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Technology, Computers, & Electronics
/ Re: People are keeping Windows 7 - Why?
« Last post by Psk on March 31, 2021, 07:24:50 PM »
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-- Oh, and I'll add that yes, I have various old Windows systems connected to the Internet. I have Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 all fully online. I don't even think I have any antivirus on my W2K system. The best antivirus is your brain. Don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine. Microsoft is simply trying to use fearmongering and scare tactics to scare people off Windows 7. Most people, rightly, aren't biting.

IMHO, if Microsoft wants people to Windows 10, it should actually make a product that could be objectively considered an "upgrade" rather than a "downgrade". Stop blaming us for not buying your dung, Microsoft. It's your fault, not ours. You screwed up, we are simply doing the rational thing.

-- No reason to keep the W7 machine offline unless you're dumb enough to click on malware, really. I've never gotten a virus, and I've never used anything more rigorous than Defender/MSE, if at all. But if you'll get malware without antivirus, then maybe that's a good move. In my opinion, defeats the purpose...

I'm not even a gamer, so I couldn't care less about that aspect of Windows, except for the built in Windows games. Occasionally play Chess Titans or Solitaire in Windows 7 - those are classics.

-- I tried to upgrade my older laptop from 7 to 10. Completed almost the entire process, then was told that there was an incompatibility, and it reverted back to 7... but not the version I had before. A week later, the laptop crashed - I mean CRASHED! Saved the hard drive and ported over the files to a new computer, but the upgrade process was beyond time-consuming and, in the end, not worth the time.

On a related note though, 10 is bad. I regularly back up my data to thumb drives, but there is a something that makes the files corrupt. Can't figure out what it is, but have upgraded drivers, formatted drives, etc., and no fix in sight. Sure wish Microsoft would figure it out.

-- Windows 10 is unstable and has compatibility issues plus spyware issues. Our IT department has modified the agent string of browser on Windows 7 to be Edge for Windows 10 and all website work. Some sites did not work saying that unsupported browsers so IT changed that one line and everything works. I believe there are more Windows 7 in the world being used than ZDNet server logs or other servers capture. I know that our IT has use that same trick on Windows Xp machines that are need for our factory machines. IT was paying XP extend support and we did get IE11 for Xp during that support but now many sites are not working with IE 11 so IT used the same trick and everything is working again on most sites but some are not working for Xp. IT currently stop paying for Xp support about 7 month ago and have not gotten Windows 7 support since it was a big waste of money. MS is just making huge profits with these extended support for Xp and 7. This is why they are making Windows 10 be no compatibility to make more money. Companies should stop paying it and MS might finally do something about it to make Windows 10 better.

-- I am a huge fan of W7. Easy to navigate and I can do what I want. I started with XP and refused to upgrade to W7 for years. Now I refuse to upgrade even to W8 let alone W10!!! They can stick W10 in their arse....I will never change.

-- I can't tell you how many of my friends, relatives, and clients have had perfectly good, modern PCs borked by Windows !0 "feature" upgrades! I personally can't afford to move to Win10 because my PC is old and incompatible with it. I simply installed Opatch on my old Win7 machine and it works better than it ever did with MS digging at the guts of my system. Now I don't worry about updates, and even most of my applications are taken care of by Opatch. (although I do attempt to manually update those I'm aware of) Long live the micro patch way of living!!

-- -- I realize that you have included the "OTHER" option in your very first survey question, but this does not lend the weight, nor credibility, which explicitly including the following, glaringly missing, option would:

"WINDOWS 7 IS SIMPLY MORE SUPERIOR THAN ANYTHING MICROSOFT HAS PRODUCED SINCE."

It is a known fact, but supposedly well-kept (but not very) secret: most all surveys these days, on any subject, are skewed to reflect the confirmation-bias of those who commission the survey.
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Technology, Computers, & Electronics
/ People are keeping Windows 7 - Why?
« Last post by Psk on March 31, 2021, 06:45:05 PM »
Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7
https://www.zdnet.com/article/poll-results-heres-why-people-are-sticking-with-windows-7/

Comments:
-- I've tried Windows 10. I have a laptop gathering dust because some glitch in the update process has rendered it useless - only a "wait" circle ever appears if you power it up, and it will not respond to the function keys to bypass. I also can't afford losing control of when, how and why to update. And what's with this? Engadget: Windows 10 is installing Office web apps without asking permission.
https://www.engadget.com/wi...

