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by Fear and Loathing
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Current equivalent to a Taurus car?
Replies: 44
Views: 3804

Re: Current equivalent to a Taurus car?

During a recent trip I rented a Dodge Charger. It has the 6 cylinder engine. It drove very nicely and was comfortable for the 400 mile trip. I drove from Philly to Cleveland - 408 miles one way. I averaged 33 miles to the gallon. This was at highway speeds - I set the cruise control at 74 mph for th...
by Fear and Loathing
Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:08 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Super Bowl Correlation
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Super Bowl Correlation

peppers wrote:A good slider, low and away, gets "em every time. :)


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by Fear and Loathing
Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalancing - Question
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: Rebalancing - Question

LadyGeek:

I understand what you are saying. If I had significant assets in other locations I would do that. However the vast majority is in my 401(k).
by Fear and Loathing
Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rebalancing - Question
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Rebalancing - Question

I have a couple of dumb questions. I have basic 401(k) with a series of index funds (the asset allocation doesn't matter - using these as example): 40% Bonds 20% Mid Cap 20% Small Cap 7.5% Euro_Pacific 5% Emerging Markets 7.5% Intl Small Cap I have set up a simple spreadsheet that incorporates a few...
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lame customer service at United Airlines
Replies: 51
Views: 4478

Re: lame customer service at United Airlines

They are an airline - what else would you expect?
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone actually use their convection oven?
Replies: 23
Views: 2472

Re: Anyone actually use their convection oven?

if convection is so great, why do they have a non-convection option? I flipped my toaster oven to convection for some salmon once and didn't notice a difference. I'm thinking it produces a nice placebo effect to sell more ovens. I'd like to see a statistical analysis. In an oven at these temperatur...
by Fear and Loathing
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book e readers
Replies: 23
Views: 1581

Re: Book e readers

I own a nook color. I am very happy with it. A nice $250 tablet. But the new Nook tablet for the same price looks very tempting. The same unit that I paid $250 for is now for sale at $200.

Regardless of the price drop, I am well pleased with my Nook Color.
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: name of glass tubes inside 1970's TV?
Replies: 68
Views: 9952

investor wrote:according to QRZ.com KB0FHP is a non-existent call sign.

investor


You must have typed in wrong because I found myself in QRZ.com
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone tried a Spanish ham?
Replies: 12
Views: 1760

EA3RKR is a good guy and he sends QSLs promptly
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: name of glass tubes inside 1970's TV?
Replies: 68
Views: 9952

I miss the glow of those 6146B's in my old Johnson Ranger.... The "standard" final stage of most ham transmitters. Try a pair of Eimac 3-500Z's for some real kick. If you want to get into electron dynamics, take a look at a Traveling-wave tube . Hughes literally wrote the book on these (H...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: name of glass tubes inside 1970's TV?
Replies: 68
Views: 9952

Tubes are still fairly common amongst audiophile grade components. And in pro studio gear, particularly mics, mic preamps, and compressors. And in ham radio gear as amplifiers. I have several rigs that still use tubes like a 6146. and a 12BY7. Nothing like the warmth of a pair of 3-500Z, or a pair ...
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying for college?
Replies: 24
Views: 2526

It is likely that paying any money for college is money thrown away. When companies can hire or off-source engineers at 1/10 the salary of a US engineer for their manufacturing facilities in China, Brazil or Viet Nam. You are better off being an electrician, plumber or politician. I obtained my PhD ...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mystic, CT
Replies: 22
Views: 2626

HearDoc wrote:
livesoft wrote:Is there hamburger all over the highway there? Did you see it?

Firesign Theater reference ?



I would like to order a pizza to go with no anchovies......

They never come up into the hills......
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mystic, CT
Replies: 22
Views: 2626

livesoft wrote:Is there hamburger all over the highway there? Did you see it?


And natives saw a big light in the sky....
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To all you Ham Radio Operators
Replies: 19
Views: 2241

Boglenaut wrote:
gavin wrote: soon to be 311 thanks to South Sudan!


As soon as i heard about south Sudan, I knew there would be a DX'er out there rejoicing! :D


and heard it on 6M -
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To all you Ham Radio Operators
Replies: 19
Views: 2241

Licensed 1989 as 20WPM Extra. Funny story there. I was a Tech and went to take the General CW test. I arrived a bit late but the test hadn't started. Just get in my seat and get my paper/pencil when the test starts. I copy the required minute or so plus answer the questions (not multiple choice). Ha...
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not a good sign
Replies: 15
Views: 3008

I think that we have gotten so used to poor service; shoddy products; and disingenuous people, that we think of any sort of kindness is viewed with cynicism or alarm.
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: US can actually default on the debt payments (US Treasury)
Replies: 45
Views: 4826

If a voluntary default is likely - and I think it probably will be just because of time constraints - I would suspect a lot of really smart bond traders would think so too. But the bond markets are not cratering - it fact they have been rather firm. What do they know that we dont? Or is it that they...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has an Austrialian Cattle Dog?
Replies: 31
Views: 4131

DaleMaley wrote:My sister got an Australian sheep herder dog, the breed that sometimes has 2 different colored eyes (hers does).

