Tues. July 7, 2020 – ay, que loco

Hot and humid, but maybe less so.

Yesterday was cooler in the evening than last week.  Hot during the day though.

I didn’t get much done.  Had to go to my storage unit to get an ebay sale item, then pack and ship that.  Grabbed some useful stuff from the unit while I was there.  On the way home, I cruised the heavy trash piles and easily could have filled the pickup with free firewood.  As it was I grabbed mostly 6-8 inch diameter limbs, all oak, and about 4 feet long.  I’ll get them cut and stacked soon enough now that I have the racks in place.  Having the pickup truck makes it easy to do some things that would be much harder without it.  Scavenging, and transporting building supplies are two that leap to mind.

Today I need to drop off a projector for service, hit the Habitat reStore to see if they have a door that will replace my patio door, and do a quick site visit for my client.  He lost about half his wifi in the house.  I think I probably messed up the PoE or net connection when I was over there last week.  I think I’ll mask up, or at least be back to wearing gloves on site, as I didn’t want to be there for a couple of weeks while the covid cooties died off.

Hopefully I can also find time to drop off some auction stuff too.  Most of my errands are in the Northwest metro area today.   I try to “clump” errands to save driving and time.  Can’t always, but I do try.

Thanks to whoever recommended the Alex Verus magic books, both my wife and I enjoyed them a lot, and are looking forward to the next one.   Harry Dresden and Alex Verus both have new books in the series out this Fall.  That seems a long time away at the moment.

Dinner was mostly leftovers.  A bit of ham steak rounded out the meal.   In times of hardship and privation, throwing out food is very undesirable.   Cooking portions that all get eaten is a learned skill.  Eating the leftovers just takes doing it.  So much easier, and yet I know people who don’t and won’t eat leftovers.  I hope they can continue to be so choosy.

In other news, I had a long conversation with Frances about Barbara’s condition and status.  Good news.  They are transferring her to a rehab facility.  That means that outside of the picc line, she’s off of IV meds, and the infections are taken care of.  The exception being the one in her spine that is causing the pain and disability.  She’s looking at 6-8 weeks of treatment for that, hopefully with prompt and continued improvement.  They are not setting a schedule for when or under what conditions she can return home, she needs to get more mobile, get daily living chores under control, and get the pain under control before then.  However, she’s making progress, and getting out of the actual hospital.   Once she’s settled into the new facility, I’ll pass along contact info for cards or treats.  She’s aware of and grateful for the concern and support from our community.  I should have another update in a day or two.  (and Colin is doing fine with Al as his personal body servant)

And that’s it for this morning.   Keep stacking.

 

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

69 thoughts on “Tues. July 7, 2020 – ay, que loco”

  1. Very encouraging news about Barbara. She’s been on my mind and I’m glad to hear there is improvement. Thanks for keeping us updated.


  2. on the same SATA adapter

    That may be the issue with the slower than expected transfers. I think it takes time for the adapter to “switch directions” in the data flow. I have my system configured to put the drives on different SATA adapters.

    had a long conversation with Frances about Barbara’s condition

    I have met Barbara. I made the journey to Charlotte when Barbara had his memorial. Al and Frances were there. A 500 mile round trip journey. I was planning to visit RBT so we could argue about FLASHLIGHTS in person. I waited too long.

    I have also visited Mr. Lynn a couple of times at his awesome facility. If I was looking for a job it would be a good place to work. But I am fairly certain I would be lacking in the smarts needed. If he had used COBOL instead of FORTRAN….

    I need to make arrangements to meet Mr. Nick in person the next time I am traveling through Texas. Have some nieces and nephews in the area, one south of Houston, the other north of Houston. Maybe buy him lunch (cheap lunch).

  3. And in other news I just found out my brother, two years younger than I, spent 13 days in the hospital with an abscess on his spine. 11 of those days were in ICU. He said it was extremely painful and his body was starting to shut down.

    He also stated the his perspective on life has changed. God, church, family and friends have become priorities. He has always put himself first and everything to his benefit.

    My family is not close due to early separations. I was dumped because my parents did not really want me, aunt and uncle needed slave labor on the farm, parents eventually divorced, brothers further separated to live with grand parents, etc. It was a mess.

  4. The universities in this country state they are all about open minds, expanded thinking, pillars of knowledge and expression. Even to the point of allowing sexual expression week at the University of Tennessee. Allowing critical thinking, the ability for people to come to their own conclusions is a good thing.

    Unfortunately what the universities espouse is not how they actually operate. Especially the University of Tennessee.

    A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer made remarks on her Facebook page about the death of Vanessa Guillen, a soldier in the U.S. Army. Betsy Schoeller made comments about sexual assault of women in the military being justified. The university, and myself, think those comments are disgusting and wrong. However, it is Ms. Schoeller’s right to make those remarks. It is on her personal page, not on university property nor on university time.

