There's "clean" and then there's "spring cleaning clean" in my mind. Actually, I need to translate—growing up in a Japanese household, the equivalent of spring cleaning was done before New Year's eve. We took the opportunity to go room by room and clean/de-clutter everything. Routine cleaning was vacuuming, polishing.… » 4/22/14 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

Thank fucking god someone put some information in this thread. Given how people have conflated anti-discrimination/equal protection under the law and the 1st Amendment, my estimation of the efficacy of third grade civics has plummeted. For starters, the 1st Amendment starts "Congress shall make no law..." In other words, … » 4/18/14 8:16am Friday 8:16am

Hmm... While the numbers can't be newly assigned to conflicting uses, I don't believe—other than 911—that there are any laws requiring implementation of other N11 services. So while you are guaranteed to get something when you dial 911, unless someone chooses to provision the other numbers, you may not get anything in… » 4/17/14 6:36pm Thursday 6:36pm

I like the CAD renderings, but when it was executed, the triangle-with-a-missing-corner pieces that fold down ended up next to the work surface instead of under it. The CAD version would be much stronger, since the work surface would be supported by the wood, rather than held up with short screws that connect through… » 4/15/14 2:27pm 4/15/14 2:27pm

He seems to have done what he could with limited available tools, so an "A" for effort. But there are some issues with structure that I'd suggest addressing. First, the leg design for the bench itself is subject to failure due to racking. There should really be some kind of lateral support across the back that ties the… » 4/15/14 9:43am 4/15/14 9:43am

You make a big deal out of the fake number, but that is the only way that the PSAPs can call back (call back is a requirement of the FCC's rules) disconnected 911 callers who are calling from non-service initialized handsets (which is also a requirement of the FCC's rules—non-service initialized handsets don't have… » 4/02/14 12:47pm 4/02/14 12:47pm

You are smooshing the world of rights into a property construct, but it doesn't have to be like that. I see no reason why rights can't exist that are independent of concepts of "ownership." Rights are created and abrogated by law all the time—whether property law, Federal rules governing carriers, copyright, criminal… » 4/01/14 10:37am 4/01/14 10:37am

The post you were replying too was from 2009, BTW. But, I don't think it is at all settled that GFI is ground up and everything else is ground down. I don't think the code specifies, but I gather best practices specify ground up for all plugs—the theory being that if there is some space between the plug and the wall,… » 3/31/14 9:54am 3/31/14 9:54am

Amazing. I have never, ever, seen plywood that flat and without voids from Home Depot. As for the "nice" Home Depot guy who made the big cuts, last time I had a sheet of oak veneer pre-cut at Home Depot the employee managed to jam the panel saw so hard it splintered the veneer 3" from the cut and his cut was off by about… » 3/30/14 12:33pm 3/30/14 12:33pm

I'd look for the pathway between your bathroom and their apartment that is allowing the smoke to penetrate. My guess is that it is probably the fan ducting, in which case I'd just leave the fan on all the time—smoke stink will only move to your side if it is lower pressure. If that doesn't help, the smoke is coming in… » 3/28/14 2:31pm 3/28/14 2:31pm

The only thing I seem to use the command line for is renaming the output of one data set I get—bunch of .dat files—to .txt so I can pull them into another program that insists on treating .dat files as dbase files or something. Command line makes it easy to do the whole directory at once—rename *.dat *.txt does the… » 3/28/14 9:34am 3/28/14 9:34am

I went to the U of Lancaster back in the 80s and the student clubs had published fatality rates—the UL caving club had the highest fatality rate of any activity, including the skydiving club. Serious cavers are all about exploring and trying to connect caves together—usually done by dropping dye in underground rivers,… » 3/26/14 9:41am 3/26/14 9:41am