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Weekend Open Thread
by Karl Bode 11:49AM Saturday Dec 07 2013
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mfeeny
Sweeper51
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Detroit, MI

friday

every day is friday when you're not working. enjoy

David
I start new work on
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Granite City, IL
kudos:101

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starts to cry out loud.... make the bad man stop!

IowaCowboy
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Springfield, MA
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Facebook outage

Went to look at my Facebook tonight, it said no posts, find friends.

I checked downrightnow.com and it said likely service disruption.

Anyone else having trouble.

bionicRod
Funkier than a mohair disco ball.
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united state
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Re: Facebook outage

Nope it's up for me. TGIF though. Beer is good.

miataman

join:2010-10-27
Chelmsford, MA
kudos:1
Charter had an overnight outage.

Veloslave
Geek For God
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Martinez, CA
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Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant

Get on board

»petitions.whitehouse.gov/petitio ··· nq258dxk
Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

Re: Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant

You do realize that the only only promise the White House ever made in regard to those petitions was that the president would comment on them if they went over the set number of signatures by the deadline.

It was never said that any of those petitions would influence the government in any way, no matter how many signatures they get.

Packeteers
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Forest Hills, NY
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the FISA warrant system is already being ignored, so what hope is there that any new layer of warrant bureaucracy would be helpful.

Veloslave
Geek For God
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It's pretty simple guys... the more people that sign show the whitehouse how many people are behind the premise. If a lot of people say they are concerned or pissed then it is politics as usual... the squeaky wheel gets the grease... unless it is a real small squeak that can be ignored.

Don't bother if 30 seconds of time is too much or you don't care about your privacy.

YukonHawk

join:2001-01-07
Patterson, NY

Heard a great song today.....

Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison.

miataman

join:2010-10-27
Chelmsford, MA
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Re: Heard a great song today.....

said by YukonHawk:

Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison.

That guitar Interlude is soooo mellow.
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New England Tel. " Iron Men and Iron Wire"

YukonHawk

join:2001-01-07
Patterson, NY

Re: Heard a great song today.....

It is mellow.....great for just kicking back and forgetting about the day.
ipwn3r456

join:2013-07-31
Los Angeles, CA

Just want to give an opinion about America's top 4 cellular carriers.

Verizon - America's most coverage 4G LTE network.
AT&T - America's fastest 4G LTE network.
T-Mobile - America's cheapest 4G LTE network.
Sprint - America's slowest 4G LTE network.
Happydude32
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Re: Just want to give an opinion about America's top 4 cellular carriers.

Is there an echo in here?

»Just want to give an opinion about America's top 4 cellular carriers..

KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Tulsa, OK

Mellow awesomeness Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas

Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas

I'm really liking the early 80's vibe of this song.... and the video is awesome, I feel. The feels. Enjoy.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5uQMwRM ··· QMwRMHcs

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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Duramax08
To The Moon
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San Antonio, TX

1 recommendation

Re: Mellow awesomeness Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas

I saw this too, really good. That day before the video premier, daft punk uploaded a pic of that guys face on facebook. Didnt know what it meant til friday.

tubbynet
reminds me of the danse russe
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1 recommendation

that whole album kicks serious ass.
GraysonPeddi
Grayson Peddie

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Tallahassee, FL

1 recommendation

I'm liking this song! It sounded like 80s to me, too.

KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
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Tulsa, OK

OCZ dies, Toshiba buying out their SSD business

»www.tomshardware.com/news/toshib ··· 265.html

Sigh.
striker325

join:2009-08-11
Pacoima, CA

Calculus 3

I have exam next week so I can't have nothing else besides multi-variable calc.
jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA

Re: Calculus 3

That was fun stuff!
striker325

join:2009-08-11
Pacoima, CA

Re: Calculus 3

Its all fun until the end when you know you passed

StuartMW
Who Is John Galt?
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Galt's Gulch
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Nothing is beyond our reach

The NSA's motto is "We suck it all" so this is no surprise.




»www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/12/06/ ··· o-claims
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Don't feed trolls--it only makes them grow!

scott2020

join:2008-07-20
MO

Charter's Nationwide Outage

Yesterday from around 2:30am central until 6:00am central, Charter had a nationwide routing issue, apparently due to a bad BGP update of some sort. For me, it knocked out all of our Charter PRI's along with all Internet, both business and residential.

The worst part is that we were doing an electronic medical record update to begin at 3AM, and our vendor has VPN equipment at our site but only connected to Charter. The vendor couldn't log in via VPN to deploy the software until 6AM. As you can imagine, our users were angry when we started going past our maintenance window!

Lessons learned: get another VPN to the vendor on one of our other ISP's, and triple your maintenance window estimates. I only doubled it.
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Packeteers
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my hot neighbors fridge is out

so she came over and dumped all her food in my fridge/freezer.
here's to hoping she wants more from me than my refrigerator

michieru
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Miami, FL

Re: my hot neighbors fridge is out

Christmas dinner would do it.

michieru
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Miami, FL
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Solar water heater

Looking at installing a solar water heater on Monday. Total cost is 5K without any incentives. 2K with incentives. That's installed with all labor/parts and permits included.

Don't know if I am getting a good deal so I contacted another vendor to get a second estimate.

What you guys think?

