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[#] Thu Nov 10 2022 17:21:31 EST from Nurb432

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Its one reason i have guacamole on a VM. i can get a shell or i can start up another VM manually and grab a remote desktop, if needed. It runs on local storage not NAS, so if the NAS pukes, i can still get in and troubleshoot.  And my battery backup is only hooked to one node, and the NAS.. extend its life a bit during power outage. 

 

And speaking of BBS issues, i was in mine the other day, and the admin account was logged in..so i deleted the entire VM..  Will rebuild it late. Unsure how they figured out a random password.. or if it was some sort of glitch in reporting, but either way, not worth the risk.

And glad to hear you are well, tho seems like you went thru some pain and suffering :( 

 

Tho back OnTopic to TV: i think this 3 day weekend i need to finish watching strange new worlds.  its not a bad show. Not great, but watchable and 'feels' like trek.

Thu Nov 10 2022 05:00:31 PM EST from ParanoidDelusions

I realized on the third day of a 2 week vacation, so not only did power go down for the 1st time since I began running it, but it went down almost *immediately* once Elvis had left the building. 

I had my wife bring it back up when she got back home a week later - while I was in lock-down in Sacramento - but when it didn't come up, I realized that Proxmox isn't set to autostart the VM instance on a reboot - I have to go in and turn it on manually. 

And I didn't want to walk my wife through connecting to Proxmox, logging in as root, finding the right VM and starting it up, remotely. :) I guess I could have had her start one of my computers and done a Team Viewer remote session into it and done it myself. I guess I should have thought of that. Heh. 

Anyhow, the world survived 2 weeks without The Sanitarium - and it isn't like it decreased traffic. :) 

Nice to know you guys were checking up on me, though. 



[#] Fri Nov 11 2022 09:59:01 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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I feel like not having remote administration capabilities enabled narrows the footprint for attack on my network. If someone external can GET remote access to my administration tools - there probably isn't anything *I* am going to be able to do to stop them, anyhow - but if *I* don't have them, it is going to be harder for *them* to get access, too. 

TV is just horrible now. I can't tell if I'm just old, or if everything is shit. My wife really likes us to hang out and watch TV... and for the most part, it is torture. To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of it, not since I was about 14 - but in the last 20 years, it has taken a nosedive. 



[#] Fri Nov 11 2022 13:19:36 EST from Nurb432

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i agree 99.9% of it is trash.

But every so often there is stuff that isn't all that bad. 



[#] Sat Nov 12 2022 04:52:29 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Again, not sure if I am just old and grumpy, but it seems like increasingly everything eventually gets around to injecting the woke messaging into its story line. It *is* refreshing when a show just tells me a story and doesn't blatantly push something about sexism, racism, xenophobia or homophobia on me in its plot line - or otherwise implies that if we don't become a globalist nation sharing the spotlight with some other nation, the world is going to decline into an environmental wasteland. 

I get sick of the constant indoctrination of modern film. What would be SUBVERSIVE to expectations now would be a show about a heterosexual, white couple raising their children to be model citizens while not being offended or excluding anyone else and also not oppressing anyone in their own pursuit of success and happiness. :) 

 

 



[#] Sat Nov 12 2022 14:15:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well yes, that's why viewership is way down.   People are tired of being force-fed that garbage.

Likewise for television commercials as well.


[#] Sat Nov 12 2022 14:34:37 EST from test2

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havent watched a minute of it in literally years, over a decade.  i have no clue who the popular stars are or hollywood story lines. i only see snippets on various websites, meme aggregators (aka news aggregators). haven't watched a commercial at all, when they are forced on me i always punch out. never give a criminal a second of your time. never give a deluded person's ideas a second thought of legitimacy. and now, the medical community is on that same list. once on my list, marked for life. you have to walk on water to get off my list.



[#] Mon Nov 14 2022 04:18:09 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Commercial advertisements are so transparent it should feel *offensive* to the people they are telegraphing their virtue to. 

