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  1. J

    Coronavirus

    Exactly. Communist governments aren't exactly known for caring much about the lives of their citizens. If they think it might help stop the virus by killing infected people, they won't hesitate to do so. Actually, four deaths outside China so far. One each in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan...
  2. J

    Coronavirus

    My theory is that the Chinese government has been killing people who contracted the virus in an effort to stop its spread, instead of treating them. The rationale would be even if the sick people are in a hospital for treatment they could still spread the virus to medical personnel. If they're...
  3. J

    Coronavirus

    Anyone have ideas on why all but 2 of the deaths have occurred in China? I have a theory but I'm curious what others think. If you exclude China, the mortality rate is well under 0.5%. Also, for a few days it looked like the rate of increase in the number of cases was starting to level off. It...
  4. J

    DIY Blockchain

    How many bytes of EEPROM does the card have, and how many are needed to store the balance? I ran into a similar problem on a bike computer I'm currently working on. It's conceivable if I stored the ride data in the same locations I might eventually run into the EEPROM's write limit. However, the...
  5. J

    Coronavirus

    It may be a possibility, but I think it's highly unlikely for two reasons. One, anything with a very high mortality rate will likely kill its host before the host has a chance to spread it. You would need something with a long asymptomatic incubation period where the person could still transmit...
  6. J

    Coronavirus

    So far the only deaths are in third world countries (China and the Philippines). It seems if you go to the hospital as soon as you realize this is something worse than seasonal flu, and the hospital has good support facilities, the mortality rate is much lower. Of course, the danger even in...
  7. J

    Coronavirus

    Yeah, I don't get that. Once we realized this was something bad and unknown, all flights to and from China should have been suspended by all countries. If not for air travel, this may never have made outside China.
  8. J

    Coronavirus

    Same here. Typically, I usually get a cold which is gone 24 hours later. What I had this fall was probably the worst illness I ever had. Last time I was almost that sick was about 15 years ago during the summer. I suspect it was the West Nile virus because I had a few mosquito bites but no way...
  9. J

    Coronavirus

    I most likely had the flu early last fall. For about 2 weeks I couldn't stand up for more than 30 seconds at a time. I passed out once in the bathroom and hit my head on the tub (I still have the scar). When I finally started getting better I couldn't walk more than 100 feet without stopping to...
  10. J

    Coronavirus

    I rinse off hand sanitizer because I don't like the sticky residue some of them leave, and I'm allergic to fragrances. Looks like that's a good idea regardless. No, I'll look into it. Good thing is I only need to go out to the store, so that limits my exposure. I also have long had a habit of...
  11. J

    Coronavirus

    It looks like this is causing a run on hand sanitizer. I had bought three gallons total from Amazon last month and this month just because it was a good price. All the versions from the brand I bought are currently unavailable...
  12. J

    Coronavirus

    I should seriously consider buying a biohazard suit. If not this, sooner or later something bad is going to hit.
  13. J

    Coronavirus

    I started following it a few days ago. Until we have a handle on incubation period, mortality rates, and how fast it spreads we really have no idea what we're dealing with. I don't think China is acting out of proportion. Better to err on the side of caution and take a minor hit to the economy...
  14. J

    Large HDD's for a NAS/Server for RAID

    Just quickly checking prices and price per GB your reasoning is fine. Only question is we're talking about close to $3K here. A lot of money in my book, even if you're making a good salary. Back in the few years where I managed to make 6 digits, I still kept my hobby spending probably under $250...
  15. J

    Something Random

    I think about 30 years ago is when they started cheaping out on appliances. Maybe 20 years ago it started to get much worse, to the point people regularly replaced A/Cs or refrigerators every 7 to 10 years. 40s to 50s the house holds a reasonably comfortable temperature on its own. This being...
  16. J

    Something Random

    Well, if you're in a hot climate of course there's no real backup if the A/C fails. Fans are OK when the room is in the low 80s at most. After that, they pretty much suck. Swamp coolers can work in low humidity, but that's not NYC. Summers here are always near 100% humidity.
  17. J

    Something Random

    You could have used electric space heaters if it came to that. Everyone should have a few as a backup in case their furnace goes.
  18. J

