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  • You're wrong. You're so wrong. The warm light of everything good in this world has clearly never warmed your face nor caused the roaches to flee from the empty, echoing cavern that holds not but rot, mold, and regret where a brain is sorely missed. I pity you, your parents that birthed you, and all of humanity at large for now knowing a person could be so misguided. I pray for your strength on the inventible day when the faintest candle of reason illuminates the vaguest shadows of comprehension, and you may finally witness your errors, so long called accomplishments, as they loom over you like demon gods eager to drag you to hell in a cage you've spent a lifetime creating for yourself.

    7+9 is dope though.

  • Behind the scenes
  • I have a story to share that this crowd will appreciate.

    I got into TNG with my Dad. We'd watch it on broadcast when I was young whatever day of the week it was that is on.

    Thing is, the afterschool daycare I was at, the last 45mins or whatever, as kids were trickling out, they'd sit us down to watch something while they closed up shop, vacuuming, wiping the kid grime off stuff etc. Frequently what they put on was reading rainbow.

    So being young, I'd ask my Dad about Geordi's visor and his eyes. He would patiently explain that Geordi was blind but could see with the visor. Somewhere in there was the episode where his visor breaks and he and the Romulan bond. So far so good, I'm with you.

    But what I could NOT square, and didn't have the means to articulate, was that just earlier that day Geordi was reading me godamn books. WITHOUT HIS VISOR.

    ... and then there we got to the godamn crossover episode of reading rainbow.

  • Las Vegas' dystopia-sphere, powered by 150 Nvidia GPUs and drawing up to 28,000,000 watts, is both a testament to the hubris of humanity and an admittedly impressive technical feat | PC Gamer
  • oh I'm not shortchanging it, I work in the field. It's crazy how "simple" it is in concept and hard to deliver. But it's on par with antibiotics with how many lives it's changed. Like you said, it's like a lot of civil stuff. A solid highway system, for instance. Just some dirt with fancy rocks on it right? Righhhhhhht?

    And don't get me wrong, wastewater has tons of complications. Any plant is operated in equal parts science, engineering, and art. It's a living, breathing, bioreactor. They've each got their own distinct personality.

  • Las Vegas' dystopia-sphere, powered by 150 Nvidia GPUs and drawing up to 28,000,000 watts, is both a testament to the hubris of humanity and an admittedly impressive technical feat | PC Gamer
  • Thrilled you asked! So yes: Treatment is always required, but the final destination of the treated water can vary. For instance, in a lot of places they may have municipal water TO a home or business, but that may be discharged to septic, as opposed to the river. Also in a lot of areas, water may be taken out of an underground aquifer (either by private well or a municipality) but when treated it may be discharged into a river or ocean. That can create problems because if you're near the coast, the empty space in the aquifer may be filled by salt/brackish water that can lead to salinity rises in the aquifer. To solve that some places turn to "ground water recharge", which is just a fancy way of saying "we built a big well to put it back in the aquifer".

    Increasingly, you're seeing some places essentially sell their treated water. Santa Rosa CA, for instance, built an entire pipeline that goes from their treatment facility to another municipality to be injected into their groundwater.

    So yes, everywhere treats it, but the final destination makes a difference. Las Vegas (or anyone else on the river) only gets credit for what goes back into the river, so any evaporation etc is a problem. It sounds trivial, but there is a reason those other strategies exist. It essentially doubles every pipe, limits where you can park a treatment plant etc. Vegas also does some great grey water re-use. That essentially means it doesn't go "back" but can get used many many times, limiting the initial draw.

    Wastewater is funny because it's far from rocket science, but the numbers to implement any of it get staggering very quickly.

  • Las Vegas' dystopia-sphere, powered by 150 Nvidia GPUs and drawing up to 28,000,000 watts, is both a testament to the hubris of humanity and an admittedly impressive technical feat | PC Gamer
  • I don't know about power, but Vegas is actually incredibly water efficient. Due to the way the water rights work with the Colorado river, they're not allowed very much, but it doesn't "count" if you put it back in. So nearly every drop they use is treated and put back (probably cleaner, tbh). Boggles the brain, but somehow it's actually a fairly sustainable city. More than any other other major metro, in any event.

  • Josh Allen changed his name to avoid confusion with the other NFL Josh Allen
  • So first of all, through JA17 all things are possible and this is just wrong.

    That being said this is awesome and hilarious, and a sincerely hope at least one person brings in a bills jersey to swap. That would just be funny.

    Class moves all around. Glitter kitties are always our trap game.

