Mr. X
1 year ago
News: News.com.au | News Online from Australia and the World | NewsComAu



DEATH by egg. It isn't the most glamourous way to shuffle off this mortal coil but that's how it ended for one man after he ate 28 of them - raw.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Mozilla: Mozilla tests a built-in, secure, PDF viewer in Firefox Beta leveraging the power of HTML5 (Mozilla)




Firefox Beta now includes a safer, more seamless cross-platform experience for viewing PDF documents. For those of you who have not been following the project, ...
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Arto
1 year ago from The Free Web
The old-Unix principle still holds true: small-sized software that does a few things really well, while also communicating with other similarly-designed software when necessary. Ideally, Firefox should just render pages and communicate with a dedicated pdf rendered, when necessary.
Mr. X
1 year ago
If I'm going to have a PDF viewer built into the browser (and I probably will have one as long as people publish PDFs) I want one that's open source.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Christian Vogeley
1 year ago from Friendica mobile web
Thank you :D
Mr. X
1 year ago
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Mr. X
1 year ago
That's part of your normal homeowner's coverage.
Mr. X
1 year ago
I think they disqualified my guitars, though all other inanimate objects should be covered.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Mr. X
1 year ago
Bush fire danger levels are at "catastrophic levels" tomorrow for the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and vicinity. Basically if you're anywhere with only one or two ways out you're being asked to evacuate. We're hosing down the house.
RequeteChe doesn't like this.
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Oliver
1 year ago from Friendica mobile web
Good luck and take care of yourselves!
Mr. X
1 year ago
@Friendica Red Development

It's a lovely day to update and get rid of some more somewhat serious bugs.
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Michael MD
1 year ago
I have a test instance - http://red.spraci.info
no contacts yet to test
(can't see any Red sites in Channel Suggestions)
Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
Channel suggestions doesn't suggest channels, but if we rip it out of the UI now, we'd just have to add it back later.

Present user list:
http://pad.toktan.org/p/RedUserList
Mr. X
1 year ago
F*ck - it's contagious...

Hi there,
First things first: thank you. We set a $250,000 fundraising goal last month, and as always Mozilla supporters like you rose to the challenge.

In fact, you blew right past that goal. Last month, supporters like you helped us raise $343,242 — and that means we can dream even bigger and reach even further in 2013. So what does that look like?

There's a wise Mozillian who likes to say that "Firefox combines both rocket (awesome browser) and payload (user choice and Web standards)." We're going to keep expanding Webmaker with that same vision in mind.

The rocket is the Webmaker experience: apps to make dynamic Web pages, remix videos, slideshows, pulling in your content and shared code from all over the Web. It's the tools that let you take your best content — on your phone, blog and social media feeds — and create something new, delightful, surprising — something to share.

The payload comes next, when people come to expect a remix button on everything they see. The videos, the sites, the experiences that are only possible when users become makers. There are 'remix' and 'how to' buttons on every piece of content created using Webmaker tools — so as you make content and as you experience it, Webmaker shows you how the Web works.

And I promise I'll stop abusing the rocket metaphor here: but you're the fuel that powers this whole thing. What we are doing is about so much more than the tools — it's about using the maker spirit to teach and inspire. Thanks to your support, we have the resources we need to keep expanding Webmaker and so much more.

We are assembling a global community of makers and mentors — from local Hives and community-organized events to the worldwide Mozilla Festival. The tools, including Popcorn, Thimble and X-Ray Goggles, will be more tightly integrated. The vision of a generation of webmakers contributing remixable content will start showing up in Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Day by day, month by month, we are building a Web that is more open, more useful and just flat-out more interesting. I'm so glad to know that you're along for the ride.

Thank you,

Mark
Mark Surman
Executive Director
Mozilla Foundation
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Martin
1 year ago
Someone will write a remix plug-in for ~friendica ~friendica. It's inevitable as long as it's possible.

But why? I mean, there's already Meme Generator, right?

