Misc: April 2011 Archives


April 23, 2011

Today's update on cool stuff on the Internet:

OK, so the last one probably isn't as good, unless you're some kind of serious nerd. But check the first two out.


April 6, 2011

Spent last week at IETF Prague and in a fit of stinginess decided to stay at the nearby Hotel Opera. It was generally OK, though you get what you pay for here, since the conference Hilton was rather nicer. (Important safety tip: the room I was in didn't have a shower, just a tub with a handheld wand, which isn't that great.) For future reference, the Jury's Inn is closer to the Hilton and a bit more modern (I've stayed at all three.)

Anyway, I'm on my way out on Sunday and I stop at the front desk to check out. The guy asks if I've used the minibar and I say "no" and he says something about how "We'll send someone up to check. Please wait." So, I decide to be neat and I have a seat and a few minutes later the dude they sent calls down and the guy at the front desk tells me everything is OK and I can go. Really, this doesn't make much sense, though. First, they collect your credit card (actually, I don't remember for sure if Hotel Opera did, but every other hotel I've ever been at does), so they can just bill it to my credit card without my help. Second, what happens if I just walk out instead of waiting for you to check the minibar, or if they discover I actually emptied it? They're going to call the cops to bring me back? This doesn't seem sensible. Finally, what stops me from just leaving without stopping by the front desk? So, I don't really understand what threat model this practice makes sense for.


April 2, 2011

Attention IETF readers: the Hilton Wi-Fi network is still accessible via the IETF credentials. I'm sitting in the lobby now waiting to go to the airport and getting better network connectivity than I had all during IETF week, what with noone else clogging the Intertubes.

Unfortunately, while Internet is free at the Red Carpet Club in San Francisco, in the Lufthansa lounge in Frankfurt, where I will be spending 2 hours today, it is the standard shockingly expensive service you've come to expect from T-Mobile.