Mar 22 2022
Changes to Starlink Prices
 
As may have been expected, Starlink from SpaceX is raising prices, not only on the kit but monthly services.  This will most likely cause some deposits to be cancelled.

Changes to Starlink Prices

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Mar 7 2022
SCaLE 19X – the 19th annual Southern California Linux Expo – July 28-31, 2022 @socallinuxexpo
 

Note: SCaLE 19X is moving to LAX Hilton from the Pasadena Convention Center where it as been held for past years.   This is a great event with lots of experts. But also a great event to learn for those just getting started or those who dabble.

SCaLE 19X – the 19th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place  July 28-31, 2022 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport in Los Angeles, CA.

SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area.

Volunteer!  Interested in helping to plan and/or to volunteer for SCALE 19X? Get in touch by either filling out this form or sending us an email.

Attend! Attendee registration will be available this coming summer.

Present! The SCALE 19x call for proposals is now open.

Sponsor! Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available for commercial and non-profit exhibitors. Email us for details.

Stay!  Join us for all 4 days of SCALE.  Book a hotel room onsite to avoid traffic and commuting.

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Mar 4 2022
City of Pasadena Announces Updated Mask Recommendations and COVID-19 Health Orders March 3, 2022
 
City of Pasadena Announces Updated Mask Recommendations and COVID-19 Health Orders
(PASADENA, CA.) – As of March 3, 2022, LA County and Pasadena have moved into the Low COVID-19 Community Level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Level designation. Therefore, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is issuing updated Health Officer Orders that will go into effect on Friday, March 4.
Under these revised orders, indoor masking will be strongly recommended, but not required, for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, except in high-risk settings where federal and state regulations continue to require masking, including everyone using public transit and all those in emergency shelters and cooling centers, health care settings, correctional and detention facilities, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities. Employers will still be required to offer and provide, for voluntary use, medical grade masks and/or respirators to employees working indoors in close contact with other workers and/or customers. No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business. Businesses, worksites, operators or hosts may choose to implement COVID-19 risk mitigation measures for employees, patrons and visitors, including requirements for masking or verification of vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test prior to entry. These measures are recommended by PPHD and the State, when risk may be higher due to conditions such as crowding, potentially larger numbers of unvaccinated people, presence of people at risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19, or inadequate ventilation.
Masks are required by the State Health Officer order indoors at schools and childcare facilities until March 11 when masks will be strongly recommended for students, children, teachers, and staff regardless of vaccination status. Schools may choose to continue to require masking on campus, on buses and transportation, and during school activities utilizing considerations such as their campus vaccination rates, quality of indoor ventilation, staff and family preferences, risk profile of their community, testing resources mobilized, and degree of implementation of other appropriate safety protections for their school community. Schools may decide on their masking policies based on their own assessment without permission or approval from PPHD, but the PPHD Schools Technical Assistance Team has been and will continue to be available to work closely with schools to guide this important decision-making. Masking may be required by PPHD in certain instances such as outbreak scenarios.
Masking is strongly recommended for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public spaces because transmission remains a significant risk for many in Pasadena and across Los Angeles County and state. Surgical masks or respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit remain highly recommended.
People who are ill with COVID-19 symptoms should wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, test and stay home. Masking is still required for those who exit isolation or quarantine for COVID-19 early (on Day 5 with a negative test and resolving symptoms) through day 10 of their isolation or quarantine period. As a reminder, regardless of the community risk level, people can wear a mask based on their personal preference, comfort level, and their personal level of risk. At every risk level, those who are exposed or symptomatic should be tested and a negative test is required to exit isolation or quarantine between days 6-10.
Including masking, two additional community prevention strategies are vaccine verification and ventilation. Vaccine verification in health care and congregate care settings continues to be required across all community risk levels. Vaccine verification also continues to be required for entry to indoor mega events, with a negative COVID-19 test result required for those not fully vaccinated. Vaccine verification at outdoor mega events and indoor portions of bars, nightclubs and lounges is strongly recommended and will no longer be required.
Up to date vaccination (including booster doses when eligible) is highly recommended for everyone ages 5 years and older as the safe and effective way to protect against severe disease from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. In addition, PPHD strongly encourages people to continue to mask indoors and follow other common-sense COVID-19 safety strategies, such as staying home when sick; frequent hand-washing; and testing for COVID-19 when in contact with someone who has the virus or when experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
For local COVID-19 resources including testing and vaccination locations, visit https://www.cityofpasadena.net/covid-19/. Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center Monday through Friday during business hours at (626) 744-7311.
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Feb 22 2022
Nissan EV&Services 3G, 4G, 5G? Nissan LEAF Telematics
 

If you have a Nissan LEAF from 2011 and you upgraded the telematics you are probably wondering if the AT&T shutting down 3G will affect your services.

