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[#] Tue Feb 22 2022 13:25:28 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I just heard that they're putting in traffic light detectors that can detect and cite cars that are too loud. 

An alarm constantly going off is one thing - but listen - the loud car is a minor and temporary inconvenience. 

Someone was bothered enough by this to create a device to automatically detect and issue citations for it, and someone else was bothered enough to purchase and install these things. 

It is the ultimate KAREN enforcement. Someone so triggered by a momentary disruption of a loud car that they're going to figure out a way to automatically punish you for it. 

I get it, loud cars are annoying. But, it is one of those annoyances in life that I don't have time to be consumed with. 

I can't imagine what it is like to be the kind of person so annoyed by this that it consumed your life to this level. It must be horrible. 

Again - a car alarm that is too sensitive is different. It is in your area, parked, and going off consistently night and day. 

Just made me think of this. 

 

Sat Feb 19 2022 06:49:57 EST from Nurb432

So if you have a neighbor that has her car alarm go off several times times a day as its WAY too sensitive to movement ( including like at 2am ), would it be wrong to burn the car to the ground? 

heavy winds last night, set it off 3 times. Just now again at about 630



 



[#] Sat Feb 26 2022 13:16:02 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Lots of talk about Karen lately. What happened to Felicia? Did she finally leave?

[#] Sat Feb 26 2022 13:47:09 EST from Nurb432

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Karen chopped her up and shes in the freezer.  



[#] Sun Feb 27 2022 21:52:00 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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The Felicia was a needy bitch that wanted to be acknowledged and expected people to care, but she *would* leave. 

There is no getting rid of a Karen. She is going to make sure everyone is as miserable as she is. 

The Felicia was a much better neurotic to have around than the Karen - mostly because she WOULD leave. The Karen won't. 

 

 




[#] Tue Mar 08 2022 18:10:35 EST from Nurb432

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Earthlings 



[#] Sat Mar 12 2022 16:33:43 EST from Nurb432

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Its all rigged!  ( watching crufts again this year. )



[#] Sun Mar 13 2022 19:27:00 EDT from Nurb432

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DST is stupid. its not 1900.. we have electric light now in cities..  and the farm animals dont give a damn what time you pretend it is.. 



[#] Sun Mar 13 2022 20:02:52 EDT from zelgomer

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Yup. Here goes another 8 months of oversleeping. I never seem to adjust anymore.

[#] Sat Mar 26 2022 19:54:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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And once again they're proposing year-round DST. How about just abandon it and make every time zone run the way it's supposed to? If you need sunlight to do something, you get up with the sun. Government at its finest.

Personally I'd like to abandon time zones and put the whole world on UTC.

[#] Sun Mar 27 2022 13:10:04 EDT from Nurb432

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Animals dont care what we call it either.... 



[#] Fri Apr 01 2022 15:33:44 EDT from zelgomer

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Wikis are NOT documentation! Ugh!! It's bad enough when folks within the company do it. Now I've got a vendor who manages a public wiki, and there are articles on there that I can't tell whether they're relevant to their newest product because they predate it, and some which are relevant but haven't been edited since long before their last software release, and I see commits in their RCS which clearly obsolete things written on the out-of-date articles.

[#] Fri Apr 01 2022 16:10:58 EDT from Nurb432

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In most cases, i agree they are not.

I have seen a couple that were managed by a vendor with an iron fist, and only allowed submissions from their team, and were approved before publishing.  But that is rare.

But, and i just may be old school, i prefer a traditionally formatted PDF i can take with me and read off-line in my e-ink reader, with an index, table of contents, etc etc..  ( since i have moved on from dead tree books i'm ok with PDF or ePUB, but not the concept.. )

Fri Apr 01 2022 03:33:44 PM EDT from zelgomer
Wikis are NOT documentation! Ugh!!


[#] Wed Apr 06 2022 16:47:32 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-04-01 15:33 from zelgomer
Wikis are NOT documentation! Ugh!! It's bad enough when folks within

the company do it. Now I've got a vendor who manages a public wiki, and

there are articles on there that I can't tell whether they're relevant

to their newest product because they predate it, and some which are

relevant but haven't been edited since long before their last software

release, and I see commits in their RCS which clearly obsolete things

written on the out-of-date articles.



So much agree with this.

Documnentation should be ellaborated alongside the tool and distribute with it. When you buy a chainsaw you expect it to come with a complete manual, not to point you to an online manual - except some consumer tools are starting to do just that.

Having an online reference may make sense for goods which can be reprogrammed (such as appliances you may flash with new firmware) but even those should get their fucking paper manual.

