Fri. May 14, 2021 – nothing clever to say

Cool and damp, but no precip in the forecast. Got none yesterday either. It was cool and overcast all day, which made the driving around a bit nicer.

Swung by and did a pickup. Stopped at Microcenter and got my free microSD card (32gb, just for stopping in, second one this year, iirc.) Went by my secondary to unload and also unloaded the little freezer to my neighbor. He’s revealing a bit more every day we talk, and he’s a very like minded individual. The freezer will go on a stand-alone solar system and be filled with harvested meat. He started from the opposite end of the spectrum politically, but we’re pretty close on a bunch of things. Plus he’s got chickens and is working on an aquaculture scheme… I must be pretty well camouflaged, as it’s taken a really long time, and some pretty clear demonstration of LMI’d-ness on my part to crack his reticence. I think the change came when I actually brought him a box of 223 for a project he mentioned. He declined the box but has been a bit more open ever since. MEATSPACE baby! Help people when you can.

Went to the chiropractor on my way home. Good progress is being made. I’m hoping one or two more visits and I’ll be back to normal. We’ll see how I feel today whether I go in, or wait a couple of days. I bought an inversion table thing to try too, so maybe with some stretching, some chi gong and tai chi exercises, and some decompression, I can avoid feeling this way. No idea where I’ll put the inversion thing. Maybe in the yard…

Gotta get body, soul, and mind all back together. And stack some more. Daughter One is reading a book about a collapse, called “Rule of Three”. She’s much more aware now, and asked some pointed and specific questions at dinner about our prep level. “No, I didn’t have to run out and get chlorine when I heard about the coming shortage.” “We need it for prepping drinking water!” “Yeah, but I don’t have to go OUT when we’ve already got some….” “Oh.” Just to be sure though, I think I’ll pick up some more while Costco has it in stock.

And then I can keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

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

90 thoughts on “Fri. May 14, 2021 – nothing clever to say”

  1. 66F and 78%RH this am. No rain forecast so fingers crossed for a pleasant day.
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  2. Popo are back to working street racing tonight. Must be a big weekend coming up.

    Law enforcement is busy so it is time to make some YouTube gold. Why work?

    Street racing activity is up everywhere, and the Cannonball record fell several times last Summer.

    Orlando has a lot of street racing right now, and when we were there in March, the drivers seemed more impatient than usual. I nearly had the side of the rental taken off a couple of times changing lanes, clearly signalling, but the other drivers hitting the accelerator not wanting to “lose”.


  3. From FEMA
    Current Situation: Colonial Pipeline has announced that product delivery has resumed to 80% of
    Colonial Pipeline; Colonial Pipeline expects delivery will resume to 100% of markets serviced this
    afternoon. Currently there are no requests for FEMA assistance.
    Impacts:
    ▪ Approximately 1,800 gas-stations are out of fuel in AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, MD, and VA.
    ▪ Nearly 52% of Virginia’s fuel stations are out of gas. Areas on the pipeline within Virginia
    do not yet have the output to supply the region (CISA as of 4:50 a.m. ET; May 13, 2021)
    ▪ Nearly 68% of North Carolina’s fuel stations report they are out of fuel (gasbuddy.com)
    ▪ Airlines are making fuel stopovers to reach destinations, and have cancelled flights
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    plugs clearly stated “this is a private matter”, so why is FEMA commenting? Obviously plugs is jumping for joy about gas shortages. Death of nasty IE cars, and, more control over the peons. So why lift a finger?

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  4. “so why is FEMA commenting?”

    –that is an interesting question. FEMA propounds and is supposed to take and “all hazards” approach to risk, but there are often events with more than regional impact that they never even mention. The riots and ‘occupations’ are perfect examples of that. Never a mention of ‘civil unrest’ or disorder.

    It’s also interesting that several times FEMA has mentioned that ‘no aid was requested.’

    It could be as simple as that the daily briefing covers transportation and energy disruptions after a disaster, so they figure they’ll cover them during this “disaster”.

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  5. LOL!

    https://archive.fo/kpxZk. Greene aggressively confronts Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, causing New York congresswoman to raise security concerns

    Shot Girl is a classic Commie. As soon as she is confronted over her dopey ideas, she folds. Security! Security! Imagine how she treats peons that confront her.

