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Weekly Discussion: 10 June 2024
  • I'll take the risk. I'm certainly not recommending it for anybody else, just saying it's what I'm going to do. Worst case scenario, I'll be in a VA nursing home. But I own a home - it would be cheaper for the VA to send an attendant to me. That's what they did for my dad and brother.

    Anyway, my dad racked up some pretty hefty bills from hospital visits over his last decade, and the VA paid for almost all of it. We only got billed $500 each for a few ambulance rides. The military isn't a glamorous job and certainly not for everyone, but that retiree health plan makes a huge difference.

    But the 4th of July is coming up, so that means a few days of staying up till 3am so I'm not startled out of my sleep thinking I'm in a mortar attack, so ... there's that.

  • Weekly Discussion: 10 June 2024
  • Sorry for the late reply. I'm collecting a military pension and semi-retired now, so SS isn't going to make or break me. I'm just thinking it'll be better to spend it on vacations and fun when I'm 63 vs pills and nursing homes when I'm 70.

    I was fortunate enough to get everything paid off a couple of years ago, so unless I buy another house, I shouldn't have to worry about debt.

    I guess what I'm saying is that even though it'll be more money, I don't think it'll be much good to me at 70. Also, being single w/ no kids, I'm not trying to leave a bunch of money laying around when I kick the bucket. I'm trying to get as close to zero as I can.

  • Never buy .xyz
  • Thank you for that explanation. My regex impaired ass thought he wanted to hurt generation[x|y|z].

    I'm like "what'd we ever do to you?"

  • Weekly Discussion: 10 June 2024
  • Anyone thought about when they'll apply for Social Security(or whatever you have in your country)? I used to think people were dumb for taking SS early; obviously the longer you wait, the bigger your payment. But lately I've started to rethink that. I'll probably take it right away because:

    1. I don't know how long I'm going to live: I just hit 50 and I still exercise every morning and try to go jogging occasionally, but that's getting harder and harder to do. Plus I have this heart murmur my doctor hasn't figured out yet.

    2. I want to use the money while I can still enjoy it: I never used to pay attention to old people, but as I'm approaching that age, I've noticed there can be a sharp drop-off between age 60 and 65 or any given time span. Also, there's a history of dementia in my family(both parents, brother, and now sister) so I'm on borrowed time.

    3. There's no telling when SS will become unsustainable. I think the projected date is around 2034 when they'll have to start making reduced payments, but it's hard to predict anything that far out. I'm just going to take my money when I can.

    Any thoughts? Anyone out there already drawing SS?

  • How happy are you with your current distro?
  • Switched from Kubuntu to Mint + KDE last week. Very happy indeed.

  • Nvidia is now worth $102M per employee
  • At least the article points out that this is a Wall Street valuation, meaning it's meaningless in reality, the company doesn't have that much money, nor is it actually worth that much. In reality, Nvidia's tangible book value (plant, equipment, brands, logos, patents, etc.) is $37,436,000,000.

    $37,436,000,000 / 29,600 employees = $1,264,729.73 per employee

    Which isn't bad considering the median salary at Nvidia is $266,939 (up 17% from last year).

  • 512MB ram is nothing now
  • It sounds like the processor is the real limitation. Plenty of stuff from Windows XP era and before ran in less than 512MB.

  • AbruptChaos @lemmy.world OpticalMoose @discuss.tchncs.de
    Gonna be an uncomfortable conversation with the boss
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    Gonna be an uncomfortable conversation with the boss
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    Weekly Discussion: 3 June 2024
  • Nice! I've been saying I'm going to go to Canada, but I have no idea what to do or where to go when I get there. It'll be nice to get away from home, though.

    Have a safe trip!

  • Anyone tried running jellyfin on a rasbpi?
  • I ran it on a Ras Pi 3B+ and it did ok with 1080p and below. There were a few movies that had stuttering issues, so I'm guessing the Pi's better with some codecs than others.

  • Trump supporters call for riots and violent retribution after verdict
  • But I thought they were "very fine people™"

  • Weekly Discussion: 27 May 2024
  • IRS makes free tax return program permanent and is asking all states to join in 2025

    Good news!(if you live in the US) But there's already opposition to the program, plus it's on the actual states to join(and we saw how that went with the Affordable Care Act).

  • Jaws 3 & Jaws: The Revenge to be released on 4K Ultra HD this summer, but we're still waiting on Jaws 19
  • I've grown to like watching Dennis Quaid onscreen. It's not that he's an especially good actor, he just gives me that 80's nostalgia vibe. The cocaine story is peak 80s.

  • Weekly Discussion: 27 May 2024
  • I don't really have any suggestions, but I can say that your Weekly Discussion is hugely successful in getting people to post. As you can see, you get way more engagement in the weekly thread than from regular Posts in the community.

    Like most people, I don't post or comment much because I hate all the negative responses you get on Lemmy (and anywhere, for that matter), but I'll try to be more active.