    The university stated they cannot regulate what people state on their own pages on their own time. That is a correct response. Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the constitution and what Ms. Schoeller chooses to believe, post or otherwise communicate on her own time is protected. The university is part of the state, supported by the state, and thus cannot, being a government institution, ration or restrict freedom of speech.

    Then you have the University of Tennessee, another institution that is supported by the state and governed by the state. Thus the university is bound by the same rules of the government and must not restrict freedom of speech.

    A student at UT posted comments that the university disagreed with and UT took steps to remove the student from the rolls at UT. Whether the student resigned or was tossed is unclear. What is clear is that what a student posts on their own page, on their own time, be it Twitter or FB, is protected by free speech. It is of no business of the university to regulate what the student thinks or stated.

    UT positions itself to be a school of learning, designed to educate, research, and promote free thinking. Yet when UT finds something school leadership does not agree with the source is immediately shut down. Sex week is OK, free thinking is not. UT is only concerned about imprinting their ideals, liberal trash in many cases, on student’s minds. Students must think, be able to express their own ideas, as long as those ideas conform to some block heads in the staff offices.

    UT is no longer a bastion of free thinking, research, or education. UT has become a cesspool of only correct thinking their way, suppression of other views and opinions, research to obtain money rather than knowledge. Education is no longer the priority of The University of Tennessee.

    I do not condone or support hate speech, speeches supporting violence, speech that advocates racism. I also do not condone the suppression of that type of speech. Suppression of free speech is a dangerous precedent. That precedent is being taught by the University of Tennessee. All students must think like the leadership (and I use that term loosely) of UT or the student will be punished and silenced.

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  5. A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee lecturer made remarks on her Facebook page about the death of Vanessa Guillen, a soldier in the U.S. Army. Betsy Schoeller made comments about sexual assault of women in the military being justified. The university, and myself, think those comments are disgusting and wrong. However, it is Ms. Schoeller’s right to make those remarks. It is on her personal page, not on university property nor on university time.

    The Vanessa Guillen case involves a Texas native who willingly joined the Army and served at a Texas base named for a Confederate General. Texas bad.

    Check out the suspect who, unfortunately, unlike her boyfriend/co-conspirator, did not kill herself when approached by police. She works at a gas station and sells foot pics for a living?

    Sorry, but extensive “ink” is always a bad sign to me about an individual, someone to be avoided. And we’ve paid a heavy price as a society for a few tech companies to become extremely rich off advertising from “social media”.

    https://www.crimeonline.com/2020/07/03/cecily-aguilar-what-we-know-about-evil-girlfriend-accused-of-hacking-dismembering-beloved-fort-hood-soldier-vanessa-guillen/

  6. but extensive “ink” is always a bad sign to me about an individual

    My niece, oldest brother’s daughter, second marriage child, is extensively tattooed. Legs completely covered, arms about 80% covered, no idea about other areas. She is in her 30’s lives at home, has never held a job for more than a couple of months, lives off student grants (and I suspect welfare). Has done nothing with her life and will do nothing with her life. Money for hair extensions, dozens of tattoos, fingernails and many nights of drinking (which really annoys her Mormon parents).

    So I mostly concur.

    She works at a gas station and sells foot pics for a living?

    Just reinforces my opinion of these losers of society. Even more surprising is that some people are willing to pay for foot pictures. Ironically makes me want to see her foot pictures to see what is so great, but I draw the line at paying.


  7. UT is no longer a bastion of free thinking, research, or education. UT has become a cesspool of only correct thinking their way, suppression of other views and opinions, research to obtain money rather than knowledge. Education is no longer the priority of The University of Tennessee.

    + a googolplex that most Uni’s are like this. Soon we’ll have to change our name to “Southern Canada” and then to some truly shit-hole of a country.

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  8. Thanks Nick for keeping us informed about Barbara’s condition. Hope things continue to get better for her. (Also glad to hear that Colin is doing well.)

  9. In other news, I had a long conversation with Frances about Barbara’s condition and status. Good news. They are transferring her to a rehab facility. That means that outside of the picc line, she’s off of IV meds, and the infections are taken care of. The exception being the one in her spine that is causing the pain and disability. She’s looking at 6-8 weeks of treatment for that, hopefully with prompt and continued improvement.

    Again, thoughts and prayers.

  10. Judging by what my alumni magazine promotes, my alma mater is another intolerant lockstep liberal hell for anyone with right of center beliefs.

    I think they all must be unless they are ‘religious’ or very hard core STEM.

    n

  11. They are liberal about everything, except thought and speech, which are the most important freedoms.

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  12. eGo just announced a ZTR mower for 2021. I can’t wait for Mr. Ray’s review.

