Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

By on November 17th, 2021 in personal, WuFlu

Cool and clear, chance of rain somewhere. Maybe out in the country, where I’ll be.

Did some things, shopped, did some more things. Picked up some needful things.

Money is always good.

Work, work, work.

Back at my client’s house today.

Short shrift. Again.

Stack up some money!

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72 Comments and discussion on "Wed. Nov. 17, 2021 – just keep swimming, just keep swimming…"

  1. Nick Flandrey says:

    64F and damp this morning.  Fell asleep in my office chair for about 4 hours, woke up, did today's post, went to bed.   Now up again.  Hate when that happens.  I'm a bit amazed the post makes any sense.

    Normal morning routine, then some small things around the house, then off to my client's. 

    Tired of course.  Chair sleep isn't great sleep.

  2. Ray Thompson says:

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

    When I built my system there were three goals. First was speed. Second was quiet, and it is, with water cooling. Third is that there be no flashing lights anywhere, not on the MB, not on the fans, not on the water cooler, not on the case. The only LED is the power LED and the DVD writers (two of them, on BluRay), nothing else glows.

    I have seen some pictures on some really garish rigs. LEDs on the fans that change color, LEDs on the water cooler, LEDs on the case. Generally gamers who seem to really get their rocks off on flashing lights. LED lights on the memory? Just plain silly.

    32 GB ram, I7-9700K Intel cpu, WD 1 TB Black M.2 primary drive

    Windows should install in under a minute if you install from a USB 3.0 drive. Windows should be able to fully boot in under 30 seconds. My install took 45 seconds, boots in 15 seconds.

    In my build I installed an Intel I9-11900, two WD 2 TB M.2 drives, 64 gig of memory in four sticks. That met my first goal. Fractal Design case and Fractal Design water cooler, met my second and third goal. Eventually I may jump to 128 gig of memory when the price of 32 gig sticks drops.

  3. Greg Norton 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.

    I have a Fractal Design "mid" tower case waiting in my foyer, destined to house my Ye Olde Q6600 primary desktop.

    I use the quotes because cases are *huge* as of late. I sent back a Corsair "mid" that was as big as an old school full tower. The Kewl Kidz want lots of fans and lights.

    Yeah, Q6600. I have laptops with faster CPUs if I need the performance. As long as the machine runs “Starcraft II” decently, I’ll keep it around.

    Earlier in the week, I tried bumping the RAM on my home server, but the performance hit going to 32 GB from 8 GB was noticeable on the AM4 board. The documentation was incorrect in specifying that the clock speeds would not change with that RAM configuration so off to Crucial for the RMA.

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    The amount of chinese copy cat product on amazon is stunning, as is the stuff they've decided to produce.

    In the last week I've seen inflatable life vests, vacuums, pet ramps so your dog can get up on your bed, all sorts of tech objects, furniture, led lighting tape, microphones and studio gear, even flag pole mounts.   It is packaged to look full sized and good in a photo with no other objects for scale, but is 3/4 sized irl, and made from very thin and cheap materials.  Even bathroom plumbing fixtures with 'almost' brand names have been showing up.  Shower drains, faucets, sink bowls….

    CANDLES fer pete’s sake.

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  5. MrAtoz says:

    Why we shouldn't believe Bill Gates:

    Early on in the pandemic, to get a sense of Gates’s views, I watched his TED talks. I began to realize something astonishing. He knew much less than anyone could discover by reading a book on cell biology from Amazon. He couldn’t even give a basic 9th-grade-level explanation of viruses and their interaction with the human body. And yet here he was lecturing the world about the coming pathogen and what should be done about it. His answer is always the same: more surveillance, more control, more technology.

    ProgLibTurds think Gate is a genius because of MS and being a billionaire. He's not.

    Why Bill Gates Is Pivoting on Existing Covid Vaccines

    h/t Revolver

  6. Nick Flandrey says:

    Hoola

    Songmics

    Neuma

    Acrodo

    Oralys

    Kanisi

    King Do Way

    Deconovo

    Feimo Huan

    Pony Dash

    Hillo

    iMountek  (rat trap!)

    Cooyes

    It's like they wrote a program to do it….

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  7. drwilliams says:

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2021/11/16/report-radio-host-claims-to-have-identified-jump-kick-man-n429667

    The deceitful prosecution passed every decision through the “it doesn’t matter what crimes other people committed, what’s the best way to railroad Rittenhouse” filter. 

    If they didn’t ID a known bad actor with all their resources, it’s by choice or incompetence. 

  8. MrAtoz says:

    Ruh, roh:

    Two jurors holding decision up, outright citing backlash, per US Marshal in Kenosha

    If this is true, the judge should rip them new arseholes. We don't want trials influenced just because BLM fcuks show up and riot. I can't imagine after the prosecution failed completely to prove anything, that an unanimous not guilty verdict is rendered. The guy who threatened to dox the jury should be in prison right now. I guess he walks free because he's Amish.

