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George Rowell

Member Since 13 July 2018 - 07:48 AM
Offline Last Active Oct 13 2019 08:41 AM

Topics I've Started

How to set up a Money Laundering Company safely.

06 July 2019 - 07:03 AM

Do not worry. The only person to-date to be prosecuted is a whistle blower who caused a fuss.


Sperical Aberration

04 July 2019 - 06:45 PM

If this is not fake, then a lense shaped like a Mongolian bow may have cured spherical aberration. I am not paying for this article but it looks exciting. If it works for near and far objects well, fantastic, but that may be too much to ask for. It does not look like it solves chromatic aberration. Lenses hard to grind too.

I will wait for a non pay review. There are other similar articles mentioned.


Austerity (ad infinitum)

29 June 2019 - 09:52 PM

I just read two headlines days apart. "Europe turns on spending taps as austerity comes to an end" (FT Feb 9 2019) and "Eurozone hovers on the brink of recession - but Germany pushes for more austerity". (Telegraph Feb 5 2019). Do not bother to read them! The fact is little has changed, austerity seems to be with us for a long time. The UK for going on 15yrs and the US for arguably 20yrs.

I believe austerity will simply continue with the (bulk of the) middle class getting what they voted for. I have said this numerous times but what interests me is the impact it has on the growth of industries like debt, gambling, gaming, IT, security and entertainment.

I am going to do some research and post it here and bounce it around.

I am not biased.

26 June 2019 - 09:30 PM

Confirmation bias is just one of my many problems apparently. That's good to know.



Harley Davidson made in China

19 June 2019 - 07:18 PM

Motorcycle sales Worldwide have dropped 5%, Harley more than that and to buck the trend Harley's bean counters are proposing a shift in manufacture to China. I hope they are not serious. Last year Harley sales Worldwide stood at 228,000 (down from 242,000 in 2017) and Australians bought just over 6000 of them and I have talked to a few of them. They like (love) the noise, the size and the fact that it is Made In America, with the accent on America. The Harley is regarded as quaint, yesteryear and a piece of the American history. Owners display them with great pride and they are always gleaming as only a Harley can.

The Harley Superflow starting price in the US is $8,699 and the Aus price $15,995 ($11,015 USD) so there is an Australian premium. That is nothing unusual, luxury cars here cost 2-3x what the cost in the States. But, sorry the Harvey is not a leading performance motorcycle, it is American history - a badge owners wear with pride.

I dare say Harley owners Worldwide love the History, the American-ness as well as that beautiful noise. Made in effing China is not going to impress anyone. Harley are joking, right?