Michael michaelmd@identi.ca

Sydney, Australia


  • 2018-02-26T08:26:42Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    "server misbehaving" ,, well thats not anything here ...


    and so called spam filtering that looks more like its trying to hide anything related to any EVENT and doing it far more often than could be explained as a normal "false positive" ..

    the pattern is OBVIOUS and it DOES look like bullying or cartel building


    also anything trying to hijack local credentials or prevent me from downloading my email so I can read it offline WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED


    and anything doing the dirty work of anything trying to create a monopoly WILL NEVER BE TOLERATED

    if I'm overreacting to anything harmless then please explain

    I cannot assume anything that looks so obviously malicious to be anything I would want or even be able to tolerate any hint of

    in case it didn't sink in


    and of course


    selling out to any such malice is not an option nor will i tolerate anything that does so

    yeah I'm angry .. don't expect any "nice" reaction to any hint of anything malicious that turns up

  • 2018-02-16T16:05:25Z via spraci.info To: Public

    if people are so worried about privacy why do so many people copy/paste links with ?utm_ query strings into their posts?

    you'd think they would want to remove stuff like that in those query strings first


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  • 2018-02-16T15:41:34Z via spraci.info To: Public

    erk ,,

    looks like that old connector loop problem with te pumpio connector in friendica is back ..

    lots of duplicate posts on pumpio ..

    might turn it off for now because I don't have time.

    anything not part of the core features of the spraci main site right now
    can consider itself on notice.

    don't expect much more than me turning off things that break right now

    and any bigger breakage or requirement to do an "update" or anything else that might take a lot of time or create outage risks could lead to rm -r

    think about that before putting obfuscation like an "autoloader" into anything

    admins need to be able to find and fix things as quickly as possible when something breaks .. often that involves looking for things in the code

    anything that makes it harder to work out where something is should be considered harmful.

    ALL "platforms" can consider themselves on notice
  • 2018-02-15T05:00:37Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers


    would have liked to go to something like this

    didn't know ... I live in Sydney

    Ben Sturmfels likes this.

    Yes, it's a shame it wasn't publicised more widely to FSF supporters and members.

    Have you met Andri Effendi, who is also from Sydney. He's been working on establishing a regular free software meet-up in Sydney: https://freesoftware.org.au/sydney/. There hasn't been anything organised for a while, but I'm sure he'd be glad to know you're interested.

    Ben Sturmfels at 2018-02-15T12:02:57Z


    I'll go to that ..

    might need a reminder closer to the date though

    (need to set up something for reminders .. trouble is Im lazy and don't like typing on phones ..

    Michael at 2018-02-16T16:51:05Z

    hang on .. thats 2017

    last year

    Michael at 2018-02-16T16:51:58Z

  • 2018-02-12T05:34:42Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    need to find a replacement email client for my Mum (on windows)

    thunderbird looks like its turning into some kind of prison trying to force everyone to use gmail



    there needs to be to total boycott of those gangsters.

    don't ever give any company that is part of that cartel or helping them in ANY way cent for anything.

    do whatever it takes to avoid/bypass their attempts to hyjack everyones data.

    their behaviour is unacceptable and nobody should EVER give in to their bullying.

    make sure everyone knows and pushes back - send the bastards bankrupt!

    yeah I'm angry

    Michael at 2018-02-12T05:53:55Z

    Hm? What's with Thunderbird and gmail?

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2018-02-13T00:35:02Z

    >> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):

    “Hm? What's with Thunderbird and gmail?”

    ok ,, didn't relise there was a reply ..

    on my mum's computer -

    she was trying to reply to someone and it found a gmail address (possibly in contractsm not sure) and kept trying to use that instead of the actual email address the person she was replying to was actually using (an email address at her contact's isp) .. eventually got it to use the right one but it wasnt as the ui kept trying to change it to the gmail address..

    could be a bug.. but its not one I've seen before and she hasn't changed any settings or done any new installs of anything that recently ..

    its worrying that it would favour email addresses from any single provider over aver any other so much that it makes it hard to use another even the one the in email she was repying to.

    its ok to have a choice there if it exists (and that "exists" should be by a user action and nothing else) but not ok to make it hard for a user to choose what they want to use.

    I was probably a bit harsh in that post but can you really blame me after what Ive been through over the past few years?

    even the slightest hint of nastyness, even if not intentional has me fuming these days

    regarding thunderbird I still prefer it over some other options ..

    such as that outlook prison where you can't even look at the headers (which any half decent email client must be able to show a user! - they often contain important clues that users should learn about to avoid scams!)

    I was just about to delete the comment but saw your reply

    apologies to any mozillians reading this ..

    maybe I overreacted to what could be just a small ui bug

    Michael at 2018-02-13T03:47:01Z

  • 2018-02-02T11:20:50Z via Dianara To: Followers, Public

    post mortem on that server

    (if someone can pass this on to friendica/hubzilla devs please do - my instances of those are currently down)

    though what I'm saying could also apply to pretty much *any* platform

    there were a hell of a lot of requests related to federation for friendica/hubzilla (looking at server logs looks like lots of the traffic was probably diaspora protocols and also a fair bit of ostatus-like stuff (possibly mastadon or gnusocial protocols) more than dfrn or zot.

    but the real problem is that every delivery is done separately .. guessing they ALL do that.

    but with so many requests all the time in total it could have been a factor in why it died (too much more load 24/7 on an already heavily loaded server)

    has anyone thought of batching things?

