Thur. July 30, 2020 – lots to do today

Hot and humid, chance of rain.

And I’m gonna be out driving around most of the afternoon.

Yesterday I didn’t leave the house.  It rained pretty good all morning, which kept me from making any drop offs.  I did get some stuff done in the garage, mainly shelves and getting my work areas back together.  I put my 2 ft cube light box ($5 auction special) out there, and moved electrical strips, fans, worklights, and small wall mount shelves around.  Still a long way to go, but it feels like progress.

I also spent about a half hour or more listening to my ham lunch buddies on their weekly net.  They’re all doing a net on 2m rather than getting together for lunch.  I can’t talk with them because I can’t hit the repeater from my house with my current antenna/radio combo.  I’ve got antennas for my ‘big’ radio, but haven’t put them up mainly because I have the quad band mobile for 2m and 70cm.  If I get the big radio hooked to an appropriate antenna, I can pump 100 watts at the problem.  That should work…  my other choice is a directional antenna for 2m on my mobile.  Either way, not happening this week.  (I’m in the radio shadow of a new office tower that is taller than the repeater antenna, and right between me and the repeater.)

Speaking of rain, more should be headed our way as the next tropical storm is headed up Florida.  Busy season so far.   Being prepped up for wuflu has gotten me a big jump on hurricane preps, so I’ll give it that.

And I’ll keep working on replacing what little we’ve used from our long term stacks…because it isn’t going to get better for a long time.

 

nick

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

58 thoughts on “Thur. July 30, 2020 – lots to do today”

  1. Yesterday it was hot and humid here (by upstate NY standards, not Houston standards) but mostly not raining. Only “mostly”. I went outside several times in the afternoon to check whether the grass and ground were dry enough to mow. Each time it started raining a few seconds after I was out the door. That, I believe, is what’s known as a Sign.

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  2. I went outside several times in the afternoon to check whether the grass and ground were dry enough to mow. Each time it started raining a few seconds after I was out the door. That, I believe, is what’s known as a Sign.

    Heh. When I got home from work yesterday, my son told me that, unfortunately, it didn’t rain today so he was able to get the lawn mowed.

  3. Think yourselves lucky you’re not in the UK. AFAICT, all you risk is losing money. Here, after the 2000 Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, any jumped up bureaucrat can demand, on pain of (I think) 5 years at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, that you decrypt (or in SteveFs case, translate) anything that said bureaucrat wants to read. And woe betide you if you can’t. Ignorance of the keys is no excuse.

    The US isn’t as lucky as you would think if you consider unofficial relationships between the Federal government and industry. Above the state government level, if Federal law enforcement (FBI, DHS) really wants something, influence and even coercion will be used on the private companies if necessary, but Apple and Google, the two major smartphone platform developers which are both US based, generally go along, even if Apple will perform kabuki to the contrary.

    The carriers are even more involved with the US Government. Heck, when I worked for GTE, Attorney General William Barr was our General Counsel who helped mastermind the legally questionable merger which built Verizon.

  4. If any of you heard about WWII Veteran Ernest Andrus when he ran across the US several years ago, he is running again – this tme from the East coast to the West coast, and he finally is in Texas! He’s run through Jasper and usually runs each day.

    If you are anywhere near him along his route, could do worse than to walk along for the 4 miles one day! He should be in my county in a couple of months and I plan to!

    From his Facebook:

    Ernest Andrus
    20h ·
    Here is an update on my 97th birthday, Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Start time 6:30 AM. Starting point 1952 Hwy. 69, TX. Finish at 16462.
    The breakfast at Carlene’s has been canceled because of increase Corona Virus outbreak.
    We will go to breakfast at Huntington Meat Market, 481 N. 3rd St., Huntington, TX. (No problem handling a crowd). We’ll probably get there a little after 9:00.
    Birthday Dinner, book signing, Meet & greet 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Jackson Hill RV Park & Marina lodge, Lake Sam Rayburn, 1705 FM 2851 Broaddus, TX. They plan to have the Texas Honor & Remember wall set up at the lodge.

