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Flat Earth Media / Re: International Shipping Agent
« on: August 07, 2020, 07:42:42 PM »
It's the same concept as airlines.  Shippers use Hubs, track a package on FedEx from Texas to California and it goes through Memphis TN.  No mystery here.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:39:21 PM »
Are you sure this used to work? On my test forum, if I check out the code from February 2019 (which is as far back as I can go, otherwise the code to check the new-style password hash isn't there yet), I see identical behaviour. It's also worth noting that my test forum is using a copy of the database from over a month ago, so it can't be a recent change to the database that caused it.

Of course, it is always possible that a recent code change caused unread posts to be permanently flagged as read so that reverting it doesn't fix it, I guess.

Edit: Actually, making new posts (both in existing threads and new threads) with a different user account does cause them to show up in Unread Posts, so there's something more deeply broken here.

While I can't say if it worked correctly or not,  it did work.   I always clicked the Unread posts on the "Flat Earth Discussion" and got a list.  This worked until a week or so ago.   The reason I noticed was that there were no new posts in the "Flat Earth Discussion Boards" for days early this week and I clicked in and saw plenty.

It's interesting, I just clicked unread in the FEDB section and got one hit



That post was from today.   Clicking into FEI I see many unread posts but the next newest was June 7.  That seems to validate your date stamp theory.




In FE Projects there is a post on June 30th that does not show in the unread.


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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 03, 2020, 05:30:37 PM »
Are you sure this used to work? On my test forum, if I check out the code from February 2019 (which is as far back as I can go, otherwise the code to check the new-style password hash isn't there yet), I see identical behaviour. It's also worth noting that my test forum is using a copy of the database from over a month ago, so it can't be a recent change to the database that caused it.

Of course, it is always possible that a recent code change caused unread posts to be permanently flagged as read so that reverting it doesn't fix it, I guess.

Edit: Actually, making new posts (both in existing threads and new threads) with a different user account does cause them to show up in Unread Posts, so there's something more deeply broken here.

While I can't say if it worked correctly or not,  it did work.   I always clicked the Unread posts on the "Flat Earth Discussion" and got a list.  This worked until a week or so ago.   The reason I noticed was that there were no new posts in the "Flat Earth Discussion Boards" for days early this week and I clicked in and saw plenty.


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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:33:48 PM »
This is a recent development.  As recently as last week it worked fine.
This is useful information. We did make a bunch of changes recently, none of which I would immediately think might be related, but it gives us something to look through.

glad to be of help instead of a pain in the a for a change

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Unread Posts not working
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:11:33 PM »
So, the function that generates these is an amazing 900-liner featuring awe-inspiring comments from the original authors like "// Sanity... where have you gone?"

I hope to set an expectation here. I'm not sure what's going wrong, but I can confirm that the results "seem wrong" from my point of view too. However, figuring out wtf is going on may turn out to be trivial, or it may turn out to be impossible.

This is a recent development.  As recently as last week it worked fine.  I would look for recent check-ins.  Unless something seemingly unrelated broke it.

I may steal "// Sanity... where have you gone?" for all future code comments!


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Suggestions & Concerns / Unread Posts not working
« on: July 02, 2020, 05:27:37 PM »
On the main forum page, clicking the unread posts in the "-Unread PostsFlat Earth Discussion Boards" shows no unread posts but entering "Flat Earth Theory" shows unread posts.

Not earth (flat or otherwise) shattering but annoying.








It works on the bottom 2 and not on the upper two sections.  Odd

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Black Lives Matter
« on: June 29, 2020, 04:42:06 PM »


A compromise, how nice. I think we agree more than we disagree on a lot of things tbh. We're not so different, you and I.

I will admit an occasional tendency to the reductive when arguing politics. I don't really see the world as black and white, I only come across that way sometimes.


You nailed the problem.   Binary thinking is the problem now.   I am 62 and have never seen anything like the pure hatred each side has for the other.   

It's easy to get into the "Blue Plate Special" thinking in politics.   You take it all or you are the enemy.   You see it every day where people are crucified for not being BLM enough or saying it wrong or not enough we've though they mean well.

There are many good cops and bad cops
There are many good Democrats and bad Democrats
There are many good Republicans and bad Republicans
There are many good people and bad people



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https://imgur.com/gallery/qnpKl0j

Defence lawyer's Twitter thread of instances of unprovoked, almost casual brutality from the police has reached over 300 entries now.

In the instance above, elderly man pushed over by police, cracks head on concrete, and they casually walk past him like he's a piece of trash

Wheelchair-bound homeless guy in LA shot and blinded in one eye

Journalist ordered to lie face down, while waving his press credentials and pleading to be let up, a group of cops walk past, and one of them casually pepper sprays him, apparently out of spite.

Numerous cases of people blinded or injured from close-quarters hits from rubber bullets and such

Utah police rush up to clearly fragile older man WITH A WALKING STICK and jostle him along the road until he falls.

Woman is sitting on ground, face covered, apparently from effects of pepper spray, and cop walks up and casually kicks her over.

etc

etc

@greg_doucette



This is a 2 sided problem when it comes to inner cities and poor people.   

