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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

MindPrison My prototypes... (81 comments)

...aren't as fancy as that pre-assembled fully populated print board with no extra wires as patches...

I'm a prototype developer too, and I can't help thinking that - that very computer setup...is just a setup to make some money, because it would look plausible to the laymen that knows nothing of hardware development. Take a computer from the 80s, split it apart, nail it to a wooden brick, and voila...you have your first "sony".

Ya wanna know how real prototyping happens? I know...because I grew up with those guys:

1) it's never a finished printboard like that.
2) It's usually a bunch of vero-boards (breadboards) with tons of logic circuits like the TTL74xxx series.
3) And it would be several prints, for the different sections, a) memory, b) memory management, c) character roms and system memory, d) video memory and video signal generation, e) sound generation board, f) I/O management, for input/output keyboard, disk, cassette, PTT etc.

and I could go on and on....but I am betting you guys have NO clue (so mod me troll, you 14 year olds), I don't care.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

MindPrison Incompetent articles as usual (422 comments)

I'm an old guy, not young anymore, and when I read things like:

Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

I think to myself, oh my dear god...yet another uninformed idiot trying to write an sensationalist article somewhere about something that is completely inconclusive and with to scientific merit whatsoever...lately, this has been the Slashdot norm, I don't know why, but ./ is certainly not like I remember it. When I first became a ./ member, it was about interesting news, about stuff that actually had some merit in the world of science, not some popular quackery wannabee science magazine tin-foil hat stuff that would write any headline that would sell to the average audience, but actual intelligent stuff, thought provocative stuff.

You might as well write an article in here of how hamburgers cause cancers when they are grilled too long because of the toxins it creates, or the side effects of salt in all the products that we make, hello - the informed world already know of these things, any idiot that have been alive the last 10 years know most of these basic things. What? You want to write about the 5 a day vegetable rule next? Or that popcorn is healthier than vegetables?

Man, I am SO off slashdot. Thanks for the +10 years with excellent karma and all that...I'm off!

4 days ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

MindPrison Oh wow, I'm amazed (193 comments)

I'm amazed of how you lot managed to completely split my OP totally apart, and take it totally out of context and bring in just about any irrelevance you could possibly bring to the table. After reading all of your replies, I tried hard to decipher what could have triggered what I wrote into the obvious troll thread it became and what angered you lot so much that you ended up with the answers you wrote. Maybe I had a moment of "pure idiotic", or I inadvertently stirred up so many emotions in you that you just simply couldn't stay on topic. Let's summarize:

- One contributor attacks me for using the word Censored (which is me misspelling the word Censure) and thus derails the topic.
- It gets better, another contributor thinks that 13% of our population are idiots.
- And then another contributor somewhat thinks it's important to point out that he thinks I must be a far-right Nazi sympathizer or something.
- AAAAND numerous contributors can't for the life of them connect communism to socialism which leads to Censorship, so therefor I'm obviously so illiterate that I didn't make that connection either.
- And if I disagree with all of the above, then I'm one of those tin-foil hatters (obviously) that believe that the would should end yesterday and no matter what they say, I'll still be stuck in yesteryear.

Ok, let's get this topic back ON TOPIC shall we? I'll try one last time before I simply wave my white flag, climb down my prepper bunker and hide until the world according to Urkel returns to the day when my father was a little girl:

We - the people have a tendency to let our feelings get in the way of science. Sure, ethics is what set us apart from the animals...even I will buy that one, but what I was trying to say here was that we need to let science be science and keep ourselves to the facts instead of letting our feelings run away with the better of us.

The Ebola virus MUST be isolated BEFORE it reaches too many countries and gets totally out of hand. The only way to do this is to treat the virus where the virus is, instead of bringing the infected people home and thus risk the entire population. I can't understand why that could be so hard to understand, explain it instead of dumping a gazillion personal attacks.

In communistic regimes - censorship is pretty common and it's very hard to get any unbiased communication across anywhere. But it isn't just communist countries that tries hard to put a damper on communication, socialist countries isn't far away either, Sweden is an excellent example of this (and this is something that a LOT of Swedish people think too, just ask them or read some of the few unbiased uncensored forums & newspapers there are).