  • Golden
    What's your most successful MacGyver move on the trail?
  • haha best learning experience ever. An extra cable costs you like $6, and damn near zero time when running one (I just zip tie mine together). You have to be careful of ware/pinch points but it's worked out for me.

  • What's your most successful MacGyver move on the trail?
  • hahah love it.

    Per the title: I had a clutch cable break on me. I was lucky enough to find some bundling twine, and then a bolt, on the side of the road. Tightned up the bolt around long end of the clutch cable then lashed it to the lever. I had to seriously adjust the play so that it was probably just barley past the engagement point at relax, but it got me home and didn't burn out the clutch. I call that a win.

    I now run double cables lol.

  • The DNC is the only reason you're not currently enjoying a second-term Sanders and a sane Supreme Court.
  • There's definitely issues with the EC, but you're bringing up a feature not a bug.

    The executive branch wasn't supposed to be an extension of the legislative. The office of the president wasn't supposed to be a "super duper senator". The blame for where we're at is entirely in a defunct congress. With a presidential office that is genuinely executing, not the forefront of, legislation, the checks and balances in congress start to make a lot more sense.

    And regardless of the way it's supposed to be, we've got to work with what we've got, I get that. But the US is huge and wildly different. I'm not particularly rural, but took a friend of mine born and raised in NYC out to a friends cabin once. Offered to give em a ride on the ATV. They were excited, I grabbed my jacket, and came out to them sitting on the ride-on lawnmower, all ready to go. To flip it around, I have very little business giving an opinion on what minimum wage in a major metro should be (although after a recent visit to sanfran my guess is about $1,000/hr...).

    My point being, an over correction the EC will 1) see a ton of opposition that makes it unfeasible, and 2) ultimately be fairly destructive. The challenges in different parts of this country are worlds apart, and we do a TERRIBLE job understanding one another, mostly by design because it helps reelection. Threatening the EC without a replacement that takes the concerns of otherwise under-represented folks into consideration will feed into this partisan crap more that it has already, entrench identity politics further, and just accelerate things.

    I have no solution for this.

  • Self-regulation ALWAYS works out
  • I wanted to add an addendum here: We are also increasingly dealing with the fact we made tons of chemicals that the medical science and stats are now catching up on. I was at a town hall meeting of a tiny tiny town that had big issues with PFOAS before it "popped". At that point it time, it was something the EPA was researching, but hadn't officially come out against. I have some biochemistry background, and while that kind of thing is outside my field, I could read that the EPA positions was "look... we don't have the data to say this definitively, but for the love of god don't put this in your body".

    So this town, with a mayor that isn't even a full time appointment is being asked to read into data that has a TON of nuance and subtext to take actions that will absolutely destroy their budget for decades... or if they don't, destroy their citizens instead... and oh yeah, all of this involves shutting down the reason you can afford to fix the school roof...

    I don't have a solution to any of this, but it's going to be an increasing problem. There are some cases where it's cut and dry, you could arm the city of East Palestine Ohio to disallow rail traffic based on inspection failures, for instance. However, PFOAS will not be the last compound we get new data in for that makes us go "ohhhhhh thats not good". I don't know what you do to help a town handle that proactively where the town is usually focused on paving contracts and new park benches.

  • Self-regulation ALWAYS works out
  • While the jailtime for C-level would be cathartic, it's really just upping the fines and/or something that goes well beyond a defined amount of money. For instance: If you're under investigation, there is an immediate stoppage on any stock transfer. Whoever holds the shares holds the shares, and they may be about to drop considerably. Traders would evaluate a purchase based on the risk they get stuck with an asset they can't unload. Board members/large shareholders would be unable to unload either. Stock trading is the lifeblood of large corporations, a board would not allow a CEO that put that at risk.

    I just don't think there's a fine big enough, and I don't think jailing the c-suite would get it done (although I'd certainly give it a shot!). Part of what keeps people in compliance with water regs is if you violate permit, the state agency can and will pull your permit. If you proceed anyway, armed enforcement officers get involved and start seizing the property. Now thats not perfect, and through a lack of staffing and/or political favors, stuff slips through depending on the state, but my broader point stands. Crappy c-suites are the symptom not the disease. I find it awful, but they're "just doing their job" in these situations. You have to threaten the business itself to make compliance a paramount "part of their job". So yeah, I mean we can jail them, but the worlds got no shortage of people willing to take a fall for the right price.

  • Self-regulation ALWAYS works out
  • This does happen in some cases. A water operator in my state just went to jail for fabricating report numbers.

    Here's an idea: Let's keep the for-profit prison lobby happy by having them push jail time for white collar crime?

