Daily Tech News 4 May 2021

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  • Future tense, present tense, what's the difference?
    "Today, approximately 3.5 million premises across Australia can access the NBN Home Ultrafast wholesale speed tier with wholesale download speeds of 500 Mbps to close to 1 Gbps, on demand."
    Oh, really? I'd like to sign up then.

    I can't? No fucking surprise, because it took you bastards twelve fucking years just to wire up suburban Sydney.

    I do at least have 80M down and 40M up now, though, which is a hell of an improvement from the 14/2 I had a year ago.






I mentioned yesterday the clean transition between the opening argument and sparse visuals in Dominion Tank Police, and the show itself and the opening theme. But I don't think that transition has ever been handled better than in the first episode of Bubblegum Crisis.

It introduces the story and all the major characters with nothing more than a song and a few lines of police radio chatter. It doesn't hurt that the show owes a huge debt to Blade Runner, so the setting is already somewhat familiar, but it's still one of the most memorable anime openings ever.


Tech News

  • You can still get the Ryzen 3700X. (AnandTech)

    It may not be the very latest technology, but it's a solid chip, and it's reasonably priced. The i9-11900K is 12% faster on multi-threaded workloads, but costs twice as much - and even in theory uses twice as much power.


  • Nvidia's new 3080 Ti has started showing up on this side of the International Date Line which is slightly odd because the difference is only a day and launch date isn't for two weeks. (Tom's Hardware)

    Right now, checking my local store, I can get a 3060 for $1000 or a 3090 for $3000. One model of each. That's it.

    There are several AMD 6700XT and 6900XT cards in stock, though. AMD's current cards aren't as good at mining as Nvidia's, even when you line them up by similar game performance, so they are slightly less impossible to obtain.

    The difference in mining performance is probably down to AMD's new design, where they reduced memory bandwidth and compensated with a very large (96MB or 128MB, depending on the card) on-chip cache. That works fine for most games, but poorly for crypto mining.


  • Macromedia Flash is disappearing from Windows in July. (Bleeping Computer)

    Adobe abandoned it at the end of last year, so that's no surprise.

    If you just realised that you'll never again be able to play Penguin Golf, fear not. Blue Maxima's Flashpoint has you covered.

    All the Penguin Golf games and 70,000 more, plus 8000 Flash animations. You'll need a little over a terabyte of disk to download the entire archive, though. It's a 478GB 7Z file that uncompresses to 532GB of individual games.

    They also have an installer that just downloads the games you want; that's a mere 500MB download and 2GB minimum disk space.


  • Sony has taken an ownership stake in Discore and will be integrating it into their PlayStation Network. (Polygon)

    Again, not a surprise. Discord recently broke off acquisition talks with Microsoft, and it's unlikely they'd have done that without some other funds being on the table.


  • Awful high-tech fashion company meets awful game exclusivity company in court, observers try to figure out how they can both lose. (9to5Mac)

    This is Epic's lawsuit against Apple over the business practices of the App Store. Epic paints Apple as overbearing all-devouring monopolistic bastards, which is true. Apple in turn paints Epic as bottom-feeding vermin who want everything for free and never produced anything of value, which is also true, but - and this is the one point in Epic's favour - not illegal.


Eight Episode AMV Video of the Day

There aren't a lot of AMVs for the original Bubblegum Crisis, partly because it's an older show, but mostly because the show itself is pretty much a six hour AMV.

Here's Soldier Girls from episode one.





Solar Freaking Roadways Video of the Day



Solar panels have their place, particularly if you live somewhere horrifyingly sunny like northern Australia or southern Spain. But where that place most definitely is not is directly on the fucking ground.


Disclaimer: Solar roadways - the idiot that keeps on idioting.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:18 AM




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1 Yay, it's tech time. Thanks, Pixy.

Posted by: m at May 04, 2021 03:22 AM (SJbY/)

2 Another inspiration is Streets of Fire for the original Bubblegum Crisis.

https://youtu.be/5vWXS5nHdk4?t=28

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:27 AM (JmiBZ)

3 Oh wow, the Kickstarter for AnimEigo's remastered MADOX-01 has exceeded $129,000 US and has 26 days to run.

The MADOX-01 is the ancestor for the K-11 and K-12 suits that are used by the A.D. Police with limited success against 'rouge' Genom Bu-12c and Bu-55 Boomers. Against the D.D. BattleMovier it was embarrassing how quickly Leon's suit was trashed.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:32 AM (JmiBZ)

4 *blinks and nukes that rogue 'i' in BattleMover*

Gyah... and oh yeah rogue not rouge... *sigh*

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:34 AM (JmiBZ)

5 Truthfully when it comes to songs from Bubblegum Crisis for me personally "Mysterious Night" beats out "Konya wa Hurricane" and even "Asu e Touchdown"

https://youtu.be/M28Bhe1mzjQ

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:42 AM (JmiBZ)

6 >>>Solar Freaking Roadways Video of the Day

That's fun. Thumbs up.

