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by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds
Replies: 41
Views: 14719

Re: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds

On a related note, anyone here involved in Operation Portal Recon? Any thoughts on it? As far as I understand, this operation's goal is creating/submitting more portals in rural or less populated areas? I'm all for it, when I go back to my hometown for holidays, there is maybe 1-2 portals in the en...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds
Replies: 41
Views: 14719

Re: Ingress - Foresquare with future sounds

Bump! I figured there must be a thread for this, and I'd like to at least have it in my egosearch. Still pretty active around here on both sides, with a mix of pre- and post-PoGo players. I've found myself gravitating towards the hard anchor game as much as possible locally, but there's not enough o...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Random natterings

I challenge you to develop an ARM-based graphing calculator for about 100 <currency>. A quick look indicates you can get a good SoC for less than 20, a fucking touch screen for about 25 (note that's a 3.5 inch screen, so you have physical keys below), a decent lithium battery with controller for ab...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 8435

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Can't bury lines where it freezes , or where there's earthquakes and since we are doing away with regulation and having fun fracking, we're going to have earthquakes everywhere. Speaking as a telco employee in Canada, that's utterly and absurdly incorrect. We bury copper and fiber lines all over th...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Random natterings

My new, more powerful, PSU seems to work after all the hassle of trying to make a different set of connectors connect to everything that needs power. The BIOS said "CPU fan error" but the (almost new) CPU fan seems to be working fine. The power light on the tower case is now red, not blue...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6023
Views: 436984

Re: Trump presidency

Will they be able to rouse enough negative press to force a reversal or, more likely in my opinion, will the Trump administration just throw a sop by making exceptions for anyone high profile? Well, Canadian dual citizens seem to have now been exempted, which might have something to do with our Min...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Random natterings

sleepygamer wrote:Anything at all!

You're back!

\m/!
by PhoenixEnigma
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

You can also disable or PIN-lock ordering via Echo, though I agree that voice ordering enabled by default is a terrible idea (though I'd swear it was disabled by default when I set up our Dots. Of course, I bothered to go through all the settings and verify them anyways, and I'm guessing many people...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Random natterings

Thanks, Deva! I was more thinking the ascent/return side of things (particularly as the ascent engine could not be test fired!), and it sounds like the options if something goes wrong (engine failure/premature shutdown/degraded performance, guidance failure, etc) past the point where you can abort b...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Random natterings

Not sure if there's a better place for this, but did the Apollo LM have abort modes? I know the CSM had some ability to maneuver to pick up the LM if the ascent wasn't bang on, but that's it. If something went wrong, how large (or small) were the windows where they'd still make it home, and how woul...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1434515

Re: Today I Learned

TIL this here display makes noise only with some settings. That is, I heard it before, when the room is quiet enough. I first put the brightness to minimum and no change. Then I put it higher than before, to max, and the noise stopped (ninety-something would do, too). At least temporarily, and subj...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Heated Gloves
Replies: 6
Views: 3516

Re: Heated Gloves

You mean something like these? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hands-Instant- ... nd+warmers Getting them seems pretty good (they last about a half hour each but can take more than one). Just as a heads up, before you start buying them by the case - chemical hand warmers like those are good for pretty muc...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

Also, tangentially, at the beginning of summer, I saw one of the department stores near my house selling car-roof-mounted tents. I'd never seen anything like them before - are they common in other places? They didn't seem like they'd be that practical in Korea, because you wouldn't often want to sl...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 397908

Re: Questions For The World

Do you remember him? Did he talk to you? What was Up with the Rocks? Do you know what kind they were? I remember him, though not as well as I like - he passed away when I was 12, and I've sometimes wished I knew him better, being able to see what he thought of <x> or if he though <y> new invention ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 397908

Re: Questions For The World

I collected rocks as a kid, which I got the impression was reasonably common here, though I haven't had a rock collection since gradeschool (and I kept them in a canvas knapsack, not a box). I do still keep a couple polished semiprecious stones, but that's as much as role playing props as anything. ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

The most common accidents at work in the developed world are falling over (tripping /slipping), electrical incidents and accidents that occur during manual handling (pulling your back, having a box fall on someone, etc.) I'd imagine the first and third would also be true in the undeveloped world. &...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1434515

Re: Today I Learned

For what it's worth, /r/xkcdcomic is the de facto xkcd community subreddit now.
by PhoenixEnigma
Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Using multiple mice and keyboards on one computer
Replies: 5
Views: 7580

Re: Using multiple mice and keyboards on one computer

I didn't poke around that site much, but it sounds like it's pretty much just a multiseat utility, but without the practical bits that let multiple people do useful things at the same time?
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

My wife's car does the Bluetooth thing. Having used it on both sides.... Just check your voicemail/pull over and make the call. But yea, that. Any other reason that involves a more involved connection than essentially turning your vehicle into a Bluetooth headset? Automated fuel consumption trackin...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

I don't see who has an incentive to make viruses/malware for vehicle safety systems. There's not much financial benefit, and I don't think many hackers want to actually murder people for the lulz. "Send $300 worth of bitcoins to this wallet, or we'll disable your car" or even more likely ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 397908

Re: Questions For The World

I live somewhere where expected temperatures run from -40C to +35C (not counting humidity/wind). Precipitation is pretty minimal compared to a lot of areas, but it can be quite windy. I have three jackets - a winter jacket (basically a ski jacket), a lined, heavy canvas jacket for cool spring/fall d...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat May 24, 2014 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

Well, I see that the box of snakes is up to it's same old tricks again. Heard it on the radio. Such a lying bag of tyrannical Irish shit. If you tell a lie long enough, it doesn't become the truth.To spite what you think, perception doesn't become reality. Abuse of power, nothing more. Si, Rice and...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue May 20, 2014 3:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49712

Re: What is your current housing situation?

