Tues. Nov. 16, 2021 – ATT DSL SUX

By on November 16th, 2021 in ebay, personal, WuFlu

Another cool clear day in the making, warming later.

Spent most of the morning and early afternoon at my client’s house. I’ve begun removing old gear from the rack and installing new. We are not going anywhere near to a “Rip and Replace”. We are upgrading control and audio, with some minor changes to video.

My business partner (on these sorts of jobs) is down from Dallas to get the control and networking sorted. But he’s having an issue. Last night he thought he’d killed the AT&T DSL somehow and spent a bunch of his and my time chasing it. Well, AT&T finally got back to him saying that their service was down and would be down until the 18th. WTH? Even a cable cut gets fixed faster than that. I can’t wait to get fiber or fixed wireless there. DSL is teh sux.

FWIW, I can tell it’s winter because the skin on my fingers is cracked open. My dad always had issues with skin cracking around his finger tips and now I do too. The crazy glue sealer only hurts for a short time… while the exposed crack burns constantly.

My client is about 30 miles from my house, so I had more time with the Jack Reacher audiobook. It’s chapter 12 before he does anything the least bit active… and he’s on his third day of exertion in the same clothes. Jeez.

Today I’ll be headed to my client’s early to go over system design with my partner, then a lunch break to do shipping (4 cases of Mold Armor brings the total for the last 15 days to 8 cases, the algorithm loves me for some reason) and some pickups. I’ve also got gear at my secondary that I need on the job.

And speaking of auctions, my local auction went live with over 300 lots. I hope it sells well and he doesn’t decide he’s not making enough money off my stuff… some stuff already has opening bids but it’s always nerve wracking.

I need to dig out more industrial stuff for him for the next one. Not really a problem.

And just like that, ebay is finally moving some stuff, I have stuff in two local auctions, and I’m earning in my “real” sideline business. Now I need to get some of the big ticket items listed so I can cash in.

And then I’ll buy some more stuff, and stack it high.

nick

72 Comments and discussion on "Tues. Nov. 16, 2021 – ATT DSL SUX"

  1. Ray Thompson says:

    the effectiveness of the vaccinations is not in dispute, not anywhere outside the US

    We have been lied to, misled, been given bad information, fake promises for years from politicians and government leaders. Politicians to get elected, government officials to preserve their jobs. We have little reason to believe anything that comes out of their mouths.

    new service "Microsoft Viva" that wanders through your calendar and emails

    Google has been doing this for years if a person uses Google services. Google is a company built on other people's data and Google uses that data scraping anything they can from emails and Google documents. IOS looks at my emails to find contacts and events. Is that reported back to Apple? I have no idea. The era of privacy is long gone.

    the skin on my fingers is cracked open

    My skin used to also crack to the point of downright painful. I started using O'Keefe's Working Hands, the stuff in the round green "hockey puck". I no longer have cracking skin. The stuff really works well in my situation.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    My business partner (on these sorts of jobs) is down from Dallas to get the control and networking sorted. But he’s having an issue. Last night he thought he’d killed the AT&T DSL somehow and spent a bunch of his and my time chasing it. Well, AT&T finally got back to him saying that their service was down and would be down until the 18th. WTH? Even a cable cut gets fixed faster than that. I can’t wait to get fiber or fixed wireless there. DSL is teh sux.

    AT&T won't back down on a vaccine mandate with the union. The union pushes back.

    Legacy SW Bell contracts were signed in April, but without any language about vaccination.  If you don’t have the Fiber company option, the antics are going to continue until either the company backs down or Biden’s mandate for Federal contractors is voided.

    Who knew it would come to that?

    Verizon endured a 45 day strike in 2016 so the company exempted the union members from their vaccine mandate.

    We used to joke in telecom that Lumen (CenturyLink) was the Ol' Plantation. I guess it still is because everyone there is covered by a mandate working for Monroe, with the company using its “Federal contractor” status as an excuse.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    65F and damp.  slight breeze.    Time to make the donuts.

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  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    MrAtoz, the gravy train might have a limited lifetime….

    'It's a Trojan horse for CRT': Now furious parents push back against Social Emotional Learning (SEL) being taught in schools, claiming its promotion of 'diversity' is more evidence of government indoctrination

    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) first emerged into the mainstream with the publication of a 1995 book emphasizing skills beyond academia
    • In recent years SEL has consisted of programs helping children talk about their feelings, and allowing older students to discuss sexuality and mental health
    • Parents have this year began pushing back against the schemes, arguing that they as parents should be the ones to assist their children
    • Some have accused SEL programs of promoting gender fluidity and even suicidal thoughts
    • Supporters of SEL argue that it is an essential tool for the wellbeing of young people 

     Make hay!

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10206207/Youre-actually-advertising-suicide-Parents-push-against-Social-Emotional-Learning-school.html

  5. Clayton W. says:

    It's based on the long term studies done in Israel, like the one below.

    I read the article, I'm not willing to wade through studies at this time.

    I am not a medical professional, just a dumb engineer.  I do have to make things work in the real world and have quite a bit of experience wading through claims.