Well, it's probably the next big thing on the Web. Remixing. Preferably in proprietary formats that only work on 1 service each, of course. (Whoever writes the ~friendica ~friendica remix plugin will make it compatible to just about anything, also in order to not have to design a new format.)
Michael MD
1 year ago
there's already Meme Generator, right


all I see on http://memegenerator.net/ is an error page


I wish that flash version of skaletracker at skale.org was still online
that was the best audio app I've seen for in-browser use ..
fully functional music tracker - you could write music in it, import your own samples, etc
it used flash player though - apparently compiled to flash bytecode from c source
(probably how he got it fast enough to be actualy usable!)
Mr. X
1 year ago
Our communications with our friends belong to us.

Our photos belong to us.

Our profile information, likes, and dislikes, all belong to us.

They don't belong to you.

If this fucks up your business model, it's time for you to find a new business model. Without us you don't have a business model. In fact without us you have nothing.

And don't you ever forget it.
Chris Case
1 year ago
It happens so often in human history. People give away their power, often without even a thought, for some kind of temporary convenience or expediency. When someone tries to tell them how this actually causes more trouble than its worth, they balk at the thought of having to make a few changes and feign worry that without giving their power away, "THERE WOULD BE CHAOS!!".
Mr. X
1 year ago
It's that time of year...


Derwenttraders: Buy Snake Defence and Traps Online in Australia




It is not a toy and the use of this product should only be considered by people who are confident that they can safely handle the snake. The trap is made of mesh fabric that offers no protection against snake bite. If in anyway you are uncertain that you can deal with a caught snake, please do not buy this product.This Snake trap is ideal for licensed Snake & Reptile trappers for the purpose of surveying or relocation, environmentalists, Government Departments, Universities etc
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Michael Meer
1 year ago
Huhuu! Respect! I'm happy that we have here in germany less toxic snakes.
Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
They're genetically engineered that way to try and keep all the tourists out.
Mr. X
1 year ago
@Friendica Red Development Red pioneers:

please check that both parts of update_r1013 executed - there were typos yesterday and your site may not have gotten either one or both.

Also have fixed an issue which prevented auto-discovery of new channels in some cases (such as the default case). I'm hoping once again to have found the sticky wicket that's preventing some of the basic stuff from working. One day it will just happen and lots of stuff will just start happening and I'm hoping folks will be pleasantly surprised.
Michael Meer
1 year ago
done - checked xlink_link for typo and if its a index.
Alex
1 year ago
Alex tagged Mr. X's status with #red
Mr. X
1 year ago
Mr. X
1 year ago
Red - six months in
Next week will be six months into the Red project. What has been accomplished? A lot.

It still is not quite ready for mass adoption and prime time. We also didn't achieve the level of funding to provide even one full time person to the project.

But I'm proud of what we've pulled off. We've got an incredible platform and architecture. We've been building off that and creating a new type of communications experience. Zot is everything I hoped it would be. Red is everything I hoped it would be. It's rapidly shaping up. Not yet useful for day to day communications, but we've proven the concepts and are now just tweaking the details. It's alive, and the forces of corporate commercialism can't kill it. Ever.

It's time to repeat after me why we're doing this: Because somebody has to stand up for the people of the internet.
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Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
Skepticism...I don't think even most people at Friendica are aware of quite what they're sitting on yet.

Hipsters, sod 'em. To really take off, you need your mum, and your gran, and that bloke from the office who calls IT because he can't find the "any" key. They use email, but they don't even know what it is. Just like they'll use Zot.

Hipsters give you a headstart. If you get them on board, a kickstarter will work, but what it really takes long term are webmasters, and app developers, not hipsters.

We've got a lot of webmasters. We just need to show them what to do.
Bruce Bane
1 year ago from The Free Web

Mike wrote:
I still see a lot of skepticism...


● Keep Calm and Carry On
The poster was initially produced by the Ministry of Information, at the beginning of the Second World War. It was intended to be distributed in order to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster...

The poster was third in a series of three. The previous two posters from the series, "Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might" (400,000 printed) and "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" (800,000 printed) were issued and used across the country for motivational purposes, as the Ministry of Information assumed that the events of the first weeks of the war would demoralise the population...
;-)
Mr. X
1 year ago
It's time to delete my Google account. I don't know if the project forums will remain after I do this, so if somebody wants to take them over as moderator please speak up.

