Sat. Oct. 10, 2020 – so much stuff to do

Humid and warm.  Some wind.  Probably.

It was very pleasant Friday, if windy and overcast.

I did get a few things done, but mostly it was a day of domestic bliss.  Make breakfast for 3, one after the other, lunch for 2, separately, then dinner for all of us.  That takes a surprising amount of time.  A bit of cleaning, mostly with the leaf blower, and picking up stuff.   I went through some more ebay and auction stuff.  Did some very minor stuff in the garage, and did a bit more decorating.  Lots of time got eaten with real estate research – driven by my wife…

The roofer confirmed Monday and Tuesday, so I have to get the antennas down today or tomorrow.  Late Sunday I’ll have to move some of the Halloween decorations too.

I looked at all the garden beds.  The beets might be starting.  The peas are coming in, but only a few plants.  Nothing else sprouted.   The citrus is starting to get close.   I will recheck the timing, but if I don’t see sprouts soon, I’ll open a new packet of seeds, and try again.  It’ll have to be soon though.

One thing I did mostly for fun was to take apart the slow cooker and see if I could find the fault.  I did, the thermal cutoff switch has failed.  It’s a  $2 part if you can wait for it to come from china.  I have  a whole bin of salvaged ones, but they may have a different temp rating.  I’ll check them out in a day or two.  The control board also had two swollen capacitors.   If I have the temp switch, I’ll probably change the caps too.  Then it will be back in service.   They are not super expensive, and real Croc-pot cookers come up in the auctions and at goodwill all the time, but I do like fixing things and it’s good practice.  It’s also a quick fix.  The longest time would be spent replacing the caps, second longest was taking out all the screws.

“make it do” is part of my ethos, as is fixing stuff, and I learn a lot whenever I fix something.   Valuable skills if things go south, valuable in any case even now.

Fix something.  Get something old working again.  Conserve something.  And stack what you can.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

71 thoughts on “Sat. Oct. 10, 2020 – so much stuff to do”

  1. Fix something. Get something old working again. Conserve something. And stack what you can.

    I put Pop! OS 20.04 on the OFD laptop yesterday. The end result runs very well considering the machine is eight years old and probably one of the last designs in the pipeline when IBM sold the ThinkPad division to Lenovo.

    The big downside to that laptop is that the tradeoff for the weight of the optical device does not add disc burning capability. Read only.

    The laptop will go into my reserves.

  2. Supply chain fun — the bottle of touch up paint I ordered for my Camry took six weeks to arrive at the dealership. Apparently, according to the parts manager who called yesterday, the source is overseas.

    The local auto parts stores don’t have a really good universal match for the shade of dark grey Toyota and Ford use on vehicles right now.

  3. This is just nuts: Keith Olbermann: Trump supporters ‘must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society’:

    “So, let us brace ourselves,” he continued, saying, “The task is two-fold: the terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box, and then he, and his enablers, and his supporters, and his collaborators, and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs, and Sean Hannitys, and the Mike Pences, and the Rudy Gullianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try to rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has destroyed by turning it over to a virus.”

    Granted, Olberman’s just a second-rate sometimes sportscaster, but the fact that this sort of talk is all too common on the left and few people call them on it is more than a little worrisome.

    I’m currently reading Klemperer’s “Language of the Third Reich: LTI: Lingua Tertii Imperii.” The parallels between the language used by the Nazis and that used by today’s Left are, I suspect, more than coincidental. The white, conservative majority in the modern USA are being spoken of in much the same way as the Jews were in Hitler’s Germany.

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  4. Auto manufacturers are using sophisticated mixed metal oxide pigments to cut down on IR absorption and keep dark colored cars cooler. Tougher to match with older pigments, particularly under varying light conditions.

  5. Granted, Olberman’s just a second-rate sometimes sportscaster, but the fact that this sort of talk is all too common on the left and few people call them on it is more than a little worrisome.

    IIRC, Olberman’s show on MSNBC never managed more than a 0.0 share, meaning less than 50,000 people watched.

    Don’t ever watch the channel if you’re worried. Olberman will starve on YouTube.

  6. Don’t ever watch the channel if you’re worried. Olberman will starve on YouTube.

    Don’t think I’ve ever watched even a minute of MSNBC; certainly not gonna start at this late date! 🙂

    My original source for the Olberman article speculated he was angling for an Obergruppenfuehrer position in the Harris/Biden admin.