Posted by: m at May 04, 2021 03:43 AM (SJbY/)

7 Wonderful to see my fave punk girl badass, Priss belting out her signature tune and providing an invitation into the cyberpunk adventure of the Knight Sabers and my first OVA experience, Bubblegum Crisis. Not too bad a way of popping your anime OVA cherry;-)

And nice job Pixy, using the RetroCrush youtube link as it was that wonderful channel that really sparked my newfound passion of exploring, and loving, classic anime.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 04, 2021 03:46 AM (YvEh8)

8 Up to e8s of Girls und Panzer and Dirty Pair.

Posted by: Skip at May 04, 2021 03:48 AM (Cxk7w)

9 My driveway faces need and gets little sun, especially in winter. It's a fight to keep snow cleared as except upper portion away from house there is no sun to melt it.

Posted by: Skip at May 04, 2021 03:51 AM (Cxk7w)

10 I deal with some of Australia's NBN staff on a regular basis. It's a typical government organisation. It's not that they couldn't organise a root in a brothel - after all, they have contractors for that - it's just that they are all refugees from other companies that didn't appreciate their amazingness, and now at NBN they can just be so amazeballs. So you'll get what you are given and like it, hear?

Posted by: rongway at May 04, 2021 03:52 AM (Ky0x3)

11 Lazzari Scooter, did you enjoy finding the Easter Eggs in Bubblegum Crisis? Like the Star Trek and Top Gun ones along with such as MZ 23 on a sign. Not sure if they ever snuck in the white dragon from Blade Runner, guess I better rewatch.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:56 AM (JmiBZ)

12 P4nOw needs the Kampf-Voit test.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:00 AM (JmiBZ)

13 thoughts on Twitter (from the ONT)

572 https://www.thenewneo.com/
Roger Simon says get off Twitter Now
Posted by: Skip at May 04, 2021 03:01 AM (Cxk7w)

Posted by: m at May 04, 2021 04:05 AM (SJbY/)

14 hiya

Posted by: JT at May 04, 2021 04:11 AM (arJlL)

15 Here are the Knight Sabres in Bali and a special music video for "Chase the Dream" so enjoy.

https://youtu.be/e9ogqjzseqo

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:12 AM (JmiBZ)

16 ohayo gozaimus JT-san, genki desu ka?

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:13 AM (JmiBZ)

17 Ne ne Skip, which Dirty Pair episode so far is your favourite?

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:16 AM (JmiBZ)

18 Goede morgen morons

First time I saw developers, it was in answer to the naive question, "Who are those people smoking weed in the office?"

Posted by: San Franpsycho at May 04, 2021 04:22 AM (EZebt)

19 ohayo gozaimus JT-san, genki desu ka?
Posted by: Anna Puma

SURE ! (I hope I didn't just join the French Foreign Legion !)

Posted by: JT at May 04, 2021 04:25 AM (arJlL)

20 Ha! If you want to become a mercenary in anime, just need to watch Area-88 and get a lot of airplane pr0n to boot.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:29 AM (JmiBZ)

21 morning overnighters. sucks when insomnia strikes hard. flip side i s i get some extra work done, and i'll STILL miss the top 20-50 of the morning thread somehow...

oh and

*blinks and nukes that rogue 'i' in BattleMover*

Gyah... and oh yeah rogue not rouge... *sigh*
Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 03:34 AM (JmiBZ)

I thought you got an edit function for a second. at least the coffee is ready.

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 04:30 AM (8D42x)

22 #twoweeks for the edit function.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:32 AM (JmiBZ)

23 So, what's the deal with India and the China virus?

Is this a thing, or just a sensational hype?
Looks like part of the increase is supposedly due to the festival where you dip yourself into the Ganges. WTH, that alone might kill somebody.

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at May 04, 2021 04:39 AM (ufFY8)

24 Morning, 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: olddog in mo at May 04, 2021 04:44 AM (ju2Fy)

25
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at May 04, 2021 04:50 AM (DUIap)

26 India situation doesn't seem like hype but I think in-pattern for any fragile state. It doesn't take a lot for things to get bad fast

Posted by: San Franpsycho at May 04, 2021 04:51 AM (EZebt)

27 33 So, what's the deal with India and the China virus?

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at May 04, 2021 04:39 AM (ufFY

I don't know. Who can we trust for the answer?

Posted by: m at May 04, 2021 04:52 AM (SJbY/)

28 worldometer has, for example:

country/COVID deaths per 1 million population

USA/1778
India/160

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Last updated: May 04, 2021, 09:52 GMT

Posted by: m at May 04, 2021 04:56 AM (SJbY/)

29 Have already mentioned how the opening for the Dirty Pair: Project Eden movie has a strong James Bond vibe, well this is the opening for "Born to Kill" which is the second episode of Bubblegum Crisis.

https://youtu.be/gfPzSC50JY4

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 04:59 AM (JmiBZ)

30 The troll says this is weird. I think he doesn't understand what weird means. I am still trying to get his first point. If I had the banhammer, even for a short instant, it would be like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:02 AM (hqBRy)

31 Dark laugh from the local paper. This Progressive is running for State Assembly. This is what his political blurb says: "This is the moment to take transformative ideas and create a progressive agenda that works for all of us, not just those with power. It's time to meet the needs of our community and its backbone, which are working families and small businesses. It is time for a government for us, by us."

