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  1. We got to play with the InSight Emmy when they brought it by for a photo op here in the SFOF today.

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  2. There's some weird .. food(?) that shows up in the break room's "donations accepted" snack stack at work.  Anyone seen this one?  Is it safe to eat?  あやしい :D 

     

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    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      listen to the turkey, it's already telling you how great it is 😂 

      What I find kind of weird is the whole anti-gluten trend that is so prominent in the US, and also starting in Europe. Are there so many gluten insensitive people in the US or what's up with that? 😂

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      I don't quite understand it myself.  There was a time when anything added to foods during processing automatically became a bad thing.  Extra sugar, extra salt, etc.  One of the things added was gluten, to bread to make it rise faster so the baking process can be started sooner, and a given "assembly line" at the factory can produce more bread per hour.  Of course, gluten was already in flour, but the manufacturers added more (and more yeast as well).  Because gluten was an added ingredient, it somehow became something to avoid, and from there a murketing buzzword. 

      That much I can kind of understand, though I think the issue was severely overblown.  Now though, even stuff that never had any gluten in it - like drinks, or candy, or meats - have the "gluten free" tag.  It has clearly gone far beyond anything rational at this point.

  3. So "USB4" is different than "USB 4".   Really now.  Has murketing really come to this?   😐 

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      😂 reminds me of this

      expectations-meet-reality-false-advertis

    2. Ohiotaku

      Ohiotaku

      Both of which are different than UB40 

      :P

  4. How come all of a sudden all that side-channel crap (ad feeds, youtube "recommended", etc.) is showing me earthquake and disaster preparedness stuff.  Stop it!  It is Friday the 13th and you're making me nervous!  :D

  5. So we're getting a dozen or so new workstations at work that will be running Oracle Linux.  Hardware is Dell quad-core Xeons (W-2125s), several with dual ultra-wide HD monitors.  The systems that these new systems are replacing are old Sun-branded sun/solaris unix systems (thus Oracle) that we are running system monitor and control software from/on.  It is getting impossible to find parts and they're coming up with unpatched/unpatchable security issues now so they gotta go.  They're also incredibly slow by today's standards, and the GPUs are so ancient we have to run the desktop in 8-bit/256 color mode to be able to bump the resolution up to something that modern monitors will even accept.  Sorry, not sorry to see them go.  (What gfx card were YOU using a decade ago?)  The taxpayers certainly got their money's worth there!   

    Big hardware/software upgrades like this are always "interesting" in a 24/7 operations environment, but the end result should be so much better than what we've had to deal with up to now.  I'm optimistic that things will go smoothly.  I mean, what could go wrong?  Heh.. I'll let you know later. ;)  First system is scheduled to go live next week to replace a relatively unused system.  After that system soaks for a while in the ops area & we take care of the inevitable issues there we'll install the rest on a more aggressive schedule.  Probably sooner than later.  The guy who ordered the systems has already received the boxes and had no place to put them except his office.   14 CPUs, ~20 widescreens, and assorted cables and accessories have basically taken over his office to the point that he's hardly able to move in there.  He wants them OUT!  :D

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      "we have to run the desktop in 8-bit/256 color mode" 😂 I think that says it all.

      I'm surprised though, why didn't you guys get an upgrade a lot sooner? Is it just one of those 'as long as its enough we don't plan on upgrading' things? I know that public offices/institutions are not the richest, but that seems a tad outdated even for those standards.

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      We haven't upgraded mostly due to (mis)management and bureaucrazy.  There's a organizational boundary-crossing to overcome between the people using the equipment and the people buying it for starters, and the system weren't technically broken, just old/slow.  Since Sun went under & was bought by Oracle it has also been hard to find parts & support.*  When we do find support it has been expensive.  That tends to eat up the replenishment budget, so there was no "extra" for hardware upgrades like this. 