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  6. MTG/AOC:

    asking why she supports antifa, a loosely knit group of far-left activists, and Black Lives Matter, falsely labeling them “terrorist” groups.

    Falsely. Right.

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  7. I nearly had the side of the rental taken off a couple of times changing lanes, clearly signalling, but the other drivers hitting the accelerator not wanting to “lose”.

    I can remember when turn signals were added to new cars that didn’t come with them from the factory. Nobody used them because that would reveal their intentions. Also remember moving to California in 1972,  then traveling with my boss to Boston. Like most Californians back then, he was a polite driver and signaled lane changes. No  one let him in. I suggested he drive like playing basketball: fake his moves; it worked, but he still didn’t like it. He had never learned to drive aggressively. Eventually, I learned to drive courteously. It only worked in California. Still does, mostly, but less so  now.

    I lived in Ft Lauderdale just before coming to California. There was open hostility toward bikers. I rode a motorcycle, and had to be aware of this. One Saturday, I was downtown in heavy traffic, and seemed to get every red light. An old lady was behind me, and crept up close behind me at each light. She was very impatient, and honked as the lights turned green. Finally, she bumped me. It was just my tire, but still contact. I motioned for her to pull over, but she drove on. I caught up and told her to pull over, but she didn’t. I got mad and kicked her door in. Now she had a reason for her hostility. Stupid move on my part, but nothing ever came of it.

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  8. One Saturday, I was downtown in heavy traffic, and seemed to get every red light. An old lady was behind me, and crept up close behind me at each light. She was very impatient, and honked as the lights turned green. Finally, she bumped me. 

    That’s not uncommon behavior in Dade/Broward in my experience.

    My wife lived in an apartment a few blocks from 46th on Sterling in Hollywood for a couple of years, and, as I’ve noted before, if anyone asks me about how the 2000 election mess happened, I recommend an afternoon of people watching in whatever grocery store occupies the Emerald Hills Plaza anchor tenant space.

    That neighborhood is home to one of the demographics who will think nothing of bumping a motorcyclist. The Lizard, Flo, and Limu Emu love the profits from the car insurance market down there.

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  9. Cut my hair this morning. I’m hoping this is the last time I have to cut it myself. (that is a self imposed restriction, btw, my guy has been cutting hair since he recovered from the ‘rona in May of last year.)

    Back and neck feel ok, still a bit ‘twinge-y’ but much better mobility, reduced pain, and stuff moves by itself when prompted.

    I have to do some more paperwork then I’m headed out to get my inversion table thing.

    Tax paperwork first though.

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  10. In this morning’s email:

    Krebs on Security has posted a new item.

    The DarkSide ransomware affiliate program responsible for the six-day outage
    at Colonial Pipeline this week that led to fuel shortages and price spikes
    across the country is running for the hills. The crime gang announced it was
    closing up shop after its servers were seized and someone drained funds from
    an account the group uses to pay affiliates.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/darkside-ransomware-gang-quits-after-servers-bitcoin-stash-seized/

    DarkSide organizers also said they were releasing decryption tools for all of the companies that have been ransomed but which haven’t yet paid.

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  11. Someone wants to live to enjoy their ill gotten gains.

     

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  12. I’m headed out to get my inversion table thing.

    I use mine regularly – 4 or 5 times a week. I don’t go full vertical, and am only inverted for a couple minutes. I do it before bed or when I’m feeling really torqued up. It does a great job of straightening everything out and I usually get a good pop of a problem vertebrae in the back. Before I get on the table, if I lay on the floor, I can’t lay flat. After the table, I can lay flat. It’s made a good difference long-term for me.

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  13. “White Supremacists robs elderly Asian Man at gunpoint.”
    https://gunfreezone.net/white-supremacists-robs-elderly-asian-man-at-gunpoint/

    “It is truly getting out of hand.
    But thank God Attorney General Merrick Garland has warned the Senate just yesterday”

    “Domestic violent extremist groups, particularly white supremacists, pose a growing threat to the United States, Attorney General Merrick Garland told a Senate panel on Wednesday.
    “The threat of lethality is higher than it ever was … I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the U.S. Capitol” by rioters on Jan. 6, said Garland, who as a prosecutor led the investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.””

