Towson and Out of Context (fwd)
Thu Feb 19 19:36:10 CST 1998
Mark arnold pointed out something that i also checked out, the ip address
for the orignal ben bates is at hotmail post cam from a towson address.
Let me assure you that neither of us wrote this mail, further more no one
else on our squad did. The stuff below is a fwd of the mail i sent mark
explaining the shortfall of our systems security. let me also assure you
that we know enough about computers that we would have not left such easy
footprints.I know this opens up doors that may not need opening but i'd
rather let you know before than having to explain it later.
what? i know neither of us did it because we where in the squad room when
it came up, but like you say it ain't difficult to mimic ip address, in
fact there is a web page on the towson server that tells you how to mic
towson ip address, thats how we get internet access, which sorta means
that if any of us where going to do it we would have faked a richmond ip
address. The other great thing about this system is that you really can't
tell if its mimiked or real.
this all just sucks .
>From Thu Feb 19 20:55:30 1998
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 20:55:30 +0000
Reply-To: ad52 at columbia.edu
To: Team Topic Debating in America <EDEBATE at LIST.UVM.EDU>
From: Alan Dove <ad52 at COLUMBIA.EDU>
Organization: Columbia University
Subject: Re: Let's Be Very Careful
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Now THIS is funny. I wasn't posting on the "L" for awhile this Fall
because I was busy writing something (alert observers of my signature
might figure out what), and then I hopped back in with a comment on a
tangential thread. Next thing you know, the list is filling up with
messages with the tone that "we are not amused," (purse your lips and
imagine yourself wearing a high collar when you say that). Since some
folks apparently need a clarification, here it is.
I don't think war is good, or funny, or fun. I also think that the
current escalation in Iraq is a national embarassment at best. However,
it is perfectly obvious to me that a "diplomatic solution" is not going
to be given much of a chance, and so military action (which has been
planned for months) is almost inevitable. The Iraqi War thread on the
"E" seemed preoccupied with obvious observations like "this could be
bad," and "using nukes in the Middle East would be a mistake." I wanted
to express the opinion that such discussion is largely moot and
unproductive at this point, i.e. that you can bet there will be
violence. To illustrate this idea, I did bet. Actually, the date and
time were not random choices either - 3am Baghdad time on the 26th is at
the next new moon, and will give Annan time to come back from his
last-ditch diplomacy effort (which I suspect will fail). I assumed,
mistakenly, that the nuances of such an apparently cynical gesture would
be immediately apparent to the educated, well-informed debate community.
Are irony and satire humorous? I think they are, though not necessarily
"bust a seam laughing" funny. Strickland's high-minded declaration that
my post was "in poor taste" is, well, a matter of taste. I find social
satirists like George Carlin and Mel Brooks hysterical, but suspect that
routines like "Feminist Blowjob" and scenes like "The Inquisition"
("History of the World, Part I") would not meet with Glen's approval.
His taste is apparently not mine, and I hope we can all tolerate the
Tom Jewell has gotten it exactly right. Especially the part about me
being an "insensitive, immature lout."
Alan Dove, Ph.D.
ad52 at columbia.edu
a.dove at natureny.com
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