Sat. Mar. 27, 2021 – the weekend is just two more days to work…

Cool but dry, clear, and sunny. I hope. Yesterday was that way and it was great.

I managed to load the truck, but not to drop off anything at the auctioneer’s. She got called away for some other thing that came up. I’ll drop off today, after I get the J&J&j shot. I’m scheduled for 11am. Not really looking forward to that, but ‘a happy wife is a happy life…’ and all that.

After my dropoff, I need to spend some time at my secondary getting stuff thrown out, and getting stuff ready to take to the other ‘industrial’ auction.

Meanwhile, the world turns.

Ebola is back in the news, with a group being watched in Oregon after travel to an area with an outbreak. The chances are slim for a problem with this group but there will be others. If it gets here, some people are gonna die. And we’ll be lining up for the shot…’cuz that stuff ain’t no joke.

Street violence seems to be way up with publicized attacks on asians and elderly. Hell, kids too, with the guy who stabbed the 12yo kid in the neck. That can be taken as an indicator that we’re on the downhill slope. Prepare yourself mentally and physically.

There are more supply chain problems and shortages coming too. My buddy in OK reports that his Home Depot is limiting purchases of drywall and drywall mud and believes both will be in short supply for a while. Lumber prices are way up, but I think that’s due to strong demand more than any disruption.

About 10% of my grocery order was out of stock between when I ordered and when it got shopped, and there was a long list of items I’d bought before that weren’t available when I shopped. Things are very much still not normal.

In a situation with intermittent availability, you need to buy it when you see it, and buy some for later. I’m fully restocked on paper goods, and will keep adding to the pile. I’ve got meat in the freezer, and bulk buckets of starch, sugar, and carbs. I’m trying to build up some meds. I’m still buying ammo if I can and the price is OK. I thought about putting some steel cased 9mm in the auction, but I’m reluctant. I don’t want to shoot it, but it beats having nothing… the real question is what I would do with the money, and does THAT make it worth doing. With Executive Orders coming, I’d recommend sucking it up and paying what you have to if you are still short in the bang department, assuming you can get what you need at any price.

In other words, stack it. And keep stacking it.

And keep your head on a swivel if you venture forth.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

88 thoughts on “Sat. Mar. 27, 2021 – the weekend is just two more days to work…”

  1. “It’s getting harder to be a Covid fearmonger. The more information that leaks out somehow through alternative media, the harder it is for lockdown-proponents and face-mask-Karens to make their narrative stick. The latest dagger in the heart of lockdown hysteria comes from Texas.”

    Didya notice last week how the post-Covid suicide of the Texas Roadhouse CEO made national headlines with the implication it was tied to the “premature” re-opening in this state? I saw it in Florida, where the paper local to the area is owned by Gannett.

    For those unfamiliar, Texas Roadhouse is currently based in Louisville and started in Indianapolis by a group of Kentucky natives with extensive restaurant experience in Colorado.

  2. cups.path————–disabled
    cups-browsed.service –enabled
    cups.service ———-disabled
    cups.socket————disabled

    Did you ever resolve the directory permissions problem CUPS complained about in the log entries?

    Be really careful with logrotate. I never worked with it much before my last job, and that beast can have a mind of its own at times. Anything running as root and zapping files makes me nervous.

    I left 19.3 installed on my kids game PC if you need something checked on a clean machine. The only thing I did to the system after installing is “apt-get update/apt-get upgrade”.

  3. Ebola is back in the news, with a group being watched in Oregon after travel to an area with an outbreak. The chances are slim for a problem with this group but there will be others. If it gets here, some people are gonna die. And we’ll be lining up for the shot…’cuz that stuff ain’t no joke.

    I’d immediately suspect a conspiracy if there ever was a random person-to-person transmission of Ebola documented as happening within the US. Given the virus’ current limitations, an outbreak in a Western country would be a monumental failure at so many levels if it truly happened by chance.

    Of course, given the current authoritarian drift in OR at the state government level, p*ss-poor healthcare on the ground there, and the medical research institutions in Portland with ties to Asia and Africa, it wouldn’t surprise me if the mess started in the region.

