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by ludi
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: Video Backup - Encode - file types etc.

Handbrake has a whole mess of features for cleaning up interleaving and other analog broadcast/recording artifacts, if that's what you want to do.
by ludi
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Know what goes really good with grouse? A nice sage-butter rub and a side of seasonable vegetables.
by ludi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4495
Views: 186441

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Redocbew wrote:
I'll take that case. Looks like the culprit has already been put away.

I expect a lifetime of community service, based around restitution of the damaged goods.
by ludi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Some batteries do have a fair bit of capacity left after they're no longer able to handle the aggressive charge/discharge cycle of an EV, and get moved to specialty applications. The majority, AFAIK, are simply recycled, as the metals inside are reasonably valuable and reusable: https://www.greencar...
by ludi
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cheap, but good, soldering iron
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: Cheap, but good, soldering iron

Same recommendation. Pretty sure the Weller WLC100 is the most affordable temperature-regulated station you can buy from a quality brand, and the replacement tips are widely available.

https://www.amazon.de/s?k=weller+wlc100 ... _sb_noss_2
by ludi
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

barich wrote:
Surely there's some room on the web for a niche property that doesn't slavishly adhere to current fads.

If that were true, pre-sale TR had the best shot. And what they found was that not enough people would pay for it.
by ludi
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

is this the guy https://www.johnrampton.com/??? WOW! He embodies everything I hate about the current events. Remember the previous TR-is-tanking thread where people were discussing that TR's only hope of remaining a Going Concern would need to include better social media presence, more video experi...
by ludi
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4495
Views: 186441

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I saw that earlier. It went from doing arguably the most important computing task so far in the history of humanity, to perhaps the most useless/wasteful one. Heavy irony. Eh, at least it gets to do something. Sounded like the real challenge was completely reworking to algorithm to run on hardware ...
by ludi
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Does this exist? VNC-like remote access through a sort-of KVM?

Vertiv (Avocent) was the first thing I thought of, too. You might try eBay for older equipment: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Avocent-16-Port-KVM-Over-IP-Switch-DSR4020/323839715365?epid=1429796352&hash=item4b6659e825:g:u9cAAOSwFTddDDkE https://www.ebay.com/itm/Avocent-520-307-506-USB-VGA-Ethernet-KV...
by ludi
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Let's review everything that's happened (positive and negative): TR gets its first major review up in this calendar year, with another one promised soon (that wasn't possible before, the budget/resources weren't there) The writing staff/style will be preserved, and indeed augmented Awful, incomplet...
by ludi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Theranos
Replies: 210
Views: 34918

Re: Theranos

LOL, I did not realize this until now. Holmes' father was a VP at Enron! Looks like "fake it till you make it" runs in the family... Apropos of nothing, when I was wrapping up college I had a lab partner a couple times who mentioned, just before graduation, that he was heading to Texas th...
by ludi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Right, so someone thinks road ICEs still use carburetors. Sounds like a reliable, up-to-date source of information. If the goal is to point out that brushless direct-drive electric motors are reliable beasts, no argument there. However, a good many of the parts in an ICE are not high wear merely bec...
by ludi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different...

Suggestion: get the SUBSCRIBE link back up immediately. Need to make it clear this site is still being shoestring funded, and didn't go through a buyout or something.
by ludi
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I got married
Replies: 30
Views: 584

Re: I got married

Congrats, and welcome to the club!
by ludi
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Something's different...
Replies: 751
Views: 15344

Re: Something's different... (new)

I'm going to be the contrarian (sort of) and say I like the overall look of the redesign, but I don't like the low information density on the desktop. It seems like a bit of proper latest-and-greatest index navigation could and should be retained.
by ludi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Also, the only way an Uber/Lyft driver is getting the mileage deduction is if they file their driving income on a Schedule C. Ordinary taxpayers can no longer deduct unreimbursed employee travel expenses under the 2017 tax law changes. See here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-19-02.pdf. So Uber...
by ludi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