When science gets ignored, say...basic cleanliness and routine becomes extinct. Let me take Denmark as an example. In Denmark it's considered very rude not to help out when you're invited to Dinner, everyone wants to chip in. That's the nice part, what wasn't so nice though was that it's very common that the visitors often go directly to chopping up vegetables and handling meat without even bothering to clean their hands. This issue became so big in Denmark that it made headlines in the news, people where simply so social that it was considered fanatic to be too clean and it made you look unsocial if you where to remind others of their basic hygiene.

Now, if you can't see the connection here, maybe I simply suck at explaining it to you, but I can pretty much promise you - these things are really related.

about two weeks ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

MindPrison Re:Our PC society will be our demise! (193 comments)

I find it incredible that in the 21st century Internet-connected Scandinavia, there are no independent contrarian news outlets.

Oh but there are, they just get censored and publicly ridiculed in the mainstream media for being too extreme, tin foil hat news etc. Some of the news reporters from these sites has been charged with racism, hate-crimes and much more and are thus frowned upon and everyone who support them, visit these sites etc. are seen as extremist supporters, vigilantes and society's troublemakers.

An extreme example would be Sweden's recently 3rd largest political party (SD, Sweden Democrats) who got 13% country wide votes, yet frozen out by ALL the other political parties because they felt they're not worthy of any position. The news report on these just like vigilantes, and claim that the only reason this party got to be so big is because the public voted for "none-of-the-above" by voting for that particular party.

about two weeks ago
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Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

MindPrison Our PC society will be our demise! (193 comments)

One of the biggest threats our civilization faces - is our hellbent political correctness at any cost.

If you don't understand what I mean by that, I'll try to explain: Here in Scandinavia, socialism is on the rise, everyone has the right to everything and the news increasingly censors any opinion that would be against socialism or popular accepted opinions. We have to look human to the entire world at any cost, so if one of us would contract Ebola outside Scandinavia - the politically correct thing to do would be to bring home our own citizens to treat them in our own country instead of isolating it and treating them where it happened.

I see the same thing happening in other socialist dominated countries. Ebola is DEADLY and it's on the rise way faster than we originally anticipated, doctors that have sufficient protection has been infected.

Why did we do experiments on mice, rats and monkeys? Why do we do experiments on volunteering humans? We do this for the good of everyone, political correctness will do you very little good if your future prospects is death, and possibly an outbreak where you live. Where do you run then?

Politics / hear-say and Science doesn't mix. We've got to listen to our scientist and facts rather than depend on touchy-feely feelings and PC.

about two weeks ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

MindPrison Ok you limited good programming bastards... (104 comments)

Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers". "We roughly know who they are.

...we know who you are, or rather I - Adam West, mayor of Quahog will spend MILLIONS of taxpayers money to find who those good programming bastards really are? Who are you, and where do you come from? I bet you're from the Matrix, spreading your ones and zeros all over the place. Hey, YOU! Yes YOU! Come here you, I'll catch you ZeroOne OneZero ZeroOne ZeroZero.

Oh, they're crafty I tell you, those little programming bastards!

about two weeks ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

MindPrison Thanks Slashdot...for making me hooked on ManyLand (67 comments)

I never knew of this universe before I read it here, I decided to try it out on my Linux box, and it worked straight away.

Unfortunately I ended up building areas for hours and hours, before I knew it...I think I ended up rebuilding Hyrule's many castles, doh! Thanks a lot, yet another addiction I really didn't need in my life.

Phun aside, I'm thinking Little Big Planet here, except in LBP we could even create our own games (simulate Pac-Man, Tetris..space invaders etc...) and people came up with the coolest stuff - and before you knew it...there was MILLIONS of levels in LBP. I think that's whats missing in this game, but hey...maybe there already is something similar there...and I just didn't find it?

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

MindPrison LIES LIES and even more LIES! (346 comments)

What a CROCK!