It is a terrible time to be a straight, white, able-bodied white male in the Commercial Actor business. 




[#] Mon Nov 14 2022 07:31:14 EST from Nurb432

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In several industries actually.  unless you own the place, then of course its ok as they get to 'take it from the man'.

Tho you wont be for long, as the diversity hires will ruin your company given time.

Mon Nov 14 2022 04:18:09 AM EST from ParanoidDelusions

 in the Commercial Actor business. 



[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 09:34:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Perhaps, and perhaps not. Hollywood and Madison Avenue will continue to circle the drain, because the problem has long since metastasized there. Other industries have begun their layoffs; after all, we've been in a recession for a while but the chattering class has been unwilling to admit it. In tech, for example, where do you make cuts? Well, as Malcom Kyeyune puts it, you cut people in "the email caste":

"Many 'unicorn' tech startups began with a few engineers and a product they wanted to sell, but over the past decade-plus, they have accrued a bloated bureaucracy of 'equity' minded HR activists, ESG-savvy consultants, affinity-group mavens, climate-change specialists, and many other email-caste hangers-on. Now that times are turning bad, tech companies can no longer afford to sustain a massive 'court' of professional-class nobility, paying sinecures to sons and daughters of the good and the great who donbt know how to code or crunch numbers, but know how to write emails, hold useless meetings, and talk about diversity and inclusion."

[ https://archive.ph/jqpGy ]

Of course it won't be that way everywhere. But sometimes you have to actually be productive.

[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 11:03:20 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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When Intel had its first round of lay-offs - they cut from the IT engineering class. 

Developers were kept on. The logic was - they can make you write the code *and* manage the machines - especially with easy blade servers, virtualization, and built in, easy high availability.


It was easier to automate US than to automate YOU. And this is true. The hardware became easy enough to manage that you needed a fraction of us on staff. 

AI is increasingly going to be a threat to your caste, the "Learn to Code" caste. 

And, go ahead and say, "They'll never be able to replace us with machine learning..." 


The IT Engineering data-center staff once said that, too. They don't need to get rid of ALL of you. Just 80% of you. They'll crack that nut. In fact, it is some of YOU putting the REST of you out of jobs, right now. 




Tue Nov 15 2022 09:34:11 EST from IGnatius T Foobar
Perhaps, and perhaps not. Hollywood and Madison Avenue will continue to circle the drain, because the problem has long since metastasized there. Other industries have begun their layoffs; after all, we've been in a recession for a while but the chattering class has been unwilling to admit it. In tech, for example, where do you make cuts? Well, as Malcom Kyeyune puts it, you cut people in "the email caste":

"Many 'unicorn' tech startups began with a few engineers and a product they wanted to sell, but over the past decade-plus, they have accrued a bloated bureaucracy of 'equity' minded HR activists, ESG-savvy consultants, affinity-group mavens, climate-change specialists, and many other email-caste hangers-on. Now that times are turning bad, tech companies can no longer afford to sustain a massive 'court' of professional-class nobility, paying sinecures to sons and daughters of the good and the great who donbt know how to code or crunch numbers, but know how to write emails, hold useless meetings, and talk about diversity and inclusion."

[ https://archive.ph/jqpGy ]

Of course it won't be that way everywhere. But sometimes you have to actually be productive.

 



[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 13:56:20 EST from darknetuser

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2022-11-11 13:19 from Nurb432
i agree 99.9% of it is trash.

But every so often there is stuff that isn't all that bad. 


The only good TV I see nowadays are old shows from years ago which are still casted for some reason.

Suffices to say my multimedia consumption nowadays consists on DVDs with shows created more than 40 years before I was born, because most recent stuff is so damn bad.

[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 14:10:16 EST from Nurb432

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Strange new worlds wasn't bad. it was 2022. Not 'great' but more than watchable.  I was ok with season 4 of westworld too.  ( sorry to repeat myself there )

Not sure about movies, was free guy this year or last? I liked it. The latest batman, other than being a bit long, was damned good.

