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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Dollyknot It's not black or white (111 comments)

We all keep getting sold this crap, that it's black or white, it's either communism or capitalism and there is nothing in between.

Born and died in London, 1748 till 1838, we have Jeremy Bentham, he did come up with something in-between, he called it utilitarianism.

Capitalism is 'every man for himself', screw you, me first. And communism is, 'my way or the highway', so can't we do anything better than those two opposing systems?

Basically utilitarianism translates to, 'the maximum amount of good for the maximum number of people, this does not mean the government running restaurants, or making people all wearing the same colour and style of clothes.

But privatising national institutions like railways, does not make any sense, because it almost costs the same amount of money to run a train empty as to run it full.

Public WiFi falls into the same category as, mass public transport, in fact, public WiFi, helps good business it does not hinder it. Privatized WiFi means once the infrastructure is in place, fat cats get fatter, without doing anything, for anyone else, except raping their wallets and purses.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Dollyknot A human base on the moon (313 comments)

Perhaps they have read my work. From http://dollyknot.com/nonlinear...
How do we get the whole thing off the ground?

I read of a beautiful idea in a scientific magazine called Omni. It suggested the use of virtual reality systems to control robots on the moon. This would enable us to build the first colony more efficiently because robots need only raw energy. We send a rocket to the moon, on the rocket we put machine tools and intelligent systems, with which can build both more machinery and the necessary superstructure to house a biosphere. We now have the ability to use our hands at a distance.

The high cost to the human race's colonisation of space, is caused by the complexity and danger of reaching and leaving escape velocity within the earth's atmosphere whilst carrying the fuel up from the earth's surface with which to do so.

The Space Shuttle turned out to be an expensive dangerous white elephant, the reason the Shuttle was so expensive is, because of its complexity with millions of different manufactured parts. There is another route, we can reach the edge of space no problem Burt Rutan proved this with Space Ship one, when he won the 'X' prize by reaching over 100 km twice in one week. Yes the Shuttle was 'reusable' but in name only. They could not have turned that around in a week. One idea could be to create rocket fuel on the moon, there is lots of water on the moon, use solar energy to split the moon's water into hydrogen and oxygen which makes very good rocket fuel. Use the rocket fuel to fuel a space tug, use the space tug to accelerate and decelerate Space Ship One, to and from escape velocity in the safety of a vacuum.

about 6 months ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

Dollyknot Citizenship (120 comments)

These are issues that go back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks.

The concept of the citizen is that he/she has rights and responsibilities, this idea must have the full force of the law behind it. The idea of private armies and police forces must be ruthlessly stamped on by the forces of democracy.

Rule of law should be the King and Queen of public order.

The idea that things should be run by the likes of Al Capone, or corrupt law men like John Edgar Hoover, should be stamped on hard.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Dollyknot One word (531 comments)

RedNotebook.

about 7 months ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Dollyknot Re:Related question re: Women's Chess (284 comments)

Well I did not get voted up or down, so thought I would add a bit more detail, to my post.
I wrote "There is another universal language, it is the language of 'logic'"

I consider the language of 'logic' to be boolean algebra.

I wrote "instead of things being run by a cabal hiding in the shadows"

According to Wikipedia, the first Gulf war ended on 28 February 1991.

I remember reading at the time, when the allied forces had reached the Iraqi borders, that both Generals Schwarzkopf and De la Billiere wanted to carry on to Baghdad, capture Saddam and have him tried as a war criminal, they were ordered not to by Colin Powell, I do not think Powell was running things, but was acting under orders from Bush the elder.

I find it hard to imagine, that an American President would not want international rule of law, sadly, the only explanation that makes any sense to me is, George Bush the elder, was told to end it there, by a cabal in the shadows, who did not want international law, and did not believe all men are cousins (whether they want to be or not) these people have far more power than is democratically realised.

How else can we explain the 12 years after, when the west tortured the Iraqi people by denying them international justice.

about a year ago
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Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion

Dollyknot Re:Related question re: Women's Chess (284 comments)

Basically it is a bribe to get more women playing, no more no less.