    A treatment of a sort exists for Ebola. I doubt a vaccine could be developed and tested effectively given the rapid incubation period and fatality statistics. The mob would have to kick in my door and hold me down for the shot under orders from the local “Warlord” in that situation.

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  4. Linux

    the endless compile your kernel, aka forever war of Linus.

    cheers

     

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  5. the endless compile your kernel, aka forever war of Linus.

    Back in the day, the commercial Unix systems and proprietary compilers were worse.

  6. Stallman is a commie with bad personal hygiene but he’s done a lot of good.

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  7. The federal ban on bump stocks, put in place by the Trump administration, was ruled unlawful by a divided federal appeals court on Thursday, according to Bloomberg.

    As a few attorneys explained it, the ban wasn’t done on a 2nd Amendment basis. It was done on the idea that a regulatory agency can’t criminalize something without explicit authority from Congress. The majority found no text in the various firearms laws that allowed bump stocks to be banned. This is a challenge to what is called “Chevron deference”, where the courts tend to side with agencies based on their supposed better understanding of issues they regulate. It has created a circuit split, so this will probably go to the Supreme Court.

     

  8. This is a challenge to what is called “Chevron deference”, where the courts tend to side with agencies based on their supposed better understanding of issues they regulate. It has created a circuit split, so this will probably go to the Supreme Court.

    A removal of the ban could have implications for CAFE among other regulation from various Executive Branch agencies, and Roberts would thus be loathe to interfere with the “foolish” choice the voters inflicted upon themselves.

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  9. the endless compile your kernel, aka forever war of Linus.

     

    I haven’t done a kernel compile since 1999.  All we run in my house is Ubuntu and Win-10 in virtual machines.  Very solid version.

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  10. rant warning:

    Three times this week I was in a retail store with children out of control.

    Thrift store had a brother and sister act about 6 and 8 years old racing up and down the aisles as their father begged them to try on some clothes.

    Grocery store had some female tot screaming at the top of her lungs. I went to the front of the store to check out and she was crystal clear back at the deli counter. Both parents with that one.

    Laundromat had a screaming 3 year-old get the occasional “be quiet!” screech from the apparent mom, who was loading a dryer with one hand while she facetimed with the other about some knife fight in a bar.

    I have a friend who just walks up to the kids, gets down on their level, and cuts loose with high volume wailing of her own. Generally works.

    I’m thinking about downloading a piece of rap/hiphop with truly disgusting and explicit lyrics. I’ll just walk over and stand about 3 feet away and cut loose with it at max volume. Or maybe just settle for some classic steel guitar country. Something with yodeling. If I could get a movement started where like-minded folks converged on the noise and let Slim Whitman rip it might even have a Mars Attacks result.

     

     

  11. Sitting in covid time out, waiting to see if the shot will try to kill me.  Small shot, small needle.  8 minutes and still breathing.

     

    N


  12. If I could get a movement started where like-minded folks converged on the noise and let Slim Whitman rip it might even have a Mars Attacks result.

    LOL! I imagine if you played “WAP” they would approve. My five kids never got out of arms reach when they were little and we were out and about. Hand holding or carrying in parking lots. We got little shopping carts for them when grocery shopping and they could get what they wanted as long as they stayed near.

  13. @drwilliams, yup. I hate that too. So much that I frequently notice well behaved children.

    My rant:

    As long as I am in the mood, I HATE speed bumps. I think they used to be called “sleeping policemen” in your part of the world. I try to take good care of my cars, and needlessly exposing them to a sharp high amplitude shock is not my idea of good care. I used to say something to my long suffering wife about such, suggesting that everyone who approaches a speed bump should sound their horn for five seconds. Might get some attention, and maybe a ticket for excessive noise. This, in spite of the fact that loud radios seem to be louder than modern feeble horns. But I digress. She has reminded me that my “solution” would never catch on. So…

    My latest idea is that I roll up to these diabolical things and STOP, for at least a few seconds. Then, I proceed at 0.001 mph, or something like that. I should point out that my speed over the bump hasn’t changed, only the pause before proceeding. So far, I have not had anyone honk at me. Not even anyone seemed annoyed. I will admit that I sometimes move over and wait for traffic behind me to pass, if there is room. Sometimes.

    Sad thing is, speed bumps don’t really slow down the people who are their target. No, they blast over them at full speed. Maybe a tank trap would work for them.

