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[03:59:59] <n1> hey Bytram
[04:02:13] <Bytram> n1: Hiya!
[04:02:37] <n1> how are you?
[04:03:08] <Bytram> n1: Just got home after a long, but extremely fulfilling day. Trying to catch up on what's going on. Looks like
[04:03:24] <Bytram> they are trying to sort out some site(?) problems in #soylent
[04:03:41] <Bytram> I just saw you've pushed a bunch of stories out... thanks a bunch!!!!!!!
[04:04:14] <n1> fulfilling is good! i havn't been following #Soylent.
[04:04:51] <n1> was going to say thanks for all the stories you've been editing recently :)
[04:04:57] <Bytram> yeah, paulej & NC are waging battle on what seems to be some kind of bug; but I came in the middle of it so lack the back story as to what is going on.
[04:05:10] <Bytram> am gonna head over to the archives in a minute to play catchup.
[04:05:19] <Bytram> Oh, sure, np. Glad to help!
[04:05:53] <Bytram> I seem to wake up with the sun, hit the rest room, and then
[04:06:06] <Bytram> lately, notice the queue was nigh empty, and push cout a couple stories.
[04:06:23] <Bytram> there is the plus that I get first "dibs" on overnight submissions! =)
[04:07:04] <n1> i normally check 'in the morning' but i've been too busy to risk it lately :(
[04:07:14] <Bytram> n1: have you been following the #rss-bot channel? It's amazing the amount of fresh stuff coming down that pipe!
[04:07:48] <n1> i have not, been mostly absent from irc
[04:08:11] <Bytram> yeah, I understand. When I
[04:08:25] <Bytram> am on IRC, it seems to suck up my time.
[04:08:51] <Bytram> still, that channel is a GREAT resource for actually NEW news :O
[04:09:27] <n1> usually i only 'work' at the pc, lately i've been working at the pc and i just dont have distractions then, only work.
[04:10:16] <Bytram> n1: BTW, great story about the ATM operator mode!
[04:10:55] <Bytram> n1: well, you've been a real inspiration for me here! I appreciate your early introduction and continued help and support!
[04:11:06] <n1> I think Woods spent some time on it also, it seems like a good one.
[04:12:19] <n1> I don't know about continued help and support lol
[04:12:40] <Bytram> yup! Brings out the hacker ethos, if you will, an shows white hat hacking being appreciated. That is quite nice, for a change!
[04:13:41] <n1> was quite surprised reading the story, the bank seems to be handling it very well
[04:13:46] <Bytram> there were a few times when I mentioned I'd submitted a story and asked to have it pushed outas I was out of time. Stuff like that. Maybe a better description would be along the lines of teamwork? idk.
[04:14:19] <Bytram> agereed. Now we just need to ask the kids for the link to the operator's manual. =)
[04:14:47] <n1> I was really surprised by ATM security
[04:15:10] <n1> how little there is generally
[04:15:28] <Bytram> the first few times I read about some of their shortcomings, so was I. Guess I've become jaded over the years.
[04:15:41] * Bytram for some reason still uses ATM machines.
[04:16:12] <n1> Yeah, as with many things it being easy wins.
[04:17:16] <Bytram> Risks are on a continuum. If my bank (a MAJOR one), had a major flaw in tehir ATMs, the word on the street would knock them down, hard.
[04:17:33] <Bytram> So, it's more than good enough for the VAST majority of people and for the bank.
[04:17:36] <n1> More careful than I used to be. When I worked with ATM's I didn't care at all though...
[04:17:55] <Bytram> if I get caugh, somehow, I'll not be the only one, and I know how to make noises when I need to. ;)
[04:18:28] <Bytram> for me it boils down to a risk/reward benefit analysis.
[04:18:54] <Bytram> get caught: caught up in some kind of AATM security bungle that costs me.
[04:18:57] <n1> That's also why security isn't better on most things, it's not cost effective
[04:19:16] <n1> you can tolerate a certain loss if it saves on upgrades
[04:20:09] <Bytram> n1: yes, but there's always that tipping point to watch for when all-of-a-sudden, things go BONK, and you wish (NOW) that you'd done the upgrade already. Can you say Target?
[04:20:29] <Bytram> anyway, need to get some food going for dinner.
[04:20:31] <Bytram> back in a bit.
[04:20:56] <n1> heh
[05:01:25] <Bytram> n1: I'm back. Just added a couple links to the MS Diffing story.
