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@thurloat I've been meaning to get mpd hooked up. Not graphical, though.

We can do Windows, Linux, PS3 and Android.
No Chromecast, Roku or any somesuch stuff. We do have an Android box hooked up to the TV.

Anybody aware of good services for streaming live sports available in Canada?
We're specifically interested in the superbowl, but also UFC, Pro Wrestling and Soccer.
I am willing to pay a reasonable amount, too. I figure ~$20/month is "reasonable", but prefer cheaper, all else being the same.

Hot damn, this song is doing it for me.
The Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See

Excessive memory usage.
I am totally going out on a limb here and guessing wildly, but I think there is a correlation between this problematic behavior and my attempt to get Matrix working.

Something is going on with my VPS... I don't think I caused it this time; at least not directly. Lots of timeouts and just generally being very slow.
I better investigate for malware... *sigh*

Hey followers!
I set up my own Pleroma server and account at @GrooveStomp

Don't feel obligated, but if you like following me, then follow that account as well.
I've been following folks from that account but I have missed a lot of you.

Woohoo! Successfully restored!
Unfortunately I am set back to late October... but still! :-D

175 git
55 exit
53 ls
26 cd
22 reset


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reminder that 4G cellular service does not exist yet

(among the requirements is a speed requirement of 1 Gbps when stationary, 100 Mbps when moving)

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Commutes are free for employers. If those 2 hours lost on the road would be paid, remote work would have been the standard since the 90's.

I bought Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3!

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I just woke up. Here are the pictures I took last night.

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anyone ever told you "premature optimization is the root of all evil"?

let me tell you a story. about computers and javascript and hitler and the soviet union.

a friend of mine just dug up some numbers and did some math for my dyscalculic ass and came up with the conclusion that just by transmitting the minified version of jquery around (not even executing it!), Planet Earth is likely using up somewhere between 7-14 billion kWh of power every year.

let's put that into some perspective.

world war two was the single deadliest conflict in human history. it killed somewhere around 80 million people, which at the time was three percent of *all humans, everywhere.* it left europe in ruins, and nowhere was the damage so intense and horrific as the Soviet Union.

the Battle of Stalingrad is one of the most famous battles of the war. two million people died there alone. in the opening salvos the entire city was flattened by nazi and soviet bombs alike. eventually the Union prevailed, at a tremendous cost.

but Stalingrad was only one of the cities flattened, only one of the battles fought as Europe burned. the devastation was so comprehensive that nearly every western nation had to rely on aid from the US, one of the only powers on either side whose economy was intact, to rebuild. (it didn't help that American wartime policy was designed more to inflict as much Nazi death and destruction as possible on the Soviets, of course).

if we add up the energy of every single explosive device detonated over the course of that terrible war, from hand grenades all the way up to the two atom bombs the US detonated over japan, slaughtering civilians en masse and turning two cities to rubble in the space of a moment, we get the figure of about 3 megatons. or in kilowatt hours, 3.4 billion, spread out across all those years of war.

compared to 7-14 billion kWh just to transmitting the same tangle of bytes around again and again. every single year.

and that's just jquery. not the cost of executing it. not the mass of other garbage javascript and analytics and social media spyware, which now often adds up to megabytes per page. not the cost of rendering or running any of that.

just to zap jquery back and forth across the internet to every computer accessing a website that uses it.

a final point of comparison, now that i have your attention: bitcoin uses up 46,000 billion kilowatt hours per year. a number which is likely to keep on growing.

draw your own conclusions about web design & software optimization.

@sconlan All avoidable things, of course. This is what happens when you don't have enough time to properly do the thing you are trying to do! :-D

I went through the effort of setting up full VPS backups... and then I only ran a single test and never finished actually automating that.

And, of course, I've never restored from a backup...

Unfortunately, I didn't do a backup before attempting this upgrade and, naturally, I've brought down my nextcloud installation.
Ah well. Here we go...

LOL, well, that didn't work.
I have my subdomain, I have TLS certs and I have upgraded my system packages.
Alas, I had to add a separate repo to get an up-to-date version of PG since I'm on Debian 8.

Things are, naturally, not working as intended at this point.


Upgrading all candidate packages on my VPS!