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  1. Yes, it should be written by the Liberals and Nationals, staunch defenders of... *checks notes* government overreach when it's convenient for shoring up their grasp on power.
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    Personal Weather Stations

    I recall bits and pieces that caught my interest over the years, involving RasPis and etc as the controller and comms link, but never paid it too much attention. But now I'm super interested in personal weather stations (PWS), measuring temperatures, wind speeds and gust peaks, humidity, light levels, rainfall, etc. It started out as trying to see where the wind predominantly comes from around the house, especially for violent storms and squalls - like we've had a few times this past week - to see which threes are riskier than others and need to be managed. And then I got to reading, and reading, and reading, and now I think I want something to measure all the things, and then have it be accessible online for easy monitoring and data collection and stats gathering. I've heard the cheap (relatively) integrated kits from Jaycar can be good value, if you find what they're clones of and make use of the firmware from the more expensive devices. I've heard that the good integrated kits that (like the Davis IC6250AU) cost a lot more but can also last over a decade, and can be modular enough to add sensors as you want/need them. I've seen DIY kits ranging from very basic and utilitarian and cheap, to getting fairly detailed to make the most of specific sensors that weren't commonly used when other off-the-shelf models came out. I've seen some people want to prioritise quality of readings, and thus go the DIY route just so their wind readings and temperature readings can be sited in the best locations for both, rather than needing to find a compromise. On top of picking suitable hardware that has sensors for what you want to measure, there's working out what to do with the data. It looks like a lot of systems will feed it back, usually wirelessly, to a small LCD or LED screen kept inside a house (on a table or shelf or wall), attached to a small processor that interprets the data and displays it in readable formats, maybe even going as far as to make predictions for upcoming local changes. Some do this and nothing more, some can be attached to a PC (usually via USB, sometimes wifi) or connect straight to a router, IoT style, and let you store that data in a local database, or push it out to a cloud provider. Some of the cloud systems are basic web servers, some allow more analytics, and some are commercial or community or government sites dedicated to weather. Some kinds of hardware will only talk to one particular website to push data to, some will offer a handful, and some seem to be open source enough that you can do whatever you want if you put in the work to make it happen, or can piggyback off someone else's work for your preferred options. I'm still not sure exactly what kind of spec I want to build one out to. Wind/rain/temp would all be good. I don't know if a solar sensor would be useful as far as helping to decide on if/what/where to do solar panels for the house. UV sensors are expensive, given it offers no practical use to me other than 'that's cool, more data!'. Air quality can be slightly more useful. Combing air quality and visibility could give some interesting stats on bushfire season, whereas visibility on its own (or tied in with humidity sensors, perhaps) might be an interesting way to see how bad fog is, if deciding on whether to drive home. Camera pointed up at the sky, or a nearby tree to help see at a glance what local weather is like? There are lightning sensors available but apparently they're not great unless you spend a lot of money, and there are sites that show the same data tracked live anyway. It's possible to get soil moisture sensors, which might be useful as far as doing stuff in the garden, both tracking how wet or dry the soil is in a given part of the yard at any given time vs historical data from previous years, to using it to help turn on and off any future automated sprinkler system. I feel like paying for a tablet to show the data on is kind of pointless given the prevalence of mobile phones, but also I'm not sure how easy it is to avoid those and meaningfully save money. I'm totally unprepared to even hazard a guess on whether I want to just push data to my local webserver, or to a cloud-hosted weather site, let alone which/how many weather sites. One thing I'm quite sure on is that I want a wireless system. No need to risk lightning causing more drama than it may already, if it strikes. Also means solar panel and a battery can pretty much power it. Just some slightly complications about how much data it can store locally, if the power goes out and it's unable to upload to the house or web. But anyway. Have any of you turned a vague interest in the weather, into a hobby that collects stats, either for yourself or the world at large? Tell us about your setup: what choices did you make and why? What have you learned along the way? What would you do differently, if you did it all over again?
  3. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    It feels like it could be problematic to hold up the building codes as exemplary for toilets, but causative for buildings collapsing. Like maybe 'but the building code' is not a great argument in and of itself
  4. Nich...