  14. Regarding the comments yesterday about tracking cell phones and cars. First the easy one, cars. All of them have those 6×12” things on them called license plates. Even our miniscule town has two patrol cars equipped with license plate readers. OK, they don’t track you full time, but you are far from anonymous. Add a toll tag to that, and your car could be tracked by a network of surveillance readers that have nothing to do with tolls. Has that happened? Probably not yet, but one person already had (several years ago!) toll tag evidence used against him in court. He crossed a toll bridge in the San Francisco area, and his toll tag was read. The data was supposed to have had personal ID removed after billing, but it didn’t, and some enterprising attorney subpoenaed it. Our overlords are pretty casual about security.

    As for cell phones, it doesn’t have to be a “smart” phone with GPS; even the dumbest phone will do. If you are in an area with more than two or so towers, your location can be determined fairly closely, especially if you are moving. Enough that suspicion can be cast if you are ever charged with something and the data is examined. It is extremely hard to have a cell phone that is not tied to your personal ID. Even though you could purchase one anonymously, when you get it on the network, you will have to identify yourself. Every cell phone (and everything that is on any network) has a unique ID, and it is tied to guess who.

    There is no privacy, at least in this context. Get over it. If you want privacy, live in a cave with no utilities, and walk everywhere. A bicycle might work in some areas. Wait, don’t go anywhere because of facial recognition. They are watching, and there are more of them every day.

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  15. Hey Nick, almost an hour. Please check in. Hope you are OK. If not, nice knowing you. 😉

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  16. Probably not yet, but one person already had (several years ago!) toll tag evidence used against him in court. He crossed a toll bridge in the San Francisco area, and his toll tag was read. The data was supposed to have had personal ID removed after billing, but it didn’t, and some enterprising attorney subpoenaed it.

    The only reasonable expectation of privacy you have in a toll tag transaction is that the issuing authority will not disclose the credit card number you leave on file with them to pay the monthly bill.

    Read the privacy notice the authority sends out annually.

    And keep payments current. You’re really hosed the moment the account goes to a collections company.

  17. Hey Nick, almost an hour. Please check in. Hope you are OK. If not, nice knowing you.

    Has anyone called dibs on the dead rats and peed-on food? Asking for a friend.

     

    … a friend who knows someone who deserves to receive rotting rats and peed-on food, but that’s none of my business.

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  18. @JimB:

    Two weeks from today I will be taking a trip in my Jeep up Coyote Canyon north of Borrego Springs.  I will record the trip with my Garmin Montana 750i GPSr.  When I get back home I will send the recorded trail up to my MapShare site and post its link back here.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/690986

    It will also record the trip on the site as I travel via Iridum satellites.


  19. your car could be tracked by a network of surveillance readers that have nothing to do with tolls

    My little town does something similar. There is on major 4 lane highway through town and to places beyond. At each entrance the police have installed a license plate reader. If a license of a known “wanted” passes through the police are alerted. Odds are that data is kept for some time after collection. It would be a simple matter to connect that system to the state vehicle license database and extract names. Speed is supposedly not checked.

    I don’t believe that as Oak Ridge installed “red light” cameras. Amazingly, without public knowledge, those cameras also detected speed. Hundreds of people got nasty grams from the camera company demanding payment. My wife got caught. I paid but should have told the company to stuff it. Instead I sent 50 checks for various amounts that added up to the $50.00 fine. I did get another letter asking for a single check or credit card which I ignored.

  20. I don’t believe that as Oak Ridge installed “red light” cameras. Amazingly, without public knowledge, those cameras also detected speed. Hundreds of people got nasty grams from the camera company demanding payment. My wife got caught.

    Check state law regarding the cameras. Texas has a newish prohibition on the red light cameras, but a lot of small towns had contracts extending out many years beyond the effective date with private companies so citations still arrive in the mail on the chance that someone not paying attention will just write a check … or checks in your case

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  21. I sent 50 checks for various amounts that added up to the $50.00 fine.

    +1

    Were they deposited? It costs some amount for a business to process a check and that amount probably exceeds the $1 average.


