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On Physical Currency: Use your dang cash!

There are a lot of misconceptions about physical US currency that have existed as long as I’ve been alive. Half Dollars are seen as a rare artifact of the distant past. Every couple years there’s a story about someone getting arrested for paying with a $2 bill by officers and cashiers who don’t know they are still being actively produced and circulated. In 2005, a man was arrested and spent time in county jail for using a $2 at a Best Buy. Read more...

Intel Wifi Drivers: Finally, a bodge!

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A few weeks ago I did a post about the crazy beacon timings bug with Intel’s wireless drivers on Linux, and tried a few more things. I’m pleased to say I no longer have frequent disconnects (which got a lot worse on linux513), however there is the caveat that I no longer have a full speed 802.11ac connection. As for a complete fix, one hasn’t been found yet, and the thread has devolved into people’s vacation auto-reply emails Read more...

Commander's Log: May 25, 3307

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I made it to the Herbig Ae/Be star in the Aucopp QD-B E0 system on schedule today. It was a sight to behold, a brilliant yellow with a mass 4.6 times that of Sol, yet only 1/8th the radius. The only thing else in the system is a thin belt of asteroids, so I have to leave the ship adrift for tonight. I don’t want to keep jumping around finding a suitable planet to land on and “set up camp” if you could call it that. Read more...

Commander's Log: May 24, 3307

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I thought I’d try keeping a log for myself. Sure, Universal Cartographics gets to go deep into all the scans I make along the way, but I’d like to keep some of the memories from out in the black in a way that isn’t a giant database of numbers and statistics. I started a bit late for this expedition, I set off two days ago galactic standard time to fill in some more entries in my codex, confirming reports of some different phenomena in the Spur. Read more...

[X-POST] Elite Dangerous: Odyssey First Impressions

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Note: This was originally posted on Mastodon at Vulpine Club and has been reformatted and edited for posting here. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey Putting aside the horrible performance issues, this DLC quite possibly broke the game completely. The new on foot gameplay elements would be great if it weren’t for the complete destruction of the galaxy. The new planetary engine changed all of the beautiful colors of the planets we all know and love (those reds and pinks and icy worlds) into just a generic moon grey. Read more...

The Curse of the Intel Wireless AC Chipset

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Intel wireless drivers on linux have been dodgy for years. I’m currently experiencing a bug having to do with beacon timings and dropped connections on 802.11ac connections (I refuse to call it Wi-Fi 5). It has the most interesting and depressing linux kernel bugzilla thread I have ever seen. In fact, it’s so fascinating to me that I’ll go through it again and write up my thoughts based on the issues I’ve faced, and what solutions I’ve tried (that have all failed). Read more...

The Eternal Cycle of Organizing Your Life

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This week, I decided to try out bullet journaling as a way to improve my organization. For those who aren’t aware, it’s a minimalistic way of writing an agenda in a blank notebook that has lots of room for flexibility in what kind of things you can keep track of with it. So far I’m liking it, however this is a familiar situation I find myself in: I can’t figure out just what kind of agenda or planning system I want to use. Read more...
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