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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Parkland student Justin Gruber said: "Nineteen years ago, the first school shooting Columbine, at Columbine High School happened. I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace.


#FactCheck - only because I remember Stockton 10 years earlier and University of Texas back in 1966.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shootings_in_the_United_States
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Very happy to announce the release of Fork Awesome 1.0. A fork of t...

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Very happy to announce the release of Fork Awesome 1.0. A fork of the iconic font and CSS toolkit known as Font Awesome.
https://forkawesome.github.io/Fork-Awesome/whats-new/
With the release of this fork, you'll now find icons for open source projects such as #Mastodon, #Peertube, #Diaspora, #Scuttlebutt, #Liberapay, #Hubzilla, etc.
We've hopefully also made the process of contributing a lot more easier.
Andrew Manning
  
Sweet!

fa-hubzilla: Fork Awesome Icons

<i class="fa fa-hubzilla" aria-hidden="true"></i>
Mike Macgirvin
  
There's culture to consider in answering. The typical Aussie 'barbie' is what I would call a 'grill'. This is a Texas-style offset smoker; which is the only thing I would call a 'BBQ'. The 'barbie' is next to it (not in picture).  Aussie tradition is to slap something on a grill with flamethrowers beneath it for 3 minutes and then serve. To me as an Aussie transplant, the term 'barbecue' is a radically different concept. We had slow-cooked (10 hours) pulled pork last night.
Andrew Manning
  
Damn that sounds delicious. The pulled pork part. Not the charred flamethrower meat part.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The Aussie form isn't completely tasteless or useless and has a very unique purpose. There is no quicker way to alleviate the hangover from last night's homebrew or vodka shots than the Aussie sausage sandwich - which is served at various locations all over the country from 9AM to noon on weekends. It's a single piece of white bread with a beef sausage, grilled onions and a fried egg; sometimes with bacon (that would be Aussie short-cut bacon [essentially sliced ham] - not the American strips of grilled pig fat which go by the same name) topped with either BBQ sauce or tomato sauce (ketchup). The health conscious wouldn't touch this thing, but the health conscious probably wouldn't be fighting a hangover either.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
That's uhm - roughly 3 a week?

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mrjive
  
Many reasons, to me. News, internet, social networks work hard to push emulation. And maybe it's easier than ever to get guns.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Apparently the "18 school shootings in 2018" are fewer than that, including accidental shots and shooting on school ground after hours and a closed school.

Till recently (2010-2012), this terrible possibility or meme was not discussed or planned against in Norwegian schools, the assumption being if it is talked about some unhappy soul would hear it, think about it and decide to act. Call it prevention through mental hygiene, parental and teacher sensorship or whatever, but a) it has worked so far and b) the measures we now have quietly implemented feels like impending doom is approaching in sneakers.
Einer von Vielen
  
Existence determines consciousness.
I thing this is a quite obvious correlation.
Marshall Sutherland
  
"Only use phones that have OUR spyware on them!"
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Should you ever find yourself in this situation: If two kangaroos are engaged in a bloody brawl a few meters in front of you, don't succumb to the urge to pull out your cell phone and take a snap or mpeg. At least not yet. Look around first. If you see a jill and a joey behind you, get your ass out of there toot de suite. You're next.
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  last edited: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:32:03 +1100  
It hadn't occurred to me before, but seeing this it seems that, had the monkeys missed the train, Earth would someday be populated by kangoo sapiens... Perhaps it still will?
Mike Macgirvin
  
Interesting you should bring that up. The roo population in Australia went from rough parity with humans in 2010 to about 2:1 in 2017. Another couple of years and they're going to be demanding access to healthcare and public transport.
Marshall Sutherland
  
They might vote you off the island!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
        Mastodon WTF timeline - Ansuz - mskala's home page                    

« The Well-Rounded Total | Home | North Coast May update » In the last few days I've been fortunate to witness an interesting chapter in the Internet's history, and I'm trying to compile a timeline of what has happened while the memories are still reasonably fresh. This is incomplete and a work in progress; I'll be updating it, and not necessaril...
Mike Macgirvin
  
I'm aware of most of the story and the overall influence of Japanese pedophilia on Mastodon (that's without question the driving force behind that network's growth), but hadn't seen the detail of the interplay between the factions involved. It's a good read.
Andrew Manning
  
Yikes. That's the kind of stuff that makes me nervous about hosting a public hub.
Marshall Sutherland
  
The biggest shock for me was the sheer numbers of people flocking to a new site in a single day. The entire timeline in the post lasted less than 3 weeks. If there were no dates, I'd have thought each paragraph represented a week or more.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Finally got a chance to spend a bit more time on zot6, which has been languishing for a couple of months while I've been tied up with federation nits and registration workflows and people who can't figure out how to send email. Anyway, today I got two zot6 sites to communicate with each other and the delivery performance is pretty awesome.

