Sat. Dec. 12, 2020 – getting close to Christmas….

Cool, wet, maybe rain.

Yesterday got pretty wet late in the afternoon.  The forecast called for about .2 inches, and I’m not sure what we ended up getting, but it was cats and dogs for a while.

A couple of things conspired against me and my list.  My wife had errands to run, which I didn’t expect.  That kept me home until 2pm.  I got one pickup and one drop off done.  Didn’t get my settlement from last week’s auction, the auctioneer was having a company meeting.  I should get a check in the mail from the industrial auction some time next week.  That’s good news.

The other thing was the rain.  Pouring rain meant no Christmas decor went up.  Stuff is slipping like Fox’s ratings.

While I was waiting for my wife to get back I wasn’t UN-productive.  I cut my hair.  Went through some more stuff and put it in the auction box.   I pulled two parts and shipped them for an ebay sale.  Tested some stuff with an eye toward listing it or sending it to auction.  Tried to test an XBox360 and discovered I was missing the IEC cordset.  M$ doesn’t use a normal cord, theirs has a ‘key’ at the bottom.  I went through a box of cords and didn’t find one.  But I just need to test it so I got out a gouge and made my own key slot.  FTW!  Didn’t get a chance to use it yet.  I’m sure it will need some additional “adjusting”.

Today is the monthly meeting of my non-prepping hobby.  I think I would like to go.   I’m feeling ok, it’s probably raining so I can’t work outside, and I miss the club.  Seems dumb to have waited until the numbers are all record high to finally break down and meet but that is the state of the state.  Nothing makes sense or feels right.

Later today I need to break down and vac seal and freeze all the meat I bought this week.  Costco was out of turkeys by the time my shopper got there.  They were showing stock when I ordered.  The price was good so I guess they ‘flew’ out of the store.  Instead, I got a lamb roast for Christmas dinner.  I think I’ll cook the whole 6 pounds instead of breaking it down to halves.  Then we’ll have yummy leftovers.  Normally I’d be thinking about a ham, or maybe a ribeye roast, but my wife suggested the lamb.  Since we all love it, it was a no-brainer.  I think there are some traditions that involve lamb at Christmas, just not in our families.   Lamb is a good choice for economy- you can get very good lamb for the same price as mediocre beef, or at least we can get it here.  If we were post-apocalyptic, lamb and sheep would be front and center on the farm, just as they were throughout history.  Very useful animal, your sheep.

Protein in the freezer.  Veg in cans.  Pasta, and the stuff to make bread in buckets.  Ammo in cans.  Gubs in the safe.  That all feels pretty good, but I’m still anxious.  I checked the ammo sales, and nobody had any.  PSA had almost nothing at all in stock.  What they had was really unusual calibers, big game rifle ammo, and blanks.  Some was $5/rnd, most was over $1/rnd.  They might have had one or two boxes of bastard stepchild pistol ammo- cowboy revolvers, and .32 cal.   It’s getting short out there.

And time is getting short too.  The holidays are keeping some stuff under control.  The election stuff hasn’t played out yet, but it’s looking more like Sleepy Joe and the town bike every day.  Legitimate election or not, his policies will not be good for you and I.  That should be terrifying everyone much more than ‘Orangeman bad’.  I can only hope that he’s stymied at every turn, but based on their RINO history and never Trump activism, I bet that ‘in the interest of healing our nation’ there is a flurry of cross aisle cooperation.  If you think “it won’t be that bad, we’ll survive it like everything else”, I’d like to point out that we didn’t ‘survive’ it.  Compare today to 20 years ago, 40, 60.  Culturally and politically we are not living in the same country we were born to. *

Maybe it’s because I’ve got young kids, but I’m appalled at what we’re building for them.   That deserves a whole long post of it’s own, and I’ve got other stuff higher on my list.

