Friday, January 30, 2009

The right way to come out of a recession (Part I)

As we know, US and many part of the world are under recession. This is not the first time it has happened. Governments around the world are trying their best to combat it.

So far, US is trying to combat recession by lowering interest rates, stimulus package (tax rebates), bailout big banks and companies, increase government spending. Many countries around the world are doing the same.

Lowering interests means lower borrow costs. Business often need to borrow money, lower borrow cost = more profit, so it is good. The problem is right now US Fed lending rat is at 0.25%, and a CD is about 2% to 3%, you can borrow from Fed and put in a CD to get a guaranteed return. Nothing goes that easy, which means interests rats is no longer effective.

Stimulus package is good for a short shot. The $1000 will drain away fast.

Bailout will only encourage bad behavior. Big companies will think they are too big too fail, and they will suck money from tax payers/good companies and waste them on their usual ways.

The US government intended to "create" government jobs too. The problem is, each government job needs the supporting tax dollar of many people. So most likely those jobs are just tax burdens for common tax payers, the people who are helping driven the economy.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wife is unhappy again

I haven't played much recently. Yesterday I spend about 2 minutes to check my toon and wife got very upset. Yes she just come back from a business trip, but I already spent time with her in the airport and in the car. Maybe she started counting when I was changing cloth.

This is so sad. I have to work till 8 yesterday and can't spend 2 minutes just to res my toon?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What I want for change

I was checking for my tax report yesterday with MS Money, and realized that now Obama is officially in charge, I really wish that he could order the federal government to put their finical reports online so anyone can view them.

Won't it be great if we can see how the government is spending money, broken down to details? This should be posted on line so everyone can see them, and can drill down to see what is spend on which or who.

last bug for 3.0.8 fixed

I read some post on my forum and realized that I forget to update the corpse location again...

anyway it is fixed now, even though I didn't have time to post replies.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

still at work

I am still at work at this moment. Will try to test out the new patch once I got home. Please be patient.

server patch delayed

Yep, they extended the server up time to 1pm pst, which is way past my lunch threshold.

So I will wait till tonight to fix the offsets (and to break the non-US clients LOL).

3.0.8 out today

Just got word from wow insider that 3.0.8 will be out today. I will try to make a quick fix tonight. I think they might have a few glitches so that I won't be able to wait for realm to come back on this noon.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Our future lies here

Tiny electric cars

If the US government can drop all regulations on electric cars (i.e air bags, Air conditions), that could lead to a boom in small car manufacturers (Because they don't need to pay so much money to meet regulation). If that became true, it will meant so much for the US economy. I mean for a lot of people, driving 30 miles/hour on local roads without those additions won't be a bad idea.

More talk about iceage

This is a link from dredge report: Apparently before 1970 ice age was all the rage. Now the talk about it returns.

Are we so short sighted that our science goes 180 degree turns every 30 years?

I was a firm believer of global warming just about 2 year ago. And I have turned my mind in the past one and a half years.

However we should not starting to waste energy, because an ice age will be far more dangers than global warming.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Go go Starcraft II

I find myself constantly checking on status of StarCraft II. A little bit inpatient after I saw the great videos :-)

I am a fan of StarCraft ever since it went out, bought the expansion but love the original. From what I can see from the demo, StarCraft II looks great. I'd wish Blizzard can release the game then add the story lines later.

One great advantage of StarCraft II over WOW will be, WOW requires a internet connection to play, so at places where there is a firewall you can't play it. StarCraft II is totally different, I can play the single player version after work, where my wife can't check.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

new year surprises

No it is not the stock market. It is my bot. A bunch of people reported they are having problem with melee classes, and finally I got time to try it out.

That was annoying. They are right, there is a problem. I set the waypoint threshold too small and the bot, sometime after chasing the mobs, run to far and quit.

Just imaging how annoying it is when the bot run out of the short range, stopped and then some mob kills it while my computer is contributing to global warming. Then I came and found the bot won't automatically run back even a ghost waypoint is there. Because it think the corpse is too far??!!

OK so I finally got it all fixed yesterday, hopefully I can enjoy the automatic gold now :-)