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by trackerben
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: SpaceX booster had an issue on approach- lands in sea

Off-course, they still love it.
by trackerben
Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

ludi wrote:
Big Data is scraping you.


Funny, I get ads for some 'Bee removal service'.

To Bee or not to Bee, that is the question ;)
by trackerben
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Redocbew wrote:

I wouldn't worry about that. :P


Worry not, want not :)
by trackerben
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 3868
Views: 153165

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Krogoth wrote:
I can tell you for certain that digital computing will not bring forth semi to fully sapient AI.


How about cyborgs, where future machine intelligences might be linked to brains via individual symbiotic AI? Would you consider such a hybrid an AI on its own, or just another flavor of enhanced human?
by trackerben
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Heiwashin wrote:
Snake oil works way better.


Don't take my word for it. Test it yourself, see what happens.
by trackerben
Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

Like this ? Haha, I liked that song a lot. Reminds me of my island days chasing salad girls. Or was it the other way around? This seems closest to what my wife gets: https://www.amazon.com/Carrington-Farms-hydrogenated-unflavored-Packaging/dp/B00FW9Y1CW/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Seriously...
by trackerben
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

I have anecdotal evidence that a shot of whiskey may help if you have a sore throat. Correlation is not causation and the data set is very small so I make no claims of scientific rigor; but it seems to work for me. Could very well be that it just helps me sleep better in spite of the pain, which sp...
by trackerben
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:36 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Bedbugs FTL
Replies: 68
Views: 2693

Re: Bedbugs FTL

You could rent or borrow a multipurpose steam cleaner and blast away before spreading powder and traps. The vapors will enter the tiniest runs and cracks and instakill bed bugs and dust mites caught in the path. If you already have a clothes steamer with flexible hose and attachments, you could try ...
by trackerben
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 145
Views: 13895

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Enjoying 'The Man in the High Castle's" Projekt 701 story arc. To be Lebensborn and hip in the American Reich...
by trackerben
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 145
Views: 13895

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Security theater, gun control, and spy society make for a fascinating mix.
by trackerben
Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 145
Views: 13895

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Began watching Bodyguard last night and finished all 6 episodes within a day or two. The plot was a bit contrived - there's a Trump-alike villain and weird behaviors by security professionals - but the issues of mass surveillance/jihadist social penetration were covered with more smarts and less PC ...
by trackerben
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Asus ROG GL553VD design issue or flaw !
Replies: 6
Views: 1070

Re: Asus ROG GL553VD design issue or flaw !

I have a Dell laptop with specs just like yours. Right-click the NVidia Settings for the Control Panel, go to 'Manage 3D settings', to the tab 'Global Settings' and make sure that 'Preferred graphics professor' is set to 'Auto-select'. Select 'High-performance NVidia processor' to ensure GPU mode fo...
by trackerben
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What shows are you recently watching?
Replies: 145
Views: 13895

Re: What shows are you recently watching?

Watched the stylish ‘The Night Manager’ spy series, which my wife liked even though it features a non-gratuitous dose of brutality. Great for people who like character-driven vendettas that aren’t too fantastical.
by trackerben
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: RIP Anthony Bourdain
Replies: 40
Views: 2543

Re: RIP Anthony Bourdain

...Being told to bottle up, ignore, and not process their emotions can cause emotional deprivation and isolation and lead to depression. People attempting to normalize severe mood disorders can be very harmful. No one can just wish away their mood disorders, and it took a long time to get a handle ...
by trackerben
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?
Replies: 165
Views: 7387

Re: Any Spam eaters here(Yes the canned meat product)?

