Race to the 4th

Updated Vaccination by Age Range for NJ:
6/22 vs 6/30

At Least 1 Dose
Total Pop: 9.2m
Total 1st Doses: 5.4m – 59% of total pop (Up from 58%) – Bloomberg reporting 62.8%

12-15 – 450k population – 162k dosed – 36% 1 Dose (Up from 24%)
16-17 – 240k population – 108k dosed – 45% 1 Dose (Up from 44%)
18-29 – 1.5m population – 756k dosed – 50% 1 Dose (Up from 49%)
30-49 – 2.4m population – 1.57m dosed – 65% 1 Dose (Up from 64%)
50-64 – 2m population – 1.46m dosed – 73% 1 Dose (Up from 72%)
65-79 – 1.1m population – 1.03m dosed – 93% 1 Dose (Up from 91%)
80+ – 415k population – 324k dosed – 78% 1 Dose (Up from 77%)

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52 Responses to Race to the 4th

  1. grim says:

    I’m a Apple fanboy, I run the whole ecosystem. Desktops, laptops, tablets, watches, television, iCloud, etc etc. Everything just works, all the time, and does so seamlessly, together. I think my 2015 MacBook 12″ is one of the most beautiful laptops ever built, it’s size and shape border on impossible, even 6 years later people pick it up and can’t believe it. The screen on my iMac 27″ is the best display I’ve ever used, hands down, and I’ve owned very expensive professional displays. New chipsets have the haters up in arms. There is clearly a massive benefit when walled garden models are done right, and they’ve nailed it. I still regret getting rid of my 2012 MBP, which I maxed out myself with ram, ssd, new batteries. Crazy that an 8 year old computer would run circles around a brand new windows laptop, but it always did. As soon as the next gen M1 MBPs come out in the fall, I’ll grab one. Sure, it’ll be expensive, but if it runs great for another 10 years, who cares? My 27″ iMac is a 2011 – still running strong though not on the most current OS. At 10 years very usable life, it’s a bargain.

    People love to rag on Apple being masters of planned obsolescence – but the reality is almost always the complete opposite. In the 10 years I’ve owned by iMac, I’ve had at least 3 major OS upgrades, which in Windows world, would run me more than $150 each upgrade (depending on what Microsoft deems free or not free).

  2. Phoenix says:

    There is clearly a massive benefit when walled garden models are done right, and they’ve nailed it.

    Yet America refuses to be a “walled garden.”

    America is Android, great at some things, but a total mishmosh of unstable, non secure, completely rogue actors that mostly work together until you find one that wipes out your phone.

    Apple is more like China. Fall in line or else. “Walled Garden”

  3. Juice Box says:

    MACs are great they last forever. The iPhone and iPad on the other hand has been problematic and frankly drove the prices of smartphone thru the roof. Good for Samsung, Google and Apple etc bad for consumers.

    I finally switched to the iPhone when the 11 came out, my previos Android I had for five years was paid for and cost me nothing becuase the data plan was provided by work etc. Now I have to lay out a ton of money for an iPhone 11 and service plan. Many previous models had various issues, notably their planned obsolescence, screen cracking and bad charge ports that were difficult to fix. Similar issue with the iPad, I am on my fifth iPad since it came out, various issue with breaking and slowing down etc. Serviceability is an issue. I have some of the tools to fix iPads and iPhones but I am not going out to go out and get a soldering microscope so I can fix a bad charge port myself. Some simple things like a battery swap are too complicated to fix yourself, and should be easier. The iPhone and iPad closed ecosystem where they are planned not to be serviceable really is a disservice to customers.

    Most of Apple’s $$$$ success is the iPhone, the Mac line is small potatoes compared to the revenues from iPhone and iPad. I remember the great debate about buttons. People could not type fast on touch screens and complained that they wanted buttons. There were even button overlays like the Ryan Secrest iPhone keyboard which was killed by a Blackberry lawsuit.

    Why didn’t Apple buy Blackberry for their patents? At one point they could have taken the keyboard and other patents for the cost of spare change in their couches. Sheer Arrogance perhaps..


  4. Juice Box says:

    Speaking of Apple. Tim Cook has Nancy Pelosi on speed dial it seems of the antitrust legislation being proposed. Good to be a gansta I guess.

  5. Hold my beer says:

    I have a 27” iMac from 2011. Still runs. Have a MacBook Air 2019. Will probably get a Mac mini next year.

