Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Global Warming is Increasing at an Accelerating Pace

The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it "Very unlikely" that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa's top climate scientist.

"It's unprecedented in 1,000 years. There's no period that has the trend seen in the 20th century in terms of the inclination."

Last year is currently the warmest year on record, itself beating a landmark set in 2014.

"There's no pause or hiatus in temperature increase. People who think this is over are viewing the world through rose-tinted spectacles. This is a chronic problem for society for the next 100 years."

The increasing pace of warming means that the world will heat up at a rate "At least" 20 times faster than the historical average over the coming 100 years, according to Nasa.

While it's still difficult to compare a single year to another prior to the 19th century, a Nasa reconstruction shows that the pace of temperature increase over recent decades outstrips anything that has occurred since the year 500.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

FSF Philosophy

In the 1950's through 1970's most software was "public domain" which didn't protect against proprietary forks. In the 1970's companies started locking down software with technological DRM.

It wasn't until 1980 that Copyright Law was extended to cover Software. In 1983, Stallman decided to use that copyright law to make sure that software stayed free.

Great history on Free Software here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software#History

The Free Software Foundation's innovation was to use copyright law to enforce Free Software. 

Focus on the Process

"Focus on the process, not the product that the process was meant to achieve. It's a paradox. When you focus on the process, the desired product takes care of itself with fluid ease. 

When you focus on the product, you immediately begin to fight yourself and experience boredom, restlessness, frustration, and impatience with the process. The reason for this is not hard to understand. When you focus your mind on the present moment, on the process of what you are doing right now, you are always where you want to be and where you should be. 

All your energy goes into what you are doing. 

However, when you focus your mind on where you want to end up, you are never where you are, and you exhaust your energy with unrelated thoughts instead of putting it into what you are doing. In order to focus on the present, we must give up, at least temporarily, our attachment to our desired goal. 

If we don't give up our attachment to the goal, we cannot be in the present because we are thinking about something that hasn't occurred yet: the goal"

by Thomas M. Sterner

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sloot Digital Coding System

A guy named Sloot claimed to have invented A system which could compress data down to 8/10^6 its original size with zero loss in quality.

People were skeptical, but Phillips agreed to buy the system. The day before the deal was to be signed, Sloot died of a heart attack, and the floppy disk on which key elements of the system were stored couldn't be located.

Then there's Starlite. The "Magic Plastic" lost due to its inventor's unwillingness to part with the formula.

But those technologies are more lost than repressed.

Anyway, I am interested to hear if anyone has thoughts on how technologies like these might be recovered. And if you know of anything comparatively interesting, I'd be happy to hear about it.

Can we freeze time around us ?

Neurons in Action
I've been very curious about technologies that would allow an individual to be able to freeze/pause time, while still allowing said individual to interact with the environment (ie, being able to walk around and use objects).

The closest we could get is freezing the minds of those around you but freezing time on a whole would basically be freezing every force that affects yourself and those around you, as well as the entire planet. This would be extremely difficult to imagine, certainly with current technology. 

Closest we're likely to get in our lifetimes is neural paralysis.

What is neural Paralysis ?
It is a muscle weakness or complete paralysis may be secondary to an interruption in the communication between the brain and nerve cells in the spinal cord that govern muscle activation, or to an interruption in the lower motor neuron or peripheral nerve

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Canonical patches vulnerabilities in Ubuntu OS

Canonical published several security notices to inform Ubuntu Linux users about new kernel updates for their distributions, patching several vulnerabilities discovered recently.

The kernel vulnerabilities listed below affect users of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), but also all the official flavors that have a release in one of these branches, including but not limited to Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu GNOME, and Mythbuntu.

Canonical urges all users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as their official derivatives to update the kernel packages to linux-image-4.4.0-34 (4.4.0-34.53) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, linux-image-4.4.0-1019-raspi2 (4.4.0-1019.25) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for Raspberry Pi, linux-image-3.13.0-93 (3.13.0-93.140) for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and linux-image-3.2.0-107 (3.2.0-107.148)for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

Of course, if you're using the latest Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating systems, or any of the official flavors from these series, you need to update your kernel packages to the version available for them in the backports repositories. After a kernel update, you need to reboot your computer. For more information on how to upgrade, please visit https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'hello network'

Google might have axed Orkut a couple of years ago, but the social network's spirit is living on. Its namesake Orkut Büyükkökten has launched Hello, a follow-up social service that tries a unique angle to reel you in. 

Rather than compete directly with giants like Facebook, it has you choosing 'personas' (such as clubber, geek, photographer or traveler) that reflect your interests. You can browse those personas to find like-minded fans, and an algorithm helps tailor both your friend suggestions and your news stream.

It's hard to say whether or not this will work. Although Hello isn't trying to directly compete with the heavyweights, it still has to fight against inertia and convince you to join another network. When Facebook has over 1.7 billion active users, it's almost certain that like-minded hobbyists are already there.

Make friends in the right Places

Success doesn't fall into your lap just because you want it the most and work the hardest. Half the battle at least is knowing the right people. 

If you don't know the right people, you could even be a better candidate than everyone else for a particular job, position, program, whatever - and you still won't succeed. 

It's important 99% of the time to be successful.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sometimes having company is better than being alone

I would love it if my depression and anxiety just vanished. Instead I'm sitting here hoping I'll be able to get some sleep soon, thinking about how excruciatingly lonely these conditions make me because people don't want to deal with them. 

