I was recently talking with a friend about the irritating game of chess that'sbeen bothering me, and he had some good advice on a government group that mightbe able to help me. I filed a formal complaint with that entity, and we'll seewhat that gets me. If I can manage to avoid getting lawyers involved any morethan they already are, and avoid losing large sums of money, that'll be avery good thing. So yeah, turn my pawn into a queen, please?
My bike is busted again. I would grumble, but I really can't -- I use thatbike every day, and considering all the gas I'm saving, and the free smallcontributions to my health it provides continually, and how much fun it isto bike around, it's been good to me. It makes sense that I'm going to havebike problems more often than the casual rider (although of course less thanpeople doing athletics). This time, the connector holding the handlebars tothe frame of the bike looks like it's cracked. I noticed a few days ago whenthe bike was shifting under me in odd ways -- I thought it was ice. Later inthe day, I noticed that the brakes appeared to be higher up than I remembered,but I chalked it up to bad memory.. eventually it broke enough that I tooka closer look, and found that the handlebars now can freely rotate. Bleh.It's not busted enough that I can't ride it, for now, but there's the riskthat it'll snap the rest of the way through and I'll have a nasty crash.Time to take it to Biketek again :)
Recently, I noticed my site slowing down again, and on investigating of thelogs, found that my site is being slurped by various places with a .MILextension in their domain name. One of the more unusual ones was *.nipr.mil ..What's NIPR? On a bit of googling, I found this:
Nipr.mil, as Francisco suspected, is not a single domain a but a hush-hush web proxy that acts as a gateway for hundreds of U.S. military domains in order to hide their identities. It was established by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in response to a memorandum (CM-5 1099, INFOCOM) issued in March 1999 by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling for "actions to be taken to increase the readiness posture for Information Warfare." "Uncontrolled Internet connections," the document says, "pose a significant and unacceptable threat to all Department of Defense information systems and operations."
Umm... yeah. Maybe there's some military search engine they're setting up, ormaybe the military likes me (in the same way google likes me). I actually wouldjust find it a bit freaky if these were random user-type accesses, but at leastone of them is either a search engine or an attempt to grab everything, andthe bloody thing isn't paying attention to robots.txt.I guess I could cut off their IP, or their entire IP range(s).. Hmm.
Here's another commentary, from China, on the Taiwan issue. Onething I've been wondering is what the common Chinese think on the Taiwanissue. It's tempting to dismiss the stuff coming from the Chinese side asbeing government driven, but there have been actual protests by mainlandchinese living here of Taiwan's condition (from their POV, rebellion). I cansee national pride, and perhaps agreement with the PRC position thatsecession is not ever an option. I had an interesting discussion with myofficemate, who is Taiwanese, on the issue yesterday..
Stumbled across this..Pretty cool! It somehow has access to CMU's APs, and locates everyone..I didn't know that APs were clever enough to get directional data like that..They might triangulate, but I wouldn't think access points would normallytend to have the software to notice people not attached to them, and theyapparently have a wide variety of APs. I wonder how it's done..
Oy, I have so much to do before the semester ends!I somehow need to make it back to cowtown to get my car soon too...
Reading, he looked up, saw a piece of bread, and reached out towawrds it,eyes returning to the book. Hmm... try again... still nothing. He lookedup.. the bread wasn't there.. and then.. .. Reading, he looked up for asecond, thinking for a moment he had food there.. Imagination does strangethings. Back to the book.