The more women that play, the more they will teach their sons to play.

Unlike most people, I don't see chess as an end in itself, but as a means to an end.

Chess is a universal human language, it matters not, how old you are, what race you are, or what sex you are, OTB we all start equal. (OTB = over the board)

There is another universal language, it is the language of 'logic', the fact that we now have computers that in terms of chess, can wipe the floor with all of us is evidence.

I have this mad dream of a democratically run UN with real teeth, by democratic, I mean a UN with delegates from each nation in proportion to it's population, voting on global law.

My idea is, that one of the qualifications required to be a UN delegate, is to have a demonstrated ability at logic, proven by a demonstratable chess ability, maybe an ELO of above 1600.

It is my guess, that this would lead to a better planet, in terms of how we treat each other and all the other species.

The current state of play is incredibly wasteful, with every separate nation armed to the teeth, with it's own army navy and airforce to protect it's Sovereignty.

I propose a different kind of Sovereignty, that being individual Sovereignty guarunteed by a global rule of law.

Then once we have global democratic rule of law, instead of things being run by a cabal hiding in the shadows, we can build a road to the stars.

about a year ago
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SpaceShipTwo Goes Supersonic Over the Mojave In 2nd Test Flight

Dollyknot The door is only ajar (58 comments)

I don't think people have thought this through.

We lost two shuttles, Challenger and Columbia, one leaving the earth and the other returning. Attaining escape velocity and leaving escape velocity in the earth's atmosphere, is dangerous, expensive and quite frankly stupid.

There is evidence of water on the moon, believe it, or believe it not, water is condensed rocket fuel, use the water on the moon, to accelerate SpaceShipTwo, to escape velocity in the safety of the vacuum, that most of the of the universe seems to consist of.

If we can use our hands to fly drones around our planet, with which to kill people from thousands of miles away, we can use those same hands, to construct a rocket fuel plant on the moon, with telepresence. Ok a large capital cost to set it up, but once done, the door to the universe is truly open.

Fly a space tug to the moon and fuel it there, it returns to the earth, hooks up to SpaceShipTwo then whoosh.

Using rocket fuel that is already at escape velocity, probably takes more smarts, than a species with the apparent intelligence, not much higher, that of a gerbil possesses :(

1 year,23 days
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Ask Slashdot: Single-Handed Keyboard Options For Coding?

Dollyknot Frogpad user (147 comments)

I've been a FrogPad user for years and years after a stroke that affected my right hand.

I can comfortably touch type with it, I'm gutted that it is no longer made, I killed two of them by spilling wine on them, so there was issues of build quality.

Basically the thing just works and without it I'm lost, I can use a normal keyboard but love my FrogPad. So please Linda Marroquin, start producing your wonderful keyboard again, but this time, make it water proof.

Peter.

more than 2 years ago
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Energy Firm Wants To Be First To Mine the Moon

Dollyknot Fantastic (251 comments)

I've been saying this for a few years now, check out some of my recent posts, it's the obvious answer to the human colonisation of space. Instead of the dangerous practice of lifting fuel out of the earth's gravity well, use the fuel that is already up there, to reach and leave escape velocity.

Attaining and leaving escape velocity in the vacuum of space is much safer and cheaper, doing this with fuel from the moon makes it so.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

Dollyknot Re:Escape velocity is the biggest barrier to space (202 comments)

Yeah marvellous idea, but surely it would be cheaper to send up hydrogen in a balloon from the surface of the earth, it seems to want to head in that direction already.

Thanks for the improvement to my idea!!

Many years ago I read a scifi story, that proposed a big dome on the moon full of breathable air, that because we would only weigh a 6th of what we do on the earth, we could strap on a big pair of wings on and truly fly like a bird.

Let us make it so.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

Dollyknot Escape velocity is the biggest barrier to space. (202 comments)

I've lost count of the number of times I've posted the following to /., well anyway another try with my idea, a further thought, if we can control robots 70 odd million miles away on Mars, why can't we control mining robots an average of 238,857 miles away on the moon, some estimates have put the amount of oxygen in moon rock at 40%, there is also aluminium in moon rock. As well as being able to create rocket fuel from water, you can also create rocket fuel from oxygen + aluminium.