    I watched a LSM summary on the inner tubes. Pretty much every media outlet calls RH a murderer. Unbelievable. There is no way you watched that trial and can think that. You even have more info than the jury on who the scumbags were and why they were there.

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  9. Ray Thompson says:

    I use the quotes because cases are *huge* as of late

    Yes, they are. I have a Fractal Design 7, 21.5" high, 9.5" wide x 18.5" deep. Lots of space. Cabling behind the motherboard, a fan controller board, multiple places to mount hard drives. I have two additional SSD's behind the motherboard mount. Large fans, two blowing in, one blowing out, water cooler (two fans) blowing out. Case is quite heavy as it is all steel.

    A lot of the space is because of larger video cards, some quite heavy, and don't do well on horizontal mount. Instead a cable is run from the PCIE slot to a location for vertical mounting. My case has that option. Add in water cooling reservoirs, and if air cooled huge CPU coolers, multiple disk drives, case get large. My case has enough room for 18 disk drives according to the installation instructions.

    My cooling is simple, pump mounted on CPU, two hoses to the radiator mounted at the top of the case.

    Solid case side panels with sound deadening material in the panel.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    ProgLibTurds think Gate is a genius because of MS and being a billionaire. He's not.

    Gates is overrated as an intellectual and he knows it. If I had to pick one individual intellectual achievement that probably grates on his nerves to this day, it is Bob Metcalfe's name at the top of the Ethernet paper.

    Gates is a very clever "dude" whose mother had the right connections.

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  11. Greg Norton says:

    A lot of the space is because of larger video cards, some quite heavy, and don't do well on horizontal mount.

    I figured that's what's going on. Bitcoin mining "dudes".

    I'd joke about it reaching the point where my cabdriver talked about his guest room full of mining gear, but who drives a cab anymore when you can hustle PS5s purchased by bots running on the spare main CPU capacity.

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  12. Greg Norton says:

    Gates is overrated as an intellectual and he knows it.

    And please don't cite Joel On Software again as a counter argument.

    I'll concede Gates wrote some code, but that was a long time ago and not all of it was brilliant. We've yet to truly pay the price for the awful, insecure srand()/rand() in Visual C++ which, according to legend, were cookbooked by Gates for early BASIC out of a chapter in Knuth.

    Not that I believe he's read Knuth cover to cover either, as he hints but never states clearly.

    The "reading weeks" were obviously a crock, obviously cover for at least one trip to Pedo Island.

    Gates was the original Legend of Jeff, but what the legend covered is a much darker mental place than Bezos could even dream of venturing into. Bezos still grew up upper middle class, a bored kid in the Miami suburbs.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    IYUNXI ceiling fans.  Ceiling fans.

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  14. Greg Norton says:

    IYUNXI ceiling fans.  Ceiling fans.

    Home Depot gutted Hunter Fan and the other high end US manufacturers retreated to being niche players. Amazon is exploiting the opportunity to fill the vacuum.

    To be fair, however, ceiling fans were another category my generation ruined looking for "$20 Reeboks".

    Everybody bought those $79 Hunter fans from Home Depot with the horrible mounts which were impossible to install using the provided hardware without stripping the screw heads.

  15. Pecancorner says:

    The amount of chinese copy cat product on amazon is stunning, as is the stuff they've decided to produce.

    The companies like to talk about "customer demand", yet our long-time demand for US-made quality products has gone unmet for decades.  Even buying from companies like New Balance that do have some American factories can be a challenge: in September when I bought new shoes, they were completely "sold out" of my size in any Made in USA shoes.  So I was forced to buy foreign-made shoes due to NB's failure to keep up with demand.

    When I look today, there are only five styles of women's in my size, and the one I clicked randomly has this note:  " As of April 2021, the 1540v3 will no longer be produced in the United States. "

  16. SteveF says:

    Bah. Anne Applebaum is derivative. Dan Rather had "fake but accurate" decades ago.

  17. JimB 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.

    I have tried O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream. It works better than some, but there are better products. I wish I knew of some, but the ingredients are of interest.

    I read in the original Life Extension about Na-PCA, more recently called Sodium PCA, or just PCA. It is a good humectant, and can pull moisture from the air to keep skin moist. Unfortunately, I never found any hand products that contain it. Maybe I should look again… just did, and couldn’t find any. Did find lots of recommendations to incorporate this agent in products, but only found it in lipstick and some women’s facial creams. Costly. Probably not useful for hands except at night.

    The next recommended humectant is hyaluronic acid, and it is often used along with Na-PCA. Same thing: didn’t find any in hand products.

    In the absence of the above, I have found a product at Dollar Tree (!) that works best for me. It is a Canadian product called Assured Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Its ingredients are nothing special, but it seems to absorb into the skin and disappear. Most importantly for me, it is non-greasy, which means I can use it every time I wash my hands in winter. That seems to really help. Putting stuff on before bed seems less effective. I have tried a lot of products, including pure lanolin, which is impractical because it is really greasy. Nothing is as good as frequent application during the day.