    WRT to this article there are 5 groups of people:

    1. People that have had the Pfizer vaccine.

    2. People that have had the Pfizer vaccine and have had Covid.

    3. People that have not been vaccinated.

    4. People that have not been vaccinated and went to the hospital with Covid.

    5. People that were not vaccinated, got Covid, but didn't go to the hospital.

    Categories 1 and 2 had a myocarditis rate in young men, 16 to 19, of 15 per 100,000  (Aside. Why must we use so many different rates?  1/100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000, ppm, ppb.  Sheesh.  Stick to common rates, thousand, million, billion.  Even SI stopped all the different prefixes).  The rate for unvaccinated, without Covid is not explicitly stated but state that the overall risk is twice for vaccinated people over unvaccinated.  They specifically do NOT break out the risk of Myocarditis for men, 16 to 19, without Covid or the vaccine.

    They go on to say:

    Previous research4co-authored by Balicer found that in this age group, becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 made a person 18 times more likely to develop myocarditis — a much more significant risk than is observed following vaccination.

    18 times what?  They don't say.  I also note that the age groups in that study are differ, 16 to 39, instead of 16 to 19.

    So they are repeatedly comparing different things that they acknowledge earlier are different.  The data on Covid side effects are based on hospital data, so are over reported, as they do not compensate those numbers for un-reported Covid cases but are comparing it to the entire population of vaccine recipients in Israel.  They are comparing different age groups.  And the repeatedly use the "x times" scare technique instead of presenting the data the same way each time.

    If an electronics company presented component data this way I would rate them a 'C-' or 'D' and call these things out the the Field Application Engineer as problems to be fixed if they seriously wanted me to consider their products.

  6. SteveF says:

    The US has messed up its messaging, thanks to Fauci & Co.

    As Ray just pointed out, they've been lying. They've been caught lying. That's more than a simple "messaging" problem.

    However, the effectiveness of the vaccinations is not in dispute, not anywhere outside the US.

    Sounds to me like you just said that institutional control of information is more complete outside the US or that non-Americans are more credulous and docile and are willing to accept what their masters tell them.

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  7. Pecancorner says:

    And speaking of auctions, my local auction went live with over 300 lots. I hope it sells well and he doesn’t decide he’s not making enough money off my stuff… some stuff already has opening bids but it’s always nerve wracking.

    I need to dig out more industrial stuff for him for the next one. Not really a problem.

    And just like that, ebay is finally moving some stuff, I have stuff in two local auctions, and I’m earning in my “real” sideline business.

    Congratulations! It takes a lot of work in the business to get to the point where all the pipelines are full and producing.  You've done the drudgery all through the summer and fall, but now you can see it starting to pay off – in money and in tidier spaces. 

    I hope the local auction really pays off for the auctioneer and you both. "Keep 'er movin' " as Charlie Berens says.

  8. Ray Thompson says:

    I have started my 2021 taxes. Bought Turbotax as I do every year and have for almost 30 years. Makes doing taxes much easier. It is a shame that congress have made the tax laws so complicated. Complicated to the point that even IRS agents will provide a different answer depending on the person for complicated questions. And I have talked with agents that even for simple questions I received the incorrect response. Any time someone deals with the IRS demand a written response. The IRS agent will deny they provided an incorrect response, and even the actual response, when doing verbal communications.

    I was in a battle with the IRS a couple of years ago, maybe longer, over some proceeds from stock sales. I had reported everything correctly, IRS said I didn't and owed a few hundred dollars. A couple of rounds of written correspondence and the matter was not solved. IRS then said they wanted to talk with me on the phone which I refused as I wanted everything documented. Next letter from the IRS was a threat. My written response was to demand an in-person full audit in Knoxville and that further correspondence would be ignored until after such audit. IRS apparently redid their calculations and indicated I was owed a couple hundred dollars. I still believe the IRS amounts are incorrect but at least I had it writing and could not be penalized because the IRS was incorrect.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    And just like that, ebay is finally moving some stuff, I have stuff in two local auctions, and I’m earning in my “real” sideline business. Now I need to get some of the big ticket items listed so I can cash in.

    In the last week, I received two fairly low offers on big ticket items I've had posted on EBay for over a year.

    I accepted one because it was a costume item with a specific niche, and I wasn't going to get much more than fabric cost at this point absent a new comic/movie/TV show centered on that kind of character. I ate a big loss, but the bagged outfit is no longer dominating the back of my closet.

    The other offer was for the last of my coat stash that I picked up in the Northwest on clearance sales during the mild 2013 winter and slowly sold off over the last seven years. I didn't accept that one because the offer was for half of what I paid, condition is "NWT", and the material is real 650 fill down, not Thinsulate garbage. The bidder was another person in Texas, not far from me. I'll wait.

    @Nick – If you know someone who will do a zipper in a North Face Metro in Houston, I’d appreciate a referral. My wife stole that one out of my coat stash years ago, but, typical Metro, the zipper broke.

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  10. drwilliams says:

    Second the recommendation for O’Keefes. One of the best generally available solutions. 

  11. MrAtoz says:

    MrAtoz, the gravy train might have a limited lifetime….

    Ack! Not my cash cow! LOL, fortunately, our programs aren't about SEL, we just incorporate it in. We work mainly with parents these days. More than a few school boards hate us because we teach leadership, heavily, with our programs. Then parents show up in mass at SB meetings demanding shit. The real problem with SEL is in schools, *cough* Kalifornia *cough*, that use SEL to eliminate grading systems, give advantages to POC 'cause of racism, etc. I think we are one of the very few companies that have a University approved study on the effectiveness of our programs in Kalifornia. Per their own mandates. But, The Good Old Boy network is still alive, and Uncle Fred still gets contracts because he's cheaper and can do the same thing. No certification needed.

