving in bad weather and nigh...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question
Replies: 55
Views: 3334

Re: Ladybugs! How do I get rid of them!

In my old home ladybugs would find their way inside in late fall and leave by spring each year. They were passive and harmless, tending to cluster in corners of the ceilings, and I believe they are beneficial in that they eat other insects. They never bothered me.
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ladybugs! How do I get rid of them!
Replies: 20
Views: 1665

Re: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question

My friend just bought a 2015 Fit and loves it. I could use a bit more front leg room, but other than that I am impressed. There is considerable cargo space, as I learned when transporting windsurfing equipment in the vehicle, including a thick, 8' long bag of masts and sails. It fit inside the car w...
by protagonist
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Civic vs Fit Safety Question
Replies: 55
Views: 3334
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