I'm sad.. the fingerprint sensor on my phone doesn't work anymore. Did everything I could, even factory reset the phone.

Now I have to type my PIN in again like it's 2014.

ASSORTEDFLOTSAM.COM will be rebooting briefly. Mailgun, our mail provider, is ending their free tier and I don't see the point in paying them for what little email we send. Instead, emails will be sent directly from the server.

We're putting rooftop solar on our home! We should be able to generate the entirety of our home's electrical power from the sun, through most of the year.

Had the weirdest sales experience with one of the solar consultants. He had me on the phone and had his presentation ready, but I told him my wife couldn't make it, so rather than go ahead and try to sell me on the product, he insists on rescheduling so that he doesn't "have to explain it again." I'm like... I'm here, I'm reasonably competent with words, and I'm leading this project for the house, so it's fine, but no, he insists.
Must really not want to make a sale, that's all I can think of.

We're looking at having rooftop solar installed. Anyone have any tips?

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For those of you(us) considering academia for your future careers, I have some bad news for you:


> Our findings suggest that there is no single clear path to a faculty job offer and that metrics such as career transition awards and publications in high impact factor journals were neither necessary nor sufficient for landing a faculty position.

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Prediction: sportsball team will win, other sportsball team fans will blame the ref or cheating.

And the non-fans will rave about watching advertising like a bunch of goons.


This is the world we live in and we need to know about it to be informed citizens of the world. Violence and politics are part of that reality. Censorship has no place in news and journalism.

If you want to live in a sheltered bubble, block the bot. But if the news offends your sensibilities, the Internet is probably not the medium for you.

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It amazes me that pretty much anything that involves interacting with physical objects around here gets added to the 'Systems Admin' queue. Right now there's a job there to replace the filter in the kitchen's chilled water dispenser. Definitely a task that requires my expertise in Unix administration. #sysadmin

Looking for a new e-ink reader. My Kindle 2's battery is trash and the thing is literally 1/3rd keyboard.

What's something /not/ made by Amazon that also doesn't suck, and I can easily import my Kindle ebooks?

FYI: You mention Amazon ebooks you want to de-DRM - it's very possible as long as you have a physical device.
You enter the serial number for your device into this tool (and/or there's a Calibre plugin). apprenticealf.wordpress.com/

Sorry about that everyone. Server host had a big outage, the entire node was out.

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the greatest trick apple ever pulled was convincing people there was anything wrong with the 3.5mm headphone jack that had been a standard for 100+ years

I changed my phone number. Now I'm trying to figure out everywhere I need to get it changed

I'm having trouble getting up the energy to care lately.

"Our president will start a war with Iran because he has absolutely no ability to negotiate. He's weak and he's ineffective. So the only way he figures that he's going to get re-elected, and is sure as you're sitting there, is to start a war with Iran."

-Trump speaking on Obama

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