The Official Status Thread



  • Status: can't decide whether to prune the tentacles (tentacle count at time of posting: 3) from my current XKCD garden.

    (Armadillo count at time of posting: 12. This garden just won't stop sprouting armadillos.)



  • @timebandit I kind of wish I was. It's still pushing 80 degrees F here on some days...and it's October!


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @carrievs said in The Official Status Thread:

    (Armadillo count at time of posting: 12. This garden just won't stop sprouting armadillos.)

    Get the herons to eat the armadillos.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    At my desk ten minutes. Already have a headache



  • @e4tmyl33t I'm joking, but Montreal's marathon was on September 24th, and the 42.2km run was cancelled because of the weather. It was 30 degrees Celsius that day (86 Fahrenheit), with the Humidex levels making it feel like 39 Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit).

    The 10-kilometre and half-marathon races went ahead, but ended with nearly 900 need medical treatment because of the heat.

    Now it's back to a more normal 9 degrees Celsius (49 Fahrenheit)



  • Status: Was wondering why the ADS1015 usually reported a voltage of 0.0 V after 2 to 10 seconds of taking measurements through the I2C interface of an Arduino. I then had to cut the power to get it to work again.

    The tutorial I was following connected the VDD to the 5 V port on the Arduino. After reading the actual data sheet, turns out that I should use the 3.3 V pin for that to avoid the snapback. The tutorial also didn't mention that I should decouple the connection to VDD with a 0.1 uF capacitor...



  • Status: Making progress on my current project. Sometimes I want to give my pupils access to my Surfaces but I don't want them to browse to random websites. And while we do have a reverse proxy, that thing is not exactly configured for a "internet on/off" task. Especially when I also need whitelists.

    Thankfully, someone created something just like that - basically, I'm installing a small DNS server and configure my PCs thus that all DNS requests run through my server. And thanks to wildcard support, I can ban stuff like *.com. I can also add/remove sites/wildcards through the command line.

    But my colleagues are not quite comfortable with the big configuration page. They also don't like the command line. And while I could whip up a basic and simple website to control this stuff from, I'll go for this:

    An Arduino nano with a WiFi module (maybe I can make do even with the WiFi module alone) and some coloured LEDs and a big button.

    Everytime they press the button, a request gets sent over WiFi to the server which then responds with the current mode which in turn determines which LED(s) is/are alight: Blue for "Connecting/Starting up", green for "Internet is on" and red for "Internet is off".

    If I can pull this off my colleagues will proclaim me a god.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    Status: Would that there was an easy button:

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    "Something went wrong. Push button to fix."

    Like, what issues? Boot drive dirty? Pending installation? DevOps wants to know!



  • @tsaukpaetra said in The Official Status Thread:

    "Something went wrong. Push button to fix."

    That's not what it's saying...

    Select this message to fix and finish updating.

    No need to push a button, just select the text of the message.

    That's a fine OS you're using there :man_shrugging_tone2:


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    @timebandit said in The Official Status Thread:

    @tsaukpaetra said in The Official Status Thread:

    "Something went wrong. Push button to fix."

    That's not what it's saying...

    Select this message to fix and finish updating.

    No need to push a button, just select the text of the message.

    That's a fine OS you're using there :man_shrugging_tone2:

    Gorramit I tried it!

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    Status: Feeling gullible today...



  • @sloosecannon said in The Official Status Thread:

    ...and Subpixels Quarks are the only elementary particles in the Standard Model of particle physics...

    Now you fucked up.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    Status: I think my sanity needs checking...

                //Retrieve owners
                var Owners = db.AspNetUsers.Join(
                    i.Select(x => x.CreatedBy)
                    .Union(i.Select(x => x.StaticMesh.Skins.SelectMany(y => y.Textures).SelectMany(z => z.Texture.CreatedBy)))
                    .Distinct()
                    , x => x.Id, y => y, (x,y) => new { x.UserName, x.Id });
    
    

    In theory this should give me a list of AspNetUsers (the username and ID part anyways) of a list of objects.
    Works fine without that Union, but it seems to think that I want a Char to be returned on that side so adding that breaks the statement at runtime. Somehow.

