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Technology & Information / Re: junker gets a new phone 2018 edition
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:23:37 PM »
So I have a Pixel 3 now and don't have an iPhone XS anymore.

Too bad it's not 2018.

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Status Notices / Re: Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-26
« on: January 26, 2019, 10:38:41 AM »
Maintenance complete. Please let me know if you notice any breakage that may be related.

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Status Notices / Unplanned outage, 2019-01-23
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:09:09 AM »
The forum and homepage were offline from about 00:07 to 06:05 UTC on 2019-01-23. The cause was the database partition running out of disk space while the admin was asleep.

In the short term, I've just added more space. The long-term fix is to set up proper monitoring so we know well in advance when this sort of thing is going to happen.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-26
« on: January 22, 2019, 04:08:14 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for up to an hour on 2019-01-26, between 10:00 and 11:00 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
January 26, 2019, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to migrate the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki to a different (but related) operating system, which should provide reliability, security and maintenance benefits going forward.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Citizen
« on: January 20, 2019, 10:51:55 PM »
Don't feed the Thork.

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Status Notices / Re: Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-19
« on: January 19, 2019, 10:01:36 AM »
Maintenance complete.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Citizen
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:00:40 PM »
The schedule isn't useful as far as telling what will and will not get released. Take, for example, how ships will be 20% done only two weeks before release then they suddenly turn 100%.

This is just the result of using "agile" methodology to try to predict delivery dates, when that is actually antithetical to its goals. "Agile" development intentionally trades off certainty regarding delivery dates in exchange for more steady delivery of features as they become ready.

Most of the complaints about Scam Shitizen's delays are just people not understanding this, and not reading the honking great disclaimers about it that CIG releases either. I can't believe I'm actually defending CIG, but seriously, this is just how software development works.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2019-01-19
« on: January 16, 2019, 07:48:52 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2019-01-19, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
January 19, 2019, 10:00:00 AM


The intent is to install security updates on the server which hosts the homepage, forum and wiki. 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 / Re: Scheduled maintenance, 2018-12-15
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:02:20 AM »
We had a bumpy ride with this one. All changes went well, but after rebooting the host's network failed to come up. I raised a ticket with the hosting provider's support, but the issue rectified itself after an hour or so anyway.

I'm going to see if I can poke support to figure out what went wrong, but in the meantime it's probably a good idea if I expedite our plans to move to new infrastructure.

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-12-15
« on: December 13, 2018, 06:52:53 AM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-12-15, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

In your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured), this is:
December 15, 2018, 10:00:00 AM


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

At the same time, the server's timezone and canonical hostname will be changed. This is not expected to cause any problems.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Smileys are busting https
« on: December 11, 2018, 06:44:59 AM »
So this was just SMF being ridiculous as usual and putting an absolute URL to the smileys in the database instead of just relying on the global forum URL setting (because why would you store the forum URL in one place?).

Updated to a relative URL which should fix the issue and means that if we ever change the forum URL again this won't be an issue. Let me know if you still notice problems.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:58:36 PM »
To be fair, I think webchat sometimes masquerades timeouts as quits
But you provided timestamps. 13 seconds is not a timeout.

If Saddam's phone happened to switch networks at the moment he sent that message, an ICMP host unreachable message may have been returned to the web server when it next attempted contact, which could result in the connection being closed immediately. Given how awful webchat is at reporting what the real disconnection reason was, I'm willing to give Saddam the benefit of the doubt here.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:53:10 PM »
Hit-and-run shitposting? Now flapping is enough to get me banned? What a joke.
It's very easy to tell the difference, you know.

To be fair, I think webchat sometimes masquerades timeouts as quits (another reason I want to get rid of our current awful mess of a webchat). If that is the case here, then I'm sorry, Saddam. It genuinely looked like you just joined to post a shitty meme and then quit before anyone could respond (which you used to do quite often, in my defence).

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:49:15 PM »
Saddam doesn't even know who's banning him. It's almost always me

This actually isn't my impression, but it's been so long since he was last banned (except for two very recent ones) that I just don't know who bans him most often. This is why I'm baffled by the response here -- this is a very infrequent occurrence, and at least as far as I'm concerned, Saddam has improved a lot in the past few years. If he would just take the occasional ban as a nudge in the right direction rather than restarting this victim narrative, everything would be fine.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:03:16 PM »
I’m not proposing a philosophical discussion, I am asking if you have done a gut-check based on the feedback from others? Saddam
is saying there is an unclear standard of behavior based on what others do not get banned for. Perhaps what is needed is a clear conversation where the prohibited behaviors are explicitly spelled out so he understands what standard he is allowed?

His response to being told he isn't allowed to do something is always "lol" or something along those lines. His response when he then gets banned for it is to cry victim. We've been over this dozens of times by now because every time someone new comes along they start proposing exactly the same "solutions" to what looks to them like a straightforward problem.

The only problem here is that Saddam refuses to adjust his behaviour until it boils to a head like this and he deletes his account. He can easily rectify that if he wants to.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 02:04:56 PM »
I dunno, I see a bunch of people who are calling this perception in to question. If you are claiming that you treat everyone the same then you probably are not being 100% honest because humans suck at being fair.

I'm not really interested in having a philosophical discussion on the biases of the human psyche. All I'm saying is that I don't think Saddam has been unfairly banned recently. (There was a time a few years ago when a few of us were somewhat trigger-happy where Saddam was concerned, I admit, but that's long past.)

The fact that we're even having this conversation supports my point. When most people get banned, they stop doing the thing they were banned for and we all move on. When Saddam gets banned, he plays the victim and somehow gets enough people on his side to create a whole drama over it.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:03:47 PM »
If this problem is to be solved both sides are going to have to make a commitment to trying something different. irc isn’t so special that this shouldn’t be solved.

Is there a problem, though? Despite what he claims, Saddam doesn't get banned for shitposting, he gets banned for either being disruptive to an ongoing conversation or (in the most recent case) hit-and-run shitposting, where he doesn't even care to engage any responses from the people he's bothering.

Anyone else doing this would also get banned. Saddam doesn't get banned when he shitposts in the same way everyone else does. The only thing setting Saddam apart from everyone else is that, when his behaviour is called out, he doubles down rather than easing off.

I'm happy to work on solving a problem if there is one, but I don't see that there is.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 06, 2018, 10:24:37 AM »
I've mentioned this in the past, but to reiterate, I have no issues with the community at large. My problem begins and ends with Parsifal.

Have you considered that this irrational outlook might be exacerbating the problem? Whenever I actually try to talk to you, you just ignore me, which is why I no longer bother.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 05, 2018, 06:54:45 AM »
My God, a shitpost! A shitpost, on IRC! The gravest of all offenses!

I really don't care whether you want to stop or not. I can keep banning you if that's what you prefer, I don't mind.

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Technology & Information / Re: The Flat Earth Society official IRC chat
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:56:48 PM »
you keep banning me on a whim
on a whim

Dec 01 21:29:23 *       Saddamoid has joined
Dec 01 21:29:33 <Saddamoid>     Q predicted this
Dec 01 21:29:46 *       Saddamoid has quit ("The Lounge - https://thelounge.github.io")

Have you considered not doing shit like this if you don't want to be banned?

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