    I had an iPhone 7. It would die every 8 months and apple would give me a new one for free with apple care. 3rd time it died they gave me I think $300 towards an XR when they first came out. Apple employee admitted there was a flaw in the motherboard that would cause the iPhone 7 to die.

  6. Fast Eddie says:

    If you have an affection for a certain brand, little fault will be found. You’ll swear by it, even if you’re jilted on rare occasions.

  7. Bystander says:

    Knocked the hornet’s nest around, I see. My post was tongue in cheek at Blumpy. I have no issues with Apple, particularly those who actually know the product and benefits before purchasing. Problem is 99% bought a $1200 web browser bc it looks cool. Personally, I am brutal on my laptops and I moved all around house. Also, my IB has no reimbursment policy for a damn thing. I am running Lenovo Thinkpad for 6 years that I paid $350 for on sale. It was ridiculous to pass up with 500GB SD, 8GB RAM and Windows 10 pro. I (and my kids) have dropped it too many times to count but thing keeps going. We’ll see what is next.

  8. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Why I love apple and live/play in their ecosystem.

    Two things:

    1. It always works.

    2. Ease of use.

    The cool design and good resale value is just icing on the cake.

  9. Libturd says:

    I’ve been a home PC user since the TRS-80 days. Apple products last forever. I have a laptop from 1999 that still runs. The battery even holds about a 20 minute charge. Though it’s generally useless except as a word processor as I can’t get online with it since it has built in dial-up, but no wifi. Though I suppose I can hook up with the 10 base T ethernet. I am holding it. Currently they are selling for $500 on Ebay. I’ll give it to my grandkids one day and I guarantee you, it will still launch. The damn thing weighs 7.5 pounds.

    Apple sells ease and durability. In exchange, you lose flexibility and tend to be one generation behind the winbox world in innovation. It’s also way more expensive, especially in the laptop world.

    My chronology of home computers will probably be found interesting by some of the geeks here. After my TRS-80 Model III, we had a Kaypro and then one of the original Compaq portable PC’s which sort of made me a hero as I could play MUDs from my dorm room. These were still the days of word processors. The laptop was not out yet. Then I bought my first Apple LC (the first color Apple). After that I bought one of those compatible Macs when they were out for a while and this computer lasted me about ten years. I even upgraded the processor (which was awesome for a Mac). Since work soon gave me that Mac Laptop in 1999, I moved onto all kinds of various PC laptops the rest of the way. I’ve used nearly every brand from Acer and Asus to Vizio (what a complete POS).

    I absolutely swear by Lenovo. They are also, by far, the cheapest when you stack discount codes and buy off of their new, sold, but never opened list. This is loaded with one offs that people ordered and then either returned unopened or cancelled the order after they found out it would take too long to receive.

  10. The Great Pumpkin says:

    You guys get it. Too bad the masses don’t. Never seen such a selfish short sighted approach before. Do these people think?

    That’s why people like us make money and they don’t.

    Out of sight, out of mind. No relationship to actually speak of.”

    “Phoenix, I don’t understand the WFH enthusiasm in this area for anyone older than GenZ in a support role…..they’re cutting their own throats…..”

    “Why would anyone in their right mind voluntarily surrender a geographical monopoly that increases their comp?”

  11. Libturd says:

    Meant to say, I’ve purchase 5 Lenovo laptops in a row. I buy a new one every two years for around $600. Every single one still works without a broken key on them. The only issue is that their batteries tend to last exactly two years. Of course, with Ali Xpress, I can replace them for about $30. Order early, as they tend to take two months to arrive.

  12. RentL0rd says:

    @Phoenix, I’m sorry you live in such a trashy neighborhood.

  13. Phoenix says:

    It’s all good. I see it as a form of entertainment. Why spend 200 per ticket for MMA when you can see the real thing for free?

  14. Phoenix says:

    And Rent,
    That trashy neighborhood, that’s America today. It’s closer to your doorstep than you think.

  15. Phoenix says:

    TSMC >Intel.

    America got lazy, like they always are. Just want passive income, then lay on the couch like pregnant beluga whales.

