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Any WiiM users here? Trying to get WiiM bluetooth devices added to Harmony database.

2023.03.22 21:53 D-T-M-F Any WiiM users here? Trying to get WiiM bluetooth devices added to Harmony database.

I'm wondering if others here are in the same boat as me... I really want to get my new WiiM Pro music streaming box added to the Harmony database. If you're not familiar, WiiM's devices are fairly new to the market and, from what I can tell, they seem to be the absolute best bargain for streaming high-res audio (i.e. – WiiM Pro is a whopping $450 less than the Bluesound Node — yet its feature set is almost identical).
Therefore, I assume that WiiM must be gaining popularity among budget-minded home audio enthusiasts. WiiM's remote uses bluetooth though, so the Harmony Elite unfortunately can't learn commands from it... I sent this message to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) about the possibility of getting WiiM's devices added to the database. This was their reply...
So it sounds like there might be some hope — but perhaps a little added "persuasion" from more Harmony + WiiM users could help. ;)
P.S. - Despite this and other recent issues (i.e. firmware debacle), I'm back to loving The Harmony Elite... Sofabaton still doesn't look like it's on par.
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2023.03.22 21:49 yangenomics Tales from New London: The Engineers Protest (Fan Fiction)

In the heart of New London, amid the biting cold, the gurgling steam pipes and the towering tenements, a weary engineer named Dr. Arthur Harwood laboured tirelessly in the First Workshop. A once-renowned scientist and inventor from Cambridge University, Dr. Harwood had been one of the brightest minds of his generation, a pioneer in the field of robotic automation. But now, relegated to the role of a mere craftsman, he toiled away in a dimly lit assembly room with a handful of other lost souls, crafting prosthetic limbs for those who had fallen victim to the merciless frostbite that plagued the city.
The First Workshop was a veritable menagerie of mechanical marvels, from the high-powered steam cores in various levels of repair, to intricate fabricators that could churn out the essential glow worm electrical lights that each citizen was instructed to wear when they left their homes, to replacement parts for the Silver Scot, the city's last remaining automaton.
As Dr. Harwood worked, his fellow engineers laboured alongside him, their once-brilliant minds reduced to mere cogs in the great machine that was the Glorious City of New London. There was the intrepid Dr. Leonard Macdonald, once a famous theorist of electromagnetism hailing from Oxford, and the ambitious American fluidic systems engineer Dr. Elizabeth Conley. Among them was also Dr. Percevel Leclair, a French astrophysicist with a long history of dabbling in robotics, and Professor Heinrich Schmidt, a German scientist who had once been hailed as the father of modern steam power. Together, they formed a motley core of a crew of New London’s finest intellects, bound together by their shared indignation at the demeaning work that had been thrust upon them.
After periodic demonstrations in the Central District organized by the working class of New London, the engineers of the First Workshop were surprised to watch the Brotherhood of the New Order sanction a series of meetings with Major Wilkins to revise the colony’s labour policy. There were celebrations in the street when the Mad Captain announced that the fourteen-hour workshifts that had persisted since the city’s founding would be reduced to a more tolerable ten hours a day. The engineers, traumatized by the draconian rule of the New Order, took heart that perhaps the months of emergency conditions were coming to an end.
It seemed the Wilkins administration could hew to reason, if only enough citizens could come together to demand it. Conversations ran long in the First Workshop and at the pub after hours about how even with the reduction of work hours, the people of New London were working themselves to death without a single day of rest. Conversations with the medics at the infirmary only confirmed their worries, as they counted the number of work accidents and deaths of despair and realized they were ticking up. Besides this, the engineers loudly criticized City Hall for misappropriating their unique talents in their mission to survive.
But the proposals of further reform by Dr. Harwood and the other engineers were swiftly crushed when the Wilkins administration announced at a morning roll call that talk of further protests had been noted by the secret informers of the New Order. He told everyone gathered there that there would be no further reduction in work hours; the city did not have the population yet to sustain it. Furthermore, they would all do well to not balk at any of the sawdust food additives in their soup that week. Angered, but also deeply concerned for the colony, Dr. Harwood, Dr. Macdonald, and Dr. Conley took their grievances to the Propaganda Centre that day after their maintenance work of the formidable Silver Scot was completed.
Dr. Macdonald, a tall and lanky man with wiry glasses and a perpetual frown etched upon his face, had drafted the formal inquiry, detailing their grievances and their hope for a more equitable work environment. He led the delegation down Coal Street one afternoon, the long windy Arctic night hiding any sign of the passage of time, and marched bravely into the looming Propaganda Centre, its awesome exterior and red banners striking fear into their chilled bones. It had been some time since either of them had entered the building, as to do so without permission by the Guards was an easy way to end up on a watch list. Dr. Harwood gulped heavily, then pulled back the imposing double-reinforced steel door to let his peers take the first steps inside.
Upon entering the lobby of New London’s Propaganda Centre, the engineers were met with silent stares from the guards posted besides the front desk, who gripped their bayoneted rifles with the seriousness of the King’s Guard. The three dusted off the snow on their boots and Dr. Macdonald tried not to gawk at the dazzling sight of the administration’s clerks, Ms. Abigail Green and Ms. Megane Black, beautiful and poised in old world work dresses, their nails painted red and their hair in good fashion, seeming to flaunt their comfortable working conditions.
Dr. Macdonald, his voice wavering slightly, stepped forward slowly, saying, “We, your humble fellow citizens from the First Workshop, have taken it upon ourselves to provide a statistical analysis and series of practical recommendations to help inform the policy choices of the city administration.” He brought the sheaf of papers that was the First Workshop’s inquiry to the secretaries’ desk, his eyes pleading for understanding.
The two clerks, however, seemed to regard the engineers' request with scorn, their faces twisted into mocking sneers as they scanned the first page. They exchanged derisive glances, then Ms. Green dropped the sheaf unceremoniously onto a stack of papers beside her. She turned to their leader, her voice dripping with disdain.
"Good sir, do you truly believe that your pitiful pleas will be heard by our esteemed Major Wilkins?" she asked, her eyes narrowing. "You should be grateful for the work you have been tasked to complete by the New Order. Many are not so fortunate to work all day indoors under a steam vent."
The engineers’ faces flushed with anger and humiliation. Ms. Green reached for a dreaded clunky switch behind her, which would instantly trigger the facility’s radiogram, summoning more guards of the City Watch. The men on either side of the front desk watched with bated breath. The threat was clear: any further dissent would be met with swift retribution. Dr. Harwood’s courage failed and he turned hastily for the door. His two coworkers muttered apologies and they departed.
The following day, as they returned to their workshop, they found their workspace patrolled by stern-faced guards from the City Watch. The engineers surpassed their daily production quota of prostheses and made significant headway on finishing their blueprints for enhancements to the Generator’s overdrive couplings. Yet, their disgruntled conversations only continued late at night in the alleyways behind the pub. Dr. Leclair and Dr. Schmidt were oblivious to the three’s lackluster behavior at the Propaganda Centre. Meanwhile, Dr. Macdonald and Dr. Conley blamed Dr. Harwood in private for not standing strong in their convictions.
One evening, as Dr. Harwood and his colleagues made their way home through the frosted streets of New London, they discovered a pamphlet in the snow, only one side disfigured by a wet boot. The paper was coarse and the typewritten text faded: it was clearly the result of an illegal printing press somewhere in the city. The pamphlet spoke of revolution, of overthrowing the New Order and the Wilkins administration, to forge a new, better future for the people of New London. The engineers were not alone in their continued discontent!
The engineers gathered in secret that night at a cousin’s bunkhouse at the cold side of the Steamshires, their voices a low murmur as they debated what to do with the incendiary literature. Dr. Macdonald, his eyes alight with a newfound fire, urged his colleagues to consider joining the rebellion, to fight for the rights and dignity that had been stripped from them.
"We have been silenced for far too long," he declared, his voice trembling with passion. "If we do not stand up against the injustices that have been heaped upon us, who will? Are we to remain mere cogs, our lives and dreams ground to dust beneath the heel of the Mad Captain?”
Others, however, were more cautious, their eyes darting nervously to the shadows that seemed to press in around them. Dr. Conley’s cousin, a stout soldier-cum-miner by the name of Geoffrey, spoke up, his voice trembling with fear.
"Leonard, I understand your frustration," he began, his eyes pleading for understanding. "But we have families to consider, friends to protect. Do you truly believe that joining this rebellion will make things better? Or will it only bring more suffering upon us all?"
The engineers continued to argue amongst themselves, their voices growing louder and more heated with each passing moment. Dr. Conley disagreed with her cousin and was eager to throw their lot in with the rebels. Their two European colleagues also were impatient to fight for a brighter future. Dr. Harwood remained steadfast in his belief that the price of rebellion was simply too high; they'd already seen what had happened to poor Thomas Winslow’s uprising, to say nothing of the night of terror during the Great Storm at the Battle of the Scaffolds.
As the debate raged on, the young Dr. Conley stepped forward, her eyes bright with determination. "We cannot allow simple fear to dictate our actions," she declared, her voice clear and strong. "Yes, there is risk in joining a rebellion. But there is also risk if we let Mad Bill work the entire colony to death! If we do not fight, who will, and when? We have no time to waste."
Her words seemed to strike a chord within the hearts of the engineers, and as they stood there, huddled together in the darkness, they made a silent vow to one another. A spark had been lit. And as the engineers returned to their labors the next morning, their hearts burned with newfound purpose.
The next night, their discussions took a different turn as they met with hushed voices at the snowblown far corner of St. George’s Square. The question to be resolved moved towards whether to make an attempt to contact existing rebels or wait for the rebels to make another move.
"Patience, my friends," urged Dr. Macdonald, his eyes gleaming with steely resolve, as Dr. Harwood nervously rubbed his hands. "We must bide our time and wait for the right moment to strike. The rebels will show more evidence of their activity, or even contact us when they're ready. We will join our forces with theirs to bring about the change we all desire."
"But how long are we to wait?" asked Dr. Leclair, his impatience clear in his voice. “A week? A month? I’ve seen people that can barely put a spoon to their mouths in the mess hall, we’re so overworked! We will not survive at this rate.”
Dr. Harwood found the City Watch at the First Workshop the next day and nearly shat himself out of fear that they had been caught. Instead, the hard-nosed lieutenant simply informed them of their need to oversee and hasten the construction of the city’s new industrial hothouses. They did their best to hold back their disappointment. They would miss the steam vents above their work stations and their heated water closets.
Yet, as they were guided to their new posts far from the Central District, the engineers knew this could be an opportunity to spread their message to the working people of the city. Arriving at the construction sites, arranged around a single roaring steam hub, they were met with a cacophony of hammering, sawing, and the grunts of exertion, punctuated by the occasional expletive or barked order. Yes, it would be an opportunity indeed.
The engineers would soon meet after hours with stories recounting their marvel at the construction teams’ willingness to toil for long hours in the snowy winds, to hoist up enormous pillars of steel and carefully position the fragile panes of thermal glass. The workers, most British nationals with the odd handful of Americans and Europeans, seemed emaciated, filthy, their bodies even twisted by the requirement of their hard labour, but they nary stopped for a break outside of a brief respite for a quick lunch of hard tack and fish soup. To Dr. Conley, she was filled with empathy which fueled more exasperated calls for action. Dr. Harwood, on the other hand, argued that perhaps they misjudged and the common people had more energy than they expected.
One day, a worker, a burly man by the name of Hugo Walsh with a bushy beard and the calluses of a lifetime of labor etched into his hands, approached Dr. Harwood.
"Oi, Doc," he rasped, his voice gravelly from years of inhaling the icy air, "I hear it's you lot wot built them crank-powered prosthetics. Saved me mate's life, that did. He'd 'ave been a goner otherwise. So, thanks for that, guv."
Dr. Harwood, touched by the sentiment, replied, "It's our pleasure, sir. We're here to help our fellow citizens in any way we can."
Overhearing the conversation a man named Freddie Hudson limped over, "Here to help, aye? While we break our backs buildin’? Must be nice, workin' in them fancy workshops for months at a time. All them heaters an' hot water on tap. Ain't like out 'ere in the bleedin' cold." He spat on the ground and walked off.
Dr. Harwood’s face reddened with anger at the ungrateful comment. Hugo frowned and looked at the ground, ashamed at the fellow’s rudeness. An outspoken woman on the team by the name of Sylvie Pearson had watched the scene and promptly marched over.
"Give 'em no mind, sir. It's only complaints that come outta that one's gob! Harwood, is it? I can't wait to get inside these gardens an' see 'em grow," she said, her voice full of wonder. "Imagine, a place right 'ere in New London Crater with lamplights to make things grow right in the dark winter! I've 'eard tell them plants already sprouted in the two we already built. Ain't it a miracle?"
The inventor’s ego was still bruised and he lashed out at Sylvie, “That’s Dr. Harwood to you, madam. And grow lights are no miracle, they are simply yet another gift from the arduous project of science. You lot would be wise to acknowledge the fact that without our educated minds, survival in this wasteland would be a fool’s dream!” He stormed off.
Yet, the other engineers were not so dispirited. Dr. Conley won that night’s debate at Geoffrey’s tenement that they could spare no more time. They had at least the responsibility to win the construction workers over to their side, while they had the chance.
The next day, the engineers assembled together at the steam hub and gave each other courage. Dr. Macdonald took leadership once again and approached a burly worker nearby named Dylan Lee. The doctor's hands shook slightly as he proffered a carefully folded and sealed parchment, detailing their concerns and ideas to reduce work hours and improve the lives of New London's laborers.
"Read this, Mr. Lee," Dr. Macdonald whispered, his voice trembling slightly. "It contains thoughts on how we might make things better for all of us."
Dylan hesitated, his eyes darting to the parchment in Dr. Macdonald's hand, then to the other workers toiling nearby. He looked back at Dr. Macdonald and, with a steely determination, called out to the others. "Oi, gather 'round! The doc's got somethin' he wants us to read!"
The workers all stopped, curiosity piqued, then set down their tools and shuffled closer.
Dr. Macdonald winced, unprepared for such a public display. Dylan took the letter, unfolded it, and began to read aloud, his voice rough and unpolished.
As the words filled the air, a mixture of hope, skepticism, and confusion began to manifest on the faces of the workers. The air around them crackled with tension, the cold wind blowing down from above the Crater as they listened to the engineers' proposal.
"What do they know?" snarled a thin, wiry man by the name of Keegan. "They ain't never had to lift a finger in their lives, and now they think they can tell us what's best for us?"
"Wait a moment," interjected Sylvie, as she rubbed her hands furiously to keep them warm. "Perhaps they're just tryin' to help."
The site erupted into mutters and shouts. The engineers, unaccustomed to the raw, unfiltered emotions of the workers, began to stammer out explanations, trying to assuage their concerns.
Dylan cut through all that with his voice booming over the others. "We can't risk it! Rebellion would cost us everything. You ‘eard the Captain, it’s only obedience that’ll save us in these tryin' times!"
The man’s gaze fell upon a pair of guards who happened to be walking nearby, their boots crunching on the frosty ground. He called out to them, his voice urgent and powerful.
"Guards! Over 'ere, we've got some troublemakers!"
The guards exchanged glances before swiftly making their way toward the gathering. The engineers, sensing the danger, immediately began to protest, their voices rising in a desperate attempt to avoid the consequences of their well-intentioned plan.
"Wait, you misunderstand!" Dr. Macdonald implored, his eyes wide with alarm. "We only wished to help the Major see reason and improve life for everyone!"
"'Improvin’ life?" Dylan snorted. "By bringin' unrest an' questionin’ orders?!"
One of the guards, a broad-shouldered man by the name of Lieutenant Murray, looked at the engineers sternly. "Let me see this letter," he demanded, his hand outstretched. Dylan handed it over as Dr. Harwood’s heart filled with dread.
The guard's eyes flicked over the parchment, scanning the words quickly before he passed it to his companion. The second guard read it, his face betraying no emotion, and handed it back.
