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  1. Comment on Protests over death of George Floyd disrupt Minneapolis, and beyond in ~news

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    Here is what I think is the flight path: https://planefinder.net/flight/CBP104 It's now heading back to Grand Forks AFB EDIT: The flight is over, but here is the record of it:...

    Here is what I think is the flight path:

    https://planefinder.net/flight/CBP104

    It's now heading back to Grand Forks AFB

    EDIT: The flight is over, but here is the record of it:

    https://planefinder.net/flight/CBP104/time/2020-05-29T14:10:00.000Z/speed/1

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Soldat is now free and open-source software in ~games

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    The game's Steam community blog post thingy has a bit more info: More technical info here: A beginner's guide to Soldat development

    The game's Steam community blog post thingy has a bit more info:

    The current public version 1.7.1 (the one playable from the homepage and from Steam) is different from the open source version 1.8. The source code for 1.7.1 is available on request for anyone willing to join the official dev team (just email us at support@thd.vg or contact on Discord). 1.8 is available from gitHub here.

    More technical info here:

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  4. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    It took me a bit over two weeks, but I managed to get running the two ATVs that I recently bought. The first ATV was a relative breeze. I planned on rebuilding its carburetor and master cylinder,...

    It took me a bit over two weeks, but I managed to get running the two ATVs that I recently bought.

    The first ATV was a relative breeze. I planned on rebuilding its carburetor and master cylinder, but ended up having to just outright replace both parts. After taking the carb apart, I found that it was by far the dirtiest carb I had ever seen. Several of its internal parts, as well as the actual cylinder of the master cylinder, were corroded and completely seized.

    So yeah, I had to just replace those. It cost a bit of money (OEM parts aren't cheap), but I shouldn't ever have to buy new ones again.

    After I installed the new carb and replaced the old ATV battery, I decided to try and start the ATV. I had already taken the gas tank off and it was currently soaking, trying to clean out all the old gas and debris from inside of it, so I just placed a clear tube over the carburetor's fuel intake port, put a little bit of gas in the tube, and tried to start the ATV.

    It fired right up and idled for about thirty seconds before it "drank" all the fuel in the tube. Thankfully, for a machine that had sat unused for several years, it sounded fine at idle.

    After that, I only had a few other things to do before I could take the ATV for a test ride. I washed out the gas tank, and installed a brand new petcock valve. The old one, as well as the old fuel gauge, were extremely corroded and brittle. They crumbled in my hand as I extracted them from the tank. Unfortunately, fuel gauges for this ATV are expensive, so right now I have to actually take the cap off the tank and check the fuel level myself. Not the end of the world.

    Right, so wash the tank, install the new petcock, install the master cylinder, replace the spark plug, and we're ready to ride.

    I took it around the neighborhood for a few laps and it did fine. The ATV has an "electronic shift" transmission. I was really worried that it was not going to work, but it performed just fine around the neighborhood. I also took the ATV into a field where a school had once been (since demolished), and ran it through some ditches and what not. I thought the suspension felt a bit soft, and the tires definitely need to be replaced, but it was fine overall.

    The final concern I had was that the cooling fan never came on while I rode the ATV around. The temperature warning light (which I know works) never came on either. Maybe it just did not get hot enough? It's something that I still need to test.

    So yeah, first ATV runs and rides just fine. I still need to test the cooling fan, replace the tires, and replace all the fluids before it's ready to hit the trails, but that will all be done tomorrow and hopefully this weekend I will go riding with friends. Before then, I would also like to take a closer look at the suspension just to make sure nothing is busted, and might go ahead and replace some of those parts anyways. I'm also going to remove and check the angle sensor, gears, and other bits that make up the electronic shift system. The little gears the system uses are notorious for chipping off and I don't feel like having to use a hand lever to shift gears while miles into the woods on a hot Texas day. I might try to go ahead and just replace all those parts as well.

    Overall though, for being a $500 ATV that was delivered to me, I'm ecstatic.

    The second ATV, which I only got running a few days ago and test rode yesterday, took a bit more work. I basically did everything to it that I had done to the first ATV, except on this one I was able to rebuild the carburetor instead of having to replace it. I also had to rebuild or replace pretty much the entire brake system, since several parts were missing.

