August 7th, 2007

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The army is looking to implant soldiers with RFID tags. Aside from the privacy concerns, RFID antenna's are easy to get and not overly expensive and could easily be used for a bomb trigger. For a poor country with few to no rfid id tags on products (like Iraq) so it would be pretty sure the only RFID chips would be in or on the soldiers. This means insurgents could set bombs where ever they like and be assured that the only thing that will set the bombs off are their intended targets. This would let groups feel comfortable putting bombs in houses, buildings, and other areas they might not normally boobie-trap.

In other words, I think RFID chips in soldiers is a bad idea.
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When I lived a couple blocks off frat row I came to understand the UW students (a.k.a. Huskies) are ass-hats.

Yesterday that view was confirmed.

I went to Home Depot to get some parts and I parked in the first open spot. The spot was technically the third spot, but the first spot is the one Home Depot uses to show off their car cover. That means it over flows into the spot next to it and takes up half that parking spot. I could have parked there, and I would have but I had a bunch of track lighting I needed to load on my scooter and I didn't know if I would have room to maneuver past the poles on the car cover once loaded up. So I took the next spot over. As always, I parked dead center in the spot.

I come out and some fuck head VW Jetta driver with UW license plate holded parked half in my spot and half in the half spot. To fit, the ass-hat picked up and moved my scooter over.

You donb't fucking touch another man's ride.

As I'm trying to load up with out hitting the cars on either side, as I now don't have much room. He comes out with his gf and hers me bitching and says, "What, are you a Cougar, or something?"

Gah!

These days when I run into a self important prick, invariable they have something UW related on their car or clothing.

Oh, and before you say it, the lot was half empty. He just didn't want to walk the extra twenty feet.
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On the way into work I saw a blue Porsche with the license plate "27YANKS". So... Is that a description of what you have to do to get a Porsche around here?
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So in the discussions with the authorized Vespa repair person an interesting tidbit came out, here is from an e-mail with the repair person:
the kickstart is mainly for looks...the vespa has always had a kickstart since the 40's and they wanted it to be similar but it only works if the bike is really hot...

Wow! I'm glad that when I was having the batter problems that I wasn't stuck some remote place late at night counting on the kickstart to work.

Dear Vespa, if you include a feature on a product, please make sure it works and isn't just cosmetic.
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Hmmm... The Zen and Art of reconfiguring the kernel on the fly must be a tradition passed on orally, as I'm only finding tid bits of info here and there via Google.

Ideally I would like to find a check sheet of what to echo into the /proc virtual files and what they results will be.

I would like that info in general, but in particular I would like to see if there is anything to modify the behavior of swap on the fly.
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I only got one track up tonight, as I can't find the charger for the drill and the battery is dead. I can't find it anywhere in the house or in my office. But, I have three up total and 7 to go. It will be awesome when it's done. I can put floods around the seats and and the spots on pictures on the wall. A nice cafe/gallery feel for sitting with people and enjoying a beer and conversation.