  16. JCer says:

    lenovo seems to be better than dell or HP(this is what we have in our purchasing system so everyone I work with has one of these machines), but the build quality still seems like a far cry from apple. At this point a $1,000 macbook air runs circles around all but the most expensive windows laptops even emulating x86 the CPU the single core performance bests pretty much every laptop chip, plus it has special functions baked into the silicon for many compute intensive purposes. Basically you need to buy a laptop with a 10th gen either 11 series i7 or 10 series i9 to match the performance of an M1 on multiple threads, single thread it ain’t happening you can’t get a high enough clock speed on a mobile intel cpu to keep up. Basically you need to spend 3 grand to buy a lenovo with a similar processor, UHD display, and thin and light design and it definitely won’t have a 20 hr batter life. The value proposition is very high and I expect the 16 MBP when it comes out will be untouchable. Biggest issue with current M1 platform is lack of expand-ability, it doesn’t have enough ram nor can it support enough(developers need 32gb to run certain IDE’s, eclipse is a pig) and the limitation on the number of displays it can drive is a big issue only being able to run a single display from a laptop stinks.

    Fan boy or not objectively they have a winner, there is no better laptop for around $1000 than the M1 Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

    iPhones also seem to run and run, Mine is 3 years old, I think it might be time to put in a purchase order for a new one, my kids literally throw it around. My wife uses an old iphone SE for her GS orbit crap because she doesn’t want it on her personal device(which is android), the thing is ancient, we are talking about a 2016 phone with hardware from 2015. It still runs the latest software and is basically like a toaster, it does what it needs to without ever having a problem

  17. Fast Eddie says:

    Vice President Kamala Harris’ office is a toxic, ‘abusive’ environment where “people are thrown under the bus from the very top,’ according to 22 current and former staffers, administration officials and associates of Harris and President Biden.

    “It all starts at the top,” said one administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity (as they all did).

    “People are thrown under the bus from the very top, there are short fuses and it’s an abusive environment,” said another person with direct knowledge of Harris’ office. “It’s not a healthy environment and people often feel mistreated. It’s not a place where people feel supported but a place where people feel treated like shit.”


  18. Phoenix says:

    The M2 MacBook Pro will be the one to get if you need more power than most users, the M1 MacBook Air is fantastic for what you pay.

  19. Phoenix says:

    You seem surprised. I’m not.

    The Cheshire Cat grin was an easy giveaway.

  20. JCer says:

    Phoenix, it’s not just TSMC, it’s apple’s CPU design team. Yes TSMC has a better process than Intel at this point which is unusual as Intel was literally one of the best for the last 30 years. Frankly IBM just announced 2nm technology(they have always been on the forefront of fabrication technology), it is an issue of scale. TSMC makes more chips than anyone which is a huge advantage when you are a fab, they win because scale is the only way to win when making semiconductors. What we have witnessed is interesting PC CPU’s used to represent the highest volume it is how intel dominated semiconductor process technology despite not having the same kind of technology IBM had. Now PC CPU’s do not represent the majority of chips, phones and other devices outnumber them, this was all done by fabless companies. The integration between the CPU designer and the Fab used to be a huge advantage but given TSMC offers leading fab capabilities at a low price it has become a hindrance. Frankly intel maybe should spin off their fab business like AMD did, furthermore engineers aren’t as valued in the US which also means staffing foundries with the skilled people is more difficult here, they need smart people and aren’t willing to pay enough.

  21. Fast Eddie says:


    Not surprised at all. What surprises me is that the media G0ds allowed this to fall through the cracks. The memo was to publish negative news on Trump, 24/7, whether it had a shred of validity or not. O’Biden is a dripping ice cream cone and my intuition tells me that this bitch is going to be handed the reigns. We can only hope that seasoned vets, regardless of political bias, will demand the cunt to follow reason and logic as advised. She’ll need to shut her f.ucking mouth and do as she’s told.

    This sums up Karmella’s position and why gender and race are not to be used when assessing skills: “The Peter Principle states that a person who is competent at their job will earn a promotion to a position that requires different skills. If the promoted person lacks the skills required for the new role, they will be incompetent at the new level, and will not be promoted again.

  22. Fast Eddie says:

    And they got 81 million votes. lol… right.

  23. Phoenix says:

    Nice Vid on this topic:

  24. Fast Eddie says:

    By the way, Tulsi Gabbard had that bitch in a corner, blasting her with punches like the chick in the reddit video Phoenix posted above. Gabbard is infinitely more qualified and ended that piece of shit’s run for president.

