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Fashion Tip July 28, 2006

Posted by Michael in Humor.
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Here’s some help for those of you who are trying to figure out the Innocent Bystanders Lifestyle™:

Comics and Editorial Cartoons: The Quigmans on Yahoo! News

US Cedes Authority over the Internet, Trusts International Community with “Rare and Precious Jewel” July 28, 2006

Posted by John in Crime, Philosophy, Science.
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Sticky Chicken Little Update:

Brewfan notes in the comments:

I submit to you that control of ICANN is a toothless tiger.

There is the distinction, but I’m unconvinced that there is a difference. For what it’s worth, ICANN manages the root domains names and IP registrations. You can say this is trivial, and you might be correct. But then, in 1979, everyone thought that those crazy Iranian kids were just having fun at the American Embassy in Tehran.

Look, if you control the top level domain names and IP registrations, what’s to keep someone (something) from bifurcating the net along whatever lines they want, either by A Names or IP addresses? What about arbitrarily routing IPs to certain hubs or routers? This is how SWITCH works in Belgium – they are a hub that keeps data transaction records. If control or influence of ICANN is used nefariously by someone (something) to create a data hub for, say, all tcp/ip packets originating from “.gov”, “.mil”, or “.us” addresses, then there would be a problem in both performance and security.

Can ICANN do this on their own? I don’t think so, from what I read and understand. There would need to be intercession along the backbone as well. But ICANN controls the name registrations, and that’s the equivalent of having the DNC mailing lists.

But the larger point is, why cede any of this at all? It is working fine, and is in the hands of a moral authority (us, the US) that has taken its stewardship seriously. And consider, who has the most to lose by the optimistic and laissez faire attitude of the Internet being corrupted? It’s not Zambia or France who has seen a huge sector of their economy become an e-conomy.

By the way, I’m not claiming the sky is falling. This is a piece to the puzzle, but it is disturbing to me to cede what I consider an important task.

Original Post:
I am troubled.

In a meeting that will go down in internet history, the United States government last night conceded that it can no longer expect to maintain its position as the ultimate authority over the internet.

There is a lot (_a_ _lot_) of data that currently flows over the internet that people consider secure. Without the ability to control (judicially and strategically) the top level, all data will ultimately fall under suspicion. Note that I’m not saying that it’s insecure – I’m not and it won’t be. But in IT, it will be a matter of perception.

And forget security; the Internet has spawned a new branch of the old economy that is at least in part fueling job growth, economic growth, the strength of the dollar, and sheer intellectual entrepreneurship. Ceding ownership just _sounds_ like a bad idea.

Hopefully reality will be better.

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Ace Wants A Few Days Off . . . July 27, 2006

Posted by Michael in Websites.
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. . . and he’s asking for help from the Main Page Commenters here at Innocent Bystanders:

Thanks to Amish, who pointed this out yesterday, and John, and also LauraW who posted it at the Judean People’s Ace of Spades, Innocent Bystanders.

BTW, Innocent Bystanders dudes: You’re all long-time readers and commenters. You now have a spin off blog, sort of a Laverne & Shirley to my Happy Days.

I have to take off for a few days.. Y’all want to do a “cross-over” and come back to the show as guest bloggers?

Ace of Spades HQ

I’m trying not to be offended that he called our Commenters’ Site a “blog.” 

I have to admit, Mr. Spades could probably use a break.  He’s been acting kind of frazzled lately.  First he teed off on Bart when he was in a particularly testy frame of mind.  Then he went postal on commenters who kept bitching about the Glenn Greenwald coverage. 

I’m thinking there’s a shortage of hobos in his Boston neighborhood at the moment.  He could use a few days off.

If you are interested in helping the Big Dog out and making your contribution to the preservation of the Ace of Spades Lifestyle™, send our hero an email at: aceofspadeshq@gmail.com.

Ahem. -lauraw July 27, 2006

Posted by anycomments in AA - Uncategorized, Sports.
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These are the kinds of news stories I’m finding today.

Genius

Artist Tim Patch(R), who prefers to be known as Pricasso…

Also at Yahoo photos: This picture.

And this one.

Good day for being a quitter.

