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Wednesday, May 15, 2002
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Today's Geek Philosophy: Some thoughts about SOAP versus REST on Security, and the related On the use of HTTP as a Substrate. Or, why people should stop wrapping lots of random gorp inside innocent little HTTP calls.
Now we'll get all meta again.
Readers thought about nine times six in various ways. For some reason we got many similar answers, viz:
as well as:
and along the same general lines:
8 times five, or fight!
Perhaps not surprisingly, only one reader submitted what is, strictly speaking, the correct answer:
Sixteen, the number of holes in the universe
A segueing reader notes that nine times six
is 10 shy of what I'll be when I'm older, losing my hair (not so many years from now...) PS: We saw McCartney in San Jose on April 3: fantabulous!!
A (perhaps nother) reader also had a good time at (a different instance of) that concert.
And finally, an update on how certain customs are observed in Latin America. Or perhaps a Lunatic Asylum:
Outdoor fucking season here in L.A. runs from Jan 2 to Dec 20. We take a respectful break for the holidays.
So all sortsa stuff going on. The rant about the CBDTPA has been widely linked, but I'm too lazy at the moment to show you where. The poll about default assage is getting lots and lots of votes (everyone's an expert?), and an interesting diversity of views, but I'm too lazy to digest them and make sepia pie charts and present them to you.
Do we sense a trend here?
(Today's only bit of actual webloggage is our Acronym Expansion o' the Day: Consume, But Don't Try Programming Anything.)
I'm reading this Effective Java book, and it's kind of amusing. Among the main lessons in the first few chapters are:
Speaking of sensing trends...
Lots of stuff going on, busy running about and typing and reading email. Which isn't to say that I haven't also been obsessively doing virtual commodity arbitrage on NeoPets (man, I hope someone buys this Golden Shoyru Helmet soon; it cost me over 10K, but I think I overestimated the demand). And writing random Perl hacks.
Today's random Perl hack was MungProxy.pl, a rudimentary HTTP proxy that lets the user (i.e. me) intercept HTTP requests on their way out of the browser, and responses on the way back, and edit them before they actually take effect. So, for instance, if some page is unreadable because of an obnoxious background or other markup obscenities, I can just fire up the proxy, reload the page, intercept the response, edit out the responsible tags, and see a readable version of the page. Similarly if there's some page where a form doesn't work because of some typo or browser-specific frob, there's some chance that I can make it work by intercepting the form submission on the way out to the server, and hand-repairing it to fit.
Brilliant, eh? Terrible user interface, and a bit of a pain to bring up, so I won't be using it for casual on the fly page-improvement, but it might be useful now and then.
Hm, how hard would a Java version be?