  25. Phoenix says:

    Tulsi was a good candidate.

    But she pissed off the wrong people. Took 3 torpedoes to the starboard side right after setting sail.

    She knew things, and wasn’t afraid of anyone. So they sunk her.

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  27. 3b says:

    Harris is not impressive at all. Has no grasp of any issues , poor speaker just not impressed .

  28. crushednjmillenial says:

    Mainstream media is imploding. Trump gave the business model a little extra runway, but the model is going to need to change.


  29. BRT says:

    Taiwan Semiconductor plans to open operations in the US. Part of me thinks this is their insurance plan against Chinese invasion. But, perhaps, they want to tap into US talent and establish superiority at all ends.

  30. Bystander says:


    Should go along nicely with Dumpy’s “eight wonder of the world” Foxconn facility in Wisconsin..oh wait.

  31. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Egyptian migrant beaten by Pride Parade attendees thought he was going to die


  32. Hold my beer says:


    I posted after she was picked to be vp that she will be loathed as much as Cheney and HRC were

  33. No One says:

    I think TSM’s Taiwan plant is the country’s best insurance against invasion. Nothing else around the world comes at all close in capacity. The US plant won’t come close on capacity. However, it might help them win a few customers that for one reason or another really want US-sourced chips. Top of that list should be US defense industry buyers. I suspect companies buying those US made chips might be paying premiums.
    Keep in mind that TSM just manufactures chips, they don’t design them. I suspect that if they try to set up their top-level manufacturing in the US, it would be more at risk of espionage to PRC in the US than it would be in their Taiwan base. PRC are desperate to create their own top-tier chip manufacturing. I’m kind of surprised that Taiwan and TSM have been able to keep the PRC makers from catching up. They’ve been trying for 20 years.

  34. No One says:

    I wonder who is more of a nightmare to work for, Kamala Hummer or Lori Lightfoot, Chicago mayor?
    Lightfoot also says that 99% of the criticisms of her are motivated by racism and sexism.
    Her unhinged notes to staff make Pumpkin look smart and mature by comparison.

  35. JCer says:

    No one, here is the crux of the issue. US companies all had their own fabs, they developed much of this technology, a lot of the equipment and technology required to make these chips comes from the US. What happened is companies like TSMC and Samsung revolutionized the business more so than even the technology. US companies largely had their own fabs, it was seen as a strategic advantage, better fabs meant faster chips. When smaller companies could go on contract and for a low price get similar process for their microchips, it put everything on it’s head. Now to stay competitive they were spending billions on Fabs but the upside was limited to slightly cheaper production provided they could execute perfectly. What once was a strategic advantage has become a liability.

    So what has happened, AMD spun off its foundries as Global Foundries, IBM sold theirs to Global Foundries who sold it to ON which is Motorola’s foundry business. From a business perspective it is better to leverage the existing foundries to produce less complicated chips on a larger process. Intel has decided to go another way, they are moving into the contract business, they have made some technical missteps but I wouldn’t quite count them out. From the standpoint of any military components Intel will be the preferred fab as they are totally domestic. Basically it became uneconomic to fab your own chips and only Intel intends to move into the business TSMC is in.

    Intel took a very American approach to design for the process shrink, they tried to make novel changes(copper to cobalt interconnects, reducing the size of the memory cells, etc) which if they succeeded would have given them an advantage but the out come was 4 or more years of delays. TSMC went more conservative and managed to deliver where intel failed. The intel 7nm process likely matches TSMC 5nm in die size and performance they keep pushing the date it’s now due in 2023! To shrink beyond 5nm is likely going to require using GAAFET transistors instead of FinFET. If intel can succeed on delivering 7nm in 22-23 they are catching back up because I suspect the next step down will take longer and intel has a research and patent advantage. Samsung is already ahead, they will likely beat TSMC to market with 3nm process. It is important to note that the inventor of modern finFET transistors was the design head of TSMC for about 5 years, so they had considerable intellectual property for the current technology, it remains to see what they have up their sleeve for GAA.

    Manufacturing this stuff is very complex and it is quite difficult to get the process in place so yields are acceptable. They were able to produce engineering samples years ago, Intel had the lead but managed to flub it around 2015. The PRC fab SMIC is far behind, they exist because of CCP money and stolen technology from TSMC. They depend on espionage to get technology, the hiring of key technical people who give them the “secret sauce”. It is nothing short of amazing 25 years ago the PRC could not make any CPU on their own process. Anyone legitimately in this business need to protect their process, the Chinese are looking to steal anything not nailed down.

