"Beware of Using Young People's Blood to Halt Aging, FDA Says" honestly I don't really need the FDA to warn me about how not great of an idea that might be. Perhaps some people do.

Found the ingress point for the water in my car... The body panels crack right under the roof trim.

I always like to imagine it's a Dyson Sphere of solar panels talking to each other as a new satellite joins the array. The beeps sound just enough like a truck's reverse warning beeper... youtube.com/watch?v=wy74G4jIrF

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Over the past few days I've had two drives "fail", which is you know totally the most stress reducing thing you can have happen in your home office.

One is an older drive that reared its ugly head again after I upgraded its host motherboard to one that considers SMART warnings to be halt-worthy errors on boot. It has 88 reallocated sectors and has had so for years, hasn't had a new one since. I'm keeping a close eye on it. Still, it pissed me off yet again and will be used for target practice.

The other drive was the C: in my windows workstation, this morning. Likewise it had a recent mobo upgrade, and this time the drive's errors were CRC related and the local parts shop was closing in a few hours. I ran off and picked up 3 equivalent replacements for this disk because apparently I'm rocking the business deals and got them on the cheap with warranty.

Sure I jumped the gun and grabbed a replacement before debugging other than reading the SMART logs, which means C: now sits fixed with a simple cable jiggle, which as you know, is the first fucking thing you do when you get errors possibly caused by the transport layer.

OR IS IT? If not, I went ahead and imaged the drive with good ol' ddrescue to one of those replacement drives.

My next plans are to use these other two drives to build a new server, probably using NetBSD. The current storage array is a bloody war zone with files strewn across a half dozen small arrays, I'm to the point where search is faster than my brain. This needs to change. I'd like to pair up the drives and migrate everything to a zpool of mirrors. From my research this should be exactly how to combine all the various drive sizes, I have no inclination of mixing RAID types (OK there may be one degraded array until I get absolutely everything migrated from the old drives, it isn't like I can convert xfs to zfs even though they're just two letters apart). My next opportunity for this is tomorrow night, after I can drop by Computer Pieces & Parts again for, you guessed it, some pieces and parts. SATA cables and those damned fine-thread screws. And oh yeah I need a few 120mm fans. and, and, and...

What's a good scifi movie from like, the past year or two? How about book? The last one I read was The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Heinlein.

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when are sports teams finally going to start commissioning decent fursuit makers for their mascot costumes ........ please, it's 2019, have some respect for the team fursona

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It was raining on me. It makes me so grouchy!

— îton Logemsigun, Papermaker

So I'm cleaning up the office, making room for a 54g flat-back hex tank, and so far I've come across four half-used bottles of Windex. Fuck a fingerprint on my tanks or monitors.

Also what's a good cure for cyanobacteria? Dosing the site with H2O2? The MTS I added to the ecosystem are indeed aerating the substrate, but the cyanobacteria outbreak is outpacing them (and my weekly gravel vac).

pic unrelated.

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The guy who runs https://freedns.afraid.org is fuckin amazing. Just wanna throw that out there.

I logged into the wrong account and all my domains were gone and I freaked out but he helped me figure out what was going on and sort it out in less than a half hour, and I'm on a free account too.

Anyway, that guy could get my first born if he asked. That's all.
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Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health [0].

I am very aware of the toxic side of IG and look forward to establishing Pixelfed Labs [1]. The goal is to get the community involved in solving these tough issues through discussions, proposals and implementations.

We can build better alternatives if we work together!

[0] - rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/inst

[1] - mastodon.social/@pixelfed/1015

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Here are the partially digested mouse bone photos you never knew you needed.

I extracted these bones from an owl pellet, a trash compacted ball of fur and bone that owls spit up after digesting the good bits of their prey like muscles and fat.

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"So what is your gender"

"First, I have to explain hypercube"

"You know what, let's stick to pronouns"

"First, I have to explain HyperCard"

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***