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  7. Auto manufacturers are using sophisticated mixed metal oxide pigments to cut down on IR absorption and keep dark colored cars cooler. Tougher to match with older pigments, particularly under varying light conditions.

    Reducing IR absorption also aids optical-based ORT systems like the one my former employer develops and deploys. Those will be important for “congestion pricing” — tolling city streets — as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) advances and municipalities start selling their roads for rentier skims to fix their pension problems.

    The fancy new paints make bodywork prohibitively expensive on anything less than 20 years old. A mirror replacement on my 2001 Solara a few years ago went from $200 to over $400 due to the paint matching on the $79 part. Fast forward to my wife’s 2016 Exploder, and the quote from the dealer’s bodyshop on a couple of serious dings in the passenger side door (a magnet here in Texas) was $3000.

    Paintless repair fixed the Exploder door for $70.

  8. Reducing IR absorption also aids optical-based ORT systems like the one my former employer develops and deploys. Those will be important for “congestion pricing” — tolling city streets — as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) advances and municipalities start selling their roads for rentier skims to fix their pension problems.

    @Greg: You might find Matthew Crawford’s Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road, wherein he writes about the disturbing trend towards turning automobiles into cellphone-like “devices,” a good read.

    No longer being associated with your former employer’s line of work may be one of the best things that has happened to you, if only in terms of ethics and self-respect.

  9. https://www.ammunitiondepot.com/

    has 762 in stock and not too much of a premium price. Case of 1000 is $350 which is only $50 more than a few weeks ago. Of course as a percentage that’s a big jump.

    With 556 being so hard to come by, the availability of 762 is a good argument for having rifles in both calibers.

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  10. FEMA’s Delta summary….

    Tropical Storm Delta

    Situation: At approximately 7:00 p.m. ET last evening, Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, LA as a CAT 2 hurricane and has continued to weaken. Response and
    Recovery efforts continue with personnel and resources staged across the storm track.

    Lifeline Impacts: (FEMA NRCC SLB, as of 6:00 a.m. ET, Oct 10)

    Safety and Security
    • LA: Mandatory / voluntary evacuations in effect for 26 parishes
    • MS: Mandatory evacuations in effect for 1 county

    Food, Water, Shelter
    • Meals, water, tarps, and plastic sheeting pre-staged within Region IV & VI; No unmet
    needs
    • LA: 6 drinking water systems serving a population of 4.6k are inoperable; 3 systems
    under boil water advisories
    • LA:
    o 6 congregate shelters / 933 occupants
    o 12 non-congregate shelters / 8.6k occupants
    • MS: 3 congregate shelters on standby / 0 occupants

    Health and Medical
    • LA: COVID-19 testing sites closed; plan to resume testing today
    • LA: 31 medical facilities evacuated or sheltering in place

    Energy (Eagle I as of 7:45 a.m. ET, Oct 10)
    • LA: 536k (25%) customers without power
    o 7,500 utility workers on standby for restoration with another 8,000 available
    • MS: 87k (7%) customers without power

    Transportation
    • LA Port status:
    o Closures: Lake Charles, Cameron, Morgan City, Houma, Intracoastal City, Port
    Fourchon, and Offshore Oil
    o Open w/restrictions: Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Plaquemines, and South
    Louisiana

  11. No longer being associated with your former employer’s line of work may be one of the best things that has happened to you, if only in terms of ethics and self-respect.

    Self-respect, yeah, because the members of the development management chain were either drug users or psychos, “bacchanaliacs” at a minimum, but the really bleeding edge/scary projects never panned out. One over-promised effort to develop tech which had really frightening implications ended up being a scam perpetrated by one developer to avoid the real work and travel usually associated with the revenue generating side of the business.

    I don’t see Congestion Pricing working long term. The California cities who already sold their roads to private interests have been sold a bunch of lies by Wannabe The Real Life Tony Starks (TM).

    Until the patents expire, any tech involving a video camera puts money in the pockets of entities with Los Gatos/Los Altos PO Box mailing addresses, Sand Hill Road, and the big West Coast law partnerships like Perkins Coie and Bill Gates Sr.’s firm. None of those parties care if the gear actually works or where it gets made as long as the cameras get sold.

    I had a promising phone interview on Friday to go back to network security.

