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  1. Comment on Are there any datahoarders in here? in ~talk

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    I do a bit of data hoarding here also. The fist project that started me down this path was to convert my large physical dvd and bluray media to a digital format. I spent a lot of time ripping my...

    I do a bit of data hoarding here also. The fist project that started me down this path was to convert my large physical dvd and bluray media to a digital format. I spent a lot of time ripping my own personal media to build a collection that is now managed via Plex. When I began this project about 6 years ago, the bulk of my movies were ripped and saved, then I used Handbrake to convert the original source into a smaller h.264 encoded mkv with the original soundtracks (e.g. DTS & DTS-HD) and an extra AAC dolby prologic II track. This means I'm storing two copies of each with the raw and processed. I'm now considering removing the processed version and simply convert the raw ripped version into a bluray remux.

    I've recently began ripping my 4K UHD media into 4K remux in mkv containers and making those available on my Plex. Those movies are now consuming a large amount of space. I store them in the same folder as the processed 1080P version to allow the option to pick either.

    Plex is run as an Ubuntu server VM with 16 cores and mounts the network storage via SMB as a read-only mount to my NAS. I also converted all my music cd's into FLAC and put those on Plex as well.

    My home lab hardware consists of two NAS servers with a bulk of HDDs.

    • NAS #1 is 12 x 4TB HDDs (1 x 12 disk raid z2 vdev)
      This is usually powered off and occasionally powered on to rsync backups from my other NAS.

    • NAS #2 is 20 x 6TB HDDs ( 2 x 10 disk raid z2 vdevs)

    • ESXi Server #1 is Intel dual Xeon E5-2670 and 128 GB RAM (Intel Chassis and Intel S2600CP MB that was pieced together)

    • ESXi Server #2 is Intel dual Xeon E5-2670 and 128 GB RAM (currently powered off as it's not needed right now)

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  2. Comment on The $5,000 stimulus check proposal is really a Social Security cut in disguise in ~finance

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    Even before I read your second url I was thinking this could be a great way to arbitrage the $5000 for the next 25 years until retirement. Seems Forbes has a similar mindset. I'd just stuff it...

    Even before I read your second url I was thinking this could be a great way to arbitrage the $5000 for the next 25 years until retirement. Seems Forbes has a similar mindset. I'd just stuff it into a Vanguard VTSAX and forget about it for the next decade or two. Maybe then I'd have a reasonable chance of getting something from social security during retirement.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on AMC Theatres refuses to play Universal films in wake of 'Trolls World Tour' in ~movies

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    I went a similar path of having my own dedicated area with a projector and a large screen. The IMAX brand does little for me anyway, I'd much rather be watching movies on my own setup in the...

    I went a similar path of having my own dedicated area with a projector and a large screen. The IMAX brand does little for me anyway, I'd much rather be watching movies on my own setup in the comfort of my home like you. I also built mine with Dolby Atmos (and DTS-X) that has four height-based ceiling speaker channels which most theaters don't even have.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on AMC Theatres refuses to play Universal films in wake of 'Trolls World Tour' in ~movies

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    My local AMC has a Dine-in option. I've tried it a couple times and the food is expensive and mediocre. Aside from the food quality, I really found having the food service during a movie to be...

    My local AMC has a Dine-in option. I've tried it a couple times and the food is expensive and mediocre. Aside from the food quality, I really found having the food service during a movie to be very distracting. I now avoid movie times that are only available in their Dine-In and will wait until I can get the regular assigned seating theater. If the food was better quality like at your Alamo Drafthouse, I might overlook the distraction aspect.

    4 votes
  5. Comment on AMC Theatres refuses to play Universal films in wake of 'Trolls World Tour' in ~movies

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    I agree with you and I'd expand on this a bit to say that AMC and other theaters like them have the advantages of: The larger screen as you mention Better audio that is more engaging Earliest...

    I agree with you and I'd expand on this a bit to say that AMC and other theaters like them have the advantages of:
    The larger screen as you mention
    Better audio that is more engaging
    Earliest release timeline for most movies
    Large crowd atmosphere that can add to the excitement (and also sometimes detract)

    That said, I do still prefer to watch movies at home and I'm willing to wait for their release on bluray and/or UHD even if it means 3 months wait. I probably go out to the movies 3-4 times a year.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on PyCharm 2020.1 released in ~comp

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    I've been using PyCharm for years and it's one of my favorite dev environments to work in. I used PyCharm to help me learn Python development back when I first started exploring the language. I...

    I've been using PyCharm for years and it's one of my favorite dev environments to work in. I used PyCharm to help me learn Python development back when I first started exploring the language. I came from using IntelliJ for Java and the transition between tools made things easier and familiar.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Making a knife with ~$100 worth of materials in ~hobbies

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    Also here to comment that I was into Alec Steele's channel a bunch over a year ago or so. We would power through videos over dinner watching multi-part series of him making swords, etc. He's a...