Yeah, right. After the wrecking ball put in the local economies by Progressive Governors and the wrecking ball put in the energy sector I'm surprised people actually think progressives are for small businesses and working families.
Some people are very deluded.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:03 AM (k39e/)

32 In news about reality I am waiting for Elon Musk to tweet to Jeff Bezos over Blue Origin complaining to the GAO because SpaceX got the NASA contract for the Lunar lander.

A Tweet like this perhaps - Losers Litigate.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:07 AM (JmiBZ)

33 Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:03 AM (k39e/)

people rarely admit when they chose the wrong side. The Republican party has shifted because they realize who hates them and who they can help. The Dems will never change. They are for the downtrodden, and the uber elite. The elite are the guys in power and run for office. They are also for anyone who will send them a check.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:07 AM (hqBRy)

34 "Just breath. "

The word which you are looking for is "breathe", not breath.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:08 AM (k39e/)

35 Fenelon Spoke, that candidate has mastered the art of word salad. Now are they intersectional when it comes to the hierarchy of victimhood check boxes?

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:10 AM (JmiBZ)

36 Hiyoo, Anna! Yes, I did enjoy seeing the many pop culture references in Bubblegum Crisis yet the biggest reference of all, being Blade Runner, somehow escapes my viewpoint.

Perhaps I got lost in my mental database thinking too much of the Knight Sabers being cooler version of the Power Rangers to think about the more direct inspirations points.

And arigato Anna, for this very special video featuring the Actual actresses in Bali...definitely a special treat seeing the lovely Oomori Kinuko in such a cool venue and it does give me an emotional high reflecting on the final OVA ep 8 with Nene finally taking the spotlight. Arguably the best standalone episode, with the two parter ep 5-6 being the best part of the OVA for me.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 04, 2021 05:11 AM (YvEh8)

37 Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:10 AM (JmiBZ)

Well, he's one of the Asian Americans whom conservatives all hate/sarc. He's either Indian or Pakistani and I would be very surprised if he runs a small business.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:12 AM (k39e/)

38 And doing some initial checking, Area 88, the original OVA, looks very intriguing and will be on my crowded radar in the near future. Arigato gozaimasu, Anna-chan!

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 04, 2021 05:16 AM (YvEh8)

39 G'morning all, from sunny Baltimore.

Five dead, and seven others shot sat-sun.

Another four or so shot yesterday.

Marylin Mosby has been a true blessing to the city.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:17 AM (snOKo)

40 anyone who hates Asian-Americans is a jagoff. I take that back, jagoff is way to light of a term. I am not saying some don't, but it has to be a tiny group of idiots. Most of these attacks on Asians are in blue areas, buy leaning democrat voters. If I am wrong, prove it. I want to see some actual evidence.

people accept this bs for no reason and with no proof. I want to see proof MAGA types are attacking Asian Americans just for existing. And if any do, F them, three times over.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:20 AM (hqBRy)

41 Moonlight Rambler/Red Eyes? Wanting your own 33-S Sexaroid? Moonlight Rambler also gives us a nod to another anime with the character design by Kenichi Sonoda of Nam which is also the design for Catty Ray Nebulart from Gall Force.

Scoop Chase is pretty unique in a few ways. It is the last of the original run but wasn't meant to be that. Just Artmic and AIC had a falling out so thus ended one of the best OVA series ever. We get to see Sylia show a bit of a softer side when she interacts with Lisa and explain what the Knight Sabres are tying to do. Yeah Ms. Cheesecake gets to shine for once and prove she's not simply the team mascot. And when it comes to the series music, songs like "Bye Bye My Crisis" from Scoop Chase are not on the two complete vocal collection CDs.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:21 AM (JmiBZ)

42 I understand that, Quint. I was being sarcastic. I read the"NY Post." The attacks in NYC on Asian-Americans have been overwhelmingly by African Americans or Latinos who the frigging DAs let on on bail again after numerous arrests. We conservatives all know this is yet another attempt to divide people.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:23 AM (k39e/)

43 Vietnamese friends of ours own a nail spa in Baltimore county.

She sent us a video of one of the employees being assaulted in the shop.

Same black customer that had been asked to leave by the shop up the street from them.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:23 AM (snOKo)

44 Hot Coffee...go see Demon Slayer Mugen Train this week in the Theatre!!! Number 1 Anime movie in $$ worldwide EVER !!!