    One of the shady programs in San Bernardino was run by a Black guy teaching the importance of Black culture. The program consisted of a vacation along the Underground Railway in another State. 5 POC signed up and he got $25,000. He probably spent $1,000 on each and pocketed the rest. I think the SB finally cashiered the program as ridiculous. We'll actually teach leadership techniques to 30 people for the same amount.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    @greg, if I can't fix it myself, I don't buy it so I can't help with the zip…

    There are opening bids on some of my local items, but there are a whole lot of 0's still with one day, 12 hrs left.  It's nerve wracking.  I KNOW that 90% should bring good money because I pay attention to other auctions, but that's 80% of the 0s at the moment.  Surprisingly, video games, and dvds have bids, a collectible jacket has the high bid at the moment, and of course there are bids on the lego, pokemon, mtg, and some of the hot wheels.  The vintage trucks have condition issues, so I'm not expecting top dollar, but there is vintage GIJoe that should be moving up by now.  And all the books are things that usually bring money.  Gah, nerves.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Some more thoughts about the rise of a strong man in politics for the world stage…

    –given that they do rise, and often in different places at the same time, does that mean we are years away from 'the big change' because we can't see any rising yet?  Or do they suddenly step in to fill a gap?  My history knowledge isn't good enough to answer that question.  

    Are they made, and we have time yet, or are they opportunists that could appear at any time?

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  14. MrAtoz says:

    Hi there young boy, want some ice cream:

    plugs grouping a boy

    plugs the pedo.

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    Even the great unknown, the lightbringer,  who appeared to come from no where, had the keynote speech at the previous election's national convention.  I remember clearly thinking, who the hell is this guy?  Where did he come from?  Why are we seeing him here and now?

    Who on the world stage is causing someone to ask those same questions?

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  16. MrAtoz says:

    Another mask article:

    Why Mask Mandates Should Be Immediately Banned

    But goobermints won't care because it's not the CDC etc. saying it. Only goobermint is to be believed.

    The last time we were in Bridgeport, WA, we had a meeting with the HS staff. They have mask mandates. The Principal walked in and said "everybody here is vaccinated, so we don't need these masks." How did he know? At that point we already knew the clot shot doesn't stop the spread of COVID at all. States with mask mandates are having as many breakouts as States that don't. I don't believe masks are helping. Especially in K-12.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    Even the great unknown, the lightbringer,  who appeared to come from no where, had the keynote speech at the previous election's national convention.  I remember clearly thinking, who the hell is this guy?  Where did he come from?  Why are we seeing him here and now?

    Who on the world stage is causing someone to ask those same questions?

    The Dems use the keynote at the convention to spotlight people they want to be considered important.

    Obama gave the keynote in 2004, when he was still a minor league politician, before the judge in IL unsealed the divorce records of both his primary opponent for the open US Senate race and the (previously) rising star Republican, Jack Ryan. Things that make you say hmmm….

    I thought Stacey Abrams led the Mos Eisley Cantina casting call that was the last big Dem convention keynote in 2020. If Georgia Republicans continue acting stupid and the Libertarians keep "voting their consience", she may well get elected Governor next year.

    11,000 GA Libertarians gave us the Senate mess. Elect “A Different World” Governor, and she will be on CNN every night in 2024, screeching about the “theft” that is going to happen in Texas and Florida.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    Surprisingly, video games, and dvds have bids, a collectible jacket has the high bid at the moment, and of course there are bids on the lego, pokemon, mtg, and some of the hot wheels.

    Old school "Grand Theft Auto III" has the spotlight this week with the remastered versions hitting the major consoles and reviews citing the omissions.

    I have the remastered "Diablo II" for the Switch, a birthday gift from the family. I don't consider the changes for "woke" concerns to be dealbreakers. My only gripe was — no cartridge, just digital download.

    Still, that release may have reignited interest in the original PC game. I verified that my copy installs on Windows 10 … with some effort.

    The original "Diablo II" game CDs were serial numbered.

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    I don't believe masks are helping.
     

    Except for really ugly people.

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  20. Clayton W. says:

    Except for really ugly people.

    Hey, I resemble that remark!

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  21. Nick Flandrey says:

    plugs grouping a boy

    plugs the pedo.

    yeah, the quick hand over mouth and yank was especially disturbing.

    n

  22. Greg Norton says:

    The last time we were in Bridgeport, WA, we had a meeting with the HS staff. They have mask mandates. The Principal walked in and said "everybody here is vaccinated, so we don't need these masks." How did he know? At that point we already knew the clot shot doesn't stop the spread of COVID at all. States with mask mandates are having as many breakouts as States that don't. I don't believe masks are helping. Especially in K-12.

    A certain percentage of the population feel better with the masks and don't want them to go away. Ever.

    Even in a puckered sphincter state like WA with Costco's chore boy as Governor, if the general polls showed that significantly more than half of the population, say 60%, were over masks, the mandates would be gone.

    Ever read the labels on the bulk masks sold at Costco and Sam’s? If you don’t think it is kabuki, go look next time you are in the store.

  23. Greg Norton says:

    I was in a battle with the IRS a couple of years ago, maybe longer, over some proceeds from stock sales.

    I spent most of the last 18 months arguing back and forth with the IRS about money on the 2019 return my wife received from two insurance companies for coding Medicare supplement charges properly — doing her job, imagine — back when she was in private practice. It went from us owing them $2000 to getting a check for $120 recently.

    I still don't know if I did taxes on the WA State fiasco properly. The irony is that the "partnership" shares my wife received which made the nurse practitioners all bitter generated a net of $100 monthly to our household bottom line after taxes.