  22. I sent 50 checks for various amounts that added up to the $50.00 fine.

    My freshman year at UT Knoxville, the dorm I lived in didn’t have enough parking, so if you got in late, you had to park on the street. City street with meters, If you didn’t move your car early the next day, you would get a $5 ticket. The meter maids were notorious. I got a ticket and went to pay. I paid it in rolls of pennies. The lady was pissed, and insisted I write my name in each roll. I smiled and said no problem. I also mentioned that next time I wouldn’t roll them. The rage on her face still makes me smile today.


  23. Check state law regarding the cameras.

    Cameras are gone. People just stopped paying and the camera company lost the contract. Too many legal get-arounds. People started demanding calibration records, speed calculation specifics, etc. Most just said FU, come get get me.

    Were they deposited?

    Yes, every single one. Person entering the checks had to enter every single one. No charge to me and I produced the checks on my computer and used a MSword template to sign each one. I also sent the checks registered with return receipt, addressee only, with the name of the city official that signed the document with the speed violation.

    My freshman year at UT Knoxville, the dorm I lived in didn’t have enough parking, so if you got in late, you had to park on the street. City street with meters, If you didn’t move your car early the next day, you would get a $5 ticket.

    Knoxville is notorious for parking around the campus. UT itself was even worse, especially for students. Tickets owed meant no graduation diploma until the fines were paid. $27.50 a ticket last I was there. I worked on campus, but not for UT.

    UT used to have students patrol the lots and issue tickets. That stopped when someone got a ticket who was smarter than UT parking. Turns out students are not sworn officers and cannot issue citations that involve fines. The person had his ticket voided. Now all parking tickets are done by the UT police. All student issued tickets were effectively illegal and should have been voided and all fines returned. But UT very quickly squashed that knowledge even putting out information that was false. Basically saying that any citation not challenged in 30 days was considered valid.

  24. And in other news my ASUS wireless mesh network has been up for 32 days without a reboot. No issues, solid speeds, NAS attached to main router works well.  ASUS seems to be a solid choice for home WiFi.

  25. ASUS seems to be a solid choice for home WiFi.

    ASUS is solid in most, if not all, their stuff and they keep reference material for a veeery long time available to users.

  26. I begin to hate OS with RSX11M, so, Unix? a bless, And I stand linux is recompile your kernel for not specialized static duties, YMMV.

    This is maybe the reason why I never learnt to program, I did it on assembler, but never ever on high level, manage programmers, yes,  projects too, but grunt? no, my fault

    cheers

     

  27. Sitting down to reread my copy of “Surviving the Economic Collapse” by Fernando Aguirre that I  found in an old box last week.  He describes his experiences during the 2001 Argentine Economic collapse and lays out lessons learned. Still very topical

    He doesn’t think much of remote rural hideaways as in Argentina this simply let the bad guys concentrate their attention on one house and overwhelm the family.  His lessons come from experience.  I may not agree with everything but I highly recommend this book.


  28. He describes his experiences during the 2001 Argentine Economic collapse and lays out lessons learned. Still very topical

    Unfortunately, the experience he has had extends well before that year and well after; even to this date. So, for that specific country, the information must be robust.

  29. I’m alive! Sorry for the delay. I was running back and forth the whole time getting things to the auctioneer. And then I forgot. I’m feeling…. weird.

    Some numbness and tingling in extremities. Might not be related. Feel hot, like flushed. No fever though. Feel a bit, well, half a bubble off. I wouldn’t want to do anything off the ground or critical that it was right. No power tools for sure.

    I definitely feel like I’d like to go to bed, although it’s nothing specific.

    n

  30. “your car could be tracked by a network of surveillance readers that have nothing to do with tolls. Has that happened? Probably not yet”

    — as noted above, it’s been done for speed maps. I was pretty sure that’s what Houston did, but I finally found an article that says they use bluetooth. They read your phone or your vehicle as it passes.

    License plate readers are very common. Apartment complexes are using them, and they are all tied to a service provider that does the name lookup. Cops can submit a BOLO for a tag, but it apparently takes a couple of days normally (overheard on the scanner.)

    n


  31. Speed is supposedly not checked.

    I remember years ago frequently traveling the NJ Turnpike with my parents. This was in the pre-EZPass days where you got a toll ticket at the interchange where you entered the road and then turned it in at the exit interchange and the person in the toll booth collected the toll accordingly. I always wondered, since the toll ticket was time-stamped when you received it, why the Turnpike Authority didn’t just look at the distance traveled between interchanges and your travel time and automatically determine if you were speeding and fine you. Seems would be even easier in today’s toll tag environment. I did a quick DDG search and didn’t see any relevant results.


