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UdyrL

Posts: 19   +27
Wouldn't folks be more concerned about the cost of cell phones and small computer devices (such as a tablet or notebook or their stupid 007 wannabe watches) over a TV?

I know people today that don't own a TV. Sure, they may have a desktop computer at home with a monitor, but they don't use it much. They are generally on their tablet or cell phone when they watch something.

If we didn't have a TV downstairs the wife probably wouldn't even notice, she watches all of her shows on her iPad or sometimes on my computer, she rarely uses the TV. The kids might be a bit irritated since we limit their electronic device time, so they use the TV more often than anyone else does.
You and your wife (and myself included) are one of the many cases of people that are not interested in regular TV. However, with a lot of people staying at and working from home, many are subscribing to the existing and upcoming streaming services for entertainment (Netflix, Disney+) and some don't like watching these on smaller screens. Others (like me) use the TVs as monitors; I rarely use my phone to browse or watch videos when I'm home. Some businesses regularly upgrade their display panels for advertisement and self service systems.
 

defaultluser

Posts: 119   +85
What good is herd immunity when you have no immunity against a variant virus. Covid isn't going anywhere nor will it ever be eradicated. Also, long covid is believed to be something permanent. It may be treatable but you'll never be the same.
The current vaccines are all (somewhat less) effective versus every variant.

If this becomes a long-term seasonal issue, they will create a multi-variant single shot every year (like the Flu Shot).


After 1968 Hong Kong flu variant killed a million in a single season (including 100k Americans), we finally decided to prioritize yearly flu vaccinations (dropping the death rate to 1/4 what it was). It's not perfect, but flu vaccines are effective enough to keep manufacturers open in the winter / your holiday parties undisturbed.
 
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hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,292   +1,472
Buy a second PSU - checked here in NZ - shop down the road has the basic set of corsair cables for about $90 .
You can use other companies cables ( but YOU MUST know what you are doing as you can destroy good hardware ) you need to find out what each cable does - and rejig the ends to match your corsair PSU . You can sometimes can not use the cables from another PSU from the SAME brand without checking the specs &/or with a voltmeter etc
I confirmed with corsair they work.
$30CAD for two.
 

TheBigFatClown

Posts: 879   +338
Variants are created when someone is infected with an existing strain and is sick long enough for it to mutate.

If there’s herd immunity people don’t get sick and it makes it impossible for variants to be created. Get vaccinated.

Astra Zenecas vaccine just killed 7 people due to the side effects of the shot causing blood clots. Anyone else fancy a game of Russian Roulette? I'll watch from the sidelines. Thanks for your concern though.
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,124   +523
The current vaccines are all (somewhat less) effective versus every variant.

If this becomes a long-term seasonal issue, they will create a multi-variant single shot every year (like the Flu Shot).


After 1968 Hong Kong flu variant killed a million in a single season (including 100k Americans), we finally decided to prioritize yearly flu vaccinations (dropping the death rate to 1/4 what it was). It's not perfect, but flu vaccines are effective enough to keep manufacturers open in the winter / your holiday parties undisturbed.
And like flu shots, they become useless after awhile if ever effective. While things may help, my point was Covid isn't going anywhere. Also if a variant becomes strong enough/immune, better start praying cause that's about all anyone will be able to do.
 

texasrattler

Posts: 1,124   +523
Variants are created when someone is infected with an existing strain and is sick long enough for it to mutate.

If there’s herd immunity people don’t get sick and it makes it impossible for variants to be created. Get vaccinated.
There are alrdy variants, herd immunity is likely too late. Either way, covid won't be going anywhere. We just live with it like the flu.
Please don't go telling ppl to get vaccinated when you nor anyone else has proof it won't cause problems in the future. Come talk to me in 5 yrs when there is real data on the vaccination then we can have a discussion on it. By then we will have an idea of the real side effects, which there will be and are. Nothing is ever 100% safe.
 

Raendor

Posts: 20   +16
Astra Zenecas vaccine just killed 7 people due to the side effects of the shot causing blood clots. Anyone else fancy a game of Russian Roulette? I'll watch from the sidelines. Thanks for your concern though.

Every medicine has side effects. That somehow 7 people in several millions (of mostly very old) vaccinated people died of a side-effect is nothing special, but been just blown out of proportion by news outlets.
 