With regards to the financials of being an Uber Driver, your main expenses are: 1. Fuel 2. Maintenance 3. Insurance 4. Depreciation (or initial capital: depending on your viewpoint) Depending on what care you have, these three costs will vary, but that's what you are looking at. But are you also ac...
by ludi
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

There is a ton of venture capitalism money right now sustaining "zombie companies" (see Uber, Lyft, Tesla). These companies lose on the order of ~$1Billion / year, with no actual plan of becoming profitable. I'd have to disagree with you lumping Tesla in with Uber & Lyft. Tesla actual...
by ludi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast Injecting Popups About Modem
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: Comcast Injecting Popups About Modem

Well, no, you have to purchase Business Class if you want fast uploads.
by ludi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4495
Views: 186441

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Got reliable storage for the bike at both ends of your journey? If it's going to be locked up in public anywhere, the rusty old Schwinn might be what you want.
by ludi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Someone at Business Insider has caught on to the fact that volumes are only as good as the profit per unit:
https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-2 ... sis-2019-6
by ludi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Storage
Topic: Storage prices going up again...
Replies: 15
Views: 750

Re: Storage prices going up again...

Squirrels, marmots, raccoons, snakes, domestic cats, pretty much anything that climbs trees or buildings will end up in the wrong part of a substation or power pole at some point. Medium-sized birds (corvids etc.) typically have the right wingspan to light up a couple conductors at distribution volt...
by ludi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Comcast Injecting Popups About Modem
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: Comcast Injecting Popups About Modem

Some of the Comcast plans run faster than advertised if you don't have congestion in the area, and in the case of the 10 plan getting 25, you may have been upgraded and not noticed the announcement email. We originally subscribed at 25mbps but then Comcast made improvements in the area a few months ...
by ludi
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 4495
Views: 186441

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

It would seem Google never put out a security update roll-up for the Pixel. Just picked up a NoS/open-box 128GB first-gen Pixel to replace my 32GB model which is suffering rapidly declining battery life. The peer-to-peer automatic transfer went as well as could be hoped followed by the update to And...
by ludi
Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!
Replies: 251
Views: 16686

Re: No... not him! Don't tell me they got him too!

Just noticed the other night, the "About Us" section still references a couple people (Seth, Scott) not affiliated with the current site, both in Bios and in contact emails. Might just need a quick update?
by ludi
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

Wear and tear shouldn't be an issue at 100-150K miles either. You often see ex taxis for sale with over 500K on the clock that have only received standard servicing and are still working perfectly well. Sounds like double selection bias to me. First, police and taxi fleet buyers traditionally prefe...
by ludi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

To be fully apples-to-apples, you do have to factor the cost of long term maintenance, which will be higher for the ICE drivetrain components as others have noted. Besides normal wear on moving bits, the efficiency and refinement gains of the past 10-20 years have been gained at the price of a fears...
by ludi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: VW in deep Doo-Doo
Replies: 230
Views: 28631

Re: VW in deep Doo-Doo

I get what you guys are saying, but how big is a typical urea tank in a passenger car/truck, maybe 5-8 gallons? I'm pretty familiar with the size of a 5-gal water jug, and I also know the size of the trunk in my little Sentra. Assuming it can't be completely concealed under the deck in the majority...
by ludi
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: skynet
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: skynet

Topinio wrote:
bthylafh wrote:
It looked ordinary

20 years ago, in a past life as a physicist, I went to a conference in Spain and all the perfectly ordinary-looking fire extinguishers in the venue were marked as UNIX brand.

confused.com ...

I believe that's a standard tool for putting out Window fires.
by ludi
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: To Lease or too buy an EV
Replies: 438
Views: 8705

Re: To Lease or too buy an EV

The cruel irony is, if Tesla does go down in a flaming pile, it will be partly because of people like our Muskovite friend here, who contributes to the bubble around Musk which is (so far) impenetrable to constructive criticiism. Musk is incredible at startups and business development. He's terrible...
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