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Ask me anything.

I also develop Tesseract UI for Lemmy/Sublinks

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Lemmy voting is like restarting someone's heart with a downed power line:

Hank Hill saying 'Theres really no wrong way to do it'

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They've already done that once. See Chemours

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At least you could afford that. Growing up, all we had was this:

Cast photo of the Black Mirror episode USS Callister

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I know! 😀 I'm totally here for it.

Haven't read much beyond that, so I'm not sure how "Trek" it'll be. That episode ends with them escaping to the online game with the Star Trek Space Fleet mods removed. Still, there's plenty of potential and there aren't really any bad episodes of Black Mirror.

Spoiler

Hopefully Jimmi Simpson isn't still burning alive in the plasma conduits 😬

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Cast photo of the Black Mirror episode USS Callister

https://black-mirror.fandom.com/wiki/USS_Callister

Why Your Wi-Fi Router Doubles as an Apple AirTag – Krebs on Security ( krebsonsecurity.com )

Apple and the satellite-based broadband service Starlink each recently took steps to address new research into the potential security and privacy implications of how their services geo-locate devices. Researchers from the University of Maryland say they relied on publicly available data from Apple to track the location of...

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Starlink's fix was to randomize the BSSID. I can do that on my gear running OpenWRT, but I'm not sure if consumer-grade routers/APs have that capability (probably not).

However, randomizing the BSSID might throw a wrench in any setups that are configured to match the SSID to specific BSSIDs.

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Didn't his people seed life on Earth millions of years ago then fuck off into space and eventually create the Xenomorphs?

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So they're too offensive to talk about but not too offensive to rally behind for president? 🙄

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Didn't EmptyG bring a poster-sized print out of Hunter's junk onto the floor for some stupid "gotcha"? I don't recall Republicans getting upset over that.

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At first, I thought maybe it used heat to drive a refrigeration cycle (like the gas-powered refrigerators), but it's got a solar-powered compressor that freezes ice packs in the walls combined with some hefty insulation. Still cool, but yeah, also uses electricity.

Bibi Is Choosing Stefanik and Trump. President Biden, Don’t Be Fooled. ( www.nytimes.com )

If you are keeping score at home, you have surely noticed that the two most important defense officials in Benjamin Netanyahu’s war cabinet — Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the former military chief of staff Benny Gantz — warned last week that Netanyahu is leading Israel into a disastrous abyss by refusing to present...

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Because the right isn't hem-hawing around and are all in-line behind Trump. The left they're talking about are the ones sowing division, banging the drum on the left-side wedge issues, and encouraging apathy / vote 3rd party / sit out the vote. Some of those are shills, sure, but not all.

IMO, it's perfectly reasonable to call those people out because they're completely missing the bigger picture.

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I keep hearing how the (US) grid needs updated to handle the influx of renewable plants, but wouldn't rooftop grid-tied solar help with this in the short run?

I had a small 1.5 KW proof-of-concept grid tie PV system at my old house, and the way it was described (and appeared to operate) was that it offsets any local usage, reducing the amount drawn from the utility/grid, and if there's any excess, it's fed back out.

Assuming small setups, wouldn't that help keep demand lower and put less stress on the grid? I mean, if you're exporting tens of KW from a large PV setup, it still has to go through the transformer (which is what the article is focusing on), but small/medium setups that don't quite meet/exceed your usage would presumably reduce that grid stress.

Or am I missing something?

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Yeah, I've always assumed those arguments were at least partially FUD, but our grid is aging and struggling already, so I know there is some truth to it.

Grid-isolated + ATS would be the way to go, assuming batteries aren't a (cost) barrier. It also avoids the pitfalls and artificial BS you have to deal with from (some) power companies if you want to setup net-metering with a grid-tie system.

The setup I had was small enough to fly under the radar, but when I talked to them about setting up net metering for a larger setup, it was such a sham:

  • They install a second meter that your PV system ties into. Only your PV can hook into this. It's configured to meter the power flowing out at wholesale rates. There is a monthly "meter fee" for this (same as your meter fee for your regular hookup - approx $12/mo)
  • All your local usage has to go through your regular meter at retail rates.
  • The PV goes out the wholesale meter and back into your retail meter; excess goes to grid
  • You're billed normally on your regular meter
  • Power company credits you at whoesale rate for the amount fed through the PV meter.