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  12. Situation: At approximately 7:00 p.m. ET last evening, Hurricane Delta made landfall near Creole, LA as a CAT 2 hurricane and has continued to weaken. Response and
    Recovery efforts continue with personnel and resources staged across the storm track.

    Water was cold close in to shore so LA lucked out, as opposed to a month ago where that storm actually intensified in the same area as it came ashore.

    No Columbus Day gas shortage this time.

  13. @Greg: You might find Matthew Crawford’s Why We Drive: Toward a Philosophy of the Open Road, wherein he writes about the disturbing trend towards turning automobiles into cellphone-like “devices,” a good read.

    I know from my time in grad school and the last job that the last 20 years have seen a coordinated effort to turn the fleet over to new vehicles which can be automated under a central authority, either with a software change or throug quick after market modifications. It isn’t a secret. At least three major efforts were underway in Austin up until last year to develop the missing piece of the puzzle for road automation, the centralized control system.

    The cell phone analogy is apt because using a cell phone, unlike a CB or amateur radio rig, does not require an FCC license since real control over the phone’s utilization of the spectrum *including audio transmission* at all times is under control of the carriers.

    Just ask OJ what that means. On second thought, ask OJ’s lawyers since he’s probably still clueless about how they found him 25 years later. I remember seeing the audio transmission requirements in the proposed spec when I was briefly part of the manufacturing game in 1992.

  14. some interesting revelations in the bumbling plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8826201/Militiaman-44-arrested-plot-kidnap-Gretchen-Whitmer-PARDONED-year.html

    -several of the conspirators are convicts.
    -they got found out when they went to an existing militia to recruit, because there was an existing snitch in the militia.
    -everyone intimately involved knows who the snitch is because of this paragraph —

    On June 28, Fox, his girlfriend, Garbin, Franks and Caserta attended a training exercise in Munich, Michigan, at one of the militia member’s houses.

    Franks left afterwards.

    Fox, Garbin, Caserta and the informant remained. They were told to leave though if they did not want to participate in the attacks against the government and politicians.

    –they were inept and not serious – their explosives didn’t work, they didn’t have a plan where to keep her, their goals changed several times, they waited to collect cell phones until AFTER they were all in the secret clubhouse but failed to search meeting attendees and the snitch was ‘wearing a wire’.

    –they used FACEBOOK, FFS.

    –their previous attendance at protest events will be used against them.

    looking at pix, some of them have expensive rifles, but they’re carrying Baofang radios. One has a glock with a barrel threaded for a suppressor. No first aid or TQ in evidence. Nor is there much indication of physical fitness…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8825607/Sheriff-Michigan-says-plot-kidnap-Governor-Whitmer-LEGAL.html with some additional details.

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  15. In other Louisiana-related news: Archbishop Orders Alter Removed and Burned Following “Demonic” Sex Act in Church (VIDEO):

    The Archdiocese of New Orleans removed the altar at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and burned it following revelations of a demonic sex act performed on the altar by a priest and two dominatix porn stars.

    Just when you think things can’t get any weirder …

    (I was going to correct the spelling of “alter” in the headline, but on second thought realized that writing “alter (sic)” might be misconstrued as an attempt at a (cough) sick pun on my part. 😉 )

  16. Regarding auto paint: my new (to me) 2019 Highlander XLE’s exterior color is black. In the sun, you can see tiny sparkles of dark blue.


  17. Fix something. Get something old working again.

    Good advice.

    Replacing bathroom exhaust fans was on my list this week. One was noisy, one didn’t work at all…because, I found, the housing was empty! I plan to remodel that bath this winter so left it alone.

    The other was a Broan from the 80’s, I next-day ordered a replacement fan from Amazon on Wednesday…now scheduled for delivery Sunday. I doubt the Chinese made unit will last 30+ years.


  18. On June 28, Fox, his girlfriend, Garbin, Franks and Caserta attended a training exercise in Munich, Michigan, at one of the militia member’s houses.

    Munich, Michigan? So this was an attempted putsch, then?

    The irony!

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  19. –they were inept and not serious – their explosives didn’t work, they didn’t have a plan where to keep her, their goals changed several times, they waited to collect cell phones until AFTER they were all in the secret clubhouse but failed to search meeting attendees and the snitch was ‘wearing a wire’.