    Woohoo...



  • @anonymous234 I just watched Sweeney Todd last night...



  • @atazhaia said in The Official Status Thread:

    where the special this time is that everyone has to dress up and wear suits.

    ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER

    I don't own one (that fits).


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    @tsaukpaetra said in The Official Status Thread:

    sanity needs checking...

    Sanity checking in progress.

    I'm also converting DB model objects into an equivalent object that's more cut down and leaves off some of the ID fluff (that doesn't transfer between DB instances).

    This for an Import/Export function.

    Export basically looks like this:

    return Content(JsonConvert.SerializeObject(db.CHAR_Parts.Join(data.ExportIDs, x => x.Id, y => y, (x, y) => x).ToList().ConvertAll<CHAR_PartsExport>(x => x)), "application/json");
    

    Import... Well, since each subobject needs to determine if the DB already holds it, and to update it if necessary (or create), it gets... messy.

    And the ASP.Net view templates that let this happen on upload (I display a summary of the objects that were uploaded, so that's another set of hacks) are also fun and "crafty" (Seriously, why doesn't MVC create an appropriate EditorFor/HiddenFor template for "complex" objects? WTF man!).

    But, it works. And now I'm on to the actual GUI interface to actually edit these data structures in a more sane way than is current...


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    Status: Tried the "YouTube Mix" auto-playlist thing for the first time ever just now.

    Stupid thing literally put duplicate videos that I just watched multiple times. Greater than 70 percent of the 50 videos were duplicated at least once, some multiple times.

    WTF! Forget that, I'm not watching ads every time I skip just because Google is so dumb at understanding that maybe I don't want to watch the same video over and over again I have to keep skipping to the next entry in the list...



  • STATUS: The thursday project planning meetings are going great. Today it was cancelled yet again, because they needed the discuss another project. So, this far we've managed to have one(!) thursday meeting, all the rest have been cancelled. And next week will be cancelled too most likely. I only wish they could inform in time instead of coming the same morning, as I could come into work an hour later if the meeting isn't happening.

    At least the meetings are to plan for something that starts next year, so there is time. But it would help if those meetings would actually start to happen on a regular basis!


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    Staus: irrationally feeling like I really need to cuddle.

    I guess I'll have to make do with this pillow... 😦



  • @tsaukpaetra said in The Official Status Thread:

    Boot drive dirty?

    I told you not to store your porn there!


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    status: I have a new stalker on YouTube as well as FimFiction. Waiting to see if Facebook or Google plus get tacked next...



  • STATUS:

    Boss has hired a Unity guy. Again, no Mettle (although I am not even sure how I would test him).

    I looked him up. His previous company had one game released on Steam - a waaaay overambitious MMO shooter/something, which has completely flopped. He was listed as the lead developer.

    As boss was introducing him to his workplace, I came over.

    Me: So... you want me to set him up with a git account?
    Boss No need for now.
    UnityGuy: Yes, let's not overcomplicate things.
    Me: ...Okaaay....

    Walk away.

    (I will use TitleCase for him, because he's a C# rube)



  • @cartman82 said in The Official Status Thread:

    No need for now.

    He'll get sacked in a week anyway?



  • @maciejasjmj said in The Official Status Thread:

    No need for now.

    He'll get sacked in a week anyway?

    More likely, the other Unity guy made a complete mess of things, so now they are rushing to fix things for The Big Presentation (as usual).


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    @cartman82 said in The Official Status Thread:

    Me: So... you want me to set him up with a git account?
    Boss No need for now.
    UnityGuy: Yes, let's not overcomplicate things.

    To be honest, using git with game engines may be complicated.
    My experience is with Unreal, but maybe relevent:

    • most objects are stored in binary files
    • a lot of big files, sometimes some cached data - like static lights - are saved in the file too
    • a lot of locations to gitignore
    • some built-in git integration that I am too lazy to learn, it is rumored to be able to diff some of those binary file

    I am the only one on the project so treat git like a backup, but merging changes from different people - that might be hard.