Posted by: Qmark at May 04, 2021 05:26 AM (Y8b6a)

45 Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:23 AM (snOKo)

I thought you were safely in the low country now. just back to clean things up? stay safe, watch your six, and get the hell out asap.

regarding the various attacks, the media always wants to paint it as racist white trump supporters, but curiously most any video is NOT them but rather some yute of unknown origin who just happens to be the perp.

it's a mystery...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 05:26 AM (8D42x)

46 Area 88 - "We are the mercenaries of Hell for we have shaken hands with the Devil."

An Arab country is trying to modernize and thus erupts in a civil war. Area 88 refers to where the two opposing aerial forces battle. Shin is a Japanese airline pilot and after a bender with his 'good' friend' wakes up to find out he is now contracted to fight in this civil war until he pays off his debt. The cost of planes, fuel, and munitions are deducted before any money gained from missions is applied to this debt.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:27 AM (JmiBZ)

47 Guess who Luntz has for a roommate...

https://tinyurl.com/59uhsw4p

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:27 AM (snOKo)

48 Village Idiot's Apprentice

Top o ta mornin to ya, gov'nor.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 04, 2021 05:27 AM (u82oZ)

49 Skip...watch Black Lagoon next...Revy is tha best!!!

Posted by: Qmark at May 04, 2021 05:28 AM (Y8b6a)

50 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Been reading content like a newbe. Lots of good comment today.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 04, 2021 05:28 AM (u82oZ)

51 I haven't asked every Asian business owner I come into contact with (and there are lot in my area) who they voted for, but the ones I have asked after knowing them for a while-and they are legal immigrants who run businesses all voted for Trump. They think Progressive Murphy killed business in N.J.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:29 AM (k39e/)

52
I understand that, Quint. I was being sarcastic. I read the"NY Post."
The attacks in NYC on Asian-Americans have been overwhelmingly by
African Americans or Latinos who the frigging DAs let on on bail again
after numerous arrests. We conservatives all know this is yet another
attempt to divide people.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:23 AM (k39e/)

I wasn't calling you out Fen. I got what you were saying. I am just sick of people claiming conservatives have it in for Asians. If it is happening, let them show the proof. From my understanding, this is blue city BS and they need to take care of it.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:29 AM (hqBRy)

53 Black Lagoon - Japanese office drone turns into a South Seas pirate aboard a WWII early model 80ft Elco PT boat.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:30 AM (JmiBZ)

54 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:23 AM (snOKo)

Shit is infuriating. Just leave the damn store. I got a lot of respect for Vietnamese Americans. After listening to some podcasts of Kingbee pilots and essentially warning us that the country is headed in the wrong direction I came to the conclusion of two things; one, they were some bad asses and two, maybe we should heed their warnings.

Posted by: thathalfrican - The One at May 04, 2021 05:30 AM (IYHxL)

55 "I thought you were safely in the low country now."

MiL still lives in Baltimore. And we still have boxes of stuff in her basement.
Soooo, every several weeks or so, we bring her down to visit. And bring more stuff down with us.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:30 AM (snOKo)

56 The fact that you can even get the 3000 series nvidias puts you ahead of me. I can't find any in stock. Just overpriced 2000 series.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 04, 2021 05:31 AM (G2zl5)

57 Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:29 AM (hqBRy)

You are correct.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:31 AM (k39e/)

58 G'morning, Salty!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:31 AM (snOKo)

59 Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 04, 2021 05:28 AM (u82oZ)

Ah the rallying cry. Love it.

Posted by: thathalfrican - The One at May 04, 2021 05:32 AM (IYHxL)

60 Village Idiot's Apprentice

9 days of school left. It's going slowly. I aver they can all be let out at the end of this week, as the last week is mandatory fun ... at school. No learning of academic subjects, although the high schoolers are maneuvering to get their summer hookups.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 04, 2021 05:35 AM (u82oZ)

61 Cute cat and dog photo:

https://tinyurl.com/2r592ajf

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:35 AM (k39e/)

62 Touching story about a little girl and a jogger:

(From "Sunny Skyz" website)

https://tinyurl.com/kxszcsvj

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:37 AM (k39e/)

63 Needed a new box to drive my range simulator a couple of weeks back. Usually I would spec a custom build, but the lead-times on higher end GPUs were stoopid long.

Got lucky and found a ROG Strix configured with a Ryzen 3700X and a GTX1660ti floating around on Large Brazilian Female for an acceptable price and three day delivery. Its a little short on RAM at 16gb, but other than that it's perfect for the task.

Posted by: CZ = FNG To Remain Silent Because, FNG at May 04, 2021 05:38 AM (MkuC5)

64 "I thought you were safely in the low country now."

