Saturday, March 05


Daily News Stuff 5 March 2022

IP Over Tin Cans And String Edition

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  • Weekends are Question and Answer time, unless I have to work, or I just worked two 18 hour days back-to-back, or I need to pack up and move house to a house I don't have, or my internet is down again, or my entire state is under flood and storm warnings, or every gluten-free foodstuff I normally eat is out of stock at the same time (possibly related to eastern Australia being underwater right now), or it's freaking World War III, but if it's all of those they cancel out somehow so Q&A is on.

  • In the first sensible move of any of the participants in this whole debacle Russia has banned Twitter and Facebook.  (CBS / MSN)

    And over 140 other domains including the BBC.  Sadly we are not on the list, but this is just new additions and we may have been blocked previously.

    The BBC has responded by restarting its shortwave news broadcasts.  (The Verge)

    Everything old is new again.

  • Russia doesn't have anything like China's Great Firewall but US companies are stepping up to help with leading provider of bad internet backbone connections Cogent cutting off access to Russia.  (ZDNet)

    They're justifying this by a broad reading of new EU regulations, but the regulations never actually say Russia has to go back to acoustic couplers and hope.

Tech News

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Believe it or not, my internet's down, I never thought it would take this long.  Browsing the web at dial-up speeds, can't even preview that song.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 06:38 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 I mean, I got royally fuming at WD back when they made those "green" (and later, once the reputation was solidified, they started calling 'em "blue") drives that would park the heads and go to sleep every 5 seconds, silently killing the drive in less than 18 months.  It's a shame they can't stop fucking everything up.  At least Seagate's trash actually works sometimes.  Thankfully the SSD market is actually competitive.

Posted by: normal at Sunday, March 06 2022 06:54 AM (obo9H)

2 Pixy, after 6,000 years without it, what's the big deal about gluten-free. Does gluten really make you sick or is it just a prefereence?

Posted by: furball321 at Sunday, March 06 2022 08:14 AM (n+R81)

3 Celiac disease is real and no fun for people who have it, but most people who claim to be gluten-sensitive are self-diagnosed and just following a fad diet. Pixy has said a few things over time that make it clear he's been diagnosed and needs to do without for his health.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, March 06 2022 08:27 AM (ZlYZd)

4 Pixy, after 6,000 years without it, what's the big deal about gluten-free. Does gluten really make you sick or is it just a preference?

As J notes, yeah, I have celiac disease.  You could say I prefer not to spend half my life in the bathroom, and you'd be correct. wink

I haven't gone into my symptoms because this is a family blog [Now you tell me -- Ed.] and the symptoms were kind of disgusting.  I've been gluten-free for ten or twelve years now and it made made an immediate and massive difference, but I'm still not healthy.

Which is reflected in my search for a new home.  I have strong preferences on certain features and I'm looking at plans and saying things like Where did you learn to design bathrooms?  Were you raised in a barn? when it's stuff that doesn't even occur to most people.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 06 2022 11:40 AM (PiXy!)

5 My guts haven't worked entirely correctly for a long time.

I'm not sure what the issues are, but they probably aren't as simple as celiac.  Right now, the doctor thinks that one thing has messed up both my intestines and my sinuses.

I have had a lot of symptoms for a long time, diet does seem to be pretty important, and it significantly impacts quality of life.

Idiots jumping on fad diet band wagons  have made it cheaper to find edible stuff, but my current protocol is a  bit more restricted these days.

6,000 years ago and now, is apples and oranges, mainly  because we can easily keep people alive, that would previously have been more difficult.  Infant mortality could conceal a lot of issues, and there are historical records of people with weird diet sensitivities. 

It seems like there is a type of parasitic worm, and  it excretes something that 'numbs' the immune system.  It seems like getting those worms out of people, left a minority with issues of extreme immune response. 

There is an argument made about alleged changes in wheat over the last 40-60 years.  It turns out to apparently be an apples and oranges issue.  There are different types of flour, and the samples compared apparently were not the same type. 

I have some other issues, with my nervous system, and in combination with the gut stuff, I can need to camp out in the restroom for long periods of time.  

Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, March 06 2022 12:15 PM (r9O5h)

It seems like there is a type of parasitic worm, and it excretes something that 'numbs' the immune system. It seems like getting those worms out of people, left a minority with issues of extreme immune response.
Yeah, I think it's hookworms.  Giving the immune system something relatively benign to fight is thought to reduce the severity of the auto-immune response.  Some people have tried reintroducing hookworms into their bodies with positive results.

I am both skeptical and squeamish.  If I had one of the more severe auto-immune disorders I might try it though.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 06 2022 04:40 PM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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