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      D1P 2017 Charity Campaign for The Life You Can Save: $1,515 (as of April 7, 2017)   12/12/2016

      I've decided to extend our charity campaign for The Life You Can Save organizations for the entirety of 2017 so feel free to contribute at any time!  Periodically through the year, I'll have game giveaways for those who have donated to the campaign as a "thank you" for supporting this worthy endeavor!
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      Update on the single-device/browser login restriction issue some people are having.   04/04/2017

      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.
    • SFLUFAN

      D1Pcast Episode 26: The Retro Show   04/19/2017

      It's time to have that talk with your kids. No not THAT talk, the talk about retro games and how much better things were back in our days! We have @Reputator join us and talk a bit about the Scorpio and some retro PC cards. [email protected] us about console retro gaming and how he just got his Super Mario USA. While @Jason tells us about the day his parents threw out all his retro consoles. A sad day for any gamer. So listen and give us your feed back about your retro gaming experience!    

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  1. Yeah, there seems to be a recurring theme of a sophomore slump to the sequel. Doesn't really matter since this movie is pretty much review-proof for me, but I am really curious about what we're getting that's led so many critics to some fairly similar gripes.
  2. Yeah...I don't see anything in Trump's word salad that is distinctly NY in flavor or manner. That kind of manic, babbling, word salad is common to many industries and locations; in my experience, it's often employed by those who have a less than firm understanding of what they're talking about, and as a result rely on the old aphorism, "If you can't bedazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."
  3. Was it a hydrostatic test, or pneumatic? I would assume hydrostatic (since that would be standard), but that kind of failure sounds more like what might happen with a pneumatic. But if it's pneumatic, then your installer should be shot for creating a pipe bomb, which is essentially what you get with a line pressurized to 200# with compressed air (or any other gas). It amazes me how often GC's, and even MEP consultants, will request a pneumatic test at some absurdly high pressure, who remain unable to appreciate the difference in stored potential energy between water (a non-compressible liquid) and air/nitrogen (a thoroughly compressible fluid with no appreciable surface tension). If it's anything larger than a 1" or 1-1/8" refrigerant line, my own preference is to be several blocks away when pressure testing with gas.
  4. This has been right at the top of my must-see list since I heard about Vaughn returning. The first was an absolute blast; I'm all in for the sequel. Going to miss Colin Firth though. ;(
  5. To offer some different options than what've been listed here (many of which are solid) - 1) Long Term Care Insurance: This isn't really an investment per se, but rather, an opportunity to secure better benefits at a lower price. LTCI plans can be structured in any number of ways; an agent can walk you through what is/is not covered, various minimums, etc., which all affect your premium - LTCI feels more a la carte than many other types of insurance, but for any scenario, a policy for someone in their 20's will be cheaper than a policy for someone in their 50's (or older). You need to be careful, as many LTCI providers will stipulate that premiums can be adjusted at almost any time, but otherwise, LTCI can be a solid investment in terms of looking ahead to future potential healthcare needs. 2) Universal Life Insurance: Offers many benefits inline with a whole life insurance policy, but can also (potentially) serve as an investment vehicle by which funds can be withdrawn with no tax liability. Definitely something you'd want to review with a financial planner, as there can be tax liabilities in certain circumstances, but otherwise, ULI policies can serve as a means of ensuring against untimely death, in a way that also allows you to create a sort of nest egg to draw from in the future.
  6. No, it really doesn't. Not between a subcontractor and a GC/CM. There is often greater flexibility in a GMP between a client and a CM, but for subs, the flexibility is extremely limited, often because of supremacy clauses which stipulate conformance to the GMP between the client and CM. Reading contract riders is something I do for every $20M+ project we take on, specifically to find the clauses which represent the greatest risk exposure for us. In a 500 or so page contract, there may be 10-15 terms/passages for which I'll recommend some type of qualifier, of which there might be five which are actually negotiated at closing. The types of contract negotiations you are referring to simply don't exist in commercial construction.
  7. Not really. Laguardia Airport is the site of the largest PPP project in the country. And at the subcontractor level, the contracts are structured in that same manner. There is a very small pool of vendors for specialties like curtainwall, specialty transport systems, etc., who are in a position (by virtue of market position) to exert leverage in performance-based contracts. But outside that small pool, the big boys in the construction industry - the Skanskas, Turners, AECOM's, and the like: they dictate the terms of the contract to the subs, and the subs who want the work largely accept those terms.
  8. In commercial construction? Subs have a very limited amount of leeway in terms of negotiating contract terms. It almost never includes the ability to negotiate payment terms, since subs are generally required to accept the payment terms between the GC/CM and developer; it's uncommon for a painter, tibknocker, carpenter, Steamfitter, etc, to be contracted directly to the client/owner. In that environment, you accept the terms of the contract based upon acceptance of your bid price, or the GC/CM moves on to someone else who will.
  9. Engel is right. For larger-scale construction projects, contractors budget contingency into their estimate for these kinds of games, and they're all too common, especially for finishing trades like carpenters, millworkers, painters, etc., where lines of what qualifies as a legitimate extra/Change Order are often left intentionally ambiguous in the contract - happens by design, with most developers/GC's/CM's figuring that a sub who makes it through several rounds of bidding and leveling isn't going to get (beyond a certain level) too combative over contract terms (much of which are pretty boilerplate anyway). It's (usually) a bit easier for me working on the MEP side, insofar as my work is far less reliant on approvals of an aesthetic nature - I don't typically need to worry about one bad production lot creating a set of curtainwall panels which aren't precisely identical, or woodgrain patterns which may not align perfectly to what was provided as a mockup. But even still, most of my contracts are written in a way that owners have the ability to "punchlist" me into submission, and it isn't terribly uncommon for me to sacrifice half my retainage (or more) as part of a closeout negotiation for the sake of getting the job done. I would be curious to see/read some of the particulars here. I've never done business with Trump, but in NYC, contractors' impressions of the man (and organization) are a fairly mixed bag.
  10. Pretty much a perfect teaser. My nostalgia is screaming "Tie Fighter: Deluxe", although the visuals from that game REALLY betray it's age. But yeah, KotOR II was (in potential) phenomenal, and fully patched remains a hell of an experience.
  11. Let's not let semantic squabbling stand in the way of working toward a more optimal final solution.
  12. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-unforgivable-mistake-sean-spicer-makes-every-day/2017/04/12/5362e3d6-1faf-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html
  13. I strain to read the article in the effort required to get past the photo. Seriously - is finding the most unappealing photos now SOP?