MiL still lives in Baltimore. And we still have boxes of stuff in her basement.
Soooo, every several weeks or so, we bring her down to visit. And bring more stuff down with us.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:30 AM (snOKo)

ah ok. so since you're making regular runs, you think i could put in a standing order of crab cakes delivered on the south bound trip? and good shrimp and grits on the northbound leg?

hampton roads isn't too far out of the way...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 05:40 AM (8D42x)

65 Work preps need to be started.

Have a great day. Enjoy Spring. What a nice contrast today is with the cold of February.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at May 04, 2021 05:40 AM (u82oZ)

66 It's all lies, all the time.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at May 04, 2021 05:41 AM (xopIz)

67 "hampton roads isn't too far out of the way.."

Funny you should mention that.

We will be driving to NAS Oceana on Thursday, for two weeks.

Who you want the crab cakes from?
Pappas has pretty good ones.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:43 AM (snOKo)

68 Be safe, Salty!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:43 AM (snOKo)

69 I was the "Telecom Futurist" back in the late 1990s early 200s. Got into a public row with then-COO of AT&T because I pointed out the Uverse was out of date and inadequate the day they turned it on. He became CEO on the promise he could deliver broadband across the companies low-density markets for only $4 billion. Two years ago two good-looking young people knocked on my door offering me Uverse services at 17 megs down (at the time I was getting more than 100 megs from Comcast).

A company's future, just like a nation's, is heavily dependent on the vision and competence of its leaders.

Posted by: iandeal at May 04, 2021 05:44 AM (t4l6v)

70 Quote from the Billy Graham quote calendar from two days ago:

As a boy I grew up in the rural American South. My idea of the ocean was so small that the first time I ever saw the Atlantic I couldn't comprehend how any lake could be so big! The vastness of the ocean cannot be understood until it is seen. This is the same with God's love. It passes knowledge. Until you actually experience it, no one can describe its wonders to you...No matter what comes your way...no matter how tempted you are to give in to despair...never forget: God's love for you can never be exhausted, for His love is beyond measure.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 05:45 AM (k39e/)

71 Who you want the crab cakes from?
Pappas has pretty good ones.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:43 AM (snOKo)

all of the ones i get around here are all breading. it's so disappointing. i have no idea who makes good ones. well, now i might have to make some, i've got the Morton's of Chicago cookbook, who had really good crab cakes.

funny you're headed to Oceana.

tiny ass world...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 05:47 AM (8D42x)

72 The River Valley in west Arkansas became home to many Vietnamese, Fort Chaffee being a processing center for a lot of the boat people. Now, for an area that can't make up its mind if its cowboy, southern, or hillbilly, the Vietnamese were accepted and have prospered. It seems they're believers in stuff like going to work. When I was still working, I'd come down here in the winter. One year I took a job in a furniture factory. Got to know a Vietnamese guy. ARVN officer in a previous life, Platoon Leader. Poor fucker was dying from agent orange exposure (liver going south) and he didn't complain that the US was doing zilch for him.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin at May 04, 2021 05:48 AM (I58tH)

73 Someone tackles the origins of one Priscilla S. Asagiri and manages to tie in Genesis Climber Mospeada and Gall Force: Eternal Story along with Blade Runner.

https://youtu.be/45-gEDNCb5k

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 04, 2021 05:52 AM (JmiBZ)

74 "funny you're headed to Oceana.

tiny ass world..."

Our son is stationed with one of the F/A-18 squadrons there. So we are no strangers to the area.

Mrs VIAA has a simple recipe for crab cakes that I can try to track down and send you.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:54 AM (snOKo)

75 VIAA=VIA

But....y'all knew that.

F'n fat fingers.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:55 AM (snOKo)

76
I do at least have 80M down and 40M up now, though, which is a hell of an improvement from the 14/2 I had a year ago.

***

Something like 85% of rural Americans have DSL speeds if they can get terrestrial internet access at all. The ones that go with our crappy satellite providers have slightly faster speeds with 50GB/month caps. Can you even stream two HD movies and stay under 50GB?

This is one of my huge problems with the "infrastructure" BS. They're going to focus on trains that no one wants or will use, all while $80B - which is a rounding error these days - would probably go a long way towards getting those kids in the rural community modern internet service.

Screw it, though, because Elon Musk is going to offer the service with his satellites, and he'll earn every penny coming to him.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 05:56 AM (o/smN)

77 Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:54 AM (snOKo)

I played golf there, it is a really nice course. One time we drove to a remote area to watch the f-14s land at night. It turns out we were on an old airstrip and we should not have been there. The MPs came out with lights and M-16s. It ended ok but we learned a lesson. I am not sure what the lesson was, I guess the lesson was to no drive out on an old airstrip.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:58 AM (hqBRy)

78 What would one consider as the true minimal speed that one would need in order to support a public school student's need for internet access?

Because I keep hearing about this damn Digital Divide, which apparently prevents inner city students of color from gaining a worthwhile education.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:00 AM (snOKo)

79 people accept this bs for no reason and with no proof. I want to see proof MAGA types are attacking Asian Americans just for existing. And if any do, F them, three times over.
Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 05:20 AM (hqBRy)

**

They're not. It's the Usual Suspects. Same as when there are swastikas and nooses and hate crimes being investigated on college campuses.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 06:00 AM (o/smN)

80 You build a fragile system of photovoltaics that require sunlight exposure to work....

You decide that the perfect place for this system is on the ground being subjected to constant kinetic bombardment by being blocked out from the sun by the presence of automobiles....