Check your list.  Check your assumptions.  Check your stack.  Check your gear.  Check your friends and acquaintances.  And keep stacking.

nick

 

*for a perfect example, consider the band 2livecrew and the massive outcry and censorship of their album and song, ‘Me so horny’.  Now consider the song WAP, for which Cardi B is widely lauded.  The official video on youtube has 300 million views, the audio released first has 181 million.  Dozens of other versions have 10s of millions of views.  The song is flat out obscenity.  There is a radio edit.  It gets airplay.  I’m not linking to the vids, it’s bad enough reading the lyrics.  People think it’s FUNNY.  If you feel compelled to listen to it, watch the vid of the girl signing it.  ‘wap cardi b sign language’ None of it is SFW.  Every aspect of our culture has been degraded.  Every one of our freedoms has been limited.  And it all happened a little bit at a time.

 

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

56 thoughts on “Sat. Dec. 12, 2020 – getting close to Christmas….”

  1. Our elderly dog (he’s 17 2/3) had a second seizure today, in the middle of our morning walk. I tried to comfort him, and keep him from hurting himself. Pretty strange event, really: after a full-body seizure, he quiets down, is a bit disoriented, but is basically back to normal. He wants lots of reassurance – I expect it’s even scarier from the inside. We got a video of this one, which the vet asked for, and we’ll call on Monday. Probably doesn’t matter much – at this age, no serious treatments make sense, certainly nothing that would involve full anesthesia.

    He’s a sweet dog. Even nearly blind and deaf, and weak in the back legs, he loves to play and do his tricks, wagging and happy. As always, it will be hard losing a family member, when the time comes…

    Meanwhile, the young dog, now 9 months, is as crazy as ever. My wife, who is the dog person, tells me that his breed (Kelpie) doesn’t really settle down until the age of two. Neither of us quite realized the sheer level of crazy that implies. Not destructive or anything, and very smart – just with the attention span of a flea, always bouncing off the walls no matter how much you work to tire him out. Actually, I’m pretty sure that working with him just increases his endurance for more craziness.

    The cats continue to be “not amused”.

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  2. Ceiling paint is complete. Stairwell paint is complete. 2 of 4 bedroom paint is complete but may need touch up pending daylight. Several thousand staples removed from 1×3 furring strips which previously secured ceiling tiles removed pending drywall install tomorrow.

    @Jenny – Not to add to your workload, but were you tempted to put in strategically placed runs of ethernet with the drywall removed?

    Once we had the kids bathroom tub regrouted and floor sealed, I started to notice other things going on in the bathroom, like the shower curtain being hung about 4 inches too high and hung too far off center with the lip of the bathtub.

    ???

    So, investigating the situation, I twisted the release mechanism on the shower rod only to discover that the wedding planner who previously owned the house hosed me again by painting the walls *around* the rod.

    I have a retractable clothesline mechanism on order to cover the holes in the paint until we decide to do something permanent. Grrr.

  3. Hey Greg, or anyone, this is one of the files that is filling my linux hard drive

    I’ll boot into my Linux Mint install on my primary desktop and check permissions on that directory under the Cups hierarchy. I have 20 installed, but Clem doesn’t change things that dramatically between major version numbers.

    777 means everyone is allowed to read, write, and “execute” in that directory.

    Cups is already installed if it detected any printers on your network.

    Have you done any updates to Linux Mint since installing?

  4. “Georgia is another generation away from electing a black Senator, and it won’t be a radical preacher.”

    Stacey Abrams got 48% of the vote for governor of Georgia in 2018. They may not need many of the prefilled ballots.

    Senator is tougher challenge. Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina have never ratified the 17th amendment, and there are active fringe movements for repeal in those states.

    Stacey Abrams isn’t a preacher and arguably qualified to be Governor. Kemp was a weak candidate. Plus, 2016 was when the key meme started in the suburbs.

    Here’s the thing. Trump. I’m just saying.

    Kemp was tied to trump similar to DeSantis in Florida. Except DeSantis isn’t a RINO and doesn’t forget his political debts.

    DeSantis did screw up this week with the search of the pretty white girl’s house, turning her into a minor league martyr.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/08/rebekah-jones-coronavirus-scientist-dashboard-ron-desantis-florida-covid-19/6488291002/

    The meme is: That could be my daughter and grandchildren! The Dems have learned to work that one with precision since the Kavanaugh hearings, and it probably played well in The Villages.


  5. the wedding planner who previously owned the house hosed me again by painting the walls *around* the rod.