I moved to Sweden about 4 years ago, and this is the BIGGEST fad I've ever heard. I too heard that Sweden was some kind of broadband heaven BEFORE I moved here, but that's only applicable for the BIG CITIES, not anywhere else.

Here where I live, I pay 60$ for 30/12 mbps (where I only get 13/1 mbps actual speeds), and this is the SOUTH of Sweden, about 1 hour from Swedens 3rd largest city. Heck...even Astoria OREGON in the U.S (where I was visiting at my vacation) had 30/30 Mbps and working...at a simple motel somewhere where there was 10.000 citizens 3 hours away from Portland Oregon US.

In Sweden you also got to pay for the subscriber lines, meaning...even if you don't have a need for a phone line, TELIA makes you (FORCES YOU) to pay for a line service you don't even need. Lets say that you only need internet because you already have a cell phone...doesn't matter...if you want an internet connection in your house...even if your house ALREADY COMES WITH A PHONE LINE...you STILL have to pay for a phone line services in order to get the internet.

PLEASE - before writing these kinds of stories in /. - please PLEASE get your facts straight.

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MindPrison Re:4Chan... (993 comments)

You should go scrawl "Free Candy" on his car with a bar of soap...

(Maybe he'll even like it and make it permanent.)

Well, now he has an Hello Kitty decal on one of his car windows...

about two weeks ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

MindPrison 4Chan... (993 comments)

people /msg me sometimes, with nasty messages, and references to artwork in 4chan style. And there's more. A lot more.

I know how you feel, 4chan has destroyed much more than open source, it has destroyed my entire peaceful suburban neighborhood, now my neighbor has decorated his little car with a HUGE Pedo Bear decal all over the car, and no one so far - have reacted to this.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

MindPrison Re:Military personnel have a different attitude... (299 comments)

The most annoying thing about them is a prevailing attitude that if a job isn't done the way they are used to doing it, it's the wrong way to do it. This rigor usually has a good outcome, until they just aren't suited to the task (i.e. if it's too complex) and then shit falls apart in a bad way..

Funny, I'd say the exact same thing about non-military but well educated IT professionals.

But my experience with military personnel is that they'll not quit until the job is done successfully. Normal IT workers are often drama-queens and little princesses, they KNOW they have the knowledge to do it, and they know damn well that they're hired because of this, and there's not a chance that anyone else on the job can get it done, so they can pretty much say anything and get away with it. And they do. I've heard the worst excuses in the world for not doing a job, just because they can't be bothered.

Military people however? If they don't understand it, they talk to people who do. And if that doesn't do it, they read up on the subject and actually get it done without bothering their higher ranking supervisors or bosses, that's why I love them so much. They just gets things done, military style! (And if you think I'm a military man, sadly - no. But I'm not young anymore, and I never cease to be impressed with the fact that EVERY TIME I'm HAPPY with a job well done somewhere, it's always some former marine, navy or other military personnel that's behind it).

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

MindPrison Military personnel have a different attitude... (299 comments)

...than most people who haven't served in the military.

In the military there are no excuses for failure, yes - everyone can get it wrong, but if you're a military man...you don't complain, you get it DONE!
That attitude alone solves a LOT of problems. I've been working in the IT Sector for a LONG time and no matter what field you're in, I could spot a former military man MILES away, because they have a positive go-getter attitude, and I've yet to ever hear an long boring attitude related discussion about an issue with such a man, they listen - and work until the problems are solved.

I'd hire people like that in a heartbeat!

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

MindPrison Re:OMG! I can SO relate to this. (185 comments)

I'm curious, why do you give a shit what others think of you if you yourself are comfortable you're a decent person? I ask with all seriousness. I used to feel that way when I was much younger and at some point sat down and examined myself and how I related to others. I came up positive and thereafter didn't really care what others thought. If you're a good person, that's it, end of story. They're rejecting a good person, the onus is on them.

It's a good question, and to an extent I do care less and less what others think of me, I guess that comes with age. But I still care how others feel, this is how we learn and evolve. If we where perfectly content with who we are and what we know, we wouldn't learn anymore. Now that would be truly tragic.