It's like Microsoft is desperately trying to be the annoying IT Department that tells me I can't work today because they're going to do an update on my computer. If I wanted that, I'd work for a big Corporation, not myself.

-- 1) Skepticism of Microsoft intentions with regards to collecting of any data from users computers is healthy. NO ONE should ever just believe what a corporation says. The bigger it is the more incentive their is to lie or as the lawyers say "manage the truth".

2) Windows 10 was awful to start with as (is often the case with big tech companies) Microsoft decided what its users wanted instead of letting users decide. Jump ahead and several years and only after Microsoft compromised on some of the terrible changes it tried to force was it then able to start winning over some of the hold outs. Imagine how much better the world would have been if Microsoft had simply provided an improved Windows 7 in the form of Windows 10 instead of trying to change things users did not want changed.

3) Not everyone is keen to the idea of constant change/upgrade. There are security reasons for the upgrade but those just reinforce the notion that constant upgrades done to quickly are a self fulfilling prophecy. Perhaps if the singular focus were on making a solid OS first and then after figure out how many new bells and whistles can be added (and just forget about the spying garbage be it unintentional or otherwise) this upgrade debate would not have lingered on this long.

Windows 10 could have been a big win from the start. Its Microsoft's own arrogance and lack of respect for users that has allowed this Win 7vs Win 10 fight to go on for so long. They have only themselves to blame. So how is Microsoft likely to handle this in the future with the next Windows upgrade? Don't be surprised if instead of learning from this the decision makers at Microsoft seek ways to more easily coerce/force users into upgrading.

Why bother with trying to make customers happy when you can coerce them into compliance.

-- I agree with everything here. W10 is a vastly inferior system, and when W7 finally breaks or I lose it by some mischance, I'll try Linux or even Apple. So irritating that MS keep "updating" and producing what someone said is a downgrade. I was pleased to see that others are also planning to stick with W7 and Office 10 for the long haul!

-- W8 and W10 have been horrible. I personally never used them at all as my daily driver and I never will. But I had the displeasure of working on people's computers that had those Windows versions. If I were you, I'd just go to Linux and be done with it. Linux Mint, Zorin OS or KDE Plasma are good places to start. KDE Neon is a good one and got me off the W7 train. Try them in a virtual machine and see which works for you.

And guess what? I still use W7 sometimes in a virtual machine. I just keep it off the internet. It's the only way to not have to be concerned over security.

Also, on Linux, you can pass through a second video card into a virtual machine if you have a CPU and board that supports IOMMU. Which means that I don't have to dual boot. So, if you have hardware the supports it, you could still use W7 to game if needed in the same way. It's what I do. The games I play work great in WINE on Linux; especially with my AMD card which is just plug and play on Linux. No driver installing crap. My older Nvidia card I attach to my W7 virtual machine just because Nvidia's support for Linux sucks still. Anyway, unless I someday get a game that has anti-cheat in it, I basically don't need Windows anymore. Other than that, I've had no real issues.

Oh. And there are better alternatives for M$ Office. WPS Office, Softmaker Freeoffice or OnlyOffice are great options.

-- I can agree with every one of the complaints about Windows 10. I don't like the user interface, forced updates, or anything else about it -- and there is no feature of it that attracts me. W7, or 8.1 will do anything I intend to do, and many things W10 won't. I use several old programs on a regular basis (for which there's no newer replacement) -- it was difficult to make them run on what I have now, and impossible on W10.

I have one machine with W7 and two with 8.1, and intend to use them until they die, or I do. I don't know what will come next, maybe a Linux running a virtual copy of 8.1, or something else. Whatever it is, it won't be W10.

-- MS is using w10 as the vehicle to finally achieve absolute control of windows users.
next up monthly charges for using windows...and there will be no alternative. when is the only question
MS'only regret is that they didn't buy linux to kill it off...they still might try
the casual user sees w10 as not a big deal, except they will soon need to buy a new computer to support the w10 bloat...of course all needed to fend off hackers who are only able to penetrate their targets because the base OS is a mess.
serious users see w10 as a forced downgrade consuming time, effort and stability only possible when there is a monopoly in place...ATT&T used to do this stuff before they were pulled apart. It took a couple decades for the FCC to figure it out, hope gov can figure MS out sooner.