Scrye74

Posts: 27   +53
Yeah, no. Trumps trade war was always stupid since there was no mechanism for the US to win. In order to win a trade war, you need to have the ability to insource production of whatever you are putting tariffs on. The US doesn't have that capability, since most local production has *long* been shut down and outsourced [tech especially]. All that happened is companies increased prices to account for the tariff since there's no threat of local competition.

Trumps entire ideology is that if he makes things hard for people they'll come crawling back in order to make a better deal. This works in the corporate world that is obsessed with short-term bottom lines, but no so much for nations which have many, many other things to worry about.

None of this was unpredictable, and things went about as badly as most of us expected it to.


There are many other factors, as I'm sure you well know, that contributed to the supply issues. To put the entire issue at Trumps feet is patently dishonest and I can only assume done because of a distaste for his politics. Unless you truly believe he caused a drought, or that he was responsible for the Wuhan Virus. China started the trade ware with unfair trade practices. Unlike his predecessors, Trump decided we should finally act on our own behalf. Blaming Trump for correctly engaging China in a fight they started is like blaming the bullying victim for finally turning to defend themselves.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 510   +410
There are many other factors, as I'm sure you well know, that contributed to the supply issues. To put the entire issue at Trumps feet is patently dishonest and I can only assume done because of a distaste for his politics. Unless you truly believe he caused a drought, or that he was responsible for the Wuhan Virus. China started the trade ware with unfair trade practices. Unlike his predecessors, Trump decided we should finally act on our own behalf. Blaming Trump for correctly engaging China in a fight they started is like blaming the bullying victim for finally turning to defend themselves.
"Unfair trade practices". There's nothing stopping the US from retaliating by devaluing the dollar in order to make it's exports more attractive, or reducing the minimum wage in order to drive down costs to make mass manufacturing viable, or jumping on this whole "Socialism" thing and directly subsidizing entire industries that are deemed important to the economy. There's nothing stopping the US from doing *exactly* what China does, except this whole "Democracy" thing; turns out reducing standards of living ticks off the voters.

So instead, we get a bunch of political rhetoric, and a trade war which was as destructive as it was stupid. I'm not opposed to measures to help the US become a better exporter (I've long favored measures aimed directly at outsourcing manufacturing of goods that are re-imported into the US for sale, for instance), but Trump's trade war WAS NOT IT.

All the trade war accomplished was to drive up costs to consumers, since I noted most of what was tariffed were goods we simply couldn't produce in the US. The point of a tariff is to make locally produced goods more attractive by driving up prices of imports; if you aren't producing locally, however, all you do is jack up prices. Meanwhile, several industries that do export to China (farming especially) now needs tens of Billions of additional government subsidies to stay afloat because their overseas market suddenly vanished, as China went elsewhere since US goods are now more expensive.

What people like you want is to fight a war for the sake of fighting a war, so you can say you "did something". It doesn't matter how many jobs you ultimately lose because of how poorly contrived it was, you "did something", and that makes it right. You don't bother to understand, much less care, how to actually win the war, the fact you "did something" was enough.

Here's a better idea: How about punishing US business that outsource for the sole reason to drive down costs? Or breaking up the many monopolies/duopolies that exist in "many" (if not close to damn all) industries so we can get some actual price competition to lower prices, indirectly making goods easier to export? Or literally anything that might have a positive impact rather then doing an ill-contrived and poorly thought out trade war the US never had any real chance of winning?
 

TheBigFatClown

Posts: 879   +338
Every medicine has side effects. That somehow 7 people in several millions (of mostly very old) vaccinated people died of a side-effect is nothing special, but been just blown out of proportion by news outlets.

Hahaha, talk about media blowing things out of proportion?? Can anyone say CoVID-19? This is the most overblown, overhyped, oversold bu115h17. ever. What is that microscopic case fatality rate again? But when your government steals billions of dollars from me and you (taxpayers) in the name of protecting us, they gotta make it look real. So, I understand that part.
Astra Zencecas vaccine was halted for "people under 60", not the very old. If you can post a link of an article that gives the age of those 7 deaths I would read it. I guess we just place these casualties in the category of "sacrificial lambs" for the greater good of society? There is no emergency except for the WHO changing the definition of what actually constitutes a pandemic. Lockdowns didn't help at all, masks don't do jack #^$^ to prevent the spread of viruses. They only slow down natural herd immunity which doesn't require 5 years of long-term data to prove it's safe.
From the article: "
AstraZeneca said last month following US efficiency trials that its vaccine is 79 percent effective at preventing the disease and does not increase the risk of blood clots". So, 79% is horrible if the goal is to prevent spread of disease to begin with. But the real folly is man thinking he can control an infinite number of viruses on this planet. And people still buy into it. Sad but true!

