Can massive damage knock out rather than causing instant death?

Suppose, as happened last night, a character intends to subdue rather than kill an opponent. She made a melee attack, hit, declared her intent to knock out. The damage roll was enough to reduce the opponent to zero and the remaining damage exceeded the opponent’s maximum HP.

Now we would seem to have two rules invoked:

Instant Death. Massive damage can kill you instantly. When damage reduces you to 0 hit points and there is damage remaining, you die if the remaining damage equals or exceeds your hit point maximum. (PHB p.197)

Knocking a Creature Out. When an attacker reduces a creature to 0 hit points with a melee attack, the attacker can knock the creature out. The attacker can make this choice the instant the damage is dealt. The creature falls unconscious and is stable. (PHB p.198)

So which rule takes precedence? Or is it neither?

Hugoclose.com malware is causing issues in google chrome

In my MacBook Air, whenever I search something in google, some adds are appearing out of no where and they’re hiding the actual search results from google. When I checked the developer tools, I found that they were coming from a http request to findsearchresults.info which is being called from another js file from hugoclose.com https://hugoclose.com/22c1fbfd0fc1969766.js. Can anyone help me fix this issue?

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SQLServer: “order by” clause causing excessive locking

I can’t seem to find an explanation as to why this is happening, but while trying to debug a deadlock issue, I found out that SQLServer is locking far more records than it needs to when I include an “order by” clause in my query with the updlock and readpast hints.

For context, I am doing a “select top 1” query on a table that is used for queuing jobs in a multi-node application. I want to grab the oldest job that has not been processed yet, that matches certain criteria that requires joining on a few tables (all of these tables have the nolock hint) If I sort the list by the creation date, all of the records matching the filter are locked, but only one is returned. But if I remove the sorting, only the one record that I want is locked.

Any hints as to why this is happening?

How can I incorporate elements of the Hindu faith into my campaign without the attempts looking goofy or causing offense?

For this question, assume I will shortly be running a campaign for some players who are new to D&D, most of whom are of Hindu faith.

I’d like to introduce some elements of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana for flavor, but I’m only passingly familiar with these texts. Note that I don’t plan to spawn avatars of Vishnu in combat or anything so trite, but I’d like some thematic elements of the campaign to match to ideals they are already culturally familiar with, as it may help facilitate immersive roleplaying, rather than trying to accommodate to a less familiar cultural identity.

It might be a long shot, but how can I incorporate elements of the Hindu faith into my campaign without the attempts looking goofy or causing offense?

Obviously, things like basic animistic spiritual beliefs already exist in D&D, and traditionally famous figures like Rama do not. But, if the players can encounter similar times of struggle and perseverance of character, that’s sort of what I’m aiming for.

To put it another way, using a mythology I’m slightly more familiar with, if I were running a campaign and wanted to incorporate elements from Greek mythology, I wouldn’t just create the D&D version of Hercules, but perhaps the players encounter similar trials, being tasked with sidequests performing labors to prove their worth and/or divine spirit. Anything like this for Hindu tales?

How DNS system works? (custom A record, causing reliable redirection?)

Hello,

my domain is using nameservers of the hosting provider 1, i can not change my domain's nameservers now, but i can modify this provider 1 DNS A records to point to a new hosting provider IP. I am wondering if i can use this A record IP change to reliably redirect my visitors to new hosting provider?

When i set there an IP of different hosting provider 2 – the IP that is shown to me in hosting account as a shared IP for my hosting account on provider 2 / or the IP shown as the IP on…

How DNS system works? (custom A record, causing reliable redirection?)

How to remove the packages causing GPG error at once

So there are two PPA causing GPG warning during sudo apt update

W: GPG error: https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com bionic InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4FE13824E3FFC656 E: The repository 'https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com bionic InRelease' is not signed. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details. W: GPG error: http://repository.spotify.com stable InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4773BD5E130D1D45 E: The repository 'http://repository.spotify.com stable InRelease' is not signed. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details. 

I want to remove these PPA from my system how to do that at once?

grep -r 'repository.spotify.com ' /etc/apt 

Ouput

/etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list:deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free   grep -r 'brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com' /etc/apt 

Output

/etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-bionic.list:deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ bionic main /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-bionic.list.save:deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/ bionic main 

Why is DisplayLink causing a crash in 16.04?

Up til a few months ago, my DisplayLink 3 adapter (RayCue) was working fine with my display. An update to Ubuntu 16.04 followed by a reboot somehow screwed things up, where the system freezes at the login display if the DisplayLink device is plugged in on boot.

Unfortunately, I did not take note of the working combination of DisplayLink driver version and kernel version (assuming this is a starting point to fix the problem), but I can observe this problem with DisplayLink drivers 5.1 and 5.2 all with Linux kernel versions 4.4.0-157-generic and 4.4.0-159-generic. I am not using Nvidia drivers.

Could anyone guess at what might be going wrong and what next steps to take?

Having my user folders symlinked to my secondary 2tb hard drive is causing my computer to lock up

Having my user folders (Downloads, Pictures, Videos, Documents) to my secondarey 2tb hard drive is causing my computer to lock up and the cpu usage spikes to 100% also a tracker-extraction procsess going on the uses a lot of CPU.

The system is semi usable after this happens but some apps frezze and won’t open for example Nautilus. Trying to run it from the command line gives me and error about timeout reached