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Adjective Foods

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Contains 100% of your recommended daily allowance!
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The juice-like drink industry already has this down. "I'm going to the store, need anything?" "Yeah, buy me a gallon of purple"
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I have the perfect supermarket in mind for these products: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Gracefully/@40.7753114,-73.9901871,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c2585e0641d799:0xfab05c3ce38e4797!8m2!3d40.7753114!4d-73.9879984
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A few drawings about Linux

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For the last few days, I’ve been doing a drawing about Linux on my Twitter every day. Here they are.

It’s been really lovely to see the response to these – some of these (like /proc) I’ve known about for quite a while, and it makes me really happy to hear “wow, I didn’t know that! That’s really cool!”

I’ll try to keep up making one a day for the rest of November.

Drawing these is a fun puzzle – I can’t draw most things (a cat? forget it!) so I need to figure out which things are within my capabilities (a lighting bolt? stars? hearts? okay!) and will communicate what I want.

You will probably also notice that I struggle to keep a consistent font weight :) I’m learning what I think looks good slowly. I’ve been using this Android app called “infinite design” to make vector drawings and they turn out nicer.







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Julia is the coolest, these are awesome.
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Every Version of Voxel Quest, Ever

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At the bottom of this post I have included images and videos from the many versions of VQ, for nostalgia's sake. :)

I released the first version of VQ a while ago, but have not since done much with the other versions. I had been debating what to do about the current situation of the VQ source. As I have probably said a million times at this point, my spare time is borderline non-existent these days between family and work obligations. There are three things I could do:
  1. Continue to sit on it and keep it private (bad)
  2. Release it all in its current state (not great, but better than nothing)
  3. Polish up a few select releases, make them git-friendly, etc. (best)
Obviously #3 would be ideal, but I don't know exactly when I will have enough spare time to go through that. In the meantime, I think doing #2 is better than waiting an arbitrary span of time for #3. I will be happy to link any git or other repositories people go through the trouble of making.  So anyway, here it is:

Edit 2: simcop2387 has kindly put it all in a repository here and bsagdiyev made this bittorrent magnet:?xt=urn:btih:e52b16bdf2eda8b678d5104517dba6ba05fb6089&dn=vqfiles


Edit: use this Dropbox link instead of the one below to get all files. (As of this edit at 11/5/2016 7:50 PST files are still uploading, so give it some time)

Every single snapshot of Voxel Quest(Google Drive link, limited to versions under 20 mb)

All of this code is being released under the zlib license (alternate licenses available on request). Any third party code or libraries used fall under their respective licenses, although from what I recall every third party resource also falls under a liberal license. The one exception is the bitmap resources used (sprites, icons, etc). These free for your personal use but you must buy the corresponding files from 7soul (AKA Henrique Lazarini) if you plan to publish anything (the RPG sprite and monster packs).

I have also included some very old versions of the source, dating back to stuff seen on gavanw.com, long before VQ even had a name.

Notes:
Some of the bigger snapshots contain all files (usually weighing in at around 70 mb or so), and the smaller ones (around 15-20mb) are just code and other resources.  You can copy over resources from the nearest version and it will usually work, or just work with archives that contain all files. Note that you cannot use the same resource files between all versions, necessarily - sometimes the layout or structure of this data would change over time. If you really want to get it up and running fast, you can check out the binary or release folder in a big snapshot, which usually will contain an exe. Not all snapshots are stable. To find a stable snapshot for a particular date, I recommend looking at the videos and picking the date nearest to that of the Youtube publish date on the video. To find controls, which also change over time, you will have to look at the source (most of the time, controls can be found within the singleton file).

If you are opening up one of the newest versions (which use "real" voxels and are computed on the CPU, as seen in recent @voxelquest screenshots), you will have to press "t" to toggle the new render mode. Otherwise, you will be running the old render mode, while at the same time computing voxel chunks on the CPU and it will run slow as hell! To use the ray traced version, I personally recommend the release on or around early August 2015.


