Important New Internet Standard

Important New Internet Standard

Internet security guru Steve Bellovin proposed today an important new Internet standard, RFC 3514, which creates a new “evil bit” in Internet Protocol packet headers. The evil bit is required to be set in all malicious packets. RFC 3514 fully examines the ramifications of this innovative proposal, including a discussion of what existing systems must do to maintain their current behavior. [Via Freedom-to-Tinker.]

This should be implmented today, April 1st!

Embedded Again

This morning I made the kids some pancakes. I decided to “embed” chocolate chips within the pancakes. And, interestingly enough, after a short time, it was tough to tell the difference between the pancakes and the chips “embedded” within them.

Oh, and I also watched the news.


Fri, 28 Mar 2003 03:15:29 GMT

The House passed a resolution Thursday calling for a national day of humility, prayer and fasting in a time of war and terrorism….Under the resolution, President Bush would issue a proclamation designating a specific day as a day of “humility, prayer and fasting.” …A similar resolution approved on March 17 said it was the sense of the Senate that that day should be a national day of prayer and fasting.

I was surprised about this, considering I thought this kind of declaration of a religion-related holiday was a no-no.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. U.S. Constitution, 1st Ammendment.

 I guess I was wrong. This isn’t establishing a religion. It is just asking everyone to have one. Better make sure yours is the right one.