How to physically move a rigid body up the stairs?

When an object is controlled by a CharacterController, it is easy to make it climb ramps with a certain slope, or climb steps with a certain height.

When the object is controlled by a RigidBody instead, it can still climb ramps naturally – I just use AddForce and it walks on ramps just like on any other surface. I do not have to add any special logic for a ramp. However, it does not climb stairs. Is there a natural “physical” way to make the RigidBody climb stairs, without explicitly checking that there are stairs ahead?

Need way to physically track initiative in face-to-face D&D game

Just DM’d my first ever non-online game. We had an absolute blast, 10/10 would play again, but keeping track of initiative in combat was terrible. I had chosen to just list their character names (and enemies) in order on a single index card but they couldn’t see it easily and I kept forgetting who went next. Plus, I had to rewrite it for each new combat bit and it felt like it took too long.

I’m used to roll20’s turn order feature where you can easily advance the order and have a nice highlight on who’s supposed to go next. I like that it’s visible to all players, and how easy it is to remove monsters when they die.

I’d like to find a way to simulate that feature at the table for easier combat. I want to limit the technology at the table, since I want to keep the focus on the roleplay and would rather they weren’t all on computers.

Based on your personal experience playing, what (preferably low-tech) method of tracking turn order can be used to streamline the initiative process?

How to physically destroy an SSD at home?

SSDs seem to be notoriously tricky to properly erase (see for example this question and answers here). An easier and potentially safer solution could be to physically destroy the SSD device.

I am looking for a way to physically destroy an SSD device that..

  • can be done at home / in an office (with limited emissions),
  • doesn’t require any specialised equipment (standard homeworker tools would be ok),
  • provides at least as much safety of destroying all the data as the current software erasure options.

The goal is not to protect against state-level actors, but to provide secure physical data disposal options for average home users or small/medium sized businesses. And it should be practical (of course we can dispose of an SSD in an industrial furnace, but … – you get the gist ;)).

This question was once asked and answered for HDDs, but in todays times the more relevant question is likely how to get rid of SSD or M2 drives.

how to tell from log files that someone physically was at the computer

how can you tell from log files that someone was physically at the computer?

background: i’ve been having harassment issues from a neighbor, and have been suspecting that my might be breaking into my place (picking the lock or something). two nights ago when i went to dinner i wanted it to sound like i was home so i turned the sound on (normally i have the wrong configuration profile for sound chosen as i prefer that computer make no sound – so i selected the correct profile to send the sound through the hdmi to my television speakers) and went to youtube (using firefox) and started a random star trek playlist. I made sure the volume was up and everything was working as needed when i left for dinner. when i returned i noticed a few small things out of place, and that the volume on the computer had been lowered all the way. it was not youtubes volume or the tv volume that had been lowered but rather the system sound (i believe via the little sound icon panel from the desktops bottom menu bar. there is for sure absolutely no way i may have done this by mistake or out of confusion.

in order to get camera footage from the property manager i need to have some sort of proof. so i need to find something, somewhere in the logs that shows that a physical person had to be at the computer. the volume is the thing i know was changed, but there is also a possibility that other things were done. i have no looked into that so much yet as the important thing is to just prove someone was in my place while i was at inner.

other info; i’m running current version lubuntu on an older mac mini. with an apple bluettooth keyboard and and a cheep rf wireless usb mouse with a dongle. the computer most likely didn’t sleep as i suspect the playlist on youtube to keep changing the page often enough to avoid suspending.

it would be nice if i could show the volume change specifically but i doubt that’s logged, so anything from usb port usage, to bluetooth/keyboard usage will work… like i said.. just anything to show that a physical person was in front of my computer.

i have since taken the computer over to a friends to figure out it where it was plugged in for a few hours and installed ssh and accessed it mostly that way. otherwise it remains unplugged. not sure if taking the hard drive out of the computer and putting it in an external case to access would be better.. any guidance is appreciated. thank you.

Does Shadow Lore require the Bard to physically whisper, and could the target or a nearby creature detect this?