Pfhorrest wrote:
PhoenixEnigma wrote:1% of the purchase price of your domicile in rent
Per what time period?
Per month, sorry.
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue May 20, 2014 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is your current housing situation?
Replies: 150
Views: 49712

Re: What is your current housing situation?

The rule of thumb I've heard is that if you're paying more than 1% of the purchase price of your domicile in rent, it makes more sense to buy. If you can rent for under 1% the purchase price, it makes sense to do so, once interest, repairs, taxes and everything else is factored in. I'm currently pay...
by PhoenixEnigma
Sat May 03, 2014 1:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2939393

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

It's not bad near home, but downtown is the shits. Everyone who smokes runs down to the street to light up. Around break time, it's insane. I'm all for e-cigs because steam is easier on the lungs than smoke. (I don't mind that people are addicted to nicotine, I just wish they chose a less noxious d...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri May 02, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How exactly do spaceship fuel tanks even work?
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Re: How exactly do spaceship fuel tanks even work?

If I understand what you're asking, you want to know how rockets make sure to draw fuel from a liquid fuel tank instead of vacuum or a pressurizing gas or fumes when being started in a zero-g environment, since you couldn't rely on the denser fluid settling in any one place? If so, one answer is ull...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri May 02, 2014 4:30 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can the Computer, "Phone Home, ET?"
Replies: 6
Views: 3112

Re: Can the Computer, "Phone Home, ET?"

Yep - for many portable expensive electronic things, there's some way available to have them send a distress beacon of sorts if they're reported stolen (or lost, in some cases). For laptops, you can get programs like LoJack for Laptops , but the utility is somewhat limited because most laptops don't...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 397908

Re: Questions For The World

Free soft drinks and wristbands: I remember seeing commercials for exactly that sort of program when I was young and not able to legally drink, where designated drivers could get a wristband that would entitle them to free soft drinks all night. Some googling shows this was actually a provincial gov...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

See, your assumption there is that this sort of response is warranted even if the call is legitimate. That part, many of us have problems with. Initial response to a call maybe doesn't need to consist of enough force to invade a small country. I decided to look up the number of sworn officers in th...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

See, your assumption there is that this sort of response is warranted even if the call is legitimate. That part, many of us have problems with. Initial response to a call maybe doesn't need to consist of enough force to invade a small country. I decided to look up the number of sworn officers in th...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Oh, I'm not questioning the existence of swatting as a 'prank', and though I haven't seen any data I wouldn't be particularly inclined to doubt an increase in the frequency of it. The gamification of swatting, though, is as far as I can tell utter horseshit manufactured at best out of complete ignor...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/fbi-helping-to-find-call-of-duty-gamer-behind-swatting-prank-call/ Loses in Call of Duty. Calls Swat team. What happened to the good old days of aggressively turning the console off before the winner's stats could be recorded? I guess that's the downside of online gamin...
by PhoenixEnigma
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275901

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Give them Half a Break. huh? Even if it is only Lip Service. Give your intellectual superiors Half a Break. I'd rather give them more of my tax dollars, to be honest. The future is basically built on science and ingenuity, and giving money to people with the ingenuity to work on science seems like ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 09, 2014 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

I am not actually sure if this site is using ssl at all, I don't see (https) in the url bar. I believe that was Ubik's point. Lots of sites aren't affected, because they weren't even using SSL before, and connections to them remain as unsecure as ever (and, in fact, they are more secure than sites ...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220333

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Even if I thought an old WW2 bomb was inactive, I don't think I'd try to cut it apart with a blow-torch . :| When I saw this elsewhere on the internet, someone pointed out that an old, corroded blockbuster bomb might not look much like what you'd expect a bomb to look like - many of them lacked fin...
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Madness discussion
Replies: 259
Views: 44293

Re: Madness discussion

Ah, my bad, I didn't realize that it was originally missing. Yes, not having that could make the announcement thread rather more difficult to understand.
by PhoenixEnigma
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Madness discussion
Replies: 259
Views: 44293

Re: Madness discussion

This is an incredibly true statement. I really think next Madness, that y'all need to exempt the Announcement Thread. It's unfair to those who missed the announcement in plain English, regardless of our proficiency in English, but especially if one is not. (This happened last year with myself, wher...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Madness discussion
Replies: 259
Views: 44293

Re: Madness discussion

I don't normally add my two cents* to something like this, but as someone who spends way to much time on the fora, I think it's worth adding my voice to the "madness is wonderful" crowd. The mods here do, frankly, a fantastic job, and while I wouldn't begrudge them having a little fun on t...
by PhoenixEnigma
Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2939393

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

By definition (I begin), alternative medicine (I continue) has either not been proved to work or been proved not to work. Do you know what they call alternative medicine that's been proved to work? Medicine. And I think that video should be compulsory viewing. Or roughly the same argument, but in c...
by PhoenixEnigma
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89976
Views: 7578655

Re: Fluff

Giant Speck wrote:I kyan't fit in de microwave. :(
Maybe that's because you've already been microwaved.

Fluff: I got free bananas. Also, I suspect bananas and fluff would be a good combination.

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