    A night out for pizza every month. And no Papa Murhpy’s food stamp specials either!

  24. lynn says:

    FWIW, I can tell it’s winter because the skin on my fingers is cracked open. My dad always had issues with skin cracking around his finger tips and now I do too. The crazy glue sealer only hurts for a short time… while the exposed crack burns constantly.

    I use Avon Vita Moist on my hands every night when I go to bed.  Which, has been taken off the market again by Avon here in the USA.  The last time it was available, the wife bought about a hundred tubes of it.  So it is expensive for now on Big River due to the third party sellers.

        https://www.amazon.com/Avon-Care-Moist-Travel-Cream/dp/B08125Q9HP/p?tag=ttgnet-20

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  25. lynn says:

    My client is about 30 miles from my house, so I had more time with the Jack Reacher audiobook. It’s chapter 12 before he does anything the least bit active… and he’s on his third day of exertion in the same clothes. Jeez.

    The dude travels light.  And he travels constantly, buses, hitchhiking, etc.  Always seems to find trouble.  Or, trouble finds him.

  26. Pecancorner says:

    he’s on his third day of exertion in the same clothes. Jeez.

    The dude travels light.  And he travels constantly, buses, hitchhiking, etc. 

    I remember in the hippie quarter in Dallas, in late 60s/early 70s, seeing a laundromat with little changing rooms next to the washers. Some people didn't have a change of clothes, so they sat in those wrapped in a towel while their clothes washed and dried!

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  27. lynn says:

    My business partner (on these sorts of jobs) is down from Dallas to get the control and networking sorted. But he’s having an issue. Last night he thought he’d killed the AT&T DSL somehow and spent a bunch of his and my time chasing it. Well, AT&T finally got back to him saying that their service was down and would be down until the 18th. WTH? Even a cable cut gets fixed faster than that. I can’t wait to get fiber or fixed wireless there. DSL is teh sux.

    This is why I have two AT&T DSL lines at the office.  And a Verizon 5G modem.  All merged by a Peplink 30.

  28. lynn says:

    @Nick – If you know someone who will do a zipper in a North Face Metro in Houston, I’d appreciate a referral. My wife stole that one out of my coat stash years ago, but, typical Metro, the zipper broke.

    Have you tried your local dry cleaners ?  They typically have a seamstress on call.  Some are good, some are real good, and some could not stitch a button to the broad side of a blanket.

  29. ~jim says:

    https://allaboutdown.com/

    This guy and his trusty semptresses  can do zippers, or repurpose old down into duvets, or??? I forget his name, but I bet he'll answer the phone if you call him. Not terribly expensive, either.

    I'm sure he has zippers lying around because he coveted one of mine. Didn't get it, lol. 

  30. lynn says:

    Hi there young boy, want some ice cream:

    plugs grouping a boy

    plugs the pedo.

    That is several years ago when Biden was burying his son Beau and his grandson's dad.  That is Beau’s son he was talking to / kissing.  Still looks creepy though.

  31. lynn says:

    "Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher gives best reason yet why he won't leave for LSU"

        https://www.chron.com/sports/college/article/Texas-AM-Aggies-Jimbo-Fisher-to-LSU-coach-buyout-16622920.php

    Jimbo ain't leaving TAMU for LSU.  And this is why, TAMU is #3 in the recruitment rankings:

        https://247sports.com/Season/2022-Football/CompositeTeamRankings/

    He is making $9 million a year at TAMU and Adidas is paying him another couple of million per year with all the shirts, pants, caps, and shoes he and his family and his team can wear.

  32. lynn says:

    "In Shock Closing Statement, Rittenhouse Prosecutor Claims Teen 'Lost The Right To Self-Defense' By Carrying Gun"

        https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/judge-drops-rittenhouse-gun-charge-finds-he-legally-carried-ar-15-kenosha

    I saw that yesterday and went what ?  The judge should have shut him down right there.

  33. lynn says:

    "Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?"

        https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-windows-10-is-a-security-disaster-waiting-to-happen/

    "When Windows 10 hits its end-of-support date in 2025, hundreds of millions of PC owners will have four options, none of them good."

    "In less than four years, Microsoft will draw the final curtain on Windows 10 after a 10-year run."

    I feel like a hamster on the wheel.

  34. lynn says:

    "'A World Gone Mad': Upscale LA Neighborhood Wrestles With Worsening Homeless Crisis"

        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/world-gone-mad-upscale-la-neighborhood-wrestles-worsening-homeless-crisis

    Good night !  Those pictures are freaking crazy. 

    A friend of mine worked in Lagos, Nigeria for five years.  They came back two years ago.  His wife told us their company supplied housing was like being besieged.  They had people camped in the front yard 24×7.  Their driver would only allow them to enter the garage with the garage door down.  All the windows and doors had industrial strength bars and locks.  They had armed guards in the house at all times.  Their backyard was surrounded by a huge solid brick wall.  LA looks like it is becoming like Lagos.

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  35. Marcelo says:

    "Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?"

    Just like windows 7?

    MS is one of the few that at least takes the time to try and keep deprecated versions as secure as possible. They get paid by business for long term versions and EOL support and they can then subsidise with that patches for general users.

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  36. Greg Norton says:

    "Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher gives best reason yet why he won't leave for LSU"

    Next year. UT will need a new coach before they jump to the SEC.

    Oh Chistmas Tree … Oh Christmas Tree …

  37. Greg Norton says:

    "Windows 10 is a security disaster waiting to happen. How will Microsoft clean up its mess?"