A 14th level College of Whispers Bard gains the following class feature:

Shadow Lore: As an action, you magically whisper a phrase that only one creature of your choice within 30 feet of you can hear. The target must make a Wisdom saving throw against your spell save DC. It automatically succeeds if it doesn’t share a language with you or if it can’t hear you. On a successful saving throw, your whisper sounds like unintelligible mumbling and has no effect.

If the target fails its saving throw, it is charmed by you for the next 8 hours or until you or your allies attack or damage it. It interprets the whispers as a description of its most mortifying secret.

While you gain no knowledge of this secret, the target is convinced you know it. While charmed in this way, the creature obeys your commands for fear that you will reveal its secret. It won’t risk its life for you or fight for you, unless it was already inclined to do so. It grants you favors and gifts it would offer to a close friend.

When the effect ends, the creature has no understanding of why it held you in such fear.

(pg 16, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything)

When using Shadow Lore, would the Bard physically whisper something that only the Target can hear, or is it more like a telepathic whisper that the target hears?

Would the target, or a nearby creature, be able to tell that Shadow Lore was used and potentially who used it?

bluetooth keeps turning off in 19.04 after physically and manually turning off bluetooth device, any fix to this?

I keep having my bluetooth turned off in ubuntu 19.04. it happens if I physically turn off or disconnect my Bluetooth speaker. Bluetooth in ubuntu 19.04 won’t turn on even if the slider is on “on” mode. I have to restart ubuntu several times to make it work. I already reinstalled Bluetooth but still, it happens.

anybody here who has the same problem or have a fix for it?

thanks 🙂

How to securely, physically destroy a hard drive at home?

Hard drive in question has sensitive unencrypted data but has failed and no longer responds so can’t be wiped.

I’d like to physically destroy the said hard drive (3-1/2″ desktop, spinning platter drive) before discarding it. What “home remedies” are good options?

EDIT: To the close voters: None of the other similar questions talk about techniques one can perform at your everyday home (hard drive degaussers, industrial shredders etc). IMHO this question is similar but uniquely distinct.

EDIT2: We’re not talking about corporate data, national security data or personal banking data. Encrypted backups mostly, with some unencrypted personal identifiable information when the said drive was used to migrate data.

Can another character physically take something that Mage Hand is carrying/holding?

I’m new to 5E. I recently had an encounter where my Arcane Trickster used Mage Hand to steal an idol. Another PC then tried snatching it away from the Mage Hand. The DM had the other PC make a Strength check against my STR score. I didn’t argue the call because it seemed to make sense. Plus the PC kept failing his rolls and then ultimately let go once I brought him down to 0 HP with a thrown dagger.

I’m just curious to know whether this was the right call to make.

Can another character physically take something that my Mage Hand is carrying/holding?

Why does audio get unplugged during suspend? Physically it remains plugged in and requires a replug to work

Before unplugging and replugging audio into the motherboard (note output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6565, available: no)

$   pacmd list-cards 3 card(s) available.     index: 2     name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_2a_00.3>     driver: <module-alsa-card.c>     owner module: 9     properties:         alsa.card = "2"         alsa.card_name = "HD-Audio Generic"         alsa.long_card_name = "HD-Audio Generic at 0xfe700000 irq 71"         alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"         device.bus_path = "pci-0000:2a:00.3"         sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:08.1/0000:2a:00.3/sound/card2"         device.bus = "pci"         device.vendor.id = "1022"         device.vendor.name = "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]"         device.product.id = "1457"         device.product.name = "Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller"         device.string = "2"         device.description = "Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller"         module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"         device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"     profiles:         input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 65, available: no)         output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6500, available: no)         output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6565, available: no)         output:analog-surround-21: Analog Surround 2.1 Output (priority 1300, available: no)         output:analog-surround-21+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 2.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: no)         output:analog-surround-40: Analog Surround 4.0 Output (priority 1200, available: no)         output:analog-surround-40+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 4.0 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1265, available: no)         output:analog-surround-41: Analog Surround 4.1 Output (priority 1300, available: no)         output:analog-surround-41+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 4.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: no)         output:analog-surround-50: Analog Surround 5.0 Output (priority 1200, available: no)         output:analog-surround-50+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 5.0 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1265, available: no)         output:analog-surround-51: Analog Surround 5.1 Output (priority 1300, available: no)         output:analog-surround-51+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 5.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: no)         output:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output (priority 5500, available: unknown)         output:iec958-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 5565, available: unknown)         off: Off (priority 0, available: unknown)     active profile: <output:iec958-stereo>     sinks:         alsa_output.pci-0000_2a_00.3.iec958-stereo/#12: Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller Digital Stereo (IEC958)     sources:         alsa_output.pci-0000_2a_00.3.iec958-stereo.monitor/#13: Monitor of Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller Digital Stereo (IEC958)     ports:         analog-input-front-mic: Front Microphone (priority 8500, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"         analog-input-rear-mic: Rear Microphone (priority 8200, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"         analog-input-linein: Line In (priority 8100, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:          analog-output-lineout: Line Out (priority 9900, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:          analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority 9000, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-headphones"         iec958-stereo-output: Digital Output (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)             properties: 

