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How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

anwyn magnetic Field? (60 comments)

Yes, but would a planet created in this way have a magnetic field? Another Mars won't help.

2 days ago

How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

anwyn cross space by cooperation! (272 comments)

Have a good reputation by practicing ahinsa, and always helping and not hurting the civilizations one visits. Send a copy of your self to other civilizations and get them to build it, giving them detailed instructions. (Use error correcting codes for the instructions.) In return perform same service for others with good reputations! Using this method one can cross space at the speed of light or better. You can cross space at the speed a message can travel.

If you hurt anyone your reputation will be damaged and with it the ability to travel.

about a month ago

Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

anwyn If true, they will walk! (158 comments)

The US gov can not afford to admit a mistake, after executing a DOS attack against NK.

about a month ago

HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

anwyn Re:Just the trilogy, I hope (242 comments)

The original trilogy was awesome, but later books were not the same caliber.

This is true with respect to the plot and the general sweep of the book, but not true with respect to individual paragraphs. Asimov improved in writting technique as he got older.

about 3 months ago

White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

anwyn invent a space drive (352 comments)

Invent a space drive. The UFO space aliens already have one. Rockets equal failure.

about 3 months ago

Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

anwyn No Space Drive=no flying car. (107 comments)

Flying cars are expensive because just keeping them statically up requires pushing a huge amount of stuff downward to overcome gravity. Action reaction.

UFO have been observed to statically hover without pushing a lot of stuff downward. They have also been observed to accelerate at huge rates, without pushing a lot of stuff in the opposite direction. The UFOs in short, have a space drive.

Our current science has no idea how to produce a space drive. That is, accelerate without moving a lot of stuff in the opposite direction. Or overcome gravity without moving a lot of stuff in the downward direction.

The USA and other major governments is obstructing research into UFO's space drives by promoting the fiction that UFOs don't exist.

You can not have your flying car until you make major governments tell the truth.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

anwyn 5 for roofing (272 comments)

5 employees, after Microsoft transforms itself into a roofing company. They will do less damage that way.

about 6 months ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

anwyn What are the selection effects Scientific Method (725 comments)

What are the selection effects of the Scientific Method?

If science were to admit that the scientific method itself had significant selection effects, when applied to certain questions, then science would have to admit that science can not resolve certain questions.

One of those questions might be "Is the Universe a machine?" Or if one wants to take quantum into account "Is the Universe a machine with a gazillion true hardware random number generators attached?"

If the Universe is a machine, then the scientific method preference for repeatable results is justified. If the Universe is a quantum machine, or statistically unbiased machine (i.e. a machine with a gazillion TRNGs attached), then the scientific method's preference for repeatable statistical results is justified.

But what if the Universe is not any kind of machine? What if the Universe is a living being as Eastern religion and philosophy assert? What if the Universe is adjusting itself to the questions and presuppositions of science? What if the Universe is like a child being questioned by a biased investigator alleging sexual abuse? What if the Universe is giving the answers that it thinks the investigator wants to hear?

It seems to me that the scientific method can not resolve such claims. In order to prove an answer, one would have to prove that the scientific method had no selection effects, which one could not prove with knowing the answer to the question a priori . In other words the question is hopelessly circular.

This means that one of the key assumptions of scientism , can not to be proved by the scientific method.

about 7 months ago

European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

anwyn Europeans should use DuckDuckGo! (210 comments)

It is an american Corporation with no assets in Europe! In the United States it is protected by the Speech Act! Europe can not corerce DuckDuckGo! It has a policy about not recording your searches!

about 7 months ago

A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

anwyn build fake trailer parks around cities divert (501 comments)

Instead we could build fake trailor parks around cities to divert the tornados away! They always go for the trailer parks.

It worked against the Germans in WWII.


about 7 months ago

Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

anwyn This could promote search engine diversity! (224 comments)

Google probably has to attempt to comply with this law. It has extensive operations in Europe. That will probably result in a lot of information that people would like to have being unavailable through Google. This will probably include a lot of legitimate info, as misusers learn how to game the system.

On the other hand, DuckDuckGo, appears to be a US only operation. Because of the SPEECH Act, DuckDuckGo could probably ignore European demands. A judgement against DuckDuckGo would be difficult to enforce. (I am not a lawyer, get your own. This is political, social analysis, not legal advise.)

Who knows what DuckDuckGo will decide? But if DuckDuckGo does not some other US search engine will. European advertisers would have to pay in advance.