-- Ever since 2012, Microsoft has simply gone in the toilet. Really don't know what to say. It's not just Windows. Office has consistently declined in quality and usability since Office 2010.

Microsoft has proven it doesn't care about its loyal longterm corporate/enterprise/power user base, and is now trying to cater unsuccessfully to the "cool" and "hip" crowd.

On the plus side, I'll never purchase a Microsoft product again. It's not that I don't like them - I used to be (and still am) Microsoft's #1 fan. But their best software has all already been made, so why keep paying to downgrade? I'll be using Windows 7 and Office 2010 until I die. Thanks for saving me some dough, Microsoft!
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Science, Astronomy, & Physics
/ Space events calendar for 2021
« Last post by Psk on March 05, 2021, 05:35:14 PM »
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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Re: Psychic Predictions for 2021 & Beyond.
« Last post by Psk on December 30, 2020, 01:07:25 PM »
A great earthquake in Gibraltar, Spain and Monaco.

The Mississippi River will overflow and flood due to stormy weather.

The landscape will change drastically in Los Angeles and San Francisco after devasting earthquakes.

A famous Politian will suffer a seizure.

A heist at Buckingham Palace stealing millions of dollars worth of jewellery and paintings.

A huge earthquake Rome damaging the Colosseum and Vatican.

A gas explosion in Chicago, Illinois.

An unknown plane circling the White House.

A large earthquake in Las Vegas, Nevada – danger to many hotels.

Flooding in a New York City subway.

Many explosions in Brooklyn, New York.

A Crocodile will eat a movie star.

An enormous earthquake in Vancouver, BC.

Earthquake in Ontario, Canada.

Great cures for Cancer within the next 5 years that will be the cure to rid all Cancer.

Niagara Falls overflowing.

Destruction of Spain after a large earthquake.

A sudden downpour of hail in Tokyo, Japan kills many.

An earthquake in West Virginia.

An earthquake in Oxford, England.

A live Dinosaur will be found near a University.

An earthquake destroying parts of the Pyramids in Egypt.

The world will find a surplus of Gold.

Flooding in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Terror attack in Washington, DC.

New York City skyline changing.

A hotel is swept into the Sea.

A great flood in Savannah and Charleston.

A terror attack in Atlanta, Georgia.

Total destruction after an earthquake in Yellowstone.

Sexual allegations of a late-night talk show host.

A lost city found under Athens, Greece.

A great fire in Rome, Italy.

A bomb blast at the US Capital.

An Arctic town melts due to extreme heat. A tsunami in Hawaii. The sky turns pink (not at sunrise or sunset).

An explosion at Carnegie Hall. A great fire at an iconic hotel in New York City. A towering inferno in New York City.

Riot at a basketball game.

An attack at a Naval base in Norfolk, Virginia.

An attack in Wolverhampton, England.

Shooting at a Symphony.

Collapse of a suspension bridge.

Former President Bill Clinton health issues. Hillary Clinton has to watch her health. A few problems around the marriage of Barack and Michelle Obama. 

A volcano under Los Angeles.

Planets will collide in space.

A Tornado in New York City.

A monster storm hits Boston, Massachusetts.

A shooting and riot at Harvard University.

Drone attack at the White House.

A huge earthquake in China.

Giant sinkhole in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gigantic earthquake in Panama. New Orleans under water. A Dam breaks in California, lots of damage.

A Spaceship landing in desert area. An increase in UFO sightings worldwide. A large fan shape flying object seen all over the world. A lot of UFOs in India.

Huge hurricanes and earthquakes in the Carolinas.

An earthquake in in Tokyo and Mount Fuji. A tsunami is Malibu, California.

Terrorist attack in Central Park, New York City. Roof collapse at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Gas explosion in New York City. Shootings on Wall Street. Celebrity couple overdosing. Illness around Trump.

People of North Korea will overthrow the Government. Protests and Riots worldwide

Meteorite will hit Moscow. A sinkhole in Downtown Manhattan, swallowing cars. Giant earthquake in Alaska and British Columbia. Earthquake at the Grand Canyon. Sky turning different colours all over the world.

A lost world under the sea.   
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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Re: Psychic Predictions for 2021 & Beyond.
« Last post by Psk on December 30, 2020, 12:12:29 PM »
Shifting of the plates between Australia and New Zealand, so I am expecting more seismic activity in this area this year as well as on the West Coast of America right up to Alaska.