      At some (much earlier) point management /should/ have gotten a clue (IMHO), but speaking technical to the MBAs running things has never been all that productive, and even the money angle didn't work when there's a risk involved in changing platforms, no matter how minor.  I guess they figured it is better to be safe when it was only a problem for the people actually using the systems rather than risk being the ones all the fingers point at if things go wrong.  It was only recently that these systems started appearing on things like security scans or breaking in other unfixable ways.  That *IS* a management problem, so now suddenly we're getting new systems.  Funny how that works, right?  :D  Hell of a way to run a railroad if you ask me, but at least we're finally moving on.  We should be in a better situation in the future as well.

      *Oracle only bought Sun because Sun made the enterprise server hardware that ran Oracle's DB software and Oracle didn't want to chance possible disruption to their business if Sun went under and Oracle customers started having a hard time finding hardware to run Oracle's software.  Oracle really never wanted to be in the hardware business, and certainly never in the business of desktop hardware like we've been using.  For a while now Oracle has been pushing their old desktop unix customers inherited from Sun towards Oracle's Linux distribution on standard PC hardware.

    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      "bureaucrazy" 😂 gonna steal that one 

  6. And now I'm 55.

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Happy birthday! 

    2. Seshi

      Seshi

      Happy birthday 🎊😁

    3. Nova

      Nova

      🎂🎁happy birthday

  7. And now I log in to AF to find my reputation is "666".  🤔 Yeah, that's about how my day's been going. 
     

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    1. Seshi

      Seshi

      Oop 🙊 I just changed it...

      At least you're "Honored"

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Thanks.  That or change the "honored"  to "horned".. just to see if anyone noticed.  Hey!  AF could make that a thing.  Who has access to the site source code?  😈

      (I know, probably not a good idea.  Some people have no sense of humor where those sorts of things are concerned.  Probably complain and/or claim that AF is a satanist site or something.  Party poopers.)

    3. Seshi

      Seshi

      XD Right, I could see that happening for sure. That, or we gain a lot of satanic followers... Either way, not what was intended :P 

  8. Some days it just isn't a good idea to open your front door.  Happy Monday!  :)

     

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  9. Got to sleep in late today, but also working until midnight on a Friday. :( 

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    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      This was a one-day thing supporting a special event.  Looks like it isn't happening though so I'll likely be going home early after all.  They did feed us at work too.  I guess I should be thanking ISRO?  They might not be in a mood to appreciate it much at the moment however.   :(

    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      One day working late is one day too much for me 😂

      Yeah, too bad for India, quite a lot of money down the drain, but let's see what the reason was.

    4. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Yeah, too bad about the lander but they still have the orbiter, which has most of the science instruments on it.  It would have been great to have the lander (and rover) to ground-truth things, but it isn't the end of the mission by any stretch.  ESAs MEX lost Beagle, but years later were still tracking them every day.

  10. Just thought I'd poke a bit at an entry-level threadripper system.  I know, that's kind of a strange thought when all the gamers are still salivating over a i9-9900k for the single-core performance, but it turns out that a low-end 1900X CPU, 2 sticks of 16GB, 3200MHz DDR4, and a really (like, really really) nice motherboard can be had for less than $1k.  The motherboard is totally overkill for the initial RAM and CPU, but with AMD it should be upgradable for many years.  Maybe in a year or so - when the bleeding edge has moved on - you replace the 8-core 1900X with a 16-core 2950.  At some point you buy another couple sticks of RAM.  Did I mention the MB supports quad-channel?

    If you already have a decent case, power supply, etc., then swapping out the guts for an 8-core system (that would have been considered a monster just a couple years ago in the old Intel era) might make sense.  With that MB you could go all the way up to a 32-core/64-thread CPU and 128GB RAM.  It also has *3* nvme m.2 slots, not to mention dual network ports (one of them 10Gb).  For games.. ok, maybe not so much.  (Yet?)  But if your workflow includes things that might benefit from a lot of cores..... maybe.  It is also quite possible I'm just a tech geek looking for new toys.  :D

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      I know who I'll come crawling to if I ever need help building a good PC! I know nothing about that stuff lol

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Sure.  I don't mind advising, and I like planning new builds, though do I tend to spend way too much time obsessing over little details.  I'm also not a "cheap at any cost" advocate.  The systems I build for myself tend to be a bit on the pricey side.  (My current system, for example.)  Unless I'm building a system for a specific task I like giving myself a bit of elbow room.  Consider yourself warned?  :)

       

    3. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      You get what you pay for. Generally speaking, if you just go with cheap parts, they probably won't perform as well or last as long. 