  13. eGo just announced a ZTR mower for 2021. I can’t wait for Mr. Ray’s review.

    After spending $7K on a mower two years ago, you will wait a long time. I might try to convince my son to get one.

  14. Which is the frustration with scanner listening. On the other hand, you hear a lot of activity that misses the news completely, which is good for situational awareness. I recommend getting a good one, and just letting it run while you’re in the room.

    Any recommendations in particular?

  15. I think they all must be unless they are ‘religious’ or very hard core STEM.

    One of the true believer Progs I work with went to what is possibly the most prestigious or very close STEM school in the country. Of course this individual wants someone else to pay the student loans on an engineering specialty they got bored with working so they can continue driving a spreadsheet for us at a much lower salary inadequate to meet the monthly minimums.

    I know this person can’t reflect all of the alums, but I was surprised at the politics given the name on the diploma. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that it wasn’t a quota admission; the student loans wouldn’t be six figures.


  16. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Deputy is out of surgery and in stable condition after he was shot early Tuesday morning.

    The shooting occurred around 12:03 a.m. as constable deputies were responding to call about a domestic disturbance at the Cranbrook Apartments in the 13800 block of Ella Boulevard.

    Remember what we said day before yesterday about domestic disturbances and cops? Double the crazy, half the fun.

  17. wrt scanners, I like my Uniden Home Patrol II. It’s getting a little long in the tooth, but still has fairly current library.

    I definitely recommend getting one of the new ones with a built in or updateable database of “objects” that you can just select. With the Home Patrol, I just tell it my zip code, and how big a circle around me I want to monitor, and it loads it all from its internal database. I get a display of the channel name when it stops scanning too, and can select or lock out channels, agencies, types of agencies, all kinds of stuff.

    The most difficult aspect of scanning was always picking freqs and programming. The object based libraries make that SOOOOOOO much easier.

    n

    –added- like most things, quality and ease of use don’t come free

  18. The massive response makes more sense with a deputy getting shot…

    n

  19. @ech, that’s why I can’t recommend ring, nest, or any of the other ‘cloud’ based cams, outside of specific users and use cases. You don’t own the data, and you don’t control it.

    n

  20. This now looks a lot like the Swine Flu to me back in 2011. Nobody cared, everyone got it.

    It was obvious fewer and fewer people were caring by about mid-April. I can remember driving to work the last week of March and the highways and interstate were so empty it was creepy. By mid-April most traffic had completely returned to normal. Lots of stuff was still closed by government edict, but a large number of people were no longer scared into staying at home. Now, here we are in the first week of July and around here it’s fairly obviously that everyone is just over it. I’ll add the flyover state disclaimer to this. We’re so sparsely populated, on average, that these things affect us much differently than other areas of the country.

    We have such a flexible work schedule though, I still don’t need to take as much as others. With teleworking, I have t felt the need for any time off.

    Excellent point. As employers have become more flexible over the years there’s less and less need to burn PTO. I can leave work in the middle of the afternoon and spend a couple of hours at the doctor and I don’t need to burn PTO for it. I can drop my car off at a repair shop on the way to work in the morning and get in 30 minutes later than normal and I don’t need to burn PTO for it.

    There’s also been a lot of legal things happen for exempt/salaried employees where being too strict on their hours can create legal problems for the employer for treating exempt/salaried employees like they’re non-exempty/hourly employees. Employers can’t nickel and dime exempt employees on PTO (30 mins here, 2 hours there, etc.) as they’re effectively treating it like a time clock in which case their exempt employees are effectively non-exempt employees without the protections and overtime of non-exempt employees. That creates civil liability for the employer.

    No, it is not. Unfortunately it is still the best and by a long shot.

    True. Google has been a necessary evil for years. Nobody even comes close to their search results. Every time I’ve tried to embrace an alternate search engine I find myself going back to Google.

    And Duckduckgo using the same search repositories as MS is not much better than them.

    This is true of a lot of alternative search engines. Most of them are just skins or front ends for existing big name search engines. It’s similar to web browsers. There are a LOT of browsers out there but there’s NOT a lot of browser engines out there. Most are webkit or gecko powered.

    The search engines also need to be more time sensitive, especially for technical issues. It does me no good whatsoever to get an answer from 2013 for a problem in current software. For other things, time is less of a factor, but precisely for technical stuff, recent answers should be prioritized.

    I concur. There is a lot of stale data hanging around the web. Sometimes that’s actually a good thing as it’s sort of nice to have that archive, but scrolling through solutions written 8 years ago to fix a 10 year old version of a product is extremely annoying.

