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Mike Macgirvin

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Hubzilla or Redmatrix

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia last edited: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:52:26 +1000  
Project rename proposal.

As suggested and discussed in several other threads, should the redmatrix project be renamed to hubzilla going forward? Please vote on this proposal. There are many details to work out including timing of merging the 3.0 code branch - this is merely to decide if the community is behind a project rename (this specific one) or not.

The proposal will be open until  4PM 13 July 2015 (US Pacific time). Comments and votes may be added afterward (we don't yet have the freeze comments plugin finished) but a decision will be made based on your votes at that time.

For those wishing to see the evolution of the current name, please see  https://zothub.com/help/history

Some current discussion may be found here:
https://zothub.com/channel/mike/?f=&mid=22660a586cbc152e676e7796437f82ee5f188ebe60b5dcc9dcc35b18476c398e@zothub.com


The reason for the name change proposal is that the name Redmatrix does not really convey any concept of the project purpose; it has a lot of baggage and conflict from mixed messaging about the project goals and definition since it began 3 years ago; and the project has evolved a lot since then. You can still see people from other projects describing it as "a new Friendica" and yet/just another "social network". The project has solidified and it has been suggested that we might benefit from a fresh start with brand identity to undo the effects of the mixed messaging, the changes in project direction, and generally bad  associations by early adopters due to a number of issues which (I believe) have now been sorted.
Thomas Willingham
  
That's for end users.
elmussol
  
Thomas Willingham
  
You can live in a lala land where typing words in a status editor makes you an uber cool webmaster, or you can live in reality where you're end user.

This isn't cynicism, this is the universe.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Proposed upcoming work from my corner...

- (native) ability to link different theme/addon repositories into the project easily (and keep them under git control). I'm thinking we have something like themesrc/redmatrix, themesrc/deadsuperhero, etc. with a script in /util to symlink contents of these spaces into view/theme ; ditto for addons

- Directory server management and directory realms, the basics exist but they need some cleanup and testing and working out any remaining niggles.

- Active Directory integration (probably via LDAP).

- Finish the admin side of the extensible profile fields. Originally I made this functional but the UI is woefully incomplete so isn't generally useful.

Let's call this "enterprise" enhancements.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Well the story is about how in the height of the browser wars, a security flaw would get uncovered every week or so. I remember this because I'd wake up with it on the news in the morning and the VP's would be standing around my desk before I even got my morning coffee asking when it was going to get fixed. But here's the interesting part, for every flaw that was uncovered, 95% of them affected both Internet Explorer and Netscape, both using completely "original" codebases. They both had *exactly* the same buffer overflows, the same crypto exploits. Sometimes these exploits would be on code that had been modified within the last week. So there's really no other conclusion that one can arrive at except that Microsoft had open access to our corporate code repository inside the firewall. How this happened is the only matter of contention. We either had spies or we had backdoors. Now it could've been either, but we had a lot of Microsoft software on site and I personally know of dirty tricks in the Windows code which were bugs that were specifically designed to affect Netscape and only Netscape. #justsayin

This stuff didn't even come up at the anti-trust trial, but we all knew that Microsoft's entire product line had been re-designed from the inside out with the single purpose of killing our company. Nothing was off limits in their effort. It was subtle stuff. In the Win32 API you could call functions that worked correctly for hundreds of different software products, but the way we called the functions would throw a strange error. We had to bypass a lot of the API and basically rewrite chunks of it ourselves to get around the bullshit barriers they threw up.
Mike Macgirvin
  
This was a bit more insidious. I'm guessing the actual API code said
   if(varname contains nscp|moz or the structure has exactly 18 elements)
         do randomshit();

And it would only be Netscape that called it with structures that had 18 elements. If we discovered this fact they'd say "it's not insidious - it's just a bug; we'll fix it in a future release". But the point was we'd have to spend days investigating why it wouldn't work and we were in a race against time. The most glaring example was the download bug. At one time you couldn't download a file that was more than 22.7M via IE. (I forget the exact number, but it was close to this). The download would silently stop at that size. Now most people would have been downloading Netscape (which was just about 23 M) all night on a 9600 baud modem, and it would fail at like 97% downloaded and after trying this a few times they would be aggravated and give up.  Only one or two other downloads on the entire internet at the time were that big. If you called Microsoft, they'd say "the server must have timed out". We had to write our own downloader to get around this. That's why downloaders started appearing on the net, to get around the dirty tricks.Who uses their own downloaders today? Oracle and Adobe. Coincidence?
Mike Macgirvin
  
Making good progress.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The lavish homes of American archbishops

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Records reveal that 10 of the country's top church leaders defy the Pope's example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Many wealthy people in the US give Jesus credit for everything they've amassed. He not only looks after them in the afterlife, but he helps out in this one too. Other social and business leaders have made a deal with the devil - who also takes care of their material needs. Not a lot of atheists at the top.  #justsayin
tony
 Dantooine 
Some studies have found correlations between wealth and lack of religious beliefs. The GDP of countries generally correlates negatively with their religiosity, i.e. the wealthier a population is the less religious it is.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth_and_religion#Wealth_and_atheism
Mike Macgirvin
  
Big Government has discovered big data, and it's like morphine. They can't stop, and they won't ever stop. Without intervention they will continuously consume ever greater quantities - until it kills them.

There are a few possible courses of action...

- Replace their valuable data with impotent and irrelevant data which has no meaning and no possible value. (Fill the cookie jar with castor oil.)

- Remove our data from where they can access it and put it in places where they can't easily find it. (Leave them an empty cookie jar.)

- Abandon big government. Before you scoff, please examine the fate of historical big governments.
Mike Macgirvin
  
If I start preaching "viva la revolucione" I'll get in trouble with the authorities real fast. So I'm focused on number 2, but the list of options is pretty short and some people might see #3 as the only possible solution. #justsayin
Mike Macgirvin
  
So, yes, big government has the people outgunned, unquestionably.


but there are far fewer people in rural areas. That's what makes them rural.



I'm a US citizen. I live in the middle of bugger-all Australia.  

(Connect the dots.)

I used to have all manner of firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammo. Some of them pretty scary if you consider that there were people like me spread across suburbia. There were probably ten thousand people within range of any bullet I might have chosen to fire - had I not had some capacity to understand the consequences of doing so. The "average" American is somewhat removed from consequences, and that's why I felt I needed firepower. People were murdered in cold blood on city streets for $30 worth of fake jewelry or for wearing the wrong colour in the wrong place. Crazy religious fanatics from other lands wanted to kill "us" for killing their mothers and raping their sisters and financing countries other countries to do the same. I've had bullets lodged in my house and a car peppered with buckshot from drive-by shootings.  

Left all the guns behind and walked away. America has a bizarre and strange psychosis. I understand it, I've lived it, and I'm sympathetic to those still living under the delusion. But if you recognise the delusion and question it, there is still the choice of walking away.