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I got togo food from a dive bar and the paper pattern soaked into the bread
  • Is this the one part of the night qualifies as merely mildly interesting?

  • I get no respect, I tell ya. No respect.
  • DATA: I am puzzled, captain. This joke did not receive a single humorous reaction. However, I calculated with 99.987625% certainty that -

    PICARD: Well, Data, there's more to humor than, well, data.

  • Advice on sharing your diagnosis with others
  • This is a very personal question, and it's really just whatever you are comfortable with. I personally:

    • Try to be open about it and my experiences with friends, if only because I'm sure people had suspected I had it and I so wish someone had mentioned it. I'm willing to cut friendships if I'm judged negatively, but ADHD is common in my social circles so it hasn't been a huge issue.
    • Have been debating with my ADHD siblings how to broach the subject with my definitely ADHD parents. It's definitely common among my extended relatives, but I just feel it's not worth the fight.
    • Would be very guarded in a workplace. Accommodations for ADHD are hilariously trivial asks, but I'm skeptical I'll ever work somewhere I can (safely) get them.
    • Try to avoid the subject with older generations.
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  • Exotic Bakeries & Syrian Cuisine to close tomorrow Sep 29th Kirjaudu sisään Facebookiin

    Kirjaudu Facebookiin, niin voit alkaa jakaa ja jutella kavereillesi, perheenjäsenille ja tuntemillesi ihmisille.

    It is with great sadness that we are announcing our imminent closing this Friday, September 29th. This absolutely breaks my heart. We brought in an investor/partner. It was all a bit overwhelming for him so now he has made a decision to sell to another group of investors. Please look out for a gofundme that we will be posting soon to look for another brick and mortar location as well as a food truck. I will continue to post updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We will be open and functioning all week. Come by and support. Get your faves or call in large orders. We will be taking large orders throughout the week. Thank you all so much for your continued support throughout these wonderful 33 years. This isn’t the end for us! If we are able to raise enough through our gofundme, Shanae, Dima and I will be embarking on a new path to open something that we can call our own. Much love… Tamara, Jinan & Monib

    If you manage to see this before 6pm on Friday, I suggest trying them while you still can. One of my favorite middle eastern places. Their makmor is like the only eggplant dish I've liked.

    War Thunder user leaks restricted military documents for AH-64D Apache Longbow
  • Standard Form 86
    Revised June 2024

    Section 30 - Video Gaming Product Record
    23.1 In the last seven (7) years have you participated in any video gaming product?
    [ ] YES [ ] NO

    Entry #1
    Video gaming product name:
    Dates of use:
    Provide nature of participation in this video gaming product:

    Was your participation while possessing a security clearance?
    Do intend to participate in this video gaming product in the future?
    Provide an explanation why you intend or do not intend to participate with this video gaming product in the future:

  • Kyrsten Sinema pitches donors on a 'path to victory' in Arizona by courting Republicans
  • This seems highly unlikely in the age of increased polarization. The number of independents has steadily decreased and there's a reason why "making her the first Independent to win a three-way statewide race in American history" would be groundbreaking. It's not like she endearing herself to either side.

    Anyone have any analysis why this would be feasible? I just can't believe someone would look at, say, the republican primary polls and think there's 25-35% of them looking for a 'centrist' independent.

  • Got laid off my first job out of college after three months, Help!
  • This is already said, but it cannot be too emphasized: This is not your fault. This is entirely on them. Three months is far too short to evaluate someone even if they were secretly unhappy with your performance. It might be worth talking to an employment lawyer, but likely you'll have to take this on the chin. In the immortal words of the great Captain Picard: “It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness; that is life.”

    As everyone has said, you can expect to get questions about it, and I would definitely have a prepared, rehearsed statement. Some recruiters and hiring managers make a big deal about these sort of things, some won't even care. Again: this is not your fault and do not be apologetic about it.

    Five weeks is not a lot of time to get a new software job, even in a hot market. This is the unfortunate reality and I would start making contingency plans. If living in NYC remains a goal, then this is a setback but a far smaller one than it may seem right now. You don't have a mortgage or a family hanging over your head. Moving back to NYC will be in play, likely sooner than you think.

    Spending time on career development is a good idea. Something with a firm outcome like AWS Solutions Architect is also good. I have the associate certification which I started working on while at Amazon. It hasn't really done much for me, but I'm not seeking positions where it would hold much weight.

  • what do you folks discuss in your weekly/monthly 1:1 with your engineering managers?
  • If you haven't I recommend reading a few books on management even if you have zero interest in going down that path. It will give you more perspective on what you should be expecting from your manager, which in turn should in turn be what you talk about during 1-on-1s. I like The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier, though it could use more focus on the 'why' instead of the 'how'.

