Feast And Famine In Politics

“By deepening the national debt at a time when the economy doesn’t need help, the tax overhaul threatens to leave Congress with less wiggle room to respond when recovery from the Great Recession eventually dies.
 
Normally, presidents ask Congress to borrow vast sums of money to pay for tax cuts when the economy needs to be rescued from trouble. But President Trump is on the verge of enacting a $1.5 trillion tax plan with an economy enjoying its best growth in three years. “
 
See Tax cuts could make it harder to fight the next recession

Bible (Genesis chapter 41 verses 34-36): “Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years.
 
And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.
 
And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.”

We know what happened when Pharaoh took the Lord’s advice and put away resources in the good years. What will happen when Trump ignores that and cuts taxes for the rich in the good years and has nothing but wailing and gnashing of teeth for the poor in the bad years, eh?

Trump is always bragging about how the economy is rebounding (Obama’s work) and completely ignores history and the possibility of another downturn. The GOP and all of Trump’s sycophants will reap what they sow, bitter tears and a burgeoning national debt to be repaid by our grandchildren. Pity the poor folk who will not survive.

There is a solution, however. Get rid of Trump. Impeach him. Vote out the GOP. Restore sanity to government in USA. Make the Senate once again the chamber for sober second thought instead of the charge of the lemmings.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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32 Responses to Feast And Famine In Politics

  1. DrLoser wrote, ” The thin client essentially does nothing more than implement VT102 with perhaps a minimal graphic interface (say, the Web.)”.

    You do realize most people alive today were not alive when VT102s walked the Earth, eh? Thin clients are much more diverse than replacing VT102s. For instance, servers can be thin clients of other servers or clusters of servers. e.g. A diskless server can be a thin client of some big boys that run the database and web-interface but merely supply some bandwidth to the system.

  2. DrLoser says:

    An example. My smartphone has way more local resources than my Beast of a decade ago, yet it’s helpless off the grid. It becomes merely a camera and a GPS then. It’s also helpless when the battery dies even on the grid. It’s pretty thin by my definition.

    Well, you can argue terminology all you like, Robert, but it doesn’t make a ha’p’orth of difference. What you have with your mobile, when it is offline, is not a “thin client.” It’s basically a borked mobile.

    Thick (you), thin (me), these are not terms than translate easily into mobile apps. Try editing a Libre document on your phone if you don’t believe me.

    There is, however, a generally accepted working definition of “thin clients.” The thin client essentially does nothing more than implement VT102 with perhaps a minimal graphic interface (say, the Web.) Either way, the thin client definitionally depends upon the server.

    Your nitwit Rube Goldberg construction doesn’t really fall into that accepted working definition. Why? Because there’s very little difference, in practise, between your “server” and your “clients.”

  3. Deaf Spy wrote, “The resources never matter, it is always about how much business logic the client implements”.

    Then, every client is thin.

    Deaf Spy also wrote, “The client is thin only when its sole task is rendering the UI and redirecting user input.”

    Nonsense. Lots of thin clients also manage updates or a printer or a clock or run some app that’s best done locally. The definition of thin client is very flexible. At different times of the day the thin client may have different roles too. The definition of thick client is also flexible because it may have some but not all resources locally. Almost no thick client has all resources local these days. Does that mean there are no more thick clients? No.

    An example. My smartphone has way more local resources than my Beast of a decade ago, yet it’s helpless off the grid. It becomes merely a camera and a GPS then. It’s also helpless when the battery dies even on the grid. It’s pretty thin by my definition.

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    He’s just moved goal posts from defining thin client to defining thin.

    No, I was merely explaining basic terms. There are different architectures: client-server, three-tier, n-tier… In any of these there is a client, but a different one. You simply can’t and don’t want stubbornly to comprehend the difference between various clients, and you confuse them. The resources never matter, it is always about how much business logic the client implements, or how much computing tasks in relation to the total computing tasks of the application it performs. The client is thin only when its sole task is rendering the UI and redirecting user input. Start putting anything else in the mixture, and the client is no longer thin.

    If the server has umpteen gB of RAM and 48 cores and TB in the database, the client looks thin to me.

    Well, you can also look at a duck and see a swan. Or a pink elephant. Or even your Solo delivered.

  5. Deaf Spy wrote, “For a client to be thin, it must implement close to zero business logic. The only allowed such is very basic input validation like required fields or input formats.”

    He’s just moved goal posts from defining thin client to defining thin. If the server has umpteen gB of RAM and 48 cores and TB in the database, the client looks thin to me.

