Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
And...
Just had a major failure, GRUB wouldn't install, and it gave me a box with several options, none of which did anything - it's now refusing to recognise either a USB stick or Ubuntu on the internal drive - think I'm going to have to open the thing up and remove the drive, try installing GRUB via another Linux box, then retry again.
Might have to pick up an external optical drive as well, as the internal drive died years ago.
It's going to be at least Tuesday before I can really dedicate any time to it, updates then...
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Seems it's a week for PC failures. I came down to the office 2 days ago to find that my main drive had had some kind of short causing a miniature fire which fortunately (!) caused the CPU to overheat and shut the power off before it spread to something catchable. I've got photos...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Well, that was fun...
After almost a week of trying, I FINALLY got my antique Mac Mini to boot from a Linux USB Live disk - something which is generally considered next to impossible on my particular model.
Turns out there is one vital step you have to do in Windows...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Spent most of last night trying (and failing) to get my antique Mac Mini (circa 2006, 1.83GHz Core Duo, OSX 10.6.8) set up as an Ubuntu Server, and can't figure out where I'm going wrong (which is effectively nowhere - it's refusing to boot from any media other than the hard drive...)
And now I'm contemplating my next writing project for the upcoming CampNaNo - a story about reincarnation (spoiler - everyone who ever lived is one of your past or future lives!), or a (L)User Manual for a (fictional) piece of software that doesn't work in the way anyone expects - including the developer...
(Loosely based on a CMS I started writing in 2003 and abandoned in 2008 - parts worked beautifully, parts didn't, and some parts acted weirdly in ways I couldn't explain, or figure out why, or sometimes even replicate!)
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Take the drive out, use another machine to install Ubuntu, put it back in the Mac?
Stuart Butterworth
  
The Mac Mini is notorious for being difficult to open - last time I tried it, my hands literally looked like props from a slasher movie...
Think I've got it sorted now, see next post...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Book of Face post from 8 years ago - it's still true today, except now the Project Manager want's to fire the developer, but is too cheap to pay anyone what the job is worth!
https://www.facebook.com/stuart.butterworth/posts/96282199414
Woozle Hypertwin
  
I don't have access - should I friend you? Or did you want to make it public?
Stuart Butterworth
  
Try it now - it was just saying that the worst part of being a one-man dev team was realising the project manager didn't have a clue what he was doing...
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Yep! There we go.

...and amen to that. Wish I could go over my head and complain to corporate, and then I could terminate myself without cause for being a whistleblower.
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
**light bulb moment!**
To my friends on the spectrum, let me explain to you an unspoken social rule that possibly nobody has ever explained to you before

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bonehandledknife:
“ survivablyso:
“ bonehandledknife:
“ lierdumoa:
“ If a neurotypical asks you, “What game are you playing?” they’re not asking you to describe the game.
They’re asking you if they...
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Fascinating. <raises eyebrow> I sort of half-knew this, but it's helpful to see it spelled out like that.

The question I tend to have the most difficulty with is "what have you been up to lately?", which seems to be code for "tell me something I might find interesting" -- because if I answer it truthfully, it seems to evoke disinterest.

I finally got around to writing this just so I'd have a place to stash this link :D
Stuart Butterworth
  
I sort-of, kind-of grokked this, at least when applied to people asking me what I was reading - my response would usually be "A book!", occasionally a long, detailed description of what it was about, but generally that was just an insanely polite way of saying "I'm having a good time with my friends in this book - either leave me the fuck alone, or fuck off and die - I don't care which!" - and most of this would be spoken (or hinted!) without raising myself from between the pages of the book I was immersed in.
I have some very mild autistic traits, and can generally pass for normal **spit** - my youngest has a much more aggressive form of it, but no-one wants to give her a diagnosis, which makes things difficult sometimes.
Woozle Hypertwin
  
It took at least two diagnoses before our (well... technically @Harena Atria 's youngest) was diagnosed with autism; at first they were waffling between autism and "childhood bipolar disorder", and settled on the latter. Three or so years later, they're testing him and he's responding while sitting upside-down in the chair, and out comes "high-functioning autism". (Or was that the ADHD diagnosis? Can't remember. So many professional evaluations, for three different kids...)