IowaCowboy
Iowa native
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Re: Solar water heater

I was in Home Depot today and there was a guy pushing solar electric systems along with incentives. I said to him "I rent" as I am going to the checkout with a 5 pack of rocker "Decora" type light switches along with the appropriate cover plates.

I find the rocker type switches are easier to operate than toggle switches, especially for my grandmother who in the advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis.

I've already changed out a toilet with one that has a higher rim and added a grab bar. With hip replacements, I found out that they are not to bend their hips at more than a 90 degree angle or they risk popping it out (which she has done time and time again). I'd love to install a stairlift but I don't have that kind of money so unfortunately she is confined to the first floor of my house.

Moving: easier said than done.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.

amenite
The Soylent - It's People
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Ridgewood, NJ

Re: Solar water heater

If you're renting you can invest in some LED lighting that you could take with you if necessary. I found the Philips Ambient LED bulbs are pretty much indistinguishable from incandescent, they're the best I've seen. Uses 80% less electricity per lumen. I've only put them in lamps that get a ton of usage so they pay for themselves quicker. Then they start paying me
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Time is an abstract concept invented by carbon based life forms to monitor their constant decay.-Thunderclese

tubbynet
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i have both a pv system and a radiant heat water heater. 120gal. works very well.
if possible, do an electric consumption assessment on your existing heater. use this to calculate the roi.
either way, 2k isnt bad at all.

q.
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"...if I in my north room dance naked, grotesquely before my mirror waving my shirt round my head and singing softly to myself..."

gaforces
United We Stand, Divided We Fall

join:2002-04-07
Santa Cruz, CA
I've been thinking about installing a passive system on the roof.
The house is already plumbed for it with 2 1" copper pipes running from the roof to the utility area in the garage.
It would go from supply to roof into black bladders or coiled pipes or both to the water heater pre-heated.

I don't know what your system entails but 2k sounds like a good price.
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Let them eat FIBER!
elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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·EarthLink
Solar Domestic Hot Water failed decades ago because all of the systems were custom designs, meaning you couldn't rely on common tradesmen (roofers and plumbers) to maintain them and fix them when they break and/or leak.

I'm not aware that anything much has changed.

DHW systems use evacuated (vacuum) tubes to concentrate the solar rays. Evacuated tubes break, and they also wear out. Most will be "warrantied" for 20 years. Be sure you have faith in the warranty coverage, i.e. parts, labor, and longevity of the firm offering it. Otherwise, you'll end up an albatross.

A traditional, predictable, natural-gas tank-based water heater should run you between $600 and $1000 installed (assuming this is a replacement), and is serviceable by any licensed plumber.
Be sure to ask them to quote a Bradford-White (plumbing supply store), not the cheaper GE you find at the big box store. The slight premium will buy you at least a decade of reliable service.

IowaCowboy
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Local vs National alarm companies

I have my security system monitored by a local alarm company. They have their monitoring station right here in western Mass. There are several advantages, one they're cheaper and second they are familiar with the local area.

A few years ago, there was an issue with ADT calling the town of Hampden police dispatch confusing it with Hampden County. We have very limited county government here (mainly the courts, county jail, and the county recorder's office). They were calling the town of Hampden for other cities and towns.

This incident made the news. A local company is familiar with the local police contacts and the local areas.

I may go with ADT though as I need a cheap monitored alarm system to secure my Grandma's house for reasons I cannot disclose but it is related to a family matter.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.

OMG

@bellsouth.net

Re: Local vs National alarm companies

Great! Good luck with that!

SnowSnow

@comcast.net

1st snow of the year

1st snow of the year in South Jersey.


Accumulating on street

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Crom

@comcast.net

Switched to ATT value share plan

Ok so I pulled the trigger on AT&T's mobile value share plan.
I have 3 iphones and one Motorola razor v3xx (yes it still works fine!). My old plan was 69.99 + (9.99X3) for 1100min, 30.00 for unlimited text/talk, 25.00 for 2GB for Line 1, 30.00 for 3 GB line 2, 15.00 for 200MB line 3, and 0.00 for 0MB line 4. Tax+fee for line 1 = 5.20, Tax+fee for lines 2-4 (3X 1.84) = 5.52. I was getting a 17% discount because I work for the State of CA. So with that i got 14.00 of from 69.99 and 5.00 of from 25.00 (2GB line). Bare with me here, So all together my old plan cost me 191.68 a month.

Now my new plan. We are using our current phones with and are all out of contract. Each iPhone line cost 25.00 and the razor is 20.00. So that's 95 for the lines. Then for 6GB that's another 80.00. I also get to use my 17% discount (only applies to the 80.00 part) and so that brings the price to 161.40. However, the ATT rep told me that each lines has 7 dollars in tax+fees >:(. So with that price comes to 28+161.40 = 189.40.......a whopping 2.28 savings from my old plan just for an additional 800MB. But seriously 7 dollars in tax+fees per line?????????

What do you guys think?

DevilOnE
Fozzie the buttplug, Vu the shitkicker
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Evansville, IN

Re: Switched to ATT value share plan

Did you see ATT came out with a new value plan yesterday? 4 smartphone plan with unlimited voice and texting and 10gb shared data for $160. the 3 phone plan is $145 with the same features. I pay $139 after taxes/fees/FAN for 2 iphones. So i could add the daughter for roughly $5 more a month and gain 6gb of data.
Happydude32
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NE Patriots

Wow what an ending!

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