Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:55:15 +1000 
It's really difficult to claim success in environmental policy while building shipping terminals to move billions of tons of coal across the top of the world's largest living thing for decades.  

Great Barrier Reef: Australia says Unesco decision shows it is a 'world leader' | Environment | The Guardian

The elephant in the room is still the Galilee coal basin, and the inevitable damage it will cause to the world heritage area if its development proceeds.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:24:49 +1000 
Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'.
-- Steve Jobs
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 02 Jul 2015 09:58:53 +1000 

Standing on the shoulders of giants

 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:39:36 +1000 
People who are interested to try and use Redmatrix. But before you ask: no I didn't do a survey.
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:55:18 +1000 
I really like the 'Matrix' thing, and folks I talk to seem to dig it. I don't care that much about 'Red', though in Portuguese and Spanish it's pretty awesome that it means both a usual color for change and sounds like the word for network.

Maybe we should just call it ZotMatrix

It would be a good description, raising awareness of Zot, easily inherit the recognition of and sound cool like redmatrix, but without being vulnerable to color prejudice (we could even provide a choice of colors for the icon upon installing, so you could choose to be a redmatrix, bluematrix, greenmatrix, blackmatrix, rainbowmatrix...but always a zotmatrix).

In any case, 'RedMatrix' would still make sense as a cool and common pattern of domain names for people in the zotmatrix. ;-)

Also important, "Got Zot" and "Get Zot" would make a lot more sense for those who haven't got it!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 02 Jul 2015 06:44:34 +1000 
Marriage equality.  

Mexican mayor marries alligator believed to be a princess


On Tuesday, Joel Vazquez Rojas, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula in Mexico, tied the knot with an alligator princess named María Isabel in a traditional ceremony.
 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:33:25 +1000 
As my Grandma used to say "Never marry anyone with gaffer tape wrapped round their nose". My Grandma was a wise woman.
Mike Macgirvin
 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:26:38 +1000 
My Grandma was a wise woman.

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:36:40 +1000 

How do I control weeds in my yard?
by Westlake Ace Hardware on YouTube
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaWed, 01 Jul 2015 09:30:04 +1000 
Wherein the Rolling Stones predict the rise of Facebook and Google and NSA surveillance back in 1967 and share what they think about that idea.

The Rolling Stones - Get Off of My Cloud (1967)
by CandiceSoloman on YouTube
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:57:18 +1000 
The connection filter feature (no, that's not the killer feature I promised) lets you have fine control over what gets into your stream via any specific connection. It takes text, hashtags, or regular expressions which if found can cause the post to be imported or ignored. You can use this to limit the time you spend on folks that like to argue about specific topics or abuse tags, but still have interesting content occasionally.

It is evaluated only for the top level post which starts a thread. Once you've allowed a thread you've allowed comments to it. If the top level post is ignored, so is the entire thread.

In other news hubzilla should now work with postgres.
 Na Jo ChaanWed, 01 Jul 2015 01:31:14 +1000 
Indeed. A very useful tool.
 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 03:21:29 +1000 
Mike's been brewing coffee...
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaSun, 28 Jun 2015 18:46:22 +1000 last edited: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:47:03 +1000  
Killer feature coming soon. Those who know me well won't be surprised at all when it comes. It ties everything together.
Lohan G
 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:05:32 +1000 
I know what this is. We will be able to federate with UFOs.
Sean Tilley
 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 03:09:41 +1000 
We already can.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:05:04 +1000 
For those of you who are laser focused on "social networking", this is 4.5 years old but a good read because it puts the whole bag of crap into perspective - (along with some predictions for "the future" which didn't really play out).
Andrew Manning
 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:45:10 +1000 
The Social Graph Will Become Portable

Right now our social graph (whom we are connected to and their key information like email addresses) is mostly held captive by Facebook.  There is growing pressure on Facebook to make this portable and they have made some progress on this front.  Ultimately I don’t believe users or society as a whole will accept a single company “locking in” our vital information.

Facebook will succumb to pressure and over time make this available to us to allow us more choice in being part of several social networks without having to spam all of our friends again.  I know in 2010 this doesn’t seem obvious to everybody but it’s my judgment.  Either they make our social graph portable or we’ll find other networks to join. I predict this will come before the end of 2012.  