In life, you never stop having to prove yourself. Sure - you can have money and riches, as an example I can tell you that I have a fully paid house, property and all the gadgets I could ever want, this "oddly enough" buys me a lot of credit with the locals, but also a lot of envy as very few around here actually owns their own property...rather the banks and their mortgages. Still - I always feel that I need to evolve, to become more than I am.

about three weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

MindPrison Re:Most women are INSANELY good at tech... (342 comments)

Actually, I have a theory -- and it's a revolution, just not a positive one.

You have many valid points there.

However, I'd still like to challenge the belief that the technology of today is creating noise rather than giving people the focus and energy they need to concentrate on good education. You have to see these devices as a PART of their education.

Their smartphones, iPads, Android-tables etc. are like carrying around huge stacks of books with all the information they could possibly fit in their heads, the more information you have at hand - the more material you have for making better design decisions rather than book-smarts from the past and gone times.

I can however agree that constantly using smartphones during classes when they're supposed to focus on what the teacher say etc. can create noise and take away their focus from the current lessons. We're already onto that at our schools and we plan to forbid the use of Cellphones during lessons. However, iPads will be available to them during self study.

My impression (and you have to understand that I come from a life as a service tech, designer AND a teacher) of these kids (especially women), are that they are quick to learn, quick to pick up anything technical, even theory. As an example I can mention their Science classes. They had to explain how a computer mice works in technical detail, how a radio works, how their electrical appliances worked in detail (it's a part of their curriculum) - and I took it upon me to explain to them in detail how these things worked, I drew outlines & theoretical schematics on how the various components worked and what they do together, and surprise surprise, they picked it up like NO ONE I remember from my time as a student, it's amazing (at least to me).

I could mention numerous examples like this, but I guess we have to agree to disagree, and basically lean back and watch the show. However, I really thought you had a LOT of valid points to you theory, your theory isn't uncommon at all.

about three weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

MindPrison Re:Most women are INSANELY good at tech... (342 comments)

Being good with tech is not the ability to play with a smart phone. It's the ability to design one.

Programmers are often the worst designers in the world. They understand logic and how to code, but often lack the design skills to make the code actually useful to the masses.

The super users of a product often understand the products way better, and even use their products in ways the original designers couldn't even dream of. I've seen kids design their own apps just because they're THAT much into their smartphones.

about three weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

MindPrison Most women are INSANELY good at tech... (342 comments)

...I used to believe the opposite, until I became a teacher and noticed that Women are actually quite good with technology if the environment is right.

When was the last time you sat in a classroom full of kids/students? Take a look around yourself, most if not all females are heavily into their smartphones, they quickly share apps and use their cellphones as it would be a natural part of their body. I've been working with computers since I was 12 years old when I even programmed my first videogame in the 80s, still - the women I've seen handling their phones, are nothing short of amazing when they solve problems with their phones, dealing with technical difficulties etc, it's almost like a science fiction movie that you just wouldn't believe would come true. Yessir, they did. Wake up and take a look around.

Also, beware - these kids grow up now, and will take their place into science and technology workplaces, you're going to witness a revolution.

about three weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

MindPrison Re:/. is old (185 comments)

Thanks for the obligatory, "If you feel bad, reach out to someone or the suicide hotline." I thought I only got this PC bullshit from TV.

Not all ./ members are cold psychopathic nerds that can only understand logic/black & white/1 and 0s. If there is anyone on the planet that has felt the suffering of rejection...it must surely be nerds. Have you ever seen the movie "Revenge of the Nerds?", yeah...it's a comedy, but very much rooted in reality.

I think it's great that Slashdot flashes the human side of who we are once in a blue moon.

about three weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

MindPrison OMG! I can SO relate to this. (185 comments)

Man, my comment subject looks like it was written by a 14 yo. But that aside...

...I can absolutely relate to that. My biggest fear in life is rejection, I hate rejection, I have such a hard time handling rejection that last time I was rejected for something, it took me 3 years of my life just to recover. Many times I contemplated suicide, but I wussed out every time I tried (and that's a good thing).

