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Also worth mentioning, surf: http://surf.suckless.org/

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It's amazing that people are surprised at all when a combination of proprietary media-playback system don't work as desired.

No snark intended, I've just not ever had a good experience dealing with a single proprietary playback mechanism.

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Not even stand-alone players? My first one ever, a mid-range blue-ray player works fine. Other than that, I agree. Btw, the open source players (vlc, mplayer etc.) have been the best software players out there for the last decade.

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Here here. This is exactly what 'Freedom 0' is.

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eponysterical

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Yeah, and I'd take $20k/yr + a winning Powerball ticket.

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People are not mocking app.net for not being free. They are mocking it for being a generally silly idea borne of nerd-rage against 'the man' err... Twitter... wait, what?

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Yes they are.

They are mocking it because they think it's a privileged network only for people who are willing to pay the grand sum of 50 US Dollars. It was the same story with svbtle. This smug sense of entitlement is frankly disgusting.

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I used to follow Dustin Curtis. I liked that each of his blog posts had a unique theme/layout/typography/imagery.

Then once he became popular what does he do? He built svbtle, a blog network of bloggers who all have pages and posts that look identical...

I also avoid the greater-than-thou grouping.

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Yeah, my brain found it unreadable.

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I found it much easier to read after `$('font').css('background','transparent')`, for what it's worth.

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"This means it produces many utterly vile posts - but all of them are true expressions of people as they are, not as they pretend to be."

A vast majority of the vile posts are people playing a game/acting out a character/aping (along with) the community. It's willfully not-in-earnest. It's crazy that people think 4chan is 'true expression'.

That's not to say that there's not truth in 4chan, it's just that it's not on the surface, it's 'another layer down'.

For example, take /fit/, the fitness board. It's full of great advice and discussion... as long as you know enough to read past the obvious bad advice that's willfully posted to fuck with people.

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I'd disagree that it's just roleplaying and not-in-earnest.

Tell me, as sociopathic as channers may be--how closely do they compare with the bankers and financial quants, politicians who drop bombs, or the data mining folks intent on converting our social media signals into ad revenue?

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Canvas Networks (USV Funded) is looking for engineers #3 and #4 to join a small close team building the rich-media community platform of the future. Our stack is Python/Django/MySQL/Redis/a whole-lot-of JS/EC2 and our deploy process is "git push" -- if the tests pass on Jenkins the code is automatically deployed, which happens twenty times a day. We're generalists and looking for the same, so it doesn't matter what specific tools you've used before. If you pick things up quickly, if you're always curious, if you're constantly thinking about the next big problem and solution then we're looking for you.

The job title says "Software Developer" but really we're looking for "Software Entrepreneur" or a "Startup Engineer". Shipping a great feature is important, but positively changing user behavior is the ultimate success criteria. Built-to-spec takes a backseat to moves-the-metrics. If you want to build something you can point at and say "I made that happen" then we're looking for you.

Things we'd like to see:

- Strong development fundamentals

- Web development experience

- Python experience is a plus, but not requisite

- Bonus points for experience with EC2, Redis, Javascript, iOS/Android

- Motivated to build stuff

Free lunch, flexible hours, one of the biggest arcades in Manhattan (3 cabinets!), competitive salary and full benefits (health, dental, vision), take-what-you-want vacation.

Our office is in Union Square, Manhattan. If you don't live in New York City, we'll pay to fix that.

Shoot an email to jobs@canv.as with a resume, a link to your github, webpage, etc. and tell us about something cool you've built.

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New York, NY - Software Engineer - Fulltime

Canvas Networks (USV Funded) is looking for engineers #3 and #4 to join a small close team building the rich-media community platform of the future. Our stack in Python/Django/MySQL/Redis/a whole-lot-of JS/EC2 but we're generalists and looking for the same, so it doesn't matter what specific tools you've used before.

The job title says "Software Engineer" but really we're looking for "Software Entrepreneur" or a "Startup Engineer". Shipping a great feature is important, but positively changing user behavior is the ultimate success criteria. Built-to-spec takes a backseat to moves-the-metrics.

Free lunch, flexible hours, one of the biggest arcades in Manhattan (3 cabinets!), competitive salary and benefits, take-what-you-want vacation.

More details and how to apply: http://canv.as/jobs

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The only bump in service we had was ~30s of downtime when our multi-AZ RDS cut over to the failover instance. :) I think we lucked out a little bit...

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My multi-AZ RDS also failed over without a problem. The site was down for 5 minutes though, perhaps due to ELB problems.

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Were you in us-east-1? That sounds amazingly lucky. If only Amazon would tell us how many AZs actually went down...

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Does 1 AZ == 1 datacenter? It seems like it's possible 5 distinct "AZs" could have gone down while someone else escaped with all 4 of their AZs unscathed, since Amazon takes care to talk about availability zones rather than datacenters, and my AZs by definition aren't the same as your AZs.

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AZ's are different data centers, but in the same region. I think that means that the buildings are close enough to have super low latency connections to each other. However, when a huge storm rolls through, it can wipe out all the AZs (which is basically what happened). AZs are mostly for guarding against floods, fires, and other localized disasters, not regional disasters that leave 2 million people without power.

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As I understand it the separate AZs can be the same data center but in theory they are completely separated from each other in terms of network/power etc so an outage in one shouldn't effect the others.

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The other catch that not many folks seem to realize is that 'your' us-east-1a is NOT the same as 'my' us-east-1a, although my 1a and 1b are guaranteed to be different AZs.

And I think you hit the nail on the head - 'regions' are for regional fault tolerance, while AZs are for within-a-region fault tolerance.

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