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/04...k-after-taking-astrazeneca-vaccine-regulator/
 

Scrye74

Posts: 27   +53
"Unfair trade practices". There's nothing stopping the US from retaliating by devaluing the dollar in order to make it's exports more attractive, or reducing the minimum wage in order to drive down costs to make mass manufacturing viable, or jumping on this whole "Socialism" thing and directly subsidizing entire industries that are deemed important to the economy. There's nothing stopping the US from doing *exactly* what China does, except this whole "Democracy" thing; turns out reducing standards of living ticks off the voters.

So instead, we get a bunch of political rhetoric, and a trade war which was as destructive as it was stupid. I'm not opposed to measures to help the US become a better exporter (I've long favored measures aimed directly at outsourcing manufacturing of goods that are re-imported into the US for sale, for instance), but Trump's trade war WAS NOT IT.

All the trade war accomplished was to drive up costs to consumers, since I noted most of what was tariffed were goods we simply couldn't produce in the US. The point of a tariff is to make locally produced goods more attractive by driving up prices of imports; if you aren't producing locally, however, all you do is jack up prices. Meanwhile, several industries that do export to China (farming especially) now needs tens of Billions of additional government subsidies to stay afloat because their overseas market suddenly vanished, as China went elsewhere since US goods are now more expensive.

What people like you want is to fight a war for the sake of fighting a war, so you can say you "did something". It doesn't matter how many jobs you ultimately lose because of how poorly contrived it was, you "did something", and that makes it right. You don't bother to understand, much less care, how to actually win the war, the fact you "did something" was enough.

Here's a better idea: How about punishing US business that outsource for the sole reason to drive down costs? Or breaking up the many monopolies/duopolies that exist in "many" (if not close to damn all) industries so we can get some actual price competition to lower prices, indirectly making goods easier to export? Or literally anything that might have a positive impact rather then doing an ill-contrived and poorly thought out trade war the US never had any real chance of winning?
"People like you"? You don't know anything about me so I'll ask that you please keep such ignorant and inflammatory statements to yourself.

You are still missing my point. You are assigning sole blame on President Trump for the chip shortage. What he did, needed to be done and while it obviously contributed, it was hardly the largest factor in causing the current situation.
 

gamerk2

Posts: 510   +410
"People like you"? You don't know anything about me so I'll ask that you please keep such ignorant and inflammatory statements to yourself.

You are still missing my point. You are assigning sole blame on President Trump for the chip shortage. What he did, needed to be done and while it obviously contributed, it was hardly the largest factor in causing the current situation.
I note your holding on to the "needed to be done" argument, despite evidence to the contrary.
 

Danny101

Posts: 1,605   +687
Variants are created when someone is infected with an existing strain and is sick long enough for it to mutate.

If there’s herd immunity people don’t get sick and it makes it impossible for variants to be created. Get vaccinated.
It can just as easily mutate into a benign form and die out.
 

adamada72

Posts: 12   +4
"Unfair trade practices". There's nothing stopping the US from retaliating by devaluing the dollar in order to make it's exports more attractive, or reducing the minimum wage in order to drive down costs to make mass manufacturing viable, or jumping on this whole "Socialism" thing and directly subsidizing entire industries that are deemed important to the economy. There's nothing stopping the US from doing *exactly* what China does, except this whole "Democracy" thing; turns out reducing standards of living ticks off the voters.

So instead, we get a bunch of political rhetoric, and a trade war which was as destructive as it was stupid. I'm not opposed to measures to help the US become a better exporter (I've long favored measures aimed directly at outsourcing manufacturing of goods that are re-imported into the US for sale, for instance), but Trump's trade war WAS NOT IT.

All the trade war accomplished was to drive up costs to consumers, since I noted most of what was tariffed were goods we simply couldn't produce in the US. The point of a tariff is to make locally produced goods more attractive by driving up prices of imports; if you aren't producing locally, however, all you do is jack up prices. Meanwhile, several industries that do export to China (farming especially) now needs tens of Billions of additional government subsidies to stay afloat because their overseas market suddenly vanished, as China went elsewhere since US goods are now more expensive.