    Car barriers: Railroad track, cut into 7′ lengths, 1/2 in the ground and 1/2 above ground. Paint them a bright color so no one has any excuses.

    I like this idea. Though, I shudder at what a 7′ section of train rail weighs.

    Thanks to whoever recommended the Alex Verus magic books, both my wife and I enjoyed them a lot, and are looking forward to the next one.

    I really enjoyed Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga, so if you’re into fantasy fiction then give that one a look.

    ..and yet I know people who don’t and won’t eat leftovers. I hope they can continue to be so choosy.

    I’m guilty of this. If there are leftovers then it’s because I had my fill of it, so why would I want to eat it again anytime soon? There are some exceptions I enjoy. Like, making a steak sandwich from a leftover steak. However, for the most part I am not interested in leftovers (either at home or from a restaurant). I rarely want to eat the same thing twice in a week. I’ll totally acknowledge that I have the luxury of being that choosy and if circumstances were different we’d be eating every bite of leftovers and be thankful to have it. I’ve also heard it said by financial planners helping financially irresponsible people establish a budget that “Monday night’s leftovers should be Tuesday’s lunch.” That is, don’t be spending money going out for lunch or using up groceries creating a new lunch when last night’s caserole is still in the fridge.

  21. This is true of a lot of alternative search engines. Most of them are just skins or front ends for existing big name search engines. It’s similar to web browsers. There are a LOT of browsers out there but there’s NOT a lot of browser engines out there. Most are webkit or gecko powered.

    Any Apple-approved browser on the iPhone is going to be Safari, regardless of who made the app.

    The reskinned Safari used to incur a penalty of not having JavaScript run JIT, but I believe Apple changed that stand when Steam started making noises about antitrust.

  22. IBC bank just sent out an email about branch availability…

    “Due to an increase of covid-19 cases in our communities, including IBC, some locations may be temporarily closed. Before visiting a branch, please call to verify availability.”

    –everywhere that kept working has cases, and they are starting to build to the point that the function of the companies is affected. Kemah TX, the entire police force is out. Meat packing plants have closed and reopened, and then re-closed, etc
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  23. WRT cameras letting robbers know when you aren’t home, walking up and knocking on the door does the same thing. Waiting outside to see you drive away does the same thing. Heck, half the people on my cul de sac used to leave the house within 15 minutes of each other in the morning.

    In other words, it’s what Schneier calls a ‘movie plot threat’. Yeah, you could do it, but there are easier and non-hacker ways of doing the same thing.

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  24. IBC bank just sent out an email about branch availability…

    “Due to an increase of covid-19 cases in our communities, including IBC, some locations may be temporarily closed. Before visiting a branch, please call to verify availability.”

    When we were in North Florida last week, I had hoped to take advantage of being within driving distance of SunTrust to check if my mother had finally removed me as cosigner of her checking account, but all SunTrust branches were closed.

    I have noticed since we’ve been home this week that there aren’t daily stories about new record case counts in Texas and Florida like there were leading up to the holiday weekend.


  25. Yeah, you could do it, but there are easier and non-hacker ways of doing the same thing.

    Sure, but it might have applications if the target is high enough value.

  26. @Ray: What do you mean?!?! The universities certainly do support open minds and expanded thinking. Just as long as you open your mind to their progressive perspective and expand your thinking to match what it requires.

    I stumbled across a diatribe against JK Rowling. She has – very gently – come out against the current transsexual fad. Horror! All the progs were so certain that she, as a popular author, must be totally onboard with LGBT+ stuff.

    To give you an idea how crazy the LGBT+ people are: Rowling started getting harassment because she “liked” the wrong tweet. Just imagine the kind of people who have the time to monitor such things – that pretty much tells you all you need to know. Anyway, if you have the patience, go read her article. While it is very long, because she is trying to avoid offending people too much, it does get to a lot of important issues.

    tl;dr: Tolerance is a one-way street. Just like always, when it comes to progressive issues.


  27. I stumbled across a diatribe against JK Rowling.

    I think she stopped breathing the LBGTQWERTY fumes. Remember her “Of course, Dumbledore is Gay” moment pandering to the QWERTY crowd? Facts, dammit, facts, even by a big Proggie like her set off the QWERTY crowd.


  28. Remember her “Of course, Dumbledore is Gay” moment?

    Yes, that was a poor answer. The better answer would have been that “He is the legendary sage. One doesn’t ask such questions of a sage.” His sex life is of just as much relevance to the stories as which sock he puts on first – i.e., not at all.

    Seriously, my biggest problem with the LGBT+ activists is simply that they claim some right to other people’s attention for their private lives. That’s just irritating. Their sexual orientation, their political views, or what they had for breakfast – perhaps of interest to their friends and family, but not to anyone else.

