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LJ Radio [01 Sep 2006|12:35am]

I haven't gotten into the voice-posting thing, but I think about doing it sometimes.

FRNK radio plays a stream of LJ voice posts. So far, it's hilarious.

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About those mice [01 Sep 2006|01:48am]

After brainstorming ideas for how to deal buddhistly with the mice and receiving some good suggestions, I ended up calling my landlord after all.

He didn't hesitate a bit. "The exterminator will be there tomorrow, Johnny."

That's not exactly what I had in mind. But there were some problems with handling it in any other way.

Neither a cat nor a snake would have been allowed in the apartment because of the terms of my lease. Also, given that the plant I finally got around to buying for my apartment is already dying after only a couple weeks of residence on my coffee table, I am wary about accepting responsibility for any other lifeforms. I'm not real ethically wild about the idea of having pets anymore either, though I think it's near indisputable that adopting an abandoned animal from a shelter is a positive thing to do. And the live traps had the potential to become torture devices.

I called the landlord because I concluded that this wasn't my decision to make. It affected people in other apartments and the landlord's property. The dilemma of whether to give someone information when I know that I will not approve of what they will do with it or how they will react to it is one I think about a lot, but I don't have a good answer.

Dealing with this category of problem is also the landlord's responsibility, not mine. That could be a cop-out, but I also think it's unhealthy for me to try to hoard responsibility from others based on the belief that I can handle it more ethically than they can. If I wasn't ready to give the landlord the authority to be responsible for taking care of the building, then I shouldn't have signed the lease.

So I called the landlord, knowing that I was indirectly calling in an air strike, but I think it was the right thing to do. The exterminator came this afternoon while I was at work, and I haven't seen the mice tonight.

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Wikipedia and Tor [01 Sep 2006|02:35am]

It's not easy being a Tor user on the Internet.

Google shows up in the wrong language and PayPal puts security limits on your account because they believe that it's been compromised since it's been accessed from multiple IP addresses.

But I kind of expect these things. I'm bothered more by restrictions by sites like Wikipedia.

As you can see from the screenshot, if you try to edit the Tor page (or any other page) — even while logged in — when connecting via Tor, you will be denied.

Some place there is probably a discussion of this Wikipedia policy, and I should read it. Maybe my mind will be changed. But right now, it makes me sad.

There's this explanation, but it's very shallow. "Because there can be abuse." Well, yes.

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