For those of you using Google reader…

I apologize.  I don’t know what the hell just happened but for some reason Google reader appears to have “reposted” a bunch of older content.  This may be because I finished at least getting temporary categories in everything tonight so clean URLs was turned back on.

I checked both the raw feed and feedburner, neither has all the “new” posts in it.  So I’m sorry if this threw you off or was a disappointment.  Hopefully as I continue getting the bugs squashed in this new toy things will be more stable.  Overall I’m liking WordPress considerably more.  Doubly so with the much better integration with Live Writer.

If you see weird behavior though, please let me know so I am at least aware to look out for it and I might be able to fix it.  This migration has caused some weird issues.

For the Sake of the FBI, Stop Innovating!

So I came across a nice article today.  The FBI was pissing and moaning about how the switch over to IPV6 is a problem for them to be able to do their job.  For example:

Any computer with IPv6 has built-in encryption called IPsec (which can also be available with IPv4). The New York Times reported in 2010 that the FBI was lobbying for a law requring telecommunications companies offering encryption to build in backdoors for law enforcement, a requirement that would likely cover IPsec, but the bureau distanced itself from that idea a few months later.

“The frequency of use should increase with IPv6,” predicts a network engineer at, an Internet provider in Santa Rosa, Calif. “None of this is good news for law enforcement organizations.”

But some of the technical details are challenging, and IPsec is still not widely used. Neither are HTTPS encrypted connections; Arbor Networks estimates that only 2 percent of native IPv6 traffic is HTTPS, not counting file sharing traffic.

The quick and dirty is that IPV6 has native support for IPsec, Tunneling, and a couple other things.  While bitching about IPv6, the also bitch about running out of IPv4 addresses and how that is causing problems using an IP as the identifier for the owner of traffic.

So let me get this straight, they bitch about network address translation, the end result of running out of IPv4 addresses.  IPv6 is made to help alleviate that problem gives them heartburn because it can make their job more difficult.

Well tough, you’re job isn’t supposed to be easy.  Though it’s not as if the boys in blue, especially at the federal level, really think the law applies to them anyway.

I for one welcome the transition to IPv6 and if they dislike it so much, I figure it is nothing but good for the continuing health of the internet.  The internet which gives everyone who wants one their own pulpit to speak their mind.

Brainwashing Our Youth…

So while writing a blog earlier Stardock decided to throw up an ad. 


Now we can train your kids that road blocks and searching your vehicles are normal.  This is definitely a game I would NOT buy.  Not only because it looks like the mechanics were crapped out by some high school coder, but the whole concept just bugs the crap out of me.  I understand the stopping smuggling, though legalization would help fix that problem wouldn’t it?  I understand preventing unlawful entry.  I’m fine with that, but the whole concept of making it a game just bugs me.  Not to mention this line from the description:

  • Outfit, arm and train your guards with top-of-the-line life-saving security.
  • That sentence just doesn’t make sense.  How do you outfit and arm someone with security?  What does bug me though is this game could easily be used to twist people into thinking that everything DHS comes up with is a good idea.  Such as making people think the TSA scanners will actually make us safer. 

    Though I must say this is probably better than say “Homeland Defense: TSA Agent”. Where you goals are to find out if little Tiffany is smuggling coke in her cooch. 

    GPS and Phones

    Stealing a cell phone isn’t a bright idea.  Police used the GPS capability to catch a robbery suspect by locating the phone of one the victims.  Remember that, if others can look up your location through Google, or some other service, obviously it can be used against you.  The lesson to remember here is this, when doing something stupid, leave your phone at home, and don’t steal a replacement for the one you left at home.

    For the record I’m glad the guy got caught, this is more of just a friendly reminder.  When taking care of your Jews in the Attic, leave it at home.

    Quote of the Day – Laurel Griffeath

    “Do you really think a bunch of shooting bloggers lead by Joe Huffman is going to go anywhere without the internet Mike?”

    Laurel Griffeath – 4/25/2010

    [She said this while she was trying to get a WiFi signal at Boomershoot –B]

    Back up and running

    I’ve finally got my PC back up and running…. It’s a very long story, suffice it to say I finally beat the damn thing into submission. Now I just need to start writing up everything from BS 2009.