1.  The Police are undertrained, underpaid, and under-educated.    They developed an "us against them" mentality and it shows.
2.  You have vast areas of people that have lived with poverty for generations.  Except for a few outliers, no one succeeds and those few have left.   The young people have no one to look up to besides the criminals that have money, nice cars, clothes, guns, etc.


Now put these 2 groups together and it's no surprise that shit hits the fan.




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Thork, I want people to have that attitude. I want people to be paranoid that the Orange Man will win again,  despite the overwhelming evidence that he won't. Apparently it's the only way to energize enough Democrats to make a difference.

Sadly America's youth will not vote, they just can't be bothered.  Maybe if they could vote on Tik Tok?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 24, 2020, 10:16:57 PM »
This example just shows how selfish and greedy you foreigners are, wanting our tax dollars to support the world.
Can we drop the dollar? If we can drop the dollar as the world reserve currency, we'll never ask you for anything. But so long as you can give us IOUs  in exchange for real goods and services without any hope of ever paying us back ... its a stretch to suggest we are the ones exploiting you.
https://goldiraguide.org/the-benefit-of-having-the-worlds-reserve-currency/

Careful what you ask for.   Anytime someone makes noise about the dollar their country turns to rubble.   Ask Libya how that worked out.

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I am of the opinion that references to "extraterrestrial," phenomena are more likely to be "extra dimensional."

I think extra-dimensional travel or even time travel is as reasonable an explanation due to the almost inconceivable distances involved in interstellar travel.


Plus that whole rockets not working in a vacuum thing.

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https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/03/09/coronavirus-its-time-to-debunk-claims-that-vitamin-c-could-cure-it/


As much as it pains me to side with Tom B, Snopes has been shown to be anything but impartial.

Note, not defending the Vitamin C

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: A note on "Conspiracy" theories
« on: June 24, 2020, 07:07:46 PM »
Hello friends.

Have any of you noticed that any "conspiracy" theory tends assume the government is hiding something.  Maybe wrongfully?

Is it possible that things do "Transpire" but for natural reasons?   Such and such dispute arose from natural phenonena, and not b/c somebody planned out?

Yes most of them going around today are bad government ideas.  That or shadow government. 

I have a fairly mixed group of friends where politics are concerned.  I have never seen so many seemingly smart people spouting these.

A short list of ones that I hear about BLM and the virus.

From the right: This is all a scam to

force us into socialism.
get rid of Trump and all republicans
start a race war
start a class war
take our guns away

From the left: This is all a scam to

keep Trump and all republicans in office
start a race war
make guns sound like a good idea




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So Brexit can be a mistake in the same way that electing HRC could be. Got it.
Honouring Brexit isn't a mistake. That was the will of the people. Nothing else matters.

Being American I don't pretend to understand British politics (unlike all the Europen experts in American politics).   The closest I can come to it aside from news stories is my neighbor and friend who is a British citizen, an engineer by trade,  and he claims to not really understand Brexit either.   His statement and I have no idea if it's correct, is that Brexit won the vote based on huge numbers of retired people that were concerned over non-brits taking jobs.   

True, false, maybe, maybe not?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Sleepy Joe 2020
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:36:18 PM »
We won't be getting hella cash next year, or hella healthcare, but we are going to have a massively entertaining election season. Let's get some support going for our boy Joe.



This man will be the first president to get 25th'ed.   He will be removed.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Political compass
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:34:17 PM »
Time for the revolution, comrades.


Say when


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Political compass
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:19:54 PM »
There were a few threads about this on the old site. For those not in the know, the Political Compass is an attempt to engineer a test that maps political beliefs onto a two-dimensional graph. It's far from perfect, but I find it interesting to see how my views have changed over the years.

See also: http://politicalcompass.org/

I just took this again for the first time in four years, and apparently I'm drifting slowly to the right:



Compare with my previous result from 2011.

I seem to be slipping left.   I used to be almost exactly center on both axis



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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Is God possible?
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:12:39 PM »
Go even farther:
If our universe is a simulation, God is the Admin.  God could be a human 100 years in the future with access to computers capable of simulating at least part of a universe.

Oh god, I hope it's not run on a Windows machine, or maybe it is and that explains 2020?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 24, 2020, 06:10:47 PM »

Lifetime politicians are not something we want anymore. They tend to be corrupt hacks.

Exactly.   

Someone please mark this day.  I agree with TB

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Flat Earth Community / Re: If you could who would it be.
« on: June 17, 2020, 07:48:35 PM »


Would I still be willing to give it a go on the off chance? Yeah, why not? It's not like I'm afraid of blowing up in a tragic accident.


Hindsight says no to the starship.  That thing is like a firecracker.

https://www.google.com/search?q=starship+explosions&sxsrf=ALeKk0099U5RwNQi9ubmTzcqgqwrdDARQw:1592423294107&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwis-JqGz4nqAhUKeawKHW5uCDkQ_AUoAXoECA4QAw&biw=1536&bih=750


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