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by JoeStrout
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Administration
Topic: Web site becoming unresponsive more often
Replies: 35
Views: 22549

Re: Web site becoming unresponsive more often

No, this board is on a shared machine (not even a virtual private server), and of course I don't have root privs. That obviously limits what I can do, and even what I can discover about it, somewhat. However there are a lot of things I probably can do, that I haven't tried yet. This is because I've ...
by JoeStrout
Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Flyby Anomaly Mystery Deepens
Replies: 71
Views: 7824

Re: Flyby Anomaly Mystery Deepens

I need everyone to please try harder to keep it civil.

(Yes, Schneibster, I see that you did exactly that in your last post above — thank you.)

Thanks,
- Joe
by JoeStrout
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Administration
Topic: Web site becoming unresponsive more often
Replies: 35
Views: 22549

Re: Web site becoming unresponsive more often

Thanks, I've noticed some seriously poor performance in recent weeks as well. On the other hand, this week it seems to be fine. I contacted our host (Dreamhost) last week about the most recent slowdown, but they were unable to find anything wrong. One of these days I should probably update to the la...
by JoeStrout
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Reality Spaceflight
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Re: Reality Spaceflight

I'm all for anything that drives commercial development of (and public interest in) human space flight.

Hopefully the episodes of the new shows, when they finally air, will be available on iTunes or Amazon streaming... I haven't had an actual TV signal coming into my house for years.
by JoeStrout
Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Climate II
Replies: 129
Views: 8532

Re: Climate II

First, "global warming" has several meanings. The first and foremost is shown by the difference in the average surface temperatures of the Earth and the Moon. Both are at the same distance from the Sun; therefore both get the same amount of energy per unit area. So why is Earth 33°C warme...
by JoeStrout
Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: At this point kicking me off looks like a cowardly move.
Replies: 130
Views: 10404

Re: At this point kicking me off looks like a cowardly move.

This thread also seems to have seriously outlasted its usefulness. If anybody wants to discuss climate change, Southern law, gun control, drugs (both legal and non), or any other off-topic matter, and really can't find some other more appropriate board on which to discuss them, then please start a s...
by JoeStrout
Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Climate
Replies: 30
Views: 3484

Re: Climate

Everybody, please settle down. I know this is the "general" forum — which I frequently regret creating in the first place (but suspect that if it were not here, the off-topic threads would just end up elsewhere on the board) — but even so, we need to keep it civility. No ad hominem attacks...
by JoeStrout
Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Recent forum downtime
Replies: 1
Views: 4545

Recent forum downtime

I apologize for this forum's downtime the last several days. To put it bluntly, our ISP (Dreamhost) screwed up, and created "an issue with the apache service that handles [this] site, causing it to not spawn new PHP cgi processes correctly." The problem has been corrected, and we should be...
by JoeStrout
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Re: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon

Just took a look at what kind of question you're using. Without giving away the question I see a few problems: - Definite cultural context. Difficult problem to avoid. Non-native English speakers would be discouraged. - Do I enter the answer as one word or 2? I agree, it's not a perfect solution. B...
by JoeStrout
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Re: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon

I did my best to make the questions easy for a human. No particular expertise is required; I don't think anyone here would struggle with them. But, if a real newcomer can't figure them out, they can always write to me for help.
by JoeStrout
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Re: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon

Character recognition captchas have been broken for several years. The captchas that remain effective are those sufficiently uncommon that spammers haven't put the effort into them yet. My gut is that multiple choice Q&A tests will be the next to fall, and will fall hard once they become common...
by JoeStrout
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:19 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Re: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon

You're welcome. And here's an interesting tidbit about the flood of spammers. About 10 minutes after I got the new forum set back up, I started getting spammer registrations again, several per minute. This was with the board configured to use a standard visual captcha (pick the letters out from the ...
by JoeStrout
Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Re: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon

Well, here we are, on phpBB3. That took all day. I apologize for the downtime.

I also apologize for the missing theme, Polywell icon, etc. All that will be made right in the next day or two. But it should be safe to start using the board again now.

Cheers,
- Joe
by JoeStrout
Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

Trying again

OK, Dreamhost's "one-click" upgrader is hopelessly FUBAR. I am about to attempt a manual upgrade. This will mean exporting the data from the current DB, and re-importing it into the new DB. Any messages posted after this one, and before the new system is ready, may be lost. Please be patie...
by JoeStrout
Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Administration
Topic: Upgrading the forum to phpBB 3 pretty soon
Replies: 32
Views: 22178

The email-me-for-manual-account-activation step stops almost all the spammers. So, there's no real harm done by all those spam accounts, except that the new-account notifications clog up my email, and of course the "Memberlist" link is utterly useless.

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