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by Duct Tape Dude
Sun May 13, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

Landed on a 2018 Accord Hybrid EX. It's got lane-centering LDW/LKAS above 45mph, full speed ACC, BSM/RCTA (but no parking sensors), and 212HP/232 torques. Drives great. The tech is well-tuned to be assistive without holding your hand to the point of inattention (it'll let you know if it thinks you'r...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: IP security camera recommedations?
Replies: 14
Views: 3686

Re: IP security camera recommedations?

Has anyone used Ubiquiti's camera offerings before? I have an Edgerouter and I'm pretty sold on the brand, but I didn't know until last week that they offered video cameras. Looking to upgrade from a Piper camera.
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

<Mod hat on> OK, that's enough, can we please get back to being nice to each other and discussing network equipment. Stop feeding the trolls or there will be consequences. <Mod hat off> O7 Roger roger. It was even more amazing than I envisioned. THEN DON'T FALSELY QUANTIFY IT. Layer 2 or 3 reportin...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

And here I was thinking I wouldn't be pedantic today. Here's the thing: It's obviously "good enough" for me too, right? After all, I just explicitly said that I use it. :wink: Not obvious enough for stupid me apparently. :wink: That being said, your results are completely contrary to every...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3776
Views: 550124

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Captain Ned wrote:
Duct Tape Dude wrote:
Bits don't grow on trees, you know.

They've been known to incur latency on trees, though (RFC 1149).
All the more reason to use compression, so the pigeon's airspeed isn't unnecessarily laden.
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3776
Views: 550124

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

WAV at home (just bought a SONOS Connect and it's a mighty fine device), WAV on the work lappy, WAV on the portable HD. 320kbps CBR MP3 on phone and car USB stick. 367 GiB WAV, 85.3 GiB MP3. You monster! Tell us you at least have filesystem compression enabled! Think of the bits you could save! Nop...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3776
Views: 550124

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Captain Ned wrote:
WAV at home (just bought a SONOS Connect and it's a mighty fine device), WAV on the work lappy, WAV on the portable HD. 320kbps CBR MP3 on phone and car USB stick. 367 GiB WAV, 85.3 GiB MP3.
You monster! Tell us you at least have filesystem compression enabled! Think of the bits you could save!
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

So to answer the burning questions, I had them run during construction when the walls were all open. Obviously, Its way cheaper to run the CAT6 during construction. All the runs terminate to a closet in my office. Yes, its overkill. No, I'm not going to use all of them for APs at least not right no...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

Have you verified that you actually get 800mbps? That's an incredible result for laboratory conditions, and in real-world scenarios (it's a half-duplex shared medium and we're in a world beset by noisy switch-mode wall warts etc...) you don't get anything like that. I have a nice pair in a normal s...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

Well if he built the house or had it renovated, like, having those runs done doesn't really seem like the same level of overkill: better to have and not want, than to want and not have? Also, that kind of thing can be a selling point in the future: homebuyers routinely pay a massive premium for &qu...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Home Network Questions
Replies: 48
Views: 2222

Re: Home Network Questions

5 APs is a lot for normal North American wood construction. I've got mine mounted on the ceiling of our upstairs landing and it gives good coverage throughout the house and my kids have commented on the WiFi working across the street in a neighbour's house. I can see needing a couple more if your h...
by Duct Tape Dude
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: spending only $100 a month on food.
Replies: 209
Views: 7088

Re: spending only $100 a month on food.

To be fair, I also had a Founders Centennial IPA with it ($16 for a 15-pack), so that adds another buck(ish) with sales tax. So we're looking at roughly $2.50 for what I would consider to be a pretty good improvised home-cooked meal with some fresh veggies in it, and a beer to wash it down. Still n...
by Duct Tape Dude
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Cases and Power Supplies
Topic: Nice case for Retro PC
Replies: 8
Views: 1819

Re: Nice case for Retro PC

Yeah I guess I'm confused by what you mean by retro. Those are some sleek cases you've linked though.

Is this for retro gaming perhaps? For a really old mITX mobo you have around?