 

Tue Nov 15 2022 01:56:20 PM EST from darknetuser
2022-11-11 13:19 from Nurb432
i agree 99.9% of it is trash.

But every so often there is stuff that isn't all that bad. 


The only good TV I see nowadays are old shows from years ago which are still casted for some reason.

Suffices to say my multimedia consumption nowadays consists on DVDs with shows created more than 40 years before I was born, because most recent stuff is so damn bad.

 



[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 14:12:18 EST from Nurb432

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Shoot, Adam Project was decent too.  

Only point is there are a few, not many but a few. Just have to look for them.



[#] Tue Nov 15 2022 21:02:05 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Westworld had potential, and ended up a mess. We watched it, and by the end, I didn't care. Humanity was dead, the robots were unhappy no matter what, all of them were terrible, it was derivative of so many better works of fiction. 

The subplot about the host who was suddenly in New York, writing "scripts" for humans, that were all... tragic... and then a mysterious, handsome stranger comes into her life and enlightens her... 


All of that wrote like the sappy romance fiction of a teen girl in high school who *thinks* she is angsty and edgy, but who is really just a lonely Pollyanna. 


That subplot was terrible, and rankly amateur and really cast a shadow over the entire season. All it was missing was big, sweaty horses galloping in hazy dream sequences. 




Tue Nov 15 2022 14:10:16 ESTfrom Nurb432

.  I was ok with season 4 of westworld too.  ( sorry to repeat myself there )

 



[#] Wed Nov 16 2022 08:40:22 EST from Nurb432

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Not all of humanity died out, and i think that is where they were going in season 5.  Let the park run its course and integrate the people left in to the results.  But we will never know. But, they made it a point that were still humans outside their control in one of the final scenes so it had to be for a reason.   I heard that the plan was for 5 seasons only.. so it would have been closure of the story line.

I do agree season 3 went off the rails. 'wtf is this'..    Sure, you needed it to understand the starting point of 4 and the characters, but man it was dumb, and painful to watch.  I kept hoping they would pull it out of the pit.. but no, they just kept digging..

Now im not not saying season 4 was *great* but it was watchable again, and it seemed like they had a plan. I'm ok with watchable, not everything can be spectacular.

I do think 1 was great and will be a long term classic.  Going into this, I expected trash, its how things go these days with destruction of classic franchises. But they did the original justice, and then some.  I'm glad i gave it a shot.  

Season 2 to me was 'eh, ok' not bad, not great but watchable.  With what the did for 1, I was curious how they were going to adapt the original followup movie, which was also 'eh, ok, its um, ok'. (  seems that so many people have forgot it even existed ) so i guess they did it justice by not overshadowing it :)

 

 

( i dont know if id just call Delores a simple host. Other than Bernard and William, she was the key component in the entire series )



[#] Wed Nov 16 2022 09:43:45 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Ahhhh. CLITORIS! 

See, I can't even remember their names. Watched the entire series. 

The small group that survived wasn't... I dunno - they weren't plausibly survivable. 

The character that Delores became - the writer... that was another problem. They died, they came back, as hosts, as AI, they were the embodiment of evil, of wrath, of petty vengeance, then they were the hero, then they were black, then they were white, then they were bisexual, then they were straight... 

I think they were trying to get a message across with a lot of that - but mostly the message was "It doesn't matter". 


By the end of the series, the only character I was invested in was the cowboy guy billionaire. Everyone else was NOT who they started off as, and so it didn't matter who they were now, what body they were inhabiting, what their motives had evolved into. 


Agreed it started off strong, and then went directly into Lost/Matrix territory - too ambitious, convoluted, and unclear with ITSELF about what it was trying to say. I can't even remember the huge plotholes - but I remember them completely disrupting my suspension of disbelief several times in the story. 4 was more watchable than 3. I'll grant you that. The problem is, you can't start out with spectacular and degrade to watchable. You can go the other way, start out mediocre and raise to greatness - but the other way, your audience is just going to watch and go, "this used to be so much better." 