    Something Random

    No, anything electronic is hands down way better than the old stuff. Devices that are mostly mechanical, like boilers or washing machines, are a different matter. Sure, some of the modern features are nice. Whether it's worthwhile or not depends. For example, a little over two years ago I...
  19. J

    Something Random

    Yours is a baby compared to mine. It's the original one the house came with. Oil-fired, on demand hot water (no tank) and hot water heating. 68 years old this year and still going strong. We've replaced parts here and there, but I have a feeling anything new won't last anywhere near this long...
  20. J

    Something Random

    It seems like these things reliably spring a leak after you have them a while. Don't they make some with stainless steel tanks so they'll never leak? To me it seems like planned obsolescence.
  21. J

    Something Random

    https://news.yahoo.com/trump-iran-iraq-missile-statement-casualties-war-164434008.html
  22. J

    Something Random

    I've been saying this since day one. He never wanted to be President. He wants to be dictator with a lifetime term. And who knows, he may well find a way to make it happen. That can only happen if the US lets it happen. We killed their general. Iran sent some missiles our way. It could end at...
  23. J

    Something Random

    Well, looks like Doug's worst fears were realized: https://abcnews.go.com/International/iran-launches-missiles-us-air-bases-iraq-us/story?id=68130625 No mention if the "ballistic missiles" had conventional or nuclear warheads.
  24. J

    Something Random

    The Islamic Revolution was a reaction to decades of US interference in the area, including the installation of the Shah who was basically a puppet of the US. While Iran admittedly has stirred the pot for the last 40 years, the US is hardly blameless. That said, we created monsters in the region...
  25. J

    Something Random

    It's pretty obvious most of the countries there have zero interest in democracy. That said, our ME policy should involve one of two things. Plan A is what I described above, which is to basically get them to all kill each other. Plan B is to just remain neutral unless US interests are directly...
  26. J

    Something Random

    Trump's biggest enemy is his mouth. I'm fine with the US taking out generals, religious leaders, even heads of state in Middle Eastern countries. The Middle East is the cause of a lot of the world's terrorism problems. However, I would do things exactly the opposite of Trump. I wouldn't brag we...
  27. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Agree with everything you wrote. I'll also add that far too many jobs now require college degrees, even though strictly speaking the job can be done with a high school education. This is likely an end result of far too many people going to college who really shouldn't or don't need it...
  28. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Agreed. Loans should be replaced with grants, but we should only give grants to people who will get some real benefit from college, not who will go and get some useless degree where they will never make enough to pay off their loans. To me loaning money under onerous terms to 18 year olds, most...
  29. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    My loan is held by the feds, not by a collection agency. They tried a few times to sell it to collection agencies but the collection agencies couldn't get a dime off me, so it reverted back to the Feds. I actually got blacklisted by the collection agencies, which means they want to have nothing...
  30. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Sorry about that. I've been meaning to post about all this for a long time. Since my holidays have been mostly shitty lately, I guess it made sense to do it in a Christmas/New Year thread. That has its own drawbacks which I'll explain in response to your other points. Good that your siblings...
  31. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    I should also mention that having an aide come in and help really isn't any kind of a break for me. I still need to get my mother up and put her to bed which are the hardest parts. To me getting a break means someone else is taking care of my mother in their place, so I can do whatever I want...
  32. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Problem with both those things is they just don't have the money to either miss work without pay, or pay for us to get help. They're both basically living paycheck to paycheck. As I mentioned also, neither one is physically up to the task even if they could get the time off from work. My sister...
  33. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Actually, she's been stable mentally and physically for the last two years but she stabilized at a level where I have to take care of all her basic needs. That includes cooking, shopping, bathing, putting her on the toilet, getting her in bed, etc. She hasn't been able to walk without assistance...
  34. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    I'm a city person. Always have been, always will be. Either you understand that or you don't. My sister is in Yaphank in Suffolk County. Middle of nowhere. Even she's bored living there but when she married her former husband wanted to buy the house there to be near his sister. Wouldn't want to...
  35. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    I can't physically drive. That leaves out most of the country. Can't afford a car even if I could drive. I hate suburbs anyway and I hate warm weather. The places where you don't have to drive all have hideously expensive housing regardless of where they are because such places are in short...
  36. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    Not really. I'm stuck in a place where my life sucks, there's literally nothing I can do now to change it, and there's no future to look forward to (i.e. I'll likely be homeless after my mom dies). About three months ago I got really sick with the flu, still had to take care of my mother, and...
  37. J

    Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020

    My siblings came by and we all had dinner with mom. Stuffed shells and meatballs. My only wish was that mom had her faculties. Very painful seeing her like this thinking of how she was. Didn't exchange gifts since everyone was too broke to buy anything. Considering this will be my last...
  38. J

    Something Random

    I think we'll eventually get both. As it is now a lot of the divisions in philosophy are between the coasts and the midwest. Honestly, if the country broke up into three parts along those lines it would solve a lot of our problems. As for Trump, I have mixed feelings. Clinton would have been a...
  39. J

    Something Random

    It's symbolic because the Senate doesn't have the votes to actually finish the process and put him out of office. Moreover, with this country having a lot of issues like poor infrastructure, a lousy healthcare system, and a growing divide between the working classes and those in charge, in my...
  40. J

    Ryzen

    Getting the extra power isn't a problem. Dissipating it effectively is. 280 watts is a lot of power to get rid of. You need a massive heat sink and great airflow, or liquid cooling.
  41. J

    Home Solar

    The market won't support solar panels with a life of only 5 to 7 years. Half the cost of solar is the installation. If you have to put in new panels every 5 to 7 years the economics don't work out. While the problems mentioned exist, they can be mitigated designing panels with longer life. We...
  42. J

    Bathroom fan replacement (v. quieter + more CFM)

    We only have one bathroom and it doesn't have a fan. I always thought fans were a thing if you had a windowless bathroom. We have a bathroom window, and if it gets :poop: , we can open it and turn on the whole house attic fan.
  43. J

    DJI drones - New Mavic 2 pro announced tomorrow

    That all may be true, but look where they're testing it. It's probably miles from anybody but the people testing it. I also don't think it would fall a whole lot faster even not autorotating. It's light with a fairly large surface area. I'd be surprised if its terminal velocity at lower...
  44. J

    DJI drones - New Mavic 2 pro announced tomorrow

    I've read it's possible to get waivers but that's probably beyond the means of hobbyists. Companies like Blue Origin have to get waivers to launch their rockets, for example. It looks like there are no rules regarding height in Mexico, so that's one possibility...
  45. J

    DJI drones - New Mavic 2 pro announced tomorrow

    Those are my thoughts exactly, Doug. I would love to try something like this but it's obviously not happening in NYC, or probably anywhere in the NY Metro area, for obvious reasons. My parents bought a plot of land in New Mexico. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere. The area was supposedly...
  46. J

    DJI drones - New Mavic 2 pro announced tomorrow

    You can see the ascent/descent rate in the info screen (middle right just under the altitude). It looks like it maxed at around 37 m/s (83 mph) for the 33,000 foot flight and about 48 m/s (107 mph) for the 40,000+ foot flight. That slows a lot as you descend into thicker air. The propellers...
  47. J

    DJI drones - New Mavic 2 pro announced tomorrow

    Express elevator going up, way up: Record drone flight to over 33,000 feet Later record to 40,000+ feet As far as I know, it's completely legal to go this high with drones in the area where these flights were made (Western Siberia).
  48. J

    HOT

    The Earth will be devoid of life something like 7 billion years before that happens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_Earth Hopefully sometime in the next few thousand years, we'll start looking for other worlds to settle.
  49. J

    HOT

    Add about 50°F to 100°F to those numbers once global warming runs its course. If I live long enough I might actually see 200°F broken somewhere on the Earth's surface.
  50. J

    Home Solar

    Honestly, when I was researching solar panels it was kind of a shock to me that by default you won't have power if the grid was down. One of the reasons, albeit a minor one, for getting solar panels is exactly so you have power during blackouts. The fix is relatively simple, namely to have a...
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