The high cost to the human race's colonisation of space is caused by the complexity and danger of reaching and leaving escape velocity within the earth's atmosphere.

The Space Shuttle turned out to be an expensive and dangerous white elephant, the reason the Shuttle was so expensive is, because of its complexity with millions of different manufactured parts, and the need to cover it with the equivalent of bathroom tiles.

There is another route, we can reach the edge of space no problem Burt Rutan proved this with Space Ship one, when he won the 'X' prize by reaching over 100 km twice in one week.

Yes the Shuttle was 'reusable' but in name only. They could not have turned that around in a week.

What NASA should be doing is creating rocket fuel on the moon, there is lots of water on the moon, use solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, which when combined make very good rocket fuel, because of Newton's third law.

Use the rocket fuel to fuel a space tug, use the space tug to accelerate and decelerate Space Ship one, to and from escape velocity in the safe vacuum of space, no atmosphere = no friction = no heat = no bathroom tiles and no foam shielding on the external fuel tank.

Less bathroom tiles + insulation foam = less rocket fuel = less pollution in the Mexican Gulf.

Once we can accelerate and decelerate space craft with rocket fuel that is obtained from outside of the earth's gravity well, space travel becomes cheaper by many orders of magnitude, ok the capital cost would be very high, but once the systems are in place, the number of human beings, living in space increases exponentially.

A good example for the way very high capital cost projects work, is the Panama canal.

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Hart, Inventor of the E-book, Dead At 64

Dollyknot Re:I wrote a short obituary (70 comments)

Just discovered via Wikipedia, he died of a heart attack.

about 3 years ago
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Michael Hart, Inventor of the E-book, Dead At 64

Dollyknot Re:I wrote a short obituary (70 comments)

The chess player Bobby Fischer also died at 64 and it could be said, he committed suicide. All the news media said, he died of kidney failure, but he refused dialysis, it would be a weird coincidence if Hart also died of kidney failure.

about 3 years ago
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Michael Hart, Inventor of the E-book, Dead At 64

Dollyknot Re:I wrote a short obituary (70 comments)

Just for the record, what did he die of?

Regards,

Peter

about 3 years ago
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DARPA To Sponsor R&D For Interstellar Travel

Dollyknot Re:Escape velocity is the biggest barrier. (364 comments)

We do not know how easy it would be, or how hard it would be, because my route to the human colonisation of space, has not been tried yet. It is possible to control a robot, millions and millions of miles away on Mars, think how much easier it would be to control a robot on the moon, only around 238,857 miles away. We build a system on the earth that can prospect for water on the moon, we build another system on the earth, that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen and store the two gases in separate tanks. Some of the mass required to build a water prospecting system and elemental mining separation system, can be constructed from the elements that constitute the moon's surface, this lowers the payload costs substantially much of the moon's surface consists of aluminium and oxygen. With the Saturn 5 design, we can have a payload of around 40 tons, this is our design constraint, how many Saturn 5s would it take to build a rocket fuel plant on the moon?

more than 3 years ago
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DARPA To Sponsor R&D For Interstellar Travel

Dollyknot Escape velocity is the biggest barrier. (364 comments)

The high cost to the human race's colonisation of space is caused by the complexity and danger of reaching and leaving escape velocity within the earth's atmosphere.

The Space Shuttle turned out to be an expensive and dangerous white elephant, the reason the Shuttle was so expensive is, because of its complexity with millions of different manufactured parts, and the need to cover it with the equivalent of bathroom tiles.

There is another route, we can reach the edge of space no problem Burt Rutan proved this with Space Ship one, when he won the 'X' prize by reaching over 100 km twice in one week.

Yes the Shuttle was 'reusable' but in name only. They could not have turned that around in a week.

What NASA should be doing is creating rocket fuel on the moon, there is lots of water on the moon, use solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, which when combined make very good rocket fuel, because of Newton's third law.