  5. Well now, TS Isaias is now forecast to be on the east side of FL and then up the east coast.

    Better get ready y’all.

    n

  6. Snippets from a facebook post.

    As of today, 56% of students enrolled in Burnet CISD last year have NOT completed the returning student registration process for the 2020-2021 school year, and 69% of families have not made an instructional setting selection (in-person or remote) for their student.

    I wonder if this the normal “put it off to the last minute” routine?

  7. Too bad about Herman Cain. Especially given that we’re still stuck with oxygen thieves like all of the Bidens, all of the Clintons, all of the Kennedys …

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  8. Herman Cain dies from WuFlu. Black but since he was a conservative let’s see how bad the press acts.

    That sucks. I wouldn’t doubt that Cain was on the short list to replace Limbaugh whenever that becomes necessary.

  9. The media is already blaming tRump’s rally for *killing* Cain. You see, the pandemic is tRump’s fault. He didn’t do enough.The Lame Stream Media thinks we sheeple are that dumb. Remember when the LSM were calling TRump a rayciss, xenophobe, etc., for trying to stop foreigners from coming to the FUSA. Now they say he didn’t do *anything* and actually caused the pandemic. They’ll get away with it ‘cause SHEEPLE.

  10. Well now, TS Isaias is now forecast to be on the east side of FL and then up the east coast.

    That track has been drifting east over the last few days. Bahamas.

    The worst possible track I saw put the storm’s SW winds into Tampa Bay at high tide. That probably isn’t going to happen now. Tampa is so unprepared, having not seen anything significant storm-wise since March 1993’s freak event, and a lot of new development went into the swamplands since then.

    Hispanola is tearing into the storm today, and the water temps aren’t super warm. Cat I hurricane potential, but Florida will stay on the dry side of the system.

    The Yucatan area of the Gulf is scary warm. Hopefully things stay quiet.

  11. Our 100-degree plus temperature run is entering its third week, we set a record for length days ago have set several records for highs. Last night between about 10:30 p.m. PDT and 11:30 p.m. PDT we had a real gully-washer of a thunderstorm, for us. My lightning detector recorded 25 strikes in that hour. We got 0.11-inches of rain, which is not much for some of you folks, but was a record for our July which is normally rainless.

    The Kennewick School Board voted 3 to 2 to not start classroom school in September. For now, it will be a month to month decision. They are “giving” all students from grade 3 to grade 12 Chromebooks and they are going to create a “distance learning” program (don’t have it currently, but they do have the Chromebooks to give away). The plan also puts the school bus drivers into a critical position. In the morning they will deliver meals and pick up assignments. I’m sure this will work great (NOT).

    The school district has tried “free Chromebooks” before with great success (NOT). Since the kids and parents had nothing invested in them most were damaged beyond repair or were just simply “lost”. At least they are not giving them to the K through 2nd graders this time.

    Stay vigilant, stocked up, and away from the crazies.

  12. Did a pickup this am, and am back home briefly. Noticed that the Sheraton near my house has closed and put barricades across the driveways.

    I’m watching a local auction with guns and ammo —

    https://hibid.com/catalog/225201/missouri-city-moving-auction/

    Prices are above retail, even “new” retail, except for 22LR. I think it’s because people have been panic buying 22LR for a long time now, and must be full up, and it’s not a battle or defensive round, and people are stocking up for the coming unpleasantness.

    In another local firearms auction –

    https://hibid.com/catalog/224176/lewis-and-maese-august-5th–2020-firearms-auction/

    Pre-bids are going strong….

    n

  13. Did a pickup this am, and am back home briefly. Noticed that the Sheraton near my house has closed and put barricades across the driveways.

    A Sheraton Sheraton or a Four Points?

    The last time I stayed at a Four Points, I checked in at 2 am, and the bar was still hopping. A *Sunday* night or, rather, Monday morning.

    If they can’t open the bar, the hotel probably doesn’t see enough income to even operate.

