dnd 5e – What are the objective issues with dice sharing?

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, page 141 says the following (emphasis mine):

Common in-game limits include – but are not limited to – (…)
Common out-of-game limits include unwanted physical contact, dice-sharing, dice-throwing, shouting, vulgarity, (…).

All of these make sense to me, except for dice sharing. What are the objective issues to dice sharing? Why would people find dice sharing offensive? What about it would be offensive? Would it be forcing a player to use your dice, or forcing a player to share their dice? Or would it just be someone would be offended by you sharing your dice with someone?

launchd – launchctl issues: Bootstrap failed: 5: Input/output error

Before Big Sur I was able to use launchtl like this:

plst file:






// load the LaunchAgent
launchctl bootstrap gui/501 com.cronjob1.plist
// immediately start the LaunchAgent
launchctl kickstart -k gui/501/com.cronjob1
// unload the LaunchAgent
launchctl bootout gui/501 com.cronjob1.plist

now I get errors I have no clue about:
Bootstrap failed: 5: Input/output error

can anyone help?

chromebook: security issues

I’m on a school chromebook. After some time, I see this process running:

If you zoom in close enough, 3 people "C", "C", and "I" are acessing my computer apparently (they look like gmail profile pics). "I" was someone who I had never seen before. Before, it looked like this:

Except there was 1 C. Later 2 C’s appeared, and after some time an "I" appeared. T then the "C’, "C", and "I" appeared.
"C" later started dissapearing whenever I would open the same link, and a "Files" process would appear.

Even weirder, in the logs, I saw random bluetooth processes running.

P.S. I’m up-to-date on software.

Performance issues since migrating from SQL Server 2012R2 to 2019

I’ve migrated my database from a SQL Server 2012R2 to a new SQL Server 2019. I’ve just backupped the database and restored it on new sql server. After that I’ve imported and updated some additional data (quotes) with IMPORT, INSERT, UPDATE or MERGE. And in between some testers have used the system for some testing. Now performance is on some actions slower than on old server.

  1. First I’ve done some index tuning. Here are some questions regarding this topic:

    Questions on updating statistics and index maintenance jobs

    Index and statistics optimization scripts duration and log bloat problem. Looking for good strategy? (closed)

  2. Second I’ve done the same import done on our test environemnt with SQL Server 2012R2. And there I don’t have the performance issue.

Execution plan on Server 2012R2:
2012R2 Execution plan

Execution plan on Server 2019:
2019 Execution plan

Issues updating core to 9.1.2 with Composer

On my local site, I had updates for 2 modules and Drupal core. To update, I typed in composer update, which had worked for me previously just fine.

Composer indicated everything updated, although on the site itself, it shows Drupal core did not update. Also by typing in drush status, Composer shows the previous version of Drupal.

To see what is preventing the specific update, I type in:
composer prohibits drupal/core:9.1.2 which gives me this:

drupal/core-recommended  9.0.10  requires          drupal/core (9.0.10)
drupal/core              9.1.2   requires          composer/semver (^3.0)
drupal/legacy-project    -       does not require  composer/semver (but 1.5.1 is installed)

To update any blocking dependencies with the core update, I then try the following (I used require instead of update as update didn’t give me any results or useful into.):

composer require drupal/core:9.1.2 composer/semver --with-dependencies

This returns the following:

Your requirements could not be resolved to an installable set of packages.

  Problem 1
    - drupal/core-recommended is locked to version 9.0.10 and an update of this package was not requested.
    - drupal/core-recommended 9.0.10 requires composer/semver 1.5.1 -> found composer/semver(1.5.1) but it conflicts with your root composer.json require (^3.2).
  Problem 2
    - drush/drush is locked to version dev-master and an update of this package was not requested.
    - drush/drush dev-master requires composer/semver ^1.4 -> found composer/semver(1.4.0, ..., 1.x-dev) but it conflicts with your root composer.json require (^3.2).

Use the option --with-all-dependencies (-W) to allow upgrades, downgrades and removals for packages currently locked to specific versions.

I read that Composer update problems are often related to abandoned composer templates or bad settings in composer.json. My composer files indicates at the top I am using drupal/legacy-project, not drupal/recommended. Although there is a line in my json file for "drupal/core-recommended": "^9". I’m not sure how to edit this file correctly.

I’m beating my head against the wall trying to figure out how to update Drupal core. Any recommendations much appreciated. Using Composer is very new to me.

Domain registrars and free speech issues

One of my hosting clients got in touch today, and he was a bit rattled. Apparently, Godaddy has suspended AR15.com (among the most popular … | Read the rest of https://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1834464&goto=newpost

image – How can people be expected to know about security/privacy issues that are actively silenced or never talked about?

I grew up with computers. I had no life as a kid, and none today. In many ways, I’m a stereotype. I’m now eerily rapidly approaching 40.