"It seems you've been inciting dissent," Lieutenant Murray said sternly, his voice cutting through the frigid air. "You'll be coming with us."
"No, please, you must listen!" cried Dr. Harwood, his hands shaking. "We never meant to cause trouble!"
The guards paid him no heed, instead producing iron cuffs and securing them around the wrists of each engineer. Their faces were impassive, as if the act of arresting these men held no more significance than any other daily task. As they prepared to lead the engineers away, a hush fell over the crowd of workers.
"Please," Dr. Harwood tried once more, desperation etching lines into his face. "We were only trying to improve things. Our letter makes that very clear! Can't you see that?"
The guards remained stone-faced and unyielding, turning the engineers around to march them off to jail cells. The workers watched, their expressions a mix of fear and resignation, as their foremen were led away. They returned back to their tasks in the half-frozen muck.
In the cold, dank depths of Gridiron Prison that night, the engineering team huddled together in a lower jail cell, their spirits sinking with each passing moment. The stone walls seemed to close in around them, and the imposing guards patrolled the corridors with a relentless, watchful vigilance. The air was heavy with despair, and the only sounds that echoed through the cells were the soft moans of misery and the idle clanking of the pipes.
Suddenly, the cell bars slid open, and Major Wilkins himself strode in, a wolfish smile playing on his lips. He surveyed the engineers with a predatory gaze, his eyes dancing from one disheveled figure to the next.
"Well, well, well," he drawled, his voice smooth. "The great engineers of New London, brought low by their own misguided ambitions."
Drs. Schmidt and Conley, their faces gaunt, immediately began to protest the gritty dregs they had been given for dinner. Major Wilkins merely chuckled at their outrage, a twinkle of amusement in his eyes.
"Ah, yes," he said, smirking. "I imagine prison food is a far cry from the victuals served at the mess hall.” "You know, it's quite ironic," he went on, his voice dripping with amusement. "Here you are, the finest minds in New London, and yet you find yourselves behind bars. I must say, I expected more from the brilliant creators of our steam-powered prosthetics and those ingenious electric lamps."
The engineers bristled at the Major's mocking tone and his feigned ignorance at the full record of their accomplishments as some of the brightest minds in a generation. Dr. Harwood, his jaw clenched and his eyes flashing with defiance, shot back, "We were only trying to help New London survive as you commanded us to do. You've been working our people to the bone!"
Major Wilkins laughed, a rich, dark sound that echoed through the prison. "Ah, yes, your noble intentions. But, in all your genius, do you really believe you can change the world with your pitiful attempts at rebellion?" he asked, his voice scornful. "The New Order is here to stay, and you’d be wise to learn your place in it is to obey."
The Mad Captain paused for dramatic effect, then continued, “But fear not, my dear engineers, for I have a proposition for you."
The engineers exchanged wary glances, their hearts pounding. Major Wilkins leaned in closer to them in the jail cell, his voice low.
"You are far too important to our city to remain here," he whispered, his words like honey. "We need your skills, your expertise, to ensure the success of our hothouses, our factories and ongoing industrialisation. Still, let us not forget the gravity of your actions… after all… that little letter of yours, well, that could be grounds for execution."
The engineers stiffened, their bravery faltering as the weight of their predicament settled upon them.
"However," Wilkins continued, drawing out the word, "I am not without mercy. I am willing to overlook your misguided attempt at insurrection, on one condition. You will swear your loyalty to me and the New Order, and you will work tirelessly from now on to ensure the success of our endeavors. ALL OF OUR ENDEAVORS AS YOUR COMMANDER SEES FIT! In return, you can return now to your homes and your work tomorrow."
Though they had been staunch critics of the Major, the engineers found themselves doubting their earlier convictions. Dr. Harwood thought that perhaps the Mad Captain could be reasonable, after all. With heavy hearts, they agreed to Major Wilkins' terms, and he smiled in his victory.
As the days passed, the engineers continued to work on the hothouses, their doubts and fears gnawing at them. Once the structures were complete, they even joined the work teams to plant row upon row of potatoes, broccoli, turnips, kale, radishes, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Not another word was spoken of dissent with them, but any friendliness that existed before had been extinguished, as their fellow citizens wouldn’t dare talk to them for long.
The engineers, however, remained torn by their consciences during that long night of New London’s first winter. Dr. Conley was adamant that the rebellious printers of that godforsaken pamphlet had to be out there somewhere. Dr. Leclair opined that the workers assigned to the hothouses must have been hand-picked for their loyalty. They would try again to raise the working conditions of their colony, but this time would operate in an even more secret matter, speaking with only the most trustworthy souls they could find face-to-face in the shadows of the night. Dr. Harwood was more quiet than ever during their whispered debates, but they set their plans into motion nevertheless.
Dr. Macdonald spoke to a foreman at the coal mine. Dr. Schmidt made contact with a group at the steelworks that had flirted with the idea of a work stoppage. A few engineers at the Wall Drill finally gave Dr. Conley the time of day to win them over to the cause and she proved most persuasive. Slowly, although reports always had to be questioned for fear of misinformation, the engineers of the First Workshop detected the number of their supporters were growing.
One evening, back in Geoffrey’s tenement, the engineers gathered with a group of representatives from the discontent to discuss their strategy.
"Friends, we must rally the people," he declared, his voice firm with conviction. "We must make them understand that at the current rate of malnutrition, accidents, infections, and frostbite, our lives in the Crater are at risk. If we don't act soon, we will all perish."
Dr. Conley, nodded in agreement, adding, "The Wilkins administration hoards supplies, dreading the worst, but we have already been pushed to the brink. We need more food, adequate rest time, and it’s high time the New Order return the right of all good Christian men and women to worship as we please!"
Their message resonated with the beleaguered workers. They expressed eagerness to join the protest and make their demands known. A coal miner named Samuel Holmes spoke up, his voice quivering with emotion. "Major Wilkins has no right to keep us living like this. We deserve better. We deserve to live, not just survive!" An engineer from the industrial tools factory, a woman named Margaret Palmer, chimed in. "Yes, we've been pushed too far! We must stand in unity and make our demands known!”
The group's resolve strengthened with each passing day, and finally, the night of the protest arrived. The engineers, coal miners, steel workers, toolmakers and lumberers came streaming out of their homes towards the Central District. With Leonard and Elizabeth leading the charge, they marched past their enormous steam-belching Generator toward the Propaganda Centre, their voices raised in unison.
"We demand better conditions! We demand more food! We demand the right to worship!"
The air was thick with tension as the protesters came around the corner, to see that Major Wilkins and the Brotherhood of the New Order were waiting for them en masse. Someone had informed the administration of their plans! The militia were even there, standing in rows like a regiment, wearing red armbands to illustrate their loyalty. A horn blast came from beyond the infirmary, and the protestor’s chants faltered as they saw the Silver Scot take up a position beside them, four guards with rifles standing at attention atop its steel back. They braced themselves for the confrontation that was sure to come, their hearts pounding in their chests.
The engineers stood at the front of the crowd of protestors, locking eyes with Major Wilkins, neither side willing to back down. With a deep breath, Dr. Macdonald addressed the Major, his voice filled with resolve.
"Major Wilkins, we stand before you today not as enemies, but as fellow citizens of New London, united in our desire for this glorious city to survive. In light of our people’s deterioration from months of exhausting work schedules, we demand fair treatment, proper nourishment, and the right to worship as we see fit."
Major Wilkins stared back, his eyes cold and unyielding. "Ah, a veritable League of Extraordinary Protesters! Well, let me enlighten you, my international friends. Survival requires sacrifice, and I'm afraid your little tantrum only serves to delay the progress we desperately need."
The protesters took heart as a couple of children began to bang on makeshift drums. The crowd shouted their slogans again, and Dr. Conley stepped closer to the Mad Captain, her voice ringing with conviction. “Sir, we cannot ignore the suffering of our people. The methods of your administration have been harsh and unsustainable. We need change, and we need it now.”
"You dare to question my attention to the survival of humanity?" Wilkins bellowed, his voice booming across the Central District. "I have worked tirelessly to ensure our city's survival, while you waste time on this foolish protest! How many times must I explain that we cannot afford a single extra moment of delay? There is much work to be done, and your doubt only hinders us!"
"Major Wilkins," Dr. Macdonald started, his voice wavering, "we believe that work hours should be reduced to eight per day, with construction projects continuing in the evening only on a voluntary basis. This would be suitable."
Elizabeth chimed in, tripping over her words in her haste, "A-and we d-demand Saturdays a-and Sundays off, too! To give the people a needed rest! A-and…"
The Mad Captain raised an eyebrow, a sly grin spreading across his face. "So you want to work less and rest more, do you?" He paused, letting his words sink in before continuing, "Tell me, my dear engineers, how will New London survive if we all laze about like it's a never-ending holiday?"
Some of the workers who had joined the protest began to waver. Major Wilkins went on, "Perhaps we should send you all to the Propaganda Centre for re-education. It seems you haven't quite grasped the concept yet of the New Man."
As the debate raged on, the drumming and slogans from the crowd began to fade, replaced by a tense silence as they listened to the verbal duel. Major Wilkins, unfazed, continued to mock the protest leaders. A crowd gathered then, as New Londoners were drawn to the spectacle unfolding in the Central District in the full view of the City Watch and their lone automaton.
The engineers began to exchange panicked glances, struggling to find adequate responses to their charismatic leader. The crowd, sensing their uncertainty, began to laugh and jeer.
Major Wilkins' eyes twinkled with mischief as he turned his attention back to Dr. Macdonald. "Tell me, Doctor," he asked with condescension, "do you consider yourself more intelligent than an Apis mellifera?"
Dr. Macdonald blinked in confusion, caught off guard by the unexpected question. "I-I'm not sure I-I…”
Major Wilkins smirked, clearly enjoying the famous theorist's discomfiture. "Why, Doctor, I'm surprised at your ignorance! Surely a man of your intellectual prowess is familiar with the Latin name of the humble European honey bee?"
As Dr. Macdonald's face reddened with embarrassment, Major Wilkins continued his lecture. "You see, my dear engineers, even the simple honey bee understands the importance of hard work and cooperation in the face of adversity. They labor tirelessly, each one playing their part to ensure the survival of their hive. They do not complain, nor do they demand rest and leisure. They work because they know that their very existence depends upon it."
The engineers shifted uncomfortably in silence. Major Wilkins, sensing their weakness, pressed his advantage. "Now, if a tiny insect can grasp this fundamental truth, why is it that you, with your esteemed educations and lofty ideals, cannot?"
The crowd, once sympathetic to the protesters, began to murmur in agreement, swayed by the Major's persuasive rhetoric. Dr. Conley raised her voice again, stammering, "Y-you must take into account th-the rising number of work accidents, the malnutrition, the-”
“Oh, I have taken everything into account, rest assured doctor! We all have our role to fulfill and I have not fallen short as you have tonight. But, fear not, my esteemed debaters, for I have a solution!" The biting wind whistled its way through the streets of New London, a ghostly reminder of the icy world beyond the city's confines. Major Wilkins, standing tall amid the swirling snowflakes, sensed the tide of the crowd turning in his favor.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that, in the past, I have spoken admiringly of General Napoleon for his force of vision and strength of will. I know that some of you may not approve, given the long years of war fought by our grandfathers against that tyrant. However, perhaps you would be more amenable to the ideas of the French leaders that came before Little Boney, the Jacobins.”
The crowd leaned in, curiosity piqued by the Major's dramatic shift in tone. He continued, "You see, the Jacobins sought to sweep aside the traditional systems of the past. They recognized that God had no mercy for humanity, even without the Great Frost as proof of his cruelty, and that the old ways, such as the seven-day Christian calendar, were holding them back. They understood the need for change, for progress."
Major Wilkins paused, allowing his words to sink in before delivering his proposal. "I believe we should adopt a new calendar, a ten-day calendar, much like the French Republicans of old. We will call it the New London Calendar, dated from our arrival here to honor the founding of our Glorious City."
The crowd murmured to each other, even the guards of the City Watch, wondering aloud where the Mad Captain was going with this. He raised his hands for silence before continuing. "By my calculations, eighty-nine days have passed since my arrival in the Crater with the vanguard group of the Arebates. As such, tomorrow shall mark the ninetieth day, a fitting time for us all to rest and reflect upon our sacrifices and progress... those who can be spared from vital labors, of course."
Cheers went up from the crowd and the engineers were stunned to see Dr. Leclair clapping in support. Drs. Macdonald and Conley stared at each other in disbelief. Well, that was something, at least. Would it be enough? Dr. Schmidt muttered about the need for new calculations of caloric expenditures.
Major Wilkins continued, his voice booming with authority as he raised up his hands to look around at the faces in the crowd, "From this day forth, the last day of each week of the New London Calendar shall be your day of recuperation and recreation!"
A band, having set up hastily nearby with trumpets and drums, struck up a lively military tune, their instruments cutting through the cold air and infusing the crowd with a sense of camaraderie. The music brought smiles to many the faces of those who had gathered, casting aside their worries. The engineers, realizing that they were losing the crowd's attention, made one desperate last plea for more generous working conditions. They shouted over the music, their voices hoarse and strained, but their words were lost in the cacophony.
Major Wilkins cut them off as the music’s volume increased. "My dear citizens," he shouted, “I know these are trying times. Which is why tonight,” the crowd leaned in, eager to hear, “Tonight, the last remaining jugs of moonshine shall be opened at the pub for all to enjoy.”
A cheer erupted from the gathered throng, their previous concerns momentarily forgotten in the promise of a night of revelry. As the jubilant crowd dispersed, Major Wilkins stepped towards the disheartened engineers, a wolfish grin upon his face. He draped his arms around the shoulders of Drs. Macdonald and Conley as he addressed them. "Ah, my esteemed colleagues, what an unfortunate series of events. it seems you have failed to fulfill your promise of loyalty to New London, to its people and more importantly… to me.”
The Mad Captain tightened his grip on their shoulders, a sinister glint in his eyes. "However, I have to admit my generosity sometimes exceeds my good sense. I shall grant you a chance to redeem yourselves. You see, there is a vital task that requires your attention – the improvement of the locomotive efficiency of the Silver Scot. You shall begin at once and work through the night and the holiday."
The engineers gulped as dread overcame them. Major Wilkins walked over to the automaton, peering up at the guards above, their rifles gleaming coldly in the light of the Generator. "Gentlemen, we’ll pass your drinks up shortly. You are to ensure that our respectable peers remain properly motivated during their labors. Understood?"
The engineers exchanged a resigned look, knowing they had no choice but to comply with the Major's orders as the militia stared on. As Dr. Harwood started to follow his colleagues to the city’s automaton, Major Wilkins stopped him with a firm grip on his arm. "Not you, Dr. Harwood. You have crossed no line, and your loyalty remains unblemished. In fact," he said, a warmth creeping into his voice, "I would like you to join me for a drink at the Swan & Plough. I find myself in need of some intelligent conversation."
Dr. Harwood hesitated, his eyes flicking to his departing friends, who looked back at him with fierce eyes accusing him of betrayal, a swirl of emotions washing over his face. Major Wilkins' smile widened, knowing that the young engineer was torn. "Come now, Dr. Harwood. One drink won't hurt, and we may even find ourselves discussing matters of great importance to the future of New London."
With that, Major Wilkins steered the reluctant Dr. Harwood towards the pub. The militia departed, eager to begin their house searches to find every calendar of the old world that now had to be replaced. As the snow continued to fall upon the city, a blanket of white grew thick upon the rooftops, and the citizens of New London reveled in their fleeting moment of respite, unaware of the trials and tribulations that still lay ahead of them.
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2023.03.22 21:43 mytendies Press Conference Transcript

