Firefox fails silently on ajax requests

Submitted by John on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 22:55

I am in the middle of preparing to launch a site on my company's hosting platform. This site in particular consumes a service, provided by a server running on NodeJS. We typically secure dev sites behind some basic authentication by the web server, which is mainly done to prevent dev sites from being indexed by search crawlers. So to get past this basic authentication, I set the dev URL to follow the username:password@domain convention. I have not used this often, only for simple cases over the years.

Scott Adams’ Climate Challenge

Submitted by John on Thu, 01/17/2019 - 08:51

Discussing complex scientific concepts in a medium limited to 240 character messages is probably the worst idea anyone has come up with. Yet here I am, allowing myself to get dragged into drawn out discussions with armchair “skeptics” who don’t really deserve that label. A few weeks ago, Scott Adams, famous as being the creator of the Dilbert comic strip (to his credit, I love these comics), issued a “Climate Challenge” on twitter. Here is his tweet:

482,000 de-registered voters in Wisconsin since 2016

Submitted by John on Sat, 09/01/2018 - 12:01

Since the presidential election in November 2016, the state of Wisconsin has de-registered over 482,000 voters from its rolls. This is according to the numbers that The Wisconsin Elections Commission post to their website. Looking at the history of voter registration levels in that state, there was an unprecedented rate of voter purging starting in August 2017, that continued through the beginning of 2018.