What people like you want is to fight a war for the sake of fighting a war, so you can say you "did something". It doesn't matter how many jobs you ultimately lose because of how poorly contrived it was, you "did something", and that makes it right. You don't bother to understand, much less care, how to actually win the war, the fact you "did something" was enough.

Here's a better idea: How about punishing US business that outsource for the sole reason to drive down costs? Or breaking up the many monopolies/duopolies that exist in "many" (if not close to damn all) industries so we can get some actual price competition to lower prices, indirectly making goods easier to export? Or literally anything that might have a positive impact rather then doing an ill-contrived and poorly thought out trade war the US never had any real chance of winning?

What do tariffs have to do with a chip shortage? If anything the tariff would have helped slow down the shortage with less demand. It's almost like other forces are at work here?
 

gamerk2

Posts: 510   +410
You have no evidence! What you have is a false impression that we cant live without China.
The evidence is how badly the US faired in the US/China trade war, with nothing in return. Because China was never going to cave, so a strategy built around trying to get China to cave was doomed to fail.
 

adamada72

Posts: 12   +4
The evidence is how badly the US faired in the US/China trade war, with nothing in return. Because China was never going to cave, so a strategy built around trying to get China to cave was doomed to fail.
Again. Gamerk2, you're talking about the wrong subject. What does a tariff have to do with a chip shortage? If anything your argument from what I can see works against you. Sorry but I think you're on the wrong track.
 

wizardB

Posts: 197   +76
Yeah, no. Trumps trade war was always stupid since there was no mechanism for the US to win. In order to win a trade war, you need to have the ability to insource production of whatever you are putting tariffs on. The US doesn't have that capability, since most local production has *long* been shut down and outsourced [tech especially]. All that happened is companies increased prices to account for the tariff since there's no threat of local competition.

Trumps entire ideology is that if he makes things hard for people they'll come crawling back in order to make a better deal. This works in the corporate world that is obsessed with short-term bottom lines, but no so much for nations which have many, many other things to worry about.

None of this was unpredictable, and things went about as badly as most of us expected it to.
Wrong again, returning manufacturing is needed if the US doesn't want to be controlled by outside governments it musty have the ability to manufacture it's need commodities.
 

wizardB

Posts: 197   +76
The evidence is how badly the US faired in the US/China trade war, with nothing in return. Because China was never going to cave, so a strategy built around trying to get China to cave was doomed to fail.
The evidence is how badly the US faired in the US/China trade war, with nothing in return. Because China was never going to cave, so a strategy built around trying to get China to cave was doomed to fail.
Only since Biden took over,Trump had them on the ropes and Biden helped them up off the mat.
 

wizardB

Posts: 197   +76
I note your holding on to the "needed to be done" argument, despite evidence to the contrary.
There is no evidence to the contrary, China and now Russian are flexing their power knowing that Biden's only response will be to mumble and look around for help because he's brain dead.
 

CybaGirl

Posts: 51   +22
You can use other companies cables ( but YOU MUST know what you are doing as you can destroy good hardware ) you need to find out what each cable does - and rejig the ends to match your corsair PSU . You can sometimes can not use the cables from another PSU from the SAME brand without checking the specs &/or with a voltmeter etc

I know from speaking to Corsair that my 860 AXi Digital PSU doesn't use a standard wired 24pin power connector. Hence why I have been unable or unsure of what other cables I can use with it.

But for now and for the case I am using it in. I guess it really doesn't matter.

None the less I sure wouldn't like to be buying a new computer or even upgrading at the moment as it is one thing to review and show us all these fancy new products. Yet no one can seem to buy anything and the prices of even older hardware are sky rocketing.


 

CybaGirl

Posts: 51   +22
So glad I scored 3 monitors and 1 TV back in 2020! So I am good for years!

Still running my 49" LG LCD TV from 2015 as my main TV LOL. Even to this day the picture quality to me is more than enough even though I know there are better displays out there now.

But who has a disposable income to replace everything when it isn't broke or you are still happy with it?

Even all my computers have a few years on them now. But when I look at what I have and the price of upgrading for such a little performance gain I can't see the value or need for it.

Oh yes running i7 4790K's and 32GB of RAM in all systems.

I was also very lucky to win a GALAX RTX 3060Ti on Christmas eve in a Facebook competition though. So I will swap out my iGame GTX 1070 Vulcan X OC for this card in my main gaming rig when I can as we just moved house and I am still trying to get everything setup.