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Status Updates posted by efaardvark

  1. My computer just passed 600 work units in [email protected]


  2. “Is this a Tolkien character or the name of an antidepressant”?  Harder than it sounds!   🤣


    (with apologies to Tolkien fans everywhere of course)


    1. Ohiotaku
    2. OtakuKid


      I got 11/24. Surprisingly low for someone who loves Tolkien’s stuff.

  3. Finally got a weekend off.  Did some Minecraft and anime.. and laundry, but I’ll take what I can get. :)  Thought I might have to go in early Monday for a test (computer systems, not COVID) but even that managed to miss me.  Monday still sucks - when does it not? - but I feel like this was the first real weekend I’ve had in months.

  4. mst3k ftw..


    1. Ohiotaku


      I certainly prefer to view life as a comedy, rather than a tragedy :P 


  5. Probably the closest thing irl to McCaffrey's fire lizards... draco volans.


  6. Love that OP for Beyond the Boundary.I personally like that style of animation.  It is well done visually, the lyrics complement the anime well, and that last line ...迷いながらも君を見つけたよ 

    Good stuff.

  7. Getting a second wave of oranges on our tree out back...


    1. Seshi


      Beautiful tree. I want to grow some lemons.

  8. Get some sun!  Or at least take vitamin D supplements....


  9. Half the people I play Minecraft with are "creative" and the other half are "survival".  I need to find a mod or something that makes the area around the spawn point "creative", but only out to a radius of about 20 or so chunks.  After that it is all "survival".  Ideally the survival zone would start "easy" and eventually shade to "hard", again as a function of distance from spawn.  Of course the nether and the end would be survival.  (Gotta have some reason to venture out, right?)

    If I had a mod like that I might be able to get everyone together to play on the same server.  :D


    1. OtakuKid


      Discworld on tv?!?!? Wow! That’s so cool! I’ve only ever seen a movie adaptation of one of the books!

  10. Thanks for the points, though I have lots & didn't need them.  I'll donate them back.  :D

    also thanks for the follow & the yt link.. listening to it now in the background.

    1. efaardvark


      btw, like your spirited away theme.  anything Ghibli is ok with me.  I just watched Whisper of the Heart a while back.

    2. Kity


      Sweet N no problem.They really make me nostalgic eehee. Gracias agan. 

  11. Closing in on 1 million points and 200 WUs in [email protected]  As I type this my computer is ranked 169,318th (of 2.6M).  If it can get to a rank of 132,000 that would put it in the top 5%.

    This on an 8-core 2700X.   I'd love to see what one of those 32-core 3970X threadripper processors could do.  Or better yet a 64-core 3990X.  Unfortunately I don't have 4kilobucks to drop on a CPU.  🤣

  12. Between Elon's "Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months, starting with high latitudes"


    and the FCC's ratification of WIFI6 ..


    .. the nerd is me is kind of getting excited.  :)


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    2. efaardvark


      @Wedgy sort of.  The Starlink system isn't designed to communicate directly with handsets like the ground-based cellphone/tower system, or Iridium, or some of the others are.  Starlink needs a ground terminal "about the size of a pizza box".  Said pizza box has a phased array antenna system* to communicate with the satellites via Ku and Ka bands.  Presumably however this box will also have some sort of standard, consumer-friendly output like an Ethernet port and/or WiFi connectivity. 

      The WiFi 6 connection is purely in my mind at this point but it makes sense.  WiFi 6 is theoretically able to cover an entire house with up to 1.2Ghz bandwidth.  Most urban locations will likely have interference that limits that to something somewhat less, but it should still be able to handle the full bandwidth of a Starlink connection, which is (again theoretically) in the ~600Mb range. The overall idea (in my mind anyway) being that you could put a Starlink pizza box with built-in wifi on your house's roof and get a ~500Mb connection to the internet, wherever your house is in the world.  Even if your "house" is actually a plane, a boat, or an RV it still works, since the "pizza box's" antenna and electronics are designed to be mobile.  As long as it has visibility to the sky and power you should be good.


      (*basically a flat panel of electronically-controlled elements that together behave like a steerable dish antenna only with no moving parts.)

    3. Wedgy


      So the ground terminal though could be used to communicate with the average consumer devices, wherever they may be installed? I hope I understand that correctly. If so, that's a pretty cool development and can help bring connectivity to rural areas.
      Also, I found this note pretty wild: "SpaceX has long-term plans to develop and deploy a version of the satellite communication system to serve Mars." Musk is really pushing for space exploration isn't he? :P

    4. efaardvark


      Yes.  Rural areas is his stated primary target audience since they're under-served by the AT&Ts and Comcasts and TimeWrners out there.  But any one who is disenchanted with the current monopolies is welcome as well.