I would say my research on this subject is rather extensive by now, and Red Matrix is the only network with anything close to "social graph" portability, and indeed it is the only platform that seems to get the greater concept of an internet identity that you own instead of a neverending list of accounts with a bunch of random web services.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaFri, 26 Jun 2015 10:12:39 +1000 
hak5's friendica site now has 263 (visible) members. I predict meltdown. Oh wait - it's already happening.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 22 Jun 2015 11:47:06 +1000 
Unfortunately due to a series of unlucky events, the server hosting got kicked out of the datacenter and then was lost in transit. On top of that even the off-site backup of the database got damaged and is not recoverable.
This means we can’t restore accounts on ever.

Mike Macgirvin
 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 06:55:26 +1000 
Ironically I got Diaspora import working pretty well yesterday before I read this post, though it's unlikely to have any effect. The importer only works on newer JSON dumps and the site in question probably had not yet upgraded yet, or running long enough with the new code that more than one or two people would've had a JSON dump file.  We could probably process an XML dump file without much added work, but I don't see anybody asking for it. Nobody backs up their social presence with any regularity, and I suspect most folks on the affected site will leave the free web forever as they've done in the past when this kind of thing happens.

I'm thinking a good idea would be a plugin that shoves a channel backup prompt in your face once a month if you've got no clones, or a client side script that connects with OAuth from your desktop regularly and just does it.
 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:21:48 +1000 
I bet cloning has saved the day for a number of matrixians over the years!!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 22 Jun 2015 10:49:44 +1000 
Only a few people here are likely to know this tune or remember the times. It represents the calm before the storm. Change was in the air. It was about to spill out into the streets.

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Spanish Flea
by Jan Hammer on YouTube
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:23:36 +1000 
Thanks @Mike Macgirvin :-) To boost morale!
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:30:23 +1000 
I don't think either zothub or my site have older code, and I have merged the changes that returned trimming as soon as they got to master (plus, git diff master | grep trim returns nothing). I imagine we're forgetting to trim something when we send updates, and then when we trim what we received we have issues. Or maybe we're not updating the signatures of updates received? Well, I'll keep an eye and try to figure out. I still frequently see "incorrect signature" posts on my side, always involving edited posts.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaSat, 20 Jun 2015 11:18:14 +1000 
You should in theory be able to import a Diaspora export file now as a new channel, sans content which is waiting for fixes on the D* side before we can do anything with it. As usual with my work and especially since this is a federation issue with a network driver I have personally disabled, it's completely untested - so if you encounter any issues, it's not going to fix itself.
Mike Macgirvin
 Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:19:48 +1000 
Oh, and that would be a new style JSON export file, not the old XML thing.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:01:12 +1000 
What's that Skippy? You're left handed!


Kangaroos prefer to use their left forelimb to do things, say researchers, who have reported the first ever discovery of human-like handedness in animals.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 18 Jun 2015 15:13:30 +1000 
Starting to see some encouraging results from merging cloud storage and photos, though there are still a lot of loose ends and edge cases to clean up and make right.

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:43:29 +1000 
Inside Obama's Stealth Startup


President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.
Giaco Jazz
 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 00:03:08 +1000 
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:40:10 +1000 
Neil Young tells Donald Trump not to use his music in US presidential bid


Donald Trump lands himself in hot water with Neil Young by using the singer-songwriter's hit Rockin' In The Free World without permission.

Here - you're welcome to use this one...

Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaWed, 17 Jun 2015 11:30:48 +1000 
At least it's "better than a sharp stick in the eye".

Rain brings welcome relief to graziers in parched western Queensland


Graziers in some of the driest areas of western Queensland say they have enjoyed rainfall of up to 80 millimetres.
 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:48:42 +1000 
We've had a fair amount in the last week, which has been a relief. The @els Mussols water run figure for June should be lower than May's :-)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:29:51 +1000 
America's 'Sweethearts': An All-Girl Band That Broke Racial Boundaries


A talented swing ensemble, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm were also the nation's first integrated all-female band — a risky move in the era of Jim Crow.

The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm " Jump Children " !!!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, AustraliaMon, 15 Jun 2015 11:46:54 +1000 
11 Ways to Kill Garden Weeds


Keep unwanted weeds from infiltrating your garden with these simple remedies.