    I really do not get people who do that kind of crap. There’s really no excuse – in fact, it probably makes for *more* work, trying not to paint the shower rod. I always remove everydamnedthing before painting: switch plates, plugs, all of it. In return for the effort of dismounting it all, I can just cover the holes with masking tape and roller straight over everything.

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    Settling in for some serious snow today. Lots of shoveling tomorrow. And plenty of sunshine forecast for next week – the nice kind of Winter weather 🙂

  6. I really do not get people who do that kind of crap. There’s really no excuse – in fact, it probably makes for *more* work, trying not to paint the shower rod. I always remove everydamnedthing before painting: switch plates, plugs, all of it. In return for the effort of dismounting it all, I can just cover the holes with masking tape and roller straight over everything.

    If I had to guess, they staged weddings here at the house on occasion, and the shower rod was deliberately positioned to hang dresses. The rod ends seemed to have some adhesive to keep it in place, but, fortunately, they didn’t sand the surfaces so it popped right off.

    Architect and wedding planner. Everything was surface. Plus, while the wife was about my age (mid 40s at the time), the husband was easily pushing 70 and not handy. If she didn’t do it, it didn’t get done.

  7. Hey Greg, or anyone, this is one of the files that is filling my linux hard drive

    /var/log/cups

    E [08/Dec/2020:23:49:15 -0600] Directory \”/usr/lib/cups/notifier\” has insecure permissions (040777/uid=0/gid=0).

    The directory /usr/lib/cups/notifier has permissions of 755 on Mint 20 installed on my primary desktop. Weird. Yeah, notifier probably shouldn’t be writable by “other”. The unwritten book of the Linux road is to not let things in /usr/lib be writable by anyone but root.

    The least permanent thing to try is to stop Cups. “sudo systemctl stop cups”. If the messages stop filling the log, you can make the change stick between reboots with “sudo systemctl disable cups”.

    The next more permanent/risky thing to try if that doesn’t work is to change permissions on notifier. “sudo chmod 755 /var/lib/cups/notifier”.

    Mint’s “live” systems usually start Cups and automatically detect my HP all-in-one anytime I boot on my home network. Maybe HP sends them a bit of cash to make printing easy/convenient to move ink.

    Disclaimer: I was clueless about systemd until my last job. When that started about 10 years back, I thought it was a fad that would go away. As I’ve stated before, a Microsoft port of Windows to modern Linux would have to involve two efforts: a Wayland compositor and a replacement for Systemd, neither of which will be trivial or something for the Subcontinent to manage.

  8. “Architect and wedding planner. Everything was surface. Plus, while the wife was about my age (mid 40s at the time), the husband was easily pushing 70 and not handy. If she didn’t do it, it didn’t get done.”

    Ah, trophy wife. That probably explains the “wedding planner” bit as well – I’ve known women who go into that, because they themselves are addicted to the glitter and fantasy. Whereas an good planner has to be really down-to-earth, to make a complicated event actually work.

  9. Disclaimer: I was clueless about systemd until my last job. When that started about 10 years back, I thought it was a fad that would go away.

    Of course, take that with a grain of salt. I never thought I’d see Perl again, and I have my 20 year old (!) copy of the Camel book out this weekend relearning enough to make some Webmin modules function at the new job.

    Hot skillz! I essentially destroyed my GTE career pushing back against one lead’s desire to pad his resume by moving our application to Perl. He had management on board, also looking to pad resumes, but I said that I would quit if the change happened since performance would suffer, easily by an order of magnitude compared to the existing C++ architecture.

    Never underestimate Hot Skillz as a motivation. Someone is pushing Ruby at the new job, and we struggle with a Go module someone wrote before moving on to a new job … writing Go!

    Fortunately, I’m not the only old school developer on the payroll

  10. Ah, trophy wife. That probably explains the “wedding planner” bit as well – I’ve known women who go into that, because they themselves are addicted to the glitter and fantasy. Whereas an good planner has to be really down-to-earth, to make a complicated event actually work.

    80s trophy wife. Boomer guy, X-er girl. Not uncommon once the cable companies dropped a cultural weapon of mass destruction on the suburbs in the form of MTV and endless reruns of “Suddenly Seeking Susan” on HBO during the after school hours.