(Here is the transcript from the press conference. I deleted the irrelevant stuff about Barr and his investigation)
Good afternoon. Um, before discussing today's meeting, let me briefly address recent developments in the banking sector. In the past two weeks, serious difficulties at a small number of banks have emerged. History has shown that isolated banking problems, if left unaddressed, can undermine confidence in healthy banks and threaten the ability of the banking system as a whole to play its vital role in supporting the savings and credit needs of households and businesses.

That is why in response to these events, the Federal Reserve, working with the Treasury Department and the F D I C took decisive actions to protect the US economy and to strengthen public confidence in our banking system. These actions demonstrate that all depositors savings and the banking system are safe with the support of the treasury, the Federal Reserve Board created the bank term funding program.

To ensure that banks that hold safe and liquid assets can, if needed, borrow reserves against those assets at par. This program, along with our longstanding discount window, is effectively meeting the unusual funding needs that some banks have faced, and makes clear that ample liquidity in the system is available.

Our banking system is sound and resilient with strong capital and liquidity. We will continue to closely monitor conditions in the banking system and are prepared to use all of our tools as needed to keep it safe and sound. In addition, we are committed to learning the lessons from this episode and to work to prevent episodes from events like this from happening again.

Turning to the broader economy and monetary policy, inflation remains too high and the labor market continues to be very tight. My colleagues and I understand the hardship that high inflation is causing. and we remain strongly committed to bringing inflation back down to our 2% goal. Price stability is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve.

Without price stability, the economy does not work for anyone in particular. Without price stability, we will not achieve a sustained period of long of, of strong labor market conditions that benefit All The US economy slowed significantly last year with real GDP rising at a below trend pace of 0.9%.

Consumer spending appears to have picked up this quarter, although some of that strength may reflect the effects of swings in the weather across the turn of the year. In contrast, activity in the housing sector remains weak, largely reflecting higher mortgage rates, higher interest rates and slower output growth also appear to be weighing on business.

Fixed investment committee participants generally expect subdued growth to continue. as shown in our summary of economic projections. The pro, the median projection for real GDP growth stands at just 0.4% this year and 1.2% next year well below the median estimate of the longer run normal growth rate, and nearly all participants see the risks to GDP growth as weighted to the downside.

Yet the labor market remains extremely tight. Job gains have picked up in recent months with employment rising by an average of 351,000 jobs per month. Over the last three months, the unemployment rate remained low in February at 3.6%. The labor force participation rate has edged up in recent months, and wage growth has shown, shown some signs of easing.

However, with job vacancy, still very high labor demand substantially exceeds the supply of available workers. F O M C participants exp expect supply and demand conditions in the labor market to come into better balance over time, easing upward pressures on wages and prices. The median unemployment rate projection in the S E P rises to 4.5% at the end of this year, and 4.6% at the end of next year.

Inflation remains well above our longer run goal of 2% over the 12 months ending in January. Total PCE prices rose 5.4%, excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core PCE or excluding. Excluding those core pce. Prices rose 4.7% in February. The 12 month change in the CPI came in at 6% and the change in the core CPI was 5.5%.