    Here’s a tip. When I work on grimy stuff and can’t wear gloves, I use any cheap hand lotion as a barrier cream. The real barrier creams work a little better, but are much more expensive. I also use the hand lotion as a hand cleaner, and it works almost as well as waterless hand cleaner, but without the harshness.

  18. drwilliams says:

    https://hotair.com/ed-morrissey/2021/11/17/rittenhouse-mystery-what-happened-to-mistrial-motion-over-prosecutorial-misconduct-n429810

    “Submarine” motions. 

    Re the above on avoiding a verdict due to “consequences”. The jurors had the opportunity to bring up the issue before they were sworn. Time for removal, 30 days for contempt, and replacement with alternates if possible. 

    Unless, of course, Schroeder just declares a mistrial and dismisses with prejudice. Can he also find the prosecutor in contempt?  How about violation of the “pointing a gun” statute discussed earlier?

  19. lynn says:

    "PARKER: The Political Center Is Gone" by Star Parker

         https://www.dailywire.com/news/parker-the-political-center-is-gone

    "Statesmanship and compromise are only realistic when most voters, of both parties, are generally on the same page regarding our core values. But what happens when the common ground of core values is lost?

    I started writing several years ago, noting the similarities of what is happening today in our country to where things stood in the 1850s when the institution of slavery was tearing at the soul of the nation.

    Where is compromise about whether slavery should be accepted or not in a country that is supposed to be about freedom? Some insisted yes, some insisted no, and everything exploded into a civil war.

    What is happening today is similar."

    Yes, the country is horribly fragmented.  And it is not along racial lines.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    The companies like to talk about "customer demand", yet our long-time demand for US-made quality products has gone unmet for decades.  Even buying from companies like New Balance that do have some American factories can be a challenge: in September when I bought new shoes, they were completely "sold out" of my size in any Made in USA shoes.  So I was forced to buy foreign-made shoes due to NB's failure to keep up with demand.

    Most people don't care where things are made, especially if they can get a "deal". That said, working in manufacturing, even in the US, is unpleasant. And lack of upward mobility in big American companies removed the incentive to persevere even before monthly stimulus checks started arriving.

    My manufacturing career lasted about six months in the early 90s. I made circuit boards for the primitive AT&T ISDN picture phone and Dell PCs at Jabil Circuit (Google if you are unfamiliar with the name — it may surprise you) in their then new St. Petersburg facility, state of the art surface mount assembly technology. After about a week, I spent most of the remaining time looking for another job.

    We shifted to an economy based on opening containers from China 20 years ago. Now we’ve even lost interest in doing that much work. Just buy bot software and poach PS5s from Best Buy for resale on EBay.

    The 10% of the population (my rule of thumb) who can truly code are looking into writing bots. Why slave for The Real Life Tony Stark trying to make self driving cars work?

  21. brad says:

    Y'all talking about fancy 'puters… It's about time to replace my system, although I'm still pretty happy with it. But things go wrong and it's having ever more problems that point to some hardware issue getting worse.

    That said, it won't be a home-build. IMHO, the small premium you pay to a PC manufacturer is well worth it. My current system is an Acer, and it's lasted well, so they'll be at the top of the list.

    The amount of chinese copy cat product on amazon is stunning

    It's no different in Europe. Amazon's shop has become a minefield, and I avoid it whenever I can find an alternate source. Which is most of the time – there are plenty of alternate shops out there, plus a lot of manufacturers sell directly.

    ProgLibTurds think Gate is a genius because of MS and being a billionaire. He's not.

    The guy is smart, he got lucky, he become powerful enough that no one in his field of view would contradict him. It is unfortunately just human to assume people aren't correcting you, so you must be right. About anything and everything. Even on topics where you know very little. Politicians exhibit the same behavior. Trump, for all his virtues, has this as his most prominent vice: he does not tolerate dissent, not even from his own staff.

    It must take a real, concerted effort to *not* surround yourself with yes-men. Do any of the powerful people in the world even make the effort? Much less succeed? I doubt it…

    Anyway, Gates and his knowledge of basic biology. The scary thing is the size of the stage that he has. If one of us is wrong about something, we've only been talking with a few dozen people. When Gates talks, millions listen.

  22. MrAtoz says:

    Now do the same to BLM fcuktard rioters:

    BREAKING: Judge sentences ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley to 41 months in prison

    Lesson: be aware of what party is in charge when you do dumb shite. People get less for DUI and kill someone.

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  23. lynn says:

    "Never Realized it" from SRW in the Fort Bend Journal:

    "I just realized the word "homeowner" has the word "meow" in it ? Now I have to think about how to pronounce "homeowner" every time I read it.".

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  24. Greg Norton says:

    "Never Realized it" from SRW in the Fort Bend Journal:

    "I just realized the word "homeowner" has the word "meow" in it ? Now I have to think about how to pronounce "homeowner" every time I read it.".