    Anyone using a cell phone, even a “burner” phone, is kidding themselves if they have even a minimal expectation of privacy from the carrier or US Government. State governments too. As I posted earlier, the specs mean that They control the vertical. They control the horizontal …

  20. @JimB
    Permatex products are my go-to for automotive. Rule-of-thumb is buy new for every job rather than risk something that’s been around too long. That said, I usually pop the blister off the card and return the tube to the package, then date and tape the edge, so I can at least make an informed decision.

    I try to be meticulous with the mating surfaces, scraping old gasket material off, using a stone or diamond file to touch up any dings, and using the right solvent to clean off any residue that might interfere with a bond.

    My aluminium F-150 4×4 is bolted to the all steel frame. And a couple of the aluminium sheets are welded to each other (the back of the cab shows evidence of welding). The rest of the aluminium sheets are glued ? bonded ? to each other. I am wondering how long the bonds will last as I tend to take my vehicles to the limits. If some of those bonds come loose during an expedition, that could be exciting. Of course, supposedly the Raptor has the same bonds and those trucks are ABUSED. Mud on top of the cab is a sure sign of extreme fun.

  21. Some Facts You’re Not Hearing That Might Dampen Your Enthusiasm for a Shot of COVID-19 Vaccine
    https://www.redstate.com/michael_thau/2020/10/09/933850/

    First, the mRNA technique used by Moderna doesn’t alter your genetics. Not a bit. The article is flat wrong, 100%.

    Messenger RNA (mRNA) is how your body produces proteins. The DNA causes mRNA to be made, and cells produce the protein. However, the mRNA is a “read once” instruction. So, once the mRNA in the Moderna vaccine has been “read”, the spike protein is produced, your body won’t produce more, and the spike protein produces an immune response. The author (due to ignorance or the desire for clicks) has confused mRNA therapy with gene editing. The Moderna and the other mRNA vaccine don’t do gene editing.

    Second, the liability shield is a red herring. Most of the vaccines in the US are covered by a federal program to pay damages if you are harmed by a vaccine. Think of it as worker’s comp for vaccines. It was the only way to keep vaccines in production, as they were under threat of bankruptcy from lawsuits OR the litigation cost was going to cause vaccines to be unaffordable in the US.

    BTW, the early results from the Moderna tests have been good. No significant or unexpected side effects. AND analysis has shown that it produced both antibodies and T-cells, so it will last.

    Like I said, I do not want to be the first to get the new COVID-19 vaccine. I have trust issues and Dr. Fauci is extremely inconsistent and a known liar. Any new technology is suspicious without extreme testing or, an extreme gain. My wife was part of the first Herceptin clinical trial for women with advanced breast cancer 15 years ago. She rolled the dice and came up winning. It could have easily been real issue but her heart damage from the trial repaired itself over time.

    I have read that many of the children who supposedly got autism have applied for and eventually sued for vaccine damage relief. Very few have been paid off. So, I would not hold out my hope that if I am severely damaged that the vaccine relief program will make my end of days “comfortable”.

    Plus, I have probably already had the COVID-19. I am not excited about taking an experimental vaccine. I already have enough issues in life to deal with.

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  22. Well, Yelp is now gone.

    Mission creep is death to a business like this.

    Yup, peeps are already posting rayciss and sexist environments are their Phoenix (I think) offices. Do they get a “rayciss icon”, too?

    Get Woke, Go Broke!

    HARRIS/plugs 2020!

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  23. –they used FACEBOOK, FFS.

    I used to wonder if the reason Amazon pulled the plug on IMDB’s discussion forums was to eliminate a locus for clandestine communication.

  24. @lynn
    A lot of modern airliner construction is done with double-sided tape, the carrier being a thin acrylic foam that dampens vibration and provides a tiny bit of flex, thus protecting the adhesive bond from shear stresses. Temperature cycling has higher amplitude and frequency than your typical truck. The technology exists to do the job well, it’s just a matter of what the Ford bean counters determined was cost-effective and “good enough”.

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  25. @lynn
    A lot of modern airliner construction is done with double-sided tape, the carrier being a thin acrylic foam that dampens vibration and provides a tiny bit of flex, thus protecting the adhesive bond from shear stresses. Temperature cycling has higher amplitude and frequency than your typical truck. The technology exists to do the job well, it’s just a matter of what the Ford bean counters determined was cost-effective and “good enough”.

