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A Very Dark Day
A brazen weaponisation.
Tea With Ursula
Here's a trick. If you're on Rumble, more specifically for RT, and connecting through VPN. VPN is going to slow the connection down, right? Which can be a disaster with Rumble, which is already hopeless when it comes to scrolling back and forth and stuff.
So try this as an example.
Surf here with VPN: https://www.rt.com/on-air/rumble/
Get your feed working - click the button to start it.
Disconnect from your VPN.
This should work because you've already established your sockets connection.
Perhaps you knew about this already - we hadn't thought of it.
(No, you can't go clicking around without the VPN, Meyer.)
Another trick is if you're for example here.
A saved transmission. See the 'Download' button in the upper right?
You don't need VPN for that - mf.b37mrtl.ru isn't blocked.
The Ursula block - at least in Yurp - is DNS-based.
That’s all. Ursula picks up the tab for the tea. (No, she’s not the sharpest - none of them are.)
A Very Dark Day
Cat and Jewels had a night of it. Jewels couldn't sleep at all and Cat was in a feline rage. The Trump indictment. Most of the world is in an uproar. Here's their feed from the other day.
And we must say at least two things. For being as US-centric as you'd expect them to be, these two critters have an atypical grasp of what's going on in the world. From Jewels' understanding of the ramifications of the destruction of the HPP to Cat's declaration that the best thing about Trump was his foreign policy - which of course was the whole point!
What's really been amazing up to now is... You can picture it. Some Hollywood star, looking out at the waves of the Pacific from her Malibu home, touching up her toenails, thinking about how she will again vote for BRANDON, because he doesn't tweet at all...
All the while of course it's the Deep State, the Uniparty, who won't let Trump join the club because he doesn't like the games they play and will only expose them.
Trump's first day in office? Anyone remember? What he did and where he went? Not who came to visit him but who he visited?
Then the bridge between Russia and the US. Mike Flynn. See how fast they got rid of him? Remember who the hatchet man was?
Coins dropping down the slots yet?
Jake Chansley is out. Dude's covered in tattoos. He talks a coherent talk. He explains the horns: they’re to ward off - to scare - evil spirits, not people. Old injun thing he says.
Kari Lake looks more and more like Trump's veep. She's gotta be. No one kicks butt so butt really hurts like her.
'That wasn't a threat - it was a PSA!'
Truth Social Global
Truth Social is now global, presumably on all possible platforms. I guess y'all know how we see bugs fast. That’s part of the profession - looking at student screens, over their shoulders, being able to see at a glance 'you're missing a semicolon here, a right curly brace there'. Truth Social is based on Mastodon, as are many new similar sites. It seems stable and - as yet - none of us have found a bug to speak of. The time Devin took! But it's been worth it evidently.
(OK one bug. Posts sometimes duplicate. Ed.)
This in contrast to GETTR which gets more comical by the day. They changed their colour setup the other day for all the Chinese there. They didn't even check the colours before they'd gone off. (They never check anything.) Link colours were so dark blue as to be invisible. But hey, they're gone already.
GAB chugs along. Their owner is freaksville but he did it right from the ground up. The bad guys can't touch him. He uses the one principle that should be used - one and only one.
If it's illegal in your jurisdiction, then it's illegal. Otherwise leave it be. That's it. No more.
Unfortunately, Elon can't quite abide by that, even after 44 billion dollars. They're shadow-banning worse than ever over there.
But Tucker's got two shows up already. Tucker on Twitter. That's all he's posting on Twitter, so they're easy to find.
The first one got over 100 million views. Contrast that with his previous highs of 5.5 million at Fox. Factor in all the views on YouTube and you still fall way short.
Yet no one but no one but no one comes up against In the Litter Box with Catturd and Jewels Jones. Nothing. Not even close. Tune in early and catch some of the groove Jewels lays down in the intro. What a bass line! And those horns! Can't be beat!
They're all over the place. Through their Twitter feed, through Jewels' GETTR feed, through Megaphone, through Jewels' own site…
Plain arithmetic tells us Jewels starts this show every day at noon her time. (She's in Hollywood, poor woman.) And Cat's in the Florida panhandle, so it's 15:00 for him when they start. They straddle the continent.
One hour. No breaks. Words can't. The best media hour of them all. Monday - Friday.
'You're in the Litter Box!'
'Hey hey hey!'
Code in Search of a Home
Anyone see Lady Tim's trannie rainbow? Time to leave Apple if you haven't already. Where to? There's the rub. You'd think it'd be Red Hat. But what are they doing at IBM? Because Red Hat aren't doing it. They're still stuck in their World of Windows. And that's so wasteful. We at Radsoft/Rixstep are not prepared to go anywhere until we see a sign of intelligence.
But our code - at Rixstep - was written with future portability in mind. Always. So we want to look a bit at our catalogue and see what we might possibly want to port when the day comes.
Alternately, it's a look at the type of software that's needed anywhere. The new Unix home might already have it. We don't know.
We do know that we once completely rewrote Netcat, and the guys at Foundstone got their socks blown off. So that's also a possibility. Although we're more inclined, after doing this twice already, to leave it to someone else. And/or write a book or two to teach others how to do it. Although that shouldn't be necessary for people with adequate IQ and aptitude. (That's always the issue, isn't it?)
Anyway. Here we go.
(We have to break this up into several instalments. It gets too big otherwise. This instalment takes A-C.)