    Merrick Garland is a liar. The dangerous violent groups are BLM, Antifa, etc.

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  14. “Another reson why Leftists love Palestinians – educational goals”
    https://gunfreezone.net/another-reson-why-leftists-love-palestinians-educational-goals/

    “Palestinian, Gaza and the unoccupied areas of the West Bank, are impoverished s***holes.
    The governments of those regions are the corrupt Hamas and Palestinian Authority.
    Palestinian schools teach nothing but fundamentalist Islam and Jew hatred.
    The children read nothing but the Koran. They have no skills that would help them get job or build a functional economy.
    All they know is they are poor and miserable because the Jews took their land and oppresse them.
    They are full of anger, Jew-hatred, and resentment.”

    “American cities where CRT is taught will turn into Gaza in a generation.”

    Too late, it has already happened in many blue cities.

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  15. Merrick Garland is a liar. The dangerous violent groups are BLM, Antifa, etc.

    The media has been seriously working the Asian community since the massage parlor incident in Atlanta.

  16. In this morning’s email:

    Krebs on Security has posted a new item.

    The DarkSide ransomware affiliate program responsible for the six-day outage
    at Colonial Pipeline this week that led to fuel shortages and price spikes
    across the country is running for the hills. The crime gang announced it was
    closing up shop after its servers were seized and someone drained funds from
    an account the group uses to pay affiliates.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/darkside-ransomware-gang-quits-after-servers-bitcoin-stash-seized/

    DarkSide organizers also said they were releasing decryption tools for all of the companies that have been ransomed but which haven’t yet paid.

    Would you run a decryption tool full of unknown features on your LAN ? Not me. There are probably hidden programs in there that will start up at preprogrammed times.

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  17. Would you run a decryption tool full of unknown features on your LAN ? Not me. There are probably hidden programs in there that will start up at preprogrammed times.

    Me either, but then we aren’t stupid enough to not have viable backups/contingency plans either.

    From discussion yesterday, I’d bet really good money at least half of the current Fortune 500 companies don’t have good complete backups, let alone a decently secure network. It’s dangerous out there kids.

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  18. at least half of the current Fortune 500 companies don’t have good complete backups, let alone a decently secure network.

    Considerably higher than that, in my formerly-professional opinion. Though “good complete backup” is kind of a sliding scale, as is “decently secure network”.

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  19. Merrick Garland is a liar. The dangerous violent groups are BLM, Antifa, etc.

    Seems to me white supremacist organizations, BLM and Antifa may all qualify.

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  20. According to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 85 percent of data breaches involved human interaction. These breaches include phishing, business email compromise, lost or stolen credentials, and human error and misuse. Gabe Bassett, senior information security data scientist for the Verizon Security Research team and co-author of the report said, “I think it’s very easy in security to forget that what we’re securing is not the computer. What we’re securing is the organization. The organization is the people as well.”

    From https://www.darkreading.com/operations/85–of-data-breaches-involve-human-interaction-verizon-dbir/d/d-id/1341012 emphasis added.

    One commenter on this report (from SANS Newsbytes:   ) said  (emphasis added)

    While true, we did not need the DBIR to tell us that. It should not be the case that one user clicking on a bait message should compromise an entire enterprise. Strong authentication and network segmentation, not to mention “zero trust,” would make us far more robust than we are. At a minimum, we should be isolating systems used for browsing and e-mail from mission critical applications, e.g., operating a pipeline. These are widely applicable and efficient measures. We know what to do. Can’t we just get on with it?

    And in another entry in the SANS Newsbytes newsletter, about the Colonial Pipeline:

    Three key things really popped out for me on this one. First, it appears that it was not the OT networks that were infected but Colonial’s IT billing system. One of the reasons Colonial stopped the flow of gas is because they would not be able to bill for it. Two, even though that they paid the ransom they still could not decrypt their data. This surprised me as this was such a high-visibility incident, most likely the cyber criminals made a mistake. Finally, this incident really reinforced for me how the scale and sophistication of the RaaS community has exploded.