That's the NO #1 reason I'm not starting up my company right now, I have experience and TONS of it, I've been a service tech for years, an elected official for large groups of people, teacher for all ages. And STILL - I am worried about failure. C'mon, who isn't? I read somewhere that most business executives are Psychopaths because running a business with no empathy makes for one helluva war machine hellbent on winning, thus increase the chance of actually getting there, no matter the costs of others...which definitively isn't me as I have deep feelings for anyone who suffers or goes trough hard times.

Heck, I even went trough a very expensive leadership assessment test (not online, this was with a bunch of professional coaches, psychologists etc.) and of the entire group I was elected the most likely to be a good successful leader. But would you believe I STILL DOUBT THAT?!

This is tough stuff, not easy for anyone. This is a problem that gets WAY too little attention, and I'm pretty confident that any country who paid attention to this, would have a lot more successful starter companies and thus a much lover unemployment rate.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Wireless Caves To FCC Pressure, Says It Won't Throttle 4G Users

MindPrison Telenor... (46 comments)

...in Scandinavia (at least where I live) have been throttling their cellphone unlimited data plan users for a very long time, they don't ever admit to this so how do I know? Fairly simple. All four indicators (signal strength) indicates that the reception is top notch. Doesn't miss a call, but when you try to connect the phone to the computer to use it as a modem...things change pretty fast. The signal remains at full strength, but after surfing a few pages (or using roughly 1mbit), I got the famous 404 ...and of course, I couldn't surf anywhere. Still...how do I know?

Once I reset the data connection (on the mobile), I get about the same amount of surfing until the famous 404 shows its ugly face again. In the beginning I called the phone company Telenor again and again about this, and finally two technicians called me and told me they had a capacity issue in my area, and that it wouldn't be economically viable to put up another relay or increase the capacity. But they denied throttling it, but said that they where working on "optimization". Confession right there. 4 years later, same story. Luckily I'm on a land line now.

about three weeks ago

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OTTO - a LoMo hackable camera

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 5 months ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "There is plenty of cheap chinacams out there in every shape and form, but they're all commercial & not that open. Well, this one has been produced commercially, but with a difference — hacking welcome. Meet OTTO the GIF camera, it's all LoMo, weird, bulky and odd looking, kind of like a camera made out of Lego, well — at least the materials.

It has a hand-crank, pretty much like the old-school cameras have, and it sort of use it in the same way as you roll to set the next frame, except — you're making a GIF, ready to use — right there and now. And to top it all of — this camera is based on the Raspberry-PI. And it has WiFi too."

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How do you plan for your ultimate geek retirement?

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 2 years ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "Let's face it. We're not getting any younger, and I was thinking here the other day, I've been working forever with computers — and although I make a pretty decent living, I'm a wage slave like most of you. The pension doesn't cut it as I'm a bit of an international citizen that moves between the different countries, and investments seem unsafe these days. Banks doesn't pay much interest, so what is a Geek to do? Invest in gold? Hide my money under the mattress? Buy land?

So I ask you, the Slashdot audience, what do you do to ensure a rock solid Geek retirement?"
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How to get back at the noisy nextdoor neighbor

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MindPrison (864299) writes "After a long time with that annoying downstairs neighbor playing too loud music, I've been contemplating HOW to deal with it, being a teenager AND a female — you know the drill — asking nicely is NOT an option, teenagers usually get angry because you should NOT tell them what to do etc...so I came up with a quite devious way to solve the issue, and the trick is fighting fire with fire, for once :)

Here's how I did it:

I made a small low-frequency microphone amplifier, hot glued an electret microphone to the floor, and made sure there were no leaks around the microphone (to avoid audio-feedback). I connected this to an active subwoofer (this is a subwoofer that has an power amplifier built in, typically the thing you have in your average surround amplifier, and placed the subwoofer in the room next door to the mike (to avoid feedback!). Now — it's very important to disconnect any surround speakers as you ONLY want the BASS to distribute into the structure of the building itself, this makes it IMPOSSIBLE to locate the sound from YOUR flat, and the penetrating middle-tones that comes from your noisy neighbors stereo — will reveal that it is YOUR NEIGHBOR that plays the loud music.