  29. Just because you can write a bestseller (or several of them), paint a masterpiece, sing in a five octave range, or deliver an Oscar-winning performance does make you a good person or a wise person. It just makes you an artistically talented person. Unfortunately, our culture of celebrity worship can’t seem to grasp that. So, if it comes out of celebrity’s mouth it’s given more weight than it deserves.

    J.K. Rowling scored points for saying Dumbledore was gay. I’ve seen other authors do this. Create a character with no love story or history and then when ask later if that character is gay say yes even though they never gave that character’s sexual orientation any thought when writing their original work. Rowling did the same with Hermione. A black girl was cast to play her in a theater production and Rowling was quick to say “I only describe her as having a messy hair, so she could certainly be black!”Rowling got all sorts of love from the SJWs for that. However, be honest, Rowling. You’re a white British woman who came up with a British character named Hermione. We all know what picture you had of her in your head, so don’t try and be multicultural and inclusive after the fact.

    I’m glad she’s taken a stand with her opinion on trans.

  30. “‘Sling mud and spread lies.’ Kathaleen Wall ad draws fire in Fort Bend GOP runoff”
    https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Sling-mud-and-spread-lies-Kathaleen-Wall-15352388.php

    We have a carpetbagger from Austin, TX running against our county sheriff in the redumplican election for the USA House seat that covers half of the county. She has been sending out extreme mailings calling our good sheriff a human trafficker, etc, etc. I voted early last Friday just to vote against this despicable lady.


  31. on the same SATA adapter

    Oh, how we forget about computer hardware and architectures. I once had a Pentium III based computer whose BIOS only supported PATA drives up to 32 GB. I needed to put in a couple of 80 GB drives, so bought an inexpensive Promise card. It had two independent channels, each with two PATA connections. This gave me six connections, counting the original ones on the motherboard. I had a small assortment of drives less than 32 GB as well as the larger new ones, so tried some experiments. Putting two drives on different channels on that Promise card made a huge difference. IIRC, the card could transfer data across channels without loading the CPU much. Certainly, the CPU load was almost nonexistent. Transfers were fast, but I am not a benchmarker. I have grown weary of benchmarking, but do occasionally time some things. I didn’t keep any records on that setup, mostly because I didn’t often do large data transfers.

    I will say that my limited experience with SATA seems a little disappointing. Many motherboards have effectively one channel with two connections. Transferring files on my current puny system loads the CPU significantly, and other data channel operations at the same time are significantly slowed, even though the drive is pretty fast. Again, not very common for my uses.

    If you want fast transfers, it might be instructive to look into how file servers are configured. Right. Not likely useful for an everyday desktop system. Still, might learn something.

    As for spinning vs solid state, I have learned that the raw disk operations are only a part of the overall performance. SSDs are great in many ways, but be sure the supporting infrastructure is up to the task.

    As has been said here many times, computers are now mostly commodities, fast enough for mainstream uses. Often, the outside network is the big limit, especially here. I grew from 10 to 100 to 1000 Mbps LAN speeds over the years, and at each step the performance increase for computer to computer transfers was satisfying. I once hoped that fiber LAN hardware would become cheap and ubiquitous, but no longer. Ethernet is good enough, and the spare pairs can be used for all sorts of other handy things, such as POE.

  32. I’m copying some video files from my E drive to my C drive on the same machine. Win10, so it has the horrible file copy performance. I’ve got teracopy installed but even that is slow.

    Why should 65GB take 10 minutes to copy? It’s the same machine on the same SATA adapter.

    The first move took 20 minutes. The estimate was 2 HOURS. 250GB.

    I don’t really understand. It feels like this is crazy long though.

    Hard drives, not SSDs, right ?

    Small files, not large files, right ?

    Millions of files ?

    Think about how many bytes you are writing to a rotating disk. 65,000,000,000 bytes just for the data. And then there is the manipulations of the file system.

    Spinning iron. Hundreds of files, not small at all. 106 files, 65GB, over 15 minutes to move. Name brand drives although I can’t remember which.

    Guess what ? Name brand drives suck too. WD has used the SMR technology in its 4 TB Red NAS drives:

    “Firm Seeks Class Action Suit Over WD’s SMR Hard Drives”
    https://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-class-action-lawsuit-smr-hard-drive

    “Hattis & Lukacs, a class-action firm, has begun soliciting plaintiffs for a potential class-action lawsuit against hard drive maker Western Digital (WD) for not disclosing that several of its hard drives use slower, SMR technology.”

    “We recently reported that Western Digital (WD) was shipping hard drives with SMR technology, a technology that boosts capacity but results in slower hard drives, without listing that fact in marketing materials and product specifications. Further scrutiny found that Toshiba and Seagate also engage in the practice, which obviously leaves the door open for litigation against those companies, too.”

