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  1. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 29 in ~health.coronavirus

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    Went on my weekly early Sunday morning store run today. Things are definitely getting better there. Though the selection was limited, pretty much all staples were available in some form, including...

    Went on my weekly early Sunday morning store run today. Things are definitely getting better there. Though the selection was limited, pretty much all staples were available in some form, including toilet paper. I didn't check to see if there was hand soap or sanitizer but I'm getting more confident that if I did need those things I would be able to find them.

    On the home front, my job has told me they will be able to onboard me remotely, and they're shipping me a computer to use for work, so I am pretty excited about that. Starting remotely means I get to avoid moving before my lease is over, and hopefully even after things return to normal I'll be able to work from home if I want to.

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  2. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Yeah I think that's probably what I'm going to have to do. It's a shame that I'll have to just pave over the whole thing to make it work though. Thanks!

    Yeah I think that's probably what I'm going to have to do. It's a shame that I'll have to just pave over the whole thing to make it work though. Thanks!

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  3. Comment on Fortnightly Programming Q&A Thread in ~comp

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    Recently I was working on a Python project that I wanted to move from my desktop for development to my Raspberry Pi for execution. I knew I was going to do this, so I had a virtual environment and...

    Recently I was working on a Python project that I wanted to move from my desktop for development to my Raspberry Pi for execution. I knew I was going to do this, so I had a virtual environment and a requirements.txt ready. However, when I went to install my Python packages, several complained that they needed a particular compiler for the ARM platform, aarch64-linux-gnu-gcc. This compiler seemed to be installed on the system, but inaccessible from inside my virtual environment. The packages that I installed that finally seemed to dispel the error were in a command from here, about an entirely different package, as follows:

    sudo apt-get install python3 python-dev python3-dev \
         build-essential libssl-dev libffi-dev \
         libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev zlib1g-dev \
         python-pip
    

    I'm not sure which of these packages did the trick. Is there anyone with a little more Python experience who could point me in the right direction? I'm hoping to document what I am doing so others can use the software in a similar manner, but I don't want to just say "Install these packages and it will work" without really knowing why.

  4. Comment on Why don’t we use chemical weapons anymore? in ~humanities

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    I think another reason that static armies fighting one another would still use gas rather than try to modernize is that adding gas to their existing static doctrine is much cheaper, and in terms...

    I think another reason that static armies fighting one another would still use gas rather than try to modernize is that adding gas to their existing static doctrine is much cheaper, and in terms of coup proofing, much safer. Moving to a modern system is probably a better value than adding gas to a static system, but I get then sense that static system armies can't afford modernization in the absolute sense.

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  5. Comment on Folding@Home is prioritizing users towards their Coronavirus projects in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm on Linux Mint 19.3 with MESA 19.2 before, just used a PPA to get it up to 20.1 I think, drivers are whatever comes with the 5.5 kernel? Not sure how to check what version those are... As far...

    I'm on Linux Mint 19.3 with MESA 19.2 before, just used a PPA to get it up to 20.1 I think, drivers are whatever comes with the 5.5 kernel? Not sure how to check what version those are...

    As far as I was able I configured according to the upstream directions for ROCm since that looked like what I needed. Going to try again with my newly updated packages from the PPA since it updated 90 odd things and see if that helped. I mostly did that since my GPU seemed to be falling over even when I was just letting the CPU fold and that's not terribly helpful.

    EDIT: FAHControl claims my driver is 3084.0, but also my computer took a hard crash right after I started folding so I'm not sure this is working well today.

    EDIT 2: I can still get WUs for my GPU but still no progress and no load on the GPU showing up on radeontop so I think it's not working :(. It looks like the core process is throwing out either SIGABRT or SIGINT which I don't think it's supposed to do. CPU is folding along happily!

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  6. Comment on Folding@Home is prioritizing users towards their Coronavirus projects in ~health.coronavirus

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    I can get it to ask for work units as well. Unfortunately it never seems to load my GPU, and keeps spinning up the process again and getting this in return: 20:03:09:WARNING:WU01:FS01:FahCore...

    I can get it to ask for work units as well. Unfortunately it never seems to load my GPU, and keeps spinning up the process again and getting this in return:

    20:03:09:WARNING:WU01:FS01:FahCore returned: CORE_RESTART (98 = 0x62)
    

    I haven't been able to find anything online that looks like this issue, so I think I may just chalk it up to my GPU being a little weird already. Have tried a few times to install proper AMD drivers but they won't build against the newer kernel I've got installed, so I think that's why this won't work and some other stuff is a bit janky lol.

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  7. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - March 19 in ~health.coronavirus

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    I am doing okay mostly staying inside. I'm done with my retail job, so it's pretty easy to avoid contact with anyone except my SO. She has been pretty congested the last day or two (though that's...

    I am doing okay mostly staying inside. I'm done with my retail job, so it's pretty easy to avoid contact with anyone except my SO. She has been pretty congested the last day or two (though that's her only symptom), and I found out that one of my parents is sick as well. Nothing serious enough to warrant a testing for COVID at this point in time, but it does make my whole travelling across the country need interesting.

    My biggest worry is honestly that I'm one of what seems to be the relatively common cases where there's no symptoms but you carry the virus. I wouldn't be shocked if I interacted with at least one sick person working in retail, so who knows.