    Have you ever seen "Super Troopers"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rlSjdnAKY4

    Broken Lizard is an acquired taste. Consider yourself warned. That said, the opening 10 minutes of the flick are comedy gold.

  25. lynn says:

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

    When I built my system there were three goals. First was speed. Second was quiet, and it is, with water cooling. Third is that there be no flashing lights anywhere, not on the MB, not on the fans, not on the water cooler, not on the case. The only LED is the power LED and the DVD writers (two of them, on BluRay), nothing else glows.

    I did not water cool the cpu.  I put on a Cooler Master vertical tower fan. 

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H22TC1N//p?tag=ttgnet-20

  26. lynn says:

    "Infrastructure bill says anti–drunk driving technology must be built into new cars. But what that actually means is unclear."

        https://finance.yahoo.com/news/infrastructure-bill-says-anti-drunk-170000921.html

    Ah, I understand more now.  This is a payoff to the lawyers as they will sue the vehicle manufacturer when somebody drives drunk now.  Deep pockets.

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  27. lynn says:

    This is the monster case that I used.  It has four case fans.  I bought it because it had the words Antec and Quiet in the description.  "Antec P101 Silent Performance Series Mid-Tower PC Computer Case with Sound Dampening Panels, 4 X 120/140mm Cooling Fans Pre-Installed "

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07LBXP8KZ//p?tag=ttgnet-20

    Did I mention it is a monster case ?  Holds up to 11 drives.

    And the fans are not working so I have not figured out how to power them up or the switch is bad.  And I just found out Antec is apparently out of business.

  28. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, I understand more now.  This is a payoff to the lawyers as they will sue the vehicle manufacturer when somebody drives drunk now.  Deep pockets.

    Plus royalty checks for the tech keep going to Los Altos/Los Gatos PO Box addresses. A lot of the patent revenue streams from digital video in mandatory backup camera systems are going to expire in the next few years.

    We interviewed multiple people at the last job for the Senior Developer gigs who lived off of patent revenue but were looking for a fresh concept to exploit. Sadly, most of them had either never touched C or had been out of it for so long that they couldn’t pass our coding test.

    One guy who did pass the test but I voted against hiring lived off of patent checks on a goat farm outside Georgetown. My issue was that he went to work for Harte Hanks as upper management and was fired within a month. Harte Hanks is an *old* media company, not a startup, and they don’t hire/fire on a whim.

  29. lynn says:

    "House Democrats Push Surprising Tax Break for the Rich"

         https://finance.yahoo.com/news/house-democrats-push-surprising-tax-232449730.html

    "The latest version of the Build Back Better Act, which the House could vote on a soon as this week, includes a controversial tax break that would overwhelmingly benefit high-income households, though whether it will survive revisions in the Senate is still an open question.

    Pushed by lawmakers from high-tax states, House Democrats are proposing to increase the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $80,000 through 2026, up from the current level of $10,000. Doing so would provide a tax cut worth about $285 billion over the next five years, with almost all of the benefits flowing to the top 10% of households.

    If passed, the tax break would be the second most costly provision in the bill, trailing only the establishment of universal pre-K and affordable child-care programs, which would cost $390 billion over five years. It would cost more than paid family and medical leave ($195 billion over five years), clean energy and electricity tax credits ($190 billion over five years) and the extension of the expanded child tax credit for one year ($130 billion)."

    Apparently the early CBO cost estimates for the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act came in at $5 trillion.

  30. Greg Norton says:

    Pushed by lawmakers from high-tax states, House Democrats are proposing to increase the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $80,000 through 2026, up from the current level of $10,000. Doing so would provide a tax cut worth about $285 billion over the next five years, with almost all of the benefits flowing to the top 10% of households.

    The property taxes on one in-laws place in California are $26,000. Plus they pay state income tax of … 13% (?) … on what I'm guessing is an income in the mid-six figure range. $80,000 is probably about right for a family of four, two people making $200k each plus options in tech.

    If the SALT deduction cap raise doesn't pass at a reasonable number the Dems may as well forget about keeping any seats in Congress beyond The Squad and their ilk. Definitely the suburbs of DC and the tech hubs will have new Republican members — gas for the grocery getter G Wagons is really pricey these days.

    I had to laugh when we went for our anniversary dinner at a nice place out on Lake Travis a few weeks ago — when we walked out, parked right next to my car, was a G Wagon with Virginia plates, probably newly arrived in town on a paid corporate relo. Maybe working for Tony!

    Yeah, Biden. Trump tho.

    Mercedes doesn’t even trust Germans to build the G Wagon.

  31. Alan says:

    >> Pushed by lawmakers from high-tax states, House Democrats are proposing to increase the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $80,000 through 2026, up from the current level of $10,000. Doing so would provide a tax cut worth about $285 billion over the next five years, with almost all of the benefits flowing to the top 10% of households.

    Not many of those households in West Virginia.

