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  1. Throatwarbler-Mangrove

    Router Table Jitters

    +1 on Tommy. He's got mad skills, things I could only wish I could do. Unfortunately, he got into a pissing contest with producer WGBH and couldn't keep sponsors more than a season or two. He's given up his shop and is living on his brother's farm in NC and doing a non-profit for awareness of unsolved murders. Sad to see all that talent go to waste. BTW, if anybody has a 6-figure budget for handmade furniture and 12-foot ceilings, Tommy is still trying to sell off his bombe secretary masterpiece.
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    What's the worst word you can call someone
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    Planned power outages this week?

    I kinda lost track after my Smart Grid startup failed to launch. Last I saw, a revised set of Critical Infrastructure Protection standards (CIP version 5) was supposed to go into effect in 2015. Basic security best practices. You'd think they were telling the utilities to spend their last penny. IIRC, there were vulnerabilites in SCADA as well... not just the Stuxnet stuff, also a lot of things like dial-up access to substations with default passwords. My sense was that CIP v.5 was going to go a long way toward hardening the grid. Also, IIRC, unsecured WiFi could get a utility some major fines.
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    Planned power outages this week? I finally had a moment to look this up. The idea is that they can detect the break and open the circuit faster than it takes for the conductors to contact the ground and start arcing.
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    Planned power outages this week?

    There's a lot to be said for well-run municipal utilities. Emphasis on well-run. We're in suburban Boston, paying less per kWh, with better reliability than the neighboring communities. If things ever went wrong, you know whose throat to grab and they're accountable to the town, not the shareholders. We've had a total of one outage lasting more than an hour in eleven years, a blown-up transformer in a blizzard. We once even got a letter from the director of the light plant apologizing for an epidemic of squirrel-caused recloser trips. Don't expect that from an investor-owned utility. Some municipal utilities also provide broadband for better prices and better reliability than the cable and phone companies. Whether SF could pull something like that off is another question.
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    Planned power outages this week?

    That's the new tech I was talking about above. Actually, it is very complex engineering... try reading a technical paper about it without glazing over (I can't). You don't just drop it into the grid. If memory serves (often it doesn't) PG&E has a pilot or two. Capital expenses to deploy it throughout their transmission network, while also cleaning up all that deferred maintenance, in bankruptcy is more than a bit of a stretch.
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    Planned power outages this week?

    You'd have to talk to a power systems engineer or read the NESC to get an informed answer to that question. It's my non-expert understanding that it's SOP.
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    Planned power outages this week?

    I haven't dug into the California/PG&E specifics, but as a matter of utilities in general, it's entirely credible. If the regulator had been doing their job in the first place, the grid would not have fallen into such a state of disrepair. FWIW, I understand that SDG&E has started deploying some new technology that detects line breaks and trips upstream breakers a few 60ths of a second later, de-energizing the conductor before it hits the ground and starts arcing. Fire risk all but eliminated. I seem to recollect that PG&E is trialing it as well.
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    Guess I'll have to give up my Mount Gay Hats

    Devil's advocate here... Let's change the subject from MAGA hats to hoodies. How many of you can honestly say that you're not going to be at least a little scared if you're on a deserted street and see a young black man in a hoodie walking toward you? Is the hoodie "triggering", whereas a golf shirt might not be? Then what's the principled difference between a red hat and a hoodie? Each can be perceived as having a potential threat underneath it -- but probably doesn't. Not that I'm advocating a ban on "triggering" headgear. However, I do suggest people exercise some discretion about when and where they wear it, knowing that it sends a signal that make other people uncomfortable. Is wearing a different colored hat really that much of a big deal?
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    took a video of some mast work i did

    Inspections are already done by drones. In fact, Verizon bought a drone company. Hands-on stuff like changing bulbs and fixing radio heads is a stretch. Researchers are just beginning to make robotic hands with dexterity near human ones. I expect it to happen... just not soon. Tower climbers are in very short supply. This is only going to get worse with 5G. Depending on who you believe, salaries range from $33k to $104k. I saw one ad for temps at $250 per day. Pretty good money for a high school diploma or a couple of years of vocational school. A lot of recruiters are looking to ex-military for entry level tower techs.
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    70th birthday gift from AAA!

    That’s quite likely, from what I understand. Waymo did a door to door round trip with a blind man in the left front last year. Watching my dad having to curtail his driving kind of sets 20 years as a deadline.
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    Data wiring advice required

    You need an Ethernet to phone line bridge like this: Or you can be one of the cool kids and go all-WiFi.
  13. IIRC, the Ratio was 80% when I was in engineering school. We used to say it was a place where men were men, women were few, and sheep were nervous.
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    And never turn down an opportunity to pee.
  15. Total gibberish. I put it in the same category of paranoia as vaccines, GMOs, power lines and nuclear power. Also those mindless warnings that everything is known by the State of California to cause cancer. Could be Russian trolling for all we know. At least 25 years of research has failed to show strong evidence of a causal relationship between RF exposure at internationally accepted maximum levels and human health effects. A few epidemiological studies have shown weak correlation between abnormally frequent handheld cell phone use and certain brain cancers, but even those aren't reproducible. r