Mon. May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day.

By on May 30th, 2022 in Random Stuff

This is the day we remember our fallen.

Absent friends.  Godspeed.

 

46 Comments and discussion on "Mon. May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day."

  1. drwilliams says:

    Amen.

  2. Greg Norton says:

    My plans for f2c are:

    //  05/28/2022  Lynn McGuire  updated and added new features (-u ?)
    //  1. changed /* */ to // comments in the generated c code
    //  2.  …

    I’ve got f2c built and running in Visual Studio 2015.

    I’m looking into the yacc source problems when run through Bison. It comes down to three statements which are either really obscure Plan 9 yacc syntax or a mistake by the maintainers where a change was made without testing.

    Labs. It could go either way with those guys. 

    GCC and Clang don’t like the assignments in the conditional tests without parenthesis.

    As I said previously, I have a mental block on the obscure precedence order rules, and I believe in using parenthesis to make things clear. The compilers seem to prefer the same thing.

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  3. MrAtoz says:

    Here it is right in your face:

    Joe Biden clarifies 2A and says ‘there’s simply no rational basis for’ defending yourself with a 9mm handgun that can blow a lung out of a body

    plugs is going to try and ban ALL guns. BB guns for all.

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  4. Ray Thompson says:

    There is no reason I can think of that you DON’T want to blow a hole the size of a lung in a body when someone is attacking. I would advocate a shotgun so the hole is the size of two lungs.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    Here it is right in your face:

    plugs is going to try and ban ALL guns. BB guns for all.

    I remember a campaign appearance Biden gave within the last decade where he boasted about his wife’s Mossberg 500 and how the cha-click sound “gets peoples’ attention”.

    Of course, the media isn’t going to call him on that one.

  6. SteveF says:

    BB Guns???? Are you crazy? You could put an eye out with that thing!

    If it saves one life eye…

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  7. Greg Norton says:

    There is no reason I can think of that you DON’T want to blow a hole the size of a lung in a body when someone is attacking. I would advocate a shotgun so the hole is the size of two lungs.

    I’m not familiar with the weapon, but wouldn’t Biden’s wife’s Mossberg 500 blow a sizeable hole in a target, two lung-size or larger?

  8. SteveF says:

    Hollow-point shotgun slugs. For when you can’t decide which internal organ you don’t want the burglar to have and you decide on “all of them”.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    Hollow-point shotgun slugs. For when you can’t decide which internal organ you don’t want the burglar to have and you decide on “all of them”.

    What’s coming is that, as with shoplifting below $X in CA, home burglary below a certain dollar amount will not be prosecuted and a homeowner has no right to use lethal force to defend their property.

  10. Nick Flandrey says:

    bidden also advised sticking the gun out the door and blasting off a “warning shot” which is almost always illegal.   Soooper genius.

    Sunny and warm, gusting breezes.   

    Party wrapped up by 1:30am and the area looks pretty well cleaned up.

    Shortwave was pretty quiet last night.  I was thinking it would be better.  Oh well, I’m still just using the built in antenna on the little portable.  Can’t wait to get an actual antenna up.  

    Met a couple more neighbors, have not met a prog lib yet.  No one has been in your face about it, but people have def dropped hints and feelers.

    We are probably staying up here to try and see some of the meteor shower tonight.   More time to work, with a bit of time for play too.

    I better get something started…

    n

  11. Greg Norton says:

    Met a couple more neighbors, have not met a prog lib yet.  No one has been in your face about it, but people have def dropped hints and feelers.

    I’ve posted before about the Prog idiot I knew in Vantucky who spawned in Cut-n-Shoot. If you’re not out at least that far from the space center, chances are good you might encounter a neighbor like that. 