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  21. white supremacist organizations

    Show me a white supremacist organization which isn’t at least 50% government agent or snitch and I’ll weigh in on that.

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  22. First, it appears that it was not the OT networks that were infected but Colonial’s IT billing system. One of the reasons Colonial stopped the flow of gas is because they would not be able to bill for it.

    I hadn’t thought of that but figured it would be something involving tracking, managing, or scheduling the flow that was essential but not on the SCADA systems that was the problem. Billing makes perfect sense.

    (On the other hand, I would have thought tracking the flow for billing would require accepting (summary) data from the SCADA system, so while maybe it would be awkward, they could eventually reconstruct/reload that data and bill. But I really know little to nothing about such systems)


  23. Show me a white supremacist organization which isn’t at least 50% government agent or snitch and I’ll weigh in on that.

    I think that would require having full membership lists of said organizations, and then full knowledge of how penetrated they are by the FBI. Might be hard to Google that info, so sorry nothing to show. It is my understanding that at least through the 1970s-1990s (maybe later) those organizations that existed were thoroughly penetrated and reduced/eliminated. I have no idea if the same amount of attention has been paid to them lately. If not, you can bet that is rapidly changing.

  24. Merrick Garland is a liar. The dangerous violent groups are BLM, Antifa, etc.

    Seems to me white supremacist organizations, BLM and Antifa may all qualify.

    Who are these white supremacist organizations ?

    The Proud Boys are several races with the leader being a black man.

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  25. Thrice I’ve been involved in dealing with Ransomeware. All three involved some who should know better opening an attachment on an email that made it through. One guy paid about a grand. The others just restored or tossed unneeded documents and moves on. Those two were not that badly infected,

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  26. Garland is not only a liar but partisan scum. He could have ended up on SCOTUS.

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  27. “Former Top Gear Host James May Says His Tesla Model S Has “Failed””
    https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/former-top-gear-host-james-may-says-his-tesla-model-s-has-failed

    “Former Top Gear host James May took to YouTube in a video published Wednesday titled “James May’s Tesla Model S has failed!” to include one of the top things he hates about his Model S. May, who has already made a video about the “dozen or so things he doesn’t like about his Tesla” included another annoying issue with the car: Its 12-volt battery tends to die, transforming the vehicle into an electric brick.”

    I have read many complaints about the 12 volt batteries in the plug-in electric cars. Having to cut into the car to access and change the 12 volt battery is not cool.

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  28. Garland is not only a liar but partisan scum. He could have ended up on SCOTUS.

    Garland could STILL end up on SCOTUS. They are making plans to add four more justices to SCOTUS.

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  29. I work for a Canadian bank. A successful attack that exposed client data would be a reputational disaster so there is a lot of time and money spent on cyber security.

     

    Banks used to have a policy of keeping small embezzlements quiet. But with the new data protection laws, that’s probably out the window.

     

  30. Speaking of chlorine, I was trying to whiten some coffee mugs yesterday, and was surprised when the bleach didn’t work immediately.

    It was a previously opened jug (Xmas?)  and had, when I sniffed, almost no scent.

    So, four months to lose potency, though I use a cup or two a month, so the cap would briefly be off then.

  31. $10 for a freaking 2×4, are you kidding me ?

    How about $6+ for a 4-pack of Bush’s “grilling” beans.

    22 oz cans vs. 16 oz normal size, but that’s still pricey on a per ounce basis. I saw it today making a Sam’s run.

    Replenishing my pork chop stash was $2.24/lb. Chicken thighs and wings were unobtainium.

    On the plus side, the mask mandate signs are down at Sam’s, *inside* the city limits. Figure that people will be running around in there maskless by Memorial Day.

  32. got the ‘page not found ‘ error on comments_post. ph p  again.   Reloading just gets the same error.

     

    Seems like there must be something the parser doesn’t like in the content, because it NEVER will post, and any other comment does.

     

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  33. I have read many complaints about the 12 volt batteries in the plug-in electric cars. Having to cut into the car to access and change the 12 volt battery is not cool.

