Daily Archives: July 1, 2016

Cloudy, With a Chance of Maggots


Communicated by M. H. Fee, M.D., of Leatherwood, la.

A strange phenomenon occurred in this town on the 18th inst., in the form of insects, commonly called “skippers,” falling from a cloud accompanied by rain. The truth of the thing can be substantiated by at least six persons in the vicinity of my residence, whose attention was called to the circumstance by myself. The cloud arose in the west about 1 o’clock, P.M. The general course of Leatherwood creek at this place, and for a mile or two below, is west, so that the cloud in approaching the town touched many parts of the creek. A few minutes before the rain commenced falling here, I heard the noise of a water spout, or what Dr. Lardner terms, I believe, “partial attraction,” about two miles below this, in the direction of the general course of the creek. The character of the noise, I cannot describe; all I can say is it was a peculiar noise, differing entirely from the sound of wind at a distance, or of murmuring thunder. I may very appropriately say of it, what Dr. Laennec [inventor of the stethoscope] says of the peculiarity of sounds in the thorax, in auscultation, “known only to the practised ear.” Now, the only reasonable conclusion I can come to with regard to the manner in which these insects got their elevation in the air, is, that the “water spout” in its course up the creek, had passed over some stagnant ponds, or puddles, in which the dead carcass of some animal had been lying partially covered by water for perhaps months, or at least for such a length of time as was necessary for the generation of maggots, which were drawn up with the surrounding water.

The appearance of the maggots corresponded in every particular with that of the “skipper” found in bacon. [also in cheese.] They varied in length from one-eighth to one-third of an inch; were blunt at the hinder end, sharp at the head, and covered, as far back as the head extended, with short, black, bristly hair. After the shower was over and the sun came out, the heat caused them to double themselves and skip about from place to place, in search of shade. June 22d, 1846.

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MPAA Boss: Actually Being Good To Consumers Would Be Horrible For Hollywood

MPAA boss Chris Dodd has apparently decided to take the fairly insane stance that what’s good for the public is clearly bad for Hollywood. That’s the only conclusion that can come from the news that he’s actively campaigning against the EU ending geoblocking rules:

In a keynote address at the CineEurope convention this week, MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd described the unblocking goals as a threat to the movie industry. Encouraging participants to reach out to their representatives, Dodd described the concerns as “real, very real.”

“While the stated goals of these proposals are laudable – offering greater choice to European consumers and strengthening cultural diversity – in reality, these ideas could actually cause great harm to Europe’s film industries and its consumers,” Dodd said.

Opening up more markets and more users, while having less overall friction will be bad for the film industry? Only if it’s run by complete idiots who don’t know how to take advantage of a larger market. But, I guess that’s the MPAA way!

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Whonix 13 – Anonymous Operating System

Whonix is a desktop operating system designed for advanced security and privacy. It realistically addresses attacks while maintaining usability. It makes online anonymity possible via fail-safe, automatic, and desktop-wide use of the Tor network. A heavily reconfigured Debian base is run inside multiple virtual machines, providing a substantial layer of protection from malware and IP leaks. Pre-installed applications, pre-configured with safe defaults are ready for use. Additionally, installing custom applications or personalizing the desktop will in no way jeopardize the user. Whonix is the only actively developed OS designed to be run inside a VM and paired with Tor.

Whonix consists of two parts: One solely runs Tor and acts as a gateway, which we call Whonix-Gateway. The other, which we call Whonix-Workstation, is on a completely isolated network. Only connections through Tor are possible. With Whonix, you can use applications and run servers anonymously over the internet. DNS leaks are impossible, and not even malware with root privileges can find out the user’s real IP.

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How to Install Gedit 3.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Updated)

Gedit 3.18 is included in the base install of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS desktop but lacks the fully-featured toolbar of Gedit 3.10 that previous LTS users were accustomed to.

The goal of the new-look Gedit is to: “…create a modern, slicker interface which wastes less screen estate and lets you focus on the text or code you are writing. No features were harmed in the making of this new UI.”

For some, this layout change, however well intentioned, interferes with learned workflows.

Get the Gedit Toolbar Back

ABCUser asked the following question on the Ubuntu Forum (emphasis mine): “I used Ubuntu 14.04 LTS where Gedit looked fantastic having excellent toolbar. Now I installed Ubuntu 16.04 and there is minimalistic toolbar which is pretty much not really useful. How to get back toolbar in Gedit? (sic)”

The solution to this issue has been sent our way by reader ~grof — cheers! It involves adding a third-party PPA (don’t groan; usual caveats apply) that uses some clever packaging to trick Ubuntu into ‘upgrading’ the newer version of Gedit to an older version of Gedit.

I do not suggest that everyone reading this follows this “up-downgrade” on a whim. But those of you for whom the new version isn’t suited and want it, here’s how to install Gedit 3.10 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS:

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