  14. More Tyler Durden cowardice covering the truth about an issue facing the auto industry. I’m guessing this is someone working for one of the major magazines. This person has been busy for Zerohedge as of late.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/americans-too-poor-new-cars-older-vehicles-dominate-highways

    I saw a bunch of the EcoSport sub-compact SUVs rolling around in FL as rentals. Ford imports those from the Subcontinent as a Focus replacement, but the gas mileage isn’t even as good as the old Focus numbers so no one buys them outside of Ford extorting fleet buyers.

    Considering the source, I imagine that quality isn’t stellar.

  15. I didn’t know Cain survived Stage 4 Colon Cancer. But, he died of COOOOVVVVIIIIID!!!!!! It’s sick watching the LSM dance on his grave to get ORANGE MAN BAD!

  16. While on the subject of US manufacturers too involved with Government …

    Every Tesla is “bugged”, but, to be fair, so is any new vehicle with wireless data capability.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/controlling-elon-musk-reportedly-bugged-ex-girlfriend-amber-heards-tesla

    Everything in my 2019 F-150 4×4 is thrown via relay. Everything. The high beams are controlled by a sensor in the grill. You can turn them off or on but the computer can and will countermand you. The starter is run by the computer, all you do is turn the key or press the remote twice and the engine starts. It is nice to get the A/C running early though. The brake pedal is not connected to the brakes which unnerves me somewhat.

    My conspiracy theory son says that the CIA has an app to remotely any vehicle from the intertubes. And that they have all of the vehicle computer keys.

    Welcome to to the future, it is very bright.

    BTW, because of the relays all over the system, it takes a half second to do anything once you press or flip the button. The stupid radio takes about five seconds to boot which displeases my “I want it now !” attitude.

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  17. I have left the Drudge Report as my default webpage. It just got too anti-Trump. Matt Drudge should be ashamed of himself.

    Check out revolver.news for quick links

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  18. Breaking Cat News: Four am tv watching
    https://www.gocomics.com/breaking-cat-news/2020/07/30

    Oh my goodness, this is my household. Except I get up and go to the office every day about noon. The wife is mostly working from home over the intertubes. And we all watch our own tv. I watch mostly crappy SF/F shows which the wife and daughter dislike. And the Houston Astros (yup they dislike also).

    And yes, pajamas are 2020’s business casual.

  19. I have left the Drudge Report as my default webpage. It just got too anti-Trump. Matt Drudge should be ashamed of himself.

    Ditto! I need a new drug!

    Saw this posted awhile back somewhere

    I want a new Drudge,
    One that won’t make me numb.

    One that won’t link the New York Times
    Or pay sites or anyone who’s dumb.

    I want a new Drudge,
    One that won’t hurt my head.

    One that won’t discourage me
    Or fill me with dread.

    One that won’t make me nervous,
    Feeling like a chump.

    One that makes me feel like I feel voting for Trump.
    When I vote for Trump.

    https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2020/05/i-want-new-drudge.html

    I haven’t checked them all, as I am a bit burned out on the daily “news” grind.

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  20. My conspiracy theory son says that the CIA has an app to remotely any vehicle from the intertubes. And that they have all of the vehicle computer keys.

    The point of the “fly by wire” systems in cars is to make most of the fleet amenable to automation under a centralized control system at some point in the next decade.

    Note I wrote *automation* not *autonomous*.

    Autonomous vehicles are a fantasy, but by selling the idea that they are just a year or two away, people overlook how much control they’re losing in the vehicles, making automation just a question of software and communication.

    Right now, automation is behind schedule, however, so governments are implementing interim steps to get the fleet turned over and ready with antics like tolling surface streets — “congestion” pricing — and higher tag fees for vehicles not capable of automation via software. Oregon is already working on the latter, and I won’t disclose who we’re working with on the surface streets, but the name wouldn’t surprise you.

    And, in addition to the restoration of 54 MPG CAFE, expect for Cash For Clunkers 2.0 to be announced next Spring if Plugs wins the election.

    I imagine they will want the early-mid 2000s and older Expeditions and F150s off the road with the next round. Tacomas and old 4Runners too. “Unsafe” Nissan Frontiers. Anything that would easily run another 10 years taken care of properly and haul a lot of people/stuff, just like the mid-90s 4.0L V6 Jeep Cherokees and 3.0 L V6 pre-Duratec Ford Taurus/Sables in the last push a decade ago.