Alternatively perhaps we could provide a phpbb instance or mailing list for questions and install help. I'd prefer just to use Friendica or Red, but there are folks who can't figure out how to get it working or who have troubles with their installation and need another way to communicate.
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Leberwurscht Brot
1 year ago
http://friendica.com/develop has an obsolete link: "The first step in helping us is to join our developer forum at Friendica-Dev."
Mr. X
1 year ago
Got it - thanks
Mr. X
1 year ago
Theatlantic: Bruce Sterling on Why It Stopped Making Sense to Talk About 'The Internet' in 2012 (Alexis C. Madrigal)



The Atlantic covers breaking news, analysis, opinion around politics, business, culture, international, science, technology, national profiles on the official site of the Atlantic Magazine.
tony baldwin doesn't like this.
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RequeteChe
1 year ago
O, o, it seems to me that Thomas has a scratch in his hard disc ..
dead snakes, dead snakes, dead snakes, dead snakes
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Saint Zotious
1 year ago from The Free Web
Start more threads about things that are still alive then.
Mr. X
1 year ago
@Friendica Red Development

Something else that at least needs to be documented somewhere is when you "add a connection" we don't currently set any permissions for them. So you need to explicitly add permissions - at least until we get around to providing some defaults.
Mr. X
1 year ago
2013
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Paul Taylor
1 year ago
HNY Mike. And in other news, friend.elsmussols.net has a new more powerful home, so I should be back up in the next few days all being well :-)
Olivier M.
1 year ago
And then it's our turn : happy new year as well.
Mr. X
1 year ago
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Mr. X
1 year ago
Awkward: that moment when you realise you're on the wrong side of the line.
Mr. X
1 year ago
What kind of idiot designs a coffee maker with a 12 cup carafe and a 10 cup reservoir?
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Oliver
1 year ago from TokTan.org
Try the big one:
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Mr. X
1 year ago
I used to drive my parents crazy playing the B side of this.


YouTube: Napoleon XIV: 'They're coming to take me away' (blocqut)
Olaf Conradi
1 year ago
Haha, I remember when I found this record in my Dad's collection :-D
Bruce Bane
1 year ago from The Free Web
Soooo retarded...


YouTube: THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY, HA-HAAA! (B EDIS)-original 45 RPM (Greg Tibbits)

They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
In his Book of Rock Lists, rock music critic Dave Marsh calls "!aaaH-aH ,yawA eM ekaT oT gnimoC er'yehT" the "most obnoxious song ever to appear in a jukebox", saying the recording once "cleared out a diner of forty patrons in three minutes flat."
:rofl
Mr. X
1 year ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Aaron Gibson


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Mr. X
1 year ago
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Michael Vogel
1 year ago
It was really great. There were about 35 people there - the room was full. Tobias did all of the work - I only commented twice (or so) (so he has to get all of the honor).

There were people who already knew what friendica was - some of them already had set up an own server. But there also were people who hadn't heard of it in any way.

After the talk we continued to talk about friendica in a small group of people (4 or 5 people).
Tobias
1 year ago from Friendica mobile web
I had some problems accessing my blog from Hamburg, so I'm a bit behind with the four entries. I'll finalize them ASAP :-)
Mr. X
1 year ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Jim Morgan


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Mr. X
1 year ago
@Friendica Red Development

Red pioneers:

There is now a configuration for declaring your site's directory role.

The default is

$a->config['system']['directory_mode'] = DIRECTORY_MODE_NORMAL;

Some of you have indicated a willingness to run mirror servers. At this time, please do not. I will require a few "normal" directory clients over the next week or three to get the basic modes and interactions working - then we can work on mirrors.

The only exception is if you have a testing site that you want to keep off the grid. If this is the case, please set the above variable to

DIRECTORY_MODE_STANDALONE

This will use your own site info for the directory and not share or connect with any public directory server.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Mr. X
1 year ago
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families from the folks at Friendica.
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RequeteChe
1 year ago
@all
Hope you spend some nice time with your people. Sorry if I can't worship that date anymore, but at the same time it's the family and friend gathering, so hope you'll have a great time.
Christian Vogeley
1 year ago from Friendica mobile web
Fröhliche Weihnachten! / Merry Christmas also from me to all of you!
Mr. X
1 year ago
Commander Zot has joined Git


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Mr. X
1 year ago
Red update
Sometimes progress is fast, sometimes it bogs down. Last week it bogged down a little bit. The culprit was magic-auth. Remote passwordless authentication across multiple sites on the internet is hard - ask anybody who has ever tried it.

