Greg Grossmeier

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  • 2015-08-23T20:51:25Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    From @CarlMalamud on twitter:

    I gave $500 to Mayday and I really regret it. They didn’t do what they said they’d do. Then they quit. I felt used.

    For me $500 is a huge contribution. This year, giving to my fire department. All volunteers and they stick with it at huge personal cost.

    I know this won’t be popular, but I’m offended by the idea that a person would be president for one day. Presidency is a sacred trust.

    The presidency is not about the candidate’s issues. It is about all of our issues. It is about the voters and public service.

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    If a person very openly and transparently runs for president on a single issue, and manages to get elected, that would suggest to me that it wasn't "about the candidate's issues". That would suggest the candidate's issue was the public's issue. If the candidate doesn't get elected, what is the problem?

    Charles Stanhope at 2015-08-23T21:23:51Z

    What did Mayday say they'd do and not do? Have they quit really?

    I will not be surprised to learn that Malamud is correct on the above, but on the temporary dictatorship, the very best thing about the candidacy referred to is its implicit downgrading of the sanctity and status of that office.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-08-23T21:37:19Z

  • 2015-08-18T21:58:58Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Today's confessional:

    Due to stupid networking stupidness for the last.... 4? months git-annex hasn't been syncing with my local NAS when on my home network (it would sync when I was at work/coffee shop). It syncs/manages important documents for me and this stressed me out.

    Due to stupid non-standard filesystem structure of my local NAS I have only been running Obnam on a very infrequent basis (only when home and plugged in to external harddrive, which I didn't always do). Now with the above networking issue resolved and me figuring out the filesystem weirdness backups are now running every 30 minutes wherever I am.

    I feel a lot better, both with those things being fixed and also admitting my transgressions.

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    @Greg Grossmeier How do you have your machine negotiate whether to sync to an IP on your LAN vs to your house's IP address? And are using some sort of dynamic DNS service?

    Auto-backups run here every night, but sadly only to devices I have hooked up to the LAN. I'd like to improve that.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2015-08-18T22:11:10Z

    The backups/syncs always happen via a DDNS address ( It Just Works(TM).

    I actually just got a static IP from for free, so it's just convenience now.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-18T22:29:55Z

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    To be clear, my DDNS address points to my modem/routers's IP, which is then forwarded on, based on port, to my NAS.

    When I'm remote, that works as you expect.

    When I'm local, it also "just works", which is great.

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-18T22:59:23Z

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  • 2015-08-18T15:39:01Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    I did something last night which I haven't successfully done in a long time; drank an IPA.

    Neighbors offered me a beer when I got home. Rowan and Carrie were out so I thought "why not?" Turns out I got an opened bottle of a Lagunita's IPA; couldn't easily refuse it (sidenote: yes, I need to work on that, it happens to me a ton, see also, previous message).

    The last few times I drank an IPA I got a horrible headache and hangover and attributed it to a hops allergy (which I was really sad about because I love IPAs). I tried a few experiments with different beers and it pretty much confirmed "don't drink IPAs, drink wheat beers instead, dummy."

    But, I really like IPAs, and even though I wouldn't have drank one last night if I had been given a choice of beer, I drank one. And today, importantly, I don't have a hangover!

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  • 2015-08-18T15:35:21Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    This is great:

    I am going to talk about many topics that we all know have so much in common:

    and Free Software

    They are all, after all:

    Doing Things

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    LIked this, yeah. Was caught giggling at it at work, couldn't explain why for about 6 reasons.

    SombreKnave at 2015-08-18T19:27:31Z

  • 2015-08-17T08:06:04Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Oh insomnia my old friend... Alarm goes off in 4 hours and 40 minutes.
  • 2015-08-17T05:24:54Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Yay! I fixed the stupid networking issue I was having at home. I'll admit, networking is an area I quickly forget how to do anything.

  • 2015-08-14T16:27:37Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Fucking acupuncture is automatically allowed by HSA rules but not supplements?

    sorry, just dealing with is about as fun as dealing with ClipperDirect representatives: proof that public/private partnerships don't work ;)

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-14T18:12:27Z

  • 2015-08-14T00:14:23Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    • 36% of UK citizens find their job meaningless.
      • Men more likely than women (42% vs 32%)
    • Yet, "most of those who said they found their job to be meaningless said it was unlikely they would change it in the next year – 53 per cent – compared to 35 per cent who said they would consider it.

    “You get people saying that they get nothing out their job but they like the people they work with – that’s the weakest argument for work you can have. Join a club, a community centre, get a hobby.” - David Graeber

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    Clubs, community work and hobbies are nice, but who can find the time? You don't paid for that stuff. If you have a workplace with people you like, that ain't half bad.

    One of the weird assumptions of the 21st century is that there is a decent overlap between stuff that needs to get done to have a non-collapsing societ and stuff that is rewarding to do.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-08-14T08:54:51Z , jrobb like this.