(Hmm, I need to add him to the Me/autism page, don't I. I knew I was forgetting something.)
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
And once again, the American media gets it all wrong, conflating politics in the US with politics in the rest of the world, especially Europe.
Jeremy Corbyn isn't the ultra-hard-Left monster he is made out to be in this article, he is probably marginally, maybe a couple of tenths of a per cent to the left of Bernie Sanders, which in European terms is pretty much Center to Center-Left.
The reason Labour has moved so far to the Left under Corbyn's lead is because previous leaders (particularly Blair after taking control in 1994) took it so far to the right (while simultaneously claiming to still hold fast to traditional Labour ideals) that they were generally regarded as Thatcher-Lite. This had the unfortunate side-effect of allowing the conservatives to move even further to the right.
While the Labour membership have succeeded in electing a leader who has moved the Party back to a moderate left-wing position, many of the Labour MPs still adhere to their former leaders policies - and as they are the only ones with the power to initiate a leadership contest, there is a fear that they will try - again! - to oust Corbyn from his position.
As for his policies being bad - the current government has spent the last 7 years enforcing Austerity, which has had the effect of leaving a good chunk of the workforce with stagnating wages, the unemployed and those on benefits barely able to survive, the sick fearing that they will lose all access to health care, and the elderly fearing they will lose their homes to pay for their care after paying in to the system for their whole lives, while those at the top have seen their fortunes soar.
Corbyn - like most of the other opposition Parties - promised to try and reverse some of these policies - it has been proven that Austerity doesn't work in this case, that trickle-down economics don't work, and thatthings need to change fast if anything is to get better.
His policies only seem monstrous from the point of view of someone far to the Right of his politics - and that would include most democrats in the US. From the point of view of a British Centrist like myself, they seem far more palatable than the attempts by the psychopath currently inhabiting 10 Downing Street to cull the population by killing off the weak, the jobless, the sick, and the elderly.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/opinion/the-year-of-voting-recklessly.html?action=click&contentCollection=opinion&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article&version=column&rref=collection%2Fcolumn%2Fbret-stephens&pagewanted=all
Woozle Hypertwin
  last edited: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:50:39 -0400  
...and whoa, look at the author's other recent works, most notably Only Mass Deportation Can Save America: "In the matter of immigration, mark this conservative columnist down as strongly pro-deportation. The United States has too many people who don’t work hard, don’t believe in God, don’t contribute much to society and don’t appreciate the greatness of the American system."

Fuck him and the horse he rode in on. Fuck the NYT for giving him a megaphone. (see follow-up comment)
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Okay, I should have read the whole piece (I was about to angrily reply to him on Twitter, then someone said "read the whole thing", so I did...). He's being ironic:

I speak of Americans whose families have been in this country for a few generations. Complacent, entitled and often shockingly ignorant on basic points of American law and history, they are the stagnant pool in which our national prospects risk drowning.
Stuart Butterworth
  
Yeah, I've seen several people reacting angrily to that piece, being told to read it properly, then come to the realisation that he may as well have just said "If your name is Donald Trump, then GTFO!"
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Ahhh - the joys of installing Ubuntu in a VM to try out things like Mastodon and Hubzilla...
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
Some predictions, after last night.
Bye bye Teresa - she'll be out in 6 weeks at most, probably less - look for Amber Rudd or Michael Gove to go for the job, Boris is too canny to make his move yet.
Labour MPs will try to dethrone Corbyn yet again, and will probably succeed - expect another lurch to the Right, probably September/October.
If the Tories win, expect to see Brexit "temporarily" halted, until the public forgets all about it - it was never about leaving, it was a power grab by Boris and his chums.
A Labour minority government will possibly still go ahead with Brexit, but it's almost certain not to succeed.
A Labour-led coalition with the Lib-Dems, Greens, and SNP will scrap Brexit.

But what do I know - I predicted that Galactica was the 5th Cylon, Clara was the 12th Doctor, and everything on the island was happening in Dave's head!
Stuart Butterworth
  
In case you missed it - Teresa May has formed a government with a very slim majority by entering into a Coalition with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party), a bunch of racist, sexism, homophobia young earth creationist wingnuts, who make UKIP look well adjusted.
This is Not going to be pleasant...
Stuart Butterworth
  
Note to self - spell check your posts just a little bit harder when on mobile... :s
Woozle Hypertwin
  
Worst possible outcome, how jolly for all of us. >.<
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  last edited: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:48:12 -0400  
Wise words.
And yet, the haters still insist that "Muslims need to stand up and condemn these atrocities", even when there are many examples of Muslims doing so.
I'm a British Muslim the same age as the London terrorists – I know why we turned out so differently

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I am the same age as Salman Abedi, the Manchester suicide bomber, and almost the same age as the recently named London Bridge terrorists; I also profess to be of the same faith. Thankfully, these are the only two things we have in common. As well as studying medicine at university, I currently serve as the president of the UK Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association. I spend a lot of my time working to organise interfaith dialogues and peace conferences. So how exactly did we turn out so different?
Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  
This is just perfect... Tory 'strong and stable' advertising van overturns in the wind

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Social media users mocked the Tories' "strong and stable" slogan after a party advertising van overturned on a windy motorway. Nobody was injured in the accident. The van, which displays the words, "For the best Brexit deal vote Conservative on 8th June", turned on its side as it was driving north along the M6 between Lymm and Woolston.
Woozle Hypertwin
 
The Right seems to have a talent for generating irony.
Alright, here's the plan...

Stuart Butterworth
 Manchester, UK,  last edited: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:48:38 -0400  
You gotta free your mind / And at the same time / Move your body to the beat / Yo check this out...

Free Your Mind, The Wee Papa Girl Rappers and The Skinny Boys

I've NO idea why I put that, but I suppose it makes a change from my usual "This is a test / This is only a test" nonsense.
Even though this IS only a test...
Stuart Butterworth
  
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