  32. Feel a bit, well, half a bubble off.

    That’s about how I’ve been feeling yesterday and today since I got the 2nd jab of the Pfizer vaccine.
    A looong hot shower (thanks for 50 gallon HW heaters) just now seems to have helped a bit. Other than a bit of a sore arm, no other symptoms.

  33. Using toll tags to measure travel time on non-tolled roadways has been done for decades.

    Easy with tags using active electronics, but the trend is towards passive tags.

  34. Nothing to see here folks, please move along…
    So much for his pledge of ‘transparency’.
    IIRC he said at the press conference that the press would be allowed in once C&BP fixes it… and because…COVID.

    The Biden administration on Wednesday — for the first time — let journalists into a Texas border facility housing young migrants who crossed the southern border, after weeks of denying access to members of the news media. But it has continued to keep reporters out of other, detention-like facilities filled well over their capacities.
    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/biden-administration-access-border-facility-capacity/story?id=76662203

  35. @Nick – glad your cootie shot doesn’t require me to come up with the ‘starting posts’ each day.

    My 2nd Pfizer jab was no big deal. Slight soreness at the injection point. Maybe a slight headache, but had that before the shot. Headache mostly gone the next day. So is the arm muscle soreness.

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  36. As for cell phones, it doesn’t have to be a “smart” phone with GPS; even the dumbest phone will do. If you are in an area with more than two or so towers, your location can be determined fairly closely, especially if you are moving.

    But what if the battery is disconnected and the SIM card is removed? Still trackable?

    Even though you could purchase one anonymously, when you get it on the network, you will have to identify yourself. Every cell phone (and everything that is on any network) has a unique ID, and it is tied to guess who.

    Identify yourself how?

  37. And right on schedule my NVR filled up and needed to reboot. This time, it won’t even start the UI, just have a login prompt. I’ll be jiggered if I can figure out what login name it wants. I’m always nflandrey or nick flandrey but neither works.

    I’ve been poking around. See if this sounds reasonable.

    Cups writes a huge errorlog even tually filling the whole disk. I normally delete the errorlog as part of my reboot process. IT IS STILL RUNNING THE ERROR LOGGING THOUGH. iotop says cupsd was saving tons to my drive. I can’t find the file because I ‘deleted’ it. cupsd is still writing to the disk, just in a way I can’t see, and it does so until the disk fills. When I reboot, that ‘unnamed and invisible file gets released/destroyed/etc and the process starts over.

    I’ve been looking at the man pages for cupsd and there doesn’t seem to be a way to set errorlogging to OFF.

    So, I need to either get cups set up properly, which would mean getting samba set up because all the printers are network printers, or I need to figure out how to actually kill cupsd

    or alternately, stop it from logging.
    n


  38. Feel hot, like flushed.

    Sounds like you were injected with menopause.

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  39. you mean ‘personopause’ since women with a penis can get the change too…

    n

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  40. I thought my backspace key broke.

    I hate that “feature”. I don’t know how many times I’ve accidentally clicked out of a form, then backspace to try to correct a mistake, which causes a Back action and loses the form 🙁 Alt-Left Arrow FTW.

    Vaccine… I had a sore arm for a day, felt under the weather today but I’m recovering.

     

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  41. Nick: Let’s kill the last component of cups.

    sudo systemctl disable cups-browsed.service

    Then

    systemctl list-unit-files verticalbar grep cups

    Substitute for verticalbar.

    They should all show as disabled.

  42. And reboot.

    I have one more trick if that doesn’t work.

    Rick: this may be intended but verticalbar causes a 500 error.

  43. ok, tried another username and logged in on tty1

    looking in /var/log/cups there is an errorlog and it is complaining constantly that

    Directory\ " /user/lib/cups/notifiers\" has insecure permissions
    Notifier for subscription 70 (dbus://) went away, retrying!

