Archive for April, 2006

The Star Spangled Banner

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Post from user “dances_with_sneetches”:

Okay, maybe this is the place I can find someone to explain to me the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:10 PM PST on April 28

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The linkfile and SUID mystery.

How does linkfile(1) know what the original user ID was, when it’s run from inside a SUID program? Well, it’s a mystery to me anyway.

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Cliff Richard wants to steal your music.

I’ve just finished listening to Cliff Richard arguing for an extension to the term of performance copyrights. Could he be any more selfish?

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The Glorification Law is Creepy.

It’s one of those laws where ordinary people are not permitted to bring private private prosecutions. The argument is that it stops people from “abusing” the law. This novel use of the word “abusing” actually means “practically demonstrating the fuckwittitude of”.

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Using OSX Mail with Exim

My laptop is usually connected behind a restrictive firewall. Since port 25 is blocked, I can’t send mail the normal way. Instead I just build a tunnel to my mail server using ssh -Nf -L25025:localhost:25 mailhost and configure Mail’s SMTP server to point to localhost port 25025. Usually this works fine, but sometimes I get unexplained connection failures.

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Why Safari Sucks: 2. The URL Bar

Don’t get me wrong. I like Safari. I use it almost every day. But some things about it just irritate me again and again and again…

Next, the URL bar.

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