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  32. Alan says:

    >> I had to laugh when we went for our anniversary dinner at a nice place out on Lake Travis a few weeks ago — when we walked out, parked right next to my car, was a G Wagon with Virginia plates, probably newly arrived in town on a paid corporate relo. Maybe working for Tony!

    If you work for Tony does he make you park at the far end of the parking lot if you're not driving a Tony-mobile?

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  33. Greg Norton says:

    >> Pushed by lawmakers from high-tax states, House Democrats are proposing to increase the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $80,000 through 2026, up from the current level of $10,000. Doing so would provide a tax cut worth about $285 billion over the next five years, with almost all of the benefits flowing to the top 10% of households.

    Not many of those households in West Virginia.

    West Virginia has a lot of pork projects and SSI recipients, however, so Manchin is likely to cut a deal.

    Before Manchin, The Grand Kleagle, Robert Byrd, brought home a lot of bacon for his state as Majority Leader.

  34. TV says:

    In the absence of the above, I have found a product at Dollar Tree (!) that works best for me. It is a Canadian product called Assured Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Its ingredients are nothing special, but it seems to absorb into the skin and disappear. Most importantly for me, it is non-greasy, which means I can use it every time I wash my hands in winter. That seems to really help. Putting stuff on before bed seems less effective. I have tried a lot of products, including pure lanolin, which is impractical because it is really greasy. Nothing is as good as frequent application during the day.

    Before bed, put whatever you think will work to let your hands recover – I would recommend petroleum jelly (vaseline) as it will keep moisture in but barrier creams or lanolin will probably work fine, and then put on a pair of disposable vinyl gloves.  Will keep the gunk on your hands and off of everything else while you sleep.

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  35. Greg Norton says:

    If you work for Tony does he make you park at the far end of the parking lot if you're not driving a Tony-mobile?

    I saw very few Tonymobiles in the parking lot of the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica when we went to see what was out there in July. The nearest supercharger hardware was at our hotel, over an hour away, and Boca Chica is so low lying, I was glad we had my wife's Exploder and not my Camry.

    We went to a Halloween party at a house which turned out to be owned by a Tesla exec. Several of his employees were there too. I didn't see a single EV in the driveway or out on the street.

    (I was polite, contrary to what many of you are probably thinking. To me, someone wanting a Tonymobile is no different than my friends who have Porshces, and I can admire the engineering talent involved. Where I have a problem is where I subsidize the EV toys for the wealthy who have the $50k or the ability to finance it.)

    Austin may not freeze for a week again this winter, but even in a mild year, we have days where the temps never go above the low 40s. That is not the case in California. EVs don't do well in that kind of weather.

    BTW, regardless of what SpaceX accomplishes with their hardware, Boca Chica is nowhere near prepared in terms of infrastructure to become a hub for sub orbital Starship flights around the world in a few years, analogous to, say, Atlanta-Hartsfield or DFW. How long did it take to develop DFW?

  36. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, I have a job offer call scheduled at 3 PM. Some of you won't believe where.

    No, not from Tony.

  37. JimB says:

    Before bed, put whatever you think will work to let your hands recover – I would recommend petroleum jelly (vaseline) as it will keep moisture in but barrier creams or lanolin will probably work fine, and then put on a pair of disposable vinyl gloves.  Will keep the gunk on your hands and off of everything else while you sleep.

    Yes, I have heard of that. Doris Day said she did that. A bit extreme for me, but would do it if really necessary. I did use pure lanolin, and it was greasy, but if I used just a little it was manageable. After a week or so of using it, I concluded it wasn’t any better than less messy potions.

    Ah, that’s what I need, a potion. Remember the play and movie “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum?”

  38. SteveF says:

    Where I have a problem is where I subsidize the EV toys for the wealthy who have the $50k or the ability to finance it.

    Bingo. And I feel the same about those who live in hurricane or flood zones and get subsidized house insurance for, those who get tax breaks for their solar roofs, and those who have children they can't afford.

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  39. paul says:

    Try "Corn Huskers Lotion".   When I was a checker at HEB my cuticles dried up and cracked.  Not cool to be bleeding on folks groceries.  Never mind it hurt like crazy.  Fixed me up in a week.

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  40. CowboySlim says:

    BTW, I have a job offer call scheduled at 3 PM. Some of you won't believe where.

    I'll believe.

  41. lynn says:

    BTW, regardless of what SpaceX accomplishes with their hardware, Boca Chica is nowhere near prepared in terms of infrastructure to become a hub for sub orbital Starship flights around the world in a few years, analogous to, say, Atlanta-Hartsfield or DFW. How long did it take to develop DFW?

    DFW took at least 50 years to develop the airport post WWII.  The first thing they had to do was kill Love Field in Dallas by restricting flights to only contiguous states of Texas.  Then DFW took off.

    But the hubs for Starship ballistic flights (that is the true market for Starship) will be in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, etc, etc, etc.  They will replace the current 10 to 15 hour flights to 30 minutes for those people willing to pay $5,000 for a ticket each way. Get your free barf bags right here for the ten minutes of free fall in each flight !

