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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 09, 2014, 04:16:14 AM
FAIR WARNING: This is pretty much NSFL.

177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 08, 2014, 09:16:17 PM
As others have noted, I can't see how the presence or absence of that punctuation has any real effect on the meaning.

I don't think that there's any doubt about where the heads of the founders were at - folks like Jefferson and Franklin, who wrote it, or Madison who wrote much of the Constitution were very much interested in the (classical) liberal ideology, as in the writing of JS Mill. Their philosophy was all about the sovereignty of the individual, and were not of a communitarian bent.

You might not like that, you might think that we've learned better since then, but the body of writing from these guys is pretty clear, and it's nutty to believe that a single punctuation mark, whose impact escapes most of us anyway, should be taken to contradict all that.

While many people can actually read and understand, there is a segment of the population that reads and invents. e.g. You say ABC, and they'll say that you said XYZ. I'm sure you've run across them before. They read what they want to.

Given how the entire SOPA/PIPA/etc. thing went -- i.e. people scream, it gets trashed, a new version with a different name comes out -- I think we can reasonably expect a new magical redefinition of the "living document" to emerge.

So, while I'd agree with you that it certainly is nutty... I fully expect at some point in the future for this to become an issue with a new "interpretation"... because war is peace.
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 08:43:27 AM
Here's one (bad) example... "michael meekin alien hat" (I had originally misspelled the name). Put that in StartPage or Google, then check DuckDuckGo. The site you are looking for is this: http://www.stopabductions.com/

(I like UFO videos/documentaries as they're often better than feature length films. I searched for that on a lark.)

BTW - The site there is just WILD! Grin It's quite literally wilder than most good movie plots!  Thmbsup

DDG was better & found what I was looking for despite the spelling error. Google is pretty sophisticated, so I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Adding in "alien hat" should get to the proper resource.

But, that's the only example that I can remember at the moment. There have been others where DDG proved better. I should start taking notes...
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 08:27:23 AM
Have you installed it yet?

In a word...

AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

No.

My SSD is near full and I don't dare install anything more. I think I'm going to have to get a much larger SSD and clone the drive. I've been cleaning it out forever now, and just can't do much more.

However, this is a very high priority once I have enough space.

(re Smoking Gun Proof, check google vs bing vs DDG.  That was enough of a smoking gun for me)

If I may be so bold, I believe that Google is actively "shaping" search results for ideological purposes. I've done some searches that turn up zero in Google (and it's sidekick, StartPage), but are right at the top of DuckDuckGo. I can't possibly imagine Google being that incompetent that they "missed" some of the things I've tried to look into. I noticed this quite a while back, but set it aside as a possible "quirk". However, having done enough searches on a variety of topics, I can't push that suspicion aside any longer. Google is not a neutral search engine. And neutrality is the most important thing for a search.

180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3D Printing Under Attack on: July 08, 2014, 07:16:16 AM
Someone has a semi-auto .22 printed:

http://reason.com/blog/20...automatic-22-debuts-if-yo

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3D-Printed Semiautomatic .22 Debuts. "If you take my gun, I will simply print another one."

Published at LiveLeak by Buck O'Fama (just possibly a pseudonym) is this video demonstration of a 3D-printed pistol version of a Ruger 10/22—a popular semiautomatic .22 rifle. The receiver is 3D printed and glued together, with metal parts added, including what appears to be the bolt (and, I assume, a synthetic after-market stock*).

This is just classic though: "If you take my gun, I will simply print another one."

181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / YaCy - Decentralised Search on: July 08, 2014, 07:08:54 AM
I just found out about this:

http://yacy.net/en/

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Web Search by the people, for the people

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world's users.


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Via: https://www.techdirt.com/...-post-snowden-world.shtml

Rather timely as I've been finding StartPage doesn't index a lot of things (because it's basically just Google results), so I often end up using DuckDuckGo, which works beautifully. Still, another option besides DDG is welcome.

But, this could be really, really big. If this (or something similar) can effectively compete with Google, we well may see a world where Google actually needs to seriously fight off the censors instead of capitulating so much as they do now. (I've noticed quite a bit of censorship in Google over the recent past - but I am lacking the smoking gun proof...)
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: July 08, 2014, 04:07:27 AM
This is just a demo video that shows what a Freefly Systems el cheapo video stabilisation rig can do. It's pretty darn cool! Cool

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxYvSlFDbQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxYvSlFDbQ</a>

http://www.freeflysystems.com/products/moviM5.php

Freefly MōVI M5 >> From $4,995.00

Other rigs can cost $30k, so it's quite a bargain as you can see from the wicked smooth video.

And another with the same rig.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7AKtCaBUc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp7AKtCaBUc</a>

Wow.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More good web comics you've discovered on: July 07, 2014, 11:35:17 PM
A funny one that I like:

http://crypto-comics.com/

This one anyone should get:

http://crypto-comics.com/comic23.html

Some of them you need to know a bit about other coins, news, etc., or you won't get them.
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Avast is vulnerable? on: July 07, 2014, 10:41:43 AM
Interesting... I'll wait for a few more comments before doing anything, but I am very interested.
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 07, 2014, 10:22:52 AM
[EDIT: Don't read the blurbs or watch the trailers, go into it knowing nothing]


That's the best way to see any movie!  Thmbsup Thmbsup

I can't count how many flicks I've seen totally "blind" and just loved them.


Highly recommended low-budget low-key movie.  No real twists or surprise endings, just a slow, steady, satisfying burn.


Hahaha! Sounds good!

For another low-budget flick, check out "Hunter Prey" (2009). Totally a B movie, but has a decent story. Sci-fi stuff.
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 07, 2014, 09:23:05 AM
The post that they are referring to has been removed, because it was a spammer.