She likes the dog, she takes it on long 1 to 2 hour walks with her. She loves to run. Seems to be a nice dog.

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Border collie
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:01 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What if you don't rebalance?
Replies: 130
Views: 13305

M B wrote:
kb0fhp wrote:Do you have a better link for the last paper? That one requires a membership.
Apperently, you need to allow cookies for the download to work.


Oops :) Works now - Thank you
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What if you don't rebalance?
Replies: 130
Views: 13305

The main purpose of rebalancing is to bring portfolio risk back to the original goal. Except it's a logical contradiction for the market to be efficient and for rebalancing to work. If rebalancing worked the way you thought it did then indexing would not work. See the following analysis of the reba...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Securing a] Home Defense Rifle
Replies: 175
Views: 18495

A safe is a must but I also try to inoculate my kid against accidents by incessantly asking her what she does if she or a friend ever finds a gun. Don't touch! Leave the area! Find a grown up and tell them! It should really be taught in school, along with the 4 rules of safety. The only guns a pers...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any frequent flyers familiar with the Star Alliance?
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

I've never flown enough "good" flights to qualify for preferred status, but I have flown on United and gotten my miles there transferred to my USAir frequent flyer account. I believe you have to join United's frequent flyer miles program and transfer them after the fact. It takes a while ...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Securing a] Home Defense Rifle
Replies: 175
Views: 18495

Make sure you keep it locked up. Also, it will be of no value unless you have the rounds to go with it - and plenty of it. Buy a gun safe and bolt it to your floor. Place a lock on the trigger. Store most of the rounds in a different but acccessible location. Install an alarm on your doors and wind...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any frequent flyers familiar with the Star Alliance?
Replies: 10
Views: 1316

Being on a partner airline means that you are mistreated as badly as the partner. However, I happen to like Continental. They have a good first class service (compared to others). Now it is almost as good as the way coach used to be - but each airline is in a race to see who can provide the worst se...
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Are 200-day market timers ready?
Replies: 185
Views: 43162

Actually, yes, 53/192 will also blow away buy and hold suckers. You obviously don't understand the basic essence of what you attempt to mock. Let's see how smug you are once you've lost 25% of your portfolio. That should shut you up nice and tight. Are you saying it should be 54/192? Hmm.. That did...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book banning (restrictions) by parents (for their kids)
Replies: 67
Views: 5813

I compare and contrast my childhood reading with the reading habits of my aunt and uncle's house. They are quite religiously sensitive, and were convinced that boy wizard Harry Potter would surely lead their children down the path of witchcraft or some other nonsense. My cousins read them anyway in...
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your thoughts on Hand Cuffs in my A&P
Replies: 29
Views: 3076

HFWR wrote:Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me...


All sorts of tortures, used by debauchers: lurid, licentious and vile - make me smile.... :)
by Fear and Loathing
Mon May 30, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Recommendation for Teen Daughter
Replies: 82
Views: 7634

For our son we used the 4,000 pound rule. In an accident, the big car often wins. also with an all wheel drive type, the driver is higher and can see better and in a side colision, the other car may go under the SUV driver. Girls don't seem to be as crazy as boys, so I worry about suviving the acci...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon May 30, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Recommendation for Teen Daughter
Replies: 82
Views: 7634

For our son we used the 4,000 pound rule. In an accident, the big car often wins. also with an all wheel drive type, the driver is higher and can see better and in a side colision, the other car may go under the SUV driver. Girls don't seem to be as crazy as boys, so I worry about suviving the acci...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon May 30, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Recommendation for Teen Daughter
Replies: 82
Views: 7634

For each of my kids, we bought a Volvo 240. Nothing like 82 HP and 4000 pounds for safety. Total expenditure was small, and I knew that within 2 years they would have an accident. I would rather have them safe than buried in the tinfoil that they call a Honda Civic or Toyota Corrola. Son now drives...
by Fear and Loathing
Sun May 29, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Recommendation for Teen Daughter
Replies: 82
Views: 7634

For each of my kids, we bought a Volvo 240. Nothing like 82 HP and 4000 pounds for safety. Total expenditure was small, and I knew that within 2 years they would have an accident. I would rather have them safe than buried in the tinfoil that they call a Honda Civic or Toyota Corrola. Son now drives ...
by Fear and Loathing
Thu May 19, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power Point Experience
Replies: 27
Views: 2221

Opponent Process wrote:I make sure I use my own computer when giving my presentation, and I use a 5mW green laser pointer. green is the new red.


