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Hello! I've decided to move to a single-user instance out in the fediverse asteroid belt. I'll be keeping my old account @sandrockcstm@elekk.xyz, but I think I like the idea of my own quiet little corner on the fediverse.

If you'd like to follow me you can find me here now. If you've blocked or muted me in the past, this is the one you'll want to mute or block now.

If I were the Galactic Federation, I would simply not preserve any Metroid specimens in hopes of utilizing it for energy and bioweapon purposes.

Overwatch character renaming 

I know I've read Mcree's new name several times, but all my brain wants to go with is "Cole Kidman" and honestly that's probably just what I'm gonna call him going forward.

Imagine if any other mmo released an expansion and locked the dungeons behind a $60 paywall after you had just paid $40 on top of what you've already paid for the base game and previous expansions. Why are FPS games like this?

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In case this wasn't clear, if you buy the Witch Queen expansions for $40, you won't actually get the expansion. If you want the real expansion, you have to pay an extra $100 total.

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Lol, what?

"The new dungeons coming as part of Destiny 2’s upcoming The Witch Queen expansion won’t be included in the Standard Edition or Season Pass... Two of the dungeons will come as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition, which will be available for $79.99. There is also a third dungeon available as part of Bungie’s 30th Anniversary Bundle, which costs $24.99."
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Bungie just continues to give the finger to their player base and the players just keep buying their stuff.

Thinking about rolling a character for the next PoE patch. Can't decide what build I'd do, but I might just go with another lightning Witch because those are always fun.

Guilty Gear Strive Initial Thoughts 

This is the first game in a long time that I'm approaching with a complete learner mindset instead of a "I have an hour let's have some quick fun." Last time I played a game to study it was EU4, almost 4 years ago. It's nice to finally have the brain space to have a game in my life where I can work on incrementally getting better again.

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Guilty Gear Strive Initial Thoughts 

This isn't a surprise in the least. The only fighter games I've played are Smash and Soul Caliber 2. I have almost no muscle memory built for these kinds of fighting game inputs.

Thankfully there's what looks like a fairly in-depth tutorial and some decent videos on the Tube. I'm sure I'll be scrub-level within a week or so.

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Guilty Gear Strive Initial Thoughts 

Ahhhhhhhhhh I'm so bad at this!!

Newest reveal for Smash has basically guaranteed that I'll be playing it again and buying some DLC for it. If you had told 14-year old me that this would happen someday he would have died of excitement.

Just played my first game of Root, and it was phenomenal. Wife played the Marquis De Cats, and I played The Eyerie. She figured out the strategy of building up an infrastructure quickly, and I got a run of bad cards while she got some really powerful ones. Got obliterated.

And it was great.

I definitely want to play again, I'm already thinking of how different it would have been with another leader. And I think it'd be even better with 4 players and every faction interacting with each other.

Idle Security Thought 

Technically a VPN can obscure your public IP address, but what you're essentially doing there is telling your VPN company "I trust you implicitly, please hide me." If you're wrong then they just misuse the information for their own purposes, including possibly selling it or passing it along to other parties.

It's also very common for your public IP address to leak through a VPN because of bad opsec anyway, and quite easy to reverse engineer through fingerprinting.

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Idle Security Thought 

One thing that makes me laugh a little is when someone says "be sure to hide your IP address, that needs to stay a secret!" Like, yeah, don't post your public IP address on the internet, it makes you a target. But your public IP address is incredibly easy to figure out and is, as the name implies, public.

So unless you're going through the trouble of setting up a reverse proxy that you fully control, someone somewhere is going to know what your real IP address is.

Read it as "Tales of Arse" and that's definitely a sign it's time for bed.

Hollowknight is a game I still regularly think about despite playing two years ago, and I can only say that about a handful of games over my entire lifetime.

Call me crazy but I'm of the belief that if all I did was reboot a machine that it should work when I turn it back on.

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This is a dedicated VM which is never accessed for any reason except to perform maintenance, so the only realistic option is that either Linux screwed up or Graylog screwed up. I'll never know for sure.

Anyway, giving Elasticsearch folder permissions fixed it... What would have happened if I was unlucky and that search didn't turn up the result immediately?

Linux is not nearly as far ahead of Windows as we'd like to think. It has it's own bucket of jank, it's just a bucket of jank we prefer.

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Say what you will about Windows, but aside from maybe 3 instances I can think of I've never had to perform open command-line surgery on a Windows machine to fix it.

I have a VM set up to centralize my logs using Graylog, and it just... stopped working after a reboot. Logs were vague and didn't explain next steps. By chance my first Google search turned up an identical situation. Somehow the file permissions were changed for ElasticSearch and broke it.

LB: I definitely feel for the artist, and I hope they get the NFTs taken down, but this should be a lesson to every creative person to study and understand the different forms of creative commons.

As a general rule, I usually use more restrictive forms of CCL to avoid these kinds of situations, or at least non-commercial. The people most likely to abuse your open source work are capitalists, so if you cut off their ability to monetize your work, they'll probably leave you alone.

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