  6. Deaf Spy says:

    One can restrict the definition of “thin client” any way you want but generally, anything that gets its computation/storage/search done remotely could be considered a thin client.

    One can call a duck a swan any way one wants, Robert, but “anything that gets its computation/storage/search done remotely could be considered a thin client” is largely incorrect.

    “Anything that gets its computation/storage/search done remotely” defines a client. For a client to be thin, it must implement close to zero business logic. The only allowed such is very basic input validation like required fields or input formats.

    You simply don’t realize the difference between a client and a “thin client” as the rest of your post clearly demonstrates.

  7. John Stamos wrote, “UWP apps can be webapps (this doesn’t make them thin clients), but they can also be native apps.”

    One can restrict the definition of “thin client” any way you want but generally, anything that gets its computation/storage/search done remotely could be considered a thin client. I’ve seen and used setup which had the whole desktop, individual applications or parts of applications all work as thin clients. With old-fashioned GNU/Linux and X, it’s trivial to have a session on one machine or a cluster, app A on another machine or a cluster, app B on another machine or a cluster, etc. That’s the way Largo FL does it. They have one or two machines for sessions, and the big apps like browser and word-processor have their own machines, huge servers that can run hundreds of instances. My largest GNU/Linux system had six big servers (relative to desktop clients) and 100+ pure thin client machines but the applications could have run on anything. Here at home, I have several file-systems on the main server and various clients using them and one of the clients serves as a print-server for everyone. Technically, every machine is a thin client of that print-server for printing. The application is running on a remote machine. The data could come from any machine in the system. I can easily print from A a file on B which is printed from C and the printer is a separate machine as well. GNU/Linux is a modern networked operating system. Nothing save a few specialized applications have to be on any particular machine. Oh, yes, and then there’s the Internet where we access a bunch more servers and yes, they do run applications for us.

  8. John Stamos says:

    Funny how only the kookiest alt-righters still admire Microsoft and Windows.

    Funny how freetards still seethe with rage at the thought of Microsoft. Under Nadella, Microsoft is/has…

    – A contributor to the Linux Kernel (this is why it runs well under Hyper-V)
    – Among the largest cloud providers of Linux (see: Azure)
    – Possibly the largest (by volume) desktop Linux vendor (see: Windows Subsystem for Linux)
    – Actually develops software targeting Linux (see: Visual Studio Code, .NET Core and MS SQL Server).
    – Makes development targeting Linux as well as Android a first class citizen in its development suite (see: Visual Studio 2017).

    And my favourite, mixed-environment containers, via its native docker support, Windows can run Linux and Windows Server containers side by side, granted Sun beat them to mix-environment containers by over a decade (see: Branded Zones and LX Zones).

    You’d think freetards would love MS at this point.

    They even fail to see the dominance of thin-client architecture on most new apps.

    You mean client-server architecture, like webapps masquerading as desktop apps. It isn’t the same as a thin-client architecture.

    Windows 10 ARM desktop” is a tablet that has the “Windows 10 S” OS – a thin client.

    Someone doesn’t know what a thin client is, apparently. Windows 10S is a restricted Windows that only allows installation of apps from the Windows Store (in the case of ARM devices, this means only UWP apps, in the case of x86 devices, both UWP and Win32/64), and has a locked config allowing only Edge as the default browser.

    UWP apps can be webapps (this doesn’t make them thin clients), but they can also be native apps.

    Perhaps there indeed is a reason to choose that thing over, say, Andoroid (yes, the thing using Linux as it’s kernel), but probably not.

    In the case of ARM, probably not, unless the UWP app ecosystem gets significantly better, and it will, because its being positioned as the preferred API for developing Win10 apps, but other than the app ecosystem, there’s no compelling reason to choose Android over Win10S either.

    Yeah, good luck with your CPU instruction set emulation. Probably it will work for very light apps as long as you don’t mind it being a battery hog.

    They’ve thought of that, the the apps get AoT translated once, upon installation, and cached on disk for later use. The emulation/translation only happens once.

    This is actually great news, as it potentially allows for ARM to compete against x86 on the higher end — meaning actual desktops and workstations — which may, depending on how high ARM can be made to scale when not restricted to smartphone and tablet friendly power envelops to further drive down prices like the introduction of Ryzen and ThreadRipper have.

