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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-09-22
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:20:01 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-09-22, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-09-22, 05:00-05:15

BST (UK):
2018-09-22, 10:00-10:15

CEST (Most of Europe):
2018-09-22, 11:00-11:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2018-09-22, 19:00-19:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Announcements / Debate Club forum restructure
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:15:53 PM »
Hello Earthers of all shapes and sizes!

In the hope of facilitating more constructive and honest debate, we will be restructuring the forums tomorrow (2018-06-24, 09:00 UTC) while down for maintenance. To minimise confusion during the transition, you will not be able to access the forum while the changes are being made.

A summary of the changes that will take place:

1) Create Flat Earth Investigations - Investigate authoritative claims on any topic. Question our institutions and challenge conventional wisdom.

2) Rename Flat Earth General to Flat Earth Community.

3) Merge FE debate, FE Q&A, Rename to Flat Earth Theory - A place to examine the Flat Earth Theory.

4) Rename Flat Earth Information Repository to Flat Earth Media

5) Rename Zetetic Council Forum to Flat Earth Projects. Place the Earth Not a Globe Workshop as a subforum within Flat Earth Projects (Ideally, not seen on the main Table of Contents page)

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-06-24
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:08:36 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for up to 30 minutes on 2018-06-24, between 09:00 and 09:30 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-06-24, 05:00-05:30

BST (UK):
2018-06-24, 10:00-10:30

CEST (Most of Europe):
2018-06-24, 11:00-11:30

AEST (Australia east coast):
2018-06-24, 19:00-19:30


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

We will also be restructuring the upper fora at this time, which will be announced separately.

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Status Notices / Unplanned outage, 2018-06-21
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:06:00 PM »
From about 04:22 to 05:32 UTC on 2018-06-21, the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC were offline due to an outage with the hosting provider.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-05-11
« on: May 11, 2018, 10:48:26 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for up to two hours on 2018-05-11, between 12:00 and 14:00 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-05-11, 08:00-10:00

BST (UK):
2018-05-11, 13:00-15:00

CEST (Most of Europe):
2018-05-11, 14:00-16:00

AEST (Australia east coast):
2018-05-11, 22:00-24:00


This is a security patch window initiated by the hosting provider. Sorry for the late notice, they let me know ages ago and I forgot to post it here until now.

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Technology & Information / My weekly 9front time
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:47:35 PM »
In the spirit of the last great OS contribution thread, I am now focusing my attention on an even better OS by the name of 9front. Since tomorrow is a public holiday here, I'm going to take the opportunity to get started.

Thursday, 10 May, 2018

Problems to fix
  • Investigate why the etheriwl driver will not associate to my home WiFi (while it works just fine with my phone's WiFi hotspot).
  • Fix some quirks in autocompletion in rio text windows.
  • Debug man -b.
  • Investigate having different tabstops for different sam windows.
  • Try out 9webdraw as a substitute for drawterm, and extend it to support dp9ik authentication.
Long-term investigation to start
  • Implement a RADOS 9p server, which could later be used to support CephFS mounts.

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Technology & Information / I want a real mouse
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:44:18 AM »
So basically every mouse these days has a clickable scrollwheel instead of a real middle button. The few that do have a real middle button generally accomplish this by dispensing with the scrollwheel. I want one that has both.

Scouring the Internet has brought up two options:

The Contour Mouse seems perfect, since the scrollwheel is controlled with the thumb and so is entirely independent of the middle button. However, multiple reviews on Amazon say that the surface of the mouse is very slippery and it takes a lot of effort not to have your hand slip off all the time.

The Evoluent VerticalMouse 4 puts the scrollwheel in between the left and middle buttons, which is slightly less optimal, but it has better reviews. It looks really stupid, but a mouse isn't supposed to be eye candy, so I'm ok with that. This is currently my preferred option.

I'm curious if anyone else has any other suggestions. If not, I'll order an Evoluent sometime in the next few days.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-04-29
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:22:27 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-04-29, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-04-29, 05:00-05:15

BST (UK):
2018-04-29, 10:00-10:15

CEST (Most of Europe):
2018-04-29, 11:00-11:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2018-04-29, 19:00-19:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Arts & Entertainment / MOVED: earth chan
« on: February 04, 2018, 11:50:06 AM »

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Status Notices / Unannounced maintenance, 2018-01-17
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:35:34 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC were offline for about fifteen minutes on 2018-01-17, between 09:20 and 09:35 UTC.

This maintenance was initiated by the hosting provider as part of their patching for the Meltdown vulnerability. I received notice of this maintenance yesterday but forgot to relay the notice here because I've been sick this week.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-01-13
« on: January 10, 2018, 06:37:49 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-01-13, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EST (USA east coast):
2018-01-13, 05:00-05:15

UTC (UK):
2018-01-13, 10:00-10:15

CET (Most of Europe):
2018-01-13, 11:00-11:15

AEDT (Australia east coast):
2018-01-13, 21:00-21:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-12-23
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:47:56 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2017-12-23, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EST (USA east coast):
2017-12-23, 05:00-05:15

UTC (UK):
2017-12-23, 10:00-10:15

CET (Most of Europe):
2017-12-23, 11:00-11:15

AEDT (Australia east coast):
2017-12-23, 21:00-21:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Technology & Information / Building a real distributed Plan 9 system
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:56:45 PM »
So this is more of a medium-to-long-term thing, but I want to try to build a proper distributed Plan 9 system, with all the services running on different machines, and I've been thinking about what hardware to use.