    That said, if you can find rewarding work, that's awesome, and we should probably all hope for it and work toward that goal, for ourselves and for others. Let the machines to the drudgery at any opportunity (even if it kills "job opportunities"!). But in the meantime, keep that bread rolling in, you'll be better off for it. You know, unless you won't.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-08-14T08:57:40Z

    I was in an electrical store the other day with my mother and the staff member who was to help my mother buy a new dishwasher couldn't even bother to promptly help her. She and I walked out the store because of it. The shop was empty and it had plenty of staff. We purchased the dishwasher online instead.

    jrobertson at 2015-08-14T09:12:30Z

    @claes I agree, people can't find the time because they're kept occupied with other duties. Then there is the required recovery period from being kept occupied.

    jrobertson at 2015-08-14T10:34:50Z

  • 2015-08-12T15:24:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    OK, I'll admit, I'm actually impressed that Hillary Clinton's staff ran their own self-hosted email service.

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    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.

    Now that would be an interesting spin tactic... ;)

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2015-08-12T15:31:53Z

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    I been thinking that since I saw the first headlines about it. Haven't ever read beyond those. Is that what they were doing, or just some hosted thing not controlled by the federal government? If they were actually self-hosting, maybe there are some posts to be discovered asking why gmail is marking their emails as spam and such. :)

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-08-13T00:10:45Z

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    j1mc at 2015-08-13T02:00:26Z

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    I've inferred from the noise that the mail was handled on servers under federal physical protection, so definitely not some random cloud. Her stated reason was to not need another phone, so I guess it was the Clinton Foundation's servers or something like that.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-08-13T06:23:06Z

  • 2015-08-10T15:50:43Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The Baffler is my new favorite long form magazine.

    "What are billionaires for? It’s time we sussed out a plausible answer to this question, as their numbers ratchet upward across the globe, impervious to the economic setbacks suffered by mere mortals, and their “good works” ooze across the fair land. The most recent count from Forbes reports a record 1,826 of these ten-figure, market-cornering Croesuses, with familiar North American brands holding down the top three spots: Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, and Warren Buffett. Esteemed newcomers to the list include Uber kingpin Travis Kalanick, boasting $5.3 billion in net worth; gay-baiting, evangelical artery-hardeners Dan and Bubba Cathy, of Chick-fil-A fame ($3.2 billion); and Russ Weiner, impresario of the antifreeze-by-another-name energy drink Rockstar ($2.1 billion). For the first time, too, Mark Zuckerberg has cracked the elite Top 20 of global wealth; in fact, fellow Californians, most following Zuckerberg’s savvy footsteps into digital rentiership, account for 23 of the planet’s new billionaires and 131 of the total number—more than supplied by any nation apart from China and the Golden State’s host country, a quaint former republic known as the United States."

    And righteous indignation is self-reinforcing.

    William L. Anderson at 2015-08-10T21:01:42Z

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  • 2015-08-09T00:13:42Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    “We walk a fine line,” says Nussenbaum, who received venture funding from finance giant UBS. “Big banks are huge financial supporters of VFA.”

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    "Unsurprisingly, VFA’s unwieldy, 133-member board is chock full of venture capitalists and investment bankers."

    WTF? 133-member board?

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-09T00:15:59Z

    "A PayPal for landlords wouldn’t cut it. So last fall Castle pivoted from a standalone app into a full-fledged property management service for real estate owners. For a monthly $79 per unit, Castle now makes repairs, screens tenants, balances the books—even handles evictions. “We already have a deal worked out with an eviction lawyer for a preferential rate,” Nussenbaum tells me.""


    "“The majority of our labor force will be this on-demand workforce, not directly employed by Castle,” he says. "

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-09T00:22:20Z

    "Take Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the startup economy. According to University of California–Davis economist Chris Benner, Silicon Valley’s net job creation since 1998 is essentially nil. Though the average tech worker’s salary tops $100,000, nearly a third of the Valley’s working population subsists on less than $16 an hour. Gini inequality measures put the region on par with Rwanda."

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-08-09T00:26:53Z

    FWIW huge boards are pretty common, used for maximizing donations and representation of various constituencies, in theory, but work done by small committee(s). Off the top of my head see and

    Error at top of

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-08-09T02:00:49Z

  • 2015-08-06T20:40:41Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    You can tell I'm a release manager: Firefox's cached title for is "Internal Server Error"

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  • 2015-08-03T01:26:02Z via AndStatus To: Public

    Camped at bohemian grove. Was great, except for the yellow jacket sting. Arm is now swollen and red.
  • 2015-07-30T21:30:07Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    1) Tor's ED thinks Facebook or Google should "take over" Tor?

    2) holy shit this website is horrible (popups, etc)

    Mike Linksvayer likes this.

