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OpticalMoose

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Technology fan, Linux user, gamer, 3D animation hobbyist

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OpticalMoose ,
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Even after the price cut, theirs is still 3x the price of Mercedes' system which works better. I have a feeling Tesla's earnings report won't go well this afternoon. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-earnings-q1-175358835.html

OpticalMoose ,
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I wonder how many offers he's gotten for it so far.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm pretty new to C&H, but after the maternity dress one, I'm prepared for anything.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm not sure how these links work, but here goes
https://sh.itjust.works/post/8591125

OpticalMoose ,
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Nah, it's the second to last. OP knows something we don't. Oh well, it wasn't that good of a life anyway. See you on the other side.

OpticalMoose ,
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I've started a website to try to document my family history from my great grandparents on down. So far it's mostly been digitizing obituaries and VHS tapes, and putting them in a wiki style format. I haven't figured out the best way to scan thousands of pictures. Overall, it's been fun so far and I'm learning a lot about web hosting and video hosting.

Most of my hobbies so far have just been time-wasters. It's nice to be involved with something that'll (hopefully) be around after I'm gone.

OpticalMoose ,
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Yes, my scanner works fine for the few pictures I've done so far. The only problem is that there are tons more to do. Plus some of them have been in photo albums for decades and I'm afraid to peel the plastic page cover off because it could peel a layer off the photo - I've already had it happen. And my scanner is a cheap all-in-one model designed for documents, so when it feeds anything in, they curve around a pretty narrow roller, which could damage some older photos.

I'll probably send the albums off to a pro, since they have large format scanners. They can just scan a whole page at once and crop out the photos individually, that way they don't have to worry about damaging anything.

I'm not too worried about the money, the toughest part is figuring out how to organize and catalog all these pictures of mostly people I don't know. AI would be a huge help with organizing the images, but I can see a lot of people having a problem with it.

OpticalMoose ,
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I've already got a setup for tagging my own images, working on getting it GPU accelerated. But my family (us being people of color) are really adverse to anything involving AI, even if it's local and right here on my own computer. No worries, though, I can make do without.

OpticalMoose ,
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OpticalMoose ,
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I know right? It's like he and Linus(LTT) are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Long story short, it's not worth it.

OpticalMoose ,
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Using a phone sounds inconvenient to me. I usually just pull my card out of my wallet, wave it over the terminal until I hear a beep and that's it. Worst case scenario, I have to insert it into the chip reader or God-forbid swipe it through the slot like some kind of Neanderthal.

I'm kidding, but seriously, that's easier than screwing around with a phone, to me.

OpticalMoose ,
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Same here. I guess I should have pointed out that I'm not really much of a phone guy to begin with. I don't install many apps, and I stay logged out of Google. To me, losing a phone really just means losing my pictures and videos. The most expensive phone I've ever had was $200.

OpticalMoose ,
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As far as I know, he still has to pay the full amount if he looses his appeal https://trumpdebtcounter.com/ The judge just lowered the bond amount Trump has to put up in order to file an appeal.

At this point, I don't care if he's still rich as long as he doesn't get back into office. We've already seen that justice isn't blind, some people are above the law, and Trump will never be held accountable. He's going to weasel his way out of paying most of the judgements against him.

I don't know what's wrong with that debt counter. It was showing $474mil a week ago.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm slightly pissed about the shrinkage, but really pissed that they don't come in packages anymore (at least not where I live). It's bad enough I have to scan my own groceries, but now I have to scan 8-12 individual eggs in a row. What's next?

OpticalMoose ,
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I pirated a certain 'crash cars and shoot'em up' game because, even though I own it on Steam, the gameplay (especially the launcher) absolutely sucks.

No more automatically downloading online content when I don't even play online and no more updates breaking my mods. It's worked out so well that I'm looking at pirating other games I already own.

OpticalMoose ,
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I hit my all time high when semiconductor stocks peaked a few weeks ago, and they've pulled back since then. But Q1 earnings season is coming up in a few weeks, so the roller coaster continues.

I've been out of work for the better part of a decade, caring for family members with dementia, but I'm looking forward to going back to work soon, just for a change of pace. It did give me a chance to do a test run of my FIRE plan - I've been living off my pension, and was able to work occasionally and still contribute to my Roth.

Hopefully I'll be able to upgrade to a better house before I retire. I'm seeing lots of new homes in my city, but it'll be a while before prices actually start coming down.

OpticalMoose ,
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Well, I retired from the military, and my sister was already taking care of my parents, but she needed help, so I decided to do that instead of finding another job. Caring for them in their home was wayyyy cheaper than a nursing home. Then, once my parents passed away, my brother started showing symptoms of dementia, so I looked after him during the daytime so his wife could go to work.