    I had a professor in college who got his PhD from Rice. His full time job as a Grad Assistant during the Apollo program glory days was driving a van loaded with punch card decks from Rice to SMU to UT Austin and back, a round trip that was possible in a day back in the late 60s/early 70s.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    For anyone who is interested, the universal IO shield experiment worked ok. The plastic is not as brittle as I expected so once I snipped the pieces around the ports, I still had to use a knife and spend some time to carefully separate the cutouts from the rest of the shield.

    I unblocked the bare minimum of two usb ports and the Ethernet. I could see an upside in a secure environment where you wouldn’t want non-admins plugging USB drives from God-only-knows into the ports, just drop the IO shield into place uncut or only the network connection exposed.

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  13. drwilliams says:

    “What’s coming is that, as with shoplifting below $X in CA, home burglary below a certain dollar amount will not be prosecuted and a homeowner has no right to use lethal force to defend their property.”

    If they break in and the homeowner has more than $X worth of portable property, seems like the thing to do is drop them before they get out the door and let the DA claim he knew they were only going to steal <$X.
    Boudin would probably try, if he’s still around.

  14. Alan says:

    >> I would advocate a shotgun so the hole is the size of two lungs

    Uncle Joe, then-VP, told Field & Stream in 2013, “[if] you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”

    https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/28/biden-advises-shooting-shotgun-through-door

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  15. Rick H says:

    I’m seeing a few reports that lumber prices are being chopped down. Pricing at the wholesale level down 30%+. Some sawmills are cutting production to 80% of previous levels, with some planned downtime. Downward pricing pressure due to decreased demand for new homes, and higher home interest rates.

    If you have a big wood project, you might want to wait a bit for prices to start being shaved down at the retail level.

    (Puns were on purpose.)

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  16. lynn says:

    Never let a crisis go to waste.

    https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2022/05/29/feds-considering-razing-rebuilding-robb-elementary-school-state-sen-roland-gutierrez-says/

    I guess that we are going to convert our schools into fortresses.  I hope that they allow the teachers to arm themselves though, that is the true solution.  The school districts have that right here in Texas and several do so.

    And why are the feddies doing this ?

  17. paul says:

    The light switch on my spare refrigerator broke last week.  The toggle was stuck in.  I pulled it out, it felt gummy.  And the toggle thingy fell out.  Whelp, at least the default is “light off”.  I googled the part number and found one on eBay for $11 and change.  A few other sites for about $20 but out of stock.  Walmart had the part for $8.50 with tax and free shipping.

    I bought the fridge at Sears.  July 8, 1983.    Maybe I’ll get forty years from the new switch.  I can replace it again when I’m 104.  

    By the pictures, it looks like it snaps in.  I’ll wait to see if the old switch snaps out. 

  18. paul says:

    I guess that we are going to convert our schools into fortresses.

    My high school was a fortress.  Not a window in the joint opened.  Just a 6×2 foot wide window in each classroom that had an outside wall.  Let it some light when the power went out…. 

    The library and lunchroom had lots of windows.

    The place felt like a prison and I was so happy when I graduated to never go there again.

    And why are the feddies doing this ?

    Off the top of my head, to hide and destroy evidence. 

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  19. Greg Norton says:

    I guess that we are going to convert our schools into fortresses.  I hope that they allow the teachers to arm themselves though, that is the true solution.  The school districts have that right here in Texas and several do so.

    And why are the feddies doing this ?

    Dem Congressional district. $40 million contract. Easy.

    They’ll build the new elementary school next to the high school and sneak in a football stadium and PAC.

    Call it $120 million, but who’s counting. The bill will sail through Congress right now … along with lots of earmarks.

  20. paul says:

    Random fun… I oiled the grandfather clock several months ago.  It ran fine for a while and then sort of stalled out.  I gave up and figured it’s “off to the shop” someday.  Last weekend I walked by and what the heck, started it.  I don’t know why. 

    I suppose the oil had to soak in.  Which makes little sense. 

    It gained almost five minutes in eight days.  I adjusted the pendulum longer yesterday.  It lost about 30 seconds in a day.  Today I adjusted up a quarter of a turn.  Time will tell.  (Yeah, I can make bad puns too.)