Still progress was made. There's now a framework for magic-auth and I've got algorithms that should work. Went back through and found some bugs that kept "normal communication" from working and sorted them out. ACLs and privacy selectors basically work now. Extended the notification system to provide multiple notification feeds from different sources and consolidated the "liveUpdates" so we can have endless scroll wherever there's a conversation to display - like on your channel page (aka wall). 

As it turns out directory services are probably even more important than magic-auth, since we can already share private stuff without requiring decentralised login. So the rest of the week was spent getting the infrastructure for directory services squared away. Once again, the backend is now mostly solid - and it's just a matter of turning on the front end and scheduling synchronisation and discovery.

Discussions about cloud storage and application leverage led to a slight diversion. I've now provided that "storage" is just another permissions object you can assign rights to. Not only that, but an "application which uses storage" was worked into the project. No we're not going to create a new class of object called "application".  It's something you can interact with and assign permissions to. Therefore, it's a channel - just like everything and everybody else. Just think of it as having Joe and Willis and also a music collaboration program in your list of personal channels. Your music collaboration program might use your personal storage.  Or not. You might send the storage bit to OwnCloud. We don't care. It (the collaborative music app) can send you messages. Or not. You can send it messages. Or not. So really, it's just another channel you interact with (or not).

Oh yeah, you need to be able to write channel apps which use Red services. Sounds like a job for a scripting language and cli interface - which is intimately tied to the API. OK, that didn't get finished this week. Didn't even get started really.  But I think that's where we're going.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Mr. X
1 year ago
Commander Zot is now friends with Friendica Developers


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Mr. X
1 year ago
Australia - the place to B for Christmas...

Barbecues. Beer. Brilliant Bright Burning Beaches. Babes! Bronze Bodies. Bodacious Bosoms. Bikinis.
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RequeteChe
1 year ago
Commander!
The fact that I speak german, that I am (was) german, shouldn't make you guess that I'm still there, or right now. Remember I already advised that:
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:-)

Actually I can't get those people who pose them selfs like cows or dogs in a breeding show, I suppose as much as the rest of us.

As I'm sweating here as you are over their, I suppose, this pick relates as much to the date as for you. Actually as I grew up in northern hemisphere same as you, their simply is no Xmas at all for me, yet I relate it as you state to winter solstice, a quite and cold ambiente.

So the Reef founders guys aren't from Hawaii or California!
Didn't expect that.
Michael MD
1 year ago
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that was a beach party! (1994)
Mr. X
1 year ago
Looks like just under three hours until the Mayan long count comes to an end and the earth presumably vanishes from existence or crosses the galactic plane and vapourises. 

What to do...

And I've got a case of #homebrew.

Hmmm. No sense letting good beer go to waste.
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Michael MD
1 year ago
11.11 .. I'd better get to a party early then.. there might be a long overdue opportunity :-)
Mr. X
1 year ago
10:11 Sydney time.

But The Haab doesn't take into consideration leap years, so the long count is likely off by about 25 days every hundred years. In order to estimate when the true end is near we would have to know when they started counting. If they started in 3114 BC (4 Ahaw, 8 Kumku) then the cumulative error would put world's end about 3.5 years from now.
Mr. X
1 year ago
#nsfw
Mr. X
1 year ago
zot discovery
I'll have to document this fully, but this is what a zot "discovery packet" looks like. You supply a channel such as

"mike@zothub.com"

and it will give you back:

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This is a bit like webfinger, but it goes much further. It tells you about the channel and how to communicate with it securely, what kind of information to display (and when to update it), what permissions are in effect for the observer (in this case it is for a non-authenticated observer), what other servers provide information about this channel, (and which have priority), and then information about the network role of this particular server and whether or not it provides directory services (and if so where to find them). It also tells you whether or not this person is "visible" in the directory.

If you provide the credentials for any observer, it will tell you what permissions are in effect for that observer - what they can and can't do.