Sprint/T-Mobile are also in the process of shutting down 3G.

Nissan had offered an upgrade from 2G a few years back that was supposed to add improved connectivity, but we are not sure that upgrade was to 4G.

From the previous post.

It appears that Nissan chose the 3G as the cheaper route, for the end of life 3G network, as another way to get its customers tp pay more for the services.

With all the problems Nissan has had with their EV, and now a renewed effort to try to prove they are takng EV seriously with the Ariya, it’s a little late.

It is clear that Nissan had knowledge that the 2G network was being dismantled and that when the 3G was being offered that it too was being discontinued, Under the recall.

2011-2017 LEAF; Telematics Service Information – NHTSA

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Jan 13 2022
Rumors That Tesla CyberTruck May Not Go Into Production
 

Rumors are circulating that the Tesla CyberTruck may not be produced.

The limited units that have been produced, who knows what will happen.

There are some major upcoming events for Tesla, so these should shed some light on what is forthcoming.

We could expect Tesla to focus on the $25k lower end EV? And continued ramping up on Modem Y and 3 units at the new factories in Berlin and Austin.

 

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Dec 30 2021
Your Own Tesla Light Show, Create your own
 

Many Tesla owners have been enjoying the LightShow.

Now you can create your own.

This is a good site for docs and examples.

Tesla Light Show xLights Guide

 

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Dec 30 2021
Tesla Vehicle Recall Rearview Camera Disconnect
 

There’s been a recently announced Tesla recall for connectivity issues with the rear camera on Tesla Model S and 3 vehicles.

Affecting approx 475,000 vehicles.

December 21, 2021 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 21V00D000

NHTSA Campaign Number: 21V00D000

Manufacturer Tesla, Inc.

Components ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, VISIBILITY, BACK OVER PREVENTION

Potential Number of Units Affected 356,309

Summary

Tesla, Inc. (Tesla) is recalling all 2017-2020 Model 3 vehicles. The rearview camera cable harness may be damaged by the opening and closing of the trunk lid, preventing the rearview camera image from displaying.

Remedy

Tesla Service will inspect and install a guide protector and new cable harness as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 18, 2022. Owners may contact Tesla customer service at 1-877-798-3752. Tesla’s number for this recall is SB-21-17-008.

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

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Dec 29 2021
LA County STORM WATCH WARNING
 

Los Angeles County Public Works has issued a winter storm warning that will be in effect for the Los Angeles County region from Wednesday, Dec 29th, starting at 1 AM until Friday, Dec. 31st, at 4 AM.

•Coastal Areas and Valleys: 1-3 inches

•Mountains: 3-6 inches

•Debris Flow:
– Phase 2 Debris Flow Forecast for burn areas with less than one years of recovery.
– Phase 1 Debris Flow Debris Flow Forecast for burn areas with two years of recovery.
– No Phase Debris Flow Forecast for burn areas in LA County with three or more years of recovery.

• Peak rainfall rates storm are expected to be up to 0.75 inch per hour.

•County agencies are working in unified command to advise residents on how to prepare for this storm event and potentially evacuate 56 households at greatest risk in the Bobcat Fire (San Gabriel Valley) and Lake Fire (north County) burn areas.

• Avoid driving on mountain roads or into ponded- or swift-moving water and recent burn areas.

• Preparing in advance is the public’s best defense against storm-related emergencies:

o Develop an emergency plan and know your property’s risk factors for flooding.

o Stay tuned to local weather reports and follow the instructions of law enforcement if told to evacuate.

o Visit READY.LACounty.gov for valuable storm tips, like free sandbag distribution locations, and to sign up for automatic emergency alerts.

o Keep trash cans off the street to allow stormwater to travel freely.

o Find storm-related news on social media using the hashtag: #LARain

o Call Public Works 24-hour Dispatch Center to report storm-related damage or flooding 800-675-HELP (4357)

o People Experiencing Homelessness living within County flood control infrastructure and in need of shelter can access winter shelters throughout LA County.