    I’ve never seen a conventional lead-acid battery last beyond 36 months in Texas and Florida. The battery compartment needs to be more readily accessible, a lesson that Chrysler learned the hard way with the Sebring … geesh … 25 years ago IIRC.

  34. And when I re-typed essentially the same comment, it happened again.

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  35. “the advance guard of a Third World invasion that will change the character and composition of the United States”

     

    Too late.  Already happened.   Hartford CT as one example.   White to black to hispanic in my lifetime.

    Dozen spanish language radio stations in every market.  Billboards in spanish.   Anyone remember all those italian and polish radio stations?   Nope.  It’s different this time.

     

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  36. “the advance guard of a Third World invasion that will change the character and composition of the United States”

    Too late.  Already happened.   Hartford CT as one example.   White to black to hispanic in my lifetime.

    Dozen spanish language radio stations in every market.  Billboards in spanish.   Anyone remember all those italian and polish radio stations?   Nope.  It’s different this time.

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  37. I work for a Canadian bank. A successful attack that exposed client data would be a reputational disaster so there is a lot of time and money spent on cyber security.

    Banks used to have a policy of keeping small embezzlements quiet. But with the new data protection laws, that’s probably out the window.

    I am not sure about that. Defalcation (the term of art for fraud/theft by a fiduciary like a bank employee) is not unknown, but probably rare. Everything you do these days is via a computer and every keystroke and activity by an employee against production data is logged. That won’t stop someone from attempting embezzlement, theft, or whatever, but it makes it hard to avoid being caught. Non-employees stealing is a cost of business, be that by using stolen credit cards or other means.

    Ransomware attacks are essentially blackmail, and usually requires some sort of neglect or mistake by the company or an employee. As per my prior post, I say make these instances public. (NB: one thing my employer does is seed phony phishing emails on a regular basis. If you click on these by mistake, you are registered for a mandatory training course).

  38. yep.  I just select all cut and pasted and I get different results from the visual tab (page not found errror) and the text tab.

     

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  39. “the advance guard of a Third World invasion that will change the character and composition of the United States”

     

    Too late.  Already happened.   Hartford CT as one example.   White to black to hispanic in my lifetime.

    Dozen spanish language radio stations in every market.  Billboards in spanish.   Anyone remember all those italian and polish radio stations?   Nope.  It’s different this time.

     

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  40. That last was the blockquote from the visual editor.

     

    Block

    paste

    block

    and it posted.

     

    just click in visual tab, paste, and it errors.

     

    weird.

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    added- so something in that text or formatting is objectionable in the visual tab, but not in the text tab, and if enclosed in blockquote, then it’s ok in the visual and text tabs.

  41. @EdH,

     

    What brand bleach?  And what strength to start?

     

    Interesting data.

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  42. Dozen spanish language radio stations in every market. Billboards in spanish. Anyone remember all those italian and polish radio stations? Nope. It’s different this time.

    Parts of Florida had a high concentration of WWII generation Germans working either for the space program or at the Pratt and Whitney plant in Palm Beach. They eventually retired to Naples and surrounding areas in sufficient numbers that I remember the outlet mall on the way to the beaches in Fort Myers had signs in English and German as late as the 2000s.

    From what I understand, parts of Alabama around the rocket center are the same way. Of course during the war they were all farmers. 🙂

    They’re mostly passed now, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the outlet mall still had the signs. We haven’t had a reason to stop in 15 years.

  43. @nick:  my last comment (about infosec) was done in the visual editor tab and pasting blocks of text. No issues with doing that on my laptop (Win10, of course, with FireFox-latest version).

  44. It’s something in that specific block of text and formatting.    Just tried it again, and got the 404

     

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  45. Perhaps it’s time to ditch the current comments editor in favor of the one we had up till a couple of months ago.

    Just sayin’.

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  46. The other one had some issues too, but I can’t recall what they were.

     

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  47. Not uncommon for plugins to fight amongst themselves.

    I’m going to disable the ‘edit after’ plugin for a day, and let’s see if that causes the Nick problem to go away.