Inflation has moderated somewhat since the middle of last year, but the strength of these recent readings indicates that inflation pressures continue to run high. The median projection, the S e P for total PCE inflation is 3.3% for this year, 2.5% next year and 2.1% in 2025. The process of getting inflation back down to 2% has a long way to go and is likely to be bumpy despite elevated inflation.

Longer term inflation expectations appear to remain well anchored as reflected in a broad range of surveys of households, businesses, and forecasters, as well as measures from financial markets. The Fed's monetary policy actions are guided by our mandate to promote maximum employment and stable prices for the American people.

My colleagues and I are acutely aware that high inflation imposes significant hardship as it erodes purchasing power, especially for those least able to meet the higher costs of essentials like food, housing, and transportation. We are highly attentive to the risks that high inflation poses to both sides of our mandate, and we are strongly committed to returning inflation to our 2% objective.

At today's meeting, the committee raised the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point, bringing the target range to four and three quarters to 5%, and we are continuing the process of significant significantly reducing our securities holdings since our previous F OMC meeting.

Economic indicators have generally come in stronger than expected, demonstrating greater momentum in economic activity and inflation. We believe, however, that events in the banking system over the past two weeks are likely to result in tighter credit conditions for households and businesses, which would in turn affect economic outcomes.

It is too soon to determine the extent of these effects, and therefore too soon to tell how monetary policy should respond as a result. We no longer state that we anticipate that ongoing rate increases will be appropriate to quell inflation. Instead, we now anticipate that some additional policy affirming may be appropriate.

We will closely monitor incoming data and carefully assess the actual and expected effects of tighter credit conditions on economic activity. The labor market and inflation and our policy decisions will reflect that assessment in our S sep. Each F OMC participant wrote down an appropriate path for the federal funds rate based on what that participant judge is to be the most likely scenario going forward.

If the eco economy evolves as projected, the median participant projects that the appropriate level of the federal funds rate will be 5.1% at the end of this year, 4.3% at the end of 2024, and 3.1% at the end of 2025. These are little changed from our December projections reflecting offsetting factors.

These projections are not a committee decision or plan. If the economy does not evolve as projected, the path for policy will adjust as appropriate to foster our maximum employment and price stability goals. We will continue to make our meeting decisions meeting by meeting based on the totality of the incoming data and their implications for the outlook for economic activity and inflation.

We remain committed to bringing inflation back down to our 2% goal and to keep longer term inflation expectations well anchored. Reducing inflation is likely to require a period of below trend growth and some softening in labor market conditions. Restoring price stability is essential to set the stage for achieving maximum employment and stable prices over the longer run.

To conclude, we understand that our actions affect communities, families, and businesses across the country. Everything we do is in service to our public mission. We at the Fed will do everything we can. To achieve our maximum employment and price stability goals. Thank you. I look forward to your questions,

Colby Smith with the Financial Times, um, how confident is the committee, uh, that the recent stress that we've seen and you've alluded to is contained at this point and that deposit flight among mid-size lenders in particular, um, has ceased? Thanks.

So I, I guess our view is that the, the banking system is sound and it's resilient.

It's got strong capital liquidity. We took powerful actions with treasury and the F D I C, which demonstrate that all depositors savings are safe and that the banking system is safe. Deposit flows in the banking system have stabilized over the last week. Um, and the last thing I'll say is that we've undertaken, we're undertaking a thorough internal review that will identify where we can strengthen supervision and regulation.

Okay. Uh, just a quick follow up. I mean, given all of the stress and the uncertainty that you've also alluded to in this statement, how seriously was a, was a pause considered, uh, for this meeting? So we considered, um, we did consider that in, in the days running up to the meeting, uh, and you see the decision that we made, which, which, uh, uh, I'll say a couple things about.

First, it was supported by a very strong consensus, and I'll be happy to explain why. And really it is that the, the intermitting data on inflation and the labor market came in stronger than expected. And really before the recent events, we were clearly on track to continue with ongoing rate hikes. In fact, as of a couple of weeks ago, it, it looked like we'd need to raise rates over the course of the year more than we'd expected at the time of the SCP in December, the time of the December meeting, we are committed to restoring price stability, and all of the evidence says that the public has confidence that we will do so, that we'll bring in inflation down to 2% over time.

It is important that we sustain that confidence. With our actions as well as our words. So we also assess, as I mentioned, that the events of the last two weeks are likely to result in some tightening and credit conditions for households and businesses, and thereby way on demand on the labor market and on inflation.

Um, such a tightening and financial conditions would, would work in the same direction as rate tightening in principle. As a matter of fact, you can think of it as being the equivalent of a rate hike or perhaps more than that. Uh, of course it's not possible to make that assessment assessment today with any precision whatsoever.

So our decision was to move ahead with the 25 basis point hike, uh, and to change our guidance, as I mentioned, from ongoing hikes to, uh, some, some additional hikes may be some policy firming may be appropriate. So going forward, um, as I mentioned in assessing the need for, for further hikes will be focused as always on the incoming data and the evolving outlook, and in particular on our assessment of the actual and expected effects of credit tighten net.
Ms. Chairman, can you explain, um, the difference between ongoing rate increases and firming? Um, does firming imply a rate increase per se or could policy firm without you increasing rates?
No, I think it's, it's, it's meant to refer to our policy rate. Really. I would focus on, on the words may and some, uh, as opposed to ongoing.
Ongoing. So we, we clearly were, what we were doing there was taking on board the UN trying to reflect the uncertainty about what will happen. I mean, it, it's possible that this will turn out to have very modest effects. These events will turn out to be very, very modest effects on the economy, in which case and inflation will continue to be strong, in which case the, you know, the path will look, uh, might look different.
It's also possible that this, uh, potential tightening will contribute significant, uh, Tightening in, in, uh, credit conditions over time. And, and in principle, if that, that that's, that means that monetary policy may have less work to do, we simply don't know.
Uh, so do you have concerns that the recent, the HAE did today could further exacerbate the problem in the banks?
No. I mean, we're, with our monetary policy, we're, we're really focused on macroeconomic outcomes. In particular, we're focused on, on this potential credit tightening. And what can that produce in the way of tighter credit conditions. I think when we think about, uh, the situation in the banks, we're focused on our, on our, on our financial stability tools in particular, uh, our lending facilities, uh, the, the debt, uh, sorry, the discount window and also the new.
Nick TIMOs of the Wall Street Journal, uh, chair Powell, in your testimony two weeks ago, you had indicated you thought the terminal rate would be higher. Obviously that was before the stress in the making sector, and I realized there's a lot of uncertainty. But to, can you, can you explain it all to what extent your forecasts or those of your colleagues or those of the board staff incorporated today a material tightening and credit availability because of the stress in the banking sector?
Or are you waiting to see it in the data before you incorporate, uh, that potential tightening into your forecasts?
So, you know, we've just come from an F OMC meeting and, uh, you know, the, the people who write the minutes will be very carefully counting. But I'll tell you what I heard. What, what I heard was significant number of people saying that they anticipated there would be some, uh, some tightening of credit conditions and that would.
Really have the same effects as, as our policies do, and that therefore they were including that in their assessment. And that if that did, turned out not to be the case, in principle, you'd need more rate hikes. So some people did reflect that, uh, in their, in their, uh, from in their s p forecast. I think there may also just have been, remember this is 12 days ago, you know, we're, we're trying to assess something that just is so recent and it's people, you know, it's very difficult.
There's so much uncertainty. So December was a good place to start, and we wound up with, we wound up with, uh, very similar outcomes for December. And it, you know, in a way, the, the early the data in, in the first part, the first five weeks of the intermitting period pointed to a stronger inflation and a stronger labor market.
So that pointed to higher rates. And then this, this latter part, kind of, uh, the possibility of, of, uh, of, uh, credit conditions tightening really, really offset that effectively.
Uh, to follow up, have you considered at all whether your primary tool, the funds rate, is going to be enough to sustain the kind of tighter financial conditions that you believe will be necessary without doing significant damage to the banking sector?
Have you, for example, considered changing reserve requirements, selling assets outta the system, open market account as a way to better achieve tighter financial conditions that don't, uh, uh, accelerate deposit erosion, for example, from banks?
You know, we know that we have other, other tools in effect, but no, we think our monetary policy tool works and we think, um, you know, many, many banks, uh, our, our rate hikes were well telegraphed to the market and many banks have managed to, to handle 'em.
Victoria Guida with Politico. I wanted to ask, um, you, along with the F D I C and the treasury, the Fed Board decided to invoke the systemic risk exception. Um, to allow uninsured depositors to be protected at these two banks. And I was just wondering if you could speak to why that decision was made.
Was it purely a confidence issue or were, was there a concern that there would be some sort of economic contagion or financial contagion from the failure of these banks?
The issue was really, uh, not about those specific banks, but about about the risk of, of a contagion to, to other banks and to the, the financial markets more broadly.
Hi, chair Powell. Uh, Howard Schneider from Roers. So, um, I, I wanna go back to your February press conference. You mentioned the word disinflation, I believe, uh, nine or 10 times. The process that w you felt was, uh, uh, uh, I forget the word you used, but gratefully underway or something like that. Is disinflation still occurring in the US today?
Yes. I mean, what actually happened, Howard was, I got the question 12 times, so it's a, maybe it's a feature, not a bug, but, uh, so, but yeah, absolutely. The pro, absolutely the same. The story is, is intact, so it's really three parts, right? Goods. Inflation's been coming down now for six months. It's proceeding more slowly than we would've liked, but it's certainly proceeding.
Um, housing services is, is really a matter of time passing. We continue to see the new leases being signed at much lower levels of inflation. So that's 44% of the, of the core PCE index where you've got a story that's ongoing where we didn't have in February and we still don't have now is a sign of progress in the non housing, uh, services sector.

And that is, um, it, you know, that's just something that we'll have to come through, through softening demand and perhaps some softening in labor market conditions. We don't see that yet. And that's, that's of course 56% of the index. So the story is pretty much the same. I will say that the inflation data that we got to your point really pointed to stronger inflation.

If I could follow up on that, I, I was curious why, why you don't see more coming from the credit crunch. Cuz it seems to me that's like something. That you'd actually, uh, welcome to a degree and, uh, expect, um, and are you not seeing more coming from that because you don't know, or because you just don't want to have, uh, another round of wishful thinking?

So it's really just a question of not knowing at this point. There's a great deal of literature on the connection between tighter credit conditions, economic activity, hiring and inflation. Very large body of literature. The question is, how significant will this credit tightening be and how, how sustained will it be?

That's, that's the issue and we don't really see it yet. It's so, so people are making estimates, you know, people are publishing estimates and it's, but it's very kind of rule of thumb, uh, guesswork almost at this point. But we think it's, it's potentially quite real. And that argues for, you know, being alert as we go forward, as we think about further right hikes for us, we will be paying attention to the actual unexpected effects from that.

Sorry, just, and the final point, you know, can we feel confident that these weaknesses don't exist elsewhere given that they got missed at this bank?

Th these are not weaknesses that are, that are at all broadly through the banking system. This was a, this was a bank that was an outlier in terms of both its percentage of, of, uh, of, um, of, uh, uninsured deposits and in, in terms of its, uh, holdings of duration risk. And again, supervisors did get in there and, and they were, as you know, uh, obviously, uh, you know, they, they were, they were on this issue.

But nonetheless, this, this still happened. And, and so that's really the nature of the interview of, sorry, of the review is to discover that go to Mike. Michael McKee from Bloomberg, uh, radio and television. You've been very consistent in saying that the Fed would be raising interest rates and then holding them there for quite some time.