    The owner’s manual says it’s about 1½ turns for about a minute a day. 

    The chimes have sounded off.  After some thought (ouch!) I realized that if the hammers are too far from the chimes, you get a weak sounds.  It’s the opposite when too close, you get a bit of hammer bounce and a bit loud to strident sound.  So I loosened the whatever things that hold the movement in place on the board it sits on, they have a name, and slid it over about a sixteenth of an inch.  The hour chimes and the quarter hour chimes are just about perfect now.   I could mess around and maybe get that last half of a mm tweaked… or I can call it good and grab a FLASHLIGHT to find a beer in the spare fridge. 

    Beer wins.  

  21. Greg Norton says:

    $75 to fill one of my cars today. $5/gallon for ethanol-free unleaded.

  22. lynn says:

    Here it is right in your face:

    Joe Biden clarifies 2A and says ‘there’s simply no rational basis for’ defending yourself with a 9mm handgun that can blow a lung out of a body

    plugs is going to try and ban ALL guns. BB guns for all.

    So plugs is the person who starts the second civil war.

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  23. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Paul, if you over oil the clock, the oil will run out of the little oil cup around the pivot point of the gear (technically a ‘wheel”).  Gravity and capillary action siphon the oil out and leave the pivot completely dry.  The clock will run dry (instead of gummy with old oil) which is probably what is happening.   

    The amount of oil should just barely fill the tiny pivot cup milled into the plate, with a bit of a negative meniscus.  Streaks of oil under the pivot cups are telltale signs of over oiling.

    n

  24. lynn says:

    $75 to fill one of my cars today. $5/gallon for ethanol-free unleaded.

    Be glad that you can buy gasoline and diesel.  Plugs wants to ban those too.  

    Why are dumbrocrats such authoritarians ?

  25. CowboyStu says:

    As I remember we have had two homeowners shoot and kill break in criminals in nearby cities.  Actually, one was within a mile of my daughter’s house in Santa Ana Heights.  In both cases the prosecuting attorneys declined to file charges.  They reasoned that juries would not decide guilty.

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  26. lynn says:

    GCC and Clang don’t like the assignments in the conditional tests without parenthesis.

    As I said previously, I have a mental block on the obscure precedence order rules, and I believe in using parenthesis to make things clear. The compilers seem to prefer the same thing.

    I don’t like that f2c removes levels of parenthesis wherever it can.

  27. Jenny says:

    Attended today’s Memorial Ceremony. Our Mayor Bronson and our Senator Bronson spoke, as well as several military folks whose names I couldn’t hear. Good ceremony, correctly focused. Great brass band from our military, skilled bagpiper from a local pipe band. Could hear folks singing to our national anthem and state song, as well as when Amazing Grace and Taps were played. Saw a few masks on really old frail looking folks. None on young people. Local vet biker club provided rolling thunder, did the unknown soldier ceremony. All very good and poignant. Quite a mix of ages. Several hundred people easily. 
     

    We take Memorial Day seriously. In 2029 under our then progressive Mayor, the city cancelled the event. A volunteer put together an independent ceremony in about 72 hours. I think just a few politicians were in attendance and the city threatened to have attendees cited for breaking whatever Covid measures were then in place. The size of the crowd belayed that action. Local media took pics that made the crowd of hundreds look like mere dozens. Jerks. 
     

    Got home, assembled Costco raised beds. Soil delivered this morning, two yards. Picking up perlite and peat later to kid for planting. Lunch then a bit more work. 

    It is very hot. 70 f in the shade. For us, that’s a rare scorcher.

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  28. Greg Norton says:

    Be glad that you can buy gasoline and diesel.  Plugs wants to ban those too.  

    They won’t have to ban diesel. I’ve seen stories on fringe sites about a possible DEF shortage, and the modern diesel trucks and cars won’t move without that stuff.