  42. lynn says:

    BTW, I have a job offer call scheduled at 3 PM. Some of you won't believe where.

    No, not from Tony.

    Tony only wants people who are willing to work 80 to 100 hours per week for a base salary.

    I am guessing that the offer is at EZ-TAG or TX-TAG.

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  43. Denis says:

    Here’s a tip. When I work on grimy stuff and can’t wear gloves, I use any cheap hand lotion as a barrier cream. 

     Another tip… an old mechanics' one: before working on grimy stuff, scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap, such that they load up with soap under the nails. The soap prevents grime getting in there, and is easy to wash off afterwards with water and a nailbrush.

  44. paul says:

    The joint is called "Chevrolet Buick Marble Falls".  Generic name but hey, you save a ton on changing stationary when the place sells.   I have no idea if they are part of a chain. 

    As for the Finance Manager making 50% commission on service plans, I hope not.  He did nothing worth two grand.  If the commission actually is 50%, that's crazy.  I'm better off keeping that four grand plus interest on the car note in my pocket.

    Anyway.  I bought a Nissan Frontier.  A 2019 model built mid-December 2019.  It has all of 24,000 miles on it.  Reading on the web is positive.  The complaint I noticed most was lack of room for storing stuff in the cab.  Buy a bigger truck maybe?  Carry less crap?   Lots of chatter about lifting the truck which boils down to using parts made  for Nissan Titans because they bolt right on.

    Reading about Chevy and Ford and Dodge trucks is not at all the same.  The horror stories are entertaining though.

  45. SteveF says:

    BTW, I have a job offer call scheduled at 3 PM. Some of you won't believe where.

    I'll believe.

    I want to believe!

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  46. paul says:

    I've tried the scraping fingers on a bar of soap.  Yes, it works.  And yes, I hate the way it feels. 

    I'll just have black under my fingernails for a few days.  That goes away about the time the scabs and bruises heal from working on the car.

  47. Greg Norton says:

    DFW took at least 50 years to develop the airport post WWII.  The first thing they had to do was kill Love Field in Dallas by restricting flights to only contiguous states of Texas.  Then DFW took off.

    The Wright Amendment. That's been vacated so, in theory, Southwest is free to start rebuilding gates at Love Field.

    We flew through Love on one Tampa flight. That is a very convenient hub since everything is in one building.

  48. Greg Norton says:

    I am guessing that the offer is at EZ-TAG or TX-TAG.

    Yeah, that would frost some Pop Tarts at my previous employer, but tolling is really boring work since you are essentially a construction foreman and systems integrator, not a software developer.

    Plus, it is a really small world with lots of revolving doors between government, the equipment vendors, and the consulting companies out of … Kansas … that put it all together. Lots of "dudes", and I obviously don't play well in that kind of environment.

    BTW, women can be "dudes" too. It isn't just restricted to Y chromosomes. Watch "Silicon Valley". Jan the Man. That's not an uncommon type. Just no T therapy.

    UPDATE: Yeah, Olathe, Kansas and other suburbs of Kansas City.

  49. Greg Norton says:

    Anyway.  I bought a Nissan Frontier.  A 2019 model built mid-December 2019.  It has all of 24,000 miles on it.  Reading on the web is positive.  The complaint I noticed most was lack of room for storing stuff in the cab.  Buy a bigger truck maybe?  Carry less crap?   Lots of chatter about lifting the truck which boils down to using parts made  for Nissan Titans because they bolt right on.

    That will last a long time. Keep it stock — no lifting.

    My office mate at the Death Star had a 2000 Frontier. Really nice and useful. He traded it because the government labeled the vehicle a "death trap", but, ironically, that is exactly the kind of long-lived beater pickup that will require Cash For Clunkers 2.0 to take off the road.

  50. Pecancorner says:

     an old mechanics' one: before working on grimy stuff, scrape your fingernails over a bar of soap, such that they load up with soap under the nails. The soap prevents grime getting in there, and is easy to wash off afterwards with water and a nailbrush.
     
     
     I've tried the scraping fingers on a bar of soap.  Yes, it works.  And yes, I hate the way it feels. I'll just have black under my fingernails for a few days.
     
     

     
     When  I had my printing press, I used GOOP to clean up, with a rough towel and a nail brush. The stuff is like magic. Plus, it doesn't dry out the skin like mineral spirits does.  Finish off with soap and water and another brush, and I could go out in public again.  I'm girly, so the only people who would understand grimy fingernails on me would be the Art Association. LOL 

  51. Greg Norton says:

    Tony only wants people who are willing to work 80 to 100 hours per week for a base salary.

    In all fairness to Tony, that's the entire software industry.

    Every manager wants to think that they are Steve Jobs building the Mac.

    "It's better to be a pirate than join the Navy."

    I've been in the room where the first Happy Mac icon appeared on a screen. It is just another drab Corporate America conference room if you didn't know the history.

