Star Citizen bug – transition to flight mode while walking around inside the station

Basic functional modes don’t work properly yet in Star Citizen, as here I get transitioned to flight mode while walking around inside the station. This game has been under development for over 4 years. It’s in the same state as it was the last time I tried it. Will this game ever be ready for prime time?

Personal freedom is, in most senses, an illusion

​As with astronomy the difficulty of recognizing the motion of the earth lay in abandoning the immediate sensation of the earth’s fixity and of the motion of the planets, so in history the difficulty of recognizing the subjection of personality to the laws of space, time, and cause lies in renouncing the direct feeling of the independence of one’s own personality. But as in astronomy the new view said: “It is true that we do not feel the movement of the earth, but by admitting its immobility we arrive at absurdity, while by admitting its motion (which we do not feel) we arrive at laws,” so also in history the new view says: “It is true that we are not conscious of our dependence, but by admitting our free will we arrive at absurdity, while by admitting our dependence on the external world, on time, and on cause, we arrive at laws.”

 In the first case it was necessary to renounce the consciousness of an unreal immobility in space and to recognize a motion we did not feel; in the present case it is similarly necessary to renounce a freedom that does not exist, and to recognize a dependence of which we are not conscious.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

WordPress ‘HTTP Error’ image upload workaround

On a couple of my WordPress sites, I’ve encountered an HTTP Error when trying to upload media. I tried many solutions: increasing PHP’s memory allocation, changing file permissions, using GD instead of Imagick, adding lines to my functions.php, etc. None of them worked.

But I found a workaround. A simple plugin called Add From Server allows you to add media to that is already uploaded to your website’s server. So, all I need to do is upload the files to my server, add the media from there, and go about my business.

It’s not a true solution, only a workaround, but it’s a more-than-adequate workaround until WordPress can find a singular solution to this elusive error.

Postfix: TLS is required, but our TLS engine is unavailable

Recently, emails sent from my Postfix mail server to my Gmail account were getting tagged as ‘insecure’. Come to find out, they were no longer sending with TLS. They were defaulting back to open SMTP over port 25. Why? Because Debian’s ca-certificates.crt had updated and that removed the CA needed to make my site’s certificate valid – and I use that same certificate to encrypt my TLS SMTP traffic.

First, to diagnose the problem, I forced TLS in my main.cf and turned on TLS logging with the following settings:

smtp_enforce_tls=yes
smtp_tls_loglevel=1

I then restarted Postfix with:

sudo service postfix restart

After restarting, Postfix provides the following error in its logs when attempting to send email:

TLS is required, but our TLS engine is unavailable

Earlier in the log file, it indicates a failure to load the CA file that validates the cert and key files. So, here’s the solution:

  1. Make sure your cert and CA files are located in /etc/ssl/certs
  2. Run the following command: sudo update-ca-certificates –fresh
  3. Then go to your Postfix main.cf and verify the following lines are there (and comment out any conflicting lines):
     smtpd_use_tls=yes
     smtp_use_tls=yes
     smtpd_tls_CAfile=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
     smtpd_tls_cert_file=/etc/ssl/certs/YOUR_CERT.crt
     smtpd_tls_key_file=/etc/ssl/YOUR_PRIVATE_KEY.key
     smtp_tls_CAfile=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
     smtp_tls_key_file=/etc/ssl/YOUR_PRIVATE_KEY.key
     smtp_tls_cert_file=/etc/ssl/certs/YOUR_CERT.crt
     smtpd_tls_security_level=encrypt
     smtp_tls_security_level=encrypt
  4. Restart the Postfix service again.
  5. Send an email to an @gmail.com address – you should no longer see the unlocked icon under the sender information.

 

Changing thermal compound on Gigabyte R9 390

My graphics card was overheating, but overall system temperatures are fine. The card obviously needed new thermal compound. On every video walkthrough of this process, you will see that the first step is removing the backplate. But not on the Gigabyte R9 390 GV-R939G1 GAMING-8GD G1.

When you try to remove the backplate, you will find screw mounts like this instead of normal screw holes.

As I found out, you don’t need to remove the backplate with this card! Just remove the three screws on the far side of the card, then remove the 4 GPU heatsink screws, and gently peel the heatsink off of the card. Be careful not to break any of the power cables for the fans, and try not to damage the little glue pads that help the card avoid causing reverberation and noise.

Here’s what the stock thermal paste looked like:

Not the worst I’ve ever seen, but it’s obviously not doing the trick. I wiped it off with rubbing alcohol, put some Arctic Silver 5 in its place, put the card back together, and I’m averaging about 15 degrees cooler than before. Perfect!

Process and Reality

Philosophy is the self-correction by consciousness of its own initial excess of subjectivity. Each actual occasion contributes to the circumstances of its origin additional formative elements deepening its own peculiar individuality. Consciousness is only the last and greatest of such elements by which the selective character of the individual obscures the external totality from which it originates and which it embodies. An actual individual, of such higher grade, has truck with the totality of things by reason of its sheer actuality; but it has attained its individual depth of being by a selective emphasis limited to its own purposes. The task of philosophy is to recover the totality obscured by the selection.

– Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality, Pt. I, Ch. 1, sec. 6.