Terrorism is again back on the agenda for 2021, being as it is a 'metal year'. I hope it is not bombings, but I feel Europe will be the targeted area.

Biden will be president but for a noticeably short time either because of ill health, accident, or threats. He will be preceded by a woman.

A huge earthquake tsunami in Japan. A tsunami in Hong Kong. A huge earthquake in Oregon. Collapse of the Pyramids in Egypt.

China becoming more powerful and more of a threat. Terrorist attack in Boston. Floods in Eastern Europe.

Trump will write a tell all book and ink a deal with Fox news and have show. Trump - Possible arrest. Trump will be fighting lawsuits. Possible illness around Trump. Trump divorce with Melania.

An earthquake in Louisville, Kentucky.

Hijacking of a commercial aircraft.

An ancient city found under a lagoon. Lockdown of an airport. An airport under attack. Siege of politicians in parliament. Assassination of a world leader.

Large earthquake off the coast of Alaska.

Mount Etna, Vesuvius & Pico erupting.

Fire in Little Italy, New York City. Towering Inferno in New York City. Parts of New York on fire.

Uprising in Russia. Moscow on fire.

Health issues for Joe Biden.

Tragedy at the London Bridge. Kidnapping around the children of the Royal Family. Tragedy at the Swiss Alps. A heist at an airport worth millions of dollars. A German airport under siege.

San Andreas Fault in California is about to explode.

Tragedy at a football field, Riot at a soccer stadium in Brazil.

A mega earthquake in Mexico and Mexico City.

A clown that looks like the Joker will go on a killing rampage in New York City.

Woodpeckers will become extinct.

Discovery that the White House is haunted.

Trump will sell a lot of his properties.

A bomb goes off at a Las Vegas hotel. A bomb in the Paris subway.

A large earthquake in Reno, Nevada.

India and Pakistan at war. Philippines and Taiwan at war. Problems between India and China
An assassination at the United Nations.

There will not be another pandemic for at least 10 years.

A famous celebrity will die in a skydiving accident.

A great flood at Lake Como, Italy. More catastrophic flooding in Venice, Italy.

The state of Maine under water. Flooding in New Hampshire.

A giant earthquake in Ecuador.

A fire at Penn Station in New York City.

Lots of seismic activity in Australia and New Zealand.

Giant Tsunamis and large waves worldwide.

Huge explosion and fire in Houston, Texas.

Lots of domestic terrorism in the U.S. Such as an Oklahoma bombing.

A disease around Tulips in Holland.

Terror Attacks in Tokyo.

Mount Fuji in Japan could erupt.

Japan could suffer a devastating earthquake and Tsunami.

Biden might not complete term due to health issues.

The Pope may resign due to ill health and other factors.

A lot more solar flares of the sun.

Beverly Hills will become a ghost town after celebrities sell their properties because of the impacts of the virus in California – they will move to Australia, Canada, and parts of Europe.

A disease around bananas.

Riots in Paris and France.

Trump may move or visit Russia. The White House under attack. Mar-a-Lago on fire.

WW3, but it will be a noticeably short war and then more peace.

Another planet will be discovered, and more sightings are possible, and some sort of unidentified flying object could very well land in area 51. I see more UFOs over desert areas such as, Nevada, California and Southern United States etc.

A heist at the fames Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

A terror attack in Tripoli.

Venice Beach, California under water.

Scotland becoming independent. 

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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Re: Psychic Predictions for 2021 & Beyond.
« Last post by Psk on December 30, 2020, 11:29:52 AM »
Mitch McConnell is found out to be working for Russia He’s gone. Prosecutions against the Trump family will begin.

Food shortages.

The Eiffel tower wounded.

Pope Francis resigns.

I see farm animals. More people want to move to farms. But there is also a queston about the fate of farm animals as a plant based diet begins to take hold.

In late 2021, I am seeing a shot being developed for an illness. I am picking up HIV.

There is a Tsunami from the Arctic ocean into Russia and it’s a big one. Could be coming from an Asteroid coming at such an angle that the major part of the Tsunami is moving towards Russia.  Canada is not impacted as much as Russia and other northern European countries or Alaska.  It will be a huge wave as if it was meant to be for Russia.

I see the equatorial countries turning brown, meaning without vegetation. Strong solar storms during this year. Space travel is hindered by the storms.