IMO it has an undeserved bad reputation. Sure, it's unhealthy (high fat, high salt). But so are a lot of other foods that are far more popular, like fast food burgers, hot dogs, ham, and bacon. Think of Spam as a canned, pork-based, salty meatloaf... maybe that makes it more palatable to you, or ma...
by trackerben
Fri May 04, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 34854

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Chart of the day: How Last Jedi polarised critics and Star Wars fans Star Wars fans are a dedicated and protective bunch. Star Wars: every scene from I-VI charted Star Wars has been called a "space opera" or a "space western" — but what's the true shape of this cult story that h...
by trackerben
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 34854

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

Nostalgia seems be the #1 red herring defense against the critics. My friend and I lost all interest in SW after Ep8, and we not even huge fans of the franchise, and we all born after Ep6. I'll say congrats to Disney for managing to kill the unkillable cow? I'd say it depends on the cow. Mainline S...
by trackerben
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 4185

Re: I broke down -

Waco wrote:
15" laptops are just too dam big to use on a plane. :(


It's about an inch shorter along both dimensions than is typical, basically a 15" screen squeezed into a 14" chassis.
by trackerben
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: I broke down -
Replies: 27
Views: 4185

Re: I broke down -

This just came out:

https://hothardware.com/reviews/dell-xp ... n-1-review
Dell XPS 15 2-In-1 Review
by trackerben
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 10213

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

Good thing you're off soda, try brewing pots of tea. Bagged tea can be reused a few times. Breakfast with eggs and mushrooms/tomatoes/etc. is a good start. Bring some boiled eggs when you go out, as lunch sidings. Like others said, cooked oats/muesli with nuts, fruits, chocolates, etc. Butter your b...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Help me pick a laptop
Replies: 6
Views: 3022

Re: Help me pick a laptop

I ended up buying a Dell Inpiron Gaming 7567. Quick specs : 7700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB NVME SSD, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB and a 4k screen. So far so good but I've only had it for couple of hours. I will post more once I've used it for a while. I'm been using the 5577 black version with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, GT...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: End of an Era - Toys R Us
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: End of an Era - Toys R Us

As our son grew, we had less and less reason to visit. Way back when, it was the place to get bundles of chewies and crunchies. But Costco, Target, etc became competitive and had grown up stuff as well, so trips to them were easier to agree on. Then everyone went shopping online in the mid-2010s and...
by trackerben
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 1589

Re: Amazon is recalling risky power packs

I was going to get one of the smaller models, but wound up buying a super-slim Axing 2Ah during my Osaka trip. Oh well, I must now treat AmazonBasics with some suspicion, considering that I've been ordering their Sanyo-OEM NiMH. They're handling the problem via customized channels in their fulfillme...
by trackerben
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Amazon is recalling risky power packs
Replies: 3
Views: 1589

Amazon is recalling risky power packs

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43402175 Owners of Amazon's own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them. A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday. A notice posted by the US Cons...
by trackerben
Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 34854

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

tanker27 wrote:

Oh geeze, please anything but them! Let them die with the EU.


I'll settle for a Thrawn-alike who would restore the Empire through the First Order.
by trackerben
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess
Replies: 99
Views: 10431

Re: Headphone market for 2018: Hot mess

Pioneer Rayz Plus fix some of the stupidity of Apple's missing headphone jack. I'd almost have to argue that they further the stupidity. What happens if you love your headphones but decide you want to go Android? Lightning to USB-C dongle? Lightning to 3.5mm dongle? Replace the headphones? A portab...
by trackerben
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 34854

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

I'm not super excited that Rian Johnson still has a job after TLJ. So I am not expecting much from his 'arc'. But Benioff and Weis, now that I can get behind. But I cannot imagine that there would be two SW arcs in movie format... Well, they could do something like an OutBound Flight-style trilogy,...
by trackerben
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3914

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

Listened to that last night. SED is a great show; Destin is fantastic. The audio was pretty representative of being there. Obviously you have to turn your headphones up to the point of pain to full recreate the experience. Lol Yea, they have really interesting stuff. Keep your ears grounded, Starma...
by trackerben
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Falcon Heavy Launch
Replies: 62
Views: 3914

Re: Falcon Heavy Launch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7uQ8OW ... e=youtu.be
Extended Cut - The Incredible Sounds of the Falcon Heavy Launch - (BINAURAL AUDIO IMMERSION)
by trackerben
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted
Replies: 456
Views: 34854

Re: STAR WARS TIME! - Spoiler Lock Lifted

⋅ Some theorize that deep-space crews will standardize on port and starboard, with the latter in the direction of the system's star nexus. Huh, cool, I hadn't seen that before. I quite like it as a navigational aid :) But you'd presume that in combat you'd throw that concept out the windo...
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