    The best manager I had used a shared private document, where he would dump important points and expected you to add bullets as things came up during the week. This "you drive the conversation" is a good approach and one I intend to use in the future.

    • What's really going on. A good manager should be aware people are inclined to present things as rosier than they are.

    • Anything you are unhappy with. They should be fighting to keep you around, and how happy you are is a key piece. The sooner they know something is wrong, the easier they can (potentially) deal with it.

      • I'm planning a career shift into an EM role, and plan on simply being upfront about the Gallup 12 points (actually 13+4). They shouldn't confine themselves to them, but if a report is ever unhappy about any of them then I absolutely want to talk about it.
    • What resources you don't have that you need to succeed.

    • What ideas you have for initiatives. New projects, tweaks to reduce pain points, so on.

    • Things from Above that you should be aware of.

  • How likely is this to work? KVM/VFIO Single GPU Passthrough
  • I'm not going to watch the video, but what's the procedure for switching between Linux and Windows? Usually you dedicate a GPU entirely to VFIO, with a 2nd GPU for the host OS (or run headless).

    Anyway, will it work? Yes, minus some anti-cheat software. Will it be a simple solution? Well, once you get things stable, yes. The tech behind this is mature, but it can be a rabbit hole.

    I would look into a non-Nvidia GPU for your 2nd PCIe x16 slot (x4, shared with the 2nd M.2 slot FYI). Good idea to check IOMMU groups before buying anything, but modern AMD motherboards are usually fine. Blacklist the Nvidia drivers and dedicate the 3070 to VFIO to make your life easier, and run Linux off the secondary GPU. Intel A380 might be a good choice. Do gaming stuff on Windows and stream via Parsec/Looking Glass/Moonlight+Sunshine; everything else on Linux.

  • Grocery stores should have food banks
  • If you talk to people about homelessness, they will readily admit they just don't want to see it. If go to any cheaper grocery store you definitely are rubbing shoulders with people who use foodbanks. Food insecurity doesn't go away just because you have a roof over your head.

    The rub is a foodbank in a grocery store will attract the more visible "unreliable access to showers" type of user, which would be unacceptable.

  • Letter from the Editor: It’s great to live in Ann Arbor – except most people can’t

    The college town is many things, but 'affordable' is increasingly not one of them

    Letter from the Editor: It’s great to live in Ann Arbor – except most people can’t

    The timeworn real-estate maxim is “location, location, location.”

    When the location is Ann Arbor, one of the least affordable places to buy a home in Michigan, “timing” may be even more essential.

    Ryan Stanton, the lead reporter on a package of stories this week on MLive highlighting Ann Arbor’s surge in building growth and housing costs, knows this firsthand. He moved to the city in 2009, during a national housing crisis, and was able to find reasonable rent. By 2013, as the economy improved, he sensed he’d have to act if he ever wanted to be a homeowner.

    “I saw prices going up and said, ‘If I want to stay on Ann Arbor, I can either pay escalating rent that I probably won’t be able to afford into my old age, or I could buy a house now and lock in a fixed 30-year mortgage.

    “So that’s what I did. I saw the writing on the wall.”

    That writing was a line chart that shows an arrow going up like a hockey stick. The house Stanton bought in the Old West Side for under $200,000 is worth double that now. And that’s still well under the average house price in the Ann Arbor school district – $623,000. Rents for new units in the city have crested $3,000 a month in some instances.

    Stanton, reporters Lucas Smolcic-Larson, Sam Dodge and Makayla Coffee, and photographer Jacob Hamilton have worked since spring to research and report this insightful and illuminating journalism. Their stories, photos and data lay out a powerful collision of market dynamics, social policy and city culture – and the resulting consequences.

    For one, all but the wealthy are getting squeezed out of Ann Arbor. That includes lower-and middle-class people, young professionals and families, and even employees of the University of Michigan.

    That has pushed people into neighboring communities and made those areas less affordable: The Ypsilanti School District, long seen as a less-expensive housing option, has seen home prices rise 39 percent in three years.

    Hamilton chronicled the quest of Jean Whiting, a young professional seeking a home under $300,000. She started looking in Ann Arbor but gave up on that after a home she considered making an offer on sold for $55,000 over list price. She moved down to Saline without satisfaction, and now is considering going as far away as Monroe.

    “We do a lot of great data-based reporting on the real-estate situation in the county that paints a broad picture of unaffordability, but Jean’s personal experience really drove it home,” Hamilton said.