I see the earth and it has a shield or storm over the Arctic. The shield is yellow/gold and has multiple sides.

2021 –2022: More volcanoes erupt around the planet, some that have been dormant for thousands of years are waking up.  I see Krakatoa blowing up like it did in 1814 or thereabout.  New ones will be discovered on the US and Canadian Pacific coast.  Also possibly Alberta. The Pacific rim of fire is on fire.

I see the map of the U.S. People are making plans to migrate to new areas. New parts of the country are becoming more desirable and people are starting new communities in these places. Many people moving out of the U.S. to more affordable places too.

Farmers trying to adjust to climate, cattle can not stay in this dry heat, a concern, they are rushing to make new advances in farming that will accommodate the dramatic weather shift. Famine increasing.  Food shortages. People are reserved, resolute, working hard to fix the climate. A seriousness over populations as we come together to work diligently and efficiently to fix the planet.

Arctic melting intensifies. Polar bears dying out. Earthquakes. The earth cracks.

By 2028, the excesses and corruption of the government are over. There’s been a shift in demographics. The U.S. is much more diverse and diversity is the norm now.

(over the decade) The Arctic Circle will be a focus in the news.  I saw it so bright, I could only see bright.

(over the decade) The Arctic Circle will transform completely in the next decade. The snow will all be melted and it will have a hot sun.

(over the decade) Lots of desert, when looking at the earth from space, where we used to see green forest is now like a desert, mostly in Africa.

2037: Statue of Liberty up to her upper thighs in water. Fish swimming past NYC airport, airport signs under water. Large fish swimming past sunken cars.

By 2040: I am seeing a water world, or like little islands and lots of water and it’s warm. People living in the northern most regions of Canada. Interplanetary settlements. There’s contact with aliens. China biggest world power and India more important too. Food is more scarce. I’m watching from the moon and I see shooting stars. They are planes landing to and from the planet. Not much ice on the poles. Lots of water canals in some places, need boats to get around.

2059: Man in robes and beard looms over Capitol in rage. Brings fire and brimstone down on it. Capitol burns.

2060: Everyone is wearing uniforms, are dark blue, very military. Cities floating on the ocean in international waters. Life spans double what they are now. There are ET outposts in remote areas. Another World War.  Feels like people are living in late WWII Germany ghettos.  China, and other Asian countries and Japan allied against Australia and its allies. Space travel, inter-dimensional awareness, knowledge of other dimensions. People cook less.  They buy their meals at machines or communal kitchens.

2070s: China at the forefront of technology, they rule and make major decisions, leaders overall. Australia and New Zealand are the only democratic countries.  Antarctica is allied with the Australian continent. Center of U.S. is brown and barren, like Australia, in that most of population lives along coasts.

2100: I saw spaceships, a lot of astral travel. Integrated with aliens, they live among us. Robots integral to our lives. Aliens are now our neighbors, helping us farm. Assisting in technologies. Small communities scattered. People huddled more together in small communities. Alaska fully settled, and northern Canada too. Rainy, very rainy in the northern latitudes. Population much smaller. Animals precious. We are not alone. Aliens. Space travel normal. A devastation occurred which destroyed so much and woke us up completely. People are not seen. In homes that are made of cold, steel color. Flying cars, holograms, instant connect with people by thinking about them, almost robotic humans or maybe they are robots.

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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Re: Psychic Predictions for 2021 & Beyond.
« Last post by Psk on December 30, 2020, 10:10:09 AM »
Panic and restrictions around the virus will go on until 2022. Protests around the world continuing for the next two to three years and including civil unrest. A mass movement of people, including thousands moving in one go.

a fire raging through New York, USA, & potential heartbreak for three A-List celebrities. A male world leader is assassinated, I couldn’t see who it was, it sends shockwaves through the world.

A world summit being plagued by a sex scandal and, a rise in far-right politics, particularly in southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a volcanic eruption leading to major weather changes. "Pig flu" & mass panic.

Biden is may have health problems in January or early Spring, but will overcome this by Summer 2021. The Georgia Senate race will possibly see one Senate seat for the Democrats and one Senate seat for the Republicans. Raphael Warnock (D) will probably win over Kelly Loeffler (R). David Perdue (R) may barely win over John Ossof (D).

Biden will introduce a public option health insurance plan run by the federal government. He will double the health care companies for antitrust violations.