So, in effect, you generate power, ship it out at wholesale rate, and then buy it back from yourself at retail with the power company pocketing the difference.

Talk about a racket.

Edit: I didn't realize exactly how much of a racket it was, but here's some napkin math:

Assumptions:

  • Monthly power consumption is 1,000 KW/h
  • 5 KW PV system that, unrealistically, produces full power 8 hours a day, 30 days a month
  • Retail rate of $0.25 per KW/h (my current rate)
  • Wholesale rate of $0.16/KWh (guessing on this, but it's proportionate to the wholesale rate I was quoted when my retail rate was $0.14/KWh)

5 KW * 8 hours/day * 30 days/mo = 1200 KW/h PV at $0.16/KWh = $192 - $12 meter fee = $180 bill credit

1000 KWh usage * $0.25/KWh = $250 + $12 meter fee = $262 bill

$262 - $180 = $82 bill even though you produced 200 more KW/h than you used.

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True. I lived out in the boonies at that time, had plenty of space, so my setup was ground-mounted. Made the costs much more bearable.

ptz ,
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I don't know if this is the right community for this or not. There's no rules against it, but it's not typically the type of content this community posts.

Maybe try !cool_github_projects

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It'd be like a crossover of Real Housewives of Betazed and Real Spinsters of Bajor.

NGL, I'd hate-watch that 😆

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I'm sad he passed, but I'm more sad he lived to see the anti-vax nonsense of the last decade.

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Remember when this was considered the behavior of malware?

Pepperidge Farm remembers.

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Wasn't that basically Bonzi Buddy and whatever software bundled it without any options to opt out? 😆

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That's just the living room. You should see the kitchen.

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Worst case, they're saving it to an encrypted blob storage, calling that encrypted, and hiding deep in the ToS that you actually agreed to that

And then it's discovered that bucket was accidentally set to public for over 8 months. Oopsie daisy! But you can't sue us because also deep in the ToS was a forced arbitration clause.

Also, if you don't agree to the whole ToS, you can't use the computer you just paid for.

ptz OP ,
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Thanks for that. I was watching it via the embed in the article and didn't realize the YT link I copied had the timestamp from my current position.

Updated the post.

ptz OP ,
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The "what" gets shot into the sun is less important, lol. I just found it interesting that shooting anything into our sun is more difficult than sending it to another sun.

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Worf does not look pleased to be on that particular away mission.

ptz ,
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That's....literally the same process trolls use.

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I disagree you're helping smaller instances in any way and posit that you're making the fediverse worse with that practice.

You're creating and abandoning accounts on the regular. Those accounts federate out to every instance the home one is linked to and exist in perpetuity. We're talking several thousand instances or more. All filling up with abandoned accounts from the same person.

This post isn't the flex you think it is.

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Re: landlines

Technically they are from the CO (central office) once they hit the carrier's trunk.

Re: Cell phones

I'm not sure about 3G, but VoLTE (voice over LTE) is VoIP.

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Thank you!

I knew that photoshop reminded me of someone, but I could not place it. Funny they're both con-artists 😆

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The entire Republican party needs checked for brain worms.

The Sisko is linear... ( lemmy.world )

(note: because a similar meme in another Lemmy community resulted in lots of angry comments yesterday... I should clarify that this "men do _ instead of therapy" is a common meme format and is 100% a joke. It's lighthearted and not a serious criticism of men, their hobbies, or therapy.)

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I mean, it's either get yourself displaced from linear time or turn yourself into a pickle. 🤷🏻‍♂️

ptz , (edited )
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Assuming $25 per meal, that $90M could have fed 1.2 million people for a day (3 meals/day). Or fewer people for a longer period of time.

Instead, it was spent on hatemongering.

The wrong people have money.

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Oh, don't even get me started on that. lol. I had a very long rant about that earlier this year with a family member.

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More like a replay of the same train wreck we already watched in slow motion. He planned the same thing on the last election.

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The moment you think you understand it, that superposition collapses and you're back to "huh?"

Every damn time.

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Was it? The one I remember clipped onto the back of the controller in place of the battery box. Or did it have a power port on the unit itself ?(it's been forever lol)

My OG Game Boy had a 6v DC input on the side. My off-brand rechargeable pack for it plugged in there instead of clipping into the battery compartment.

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