    Stanton wrote of a study that showed 77 percent of renters in Ann Arbor are priced out of buying a home in the city. But even renting is getting less feasible for many – reporter Dodge found one home on campus shared by 42 tenants. While that is extreme, the market for newer units is prohibitive. A studio apartment in a new development on Main Street is more than $2,200 per month, for example.

    Ann Arbor is in a building boom, and our reporting lays out arguments from some community leaders that the city needs even more. But Stanton says history suggests that alone may not solve the affordability problem.

    “You got pro-density advocates who say you can build your way out of this – just keep building more and more and more and you can gain ground,” he said.

    “But Ann Arbor has been trying to do that for 20 years and not really gaining ground. So, it’s beyond a supply-and-demand issue at this point. It’s probably going to take rent control and maybe a lot more public subsidy.”

    However, progressive social policy has proven no match for capitalism – dating back to the 1960s, when hippie leader John Sinclair attempted to build an egalitarian culture in Ann Arbor. In 1975, he declared the city “a rich college town” and moved back to Detroit.

    Some powerful forces are revealed throughout our reporting on this issue. The University of Michigan is growing, in both employees and students; the city, quirky and cultural, is a vibrant and desirable place to live; and its current population of 120,000-plus is going to continue to rise as fast as housing is built. Demand drives up prices, and Ann Arbor is an in-demand destination.

    “It’s like everybody says – it’s a wonderful, cool city and lots of people want to be here,” Stanton said. “It’s hard to imagine there will come a day when there will be more housing supply than there is demand in Ann Arbor.”

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  • Keep working on those evil KPIs*, you'll get there.

    *Not to be confused with regular KPIs, which are not required to be evil just usually are.

  • Friendship ended with Debian and Docker. Now Fedora and Podman are my best friends.
  • Mostly just as a wrapper for Docker. The main issue I've run into is Docker's union file system functionality doesn't work when backed by ZFS, so disk usage can balloon out of control. I wouldn't use this in production but don't tell me how to live my life mom.

    Beyond various Docker stacks I also have a Certbot container that uses Snap (sigh), and Hashicorp Vault container which runs as a vanilla SystemD service. I run Wireguard as part of my OPNSense VM. That's something I would run in a VM since it's exposed to the internet. I have an older MinIO and Concourse CI Docker Compose config that I'd love to run in LXC but I suspect that isn't realistic.

    Note on Vault, I haven't been able to get mlock to work (used to prevent sensitive memory from being swapped). By all accounts it should just work in LXC, but since it isn't and there's no swap on the host I just turned it off. I may migrate Vault to a VM at some point.

    I'm personally just interested in lightweight environments with good enough isolation and don't break all the time over nothing. Docker mostly accomplishes that for me. LXC + Docker also mostly accomplishes that.

    (My heart yearns for FreeBSD Jails but with decent tooling)

  • Friendship ended with Debian and Docker. Now Fedora and Podman are my best friends.
  • I originally excited by Podman, but ultimately migrated away from it. Friendship ended with Ubuntu and Docker -> CentOS and Podman -> Proxmox + Debian LXC (which has its own irritations but anyway). Off the top of my head:

    • Can't attach a containers to multiple networks. Most of my Docker Compose stacks have an Nginx reverse proxy and a network for each service.
    • But you can use pods. However since they share the same network interface if you have multiple legacy services that both insist on, say, port 80 they can't be in the same pod. They also don't isolate services, nor can you assert a specific pod is the one listening on a forwarded port.
    • Pods also have DNS issues with Nginx. It kept crashing since it couldn't resolve the hostnames of the other containers in the pod, even if they were already running. If you launch a shell inside an Nginx container the other container hostnames resolve fine. I suspect the problem is the container is launched before its behind-the-scenes DNS infrastructure is ready.
    • Podman lets you use secrets on normal containers (yay) but if the secret changes you have to recreate the container. Amazing synergy with rotating TLS certificates.
    • Endless issues with SELinux and bind mounts. My Nginx container kept crashing because SELinux didn't like the TLS certificate bind mount. This is where I reflected on the endless parade of random issues that I had no interest in solving and finally threw in the towel.

    I brought all this up in another community and was told the problem was [paraphrased] "people keep trying to use Podman like they use Docker" - whatever that means. I do like a number of design choices in it, like including the command used to create containers in the metadata, and how it's easy to integrate into SystemD for things like scheduled updates.

    Cockpit is pretty slick though, need to install it on my bare metal Debian host.