    Well, except for the “dirty” VW diesel cars.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    I don’t like that f2c removes levels of parenthesis wherever it can.

    Labs guys always have their own idea of perfection. For every developer who prefers depending on precedence order, there is another who will go back and insert parenthesis, even in working, tested code.

    The attitude is leterally, “I went to Fancy Lad U and I have two patents. Who are you, peon, to tell me how code should look to someone coming back to make changes in five years?”

  30. lynn says:

    “GitHub: Attackers stole login details of 100K npm user accounts”

         https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/github-attackers-stole-login-details-of-100k-npm-user-accounts/

    “GitHub revealed today that an attacker stole the login details of roughly 100,000 npm accounts during a mid-April security breach with the help of stolen OAuth app tokens issued to Heroku and Travis-CI.”

    “The threat actor successfully breached and exfiltrated data from private repositories belonging to dozens of organizations.”

    “GitHub disclosed this security breach on April 15, three days after discovering the attack, when the malicious actor gained access to npm production infrastructure.”

    “The threat actor escalated their access using a compromised AWS access key, acquired after downloading multiple private npm repositories using the stolen OAuth user tokens in the initial stage of the attack.”

    You know, people keep on telling me that I am paranoid for not trusting servers directly coupled to the internet.

  31. Rick H says:

    Just finished and released version 15 of my FormSpammerTrap code. It blocks automated contact form from bots. 

    While updating the site, I noticed that I started this program started back in 2013. Lots of enhancements over the years. Still effective after all of these years…I have never gotten a bot-submitted contact form message on that site in all that time. 

    If this place had a contact form, you could try it out here. Some of it’s concepts are used here to block comment spam. Nick will tell you that there hasn’t been any comment spam since I implemented.

    Well, at least no bot-submitted comment spam. There are all these other comments here…..

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  32. Greg Norton says:

    “GitHub: Attackers stole login details of 100K npm user accounts”

    You know, people keep on telling me that I am paranoid for not trusting servers directly coupled to the internet.

    “Developers” implicitly trust packages downloaded from npm for Node.js projects. Node is a Hot Skillz right now so a breach of npm is serious.

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  33. Ray Thompson says:

    In 2029 under our then progressive Mayor, the city cancelled the event.

    You have DeLorean that you are hiding?

    Yes, I can be an anal orifice. You can thank me later.

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  34. drwilliams says:

    “They won’t have to ban diesel. I’ve seen stories on fringe sites about a possible DEF shortage, and the modern diesel trucks and cars won’t move without that stuff.”

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the PLT’s and Bootyjuice tried to engineer a shortage.

    I heard a rumor that it isn’t hard to find a shop that can eliminate the requirement.

    I don’t recommend the practice, as that cloud of black smoke that diesels emit is particles that skip right by the defenses of your body to permanently lodge in your lungs.

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  35. drwilliams says:

    Forest Service says it started all of New Mexico’s largest wildfire

    By Andrew Hay 

    Forest Service investigators determined the Calf Canyon Fire was caused by a “burn pile” of branches that the agency thought was out but reignited on April 19, the Santa Fe National Forest said in a statement.

    https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/forest-service-says-it-started-all-new-mexicos-largest-wildfire-2022-05-27/

    Next time someone “ thought was out but reignited ” and gets cited, I wonder if they will use the “Some Forest Service Dude Did It” defense.

    Kind of like the EPA taking over a mineshaft full of toxic waste and turning their “experts” loose on it, only to see it dumped into the river.

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  36. Alan says:

    >> Well, except for the “dirty” VW diesel cars

    My son had one of the “dirty” VWs. He really liked that car and thought about keeping it but ultimately the buyback offer was just too good to turn down. 

  37. Jenny says:

    @Ray

    You have DeLorean that you are hiding?

    Not I. There’s a local Chinese Restaurant / Karaoke bar that has  had one out front up on blocks for years and years, though. 
     

    I meant 2020, of course. 