  • Looking for upgrade advice. Anyone building their supercomputer out of 3060s?
  • ... it should be possible to continue supporting those older cards by setting the compile time information to match your gpus.

    I'll admit that's probably over my head, but still good advice. The 1080ti works fine for now, but whenever it gets dropped from support, I have a good home for it.

    I have a Win7 machine so I can run my older games that don't play well in linux. Nvidia Rocket Sled Demo on a 1080ti screams.

  • Looking for upgrade advice. Anyone building their supercomputer out of 3060s?

    [!](https://discuss.tchncs.de/pictrs/image/9ed3d21c-4511-40ef-8a41-3c6c313c2d02.jpeg) So here's the way I see it; with Data Center profits being the way they are, I don't think Nvidia's going to do us any favors with GPU pricing next generation. And apparently, the new rule is Nvidia cards exist to bring AMD prices up.

    So here's my plan. Starting with my current system; OS: Linux Mint 21.2 x86_64 CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G with Radeon Graphics (16) @ 4.673GHz GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Lite Hash Rate GPU: AMD ATI 0b:00.0 Cezanne GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Memory: 4646MiB / 31374MiB

    I think I'm better off just buying another 3060 or maybe 4060ti/16. To be nitpicky, I can get 3 3060s for the price of 2 4060tis and get more VRAM plus wider memory bus. The 4060ti is probably better in the long run, it's just so damn expensive for what you're actually getting. The 3060 really is the working man's compute card. It needs to be on an all-time-greats list.

    My limitations are that I don't have room for full-length cards (a 1080ti, at 267mm, just barely fits), also I don't want the cursed power connector. Also, I don't really want to buy used because I've lost all faith in humanity and trust in my fellow man, but I realize that's more of a "me" problem.

    Plus, I'm sure that used P40s and P100s are a great value as far as VRAM goes, but how long are they going to last? I've been using GPGPU since the early days of LuxRender OpenCL and Daz Studio Iray, so I know that sinking feeling when older CUDA versions get dropped from support and my GPU becomes a paperweight. Maxwell is already deprecated, so Pascal's days are definitely numbered.

    On the CPU side, I'm upgrading to whatever they announce for Ryzen 9000 and a ton of RAM. Hopefully they have some models without NPUs, I don't think I'll need them. As far as what I'm running, it's Ollama and Oobabooga, mostly models 32Gb and lower. My goal is to run Mixtral 8x22b but I'll probably have to run it at a lower quant, maybe one of the 40 or 50Gb versions.

    My budget: Less than Threadripper level.

    Thanks for listening to my insane ramblings. Any thoughts?

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    The weight of different breeds of chicken over their lifespan
  • "Sir, they've given us a list of their demands, but I can't read this ... this chicken-scratch."

  • The weight of different breeds of chicken over their lifespan
  • When I was in Korea, I leaned that chickens can (sort of) fly. They can flap their wings hard enough to get from the ground to a tree branch maybe 8 feet or so off the ground, and safely back down.

    And I've heard chickens tasted better back in the old days. A bird that eats grubs, worms, grasshoppers, frogs, snakes, etc tastes different than one that just eats chickenfeed all day.

  • How it's going
  • It's ok though, they have fecal transplants that can help.

    How often do you hear that sentence?
    (For anybody who's never heard of it, it's exactly what it sounds like)

  • RealTesla @lemmy.world OpticalMoose @discuss.tchncs.de
    Woman Stuck in Tesla For 40 Minutes With 115 Degrees Temperature During Vehicle Update
    www.ibtimes.co.uk Woman Stuck in Tesla For 40 Minutes With 115 Degrees Temperature During Vehicle Update

    Tesla driver stuck in car during software update. Warns others to avoid in-car updates and highlights the importance of knowing manual release features.

    Woman Stuck in Tesla For 40 Minutes With 115 Degrees Temperature During Vehicle Update
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    [screenshot] Quake II RTX on the little APU that could

    I had to take my GPU out to do some troubleshooting, so I figured why not try some games on the old Ryzen 5700G. Ray-traced Quake wasn't exactly playable at 3 fps, but I'm impressed that it could load and display correctly.

    Other games I tried; Portal RTX wouldn't start at all. Spider-Man remastered did start, but I can't get past the load menu, not related to the Ryzen APU. Most of my library is 10+ years old, so pretty much everything else runs fine on the APU.

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    AbruptChaos @lemmy.world OpticalMoose @discuss.tchncs.de
    Every tree in this Michigan yard came down during tornado conditions

    Except for that one tree that has to live with survivor's guilt.

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    AbruptChaos @lemmy.world OpticalMoose @discuss.tchncs.de
    DASHCAM VID: Powerful tornado wipes out building in Nebraska | ABS-CBN News
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    How to skin a car
    tube.tchncs.de How to skin a car

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    How to skin a car

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    Like it was never even there

    It's the first of 4 dams to be removed along the Klamath River by the end of 2024. The upper basin hasn't had Salmon in over 100 years and scientists are releasing some there as a test run.