  26. A lot of commercial truck cargo bodies are built with adhesives instead of mechanical fasteners. Sikaflex makes a bunch of special purpose transportation adhesives. Even rivets will/can wear out over time. Gluing avoids microcracks and stress concentrations.

    That said, I still prefer a bolt.

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  27. My original source for the Olberman article speculated he was angling for an Obergruppenfuehrer position in the Harris/Biden admin.
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/is-this-the-ultimate-in-trump-derangement-syndrome-keith-olberman-has-again-left-espn-to-do-far-lef/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergruppenf%C3%BChrer

    My thought is that the entire Antifa movement is hoping for that position in the Harris / Biden administration. Failing that, SS officers have to come from somewhere.

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  28. This decision could go in a dangerous direction with Ginsberg’s passing. It is too bad that the arguments weren’t heard before she passed. The Court usually votes immediately afterwards before heading off to write the decisions.

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/googles-supreme-court-faceoff-with-oracle-was-a-disaster-for-google/

    Didn’t SCOTUS already address this in Lotus vs. Borland ?

    “Justice Clarence Thomas compared Google’s copying of the Java APIs to a football team taking a rival’s playbook.”

    Oh, that is not good.

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  29. Trump supporters ‘must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society’

    Do you want to put an end to peaceful transitions after elections? Because that’s what you’re going to get.

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  30. The technology exists to do the job well, it’s just a matter of what the Ford bean counters determined was cost-effective and “good enough”.

    Uh oh, Ford’s bean counters are the best at squeezing two nickels together and getting a dime in return.

  31. My aluminium F-150 4×4 is bolted to the all steel frame. And a couple of the aluminium sheets are welded to each other (the back of the cab shows evidence of welding). The rest of the aluminium sheets are glued ? bonded ? to each other. I am wondering how long the bonds will last as I tend to take my vehicles to the limits. If some of those bonds come loose during an expedition, that could be exciting. Of course, supposedly the Raptor has the same bonds and those trucks are ABUSED. Mud on top of the cab is a sure sign of extreme fun.

    With the passing of the Crown Vic, the F150 is 90% of Ford’s profits so they don’t take chances.

    Even if management lost their minds like they have at GM, the car industry moves slowly. The current F150 went into the pipeline before Alan Mulally resigned.

    Toyota is making moves to take a serious shot at #1.

  32. A lot of commercial truck cargo bodies are built with adhesives instead of mechanical fasteners. Sikaflex makes a bunch of special purpose transportation adhesives. Even rivets will/can wear out over time. Gluing avoids microcracks and stress concentrations.

    That said, I still prefer a bolt.

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    I prefer both bolts and adhesives. Bolts for the strength and adhesives for the sealing.


  33. I have trust issues and Dr. Fauci is extremely inconsistent and a known liar.

    Fauci has no authority over the vaccine. He’s at CDC, not FDA.

    I have read that many of the children who supposedly got autism have applied for and eventually sued for vaccine damage relief.

    There is no connection between vaccines and autism. Multiple, large scale studies have shown this. The paper that found a link has been withdrawn as the paper used fraudulent data and was, effectively, paid for by attorneys that wanted to sue vaccine makers.

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  34. Didn’t SCOTUS already address this in Lotus vs. Borland ?

    “Justice Clarence Thomas compared Google’s copying of the Java APIs to a football team taking a rival’s playbook.”

    Oh, that is not good.

    Thomas isn’t a font of judicial wisdom and rarely writes opinions. He’s not known to ask many questions so the fact that he spoke at all is a surprise. Bush 41 had weak Supreme Court nominees after Bork failed. The scary thing is that the Attorney General helping to advise on the selection was … William Barr!

    I think the article is wrong speculating about Ginsberg’s vote going against Google. She understood broader economic impacts of decisions and voted with the conservatives against overturning National Bellas Hess, the decision that established sales tax rules for mail order which had stood for 40+ years.

    Lotus vs. Borland was about human interface and the keyboard sequences used to get things done in the 1-2-3 spreadsheet. If you ever watched a pro work a character mode spreadsheet in the late 80s, it was akin to a virtuoso piano performance. The interface mated to Borland’s calculation engine in Quattro left Lotus products in the dust, and at a time when the company should have been focused on GUIs, a lot of R&D had to go into the core of the product to beat back Borland’s challenge. The lawsuit was an painfully obvious delay tactic.

