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Cake day: Jan 31, 2022


Not sure if you got latter and former confused, but I for one am hoping things are calming down. That said, I know that this was midterms and since Trump wasn’t actually on the ballot, it probably means a lot of the people who drove unrest last time around weren’t motivated to show up.

Largely true, but I think that makes the discussion all the more interesting. A lot of people act like the way the wealthy invest is what made them wealthy, but the data generally shows that is not true, and that the alternatives they invest in often don’t generate any additional risk adjusted return. If that’s true, and the decision is being made by financial professionals who should know that… then why do we see the investment patterns that we do becomes a fun rabbit hole.

I really want to post this to my neighborhood email list where all the people complain about subsidized housing that the city wants to build, but since it shows price appreciation I am afraid that this will feed their confusing view that dense cities are unaffordable because they were built densely, rather than being built densely as a natural response to rising land prices.

Not sure if you have come back to Earth yet, but how is it so far? I have never played Vic2 but seeing the blog post describe it as CK2 + Factorio has me intrigued. That said, I was traveling on release day and for a few days after, and seeing the mixed and dropping reviews on Steam has me worried.

I have recently been mostly into Satisfactory and Factorio, though I am also a big fan of Crusader Kings II and III, and I might pick up Victoria 3 at some point soon. Definitely also interested in doing a Minecraft/Minetest server!

I think there is still a lot career paths that people would call traditional between working at the same company for your entire working life and starting your own business. At least I sure hope so, as someone about to switch jobs just 2.5 years into their career.

I’ve posted about this on similar topics elsewhere online, but I was an early pandemic hire at my (soon to be former) employer, so I completed the entire interview and worked for quite some time remotely before being able (and required) to go into the office. As a 5’ 6" man, I am solidly the shortest person in the office, even including the few (because RIP gender equality in STEM) women. There are a few people who I would estimate at over 6 feet tall, from a smallish group. I have often wondered if I would have gotten a job here if I had been able to do an onsite interview, and if my choice to switch to more remote work in the future will benefit my career because no one knows my height.

This is wild to me because my SO and I, who are both Gen Z by some definitions, think about how much meat we are eating very frequently. On top of that, we think about what kind of meat it is, since it is my understanding that of the huge amount of environmental damage caused by meat production, the bulk of that is caused by beef in particular.

Always happy to find another person who loves the posts on ACOUP! It really is a treat to find a historian who is so knowledgeable in both the field and gaming and is willing to use all that knowledge together. I think the pedant label is more in reference to a lot of the earlier posts, which look at battles/events in popular fantasy media like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings and do have a bit more nit picking to them, but are great reads nonetheless.

I actually understand where he is coming from on the football team vs office job perspective. When I think about my current work, my feeling is sometimes that it doesn’t matter, but if I actually consider what I am doing and the nature of the project, I realize that my efforts do affect the course of the project going forward. Contrasting that to my experience running competitively as a high schooler, I did not matter there at all, I never raced fast enough to score, in the rare event I was in a race where the score mattered. But despite that, I still feel some connection to the team. Whether that is different because of the physical nature of the task, the social elements, the fact that I was young and certainly still developing socially at the time, or that sports coaches have an approach that just hits differently than office bosses, I can’t say. I think I have enough capacity for self reflection to not go chasing the way I felt during that time of my life, but I can understand how someone would come to feel that way and why they might want to generalize that feeling to other parts of their life.

Yeah I have no concept of how much data they have, but I know services like Backblaze barely charge anything for cloud storage, most of the cost is associated with upload and especially download. Regardless, as I saw pointed out on some other discussions, $1 million is what, a few engineers annually for a company like them? It feels like not enough money to be a big deal for them.

EDIT: Looks like it wasn’t enough money, decision at least partly reversed.

The point about wet bulb events is what I see as their best application. Being able to distribute a bunch of precharged ones for people to use in the afternoon of a deadly hot day would be a literal lifesaver.

I mean I think so, but I posted it.

