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    HOT

    Normally I'd set the indoor temp to 75F during the day and 72-72F at night. And I wish I could set it that low now, but with my central A/C pushing 17 years old I got paranoid this summer and bumped the temps to 82F day and 78F night. The clock/indoor sensor hit 84F because it's in a different...
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    HOT

    New high temp for me this year. 123.2F or 50.7C.
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    Coronavirus

    During the early stages of COVID-19 China IMPORTED over 2 billion masks, PPE and medical equipment from the U.S. and all over the world. Kind of hard to build up a supply of equipment if China bought a huge portion of it. Before they told the world the real story or before the WHO (heavily...
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    Empire in Decline

    Wow was I wrong. Things went FUBAR all over the place. Thank God we have looters burning down businesses and stealing goods from Targets to honor the man who's been in jail/prison NINE separate times and high on meth at the time of his arrest/death. Cops were scum but Floyd was no angel...
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    Coronavirus

    Australia put a travel ban on incoming Chinese travel very early on during the early stages of the forming epidemic and they now have a fantastically low number of deaths, only 119. Excellent. When such measures were considered here all I heard was, "That's racist" and "You're an alarmists...
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    Coronavirus

    There are six first-world, "western" countries that have a higher COVID-19 death rate per capita than the U.S. so the U.S. must be doing something right. Or are those six countries getting it even more wrong than we are? And the U.S. is supposed to have the crappiest health care in the world...
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    HOT

    Highest temp ever recorded on this digital clock w/indoor and outdoor temp sensors. The wireless sensor is placed on the back/south side of the house. Always in full shade under a patio cover 5.5' off the ground, with the patio cover another 3.5' above the sensor.
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    HOT

    ^^^ Probably worse as the humidity was probably above 15% at the time. Temps for my early A.M. walk:
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    HOT

    Another warm Friday.
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    Coronavirus

    The only limits still active on TP and other paper products here in AZ, USA are at Costco. One item/household/day. No limits at grocery stores, just crazy high price. Still some limits on cleaning products and hand sanitizer. No limits on any food items.
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    Coronavirus

    Unfortunately for Brazil it seems you are correct jtr. Huge spike in the graph on 17 June with the overall trend going up as well. Unless things turn around, by the end of July Brazil will tragically be #1 in number of infections and #1 in COVID-19 deaths. Pandemic update for Arizona, USA...
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    SSDs - State of the Product?

    Imagine a Gen 4, PCIe x16 slot with a monster SSD installed. 20+ GB/s write speed in Windows.
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    Buyer Beware - WD 2TB-6TB...

    WD gets sued for this issue.
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    Empire in Decline

    I was going to start a thread last night so I'm glad you got the ball rolling. I don't think we'll descend into chaos. Things will get back under control and normalcy will return. Will things change? Probably not.
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    HOT

    a1) Yep but expected. As is the "it's getting hot now" convo you have with random people when you have to make small talk. a2) Good to know. Not stuck on that brand particularly just thought the A/C split by window as interesting. a3) Yes. I've also turn air up from 75 to 82 during the day to...
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    HOT

    Absolutely the indoor temps are with A/C. It simply doesn't cool off a great deal at night. When I finally went for a walk at 1:45am it was still mid 80s. Double pane windows but nothing special insulation wise. As is typical with cheaper homes the attic is outside the insulation envelope so...
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    HOT

    First "kinda hot" day of the year today. Waiting for it to cool off so I can take my daily 6 mile walk. The high temp:
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    Coronavirus

    Looks like Russia and Brazil are vying for the number two spot. Brazil has 7x the reported deaths as Russia though, per the JHU site. Nobody knows the complete methodology any of these countries and hospitals are using to tie deaths to COVID-19. Was COVID-19 the; Direct/only cause? Most...
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    Coronavirus

    Crap. I haven't look at the numbers in a while. Russia was like 10th in the world just a bit ago, now they are number two on number of infections. China #11 and looks like India, Canada and Peru will pass China soon as well. As I've said before, I think there is going to be a lot of hate and...
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    Coronavirus

    Activity on this thread seems to have tapered off. Disturbing trend: Hospitals are (maybe?) falsely naming COVID-19 as the cause of death in order to receive more funding and insurance re-reimbursements. And/or stating ventilators were used for patient treatment, again to receive more...
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    Happy Cinco de Mayo 2020!

    I miss my Mexican restaurants. And no I'm not doing takeout. I want to sit at a table and eat WAY TOO MANY chips and salsa even before the food comes. When are restaurants going to return to pre-COVID-19 status? 2021?
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    Something Random

    From what I've been told, according to my posted pics, is that the pressure relief valve and drain was installed where the anode goes and the relief valve (see above post/pic) was just plugged. So maybe an anode was under the relief valve? Dunno. Maybe the tank was "overbuilt," or my...
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    Something Random

    I haven't looked into any incentives but I'm sure any decent aftermarket water heater is going to beat a 17 yo "builder grade" water heater, especially since the "efficiency sticker" shows my model on the low-end of the scale. Energy use: 263, on a scale of 215-283 therms/yr. Buy yeah, I plan...
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    Something Random

    My bug-in-monitor problem is solved, but now I have a new problem. My luck is awesome. My water heater just sprung a leak. Great! What's next? At least it's summer in Phoenix, AZ, and a water heater is OPTIONAL for a warm shower. Still need to have a new one installed within the next 1-3...
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    Good news. My dreaded monitor bug has dropped down to the bottom row of pixels. I have been banging on my monitor screen the last few days. So I'm sitting at my computer and once again banging on my screen. The bug moved a little bit. I continued to tap with varying degrees of firmness and...
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    Coronavirus