  • @adynathos Agreed.

    Johnathan Blows uses SVN for his games, for the same reasons.



  • @rhywden said in The Official Status Thread:

    Thankfully, someone created something just like that - basically, I'm installing a small DNS server and configure my PCs thus that all DNS requests run through my server.

    How soon before your pupils find a way to redirect to an alternative DNS server or manage to edit hosts locally?



  • @japonicus said in The Official Status Thread:

    @rhywden said in The Official Status Thread:

    Thankfully, someone created something just like that - basically, I'm installing a small DNS server and configure my PCs thus that all DNS requests run through my server.

    How soon before your pupils find a way to redirect to an alternative DNS server or manage to edit hosts locally?

    The accounts are pretty locked down so they can't change those settings. Also, whatever the talk is about how the kids of today are such "digital natives", in reality they may know a bit better to use some programs but the inner workings elude 99% of them.

    And I figure the one guy or girl who manages to achieve this then also deserves unfettered access. Plus, the devices reset after shutdown so the changes would not be permanent anyway.



  • @tsaukpaetra String implements IEnumerable<Char>. Double-check that skins have many textures and that textures have many creators (i.e. that Texture.CreatedBy is IEnumerable<String> rather than String), and if not change that last SelectMany to a regular Select.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @rhywden said in The Official Status Thread:

    And I figure the one guy or girl who manages to achieve this then also deserves unfettered access. Plus, the devices reset after shutdown so the changes would not be permanent anyway.

    Provided they don't find a way to make changes permanent and lock you out (I remember that we did something like that to the admin at college because he'd failed to secure his NetWare servers correctly, so we constructed our own shadow IT system that had the programs we actually wanted) that'll be fine.



  • @dkf said in The Official Status Thread:

    Provided they don't find a way to make changes permanent and lock you out (I remember that we did something like that to the admin at college because he'd failed to secure his NetWare servers correctly, so we constructed our own shadow IT system that had the programs we actually wanted) that'll be fine.

    Kids aren't generally smart enough to be discreet about such things; if that happens, you should eventually find out about it. Then you should hire the kid to help secure the systems against the other little shitheads; that's what happened to me. :D



  • @heterodox said in The Official Status Thread:

    Kids aren't generally smart enough to be discreet about such things; if that happens, you should eventually find out about it.

    Where's the fun in being discreet? Half the point of such things is to be able to show-off about it (while going through the motions of hiding what you've done).

    Edit: and that usually means playing to the adults in the gallery, as your peer group probably lacks the technical insight to fully appreciate the nuances of what's been achieved. :)



  • Status: shocked by the inner railing of the staircase (which is continuous from ground to third floor) three times on one journey.



  • Status: Not even awake for 2 hours and I'm exhausted. Not looking forward to going into the office.

    Spent a good hour this morning clearing out the freezer and cramming as much of it as I could down the garbage disposal so I don't have a trash bag full of decaying food matter sitting around for several days. The contents of the fridge are to be handled once I get home.

    Blergh.



  • @carrievs Always fun when that happens! Luckily, it now is glove season so I don't risk getting shocked too much. Also, speaking of static electricity, the most efficient room I visit to build up a lot of it is also a room where a lot of work is done on disassembling/assembling computers and doing work on other electronics and ICs.



  • @japonicus said in The Official Status Thread:

    Where's the fun in being discreet? Half the point of such things is to be able to show-off about it (while going through the motions of hiding what you've done).

    Edit: and that usually means playing to the adults in the gallery, as your peer group probably lacks the technical insight to fully appreciate the nuances of what's been achieved. :)

    Exactly. Though when I was a kid it was more playing to the peer group as they didn't actually care to have the technical insight and I didn't want them to have it, as a magician doesn't reveal his secrets. :P



  • @dkf said in The Official Status Thread:

    @rhywden said in The Official Status Thread:

    And I figure the one guy or girl who manages to achieve this then also deserves unfettered access. Plus, the devices reset after shutdown so the changes would not be permanent anyway.