    So there is another option, fix the permissions???

    n

  44. So, I need to either get cups set up properly, which would mean getting samba set up because all the printers are network printers, or I need to figure out how to actually kill cupsd

    or alternately, stop it from logging.

    IIRC, CUPS was complaining about permissions on one particular directory. Search back in the archives here, mabye 4-5 months.

    I can double check the permissions on the directory with my clean system.

  45. Location doesn’t matter. You might need a sudo in front of the second command.

  46. If cups is barfing logs for a minor permissions problem, and these fixes don’t work. We can try fixing the permissions or just uninstalling cups.

     

    ls -ld /user/lib/cups/notifiers

    Is that a typo? user for usr?

     

  47. Linux

    the endless compile your kernel, aka forever war of Linus.

    cheers 

    The thing that torques me about Unix, and probably Linux, is that the shells are not very dynamic.  With 8,000+ source code files, I have to split my scripts up to get a complete recursion because hitting all of the source code files in a single command causes the shell to run out of memory.

    Other than that, Unix and probably Linux, are freaking awesome.

  48. probably a typo on my part.

    Ok, rebooted, but still can’t startx because the disk sda1 is full with the errorlog with no name…

    is there an fdisk or chkdisk that will clean up the remnants of that file?

    df -H comfirms that there is 0% available on sda1

    ls in the /var/log/cups doesn’t show any files.

    n

  49. Like many things, Linux is simultaneously amazing and hellish.

    I watched Grady’s video on the TX grid near-failure, today. I had wondered where the “4 minutes to grid meltdown” came from. Fascinating.

  50. What does iostat show?

    I would ask for a recursive ls of /var/log but this site will throw a 500 error.

    you could…

    ls -lR slash var slash log verticalbar less

    and look for big files, then sudo rm those big files.

  51. About those 500 errors – looked at them a couple days ago, and posted this:

    The 500 errors on Nick’s text (which includes log files from his camera server, and some command-type lines) appear to be caused by ‘mod-security’, which didn’t like the content of his text.

    The HTTPS error log has this text (sanitized a bit)

    [Thu Mar 25 14:23:58.780649 2021] [:error] [pid 21794:tid 4021256959744] [client xx.xxx.161.58:58436] [client xx.xxx.161.58] ModSecurity: Warning. Operator GE matched 7 at TX:inbound_anomaly_score. [file “/xxx/mod_sec3_CRS/RESPONSE-980-CORRELATION.conf”] [line “87”] [id “980130”] [msg “Inbound Anomaly Score Exceeded (Total Inbound Score: 10 – SQLI=0,XSS=0,RFI=0,LFI=0,RCE=10,PHPI=0,HTTP=0,SESS=0): individual paranoia level scores: 10, 0, 0, 0”] [ver “OWASP_CRS/3.3.0”] [tag “event-correlation”] [hostname “www.ttgnet.com”] [uri “xxxxx”] [unique_id “YFz-bvjkRBGlHdtQ2xz2wgAAAA8”], referer: https://www.ttgnet.com/journal/2021/03/25/thur-mar-25-2021-do-not-press-the-shiny-red-candy-colored-button/

    …which looks to me like mod-security didn’t like things. Not sure what it didn’t like, or any setting that might change that.

    Maybe running the text through a filter of some sort before posting, or adding spaces between all characters, might allow the message to come through.

    I don’t speak ‘mod-security’ …

    Maybe the vertical pipe character is also causing irritations… nope…works for me. Maybe putting the ‘code’ tag around that same text that was causing a 500.

    500 errors are a pain to diagnose..

  52. iostat not installed, says I could install sysstat..

    I ALMOST put a big video file on the drive just so I’d have something to remove if needed. shoulda woulda coulda — didn’t

    Even if I get x to start, I still have the problem of the phantom error_log filling up 440GB unless x does some sort of cleanup when starting…

    I’m gonna try rebooting again.

    n

  53. <i> Add a toll tag to that, and your car could be tracked by a network of surveillance readers that have nothing to do with tolls. Has that happened? Probably not yet,

    Big Brother is always watching…

    Using toll tags to measure travel time on non-tolled roadways has been done for decades.

    https://www.hdrinc.com/insights/experts-talk-all-electronic-tolling-managed-lanes-and-toll-roads-phil-riggio  </i>

    A decade or two ago, Texas was talking about putting RFID chips in our annual vehicle registration stickers.  Then TexasTag showed up for all the tollways.  But the design for the RFID chip is still available for the mileage detectors.