Donald Trump will remain a political force to be reckoned with and the GOP will follow in Trump’s footsteps touting economic populism and social conservatism.  Because of his leadership the future of the Republican party will be more diverse with Hispanic and non white voters. President Trump will write a best seller memoir as he fights ongoing legal battles, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner start a foundation to help those in need, Melania Trump pens a book about her role as First lady, takes c/o of her son Baron, and becomes a source of good in the world. All vaccines for COVID-19 will be given to every state in America with  enough doses to vaccinate everyone in US by end of 2021.

Biden will create a new homeowner and renter bill of rights. He will provide Section 8 vouchers to all eligible families paying more than 30% of their income in rent to all eligible families paying more than 30% of their income on rent. President Biden will make the District of Columbia the 51st state. Despite a surging stock market the labor market will take time to turn around with the middle of Summer of 2021 seeing an upswing.

Global elite from United States and other countries in the world will buy up property in New Zealand, Costa Rica,Vietnam  in the hopes of escape World War 3 in the future. The eradication of the coronavirus world-wide may lead to a digital cashless society where money is no longer used because it is the carrier of the coronavirus.

China will establish a foothold on Greenland where they can spy on USA’s northeast and Europe, and the new Biden Presidency will secure Greenland to prevent this from happening. China will be a cashless society by end of 2021. Biden will demand concessions on Chinese state subsidies and forced technology transfer.

Peace treaty signed by the end of 2021 in Middle East with Israel and Palestine working out an agreement for both sides to recognize the sovereignty of each nation as a separate state. More co-operation between Saudis and Israel re cyber security which Saudis need for their country.

South Korea will play an important part together with President Biden to encourage North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to continue disarmament talks, and dismantling its war weapons in the first part of 2021.  Vladimir Putin may leave the political scene in about a year because of illness.

Germany stops changing daylight savings time and establishes its clock in the summertime permanently. Scotland breaks away from th United Kingdom to become an independent state in 2021.

Terrorist attacks around the world in Europe, targeting London, Egypt, France, New York, Germany – places of worship both in US and UK with US malls, theme parks, and an Airline may be hijacked.

Earthquakes of 5.8 to 6.4 +or above, to hit Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco.

Northern Japan new Quake or Tsunami could affect Pacific Islands and Hawaii. Europe will suffer from a fresh food shortage. New strange weather patterns and earth alignments are recorded as well as unusual Paranormal events of spirit phenomena.

Earthquakes up to 6.2 up to 7.0 or just below for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico, Japan, Alaska, New Zealand. Power outages in New York and San Francisco. Hurricane season reaps havoc for parts of New York city, high tides and storms for Philippines, with wild fires in Canada, and Australia.

Trauma pandemic forces world societies on the  way we run our lives in future with young people studying at home and reshaping the business culture.

More money resources put into Parks where people can safely social distance – will be the new health trend instead of shopping malls which are breeding places for COVID-19. Changes in U.S. health care system, with a health care plan that caters to all. Medicare will expand its medical provides allowing also for more billing for telemedicine.

New cures childhood Cancer, end of Aids disease in America. New treatments for multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis, and a Cannabis based treatment for epilepsy.

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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Psychic Predictions for 2021 & Beyond.
« Last post by Psk on December 30, 2020, 09:26:47 AM »
Predictions from the most popular psychics in the world. Because they come from over a dozen different psychics, many of them contradict each other. The psychics that get the most predictions right have a trick. They make 300-500 different predictions a year. So just by the huge number of predictions, they're bound to get a lot of them right.

I can do that too. Make up 300-500 predictions for the year, then by the end of the year, I can show off that 20-30 of my predictions were right or pretty close... and just ignore (and delete) the ones that were wrong... or add them on to next year's predictions. Choose areas most prone to earthquakes to predict there will be an earthquake, & you'll get some of them right. Choose the most volcanically active places in the world to predict there will be an eruption, & you'll likely get at least 1 right. Predict a hurricane will hit Virginia, New Jersey, or NYC? That happens once every 1-3 years anyway.

And the astrologers or tarot card readers are so vague, it's almost pointless. Here's an exact quote from a very popular astrologer for 2021, "Jupiter & Saturn will bring new unifying energy & light to the world in 2021." WTF does that even mean? The alignment of Jupiter & Saturn is over by 2021 anyway.