    The writing is somewhat better than the site, perhaps. Found where the former Tor ED is quoted:

    But as mainstream popularity grows, and publicity stunts attract hundreds of thousands more people on the network, Tor will inevitably become strained. The foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which oversees the open-source standard, can only stave off that moment for a certain length of time; eventually, it will have to hand responsibility for building out the infrastructure to a bigger company. Lewman compares Tor’s position now to “the people who wrote TCP/IP, the basic IP stacks you rely on to get on the internet.” They came up with the idea, but it was “the networking companies [who] figured it out” and managed to come up with the internet as we know it. Tor exists “to do research and development of online privacy. “And if Google or Facebook or Twitter or [Russian social network] VKontakte or [Chinese social network] QQ or one of these massive internet companies said “hey let’s look at Tor, what could we do to deploy Tor on our own networks, integrated into our own products”, they’ve got a lot of really smart people. They’ll figure it out.”

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-07-31T01:38:52Z

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    The quote itself is a giant type error. Tor is both a piece of open source software and a protocol. Anyone can implement the protocol any time they like. Anyone can fork the software any time they like. There is no need to hand responsibility to anyone -- responsibility is there for the taking whenever you want it.

    Douglas Perkins at 2015-07-31T03:40:43Z

  • 2015-07-28T21:39:35Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Every now and then I come across a link to a webpage that no longer exists for the usual reasons (owner died/stopped paying for hosting, whatever).

    I then use the Wayback Machine to look at what is no longer findable by 99.99999% of internet users. Most times I do this I find content that makes me sad it is no longer findable.

    I really appreciate the Wayback Machine but... I also feel extremely saddened that the internet moved from distributed personal/small group websites to huge platforms like Wikipedia or Medium or Facebook.

    The character of those small websites was what made them special. It's something you can't duplicate on FB.

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    This kind of thing concerns me. How much should we bother investing in properly and clearly writing about something now if our work will be gone in a few years? Sad, that. If you spend a good amount of time producing high quality material, here's to hoping it doesn't disappear into the void any time soon.

    In many cases I specifically try to get my work shared in a myriad of ways. Everything can go on my website, and a lot of stuff can go on other free services, too. Wikimedia Commons and are my two favorite such sites at the moment. It's slightly different, but Wikipedia and Wikivoyage are of a related character. We can use larger free services as a kind of backup. It's not a total solution, but it helps.

    One gripe I have is people using embedded JavaScript maps. Google Maps, most commonly, but other services have the same issue. Those are usable now (if you're willing to run Google's JS in your browser, anyway). Will they be around in 5 years? In 10? Who can say. Better to generate a static image and provide a link to the map service. At least the image is one you control so it'll linger.

    Douglas Perkins at 2015-07-29T01:53:38Z

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    Perhaps we can encourage copying more using a mechanism similar to copying and pasting items from a clipboard. Why not make it easy to copy  content, or even a whole website and share it while preserving the ability for it to be copied and shared by others?

    jrobertson at 2015-07-29T05:08:54Z

    Stephen Michael Kellat , Douglas Perkins , Greg Grossmeier like this.

    @jrobertson This is exactly the problem the Smallest Federated Wiki tries to solve.

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2015-07-30T13:14:59Z

  • 2015-07-24T01:26:53Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    Worth the long read.

    To me, this confirms my bias that humans can't safely manage any resource at the scale of 10s of millions of people and 6 or so states and two countries. The only solution at a point becomes too drastic to name.

    Neither utopian governments nor utopian self-reliant collectives/compounds (depending on your inclination) will be able to manage it.

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    Liked for () though my bias differs a bit.

    Mike Linksvayer at 2015-07-24T05:08:32Z

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    The "tragedy of the commons" often cited and basically at work here, that is dismissing the ideas of well managed Commons ressources, is falsely based on a "free for all" scheme and not a structure of governance like described by Elinor Oestrom and others... yes, it's complicated to put in place but no, letting down and falling for totalitarian idea is just a lack of courage and imagination...

    olm-e at 2015-07-24T09:04:56Z

  • gmail woes

    2015-07-22T17:32:39Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    When offlineimap runs against our gmail-host work email, I'm getting this error sporadically:

    WARNING: Aborting folder sync 'bugs' [acc: 'WMF']
    Reason was: Error SELECTing mailbox 'bugs', server reply:
    ('NO', ['System Error (Failure)'])

    ugh... just "NO"? Thanks google.

    by sporadically I mean each time that SELECT is called against a new folder it sometimes fails, not deterministic as far as I can tell (iow: if I run offlineimap a few times, it'll get all folders sync'd).

    Greg Grossmeier at 2015-07-22T19:44:21Z

  • 2015-07-22T15:26:52Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    My imapfilter runs for my work (gmail) account are timing out when searching for the X-List-Admistrivia header, eg:

    listadminstaff = WMF.staff:contain_field('X-List-Administrivia', 'yes')
    WMF.staff:move_messages(WMF['ListAdmin'], listadminstaff)

    This is a new occurrence starting as of yesterday.

    Maybe I should not be a listadmin on so many lists?