    Also here to comment that I was into Alec Steele's channel a bunch over a year ago or so. We would power through videos over dinner watching multi-part series of him making swords, etc. He's a good lad and his videos are edited well. I love the attention to detail put into his content and the generally positive attitude he has. I mostly fell out of the loop because of other interests and also I moved which took up a bunch of time.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks in ~tech

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    And the conspiracy videos trying to convince people to visit your hospital and start it as a trending title. These videos are also made by the same people making the 5G conspiracy.

    And the conspiracy videos trying to convince people to visit your hospital and start it as a trending title. These videos are also made by the same people making the 5G conspiracy.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on What are some earworms whose catchiness hasn't worn off for you over time? in ~music

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    I've also heard to get rid of a stubborn song is to sing the Indiana Jones theme song in your head. :-)

    I've also heard to get rid of a stubborn song is to sing the Indiana Jones theme song in your head. :-)

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Daily coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - April 7 in ~health.coronavirus

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    If the US is hitting peak testing and this stays true for some period of time, I might expect the graphs to start representing a clipping wave form (square) rather than something that looks more...

    If the US is hitting peak testing and this stays true for some period of time, I might expect the graphs to start representing a clipping wave form (square) rather than something that looks more like a sine wave. That said, I understand your concern and don't disagree that might happen. If the peak testing is an issue then I might expect the clipping in the charts to present for an extended period of time and hopefully that is communicated so that people do not see this as we are in the clear yet.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on What's a good way to learn how to maintain my own computer hardware? in ~comp

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    I don't believe so. I suspect PSUs will degrade over time but it all depends on their workload and quality of components just like any part in a PC. I do tend to prioritize my PC-building budget...

    I don't believe so. I suspect PSUs will degrade over time but it all depends on their workload and quality of components just like any part in a PC. I do tend to prioritize my PC-building budget to a quality PSU because it's important for stability and longevity.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How is site growth? I have joined a year ago, looks like comment and upvote activity has died down a bit in ~tildes

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    After reaching out for an invite it took me a while to register an account. Even after doing so it was still months before I even participated as I've tried to find an interest in the various sub...

    After reaching out for an invite it took me a while to register an account. Even after doing so it was still months before I even participated as I've tried to find an interest in the various sub topics. Perhaps like many here, I'm trying to find my place in a new group. I wonder why should I contribute, how am I adding value.

    Much like what @weystrom said, I've described to other people that Tildes feels to me as an in-between to Hacker news and reddit. Which is an interesting place to be described as. When I think of my circle of close friends and family, there are many who are tech savvy as well as in IT or some kind of high tech. When I've spoken about and recommended Tildes, there were very few who were interested to try and/or register. To be fair, the same is true with their interest to Hacker News so it isn't just here.

    I sense anecdotally that what interests the masses is what I'll describe as a version of trash TV and how Reddit appeals to that level of attention. Now that isn't entirely fair to Reddit because there are many good subreddits with niche content if one is looking for it. The difference I find is that there is such a critical mass that it's easy to jump into a headline and get out in seconds and feel entertained. In sites like HN and Tildes, more effort may be required and I'm ok with that. I'd rather have a higher signal to noise ratio than have an enormous community. That said, having a smaller community is a bit of a double edge sword. I do like new and challenging view points so that I'm not in some kind of feedback loop.

    9 votes
  13. Comment on password: a game about key presses and reaction time in ~creative

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    Thanks for sharing your game. Sorry you're battling depression, it sucks and can really be tough to overcome especially in a forced isolation situation like many are in right now. I played your...

    Thanks for sharing your game. Sorry you're battling depression, it sucks and can really be tough to overcome especially in a forced isolation situation like many are in right now.

    I played your game and eventually cheated. I realized the game does not care about the order in which the characters are entered. If I mash the keyboard swiping through numbers then letters I can complete the game every time. :-)

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    I edited my post to also include the wiring pinout examples with a link to explain it better than I can. If you have questions, let me know and I'll try to help.

    I edited my post to also include the wiring pinout examples with a link to explain it better than I can. If you have questions, let me know and I'll try to help.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    See my post with all the parts that I've listed. You can use toolless keystones for both ends of the cable, they're easy to install. You will want to fish/run solid copper cable in the walls that...

    See my post with all the parts that I've listed. You can use toolless keystones for both ends of the cable, they're easy to install. You will want to fish/run solid copper cable in the walls that is CMR rated. Don't run stranded patch cables in the walls.

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  16. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    Here's what I did for my house about a year ago. Please bear with me...there's a bunch of parts to go over. Cable: CAT6A Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) CMR in-wall rated. Edit: I highly recommend...