I'm only now realizing that I've been suffering from depression. I've probably always had it, but work was the only thing that kept my mind off it. So, I'm going to go back to work, and hopefully start therapy soon. My brother recently got approved for adult-daycare, so there's no need for anyone to watch him at home during the day.

I'm still reassessing the retirement plan. It seems like people in my family start developing dementia after they stop working, so my best hope is to try to stay as active as possible. I'm going to start drawing Social Security as soon as possible and live life to the fullest before the cognitive issues start showing up.

But money-wise, I'm ok. I'd like to buy a house before I retire, but if worse comes to worst, I have a rental property that I can move into.

OpticalMoose ,
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I really hope those patches make their way into the other distros. I've got a few Linux machines and the Steam Deck is the only one that wakes from sleep without locking up. It's also the only one that allocates VRAM for the iGPU automatically when a game needs more.

OpticalMoose ,
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Prove you are cat: Select all things that can be pushed off a table.

OpticalMoose ,
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Sounds like a good deal. I'm pretty sure I don't have the discipline to work from home - too many distractions. I think eventually companies will come around to the idea of it. Right now they look at an empty cubicle and think "I'm paying for that space, someone needs to be in it."

OpticalMoose ,
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I just came across an alarming statistic: 1 in 4 Americans don't know how much they have saved for retirement.

Just last week I was talking to my sister-in-law. She's a teacher and contributes to a 403b, but doesn't know what's in it. I have more research to do, but I'm pretty sure there's an account somewhere she can log into and see what's going on. It would suck to reach 65 and learn that you've been invested in treasury bonds for the last 40 years.

I get the feeling that people think late 40's-early 50's is the time to start planning for retirement. I've been talking to my nieces and nephews about opening IRAs and I just get that deer-in-the-headlights look from them.

OpticalMoose ,
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Reminds me of an old commercial I saw. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1gMkw6WDXE

To be clear, I DON'T advise anyone leaving their money in a bank, there are way better places to put it. Stocks, real estate or whatever, I just hate when people put their money away and have no idea what it's doing.

OpticalMoose ,
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After years of making extra payments and trying to get out of debt, it's tough to get used to the idea of carrying debt again.

So, long story short, my siblings and I inherited my parents' house, and I took on the job of paying off the solar panels. I didn't have enough to pay the balance in full (maybe half) so I just paid extra principal every month. Anyway, several years later, it finally dawned on me that the money I had invested had grown to more than the balance on the loan. The loan was only at 4% which would be a steal in today's economy, but I was so debt averse that I was paying extra on it instead of investing that money.

So now I just pay the bare minimum on it. Heck, even a money market would give me a better return.

OpticalMoose ,
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With index funds you should be ok. Only thing I'd say is make sure they're the right funds for you(and your risk tolerance).

OpticalMoose ,
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It's a great milestone. I wish I'd started tracking my net worth back when I was young. I don't even remember the first year my portfolio made more than I made in earned income.

I'm trying to convince my nieces and nephews to save and invest, but they think it's hopeless because they're starting out with nothing. I started out with a negative net worth (student loans + brand new vehicle).

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Just a question for people calculating PNW (personal net worth). For real estate, are you using the purchase price or the current market value?

In my case, I bought a house in 2018 and Zillow says it's worth 68% more right now. I think the Zillow figure is too high, but the purchase price is unrealistically low as well. Or maybe I should split the difference and add 34% to the purchase price and use that.

OpticalMoose ,
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No, not planning on staying there. I love the house, but I bought it in a self directed Roth IRA, so I'd have to withdraw it from there in order to actually live in it. It's had such a big gain in only 5 years, I don't really expect that to continue. After insurance and property tax, the rental income is only a 4.9% return on what I originally paid for it.

I hate these inflated prices. It's hard to make any decisions because everything looks overpriced.

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> NSA officials told Wyden that not only is the intelligence agency purchasing data on Americans located in the US but that it also bought Americans' Internet metadata.

Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/01/nsa-finally-admits-to-spying-on-americans-by-purchasing-sensitive-data/

Why do you need to spy, when you can simply... buy?

We gave up our data willingly and made it easy for all the 3-letter agencies of the world. We only have ourselves to blame. 🤷‍♂️

(Link HT: @technology)

OpticalMoose ,
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Seriously. Why act like the NSA are the bad guys? It's literally their job. They would be negligent in their duties if they didn't do it.

If people want more privacy, they need to change the fucking laws.

OpticalMoose , (edited )
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Be mad at them all you want. But being mad at them doesn't change anything.

Edit: Sorry. I didn't mean for that to come out snippy. My point is there's nothing wrong with being mad. It's the action that gets results.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm with ya on that. I could rant on and on about privacy, but this ain't the place for that, I guess. The gov't promised if we let ISPs and telcos turn over our data they could catch all the terrorists, and now 20 years later they can't even catch kids making prank phone calls (SWATting) or telemarketers.