    I’ve written before about the girl in my high school whose parents pimped her out to the 40-something Corvette salesman at the big Chevy dealership in town. Married at 15 in Cape Girardeau, reception at the museum/factory in Bowling Green. IIRC, the parents watched their ‘vette get made.


  11. Globalist trash like Billy. ‘Murka first!

    American companies developed the vaccine, US government paid the companies to develop the vaccine, US government paid the companies to make millions of doses, thus Americans, who paid for it, should get it first. Other countries can suck it.

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  12. …Americans, who paid for it, should get it first.

    Unless of course we believe it has unfound side effects. Seems we are going from caution to enthusiasm.

  13. I’d like to see the mutagenic perfectly safe mRNA vaccine tested on a few tens of millions of non-Americans. Wait a year or three before exposing Americans to it.

    Exception: illegal aliens in the US should be shot first. Er, get the shot first. Daily, until they get the point.

    (To be clear, I don’t have any particular concerns about mRNA injections causing permanent genetic change. HOWEVER it can’t be denied that the approval process for this vaccine was rushed and that the sample size was tiny and biologically limited. I have no more trust in the models which “prove” that the mRNA strands fall apart after a use or two, than I do in climate models which “prove” that the ice caps will be gone by 2008 and the equatorial zone will be uninhabitable by 2020. Even if I trusted the models, I don’t trust the reporting on them or the policies derived from them. “Liar in one thing, liar in everything.”)

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  14. Unless of course we believe it has unfound side effects. Seems we are going from caution to enthusiasm.

    I’d like to see the mutagenic perfectly safe mRNA vaccine tested on a few tens of millions of non-Americans. Wait a year or three before exposing Americans to it.

    Obola and the ProgLibTurds are lining up to get shot. I say fire away and watch what happens. Maybe Obola will grow a pair through mutation.

    LET THE HEELING AND MUTATING BEGIN!

  15. Melinda Gates is ‘incredibly disappointed’ that Trump is putting Americans first in line for COVID vaccine

    The same Melinda Gates who gave the world Microsoft Bob.

    Fortunately she is mostly harmless. The Jobs widow is more dangerous, possessing far more power derived from lesser wealth.

  16. Obola and the ProgLibTurds are lining up to get shot. I say fire away and watch what happens. Maybe Obola will grow a pair through mutation.

    Obama is not taking the vaccine. They’ll film him receiving an injection of something, maybe a vitamin B shot.

    The media has done a pretty effective job of scaring the h*ll out of people the last few weeks. They also imply that the vaccine will be unobtainium practically from the moment it is approved.

    Maybe the game console shortage and PR is part of the media push to make people want the vaccine even more. “If YOU can’t get a PS5, what makes you think you’re getting your shot?”

    Ultimately, I think the shot will be needed to fly domestically, and your vaccination status will be tied to your Real ID, now required to board an airplane.

  17. Need for sleep trumped the need to interact with people. Again.

    Gotta feed the kids and start the day.

    n

  18. @brad
    Old dogs are the best. We cherish our 13 year old. She’s a complete love and smart as a whip.
    Kelpies – herding breed, Australia I think? You are correct about the physical exercise and his stamina. He needs daily brain games. Scent games are good, Nina Otteson games are good. Look up ‘101 things to do with a box’ for ideas. Trick training is good brain work. Look up Treiball, also. One of those, or some combo, will help take the crazies down a notch. One of them will fit with your notions of dog ownership.

    @Greg
    Yes to Ethernet. But not this year. The drywall is in two bedrooms (not using as bedrooms), not mudding or taping now. Slap it up with screws, so we can drop it in 2021 or 2022 when we replace the 1964 electrical wiring with modern stuff and improve the insulation. And run our Ethernet.

    I started the project with a wish list, attached man hours and costs to each item, assigned an effort / difficulty level that factored in so it now vs kick the can down the road. I’ve -mostly- stuck to the resulting priorities. I need to update my budget sheet today but I believe we are still in budget.

    The effort to run fresh electric was lowest if we did it now, but the costs (even doing ourselves) put us too far over budget. Kick that can.

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  19. The power of FOMO.

    I saw the article and wondered aloud how many of Boston’s hookers working the conference got infected.

    My wife is clueless. “You think there were hookers working that conference?”

    I said, “There are prostitutes at every medical conference. You just don’t pay attention.”