  11. Happy Landing Day!  My dad worked on Viking back in the day so I got a day off from middle school (or "junior high" as they called it back then) to stay home and watch the second pictures ever from the surface of Mars come back.  Line. by. line.  The first pictures were from Viking 1 which landed a couple weeks earlier, but as that happened before school started during the summer break and I didn't get the day off from school I don't count it.  :D 
     

  12. I've been "working" on my computer today, just cleaning up and doing some file maintenance.  Found some *OLD* text files from an online game called Dragon's Gate.  DGate was a text-only multiplayer game hosted by GE's "GEnie" online service back in the early 90s.  Pre-internet.  Pre-MMORPG.  Dialup-only.  It may have even predated Compuserve and AOL.  One of the files shows a 2400 baud connection at the beginning.  :D  I think this may have been the first multiplayer online game I ever played. 

    Not for long though.  Long distance phone calls cost around $0.25/minute so playing for an hour was like $15.  This back when gas was like $1/gallon so that'd be around $50/hr at today's prices.  I knew a trick to call through a chain of "local" BBSs to pay about 1/4th that, but it was still expensive.  Especially for a lowly student whose only regular income was a monthly allowance!

    Blast from the past...

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            ............| | | | / |A^^A| \../  / || || ||...........
               ......../ / /  | |  TTTT__ \/  /| || || ||/\  /\
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    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      "text-only multiplayer game" "Dialup-only"

      This belongs in a museum somewhere 😂 Seriously though it's amazing how much they did in those times with only text!

    2. Seshi

      Seshi

      I remember watching my friend play Dragon Realms, same type of setup... I was soooo jealous 😁

  13. OMG, the hype for KSP2.  Have to admit I'm catching the fever too.  Hearing all the right things from Star.Theory.  I just hope they can deliver (somewhat) on time & w/out screwing it up.

  14. Sooo hungry.  And hot.  Needed to run a bunch of errands this weekend so I ran out the door early w/out breakfast, then the place I picked for lunch was too crowded so I just skipped it.  Between that and the 107F temp... finally done and home but 🥵, 😫, and need 🍲    Think I'm just going to hide here in the air conditioning and eat 2 sandwiches.  :D  

    On the plus side I did manage to take care of all my errands so tomorrow is clear.  Maybe some anime?  Games?  Reading?  🤔

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Work hard play hard! Take a day off, sounds like you've earned it. 

    2. Beocat

      Beocat

      Stardew Valley and soda....

  15. It has been a while since I cleaned under/behind the bookcases.  :D 

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    In case you're wondering, this is a "tinybopper" from a microgame called "RIVETS" that was released in the mid-late '70s.  I bought them all as they came out, and still have most of them.  Er.. somewhere.  :)

  16. Trying out a new avatar pic.  I'm thinking I like the old Taurus better, but I'll keep Hachirota for a week or so.

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    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Yeah, same here.

    3. Vitis

      Vitis

      There are a few shoppes that will edit images for you if you can't pin down a specific image you want to use and simply have a character in mind. #Shameless Plug XD

    4. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Once upon a time there was a guy in the local mall who did walk-in portraits/caricatures.  He was good, but kind of expensive.  Enough so I that I never did it, but I always thought that would be the best avatar.  If he was still there it'd be fun to see what he could come up with if asked for something anime-ish.