//Goreons

Posted by: sven at May 04, 2021 06:00 AM (Lzpvj)

81 Addendum: The truth doesn't matter, though. The narrative is easily shaped and young immature white women and middle-aged wine moms (who I'm beginning to realize are still young immature white women) will eat it up.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 06:01 AM (o/smN)

82 The worst military course I ever played was at Little Creek. The course might have been under construction at the time or it was simply the wrong time to play it. But since it is a Navy Seal base, I guess golf is not the most pressing issue they have to deal with.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 06:01 AM (hqBRy)

83 Quint..

We eat breakfast there at the clubhouse as often as possible.
And occasionally get a bucket of balls, and try to hit the geese at the driving range.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:02 AM (snOKo)

84 What would one consider as the true minimal speed that one would need in order to support a public school student's need for internet access?

Because I keep hearing about this damn Digital Divide, which apparently prevents inner city students of color from gaining a worthwhile education.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:00 AM (snOKo)

***

Speaking from experience, 1Mbps download is doable but not pleasant. Think 2 hours to download 1GB.

When there was any type of Zoom or streaming requirement I shut down *everything* else except that child's computer. But it was doable.

The urban kids probably have access to fantastic speeds, and IIRC it's free or very cheap for welfare recipients and Section 8 members, same as phones.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 06:05 AM (o/smN)

85 VIA, never going to say no to crab cake recipes.

damn, this is making me hungry and it's making it very hard to stay on the fast. i need the MR to change the topic and up my BP for the day...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:07 AM (8D42x)

86 Putting the solar cells/panels in the roadway is a cool idea. It is a way of using already occupied space so you do not really change the look of an area by putting them in. If it worked right.

On the other hand, look at it this way: most local governments seem to have issues maintaining regular asphalt roads. You want to make the maintenance even more complex? Is that part of the point here? So regular Joe Six Pack cannot even resurface a fucking bypass?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 04, 2021 06:07 AM (lmikk)

87 Putting the solar cells/panels in the roadway is a cool idea. It is a way of using already occupied space so you do not really change the look of an area by putting them in. If it worked right.

On the other hand, look at it this way: most local governments seem to have issues maintaining regular asphalt roads. You want to make the maintenance even more complex? Is that part of the point here? So regular Joe Six Pack cannot even resurface a fucking bypass?
Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 04, 2021 06:07 AM (lmikk)

didn't they try this in the netherlands also? i seem to remember something about them trying it, or proposing it. but i it ended badly as well.

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:09 AM (8D42x)

88 76
I do at least have 80M down and 40M up now, though, which is a hell of an improvement from the 14/2 I had a year ago.

***

Something like 85% of rural Americans have DSL speeds if they can get terrestrial internet access at all. The ones that go with our crappy satellite providers have slightly faster speeds with 50GB/month caps. Can you even stream two HD movies and stay under 50GB?

This is one of my huge problems with the "infrastructure" BS. They're going to focus on trains that no one wants or will use, all while $80B - which is a rounding error these days - would probably go a long way towards getting those kids in the rural community modern internet service.

Screw it, though, because Elon Musk is going to offer the service with his satellites, and he'll earn every penny coming to him.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 05:56 AM (o/smN

Theres is a $100B set aside in the bill to bring internet via owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and cooperatives. We did this before. The Cobb Cty (GA) cooperative spent about $2B back in 2002 and 3 to do this. It had to declare bankruptcy.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:09 AM (yrol0)

89 Boker Tov

Back at my desk in the swamp

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 04, 2021 06:10 AM (axT1B)

90 mornin y'all. I had to go downtown yesterday, where a bag lady in front of the courthouse asked we what time it was. I told her "about 2:00" to which she replied "Why does everybody say that?"

It is impossible to walk anywhere in the downtown portion of the city without being accosted by some grimey bum. There are areas with shopping carts lined up like planes on an aircraft carrier, ready to launch and patrol the city for handouts and soup kitchens. You can't even get in the courthouse without stepping around the hobos parked on the sidewalk. Someone should tell the downtown revitalization program folks that the urban denizens are devitalizing the place.

Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (Tnijr)

91 Mrs VIAA has a simple recipe for crab cakes that I can try to track down and send you.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 05:54 AM (snOKo)



The original recipe that used to appear on cans of Old Bay. Just a tad better than the current one.

https://tinyurl.com/fz85jzuv

Posted by: Doof at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (mZUr4)

92 G'morning, Doc.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (snOKo)

93 Personally, I still think the solution I remember hearing about as a kid reading sci-fi sounds better. Huge solar collectors in space. Beam the power down to earth. Win.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (lmikk)

94 mornin yall

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at May 04, 2021 06:12 AM (6Pqz7)

95 Theres is a $100B set aside in the bill to bring internet via owned, operated by, or affiliated with local governments, non-profits, and cooperatives. We did this before. The Cobb Cty (GA) cooperative spent about $2B back in 2002 and 3 to do this. It had to declare bankruptcy.
Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:09 AM (yrol0)

***

Yeah, we had that happen in a local county nearby.