In a nutshell, we're using OpenWebAuth on send to avoid a verification callback. We don't really have to verify the receiver since private messages are technically encrypted twice. Ergo, it shouldn't really matter if they get MITM'd - they still can't read the message or see anything in the metadata. I still have one additional step to encrypt the HTTPSignature - as it can leak metadata about the sender. (The folks writing specs never think of these things.) Once that's done I'll start hammering on it to try and break it, but otherwise start migrating it into the mainline code.

It basically doubles delivery performance on both ends of the connection. It will fall back to doing it the slow way, and will work all the way back to ancient redmatrix installs; but if you're using anything less than Hubzilla 3.0.1 you're being put on notice. Please upgrade.
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  
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Sean Tilley
  
I'm super excited to hear about this. Zot has worked consistently well over the years, and I'm thrilled to know that zot6 will offer such dramatic improvements.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Mario's recent work improving the DB queries is also dramatic, so performance on the next release should be striking overall.

There are trade-offs: the sender doesn't know with absolute certainty that the receiver is who we think (could be DNS spoofed). But proving this as we did in Zot1 comes at a huge performance cost. The trade-off is saying "ok, you might be an impostor, but as long as you can't read the private message I'm sending or know who sent it or who it's to, maybe I don't really care". The real site will still get the communication.

I'm thinking of bringing back the host verification step in a later iteration, but as an extra security level rather than applying it to everybody. We certainly don't need this for public communication and we don't even need it for the average Hubzilla PM or private conversation. It should be there if you really want it, but slowing down everybody's performance for the benefit of a few who actually require the extra assurance shouldn't be the default.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
!Hubzilla Development Looking at library/Mobile_Detect I notice the last update was in 2012. Was considering updating it, but wondering if this library still has any value to us. At one time it toggled a 'mobile-friendly' theme but our standard theme is now mobile-friendly. If updated, it probably requires frequent updating and the number of possible mobile devices will eventually exhaust memory.

So this is a vote. Yes to keep it, No to get rid of it (and with it all the 'mobile theme' selection logic). If yes, please describe your specific requirement so we can compare alternative mechanisms which might be more maintainable long term.
Mike Macgirvin
  
After a quick code check - it turns out we do use this detection to enable phone calls from your contact list. I don't think many people are using this currently, but that ability would either be lost - or - we would need to supply 'tel:' links even on the desktop, which would probably fail with 'protocol not supported'. I can easily go either way but I'll throw this out to see if anybody has any other bright ideas.
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  
I'm fine with tel links on the desktop. In fact, from what I read there are desktop apps that register with browsers to handle 'tel' links, i.e. Facetime, Skype, and perhaps some open-source SIP clients. So in my opinion we should always keep them.
Mario Vavti
  
we would need to supply 'tel:' links even on the desktop, which would probably fail with protocol not supported

We could hide them based on screensize using plain css.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Diesel did this live on the abc friday show yesterday - with some smokin' hot slide. This recording isn't quite at that level, but should give you a taste of the experience. It was the best rendition of that tune I've heard - and when you're comparing with John Prine and Bonnie Raitt that says something.  



Diesel - Angel From Montgomery
by mushroomvideos on YouTube
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
“The physical universe is basically playful. There’s no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere; that is to say, it doesn’t have a destination that it ought to arrive at. But it is best understood by analogy to music, because music as an art form is essentially playful.”
-- Alan Watts
Jake Moomaw
  
I'm glad that the Universe didn't show up to my place.  Kristi and I don't have nearly enough chairs.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  last edited: Thu, 01 Feb 2018 02:50:53 +1100  
When the Universe shows up at my place it usually takes hours to clean up - cookie crumbs under the sofa, sticky lemonade spilled all over the table and on the kitchen floor, but I kind of like it - it's great fun and beats playing on your own any time. :-)
Jake Moomaw
  
That's why I like going to the Universe instead of having it over.  Way less clean up on my end.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Universities should never hire young marketing graduates.

I see a bunch of new signs going up around campus - to wit

"Partnership Training Facility"

used to be "the gym".

SMART Infrastructure Facility

used to be "the engineering workshop".

Molecular Horizons Building

...new building - no idea.
Andrew Manning
  
Maybe universities should stop graduating people in marketing. You reap what you sow.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Getting pretty hazy here. Eucalyptus fills the air. Stinkin' hot. Water pump gave out.

#bushfire
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  
There are trees here that *require* a bushfire to germinate and reproduce.