    Note that the rich-text-editor thing is not a plugin, but just enabling the built-in WordPress TinyMCE code. The same code is used in the post/page editor. I just added a short block of code to add that built-in TinyMCE editor to the comment box.

    Note that (in response to a comment a few days ago) that there is no spell-checker built into TinyMCE, or the comment box. I believe that the spelling check(them squiggly underlines)  is done by your browser.

    In FireFox:

    Select the “Menu” button located at the upper-right corner of the screen, then choose “Options“.
    Scroll to the “Language” section. (If you don’t see it, use the Search box.)
    There is a setting for your language. Mine’s set to “English (US)”, so ‘colour’ is squiggled.

    So, perhaps those that are complaining about language-specific spelling check (“colour”) don’t have their language specified correctly.

    So, RTFS on your comments before hit the Post button.

  48. @Nick: It was Chlorox Performance Beach, 6.05% Sodium hypochlorite.

     

  49. I’m pretty sure RBT said liquid bleach didn’t keep.

    I don’t use a lot of bleach.  Septic tank…. but I give the kitchen towels a shot once in a while.  More for sanitation than whitening.

     

  50. Thanks Ed, that’s quality bleach.  I hear about it going weak all the time, but mine seems to be working long after it should, so I always take those suggestions with a grain or two of NaCl.

     

    I’ve got test strips for restaurant level dilution, and for the pool.  Even weak bleach would work in the pool or for sanitation, you just need to add more to the water until the strip says you’re good.

     

    Maybe I’ll crack a bottle open this weekend.  I’ve got to refresh some water storage anyway.

     

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  51. I would edit to add, but.

    I do have a short bucket of pool bleach tablets.  Someone said tossing a few into the tank will kill off the mosquitoes.  Perhaps.  Perhaps I needed to toss in more than six tablets.  Perhaps I was told a line of bovine processed grass.

    Anyway, I have bleach.

  52. Worked again, and I’m pretty sure I just copy and paste like before.   Looks like something in the edit plugin.

     

    I’d much rather be able to edit though.

     

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    —added used my super powers to delete the clutter

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  53. @Paul:  Like you I’ve a septic system and use as little of this as possible; mainly whitening ceramic mugs, occasionally using dingy cloth, and the floors once in a while.

    I also try to empty leftover amounts onto the ground, if it’s just gray water w/bleach.

    @Nick: yes, I seem to recall a thread on that a while back too.

  54. @Rick:

    Thanks for the tip about spell-check. My browser (Brave) was indeed set to EN-US.

    Quick check: colour. No squiggles. So that’s sorted.

    G.

     

  55. “SpaceX Taps Google Data Centers to Supply Low-Latency Internet to Starlink”
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/spacex-taps-google-data-centers-to-supply-low-latency-internet-to-starlink

    “Under the deal, SpaceX will begin building more ground stations at Google data centers to help supply reliable internet to Starlink satellites.”

    I am surprised that all of those dishes can be so close to each other. I obviously do not understand how this is working.

  56. I ll try to get the book lynn, but again, air gapping doesnt is the panacea.

    Because any IT Control system needs to be patched, any application has new features which needs usually some kind of new version of whatever (engineering stations, historians, etc), usually a vendor request to perform some kind of upgrade remotely, interactions with regulators, and the list goes on and on and on. A lot of Scada is running on some flavor of Modbus, a lot of instrumentacion on wifi, and so on.

    So air gapping yes but not so mucho

     

    my 2 cents

  57. I am surprised that all of those dishes can be so close to each other. I obviously do not understand how this is working. 

    Different frequencies?

    Doesn’t Starlink “aim” the antennas electronically?

     


  58. see if that causes the Nick problem to go away

    I dunno about that. I think that the Nick problem is beyond the reach of WordPress plugins.

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  59. A lot of Scada is running on some flavor of Modbus, a lot of instrumentacion on wifi, and so on.

    Several of my clients are now running wifi blockers on the fences around properties. Once you go in, nothing works including your phone.

  60. Intentionally causing interference to radio frequencies is a felony depending on circumstances.

     

    Even the feds don’t do it.

     

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  61. Even the feds don’t do it.