You can probably find some helpful notes in the isometric repository - not all will apply, but much of the information there is still relevant to other versions. If you have any missing dll's, its not really "best practice" but you can probably snag them from the iso release on itch.io.(Dump them in the binary folder)

Some older versions are designed to be build on Mac, I think around early 2013 and prior. The rest are designed to be built on Windows, but all versions are portable with a tiny bit of work.

Other notes: people keep telling me they don't want their money back, which is fine - I'm not going to force you to take it back. But I am still honoring my promise to return money to anyone who wishes (and the few who have requested have been paid back so far). Do not feel bad about asking for money back, I am more than happy to return it! You can reach me via Kickstarter, Twitter, or the contact form on this site if you would like a refund of any money that you put into VQ (through KS or otherwise).

One last note: I do not get notifications for the comments on this website, but I do try to read all comments from time to time. I will more likely respond to comments on other channels like Twitter or Youtube as those are easier to manage in a timely manner.

I may have left something out, please let me know if I am forgetting anything!
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14 new trusted root certificates added to Windows in unannounced update

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My monitoring scripts raised an alert a few days ago: Microsoft has just quietly updated its Root CTL (Certificate Trust List), increasing its size to 356 roots.

The official channels, which normally announce and document such updates well in advance, are oddly silent about this one, and the new CTL is already being pushed to all Windows systems (including servers).

A quick RCC scan (shameless plug!) highlights the following entries as new:

1e0e56190ad18b2598b20444ff668a0417995f3f    LU    LuxTrust Global Root 2
5463283b6793ff55277cede39098e80422f912f7    CO    AC Raiz Certicamara S.A.
3143649becce27eced3a3f0b8f0de4e891ddeeca    TR    TUBITAK Kamu SM SSL Kok Sertifikasi  Surum 1
e252fa953feddb2460bd6e28f39ccccf5eb33fde    HR    SZAFIR ROOT CA2
3f0feb17a7ef5804cfd90a77b7bb021ea69c6418    GR    BYTE Root Certification Authority 001
a69e0336c4e59023ff653c71f928eb73f21c00f0    CA    Carillon Information Security Inc.
d99b104298594763f0b9a927b79269cb47dd158b    TW    ePKI Root Certification Authority - G2
81ac5de150d1b8de5d3e0e266a136b737862d322    TW    ePKI Root Certification Authority - G2
c3197c3924e654af1bc4ab20957ae2c30e13026a    US    SSL.com Root Certification Authority ECC
b7ab3308d1ea4477ba1480125a6fbda936490cbb    US    SSL.com Root Certification Authority RSA
4cdd51a3d1f5203214b0c6c532230391c746426d    US    SSL.com EV Root Certification Authority ECC
1cb7ede176bcdfef0c866f46fbf980e901e5ce35    US    SSL.com EV Root Certification Authority RSA
d3dd483e2bbf4c05e8af10f5fa7626cfd3dc3092    PL    Certum Trusted Network CA 2
d496592b305707386cc5f3cdb259ae66d7661fca    ES    ACA ROOT

Trusting new CAs is always a big deal, so advanced users and enterprise admins may use the above list to research these new roots and decide which ones they actually want to trust. And I'm currently working on a trust store hardening product, which will make it easy to drastically reduce your exposure to unnecessary CAs. Stay tuned!

Follow @hexatomium for more updates and the occasional crazy thought.

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What It Costs to Run Let's Encrypt

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Today we’d like to explain what it costs to run Let’s Encrypt. We’re doing this because we strive to be a transparent organization, we want people to have some context for their contributions to the project, and because it’s interesting.

Let’s Encrypt will require about $2.9M USD to operate in 2017. We believe this is an incredible value for a secure and reliable service that is capable of issuing certificates globally, to every server on the Web free of charge.