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March feels like a turning point, a light at the end of the tunnel. Confidences will grow. September feels like another turning point, a fresh start for business, with things picking up a little in the economy. Financially, 2022 feels lighter and brighter than 2021.

Heading into the third quarter there’ll be a new lockdown of some sort, a “slap” we will need to listen to.

Weather events will be intense: storms and hurricanes. There will also be political unrest and missiles will fly. (But isn't that every year?)

I expect earthquakes and events in world financial markets. China, North Korea and Venezuela will be centre stage. In April, one or two hugely famous icons will die – one a white man and one a woman, an actress, artist or designer.

We are entering a period of technological revolution in 2021 that will change jobs, education and how we interact, as well as the green revolution we have been on the verge of.

New regulations around social media, following a turning point that we’ll be unable to ignore in May/June. Coronavirus is not going to disappear.

We will see the heavy dose of capitalism and materialism change. Social equality will be a mantra for the next 20 years.

A strong dragon will seize humanity. The three giants will unite. Some people will have red money. I see the numbers 100, 5, and many zeros. The universe will end in 5079. 2021 will be the year that a cure for cancer is found. There will be assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin.

Protests will continue to rage around the world for years to come. People moving somewhere for a better life, almost like a mass exodus. Tom Cruise & heart problems.

We will see a lot of social and political see-sawing in 2021 affecting many countries and there may be notable earth tremors or earthquakes (Isn't that every year?).

Life slowly returns to normal and by late summer, we’re over the worst. Protests and violence on British streets as the impact of Brexit becomes clear. Trump becomes less relevant and spends the next few years desperately trying to avoid prison. Melania makes a break for freedom.

Low vaccine uptake in Europe and the U.S. threatens the pandemic recovery effort. Anti-vaccine protests are countered by opposing sides demanding mandatory vaccination. Light at the end of the tunnel for long-Covid sufferers as researchers make new discoveries. A train crash in Europe brings loss of life.

A freak weather event in Italy. Winter 2021/2022 is a stormy one for Europe, with less snow than usual. In Europe, forest fires are burning in an unusual place.

Airships are making a comeback. Augmented reality and virtual reality go mainstream. Nostalgia is big in 2021 as we crave a return to simpler times.

Biden's presidency will get shortened due to an unexpected illness or accident. The psychic also claimed that Biden's illness could pave the way to the reign of the first female president in the United States.

A powerful earthquake could hit the Himalayan region, Iraq, & the United States. There's the possibility of a plane hijack.

Air travel will return to normalcy by summer 2021.

Two fresh virus outbreaks could hit earth in 2021. China will once again become the epicenter of these upcoming virus outbreaks.

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will find himself at the receiving end in a coup by his own people as mass starvation descends the rogue nation.

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Science, Astronomy, & Physics
/ What does a 95% effective vaccine mean?
« Last post by Psk on November 21, 2020, 03:26:28 PM »
The fundamental logic behind today’s vaccine trials was worked out by statisticians over a century ago. Researchers vaccinate some people and give a placebo to others. They then wait for participants to get sick and look at how many of the illnesses came from each group.

In the case of Pfizer, for example, the company recruited 43,661 volunteers and waited for 170 people to come down with symptoms of Covid-19 and then get a positive test. Out of these 170, 162 had received a placebo shot, and just eight had received the real vaccine.

From these numbers, Pfizer’s researchers calculated the fraction of volunteers in each group who got sick. Both fractions were small, but the fraction of unvaccinated volunteers who got sick was much bigger than the fraction of vaccinated ones. The scientists then determined the relative difference between those two fractions. Scientists express that difference with a value they call efficacy. If there’s no difference between the vaccine and placebo groups, the efficacy is zero. If none of the sick people had been vaccinated, the efficacy is 100 percent.

A 95 percent efficacy is certainly compelling evidence that a vaccine works well. But that number doesn’t tell you what your chances are of becoming sick if you get vaccinated. And on its own, it also doesn’t say how well the vaccine will bring down Covid-19 across the United States.
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What’s the difference between efficacy and effectiveness?

Efficacy and effectiveness are related to each other, but they’re not the same thing. And vaccine experts say it’s crucial not to mix them up. Efficacy is just a measurement made during a clinical trial. “Effectiveness is how well the vaccine works out in the real world,” said Naor Bar-Zeev, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

It’s possible that the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines will match their impressive efficacy in clinical trials. But if previous vaccines are any guide, effectiveness may prove somewhat lower.

