I feel like all links are symbolic of something, personally.
- The executive producer for Terminator: Sarah Connor
Chronicles wrote up a blog entry on cancelation,
office spaces, and the trunk check. Coming from someone who liked
the show: if it had been consistently as well-written as that post, it
might still be on the air.
- Hackaday has some notes on Slow
Loris, a denial-of-service attack that only requires one computer
and doesn't use a flood. Seems like you could fix it on the server side,
though. It's not a new kind of attack--I'm surprised it still works.
- On the topic of security, Patrick Meier has been writing some
really good stuff lately. Check out his guide to communicating
securely in repressive environments and his review of How
to Lie with Maps.
and Appropriate Technology is a post about XO laptops by a teacher
in Malawi. An interesting read, even for a cranky skeptic like myself.
- Libertarians on Boats: The Saga
Continues. You know, I mock these guys a lot, but there's something
impressive about the amount of coverage they get. For all the articles
that are written, you'd think it was some kind of vast movement across
the entire libertarian party--but then you actually read further, and
it's really just the same small group every time, somehow always just
thiiiiis close to their seasteading paradise. Until next time,
- So we are holding a Rock Band party this weekend, which is
cause for much excitement. But it's also cause for consternation: where
do you get the second guitar, so people can play bass and mock my
real-life instrumentation? I'm sure they're very nice, but spare
instruments for the game are $80, which (plus the cost of boarding an
over-excitable dog) is really more than I wanted to spend. But once you
start looking into borrowing, the market segmentation really becomes a
hassle: not only do music games fail to play nicely with each other,
but you can't use controllers from the same game on different consoles.
My friends with the PS2 version wouldn't have any place to plug in.
Apparently even the USB microphone isn't cross-platform. Finally, we
found someone who knew someone else with an XBox 360 guitar. The heavens
opened, and the faint sounds of Iron Maiden could once again be heard.
- One of the amazing things about Stephen Colbert's act is that he
almost never breaks character. Talking Points Memo has a clip of him
John Kerry a couple of years ago. It's bizarre just to see him
Travel Tips for Africa, or anywhere really.