     

  54. ok, well there is progress in that cups didn’t start, iotop shows only something jbd2/sda1-81 trying to write to the disk

    still showing 0 free space on sda1, and I can’t find anything big enough to rm to make much difference. all the normal logs are ~100k, and I’m not sure what I can just slash away at.

    if it was a windows box, I’d run chkdisk

    n

  55. OK, making progress. Here’s how I find big files:

    cd /

    du -sk *

    Ignore sys, proc, dev, boot, initrd*, vmlinuz*

    Lets say the problem is in /home.

    cd /home

    du -sk *

    Recurse until you find the big file.

  56. Well, the two biggest directories are /var/log/ journal and I don’t think I can mess with that right?

    and the directory that my nvr software is in.

    the cups errorlog doesn’t show up, probably because I manually deleted it, while cupsd was still using it, and cupsd just kept writing to something… until the disk filled.

    Usually, that got fixed on reboot, but for some reason it didn’t happen the last time. I’ve rebooted three times since and the disk is still showing as full, but the listed files don’t come close to filling it.

    n

  57. In a sense Linux is Unix for PCs, yes, awesome, as Jerry said lot of times, if you have a Guru available, OSX is Unix with a graphic shell too

    Harold, it is not the first time that someone talks about Fernando Aguirre, he says complete bullsh1t, I lived and still live here

     

    cheers

     

  58. You can delete anything in /var/log, it just comes back.
    sudojournalctl --vacuum-size=100M

  59. Just ran it on a test vm that does almost nothing, freed 3.9GB

     

    My Linux is rusty.

  60. Yeah, now I’ve just got a blinking cursor in the upper left, black screen.

    Long short short long short repeating….

    n

  61. You’ve got a lot to cleanup probably.

     

    Another topic. Heard on the news the other day…

    “A woman killed overnight in a house fire”

    Who did she kill and why did she do it during a house fire?

    Why can’t journalists speak English? Even American English <snark>

     

  62. Ebola is back in the news, with a group being watched in Oregon after travel to an area with an outbreak. The chances are slim for a problem with this group but there will be others. If it gets here, some people are gonna die. And we’ll be lining up for the shot…’cuz that stuff ain’t no joke.

    They could have started distributing that shot a couple of years ago. Unlike COVID-19 the vaccine doesn’t need to be invented first. It already exists. We could all already be inoculated. Though, apparently, better to be reactive than proactive. 🙄

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  63. But what if the battery is disconnected and the SIM card is removed? Still trackable?

    Even though you could purchase one anonymously, when you get it on the network, you will have to identify yourself. Every cell phone (and everything that is on any network) has a unique ID, and it is tied to guess who.

    Identify yourself how?

     

    If the battery is truly disconnected, no, but not a useful phone.

     

    ID means a credit or debit card, or, lacking that, a drivers license. I don’t have personal experience, but have read it is almost impossible to sign up for a cell phone account without ID. Credit cards have strict ID requirements. I have never tried to skirt these requirements, so only know what I read.

  64. Ebola is back in the news, with a group being watched in Oregon after travel to an area with an outbreak. The chances are slim for a problem with this group but there will be others. If it gets here, some people are gonna die. And we’ll be lining up for the shot…’cuz that stuff ain’t no joke.

    They could have started distributing that shot a couple of years ago. Unlike COVID-19 the vaccine doesn’t need to be invented first. It already exists. We could all already be inoculated. Though, apparently, better to be reactive than proactive.

    I met a guy who survived Ebola a couple of years ago.  He was signing his books after preaching at my church.  I bought one.  So, you can survive Ebola. With, great effort.

    https://www.amazon.com/Called-Life-Loving-Neighbor-Epidemic/dp/1601428235/?tag=ttgnet-20

  65. Ok, booted from a mint live distro, ran disks to repair the filesystem on the drive, and it did so.

    Properties for the disk shows 491.2GB used, 0 available. 313,878 items, totalling 12.2 GB (12.7GB on the disk) (some contents unreadable)

    So it looks like the damaged file that used up all the free space is still damaged.