    .. as in delivering batches of stuff to other servers (for multiple users there) to reduce the number of actual requests needed?

    sure it might slow down delivery a little bit but thats better than servers not coping with too many requests.

    also if people want email-like realtime delivery they might have to look a doing *storage* very differently ..

    think about why most email servers use simple file spools rather than more complex databases.

    we really need these things to be able to cope with more than just a few users on a server and to not assume too much they are always the only thing running on a server that needs to share its resources.

    another case in point .. same ips requesting /.well-known/host-meta rapidly over and over again ... couldn't they cache some of those responses a little bit?

    (at least the ones that don't change often)

    I mean seriously this stuff needs to be fixed.

    meanwhile still trying to rebuild the main spraci site and every *minute* anything to do with events there is down is critical and much of it has been down for DAYS

    the federated world will have to wait till i get that stuff working

    ...and getting an ancient codebase to work on the new system isn't so easy :-(

    (lots of it is decades old - the site started in 1994 - and no "framework" can help me there - I've looked before - nothing can do the job without so much work customising that I might as well build from scratch anyway - nothing out there does cities and tags or even events in any half decent way)

    so of course I'm upset...

    Michael at 2018-02-03T07:17:46Z

    note that I don't intend any of this to sound like I'm putting down any project ..

    I love the federated world and what these projects and others are trying to do ..

    Michael at 2018-02-03T14:35:56Z

    re batching ,,,

    If I underderstood what I read in the activitypub spec correctly,

    such batching could be supported on more places by a lot more things in the near future as more plactforms move towards activitypub

    thats good news

    Michael at 2018-02-17T01:52:14Z

  • 2018-01-31T08:17:41Z via Dianara To: Public CC: Followers

    major server failure - something in the old debian 6 couldn't be fixed apparently (it went to 100% cpu on boot and not possible to log in)

    so now have to set it all up from scratch on a fresh debian 9 vps

    starting with the main parts of spraci of course .. every hour downtime is critical

    the Friendica and Hubzilla instances will have to wait till I get spraci's events working again at least the basics.

    if anyone has any tips about new things and gotachas I might encounter on debian 9 please reply (the old vps instance was debian 6)

    first things first .. have nginx and php (7) on there already .. need mysql .. should I have another look at Maria or not?

    (ram usage was a worry a few years agi but not sure if thats still an issue)

    will also need to set up a fastcgi thingy for perl .. possibly the same one as before (can't remember what it was called - it was on cpan and did the job pretty well)

    it will be a long night

  • 2018-01-29T12:24:48Z via spraci.info To: Public


    can't stop playing with this!

  • 2018-01-21T02:20:34Z via spraci.info To: Public

    I dobn't want to hear any more nonesense about tls psudosecurity as long as there are g.evil.corp censorship upstreams in all the major browsers.

    first those obvious threats need to be removed!

    the cartel and all its badness needs to be removed from everyones lives and those resposible for its badness be put behind bars where they belong.
  • 2017-09-29T13:14:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

  • 2017-09-13T17:02:22Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Stompiing Goats party last Saturday

    That text would be more useful as title of the post ;)

    JanKusanagi at 2017-09-13T18:23:42Z

    if it was an announcement about an upcoming public event and there was a way to mark up the event date and city/region I certainly would put the name of the event in the title.

    (been wanting to see federation for event listings happen for decades!)

    Michael at 2017-09-15T06:52:18Z

  • 2017-08-30T15:22:27Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    here I am in Austria  :-)
  • 2016-11-17T02:08:16Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    The TPP might be dead but the fight for user rights continues


  • 2016-11-04T06:41:36Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    ads on top of content are sooo 1996

  • 2016-11-03T07:17:20Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    people should test their sites to make sure those poopular "social" widgets loaded from some other sites do not block page loads of their own content on their own site!

    There seems to ba an alarming trend that some such widgets seem to block page loads (as in the page load stalls ,, and is just stuck there and never loads.. and the user cant see ANY of the sites content)

    people using such external javascript widgets on their sites should make sure they test and TEST AGAIN WHILE NOT LOGGED IN TO THE EXTERNAL SITE PROVIDING THE WIDGET..

    you might be shocked by what some common "social" widgets get up to with page load blocking ..

    would you want it to happen on your site?

    probavbly not so you should test it or think about how you can prevent such behaviour (eg by putting them on a separate page wjere they can't block anything but theeir own content! .. or better still .. if they do that kind of thing DON"T USE THEM (because they are obviously not trustworthy!)

    if you yse such widgets first thing you sould do is check what happens WHEN YOU ARE NOT NOT LOGGED IN TO THE SOURCE SITE OF THE WIDGET. (the "use not logged in to that external" site seems to be where this happens a lot .. that clould be a sign of some form of bullying to force users into being tracked)

    of course a smart user can always turn of javascript to see the content (assuming the site works withoyut javascript- if it doesn't then its a double #FAIL and all you can do is complain and try to educate them!)

    you might be in for a shock!

    no time to fix the typos

    Michael at 2016-11-03T07:21:38Z

  • 2016-10-18T14:06:49Z via Pumpa To: Public CC: Followers

    trying to recover some old files from an old ubuntu box (to much looks broken on there to bother with - probably time for a fresh os install)

    but I need to recover some files that are on it

    I'm not sure why it is suddenly so difficult to recover those files ..

    I don't remember that machine in the past ever having problems booting pretty much any livecd. but now whatever deals with the mouse and keyboard seems hostile to everything ..

    whatever did that obvously isn't nice...