Since it seems like disabling RST is something that HP explicitly doesn’t want you to do, I am guessing that unless you had the cooperation of someone with actual hardware engineering experience and/or a lot of computers you don’t care about breaking, there’s probably not much in the way of physical modification you can do to just turn it off. With that in mind, a few things I would try:

  1. If you haven’t just tried to install Mint anyway, it looks like it is possible that it will detect the RST drive just fine, so try that. Given the context of your post, it seems like you tried this and it didn’t work, so
  2. Try installers for a few different distributions. You can always install Mint’s desktop environment, Cinnamon, on other similar distributions, or even some very different ones. I previously have used a regular Ubuntu install with Cinnamon on it, and currently I use Manjaro, which comes in a Cinnamon version. The key here is that one installer might have slightly better detection of the drive. This is kind of a long shot, as it seems like issues with RST/Optane are more Linux kernel related than anything else, but if it works it would be nice to avoid doing any hardware tinkering.
  3. Post some more detailed hardware information. You have an HP Pavillion with RST. Does that mean it has Intel Optane? What kind? What other drive does it have? Or is it some other hybrid drive scheme? Is it a laptop or a desktop? The more information about exactly what model and options you are working with, the better help the community can provide.

I have some more ideas that are going to depend on your hardware, especially whether HP has done anything funky and nonstandard. Since you can’t disable RST, I am guessing they have done something funky and nonstandard, so keep in mind that I have no idea if any of these things are possible, advisable, or likely to brick your machine:

  1. If the Optane drive is removable, remove it. Can’t do RST without it, so maybe that will disable it. Depending on what you have, it might be soldered or exceedingly inaccessible, though, and depending on what HP has done to make it so you can’t disable RST, I can’t say whether it would cause new and exciting problems.
  2. Replace the Optane drive with a different NVME drive. This is if Optane is your sole boot device and now you have no drive, but could apply to the storage in your machine generally if it is still problematic.

Failing that, you might need to look into different hardware. Now, for a while yet, this doesn’t have to be an entire other computer. You could buy an external SSD and install some distros there and try them out. You could get a Raspberry Pi to use to learn about Linux and even tinker with some hardware if you like. It also does not have to be new hardware. I recently got an older HP Elitebook 745 G5 for about $300 on eBay, and I probably paid more than I needed to because I wanted to get a machine that had a Ryzen Mobile chip on it. I have no concept of if that is a reasonable price for you, or if eBay is something that is accessible or comfortable for you, but if it is, that is definitely a route to consider.

By active SIM I meant having a phone plan activated on the SIM card in your phone. Since you only mentioned doing banking over WIFI, I wasn’t sure if you had a phone plan or were just using the phone when connected to WIFI. In your case, I think even the deals that prepaid providers do typically are tied to service plans that include data, but could be worth double checking with your provider just in case.

Interesting. It would still probably be helpful if you posted the output of lscpu, which should give some information about what processor you have.

One other thing that could be important, but I’m not sure about, is that I know in the past Nvidia has been restrictive about allowing consumer cards to do what they consider enterprise level things, like GPU passthrough. It has been awhile since I was looking into it closely, though, so things may be different now.

Which Ryzen CPU do you have? Most of the existing desktop parts for Ryzen don’t have onboard graphics, which could make things difficult for you.

One thing to look into is refurbished devices. I don’t know where you are in the world, but in the US I was able to get a Samsung Galaxy A51 with 5G in good condition refurbished on eBay for like $300 with a one year extended warranty. The warranty was about $30 so the phone was only ~$270 shipped. I got Android 12 last month, and I think this phone should get Android 13, along with 1 subsequent year of security but not feature updates. If searching eBay seems too sketchy or time consuming, services Backmarket will aggregate reputable refurbishers for you, and handle warranty as well. Of course, you do have to check the individual model to know how long it still has updates wise.

If a new device is a sticking point, then I’m not sure what would be best. Like you say, it seems that a lot of the decent looking devices from companies like Motorola and Nokia only have Android 11. As long as they are still going to get security updates and you can live without Android 12 features then that might work, but obviously that’s going to vary by manufacturer and device. Depending on how (if?) you have an active SIM for your phone, you could also see if any carrier has a deal to switch to them. Having been a salesperson for carrier devices for a brief while in the past, I can tell you that it’s probably not a good deal in the long run, but if you already pay a traditional carrier and are willing to switch it could be worth it. Even pre-paid MVNO type carriers will sometimes offer a deal, though for them it’s typically some money off the service plans over the next two years in exchange for buying a new, higher end device through them.

