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DavidV

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  1. Let's do that now: I split my portfolio into 3 equal parts at start of 2009. Gold: 86 to 183, down to 128 : 49% up International securities: 29 to 52, 45 now: 55% up S&P 500: 825 to 2173 : 163% up I would have done better if I had gone 100% S&P 500. It's fair to say my doomsday predictions were quite wrong (or at least too early). I did quite a lot better than the markets in 2009 and 2010, but did not sell when gold crashed in 2013+, and slightly trailed the market from 2011 on when foreign markets stalled while the USA boomed. In conclusion, while I had some good and bad luck, I mostly matched the overall market. My superior returns were mostly due to luck. The one smart thing I did was to invest every penny I had when the market was worst, specifically in the assets which suffered the most. I that again in January 2016 with similar success. This post and the upcoming one cover the lessons I learned from investing on my own.
  2. How about now? Better?
  3. Update: Just updated to PHP 5.6 and tuned the settings. Let's see if it's more stable.
  4. FYI The forum has not been very stable since the move. I am trying to host it on Windows/IIS, which requires some tuning. If it does not work after a week, I'll have to move it to Apache and/or Linux. Please IM me if you notice that it's down.
  5. Sorry guys, I screwed up big time. I migrated the nightly backup, whereas I should have taken a snapshot before migrating. I thought it would be OK because it was the middle of the night, but because of the time zone difference (I'm in Bangkok) I did not realize that the backup was done on the previous day. Then, because I did it at the last minute, the hosting account is expired. I cannot access the latest backup without paying for another six months. Would it be a huge deal to give up on the last day of posts? They are probably in Google's cache.
  6. Join Objectivist fantasy-fiction author Tom Liberman for a celebration of his sword-and-sorcery adventure novel, The Broken Throne. http://www.spreecast.com/events/the-broken-throne This is a live video event on Spreecast, and you can watch, ask questions, and join in the community. We start at 9 EST on Tuesday night (March 3). Can a taste of freedom can turn a man against everything he has ever known? Hosted by Liberty.me LIVE. PS: The Broken Throne ebook is free to download for all Liberty.me members for a limited time. (However, you don't need to be a member to come to the event.)
  7. For future posts, please follow my new blog at Liberty.me: The Ungoverned Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TruthJusticeAndTheAmericanWay/~3/AxDzosatVdc/
  8. The "electric universe" theory is unscientific nonsense. I'm closing this topic to discourage real science from being posted here to give it an air of legitimacy.
  9. I just made the default background a bit darker. I think it makes the text a little easier to read, but still not perfect.
  10. Sophie learned how to remove the keys from my MacBook today. In other news, I now know how to re-attach the keys on Apple keyboard. This is bound to turn into an arms race.

  11. Although the Obamacare website has been a very typical government IT disaster, given the State's unlimited ability to rob the public to pay for his mistakes, it will surely be fixed eventually. That is when the real fun will begin. Given the State's ability to redirect an unlimited ability of the people's wealth into healthcare, surely the total amount of medical services provided can be increased, in the same way that the amount of educational services have increased by increasing the shar...

  12. I updated my NuGet packages, which upgraded me to MVC5, breaking SimpleMembership. I installed the new Visual Studio 2013 to try to understand the new Microsoft .NET Identity API, which seems to subtly break SimpleMembership. VS2013 was a buggy piece of junk (trying to create a new project crashed it), so I uninstalled it and did a massive Git revert. Then, found out that my SQL Server 2008 database diagram support is broken in SQL 2008. Repairing SQL Server 2008 did not fix it. So I ha...

  13. Each additional person in a group photo increases the probability of a bad shot by x%, with x varying depending on factors such as lighting and distance. When adding children, multiply x by 13-age (ie, a 3 year old is 10 times as hard to get right in a group photo on the first shot.)