    Woz’ “Defender” machine in the lobby is long gone.

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  52. lynn says:

    Anyway.  I bought a Nissan Frontier.  A 2019 model built mid-December 2019.  It has all of 24,000 miles on it.  Reading on the web is positive.  The complaint I noticed most was lack of room for storing stuff in the cab.  Buy a bigger truck maybe?  Carry less crap?   Lots of chatter about lifting the truck which boils down to using parts made  for Nissan Titans because they bolt right on.

    My F-150 4×4 is lifted four inches.  Makes it tough for the significant other to get in, even when she steps on the running board.  I never knew that I married such a short woman 40 years ago.  I think that she is actually shrinking at 63. She has given me her opinion of the height of my 4×4 a couple of times now.

    And BTW, when you are in 18 inches of mud, those running boards collect an amazing amount of mud on top of them.  Makes it tricky for shorter people to get in and out of the truck when they have to knock an inch or two of mud off the running board.

    Get a camper top for the bed.  That will really allow you to carry a lot of crap back there.  And good for the icy days too !

  53. ech says:

    But the hubs for Starship ballistic flights (that is the true market for Starship) will be in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, etc,

    I'm not so sure that there will be hubs outside coastal cities for years. And there may be significant noise problems.

  54. lynn says:

    But the hubs for Starship ballistic flights (that is the true market for Starship) will be in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, etc,

    I'm not so sure that there will be hubs outside coastal cities for years. And there may be significant noise problems.

    Those are nothing compared to the 1 in 99 significant failure problem of spaceships.

    And Musk envisions the Starships ports to be on ocean harbor platforms.

  55. dkreck says:

    I'm not so sure that there will be hubs outside coastal cities for years. And there may be significant noise problems.

    No problem. High speed rail will be built out – real soon now.

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  56. lynn says:

    I'm not so sure that there will be hubs outside coastal cities for years. And there may be significant noise problems.

    No problem. High speed rail will be built out – real soon now.

    Houston to Tokyo in 30 minutes ?  With or without an ocean view while traveling ?

    Drive across central Texas some time for the proposed Houston – Dallas – Austin high speed rail project. There is some serious anti-rail sentiment there. Of course, my grandfather had the railroad split his 138 acre farm into 100 and 38 acre segments back in the 1940s. The cows knew they could go under the railroad bridge to the back meadow and they did all the time. Used to upset him something fierce as it took another hour to get them to the barn along with a walk through the creek and under the railroad bridge. I made that walk quite a few times looking for them.

    “The company estimates that the construction for the project will take up to six years, with a total cost of around $20 billion. The train will use the same technology as the Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan, which can reach speeds of more than 200 mph.”
    https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/21/dallas-houston-high-speed-train/

  57. Ray Thompson says:

    the small premium you pay to a PC manufacturer is well worth it

    In some cases. Many manufacturers source the cheapest components. Dell branded computers at Costco would have 5400 rpm disk drives, altered BIOS, and some other craziness. Costco pulled the same stunt with Netgear routers that had firmware that was not stock. With custom built, by me, I know exactly what I have in the system. The downside is warranty. It becomes a urinating contest as to who is responsible when something does not work.

    I did not water cool the cpu

    Much less bulk on the MB with water cooled. That big fan in a vertical case is a lot of weight on the MB. With water cooling the actual pump is small. The radiator is bulky but mounted off to the side in the case. I did not do my own plumbing but purchased a sealed unit. Water cooling is also much quieter than a CPU fan especially in high CPU load. Even when I maxed out my I9 for 20 minutes I was still unable to hear any fans. Water cooling is more expensive.

    the fans are not working so I have not figured out how to power them up

    All my fans connect to headers on the MB. The BIOS controls the fan speed based on CPU temperature. The water pump and radiator fans are also connected to headers on the MB. Four pin connectors to RPM is sensed by the BIOS.

  58. SteveF says:

    No problem. High speed rail will be built out – real soon now.

    They're just waiting for the hydrogen fusion power packs to be ready.

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  59. Greg Norton says:

    I'm not so sure that there will be hubs outside coastal cities for years. And there may be significant noise problems.

    Musk has a problem already in Boca Chica with a community of homes near the launch site that have been in the area forever.

    The residents will probably sell eventually, but it is billionare vs. single- and double-digit millionaire right now.

    Visiting the site first hand was an education. Of course, it was lost on the kids.

  60. Alan says:

    Still can't get the Android and Apple boys to place nice together…

    The Independent: Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Lawyers argue over key video evidence as defence makes new call for mistrial.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/kyle-rittenhouse-drone-video-mistrial-b1959705.html

  61. lynn says:

    the fans are not working so I have not figured out how to power them up

    All my fans connect to headers on the MB. The BIOS controls the fan speed based on CPU temperature. The water pump and radiator fans are also connected to headers on the MB. Four pin connectors to RPM is sensed by the BIOS.