      And yes, pretty much everything he does is directly or indirectly related to setting up a permanent Mars colony.  Starlink was started because he needed something big to justify all the launches he's been doing, and putting up 12,000 satellites is a good way to guarantee a steady supply of paying customers for Falcon, Falcon Heavy, and Starship.  Of course the money has to come from somewhere, so "hey, how about we sell universal broadband while we're at it?".  While putting up Starlink he'll be getting experience to do the same thing at Mars, where there's virtually no global communications infrastructure.  Same reason he's taking people to the space station.  He'll probably also be the commercial carrier for NASA when they go to the Moon.  (He's already tried to get a NASA contract for a lunar landing, but Boeing and LockMart successfully lobbied against it on the grounds that they don't believe it can be done.  Whereupon Musk said, "It may literally be easier to just land Starship on the moon than try to convince NASA that we can.")  Again, more Mars practice.  Solar panels and batteries for houses and power grids.  Tunnel diggers.  Internal combustion engines don't work on Mars, but electric cars would.  It all fits together if you assume Mars as a background context.

      The man may be crazy, but he's crazy like a fox.

  13. working.. not from home.  :(


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    2. leinwandname


      I love your keyboard; Nice old-school-ey beige MKs are the best! :D


    3. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      just wondering, can't you guys establish a vpn connection or other remote working stations?

    4. efaardvark


      @leinwandname state-of-the-art vintage equipment!  :)  

      @Illusion of Terra .. for some stuff we can do the VPN thing.  Actually, for most of it ssh’s DISPLAY redirection (and a local x-server) is all that is needed for our monitoring tools.  An RSA token and a web browser can be used for email access.  The voice nets and some of the C&C links can’t be accessed from outside the critical/flight LAN however.

  14. Spent the weekend rearranging furniture.  Good news is my SIL can now work from home, which is good because she's got diabetes and high blood pressure, two red flags for complications for the virus infection.  I need a break though.  Been doing 3 people's jobs at work - AT work.. none of that "work from home" stuff for me - and I can't even remember the last time I had a day off.  (Unless you count that couple days a couple/few months back when I had that vertigo episode.)  Weekends are extremely precious to me atm.

  15. The solution to half as many employees?  Just double the number of monitors per employee of course...


    Just infect me with the virus already.  I could use a couple weeks of ”vacation”.

  16. If you ever feel in need of a smile then all you need to do is google quokka, and click on “images”.  Just look at that face!  :) 

    You're welcome.

  17. Queuing up some more reading material, just in case..

    (from Cornell’s arxiv.org database)

    “The Silurian Hypothesis.  If an industrial civilization had existed on Earth many millions of years prior to our own era, what traces would it have left and would they be detectable today? We summarize the likely geological fingerprint of the Anthropocene, and demonstrate that while clear, it will not differ greatly in many respects from other known events in the geological record. We then propose tests that could plausibly distinguish an industrial cause from an otherwise naturally occurring climate event.”

    This ought to be good reading...


  18. My brother just sent me this... :)  


    1. efaardvark


      I replied, “toilet paper”.  :D 

    2. Anime loveer

      Anime loveer

      Thats funny :) ill reply the same thing , if it was me

    3. leinwandname


      C'mon, that pauldron is just excessive!

  19. Los Angeles city has shut down bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, and fitness centers.  Grocery stores, pharmacies, and food banks will remain open. Restaurants are allowed to serve take-out, but no dine-in service.

    Santa Monica ordered the temporary closure of its pier.

    Even some Las Vegas casinos are shutting down.

    If nothing else the economic fallout from all this will be significant.


    1. Ohiotaku


      The bars/restaurants & carryout/drive thru situation is the same here. Walmarts & Krogers are shortening their hours of operation so they have more time for restocking & cleaning. Some local communities are recommending 8:00 pm - 5:00 am curfews for nonessential activities.

    2. RuthisianCodex


      Yep, this could get insane.

  20. [email protected] & this comes up... 


  21. The filing deadline for California state taxes has been moved back two months to June 15th.  When the government delays taking your money you know things are getting serious!  :D


    1. Ohiotaku


      Of course if you get a refund it means they’ve been using your money interest free all year anyway.

    2. efaardvark


      Not really a problem.  I mean, if interest rates were anything like normal then yeah but these days my bank is only giving me 0.01% APY interest on savings anyway.  Last year I only made about $6 in interest payments on *both* my savings and checking accounts combined.  With most investments being so overpriced I'm not buying anything with it either.  I do get a refund most times, but not enough to make a stink over.

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