And after unplugging and plugging into motherboard:

index: 2     name: <alsa_card.pci-0000_2a_00.3>     driver: <module-alsa-card.c>     owner module: 9     properties:         alsa.card = "2"         alsa.card_name = "HD-Audio Generic"         alsa.long_card_name = "HD-Audio Generic at 0xfe700000 irq 71"         alsa.driver_name = "snd_hda_intel"         device.bus_path = "pci-0000:2a:00.3"         sysfs.path = "/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:08.1/0000:2a:00.3/sound/card2"         device.bus = "pci"         device.vendor.id = "1022"         device.vendor.name = "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD]"         device.product.id = "1457"         device.product.name = "Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller"         device.string = "2"         device.description = "Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller"         module-udev-detect.discovered = "1"         device.icon_name = "audio-card-pci"     profiles:         input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Input (priority 65, available: no)         output:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Output (priority 6500, available: unknown)         output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Analog Stereo Duplex (priority 6565, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-21: Analog Surround 2.1 Output (priority 1300, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-21+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 2.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-40: Analog Surround 4.0 Output (priority 1200, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-40+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 4.0 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1265, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-41: Analog Surround 4.1 Output (priority 1300, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-41+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 4.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-50: Analog Surround 5.0 Output (priority 1200, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-50+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 5.0 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1265, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-51: Analog Surround 5.1 Output (priority 1300, available: unknown)         output:analog-surround-51+input:analog-stereo: Analog Surround 5.1 Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 1365, available: unknown)         output:iec958-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output (priority 5500, available: unknown)         output:iec958-stereo+input:analog-stereo: Digital Stereo (IEC958) Output + Analog Stereo Input (priority 5565, available: unknown)         off: Off (priority 0, available: unknown)     active profile: <output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo>     sinks:         alsa_output.pci-0000_2a_00.3.analog-stereo/#15: Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller Analog Stereo     sources:         alsa_input.pci-0000_2a_00.3.analog-stereo/#16: Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller Analog Stereo         alsa_output.pci-0000_2a_00.3.analog-stereo.monitor/#17: Monitor of Family 17h (Models 00h-0fh) HD Audio Controller Analog Stereo     ports:         analog-input-front-mic: Front Microphone (priority 8500, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"         analog-input-rear-mic: Rear Microphone (priority 8200, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-input-microphone"         analog-input-linein: Line In (priority 8100, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:          analog-output-lineout: Line Out (priority 9900, latency offset 0 usec, available: yes)             properties:          analog-output-headphones: Headphones (priority 9000, latency offset 0 usec, available: no)             properties:                 device.icon_name = "audio-headphones"         iec958-stereo-output: Digital Output (S/PDIF) (priority 0, latency offset 0 usec, available: unknown)             properties: 

Available changes from no to unknown

Before replugging, in pavucontrol under Output Devices, the HD Audio Controller only shows Digital Output. After replugging it will show Line out (plugged in) correctly.

Before replugging, in pavucontrol under Configuration, under HD Audio Controller, choosing Analog Stereo Duplex (Unplugged) will output sound. However the hotkeys for volume up/down in Ubuntu will control HDMI/monitor sound only.


Experiencing this on Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10, and 19.04 with the same mobo, ASUS Prime X370-Pro AMD Ryzen.