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  21. Good grief. You would think that John Lewis was a former president. The fawning over him by political figures is nothing but posturing for votes. Bury the clown. He is already past ripe.

  22. Right now, automation is behind schedule, however, so governments are implementing interim steps to get the fleet turned over and ready with antics like tolling surface streets — “congestion” pricing — and higher tag fees for vehicles not capable of automation via software. Oregon is already working on the latter, and I won’t disclose who we’re working with on the surface streets, but the name wouldn’t surprise you.

    I am fascinated that the various governments in the USA are making things more and more complicated (congestion pricing, etc). Yet, the people that they directly hire are not capable of building, operating, or maintaining these complicated systems so they have to use contractors. I expect that most of the new systems bought from contractors will fail shortly into their expected life spans as many of the various authorities do not buy maintenance or support for these ultra complicated systems. Or they get a year or three into the new system and dismiss the contractor as a “cost saving measure”.

  23. My conspiracy theory son says that the CIA has an app to remotely any vehicle from the intertubes. And that they have all of the vehicle computer keys.

    The point of the “fly by wire” systems in cars is to make most of the fleet amenable to automation under a centralized control system at some point in the next decade.

    Note I wrote *automation* not *autonomous*.

    Autonomous vehicles are a fantasy, but by selling the idea that they are just a year or two away, people overlook how much control they’re losing in the vehicles, making automation just a question of software and communication.

    BTW, the conversion of vehicles to fly-by-wire for automation and autonomous usage is the same, right ?

    I am wondering how much the cost of the fly-by-wire conversion is, how much more expensive is the vehicle than that old direct wiring system ?

    And what are the long term maintenance costs associated with the fly-by-wire system ?

  24. BTW, the conversion of vehicles to fly-by-wire for automation and autonomous usage is the same, right ?

    I am wondering how much the cost of the fly-by-wire conversion is, how much more expensive is the vehicle than that old direct wiring system ?

    Automation and autonomous would use the same vehicle controls. The only difference would be where the control signals originate.

    I’ve seen figures that put the cost of meeting 34 MPG CAFE at ~ $3000 per vehicle, all passed on to the consumer. Given a US Corolla can easily top $20k anymore, that sounds about right.

    Electric power steering and the 8- and 10-speed computer controlled transmissions were the big ticket items in the current fleet turnover effort heading towards automation.

  25. relays

    I am watching the conversion of NA or assembled in NA automotive industry to german standard, gentlemen, anything made in Germany, from a toy to a V2 MUST have a relay, at least one, why, because…
    Is the same as any British equipment is sturdy and with tons of metal, both, German relays and metal British are in their genoma.

    begin to enjoy

  26. I am fascinated that the various governments in the USA are making things more and more complicated (congestion pricing, etc). Yet, the people that they directly hire are not capable of building, operating, or maintaining these complicated systems so they have to use contractors. I expect that most of the new systems bought from contractors will fail shortly into their expected life spans as many of the various authorities do not buy maintenance or support for these ultra complicated systems. Or they get a year or three into the new system and dismiss the contractor as a “cost saving measure”.

    In our area of expertise, first come the consultants and then the contractors get hired. The consultants oversee the bidding and acceptance testing process for the government entities. Typically, though, the consultants were execs for the previous failed generation of contractors that the state governments dismissed for failure to meet the promised numbers because the managers were too incompetent to hire decent developers or, in the case of current churning, padded resumes with Java or C# implementations of real time systems. Pinheads.

    Since the government entities decided to ditch humans from the system, we’re the first contractor with a complete set of technology that works even remotely close to what has been promised since that AT&T commercial 25 years ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cOvXn40EZw

    Physically divided lanes for the readers. How quaint, but I know that the competition in Houston still does it that way. They’re clueless about triangulating tag to lane location.

