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"...they're looking at how to monetize internet service, and of course the idea is maximize the number of users you can put up with the IP address space, and so NATs are a ... natural outcome of a business motivation for increasing total amount of service that you can give with one IP address." -- Vint Cerf

There you go folks: NATs are a tool of capitalism. Cast off your NATs and deploy today!

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"And I realized, when you go through any endeavor, any journey, whether across town or to the moon and back, all that matters is that you share the experience with people that you love. That’s what makes life special, ‘cause ultimately, that’s all there is. That’s really all there is."
-- Alan Bean, fourth man on the moon

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Litany against NAT

apologies to Frank Herbert

I must not NAT.
NAT is the net-killer.
NAT is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my NAT addiction.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the NAT has gone there will be a proper firewall.
Only IPv6 will remain.

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I have my phone set to auto-deny any number that is not in my contact list to combat the ever increasing amount of spam I've been getting. Unfortunately there is one insurance scammer that has taken to leaving voicemails. Multiple VMs a day for the last two weeks.

I contacted my provider about disabling my VM box altogether. They do not support this. You can, however, redirect missed calls to another number instead.

I now send missed calls to:

Eat Rickroll, spammers!

We’re watching DART! If you don’t wanna miss a thing with today’s deep impact, you should watch too!

"You don’t solve problems by cooperating with people who want the problems"

QOTD: Who knows why we were taught to fear the witches, and not those who burned them alive?

From the WTF public license FAQ, on profanity 

«But profanity is offensive!
You know what? Fuck your stance on profanity. Fuck your priorities in life. The WTFPL is about fucking freedom and we mean it. Freedom means freedom to copy and modify and share works of art and science with the rest of mankind, but also freedom to be gay and marry and have crazy gay sex, freedom to have tattoos, freedom to say there is no God, freedom to take the pill, freedom to have an abortion. People die for being gay or atheists. Don’t tell me that there is something sacred enough that it must be protected from the mere existence of the word “fuck”. If the F in WTFPL offends you, then fuck you and your beliefs. Triple fuck you.»

Has anyone started a site/database to track electronic components within commercial products? I think this idea has been mentioned before, I'm definitely not taking credit.

Like you need chip "abc" but can't buy it new or get it today, you can look it up and then go find/scrounge/buy a used toaster or whatever that has the chip.

when decision makers in the US say "we strongly recommend masks indoors"

it means "we know that COVID-19 is airborne, we know it's not mild, we know the pandemic isn't over, but our courage falls short of mandating protections because the loud and dangerous people will direct hate at us if we do."

Everything is a fuse when the current is high enough.

It's so frustrating that the bulk of posts on LinkedIn are about how it benefits cryptocurrency.

You do not need a programmer to fix your printer. You need a librarian.
Seriously, I think half of our time working front desks is spent making those cursed things work.

As a CIS-Gendered male I wish I could tick a box in my virtual profile that says "please stop assuming I give a shit about sportball".

Since I had no data to speak of (yes even my backup connection was spotty), I fired up the TV. Found an episode of MacGyver on one of the retro channels. It was every bit as good as I remember from when I was a kid 😃

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For reference, I use collectd's write_graphite plugin to push metrics that are then displayed by Grafana.

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I've been using collectd for some years now, but it's been getting flaky lately. By that I mean I have one system where it doesn't start up cleanly on reboot, and the Debian packages have been slowly dropping some of the plugins I want to use.

I have the feeling I'm going to need to explore alternatives. I'm guessing I'll probably have to start with Prometheus. It felt clunky last time I tried to use it because I don't do cloudy things.

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