[#] Wed Apr 06 2022 17:03:48 EDT from Nurb432

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im ok with PDF instead of paper.  but i want an actual manual..

Wed Apr 06 2022 04:47:32 PM EDT from darknetuser
So much agree with this.

Documnentation should be ellaborated alongside the tool and distribute with it. When you buy a chainsaw you expect it to come with a complete manual, not to point you to an online manual - except some consumer tools are starting to do just that.

Having an online reference may make sense for goods which can be reprogrammed (such as appliances you may flash with new firmware) but even those should get their fucking paper manual.

 



[#] Thu Apr 14 2022 19:26:50 EDT from darknetuser

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2022-04-06 17:03 from Nurb432
im ok with PDF instead of paper.  but i want an actual manual..


Picture this scene:

The power grid has gone down. You are trying to plug in some power generator in order to prevent the stuff you have in the refrigerator from spoiling. The only issue is that you don't know how the thing works because you have never used it and you have never bothered to learn. You search in the generator's box and find a sticker which tells you to download a PDF from some website.


Except you are in the middle of the mountains and the cell network is awful.


Sorry, if I pay three grand for a generator I want a manual with it which I can pull out from the box without depending on anybody else to deliver it to me (also, I happen to be the freak who learns how to use emergency equipment before it is needed, but I seem to be a minority.)


[#] Thu Apr 14 2022 20:38:44 EDT from Nurb432

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If i needed a manual to operate my generator, i would have downloaded it when i bought it, not waited until the power is out. I wouldn't want to be siting on the floor in the garage in the dark " i wonder, how does this work ?" even with a nice pretty vendor supplied book. Besides, it needs periodic care. And if i was that concerned about reading it on dead tree paper, id have printed it and attached the paper to the thing.  

Now back to what *i* do ...  "but your e-ink needs to charge"  ya, like every couple of months if i use it all the time, so not a huge risk in practical terms.  I also have a 'spare' reader with about 500 books on it, and solar charger panel for it.  I only bring it out to be sure its charged. Aside from novels to occupy my time for extended periods of no power, it has survival info, engineering books, farming, foraging, ( in color.. ) wood working, etc.  Its in a waterproof box, along with my portable ham radios ( also kept charged, about once a month ), about 100 bucks in cash, basic medical supplies. and an extra box of ammo. The oh-shit "emergency box" to grab on the way out the door.   Lets see you bug out with 500 paper books.... 

And im not dictating what YOU have to do, just that it works for me, and i dont want paper. it has zero value. Other than to help start a campfire. 



[#] Thu Apr 14 2022 20:41:45 EDT from Nurb432

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I also periodically test the equipment, to be sure it works. 

Thu Apr 14 2022 07:26:50 PM EDT from darknetuser
 (also, I happen to be the freak who learns how to use emergency equipment before it is needed, but I seem to be a minority.)

 



[#] Sat Apr 16 2022 19:28:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Soooo ... I may know a thing or two about generators. :)

Let me start by saying, I do agree, put a damn manual in the box. Mine came with one, showing not only basic operation but how to change the oil, adjust the valves, and a bunch of other stuff. Unfortunately, you can't get a generator like mine anymore (single cylinder air cooled diesel) in the US because the gestapo made them illegal, some nonsense about emissions and they unilaterally stopped approving them. Where you live, maybe it's different.

But yes, it's an engine, and engines need to be exercised a couple of times a year to keep them in good working order. I remember when I was shopping for generators and reading reviews, a lot of them were from people who kept them in the box unopened for a year or more, and then couldn't get them running.
"But it was brand new!" Yeah, ok.

[#] Sat Apr 16 2022 20:09:34 EDT from Nurb432

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Unsure about Diesel as i have never looked. but 'gas' is still ok here. But, i dont see why Diesel wouldn't be ok here too, other than the demand here is for regular "gas" ones.

Because it runs on "gas". its brain dead easy to also run it on propane, natural gas, butane, hydrogen, etc.   I have all the pre-set regulators to do both natural and propane, and an adapter plate installed to feed it in after the carb, so as to do it 'right'.  Not that you "have" to, but its a cleaner and more solid setup that just drilling a hole in the side of the air filter and sticking in a hose.



[#] Tue Apr 19 2022 23:06:38 EDT from zelgomer

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As usual I'm not sure where to post this, but...

Work, social media, politics, family. I've noticed a running theme with all of these. The morons generate more idiotic noise faster than I can fix it, rewrite it, disprove it, correct it.

I'm about to go to sleep so I'll keep it short. But I need some kind of force multiplier in this space.

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