    Guys, the secret is to bang the rocks together…

    The next time you drive out to Austin on 71, take the TxTag toll lanes on US 183N from the airport to where they currently end near I35. That’s the future, and TxDOT doesn’t even buy the really scary tech.

    The big problem in this area is that governments still don’t want to pay. Or, in return for the money, they’ll throw unreasonable things in like one major bridge out West where the authority asked us to maintain their previous system’s Java software which never worked right.


  27. Good grief. You would think that John Lewis was a former president. The fawning over him by political figures is nothing but posturing for votes. Bury the clown. He is already past ripe.

    And Obola taking eulogy time to bash tRump and laud Plugs. Shameful.

    Reuters: Herman Cain, ex-presidential candidate who refused to wear mask, dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

    Real nice, fake news outlet.

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  28. ” Or they get a year or three into the new system and dismiss the contractor as a “cost saving measure”.”

    –from what I’ve seen of .mil and .gov, they look to hire someone from the contractor eventually to be their “in house” guy. The guys willing to jump are not usually the A team. And of course, once they are not working for the contractor, they don’t get the support and insider access that made it possible to be the hero guy in the first place.

    and then it all falls apart. A new contractor is hired, they declare all the existing systems to be sh!t, and replace everything with their own half baked cr@p, and the cycle repeats.

    NB- the reasons the .mil or .gov entity can’t maintain the systems are many, chief among them, diversity hire/nepotism/promoted about competence, system never actually worked but contractor could ‘fake it’ or proactively patch it up, entity doesn’t have access to the ‘secret sauce’ that held everything together.

    n

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  29. What voter fraud??

    Four men admit to paying homeless people in LA’s Skid Row cash and cigarettes in exchange for forged signatures on ballots and voter registration forms

    Richard Howard, Louis Thomas Wise, Christopher Joseph Williams and Nickey Demelvin were arrested for the voter fraud scheme in November 2018
    The men were accused of soliciting hundreds of false and forged signatures in the impoverished Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles
    They allegedly paid homeless people $1 and cigarettes to sign the documents
    Howard, 64, and Wise, 37, pleaded no contest to two felony charges last week
    Williams, 41, and Huntley, 45, also pleaded no contest to one felony charge each

  30. and in one simple statement, trump makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the Dems to delay the election….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8576513/Donald-Trump-suggests-DELAYING-election-claim-fraudulent.html

    n

    added- this is not the first time he’s done something like this, remember when he suggested abolishing tariffs and suddenly everyone else had to admit that they loved tariffs and the issue disappeared? That’s not the only time he’s preempted something either, forcing his opponents to embrace the opposite position.

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  31. and in one simple statement, trump makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the Dems to delay the election….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8576513/Donald-Trump-suggests-DELAYING-election-claim-fraudulent.html

    n

    added- this is not the first time he’s done something like this, remember when he suggested abolishing tariffs and suddenly everyone else had to admit that they loved tariffs and the issue disappeared? That’s not the only time he’s preempted something either, forcing his opponents to embrace the opposite position.

    Thanks for explaining that to me ! I was genuinely “what the crap ?”.

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  32. added- this is not the first time he’s done something like this, remember when he suggested abolishing tariffs and suddenly everyone else had to admit that they loved tariffs and the issue disappeared? That’s not the only time he’s preempted something either, forcing his opponents to embrace the opposite position.

    When Plugs insisted on having a phone call with Trump, Trump obliged and was very complementary and deferential towards the former VP afterwards. This effectively removed Biden’s ability to take the high ground and refuse to debate Trump on the basis that it was “beneath” his dignity.

    Biden wanted the phone call, and he got the phone call. Now at least one debate will be necessary.

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  33. NB- the reasons the .mil or .gov entity can’t maintain the systems are many, chief among them, diversity hire/nepotism/promoted about competence, system never actually worked but contractor could ‘fake it’ or proactively patch it up, entity doesn’t have access to the ‘secret sauce’ that held everything together.

    My incredibly limited experience with realtime systems says that you really need to have the original guy who setup the system close by to fix it when the hardware / software / EMP from the sun causes the system to go bad. Or else a technician who has been trained for a year or five. Any realtime system with more than a 100 data points is very complex.

