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Forrest Fire's lego-batman prison fight is very well done.

Automated editing went pretty smoothly this time. Still seems to have taken ages, but I spent quite a lot of it watching podcasts and waiting for machines to do their work.

Shame "Bob" didn't really show up, guess Subgenius counts as one of the Prudence Religions which lead to indolence and slack.


This weekend was stabbed in the neck
by a religious maniac so in this weeks five minute show we ask which is the best anyway?

For once we get an answer!

The Internet: Cause of the downfall of civilization through cat-memes and petty pointless bickering.

Worth it.

Can we just note how much the USA is provoking China with all their warships sailing through the Taiwan straits so that when the war starts later this month we won't fall into the trap of saying it's unprovoked?


"The Biden administration is vowing to continue sailing warships through the Taiwan Strait and to conduct air operations in the region in response to Chinese military drills that U.S. officials say are evolving into a long-term strategy of heightened military pressure on the island."

"Within a few weeks, officials said, the U.S. Navy is planning to run ships through the Taiwan Strait, ignoring China’s recent claim that it controls the entire waterway. "

> "In order to access your tickets, you'll need to download the All Points East 2022 App."

God damn you to hell you app wankers.

Lots of lots of debugging on the automated video-editing systems to get this week's show working.

So much so it took longer than it would have done to do it manually of course.

But those bugs are fixed now! Next time, it'll be like lightning. Or there'll be other bugs.

Titles now have a cheeky wink and a new theme tune.


This week, prices are going up faster than they have since the 70s. The is here. Why? What’s happening? Here’s a five minute reading on the

This week, prices are going up faster than they have since the 70s. The is here. Why? What’s happening? Here’s a five minute reading on the

Interesting stuff here about . They are all very well and convincing, but what happens when you turn your face to full profile?

It breaks the model, in ways which aren't easy to fix. (For now. They will of course get fixed eventually)

That's coz there isn't generally lots of profile-view footage to train from and because profile-views of people are so different and leave a lot of areas to back-fill if you have a shorter nose than the target, say.

If are so great then why not just make the whole of the UK "free" instead of just a handful of cities?

If there's a downside so not all the UK should be in it, do the freeport city's residents get to vote on whether to become "free"?

Seems like a big old pile of bollocks to me.

You are browsing the web as usual and notice that everything is getting slower and slower and you suspect one of your tabs is probably getting hoggy. Taking up all the RAM or CPU.

Do you know which tab? Which one is it likely to be?

I generally close Deribit first. Their system for stopping if you're in-active presumably saves them money but seems to fuck up my CPU load often.

If it's still broke it's probably . Email in particular. Hope the new update makes email work well. I'm thinking of going back to Mutt.

After that, it's , if it's running. But it's not normally running.

So now it's likely just some random thing.

It's never .

Though that does sometimes stop updating, it never seems to take the rest of Firefox with it.

It's never either. Probably coz that has often had javascript die entirely coz of some random embedded code from an article broken by the sanitizers and even it's menus don't work now.

This month's digest is being emailed to all the cool people on the list.

If you're not cool enough to be on the list you can read it here:

Or indeed you can just join the list.

Featuring: Blue Dot and Driving and the end of Johnson. Links section with John Carmack and Robin Ince and more.

Fingering John Carmack was the original social media really. Those were the days eh? What a hero.

In other news, I have upgraded from Buster to Bullseye, after edting /etc/apt/sources.list with the name change:

> apt update
> apt dist-upgrade

A few instances of deciding to keep local edits, thanks for asking.

Better reboot that as well. Make sure it all comes up okay...

OH NO DEBIAN, you have run apache without the php plug in. I mean stop. Stop. That is very bad.

Seems to be some kinda 7.3 vs 7.4 thing. Might as well get it over with.
> sudo apt remove php7.3
> sudo apt install php7.4

Cautiously restart apache and it's not exposed but it's erroring and nextcloud hides the logs in a weird place.

Apparently I also need:
> apt install php7.4-xml

Humm. Something weird with the database. I suspected this was coming:
> apt remove mysql-client mysql-server
> apt install mariadb-client mariadb-server


That seems to be fine.