The end result could be some a migration away from google's search engine.

about 8 months ago

The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy

anwyn Only problem is that google has assets in Europe. (278 comments)

If google had no assets in Europe, it could shoot Europe the big finger, because of the SPEECH Act. But because google does have assets in Europe, it will have to comply or move its assets out of Europe.

Google is too subject to international pressure. It is time for those interested in truth to move to a search engine that has no assets in Europe.

What about Duck Duck Go, does it have assets in Europe? What about other search engines?

about 8 months ago

The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

anwyn give your broken computer to me. (293 comments)

When your computer stops working on May 8, give it to me. I will install GNU/Linux on it and I won't have any problem at all.

about 9 months ago

Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

anwyn We need to run debian directly on phones! (194 comments)

We need to get rid of both android and microsoft on our phones. We should be able to run any package in debian's massive repositories. Down with app stores. Up with repositories.

We need to circumvent any charming little backdoors on the modem like the replicant people just discovered. We need to run end-to-end encryption on our phones, without fear of backdoors and NSLs!

A free operating system like GNU/Linux on our phones is our only hope for security.

about a year ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

anwyn An analogous religious paradox. (745 comments)

Many people believe that the universe was created by a creator who was omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent.

I do not believe this, but many people do, so let us take this as an hypothesis and see where it goes.

Such a creator would have had to had a perfect understanding of each alternate universe that he declined to create. The creator would understand the complete history of all beings and objects down to the minutest quantum detail. This is required by the creator's omniscience. The creator would consider all universes which are internally consistent, that is all universes that seem to obey their own laws without flaw. The hypothetical creatures of these internally consistent universes would have no way of determining that they were in an alternate, not chosen for creation universe. This is because of the perfection of the creator's understanding, or if you want to put it that way, the perfection of the creator's "simulation" of alternate universes in the creator's perfect thought.

So the bottom line: you may believe that God created a perfect Universe, but you have no way of knowing that you are in the perfect Universe that God created. For all you know, you are a part of a alternate turd universe that God declined to create.

Of course it is absurd, but refute it if you can, I won't. Many would argue it no more absurd that the original hypothesis.

about a year ago

No Longer "Noble"; Argon Compound Found In Space

anwyn Re:Just Stuck Up. (110 comments)

That is not Nobel, its just Stuck Up.

about a year ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

anwyn Re:My PI serves random numbers on my lan. (246 comments)

From the builtin hardware random number generator. Enabled by adding "bcm2708_rng" to /etc/modules. Standard rng-tools to add entropy from this device to pool.

about a year ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

anwyn My PI serves random numbers on my lan. (246 comments)

Some computers much more expensive than the PI do not have a Hardware RNG built in. Both my intel desktop and my laptop don't have a hardware RNG. If you try to generate a key, these computers will stop while gathering entropy. But not any more. I use my pi to dump random numbers into the entropy pools for all my computers that don't have an RNG.

There are other hardware RNGs available, but none as inexpensive as a PI. Also because the PI has an RJ45 connection, it can be plugged into my router where it can serve random numbers for all computers on my lan.

about a year ago

First Lab Demonstration That the Ability To Evolve Can Itself Evolve

anwyn Evolveablity could be a disadvantage! (72 comments)

It is easy to imagine a scenario where evolveablity is a long term selective disadvantage. Imagine a species with certain traits that allow it to survive a catastrophe that occurs infrequently. However these traits are dead weight during the good times (=most of the time). If the creature evolves to fast, it will lose all its catastrophe surviving traits during the good times and and get wiped out during a catastrophe. However if it evolves slowly these traits will survive the catastrophe and culling during the catastrophes will insure it keeps its catastrophe surviving traits. And perhaps the characteristic of slow evolution.

about a year ago

Anonymous Source Claims Feds Demand Private SSL Keys From Web Services

anwyn Snowden Assange WikiLeaks CA (276 comments)

They should set up their own CA in some country immune to US pressure. They would not have to do the actual signing. (Probably difficult due the current fishbowl they live in.) They could hire the people set policies put their logo on it. They could set it up so actual signing occurs anonymously in some unknown country.

Probably the only CA I would trust.

about a year and a half ago



John Gilmore analyzes NSA obstruction of crypto in IPSPEC.

anwyn anwyn writes  |  about a year ago

anwyn (266338) writes "Long time civil libertarian and free software entrepreneur, In a recent article postend on the cryptography mailing list, long time civil libertarian and free software entrepreneur, John Gilmore has analyzed possible NSA obstruction of cryptography in IPSPEC.

He suggest that packet processing in the Linux kernel had been obstructed by one kernel developer. Gilmore suggests that the NSA has been plotting against strong cryptography on mobile phones:"


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