    “Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) involves overlapping recording tracks on a hard drive to boost capacity and reduce manufacturing costs, but it results in reduced performance in several types of workloads. For instance, ServeTheHome posted an article yesterday that outlined the performance compared to standard Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) drives, finding much slower speeds in several tasks.”

  33. @Chad, I was curious, so looked it up: modern rail weighs from 120-140 lb/yd, so a 7′ piece is about 300 lb. Those 8″ square by 8′ tall homemade concrete posts will weigh about 500 lb. The rail would of course be much stronger. For anyone who has rail to spare, please ship it to me. Yeah, right. I have one piece about 6 or 8 ft long. It is not fun to move with a hand truck over dirt. Steel is great material, but concrete is cheap, and rocks are free. A small tractor can move a lot compared to weak humans.

  34. I used to read Gene Ra’s Storage Review a long time ago. He sold to someone for much needed cash infusion, and the site is still around:
    https://www.storagereview.com/
    Don’t see it much any more, but it used to be excellent. Give it a look.

  35. I’m copying some video files from my E drive to my C drive on the same machine. Win10, so it has the horrible file copy performance. I’ve got teracopy installed but even that is slow.

    Why should 65GB take 10 minutes to copy? It’s the same machine on the same SATA adapter.

    Are you still using low end Dell hardware?

  36. The more that I learn about Obama the more he appears to be a scumbag.

    As someone used to say, “Well, sooprise!”

  37. Amazon Prime’s next day delivery is not impressing me. Yesterday showed “on the way” until about 4PM.
    Now it says “delivery on the 7th or 8th” along with saying if it doesn’t arrive, come back on the 9th and you can cancel your order.

    Just deliver the order.

    Seems like a padded envelope dropped off at the post office would have worked better.

    It’s just a $24 water hardness test kit. Lowes or Home Depot may have the kit. A pool supply place would. But finding it in Lowes or Home Depot or finding a pool supply place (I know where one /was/) is a pain the you know.

    This is the 3rd item delivered by Amazon. First was dropped off at the gate. Second was delivered by a guy with, er, sleeves ? of tats on his legs. Looked real furry but a funny color for leg hair from 50 feet away. Seemed like a nice guy.

  38. J.K. Rowling scored points for saying Dumbledore was gay. I’ve seen other authors do this. Create a character with no love story or history and then when ask later if that character is gay say yes even though they never gave that character’s sexual orientation any thought when writing their original work.

    There is a definite subtext that he might be gay in the account of his relationship with Grindelwald. So, not a total surprise or retcon.

    As for the race of characters, only Harry, Cho Chang, the Malfoys, and the Weasleys were, IIRC, definitely of a given race.

  39. RE: #BlackoutDay2020
    I could see where that might have an effect in very blended areas of the country. However, for much of the US the area is either overwhelmingly black or overwhelmingly not. So, I’m not sure the lack of business (or focus on patronizing black-owned businesses) would have much of an effect in those areas.

    Some businesses would remain mostly immune. I don’t see a lot of prescriptions getting moved out of Walgreens or CVS in favor of a local black-owned pharmacy. I also don’t see black people avoiding Walmart or Amazon either no matter how white the Waltons and Bezos are.


  40. Who knew it was Blackout Day ?

    I read about it this morning. But who cares? What you don’t buy today because of silly reasons, you will buy tomorrow.

    IOW, the Evil White Man is /still/ going to get your money. He’s going to get your hard earned EBT money, too.

  41. The more that I learn about Obama the more he appears to be a scumbag.

    He was the first black President and criticizing equates to racism for a lot of people, including both Republicans who ran against him.

    I cringe when I see Tammy Duckworth in the stories about Plugs’ running mate list. If she’s the VP candidate and the ticket wins, you’re looking at the de facto President. Even if the Republicans keep the Senate, they’ll be toast for the first year.

    Debate her on the issues? That isn’t happening.

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  42. “Judge orders shutdown of Dakota Access crude pipeline until study done”
    https://www.ogj.com/general-interest/government/article/14179000/judge-orders-shutdown-of-dakota-access-crude-pipeline-until-study-done

    “A federal court July 6 ordered the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline must be shut down within 30 days pending completion of a study of the line’s potential environmental impacts.”

    “The US Army Corps of Engineers has told the court it can complete an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the pipeline—specifically on an easement allowing the line to pass under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe in North Dakota—in 13 months.”

    “Judge James Boasberg, named to the court by President Obama, had earlier ordered the EIS be prepared but had required more argument before deciding whether to vacate the easement or allow the pipeline to continue operating as the EIS is developed. The decision to require vacatur means the pipeline must be shut down after 3 years of operation.”

