I guess I should do an #introductions, given the influx of new people.
I'm Eric, I live in Ohio (it's approximately as bad as it sounds), I throw computers at people for a living, and I have a varied set of interests:
* #retrocomputing is a big one for me, I post about it over on @bhtooefr
* #transportation, including #cars, #bicycles, #trains, and #planes
* #sustainability, #solar, #renewables
* I have opinions on politics. Not very left by Masto standards, off-the-scale left by US standards.
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“Short Arms Syndrome” Sinks TerraE Consortium Plan: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/15/short-arms-syndrome-sinks-terrae-consortium-plan/
But of course. We're talking about manufacturers that still see diesel as the solution to their CO2 woes.
Out here asking the important questions, like,.... Show more
In the year of our Waluigi, Two Thousand And Eighteen,...
is a 48 bit virtual address space Really Enough to support a Modern Web Browsing Experience?
poverty, debt, courts, uspol, violence Show more
TBH, when they're *THAT* predatory... I wonder how long before someone who's desperate, maybe coming back off of a bankruptcy and can't discharge one of their loans yet, goes postal on them.
I won't say that I want that to happen - I'd rather see their business model be ended by lawmakers and the courts - but I won't exactly feel sorry for them if it happens.
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How a Subprime Auto Lender Consumed Detroit With Debt and Turned Its Courthouse Into a Collections Agency: https://jalopnik.com/how-a-subprime-auto-lender-consumed-detroit-with-debt-a-1829527899
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Palm is back!
They made a phone. It runs Android. The killer feature is a battery-saving mode that mainline Android should have had for years but somehow doesn't, and you can only buy one if you have another phone already and they only come carrier-locked to Verizon.
My interest in this started high but dropped by 20 percentage points with each of those developments.
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TV Conservatives' Biggest Worries Right Now Are the Witches Hexing Brett Kavanaugh: https://splinternews.com/tv-conservatives-biggest-worries-right-now-are-the-witc-1829744018
But, also, if one wanted to do the whole "van life" thing without an actual van... I feel like this would be a bit too tight.
But, I do wonder if modern construction methods and modern materials could be used to basically take that late 1950s/early 1960s Hi-Lo design, and radically attack its weight while maintaining the amenities of a small camper van, maybe even with a decent amount of battery storage (instead of propane) and rooftop solar.
Now, the Wooden Widget Slidavan is basically a take on the Hi-Lo concept, but taken to more minimalist extremes: http://woodenwidget.com/Slidavan.htm
300 kg empty, now we're getting somewhere!
...but it only sleeps two. (Although, really, given how Hi-Lo's bunks worked, you could probably add mountings for a bunk for two more...)
TBH, I feel like this is kinda the closest to what I want? (Also, realistically, sleeping 4 would be a non-priority for my own use.)
Computing, transportation, energy... really anything interesting.
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