So far, I'm leaning towards:


File server - HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10

Auth server - Raspberry Pi

To be honest, I actually don't know much about the auth server or what resources it needs, but I can't imagine it being too intensive, so a RPi should suffice.


Cpu server - Intel NUC7i7BNH

Terminal - any web browser

This is actually the fun bit. I plan to install 9webdraw, which is an HTML5 implementation of a Plan 9 terminal. As a result, I will be able to use any web browser on any Internet-connected computer anywhere as a terminal for this whole system.

Of course, I'll probably also install a real Plan 9 terminal, most likely on my X201, but having the ability to make any public computer into a terminal for my own OS seems like a neat feature. This will also make it easy to hand out accounts to anyone else who may be interested in the system.


Software is a no-brainer, of course. 9front is the only competently maintained Plan 9 derivative. As a bonus, it has an x86 hypervisor, so I can run OpenBSD in a VM on the cpu server for all my Unix crapware.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-11-25
« on: November 23, 2017, 03:38:57 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2017-11-25, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EST (USA east coast):
2017-11-25, 05:00-05:15

UTC (UK):
2017-11-25, 10:00-10:15

CET (Most of Europe):
2017-11-25, 11:00-11:15

AEDT (Australia east coast):
2017-11-25, 21:00-21:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Renewed FES merger talks
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:06:03 PM »
For anyone who may not be aware, preliminary merger talks have started up again in this thread on the other FES. There is nothing concrete to report yet, but if and when we come to a tentative agreement, it will of course be posted here for general approval before we proceed with anything. This is just a heads up at the moment in case anyone is interested in following the discussion over there.

Edit: Also, John Davis is refusing to engage anyone but me on the subject as he wants a single point of contact. If anyone wants me to raise anything with him, please post it here.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-09-30
« on: September 28, 2017, 09:02:26 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about an hour on 2017-09-30, between 08:00 and 10:00 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2017-09-30, 04:00-06:00

BST (UK):
2017-09-30, 09:00-11:00

CEST (Most of Europe):
2017-09-30, 10:00-12:00

AEST (Australia east coast):
2017-09-30, 18:00-20:00


During this time, the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be migrated to a new virtual machine host. This downtime would be required next week regardless due to maintenance imposed by the hosting provider; we are choosing to undertake the migration early in order to take downtime at a time of our choosing.

At the same time, we will be undertaking two unrelated changes. First, we will be updating SMF's configuration to use HTTPS links for everything on the forum and homepage, following the successful transition to mandatory HTTPS earlier this month. Second, security updates will also be installed on the server. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-09-10
« on: September 09, 2017, 07:28:08 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2017-09-10, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2017-09-10, 05:00-05:15

BST (UK):
2017-09-10, 10:00-10:15

CEST (most of Europe):
2017-09-10, 11:00-11:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2017-09-10, 19:00-19:15


During this maintenance window, the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be configured to require SSL for all traffic. This should have no user impact for the homepage, forum and wiki, as well as the webchat interface to IRC. In the case of direct connections to IRC, you will need to reconfigure your IRC client to use SSL if it is not already.

At the same time, we will install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-06-18
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:23:21 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for up to 2 hours on 2017-06-18, between 08:00 and 10:00 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2017-06-18, 04:00-06:00

BST (UK):
2017-06-18, 09:00-11:00

CEST (Most of Europe):
2017-06-18, 10:00-12:00

AEST (Australia east coast):
2017-06-18, 18:00-20:00


The server will be upgraded to a newer stable release of its operating system. This introduces the risk that problems will arise after the maintenance; in case any are noted, please create a thread in Suggestions & Concerns so that we can deal with it. Thank you.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-05-23
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:22:21 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2017-05-23, between 09:00 and 09:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2017-05-23, 05:00-05:15

BST (UK):
2017-05-23, 10:00-10:15

CEST (Most of Europe):
2017-05-23, 11:00-11:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2017-05-23, 19:00-19:15


We will be updating SMF from 2.0.13 to 2.0.14, which is a larger patch than normal. We will also be taking this opportunity to update the Tapatalk integration code with the latest SMF fixes. While we are endeavouring to test the change as thoroughly as possible beforehand, please report any problems that may arise after it has taken place, either in this thread or in a new thread in S&C (the latter being preferred for bigger issues).

During this maintenance window, we will also be installing security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.


For details of the changes we will be applying, see these GitHub commits:

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2017-05-04
« on: May 01, 2017, 03:58:22 AM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2017-05-04, between 07:00 and 07:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

EDT (USA east coast):
2017-05-04, 03:00-03:15

BST (UK):
2017-05-04, 08:00-08:15

AEST (Australia east coast):
2017-05-04, 17:00-17:15


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum, wiki and IRC. These will be non-disruptive to functionality, as the server is running a stable OS release that gets critical fixes only.

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