    Any way to secure delete anything that’s not filesystem? I don’t think it will show slack space though, just “unreadable”.

    I wonder if I could image the partition to one of the other drives, and then wipe the partition, and then restore the image, or would the image include all the unreadable part too?

    n

  66. Cell phones log on to the strongest cell when powered on without a SIM card, so you can call 911.

    They transmit the IMEI in doing so. If you’ve got a phone that logged on to a network with a SIM card, that SIM is (most likely) associated to you and now the IMEI is associated to you.

    When the battery is out they should be completely powered off (tinfoil hat time).

    IMEI = International Mobile Equipment Identifier.

    Technically, they aren’t SIM’s any more, but same idea.

  67. Google says

    sudo touch /forcefsck

    You can remove that file when you’re sure you don’t need it any more as it slows the reboot by repairing the file system on every boot.

  68. I started the process of doing a partition image, to see if that would just pull off the readable files. It says xxxGB of 500GB so it might be a bit by bit copy, but we’ll see if it is or not.

    Over an hour to do so I move to continue this meeting ’til tomorrow… all in favor?

    seriously, thanks for the help. Worst case I have to nuke the partition from orbit and reinstall, then apply the changes to kill cups or fix whatever throws the error. that would actually probably be quicker than messing around now that I think about it. I’ll continue on this path for the nonce though.

    n

  69. I started the process of doing a partition image, to see if that would just pull off the readable files. It says xxxGB of 500GB so it might be a bit by bit copy, but we’ll see if it is or not.

    I forgot. Is the drive an SSD?


  70. I always wondered, since the toll ticket was time-stamped when you received it, why the Turnpike Authority didn’t just look at the distance traveled between interchanges and your travel time and automatically determine if you were speeding and fine you.

    Because they really do not want to go out of their way to hinder their customers?

  71. Agree, tomorrow. I’ll be studying all day.

    The forcefsk doesn’t seem to do anything on my system. This is the other way to force an fsck:

    sudo tune2fs -c 1 /dev/sda1

    Where sda1 is the device of /, and the number is the number of reboots before fsck’ing.

    You should be able to reinstall without cups, or just remove it, set the journal file size, and all should be good.

     

  72. @Harold, any news about your wife’s condition? I hope she’s getting treatment and feeling better…

    n

  73. “I always wondered, since the toll ticket was time-stamped when you received it, why the Turnpike Authority didn’t just look at the distance traveled between interchanges and your travel time and automatically determine if you were speeding and fine you.”

    –I assumed this had to do with the right to face your accuser, something you can’t do with an automated process, and a perennial weakness of speed trap radars, and red light cameras. Someone has to swear the complaint against you, and you have the right to a trial by jury, which again is hard to do with a machine.

    n

  74. Back in the 1960s, one of the midwestern (Illinois, Missouri?) Turnpikes supposedly used the toll ticket timestamps to detain speeders for law enforcement. The police wrote a ticket, and it was legal: confront your accuser and all that rot. This was only used in situations with very high speed violations.

    That was the rumor; I doubt it was true, because they were private and wanted happy customers.

    I traveled that turnpike with my parents on vacation a few times, and even drove it when I was old enough to share driving duties. We were just glad to have relief from two lane roads, and to averege whatever the speed limit was. I also remember driving seemingly endless Rt66 roads, and watching the new Interstate highway under construction.

    Those were the good old days, when driving was uphill in both directions, with a headwind.

    We made that round trip five times from the Detroit area to Los Angeles, starting in 1948 and ending in 1962. We took different routes, and saw a lot.

  75. @Harold, any news about your wife’s condition? I hope she’s getting treatment and feeling better…

     

    They sent us home from the hospital with super duper pain meds and an appointment with the surgeon for Friday.  There seems to be no real treatment for calciphylaxis aside from removing the affected areas.  We keep finding new lesions on her leg everyday.  Right now the plan is to help her survive till Friday with pain medication and see what the surgeon can do. Calciphylaxis is where tiny capillaries in the skin and fatty tissues become calcified and necrotic.  She has eliminated all sources of calcium in her diet and medications but these lesions are still growing.

    I can’t express enough how much the support from this group means to us.

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