    Just like windows 7?

    MS is one of the few that at least takes the time to try and keep deprecated versions as secure as possible. They get paid by business for long term versions and EOL support and they can then subsidise with that patches for general users.

    Windows 10 is the last platform (so far) Microsoft has pledged to support with runtime APIs for VisualBasic 6.0 apps, the price they paid to get Corporate America to upgrade from Windows 7. It will be around for a long time.

    Windows 11 is about Microsoft making Hollywood happy. At some point in the near future, Baby Yoda won’t be available for streaming on PCs without Windows 11, TPM 2.0, and a CPU with AES acceleration hardware.

  38. lynn says:

    "The Venus Trap (Perry Rhodan No. 17)" by Kurt Mahr, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
    https://www.amazon.com/Venus-Trap-Perry-Rhodan-No/dp/1441659870/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    Book number seventeen of a series of one hundred and twenty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1972 that I had to be very careful with due to age. My copy is a second edition from 1974. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #101.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    BTW, this is actually book number 24 of the German Pamphlets. There is a very good explanation of the plot in German on this website of all of the PR books. There is automatic Google translation available for English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, French, and Portuguese.
    https://www.perrypedia.de/wiki/Im_Dschungel_der_Urwelt

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500.

    Perry Rhodan and Thora are crashed on Venus near the locked down old Arkonide base. One of them has to get to the base in order to unlock it and remove the planetary shield. Even Reginald Bell's teleporters in orbit cannot get through the shield. And Thora has been captured by the Eastern Block survivors.

    BTW, this book was written right before we found out that Venus is 900+ F hothouse. So the authors of the day treated Venus as a jungle planet with max temperatures of 120 F in the five day "day" and 80 F in the five day "night". People do not need spacesuits but some of Rhodan's people have armored suits. Oh yeah, very large saurians (ground and flying) and several hundred foot long carnivorous worms. This Venus saga is four books long and ends with #17. In fact, the Venus of PR is almost Robert Heinlein's Venus of "Between Planets" and "Podkayne of Mars". Too bad, that Venus was freaking awesome. And Podkayne of Mars was released in 1962, the same time as PR.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1962 and translated to English in 1972. Many items that came about in the 1970s and beyond such as cell phones are not reflected in the book. However, commercial aircraft commonly traveling at Mach 3 are not available to the public as talked about in the book. Niels Bohr's saying "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" comes to mind.

    Two observations:
    1. The publisher should have put two to four of the translated stories in each book. Having two stories in the first five books worked out well. Just having one story in the book is too short and would never allow the translated books to catch up to the German originals.
    2. Anyone liking Perry Rhodan and wanting a more up to date story should read the totally awesome "Mutineer's Moon" Dahak series of three books by David Weber.
    https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856/br?tag=ttgnet-20 />

    My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 review)

  39. lynn says:

    My business partner (on these sorts of jobs) is down from Dallas to get the control and networking sorted. But he’s having an issue. Last night he thought he’d killed the AT&T DSL somehow and spent a bunch of his and my time chasing it. Well, AT&T finally got back to him saying that their service was down and would be down until the 18th. WTH? Even a cable cut gets fixed faster than that. I can’t wait to get fiber or fixed wireless there. DSL is teh sux.

    This is why I have two AT&T DSL lines at the office.  And a Verizon 5G modem.  All merged by a Peplink 30.

    Your customer sounds like the perfect Starlink customer.  Has he signed up yet ?

  40. Pecancorner says:

    "'A World Gone Mad': Upscale LA Neighborhood Wrestles With Worsening Homeless Crisis"

        https://www.zerohedge.com/political/world-gone-mad-upscale-la-neighborhood-wrestles-worsening-homeless-crisis

    Good night !  Those pictures are freaking crazy. 

    From the article:

    “A lot of them don’t want housing. See, this is the issue—they put all this money in here for housing, but there’s less than 5 percent of this population across the city that want it.  …. "

  41. MrAtoz says:

    Uh, why are BLM protestors gathering at the Rittenhouse trial? I guess any excuse is an excuse for ProgLibturds to riot. Lets' see if BLMers burn down the local Black neighborhoods.

  42. MrAtoz says:

    So, no more clot shot:

    So, no more clot shot:

    *Pfizer files for emergency use authorization with the FDA of its Covid pill that can cut the risk of hospitalization and death by 90%

    Is this better than the clot shot? And is the new standard “emergency use”? What’s the emergency? People aren’t dropping like flies. Do we give away our stockpile of clot shots? Do I need a new CDC card with a “I took my pill on..” entry? Do I need to get a COVID test before working with schools, going on cruises, etc., anymore? Maybe Pfizer’s profit margin wasn’t big enough on the clot shot, hence a new pill.

    COVID isn’t so bad, if you didn’t get it.

    *Article is on DM, but internal server error keeps me from posting with a link.

  43. lynn says:

    Uh, why are BLM protestors gathering at the Rittenhouse trial? I guess any excuse is an excuse for ProgLibturds to riot. Lets' see if BLMers burn down the local Black neighborhoods.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/breaking-black-lives-matter-protests-outside-kenosha-court-house-threatening-violence-fbi-video/

    They all look to be white to me.

  44. lynn says:

    "No matter how old you are, two shots of Pfizer vaccine don’t last – study"

        https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/no-matter-how-old-you-are-two-shots-of-pfizer-vaccine-dont-last-study-685141

    "People’s ages had no effect on the vaccine’s waning, meaning that the vaccine waned for everyone and not just older people."