    My first experience with a realtime system was a CDC 7600 hooked up to one of the units at the first power plant I worked from 1982 to 1985. The “display” was a four digit thumbwheel for a memory address and a five ? six ? digit numeric inch tall display of the value on the control board. Just keeping the CDC 7600 running was a disaster as we had a fulltime person dedicated to it. He was a technician and got lots of overtime by getting called out to reboot the little monster two or three or ten times a week.

    Later I got to see some of the Foxboro / Honeywell systems with multiple actual consoles and 24 inch color monitors in our 1970s era units. And then I got to play with our Ferranti system GIS (map) based dispatch computer with the 20,000 ? 30,000 ? data points and the ability to control over 10,000 miles of 69,000 / 138,000 / 345,000 volt three phase transmission lines and about half of our 125 power plants in the system. For some reason, our terminal in downtown Dallas was read-only. I’m sure that we would not have done anything to the system.

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  34. –from what I’ve seen of .mil and .gov, they look to hire someone from the contractor eventually to be their “in house” guy. The guys willing to jump are not usually the A team. And of course, once they are not working for the contractor, they don’t get the support and insider access that made it possible to be the hero guy in the first place.

    That’s exactly what happened in Florida with their toll system and one of the people we maintained at GTE as “low hanging fruit” for feeding to the layoff monster when necessary. He turned into the state’s “in house” guy and let them down in a big way, leading to the disaster two years ago.

    Another “low hanging fruit” led the Disney MagicBands team to their disaster this year. To be fair, though, I don’t have the moral flexibility to BS at that level, and, as an IT manager for The Mouse, Fruit Boy probably pulled $200k easily on top of $500k in stock options he took home when Tampa’s Tradex, his next stop after us, got bought out in 1999.

  35. Relays. When I started working for a company as an EE co-op student in 1966, I was given a break-in assignment for six weeks preparing relays for testing, including accelerated life testing. I learned that the industry would replace electromechanical relays with solid state relays “soon.” Of course, that was only for about a projected 90% of all relay applications. Today, there are still very few SSRs. Why? Still too expensive, and EM relays are Good Enough. I have tried to use SSRs in my own household uses for decades, and same story.

    Kinda reminds me of fiber optic LANs.

  36. My incredibly limited experience with realtime systems says that you really need to have the original guy who setup the system close by to fix it when the hardware / software / EMP from the sun causes the system to go bad. Or else a technician who has been trained for a year or five. Any realtime system with more than a 100 data points is very complex.

    Hardware is so fast these days that a stock server with gobs of RAM and a high end Intel CPU can run stock daemon processes under Linux quickly enough to provide near-real time performance. The trick is not to overload the IO systems, however, and the architecture of the daemon has to be very flexible.

    Too many developers use IP sockets as IPC as of late, and bypassing the traditional Linux IPC kills many projects with IO.

  37. More store closings. Although not a large number of unemployed, as I’m pretty sure most DD employ only 3 people…..

    During daylight hours, yes, but a DD franchise involves a lot more labor at 2:30 AM, usually paid a lot more money. The news is still not good.

    People aren’t going to work so they don’t stop for coffee.


  38. and in one simple statement, trump makes it IMPOSSIBLE for the Dems to delay the election….

    When I saw that story this morning I wondered what the heck is he doing? That explains it. Use the opposition’s own weakness against themselves.

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  39. More store closings. Although not a large number of unemployed, as I’m pretty sure most DD employ only 3 people…..

    During daylight hours, yes, but a DD franchise involves a lot more labor at 2:30 AM, usually paid a lot more money. The news is still not good.

    People aren’t going to work so they don’t stop for coffee.

    Dunkin Donuts is just another example of the damage that SARS-COV-2 is continuously doing to our economy is the USA. I have no idea what is going on outside the USA but I doubt that it is much better. Other shoes are getting ready to drop and some of them are huge.


  40. Hardware is so fast these days that a stock server with gobs of RAM and a high end Intel CPU can run stock daemon processes under Linux quickly enough to provide near-real time performance.