    I added, “February. Boston. Think about it. 29% of the cases tied to the conference ended up in Florida.”

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boston-biogen-medical-conference-300k-covid-19-cases/

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  20. Somebody thinking about what it would take to cut to the head of the line:

    Healthcare is a racket Just wait until we get Medicaid For All and cash payments for better services are banned along with private insurance. Some people will still get better service.

    Wouldn’t happen you say? Go back and read Hillarycare. My wife did 25+ years ago.

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  21. “How do you even try?”

    ROTFLMAO.

    The next time you are in Home Depot, find the palette of Black Kow and look for the warning label about not eating the product. “Not for internal consumption” (?)

    I had someone explain to me once that Black Kow is inappropriate for growing mushrooms because of a chemical additive used in the packaging process and that is why the label is present. Still funny, regardless.

    @Jenny – Home Depot. That reminds me. Your new drywall is domestic in origin, right? No Hencho en China?

  22. …Real ID, now required to board an airplane.

    Did I miss something? Isn’t Real ID not required starting 10-1-21?

    Besides, other forms of ID will be allowed. A mess. They will probably issue yet another card. Except to vote.

    I remember when there were warnings about Real ID being needed waaay in the future. Thought that was a way too long time span. People forget.

  23. Did I miss something? Isn’t Real ID not required starting 10-1-21?

    Besides, other forms of ID will be allowed. A mess. They will probably issue yet another card. Except to vote.

    I thought the Real ID started this October. I don’t keep up. I have a Passport card regardless.

    Texas requires picture ID to vote. Imagine.

  24. The DMV is all messed up with KungFlu. I think Real ID was put off for year and how I got 5 year renewal of my non-Real ID online without written or driving test.

  25. Re yesterday’s posts on introducing the wife:

    I introduced her as “my current wife” and when she gave me a dirty look I explained it was just keeping her on her toes. Let’s just say I never did that in front of her again.

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  26. Re: cups
    POS. Disable. I would say remove it but too may other things need the shared libraries.


  27. American companies developed the vaccine,

    The Pfizer vaccine was developed with a German biotech startup (BionNTech), using the same techniques as Moderna. That’s why part of their production is being done in the EU and the EU/UK are getting doses along with us. Pfizer didn’t use Warp Speed money in the vaccine development. Moderna did.

  28. The techniques for successful use of mRNA were developed in the U.S. by Katilan Karikó and Drew Weissman. Those techniques were licensed and used by BionNTech and Moderna, with the initial design of the mRNA vaccines complete before Operation Warp Speed Started.

    from the OWS Fact Sheet:

    April 16: HHS made up to $483 million in support available for Moderna’s candidate vaccine, which began Phase 1 trials on March 16 and received a fast-track designation from FDA. This agreement was expanded on July 26 to include an additional $472 million to support late-stage clinical development, including the expanded Phase 3 study of the company’s mRNA vaccine, which began on July 27th.

    July 22: HHS announced up to $1.95 billion in funds to Pfizer for the large-scale manufacturing and nationwide distribution of 100 million doses of their vaccine candidate. The federal government will own the 100 million doses of vaccine initially produced as a result of this agreement, and Pfizer will deliver the doses in the United States if the product successfully receives FDA EUA or licensure, as outlined in FDA guidance, after completing demonstration of safety and efficacy in a large Phase 3 clinical trial, which began July 27th.

    https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/explaining-operation-warp-speed/index.html

    So, yes, in both cases Operation Warp Speed is responsible for the vaccines produced.

    Attempts to claim otherwise are just the vapid maunderings of the same vicious anti-Trumpers who have lied, cheated, and stolen every bit of credit that President Trump has accrued in the last four years.

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  29. Request for tech advice:

    It’s BACKUP TIME of the year and I can’t find my usual external goto Blu Ray player.
    It’s actually been missing for a couple years now, packed away somewhere secure no doubt, and I really miss the 25 gig burnable capacity.

    It’s “only” 40 or 50 GB backup for the year, but that’s something like 10 or 12 normal DVDs.

    I put last years backup on a big flash drive, but I understand those are unreliable after a few years?

    I’m thinking of an external M-disk burner – this would be a final ‘yearly’ backup and speed isn’t of the essence. Apparently they can burn up to 100 GB.

