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Last updated 2017-11-18 00:35:09.919503+00


Dan Lyke:

(image) "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...."

Well, I found them...

Dear ebook/music/whatever providers
Dan Lyke:

Dear ebook/music/whatever providers: Please give me a "last used" time for every device. I have had 3 LG V10 phones brick on me, and need to know which ones I can disable in Kindle, etc.

Dan Lyke:

HAMs: Where do I get a cable to do USB (sound card+PTT) to BaoFeng, so that I can use Direwolf for APRS? The whole packet radio BBS scene makes a whole lot more sense to me than most of the other HAM usage, and I'd happily pay $35 for a pre-soldered cable.

Dan Lyke:

(image) Bunches of these dudes waving their claws on the trail beside the sewer treatment ponds

Dan Lyke:

(image) Waiting for the bus in SF

Obituary for John I. Finney III
Dan Lyke:

A long time ago (late 1980s, early '90s), in a place far, far away (Chattanooga, TN), there was an online community. Some members of that community left their computers hooked up to phone lines so that others could dial in and leave messages (a "Bulletin Board System", or "BBS"), and those computers talked to each to send messages between users who frequented one or the other.

Many, perhaps most, users of those systems used pseudonyms. "The Old Man" was central to that larger community, he was also very active in connecting those computers to the outside world: we pooled together and paid phone bills to the computers which dialed out to other areas to exchange messages with the larger world, and I remember John coordinating the reimbursement of monthly thousands of dollars long distance bills to expand this community to the broader world.

John was incredibly welcoming and helpful to new people coming into the community. He was cranky and curmudgeonly and an old softy, who bore the trauma of his Vietnam war experiences without complaint, though sometimes the hurt leaked through. He gave selflessly to coordinate this vibrant space, which was then wiped out into irrelevance when the Internet came through.

I lost contact with him when I left Chattanooga, and actually thought he'd died some years ago. I remember him fondly.

Obituary for John I. Finney III

Houston Chronicle: Speed limits lowered in residential areas
Dan Lyke:

Houston Chronicle: Speed limits lowered in residential areas:

Residents with children playing in or near the street had asked law enforcement agencies to serve them by positing 20 mph speed limit signs in neighborhoods to protect their children. Many felt that, with or without children, the 30 mph speed limit set by the state was just too high for neighborhoods. Many of the 20 mph signs, which could not legally be enforced, were set in place.

Lower speed limits got enforced anyway, causing the DA to complain to police. Luckily, there appears to be legislative relief, lowering residential speed limits.

LA Cops Allegedly Film Themselves Planting Cocaine on Suspect With Their Own Body Cams
Dan Lyke:

Another case of officers forgetting that their bodycams record from 30 seconds before they punch the "start recording" button: Only On 2: LAPD Bodycam Video Appears To Contradict Officer Testimony, Investigation Discovers:

In video from another angle, LAPD Officer Gaxiola picks up Shields’ wallet from the street and shows it to Lee, who points to the suspect as if to say it’s his.

He then puts it back down, steps to the street, bends over and picks up a small bag with white powder. It eventually tested positive for drugs.

Gaxiola goes back onto the sidewalk, picks up the wallet, motions to Lee and appears to put the bag into the wallet.

LA Cops Allegedly Film Themselves Planting Cocaine on Suspect With Their Own Body Cams.

Detroit police chief embarrassed after cops from neighboring precincts trade punches
Dan Lyke:

Detroit police officers fight each other in undercover op gone wrong:

FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding a house in the 19300 block of Andover. But instead of fighting crime, officers from both precincts began fighting with each other.

Detroit police chief embarrassed after cops from neighboring precincts trade punches:

Video from the scene captured arguing and shoving among some of the two dozen officers there, Craig said. The video has not been released but is being reviewed as part of the investigation that will be turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether charges will be filed.

“At one point during this situation, one officer grabbed another,” Craig said, adding one was put in a headlock and a punch flew. Then an officer punched back.

And some nights the square dancers make
Dan Lyke:

And some nights the square dancers make the caller work for every single successful sequence. Being a top is hard.

Dan Lyke:

Ugh. I hate abandoned Ubuntu packages. I'd love to use the .deb version of pocketsphinx, but even in 17.10 it's outdated far enough to be unusable for anything that reads its output in real-time.

Dan Lyke:

Whoah: The Atlantic: The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks didn’t respond to that message, but on October 12, 2016, the account again messaged Trump Jr. “Hey Donald, great to see you and your dad talking about our publications,” WikiLeaks wrote. (At a rally on October 10, Donald Trump had proclaimed, “I love WikiLeaks!”)

“Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,” WikiLeaks went on, pointing Trump Jr. to the link, which it said would help Trump’s followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories. “There’s many great stories the press are missing and we’re sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,” WikiLeaks went on. “Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.”

Rebecca Traister in The Cut: Your Reckoning. And Mine.
Dan Lyke:

Rebecca Traister in The Cut: Your Reckoning. And Mine.

As stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves.

A long worth reading meditation on the recent flood of abuse revelations.