    IMHO, IBM is going to own the PC industry if Oracle’s copyright is upheld. I suspect Armonk has been aware of this possibility for a while.

    Worse will be AT&T’s potential claims. Look at the copyright page of your copy of Stroustrup. The standard library presented in K&R C. SVR4 inter-process communications, specifically named pipes. All smartphones are Unix, and Linux’s application support developed backwards out of POSIX API specs.

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  35. _Fat Vampire 2: Tastes Like Chicken (Volume 2)_ by Johnny B. Truant
    https://www.amazon.com/Fat-Vampire-Tastes-Like-Chicken/dp/1629550027/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number two of a six book vampire fantasy series. I read the well printed and well bound POD (print on demand) trade paperback published in 2012. The book was printed in Coppell, TX on September 23, 2020 where Big River apparently has a large printing press. I am reading book three in the series now.

    You know, this series could be relabeled “The Reluctant Vampire”. After all, Reginald Baskin still prefers hot wings over a nice warm blood meal on two legs as apposed to your average vampire.

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (149 reviews)

  36. Trump supporters ‘must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society’

    Do you want to put an end to peaceful transitions after elections? Because that’s what you’re going to get.

    I don’t see a peaceful transition after this election no matter who wins. I think that the Antifa will be out there breaking windows no matter who wins.

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  37. IMHO, IBM is going to own the PC industry if Oracle’s copyright is upheld. I suspect Armonk has been aware of this possibility for a while.

    Worse will be AT&T’s potential claims. Look at the copyright page of your copy of Stroustrup. The standard library presented in K&R C. SVR4 inter-process communications, specifically named pipes. All smartphones are Unix, and Linux’s application support developed backwards out of POSIX API specs.

    All of this has been litigated extensively over the last 40 years. I hope that SCOTUS knows this and will respect those decisions.

    I still try to use Lotus 123 key sequences in Excel. Blows up on me all the time. At TXU, we had the pc version and the mainframe version of Lotus 1-2-3 on all our machines. I even had an extra memory board in my 3270 PC AT so I could wrestle 2 MB spreadsheets.

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  38. Replacing bathroom exhaust fans was on my list this week. One was noisy, one didn’t work at all…

    This house has bath vent fans. Neither worked when we moved in because to save the cost of a double-wide box, an extra switch, and a few feet of wire, everything was wired to the lights. Which, come on, you don’t need a noisy fan to pee at 2AM. A cheap 1980 vintage fan.

    I replaced the fans with something better than what Home Depot (or whatever the equal was) 30 years ago that sold for $20. Added switches of course.

    I have a Broan space heater in one bath. When the bath was re-done a couple of years ago I sprang for a heated floor. Just in front of the sink and toilet and a bit in front of the shower stall. You can get the kit for $100 on Amazon. It’s nice.

    So of course with a heated floor, the guys doing the remodel wanted the heater. They go for almost $100 last time I looked, not $40 like when I bought it. I just looked at him and said no…. the switches are installed, the sheet rock is done, the outlet box in the ceiling is right there with the wires hanging out and what? I install a light? On a timer? No, I’m keeping the heater. 🙂

    I’ve oiled the motor a couple of times. I paid extra attention during the last motor lube job when I also replaced the thermal protector. The original would re-set when it cooled. The new style just blows. Yep, I have a spare and may never need it. But heck, an extra $3 part isn’t going to ruin my retirement income.


  39. I still try to use Lotus 123 key sequences in Excel.

    That may be my biggest gripe about Thunderbird. I can’t ctrl-d to delete messages like I could in Outlook98.

    Yeah, I’m left handed. Why do you ask?

  40. I still try to use Lotus 123 key sequences in Excel. Blows up on me all the time. At TXU, we had the pc version and the mainframe version of Lotus 1-2-3 on all our machines. I even had an extra memory board in my 3270 PC AT so I could wrestle 2 MB spreadsheets.

    Lotus got complacent like VisiCorp before it.

    I worked at the Egghead Ponzi back when Lotus seriously went after the local Honeywell unit down the road for pirating copies of 1-2-3 for engineers to use for work at home, complete with burned spots on the floppy to recreate the copy protection scheme.

    When Quattro came out, I’ll give you one guess who was first in line to buy at $99 per license, without copy protection on the disk.

