Fibbitch – Trivia Game

Fibbitch (Actually spelled Fibbage) is the lying, bluffing, fib-till-you-win trivia party game from the makers of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK! Play with 2-8 players!
Fool your friends with your lies, avoid theirs, and find the (usually outrageous) truth by using your phone or tablet as the controller.

To Play:
1. Get Fibbitch on your TV, Computer, Xbox or Play Station
2. Play the game on the host device, and enter your code and name on http://jackbox.tv/ via your mobile device.
3. Have Fun and Be Sure to Choose a Funny Name!

Aquarius – Dday One

I love this song and couldn’t find the lyrics online:
Lyrics for Aquarius by Dday One (Project Mooncircle Album)

Timespan is broken up into 12 great ages, each age is the way that particular generation evolves – the light it has given off.
Each age starts with the energy being totally pure, and used thusly.
During its time, it becomes corrupt, reaches a peak, and dies as the new age is born.
We are at the point of transition between the two ages.
We are just starting the process…

Night Shift for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux

Apple’s new screen color temperature changing feature dubbed “Night Shift” allows you to have softer lighting on your phone through the day and night hours. This works by shifting the color hue on your phone from Blue during the daylight hours to yellow and red during the nighttime hours.

[Windows, Linux, and Mac]
Flux
If you’re wondering how to get NightShift for your computer, you can use the flux software available from https://justgetflux.com/

[Android]
Twilight
Flux, unfortunately, isn’t yet available for Android. The current best alternative for android is Twilight: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbandroid.lux

Walmart Glow Punch Ball Ingredients & Instructions

Inside Walmart’s “Way to Celebrate!” Party Favors Glow Punch Bag, as pictured below, there is a yellow and white powder. (Video and instructions below)

part favors glow punch bag front

party favors glow punch bag back

[Walmart has been contacted and this page will be updated with the ingredients of these packages]

glow punch bag ingredents close up

Here’s a youtube video of the two reacting, outside the balloon. And then mixing the substance into rubbing alcohol (do not attempt, the chemical reaction could be dangerous). Cheers. (Instructions Below)

UPC Code: 4894152200335
BC – Glow Punch Ball-73005
WM28043713-0515

Instructions: [From the packaging]
Adult Supervision Required
[0. Read the instructions thoroughly before beginning step 1.]
1. Wear the disposable gloves first before open[ing] the glow sand. (Adults Only)
2. Pour the glow sand and activator into the funnel. (Adults Only)
3. Close the funnel. Hold the funnel with its opening facing upwards with your fingers and shake until sand starts to glow. (Adults Only)
4. Connect the non-inflated punch ball to the opening of the funnel and pour in the glow sand gently. (Adults Only)
5. Only use a balloon pump to inflate the punch ball. Do not over inflate. To aid inflation, gently rub and stretch the balloon before pouring in the sand. (Adults Only)
6. Tie up the punch ball carefully. (Adults Only)
7. After playing, deflate the punch ball by sticking the deflation sticker over the balloon knot, and cut with scissors. (Adults Only)

Important:
Keep product in the original package until ready to use.
Contents are non-flammable, but may permanently stain clothing and furniture.
In case of skin or eye contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
DO NOT DRINK OR INGEST!

Warning: Do not over inflate. Please keep details for future reference. This product contains natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions.
For air fill only. [You will need an air pump to do it the instructed way]

glow punch sand

glow punch bag insides

Does Compression Increase Speeds When Using a CDN?

CloudFlare automatically compresses content before serving it over their network, regardless of the origin server’s compression compatibility. When internet pipes were small, gzipping content reduced the overhead for html, css, and javascript often between 60 and 90 percent of the original size, at a sacrifice of CPU time.

With CloudFlare and similar CDN services, it is possible to offload the gzipping of content onto the middleman servers saving you CPU time before requests are served. In theory, if the pipes between your server and CloudFlare are large enough, the extra packets between your server can be sent in less time than it would take to compress the content. To test this, I setup two m4.large EC2 instances and made a couple hundred http requests between the two. Although not a perfectly representative test page for the internet, I used the hmtl of the wordpress.com site for the test object.

Machine Details:
Amazon Linux AMI 2015.09.0 x86_64 HVM GP2
Size: m4.large, 2 vCPU, 8 GB Memory
Disk: Provisioned IOPs SSD
Network Speed: “Medium”
Requests Served via Apache 2.4 with mod_deflate

CloudFlare “Pro” Account

First, to check if there was any possible gain room for improvement, 200 requests at each test level were made from one m4.large AMI box to another m4.large AMI box. The pages were not decompressed after they were received.

