Blog posts

    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.

    Pharmacy Council endorses quackery

    Submitted by Unifex on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:50

    The updated Pharmacy Council mission statement for 2018

    Our primary role is to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the public profits by ensuring pharmacists are competent and fit to practise can sell any quackery they like.


    From their About Us page:

    Updated: An open letter to The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)

    Submitted by Unifex on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 08:10

    I've heard that the AACMA have made an accusation against the character of Edzard Ernst. Specifically that he has “undeclared links to the pharmaceutical industry”. If you are wanting to do more than poison the well you should probably declare these publically. 

    As it stands the Alt-Med industry has a less than stellar track record when it comes to honesty in their claims and conduct and this is going to impact that record. It could go either way though.  If you have irrefutable evidence of these financial links, publish them.