Our Pac-Man machine is hurting. Sometimes it does this, and sometimes it does this:
I imagine it just needs some caps replaced and some cracked solders fixed. Are you a person who is competent to fix such things? Are you willing to do so in exchange for drink tickets and admission to shows? If so, I think we have a lovely future together.
Also -- and this is probably a much harder project -- you know the Snarkatron, the big, slow-moving, low-resolution LED sign hanging from the DJ booth that lists our upcoming events, and the DJs at Bootie and whatnot? This thing:
Well, it's hurting too. It's getting kind of hard to read. At first you might think that it's suffering from some burned-out LEDs, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case: what's actually going on is that the letters are corrupted: like, sometimes the letters are not only missing pixels but actually upside down -- but only in some rows. You might see a right-side-up and an upside-down "T" on the screen at the same time.
The sign actually belongs to John, even though it's been hanging here for seven years now, but every time I mention it to him he just mutters something about shift registers and yells "Just throw the god damned thing away already!"
So, do any of you want to take a crack at fixing it?
It's not a particularly useful device, but it's unique and cool looking. And yes, I know I could replace it with a cheap TV, but you know what TVs are not? unique or cool looking.
Asha Moni, widow of murdered Bangladeshi secularist blogger Niladry Chattopadhya, says, "I must survive to seek justice," as she expects she is also a target.
Brazil is considering a "cyber crime" bill that could impose broad and arbitrary censorship, as well as threatening users' anonymity.
5 billion dollars in penalty for Goldman Sachs would be just the cost of doing business— but the US government was so subservient that it will let company off paying substantial parts of that.
The NAACP's campaign against North Carolina's voter-ID law lost the first battle.
There are now Salafi militias in Yemen, due apparently to the intervention by Salafi Arabia.
Sheldon Adelson has turned the Las Vegas Review-Journal into a personal propaganda rag, prohibiting a columnist from criticizing him. The columnist, John L Smith, has quit in response.
Adelson had previously bankrupted Smith with a bogus defamation lawsuit.
Almost 80% of Junior Doctors (across the UK) Took Part in All-Out Strike. "Junior doctor" in the NHS includes a large fraction of the doctors.
Almost 80% of Junior Doctors (across England) Took Part in All-Out Strike. "Junior doctor" in the NHS includes a large fraction of the doctors.
One reason many people eat too much is that we have become accustomed to large plates.
Because people do in fact drop money in my PayPal and Patreon accounts, I think a a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that I occasionally update everyone on where the money goes. First in an occasional series,
Recently I’ve been buying Raspberry Pi GPS HATs (daughterboards with a GPS and real-time clock) to go with the Raspberry PI 3 Dave Taht dropped on me. Yesterday morning a thing called an Uputronics GPS Extension Board arrived from England. A few hours ago I ordered a cheap Chinese thing obviously intended to compete with the Adafruit GPS HAT I bought last week.
The reason is that I’m working up a very comprehensive HOWTO on how to build a Stratum 1 timeserver in a box. Not content to merely build one, I’m writing a sheaf of recipes that includes all three HATs I’ve found and (at least) two revisions of the Pi.
What makes this HOWTO different from various build pages on this topic scattered around the Web? In general, the ones I’ve found are well-intended but poorly written. They make too many assumptions, they’re tied to very specific hardware types, they skip “obvious” steps, they leave out diagnostic details about how to tell things are going right and what to do when things go wrong.
My goal is to write a HOWTO that can be used by people who are not Linux and NTP experts – basically, my audience is anyone who could walk into a hackerspace and not feel utterly lost.
Also, my hope is that by not being tightly tied to one parts list this HOWTO will help people develop more of a generative understanding of how you compose a build recipe, and develop their own variations.
I cover everything, clear down to how to buy a case that will fit a HAT. And this work has already had some functional improvements to GPSD as a side effect.
I expect it might produce some improvements in NTPsec as well – our program manager, A&D regular Mark Atwood, has been smiling benignly on this project. Mark’s plan is to broadcast this thing to a hundred hackerspaces and recruit the next generation of time-service experts that way.
Three drafts have already circulated to topic experts. Progress will be interrupted for a bit while I’m off at Penguicon, but 1.0 is likely to ship within two weeks or so.
And it will ship with the recipe variations tested. Because that’s what I do with your donations. If this post stimulates a few more, I’ll add an Odroid C2 (Raspberry Pi workalike with beefier hardware) to the coverage; call it a stretch goal.
Chinese Journalist Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years for 'Provoking Trouble'.
Me and my brother spent pretty much all day doing these! [It rained the other day so we have a clean drive!] Yeah, that's a different human transmutation circle. And it is a bigger one too! About 3m across and 10m all the way around. I wanted to do something more complicated... But i only found one that was harder, and it would have used billions of pieces of chalk! So yeah, i stuck to these. Phew~
These are the other ones:
- The seal of Orichalcos, yeah, i know it kinda sucks. [Yu-Gi-Oh]
- I believe this is the 'Freezing Alchemist's' circle.
- Me and my brother made this one up! XD
- Homunculus sealing circle.
- Roy Mustang's glove circle.
- Human transmutation circle, version 2.
GAMV: Yeah, it's really an amazing clip. And one of the things that I noticed in it is that it also reflects the minimalism of the song. I mean, it's a big set but there's not a lot going on.