Yet it was only in the last 5-7 years or so that I started to understand that all kinds of image and video files, which any sane (or naive?) person would never suspect contains any additional data besides what you can see and hear, actually contain a wealth of personal information.

I’m not “just” talking about the GPS coordinates stuff (which is still so insane to me that I barely believe it), or the tons of unnecessary information that the digicams bake into the file about the camera and its settings, which are not in any way required to display the image file (and could be used to “fingerprint” and thus identify your other photos uploaded anywhere on the Internet, with nothing else connecting them).

There’s also additional layers of madness. I’ve seen Photoshop and other Adobe and non-Adobe applications bake in my PROJECT FILE OBJECT NAMES, LAYER LABELS, FULL LOCAL FILE PATHS, OS USERNAME, etc.

Once I realized this, which was a sheer coincidence, I literally fell back in my chair, thinking about all the times I have uploaded some “quick screenshot” or “doodle” to link people to in public, on IRC and elsewhere. And all those MP4 videos “exported” by Premiere Pro. Yeah… Whoever opened those and studied them could just read my full real name and inspect what I named my layers and objects and tracks and files, and where they were located on my machine. For example, I found this string in the metadata for an MP4 video which I had distributed:

J:video editingMy Full Real NameInternal Project NameFurther Personally Revealing Stringsoriginal file name which was not the same as the one I wanted to distribute.mp4

It’s not an exaggeration to say that I feel violated. No matter how “stupid” I was for not knowing about this, the fact remains that I did not. And I was supposed to be some kind of “computer nerd”. “Normal” people definitely have no idea about this. And I find it exhausting to even try to educate them about it; they just call me “tinfoil hat” or “proper mental” or similar.

And then I read some smug commentator saying things like:

Can you believe it? They didn’t even scrub their user-uploaded images from metadata! What amateurs! Hahahaha!

Of course, if I were making a service now where people could upload images, I would naturally be using some kind of command-line tool to automate the “scrubbing” of their files to protect them, most likely ExifTool (which is still far from perfect). But that’s only because I know about this. My past self, and most people, just do not. How would they?

I seriously ask you: How would they know? I’m suffocated by “noise” constantly, with 99.99% of it being utter nonsense. Finding that 0.01% of actual “real info” is a massive challenge, and you will never hear this being casually brought up. Not even among geeks. They seem to be in denial, or not want to hear about it, except for a very small number of “hackers” (lacking a better term).

private key – Having trouble claiming BCH from pre-fork BTC (managed to claim BTG with no issues)

I had some BTC in an old Jaxx wallet, that was then later updated to Jaxx Liberty wallet.

Though I held the BTC before the BCH fork I’ve never seen the BCH appear in my Jaxx Liberty wallet.

Using my private key I’ve managed to retrieve my BTG into a new ElectrumG wallet so I was hoping it would be just as straight forward to claim my BCH into a new Electron Cash wallet.

I’ve tried both Wallet > Private Keys > Sweep… and Import… to claim the BCH, but both fail when I provide my original BTC private key in the followings ways:

Sweep: “No inputs found. (Note that inputs need to be confirmed)”

Import: “The following addresses were added: (address was here, removed for posting)”

My BTC address is of the older variety starting with a 1, in case that’s relevant to my troubles.

Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?

website design – Issues with Tabbed Layout

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Here’s a screenshot of something I’m currently working on. I decided to use tabs at the top because filling in the “Office Details” is just as important as the list of employees and because in the future it could expand into other tabs, such as “Stats” for example.

The Details tab includes information that will be used to create all kinds of CSV reports, but once it’s completed at the beginning of the year, it doesn’t get accessed as often.

My problem is that the “Period” and “Filter” inside the sidebar, as well as the “New Employee” button at the top only affect the “Office Employees” tab. The “Other Offices” list is useful for both.

I tried cramming everything inside that tab, the period and filter as selects above the table of employees, but it just didn’t work.

Any ideas on how to get this layout to make more sense?

dnd 5e – Would I risk balance issues by giving my low-level party reduced-bonus Oil of Sharpness or even the full-bonus one?

I am currently preparing an adventure in a wizard’s mansion and need to fill the building with interesting content. Having a laboratory where the party can take some stuff seems like a good idea.

Oil of Sharpness looks interesting as stuff to take but is a very rare item. The general assumption seems to be (such as discussed here) that very rare items are given out on high levels. My party however is tier 2 (about level 7). Also, contrary to weapons which appear in different qualities (+1/uncommon; +2/rare; +3/very rare) Oil of Sharpness exists only as +3.

Given that Oil of Sharpness is a consumable item I suppose the risk of ruining things is neglible compared to the risk associated with permanent items. I could also imagine having a lesser variant (with a bonus of +1 or +2). Would I risk balance issues by giving my party reduced-bonus Oil of Sharpness or even the full-bonus one?