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A Library For Survival Knowledge

Mr 44 The Knowledge (272 comments)

Various people have been mulling this idea around before, summary could do a better job of giving credit to previous works. Primarily, Lewis Dartnell's recent book, The Knowedge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch covers exactly this topic quite well.

Human knowledge is collective, distributed across the population. It has built on itself for centuries, becoming vast and increasingly specialized. Most of us are ignorant about the fundamental principles of the civilization that supports us, happily utilizing the latestâ"or even the most basicâ"technology without having the slightest idea of why it works or how it came to be. If you had to go back to absolute basics, like some sort of postcataclysmic Robinson Crusoe, would you know how to re-create an internal combustion engine, put together a microscope, get metals out of rock, accurately tell time, weave fibers into clothing, or even how to produce food for yourself?

  Regarded as one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, Lewis Dartnell proposes that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quickstart guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. The Knowledge describes many of the modern technologies we employ, but first it explains the fundamentals upon which they are built. Every piece of technology rests on an enormous support network of other technologies, all interlinked and mutually dependent. You canâ(TM)t hope to build a radio, for example, without understanding how to acquire the raw materials it requires, as well as generate the electricity needed to run it. But Dartnell doesnâ(TM)t just provide specific information for starting over; he also reveals the greatest invention of them allâ"the phenomenal knowledge-generating machine that is the scientific method itself.

about 3 months ago

Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

Mr 44 Smart Cards? (121 comments)

Why not use standard smartcards with client-side SSL certs for this? There's already a widely used cross-platform, cross-browser, hardware/software standard to do exactly this!

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Mr 44 Contract (224 comments)

Every employment contract I've signed has a separate form to explicitly enumerate all your pre-existing Intellectual Property (patented or not). This benefits both the company (in strengthening their claim towards owning things you come up while working for them) and you (in that it establishes that you had the concept prior to working there).

about 4 months ago

Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

Mr 44 Re:Outrage (60 comments)

You have no idea how this stuff works. There's not a grey area - classified material is stored on air-gapped networks, and no, any machine which has ever been on the internet is not connecting to that network.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

Mr 44 Mickeysoft? (123 comments)

First time I've heard that in years... How's the weather in the 1990's ?

about 5 months ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Mr 44 Media Viewer (239 comments)

I really don't get the uproar. The crux of the issue seems to be that an update to the software running all the various instances of Wikipedia enabled a new slideshow viewer by default, and removed the ability for site admins to disable it by default (but users still can individually choose their preference).

Tempest in a teapot?

about 5 months ago

Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

Mr 44 How fucking stupid are you (100 comments)

This is great news for stopping this particular batch of spam.

You just posted the same point twice in this thread, and its completely wrong both times, and shows a total lack of reading comprehension on your part.

They are NOT emailing these addresses, they are attempting to log in to them.

Read the fucking summary, at least. You are what's wrong with the internet.

about 6 months ago

Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

Mr 44 very important (109 comments)

A lot of people miss this element - "spying" is very different from "legally admissible evidence in court by a police agency". I care a lot less about intelligence agencies, than police agencies.

And yes, that why the supposed collaboration with DEA is so bad, that is far worse than almost anything else that's come out in my mind.

about 6 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Mr 44 Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

That's absolutely not true, and is in fact totally backwards. The "National Guard" is under control of the State Governor, except when federalized, and as such is completely constitutional.

about 7 months ago

US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

Mr 44 Sounds reasonable (210 comments)

It's a bit immature for people to be blindly making fun of this. At the risk of RTFA:

An unclassified memo from January unearthed by Bitcoin Magazine detailed solicitations for CTTSO projects. The memo states that one of the mission requirements is for "innovative...solutions to develop and/or enhance new concepts and constructs for understanding the role of virtual currencies" in financing threats against the United States.

The memo said the blurring of national lines is facilitating the transfer of virtual currencies: "The introduction of virtual currency will likely shape threat finance by increasing the opaqueness, transactional velocity, and overall efficiencies of terrorist attacks," it stated.

This sounds like a perfectly valid thing for someone to think about, and consider the implications of. Honestly, whatever your business (or governmental responsibility), if you aren't thinking about the impact of crypto-currency, you might be being negligent.

about 9 months ago

L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Mr 44 Re:Sick Society (253 comments)

It is on Grand Street, btw.

about 9 months ago


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