atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
atomic_fungus
atomic_fungus

#7086: PPE doesn't make you safe.

This discusses the incorrect uses of masks and gloves by people. Even the N95 mask doesn't filter out viruses. You put a mask on so that you do not pass your illness to others. Wearing a mask won't help you unless you're in close proximity to someone who is coughing and sneezing a lot--and at that, it's got to fit and seal in order to protect you.

They gave us gloves and wipes at work. To be honest I hardly use the gloves, because to use them correctly I'd need to take them off every time I switched modes.

Need to type on my computer? Gloves off. Need to type on user's machine? New gloves. Have to do something with my machine again? Gloves off. --like that. Instead I just wipe the machine down with disinfecting wipes and call it good, and wash my hands afterwards.

A big union just "shucks looky what we found" over the 39 million medical face masks it was hoarding. Now it's selling them to hospitals etc for $5 apiece, which is something like a 200% markup. Why's no one going after the union for price-gouging?

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Autoplay warning but according to this Bloomberg article gas is $0.20 per gallon at wholesale in the Chicago area. Now, twenty cents a gallon is what it costs for the gas stations to buy the fuel from refineries. When they sell it, they must tack on all the federal and state taxes which raise the price so much.

In the Fungal Vale it's about $2.16 a gallon.

Funny thing: it was $1 a gallon at wholesale not too long ago. The price of gasoline, at the pump, has not dropped all that far since the beginning of the year; when the wholesale price was around $1.50, it was maybe $2.50 a gallon at the pump.

So if the wholesale price has been dropping so precipitously, why has the pump price not dropped as well?

Taxes make up perhaps $1.20 of the price of a gallon of gas around here. Gas stations usually make about $0.10 per gallon profit on the sale of gasoline. $1.20+0.10+0.20=$1.50 a gallon. Gas is $2.16.

Profiteering?

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Speaking of gasoline I have an extra frisson of schadenfreude today thanks to this Arse Technica article which is complaining about how the Trump administration has lowered the CAFE standards to something more reasonable than the Obama-era rules were.
Under the old rules, automakers had to get their fleets to an average of 46.7mpg (5l/100km) by MY2025. As of today, even that not-very-ambitious target is toast. Instead, the US government is only requiring the industry to achieve an average of 40.4mpg (5.8l/100km) by MY2026.
"Not-very-ambitious", he says, because he's not in the business of designing cars. Further, looking at the writer's blurb below the article, he "lives and works" in Washington, D.C., which is not really a low-rent district if you get what I'm saying.

An average fuel economy of 46.7 MPG is really difficult even when all you build is econoboxes. Can anyone out there name a mass-produced car that gets 45 real-world MPG that is not a small car with a very large price tag? (If you just said "Prius" you named a small car, and are disqualified.)

In any case, the EPA estimates are virtually useless because they're not real-world numbers and manufacturers game the tests to maximize their economy figures. Toyota's latest example of the Prius claims "up to" 54 MPG, but there's no way you see that figure in real-world driving. But they need the thing to hit 54 MPG because the Camry can only manage 29 MPG. Again, optimized EPA estimate there, not a real-world figure. The "A" in "CAFE" stands for Average, after all. And the Toyota Tundra, a fairly popular pickup truck, gets 13 MPG.

The CAFE targets set by the Obama administration were, rather than "not very ambitious", insanely high. I'm glad Trump's administration cut them, and I love hearing the econazis at Arse Technica crying about it.

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The woman who gave her husband fish tank cleaner sounds like she wanted him dead.

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"When SJWs get their hooks into something the dog-whistle for the rest of the pack are the words, 'a bold reimagining.' That means what whatever it was, it's now going to be turned into utter shit.

Interesting read on the process via which SJW/NPCs fuck up entertaining things.

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Jeep did it again today, after doing it just yesterday, and I'm just about at my wits' end. Unplugging the computer for a minute cured it, but I now know that's just a stopgap measure.

Today isn't the day to do it, but I'm going to physically remove the computer from the truck and clean all its terminals, and reinstall it. I have, on order, a new idle air control (IAC) valve, and a new manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor. I don't have $40 in the pair of them, but they're coming from Amazon so their ETA is April 20. (The new Alan Parsons CD came yesterday, so it'll be before then.)

The thing is, the issue goes away when the computer is reset. That indicates to me that once the computer has finished its learning cycle, it closes the IAC too far, causing the low idle. The computer thinks the engine is idling faster than it is, or else it sees that the manifold pressure is too high for idle.

If I had a vacuum leak, though, the idle would be too high, and the computer wouldn't be able to adjust it down that far.

So my thinking is that A) the IAC is sticky and won't adjust without going through a calibration cycle, or B) the MAP sensor is getting wonky. Because the replacement cost for these things is not too high, I'm just going to replace 'em and see what happens.

So far, every time the Jeep has started doing this, it has been when I drove home for lunch from work. Every time. Four hours after getting to work I start the thing up again, and it's unhappy? What would that be, then?

There's no EGR so it can't be that. The second most obvious things were the TPS and cleaning the IAC.

If none of that helps, then it'll be on to the cam position sensor, and the crank position sensor. The crank position sensor is a bitch to replace because it's close to the firewall. After that I'll try getting a new coil bar--but the thing is, the truck runs fine with my foot on the gas. It only tries to die when the computer has finished its learning cycle and the truck is standing still.

The computer also knows when the truck is moving versus when it's stationary. If I'm moving along, coasting, even at a slow walk, it's fine--but the instant I come to a complete stop, it flops.

The last resort is, of course, replacing the computer itself. *sigh*

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Anyway, somehow I managed to survive Tuesday. Friday, Tales From the Loop. Woohoo!
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