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  Lumber prices skyrocket as Trump imposes 25% tariff on Canadian Lumber
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 04-25-2017, 11:52 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (10)

Trump Slaps Tariff on Canadian Lumber


4-25-2017

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it would impose new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports, escalating a longstanding conflict with America’s second-largest trading partner.

At the conflict’s heart is a fundamental difference in forestry ownership. In the United States, forest lands are largely held by lumber companies. In Canada, they tend to be owned by the government, and American mills contend that Canadian provinces subsidize their industries by charging low royalty rates for cutting trees.

The United States imported $5.7 billion in softwood lumber last year alone, mainly for residential home building.

The tariffs are likely to be opposed by American homebuilders, who say they raise the cost of new houses.

Home Builders found that a 15 percent tariff would increase new home prices by 4.2 percent and cost 4,666 full-time jobs.

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  U.S. begins taking down Historical Monuments
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 04-25-2017, 09:18 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (1)

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Removal of the first of four New Orleans Confederate monuments begins with Liberty Place


4-24-2017

Efforts to remove four Confederate monuments commenced early Monday morning, as crews and police gathered around the Battle of Liberty Place monument downtown around 2 a.m. to begin dismantling the first of four statues eyed for removal by the city.
[url=http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/04/monuments_removed_new_orleans.html]
Two flatbed trucks arrived just before 2:15 a.m., carrying equipment to haul away the monument. The name of the company on the trucks' sides was concealed by tape and cardboard. The workers wore black vests, yellow helmets and pieces of cloth to cover their faces, apparently to guard against identification.

Then, just before 3 a.m., a couple of workers set inside a crane like a crow's nest and shielded by a brown canvas began drilling into a section at the top of the Battle of Liberty Place obelisk. Minutes later, that section was pried loose and hauled onto one of the flatbeds, while the crew worked to dismantle the rest of the monument.

The monuments have been slated by the city for removal since December 2015, when the New Orleans City Council to bring down the four statues of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the Battle of Liberty Place obelisk.

Georgia Officials are preparing to sand blast the carvings of removal of the 90- by 190-foot carving of three Confederate leaders, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson from the side of Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park is a state park about 30 minutes outside Atlanta, Georgia and the sculpture in question is part of what's described as the "largest high relief sculpture in the world." The sculpture was dedicated by Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1970 and finished in 1972.

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  Fox News Fires Bill O'Reilly
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 04-20-2017, 04:32 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (3)

Fox News Fires Bill O'Reilly
[url=https://www.yahoo.com/tv/fox-news-fires-bill-oreilly-amid-sexual-harassment-storm-183851947.html][/url]
4-19-2017

Fox News Fires Bill O’Reilly Amid Sexual Harassment Storm

The decision to turn O’Reilly loose appears to have been made between Tuesday and Wednesday by the Murdochs, the family who control the operations of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

O’Reilly has been enmeshed in controversy since the start of this month after The New York Times reported that five women have received payments coming to about $13 million in exchange for agreeing not to pursue litigation or speak about accusations.

The anchor’s departure may solve one problem, but it will raise another. “The O’Reilly Factor” is the linchpin of the Fox News primetime lineup, and has delivered between 3 million and 4 million viewers each night. A new anchor might not generate that type of viewership, leaving Fox News to find new ways to meet ratings guarantees it has made to advertisers. The network will also want to determine how to maintain audience consistency for the rest of its lineup, which includes Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.

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  VA vs IPS
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-19-2017, 10:36 PM - Forum: Video - No Replies

http://4k.com/va-display-panels-vs-ips-d...w-19275-2/
Conclusion: VA is generally superior to IPS.

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  144 Hz vs 240 Hz
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-17-2017, 09:15 PM - Forum: Video - Replies (1)

There still is a noticeable difference, although it's subtle.


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  4-8-2017 Opening Day Races
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 04-17-2017, 01:38 AM - Forum: Indianapolis Speedrome - No Replies

4-8-2017 Opening Day Races





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  4-15-2017 Races
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 04-17-2017, 01:32 AM - Forum: Indianapolis Speedrome - No Replies

4-15-2017 Races









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  AMD Ryzen AMA
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-15-2017, 07:16 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-...,5018.html

Major points:

  • They're continuing to work on RAM speeds
  • They're confident in being able to improve the Ryzen architecture with Ryzen 2
  • They think that Ryzen's extra threads give a smoother framerate in games
  • They're confident in increasing Ryzen's GHz
  • Ambiguous about X399
  • It's uncertain if AM4 will get revisions to support DDR5
  • BIOS updates to support DDR4-3200 arrived for most motherboards on April 11, more BIOS updates to further improve RAM speed are scheduled for May
  • Ryzen 7 CPUs are binned
  • Ryzen supports ECC RAM, but it's up the motherboard to implement ECC support
  • They're aware of demand for standalone Wraith coolers
  • 1600X is a Ryzen 7 with one core disabled per CCX and 16 MB L3 cache
  • The Athlon brand will be used for CPUs below Ryzen 3
  • No plans for Optane support: "In its current form for consumer desktop, Optane is basically an SSD cache drive with a maximum (pitiful) 32GB of storage. They don't even recommend pairing it with an SSD because you wouldn't notice a performance difference. They suggest you pair it with a mechanical hard drive. Lots of hype and little substance."
  • "There's a lot of cache FUD out there about Ryzen, and a lot of people are making assumptions based on limited info. Just keep an eye on actual reviews. As we ramp up the platform and get rid of bottlenecks like memory speed, we get faster. And I can confidently say Ryzen is a lot faster than the Phenom II out of the box when it comes to gaming."
  • As for HBM on the CPU: "We're definitely considering different HBM implementations, but we haven't announced anything I can talk to. In a lot of ways the Zen architecture gets more impressive as you provide less power. I can't comment on unannounced laptop parts, but there are great things coming!"

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  Microsoft Has Really Gone Too Far
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-14-2017, 08:24 PM - Forum: Software & Programming - Replies (3)

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/24...dows-7-8-1

Quote:Also, based on these actions, we’re calling “Mainstream support” a lie. Microsoft clearly doesn’t have a “Mainstream support” mode anymore. A company that reserves the right to unilaterally tear up previous agreements that may have influenced how and when you bought your operating system license has no right to declare itself in “support” of anything except its own bottom line.

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  Sceptre U658CV-UMC 65" 4K TV For USD 730
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 04-14-2017, 10:30 AM - Forum: Hot Deals & Bargains - Replies (1)

http://4k.com/news/amazon-has-a-65-inch-...now-19386/
No HDR, but it's still a good deal.

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