    16-Core SMT ARM chip that can run Windows apps at near-native performance, at possibly half the price of a 1900x ThreadRipper (which is itself roughly half the price of a comparable Core-i9)? Yes plx.

  9. Deaf Spy says:

    With Office available as UWP, Windows 10 S is more than a capable “lite” office device. As I’ve been saying here for a while, I am using for one year already Lumia 950 + Continuum every now and then and I am quite pleased with the experience. You can do data-based work on documents (that doesn’t involve heavy formatting) and correspondence with a native experience, not via some web-based wretched interface.

    All these tasks are what these “always-connected” ARM Windows devices are actually targeted to. No professional with demanding tasks will ever consider a low-end device. These people target i7s.

  10. Well_well says:

    Yeah, good luck with your CPU instruction set emulation. Probably it will work for very light apps as long as you don’t mind it being a battery hog.

  11. Deaf Spy says:

    Whether UWP is dead or not is yet to be seen. As bare minimum, you already have a quite viable UWP version of MS Office. Then there is Desktop Bridge that enables Win32 apps in the Store, and hence – on Windows 10 S. Even a big one like Adobe is already having their Elements on Microsoft Store, and all Windows 10 S users can have it.

    I told you are clueless.

  12. Well_well says:

    It is completely another thing what Windows 10 S is theoretically capable of doing than what it actually is used to. UWP being dead on the water, thin client is what it actually is.

  13. Deaf Spy says:

    If it is not 100% similar to an old WYSE, it can’t be a thin client at all. Wrong.

    Lets try again for the sake of sanity.

    Windows 10 S can be used as a thin client, just like anything else in the world of personal computing that has a display and inputs attached. Windows 10 S, however, being able to run UWP apps, is also a fully capable thick client and smart client, that can operate in disconnected mode.

    Now, if you try to imply that using any connected service turns your device into a thin client, then you are sadly wrong.

  14. Well_well says:

    Well, well, well, what do we have here – yet another clueless moms-basement dweller here. You should speak with the prominent under-lamppost proletarian here, Fifi, even he might be able to explain what Windows 10 S actually is.

    Microsoft fanboys are of course incapable of abstract thinking. Otherwise they won’t be Microsoft fanboys. If it is not 100% similar to an old WYSE, it can’t be a thin client at all. Wrong.

    To attempt to cover your complete incapability to create a coherent argument, you resort to going apeshit. Everyone despises you and your like. Yes, even and especially Microsoft.

  15. Deaf Spy says:

    Even their so-called “Windows 10 ARM desktop” is a tablet that has the “Windows 10 S” OS – a thin client.

    Well, well, well, what do we have here – yet another clueless moms-basement dweller here. You should speak with the prominent under-lamppost proletarian here, Fifi, even he might be able to explain what Windows 10 S actually is.

  16. Well_well says:

    “So do I, using my Lumia with a display dock and Continuum.”

    Wow, you must be a really dedicated Microsoft lover.

    And it is really interesting how the Microsoft’s fan-lunatics appear to see getting old as somehow dishonorable. Maybe they really are looking forward to die young in some kind of cult mass-suicide, if only they had the guts.

  17. Well_well says:

    Funny how only the kookiest alt-righters still admire Microsoft and Windows. They even fail to see the dominance of thin-client architecture on most new apps. Even their so-called “Windows 10 ARM desktop” is a tablet that has the “Windows 10 S” OS – a thin client. Perhaps there indeed is a reason to choose that thing over, say, Andoroid (yes, the thing using Linux as it’s kernel), but probably not.

  18. Grece says:

    “ARMed desktop” inferring that TLW is forced by threat of violence, to use an ARM desktop NOT using Microsoft Windows. I bet if Robert magically disappeared, by way of wandering off to to dementia, TLW and her sidekick would instantly gravitate towards Windows and Apple iPhones.

  19. An Out Of Phase Transistor says:

    TLW has been using an ARMed desktop for years now. No problems. It just keeps working.

    As opposed to what, the house exploding?!

    What are these supposed problems you would have us imagine?

    (also, what exactly is the definition of “using” and “no problems,” eh, Robert?)

  20. An Out Of Phase Transistor says:

    Yes I already have deduced that Roberts delusional thinking stems from copious amounts of CNN watching.

    Well we all have, except for one man, one man opening all his eyes, to get all the propaganda he needs – Robert Pogson.

    It wouldn’t matter if it was only him, unfortunately he’s a poster boy for most of faux-left, which sort of explains the state of western society…

  21. Ivan says:

    Senators, at least, can read the writing on the wall.