Oh. Nope. One more, and I mean also now you mention it:
> apt install php7.4-curl
> apt install php7.4-gd
> apt install php7.4-zip
> apt install php7.4-mbstring
> apt install php7.4-intl

Also you gotta give php more than it deserves, editing /etc/php/7.4/apache2/php.ini to
> memory_limit 1024M

Otherwise seems okay.

One final reboot for snapshot..

And there she floats with a new php engine and bullseye. Continuously running since 1999, give or take the odd day.

I do not expect the jump to 8 to be as seemless.

Was hoping that'd all be done by noon.

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In other news, I have upgraded my

Apparently I was a few versions behind. Oh. Maybe quite a few.

Click the updater, and it just does it all and then says okay.

But beware: That's only upgraded one version. You're not done in your quest yet.

So do that an embarrassing number of times but with no issues even though I have a weird install with custom apps.

It's afraid the indexes it wants would take too long to run by itself so wants me to:
> sudo -u www-data php occ db:add-missing-indices
But in fact it takes no time at all.

Yeah yeah, I should upgrade php. I think that will break other things though. Not today.

I think I might have to press that button again next week. I thought there was a new one just around now but this is double 0 7.

I'm well practiced now at least.

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Upgraded the server to the latest version. It's gone more purple.

Also, apparently the asset-compile step can fail silently, which then makes the server start but refuse to return any pages.

You can see the errors if you know how to look at the log:
> journalctl -f -u mastodon-web

And if your console has enough lines in it because that's a very long error with the important bit at the top: Can't find an asset in the manifest.

But running the precompile says there's nothing to do:
> RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails assets:precompile
> Everything's up-to-date. Nothing to do

Even if you do a clean first:
> RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake assets:clean

Ponderous. 🤔

Seems you can force it to actually do the work by removing the manifest:
> rm public/packs/manifest.json

And then it's all like:
> Compilation failed.

Oh. Good. Not going to tell us why then?

Apparently you can ask for more output by editing a line in config/webpacker.yml to
> webpack_compile_output: true

Then you get the overload instead.

I think it was maybe running out of memory?

Free up memory by stopping everything:
> sudo systemctl stop mastodon-sidekiq
> sudo systemctl stop mastodon-streaming
> sudo systemctl stop mastodon-web

And compile assets once more:
> RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails assets:precompile

Ahha. If you can read this then that worked.

Restart the services:
> sudo systemctl start mastodon-sidekiq
> sudo systemctl start mastodon-streaming
> sudo systemctl start mastodon-web

And actually reboot to check that it all comes back without more fiddling.

I've thought often lately about how when you are a small school child they ask you what kind of labour you would like to do when you grow up, but they almost never ask you how you are going to allocate your working capital once you have enough savings.

Schools are clearly labourist even if the ruling system is capitalist.

Meanwhile: in Ethereum land.

They reckon Eth2's testing is nearing completion, and that the switch to proof-of-stake and so conversion of all Eth1 tokens into Eth2 tokens may happen before the end of the month. Quite soon!

That'll be the most contentious upgrade since the "upgrade" to undo the hack that made EthClassic split off.

I wonder if there will be an Eth-Proof-Of-Work split? Will the miners just de-fuse the difficulty-bomb themselves, and keep on mining an alt-chain?

Most likely not. It's harder for the Eth miners to assert control than the Bitcoin miners. The "One True Eth Chain" is already not really determined by whichever chain has the most work: It's determined by whichever chain all those centralized stable-coin corporations accepts as genuine.

Your Tether is irredeemable unless Tether Inc agree with you about which chain counts.

And even the bitcoin miners failed to force a block-size increase.

Miners aren't that powerful under proof of work it turns out. I think that's part of the point. If they were powerful like proof-of-stake stakers, and redeemable-dollar-tokens-creators, they would control the network instead of the users controlling the network.

So I don't expect a chain-split of any consequence really, because Eth is already a massively centralized world in which the rich determine the rules, just like everywhere else.

There might be bugs though. If you wanna hold Eth through it and expect it to be definitely not lost on the wrong chain by some other idiot's mistake, best keep it managed by your own private keys, in a wallet you and only you know the seed-words for.

But that's always the case.

zoomers will literally submit to The Algorithm and never know whether they'll see things they care about rather than enjoy the simplicity of an RSS reader
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