Use the rocket fuel to fuel a space tug, use the space tug to accelerate and decelerate Space Ship one, to and from escape velocity in the safe vacuum of space, no atmosphere = no friction = no heat = no bathroom tiles and no foam shielding on the external fuel tank.

Less bathroom tiles + insulation foam = less rocket fuel = less pollution in the Mexican Gulf.

Once we can accelerate and decelerate space craft with rocket fuel that is obtained from outside of the earth's gravity well, space travel becomes cheaper by many orders of magnitude, ok the capital cost would be very high, but once the systems are in place, the number of human beings, living in space increases exponentially.

A good example for the way very high capital cost projects work, is the Panama canal.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

Dollyknot Greening the Dessert (478 comments)

One route to sort out the mess in the middle east, is not to fight over useless desert, but to provide water to make much more land usable.

The founders of Israel had a plan.

    http://discovermagazine.com/1994/nov/bettermedorredth452/

Why they have not carried it out, baffles me.

If the Jews set this plan into motion they would attract love and respect from the Arabs and the rest of the world.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Amazon respect the GNU?

Dollyknot Re:They're in their right (3 comments)

My reply to both of you, is the mouth parts of slashdot are controlled by the mouth buying parts of people who own things, instead of loving them. The fact that my slashdot story is shunted off to the subscribers siding, speaks volumes as to the principles that control Slashdot. anonymous coward don't make me laugh, the people who run Slashdot disagree with people thinking for themselves. Perhaps Besos with his billions is greasing Slashdot's rear end entry point.

more than 3 years ago
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Discovery of Water In Moon May Alter Origin Theory

Dollyknot Water is rocket fuel (170 comments)

Hello Slashdot,

Yes its me again, periodically I say this on this august forum, but none seems to take heed.

Instead of dragging the rocket fuel up out of the earth's gravity well to reach escape velocity, set a plant up on the moon, to separate the water there into hydrogen and oxygen.

Fly a rocket from the earth to the moon, controlled from the earth, fuel the rocket from the moon.

Launch the moon fuelled rocket to towards the earth, start decelerating the rocket once it nears the earth

Fly something akin to Rutan's 'Spaceship one' to the vacuum of space carrying some very fragile and valuable human beings.

Hook the SS1 to the moon tug, light the blue touch paper and accelerate SS1 to escape velocity in the safety of the space vacuum 'coz relying on bathroom tiles is bad design.

Do it for Christa McAuliffe.

more than 3 years ago

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Does Amazon respect the GNU?

Dollyknot Dollyknot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Dollyknot writes "I recently bought a Kindle direct from Amazon, over more than a few years, I have bought much stuff via Amazon and more or less have liked their service.

I'm given to understand that Amazon uses Linux in house and in the Kindle.

So perhaps somebody can explain this part of the EULA to the Kindle, the person who passed it on to me might have made it up, so don't take it as Gospel.

*No Reverse Engineering, Decompilation, Disassembly, or Circumvention.* You may not modify, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Kindle or the Software, whether in whole or in part, create any derivative works from or of the Software, or bypass, modify, defeat, or tamper with or circumvent any of the functions or protections of the Kindle or Software or any mechanisms operatively linked to the Software, for example, by augmenting or substituting any digital rights management functionality of the Kindle or Software.
---End Quote--- .. and that Amazon are perfectly within their rights to cut you off if you break your side of the agreement:

This seems to me to be in direct contravention to the spirit of the GNU, what does Slashdot think?"

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Dollyknot Dollyknot writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Dollyknot writes "I have long thought that the answer to our energy problems, is photosynthesis, because photosynthesis does not create pollution. It is also a much more an efficient process than using a conventional solar cells.

A leaf is an amazingly cheap and efficient solar cell,says Dr Deanna D'Alessandro, a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular Electronics Group at the University of Sydney. "The best leaves can harvest 30 to 40 percent of the light falling on them. The best solar cells we can build are between 15 and 20 percent efficient, and expensive to make.

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