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Joined the EFF using paypal today with the "DMCA" listed as the reason. (thanks for the reminder in someone elses diary, I had been meaning to do that).

Also sent a suggestion to paypal: I would like a way to show proof of payment to third parties. (so that Alice can prove to prove to Cathy that she paid Bob).

It could be done either requiring Cathy to be a paypal user (they would like that I'm sure) or alternatively to anyone not even being a user by making the page a "one-shot" that after the viewer clicks a "confirm that i have read the proof" button it goes away [so that one proof couldn't be used multiple times].

I suggested it for the purpose of selling items saying "proceeds will be donated to the EFF" (or charity of choice that accepts paypal). That way buyers could be sent proof of the truth in that statement.

The alternative "fun" use would be for thugs to get proof from you that you made your weekly blackmail payment to the thug's boss.

vab: take a look a Mojo Nation for your free software distribution p2p network idea. Using a p2p network such as mojonation or freenet to distribute packages would be excellent. (can anyone drool as they envision apt-get using a p2p network to get packages instead of silly ftp/http mirrors)

Mojonation and freenet both have the advantage of content being addressed by secure hashes. The only thing that would need to be signed (if you actually implementing signing) are the indexes that list what the hash ids needed to get the packages are.

yippee, its been a while in the making - we "shipped" a new version 0.970 of mojonation today.

i went for a bike ride in the morning after dropping my car off for its regular service & smog. i (foolishly:) volunteered to go on a 40 mile morning ride with a friend in a couple days, i need to build up my endurance again.

xgavin pointed out a nice article on irc: Robert C Martin on expressiveness and language choice. Of course I call it good because it pretty much sums up a lot of what I believe. :)

PlayStation 2's are evil, they take up too much time. My roommate won one from a radio station last week. Oh darn. :)

Released a new version of the python interface to BerkeleyDB 3.1 today. It now works with python 1.5.2 and 1.6 out of the box. Get py-bsddb3 2.2.0 here.

I am very happy with the python distutils package. I just converted py-bsddb3 to use it. I have noticed the roughness around the edges in terms of unimplemented or undocumented features but the code is easy enough to read to quickly figure out what it can currently do. (though I do have to say I prefer undocumented features to unimplemented but documented features!)

(sigh) I should join the python-dev mailing list. For a while py-bsddb3 was being considered for addition to the next python release but I haven't been able to follow up on that. Someone even started creating an un-swigified version that I should try and make time to follow up on.

busy busy busy...

It just occurred to me that this might be a good place to search.. I need a roommate to share my 2 bedroom apartment in Mountain View, CA. If you're interested, email me at greg at krypto.org or give me a call at 650-965-7218. -greg

cpw regarding xfree86 4.0:

    I've been using it (and beta 3.9.x versions) for about a year now and haven't had any problems with virtual consoles. I compiled and installed it myself on my debian system. It's probably not an xfree86 problem. Mandrake's setup might not enable your VCs at your current "start using X" runlevel. The VESA DDC support is the entire reason I'm using 4.0 on my home machine. I never could figure out proper 3.3.x modelines for 1600x1200x85Hz but the DDC support does it beautifully!

Tip of the day! Never stab your thumb with kitchen scissors while trying to remove the foil from a bottle of Sherry. On the other hand it is kinda eery looking into a super clean cut on my thumb that doesn't really hurt and isn't bleeding much... yuck.

This "alancoxonachip.com" thing is annoying. I had to lookup how to add unblock rules to junkbuster (add ~advogato.*.* to my /etc/junkbuster/blockfile after the ad.*.* line) as well as add the new host to my allowable outgoing cookies list. Why the change?!?

I've been working -way- too much in the past month (you can check the cvs logs for proof!). Mojo Nation is coming along and is starting to actually work the way we had in mind. Much more work remains to be done (as always).

This is exciting! Our first public & opensource release of Mojo Nation is tonight at DEFCON in Las Vegas. We've been working -many- long hours the past few weeks to get everythin ready.

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