One thing that I think could be interesting with air conditioning and load balancing is using the air in homes and buildings to shift peaks and make more efficient use of base load power where available. If there’s a bunch of solar power in the early afternoon or wind or nuclear in the middle of the night, it could make sense to cool buildings down further than normal, say instead of just 78 F you cool when there’s excess energy down to 68 or 70 F. Then there’s less need to run those air conditioners when there’s lots of other demand, especially if you insulate well. The nighttime cooling even has the added bonuses of the refrigeration cycle being more efficient over a smaller temperature gradient and many people preferring cooler sleeping temperatures.

Even better than just continuing to allow cars for people with disabilities, I think redesigning cities for pedestrians and cyclists is a great time to also make it easier for people to use wheelchairs or microcars too!

In this case, given the grounding in actual journalistic sources, I would consider the video factual content. Even that aside, it’s entertaining to me because I think Elon Musk is a person who seems to do a lot of bad things, or do good things badly, and seeing him caught in the act of trying to use the right wing grift machine to avoid legitimate criticism is amusing.

First, I would strongly recommend creating a bootable USB drive and booting to it instead of using a VM if you are looking to test hardware compatibility and drivers. If this isn’t something you are familiar with, just let me know and I can try to point you in the direction of some useful resources. The virtualization pass through can add an additional set of headaches that is not representative of what your experience will be after installation, and you can reuse the bootable drive later if you decide to go forward with installation. There is no risk to the data you currently have on the machine, unless you decide to do the installation process or otherwise deliberately muck about.

It is also possible a suitable driver is already in the kernel for this device, since it looks to be a fairly standard USB Wifi adapter, in which case you might learn that you don’t need to mess with driver installation at all. In my experience, I have only needed drivers for Nvidia hardware, and when I have been trying to do something unusual with AMD graphics hardware, but I also have never heard of the company for your particular adapter, so your mileage may vary. Regardless, if you are continuing with your VM testing, make sure all of your USB pass through is being handled correctly so you aren’t barking up the wrong tree.

As far as the drivers themselves, it looks like if you go a few directories down, there is some documentation, as in a Readme.txt that just contains a list of changes made to the software in various versions. I think if you dig down in the extracted zip file into WIFI-FE-2(Other Driver)/Linux Driver/DPA_MT7601U_LinuxSTA_3.0.0.3_20130313/ you’ll be in more or less the right place. From there I think on the command line you can just do make and things should get compiled by your system toolchain, and then when that hopefully finishes successfully you can do sudo make install to get everything where it needs to go. Those are fairly standard steps for installing from source on Linux, though they are typically preceded by a command to Automake or CMake to fully configure the build system. I don’t see any evidence of those tools being present, but that’s something to check out if the commands I mentioned throw up an error of some kind.

Anyway, good luck! I hope that Linux on the desktop impresses and you make the switch, but if not I hope you at least get the chance to learn more about your system. And don’t hesitate to respond here or in a DM if you have other questions!

I have an older HP laptop with a similar trackpoint style pointer. They are not as good as the real TrackPoints, because they lack the middle button in the buttons at the top of the track pad, so there’s no way to scroll while using that pointer. It doesn’t bother me because I am much more used to using a track pad anyway, but it’s definitely not interchangeable.

I am pretty sure its the reflectivity thing. Looking at this, seems like open ocean absorbs 94% of the light it gets, while even plain ice absorbs only 50%.

One thing that I think could be a huge advantage for airborne wind energy collection is potentially lower energy cost for construction. A traditional wind turbine on land is big, and made of a range of energy intensive materials ranging from concrete and steel to aluminum and advanced composites. I imagine the additional material and transportation energy for scaling up a soft wing system is going to be a lot lower than what big turbines currently require. Plus, at the end of life, that means you have a lot less material you either need to ship out, and then figure out how to recycle or need to dispose of safely.

I don’t like 4chan, but I always knew this greentext was prescient. Not looking forward to seeing this in the wild.

I use microwave heat pads in my home, as they are usually more convenient for my wife and I. However, since our experiences during the Texas Freeze last year, we purchased some hot water bottles at our new place. Since we have a gas stove, even if the power goes out, we should be able to heat water by lighting the stove with a match and bringing that hot water to our bedroom to be able to stay warm. Plus, we can put a hot water bottle in a pile of hay with our guinea pigs to keep them warm as well. Overall, heat pad and hot water bottle make great every day and emergency use items, even in warmer climates.