It worked flawlessly, the entire building shook with the sound of the neighbors stereo, and the teenager had to turn down the sound several times due to multiple complaints from the ENTIRE neighborhood.

Revenge is SOO sweet ;)"

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Work and life - reaching Equilibrioception

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  about 2 years ago

So, it happened.

Did you read the previous journal entry? Why...oh my ego, of course you didn't. It's just my ramblings, and it shall probably always remain that way, nevertheless, here you go. What happened? Did I finally manage to reach my goal of not working for the rest of my life? Being free? Not indebted by society?

Well, I sort of did, but a goal can always be expanded, there's no prize worth fighting over if it isn't worthwhile, and ideal worth fighting for would be ever lasting happiness, how YOU define your happiness - I'll leave up to you. I however...define my happiness on how much I can enjoy while being alive as we know it, this doesn't have to include cruise-ships, endless travels across the world, but simply enjoying life as we know it, as I know it.

Now, 4 years later than when I wrote that last journal...or was it 3 years? Time here...doesn't really matter, because I did in fact reach my core essence of my previous goal, peace and tranquility without the control of others, no one that I know of now control my life, I moved to a different country, I had the one success after the other, and now I'm completely independent, own my own house, land, and all debts have been paid down and the only thing that can happen now are two WIN WIN situations:

I will get unemployed, but still own my land, and have no dept, I have enough to buy food and pay for heating in my own giant 300m2 place, WIN = I have plenty of time for my private science research, and are dependent on no one, no welfare, no insurance, just myself and mother nature.

I will get continuous employment (yes, as of this writing, I am still employed, but still a bit edgy as a person...remember...I am who I am, no man, no animal, no beast controls me, I am a slave to no one), and I do so on my very own will, you see...I am an expert on what I do, and I like it, so I earn money on it, working for someone else...but the condition and rules are different from when I was poor.

When I was poor, I had no home, just a lot of debt, and no freedom. If I choose freedom (aka no employment) back then, I'd have no real freedom as I'd just be a bum, or pay the bills with forced employment (social welfare = forced cheap labor), and that's no real option to me..hence why I moved abroad...escaped...in the first place, no human, no beast can control me.

I realized I got to fight for it, just like millions before me, so I finally got a chance, I got a home, fully paid, no debt, and started to work away all the debt I had from education and all that, still...not liking my employers...(I never truly have, any employer), managed to hold out, and survive enough here in my new country to survive and still keep my new house (it's old..but new to me) without taking up loans. Now I'm steadily working up my account, earning and working hard...but moving with light speed towards freedom.

And the best part? I'm well and truly free. Never before could I just quit my job if I didn't like it without risking it all, now I can. Now That's job satisfaction!

Yes ladies and gents, I'm finally free.

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I don't want to work!

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago

No, really - I do not want to work.

Basically everyone works, it is the way of our life - that is what our planet is based on and that's what most people aspire to do. I'm 40 years "young" now, I don't see me as old...I look pretty much the same as I've looked the last 20 years (at least I think so) ;) but that's besides the point I'm trying to make here. Heck...I really don't care if you get it or not, follow if you like.

I was sitting here in my home thinking over my life past the 20 years or so of work and unemployment in my life, not to mention the countless times I've googled about people and their job satisfaction or basically they overall satisfaction with life itself, I am really wasting my precious time on this planet. Sure - If everyone got the idea that they shouldn't work - this planet would probably come to an end pretty quickly, or would it? There will always be people like me - the odd ones out, so I think we're going to be fine.

When I go to work, I'm not happy, no no...I really like the line of work I'm in - but I end up disliking the people around me simply because they always seem to have some kind of hidden agenda, especially females, maybe it's just me who's getting old and "outdated" when it comes to the "in-crowd" or it's just bad luck - I really don't know (even though most people would look at this from their own point of view...don't think for a second I'm any different on that subject)...however - I really try to be - really!