That post actually wasn't spam. It was a valid response. I only quoted a bit. Perhaps he spammed elsewhere - I didn't see that.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 07, 2014, 09:21:39 AM
Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve <-- Web page with transcript & references.

Finished watching. smiley

A lot of stuff I knew, and a few things I didn't.

I did see how he got the title though in there... (Partial screenshot)

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188  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 07, 2014, 07:04:02 AM

Oooh! I'll have to check that out! And on topic there...

James Corbett of The Corbett Report has finally released a documentary he's been promising for a long time:

Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve <-- Web page with transcript & references.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJeemTQ7Vk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IJeemTQ7Vk</a>

I've not seen it yet, but have finished downloading it. Been looking forward to it for a while now.

James always has truckloads of references that he posts for everything.

189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 07, 2014, 06:33:37 AM
From a while back:

http://www.forbes.com/sit...-as-part-of-bailout-deal/

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Spain Forced To Impose Haircuts On Savers, Private Investors As Part Of Bailout Deal

Now:

http://www.reuters.com/ar...its-idUSL6N0PF2SF20140704

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Spain says to charge tax of 0.03 percent on bank deposits

Bail-ins are so yesterday. The new thing is "tax". Wink

Might be small now, but... we all know how that goes.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux User Are Evil TERRORISTS! Shame on you all! :P on: July 06, 2014, 10:40:24 AM
I'd approve prohibition of Linux. Have you ever been to a Linux forum? These guys are weird, talking about their "New World Order".

I'm curious about what you mean. Could you perhaps dig out a reference to 2 so that I can see what you're talking about?

Usually NWO has a pretty strict meaning.
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem on: July 06, 2014, 02:34:53 AM
^I'm a big fan of Penrose. Insofar as I understand him. (Definitely out of my league when it comes to mathematics.) Cool

We have more toes & fingers than there are people in his league. smiley

But that book is very accessible. It's very much worth a read if you're interested in consciousness, computing, AI and all the good stuff surrounding that.
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux User Are Evil TERRORISTS! Shame on you all! :P on: July 06, 2014, 02:22:33 AM
Did you know we... don't believe in unicorns? tongue

Pfft!

That's just silliness!



Everyone knows unicorns are real! tongue
193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem on: July 06, 2014, 02:05:17 AM
The first few generations of machine life will be just as bad, but once they start to reliably exceed human intelligence they may very well see right through the flaws in our society and proceed to fix it for us. Over time they will lose their incentive to care for the remaining human beings- we'd be dumb and inefficient compared to them...

Wish I had your faith in the potential of machine intelligence. Grin



You'd be in good company. Wink

Roger Penrose: The Emperor's New Mind

https://en.wikipedia.org/.../The_Emperor%27s_New_Mind

(Great book! And part of the reason I avoid commenting on this topic.)
194  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Declaration of Independance- some scholars say we've been reading it wrong. on: July 06, 2014, 02:02:38 AM
I don't see this ending well.

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“The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights,” Ms. Allen said. “You lose that connection when the period gets added.”

195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 06, 2014, 01:46:54 AM
^^ Can surveillance be addictive? I hadn't known that.

I think it's probably more along the lines of being addicted to power, and surveillance just being a tool of power.

And then a little splash of voyeurism to boot! smiley
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 06, 2014, 01:23:09 AM
Mt. Gox is in Japan, and the DHS has no authority there and can't force Japanese courts to be their thugs. (Theoretically... Wink )

About all I can say to that is: In addition to politics there is something called realpolitik.

If I had to place a bet (even in Bitcoins) I'd be inclined to give odds on the second rather than the first. "Ultima ratio regum" as the old saying (and present reality) goes.
 Wink

Hey! Get your own schtick! Resident conspiracy theorist is mine~! tongue Grin
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem on: July 06, 2014, 01:21:22 AM
And this is bad why exactly?

I didn't put a value judgement on there, though I did use the obvious joke. smiley

Singularity and transhumanism is one of those topics I avoid commenting on, though they are interesting.
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem on: July 05, 2014, 11:06:31 PM
Resistance is futile...



http://www.businessinside...on-the-singularity-2014-7

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“Today there’s no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”

More at the link.
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux User Are Evil TERRORISTS! Shame on you all! :P on: July 05, 2014, 09:21:33 PM
What would be really cool is for massive numbers of web sites to include an iframe of the Linux Journal (and others) to spam the NSA and create massively larger data storage requirements for them - just drown them in data! cheesy Grin

Wouldn't that effectively DDOS the Linux Journal?

Yes. (It was a joke - it's not remotely practical.)


What would be really cool is for massive numbers of web sites to include an iframe of the Linux Journal (and others) to spam the NSA and create massively larger data storage requirements for them - just drown them in data! cheesy Grin

Too easy to filter. I doubt it would slow them down at all.

And if you ever did drown them with data, they'd just get another appropriation and build a bigger data center.

This is not the sort of problem where you can efficiently fight technology with more technology.

It totally works in the techno version of Wonderland. Wink

What's needed is a change in the infrastructure and the people that are behind it. Because as long as things like Prism and the NSA and FISA exist, there will be ongoing abuses of civil liberties. A complete disregard for legal process is intrinsic to the attitude and mindset that created such things in the first place.

It's a people problem. It's always a people problem. There's nothing "wrong" with the technology. The infrastructure is just a horrible misapplication of the technology.

Let me just leave this here: Linux users are super villains

That was very cute! Cool
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 05, 2014, 09:10:47 PM
^ The US govt. stealing funds is a separate issue, though it did contribute to it. Mt. Gox is in Japan, and the DHS has no authority there and can't force Japanese courts to be their thugs. (Theoretically... Wink )
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