If somebody you've never heard of before tries to contact you, you can easily locate this information from their zot packet and use it to verify their identity. If you have a new site, it also tells you a little bit about the network around you and where to look to discover more of what surrounds you. It only takes one or two such discoveries to start putting together a network map and being able to find anybody in the network. And we build these tables every time you look for somebody else or somebody else looks for you. If nobody looks for you, we'll check a known location or two and build the network map off of that.

Unless you tell us not to, we'll go out and find the rest of the network for you. All of it. None of this "I'm new here and running my own hub and can't find anybody".
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Mr. X
1 year ago
The "personal information" we're giving out is the name of the channel and where to find a photo. That's pretty much it.

We need to provide some permissions so that you don't compose a lengthy email and then find out after you send it that they're not accepting email from strangers. It also provides a clue whether or not to provide a link to a photo page or detailed profile. If you don't know, you're just stabbing in the dark and praying - and that leads to frustrated users.
Domovoy
1 year ago
Got it, makes perfect sense now.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Erkan Yılmaz

Status: Upcoming changes in the status.net service


I'm going to be rolling out some new software over the next few weeks, and part of that process will be winding down our existing services to make money and effort available for the new ones. To start off that process, I'm announcing today a wind-down of the status.net service.

My goals are to keep people's valuable information available to them, maintain the integrity of links and subscriptions, and make transitions reasonable and cost-efficient.
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Mr. X
1 year ago
But xml hasn't even been around long.
Stuff moves so fast; it's hard to keep up...


16 years give or take. Json's been around for about 11.
tony baldwin
1 year ago
Man, time flies...

but I swear, when I first wrote an LJ client only 5 years ago, there was still a plaintext method available, but the platform was moving to XML-RPC, and that's first time I remember ever doing anything with XML.
Now, I use it a lot in my work.
Translation memory files, .tmx (Translation Memory eXchange), are an XML format, and .xliff files (XML Localisation Interchange File Format), and stuff.
My Xpostulate still uses XML-RPC to post to LJ and Wordpress and stuff, and, to my knowledge, google's blogger still uses an XML based API, etc.
And, were the initial OOo .sxw and stuff XML? I don't know...I think they moved to an XML format with .odf, no? which hasn't been around that long, and, of course, Redmond was late getting on that bus, only releasing their OOXML .docx, etc., to my knowledge, in what...2007 or 2008 (also c. 5 years ago)?
Mr. X
1 year ago
"Are you not entertained?"

Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill

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Michael
1 year ago
I recently visited the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden. It was interesting.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Red theming
A bit of guidance so there are no mis-understandings....

The "per module CSS" in Red isn't intended to provide "decoration" such as colours and icons, shadows, and borders. The goal is to have a place to put basic positional and layout stuff which will be constant across many themes. Then the main theme CSS file can concentrate completely on what makes this theme unique - e.g. the decorations.

What one may find is that the layout stuff will probably require changes for mobile and bidirectional themes. That's probably the only time you really need to mess with the per-module files unless you're doing something radical.

Basically - much like template files define the content of a page, the per-module css defines the basic layout of the pages in the absence of any instruction to the contrary from the theme css.  Then the theme css defines how it is decorated. There's a fine line between layout and decoration, but if folks use this model I think you'll find writing themes (even from scratch) a much simpler process because we'll start off with the page already looking somewhat presentable. Then you just paint a personality on top of that.
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Mr. X
1 year ago
It's not bad. There's no rush.

Until now I was the only one working on it so I didn't have to tell anybody why things were done a particular way. It will all start to make sense, but if I don't explain it, we could easily end up with a bigger mess where somebody has to edit 427 files to change the colour or font-size.
Saint Zotious
1 year ago
I was thinking of sort of Yahoo powered by Red, where all the pages are radically different (eg, compare Europsort to Yahoo Mail).

You'd only want your very basic stuff that's used everywhere in style.css - sort of a more up to date <!--#include virtual="header.shtml"-->

But yeah, now you explain it, the other way round makes more sense.
Mr. X
1 year ago
Getting deep into Red magic-auth.

Send coffee.
Tobias
1 year ago
:coffee
Fabio
1 year ago
:coffee <-- italian espresso
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