    “The pipeline, operated by Energy Transfer LP, carries 570,000 b/d of crude oil more than 1,000 miles from North Dakota to a pipeline hub at Patoka, Ill. Connections there allow the oil to flow as far as the US Gulf Coast.”

    This is crazy. And I have not seen the US Army Corps of Engineers do anything in less then ten years nowadays.

    That 570,000 bpd of crude oil will be moved on trains. Not safe.


  43. The more that I learn about Obama the more he appears to be a scumbag.

    Did he say: “If you like your scumbag, you can keep your scumbag”?

  44. Because I was bored, I made this site: https://www.renamethis.com . You can enter all sorts of things that need to be renamed because of reasons (no matter how valid others might think those reasons are). And then you can vote up/down on each item.

    I put in some ‘starters’, but looking for more. Everything works, except for maybe paging when there get to be too many items. And not quite optimized for smaller screens yet. But a fun programming exercise.

  45. This is crazy. And I have not seen the US Army Corps of Engineers do anything in less then ten years nowadays.

    That 570,000 bpd of crude oil will be moved on trains. Not safe.

    Specifically, the oil will be moved on *Warren Buffett’s* trains and/or tanker cars.

    Even if BNSF doesn’t own the track, their subsidiary manufacturers and leases the tanker cars to other railroads. The Gecko always wins.

  46. Servers use SAS drives – Serial Attached SCSI, which has a connector on the drive that looks like SATA but doesn’t accept a SATA plug. The SFF-8482 connector can plug into SAS or SATA drives and works when the host is SAS and the drive is SATA.

    One of the big differences is that SAS is full duplex. SATA is half-duplex.


  47. “A federal court July 6 ordered the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline must be shut down within 30 days pending completion of a study of the line’s potential environmental impacts.”

    And? What if the pipeline company waves a middle finger at the judge? How is his decree enforced?

    Were there not years of environmental impact studies done before the pipe started running? And now we need MORE impact studies?

    What the heck. Assuming the pipeline is running across your land and you get a payment for the easement, oh, they want a bigger payment because “I was gonna put my septic field right there and the evil pipeline ruined my plans!”.

  48. Because I was bored, I made this site: https://www.renamethis.com . You can enter all sorts of things that need to be renamed because of reasons (no matter how valid others might think those reasons are). And then you can vote up/down on each item.

    I put in some ‘starters’, but looking for more. Everything works, except for maybe paging when there get to be too many items. And not quite optimized for smaller screens yet. But a fun programming exercise.

    I get a huge advertisement for your books on FireFox on Windows 7 Pro on 1200 x 1000 window. The advertisement blocks everything on the web page.

  49. And? What if the pipeline company waves a middle finger at the judge? How is his decree enforced?

    USA Marshalls.

  50. @lynn …. yeah, smaller screens not quite done yet. But now improved a bit, so you shouldn’t get that giant book ad.

  51. I may or may not have mentioned this before but my father-in-law was moved to a new room at his skilled nursing home XXXXX XXXXX rehab in north Texas. The nursing home has four wings with a central hub with a nursing center and cafeteria. They went ahead and made his old wing a quarantine ward for any infected inhabitants. They just had a staff member test positive for SARS-COV-2 for the first time.

  52. “Walmart’s stock rises 7% on report of Amazon Prime competitor coming this month”
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/07/walmarts-answer-to-amazon-prime-set-to-launch-in-july-according-to-report.html

    “Walmart’s answer to Amazon Prime will launch this month, according to a report by Vox’s Recode.”

    “The big-box giant confirmed in February that it plans to roll out a subscription-based service called Walmart+, but it hasn’t revealed details or its strategy to attract members and stand out from competitors.”

    “Shares rose by nearly 7% Tuesday to close at $126.95.”

    “The membership program will cost $98 per year and include same-day delivery of groceries, fuel discounts at Walmart gas stations and other perks, according to the Recode report. The report cites multiple unnamed sources.”

    Sounds complicated. Most of Walmart’s customers don’t do complicated.

    ADD: And how does this affect Sam’s Club ?

  53. “Texas County To Arrest COVID-19 Positive Residents Who Refuse To Self-Isolate”

    Hopefully this will make @GregNorton happy.

    10 cases in that county. Lets see it applied to Travis or Harris.

    I’m not in favor of something draconian. I’ll settle for the same standard as TB *for which we have treatments*.

    My wife once came home early from work with a positive TB skin test. She had to stay in the house until the blood test came back negative later that afternoon. No big deal.

  54. @ech, “Sure, but it might have applications if the target is high enough value. ”

    –oh yeah, well worth knowing about and considering. Every piece attached to your network should get scrutiny.

