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Lee Forest
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I had a chance to play Kerbal Space Program recently, thanks to a buddy of mine. How I went so long without playing this game is beyond me. I decided that I love this game so I wanted a copy for myself. I just barely caught the Humble Monthly bundle and also snatched up the expansion on Steam. Now I'm off to fly my crazy rockets & planes and maybe even land on the moon tonight :P
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Kerbal Space Program
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The question of moderation hasn't come up often. But indeed the recent discussions are causing a stir. Perhaps a much needed one at that... Personally I don't see much issue with the current community configuration and moderation team. But in the end the community belongs to us all. If anyone would like to help us, lets talk.

While we're on the subject, here a few of my thoughts:

-- While we have a good team I think sometimes we have gaps in moderation where none are online. Perhaps expanding the team (of volunteers) enough would potentially fill those gaps. This could also lead to more engagement with active moderators.

-- I don't think we should censor incoming posts, barring an onslaught of unwelcome's, I believe everyone who stays on topic should be able to post freely (though of course we can't stop the Google Monster from getting it first).

-- While I haven't seen any issue with the open membership style of joining the community, the idea of making it an approval based community is much more logical now than it was during our early years with lots of new members joining. Perhaps this will help control the spam. If there are no objections we'll make that change very soon.

-- If anyone wants to help just speak up. We welcome responsible adults to our team :)

I'm recently re-emerging into my old programming habits and decided a new language would be fitting. After much contemplation I feel Rust would be an excellent language to learn. I have a firm grasp of programming essentials and coding habits. Understanding the material isn't a problem. But I am a little curious to hear from some current Rust developers about their experience working with the language and it's communities. Anything useful can be helpful.

Any Rust programming language folks reading this? I'm trying to talk myself into making the leap for no good reason other than I can and I have the time. I have a strong general understanding of programming and coding habits. But my background in systems programming such as C/etc is limited (but not incapable of improvement). Also I'm accident prone so I wanted more safety. Rust seems ideal overall.

So tell me I'm crazy? lol
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Backups! Should I say that twice? Not because I just lost some data (not yet) but because 400GB worth are hanging by a thread for the next 3 hours because of a little cockiness on my part. Backups! At least get the most important stuff, okay?
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Genius. Too bad its gonna take time. But I hope this competition helps save the planet.
"These finalists will be given space near a power plant and pipes that will deliver some of the plant's carbon-dioxide-rich exhaust. It's up to the competitors to turn that carbon dioxide into marketable products." #CarbonXPrize
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When I was a kid, watching a video "from 50 years ago" meant an old black n white silent film. Now days a video from 50 years ago has color n sound.

Leads me to think about what it might be like 50 years from now looking back at the videos we have today. Imagine the new video technology we would be comparing them to.

Has it even been dreamed of yet?
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"Rainmeter allows you to display customizable skins on your (Windows) desktop, from hardware usage meters to fully functional audio visualizers.
You are only limited by your imagination and creativity."

"Rainmeter is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU GPL v2 license."

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How I created a live USB in Linux with UEFI support and handled multiple bootable ISO images (works with Server Edition ISO's as well).

I'll assume the flash drive is /dev/sdb and use Linux Mint ISO as an example.

Step 1. Create 100MB Fat32 partition in the beginning of the flash drive.

Step 2. Mount the partition to the local file system.

$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt

Step 3. Make boot directory.

$ sudo mkdir /mnt/boot

Step 4. Install grub and UEFI target to boot.

$ grub-install --target=i386-pc --recheck --boot-directory=/mnt/boot /dev/sdb

$ grub-install --target x86_64-efi --efi-directory /mnt --boot-directory=/mnt/boot --removable

Step 5. Create an additional partition large enough to hold the bootable ISO image.

Step 6. Use dd to write the ISO directly to the specific partition on the USB drive (not to the drive itself as one would normally do).

$ sudo dd if=linuxmint-18.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso of=/dev/sdb2

Step 7. Create grub.cfg and add menu entries.

$ vim /mnt/boot/grub/grub.cfg

Example Entry:

menuentry 'Linux Mint Cinnamon 64bit' {
set root=(hd0,msdos2)
configfile /boot/grub/grub.cfg

Step 8. Add more ISO's by creating additional partitions (May need to use logical partitions instead of primary). Use dd again to write each ISO to it's own specific partition. Then copy the existing menu entry changing (hd0,msdos2) and adjusting path to ISO's grub.cfg as needed in configfile line.

Note: You can also add data partitions which can be used for storing files if space is available.
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