    Unfortunately though, this ATV did not start when I hooked it up to a battery. There ended up being a few electrical issues, including fuses that needed to be replaced, a wire that had been snapped (or chewed) apart that I had to trace and replace, as well as several contacts that had to be cleaned.

    In the end though, I think I got everything squared away. I finally got it started and took it for a test ride yesterday. Like with the first ATV, aside from having to replace tires and fluids, I think it's more or less ready to hit the trails as well.


    So yeah, pretty much done with both ATVs. Hopefully this weekend I will get to take one of them on some trails, and hopefully it won't fall apart on me.

    As for future plans, my father had actually expressed interest in doing an engine tear down and frame off restoration of each ATV, one at a time, in order to really get every single piece of them squared away. I'm not opposed to that, but I'll also be starting a summer semester of college next Monday, so I don't know how much time I will have to actually commit to a restoration.

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

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    Other articles about this that I think are worth reading and offer different insights and opinions: $5000 Trump proposal to get money now from Social Security That proposal for borrowing $5,000...

    Other articles about this that I think are worth reading and offer different insights and opinions:


    Honestly, considering the current state of Social Security in the United States, I would actually, probably, take the money now, were this proposal to evolve into an actual thing.

    I have been floating on a comfy reserve of cash pretty much my entire adult life (largely thanks to being rather frugal and saving money extensively when I was a teenager), I'm earning a very viable degree (computer science), and entering a very lucrative career field (software development). I seriously doubt that by the time I am old enough to properly retire, Social Security will even still exist or I will still need to pay this loan, but if I do, I'll at least probably be in a position to do so.

    It would be a bit of a risk, sure, but I honestly expect to either be dead, or for something better to have replaced Social Security, by the time I get around to being old enough to deal with this.

    However, even though I personally would probably take the money, I can't help but feel like this idea would prove disastrous for the Social Security system (and maybe that's the point?). It's also worth noting that the national debt that has already been racked up and the additional debt increase that might occur through other forms of stimulus is not really a big deal. That kind of defeats the main argument of this proposal, does it not?

    9 votes
  6. Comment on The end of meat is here in ~food

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    Please consider the militancy of these quotes and how it affects the conversation here. It's fine to feel strongly about something, but this does not make for good discussion. (Nor is shaming...

    “Tasty, but different” sounds like a great alternative to killing something that can suffer, imo.

    commit atrocities

    Literally what would it take for you to look at your cheeseburger and say "You know, maybe it's not worth it..."?

    Please consider the militancy of these quotes and how it affects the conversation here. It's fine to feel strongly about something, but this does not make for good discussion. (Nor is shaming people a good method to get them to change their minds.)

    Like, I don't even necessarily disagree with you, but the way you wrote these comments really just made me roll my eyes and want to double down in opposition against you.

    Instead of doing that, I'm just going to ask you to take into consideration what you've written here and why @Thrabalen feels the way they do about it (which I completely agree with, for the record).

    22 votes
  7. Comment on Patent case against GNOME resolved in ~comp

  8. Comment on What's the last piece of technology that truly impressed you? in ~tech

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    I've never read or heard of Thunderbolt hubs outright dying after prolonged use, but Amazon and the like are flooded with cheap hubs that have descriptions and marketing materials filled with...

    I've never read or heard of Thunderbolt hubs outright dying after prolonged use, but Amazon and the like are flooded with cheap hubs that have descriptions and marketing materials filled with misleading claims, so it would not surprise me at all if most of them were basically junk.

    I need a hub that can drive three large resolution, high refresh rate displays though, so I was never in the market for a cheap hub.

    Currently, I plan on buying the HyperDrive GEN2. Specifically the eighteen-port version. It seems like it would support everything I need, including driving all of my displays perfectly, and it's pre-order price of $120 is stupidly good.

    However, I'm still going to wait, at least until there are actual (non-sponsored) reviews out on the thing, just to make sure it actually lives up to its claims. I won't be buying a laptop for at least a few more months anyways. If it does work as advertised, then hopefully I will be able to buy it on sale later, but I'd honestly be fine with spending $200 on something that meets my requirements.

    1 vote