    They certainly can. Zero tolerance.

    It’s a shame Conyers won’t be made to repay the tax payers for that hush money.

  22. Deaf Spy says:

    TLW has been using an ARMed desktop for years now.

    So do I, using my Lumia with a display dock and Continuum. So what. TLW using ARM has even less impact on the world than your maniac conviction against Trump.

  23. Deaf Spy wrote, “ARMs are just making their first, tiny steps into the desktop realms”.

    TLW has been using an ARMed desktop for years now. No problems. It just keeps working.

  24. Deaf Spy says:

    Almost everyone has been offended by Trump. Congress can decide what is an impeachable offence and Trump has offered a dozen or more so that’s not an issue. …Impeachment will be the easier path than trying to prop up Trump’s stinking regime. GOP can then offer the voters the promise of better government.

    I see you apply here the same fabulous logic which you also apply in your musings of how ARM / Linux / LibreOffice / Thin-clients will take over the world of traditional PCs by storm. Since these never happened, not even got into motion, I can’t see how it would happen in politics, too.

    Btw, ARMs are just making their first, tiny steps into the desktop realms. Powered by Windows 10.
    https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/12/hp-asus-announce-first-windows-10-arm-pcs-20-hour-battery-life-gigabit-lte/

    As usual, OEMs and customers don’t even think of Linux. Everything is designed and optimized to run Windows 10 and Windows apps.

    But hey, keep dreaming how GOP will impeach Trump, when even Dems are voting against an impeachment.

  25. Grece wrote, as the sharks circle closer to Trump’s rump, “Sorry Robert, but Trump is not going to be impeached.”

    This evening’s news was that Flynn was texting that the reactor deal with Russia was a go because the sanctions were going away from the stands at Trump’s swearing-in. If Trump isn’t impeached for treason, stealing, corruption, cheating, sexual assault, etc. it will be for hiring really bad people to run the government. No, that’s not it. Those folks were doing Trump’s bidding as he was laundering money for the Russians. At the rate rats are leaving the sinking ship, I doubt Trump will last past summer 2018, perhaps sooner if GOP realizes Trump is dragging them down or Moore doesn’t get the seat in the Senate. Senators, at least, can read the writing on the wall.

    Further, “Lawmakers did not actually vote on the actual articles of impeachment, but on a procedural measure that would have led to a vote on them.” That’s a rather thin threshold to cross. Almost everyone has been offended by Trump. Congress can decide what is an impeachable offence and Trump has offered a dozen or more so that’s not an issue. As 2018 elections approach, who will want to surrender the majority in the House or the Senate to save Trump? Five? Ten? Impeachment will be the easier path than trying to prop up Trump’s stinking regime. GOP can then offer the voters the promise of better government. What slate could be worse than Trump’s?

  26. Grece says:

    Yes I already have deduced that Roberts delusional thinking stems from copious amounts of CNN watching.

    Sorry Robert, but Trump is not going to be impeached.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/06/house-rejects-trump-impeachment-resolution-after-dem-rep-al-green-forces-vote.html

    Just like your Solo isn’t ever going to arrive either.

  27. An Out Of Phase Transistor says:

    In all honesty, your constant ranting could be thought of a form of self-induced paranoia.

    “Self-induced” as in “media-induced,” you mean? Not unlike his windows and linux related opinions, eh?

    Seems to me that our Robert actually relies on the telly-screen to do the thinking for him, rather sad state of mind…

  28. Deaf Spy says:

    Whose kids are going to pay the interest and principal for the debt

    You surely mistaken the national debt of USA with the load you might have taken as a pimple-ridden teenager from your sister’s boyfriend to buy a fifth-hand car.

  29. Deaf Spy says:

    Trump! Last year he said he was 70, this year he says he is 71! A liar! Impeach him!

  30. Ivan wrote, “We know you don’t care about poor people, who will actually have more money in their pocket under this”.

    Why did they make the rich guys’ tax-cut permanent and the poor guys’ temporary? Whose kids are going to pay the interest and principal for the debt, feed the wars and go without education and healthcare?

  31. Ivan says:

    Bob, blow it out your ass. We know you don’t care about poor people, who will actually have more money in their pocket under this, so there was no reason to bring them to support your Trump hate.

  32. Grece says:

    It boggles the mind Robert, that you can spew this much hate for man you never met and has no say in your life so ever. In all honesty, your constant ranting could be thought of a form of self-induced paranoia.

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