Uh, following today's decision, the markets have now priced in, uh, one more increase in May, and then every meeting the rest of this year, they're pricing in rate cuts. Uh, are they getting this totally wrong from the Fed or is there something different about the way, uh, you're looking at it given that you're now thinking that moves might be appropriate as opposed to ongoing?

So, we published an s SEP today, as you will have seen, and it shows that, uh, basically participants expect, uh, relatively slow growth, a gradual rebalancing of supply and demand in the labor market with inflation moving down gradually in that most likely case. If that happens, participants don't see rate cuts this year, they just don't.

I would just say as always, the path of the economy is uncertain and policy's gonna reflect what actually happens rather than what we write down in the sep. But. That's not our baseline expectation.

Well, if I could follow up and ask, um, as you look forward, uh, into the rest of the year here, uh, are you saying that, um, what you see and the 5.1% basically, uh, consensus is based on being, it will be sufficiently restrictive, or is it leavened by the idea of you don't know what's going to happen? In other words, what should people think about in terms of how the Fed thinks about how far it is from the terminal?

It's going to depend. Remember we we're looking for purposes of our monetary policy tool. We're looking at what's happening among the banks, uh, and asking is there gonna be some tightening and credit conditions?

And then we're thinking about that as effectively doing the same thing that rate hikes do. So in a way that substitutes for rate hikes. So the, the, the key is we have to have, policies need, gotta be tight enough to bring inflation down to 2% over time. It doesn't all have to come from rate hikes. It can come from.

uh, you know, from, uh, tighter credit conditions. So that we're looking at, and we're, we, we, it's highly uncertain how long the situation will be sustained or how significant any of those effects would be. So we're just gonna have to watch, uh, in the meantime, uh, you know, and obviously at, at the end of the day, we will do enough to bring inflation down to 2%.

No one should doubt that.

Hi, chair Powell, Rachel Siegel from the Washington Post. Thank you for taking our questions. I know we've talked a bit about how Silicon Valley Bank was unique to a certain sector of the economy, but there's also growing concern that there are financial stability risks from the commercial real estate market and loans that will begin to roll over later this year and next.

And that smaller regional banks also disproportionately hold those loans. Is there a risk that could mimic the kind of what we saw with SVB to banks that disproportionately are focused in commercial real estate?

So, you know, we've. Well aware of the, of the concentrations people have in commercial real estate.

I really don't think it's comparable to this. The bank, the banking system is, is strong. It is sound. It is, it is, uh, resilient. It's well capitalized. Um, and, uh, I, I really don't see that as at all analogous to this. And one other question, would you be open to an independent investigation separate from the Fed's probe?

I welcome the, there. It's, it's a hundred percent certainty that there will be independent investigations and outside investigations and all that. So I, I, we welcome when, when a bank fails their, their investigations and of course we welcome that. Edward.

Um, inflation has been rather sticky. So do you need help from the fiscal side to get inflation down faster?

We don't assume that we don't give advice to the fiscal authorities and we, we assume that, um, we take fiscal policy as, as it comes to our front door. , stick it in our model along with a million other things.

And, uh, we have responsibility for price stability. The Federal Reserve has responsibility for that, and nothing is gonna change that. So we, we, and we will get inflation down to 2% in time.

And if I can follow on that, but they're working, the, the spending that's happened is working against what you are doing, right?

So it's prolonging inflation, you know, if you, you have to look at, um, at, at the impulse from spending, because spending was of course, tremendously high during the pandemic. And then as the pandemic programs, uh, rolled off, spending actually came down. So the, the, the, the sort of fiscal impulse is actually not what's driving inflation right now.

It was, it was at the beginning, perhaps part of what was driving inflation, but that's not really the story.

Hi, chair Powell, uh, Neil Irwin with Axios. Um, two questions about aspects of the government's response on Silicon Valley Bank two weekends ago. Uh, first, why is this new bank funding facility, uh, done under emergency 13 authority as opposed to expansion of the discount window, changing the terms of the discount window?

That's been around a long time. And second, can you discuss the Fed's role in, uh, in the Fed F D I C guarantee of uninsured depositors and why there's 143 billion on your balance sheet last week, uh, supporting that deposit guarantee?

Sure. So 13 three, uh, seem like the right, uh, we have a little more flexibility on under section 13 three.

We did, we've done quite, quite a lot under discount window as well. We needed to do a special facility that was designed a certain way, so we did it under 13 three. Um, really no magic to that. It's only available in unusual and exigent circumstances and it has to be, meet certain requirements, but it seemed to be the right place.

So we, with the F D I C, we're just, we're lending to the, in effect, we're, we're. , uh, lending to the, uh, bridge Bank. So that's where the funds came from, and it's, it's a loan that's a hundred percent guaranteed by the F D I C, so there's no risk in it for us. Okay. Chris Ru Aber. Uh, thank you.

Chris Ru Aber At Associated Press, uh, the s e B s Sep P suggests one more rate hike, uh, as does the change in the language in the statement.

Um, and which suggests that you're perhaps nearing the end of a cycle of rate hikes. Uh, do you feel though that if inflation remains high, you'll be able to resume, uh, additional hikes as needed? Or have you somewhat tied your hands here with these signals about rate hikes coming to an end? Thank you.

Absolutely not. No. We, we, we, if we need to raise height, raise rates higher, we will. I think for now though, we, we, as, as I've mentioned, we see the likelihood of, of credit tightening. We know that that can have a, you know, an effect on. The macro economy, on demand, on labor market, on inflation. And we're gonna be watching to see what that is.

Uh, and we'll also be watching it, what, what's happening with inflation and in the labor market. So we'll be watching all those things, and of course we will, we will eventually get to tight enough policy to bring inflation down to 2%. Uh, we'll, we'll find ourselves at that place.

So, um, so people think of QE and QT in different ways. So let me be clear about how I'm thinking about these recent developments.

So recent liquidity provision that has increased the size of our balance sheet, but the intent and the effects of it are very different from what we from when we expand our balance sheet through purchases of longer term securities. Large scale purchases of long term securities are, are really meant to alter the stance of policy by pushing down, pushing up the price and down the rates, longer term rates, which supports demand through channels.

We understand fairly well the balance sheet expansion is really, uh, temporary lending to banks to, to meet those special liquidity demands created by the recent tensions. It's not intended to directly alter the stance of monetary policy. Um, we do believe that it's working, it's having its intended effect of bolstering confidence in the making system and thereby for stalling what might otherwise have been an abrupt.

And outsized tightening and financial conditions. So that's working. In terms of the distribution of reserves, um, we, uh, we don't see ourselves as, as, as running into reserve shortages. We, we think that our, you know, our program of allowing our balance sheet to, to run off predictably, predictably, and passively is working.

And, um, of course we're, we're, we're always prepared to, to, to change that if that changes, but we, we don't see any evidence that that's changed.

Catarina hi chair. Uh, Catarina Riva with Bloomberg News. Um, , the minutes of the January, February meeting, the last meeting, um, indicate that you discussed the possibility of runs on non-bank financial institutions and the impact of large unrealized losses on bank portfolios.

Can you talk a little bit more about that discussion? Um, kind of what was talked about, um, in light of that, and then why didn't the fed, you know, do anything about that at that point to ultimately prevent, you know, what happened this month?

I mean, to be honest, I don't, I don't recall the specifics of that.

It's been, it is quite an interesting seven weeks. But, um, but I will tell you though, that we, we have, there have been presentations about, about interest rate risk. I mean, it's been, in all the newspapers, it's not a surprise that there are institutions that have, that have had unhedged long positions in long duration.

Securities that have lost value as, as longer term rates have gone up due to our rate increases. So that's, that's not a surprise. Um, . I, I think as, as you know, as is, as is now on the public record, the supervisory team was apparently engaged, very much engaged with the bank repeatedly and was escalating.

But, you know, nonetheless, what happened happened. And so that's really the purpose of one way to think about the review that Vice Chair Barr is conducting, is to try to understand how that happened and try to understand how we can do better and, and what policies we need to change. I mean, one, one thing is the speed of the, I'll come back to that.

The speed of the, uh, uh, of the run. It's, it's very different from what we've seen in the past than it does kind of suggest, uh, that there's a need for possible, you know, regulatory and supervisory changes, just because supervision regulation need to keep up with what's hap what's happening in the world.

Uh, Simonovich with the Economist. Thank you very much. Um, chair Powell, you've stated twice today that all depositors savings in the banking system are safe. Um, are you saying that de facto deposit insurance covers all savings? Um, shouldn't Congress have a say in that? And just by way of example, if a bank with less than a billion dollars in assets failed, are you promising to bail out all of its depositors?

Thanks. Well, I'm, I'm not saying anything more than I'm saying, so, uh, but what I'm saying is you, you've seen that, uh, we have the tools to protect depositors when, uh, there's a threat of serious harm to the economy or to, or to the financial system. And we're prepared to use those tools and I think depositors should assume that their, that their deposits are safe.

Go to Greg. Rob. Thank you, chair pal. Greg Rob from Market Watch. I was wondering if you could give us a little bit more color. You gave just a little bit of color, you said. During the first week of the Silicon Valley weekend, you said, the question you guys asked was, how did this happen when you saw Silicon Valley Bank?

So I was wondering if you could go to the credit suis merger. I mean, wasn't that the big gorilla in the room? Aren't, didn't you breathe a sigh of relief when that, uh, merger happened? Thanks.

Sure. So, you know, we, that, that was really the Swiss, uh, government, but we of course were, were following it over the course of the weekend and we were engaged with their authorities in the way that you would expect, all the ways that you would expect.

It seems to have been a positive outcome in the sense that, uh, the transaction was agreed to. And it has been, uh, the markets have accepted it and, uh, uh, it seems to have, seems to have gone well. And I think there was a concern that it might not go well. So, coming, coming into the mid middle of this week, yes.

I, I would say that that has gone well so far,


So that's just, that's an estimate, um, of, uh, what will happen as, as demand slows and as conditions soften in the labor market. And it's just, it's, um, it's a highly uncertain estimate. And, um, I mean, I, I, there's really, we, we have to bring inflation down to 2%. The costs of bringing it down. There are real costs to bringing it down to 2%, but the costs of failing are much higher.

And if you read your history as you, I'm sure you have, you can see that if, if, uh, the central bank doesn't get inflation back in place, get inflation, make sure that inflation expectations remain anchored. You can have a long. Series of years where inflation is high and volatile and, uh, it's, it's hard to invest capital.

It's hard for an economy to perform well, and that's, we're looking to avoid that and, uh, you know, and to get back to where we need to be back to where we were for a quarter of century and get there as quickly as we can. But I guess the question is, historically it's hard to mic, please.

That's it. Historically, it's been hard to contain unemployment and I'm, I, the question is, do you worry about some sort of snowball effect and how do you factor that into your, your projections and your thoughts? Well, it, it depends on whether you, we, uh, so recessions tend to be non-linear, and so they're very hard to model.

You know, the, the models all work in a kind of linear way. If you, you have more of this, you get more of that. But when, when a recession happens, the reactions tend to be non-linear, and that's what it, so. , we don't know whether that'll happen this time. We don't know if, so we don't know what, how significant it will be.

And so, you know, we're, we're very focused on getting inflation down. Uh, and uh, because we know in the longer run that that is the thing that will most benefit the people we serve. That's how we can have a long, you know, we've had very strong labor markets through these long expansions that we've had.

Four of the five longest, or three of the four longest expansions in US history have been really since the high inflation period. And the reason was inflation wasn't forcing the central bank to come in and stop an incipient or, or, you know, an expansion. You can have very, very long expansions without high inflation.