    Booster shots for all !

    Hat tip to:

        https://drudgereport.com/

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  45. MrAtoz says:

    Booster shots for all !

    And how often? How long does a booster get me if a double clot-shot doesn't even last a year? Quarterly, monthly…? Ack! Ack! Ack!

    Do I have to take the new pill every day? Emergency use authorization. Something smells like an open package of Liederkranz cheese.

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  46. paul says:

    I had no Internet this morning.  I could see the other machine that was awake.  I could log into the Nanobeams.  Could not login to the router.  Could not login to the remote power switch.

    Weird.

    I went "on-site" 🙂 for a look.  The switch/hub looked normal.  I power cycled it for grins.  No change.

    The router looked dead.  The remote switch appeared to function…. LAN light flickering as usual.

    Off to Office Depot Maximus or whatever they call themselves for a new router.  Nothing is available without wi-fi.  I bought the $40 Netgear Nighthawk.  Lowest price, least amount of wi-fi range and speed.  I don't want wi-fi from  my router.  It appears you can't configure it without their app on your phone.  The usual 192.168.1.1 address over the LAN didn't work.  But I could have messed up with changing subnet and such on the PC.  I doubt it but I've been wrong before.  So much for Plug and Play.

    An aside.  What exactly is the diff between a $40 router and the same brand's $180 model?  Besides more antennae to increase the risk of poking out an eye if you trip and fall?  

    Meanwhile.  The old router was plugged in on the other side of the room.  Just shoot me.  I forgot it takes a few minutes to boot before any lights show.

    Ok, all good now.  I have the old router back in service.  The remote power switch is unplugged and I'll check for any fuses it may have in a few days.  The new router will be configured and stored as a spare.

    On the plus side, I stopped by the car dealer on the way home and left a copy of what I was given when I canceled the extended warranties in August.  They dropped the ball somewhere and nothing was canceled.  

    Yeah, I did try to talk to Finance Manager.  But he's out to lunch and then he's busy or whatever.  I asked for his secretary if he has one or the Complaint Department and Behold!  Guess who had answered the phone?   His secretary.  She listened and said I could leave my number or talk to a manager.  Let's go with manager because I have things to do other than waiting for a phone call.

    I sent a picture from my Smarty Pants Phone as requested.  Their e-mail server refused to talk to my e-mail server.  The man called me before I made it home to say it's all been canceled and the full refund should appear on my account in a week or two but with Wells Fargo, yeah. 

    It seems I got a lot done today and yet, I did nothing I had planned.  Tomorrow's forecast is for 80F.  That's warm enough to wear shorts and crawl under the house to wrap and re-wrap water pipes.

    Just spinning my wheels over here.

  47. lynn says:

    My business partner (on these sorts of jobs) is down from Dallas to get the control and networking sorted. But he’s having an issue. Last night he thought he’d killed the AT&T DSL somehow and spent a bunch of his and my time chasing it. Well, AT&T finally got back to him saying that their service was down and would be down until the 18th. WTH? Even a cable cut gets fixed faster than that. I can’t wait to get fiber or fixed wireless there. DSL is teh sux.

    This is why I have two AT&T DSL lines at the office.  And a Verizon 5G modem.  All merged by a Peplink 30.

    Your customer sounds like the perfect Starlink customer.  Has he signed up yet ?

    You might also want to try One Ring Networks, Richard at 858-812-9330.  He quoted me $400/month for a 15/15 mbps radio wireless internet.

        https://oneringnetworks.com/houston-business-internet-service-provider/houston-tx/

  48. lynn says:

    Booster shots for all !

    And how often? How long does a booster get me if a double clot-shot doesn't even last a year? Quarterly, monthly…? Ack! Ack! Ack!

    Do I have to take the new pill every day? Emergency use authorization. Something smells like an open package of Liederkranz cheese.

    One shot a day looks like Vioxx heart problems to me.

    BTW, the wife took 52 intravenous hits of Herceptin 16 years ago as a part of her advanced breast cancer treatment, once a week. She was in the clinical trial as her doctor at MDACC shoved her in right before they released the two years results of 2,500 women across the USA. It was supposed to be a five year study which they did finish. But the two year results cut the five year recurrence of the women’s cancer from 45% down to 15%. It was simply amazing for women with both bad genes in their tumors (my wife had two tumors).

    But, there is always a down side to the wonder drugs and they told us. Her heart ejection efficiency dropped from 58% to 48% during the one year treatment. 20% is the heart failure point so she was well above that. And at the five year point post treatment, her heart efficiency went back up to 56%. So no long term damage.

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  49. Greg Norton says:

    On the plus side, I stopped by the car dealer on the way home and left a copy of what I was given when I canceled the extended warranties in August.  They dropped the ball somewhere and nothing was canceled.  

    Yeah, I did try to talk to Finance Manager.  But he's out to lunch and then he's busy or whatever.  I asked for his secretary if he has one or the Complaint Department and Behold!  Guess who had answered the phone?   His secretary.  She listened and said I could leave my number or talk to a manager.  Let's go with manager because I have things to do other than waiting for a phone call.

    I sent a picture from my Smarty Pants Phone as requested.  Their e-mail server refused to talk to my e-mail server.  The man called me before I made it home to say it's all been canceled and the full refund should appear on my account in a week or two but with Wells Fargo, yeah. 

    The refund will go to the finance company that holds the title to be applied towards the loan. The spiff on those are often around 50% so the F&I weasels are going to drag their feet getting the plans cancelled.