The mismatch comes about because the people who join clinical trials are not a perfect reflection of the population at large. Out in the real world, people may have a host of chronic health problems that could interfere with a vaccine’s protection, for example.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a long history of following the effectiveness of vaccines after they’re approved. On Thursday, the agency posted information on its website about its plans to study the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines. It will find opportunities to compare the health of vaccinated people to others in their communities who have not received a vaccine.
What exactly are these vaccines effective at doing?

The clinical trials run by Pfizer and other companies were specifically designed to see whether vaccines protect people from getting sick from Covid-19. If volunteers developed symptoms like a fever or cough, they were then tested for the coronavirus.

But there’s abundant evidence that people can get infected with the coronavirus without ever showing symptoms. And so it’s possible that a number of people who got vaccinated in the clinical trials got infected, too, without ever realizing it. If those cases indeed exist, none of them are reflected in the 95 percent efficacy rate.

People who are asymptomatic can still spread the virus to others. Some studies suggest that they produce fewer viruses, making them less of a threat than infected people who go on to develop symptoms. But if people get vaccinated and then stop wearing masks and taking other safety measures, their chances of spreading the coronavirus to others could increase.

Vaccines don’t protect only the people who get them. Because they slow the spread of the virus, they can, over time, also drive down new infection rates and protect society as a whole.

Scientists call this broad form of effectiveness a vaccine’s impact. The smallpox vaccine had the greatest impact of all, driving the virus into oblivion in the 1970s. But even a vaccine with extremely high efficacy in clinical trials will have a small impact if only a few people end up getting it.

On Thursday, Dr. Paltiel and his colleagues published a study in the journal Health Affairs in which they simulated the coming rollout of coronavirus vaccines. They modeled vaccines with efficacy rates ranging from high to low, but also considered how quickly and widely a vaccine could be distributed as the pandemic continues to rage.

The results, Dr. Paltiel said, were heartbreaking. He and his colleagues found that when it comes to cutting down on infections, hospitalizations and deaths, the deployment mattered just as much as the efficacy. The study left Dr. Paltiel worried that the United States has not done enough to prepare for the massive distribution of the vaccine in the months to come.

“Time is really running out,” he warned. “Infrastructure is going to contribute at least as much, if not more, than the vaccine itself to the success of the program.”
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Paranormal, Aliens, & UFOs
/ Re: Psychic preditions for 2020 and more
« Last post by Psk on March 31, 2020, 10:35:26 AM »
Continued:

- We’re getting closer to “The Great Reveal” starting in 2020 as the subject of UFO’s and Life outside of our planet will start to begin.

- Most of the major scientific Laws of the 20th Century will be broken in the next 3-4 years by a new science that contradict them and will create new universal laws.

- An accidental disclosure or investigation will reveal that one of the biggest secrets about the moon landing in July 1969 was that we DID go to the moon, but most of the photos were created in a studio so as to not reveal what was really there!

- The National US Citizen Birth Rate will fall to the lowest level in history by 2021.

- New scientific space discoveries concerning “Black Holes” will eventually lead to a new theory and proof about us living in a Parallel Universe since time travel will be proven as well.

- A major earthquake is seen involving the State of Alaska or even Washington State going into late summer.

- Mars rover landing mission to that planet in February 2021 will show some type of alien life – (microscopic or otherwise) and the mission (Rover) will go dark for an unexplained reason for a period of time before the communications are restored.

- Scientists are about to rewrite the history of the Universe by revealing that we are not alone and some of the science that we long thought was true was not.

- In the 7th month of 2020 (July). or in the 7th year of President Trump’s tenure in office (2023) , he will have an accident or an assassination attempt will be made on his life.

- I see people living on the streets. People join stray dogs looking for food in landfills. People are repeating history as they fail to learn from past mistakes. The western part of the United States will be under significant stress due to continuing drought. Women are called upon to lead the world out of trouble.

- A new virus will be discovered that has the potential to be deadly if not eradicated.

- Poor crop yields in the USA.

- We see floods in Italy.

- We will have a universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of the virus.

- An unusual virus has people worried.

- More and more people will work from home.

- Tensions in the Middle East reach breaking point. As Iran flexes its muscles, Trump makes a bad situation worse.

- A lost world is found under the sea.
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