I prefer blue or violet - and use a 15-50mW laser.
by Fear and Loathing
Tue May 10, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll: What would Bogleheads spend for a car? (assume buying
Replies: 45
Views: 5207

Never buy a car. Too expensive plus too much risk. Only rent one if unable to borrow from friends or relatives. Let someone else take the expense and risk.
by Fear and Loathing
Mon May 09, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First smoked butt [pork shoulder]
Replies: 33
Views: 4123

Pigs are smarter than dogs. We spend extra money for tuna to be dolphin safe. Not because all dolphin are severely endangered. It's because dolphins are very smart, we see them in water shows, and we care about them. Someone who killed a dolphin for no good reason would be a big jerk. We'd shun thi...
by Fear and Loathing
Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing only the front two tires.
Replies: 23
Views: 4243

Unless there are manufacturer reasons, there's no need to replace all 4 tires. You can even have different set of front and back tires. However, having different tires on both side can be considered a safety hazard. Paul AWD and 4WD cars require replacing all for - especially AWD. This is because o...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: kindle vs. nook
Replies: 33
Views: 5342

You can root the nook color and get a nice android tablet. It not only is an ereader but a whole bunch more. Much cheaper than spending 700+ on an ipad (some number) or a Xoom.
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Astronomy binoculars for star viewing
Replies: 26
Views: 4246

Nice photos - I never had much success with mounting a camera on my telescope - I always had issues with polar alignment. But I did have success with a tripod and 35mm camera - fast film, and a 25 second exposure using a 50mm lens. I have several type of binoculars - all are good for the type of vie...
by Fear and Loathing
Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bond Dividends and Allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

I was using this an an example. The stock fund in my 401k doesnt provide dividends. Almost certainly the dividends are simply going back into the fund and your custodian is never actually posting them as such. That is common in a 401K for some types of funds. There is no tax consequence to a divide...
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bond Dividends and Allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

I was using this an an example. The stock fund in my 401k doesnt provide dividends.
by Fear and Loathing
Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Bond Dividends and Allocation
Replies: 7
Views: 1195

Bond Dividends and Allocation

I have a general question regarding the application of dividends in a given asset allocation. For instance if I have a general portfolio in a non taxable account consisting of two funds, TBM and TSM for example in a 50/50 mix. I dutifully make contributions once a month. Upon review, I realize that ...
by Fear and Loathing
Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any recourse for unscrupulous broker?
Replies: 12
Views: 1637

Fees are fees. You make the assumption that brokers care about their clients. They do not. They are merely sheep to be fleeced. The person entered into a contract. It would be hard to prove churning an account. The fees are only about 3% - he got off lightly for this sort of transaction. Someone goo...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline Craziness
Replies: 13
Views: 2278

I only hope that SWA does not adopt the management and maintenance practices of AirTran (ex ValueJet, ex Air Florida) once they aquire AirTran.
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Free Checked Bag(s) on United/Continental/US Airways(1 year)
Replies: 16
Views: 3651

I never check a bag - a simple rollerboard and briefcase. Learn to pack appropriately and you can cut down half the baggage. One month in Brazil and one month in China - one rollerboard and no checked baggage. If my daughter can go a month in Europe on one roller board, I am sure most other people c...
by Fear and Loathing
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blackberry 9650 bold
Replies: 1
Views: 500

I like it - it was a bit smaller than my older BB. That make it harder to type with fat fingers. We have to change to a new phone - they all have much smaller keyboards. One option is the BB torch and BB curve - way too small. Daughter has a BB Curve and likes it but she has much smaller fingers. I ...
by Fear and Loathing
Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Plasma TV
Replies: 43
Views: 5550

Triple digit golfer wrote:I have a wireless router a foot from my plasma TV. I also have a radio in the room. No problems whatsoever.


Consider yourself lucky.
by Fear and Loathing
Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Plasma TV
Replies: 43
Views: 5550

Yes - besides the issues with the switching power supply which can cause issues up to about 30 Mhz and higher. The plasma itself causes issues with VHF/UHF frequencies. There are even reports of plasma TVs trashing ADSL lines - because of inducing RF into the line. Reports of interference have been ...
by Fear and Loathing
Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Plasma TV
Replies: 43
Views: 5550

Plasma TVs also put out a lot of RFI (Radio Frequency Interference). In many cases it makes listening to the radio nearly impossible - especially AM. FM has also been reported to be affected. If you have a wireless router in the house - it can also trash it. It will also trash your neighbors radio r...
by Fear and Loathing
Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wells Fargo takes $10k from account after claiming fraud
Replies: 32
Views: 4713

I had a similar, but not as large problem with a bank. There were several hundred dollars in overdraft charges because of an error on the banks part. This resulted in more negative balances and more over draft charges. After many issues of visiting the bank, talking with various vice presidents, etc...