    According to a (perhaps) reliable source, an ex-guard at a local state prison cell phone signals are blocked in the prison. He says that none of the guards cell phones will work in the guards break and prep rooms. The “blocking” is to keep prisoners from using smuggled cell phones. Guards are not allowed to have cell phones in the cell block areas. I do know from personal experience that my cell phone will not have a signal when I drive by the prison. But that could be related to the mountains surrounding the prison. The state park further up the road in a deep valley has no cell reception but that is expected. I have never given it much thought.

  62. Intentionally causing interference to radio frequencies is a felony depending on circumstances.

    Even the feds don’t do it.

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    350,000+ bpd refineries with 16 million barrel tank farms have special rules.

  63. “Intentionally causing interference to radio frequencies is a felony depending on circumstances.

    Even the feds don’t do it.”

    350,000+ bpd refineries with 16 million barrel tank farms have special rules.

    The LBJ Ranch has some kind of exemption too. GPS and cell drop suddenly on the back roads north of the property.

     


  64. Intentionally causing interference to radio frequencies is a felony depending on circumstances.

    Even the feds don’t do it.

    I suspect that a non-trivial fraction of the continental United States is covered by waivers, exemptions, and secret regulations.

  65. Forgot to mention: gas prices, 87 octane with 10-15% ethanol, were up another 8-10 cents in two days. I didn’t drive past the cluster of competing gas stations, which hadn’t jumped as much as of Wednesday afternoon.

  66. Forgot to mention: gas prices, 87 octane with 10-15% ethanol, were up another 8-10 cents in two days. I didn’t drive past the cluster of competing gas stations, which hadn’t jumped as much as of Wednesday afternoon.

    Yeah, we jumped from $2.459/gal (cash price) to $2.599/gal here in south Texas just 30+ miles away from the nearest refinery in the last week. Of course the crude price jumped from $62/barrel to $65/bbl in that time frame also.
    https://oilprice.com/oil-price-charts/45

    The traders are still saying $100/bbl by Memorial Day but I don’t see it happening by Labor Day.


  67. we jumped from $2.459/gal (cash price) to $2.599/gal here in south Texas just 30+ miles away from the nearest refinery in the last week

    Pikers. That 8-10 cent jump was just from Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon. In general I’ve seen about a 25-cent jump in nine days. And a 70-cent rise since January.

    But no mean tweets, so there’s that.

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  68. So, what do we win ?

    A nuclear strike, once the full effects reveal themselves and the county doesn’t have enough unmodified humans to kill the zombies face-to-face.

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  69. You THINK you have enough guns, and then the zombies come…

    If it turns out the at there are long term ill effects from the vaccines it will be open season on every .gov employee who had anything to do with it, every media personality, anyone who was a vax cheerleader… And they’ll deserve it.

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  70. Just back from 2 hours of open air, drive in theatre, which was a video of daughter’s school play. Yeah, it was as bad as you think.

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  71. You THINK you have enough guns, and then the zombies come…

    Watching the documentary “Zombieland”, it is not about guns. It is never enough ammo.

  72. It is never enough ammo.

    –the ball bearing gun they invent to kill zombies in the Ringo book is freaking awesome… but it goes thru ammo like Pelosi goes thru cases of box wine…

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  73. When they get to San Diego, and have a submarine full of compressed air and a sh!t ton of 2″ball bearings, and a ship full of zombies to clear….

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  74. I know for a fact the feds do it. They also block cell phone signals. 😛

  75. I haven’t read Ringo, but instead of (presumably) air guns that shoot 2″ ball bearings, I have proposed a centrifugal device. These already exist in the form of shot peening machines. The concept could be modified to throw any dense objects over modest distances, even gravel. Although not very accurate, I wouldn’t want to be downrange of a hail of gravel at, say, 300 feet per second and, say, 100 lb  per minute. It could be done with a reasonable electric motor or IC engine. Sort of an automated Close-in Weapons System. Not very portable, but cheap, and a few could protect a large area

    There are many ways to harrass an enemy without resorting to firearms or explosives.

    Or, how about a stationary automated flame thrower? HV electricity could also be of limited use. There’s a YT guy who plays with surplus high power industrial lasers.

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