    Has anyone tried these, and what were your experiences?

  30. @ed, I’ve got a box full of ‘high capacity’ media that were abandoned over the years. SATA and even PATA hard drives still work.

    $70 gets you an external 2TB drive. That’s probably cheaper than the media.

    The last time I did a backup, I backed up my NAS to a 4TB external. They’ll degrade over time, but so will your desire to recover whatever is on the disk. Your heirs and assigns will scan it for crypto, then porn, then toss it in the box of old tech at the estate sale.

    with digital copies of photos, you can’t even write “Mary and John with baby, ’21” on the back of the photo…. and exactly no one will want to sort thru 20TB of photos…. or at least that’s what I’m thinking.

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  31. @Nick – I’m laughing.

    Your heirs and assigns will scan it for crypto, then porn, then toss it in the box of old tech at the estate sale.

    Very true.

  32. Funny to see headlines about Hunter and China and Ukraine now that ol’ Joe looks to have made it. It’s almost like there was an agenda behind the news.

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  33. A friend of mine, ahem, used to have a script to copy image files from his customers’ browsers’ cache when they dropped off their computers at his shop. I have absolutely no idea why he’d do such a thing! Didn’t have crypto back then…

  34. Ran my errands today. It was nice and sunny in Conroe, but overcast and cool in Houston. We did get a bit of blue sky late in the day.

    I got some of my Christmas lights up. Enough that I feel better about it. Still more decorating to do, but at least the minimum is out.

    Putting the tree up tonight. Got the last good looking 7 footer at Lowes. The whole store looked understocked, and there were very few customers.

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  35. Well, as I was saying to my pal Hunter just the other day, crypto is your friend…

  36. “Didn’t have crypto back then… ”

    –and dialup to the rec.arts. was SOSOSOSOSOooooo slowwwwwwwww.

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  37. Attempts to claim otherwise are just the vapid maunderings of the same vicious anti-Trumpers who have lied, cheated, and stolen every bit of credit that President Trump has accrued in the last four years.

    Nothing I said casts any doubt on the role of Warp Speed. The fact that BioNTech actually developed the vaccine is indisputable. They didn’t get any Warp Speed money for the development, but Pfizer got money for production and distribution in the US (and they are doing manufacturing overseas for the EU with money from them).

    Warp Speed is one of the things that the administration has done right in handling the pandemic – in fact, before it was announced, I wrote to my Senators and House rep recommending that they do what Warp Speed did – pick candidate vaccines for guaranteed production contracts to jumpstart the distribution, since building the physical plant to create the vaccine in mass can be a lengthy process. Right now, I understand that vials are in short supply, but production is being stepped up.

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  38. There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of crack vials, but I guess they’re not interchangeable….

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  39. “Didn’t have crypto back then… ”

    –and dialup to the rec.arts. was SOSOSOSOSOooooo slowwwwwwwww.

    SOME of us has the Zoom 14400 modem/faxes – just a few hours of IRQ twiddling and it just screamed!

  40. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9044271/DC-Comics-announces-latest-Batman-Black-son-Bruce-Waynes-confidant-Lucius-Fox.html

    –black Batman

    –even writer John Ridley’s kids are racist

    ‘So to be able to write the next Batman, for them to know that this next Batman is going to be Black, everybody else on the planet can hate it, have a problem with it, denigrate it, but I have my audience and they already love it.’

    –love it without it having even been written, just because of the color of his skin, pretty much the definition of racism.

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  41. A friend of mine, ahem, used to have a script to copy image files from his customers’ browsers’ cache when they dropped off their computers at his shop. I have absolutely no idea why he’d do such a thing! Didn’t have crypto back then…

    Common practice. Best Buy does it routinely.

    Law enforcement can’t ask for contents of a specific PC without a warrant, but the repair shop can turn suspicious files over to the police unsolicited since the customer has zero expectation of privacy.

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  42. Kids decided they wanted Christmas music while we decorate. So I hear it playing and look up. TV is showing an animated fireplace. Did they play any of our stored media? Nope. Searched youtube, found an 8 hour track with animated fireplace and played that.

    Their first instinct was to go online and search.