  • Self-regulation ALWAYS works out
  • Broader point stands, but I want to split some hairs around love canal because there's an important part of that story that's normally swept under the rug.

    The offending company tried to keep the land from development. They knew the land wasn't safe, said as much, and when eminent domain was threatened sold it for $1, discharging their responsibility. But again they tried not to sell it all.

    Now, the dumping was pretty crappy, but that was also the practice at the time. I'm not saying companies shouldn't carry liabilities to clean up their messes, intended and/or following best practices or not, they absolutely should. It's important, though, I think, to remember the company knew and communicated the risks, and tried to keep the land from being transferred. Ironically, part of what moved the domain threat along was that they intentionally stopped using the dump as housing developments expanded out closer to it.

    When it became clear it was leaving their hands one way or the other, they sought to limit their liability, and to a certain extent that has to be understood: We said you don't want this land, you're taking it anyway, it's not on us.

    My point in all this isn't to stump for Hooker Chemical, it's to point out most of these disasters have layers of problems to them. I'm all for strong regulation, there are things which just cannot be fixed after the damage has occurred, so it has to be avoided. But it's important to remember the regulations are only as good as we make them and their enforcement.

    Ironically, there are very cherrypicked examples of voluntary regulation working well. A good example of that is Underwriters Lab certification for electronics. It's not required by law, but is required by a lot of insurance companies. I not using that as an example against governmental regulation, I just think it's an example where interests align pro-, rather than retro-actively: If you don't abide by the regulations, you are not selling any product. Same with how a bank won't issue a mortgage unless the home passes inspection: they're protecting themselves, you're just a happy side benefit.

    Bit of a first coffee rant, but especially as all this stuff is getting gutted, the nuance needs to be appreciated. Trump would be a disaster for the little mechanisms we've managed to get put in place over the years to protect ourselves, but a Biden administration is going to have a tough road. I'm optimistic they'll have some wins, but they're going to lose ground in some areas as well as they're forced to make compromises and allocate focus and political capital. The net result is we're all going to need to become a lot smarter and more active.

    The local government at love canal had all of the information they needed, and proceeded anyway. They were decided by local elections. It could have been stopped.

  • US Supreme Court rules Trump has immunity for official, not private acts
  • If only. That would be amazing and thank you for the dream, but they've all got private security, I don't see how this could be done without someone being shot, which changes the whole context and would make it something that could be spun to easily.

    But it brings up the whole issue doesn't it? The court feels they will never have to deal with the consequences of any of this. Surely a trump-style president would never come after them.

    Damnit, we've been to this movie.

  • Dead Tesla traps toddler in boiling hot car as electric doors fail
  • lmfao, rereading this we 100% are in agreement and talking past each other with great zeal. Bare with me here.

    First off, I'm not in finance. I used it as an example to point out that systems and considerations in a field outside of anyones experience are usually there for a reason, even if they're frustrating in the moment because one hasn't bumped into them yet.

    To your point, you are 100% correct, there are tons of regulations and best practices developed over decades meant to minimize impact of edge cases. But it sounds like you're in the field, and you and I both know that invariably someone will try and solve the problem by solving a different problem sometimes. It's why project scoping and definition is so important.

    I hope you're having a great day, and that you might reread this and take away the same reminder I do that 2 people can be in strong agreement and still talk past each other.

  • I Just wanted to close the valve...
    1. Yes: you absolutely want the outdoor rated PVC if you're getting sun exposure. You can cheat, it's not like the white stuff will be immediately destroyed, but if you want something that will last a bunch of seasons, the "grey" stuff is the way to go. Double check that it's UV rated though, and doesn't just happen to be grey.

    2. To get around all of that, you can bury it. Because you're just doing it for the garden, you don't need to dig down to the frost line. Just make sure you clear the line at the end of the season. Another advantage is that you'll minimize the amount of water that's been baking in the sun idle in the pipes. If it's a heatwave and they're in direct sun, that water can get downright hot to the touch. I've never lost a plant because of it but frankly I'm kind of surprised by that. If you do bury, you might consider running some electrical conduit at the same time, even if you don't put wires in it (DO however include a pull cable for later use). What you do at either end of that is a whole other project, but you can always just cap it and get it to it when you get to it. Solar + Battery usual works great for garden automation stuff, but being able to run an ethernet cable can simplify a lot.

    3. Plastic will hold up fine, but as others have mentioned you might want one of these.. The union allows to remove it. You could do a more simple threaded system IF you are able to completely and freely rotate everything "down stream" of the valve. I'm just going to say the stupid part out loud because I learned pipe stuff the hard way: A ball valve threaded on both sides cannot be loosened from one side without tightening the other (again, unless that other side can freely rotate). Edit: alternatively unions are sold separately, and sometimes you can eek out some flow advantages that way but it's in no way worth thinking about at garden water flow rates.