Fiber. For businesses, and I guess their three schools. No homes are allowed to sign up.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 06:13 AM (o/smN)

96 88 contd

Big Govt internet will be nature be filter internet. I bet you there are rules for taking the money to filet out content from the white supremacists (PS U and Me). Then there will be rule about POCs getting either better pricing or better bandwidth. It will be a clusterfuck just like the milk money bullshit to connect up schools.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:13 AM (yrol0)

97 86 We had some bad storms roll through last night, some areas experiencing large hail. Are solar panels subject to hail damage, and if so, would they work with some protective screen (like heavy duty window screen) about six inches from the panel? I know next to nothing about them.

Posted by: bill in arkansas, not gonna comply with nuttin at May 04, 2021 06:14 AM (I58tH)

98 I've been doing a little digging and so far it appears that pic of the all gay helo crew is legit. Sigh.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 04, 2021 06:14 AM (axT1B)

99 "The original recipe that used to appear on cans of Old Bay. Just a tad better than the current one. "

That looks close to Mrs VIA's.

But I think hers uses four saltine crackers, instead of the bread slices.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:14 AM (snOKo)

100 Yeah, we had that happen in a local county nearby.

Fiber. For businesses, and I guess their three schools. No homes are allowed to sign up.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - Important article about what's coming at May 04, 2021 06:13 AM (o/smN)

The e-Rate program provides discounts on internet access to schools and libraries of 20-90% compared to regular fees. It is a great big boonfucking doggle.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:15 AM (yrol0)

101 Solar panels can be damaged by hail and if you put anything over them it reduces the efficiency of an already inefficient system.

Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (Tnijr)

102 "I've been doing a little digging and so far it appears that pic of the all gay helo crew is legit. Sigh."

I looked yesterday, and couldn't find anything.

But....nothing these idiots come up with anymore would surprise me.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (snOKo)

103 Personally, I still think the solution I remember hearing about as a kid reading sci-fi sounds better. Huge solar collectors in space. Beam the power down to earth. Win.
Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (lmikk)

bonus feature is you can use it for orbital strikes...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (8D42x)

104 NYTs Friedman: God Bless Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney Standing Up for Our Democracy

LOL
Consider the source.
Asshole

Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (axT1B)

105 I think the Dem party is splintering between the Progressives and the establishment Globalists who support big tech and outsourcing jobs. They're all progressives, but the fellow running in my community who tells me that he's not on the establishment Democrat line is obviously trying to distance himself from the establishment Democrat policies of Murphy.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at May 04, 2021 06:17 AM (k39e/)

106 90 mornin y'all. I had to go downtown yesterday, where a bag lady in front of the courthouse asked we what time it was. I told her "about 2:00" to which she replied "Why does everybody say that?"

It is impossible to walk anywhere in the downtown portion of the city without being accosted by some grimey bum. There are areas with shopping carts lined up like planes on an aircraft carrier, ready to launch and patrol the city for handouts and soup kitchens. You can't even get in the courthouse without stepping around the hobos parked on the sidewalk. Someone should tell the downtown revitalization program folks that the urban denizens are devitalizing the place.
Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:11 AM (Tnijr)

At 2:00 Exactly she was scheduled for a booty bump!

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:17 AM (yrol0)

107 "Big Govt internet will be nature be filter internet. "


See *China*

Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:17 AM (Tnijr)

108 That looks close to Mrs VIA's.

But I think hers uses four saltine crackers, instead of the bread slices.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:14 AM (snOKo)



Nothing wrong with that!

I know a lot of folks like the classic lettuce, tomato, mayo with their crabcakes. I'll offer an alternative -- my preferred condiments.

Mustard, hot sauce, worcestershire. And more Old Bay.

Posted by: Doof at May 04, 2021 06:17 AM (mZUr4)

109 bonus feature is you can use it for orbital strikes...
Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (8D42x)

If we did not have a Manchurian Candidate version of Dr Evil in power already, that might be a cool feature.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at May 04, 2021 06:18 AM (lmikk)

110 Big Govt internet will be nature be filter internet. I bet you there are rules for taking the money to filet out content from the white supremacists (PS U and Me). Then there will be rule about POCs getting either better pricing or better bandwidth. It will be a clusterfuck just like the milk money bullshit to connect up schools.
Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:13 AM (yrol0)

didn't someone recently point out that Poland, i think it was, has speed that blows us away because their internet access is completely unregulated? and exactly how laughable out system was...

Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:18 AM (8D42x)

111 There is nothing like Maryland crabs from the Bay. But they cost like gold. The prices are so high a crab picker would seem like some guy at Le Cirque. I love picking crabs, and you have to have the butter, vinegar and beer. But the prices are astronomical. It makes me want to get a string with a chicken wing and spend a day of it.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 06:18 AM (hqBRy)

112 "And more Old Bay"

But of course.

We even keep some in the glove compartment, to sprinkle on fries and such, on the occasion of needing an Old Bay fix.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:19 AM (snOKo)

113 104 NYTs Friedman: God Bless Liz Cheney, Mitt Romney Standing Up for Our Democracy

LOL
Consider the source.
Asshole
Posted by: Nevergiveup at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (axT1B)

When he said PDT would kill the stock market I moved several large funds from tax fee fund to a grwth fund and value fund. I made more than 20% in 2019 and 2020.

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:19 AM (yrol0)

114 " It makes me want to get a string with a chicken wing and spend a day of it.
Posted by: Quint "

Drag it thru our downtown area and I'm pretty sure you will come up with some crabs.

Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:20 AM (Tnijr)

115 We even keep some in the glove compartment, to sprinkle on fries and such, on the occasion of needing an Old Bay fix.
Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:19 AM (snOKo)

OLD BAY IS PEOPLE!!!!!

Posted by: Charlton Hestoon at May 04, 2021 06:20 AM (lmikk)

116 bonus feature is you can use it for orbital strikes...
Posted by: SturmToddler at May 04, 2021 06:16 AM (8D42x)

Diamonds are Forever
Die Another Day

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:21 AM (yrol0)

117 I always liked picking them more than just crab cakes. Maybe it is just the ritual of the thing. But no doubt a legit crab cake is about as good as you can get. Old Bay might be the finest spice assortment ever. No one has problem with Old Bay, and if they do, they have a real problem.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 06:21 AM (hqBRy)

118 See *China*
Posted by: f at May 04, 2021 06:17 AM (Tnijr)

See Google and Fakebook

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:22 AM (yrol0)

119
JJ is nood

Posted by: AltonJackson at May 04, 2021 06:22 AM (DUIap)

120 Going o downtown Houston these days is like an episode of the Walking Dead - Main Street, the one with light rail on it, is particularly a haven for street people. And the cops are spectators. But Turner is a black mayor so everything is fine.

Posted by: Only Context at May 04, 2021 06:22 AM (QZ/dC)

121 My license plate used to be BGCRISIS.

Posted by: AshevilleRobert at May 04, 2021 06:23 AM (Zrvpd)

122 There is nothing like Maryland crabs from the Bay. But they cost like gold. The prices are so high a crab picker would seem like some guy at Le Cirque. I love picking crabs, and you have to have the butter, vinegar and beer. But the prices are astronomical. It makes me want to get a string with a chicken wing and spend a day of it.

Posted by: Quint at May 04, 2021 06:18 AM (hqBRy)


I'm with you Quint (although no butter for me on good steamed crabs). Let's rent a boat and head down to the Wye River with some chicken necks and see what we can catch!!

Posted by: Doof at May 04, 2021 06:24 AM (mZUr4)

123 Houston China Flu:

Stay Home Work Safe
Level 1 - Severe Threat

Fuck Hildago

Posted by: rhennigantx at May 04, 2021 06:24 AM (yrol0)

124 Le NOOD

It be here

And shit!!!!

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 04, 2021 06:24 AM (snOKo)

125 Pixy - thank you for recommending the Vivaldi browser. I'd never heard of it, but now it's my browser of choice on my Hackintosh

Posted by: Gran at May 04, 2021 06:26 AM (gKTKX)

126 Pixy, I want to thank you for doing this thread. It's the first thing I check in the morning. Used to be in IT myself and appreciate the roundup of current goings on in the tech world.

Posted by: Last at May 04, 2021 07:25 AM (BdIMF)

127 Pixy, I'm a longtime lurker; right now using a PC because AOS HQ is difficult to access on my I Phone. My wife has the same problem: the site takes forever to load on I Phones, and frequently (>90%) logs out with an error message in the middle of reading something. AOS HQ should get more traffic if you can fix it. Best Regards, Mike

Posted by: Mike Thayer at May 04, 2021 07:46 AM (KLyZC)

128 I don't have an iPhone but I'll try it on Android and see if I can spot the problem.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 04, 2021 08:55 AM (MqQvv)

129 Pixy, the RSS feed gives bad links. The topics show up correctly, but the links go to minx.cc.

Posted by: Richard Cranium at May 04, 2021 09:29 AM (CTKUo)

130 I have 1g Fiber for $49 a month.
Thanks to my local utilities company.
It was sweet turning that Comcast modem in.

Posted by: Zank Frappa at May 04, 2021 12:35 PM (iaCeZ)

131 Gotta love the cheap, shameless plug for Tama drums in the opening for Bubblegum Crisis.

Posted by: cubiclecommando at May 05, 2021 03:07 PM (nFhrl)

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