We’re currently working to raise the money we need to operate through the next year. Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor if you’re able to do so! In the event that we end up being able to raise more money than we need to just keep Let’s Encrypt running we can look into adding other services to improve access to a more secure and privacy-respecting Web.

Here’s how our 2017 budget breaks down:

Expense Cost
Staffing $2.06M USD
Hardware/Software $0.20M USD
Hosting/Auditing $0.30M USD
Legal/Administrative $0.35M USD
Total $2.91M USD

Staffing is our dominant cost. We currently have eight full time employees, plus two full time staff that are employed by other entities (Mozilla and EFF). This includes five operations/sysadmin staff, three software developers, one communications and fundraising person, and an executive director. Our 2017 budget covers salary and benefits for ten employees.

Our systems administration staff are at the heart of our day to day operations. They are responsible for building and improving our server, networking, and deployed software infrastructure, as well as monitoring the systems every hour of every day. It’s the critical 24/7 nature of the work that makes this our biggest team. Any issues need to be dealt with immediately, ideally with multiple people on hand.

Our software developers work primarily on boulder, our open source CA software. We needed to write our own software in order to create a secure, reliable, and fully-automated CA that is capable of issuing and managing enough certificates to serve the entire Web. Our software development staff also allow us to support new features much more quickly than we could if we relied on third party software for implementation.

The majority of our administrative support (e.g. HR, payroll, accounting) is provided by the Linux Foundation, so we don’t hire for those roles and related expenses come in under the “Legal/Administrative” category.

Hardware expenses include compute, storage, networking, and HSM hardware, as well as the associated support contracts. There is quite a bit of duplication for redundancy. Software expenses are low since the majority of the software we use is freely available open source software.

Hosting costs include space in two different highly secure geographically separated rooms inside secure data centers, as well as internet connections and power. The hardware and physical infrastructure we have in place is capable of issuing hundreds of millions of certificates - enough for every server on the Web. We need to maintain strong physical control over all hardware and infrastructure related to certificate issuance and management for security and auditing reasons.

Auditing costs include the required annual WebTrust audits as well as third party expert security review and testing. The third party security audits include code review, infrastructure review, penetration testing, and ACME protocol analysis. We are not required to do third party auditing beyond the WebTrust audits, but it would be irresponsible of us not to.

Legal costs go towards attorney time, primarily in the areas of corporate governance, contract development and review, and trademarks. Administrative costs include HR, payroll and benefits management, accounting and tax services, as well as travel and other miscellaneous operating costs.

Our 2016 budget is very similar to our 2017 budget, the major difference being that we will only spend approximately $2.0M USD due to a number of our staff starting after the beginning of the year. We will pay full staffing costs next year because all of the staff that joined us in 2016 will be on our payroll for the entirety of 2017.

Currently, the majority of our funding comes from corporate sponsorships. If your company or organization would like to sponsor Let’s Encrypt please email us at sponsor@letsencrypt.org. We’re working to make grants and individual contributions more significant sources of income over the next year.

We’re grateful for the industry and community support that we receive, and we look forward to continuing to create a more secure and privacy-respecting Web!

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Very reasonable for the amazing service this team is providing.
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Datacenter Scale

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Asimov's Cosmic AC was created by linking all datacenters through hyperspace, which explains a lot. It didn't reverse entropy--it just discarded the universe when it reached end-of-life and ordered a new one.
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Great reference in the hover text.
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Covarr
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This makes me feel less bad about replacing my watch instead of replacing the battery.
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kousha
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"Google Scale"
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JayM
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Ha! Hover text is funny.
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skittone
247 days ago
Can't hover on mobile. EDIT: Thanks!
austinstorm
246 days ago
On mobile you can long-press the image.
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Asimov's Cosmic AC was created by linking all datacenters through hyperspace, which explains a lot. It didn't reverse entropy--it just discarded the universe when it reached end-of-life and ordered a new one.
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