BURN AREAS OF CONCERN:

•Bobcat Fire (Sept.- Oct. 2020)

PHASE 2 DEBRIS MUDFLOW FORECAST
-115,796 acres (132-square-mile burn area) burned in the Angeles National Forest,
City of Monrovia, and Juniper Hills, Littlerock, Pearblossom, Llano and Valyermo.
-194 structures damages or destroyed
•Lake Fire (August 2020)

PHASE 2 DEBRIS MUDFLOW FORECAST
– 31,089 acres burned in Lake Hughes area
– 45 structures damaged or destroyed

If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

For non-emergent situations, please dial your local law enforcement station.

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Dec 27 2021
How China Got Rich | ENDEVR Documentary
 

How China Got Rich | Business Documentary from 2019

 

Over 40 years China has been transformed out of all recognition, the scale of its growth and the sheer speed of change has been astonishing. The country has seen the largest lifting of people out of poverty that has ever taken place in human history, and today China is a global force, predicted to become the world’s biggest economy in a couple of decades. So how did an impoverished and backward communist country become an engine of global capitalism? What actually happened 40 years ago to set China on the road to prosperity? Michael Wood talks to the people who were there; the men and women who had been sent to be ‘re-educated ‘on farms and in factories; the farmers who defied the government and broke with communism; the woman has given the very first private business certificate; and the US technical advisor sent to China by the UN to kickstart the change. He travels across the country to meet China’s highest-ranking female diplomat and the people who worked with Premier Deng Xiaoping. The film mixes these testimonies with a fascinating archive of the Chinese leader meeting President Carter in Washington and on fact-finding missions in Japan and Singapore. Interviews too with Deng’s biographer, Professor Ezra Vogel from Harvard University and Ambassador James Stapleton-Roy who lifts the lid on the intensive work behind the scenes which led to the US recognizing the People’s Republic of China in 1979. The second part of the film looks at the results of those initiatives in today’s China, visiting high-tech global giants Tencent and Alibaba and China’s top universities Tsinghua and SUStech. We visit a high-speed rail workshop and the world’s fastest-growing container port; we interview the American lawyer who set up the first Chinese deals for multinationals including Exon Mobile and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Finally, we ask Robert Daly the Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and Ambassador Roy where they think China is heading, and if political reform will be on the agenda any time soon. China’s decision to open up to the world 40 years ago has been called ‘the most important event of modern world history’, and it is one in which America played a crucial role. Today China is a major player, flexing its muscles on the global stage. In this film, Michael Wood tracks the beginning of their meteoric rise, looks at the extraordinary scale of present-day developments and asks both Chinese and US experts for clues to the future. With extraordinary access to key witnesses, this timely and important film tells the story of How China Got Rich. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Subscribe ENDEVR for free: https://bit.ly/3e9YRRG Join the club and become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/freedocumentary Facebook: https://bit.ly/2QfRxbG Twitter: https://bit.ly/2QlwRiI ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ #FreeDocumentary #ENDEVR #China ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ ENDEVR explains the world we live in through high-class documentaries, special investigations, explainers videos and animations. We cover topics related to business, economics, geopolitics, social issues and everything in between that we think it’s interesting.

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Dec 27 2021
MONOPOLY – Who owns the world? Video
 

MONOPOLY – Who owns the world?

A documentary by Tim Gielen 2021. This brilliant documentary by Tim Gielen reveals how a small group of super rich criminals have been buying virtually everything on earth, until they own it all. From media, health care, travel, food industry, governments… That allows them to control the whole world. Because of this they are trying to impose the New World Order. Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, George Soros, … This incredibly eye opening documentary reveals something astonishing: the majority of our world is owned by the very same people. Because of this they can control the entire world and impose their wicked agenda onto all of humanity. This is the time to expose them and to rise up as one to defend our freedom. The name of the two companies who virtually owns the world’ are Vanguard and BlackRock. They are at the heart of the Deep State or Cabal. Their plan is the Great Reset where they want to enslave every human on earth. Share this video wherever you can! Learn more here: Https://www.stopworldcontrol.com

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