  41. Greg, sorry to hear about your job loss. As others have said, one door closes, and another opens. Been there, but it didn’t seem very hopeful at the time. Good luck.

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  42. 10-10-2020 🙂

    Must be some significance.

    Yeah, I’m old fashioned. STILL use hyphens in dates.

  43. Almost missed this from yesterday:
    Permatex products are my go-to for automotive. Rule-of-thumb is buy new for every job rather than risk something that’s been around too long. That said, I usually pop the blister off the card and return the tube to the package, then date and tape the edge, so I can at least make an informed decision.

    I try to be meticulous with the mating surfaces, scraping old gasket material off, using a stone or diamond file to touch up any dings, and using the right solvent to clean off any residue that might interfere with a bond.

    Me too. Permatex is one brand that seems to have survived mergers and acquisitions, and still puts out good products.

    I also date all products that deteriorate. I have tried storing some under refrigeration, but that does not seem to work very well, especially moisture cure products such as silicones.

    As for sealing surfaces, I also clean meticulously, but there are some that won’t stay clean long enough to use FIP (form-in-place) sealers. Automatic transmission pans come to mind: there is usually some seepage that oozes across the pan rail. I suppose turning the car upside down would work, but never tried that; might have other complications. I have gone back to using gaskets for this application. I like Fel-Pro, but there are others. The metal core silicone rubber gaskets are particularly good, and are reusable.

    The big advantage of FIP is that it allows solid tightening, and some joints need that. An example is crankcase halves of air cooled engines (Aircraft, VW bug, and many motorcycles.) These need special sealers, and often start to leak after a few years. Fixing that joint is usually not worth the trouble, unless the leak is bad. I have wondered if cutting a 0.005″ deep groove in one surface might help, but have never tried it. I haven’t done one of those in many years, but if it were a popular application, I would look to a gasket.

    Reminds me. Chrysler and others over the years have used steel head gaskets with stamped-in spring ridges. These were very reliable. Newer all-aluminum engines use sophisticated gaskets. Cast iron engines with aluminum heads use even more sophisticated gaskets. Good engineers will always have jobs.


  44. Which, come on, you don’t need a noisy fan to pee at 2AM

    Midnight, 2AM, 4AM, 6AM…hey, I’m in my 60s….

    Broan actually excuses selling noisy fans for “privacy” reasons. I guess the ladies worry about that stuff.

    Heated floors, that’s a great idea. Had it in another house years ago and loved it. One more addition to the remodel!

  45. Of course, I have seen “The Running Man” with Arnold. And I have “Head On” and “The Hunger Games” in my SBR (strategic book reserve).

    Richard Dawson’s performance in “The Running Man” is sadly forgotten. I don’t think the movie concept would have worked without an actual game show host as the antagonist.

    “I’ll be back.”

    “Only in a rerun.”

    “The Running Man” also inspired my favorite video game ever, “Smash TV”. I still don’t think the per-minute body count has been topped … or ever will be.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUUnPW-8FcI

    About 10 years ago, CPUs finally got fast enough for the MAME version to run at full 60 Hz frame rate. Woo hoo! I always have a copy on whatever laptop I’m carrying.

  46. “15 Best Sports and Games Science Fiction Books” by Dan Livingston

    I’ve read 2:5. Been meaning to read #1.

    Should Stephenson’s Reamde be included? The protagonist is a game creator after all.

  47. some interesting revelations in the bumbling plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan…

    The Idiot Caucus Weighs In:

    Say hello to Adam Fox, who was busted by the feds as part of a terrorist conspiracy. Is that the face of an intelligent constitutional scholar? Does this man look like an argument for racial superiority? The dude was homeless, living in the basement of a vacuum cleaner shop.

    Why have I never been a “white supremacist”? Because the kind of white people involved in that stuff are always so inferior.


  48. My thought is that the entire Antifa movement is hoping for that position in the Harris / Biden administration. Failing that, SS officers have to come from somewhere.

    I’d remind ANTIFA of the fate of the brown-shirts once Hitler gained power. They were exterminated by the fledgling SS because of their reputation as thugs and the people cheered.

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  49. I have MAME somewhere. Maybe I can find it in the clutter. Tho, Space Invaders on the PC vs on the Atari, yeah, not the same.
    Yep, I still have an Atari.