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  • Honestly, I'd be more curious what topics where the media does nail the nuances of. Are there any at all?

  • 20+ years of xp, interviews are still hard, still dunno what to do with carrear
  • Could be. Anonymize your resume and post it on's cscareerquestions or something if you want someone to review it. Assuming you are US based, the market is still cool so you might have to keep treading water or find something that just keeps the lights on for now.

    However, I would never assume things make any sense on the hiring side. There's a lot of bad recruiters but there are even more bad hiring managers. Years ago as I sat on the other side of the table for the first time for a presentation and Q&A for intern candidates. When I followed up asking if any had been any offers, I was told none of them performed well enough but it was okay because turns out there wasn't room in the budget for an intern anyway. What a colossal waste of everyone's time.

  • 20+ years of xp, interviews are still hard, still dunno what to do with carrear
  • I'm a similar boat. Diagnosed with ADHD recently but later in life, and it's likely why I never settled into a single domain. I consider myself a strong software engineer but tend to fall apart in interviews, particularly with unstructured things like being asked to "tell me about yourself." I am also planning a shift into a management role.

    My main regret in life is spending a lot of time trying to apply advice that seemed reasonable and how Other People did things. Only adopt things that work for you.

    • I highly recommend at least trying stimulants. I inadvertently self medicated with caffeine for years, which might work in a pinch. My secret sauce is frankly 90% Concerta and 10% behavior modification things like carrying a notebook around.

    • I would not mention that you have ADHD to interviewers since you can't count on anyone to properly understand it. Showing weakness is just blood in the water. Hopefully this won't be an issue for future generations. Yes, I am extremely bitter about this.

    • Approach this as doing whatever you have to do to get yourself over the finish line, and know that trying harder at a failed strategy never works. Don't limit yourself to how things are supposed to be done.

    • Security requires a flexible mindset and attracts square pegs. Data centers are where all the real weirdos hang out so devops might be worth considering. I'm confident most scientists I've worked with have ADHD, and prototype R&D work is definitely more ADHD friendly.

    • Insist on knowing the structure and expectations of each round of an interview. I pitch this as "I need to know how I'm being evaluated so I can properly prepare and demonstrate my abilities."

    • I'll be honest: the interview process is mostly nonsense and should be treated as such. Anything that puts a thumb on the scale in your favor is fair game, short of unethical behavior like lying. Telling people what they want to hear is a great way to counter dumb questions.

    • I've built up an Obsidian 'database' of bullets to help during interviews, including a prepared statement of why I have it and need to have it available.

      • "Tell me about yourself", "what type of role are you looking for", "why do you want to shift into management" open ended questions. The key thing is respond in a coherent, organized way without showing any negativity or weakness. Yes this is ridiculous, but it's how it is.

        • Turn your generalist background into the strength it is. I use: software engineering is a problem solving role, everything else is a means to that end. Solving problems is what I do; I've done so in a wide range of fields and domains and always drive them to completion. What I'm looking for is a great team to join, which is independent of industry or tech stack.
      • "Tell me about a time" behavior questions. I like the STAR format. I do well on these but need an outline to work with. Make sure it's polished into a coherent narrative. Put an emphasis on what you did, but also how you enabled your team. Numerical data points are great if you have them

        • If the company posts their values or principles then that's likely want they want to see out of these. Match your scenarios to the values beforehand. The idea is previous behaviors indicate future ones.
      • System design questions. I have my own checklist of questions I go through since I don't like the popular format. I expect this is where you shine, maybe just need a bit of scaffolding to help organize your thoughts.

      • Leetcode programming tests. Like it or not, it's part of the game.

    • If you are serious about going into management, you'll need a prepared philosophy of how you see the role and will approach it.

      • This is also a great question to ask hiring managers. The best indicator of what the job will actually be like and you can't wiggle out without raising red flags.
      • The two books I like are The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier and the classic First, Break All the Rules by the Gallop folks. Again, not all advice is good so only take away what you think will work for you. Worth reading if only to understand what you should expect out of a manager.
      • Do not make the mistake of feeling like you need to go into a people management position. Shifting into project management is perfectly fine. Topping out at a senior or staff software engineer role is also perfectly fine. Frankly, topping out at a mid level engineer is fine, just watch out for ageism.
    • I also have check lists for all sorts of random things. Even dumb things like how to respond to a question I didn't prepare for: repeat the question, write it down, jot down what I think they want to hear, write down points, and give them an order.

  • The only thing doing tech tests has taught me is that I'm too stupid to do the job I've been doing professionally for the better part of 2 decades.
  • I disagree with that as a rule of thumb. I'll take writing 1000 lines of code from scratch every time over deciphering 1000 lines of bad code.