Interesting, there's a similar phenomenon in parts of a Brazilian biome called "cerrado".
James D Morgan
  last edited: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:22:57 +1100  
There is some flower out in the Western US that requires fire to bloom. Manzanita, maybe? I don't remember. #lazyJim

(Edit) I quit being lazy and looked it up. It is NOT Manzanita. I'll see if I can find it
Adam Robertson
  
@James D Morgan   Sequoia is one of them. I think there are others.

I was considering planting Eucalyptus trees along our fence line because they seem to grow so well here. I should probably reconsider that if they are flammable.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
!Hubzilla Support Forum A reminder that you should now be able to access most Hubzilla forums with !forumname. This has been in place for several months and will be much more compatible with other federated systems.
Mike Macgirvin
  
This choice is usually made when you create a channel (What kind of channel would you like to create?), but you can also change it in your channel settings. See "Security and Privacy Settings".  If you would like to create an additional channel for the purpose of running a forum or some other kind of thing (celebrity or small business page, newsfeed, whatever), see 'Channel Manager' from the dropdown menu with your picture in the top bar. Then select 'Create New'.
tonnerkiller
  
Thank you.
Sean Tilley
 
Great job!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Does your car have soy based wiring? - How to Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires
All 2012-2016 model year Toyota vehicles..All 2012-2015 model year Honda vehicles..every large car manufacturer: Audi, BMW, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda..
Marshall Sutherland
  
www.howtopreventratsfromeatingcarwires.com

Perhaps one of the most specific host names I have ever seen!

They state their reasoning was in an effort to reduce dependency on petroleum and to “go-green.”

Except for all the petroleum product used to make fertilizer, I guess.

In reality, bioplastics are cheaper to produce.

Thanks to government subsidies for soybean production?
Raymond Monret
  
Fertilizers are made from natural gas:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Sydney hits its highest temperature recorded since 1939

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Sydney has hit a heat milestone, recording a 47.3C temperature in the far western suburb of Penrith.


This is ambient temperature, not surface temperature - which is much hotter. I've personally experienced 50C at the Sydney airport three years ago, but that represents a large expanse of asphalt and the Bureau Of Meteorology tends to be a bit more methodical with their measurements, preferring measurement locations with trees and shade.  I can't really tell you what temperature we hit at the house - the outdoor temperature sensor it seems became a puddle of molten plastic some time in the last 48 hours and stopped sending signals.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, we just broke a 130 year record by having 5 consecutive days where the high did not exceed 50F. I realize this does not seem extreme compared to other places, but breaking a record that old is pretty impressive. In 2010, we broke a 119 year old record by having 13 freezing days in a row, but, surprisingly, we didn't break this record at that time.
Paco Menzar Bien
  
¿Me equivoco o la genética no engaña?.
¡Que bueno es el verano!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
About an hour until midnight. Watching a tribute to "Countdown" and the Young Brothers at the opera house on the tele. I think my old mate Chris was playing guitar on at least one of the pieces. Anyway you probably won't quite get this because a lot of this will be lost in translation. Let's just say hot summer night, old school Aussie rock-n-roll being served up in abundance, and 1.5 million people lining Sydney Harbour and probably 5 million watching on the tele. Soon to be followed by the greatest fireworks show on the planet. Peace. If I don't make it back online tonight, Happy New Year.
Andrew Manning
  
Also at some point, insurance companies flat-out refuse to insure your event in any way. I'm sure the actuaries have fun calculating potential energy density :-)
Einer von Vielen
  
unless you find a way to get the smoke to clear from the prior volleys before doing so


So :-) true

This year we could hardly see to the other side of this small harbor. The locals fired and fired many many rockets into the sky. Dust as in a bad Hollywood war movie.

Mike Macgirvin
  
This event is paid for by the taxpayers, so I doubt there's a cap on insurance costs or lack of willing underwriters.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Merry Christmas, Mike. :-)
Mike Macgirvin
  
Supposed to hit 40C in another hour and family is starting to arrive. I'm not sure we have enough liquid refreshments. Might just have to hose everybody off like we do the dogs to cool them down.
Maria Karlsen
  
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
The folks at Zotlabs (crafters of neoteric community technology) wish you and your families a harmonious holiday season, and hope that you may have many reasons to celebrate the coming year.

This greeting is extended across all cultures, belief systems, and tribes.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Happy Holidays! :cocktail:

Fun fact :-)
An odd thing about "neoteric" is that this word for things that are modern and new is itself rather old. It's been part of English since at least 1596
Maria Karlsen
  
Happy Holidays to everyone!
JRandal
 
May it be a moment of joy and peace for you and yours. Thanks for the friendship and patience.