The inevitable question on this would probably be something like: Why? I can't really answer that in one go, you'd have to live my life to answer that one, and even I have a hard time answering it. But you know what? I'm pretty tired of having a "hard-time". I want to have a good time....alas...a good life and I am tired of living by everyones "norms" on how-to-be..and how-to-behave. I'm not anarchistic, I prefer well educated company and also prefer people who are capable of thinking for themselves, I am also not shallow enough to only hang out with my peers - but will gladly hang out with societys dimmest of souls if they have a good heart, this however - doesn't always fall into fertile ground with the "ins".

All of this + my life experiences so far has led me to the conclusion that I really should not work. I don't want to become some
kind of loner sadly locked up by himself, barred behind some closed curtains in his technologically insane castle, I really DO want to meet people, feel the pulse as always, but I am sick and tired of being steered into whatever direction certain people feel like
they can do "with me" if allowed to do so by a certain work related situation - and this have happened repeatedly trough out my
life (and according to google & a gazillion work-rant sites) so there must be something wrong somewhere, we must be doing SOMETHING
wrong. Now...If you are thinking this trough - and these things never really hit you as it has hit me or other people then you may not be capable of judging the situation so please overlook it, you can't get it - really...you can't!

But I do realize that I must do something about my current situation, and I most certainly will - because I am really fed up
with people incompetence and "normalcy" to the brinck of madness, so instead of going there - I will "fight" towards enjoying life to its fullest and stop destroying myself on behalf of others.

That is all - move along now....

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I have a question for the wanderers of this life...

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago ...is it best to be together with someone and just be an actor for the rest of your life...or be yourself and alone for the rest of your natural life...? Though question - I know...but do you know the answer?

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The 80's electronics components - today's Lego!

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 6 years ago I just love electronics, even if it's not what I do at work for a living. The eighties brought many inventions into our lives such as the personal PC that actually BECAME PERSONAL in the 80's, yes sure...you got your Altair before the 80s, but it wasnt quite the same.

Did you notice the components inside technology of the 80s? I sure did - so much so in fact that I bought my first Pilips Electronic Engineer kit (EE2003) back then when I was 12 - and got hooked on electronics ever since.

Today most electronic hobbyist exist in a chip-world of programming Fpgas and Pics and have hardly touch an soldering iron ever, not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that at all - hey...I even envy those very capable fpga designers that can do so many things I cant even comprehend - all power to you. The point I am trying to make is that the 80s gave us all some building bricks that lay down the ground rules for it all - and - can still be used to make some amazing discoveries, pretty much like students who use LEGO bricks to come up with new robotics-design and to solve issues that really needs a "hands-on" touch in order to become a reality, in other words - get our hands dirty.

Ive stored up a HUGE (well..at least to me...rather large) collection of 80s electronics components, transistors, resistors, diodes, capacitors, electrolytes, TTL-logic chips, microprocessors, eproms...oh...and I could go on and on.

The point is - this is just like LEGO for grown-ups of all ages, anything I have on my mind I can put into a construction with these easily manageable components. Sure - I could use SMD/SMT components - but that just isnt an option when age is hitting you and your hands are shaking, and besides - even for the younger ones these components are so manageable that tech-schools still prefer to use these components for prototyping before finally sending in the schematic to be printed out as an SMD-PCB.

I do know that many schools also use software emulation to simulate what the analog / digital circuits do and how it all work together, but time and again - this is far from realistic as the nature of components still aren't up to par with the "perfect world" of the software...and ...you don't really get that "hands on" feel of experimenting yourself to knowledge as you would if you fiddled with modules you made on the fly.

Many of us grieve over the fact that the days when the local component store where in every city, even the small cities (thats radio-shack to you Americans reading this) are long gone, and Luckily I live in a city where the city itself still is big enough to carry whole "2" competing electronics stores - woah! - Now thats what I call choice.

Have no fear - Internet is here! And eBay!