And we had several of those and they're very good for people. You see late in an expansion, you see low unemployment, you see the benefits of wages going to people at the lower end of the wage spectrum. It's, it's a just a place that we should try to get back to. Jean.

Um, I just wanted to ask, uh, with all the events of the past two weeks, do you still see, um, a possibility of a soft landing for the US economy?

You know, it's, it's too early to say really whether, uh, whether these events have had much of an effect. I, it's hard for me to see how they would've helped the pro, the possibility, but I, I guess I would just say it's, it's too early to say whether there really have been, um, changes in that, you know, the question will be how long this period is sustained.

The longer it's sustained than the greater will be the, the, um, prob the, the likely, uh, uh, declines in, in, uh, or tightening in credit standards, credit availability. So we'll just have to see. I, I do still think though, that there's, there's a pathway to that. I think that pathway still exists and, um, you know, we're certainly, uh, trying to find it.

Thank you Chair pal. Jennifer Schauberger with Yahoo Finance carries. How do you view financial conditions right now if credit becomes expensive enough?

Choking off growth, as you said, you're watching for, would that situation warrant a rate cut? What situation would warrant a rate cut And have the bank failures prompted any discussion around changing the implementation of the balance sheet runoff?

Thank you. So we haven't really talked about changing the balance sheet, um, implementation. Uh, that's not something we've discussed yet. As I mentioned, we're always willing to change that if we conclude that it's appropriate, but we're, we're really not seeing any signs there. Sorry, then the question before that was just gimme a, um, curious, uh, how you view financial conditions now and if credit were to tighten enough, if that would prompt a rate cut.

So, um, financial conditions seem to have tightened and probably by more than the traditional indexes. Say, because the traditional indexes are, are focused a lot on rates and equities, and they don't necessarily capture, um, lending conditions. So we think that though, so there are other measures which, which if they're focused on, you know, bank lending conditions and things like that, they show some more tightening.

The, the question for us though is how significant will that be and how, you know, what will be the extent of it and what will be, what will be the duration of it? And, and then, you know, once you have, once you know that there's a fair amount of research about how that, how that, with broad uncertainty bands, how that works its way into the economy over what period of time.

And so, you know, so we're, we'll be looking to see the first part of that. Like how, how serious is this and how does it look like it's gonna be sustained? And if it is, you know, it, it could easily have a, a, a significant macroeconomic effect. And we would factor that into our, into our policy decisions.

I mentioned with rate cuts, it's rate cuts are not in our base case. Uh, and, uh, you know, so that, that's all I have to say. So thank you. Thank you very much.
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2023.03.22 21:29 xanadu13 AoS Apple TV+ power couple (Ted lasso and severance spoilers)

Did anyone see the actor who’s playing Zava in the new Ted Lasso episode? Davis!!! And funny coincidence, the actor is married to Dichen Lachman (Jiaying) who plays Ms. Casey in Severance.
Thought it was funny that this AoS power couple are each in Apple TV+‘s two biggest shows.
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2023.03.22 21:12 FunnyAntennaKid Help needed with a machine running DOS

So I need help with a machine (Siemens Siplace G2 if there is someone who knows this machine) at work running MS-DOS. The machine is at least 25 years old and the used Harddrive died last month which was replaced once I think. Had a timestamp from 2003 with 10GB in size. Good thing we had a backup machine in storage where I stole the hard drive from (2GB in size) but it was a real pain getting the machine recalibrated. It works somewhat fine now but there is one Problem:
The harddrive from this machine is from 1997. I dont know how long this hard drive will work before it also dies.
Because of that, I tried to copy the drive with Clonezilla to a new hdd from 2008 (145GB) but it won't boot. It says operating system not found.
Today I tried to copy with the help of Win32 disk imager. I made an image from the 2GD HDD and wrote it on the new 2008 drive. It started to boot but then it said that it couldn't find a specific file.
I the booted with the help of a DOS 6.22 start disk and verfied that Drive C: and D: are present and they are.
I can understand that the clonzilla clone isn't working because it installs GRUB bootloader which the Machine might not even understand. But why does it have problems with basicly a 1:1 copy of the drive with the win32 Disk imager?
Did I miss something? Is DOS not cloneable?
Also Verified the jumpers. None of the HDDs have one.
Idk who else we should ask because nobody knows this machine anymore. And because it seems to be a DOS-related Problem I hope someone in here might know anything.
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2023.03.22 21:09 PhilsTriangle [USA-NJ][H] Playstation, PS2, N64, Nintendo DS, NES, Super Nintendo, Xbox 360 - Games & Consoles [W] PayPal, Venmo

Hey everyone, I'm on my quest to 300 transactions. Here's a few pictures. There's a lot listed below that is not pictured so just let me know what you are interested in and I can provide additional pictures.
Prices do not include shipping unless "shipped" is noted. Shipping is $4 for 1 game (1st Class in a Padded/Bubble Wrapped Envelope). An additional $1 per game (if weight exceeds 12 oz). I only accept PayPal via Friends & Family or Venmo F&F.
Consoles + Accessories
Nintendo 64 Console w/ hookups + OEM Controller - $85 shipped
Nintendo 64 OEM Controller Pak (NUS-004) - $13 shipped
Nintendo 64 Performance Memory Card - $10 shipped
Nintendo DSI (TMNT Decals) w/ Charger - $50 shipped
Sega Master System w/ hookups + controller (small crack/break in console shell) $125 + shipping
Super Nintendo Console (crack in the shell) w/ OEM controller (missing hookups) - $65 shipped
Super Nintendo Snes Jr Console + OEM controller (missing hookups) - $95 shipped
N64 Games
Diddy Kong Racing - $30
Madden Football 64 - $5
Mario Party - $45
Mario Party 2 - $55
NFL Quarterback Club 2000 - $5
Pokemon Snap - $20
NES Games
Adventure of Bayou Billy - $7
Anticipation - $5
Bad Street Brawler - $13
Battle Chess (CIB) - $32
Blades of Steel - $9
Dragon Warrior (CIB) - $70
Dragon Warrior II -$60
Dragon Warrior - III - $120
Dragon Warrior IV - $160
Exodus Ultima - $11
Faxanadu - $12
Fester's Quest - $10
Final Fantasy - $25
Golf - $3
Gotcha - $7
Ghost 'N Goblins - $15
Greg Norman's Golf Power - $14
Gyruss - $9
Hydlide - $9
Iron Sword - $8
Little League Baseball - $12
Magic of Scheherazade (CIB) - $65
Mach Rider - $8
Metal Gear (w/ worn box) - $80
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out - $40
Paperboy - $16
The Punisher - $27
Rad Racer II - $7
Super Glove Ball - $7
Superman - $21
Super Mario Bros. - $15
Super Mario Bros./ Duck Hunt - $7
Super Off-Road - $12
Super Sprint (Tengen) - $7
Super Team Games - $9
Tetris - $12
Tetris 2 -$9
Tiger-Heli - $5
To The Earth - $5
Top Gun - $5
Winter Games by Epyx - $6
Nintendo Gameboy/GBC
Mary Kate & Ashley's New Adventures - $4
Smurf's Nightmare - $10
Super Mario Land (worn label) - $12
Yu- Gi- Oh Dark Duel Stories - $10
Nintendo GBA games (cart only)
007 Everything or Nothing - $7
A Series of Unfortunate Events -$4
Backyard Baseball - $5
Backyard Baseball 2006 - $7
Backyard Baseball 2007 - $7
Backyard Football - $8
Backyard Football 2006 - $4
Backyard Football 2007 - $5
Battleship / Risk / Clue - $6
Bratz - $4
Butt Ugly Martians: BKM Battles - $5
Cars - $5
Cartoon Network Speedway - $6
Catz - $5
Cho Makaimura R Super Ghouls N Ghost ( Japanese Import) - $95 Shipped
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 - $4
Dogz - $6
Dora Explorer's Pirate Pig's Treasure - $4
Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors - $20
Earth Worm Jim - $16
ESPN Great Outdoor Games Bass 2002 - $5
Fantastic 4 Flame On - $3
Finding Nemo - $5
Frogger's Journey - $6
Hot Wheels Stunt Track Challenge - $3
Hot Wheels World Race - $5
Incredibles Rise of the Underminer - $6
Jimmy Neutron Attack of the Twonkies - $4
Jimmy Neutron Jet Fusion - $3
Lord of the Rings The Two Towers - $10
Lost Vikings - $25
Lizzie McGuire: On the Go - $3
Madagascar & Shrek 2 - $5
Madagascar Operation Penguin - $6
Madden 2005 - $5
Monster Jam Maximum Destruction - $6
Namco Museum - $6
Oddworld Munch's Oddysee - $12
Pong Asterios Yar's Revenge - $4
Power Rangers Dino Thunder - $8
Quad Desert Furty - $3
Road Rash Jail Break - $10
Shark Tale - $4
Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron - $5
Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones - $5
Teen Titans - $12
The Incredibles - $3
Top Gear GT Championship - $10
Yu-Gi-Oh Double Pack 2 - $13
Yu-Gi-Oh Eternal Duelist Soul - $12
Legend of Zelda Classic NES Series - $30
Nintendo 3DS (loose)
Transformers Dark of the Moon Stealth Edition - $7
Nintendo DS Games (cart only unless noted)
Avatar The Last Airbender - $13
Backyard Sports Rookie Rush - $4
Bionicle Matoran Adventures - $6
Club Penguin - $4
Happy Feet - $4
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 - $10
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 - $10
Megaman Starforce Dragon - $105 shipped
Metroid Hunters First Hunt - $6
Namco Museum DS - $8
Nintendo Dogs: Chihuahua & Friends - $6
Nintendo Dogs: Dachshund & Friends (CIB) - $10
Nintendo Dogs: Lab & Friends - $6
Ping Pals - $3
Plants vs Zombies - $10
Ratatouille - $5
Ridge Racer DS - $8
Shrek Superslam - $5
MySims - $5
MySims Kingdom - $5
Spectrobes - $5
Spiderman 3 - $8
Star Wars II The Original Trilogy (LEGO) - $6
Super Money Ball Touch & Roll - $6
Zelda Spirit Tracks (missing manual; inserts/case included) - $65 shipped
Nintendo Gamecube Games (CIB unless noted)
ATV Quad Power Racing 2 (missing manual) - $9
Cars - $8
ESPN Winter Sports 2002 - $6
Madden 2003 - $5
Madden 2005 - $6
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 - $8
Spongebob Squarepants: Lights Camera Pants - $16
WWE Day of Reckoning 2 (missing manual) - $25
WWE WrestleMania X8 (missing manual) - $12
Nintendo Wii Games (all have cases)
All-Star Cheer Squad - $5
Cabelas Big Game Hunter 2010 (CIB) - $8
Call of Duty Black Ops (CIB) - $9
Carnival Games (CIB) - $6
Chuck E Cheese Party Games (Missing Manual) - $10
Country Dance (CIB) - $8
Deal or No Deal (CIB) - $5
Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock (CIB) - $19
Hannah Montana Spotlight World Tour (Sealed) - $8
Major League Baseball 2K12 (CIB) - $10
Thrillville Off The Rails (CIB) - $5
Wii Music - $6
Wii Sports (Disc & Manual) - $20
Wii Sports Resort (CIB) - $30
Playstation PS1 Games (CIB unless noted)
007 Tomorrow Never Dies - $7
A Bug's Life (GH) - $7
Action Bass - $6
Ball Breakers (sealed) - $10
Bass Championship - $7
Battle Arena Toshinden (GH) - $14
Bushido Blade - $36
Crash Bandicoot Warped (GH) - $13
Fighting Force - $20
Gran Turismo 2 (GH) - $12
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone - $13
IHRA Drag Racing - $5
Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Crazy Maze - $8
MediEvil (missing manual) - $35
Missile Command - $6
Monster's Inc (GH) - $9
Nascar Heat (CIB) - $7
NBA Live 2000 - $8
NBA Shootout 98 - $9
NFL Blitz 2000 - $15
NHL 98 - $8
NHL Faceoff 97 (GH) - $5
Parasite Eve - $75
Parasite Eve (missing demo disk) - $60
Parasite Eve II - $110
PlayStation Underground Jampack Fall 2001 - $9
Q* Bert - $10
Resident Evil Director's Cut (GH) - $30
Rugrats Search for Reptar (GH) - $17
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - $12
Soul Blade - $23
Star wars Dark Forces (unoriginal jewel case) - $13
Syphon Filter 2 (GH) - $10
Tecmo Super Bowl - $20
Tiger Woods 99 - $8
Tony Hawk Pro Skater (GH) - $10
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 (GH) - $12
Triply Play 99 - $8
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2nd Edition - $8
World Cup 98 - $12
Playstation 2 PS2 Games (CIB unless noted)
007 Everything or Nothing - $7
007 Nightfire - $9
Ace Combat 4 Shattered Skies (GH) - $8
All-Star Baseball 2005 - $5
Ben 10 Protector of Earth - $9
Bully - $22
Clock Tower 3 - $70
Crash Bandicoot The Wrath of the Cortex (GH version) - $10
Crash Bandicoot The Wrath of the Cortex - $12
Devil May Cry (GH) - $7
Enter the Matrix - $10
Eragon - $6
Family Feud - $5
Final Fantasy X (GH) -$9
Frogger the Great Quest - $7
Godfather the Game - $14
God of War (2 Disc Set) - $12
Guitar Hero II - $7
Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock - $9
High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 - $5
Hobbit - $10
Karaoke Revolution Party - $8
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol - $5
Madden 2003 - $5
Madden 2007 - $5
Madden 2008 - $5
Midway Arcade Treasures - $11
MLB 07 the Show - $5
MLB Slugfest 2004 - $11
Nascar 2001 - $5
Nascar Thunder 2003 - $7
NFL Blitz Pro - $10
Onimusha 3 Demon Siege - $21
Pinball Hall of Fame - $5
Pirates - The Legend of Black Kat - $12
Red Dead Revolver - $17
Rise of Kasai - $8
Silent Hill 4 The Room (Factory Sealed) - $325 shipped
Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith - $9
SSX Tricky (missing manual) - $19
Summoner - $10
Teen Titans - $22
Theme Park Roller Coaster - $8
Time Crisis 3 - $23
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - $6
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger - $11
Warriors of Might & Magic - $10
Wheel of Fortune - $7
Yu-Gi-Oh Duelists of the Roses - $22
Band Hero - $6
Call of Duty Black Ops - $10
Call of Duty World at War -$11
Crysis 2 - $7
Fifa Soccer 11 - $5
Guitar Hero 5 - $11
MLB the Show 10 - $4
MLB the Show 11 - $4
NCAA Football 11 - $9
Sports Champions - $5
Sega 32X (all cart only)
Primal Rage - $50
Virtua Fighter - $24
Virtua Racing - $20
Sega Dreamcast Games (disc & manual only***; do not have original cases unless noted CIB)
Centipede - $7
Plasma Sword Night of Bilstein - $50
Psychic Force 2012 - $25
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - $12
Rippin Riders - $5
Sega Bass Fishing - $8
Sega Rally 2 Championship - $12
Speed Devils - $15
Sword of Berserk: Gut's Rage (game only) - $65
Trick Style - $7
Zombie Revenge - $30
Sega Genesis
Shining Force (Case & Cart) - $75
Shining Force 2 (Cart Only) - $55
Sega Master System (Mostly CIB; ask me to check manual)
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars - $28
California Games (missing manual) - $20
Choplifter - $18
Ghostbusters - $25
Great Baseball - $10
Monopoly - $10
Parlour Games - $10
Pro Wrestling - $14
Rocky - $17
Space Harrier (missing manual) - $18
Shinobi (includes map; missing manual) - $30
Super Nintendo (SNES) Games (cart only)
Aeroacrobat - $9
Brandish - $85
Brett Hull Hockey - $7
Bulls vs Blazers - $4
Capcom MVP Football - $7
Captain Commando - $175
Cliffhanger - $9
College Slam - $7
Donkey Kong Country - $20
ESPN Baseball Tonight - $4
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - $17
Football Fury - $20
Harley's Humongous Adventure - $15
Magic Johnson's Super Slam Dunk - $6
Mickey's Ultimate Challenge - $12
MechWarrior 3050 - $17
Monopoly - $5
Ms. Pacman - $12
NCAA Basketball - $5
Nickelodeon GUTS - $16
Ninja Warrior - $130
NFL Football - $5
Pit Fighter - $8
Romance of the Three Kingdoms II - $20
Soldier's of Fortune (rental sticker on label) - $25
Stanley Cup Championship -$6
Street Fighter II - $15
Super Caesar's Palace - $4
Super High Impact - $5
Super Star Wars Return of the Jedi - $16
Top Gear - $15
Xbox 360 (CIB)
Assassin's Creed - $6
Battlefield Hardline Deluxe Edition - $10
Battlefield 3 Limited Edition - $6
Fifa Soccer 10 - $5
Fifa Work Cup South Africa 2010 - $5
Grand Theft Auto V - $10
Injustice Gods Among Us - $5
L.A. Noire - $7
Left 4 Dead 2 - $11
Mafia II - $10
N3 Ninety-Nine Nights - $20
Nascar The Game 2011 - $9
NBA 2K12 - $5
NHL 10 - $3
NHL 14 - $6
Pocket Bike Racer - $5
Red Dead Redemption - $9
Saints Row - $10
Saints Row The Third - $5
Skate 3 - $6
Virtua Tennis 4 - $9
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2023.03.22 21:05 TRA_of_Phum PSA - No Free daily MS roll until AFTER new banners tonight