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  38. lynn says:

    I don’t recommend the practice, as that cloud of black smoke that diesels emit is particles that skip right by the defenses of your body to permanently lodge in your lungs.

    Can’t be any worse than all of the pulverized coal that I breathed in while I worked in the coal power plants for two years.  If you were the first person in the morning to walk on a elevated stair, there was a little pyramid of pulverized coal on the top of each handrail.  Greasy, so it stuck to you until you found something that cut the grease.

  39. Greg Norton says:

    I don’t recommend the practice, as that cloud of black smoke that diesels emit is particles that skip right by the defenses of your body to permanently lodge in your lungs.

    The subject has come up here before. If the numbers previously discussed are still relevant, the amount of DEF going into the exhaust of a diesel passenger vehicle is PPM level, and I remain unconvinced that it makes a real difference.

  40. lynn says:

    I don’t recommend the practice, as that cloud of black smoke that diesels emit is particles that skip right by the defenses of your body to permanently lodge in your lungs.

    The subject has come up here before. If the numbers previously discussed are still relevant, the amount of DEF going into the exhaust of a diesel passenger vehicle is PPM level, and I remain unconvinced that it makes a real difference.

    Diesels produce two pollutants, soot (carbon particles) and nitrous oxides.  In modern diesels, the soot is collected in a soot catcher and the exhaust valves are opened every 750 miles to inject raw burning diesel into the soot catcher to burn off the collected soot.  The nitrous oxides are usually produced by a diesel in the 50 to 100 ppm range.  The DEF (30 wt% ammonia) is injected into the reactor to cut the nitrous oxides down to 10 to 15 ppm.  I would not buy a diesel right now as the technology is immature and short lived.

  41. lpdbw says:

    This morning at 9 AM I was driving near Pike’s Peak, and it was spitting snow or at least sleet.

    This evening I arrived in Houston and there is no danger of snow.  Also, no working A/C in the house.  This is a problem.

    Also, there is no luggage.  We had an equipment change in Dallas and my bags didn’t make it.

    At least I know what I’m doing tomorrow.

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  42. Nick Flandrey says:

    Meteor shower was not  spectacular.  Some bright ones, so there was a shower, just a lot of patchy low clouds blowing thru obscuring the sky.   Did see some really cool individual meteors, just not as many as hoped.  

    n

  43. brad says:

    Tis the season…for exams and project grading and such. Total chaos in my calendar.

    …sticking the gun out the door and blasting off a “warning shot”

    Stupid idea, and as Nick said, also illegal.

    I guess that we are going to convert our schools into fortresses.

    The Uvalde shooting was tragic, but people seem to be skipping over basic facts: the building was supposed to be locked, but wasn’t. The people who should have stopped the guy going in, didn’t. The police force was an embarrassment. Did you read the statement from the chief of police? Our entire department is thankful that the officers did not sustain any life threating[sic] injuries. Yeah, let the kids take the bullets, that’s the ticket.

    It really is time to professionalize police forces in the US. Not just a couple of weeks of training, but a serious training program. Here, you first go to a year of school; then you have a further 2-½ years of part-time school and part-time working apprenticeship.

    Replace qualified immunity with individual malpractice insurance. Cops who screw up too much won’t get insurance, and won’t be working as cops any longer. It would also mean that taxpayers wouldn’t be the ones paying for individual screw-ups. I imagine the entire Uvalde police force would have to find new careers.

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  44. Jenny says:

    @Greg

    Top Gun: Maverick tonight. Great fun. Very enjoyable with stunning flight scenes. 
     

    Finished mixing soil, peat, and perlite and filling the two Costco raised beds. About 30 cubic feet to fill the beds, maybe ⅔ of that soil. I may have overbought with two yards of soil. Good problem to have. I have another set of beds to build. And I’ll find somewhere to use the remaining soil. 
     

    Refilled the chicken waterer, fed the rabbits, visited with friends. All good stuff. These are the good old days.

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