[05:01:57] <n1> awesome, thanks :)
[05:02:03] <n1> how's your dinner going?
[05:02:06] <Bytram> Looking thru the rest of the story queue for a second look. I always appreciate when others double check me.
[05:02:49] <n1> completely agree, a second look is always worth it.
[05:02:49] <Bytram> n1: tasty, but almost too hot too eat, and it's hard to type with a big bowl of food between my arms. 8)
[05:03:07] <n1> heheh, i know how it goes ;)
[05:04:07] <Bytram> hmm. "operators manual" needs a ' I'm thinking it should be "operator's manual".... right?
[05:05:29] <Bytram> yeah. it only takes one person to operate an ATM!
[05:05:38] <n1> not sure, tfa does not use '
[05:06:47] <Bytram> operators' manual would suggest multiple operators at work using the same manual. w/o a quote, it's, umm, just plain wrong, to my eye.
[05:06:57] <Bytram> I added it in as "operator's"
[05:07:00] <n1> i would say you're right
[05:07:20] <Bytram> thanks for the affirmation!
[05:08:02] <n1> heh, not that i'm an authority on such matters...
[05:08:12] <Bytram> don't think I quite understand the truck convoy story. What's the point? improved fuel efficiency? Not clear from the summary; gonna read the linked story.
[05:08:53] <n1> It's not new in itself, as some cars have had similar features
[05:09:06] <n1> but it adds potential for one driver to control a convoy
[05:12:31] <Bytram> ok. the article goes into some detail as to how it is expected to boost fuel economy and cut costs.
[05:14:15] <n1> it's not all that interesting from the tech i guess, i found it interesting from a tech cutting costs in business perspective
[05:28:27] <Bytram> n1: Okay, that is just *insane*; go to the bottom of this linked page and back up to the photo just before the last one: http://outbacktowing.tripod.com
[05:29:31] <n1> that is crazy
[05:29:48] <Bytram> uh huh!
[05:30:17] <Bytram> can you imagine how much he had to slip the clutch in order to get that beast moving?!!!!
[05:31:43] <n1> keep the revs up and real slow on the clutch, and then some painful gear changes indeed
[05:32:25] <n1> none of them into reverse
[05:32:57] <Bytram> yeah, it's the "real slow on the clutch" part that scares me! That has GOT to be burning the clutch all to hell!
[05:33:06] <Bytram> reverse? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!
[05:33:36] <n1> i suck at backing up with one trailer...
[05:38:34] <Bytram> n1: it DOES take some practice, yes.
[05:39:25] <Bytram> ouch. just noticed the time! I needs to get me some sleep...
[05:39:33] <Bytram> nice chatting with ya!!
[05:39:48] <mrcoolbp> looks like we have an editor volunteer
[05:40:00] <mrcoolbp> http://soylentnews.org
[05:40:38] <Bytram> yippee!
[05:40:43] <Bytram> !uid
[05:40:43] <Bender> The current maximum UID is 4439, owned by MuadDib
[05:44:02] <n1> take care Bytram
[05:44:20] <Bytram> n1: thanks! And the best to you, as well!
[05:49:01] <mrcoolbp> later!
[05:49:08] <mrcoolbp> n1: how goes it?
[05:50:19] <n1> hi mrcoolbp, it goes and i can't complain
[05:50:24] <n1> how are you?
[05:50:44] <mrcoolbp> pretty good, re-energized after are meetup on Friday
[05:51:36] <Bytram> mrcoolbp: hi there! So good to see you the other day! I was just leaving, but wanted to say hi before I left... "hi!"
[05:51:40] <Bytram> =)
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[05:52:05] <mrcoolbp> Later Bytram! Nice to "see" you too
[05:52:12] <n1> meetup on friday?
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[05:53:26] <mrcoolbp> n1: NCommander and I were planning on meeting up with a lawyer, then matt_ and Bytram joined in, then we decided we weren't quite ready to meet with a lawyer
[05:53:46] <mrcoolbp> we all ended up at my apartment hashing out incorporation details
[05:53:55] <mrcoolbp> n1: are you on the mailing list?
[05:54:00] <n1> ah, i see! well that's good.
[05:54:04] <mrcoolbp> n1: and the staff slash site?
[05:54:15] <n1> i am, but i havn't been checking it the last week or so
[05:55:52] <n1> life has taken over for a while, i'm still editing but not keeping up with events.