    Re: JKRowling, she pandered, and now she’s found out that you can NEVER be extreme enough for the religious extremists. Heirmeionnne was supposed to be black. The movie people freaked their shirt over all the ‘mud blood’ stuff, and (rightly) avoided all that baggage by making her white. That’s the story I remember hearing anyway.

    If you really want to go down the LBTCRAZY quiltbag rabbithole, look up “shipping” as it applies to ‘fanfic’.

    n

  55. “Texas County To Arrest COVID-19 Positive Residents Who Refuse To Self-Isolate”

    Hopefully this will make @GregNorton happy.

    10 cases in that county. Lets see it applied to Travis or Harris.

    I’m not in favor of something draconian. I’ll settle for the same standard as TB *for which we have treatments*.

    My wife once came home early from work with a positive TB skin test. She had to stay in the house until the blood test came back negative later that afternoon. No big deal.

    I am fairly sure that the County Judges in Travis, Harris, Dallas, Fort Bend, Tarrant, and Bexar Counties are considering this right now. Like you said, there is precedent.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Texas

    So how does one legally go out to get your double negative SARS-COV-2 test to show that you are no longer among the infected ?

    And I am still thinking that we will never have a cure for COVID-19. We will all have to dance with it some day.

  56. I’ll remind anyone who missed it, that on the scanner last night, the police dispatcher announced an FYI that the target family had ‘all tested positive for COVID-19’.

    Ponder that for a moment. They have a database. It’s accessible to the police dispatcher. She shared the family’s health status with literally thousands of people. How is that not a HIPPA violation? Note also that there isn’t anything similar for HIV/AIDS, TB, or any other infectious disease. There is one for CHL holders though. Hmm.

    Then consider that there has never been a data collection effort that wasn’t expanded and subject to ‘mission creep.’

    This is NOT a path we want to take or encourage.

    n

  57. Got back from my client’s house. I found more lightning damaged gear. One dead UniFi access point, and the edge router port it was connected too. That gear was about 50-100 feet from the tree that got hit, up in the attic. Some other colo gear for the spa control also smoked. I’ll be replacing my stuff next visit.

    I have another UniFi AP that isn’t up that I might be able to recover. I’m giving it a try anyway.

    And once again ATT f’d my client. They found a problem out on the pole, but came inside and poked at the modem anyway. Once again, they didn’t save the credentials on the box, or complete the online confirmation process to ACTUALLY get internet working FOR THE CUSTOMER. It works for the box and their test suite though.

    n

  58. I’m copying some video files from my E drive to my C drive on the same machine. Win10, so it has the horrible file copy performance. I’ve got teracopy installed but even that is slow.

    Why should 65GB take 10 minutes to copy? It’s the same machine on the same SATA adapter.

    BTW, I am trying to copy 2 TB off one of my file servers over the LAN at the moment. It is dying of some horrible hardware problem that I cannot figure out. I have rebooted it 20 ? 40 ? times in the last week. I will replace it in a week ? month ? six months ? but first I need to back it up to my new 10 TB external hard drive. Sigh, entropy sucks.

    I could pull the 4 TB data drive but I am patient. Or lazy, depending on your view.


  59. And I am still thinking that we will never have a cure for COVID-19. We will all have to dance with it some day.

    Mm-hmm.

    More broadly, we’ll never have a cure for power-hungry politicians and bureaucrats or for attention-hungry “experts”. They’ve gotten a taste of what they can get by declaring an emergency and the bar will be lower next time.

    She shared the family’s health status with literally thousands of people. How is that not a HIPPA violation? … ‘mission creep.’

    Mm-hmm. I noticed that, both sides of it. Privacy laws, and all laws, are ignored without consequence at the convenience of those in power.

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  60. HIPPA rules only applies to covered entities and their subcontractors.
    Per HHS website: The Privacy Rule, as well as all the Administrative Simplification rules, apply to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and to any health care provider who transmits health information in electronic form in connection with transactions for which the Secretary of HHS has adopted standards under HIPAA

    Police departments are not a covered entity so they can post your medical information on the internet and not violate HIPAA. (One would hope no department would be that stupid)

    Law enforcement can request HIPAA information under limited circumstances without the individuals authorization or consent. The working assumption is that law enforcement would respect someone’s HIPAA privacy and request the minimum information needed for their legitimate purposes.

    There was a case where a court was informed by a hospitals attorney their request for information was illegal under HIPAA because it was too broad. The court informed the hospital the information would be reviewed by the judge and only relevant information would be released to the defense. The hospital then turned over the file to the court. The judge then determined that every word was relevant and turned over the entire file to the defense.

    In summary once your information leaves a covered entity legally they can do whatever they want with it without violating HIPAA. I am not a lawyer so make your own call on this matter

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