    Here's what I did for my house about a year ago. Please bear with me...there's a bunch of parts to go over.

    Cable:
    CAT6A Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) CMR in-wall rated.
    Edit: I highly recommend CAT6A versus any of the other standards. For now and the foreseeable future this will meet almost all needs up to 10Gb speeds at 100meters in length per-run. If you really need more than 10Gb speeds...let's have a different discussion and consider fiber optics. On the same point, the cost savings to go lower than CAT6A really isn't worth it considering the time and investment you will make to get this all installed. There are exceptions but we can have discussions if you have other concerns in mind.

    Check pricing at Amazon or monoprice...get whichever is cheaper after shipping. I bought my wire from Amazon via monoprice because it was cheaper at the time with Prime shipping.

    I got two spools of 1000 feet with different colors. The amount you buy is obviously up to the project you're working on.

    There is a relation (standard) to the color of the cable and the intended purpose. If you want to follow this, give this a read. If you aren't that picky, you can be like me and use your own colors to differentiate the runs.

    Pulling wire tips
    When you pull the wire, there are measurements on the actual cable in 2-foot increments. Pull multiple runs at the same time at the same length using those measurement markings. Once you estimate the length, add some additional slack to make sure you have enough when pulling through walls. I write down each measurement on the cables and then use a permanent marker to write a unique identifier on each end of the cable. You can use something as basic as a letter for each group of runs. I usually run 4 cables to each room, so I label A-1, B-1, C-1, D-1 on both ends. Make sure to label both ends...you'll appreciate it later.

    Use electrical table and join all lines of runs together into a group that is going to a single location. Then attach the group to your fishing wire or pull cord also using lots of electrical tape. Document the group of cables to identify the room it goes to so that you have an easier time wiring this up to your central patch panel later.

    Since the wire is on a spool, I used two saw horses and a coat hanger pole from my closet to feed through the spool making it easier to pull the wire.

    When pulling the wire to my second floor, I actually sacrificed an existing cable run to the attic. I then used that to pull the new wire up to my second floor. Every house is different so this may not work for you.

    Wall stuff:
    CAT6a toolless keystones:
    I got a variety of colors, that's up to you how you want to organize your pulls. This way you can segment cables to each room for various tasks identified by the color. Again, that's up to you how you want to organize.

    1-gang low voltage mounting bracket (old construction)

    Blank wall plate inserts:

    F Type RG6 (cable) inserts
    You can often combine new runs of CAT6 with existing RG6 into the same wall plate. Optionally up to you.

    6-hole wall plate for keystones:
    I use 6-hole since I run four cables plus RG6...giving me one extra to fill with a blank tile.

    Patch panel stuff
    Patch cables for your switch:

    CAT6A Rack patch panel:
    Get the patch panel with the number of ports appropriate for your project.

    8U Network wall rack:
    I run all my cables to a central location.

    Rack tray:
    Good for free-mounting devices like cable modem, etc.

    Rack mount screws
    You may likely need additional screws to mount items into the 8U rack. These will work great.

    Optional tools
    Steel pull line:

    Wire Noodler:

    DryWall saw:

    Edit:
    Wiring pinout info
    I should have also pointed out that when wiring up the toolless keystones, you will need to pick a wiring pinout for both ends of the cable. There are two standards for this, many often pick T568B as the wiring standard. You will see on the CAT6A cable each wire color described in that article. The keystones will even tell you the two standards and have wiring colors listed to make it easier for you.

    15 votes
  17. Comment on Help with wiring my house for Ethernet in ~comp

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    I don't agree on the shielded cables. The extra cost and complexity to ground the shielding properly can be problematic. All components in the chain also need to be shielded for this to work...

    I don't agree on the shielded cables. The extra cost and complexity to ground the shielding properly can be problematic. All components in the chain also need to be shielded for this to work properly.

    Ethernet cable should stay at least 6" from AC lines for noise separation and in places where they need to cross paths should be done at a 90 degree or perpendicular to the power wires. Checking local code would be the best option to make sure the wire is in compliance.

    7 votes
  18. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    Glad to have another GPU added to the team!

    Glad to have another GPU added to the team!

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Trump hopes country will be reopened by Easter amid outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    In cases like this I've gone to find the C-SPAN YouTube version and just link the specific time so that the questionable news source is removed if there is no other opinion piece needed as part of...

    In cases like this I've gone to find the C-SPAN YouTube version and just link the specific time so that the questionable news source is removed if there is no other opinion piece needed as part of the reference. I know this isn't always the easiest to do but I try to reduce the fake-news spin on things.

    For example, here is the source clip without a media company specifically behind it.

    4 votes
  20. Comment on Folding at Home: Team Tildes information in ~comp

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    We are cranking out the work!

    We are cranking out the work!

    2 votes