Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

We've really got to stop meeting like this..

What an amusing phrase. Perhaps most amusing is to try to thinkof novel circumstances where it might be used. It is again toolate for me to really be very sensible. I'm mentally exhausted --this week I've both started classes (and done requisite studying),and, as the programming at work has been interesting, I've workedmore than the normal ~40 hours. Still, it's a good kind of tiredness.This has been a week lived well. First, some news:

PostgreSQL replication stuff released under BSD license. This is very very cool.This is interestingActually, let's talk about that. In summary, the U.S. is providing web proxiesto Iran/China allowing them to get around government mandated, ISP-implementedblocklists. Hmm. Well, on the content-neutral ground, it'd certainly ratherrude -- imagine if China were to set up boards that would be used for drugdealers to deal drugs here (temporarily ignoring that China's tougher ondrugs than the U.S.). It is directly, and blatantly acting against a majoraspect of the involved nations' domestic policy. I suspect, but am notabsolutely certain, that the U.S. would have something more than harsh wordsfor a country which so openly meddled. Now, let's let content back in.I think it's a good thing that such proxies exist, and I'd be happy tohost one, provided that I could keep the traffic sane. However, if I werean Irani, I wouldn't use it. It'd be really easy for Iran to keep logsof everywhere people went, and later on, analyze them to see if they wereusing the American proxy. Anyone who did would be put under surveillanceor similar. All they'd do is configure the ISPs to do transparent proxying,unify requests down to domainname, and it'd probably be possible to do withoutexcessive hardware purchases. There are ways around that, but they involvestrange client-side modifications, or tunneling. One thing about theinternet, and computers in general, is that, unless you are very clever,you need to give up any notion of privacy, especially with data thattravels over public networks. Well, not all notions. What you have left is'private enough' -- 'good enough' privacy that most people won't be able topierce it. However, the geeks and the spooks will always know more than youwant them to.

Question for philosophers -- what problems in philosophy do you think areessentially based on misguided foundations? Are there entire subfields thatyou discount?

I really can't stay awake much longer -- my eyes are closing on theirown. To cap up, this amuses me a lot,I had lunch with a friend -- good conversation at an Indian place I haven'tbeen to before. While waiting, I ran into my Cog Psych prof. Neat.I realize that I want to visit some of my old professors at OSU.I ate too much for lunch, and didn't need a dinner.I spent the evening at home, reading and playing around. I was thinking aboutheading out to Coffee Tree, but thunder discouraged me.Now I'm completely beat and ready to collapse.

Heh heh... o/~ Till I collapse, I'm gonna rap ... o/~

Oh, yeh, tomorrow I'm probably going to see a movie, visit a park, andget some reading done. Maybe I'll take care of my homework for tuesday,and I might go get a new swimsuit so I can swim in the morning again.It should be a nice, relaxing day. I'm not sure, I'll need to check mycalendar on my laptop, but there might be something else I need to dotomorrow. *shrug*

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