You must also use it before the reset tomorrow. So make sure to do it in the morning if you won't be back before the reset.
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2023.03.22 20:50 TheKramer420 Wahls diet

So I was recently diagnosed with MS after months of not knowing what was wrong. My doctors are very optimistic and I see my Neurologist next week. As this group has been very informative, I was wondering if anyone has tried or is currently using the Wahls protocol. I have been making dietary changes and was wondering if this is a valid opton to incorporate into my new dietary choices. Thank you for any input.
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2023.03.22 20:44 8dalejr Gen 4 Cup League field is filling up fast for Saturday nights!

NSR, an established league of experienced drivers, is actively seeking mature, respectful drivers to join our community. Since 2016, we've been dedicated to providing great racing experiences and a friendly, competitive environment. We race the gen 4 cup cars on Saturdays with servers opening at 7:20pm EST and a start time of 8:30pm EST. The races are broadcasted and we also have race control.
This season, we follow the 2004 NASCAR Cup schedule with some minor variations, and our focus is on having fun while maintaining a high level of competition. We pride ourselves on being a community, not just another league. We're looking for like-minded individuals who share our passion for racing and want to be a part of a supportive and respectful community.
We have strict guidelines for our drivers and do not tolerate over-aggressive drivers. Our goal is to maintain a mature, clean, and respectful atmosphere where drivers can enjoy racing without any drama. Our minimum requirements for you to race are a 1500 iRating and C class license for asphalt ovals.
For more information, including schedules, drivers, and series specifics, please visit our website at www.NationalSimRacing.com, join our Discord https://discord.gg/3tG4kYRhC4 or message us at National Sim Racing League. We're excited to welcome new members to our community and look forward to sharing the thrill of high-speed competition with you. Let's go racing!
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2023.03.22 20:24 Giudici_ New CS Pins??? Spotted In Videos

New CS Pins??? Spotted In Videos submitted by Giudici_ to csgo [link] [comments]

2023.03.22 20:22 Giudici_ New Pins In CS2

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2023.03.22 20:21 RTEIDIETR Almost 27M, the life that gone south over time

Apology for the structure of this post. I am not particularly good at writing.

26M, almost 27. Graduated last year now working in the US as an international student on work visa.
I have a BS and an MS in engineering and work as a data person under a construction consulting company.
No debt (even saved some) as I got full ride and worked for my Prof during grad school.

I don't think I have ever been a creative person that is always willing to try new things. Basically a scaredy cat in that context.
The impact of the lack of these abilities has been amplified over the course of years.
School had provided a structured system for me to follow. You go to classes, do homework, take exams. That's it.
The relatively good performance in school gives an illusion that I am quite on-par with people around me.
But I slowly noticed my peers started to develop skills that help navigate them to their goals in life, the skills that aren't necessarily taught in classes. Boy how I suck in those areas! Network, research, looking for resources. I usually get lost in the overwhelming information.
I think by almost 27 it is kind of too late to develop these skills. I do not know what I did wrong in which phase that caused me to start falling behind.
Consequently, I observe myself wasting tremendous amount of time on Youtube, procrastinating, swiping on dating apps, and doing nothing.
I do not read books and do not read news much either. I am bad at reading and it makes my brain ache.
My only hobby is piano and play quite well. But even now this has become boring as I am no longer learning anything new. I just find sheets and play them.
I really don't know what I want to do and even if I know, how can I get there. I simply am just so bad at figuring out things without structure and system.
This concern made me question my IQ and I even went to take an exam last week. Of course, this is totally irrational and the correlation is probably minimal.

Life Now:
One of my biggest regrets was not choosing to major in CS. The only possible goal I have so far is to switch into tech as a software engineer.
Not because I love it. Since I am not really enthusiastic in any field, why not pick one that pays the most? That's my rationale.
I started leetcoding 6 months ago and have become quite adequate. But my visa stat and the current job market make it really hard. My job hunt has never been smooth. Basically, the lack of legal status disqualifies me from lots of jobs (not only for CS). I got 0 interview so far.
This again shows I don't know ways to "work-around" in life problems. Other than keep applying, I do not know other things to make any breakthrough. So I continue with my lifestyle, and be miserable and unsatisfied.
I spend a lot of time wandering my mind during work and try to get pass the day by doing as little as possible. I am not engaged at all.

I still hope I could fix this but life keeps showing me the opposite. Maybe I just am dumb and should be average and content. Maybe the interesting, successful, and adventurous person just isn't me and can't be me.

Anyone who had been here and what did you do to start making tiny changes to break this cycle and gain the confidence again?
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2023.03.22 20:19 Enough-Researcher-54 Microsoft Store (NEW) Apps Not Applicable

Hi All
Long time reader, first time poster.
Was wondering if anyone has had the issue where when deploying MS Store New apps, the apps show as Not Applicable in the managed apps on the devices?
We are currently attempting to roll out Autopilot and would like to install the New UWP Company portal apps as well as use the UWP versions of windows installed apps to uninstall them from the machines.
As you can see from the below, this is what happens. Sometimes these do then install after a day or so (for example the ACAD DWG Viewer installed this morning on a test machine that I have running, which I deployed via AP yesterday)
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks all.
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2023.03.22 20:09 mysticdong420 Evinem - Without Me ft. Dr. DREnarin

Drenarin Kholin, real name no gimmicks

Two darkeyed girls go round the warcamp
Round the warcamp, round the warcamp
Two darkeyed girls go round the warcamp
Round the warcamp, round the warcamp

Guess who's back?
Back again
Shshshsh's back
Tell a friend
Guess who's back? Guess who's back?
Guess who's back? Guess who's back?
Guess who's back? Guess who's back?
Guess who's back?

