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Why does it take...

September 13th, 2019

an amateur with a small inexpensive telescope to identify interstellar comets? Aren't we funding some sort of astronomy operation in europe anyhow? Speaking of telescopes and astronomy, I'm against the TMT, the thirty meter telescope. It was supposed to be planted on top of Mauna Kea on holy land. The Polynesians have won my heart. Place the TMT elsewhere. There is plenty, albeit inferior, locations. Matter of fact. Let's rethink astronomy entirely. Rockets are cheaper than they were in the days of the space shuttle, place more telescopes in space and foreign bodies such as the Moon and Mars. With all these satellites that will encircle the earth in the next 10 years astronomy won't be fun anymore anyhow. Yes to the James Webb space telescope, and yes to any future Hubbles they won't be affected by space junk around earth if placed on further out orbits.


Happy Friday the 13th

September 13th, 2019

Hopefully you're not superstitious. There is one more F13 coming up this year in december, and next year there is one in march and november. Cheers!


Sirens - only a drill

September 12th, 2019

Today I read in the mainpost newspaper, the sirens will sound (not sure the time, probably before/at 11AM). It is only a drill in all of lower franconia. One should be aware of this. Thank you mainpost.


Delphinusdns.ORG now has it's own blog!

September 11th, 2019

I have ported this blog over to delphinusdns.org. Any news regarding the daemon will likely be written there from now on.


I like it when it's cooler

September 10th, 2019

I'm feeling almost in my element. I'm wearing a hooded sweatshirt and this is the most comfortable mode. I still haven't turned on the heat. Hopefully later in October I'll turn it on.


On average there is one domain for every 10 netizens, roughly

September 10th, 2019

Wolfram Alpha has answered me that there is 3.613 billion internet users. I looked this up because I saw that there is 354.7 million internet domains. These are interesting figures. We are a far cry for everyone having their own internet domain name. I personally have around seven domains but this will half roughly next year as I'm tightening my belt.


Odd DNS packetry

September 10th, 2019

I received a DNS malformed packet log from a Hong Kong IP.

Sep 10 08:37:38 kite delphinusdnsd[80672]: on descriptor 12 interface \
"" malformed question from, drop
Since there was no associated log with this it must have come from one of two NULL returns from build_question() in delphinusdnsd. I have since given those returns a log. In particular the question had a TSIG tag which was in some form malformed, either in the algorithm name or key name. Heads up to any other DNS programmers (like BIND, which I tried to examine but failed due to code-dyslexia) that there is such packets out there. The fact that these expand_compression() functions failed after being called from build_question(). The extra logging, that I have added, is done here.


Thought of getting a new monitor, but what I really need...

September 10th, 2019

Is a KVM switch. I have found one on amazon and will wait a week until I make the purchase (at least). With a 4 port KVM switch I'm freeing up 2 monitors and keyboards and those can be reused for more important deeds. I don't need 4 monitors really as currently I have 3 for myself.


Considering buying a Purism Librem 5 Phone

September 9th, 2019

I have never had a cell phone of the smartphone kind, other than an iPod which doesn't have GPS or a phone function. Pressures are making it hard not to have a cell phone, so I'm thinking of getting this phone. Here is it's website. I was also interest- ed in the pinephone, but that one doesn't have an aluminium case. I'll wait four days before making a purchase. Toll and customs will make this phone a lot more expensive than it currently is.


Taking a holiday from habits

September 6th, 2019

I'm taking a holiday from Internet Relay Chat until the foreseeable future. I should be back the first week of October or so. I have been doing this in the past too, and it was often worthwhile. At first it's boring but then one picks up on other things, and that's my intention. I really need to be working on delphinusdnsd programming.


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