    Is the dealer part of a large group or an independent?

    You'll have more leverage with the dealer if they know your customer service survey hasn't been completed. It will be doubly important if they are part of a large group.

  50. Greg Norton says:

    Not going to happen. When Clint Eastwood turned down the role (!) he told the Broccoli family that James Bond must be British. That rule has stuck ever since … well, sorta. Yeah, Pierce Brosnan was Irish.

    https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/next-james-bond-dwayne-johnson/

  51. lynn says:

    "The End Begins in Amazon’s The Expanse Season 6 Trailer"

          https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/trailers/1201579-the-expanse-season-6-trailer

    Sweet !

  52. MrAtoz says:

    Oof:

    House Republicans release whistleblower docs that reveal FBI used COUNTER-TERRORISM tactics ‘at behest of woke national school board’ to investigate parents complaining about CRT – AND accuse AG Merrick Garland of lying to Congress

    If this is true, I wonder how plugsy McPantsShitter will explain it away. Maybe just use the tried and true “nothing to see here…move along”.

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  53. drwilliams says:

    @Ray Thempson

    new service "Microsoft Viva" that wanders through your calendar and emails

    "Google has been doing this for years if a person uses Google services. Google is a company built on other people's data and Google uses that data scraping anything they can from emails and Google documents. IOS looks at my emails to find contacts and events. Is that reported back to Apple? I have no idea. The era of privacy is long gone."

    Google is evil.

    Microsoft is evil.

    Apple is evil.

    When the pale sweaty lying billionaires die off, the price of an all-events ticket in Hell is going to be spendy, but worth every drop of blood.

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  54. SteveF says:

    the price of an all-events ticket in Hell is going to be spendy

    Nah, all you have to do is sin properly.

    Or, as the infernal advertisement goes,

    Whether you commit one sin or a hundred, your destination is the same.

    So why not commit a million sins and come down here a legend!

  55. Alan says:

    >> My skin used to also crack to the point of downright painful. I started using O'Keefe's Working Hands, the stuff in the round green "hockey puck". I no longer have cracking skin. The stuff really works well in my situation.

    They also have O'Keefe's Healthy Feet. The Healthy Feet formula contains a higher ratio of allantoin, to help penetrate the skin on the feet, which can be much thicker and rougher.

    I've used both with good results.

  56. Alan says:

    >> Windows 11 is about Microsoft making Hollywood happy. At some point in the near future, Baby Yoda won’t be available for streaming on PCs without Windows 11, TPM 2.0, and a CPU with AES acceleration hardware.

    So I guess we can go back to the guy in the theater in the raincoat with the camcorder who sells $5 (five for $20) bootleg DVDs on the corner.

    I remember this from years ago in NYFC. Every Friday there'd be this same Chinese lady on the corner by my subway station. Never missed a week. And she would give you a refund if you got a disc that wouldn't play.

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  57. Greg Norton says:

    So I guess we can go back to the guy in the theater in the raincoat with the camcorder who sells $5 (five for $20) bootleg DVDs on the corner.

    I remember this from years ago in NYFC. Every Friday there'd be this same Chinese lady on the corner by my subway station. Never missed a week. And she would give you a refund if you got a disc that wouldn't play.

    It all depends on how important seeing Baby Yoda is to you.

    At least with "Star Trek Discovery" and "Picard" the DVDs eventually hit in time for the following Christmas.

    I haven't seen Baby Yoda DVDs.

    My dirtbag father-in-law gave my wife bootleg Thai DVDs when she asked for the “Sex in the Citty” complete series box set one year for Christmas. I ended up buying her the set the following week for … $50 … IIRC.

    Yeah, he had the money.

    Again, I’m not a “dude”, and my father-in-law was the Dude King to the point that his first massive heart attack at 44 started in a strip club.

  58. drwilliams says:

    The latest from Kevin Roche at

    https://healthy-skeptic.com/2021/11/15/breakthrough-case-rates/

    The problem in looking at cumulative data is the shifting sand of the baseline. Mr. Roche makes this observation:

    The pre-vaccine epidemic took out a lot of vulnerable elderly, so that may make vaccines look better than they are.

    Note also:

    Comments, Sources, and Methods:

    1.  On 10/28/2021 we had requested that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) provide us, under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, information regarding Minnesota’s breakthrough Covid cases (breakthrough cases being defined as someone who tests positive for Covid 14 or more days after completing their vaccination series). Specifically, for each breakthrough case, we asked for the date of specimen collection, date of hospital admission, and date of death, as well as the age of each individual. This Data Practices Act request (ID No. 21-211) was separate from a much more comprehensive request submitted some weeks ago, and we hoped that perhaps a simple, more focused request might be acted upon. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 MDH provided an Excel spreadsheet containing information about 57,023 breakthroughs cases. The data provided was the date of specimen collection, the age of the individual, and Yes/No flags for whether the case was hospitalized or had died. We were not given the date of hospitalization or death, and we followed up with a request for these dates as well.

    I'm going to go out on a limb here…no, not really.

    The implication of having to ask, pretty please, for the state to share data is de facto proof that the state is inherently dishonest. If they were honest, the HIPA-sanitized raw data would be published and available to anyone who wanted to play with Excel, R, or their data Cuisinart of choice.

    In the case of Minnesota, from the early phony panic-mongering "Minnesota Model" to the recent revelation that the governor's office asked that the data be cooked to support emergency powers, we know that the Walz administration is dishonest sob's from bottom to top.