I guess it's true, people get the leadership they deserve.

OpticalMoose ,
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Good luck, and congrats on the "outstanding"!

OpticalMoose ,
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Anyone feel like a tax advisor would be more helpful than a financial advisor?

Years ago, I had a financial advisor, and I wasn't really impressed by the experience. He steered me into some investments that weren't really appropriate (If I'm in my 30s, I don't want bond funds or income funds, I want growth). Eventually, I got rid of him after he trailed the S&P for 2 years in a row.
Really, investing isn't hard. If you don't know anything else, just invest in the S&P 500.
Being tax efficient is the hard part. I've made some dumb tax moves over the years - converting my whole IRA to Roth at once instead of spreading it out over multiple years, not making a Roth contribution because selling a rental property put me over the income limit(I didn't know about backdoor Roths at the time).
Paying a few hundred to talk to a tax professional once a year could have probably saved me thousands. I imagine nowadays you could get similar info from an AI chatbot though.

OpticalMoose ,
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Oops, I should have specified - find a good tax advisor. I'd always assumed tax advisors were all pretty competent, but I guess some aren't.

And, to be clear, I'm not talking about a tax preparer. Where I live, pretty much anyone can take an online course and become a tax preparer. An actual tax advisor would typically be someone with a degree in accounting, at a minimum.

It's just frustrating because financial articles always say "consult a tax professional before making any moves" or something like that. But how many of us have our own tax professional? I don't even know where to find one.

I don't mind paying the tax. That's not the problem. I just hate all the complexity. We shouldn't have to rely on an entire industry just to file our taxes. I remember the days of filling out a 1040-EZ by pencil and mailing it in to the IRS. Nowadays, my nephew (single, no kids) pays someone $140 to file a simple return.

OpticalMoose ,
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Nice! I'm approaching that mark. Hopefully I'll get there by the end of this year. The market was spooked by Tesla and Intel this week, but I think it'll recover by the end of the month.

OpticalMoose ,
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He wanted Playboy to be progressive (on abortion, weed, euthanasia, sexuality, etc), and he wanted equality for women, but he personally didn't live by those same rules. Rules for thee, not for me, etc.
That's just my opinion, though.

OpticalMoose ,
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Feeling called out by this. I mean those cars are tasty.

OpticalMoose OP ,
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I don't think the handheld data is accurate. The Steam Deck, and any other x86 handheld, will probably be lumped in with PC sales. But still, the Nintendo Switch should have huge numbers by itself.

PC died. Trying the legal options.

And fuck. I really miss plex. I've had Netflix and Hulu forever as family won't let me cancel. Decided to sign up to Paramount + for some Trek. Twice in lower decks it didn't save my watched episodes. Doesn't mark episode as watched if you exit during the credits. And multiple playback issues....

OpticalMoose ,
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I'd definitely swap as many parts in/out as possible before buying new stuff. Besides, you might end up finding out something just became unseated or unplugged - it happens over time. Just have some thermal paste handy before you start swapping CPUs.

Does it boot / POST at all?

OpticalMoose ,
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Yep.

"In 1978, the Cray 1 supercomputer cost $7 Million, weighed 10,500 pounds and had a 115 kilowatt power supply. It was, by far, the fastest computer in the world. The Raspberry Pi costs around $70 (CPU board, case, power supply, SD card), weighs a few ounces, uses a 5 watt power supply and is more than 4.5 times faster than the Cray 1"
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Raspberry Pi ARM CPUs - The comment above was for the 2012 Pi 1. In 2020, the Pi 400 average Livermore Loops, Linpack and Whetstone MFLOPS reached 78.8, 49.5 and 95.5 times faster than the Cray 1.

OpticalMoose ,
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I was hoping to come up with a joke to follow that, but it would probably just be a FLOP.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm looking for a better net worth calculator spreadsheet. I've been using this one, and it's ok, I guess. I'm just wondering if there's anything better out there.

OpticalMoose ,
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Well, I've always done it yearly. I only recently heard about people doing it monthly. That seems like a lot, but I figured I'd give it a try.

I've seen some spreadsheets that have a graph to track progress, but they require a subscription or something similar. I think I'll try making my own.

OpticalMoose ,
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I'm really looking forward to the housing market getting back to normal. I mean prices won't come back down to what they were pre-pandemic, but at least we can get to where it's a decent multiple of the median income, not the 5-6x or more that we're seeing now.

OpticalMoose ,
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That's pretty sweet. Thanks to a certain semiconductor stock, I'm up 100% for the year, as of last weekend. Meaningless milestones rock.

OpticalMoose ,
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I just looked at my Steam stats today and 52% is RT3. There may be plenty of games that surpass it in visuals, but game mechanics are a different story, and without a stock market I don't see much of a point.

I played Tropico 3-5, but gave up after they refused to give us highways and overpasses.

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