    Personal Weather Stations

    I like that there's still hardware out there that provides basic stuff, but a bunch of OSS platforms are available to do more interesting things with it, too. For some of it, at least.
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    Personal Weather Stations

    In terms of an integrated (in two parts, wind and temperature) off the shelf system, weatherflow's air and sky look interesting. They also have the Tempest, shipping out now to early backers on indiegogo and kickstarter. I'm trawling now trying to find out the main differences, other than a single weatherproof unit rather than a split system. Bunch of automated stuff, but also integration with the big smart assistants, IFTTT, mobile app rather than in-home LCD/LED display, but also looks like there's at least some level of API access, and weewx support. __ https://community.weatherflow.com/t/new-tempest-weather-system/4444/50 Looks like they're happy with doing some trickery with the tempest, at least. But IMO if the best place for the anemometer is up high on a roof, that'd surely still do some odd things with the thermometer no longer being a given distance from the ground?
  6. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Was the floor in the building codes, or the underpinning assumptions (involving, say, inspections) at fault?
  7. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Were those 300 also opposed to unisex toilets anywhere outside of their homes, like in the lobby downstairs?
  8. Nich...

    Personal Weather Stations

    Ah, that's one thing I keep forgetting: I've seen some IP cameras used in security systems, and the software seems able to have limits placed based on visual parameters, eg alarm trips if the fence is crossed. It'd be cool to have something like that co-opted as part of a weather system as another data feed.
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    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    The real, hard question we've all overlooked in our quest to shitpost, is what kind of urinals are best and which are prescribed. Wall-width affair, from floor up, or individual ones mounted on the wall? Should there be partitions in between, or laissez faire? Oh also apparently this is now a thing: https://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/gender-neutral-toilets-in-use-for-first-time-at-australian-open-20200120-p53szj.html
  10. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    I remember trying to time breaks to be able to go to the bathroom and find a free toilet, without my manager getting upset that I took an unallocated break. I feel like my manager may've gotten more upset if I just went in my cubicle, despite it being more time efficient.
  11. As in anti-trust laws? Because that's what MS ran afoul of, not of being a monopoly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_antitrust_law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakup_of_the_Bell_System
  12. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    a) this feels like a very belaboured point to push, given your arguments on libtertarianism and universals vs exclusions in the other thread b) the only bathrooms I've seen that are shared spaces are urinals. All stalls are private spaces.
  13. 3 generations puts you back at maybe gen x. Still feels like a non sequitur Also, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_which_is_not_forbidden_is_allowed
  14. Small steps: Following the rather simplistic steps given here, I had a tinker with my GPU (Asus STRIX GTX970 OC) using Afterburner. Relatively disapointed that it kept hitting the voltage imit and I thought this was something to be overcome - nope, it's BIOS locked. Moved on from that, and bumped the power limit to 120%, tweaked the fan curve a little, and tried to play with clocks. Best I got (ie, unigine's valley benchmark CTD'd/BSOD'd) were 250/250 boosts to core and clock, so I brought it back to 150/150. As far as unigine bench results, I think the highest that completed gave an average of 70.6 fps (min 33.1, max 132.7) for a score of 2953. The more stable spec was 68.4/33.1/121.3/2864. For comparison, stock settings (I think, maybe?) gave 68.6/20.3/127.2/2872. I'll have a poke around later this week with some more games to see if it makes a meaningful difference (before bumping any of those, it looks like WoW in a raid was mostly sitting around 45-50 fps and not dropping too far, which was a nice change - I'm assuming more CPU and RAM headroom meant background stuff wasn't bogging the game down thanks to Intel's lack of HT. Now to read up a little more on RAM, given I've basically stopped trying to get Ryzen Master to even load.
  15. Just before I finished up some late night reading, this morning, my desktop decided to promptly turn it's power off and not turn back on. I've had no luck again today, either with the PSU in the PC, not with one borrowed from a known working box. At this point I guess I'm left looking at the mobo or CPU as prime suspects. Anything I should try out before shopping for a replacement build? I'm kind of disappointed that I only had this last for 4.5 years, but meh.
  16. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Doesn't that work in favour of a single resource pool to allocate from, rather than two smaller discrete ones? 'Hey guys you can argue against slavery all you want, but it's legal and I don't see any laws on the books about it being different so what could we possibly do to change things' I'm confused why this point keeps being made as if it's not universal. If an extra customer walks into a building with 10,000 other customers, they're not going to get shut down until they build another toilet. But why is this a scenario that only works for unisex toilets and not seggregated toilets? Also, why is this even an issue for a shopping centre? The toilets are typically out of the way down access corridors. There's not a lot else to be using the space back there if a few m^3 are saved. If I go into a small venue and they have a single toilet stall and single basin, is that a unisex toilet, a male toilet, or a female toilet? And if it's the former, who do I call to get them shut down for violating very clear building standards? Anyway, I'm glad Atomic needs a separate safe space - that is not just Atomic as a whole - to have a shitposting thread.
  17. What monopoly laws does the US have that aren't based in anticompetitive behaviour, which is also what Australian laws are based on? This is why lots of grains of sand should be taken with opinions given from the far distant sidelines. FB already pays various groups, internal and external, to run fact-checking because of the vast reams of paranoid (and otherwise) 'fake news' that spread even easier now there's no need to figure out how to use a fax machine. They don't need to decree the news anymore than they already do. But they could also have just pulled a page from the Twitter playbook, and said they wouldn't take any money for paid political ads. That'd be a slightly better moral position than 'well, if we don't sell them coal, someone else will take their PAC $$$, how will people who uncritically accept all of this at face value ever learn that they're being lied to?' What a quaint way of saying 'oh right, I got called out'
  18. So what happened? Were you planning on using it as an example of archaeo-IT? Actually have ARJ archives laying around? Preferred general purpose (un)archiver? Random pique of curiosity?
  19. If you don't love it, leave it! Ah yes. The boomer generation, notorious for... being educated in feelings and the 54 genders, rather than facts.
  20. Nich...