  59. Greg Norton says:

    Kyle picks his jury…

    Lots of odd laws in Wisconsin.

    That prevents application of "Trial Science" like you see on "Bull".

    One of my college professors pioneered the field, defending a doctor who killed a group of kids in a sailboat imitating Don Johnson on "Miami Vice" with his speedboat.

    IIRC, the doctor walked free but IIRC, he killed himself after being unable to live with the guilt.

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    Home and fed.  Got a bunch done at my client's house.  Upsold him on 4 new tvs…

    n

  61. RickH says:

    Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Tuesday that it would test a nasal vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

    The move, the hospital said in a press release, represents the culmination of 20 years of research at the institution.

    "The launch of the first human trial of a nasal vaccine for Alzheimer’s is a remarkable milestone," Dr. Howard Weiner, co-director of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said in a statement. "If clinical trials in humans show that the vaccine is safe and effective, this could represent a nontoxic treatment for people with Alzheimer’s, and it could also be given early to help prevent Alzheimer’s in people at risk." 

    from https://www.foxnews.com/health/alzheimers-disease-nasa-vaccine-tested-boston-hospital , plus other sites if you poke around for it.

  62. drwilliams says:

    "We'll be doing blood testing to see which dose stimulates the immune system the best," Weiner said. "This will last about six months, after which there'll be a trial of 150 patients that will be treated for years. So, right now, we're just getting two doses, two a week apart. And then, the next trial when we treat 150 patients, they'll be treated for a year probably getting it once a month … That's what we're aiming toward."

    Seems that "culmination" is a long way in the future. Everyone currently diagnosed with Alzheimer's will be dead by the time this gets approved.

    And not mentioned is the point at which it gets tried to resuscitate rotting vegetables.

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  63. RickH says:

    Seems that "culmination" is a long way in the future.

    Of course.

    Would  you rather have it approved on an 'emergency basis' ? Seems that folks around here don't like that kind of fast approval.

    Interesting the progress that is being made, though.

  64. lynn says:

    "Kyle Rittenhouse trial live updates: Jury goes home for the evening without a verdict, will continue deliberations Wednesday morning"

       https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2021/11/16/kyle-rittenhouse-trial-live-updates-from-kenosha/8637377002/

    I was hoping that they would go in, meet for 30 minutes, and declare him not guilty on all counts.  Sine they took all day, that says to me that they want to charge him with something.

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  65. lynn says:

    I am setting up my new Windows 10 Pro x64 office PC finally.  32 GB ram, I7-9700K Intel cpu, WD 1 TB Black M.2 primary drive, MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge motherboard, WD 8 TB backup drive that I shucked from an external USB drive, and an Antec freaking huge Quiet case.

    My ram has LEDs on it and the colors are oh so pretty.  Not !

  66. drwilliams says:

    @RickH

    "The move, the hospital said in a press release, represents the culmination of 20 years of research at the institution."

    Their word, not mine. Seemed like the wrong word choice. "Milestone" would be more appropriate.

    "Would you rather have it approved on an 'emergency basis' ?"

    from Wikipedia:

    Good nutrition, physical activity, and engaging socially are known to be of benefit generally in aging, and these may help in reducing the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's; in 2019 clinical trials were underway to look at these possibilities. There are no medications or supplements that have been shown to decrease risk.

    No treatment. Good nutrition, physical activity, and social engagement all negatively impacted by the unscientific excesses in response to the Wuhan flu.

    I'd review the entire research file first, but I'd likely sign a release that in the event of a positive test in the form of "an amyloid-positive PET scan" I would be willing to take the treatment.

  67. drwilliams says:

    "I was hoping that they would go in, meet for 30 minutes, and declare him not guilty on all counts.  Sine they took all day, that says to me that they want to charge him with something."

    Some Karen lied their way onto the jury.

  68. Alan says:

    >> The implication of having to ask, pretty please, for the state to share data is de facto proof that the state is inherently dishonest. If they were honest, the HIPA-sanitized raw data would be published and available to anyone who wanted to play with Excel, R, or their data Cuisinart of choice.

    Just as likely some mid-level manager who'd have to work some unpaid extra hours yet again for yet another FOI request that he/she sees as pointless. Sorta like Hanlon's Razor.

  69. Alan says:

    >> I was hoping that they would go in, meet for 30 minutes, and declare him not guilty on all counts.  Sine they took all day, that says to me that they want to charge him with something.

    Or they took an initial vote on all the chares and none were 12 to 0. Takes only one reasonable person to at a minimum get RH a mistrial. Problem there is it's tough to repeat the breakdown on the stand.

  70. Denis says:

    FWIW, I can tell it’s winter because the skin on my fingers is cracked open. My dad always had issues with skin cracking around his finger tips and now I do too. The crazy glue sealer only hurts for a short time… while the exposed crack burns constantly.

    Nick, see if you can get get hold of a product called "Snowfire". It is a waxy emollient ointment with a mildly antiseptic-antibiotic effect because of plant extracts in it. It comes in an applicator stick, like an overgrown lipstick. I had the problem you describe until my brother, who also suffers from it (as did our late father) turned me on to Snowfire. After using it for a couple of cold seasons, the problem went away entirely.

    I get mine on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Optima-GSL-30300200A-SNOWFIRE-Ointment/dp/B001RYOOPA/p?tag=ttgnet-20

    If you can't find a source, PM me and I'll send you some.

    I also second/third/fourth the recommendations for the O'Keeffe's products for generally keeping the skin soft.

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