Rebecca Blake: No. Exactly. I was very determined that it not looked like a music video, whatever that meant at the time, and that it would just sort of have this very pared-down discipline. And because I had a lot of theatrical lighting and I also use that conceptually, I didn't try to flood the frame with a million lights and things like that. I did it in a kind of very minimal way, purposely.
Of course, the Kiss video isn't available on Youtube in any quality that you would even consider watching all the way through, because Prince. So here, instead why not watch Age of Chance's cover? (Which is definitely not one of the finest music videos of all time.)
By the way, has any progress been made on representing using Unicode combining diacriticals since this not-entirely-satisfying 2013 effort?
This is an entirely silly post about the way I name the machines in my house, shared for the amusement of my regulars.
The house naming theme is “comic mythical beasts”.
My personal desktop machine is always named “snark”, after Lewis Carroll’s “Hunting of the”. This has been so since long before adj. “snarky” and vi. “to snark” entered popular English around the turn of the millennium. I do not find the new layer of meaning inappropriate.
Currently snark is perhaps better known as the Great Beast of Malvern, but whereas “snark” describes its role, “Beast” refers to the exceptional capabilities of this particular machine.
One former snark had two Ethernet ports. Its alias through the second IP address was, of course, “boojum”.
My laptop is always “golux”, from James Thurber’s The Thirteen Clocks.
The bastion host (mail and DNS server) is always “grelber”, after the insult-spewing Grelber from the Broom Hilda comic strip. It’s named not for the insults but because Grelber is depicted as a lurking presence inside a hollow log with a mailbox on the top.
Cathy’s personal desktop machine is always “minx” after a pretty golden-furred creature from Infocom’s classic Zork games, known for its ability to sniff out buried chocolate truffles.
The router is “quintaped”, a five-legged creature supposed to live on a magically concealed island in the Potterverse. Because it has 5 ports, you see.
The guest machine in the basement (distinct from the mailserver) is “hurkle” after the title character in Theodore Sturgeon’s The Hurkle Is A Happy Beast (1949).
For years we had a toilet-seat Mac (iBook) I’d been given as a gift (it’s long dead now). We used it as a gaming machine (mainly “Civilization II” and “Spaceward Ho”). It was “billywig”, also from the Potterverse.
I have recently acquired 3 Raspberry Pis (more about this in a future post). The only one of them now in use is currently named “whoville”, but that is likely to change as I have just decided the sub-namespace for Pis will be Dr. Seuss creatures – lorax, sneetch, zax, grinch, etc.
That is all.
NetworkManager 1.2 was released yesterday, and it’s already built for Fedora (24 and rawhide), a release candidate is in Ubuntu 16.04, and it should appear in other distros soon too. Lubo wrote a great post on many of the new features, but there’s too many to highlight in one post for our ADD social media 140-character tap-tap generation to handle. Ready for more?
Wayland is coming, and it doesn’t support the XEmbed status icons like nm-applet creates. Desktop environments also want more control over how these status menus appear. While KDE and GNOME both provide their own network status menus Ubuntu, XFCE, and LXDE use nm-applet. How do they deal with lack of XEmbed and status icons?
Ubuntu has long patched nm-applet to add App Indicator support, which exposes the applet’s menu structure as D-Bus objects to allow the desktop environment to draw the menu just like it wants. We enhanced the GTK3 support in libdbusmenu-gtk to handle nm-applet’s icons and then added an indicator mode to nm-applet based off Ubuntu’s work. We’ve made packager’s lives easier by building both modes into the applet simultaneously and allowing them to be switched at runtime.
Want to add a second IP address or change your DNS servers right away? With NetworkManager 1.2 you can now change the IP configuration of a device through the D-Bus interface or nmcli without triggering a reconnect. This lets the network UIs like KDE or GNOME control-center apply changes you make to network configuration immediately without interrupting your network connection. That might take a cycle or two to show up in your favorite desktop environment, but the basis is there.
802.1x/WPA Enterprise authentication
An oft-requested feature was the ability to use certificate domain suffix checking to validate an authentication server. While NetworkManager has supported certificate subject checking for years, this has limitations and isn’t as secure as domain suffix checking. Both these options help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks where a rogue access point could masquerade as as your normal secure network. 802.1x authentication is still too complicated, and we hope to greatly simplify it in upcoming releases.
While NM has always been architected to allow bridges-on-bonds-on-VLANs, there were some internal issues that prevented these more complicated configurations from working. We’ve fixed those bugs, so now layer-cake network setups work in a flash! Hopefully somebody will come up with a fancy drag-n-drop UI based off Minecraft or CandyCrush with arbitrary interface trees. Maybe it’ll even have trophies when you finally get a Level 48 active-backup bond.
Old Stable Series
Now that 1.2 is out, the 1.0 series is in maintenance mode. We’ll fix bugs and any security issues that come up, but typically don’t add new features. Backporting from 1.2 to 1.0 will be even more difficult due to the removal of dbus-glib, a major feature in 1.2 release. If you’re on 1.0, 0.9.10, or (gasp!) 0.9.8 I’d urge you to upgrade, and I think you’ll like what you see!
Planet Debian upstream is hosted by Branchable.