  36. Phoenix says:

    Nj landlords.

    Daily Voice: Warren County Woman Asked To Leave Business Later Sent Nearly 200 Harassing Messages To Worker.

  37. RentL0rd says:

    Phoenix, where do you live? Africa?

    FartyEddie – do you have a count of how many people walked out of the previous WH – because it was all sunshine? (I’m not talking about the tan)

  38. crushednjmillenial says:

    Phoneix re girlfight . . .

    First 15 seconds is excellent self-defense. After that, I’d say assault.

    The stronger one seemed so confused that the weaker girl was running at her. I’m glad the weaker girl didn’t break her neck when she was slammed onto the curb.

  39. leftwing says:

    Phoenix, holy shit that’s not a fight it’s a brutal beat down…..first chick didn’t follow two basic rules. Never start something you can’t finish and never ever just cover up.

  40. Hold my beer says:


    Do those 2 do bachelor parties? No mud or jello needed

  41. leftwing says:

    I’m a computer Neanderthal….found a groove in HPs, on a five year old Spectre now, good specs on RAM, memory, and clock speed. Will keep another couple years which is standard for me…my phone is a Samsung9, also more than a few years old, only got it new because my kids made so much fun of my S5 (which was great, had a smaller screen but that metal band around the outside, could use it as a hockey puck without damage). I already know my next phone will be an S9 since I got two for some ridiculous deal so a NIB one is still sitting in my closet….not a gamer or heavy data user other than trading platforms which the HP machine handles fine….started running one platform on that Raspberry I picked up to code, which I really like as a browser….no Windows, Google, or other horseshit.

  42. leftwing says:

    re: Harris, she got less than 1% of the popular vote of her own party and dropped out early from the primaries. She was so bad even the Dems viewed her as bottom of the barrel.

    That’s your Veep folks.

    And people mocked Quayle…..

  43. 3b says:

    Left Harris didn’t even make it to Iowa. Dems might have another Hillary.

  44. Nomad says:


    I thought they agreed to build 2 plants in the US and then later agreed to build a third 3nm plant here.

  45. The Great Pumpkin says:


    We should first ask who is pushing this story…who gains from it?

    Power moves at play at the upper circle of power.

  46. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Lumber Prices See Largest Monthly Price Drop in History


  47. BRT says:

    in my grad school lab, we still have a computer from the early 90s running on Windows 3.0. It’s been on backup power supply for 3 decades and has never been turned off. It has a detector that you can’t buy anymore which is why we kept it. It has a cantilever of dust protruding from the fan.

  48. The Great Pumpkin says:

    Tempted to throw some money his way for the “roaring 20’s” talk.

    “I’ve created my own ETF with @AdvisorShares to give investors access to my best stock ideas in my 9 transformative themes of the Roaring 20’s. Actively managed to take advantage of the tax efficiency of ETFs, concentrated for best potential results. $GK GK.AdvisorShares.com”


  49. The Great Pumpkin says:

    We will be one diversified fund. So ark is focused on themes. We have nine in one. And it’s a core growth fund. So ark works good with it. (We also have pets)


  50. JCer says:

    BRT believe it or not I think turning them on and off actually reduces lifespan. The biggest things that kill pc’s are hard drives and power supplies, solid state components rarely fail unless exposed to extreme temperatures or they were faulty to begin with. The issue with machines that old is when something breaks there is no replacement part available. My friend who was running infrastructure for a company had a situation where someone was running some old proprietary app on a windows NT 3.5 machine, it failed and they wanted him to source a replacement! He was going to virtualize it but they were hung up because they couldn’t find all the 3.5in floppy disks for NT 3.51. I think in the end they found some old machine and figured out how to build and run the app on as modern OS and moved it to azure. It is scary what some businesses rely on to get the job done.

    Yes TSMC is going to build fabs here, my guess is they are targeting the defense industry. No fabs here is a big problem have class leading flight decks and F35’s isn’t going to help you if you cannot build them during a war.

    left you continue to confirm my theory, the cheaper the phone the richer the person. Computers have largely outpaced their users most users cannot figure out what to do with all the computational horsepower available to them. The vast majority of people could use an 8 year old pc and not find it lacking in anyway.

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