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    Residents push for renaming of Trump Plaza to disassociate from ex-president
    www.theguardian.com Residents push for renaming of Trump Plaza to disassociate from ex-president

    Tenants of the high-rise in New Rochelle, New York, want to abandon the name which has at times affected real estate value

    Residents push for renaming of Trump Plaza to disassociate from ex-president

    >In February the New York Times reported that after Trump became president the value of apartments in buildings bearing his name had underperformed market value. Buildings which had stripped the Trump name had seen their value shoot back up. “This analysis clearly identifies that it is the Trump brand that is responsible for the value deterioration,” an economist told the Times.

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    26 barges break loose and float down Ohio River, leading to bridge closures in Pittsburgh
    www.yahoo.com 26 barges break loose and float down Ohio River, leading to bridge closures in Pittsburgh

    Twenty-six barges loaded mostly with dry cargo broke loose from a Pittsburgh marina late Friday night and floated uncontrollably down the Ohio River, causing extensive damage to neighboring docks according to officials.

    26 barges break loose and float down Ohio River, leading to bridge closures in Pittsburgh

    It's not just people trying to get out of Ohio.

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    Prosecutors: South Carolina prison supervisor took $219,000 in bribes; got 173 cellphones to inmates
    apnews.com Prosecutors: South Carolina prison supervisor took $219,000 in bribes; got 173 cellphones to inmates

    Federal prosecutors say a supervisor who managed security at a South Carolina prison accepted more than $219,000 in bribes over three years and got 173 contraband cellphones for inmates.

    Prosecutors: South Carolina prison supervisor took $219,000 in bribes; got 173 cellphones to inmates
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    Harpootlian vows to fight proposed apartments 'tooth and nail' if they house homeless vets
    www.postandcourier.com Harpootlian vows to fight proposed apartments 'tooth and nail' if they house homeless vets

    State Sen. Dick Harpootlian joined neighbors to oppose a proposed apartment complex in the North Main neighborhood, claiming it will bring homeless individuals.

    Harpootlian vows to fight proposed apartments 'tooth and nail' if they house homeless vets

    >Residents of the Cottontown neighborhood are concerned the two-building, 102-unit complex will house homeless veterans using government vouchers to pay rent

    So they don't want to house homeless veterans, at least Not In My Back Yard™. And, when given the chance to walk back his comments at least a little bit, Harpootlian doubled down. https://thetandd.com/news/local/government-and-politics/sc-rep-ott-criticizes-sen-harpootlian-for-comments/article_0e6ee7c3-6333-5660-a138-82803d9ba413.html

    [!](https://twitter.com/reprussellott/status/1772422547142848814)

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    What are some good options for Peertube hosting?

    I need to host about 30 Gb of video, light traffic, but may need to upgrade in a year if things go well.

    Self hosting isn't really an option. I don't want to deal with the security issues of keeping the hosted stuff separate from my home network.

    I'd rather avoid AWS/Google, etc and give my money to a smaller company instead even if its a couple of bucks extra.

    I'm also looking for a .family domain if anyone knows some good registrars.

    It's been about 20 years since I've hosted a website, and the only thing I can remember is don't use GoDaddy.

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    NVIDIA Chat With RTX
    www.nvidia.com NVIDIA Chat With RTX

    Your Personalized AI Chatbot.

    NVIDIA Chat With RTX

    This is an interesting demo, but it has some drawbacks I can already see:

    • It's Windows only (maybe Win11 only, the documentation isn't clear)
    • It only works with RTX 30 series and up
    • It's closed source, so you have no idea if they're uploading your data somewhere

    The concept is great, having an LLM to sort through your local files and help you find stuff, but it seems really limited.

    I think you could get the same functionality(and more) by writing an API for text-gen-webui.

    more info here: https://videocardz.com/newz/nvidia-unveils-chat-with-rtx-ai-chatbot-powered-locally-by-geforce-rtx-30-40-gpus

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    Local history: A look back at Columbia’s former Black business district

    Today I learned Columbia had a Black business district. Luckily, it didn't suffer the same tragic fate of Tulsa or Wilmington.

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    ASML Orders Triple in Sign of Semiconductor Industry Revival
    finance.yahoo.com ASML Orders Triple in Sign of Semiconductor Industry Revival

    (Bloomberg) -- ASML Holding NV orders more than tripled last quarter from the previous three months, in a sign that the semiconductor industry is resurgent. Most Read from BloombergApple Dials Back Car’s Self-Driving Features and Delays Launch to 2028China Weighs Stock Market Rescue Package Backed b...

    ASML Orders Triple in Sign of Semiconductor Industry Revival

    cross-posted from: https://discuss.tchncs.de/post/9773444

    > >ASML is the only company that produces equipment needed to make the most sophisticated semiconductors, and demand for its products is a bellwether for the industry’s health.

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