ACL stands for access control list. An ACL is an ancillary security measure absolutely necessary on a paraplegic platform like Windows but of limited consequence on a Unix system. Unfortunately, Apple users have to contend with three such systems all at once, with Apple's documentation of course not specifying which system overrides which. In practice it's the 'flags' that rank the highest and the ordinary 'ugo' which rank lowest.
Such an application would be relevant if the coming platform uses them, but then one runs into a major stumbling block: the lack of experience and general 'chops' with the Windows-suckled designers of the most common GUIs Gnome and KDE. All those Einstein candidates were aware of was Bill Gates Windows.
This uses a special API written by none other than Avie Tevanian himself. It's unlikely something like this would be relevant anywhere else. In contrast to Apple's hysterically closed system design, NeXT was built to be wide open, its architecture created to be usable - yes - even on (especially on) Windows. Which was how Jobs and Apple were able to entice so many third-party to entertain the switch. (But they were of course betrayed.)
ASB, ASM, ASXM
The ACP Services Browser, ACP Services Manager, ACP Services Manager Pro.
Oh if only. Here's something the NeXTies overlooked. There's a special unused field in their data transfers that even the first Apple adopters didn't see. Fortunately Rixstep saw it. (Of course they did.)
This is one of a great many great Rixstep 'inventions'. It makes possible the use of a minimal module to 'service' contextual searches and help, almost anywhere text can be found and selected - especially on read-only web pages. Find a term you'd like to learn more about? Double-click it and hit the appropriate keyboard shortcut and you're off to the races 'just like that'. Immensely popular. Freeware versions still available.
Beige Box Cleaner. For cleaning up legacy Apple cruft that shouldn't be there in the first place. This one gets thankfully left behind.
Clean and Seal. This is protective against Apple downright evil hegemonic mania. The very mechanism Apple devised to extort billions from clueless customers is something no more than contemplated by only one of the many Unix distros available, so no, no new home for this, thankfully.
This is for the so-called 'file system' Apple used before they were forced to grow up and use a grown-up Unix file system. So 'no'.
No one can make things as wantonly and unnecessarily complex and 'busy' as Apple. No one. They never seem to see the ramifications of their folly, even after it's too late. Changes looks into how they exploited such a wacky system to squeeze billions out of their sheeple customers for nothing at all offered in return. Solely 'soft' extortion. 'Do things our way or face the consequences!' 'You're in danger!' 'Pay us more money!' And so forth. No other platform's yet dared to be so criminal. But yes, Rixstep built this application in order to study what the bastards were up to, in order to build the ultimate and still unique Apple extortion-killer known as Keymaster. Thanks to this technology, thanks to Keymaster, computers running Rixstep software are the only computers in the whole world who keep running flawlessly and without interruption or delay when Lady Tim's Finest have another one of their infamous breakdowns.
Or 'change extension'. Extensions don't really exist. Only on Windows do they exist, where they are treated as a sovereign data field. But anything following the final full stop in a file name can be treated as an extension. Chex uses yet another spiffy NeXT API which may or may not have a stdlib equivalent at the new home address. To the extent it's viable and useful, then 'yes', of course.
Would that it were possible. The NeXT classes are one of the great landmarks in computer science after Unix and C themselves. The total subservience to all things Microsoft is shameful. No one's ever made a decent effort to create a full OPENSTEP port after Sun dropped it all in favour of - wait for it - Java. The world suffers as a result.
'Clear Finder flags'. If you've never encountered Apple or Apple's laughable Finder, consider yourself lucky. You can search far and wide for a more ridiculous and insulting file manager and you'll never get home. Clearff clears gunk that Apple’s ‘file manager’ leaves behind - yes on your files.
Of course! Not necessarily an 'invention', but it does contain a lot of cool things. Earlier versions had a 'sharing mechanism' which had to be scrapped when Apple decided it was no longer appropriate for users to communicate too much with one another. The excuses published online at the time were both embarrassing and cringeworthy. Clipothèque collects links and displays images, or web pages, or whatever you like. It's what its name suggests and it is one of the most used applications in the Rixstep arsenal.
Carriage Return Line Feed. Idea ported from the Radsoft application of the same name. CRLF is originally two telex commands, one right after the other, to effect - wait for it - a carriage return and a line feed. Unix modernised this as one no longer used telex machines, and a single ASCII byte was enough to convey the intent.
Unfortunately that innovative company known as Microsoft stuck with the double-byte sequence, and screwy-ass Apple, perhaps in another laughable effort to 'think different' [sic], chose the other of the two bytes to abbreviate the command.
Like using colons for forward slashes.
As even respectable Unix machines will, sad to say, still encounter files coming from Apple or Microsoft boxes, some variant on this application will still be needed.
* TO BE CONTINUED *
Later in the Day
Here's Alex and Alexander. They're both Hellenic. Alex is currently (but evidently not always) on Cyprus. Alexander is home with his family in London.
Alex is connected to a diplomat family evidently, and Alexander has been a barrister.
Here is their take on Brandon's latest move.
Suffice it to say that the entire world has seen the move for what it is, and the entire world is outraged.
And what does Gospodin Brandon have to say about it? Take this grin from the last time around. It's hard to know if it's 80 or 8.
Right about now, the entire planet hates Brandon. Certainly the Global South hate him with a passion, and they’re 87.5% of the planet’s human population.
The Ukrainian people hate him. The Saudis think he’s bloody ridiculous. The Chinese and the Indians cringe. And the Russians won’t be sending any warm greetings either.
The ‘America First’ people in the US do not hold him in any regard. And so on.
It’s only a few greedos in the Beltway who think they can still profit.