Apache to Nginx transition on WordPress – don’t forget the permalinks

After having transitioned from Apache to Nginx as the web service for this blog, I noticed an immediate drop-off from search engine traffic to links outside of the index page. Just attributing it to blind bad luck for a few days, I later realized that permalinks were broken because I didn’t correctly translate the rewrite rules from the Apache confi… Read more

Is PokerStars “The Deal” a zero-sum game?

In reality, the short answer to this question is no, “The Deal” is not a zRead more

Does PokerStars manually control when the Big Deal jackpot is won?

(Update: the jackpot as of 12:30 GMT Friday,  January 27 is now over $470,000. Given that there now have been roughly 21.8 million losing entries, if the odds of the hitting the jackpot are truly 1 in 5,197,920, meaning that the jackpot wheel is fair, neither predetermined or unevenly weighted, we should have expected the jackpot to be hit 4 times by now. SRead more

The expected value of playing The Deal at PokerStars

“The Deal” is a recently released promotion from PokerStars that allows … Read more

Socket.io 1.4 to 1.7.2 temporary fix for #2405: Server socket id doesn’t match client’s socket id

If you’re affected by the major change outlined by this reported issue here’s a temporary fix you may want to try to get things working again without having to change all of your own code:

find . -name "socket.io.js" -exec sed -i -e 's/socket\.id \= self\.engine\.id;/socket\.id \= socket\.nsp \+ "\#" \+ self\.engine\.
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CBC: Canada added 54,000 jobs last month. Reality: Canada lost nearly 100,000 productive jobs and replaced it with useless jobs

CBC recently published an intentionally vague article over the latest StatsCan report to paint a rosy economic picture for Canada and its government.

What the article ignores is the quality of the jobs over the quantity of the jobs created, instead touting the jobs and employment numbers designed to obfuscate the real facts.

Here are some tidbits from the a… Read more

Bill C-16: a legal interpretation

An excellent take down of the legal aspects of Bill C-16 by D. Jared Brown highlights the totalitarian path Canada is heading towards by mandating compelled speech.

Merry Christmas, Canada.

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If you don’t like the state pointing guns at you forcing to say what you may not believe in, you may like the lack of big government at GameSRead more

Is Facebook and “social media” contributing to the rise of social isolation?

A recent New York Times article has noted:

Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent.

And the article concludes with a hypothesis:

A great paradox of our hyper-connected digital age is that we seem to be drifting apart. Increasingly, however, research confirms our deepest intuitio

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Fake news fiasco: Facebook has admitted to becoming the ultimate echo chamber for the radical left

A response to the Associated Press article published by Barbara Ortutay on December 15, 2016 at 4:16pm titled “Facebook gets serious about fighting fake news”:

Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network. It will focus on the “worst of the worst” offenders and partn

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