I've created a monster
'Cause nobody wants to see Evi no more
They want Shshsh, I'm burned liver
Well, if you want Shshsh, this is what I'll give ya
A little bit of Honor mixed with some hard Cultivation

Some violet wine that'll jump start my heart quicker
Than a shock when I get shocked at the Highstorm
By the Stormfather when I'm not co-operating
When I'm rockin' the shardblade while he's storm-riding

You waited this long, now stop debating
'Cause I'm back, I'm on the Kholin and ovulating
I know that you got a courter, Ms. Navani
But your boyfriend's mental problems complicating

So the Ardentia won't let me be
Or let me be me, so let me see
They try to shut me down on spanreed
But it feels so empty, without me

So, come on and dip, Dalinar's bum on your lips
Storm that, crem on your lips and some on your tits
And get ready, 'cause this is about to get heavy
I just settled all my lawsuits, storm you, Navani!

Now this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty, without me
I said this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty, without me

Little voidbringer, singers feelin' rebellious
Embarrassed their parents still listen to Venli
They start feelin' like parshmen, helpless
'Til someone comes along on a mission and yells, "Bitch"

A visionary, vision of scary
Could start a hierocracy, pollutin' the Shadesmere
A rebel, so just let me revel and bask
In the fact that I got everyone kissin' my ass

And it's a Recreance, such a desolation
For you to see so damn much of my ass, you asked for me?
Well, I'm back, sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-sh
Fix your bent shardblade call it in and then I'm gonna

Enter in, endin' up under your plate like a crustacean
The center of attention, back for the desolation
I'm interesting, the best thing since Recreance
Infesting, in your Elhokar's ears and inexperience

"Testing, attention, please"
Feel the winds, soon as someone mentions me
Here's my ten shsh's, my two shsh's are free
A nuisance, who sent? You sent for me?

Now this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty, without me
I said, this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty, without me

A-tisket a-tasket, I go crem for ling with
Anybody who's talkin' this crem that crem
Torol Sadeas, you can get your ass kicked
Worse than them little parshendi bastards
And Amaram? You can get stomped by Kaladin
You 36-year-old bald headed cremling, blow me
You don't know me, you're too old, let go
It's over, nobody listens to singers

Now let's go, just gimme the signal
I'll be there with a whole list full of new insults
I been dope, suspenseful with a pencil
Ever since Kelsier turned himself into a symbol
But sometimes the crem just seems
Everybody only wants to discuss me
So this must mean I'm disgusting
But it's just me, I'm just burning

No, I'm not the first king of Urithiru
I am the worst thing since Elhokar's reign
To do herdazian music so plain
And used it to get myself wealthy (hey)
There's a concept that works
20 million other ashed ex-wives emerge
But no matter how many crabs in the sea
It'll be so empty, without me

Now this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty without me
I said this looks like a job for me
So everybody, just follow me
'Cause we need a little, controversy
'Cause it feels so empty without me
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2023.03.22 19:48 NateGaming80 Server choice

Is it worth it to start on the new Est server even if I have 200 ms ? (is it an issue for pvp ?)
Or on the West server where I have 100 ms
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2023.03.22 19:38 Humble_Clothes_6329 Can someone please explain the discrepency?

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2023.03.22 19:36 TomGyroid Was Cartoon Network not as popular in the UK? (a bit of a history lesson)

Like, it never got as much DVD releases over here, mostly favouring the modern/most popular stuff (you were out of luck if you wanted actual DVDs for older stuff that wasn't Ben 10), nostalgic merch for it I haven't seen much of besides Funko Pops (which everything gets). Even with iTunes, we lacked several shows at least at the time. As well as some oddly missing seasons of shows that were included or really weird omissions like Flapjack just missing a few episodes out of its encompassing volumes or Billy and Mandy conspicuously removing the wishing skull episode when the US iTunes Season 3 release had it (I might also remember that episode not being reaired after a while but maybe that's just me).
There was also a bunch of content that never aired over here like later seasons of Camp Lazlo/My Gym Partner's A Monkey (our much more basic, single advertisement CN Invaded way later on notably omitted those shows). Pretty much all the early live-action attempts like Out of Jimmy's Head and CN Real just did not exist over here, hilariously enough, but we also didn't ever get stuff like Robotomy, Sym-Bionic Titan and WB's MAD cartoon. The middle of which maybe could've already been written off for taxes at that point. And to go back to programming events, Cartoon Cartoon Fridays sorta had an equivalent with the same branding early on for some time (maybe before mine), but regular Friday programming events, even something like Fried Dynamite, were never a thing; closest thing we had was a block of single episode segments of the classic shows called Cartoon Cartoons that aired at like 11pm or midnight and was thus never within reason for the actual target audience to be watching unless it was a special occasion. When I was finally old enough for that to not be a problem, the whole thing shifted to just airing the modern shows that were on TV all the time anyway. I guess when your entire business is mostly bringing over your American counterpart's content, often with your own branding and way, way after the fact, there was less incentive to do stuff like weekly Friday programming events. This wasn't Nickelodeon or the Disney Channel, after all. And a bunch of American material can just naturally fall to the wayside when it comes to exporting to the UK; still not sure where I can legally watch The Critic or Drawn Together over here.
There was also something called Cartoon Network Too, initially being a place for the more classic shows before picking up the slack from the entire Toonami channel we had and eventually dropping that, perhaps just literally becoming another Cartoon Network at that point. Boomerang used to be more in-line with airing classic content, before eventually scrapping anything that wasn't the big three of Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo or Looney Tunes and airing exclusively-modern incarnations of stuff like Garfield, Pink Panther and animated Mr. Bean, for some reason.
In this era before streaming, it was actually quite difficult if you wanted to watch the legacy programs of the network legitimately, with little in the way of DVDs or iTunes, it maybe could've been On Demand, the Cartoon Cartoons block was only very late at night, CN Too was only on Sky for a bit and later changed course anyway, and Boomerang was doing its own thing in terms of nostalgic content. Though you could probably also say that of Nick and Disney's old shows at the time as well; both would either erase or gut the classics out of their secondary channel for classic shows (respectively Toon Disney and NickToons, with Disney Cinemagic being a bit of a same situation with CN Too). But it's crazy to think that even in 2023, that's kinda still the case, at least with (non Amazon/iTunes pay-per-view) streaming of these shows. That may only be because HBO Max isn't gonna be a thing over here until 2025 (for better or for worse, of course), but that's still a lot of missed opportunity to have had kids be aware that these old shows existed, unless they happened to import old physical media or use a VPN to watch the American CN YT channel do an occasional stream of their shows.
But to make up for all that, we had... very weird co-productions like Cramp Twins, Skatoony and a failed virtual band called the VBirds, and some genuinely charming low-budget "Block" bumpers.
I remember Cartoon Network being advertised in the UK, be it the magazine it had or mascot characters when a new Toys R Us opened up. The Cartoon Cartoon shows definitely had merch (like a cereal promotion or two), a lot of which I'd find years after the fact. There was even a Cartoon Network shop in Drayton Manor I visited as a teen that accompanied a Ben 10 reskin of a ride, but it was just Ben 10 and Bakugan merch, entirely unrelated Little-ist Pet Shop merch because they had no other shows they were producing merch of at the time and I think a TV playing CN footage with a neat checkerboard floor and black/white block seats. It was no more when I revisited the place years later, besides some kind of CN gift shop remnant.
So how popular was Cartoon Network with Brits who grew up in the 90's or 00's? With their 10's output, there was legit a new effort in merchandising physical media and toys and definitely fans of those hit shows no matter how they may've accessed them, legally or otherwise, but do their 90's and 00's shows have the same kind of reverence in the UK? Maybe they totally, definitely did and I'm just being silly here. But you can't help but notice the branding always feeling a bit lesser over here (again, probably par for the course with American products in the UK, like we never got all the M&M's flavours over here, for instance). Are there Brits right now disappointed about not having a proper streaming service for classic CN and [adult swim] shows like Billy and Mandy and Ed, Edd n Eddy, like Nick and Disney have? (for the most part) Or do we generally have more nostalgia for the kids shows of those networks, or whatever was on CITV or CBBC?
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2023.03.22 19:36 exquisitelywrong Our townfolk on the socials, circa 2023

JUST FOR FUN! I think, today, March 2023, that:
- Kirk is TikTok-famous but everyone who follows him thinks he's acting/parodying.
- Rory is a momfluencer and gets huge partnership deals and is constantly in New York and on brand trips. She poses her baby a lot and is raising another Gilmore Girl under lots of heavy expectations of perfection. Her affair with Logan went viral when she started to blow up because his wife did an exposé. Lindsey chimed in and it was a scandal for the ages. Rory never acknowledged it. Her daughter has a page run by Rory and her PA and also is a kidfluencer. (Sidenote: Shane is also an influencer, but the vibes are totally different and they are silently feuding.)
- Lorelai follows all of Rory's socials on an account they made for Paul Anka. She comments as the dog.
- Luke has a Facebook with a single selfie from a terrible angle. He only had it to follow Rory and Jess' lives but they don't use FB that much anymore. He last updated it 6 years ago to put "Married to Lorelai Gilmore-Danes" but Kirk faithfully wishes him a happy birthday on there. (sidenote: April accidentally got him memed when one of her Tiktoks about her grouchy dad went viral in the lockdown days.)
- Taylor has definitely done a TED Talk on small-town life.
- Ms Patty was on that IG page that takes pics of people in New York and tells their life stories. She obviously went viral.
- Sookie is a YouTuber documenting her new life. Lorelai watches but never comments.
- Michel obsessively stalks anybody that leaves even a lukewarm Yelp/Google review of the Dragonfly. He totally has a finsta that he uses to troll them, and his profile pic is a chow.
ETA: There is definitely a hate-group on Facebook where all the ex-maids talk about Emily and the other DAR ladies.
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2023.03.22 19:35 mubranch Code-along: Expand your skills in backend web development using Python

Join us for an exciting code-along with Live Q&A led by experienced developer and former UC Berkley CS Lecturer Pamela Fox (https://github.com/pamelafox), where you'll learn how to build, test, and deploy HTTP APIs and web applications using three of the most popular Python frameworks: FastAPI, Django, and Flask. This event is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and skills in backend web development using Python.
She'll be giving tips on VSCode, Ruff, Python extensions, GH Copilot, codespaces, and more.
No web application experience is required, but some previous Python experience is encouraged. If you're completely new to Python, head over to TryPython to prepare for the event.
Learn more/Register here: PyDay
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2023.03.22 19:32 mubranch Code-along: Expand your skills in backend web development using Python

PyDay happening May 2nd, 2023!
Join us for an exciting code-along with Live Q&A led by experienced developer and former UC Berkley CS Lecturer Pamela Fox (https://github.com/pamelafox), where you'll learn how to build, test, and deploy HTTP APIs and web applications using three of the most popular Python frameworks: FastAPI, Django, and Flask. This event is perfect for anyone looking to expand their knowledge and skills in backend web development using Python.
No web application experience is required, but some previous Python experience is encouraged. If you're completely new to Python, head over to TryPython to prepare for the event.
Learn more/Register here: PyDay
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2023.03.22 19:23 jj4752 Tasks in Outlook 365 do not Appear in MS To Do

I have used Outlook, not Outlook.com, for may years and kept tasks in it. I an now starting to use MS To Do and while a new task in TD appears in my Outlook task list, the long running tasks in Outlook do not appear in To Do. A new task that I enter in Outlook does appear in TD. Is there an easy way to get the older tasks from Outlook into TD?
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