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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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Announcements / We've got five years, stuck on my eyes
« on: December 01, 2018, 12:28:31 PM »
Five years ago to the minute, I asked for help in building the best damn Flat Earth discussion forum on the web. The growth and success we've seen since then is more amazing than any of us ever could have hoped for.

The number of people who've helped make this place what it is is too numerous to mention, but here are some high points:
  • Our forum growth is accelerating both in terms of new topics and new members, in a decade when independent web forums overall are rapidly declining.
  • We remain one of the few Flat Earth discussion forums that welcomes constructive discussion from Round Earthers. We still believe that the best way to improve our own ideas is by exposing them to criticism.
  • Our wiki has grown into one of the richest references for Flat Earth knowledge on the web, and continues to be actively maintained.
  • On social media, we continue to be a voice of reason in discussions with Round Earthers and fellow Flat Earthers alike. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for your daily dose of logic!
  • We've expanded our media presence to include regular interviews with the press.
  • We have developed our own consistent branding across all our channels, and it's pretty slick, if we do say so ourselves.
We're especially proud to be a positive influence on the growth of the Flat Earth movement at large. We believe that being transparent and providing a freethinking platform for open (but civil!) discussion of all ideas is the best way to promote our own ideas, as people see how they stand up to scrutiny. We believe the numbers speak for themselves on this one.

To everyone reading this, no matter where you are, what shape you think the Earth is or what your opinion of our organisation, we invite you to raise a glass to these accomplishments, and hope you'll be a part of making the next five years even better!

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-11-11
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:56:59 PM »
The homepage, forum and wiki will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-11-11, 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:
November 11, 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.

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Arts & Entertainment / Aretha Franklin dead (some time ago)
« on: November 03, 2018, 12:42:11 AM »
Since apparently the current media trend of hailing the apocalypse whenever a celebrity dies doesn't extend to anyone with actual talent, here's a belated farewell to Aretha Franklin, who died on 16 August. Sad times. :(

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Status Notices / Scheduled maintenance, 2018-11-03
« on: October 31, 2018, 07:40:34 PM »
The homepage, forum, wiki and IRC will be going offline for about five minutes on 2018-11-03, between 10:00 and 10:15 UTC.

For convenience, this means:

Your local time (if you are logged in and have your time offset correctly configured):
November 03, 2018, 10:00:00 AM

EDT (USA east coast):
2018-11-03, 06:00-06:15

UTC (UK):
2018-11-03, 10:00-10:15

CET (Most of Europe):
2018-11-03, 11:00-11:15

AEDT (Australia east coast):
2018-11-03, 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, 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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