I mean, I don't blame them, but, there's more to me if people would ever give me a chance. Once in a blue moon, someone steps up to the plate only to find out it's way more than they expected so they leave, and it makes me feel worse than ever because someone who actually wanted to help me changed their mind.

Internet News is better than Media Controlled News Channels

On Internet browse over 100 news articles in an hour (often reading a headline is enough to get the news) Times Now: Covers 1-5 news stories in an hour (often requires you to watch long enough to get the point of the story)

Internet Shows news from around the world Times Now: Shows news that affects India, in particular, from around the world

Internet: Get to hear peoples opinions on the topic Times Now: Get to hear propaganda based responses, and manipulated opinions on the topic

Internet: You get to contribute your thoughts and debate opinions provided Times Now: You just sit there and have to take what you are given..

Internet: Can discover the news unbiasedly, since you can search many sources on one story to find the facts Times Now: Provides you biased news, since you can only listen to their one sided perspective.

Internet: Covers stories Times Now discusses, but also discusses other stories they don't but times now: Only covers stories that are pro-establishment, and stories that support their interests

Overall, if you get your information from Times Now, or other major news networks, you are getting fed bullshit in a box. 

Answers are provided, and there is no reason to question anything.

Gratitude is an Important Human Emotion

Credit: Google Images
We are all going through this life alone with no path or supposed plan. It's like being lost in a forest without any foreseeable solution. 

Sometimes, all we really need for a day to turn completely around, is some kind reinforcement that what we are doing with our time is actually worth it. That we matter, what we are doing matters. 

A simple "thank you" or a "good job" goes such a long way in your subconscious feeling that what we are doing is right, that our path is good.

Facebook to suppress clickbait stories

Clickbait articles tend to carry intriguing headlines which suggest there is more to the story than there actually is.

This scanning technology was created by a team at Facebook who manually reviewed "Thousands of headlines" to put together a list of commonly identifiable clickbait traits.

"We're making an update to News Feed ranking to further reduce clickbait headlines in the coming weeks," read a post on Facebook's newswire.

"With this update, people will see fewer clickbait stories and more of the stories they want to see higher up in their feeds."

Martin Shipton, chairman of the NUJ's Trinity Mirror group chapel, previously claimed that the culture of clickbait and setting traffic targets "Could encourage reporters to sensationalise stories, to trivialise the news and make news out of trivia and to give up on more challenging, public interest journalism that takes time to research and deliver".

Facebook previously attempted to diminish clickbait though another means - by timing how long users remained on an external website after clicking on a headline. - Source

Saturday, August 6, 2016

IBM's Watson Saves A Women by Diagnosing her Disease

Reports assert that Japanese doctors have, for the first time in history, used artificial intelligence to detect a type of leukemia, which helped to save a patient's life.

If you needed proof that the age of artificial intelligence is officially upon us, well, look no farther. Reports assert that IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) system, Watson, just saved the life of a Japanese woman by correctly identifying her disease. This is notable because, for some time, her illness went undetected using conventional methods, and doctors were stumped.

To that end, the AI’s positive identification allowed doctors to develop a treatment for the woman in question, ultimately saving her life.

The key to this success is the AI’s ability to take a massive amount of data and analyze it quickly. This is something that human physicians, sadly, cannot do themselves (or at least, they can’t do it with nearly the accuracy or efficiency). The system looked at the woman’s genetic information and compared it to 20 million clinical oncology studies. After doing so, it determined that the patient had an exceedingly rare form of leukemia. - Source

Friday, August 5, 2016

Torrentz.eu is shutdown

Torrentz.eu, one of the world's largest torrent sites, has announced "farewell" to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.
If you go to torrentz.eu you see that the text is slightly changed: "Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines"

And when you search for a torrent, you don't get results but instead: "Torrentz will always love you. Farewell."  

2016 sucks...Another brave fallen. Commit the body to the deep, we shall never SURRENDER!

In other news, https://torrentproject.se/ seems alive and well (and in my experience it works better).

It is the one I have been using for a month or two and with KAT gone, it's the best thing left.

BUT, I am afraid that I am starting to see its name mentioned more and more and it'll be the next one to go. It was almost like a underground search engine running without any limelight, which was a good thing.

But now more people will go and like idiots, the site operators will start giving interviews to places like Torrenfreak proclaiming how proud they are of being the TOP TORRENT SEARCH ENGINE. Derp.

Then they will get gaped next. At least I know now the Indian government will be blocking it soon as well (just like they "mysteriously" keep blocking all sites mentioned on Torrenfreak, lol).

Olympic committe bans GIFs

The Olympic Games are getting underway and the International Olympic Committee is cracking down on the rules surrounding its broadcast rights.

One of the main changes this year is the ban on GIFs being made using their content.

The IOC rules state that "Olympic Material must not be broadcast on interactive services" because that could "Allow the viewer to make a viewing choice within a channel and thereby view Olympic Material at times and programs other than when broadcast as part of a News Program...".

If these rules are breached, publishers could find themselves at the end of a very expensive lawsuit.

People commenting about the new rules are not impressed, claiming the content is 'fair use' but it may not apply in to IOC content being turned into GIFs.

This doesn't include the fee that other countries pay for their rights, so you can see why the IOC is a little touchy about their content.