    They have a totally different relationship to music.

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  43. –black Batman

    –even writer John Ridley’s kids are racist

    AT&T has $150 billion in debt to pay off. Maybe they want a piece of that “‘Black Panther’ is the best movie ever made and anyone who says otherwise is a racist” action that worked for Disney.

    Fortunately, for the Death Star in the near term, “Wonder Woman 84” may actually be good.

    Unfortunately for the Death Star, Patty Jenkins announced her new film proect with … Disney.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bLkTjn6Y_s

    Christmas Day screenings of “Wonder Woman 84” are completely sold out at Alamo Drafthouse nearest to us. Ditto for the next day, the 26th, and the 27th is almost gone. So much for the thinking that people just want to sit home and watch.

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  44. Here’s a note of sanity!

    “They used to ask me how it feels to be the `first colored country singer,'” he told The Dallas Morning News in 1992. “Then it was `first Negro country singer;’ then `first Black country singer.′ Now I’m the `first African-American country singer.′ That’s about the only thing that’s changed. This country is so race-conscious, so ate-up with colors and pigments. I call it `skin hangups’ — it’s a disease.”

    Charley Pride RIP

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  45. I put last years backup on a big flash drive, but I understand those are unreliable after a few years?

    I’m thinking of an external M-disk burner – this would be a final ‘yearly’ backup and speed isn’t of the essence. Apparently they can burn up to 100 GB.

    Has anyone tried these, and what were your experiences?

    Buy a bunch of seven flash drives and backup to one each week in rotation. At least half should be good after ten years. My backup is 4 TB so I use 8 TB to 12 TB external USB drives.

    Are you talking about one of these ?
    https://www.amazon.com/Verbatim-98912-M-Disc-100GB-Surface/dp/B011PGT2FQ?tag=ttgnet-20

    I would still use a bunch of cheap flash drives. Vary the brands and use name brands only.

  46. Kids decided they wanted Christmas music while we decorate. So I hear it playing and look up. TV is showing an animated fireplace. Did they play any of our stored media? Nope. Searched youtube, found an 8 hour track with animated fireplace and played that.

    Their first instinct was to go online and search.

    They have a totally different relationship to music.

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    The high end of the delta point seems to be 40. At my age of 60, they are really different about ALL electronics. Video too.

  47. Christmas Day screenings of “Wonder Woman 84” are completely sold out at Alamo Drafthouse nearest to us. Ditto for the next day, the 26th, and the 27th is almost gone. So much for the thinking that people just want to sit home and watch.

    I like going to movies with my Dad. We had a private showing of “The Last Vermeer” last Thursday as we were the only people there.

  48. “NYC: Woman plays vehicular bowling with BLM Protestors”
    https://gunfreezone.net/nyc-woman-plays-vehicular-bowling-with-blm-protestors/

    “A 52-year-old woman from Queens was driving her 29-year-old daughter in the car when the incident occurred, law-enforcement sources told The Post.”

    “The female driver was stopped a block or so away by a traffic scooter cop after hitting the pedestrians, sources said. Apolloa said cops detained two people who chased after her.”

    “The unidentified driver told cops she was surrounded by protesters marching illegally against traffic and that they started banging on her car, sources said.”

    Play stupid games, get stupid results.

  49. Long past time to get out of Cali, now SoCal has gone insane too…

    Newly Elected Los Angeles DA Says He Will No Longer Prosecute Trespassing, Drug Possession, Drinking in Public, Resisting Arrest – Among Other Crimes

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    Ah- he’s the guy that F’d up NoCal

    George Gascón was previously the DA of San Francisco and absolutely turned that place into a hell hole.

    Gascón’s “progressive” programs caused a historic surge in crime and during his tenure, San Francisco’s property crime rate spiked a whopping 37%.

    ———-
    New changes announced:

    1) End cash bail by January
    2) Conviction integrity unit
    3) No death penalty
    4) Felony charging no longer seeking enhancements i.e. gang affiliation
    5) Juveniles will not be tried as adults
    6) Use-of-force review board to reopen fatal officer-involved shooting cases going back to 2012!

    –who is it that elects these guys? Maybe no one. Maybe the machines are jiggered there too.

    –this isn’t gonna make the soccer moms happy

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