[05:56:11] <mrcoolbp> hey, the editing is super useful to the project
[05:56:23] <mrcoolbp> thanks for all your hard work
[05:56:32] <mrcoolbp> we even beat /. on a story or two
[05:57:39] <n1> i am happy to contribute
[05:58:05] <n1> on that, it is 5am. a few hours sleep is a must.
[05:58:16] <n1> be well, mrcoolbp
[05:58:31] <mrcoolbp> damn, go to sleep man!
[05:58:45] <mrcoolbp> be well yourself
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[15:42:34] <Woods> So how about those 7 submissions...
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[16:53:11] <Woods> LaminatorX!
[16:53:21] <LaminatorX> Woods!
[16:54:56] <LaminatorX> We had some might storms over the weekend. How was KC?
[16:55:44] <Woods> I know right? It rained pretty much all night, I survived.
[17:03:24] <Woods> LaminatorX: I have 3 stories in the queue, if you want to check over them that would be great. (50 minutes until the next one posts)
[17:09:53] <LaminatorX> I'll take a look, thanks.
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[17:18:13] <LaminatorX> I'mm cutting that link to the right wing site with a skeptic article on sea level rise from the flooding story. An anonymous powerline reader's back-of-the-napkin math isn't credible.
[17:18:26] <Woods> K
[17:25:52] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: did zizban contact you?
[17:26:18] <n1> afternoon gentlemen
[17:27:20] <LaminatorX> Hi n1.
[17:27:40] <mrcoolbp> afternoon sirs
[17:28:01] <LaminatorX> I'm not sure, mrcoolbp. I did get one email from yesterday's call, but he didn't include his handle.
[17:28:53] <LaminatorX> The guy I who emailed looks promising though. 7yrs full time technical writer, english degree.
[17:29:12] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX check PM
[17:29:30] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: that's great news though!
[17:29:31] <n1> that seems like the same person, from the post.
[17:29:50] <mrcoolbp> possibly
[17:30:27] <LaminatorX> That's him then.
[17:30:37] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: cool, don't worry, we'll school 'em good one teh editin
[17:30:51] <mrcoolbp> = )
[17:31:10] <LaminatorX> The guy I who emailed looks promising though. 7yrs full time technical writer, english degree.
[17:31:18] <LaminatorX> ^dupe.
[17:32:26] <mrcoolbp> lol
[17:33:11] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: if you can get him in IRC today, I can show him the ropes, I should be on for the next 10 hours or so
[17:33:45] <LaminatorX> We'll see what his availability is like.
[17:36:04] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: I know we need to get him setup on the DB as an editor, but besides that he just needs seclevel 100 right?
[17:36:14] * mrcoolbp goes to check the documentation for slash
[17:37:36] <mrcoolbp> nope, it's "1000"
[17:39:04] <mrcoolbp> ug the docs are terrible
[17:42:55] <LaminatorX> Careful, that may be full admin rights. Can you check what my current seclevel is?
[17:43:59] <mrcoolbp> sure
[17:44:24] <mrcoolbp> you have "100" so that's gotta be it = )
[17:45:10] <mrcoolbp> 1000 is "admin" and 10,000 is "super-admin"
[17:46:28] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX: do you have any site-breaking powers as seclevel 100? I think they messed around with how the seclevel works so that is not the case, just curious
[17:49:41] <LaminatorX> I don't think so. I
[17:49:57] <LaminatorX> get some links displayed that I can't use,
[17:50:12] <LaminatorX> but they just redirect back to the story list.
[17:50:22] <mrcoolbp> right
[17:50:25] <Woods> LaminatorX, Mrcoolbp: Ditto.
[17:50:25] <mrcoolbp> perfect
[17:50:39] <Woods> Mine is 100, and behaves the same.
[17:50:47] <mrcoolbp> cool, thanks guys
[17:50:59] <Woods> Wait, so if we get another editor, that means I am no longer the new guy! Yeaahhh
[17:51:06] <mrcoolbp> yay!
[17:51:29] <mrcoolbp> LaminatorX, I'm assuming you invited him in here already
[17:52:06] <LaminatorX> Not yet. I was planning to contact him on my lunch break.
[17:54:32] <mrcoolbp> sweet, well, like I said, I'll be here.
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[19:29:56] <janrinok> hi guys#
[19:30:02] <n1> hi janrinok
[19:30:26] <janrinok> n1 hi - long time, no speak
[19:32:50] <n1> indeed
[19:32:52] <n1> how are you doing?
