July 13th, 2005

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Not snow, nor hail, nor crashy Mac ...

So ... My laptop doesn't seem to want the Internet any more. It's inexplicably laggy (system load 3 or higher) and takes forever to do anything when the AirPort card is on; won't connect to our home wireless hub; and -- worst of all -- hangs entirely upon coming out of sleep mode. (I'm in the habit of saving my work, but I had a lot of open windows and web pages it freed into the aether.)

This is a semi-esoteric problem with the menubar AirPort monitor; I've managed to kludge around it before, but it's back. I spent most of last night wrestling with my computer to fix it again -- and in the process, managed to badly hang our router (I was just trying to assign my laptop a static IP! Honest!) and had to reset it to factory default and rebuild our house wireless network. I ended up falling asleep on the floor in front of the router box. It wasn't fun.

Long story short, I'm currently borrowing Kady's laptop -- I'm going to set mine up on an Ethernet cord, but until then, am having a heck of a time getting online. Which is why I haven't responded to any answers to last post's dart riddle yet. Doing so now. (Incidentally, I'm impressed by the breadth of the answers. Two formal mathematical proofs, one complete computer program, and a healthy mix of clever number-wrangling and cleverly applied brute force.)

Those of you who enjoyed working out the answer should also get a kick out of a secondary question that lhexa asked in response. Go to it.
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OK, WTF?

A piece of spam that just landed in my inbox, verbatim:

ANTI-MYOPIA GLASSES

Anti-myopia Glasses composed of prisms and lenses is and instrument
to alleviate myopia.There is a close relationship between convergence
and accommodation.The prism makes losts of effect toward convergence
in order that it can make the two opotic axes diverge.The lens which
is relative to accommodation mainly focuses the seeing objects on
retina.Therefore,this Anti-myopia Glasses can make the user get much
more remedial time instead of near sight time.The rays in eyes form a
close object are changed into from far object through two Anti-myopia
Glass pieces.Thus from the view of potics,Anti-myopia Glasses make
the eyes looking far when the eyes seeing the near object.It's useful
10-55 years old people.It can reduce your degree of myopia and eyes
fatigue.

... seriously, WTF?

As far as I can tell, the only claim the spam makes is that if you bend light outside the eye with "prisms and lenses", it can compensate for visual difficulties in the eye. Which, uh, is what glasses do in the first place.
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