Google Plus to be shut down

Submitted by Unifex on Thu, 10/11/2018 - 07:10

So... It looks like G+ is going away. :/

From the post:

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.

Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers.

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To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August.

The WHO jump the shark

Submitted by Unifex on Tue, 10/02/2018 - 07:58

It looks like the WHO need to be renamed. For the first time the IDC is including "traditional" medicine. Lets ignore the annoying fact that the claimed mechanisms for most of these things are literally disproven.

There is a sliver of hope though. While the IDC has been prepared it has not yet been adopted by the World Health Assembly. This happens next year. There is still a small chance that the Assembly may come back with a "wait... what?" response.

NZ Advertising Standards Authority Privacy Policy

Submitted by Unifex on Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:45

The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) is the place to go when you see advertising that is problematic, scientifically or factually incorrect.  Their Privacy Policy makes it clear that you are required to provide your name, address, e-mail and phone number.  This contact information will be passed to the Advertiser.

Elite Dangerous update

Submitted by Unifex on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 08:10

In addition players will be able to research new technology with the help of high-level engineers at the evolving fringe settlements of Colonia. "That's a place that's very special to lots of people," says Woods. "I know you guys have done a lot of really interesting things out there, and we've tried to support you where we can."
Elite: Dangerous free update adds new ships, weapons and space mysteries today
- Tom Senior (PCGamer)

Colonia, Guardians and The Gnosis

Submitted by Unifex on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:23

Back from Colonia.

I've heard of the Guardian sites and have been out to a few to check them out.  Getting ambushed by that first automated sentinel was mildly nerve racking. This may have been a highly advanced civilisation but their combat AI just isn't up to the task.  They're reasonably easy to deal to with the standard loadout on an SRV.

I found a few Guardian Tech brokers near Vargerson and purchased access to the Guardian FSD booster and a few weapons.

Catathon 2018

Submitted by Unifex on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:32

I work for Catalyst IT. A company that has built its reputation on Free/Libre Open Source Software.

Today is the second Catathon. A day where everyone, company wide, gets to take a day off at work and do anything they like. Literally anything.

NoOp migration destination plugin

Submitted by Unifex on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 14:38
The NoOp destination plugin was needed because the NullDestination plugin appears to not work on purpose.

ValueFromCsv migration process plugin

Submitted by Unifex on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:13
I had a Drupal 8 migration where there was some data that was available, but not available from the source DB. However, I was able to get this data in a separate CSV file and a value in the source db was available in this CSV file also. So I had a way around the issue.

SkipOn404 migration process plugin

Submitted by Unifex on Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:40
This process plugin was created due to a dodgy source repository.  Not all the files were available and the default file_copy plugin would crash and burn if the source was not there.  This plugin can be used in the process section of a Drupal 8 migration like this;

nacl_helper and stupidly high memory usage

Submitted by Unifex on Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:19

I was just diagnosing some memory issues and found that the nacl_helper in google chrome was chewing up 84.0G.  Some searching on this floated a hit from May 2016 that identified the Google Play Music extension as a potential source.  I use Google Play Music so disabled the extension.  The nacl_helper process was killed off immediately.  Google Play Music still runs in the browser without the extension so I'm going to just leave that disabled and see if I notice any difference at all. Hopefully not.