Ever since Internet became accessible to everyone and not just schools and libraries, weve got the fantastic opportunity to share the good with each other without any borders at all. Fun stuff! And then there is the eBay phenomena, that have brought life to my Electronics hobby for sure - never before have I and others been so able to endulge in our hobby on such a massive scale before - not to mention that it costs a FRACTION of the price of what we paid back in the days. I used to pay about 60 bucks for a handfull of components on a lucky weekend when I was a child (delivered many a newspaper, mind you!) to get some action NERD style, and once they where all used up - I had to go for "pulls"...thats recycled components to the non-tech readers out there. But today? Theres no need for pulls at all - I have "probably" millions of components that are brand-spanking-new, and its a dream come true for a child of the 80s, its like uncle scrooge bathing in money...whereas Id probably catch led-poisoning from bathing in components, but what the hey...I have fun!

There is NOTHING on earth like building a little transistor radio (ok...maybe building a TUBE/Valve radio), and Im looking forward to every little spare moment I have in life - this is indeed LIVING - when I can get some time off from work to complete some projects, do some weird-science experiments and boldly go anywhere I feel like

So - I don't think were ending the era of the 80s components yet, not by far! The party has barely started.

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The way we perceive things - changes as we do.

MindPrison MindPrison writes  |  more than 9 years ago Every single day we have opinions, I know I do.

The fun starts when the opinions change over time and I learn something new or see things in a different light.

As the years go by - I find myself observing more rather than stating my opinion all the time. As a young boy I stated my opinions frequently. Eventually I tired from it and started looking for answers instead. A much more logical approach - don't you think so? :)

Frequently I occupy my spare time trying to answer such universal questions such as why are we here and even more ...why is there an universe and where did it all come from

Speaking of which.... these days I've come to believe that it didn't HAVE to have a start.
After all - we invented the concept of time, now didn't we? :)

The most puzzling of all my experience in life so far is the daunting number of humans (me included!) that are caught in a loop.

And what exactly am I accusing humanity of now? Not accusing - rather implying that we might be caught in our own everyday safety net of things that we did once to many times before. Let me take myself as an example:

I zip my tea. Lean back and surf the same pages on the net that I've gotten used to over some time (Slashdot anyone?) again and again. Almost desperate when not finding any news or seeing anything new I often engage in a frantic "bookmark-raid" just to find something new.

Of course ... that is a bit loopminded because it's only the same story all over again, the same people (usually) and the same issues, nothing new really. But who's to blame for that? (Me - just in case you got confused).

The above example is just ONE of many, you can probably find examples from your own life. Now having said that... looping things in life may not be a bad thing - after all - we need our social network - our habits help us feel comfortable and give us a platform to grow on further.

But my gripe with "loopmindedness" is that hardly anything new comes from this - nothing revolutionary anyway. And it's somewhat annoying to find myself caught in that safety net over and over again - especially as I try to rid myself of it. I want to see new things, I want to hear new stories - I want to discover!

Sometimes my quest for thinking the unthinkable (discovering things we have never ever seen before) is making me nuts.

I think the secret to discovering entirely new things is to rid ourselves of traditional thinking. I mean - most of the people on this planet are so preoccupied with the traditional ways that there's hardly any harm in someone taking a different approach. We might not find anything this way - or we might stumble upon something fantastic this.

In the old days people had a habit of blaming everything they didn't understand on mysterious phenomena or paranormal activities and many other things and if you dared to think otherwise you'd either be hung to burn over a campfire or chased as a evil spirit in lead with these "supernatural beings". That's humanity for you!

Oh well - at least certain things are better today, now at best... I'm a "mad-hobby-scientist-wannabe" that no one would even try to understand even if they tried just to be nice. Heck ... I'm not even sure I understand me sometimes.

Therefor I spend considerable time studying communication. It's not too good to be left alone in the dark to chew on your own theories - I need the company of the other. One mind can be nice - but together we could create a HUGE mind to find out things we never before dreamed of. But the road to entirely new thinking is long and dangerous, kind of fun though... it's filled with adventure and no promises of any kind - so you can't really be disappointed - but you COULD get surprised.

A little rambling from me :)

/MindPrison

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