    Guys, it's ok. We have a safe space

    Only 52 now? You're the only person I know who actually believes that, in a very Boltian twist. So much for 'we must keep toilets segregated because it's not fair to make target audiences wait'
  21. You seem awfully familiar with how the daily mail operates, for someone who allegedly doesn't read it. Wow.
  22. Gambit Nich N/G PC CPU 3600x 3700x PC RAM 3600 16-19-19-39 3200 16-18-18-36 Memory read 50348 MB/s 45225 MB/s 90% Memory Write 28728 MB/s 25586 MB/s 89% Memory Copy 50809 MB/s 45894 MB/s 90% Memory Latency 72.0 ns 81.8 ns 113% CPU Queen 78233 87849 112% CPU PhotoWorxx 26448 MPixel/s 23511 MPixel/s 89% CPU ZLib 630.4 MB/s 762.0 MB/s 121% CPU AES 55887 MB/s 68204 MB/s 122% CPU SHA3 1896 MB/s 2335 MB/s 123% FPU JUlia 60026 73831 123% FPU Mandel 31816 39266 123% FPU SinJulia 10930 13065 120% FP32 Raytrace 11815 KRay/s 14479 KRay/s 123% FP64 Raytrace 6640 KRay/s 8229 KRay/s 124% Thanks. Gives me a few things to aim for when I get around to bumping RAM speed. And to see just what speeds the cores are running at on the CPU.
  23. Because they're getting their news about what social media is/isn't from, basically, tabloid scandals. Moral panic all the way down.
  24. Say a new account posting is a bot. Just RTM it and don't bump the thread. When/if the post is hidden for a bot, any post referencing it also has to be hidden. Say it's not a bot. Calling it a bot and not engaging in good faith is not, generally, going to make the person want to spend more time here. @OilyBigMac: how'd you even find this thread?
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