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With the exception of cities like New York, a car is not a luxury item in the US; it is a necessity. We might quibble about the kind of car but, without learning more about hers I'm not sure we could come to a consensus.

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It's their second vehicle. You can do a lot of fixing on a Honda for the cash value of that Mercedes, alternatively, trade both for a reliable one that is a lot cheaper to own and operate.

A Mercedes is a reliable car if it is maintained well and if you're living on food-stamps and are unemployed that value will drop very rapidly because you can no longer afford to maintain it. Once it stops running its resale value is nil, so better sell it before then.

See: http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/03/19/top-10-cars-for-sm...

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You should tell the government that.

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In the article she says the Mercedes was paid off; and anyone who has ever owned one knows that their resale value as a percentage of the original purchase price is among the worst of all car makes.

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Okidata Microline is what you're after.

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>I can second SSRI's did absolutely nothing for my anxiety, nor dysthymic depression!

I concur.

>I don't think I'm the kind of person who could handle any psychedelic type drug though.

You might be surprised.

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>Note that most sociopaths are living in society without causing harm to others,

I disagree. IMO sociopathic behavior is often harmful, just not always in a directly obvious way.

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Unfortunately a lot of them seem to seek positions of power as well.

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I used to work with a guy who did this with food sorting machines. You've never heard Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby" until you've heard it played on 192 air valves.

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please please please does this have a web presence?

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I wish. I would have posted it if I had thought to record it.

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#!/bin/bash sudo reboot

#put this in cron daily? #2:10 am sound okay? #10 2 * * *

A better solution might be to check the wifi status periodically and take some action based on the status.

Even better, find out why it is happening and fix that.

Even better-er, add some sort of anti-squirrel weapon.

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I actually started down the path of getting making cron restart the wlan interface every 24 hours but I ran into some issues and gave up on it. I suppose rebooting the whole machine would also work :) May do that as a short term fix.

I will have to try again to figure out why this is happening, there must be an explanation.

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https://xkcd.com/1495/

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I was almost embarrassed to post that simple minded solution. So thanks for posting that one. I am prone to forget that sometimes, stupidly simple is best.

PS to OP. You might need to fiddle with /etc/sudoers in order that cron can be allowed to reboot the machine.

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Haha, so relevant.

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Ineptitude at the bursar's office is a little off topic, and it isn't unique to Stanford. I'm sure HN's users could fill thread after thread with stories.

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And they can probably afford enough CPA to make that happen.

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What is CPA?

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A Certified Public Accountant. You pay them to find the best solutions to your taxes. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) uses the student's family's taxable income to determine if they qualify for aid.

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Certified Public Accountant

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I was a TDCJ officer for a couple of years (almost twenty years ago), and I am not a bit surprised to learn that some inmates have reconfigured their radios to transmit. I never saw a transmitter, but I did find a number of tattoo guns which were usually manufactured from the impedance matching transformers that were used to get radio reception inside the units. There are some very inventive people incarcerated and they obviously had a lot of time on their hands. The bit about the guards being clueless is largely true as well. Even though the radios were in a translucent housing so that they could not be used to conceal contraband, most officers were not trained or otherwise able to identify a radio that had been modified, especially if carefully done. Officers were instructed to confiscate any radio that was modified, but this policy was often ignored. Supervising inmate housing is one of the least desirable assignments. It's also often the case that if a housing unit isn't causing too much trouble that enforcement might be relaxed as it can be more disruptive than just letting some of it go. The design of many Texas prisons requires officers to walk down a long corridor ~24 to 34 cells per tier, allowing ample time for inmates at the ends to stow contraband.

A point of trivia here that isn't related to making AM transmitters but still interesting is that the type of radios that were really coveted by inmates were the ones that had a particular Sony PLL IC, I can't recall the part number but it is fairly famous for being a very good receiver with high sensitivity.

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http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-ipod-of-prison

The Sony SRF-39FP is the "ipod of prison". It has good reception and runs on a single AA battery for 40 hours.

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