    You know, it really helps the fans to start turning on their own by connecting the power supply cable that was hidden in the other cables.  And now my high – off – low case fan switch works on the top front of my new case. The four 140 mm fans are very quiet on low.

  62. lynn says:

    I just got my 8 TB shucked WD hard drive to work on my new office PC by doing a little surgery on the power connector.  I removed the third prong using a very small screwdriver and instructions from "How to Fix the 3.3V Pin Issue in White Label Disks Shucked From Western Digital 8TB Easystore Drives"

         https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Fix-the-33V-Pin-Issue-in-White-Label-Disks-/

    Amazing.  I figured that I had fragged the 8 TB hard drive by leaving it exposed in my office for so long.  I finally reconnected the USB board and it came right up and talked to my old office pc.  SO I googled and there the instructions were.  The hard drive power connector is now snaggle toothed.

    The instructions that I used are in the first comment, “If you do not care about warranty (and many people may not if they extracted their drives from an enclosure), it is actually quite easy to break off the pin. First, from the front of the drive, push with a very thin set of pliers on a little “dot” that holds the pin in place. Then bend it back, right at the base. Then bend it forward. After 2-3 times, the pin will fall off.”.

  63. lynn says:

    "U.S. teenager Rittenhouse's murder trial jury ends second day without verdict"

         https://news.yahoo.com/jury-rittenhouse-murder-trial-deliberate-110736753.html

    Not good, not good.  That means they want to charge him with something.  Or, they are afraid of the antifa and want to delay as long as possible.

    Hat tip to:

       https://drudgereport.com/

  64. Greg Norton says:

    Amazing.  I figured that I had fragged the 8 TB hard drive by leaving it exposed in my office for so long.

    Bare hard drives sitting without any power are actually very hard to kill short of beating on them with a hammer until pieces fly across the room. The internal mechanisms secure fragile moving parts as soon as the voltage stops.

  65. lpdbw says:

    Based on the fact that the jury spent time looking at the drone video again, I think they really, really want to get him on the provocation charge, one of the lesser included charges.  And I think even that may be a hard sell if there's even one hold-out.

    But jurors' fear of being doxxed will go a long way.

    I think the best Kyle can hope for is not guilty on all the primary charges, and then he can appeal the conviction on the lesser charges based on the prosecution's obvious evidence manipulation and violations.

    I wish the judge had declared a mistrial with prejudice, but then the commies would just say KR got off on a technicality.  Not guilty verdicts give them less room to lie.  They'll lie anyway, of course.

  66. nick flandrey says:

    Well, spent the day pounding on networking issues.  I'm sure the ubiquiti unifi ecosystem is great, everything points to it being so….   but if it won't work without phoning home, and you don't have an internet connection, and when you DO cobble something with a hotspot and connection sharing just to discover it wants to show you an AD! well, I'm not feeling charitable toward ubiquiti tonight.

    My local auction was a disaster.  Most of the lots that sold went for $3, opening bid, and a large percentage didn't even get an opening bid.  Something went very wrong.  I know what stuff sells for in local auctions.  And my stuff didn't even bring a fraction of what it should have.  I'll be lucky to get a hundred bucks out of over 300 lots.  Vintage GIJoe that sells for hundreds on ebay should at least catch a reseller or two bringing 30$ not $3.  Something was very wrong.   Damn.

    And the house was full of pre-teen drama.  D1's best friend asked her to be her 'girlfriend' and threatened (or just talked about) self harm at about the same time, and how miserable she is and how much she hates life…     and then swore daughter and the GS camp to secrecy.   SO D1 was miserable, thinking that by rejecting the girl, she'd kill her.    Which led to spilling to my wife, and mandatory reporting involving school councilors and more drama.   And THEN the girl claims it was all a dare and a joke, ha ha.   So which is the lie?  the proposal, or the 'ha ha just kidding' after rejection?  Or was it really all just a 'prank' that involve the boy D1 used to be very interested in, and her best friend, who got bored and decided to twist D1, as they both now claim?  F me.  Lots of crying in any case.

    I think I'll get a bowl of ice cream and catch up on my internet reading…

    n

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  67. drwilliams says:

    I'd prescribe a couple shots of caramel or butterscotch sauce with that.

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  68. drwilliams says:

    In 2019, the USCCB sat on net assets of $377 million and raked in total revenues of $188 million. Its annual government grant revenue totaled nearly $50 million; with $23 million funneled to a program encouraging illegal alien unaccompanied minors to trespass our borders; $16.5 million for refugee admissions; and $12.1 million for refugee and entrant assistance. In 2020, Catholic Charities vacuumed up $5 billion — $2 billion of which came from government sources.

    https://www.unz.com/mmalkin/church-militants-not-church-milquetoasts/

    The Catholic church is using funds from the U.S. government to subvert federal immigration laws.

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  69. nick flandrey says:

    I'd prescribe a couple shots of caramel or butterscotch sauce with that. 

    sea salt caramel, with real whipped cream, vanilla icecream, and a sugar cookie under it all.   Yea, it was good.

    n

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