    Anyway, after getting in touch with the company I'm supposed to be starting with, it doesn't seem like they know what's going on either. I think their struggle may be between having people work or onboard from home, and working with client security restrictions. That was from the HR guy who hired me, at a different office from where I'll be though, so tomorrow I think I will try to touch base with the person who is supposed to be my direct superior, and see if the extra 48 hours has clarified anything over there.

    Part of me wants to book the bear minimum of travel that I need to get there ASAP and just get it over with, but I know it would be good if I could wait until I can get home and get some of my items from there. Plus, if I am going to be onboarded remotely, I might as well do that in the apartment that I am already paying for rather than getting something temporary where I'm going to just sit there!

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  8. Comment on Folding@Home is prioritizing users towards their Coronavirus projects in ~health.coronavirus

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    Hmmm I'll have to try that out when I get home. Thanks!

    Hmmm I'll have to try that out when I get home. Thanks!

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  9. Comment on Life during the outbreak in ~talk

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    Things have been a little complex for me because I'm planning to start a new job in a few weeks, but that job is approximately 1,100 miles from where I live now, and I need to go home for a while...

    Things have been a little complex for me because I'm planning to start a new job in a few weeks, but that job is approximately 1,100 miles from where I live now, and I need to go home for a while first to clear out my room and things before I move. The added complication is that my parents, while not in the prime risk group, are definitely old enough that their risk is higher, and the temporary job I'm finishing up with today is in retail. Oh, and the state where home is is having a rough time of it, so we'll see if I can even get in by the time I'm ready to go.

    I'm just going to try to get going as soon as I can, and break the drive up into chunks so I can manage it on my own. If I bring some food, buy some more in grocery stores along the way, and stay in hotel rooms alone, I think I can minimize my potential as a disease vector and get to my destination safely.

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  10. Comment on Folding@Home is prioritizing users towards their Coronavirus projects in ~health.coronavirus

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    Well after an adventure in seeing if I could get OpenCL going on an AMD gpu for Linux and failing that, I've got FAH set up to run on my CPU. I'm going to let it go while I am at work and see if I...

    Well after an adventure in seeing if I could get OpenCL going on an AMD gpu for Linux and failing that, I've got FAH set up to run on my CPU. I'm going to let it go while I am at work and see if I can contribute anything to the Tildes team, although it looks like there's still not enough work units to go around and my system hasn't been able to get one yet.

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  11. Comment on Are there any fans of the SCP Foundation wiki on Tildes? in ~talk

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    I love the SCP wiki! One cool thing to check out on YouTube is Lord Bung's animated SCP series, Confinement.

    I love the SCP wiki! One cool thing to check out on YouTube is Lord Bung's animated SCP series, Confinement.

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  12. Comment on What programming/technical projects have you been working on? in ~comp

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    I'm currently working on a program that will periodically check the weather for you, and let you know when to open your windows in order to help cool off or heat up your home. Right now I'm just...

    I'm currently working on a program that will periodically check the weather for you, and let you know when to open your windows in order to help cool off or heat up your home. Right now I'm just looking at something I can run locally on a raspberry pi, but I want to see if keeping things pretty modular helps me to potentially create a web app around it.

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  13. Comment on Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be released in Early Access on March 31, 2020 in ~games

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    Same here! I've recently gone back to Warband to try and round out my achievements. My only concern is the devs said there may not be Linux support right off the bat, hopefully it works with Steam...

    Same here! I've recently gone back to Warband to try and round out my achievements. My only concern is the devs said there may not be Linux support right off the bat, hopefully it works with Steam Play at least.

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  14. Comment on Rethinking Space Heating in ~enviro

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    In my home, we don't let ours vary quiet so much, but we do 66 F (~19 C) in the winter and 78 F (~26 C) in the summer. Anything in between we turn the climate control off until we feel...

    In my home, we don't let ours vary quiet so much, but we do 66 F (~19 C) in the winter and 78 F (~26 C) in the summer. Anything in between we turn the climate control off until we feel uncomfortable.

    One tip to consider for making a wider range of temperatures comfortable is to use ceiling fans, and just fans in general. During winter, we have the ceiling fans running to blow air upward. That keeps warm air from rising and getting stuck up near the ceiling, where there's no people. In the summer, we flip the switch on the fans to blow down, right on us to cool us down. We also have a box fan that we use to pull in cool air in the evenings and mornings before we try to seal out the heat of the day.

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  15. Comment on Rethinking Space Heating in ~enviro

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    Oh I'm very familiar with that phenomenon, though for me it's usually my mouse hand at my desk. We don't have a nice thermostat in our apartment, so we just keep it at 66 F all the time. I'd...

    Oh I'm very familiar with that phenomenon, though for me it's usually my mouse hand at my desk. We don't have a nice thermostat in our apartment, so we just keep it at 66 F all the time. I'd probably be willing to let it go even lower at night, but I think my SO would freeze!

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  16. Comment on Rethinking Space Heating in ~enviro

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    I have been working on this article for my personal website and wanted to share! I have been looking at lower tech ways to reduce one's carbon footprint and heating was interesting to me right now...

    I have been working on this article for my personal website and wanted to share! I have been looking at lower tech ways to reduce one's carbon footprint and heating was interesting to me right now since it's cold where I live.

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