    I still have a couple, one anyway, TI99/4a computers. With the voice module. And you know the first thing typed in after “hello” was various swear words. Eh, 1982 and typing in pages of stuff from a computer magazine to do whatever.

    Midnight, 2AM, 4AM, 6AM…hey, I’m in my 60s….

    Yep. 63 is about to slap me. Me being “old fart” after several years of having to get up at 4am to go to work, is pretty much done at 9pm. I could stay up but by 9 I’m tired of watching the TV.
    So I wake up about 1am. Then 3. Then oh, three hours of trying to go back to sleep.

    On the plus side, I get to hear Penny snoring. 🙂


  50. Fauci has made statements that he would be happy with a 50% effective vaccine. That seems crazy to me.

    With the millions already infected, another 50% would get us close to herd immunity.

  51. “15 Best Sports and Games Science Fiction Books” by Dan Livingston

    Don’t know if it was a book but “RollerBall” was my favorite SciFi movie game followed by “Death Race 2000”.


  52. I still have a couple, one anyway, TI99/4a computers.

    My TI99 got stolen a very long time ago but I think I still have the printer somewhere. Only God knows where you would be able to buy the thermal paper though.


  53. Even rivets will/can wear out over time. Gluing avoids microcracks and stress concentrations.
    That said, I still prefer a bolt.

    Our chimney leaks down the stovepipe during certain few rainstorms. Normally only in March, but last month when we had 6″ overnight, the stove took in at least 3″ down the chimney. (Good news! the stove itself is watertight!) So, my dad is going to build a box cover to shield the open grill that is letting rain blow in.

    He first planned to use brads to attach the sides, but he told me yesterday morning he has decided to use screws… that way if the sides are too long and interfere with the draw, he can just unscrew them and replace the offenders with shorter sides, rather than have to remove & rebuild the whole thing.

  54. Fauci has made statements that he would be happy with a 50% effective vaccine. That seems crazy to me.

    With the millions already infected, another 50% would get us close to herd immunity.

    What about the potential side effects ?

    Every time I get a flu shot, I run a slight fever for several days. I’ve probably already had the COVID-19 and had a fever for several days. I sure don’t want to do that again by getting a potentially faulty vaccine shot.

  55. I’ll remind readers that even with the lengthy and odious process, FDA has approved some real doozies. Thalidimide. Phen-Fen. Just two that pop to mind. There was an anti-inflammatory that got a black box warning about heart damage- ?Viox? I took that for a while. The list is much longer than (nil) and the normal process has been thrown out the window for a covid vaccine. I think I’ll wait a bit.

    n

    (apparently there is a warning that diabetics can go permanently blind from Viagra. That’s down to a friend of a friend, and HIS volunteer testing…)

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  56. (apparently there is a warning that diabetics can go permanently blind from Viagra. That’s down to a friend of a friend, and HIS volunteer testing…)

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but what activity was he engaged in AFTER taking the Viagra? That might explain a lot…

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  57. I’m almost afraid to ask, but what activity was he engaged in AFTER taking the Viagra? That might explain a lot…

    I had a friend who sliced off part of his finger so the surgeon grafted skin from his palm onto the finger and then grafted skin from his arm onto his palm. The operation was successful, except… He had hair growing on the palm of his hand. True story! 🙂

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  58. So Sweden is staying at roughly 583 deaths per million population while the USA and the rest of the world is bypassing it. I am not sure what is going on there to stop the disease from taking more people.
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

    Sweden is now #43 in total number of cases and #14 in deaths per million population.

  59. PD is working street racing tonight. Lots of spots staked out. Not much racing though, and not much traffic on the radio.

    n

  60. So Sweden is staying at roughly 583 deaths per million population while the USA and the rest of the world is bypassing it. I am not sure what is going on there to stop the disease from taking more people.

    I read somewhere recently that a contributing factor is that a high percentage of Swedes live alone, and many others avoid crowds. That is a cultural characteristic, and is not recent. Seems a reasonable explanation. Can’t find the article now.

  61. They are certainly not chinese or NYC levels of density.

    Very few places are.

    n

    edit- in the first world, that is.


  62. Every time I get a flu shot, I run a slight fever for several days.

    As my PCP said when I mentioned I was slightly feverish and lethargic after my second shingles shot: “Good, that means it worked.”

    The Modena vaccine’s most common side effects: Soreness at the injection site. Fever. Both are side effects in all the vaccines I’ve gotten.

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