    4. Finally, a last alternative I've seen done well for gardens that sort of "wrong done right" is putting posts up and stringing a hose over head. It kind of seemed like as much work/expense as burying it, but I guess they had the posts, it came out really sharp in the end. You need a pretty high quality hose though. Baking in the sun and sagging under the water weight can end badly.

  • State Farm seeking 30% rate hike for California homeowners
  • Climate change and the housing crisis means both the cost of replacing a home AND the likelihood of needing to is going up. They may not be on the brink of going under, but may be trying to avoid getting into that position.

    It is an enormous problem. When a property becomes un-insurable it loses value. When that happens to a TON of property it'll have massive knock ons. Something like 1/3rd of all assets in the US are commercial realestate. This next adjustment will not be pretty, and the real irony is a ton of people who got priced out of home ownership in the first place are going to suffer no matter what.

  • Advice on wintering capers and/or olives indoors? More in comments

    Hi All,

    First year with olives and capers. I live in a region where they're barley happy in the summer and definitely wouldn't survive the winter outdoors.

    I knew that getting into it, and have space set aside for them. I also have grow lights that probably do better than what they got during the summer. So my question is, what kind of environment do I give them so they think it's winter?

    Like I said, if I crank the grow lights I wouldn't be surprised if they flowered over winter, and I don't want them losing track of the seasons (unless they don't really care).

    Any tips?


    Random skipping on direct stream? Temp fix.

    I was wondering if anyone bumped into this. I noticed random jumps (1-3seconds) in playback when playing original quality. Definitely not buffering or performance lag, just an actual playback error. Jump was at the same spot anytime I loaded the media and regardless of what time I loaded it to.

    Which is curious because on playing the file with a different media player on the box it was on, zero issue what so ever.

    Disabling direct stream option (under debug) resolved it, and there doesn't seem to be much of a performance hit, I'm just curious what's going on here.


    Noob stumbling along. Just looking for some guidance on adding a module to initramfs.

    Running Bookworm, Plasma DE if that's relevant.

    Background: I'm learning here. Decent amount of coding and embedded hardware experience but I'm usually missing one or two key concepts with this stuff.

    Getting a box running, and wrestling with NVIDIA drivers. I successfully installed the driver (I think), but now lightdm isn't working. From what I read it appears there's a common issue around a race condition where lightdm tries to fire up before the drivers ready, so I need to add the nvidia driver to initramfs.

    Can anyone give me some pointers? Specifically while I get the above:

    1. I'm not sure what modules need to be added and if they're named something specific for debian vs other distros
    2. The correct file to modify
    3. The correct format/syntax that needs to be added

    I've found lots of examples, just none specific to debian, and screwing around at this level I don't want to bork something enough I need to do a bare install.

    Thanks for any help!


    Not sure where to start. Playback from webclient is great but HTPC program is performs terribly. Same machine, local media.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction here? I have a pretty beefy PC I use as a server and HTPC. 24 2.5ghz cores, 64gb ram, kind of a crappy video card, debian 11. I just migrated all my stuff over and stress tested it supporting 8 different transcribed streams simultaneously (mix of in/out of local). That worked great.

    BUT, the video playback is choppy (as in frame skipping) and out of sync when I'm running the HTPC program. Oddly using the web client on the same machine avoids that issue.

    Any thoughts? I'm wondering if it might be that it's an older TV it's plugged into and there's some issue there. Thing is, like I said, the webclient its worlds better. Webclient seems to have some issues but I'm pretty sure that's just due to the TV.

    Any pointers are helpful! I'm OK at this stuff but very much learning.


    Blanking on a term. I remember a protocol/firmware for wireless routers where the idea was to connect as many as possible to create a quasi internet without any ISPs. Help?

    Basically title. I remember reading about it back in like 2018, I even remember a company that would provide crypto based on the amount of traffic you let through. Just curious if that ever saw any growth.

    Everything I google keeps bringing up things on the darkweb. The goal of this was explicitly to go "ISP-less". Like they envisioned mesh net covering giant swathes of space.


    Want to be a mod?

    Hi All,

    I mostly grabbed this as a place-holder because this is a community I'll miss from reddit. I'll post some of my bog gardens after I can give them a proper hair cut.

    If anyone wants to take on any mod responsibilities now or in the future just reach out. I imagine it'll be a while before there's anything really involved though.

    Glad to see there's already some posts :)