AMI -> AMI

No Compression % Change
13.784 KB 100% Original Size
0.001252285 seconds
Level 1 Deflate Compression % Change
5.747 KB 41.7% Original Size
0.0016389 seconds   31% Longer Load Time
Level 6 Deflate Compression (Default) % Change
5.203 KB 37.7% Original Size
0.00178892 seconds   43% Longer Load Time
Level 9 Deflate Compression % Change
5.202 KB  37.7% Original Size
0.0017924 seconds  43% Longer Load Time

Downloading files between these two boxes (vai Apache) clocked in at 69.5MB/s – bandwidth in this instance has very little effect on the download time of a page, thereby reducing mod_deflate’s usefulness. We can see because of the CPU usage, mod_deflate actually adds at least 31 percent MORE loading time for each request. Level 1 compression manages to reduce the document 41.7% of the original size, but our fat pipes don’t care about the reduction in size.

With the “No Compression” model showing promise for delivering documents faster as long as the pipe is big enough, the next step was to determine how long these requests took when they were routed through CloudFlare’s network. This test involved the traffic flowing from one m4.large instance to CloudFlare and back to another m4.large instance. Despite routing this traffic through CloudFlare, the throughput between the two m4 instances is still 69.5MB/s.

AMI -> CloudFlare -> AMI

No Compression % Change
5.173 KB 37.5% Original Size
0.00639284 seconds
Level 1 Deflate Compression % Change
5.166 KB  37.5% Original Size
0.00673343 seconds  5.3% Longer Load Time
Level 6 Deflate Compression (Default) % Change
5.159 KB  37.4% Original Size
0.007528945 seconds  17.7% Longer Load Time
Level 9 Deflate Compression

5.174 KB  37.5% Original Size
0.013901415 seconds  117% Longer Load Time

Level 1 Deflate Compression comes out as the clear winner if you’re trying to keep your bandwidth bill low. Origin server bandwidth requirements are reduced almost 60% while only adding 5% to the load time. If you have unmetered bandwidth and a fat pipe, you would be best avoiding origin server compression at all.

Theory: CloudFlare needs to decompress and parse all content going through its servers for the optimization processes it provides. When content is compressed, it takes additional CPU time on the origin server and on CloudFlare’s network before the content can be decompressed,  parsed, and compressed again with CloudFlare’s algorithms.

Suggestion: Add “DeflateCompressionLevel 1” to your httpd.conf file.

0_README_BEFORE_DELETING_VIRTFS

VIRTFS or VirtFS is a linux system process used to help manage the files on your system.

From linux-kvm.org:

VirtFS is a new paravirtualized filesystem interface designed for improving passthrough technologies in the KVM environment. It is based on the VirtIO framework and uses the 9P protocol.
Why use it?

  • virtualization aware filesystem
  • offers paravirtualized system services
  • simple passthrough for directories from host to guest
  • Backward/forward compatibility issues

Virtual Machine Manager integration since version 0.9.1

The /home/virtfs directory contains critical operating system files. If you
remove /home/virtfs, or any directories under /home/virtfs, you will cause
irreparable damage to your operating system. Do not remove /home/virtfs, or any
directories under /home/virtfs, unless you have tested, up-to-date backups.

You should ignore any disk usage warnings you receive that are associated with
the /home/virtfs directory!

For more information about the /home/virtfs directory, visit the documentation
at http://go.cpanel.net/virtfsdoc

iPhone Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack

As iPhones become smaller and smaller, we will eventually loose the auxiliary port to the Lightning and MFi standard. This change will enable Apple to require headphone vendors to comply to their MFi standard and pay licensing fees on the lightning adapters.

Hopefully, Apple will also produce lightning to 3.5 mm headphone converters to allow people to use their old headphones. In the worst case, people can use bluetooth to aux converters to avoid being bound to apple licensed products.

Facebook introduces Privacy Basics

In light of recent events, such as the Kramer et al study, Facebook is rolling out “Privacy Basics”. These are going to be the TL;DR of the ToS and Privacy Policy of facebook, putting in layman’s terms what facebook really intends to do with your information. As facebook states, these policies will “Help you understand how Facebook Works and How to Control Your Information”. It is not yet known if Facebook will allow users to enhance their privacy or decrease Facebook’s own data access with these new policies, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.