  17. Contemplating an upgrade/refurbishment of the solar-powered lighting on the "back forty".  (This is Los Angeles so that's in square centimeters.)  There's no AC run out there so a number of years ago I installed a solar panel, battery, charge controller, and motion-controlled LED lighting system.  It has been working pretty well, but it is showing its age.  The battery is/was lead-acid (basically a motorcycle battery) and needs replacing and the LEDs were pretty dim from the get-go.  That's what was available at the time so I'm not complaining, but these days it could be done better.  I can reuse the panel and (maybe) charge controller, but I'm thinking a new, custom-built LiFePo battery (built out of 18650s or 26650s) and some modern, bright LEDs are definitely in order.  Maybe even some RGB lighting if I want to get fancy.

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  18. Einstein, Newton, and Pascal are playing hide and seek. It’s Einstein’s turn to count so he covers his eyes and starts counting to 10. Pascal runs off and hides. Newton draws a one meter by one meter square on the ground in front of Einstein and stands in the middle of it. Einstein reaches 10 and uncovers his eyes. He sees Newton immediately and exclaims, “Newton! I found you! You’re it!”

    Newton smiles and replies, “No, you found a Newton over a square meter. You found a Pascal!”

    (This is the kind of thing I have to put up with at work. The offending party has been dealt with. 1f642.png )

  19. They delivered the two new widescreen HD monitors and stacked them outside my office, but they didn't deliver the computer they're supposed to be attached to. That's just cruel.  :angry:

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  20. Mom's been bingeing ST:TNG.  I've been playing, "I can name that episode in <x> lines".  :D

    1. Seshi

      Seshi

      Sounds fun

  21. Shift over at 11pm then home to sup, sh!t, shower, and shave to get back to work by 7am for another full shift. Getting too old for this kind of thing.

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      I don't miss those back-to-back shifts, they're just cruel. Hope you can get at least a little bit of rest! I remember you did say you were expecting a busy summer- with any luck things will come back around and normalise for you?

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Fortunately today is only training the new guy.  I don't have to sit the ops console or pretend to be intelligent in a meeting or anything like that.  :)  

    3. Seshi

      Seshi

      “pretend to be intelligent in a meeting”

      ^^ relatable

  22. Found another lapel pin for my collection in my mailbox today..
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  23. Found out I "get" to work 2 extra days this week.  Joy.   😿 

    At least that means my weekends are back in sync with the rest of the world's.

    1. Beocat

      Beocat

      Lol...at least it's only 2 days and not practically the whole month. Been crazy here, like some kid kicked over our anthill and we're scrambling all over the place trying to put it back up again. I'm so tired. 

       

      Enjoy the weekends :) are you having to meet a deadline or did something else come up at work?

    2. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      Kind of a combination of factors here.  Higher than average workload this year with chandryaan-2 launch and testing/training for them plus a bunch of cubes going up on the one hand.  On the other, in the last several months we've also lost 2 workers.  3 actually, one retired, one got fired, and then one of the replacements didn't work out & we had to start over.  We're a 2-position, 24/7 operation so losing two out of 8 people .. we're feeling it.  2019 has not been a good year so far.

      I talked to my boss today & he says he's hired a replacement for the replacement so there's light at the end of the tunnel.  However, even best case it'll take a couple weeks for badging, background check, and other bureaucrazy before he can even start training for the actual job, and another couple/few months after that before he's pulling his weight.

       

    3. Beocat

      Beocat

      I've been there too. We lost 5 of 9 once and it all fell apart. Right now, we did this to ourselves buying up more business than we can handle so I'm just trying to help cover shifts, give some overlap to help catch up and ending up working nearly every day. 

       

      I hope the new guy works out for you. 

  24. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02275-3

    One thing they can work on......

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    :D

     

    1. Wedgy

      Wedgy

      Yeah that can't possibly go wrong

    2. Nono

      Nono

      What if you had a cat that has human ears?😂

    3. efaardvark

      efaardvark

      @Wedgy Actually, now that you mention it I think I did see that movie.  It didn't turn out well for the humans.  :)

      @Nono Not kawaii at all!  :D  

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