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Friday
Jun012012

300,8,N,1

Remember the modem negotiation? Ahh Memories.


Have you ever heard the "song" 30bps N, 8, 1 off of Information Society's album Peace and Love Inc.? Do you know what it says?


Hear the song along w/ a low rez crawl of the text:


Monday
May142012

Bee Keeping

 


"The founders had gone into business refilling toner cartridges, which was like the 21st century
equivalent of keeping bees or brewing dark, thick beer".


The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away, Cory Doctorow

 

Sunday
May062012

Liberty vs Loyalty

 

...when he should speak of liberty, he speaks of loyalty. When he
should speak of the need for self-determination, he speaks of the
need for wisdom; the implication being that he is wise, and
his listeners are not. Where he should instill self-respect, he
instills respect for himself. I confess,” said the smooth, inhuman
voice, “I do not understand his effect upon human beings, his
charm; he seems to me a dangerous charlatan.”

Daniel Keys Moran, The Last Dancer

 

...an Artificial Intelligence discusses a self-styled leader wanting to unite and remove the United States from the Unification government of Earth with a human.

The full quote:

 

“The salient feature of America—the ways in which the original
American Republic was unique in human history to that point—lies
in the assumption that humans are wise enough to control their
own lives. I am not certain this is an accurate assumption; none-
theless it is a distinct one. Everything the Founding Fathers wrote
reflects this underlying assumption. They were without exception,
even those with religious leanings, strongly anti-Church, because
the Church tended to desire the control of the populace’s lives in
ways the Founding Fathers found abhorrent. They were strongly
pro-gun; guns made it possible for a citizen to protect himself from
encroachments upon his liberty, even by his own government. They
desired a free press because they believed that, in an intellectually
free environment, humans were wise enough to make decisions
that would, ultimately, be beneficial to the larger community.
“It is clear that this was the original intent of the United States;
to provide an environment in which citizens were allowed to make
free decisions about the details of their own lives.”
“What does this have to do with me?”
“’Sieur Obodi, when he should speak of liberty, speaks of loy-
alty. When he should speak of the need for self-determination, he
speaks of the need for wisdom; the implication being that he is
wise, and his listeners are not. Where he should instill self-respect,
he instills respect for himself. I confess,” said the smooth, inhuman
voice, “I do not understand his effect upon human beings, his
charm; he seems to me a dangerous charlatan.”

Daniel Keys Moran, The Last Dancer

Tuesday
May012012

The Agony of DNSSEC

Just a quick rant on the poor support for DNSSEC by registrars and cloud providers. 

DNSSEC is a good idea - no it's a GREAT idea from a security standpoint, and there are a lot of really cool things you could implement once DNSSEC is up and running.  So, I decide to look into setting it up for an unused domain so I can play around and see what works.

Quick google for free dnssec signing and  hmm this looks intersting.  http://www.security-dns.net/ wants to encourage DNSSEC and will sign a zone for free, but doesn't host DNS.  Fair enough. 

20 Minutes into the future and I am very frustrated.  Even if you have the technical chops to setup DNSSEC, a large number of registrars aren't capable of handling DNSSEC, many expect that you will setup your own DNS servers.

So what's someone to do? 

I know let's see what can be done for DNS hosting.  This cloud thing is supposed to be the bestest thing!  So, Amazon's Route 53  no DNSSEC support at this time, oookay so  how about something else.  Google search search Grrr.   Nope CloudFlare doesn't work with DNSSEC and "DNSSEC would be somewhat redundant with a lot of what we already do"  Yep, they said that.  <COUGH> Um. No.

....to be continued?

 

Monday
Apr302012

Why is Apple so successful?

A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
-Henry Ford

Friday
Apr272012

Rules can't possibly be expected to apply to...

“‘Rotten?’ said Uncle Andrew with a puzzled look. ‘Oh, I see. You mean that little boys ought to keep their promises. Very true: most right and proper, I'm sure, and I'm very glad you have been taught to do it. But of course you must understand that rules of that sort, however excellent they may be for little boys -- and servants -- and women -- and even people in general, can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages. No, Digory. Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.’
As he said this he sighed and looked so grave and noble and mysterious that for a second Digory really thought he was saying something rather fine. But then he remembered the ugly look he had seen on his Uncle's face the moment before Polly had vanished: and all at once he saw through Uncle Andrew's grand words. ‘All it means,’ he thought to himself, ‘is that he thinks he can do anything he likes to get anything he wants.’”

C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew


Thursday
Apr122012

Ian was right:


"(he)... had come to an interesting conclusion about
the future of the world. He had decided that fast and
accurate communication lay, in a contracting world, at
the very heart of power."

--"Thunderball", Ian Flemming