    Yep.

    Too many developers use IP sockets as IPC as of late, and bypassing the traditional Linux IPC kills many projects with IO.

    Yep. See also “It works fine on my test data set with 1000 records.”

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  41. Yep. See also “It works fine on my test data set with 1000 records.”

    ROTFLMAO.

    Been there, seen that.


  42. just another example of the damage that SARS-COV-2 is democrats, Karens, and other power-grubbers are continuously doing to our economy is the USA.

    FIFY

    “But,” they say, “if it saves one life…”

    Here’s a number I don’t see discussed on NPR, BBC, or any of the enemedia sites I follow links to: what is the cost in lives of our reduced economy? The American healthcare system is grotesequely expensive but it’s effective and it drives advances used by the rest of the world. How many people will die because the economy can’t afford a million dollars for treatment? How many will die because pharma companies plowed money and people into a vaccine for a disease with a mortality rate of a small fraction of a percent? How many will die because surplus food and other essentials are no longer in surplus and aren’t shipped to famine stricken areas?

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  43. just another example of the damage that SARS-COV-2 is democrats, Karens, and other power-grubbers are continuously doing to our economy is the USA.

    FIFY

    “But,” they say, “if it saves one life…”

    I forgot the crude oil war that Saudi Arabia started with Russia at the start of January. That was the first kick our economy got that was quickly overshadowed by the SARS-COV-2 democrats, Karens, and other power-grubbers. BTW, the crude oil war is still ongoing. A friend of mine was laid off yesterday and other friends jobs are hanging on by a thread.

  44. Here’s a number I don’t see discussed on NPR, BBC, or any of the enemedia sites I follow links to: what is the cost in lives of our reduced economy? The American healthcare system is grotesequely expensive but it’s effective and it drives advances used by the rest of the world. How many people will die because the economy can’t afford a million dollars for treatment? How many will die because pharma companies plowed money and people into a vaccine for a disease with a mortality rate of a small fraction of a percent? How many will die because surplus food and other essentials are no longer in surplus and aren’t shipped to famine stricken areas?

    BTW, all of that pharma money is coming from the feddies who are borrowing it by the battleship load. They gave freaking Kodak 750 million dollars on Monday ! Some day, soon, those debts will come due. Then we will all suffer.
    https://slate.com/business/2020/07/kodaks-strange-move-into-pharmaceuticals.html

  45. “just another example of the damage that SARS-COV-2 is democrats, Karens, and other power-grubbers are continuously doing to our economy is the USA.”

    –just another example of what easy borrowing, in-organic expansion, monitization of debt, and other accounting shenanigans are doing to the US economy….

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  46. Financial shenanigans are a problem, but so long as people are farming and packing and making things, at least the stuff needed for life will be available. Even if two thirds of the “work” done in the US is useless, at least the illusion is kept up well enough to keep the machine limping along.

    Once 20% of the workforce is laid off, especially when many of the most counterproductive “workers” are still on the job, the pretense can no longer be kept up. And food is destroyed in the fields and many manufacturing lines have been shut down. That’s real impoverishment.

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  47. Destroying drive and desire to work, and a sense of meaning and accomplishment is the worst effect.

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  48. Once 20% of the workforce is laid off, especially when many of the most counterproductive “workers” are still on the job, the pretense can no longer be kept up. And food is destroyed in the fields and many manufacturing lines have been shut down. That’s real impoverishment.

    At least 20% of the workforce has been laid off. Or furloughed which is a fancy name for laid off with benefits.
    http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

    ADD: The layoffs in the oil patch started over two years ago.

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  49. “Good Riddance To Drudge”
    https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2020/07/30/good-riddance-to-drudge-n2573365

    “You’d be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post. Aside from his love of weather porn, Tom Brady, and anything Oprah or transgender-related, you might as well go to CNN. At least with CNN you’re getting it from the primary source.”

    Hat tip to:
    https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2020/07/30/good-riddance-to-drudge-n2573365

    I miss Drudge’s weather pron. He always had the latest cyclone cone. Sometimes two or three.

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