    However, I do you think are right if limited to the ~100ish lines that fit into an hour sized block of interview time. I suspect the other half of the answer is (good) job postings have largely gotten away from hard language requirements. It's perfectly reasonable to hire someone that will need to familiarize themselves with Go or Python or Typescript or whatever. It's not fair to expect someone to analyze code in a language they haven't used on the spot.

  • The only thing doing tech tests has taught me is that I'm too stupid to do the job I've been doing professionally for the better part of 2 decades.
  • I see them as a flawed indicator of the ceiling of someone's theoretical computer science abilities. Having worked with some brilliant people that career shifted via bootcamps, I will contend there's value in having that foundation. I also prefer Leetcode problems over having to memorize search algorithms. But yeah, it's not very reflective of day to day tasks even in R&D heavy projects. The most algorithm heavy thing I've ever done was implement Ramer–Douglas–Peucker to convert points from mouse polling into a simplified line.

    (There's clearly a "it's what everyone else is doing" aspect to Leetcode, on top of being very practical to run, hence I why don't see them going anywhere. They're also as objective as anything in an interview will ever be, so as I always say: it can be so much worse.)

    I intend to make the hacker "dive into an icky codebase armed with a stack trace and fix a bug" aspect of software development a part of my interview process; plus lean more heavily on system design questions which is where non-entry level engineers really ought to shine. The parts that worry me are the ability to create new tests as they inevitably leak, plus whether I can truly objectively evaluate someone's performance.

    I'm curious what you include and how well it works.

  • The only thing doing tech tests has taught me is that I'm too stupid to do the job I've been doing professionally for the better part of 2 decades.
  • Yeah, they kinda suck and they are brutal to go into cold. Having to grind a bunch of leetcode problems is a burden, particularly if you currently have a job and god forbid a family.

    I would still take them over the puzzle questions that used to be popular, or the personality test nonsense that dominates most fields. At least Leetcode problems are reasonably reflective of programming skill. I'll also take them over vague open ended questions - ain't nothing more fun than trying to ramble my way into whatever answer the interviewer is secretly looking for.

    Personally, when the day comes when I'm In Charge, I plan on experimenting with more day to day type evaluations. I think there's potential for things like performing a mock code review or having someone plan out a sprint based on a very detailed design document. "Here's an icky piece of code, tell me what it does and what you would do to improve it" seems to have fallen out of style, though it's not clear to me why.

    That said, like it or not it's how the game is played and not changing anytime soon. Get on the Grind75 train, or don't and keep failing tech screens.

  • Can someone recommend a good resource for getting a neglected bike back into riding condition? What tools I need, what sort of parts I should check if they need replacement, so on?

    Can someone recommend a good resource for getting a neglected bike back into riding condition? What tools I need, what sort of parts I should check if they need replacement, so on?


    Tomato sirens again

    Seek shelter and sombreros immediately! Naturally power is out here on the northwest side of AA.


    What's a good, cheap, no external power GPU to buy for VMs? Want to chuck a few in my Dell R730 server to make my desktop VMs more usable. Right now have an old K620 for a Windows VM, seems like 1030s

    What's a good, cheap, no external power GPU to buy for VMs? Want to chuck a few in my Dell R730 server to make my desktop VMs more usable. Right now have an old K620 for a Windows VM, seems like 1030s are a good bet since I have a bunch of low profile slots I otherwise have no use for.

    Home Improvement SirNuke

    How do I seal this hole?


    Advice for shifting into a software developer management role

    I've thought it over, and I've decided the best next step for me is to shift from a software developer to a management role.

    I've worked a lot of high stress, fast paced positions, mostly in R&D groups/companies, which I always excelled at. I now understand why I did well in that type of environment (undiagnosed ADHD), and how to be properly organized enough to perform in an SDM role (ADHD meds lol).

    Honestly sitting in meetings for 30+ hours a week doesn't sound so bad anymore. Racing to get a lot of technical work done in a tight timeline now sounds miserable. I've had some amazing SDMs, and I'm confident I can be better at it than most I've worked under.

    So: any and all thoughts, what books or resources would you have recommended to yourself, what companies or roles might be a particularly good fit.


    Is this the biggest /r/annarbor replacement? How would all... dozen?... of you feel about a bot that discretely scrapes new posts off /r/annarbor and cross posts them here?

    Is this the biggest /r/annarbor replacement? How would all... dozen?... of you feel about a bot that discretely scrapes new posts off /r/annarbor and cross posts them here?