    I don't think "returning to normal" is going to be anything that will happen in just a few weeks. I think the earliest might be the middle of next year before we stop seeing/thinking about the changes to society caused by the pandemic. Ie. How long before people stopped thinking about 9/11 on...
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    Coronavirus

    I think many, many people around the world are going to think twice about buying Chinese goods. At least for the few things you can actually buy that aren't made in China. I also think there is going to be some resentment and anger directed at China that will be added to previous low-level...
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    I kinda of ignore it now, until a non-dark background comes up and I see it. Then I have a mentally "depressed sigh." As far as bug extraction goes nothing has happened yet. I don't think I'll open the monitor up as it's not worth the risk for me. But I might just "get in the mood" and at...
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    HOT

    Well it's that time of the year again. It's summer. Been having abnormally cool temps so far this year and we only had our first 90F day a few days ago. But it's full-time summer now. Yipee! At least the "low" temps are not crazy..................yet.
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    Coronavirus

    According to the JHU COVID-19 page the U.S. has five times the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 as the next five countries combined but only about half the number of deaths. I don't think the U.S. mortality rate is one-tenth the rest of the world. It must be the number of tests skewing...
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    Coronavirus

    Honestly sounds about right. Forget the "upper management" of both parties and listen to the people actually doing to work below them.
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    I don't have any canned air so I haven't tried that yet. I did use a room sized vacuum cleaner with attachment hose on all the exhaust ports to no avail. What sucks is that even from a meter away it doesn't look like a bad pixel you can tell it's a bug. It's "that big" on the screen.
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    Coronavirus

    The increase in infections is a straight line going up according to the JHU site. Definitely need more and better testing. When reductions in the "lock-down" take place they need to be slow and gradual with plenty of monitoring to ensure we don't back slide into more infections. I'm very, very...
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    Yeah kinda depressing. I almost forget about it until a bit white/light background is displayed, like most of SF, then my eye is instantly drawn to it. Two less than optimal options. Try an RMA/on-site repair from Dell. (I'd have to check/call to see if this is possible) Or just try to take...
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    What really surprised me about this is how "un-rare" it actually is. There plenty of google results and youtube videos regarding this very situation. I'm hesitant to open a monitor that will cost around $900 to replace if I goof something up, but it might be my only option.
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    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is.

    Guess WHAT this is, and WHERE it is. Answers below first pic. It's a bug, and it's INSIDE my friggen monitor. F-me. I just went from a pixel perfect 43" monitor to a "10 dead pixel" spot. So I was just surfing the web and saw a tiny bug/gnat moving on my monitor and attempted to wipe...
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    Coronavirus

    Well unfortunately Spain passed Italy as far as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Hopefully their health care system is not so overloaded that they pass Italy's number of deaths. As far as my comment immediately above, "hop[ing] we don't "reopen" the country TOO soon" has layers of...
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    Buyer Beware - WD 2TB-6TB...

    SMH. Is the possible bad publicity worth the cost savings WD?
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    Coronavirus

    Things still AFU. I hope we don't "reopen" the country TOO soon.
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    Coronavirus

    Just an FYI. I had my $1200 stimulus check deposited into my account at 2am today.
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    Something Random

    The cost to efile Fed+State has spiraled out of control with Taxact. Cost for Fed+State below: 2011 - $18 2012 - $20 2013 - $18 2014 - $20 2015 - $40 2016 - $60 2017 - $60 2018 - $69 2019 - $117 I'd like to see a site that can efile FEDERAL and State returns (for AZ) using 1040 + Schedule D +...
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    Coronavirus

    Additional information added to the JHU COVID-19 map page. The total number of test performed and hospitalization in the U.S. are displayed with breakdown by state. 2.69M test performed in the U.S. with 82.9k hospitalized.
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    Coronavirus

    ^^^ Makes sense. Thanks for the above analysis. Nothing statistically accurate can be said about the Covid-19 pandemic as of right now. And unless we eventually test a huge percentage of the populations effected we won't know the true mortality rate. If the above percentages hold steady...
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    Something Random

    800 Gb Ethernet.
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    Coronavirus

    As of 10-April-2020 Worldwide COVID-19 infection rates are still constant with linear growth for the past two weeks now. Deaths as a percentage of infections are listed below: U.S. 3.8%. (Total U.S. deaths via Wiki as above JHU site splits U.S. deaths between cities/counties/states). Italy...
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    Coronavirus

    All politicians rarely admit failure or admit mistakes were made. All politicians try to deflect the negative and assign blame if they can't deflect. The media love it because it makes for good entertainment and ratings. The media feed this because it generates even more "newsworthy"...
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    Coronavirus

    -going to split this response up as there are too many points to keep track of in a single post- "constitutional amendment to make him president for life" ... All the "nuts" said nearly the same thing when Obama was president. Obama went away when his terms were up and Trump will also go away...
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    Something Random

    I've stayed with TaxAct mostly because of inertia. I already have an account, they do a decent enough job calculating taxes/refunds, efile both fed+state and staying with them means there is one less company with my SS#, address, and other vital info. I think the $69,000 cutoff for free tax...
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    Something Random

    Any news from DD or Lunar? Last night I filed my 2019 taxes with TaxAct Online. Cost $117 for Fed & State forms and e-file. Fuck me. 10 years ago it was $25-30 for both. Of course I had to buy the "premier plus" tax prep version as I had two shares of stock vest and then were immediately...
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    Coronavirus

    My multi-hour shopping adventure... Most stores are closing one or two hours earlier than normal. The 24-hour WinCo is now closed from 10p-7a. All the grocery stores have set aside 1 to 1.5 hours, starting at 6am or 7am, for senors. I started shopping at 2:30pm. The two stores I went to...
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