We’re back to the original colours

I don’t know why but I had a craving to return to the original colours of Lankyland from 20 years ago. That’s right. Twenty years.

There are no words to explain how it feels to have had a website going for this long, I mean the World Wide Web got started around Christmas 1990 and Lankyland kicked off in August 2001. Yes, I know that the internet has been around for a lot longer but websites didn’t start popping up till 1990.

As of today’s post Lankyland has been online for almost 65% of the World Wide Web’s life. And I have no plans to stop.

4cache is gone

So what happened to 4cache.net?

The nature of user-generated content hosting services is that eventually they will get abused. And 4cache got abused. Big time.

So now it is gone.

Track Recons

I often get asked, “What is it that you do?” when I tell people I’m out in the middle of nowhere doing a recon.

Track Reconditioning

The stability of the the railway is dependent on the rocks and dirt underneath the steel and sleepers. There are three layers to the rail, a stabiliser mix (basically rocks with a bit of concrete), a capping layer, then the ballast. The ballast is usually 40-70mm rocks that are shaped perfectly to fit together when weight is applied to it. The more weight, the tighter it grips to itself.

Occasionally parts of the rail line get filled with mud and water and that causes the whole section to sink and slide about which makes the track bumpy and dangerous. When that happens, it is time for a track recon.

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How to skirt the Piracy Blocks

An update to the list of blocked websites in Australia was announced today via the Federal Courts system to block proxies and torrent websites. I’m not going to get into the moral or ethical debate over pirating material in this post but what I am going to do is show just how mind-numbingly easy it is to circumvent the blocking process that Australian internet providers have implemented it to keep the courts happy.

What is the DNS system?

DNS is how your computer translates a domain name into the IP address of the server hosting the requested content. It was first developed decades ago and started off as a manually maintained text file. Back then, there weren’t that many computers on the “internet” such as it was. Whenever a new machine was added to the network a new entry was added to the text file, then that file was sent around to all the computers. Obviously not a scalable solution.

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Technically true but everyone currently screaming that back at people who are saying BlackLivesMatter is completely missing the point.

No one is trying to diminish anyone’s rights to live a safe and secure life, what they are trying to do is ensure that everyone is living to the same standards, to lift up people of colour so that they may experience the same level that White people do.

Should you hear anyone loudly declaring that AllLivesMatter tell them you agree but right now we need to prioritise the Lives that are most in peril. Or just show them the comic below, it points out just how stupid AllLivesMatter is right now.

A comic explaining that AllLivesMatter is vaild to a point but certain Lives Matter MORE at particular times

White Privilege

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and noticed a disturbing trend, pointed out by many others retweeting.

It’s the most dangerous time to be a white person

And it made me realise that they are completely wrong. What they probably meant to say is, “It’s the most dangerous time to keep using my White Privilege to keep oppressing those people I consider inferior”.

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Leo Covers Things

Musical Covers. Often cause for much disagreement and usually poor quality. I have managed to find an artist that can cover songs and make them better. Much better.

An example you ask for? Ok.

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Safer at School?

I don’t know why but both the Federal and the NSW Governments are adamant that children should be returning to school as soon as possible. Reading today I saw the following quote:

Ms Berejiklian said health advice continues to be that schools remain open, and parents, teachers and students can be confident that school is a safe place.

Education NSW website

What piques my curiosity is what are the schools doing in regards to hygiene and infectious disease control that can’t be done at other locations like cafes, pubs, and clubs?

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[email protected]

As the [email protected] project has stopped handing out work units I was on the lookout for a new project to donate some spare compute cycles to and given the current state of affairs, the best option was the [email protected] project which is researching protein folding of the corona virus.

And since you can setup teams for it, of course that is what I did.

Getting Started

head to https://foldingathome.org/ and hit the Start Folding Now button, download the app, get it running.

Joining the Lankyland team

Open up the Web Control interface once you have it installed, click Change Identity in the top left and add in these details.

  • Team number: 260468
  • Passcode: itscidersbirthday

Then sit back and smile a smug smile as your computer churns through data to help find a cure for the corona virus.

We all isolate or we don’t

I’ve been hearing on the news recently that people are disgusted that teens are still socialising and hanging out together and to be honest, it is not the teenagers fault.

Schools are still open, hundreds of children are still able to gather together in confined spaces. It’s no wonder that they are still getting together outside of school.

The mixed signals that the governments are sending are to blame. What’s the difference between going to school together and socialising outside of school together? They are all still together.

I know that data on transmission rates between children is sketchy at this stage but we have to ask ourselves, “Are our children furthering the spread of the virus from family to family?”

And even if they aren’t spreading it rapidly, shouldn’t our messaging be consistent? Either everyone is in isolation or no one is. I could stay home all day but if my kid is still going to school and playing with other kids whose parents aren’t isolating then I am still exposed even though I’ve not left my house in weeks.

Let’s get it together and keep our children apart.