DPete27 wrote:
Here are some other DIY retro ideas
These look great!
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

https://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots I'll shoulder check on a multi-lane highway for the one 2 lanes over merging at the same time as me, but if it is just 2 lanes then the mirrors are enough. This is exactly what I mean by properly adjusted mirrors....
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Upgrade recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 1143

Re: Upgrade recommendations?

Would you actually notice an upgrade if you had 20% more clockspeed or 50% more cores? My workloads and rig are about the same and I don't think new tech is advanced enough to warrant all the money on internal upgrades. An NVMe SSD would be cool but I make do. RAM and GPU prices are sky high and SSD...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3776
Views: 550124

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

just brew it! wrote:
SecretMaster wrote:
(is there a name to describe the 2000-2010 decade yet?)

I've seen them referred to as the "aughts".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aughts
Oh man. Every time I try to refer to them as this everyone looks at me weird. Probably justly so.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4
Replies: 13
Views: 949

Re: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4

Kretschmer wrote:
NYC was missed, yet again. The promised land!
Yeah I was very confused this morning. Couldn't tell whether it all melted already, if everyone is really good at shoveling today, or if you guys just didn't have any snow. Had to dig myself out of a 6" blanket from the south!
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

No way. I have as wide a peripheral as anyone and have spent quantity time in every major vehicle type in every type of road and traffic, with and without fisheye mirrors, and I'm quite confident that with practice you'll be able to see as much as 90-95% that way but the last 5-10% behind your left...
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4
Replies: 13
Views: 949

Re: Snowy Spring, Nor'Easter #4

Yeah been working remotely lately because of travel issues. It snowed a bit but at least it's courteous enough to already start melting.
by Duct Tape Dude
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

I disagree about the head swivel. If you're able to use mirrors properly, including a dollar store blind spot one, you can view everything without forward ever leaving your periphery. ( I'm sure you're a nice person and all, but this mentality is very dangerous and you have not business being on th...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

I will never willingly hop in Sally. I will likely end up as the uncle in Red Barchetta. Hell, I've already got the white hair; all I need is the titular Ferrari. Nice read, thanks. You know, Data also had a positronic brain. And he only endangered and saved Picard and the Enterprise half of the ep...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

What do you think those Jersey teens are relying on?? I know the GSP and NJT quite well and still believe the best defense is a head on a swivel. I don't think I've actually seen any teenage morons with active safety as refined as today's midrange vehicles... they usually slightly drive older luxur...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

MOSFET wrote:
Cuhulin wrote:
Ought to raise the driving age to 50 anyway - there would be less traffic. :D


With a max old driver age, and mandatory retirement of the driver's license, at 60!
I look forward to surrendering my driver's license to a Level 5 autonomous vehicle someday.
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

I rail against active safety for one simple reason. 99.99% of those who buy cars so equipped will turn off their critical thinking faculties even more than they do now. If you are driving a car and ANYTHING absorbs more of your attention than the task of driving, you have no business being on the r...
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

That's great but the only things I want to buy are active safety gizmos, not European driving classes for every idiot I encounter while ultracommuting from Philly to NYC.

Actually I take that back. I also want a functional infotainment system with luxury items like a volume knob.
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

End User wrote:
I don’t see anything from AMG.
Oh you mean one with an
UNLIMITED MILEAGE
BUMPER TO BUMPER
WARRANTY?
by Duct Tape Dude
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?
Replies: 128
Views: 7955

Re: Active Safety in Cars: What's good?

So after ogling at specs and reviews for the past few months I think my current short list is: ⋅ 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited ⋅ 2018 Honda Accord EX ⋅ 2018 Hyundai Ioniq SEL ⋅ 2018 Kia Niro EX I know these are all totally different classes of cars, but they ea...
by Duct Tape Dude
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Laptop repair-worthiness
Replies: 4
Views: 1082

Re: Laptop repair-worthiness

The connector is damaged. Parts are probably cheap but that's going to take the better part of an afternoon with a microelectronics grade soldering iron and years of soldering skills. Unless your neighborhood repair shop is Louis Rossman , it's time to sell as-is on eBay or use the machine as a head...
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