[19:33:26] <janrinok> I was just admiring your efforts over the last few days - you're doing a good job!
[19:34:28] <n1> i'm erratic but i'm still here!
[19:35:23] <janrinok> I'm also erratic at present because S has been having some dental treatment which is always a major task.
[19:35:34] <n1> you're on form as always too. had to give some gratitude to bytram for the excellent work he's being doing also picking up the slack.
[19:35:55] <janrinok> Yep, as a team we seem to be doing OK.
[19:36:10] <n1> not pleasant, i hope it all goes well. i'm hoping to avoid the dentist for another decade after having some work done a year ago.
[19:38:52] <janrinok> Yes it is never a pleasant task, but I also have to be able to lift her from here wheelchair to the dentists chair, and do lots of things while she is lying there that you and I would take for granted. Even rinsing her mouth out can be a problem because she cannot lean forward to empty it again without assistance.
[19:41:28] <n1> must be trying, she's very lucky to have you. hopefully you can get it over with soon, i was shocked how long it took to sort out my issues on the NHS.
[19:41:41] <n1> are you covered by insurance of the french medical system there?
[19:43:02] <janrinok> yes, we have to contribute but it is a good system - far better than the UK version. It is one of the main reasons that we have settled here.
[19:43:50] <n1> thats great, very very happy about that. i don't have real complaints, except it took longer than i would have liked
[19:43:59] <janrinok> Anyway, that explains my poor attendance over the few days....
[19:44:17] <n1> and the cost ending up at just under £300, i wasn't that impressed.
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[19:45:21] <janrinok> hi LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot's chat bot
[19:45:35] <n1> not sure when i will settle down yet, but i'll be here when i have time, or at least editing from the shadows.
[19:46:03] <n1> lots of things are changing here and i'm spending more time at my desk, but not with procrastination(editing) time.
[19:47:50] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> We've been managing pretty well.
[19:47:58] <janrinok> you will have seen the 'call-to-arms' or plea for more volunteers yesterday
[19:48:38] <janrinok> hi again LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot - assuming that I'm actually talking to you and not some bot....
[19:48:48] <n1> we seem to be doing ok, but i'm not doing my 'check to see the queue' , i only look when i know i have time to add some stories.
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[19:49:23] <janrinok> there have been a few close calls, and one very quiet period over the weekend.
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[19:50:30] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> Hello, janrinok. I blame myself for that 4 hour gap. I forgot to check the site before I went out for the evening.
[19:51:06] <n1> if there's a time for it to happen, the weekend is it
[19:51:41] <janrinok> I was blaming anyone - it could have been any one of us!
[19:51:50] <janrinok> was'nt*
[19:52:11] <Woods> I always assume you guys are more dutiful than I am.
[19:52:31] <janrinok> hi Woods - that is a very foolish assumption to make lol
[19:52:37] <Woods> I always check it on the weekends, but usually it ends up being at a time when everyone else probably checks it too.
[19:52:49] <Woods> Maybe I should start checking at unusual times, that would probably be better.
[19:54:48] <janrinok> I used to have a routine but that has not been possible over the last 10 days or so, and even worse this last 48 hours.
[20:00:34] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> As long as we're all watching out for one another, we can roll with shifting schedules.
[20:00:55] <janrinok> any replies from potential volunteers?
[20:02:26] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> One good one. I'm going to drop him a line in a little bit.
[20:02:50] <janrinok> was that Open4D?
[20:05:34] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> zizban, I believe.
[20:06:04] <janrinok> you might well be getting another then, if the comments are to be believed.
[20:25:27] <Woods> Open4D declined
[20:28:50] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> The prospect of unlimited power, fame, and wealth must have been too daunting.
[20:29:22] <janrinok> ah well, perhaps another day
[20:32:35] <janrinok> LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot: I meant to mention the power, fame and wealth thing. Is somebody sorting my share out? I've not heard anything since I started but I assumed that someone was looking after that sort of thing for me....?
[20:34:34] <n1> goldman sachs will contact you soon to discuss the options for your billions.
[20:35:44] <janrinok> I'll start getting a secure cardbox box ready!
[20:40:19] <LaminatorX|so-not-a-chat-bot> I believe the hold up is with the revenue service. Their software is segfaulting trying to take a percentage of unlimited.
[20:40:41] <n1> rofl
[20:41:46] <janrinok> best answer yet!
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[20:48:29] <janrinok> well, got to go for today. cu guys around
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