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Thu, 16 Dec 2004

P2P sharing extreme ironing in tight lycra. - 17:41
LWN had a link to The World's Smallest P2P Application today. The idea is to point out how ridiculous any attempt to ban the creation of p2p utilities would be. As the author Ed Felten points out "I wrote TinyP2P to illustrate the difficulty of regulating peer-to-peer applications. Peer-to-peer apps can be very simple, and any moderately skilled programmer can write one". Interesting idea, and who knows this may become a who can write the smallest p2p system, in what language, etc. Though the question of libraries used and complexity there may come into question, though smaller code size while remaining readable or understandable is a plus point toward a language and available libraries. (ignoring one hopes a p2p library such that one could write $p2p->new ("client"); or something)

Anyone out there who has not seen extreme ironing should check it out. I saw the link on Metafilter recently, which reminded me of the activity. I first heard about it a while ago when Jim Trail (mtb friend and ex Triple J presenter) put it on his sports page at Triple J (that is the earliest occurrence I can easily find of the extreme ironing photo in the Way Back Machine copies of the page, if interested you can look for more)

Speaking of mountain biking (yeah so I don't want to make a separate diary entry in the mtb category for this), Michael Ellerman from ozlabs wrote a while back on how he thinks it is a pity so many cyclists wear lycra. Michael wonders if many people are put of cycling due to their perception that one needs to wear lycra to ride a bike. Personally I wear cycling clothing for pretty much any ride longer than my commute to work (2KM), I do this because I find it much more comfortable to ride in than other clothing, and it means my other clothing will not be sweaty and disgusting. However many people also find tight lycra off putting, this is why clothing companies such as GroundEffect and N-ZO exist and sell so much of their loose/baggy clothing. More comfortable to ride in than cotton shorts and t-shirt and you don't look like a cyclist. Unfortunately clothing to make cycling comfortable is still all pretty expensive.

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