It is kind of like the retail adage, "You can come out expensive, and lower your price, but it is difficult to come out cheap, and then raise your price." 

 
Delores, Bernard and William were just distractions, a bait and switch. Delores as a key person was really um... the broad who plays Valkyrie for most of the seasons, and Delores became a bit player. The *KEY* player was the black woman who played a whore, in most seasons. Can't remember her name. Sometimes her ability to control electronics worked, sometimes it didn't, depending on what was convenient for the plot. "She can't control these Hosts because she doesn't speak their language, but she can control cameras remotely." 

From a technology angle - there were constantly things that didn't make TECHNOLOGICAL sense. Not just as a nitpicking nerd - but just as someone willing to go, "Wait a second... I thought they had established that..." 

The writing got sophomoric. 

I'd say that yes, it is one of the more watchable series to come out in the last 5 to 10 years. That isn't a very high bar, though. 

 

Wed Nov 16 2022 08:40:22 EST from Nurb432

 

( i dont know if id just call Delores a simple host. Other than Bernard and William, she was the key component in the entire series )



 



[#] Wed Nov 16 2022 11:42:28 EST from Nurb432

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That is true in almost any show with a scifi twist. Very few are 'hard' science. If they are, there is no entertainment value for the average person.  Can you imagine iron-man if it had to be true to science and physics? 

The closest i have seen to hard science fiction in the last few years was the expanse, and they pushed it a bit too. ( no not read the books yet, but i hear the series was pretty true to paper as they were written alongside each other )

Wed Nov 16 2022 09:43:45 AM EST from ParanoidDelusions



From a technology angle - there were constantly things that didn't make TECHNOLOGICAL sense. Not just as a nitpicking nerd - but just as someone willing to go, "Wait a second... I thought they had established that..." 

 



[#] Wed Nov 16 2022 19:47:18 EST from zelgomer

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The closest i have seen to hard science fiction in the last few years
was the expanse, and they pushed it a bit too. ( no not read the

Yeah, about season 2 when Earth launched missiles at Ceres and then they intercepted them within a matter of hours. It's like after a pretty solid first season the writers completely forgot the scale of the solar system.

[#] Fri Nov 18 2022 17:51:10 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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No, you don't understand... 

There were things that constantly didn't make technological sense from the perspective of an average person's understanding. I've been married for 28 years. A long time ago I realized that I have higher expectations that the typical movie-goer. 

I watched Westworld with my wife... and she was going... "Well, that is just stupid bullshit." 

When someone with a basic knowledge/information worker relationship with technology is going, "why would they do THAT with a database?" 

It is a basic failure. It is people who don't understand the *basics* of technology writing technology in fiction so that it doesn't even fool non-nerds. And it happened a dozen times in Westworld. 

Wed Nov 16 2022 11:42:28 EST from Nurb432

That is true in almost any show with a scifi twist. Very few are 'hard' science. If they are, there is no entertainment value for the average person.  Can you imagine iron-man if it had to be true to science and physics? 

The closest i have seen to hard science fiction in the last few years was the expanse, and they pushed it a bit too. ( no not read the books yet, but i hear the series was pretty true to paper as they were written alongside each other )

 


[#] Fri Nov 25 2022 15:33:17 EST from LoanShark

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2022-11-16 19:47 from zelgomer
The closest i have seen to hard science fiction in the last few years


was the expanse, and they pushed it a bit too. ( no not read the

Yeah, about season 2 when Earth launched missiles at Ceres and then
they intercepted them within a matter of hours. It's like after a
pretty solid first season the writers completely forgot the scale of
the solar system.

I suppose they do play a little fast-and-loose with timescales and narratives. But that's too be expected; and all other sci-fi is even worse at this.

I really liked The Expanse and was sad to see it abruptly cancelled with so many new questions yet unanswered.

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