The Trick is to Keep Breathing July 27, 2006

Posted by Sobek in Gardening.
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Redhead + Scottish accent + awesome singer = crazy delicious.

From their second album, Version 2.0.  This post has been intentionally mis-categorized just to screw with Michael.

Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo July 27, 2006

Posted by Michael in Music.
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This video really brings back memories.  I actually saw these guys do this song live.  For free.  In the mid-70s there was a park along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan that would have free rock concerts every Sunday afternoon.  Mrs. Michael and I would regularly attend (did I mention it was free?), with a Frisbee and a picnic lunch.  We were hippies back then.  Sometimes a big act would drop in.  The MC5.  New Heavenly Blue.  And Edgar Winter with Rick Derringer.  Good times . . .

The Irony of the NW July 26, 2006

Posted by John in Travel.
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I am tired. To the marrow of my bones, I ache for sleep. I had Kung Fu yesterday, and have not slept more than 2 hours at a stretch in something like 7 days. I ate dinner, lay down on the couch and was almost out for the count. But! I heard Mrs. Peel’s remorseful pleas for stars and the bounty of nature. Now it does not get dark up here until around 10 PM, so the stars are still a ways away.

So I took the guys on a short drive to get a few evening pictures. Now if you’ve ever lived in the Sound area, you know that we are all masochists … we endure the 7 hours of daylight in December for the 18 hours of daylight in June and July. They say it rains in Seattle, but there are a lot of places with more rainfall – our’s comes slowly. It might drizzle for 3 days straight in March or April. For a guy who grew up in Alabama and Texas, this is wonderful. No tornadoes, no hail storms, no thunderstorms that threaten to undo prior dental work.

Of course, we have a volcano 55 miles away. It dominates the landscape as you can see from from the hill above my house.

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If you have a feather, please keep your distance July 26, 2006

Posted by skinbad in Ducks.
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Lance Bass of `N Sync reveals he’s gay

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Stones Singing in the Sticks July 26, 2006

Posted by Retired Geezer in Music.
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Yep, they’re going to play about 3 miles from the Geezer Horse Feeding Facility

Heh (or something)

Sorry I’m late … July 26, 2006

Posted by John in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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Did I miss anything?

Some of you may know me as DDG, or DeeDaGo. The name was a take from one of my twin boys; it was his way of counting “1”, “2”, “3” when he had the concept but not the words. You would hear him yelling it from the other room as he timed his launch from the back of the couch or off the arm of a chair (“Dee” [pause] “Da” [pause] “GO!” [crash]). In time he learned to bandage his own wounds.

For the moment, DDG is retired. Like Spider Man, I have come out from behind the mask. Unlike Spider Man, I didn’t have a press conference, but I did start to blog. Essentially, I got tired of throwing Ace good material and having him ruin the joke, so I figured it was my duty to pick up the slack.

I was, however, dismayed: the Townhall tools were underwhelming. I emailed Michael for advice, which eventually led me here. Call it fate, call it irony, but it’s interesting that “You, me, and Dupree” opened recently.

Also fwiw I want to sincerely thank Michael for the opportunity to post here with you folks. Aside from the witty reparte and gun porn, most of the reasons to hang out at Ace’s are now Innocent Bystanders. Or at least Bystanders.

Dave in Texas » Wow. It looks like a pool now July 25, 2006

Posted by Michael in Terrorist Hemorrhoids.
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Many More Exciting Pictures Here

Hey, Let’s Have A Party At My House! July 25, 2006

Posted by Michael in News.
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Most expensive home

The most expensive home for sale in the world is England’s Updown Court, an unlived-in mansion with 103 rooms, five swimming pools and a heated marble driveway — all for $139 million.

OK, that’s not really my house.  In fact, I suddenly feel like I’m living in a frickin’ tarpaper shack.

By Sara Clemence

Updated: 15 minutes ago

In Hong Kong, they gaze over the glittering city from the heights of the Peak. In Africa, they harbor elephants and lions. In Australia, they lie on the beach, of course.

The most expensive homes in the world may not seem to have much in common besides price—and even those vary greatly, from $100 million-plus palaces in England and the United States to grand houses priced under $10 million in South Africa.

Well, maybe I’ll just get me one of those cheap-ass places in South Africa.  (more…)