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Service blipped again this morning, but it came back up on its own.

And to think, I changed providers last year, doubling what I'm paying, in the hopes of reducing downtime. Oh well.

Sorry @assortedflotsam.com peeps. I changed to a new VPS host this past fall and it has been MUCH better. However, yesterday it simply stopped responding and their control panel kept throwing errors. And then my support tickets went unanswered for 24 hours. Still no support response, but it came back up??? Very odd.

This is a fantastic analysis of the different bloques within the Democratic primary. It's a must read.

fivethirtyeight.com/features/t

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Scully worries about Doggett's new videogame habit. Mulder accuses a corporate executive of being an alien.

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Open registration on assortedflotsam.com is closed. Too many spambots.

Existing members can invite new members.

Stomach virus for both me and my kiddo. Happy fucking Christmas.

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Protip:

When designing a user interface, imagine some old woman using it, say Margaret Hamilton, and she's clicking your app's buttons and saying to you, as old people do,

"Young whippersnapper, when I was your age, I sent 24 people to the ACTUAL MOON with my software in 4K of RAM and here I am clicking your button and it takes ten seconds to load a 50 megabyte video ad and then it crashes

I'm not even ANGRY with you, I'm just disappointed."

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You know that a monopoly has been attained when people refer to a generic practice with a specific name.

For example asking how gmail works instead of how email works; search in Google instead of search the web; asking for WhatsApp number instead of phone number, etc.,

It is also when we realize the dangers of it and sense the need to fight back the monopolies.

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The IRS audits the working poor at higher rates than they audit the wealthy. The concern here obviously isn't lost revenue, it's about stealing from the government by the wealthy not paying their fair share.

propublica.org/article/earned-

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My poor kiddo has had a rough month. First an upper respiratory bug, on and off coughing, then random high fevers, now conjunctivitis and ear infections.

It was a little scary the other day when I noticed he wasn't watching his cartoon, because he couldn't hear it. Later he came up to me with his truck saying the siren didn't work. It worked, he just couldn't hear it.

He's much better now after days of antibiotics. We can hold a conversation at a normal volume level.

Is there any benefit in running a relay on a small instance?

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