    Provided they don't find a way to make changes permanent and lock you out (I remember that we did something like that to the admin at college because he'd failed to secure his NetWare servers correctly, so we constructed our own shadow IT system that had the programs we actually wanted) that'll be fine.

    If that actually happens (which will probably coincide with a massive temperature drop in hell) I'll follow @heterodox 's example.



  • Status: Wishing I could hibernate for the winter. Can't concentrate. Have done almost nothing productive so far this week (except harass my line manager with pedantic and obstreperous emails - which probably isn't sustainable long-term). :hedgehog:


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Status: Got back to working on our paper about our software. It's important… but so was doing the release and the workshop and the conferences and…



  • Status: Kingdom Death Monster preorders open!



  • @atazhaia said in The Official Status Thread:

    The thursday project planning meetings are going great. Today it was cancelled yet again,

    My morning meeting was cancelled, too. Good thing, otherwise I'd be late for work right now.



  • Finished the main story line in Skyrim last night. Wondering if there is anything else to do. I've finished all the side quests (that I know of) that I'm interested in doing. (There is no "alignment" in Skyrim, but I'm basically lawful good, and that's how I play my character; I'm not interested in any Thieves' Guild or assassin quests. I don't particularly like either the Empire or the Nords, so I don't want to take sides in the civil war.) If that's it, it just feels really anticlimactic.



  • @luhmann said in The Official Status Thread:

    @tsaukpaetra said in The Official Status Thread:

    Boot drive dirty?

    I told you not to store your porn there!

    I read that initially as 'booty drive dirty' before I even got to your reply!



  • @maciejasjmj said in The Official Status Thread:

    @cartman82 said in The Official Status Thread:

    No need for now.

    He'll get sacked in a week anyway?

    I read that as the way he does source control is back.zip, backup1.zip, backup-no-this-one.zip...



  • @e4tmyl33t said in The Official Status Thread:

    cramming as much of it as I could down the garbage disposal so I don't have a trash bag full of decaying food matter sitting around for several days.

    The town I live is "solving" that problem. We're in the process of getting new trash containers - smaller waste area so they can partition of a portion (like 1/3) for food waste (for recycling).



  • @hardwaregeek said in The Official Status Thread:

    @atazhaia said in The Official Status Thread:

    The thursday project planning meetings are going great. Today it was cancelled yet again,

    My morning meeting was cancelled, too. Good thing, otherwise I'd be late for work right now.

    Seems to be going around. My 10a meeting was cancelled. Found out when I got here at 8:20a. :man_shrugging: (No, I don't read company email on my time!)



  • @dcon said in The Official Status Thread:

    My 10a meeting was cancelled. Found out when I got here at 8:20a.

    The cancellation notice for mine went out yesterday, so I knew I didn't need to rush this morning. (Of course, it wouldn't be rushing in the first place if I didn't spend 2 hours every morning here.)

    @dcon said in The Official Status Thread:

    No, I don't read company email on my time!

    This.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @hardwaregeek
    WTDWTF: 2 hours and a bunch of rushing well spent.



  • @hardwaregeek said in The Official Status Thread:

    @dcon said in The Official Status Thread:

    My 10a meeting was cancelled. Found out when I got here at 8:20a.

    The cancellation notice for mine went out yesterday, so I knew I didn't need to rush this morning. (Of course, it wouldn't be rushing in the first place if I didn't spend 2 hours every morning here.)

    LOL. 8:20 is my normal arrival time. And thank $deity I took my usual train. The one behind it (that skips my station) hit (killed) a trespasser. The late train I would take is delayed by 1hr (so far).


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @cartman82 said in The Official Status Thread:

    • a waaaay overambitious MMO shooter/something,

    *Chuckles nervously* yeah... Over ambitious....


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @twelvebaud said in The Official Status Thread:

    @tsaukpaetra String implements IEnumerable<Char>. Double-check that skins have many textures and that textures have many creators (i.e. that Texture.CreatedBy is IEnumerable<String> rather than String), and if not change that last SelectMany to a regular Select.

    Yeah, that last bit was the problem, I went just a little to deep in the chain.


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