Occasional News from Wetfish

Monday, September 21, 2020

Advances in Mumble, all around!
This weekend, at least a dozen people were on the Wetfish Mumble server! The giant Wetfish mumble party was lots of fun for all involved, involving such topics as "Why aren't we playing Among Us?" and "No u" and old 4chan memes from circa 2004. (Regarding which, may Longcat rest in peace.)

Also, the Mumble software is making significant advances. Their GitHub shows a change to the echo cancellation bits of the software, which is due to roll out with the release of Mumble 1.4. It should work already if you're a big enough nerd to compile the source yourself, but if you're not, just wait for the next major update. Hopefully, gone will be the days of having to put up with horrid feedback when more than one person on a laptop tries to talk at the same time.

So feel free to join us, especially once the new version of Mumble comes out. There are, pretty consistently, six or eight people hanging out on the Mumble server, and you can usually find someone with whom to chat.


Look at that full chatroom!

Friday, May 26, 2020

Wetfish Life Sciences Hits 100 Million Points
100,000,000 POINTS
TOP 2000 TEAMS
Way to go, guys; we've beat out literally thousands of well-established teams, and helped reshuffle the entire [email protected] team pool (which needed a bit of refreshment).

M-C is still far and away in first place, with two GPUs dedicated to the purpose.
Girvy, devnill, Ozmiander, and Kitlero are all rather closely vying for second in the race to donate the most FLOPS.
Rothen, woodcat, kate, Shikamaru and Zero-One are well behind those with nicer desktops, but are still doing what they can for science.
(Nobody is entirely certain who Zero-One is, but we just roll with it.)

Kayimbo, for whatever reason, keeps erroring out most of the work units he gets and nobody can figure out why. :? If anyone intimately familiar with [email protected] reads this, you should hop on IRC or Mumble.

The team's total folding power has diminished a bit of late, perhaps because it makes less sense to run your GPU as a space heater during the hot months of the year. Nonetheless, we fold away, in the hope that our efforts can help research a way to end this virus.

Friday, May 15, 2020

cannonfodder.wetfish.net Rises from the Ashes!

One of our IRC servers, cannonfodder.wetfish.net, died about a week ago, but was restored today thanks to the work of a new Wetfish user named taegan. Thanks to her hard work, the web chat is fully functional again, as is the IRC node. It's running on an updated version of the IRC daemon, which we anticipate rolling out to the rest of the IRC network soon™.

Thank you for flying Wetfish, your source for all of your Internet socialization needs. Moreover, thank you for your excellent work, taegan! We really appreciate it and are glad to have you around.

<taegan> im just happy to help, i haven't felt this fulfilled in a long time



Saturday, May 9, 2020

cannonfodder.wetfish.net dies
We had some issues with the IRC a couple of days ago, with a bunch of users quitting with the message "server shutdown," followed by several people who used bouncer accounts intermittently connecting and reconnecting to the point that it spammed the chatroom. It turns out that the VPS hosting one of the Wetfish servers was discontinued, and all services running on it are no longer functional.

Unfortunately, this means that the web chat is no longer functional for the time being, with no ETA for service restoration. For the moment, you'll need to use a dedicated client to access the chatroom.

Wetfish user SourCandy, AKA xaos, immediately up and quit IRC over the lack of Web chat, only to return less than an hour later.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wetfish Life Sciences Breaks Top 3000 Teams

We made the top 3,000 all-time folding@home teams!

Thanks to Wetfish user M-C, our [email protected] team has been gradually recruiting and growing our folding power. We've beat out Wikipedia, FedEx, and even Slashdot, amongst many others, as we claw our way ever higher in the rabid pack of folders. Even though some people have had trouble getting the bonuses, together we've folded a lotta frickin' proteins!

Significant contributors include:
girvy
rothen
kate
Ozmiander
woodcat
devnill
quicksand
kayimbo
shikamaru
hanna
kitlero

You, too, can help! Head over to the [email protected] page to learn how!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Doomfish Hits the Forums

A couple of years back, wetfish users hanna and redheron made some awesome pixel art for the Wetfish forums, but the process for adding new items to the forum was so tedious nobody wanted to do it. Last Thursday, local programming guru yam braved the jungles of the item creation interface and the Doomfish items became a reality for all of our shitty pixel avatars to enjoy!

The Doomfish's items bear expense proportionate to their extreme coolness; the plasma rifle, at 36,000 coral, is by far the single most expensive item in the forums. Because of this, there has been a massive uptick in posting by users hoping to afford some of the awesome.

We also had the recent addition of the wonderfully-irreverent shirtcocker, who sells some fuccboi-themed items as well as his ex's clothing. His glorious pixel dick, though technically an item in the database, is not for sale as there isn't presently a way to get an item to match an avatar's skin color. That functionality may be in the works, though! Stay tuned!



Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wetfish Captcha is Added to the Forums and Wiki

Introducing the amazing new Wetfish captcha!

Thanks to the efforts of woodcat and yam we finally have a way to keep out spammers without selling our souls to Google. Most people have no idea that Wetfish is constantly at war with spammers, but over the years thousands of bogus users have signed up on the forums trying to shill their lame merch.

Woodcat started working on the Wetfish Captcha last year after Google reCAPTCHA v1 was officially shut down. He wrote all of the code and made that delightful pixel art. Over the past couple weeks the captcha was finally implemented into the forums and wiki by yam.

Good job, guys! Your continued efforts help keep our users protected against giant megacorps like Google. Fuck the man, man. If I trust anyone to shut down rather than comply with a national security order, it's rachel.



Saturday, April 25, 2020

Wetfish Life Sciences Team Overtakes Wikipedia

In case you hadn't heard, Wetfish has a [email protected] team thanks to M-C! Starting from nothing within the past month, we last week broke the top 5,000 4000 bitch what teams out of ~250,000. We've been increasing our numbers and now apparently have more total hardware power than the venerable Wikipedia team. We overtook them some time yesterday and our lead is only gaining, largely thanks to the badass graphics hardware of a user named Girvy. If you're interested in helping, head over to the page for team info and get started doing SCIENCE!!!

<M-C> FaH will probably have done more computation from recent activity soon than its ever done in aggregate in the past 15 years
<M-C> [email protected] overall already has more Tflops than not only the next planned fastest supercomputer, but the one after that also

AND WETFISH IS PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT
<M-C> yeah I guess were gonna spank wikipedia


Friday, April 24, 2020

Woodcat's Dream Dies

Yesterday the featured item on the forums was a washing machine and woodcat wanted in on the action. He made a post on the forums begging for coral which was fulfilled in minutes. Rachel jumped into her washing machine and eagerly awaited a spinning washing machine party, just like the good old days of harbl hotel.

Instead of purchasing the glorious washing machine item that he could now afford thanks to the generous donations of Ozmiander and nicefish, woodcat spent the rest of the night watching Lord of the Rings. Totally missing out on his chance on becoming the owner of the most expensive item on the forums.

"Today we mourn a great loss. Truly hope has died for us all." ~ Woodcat talkin' about himself

02:30:27      woodcat | ddd
02:30:46      woodcat | i missed the washing machine because i was watching lord of the rings
02:30:59      woodcat | i didn't expect any donations so i gave up hope
02:31:39      woodcat | this day will be known as the day woodcat missed out on his washing machine dream



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