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A Library For Survival Knowledge

korgitser Re:100 year old survival knowledge in PDF files??? (272 comments)

Actually, no.
The current world will not end in a bang like some 2012 maya pipe dream, killing computers overnight. What we have at hands right now is the ongoing process of choosing by inaction not to create enough ways to harvest renewable energy. As the fossils run out, we will see a gradual shift away from our current global industrial world.
Cheap mass shipping to the other side of the world will be among the first luxuries to go, meaning we will need to start to produce most of our goods locally again, starting from the basics and working up to more complicated ones. Which is where the library kicks in. If we reasonably manage our inheritance from the industrial era, we will have quite a stretch of time available while which we can rig up a some power to a computer to read and transcribe the library. I mean, many a slashdotter will be able to rip apart that electric car into some wind generators, batteries included.
Now we can plot a simple graph with two lines - one of us exhausting and repurposing our current goods and infrastructure until we run out, the other line being us rebuilding our civilization on renewable and sustainable production and goods. What is still undecided is how low the valley will go, and whether we hit such a critical low of development that we will never come back up again.
How well this will go depends on a few factors. First, practicing any technology needs a society able to feed specialists. This ability will decline sharply everywhere, because our current agriculture is 100% about converting oil into food - there is a real possibility that billions will die of hunger. Second, some countries like the USA and GB will have to start pretty much from the beginning, having destroyed their industrial base through corporate looting and offshoring. Contrast that with China or Germany with their massive industrial base which only needs to get the power back on. Third is of course the availability of raw materials, on which point do also note the lack of plastics in a post-oil world.
And if this was too easy, expect mass migrations caused by sea level rises, thirst and hunger and wars of every size and reason to complicate matters further. Only a state with can comfortably secure it's territory, food and resources with a reasonable surplus will have a chance to actually think about a rebound. At this point we can only hope there will be one.
Or we could get off our collective arses and actually do something about the future. I seriously doubt we will see an actual global push into renewable and sustainable, though. This would require effort, resilience and actual change, all of which are in a very short supply on this scale; furthermore, it would mean replacing our power structures, ideologies and economical systems, all of which are and will fight tooth and nail to survive. So it remains that the next best thing is for us to compile some kind of a library of survival knowledge...

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

korgitser Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

b.bb...but mongodb is webscale!

about 10 months ago

Google Faces Up To $5 Billion Fine From Competition Commission of India

korgitser Re:I still can't figure out what they did (89 comments)

This mission statement translates into 'take from the rich, give to the poor'. Dunno whether to actually believe them, but the statement is guaranteed at least 50% true :)

about a year ago

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

korgitser Re:Years ago, I was involved in an edit war. (219 comments)

Well the academia is no different. The same petty politics, the same self-serving nipple rubbing. People are the same everywhere. The only difference is that academia is more p2p - If your real work is outgunned, you can hopefully find another journal or university, get a second opinion. This makes a hell of a difference - because wikipedia seems to be a central authority, you outsource much of your critical thinking and then find yourseld pissed when people happen. In academia, because of the explicit p2p nature you are forced to do your own thinking and therefore learn to deal with it to the point that it becomes programmatic and you are not able to pause to see it to be the same thing anymore.
Also you should not underestimate the system of meta(data) you build in your mind to navigate the the academia. This meta is linked to the best and only true value system you can imagine (your's), is built on the most complete and competent data available to you (your experience) and is therefore the best you can imagine (this meta is _you_, afterall!). So you build your image of academia in the image of yourself, and then notice that academia navigates well, is predictably reliable and gets the job done. Just like you! Expect it to happen in any field though, once you invest enough brainhours.

about a year ago

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

korgitser Re:Never expect (274 comments)

How 'bout some bay area blues?

If I can smell saltwater in the air, I'm expecting some explosion of deadlines.


about a year ago

Republican Proposal Puts 'National Interest' Requirement On US Science Agency

korgitser Re:Before you scream about it... (382 comments)

Can anyone think of some basic research going on right now that wouldn't fit in one of those six categories?

Climate change - reserch on this has fought the banhammer since Dubya.
Effects of fracking - the new kid in town.
Considering the status quo in the US of A, I'm pretty sure this proposal is all about clearing the road to kick the can down on.

about a year ago

Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

korgitser Re:I have a easier answer... (322 comments)

You seem to have trouble parsing political language.

Temporary means permanent. Once you remeber this, you will be amazed how often you hear this word.

For some further fun, notice how many of their plans and speeches become crystal clear once you interpret 'terrorist' the way they do: 'a person'.

Do I even need to remind anyone that freedom = slavery?

about a year ago

Finland's Algorithm-Driven Public Bus

korgitser Good news, everyone! (123 comments)

They must have solved the travelling salesman problem.

about a year ago

Facebook and Cisco Offer Check-In Service For Free Wifi

korgitser Re:Tethering surcharge (67 comments)

What do you mean, paying for tethering?

about a year ago

Death of the Car Salesman? BMW Makes AI App To Sell Electric Cars

korgitser Lolwut (168 comments)

without the hassle of having to pick up the phone

How exactly am I supposed to use the app without picking up the phone?

about a year ago

Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

korgitser Re:Have these people never heard of IEEE754???? (240 comments)

So are you saying that enforcing predictable and correct answers has a significant performance cost?

about a year and a half ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:'medium is the..." (164 comments)

"The transmission method used shapes the meaning of the content"

Even more than that, the medium defines the content to the point that there is no difference between them. You can easily see it on american TV - it's a very distinct form of crap, and you can easily see that nothing but more and worse of this crap can ever be hoped to be broadcast on this american TV.

Any medium has certain kind of message(s) it is able to convey. American press on a scale is able to convey american exceptonalism, but unable to convey real critique. Taken as a sum, the message becomes unseparable from the medium - they define and create each other like space/time/matter/energy.

about a year and a half ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:interesting background (164 comments)

This makes sense. You need both of your brain hemispheres developed to see the forest behind the trees of 2001. Sadly the comments here indicate a strong left-brain dominance, up to the point of arrogance and dismissal towards the unfamiliar.

about a year and a half ago

New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey

korgitser Re:Toynbee Idea (164 comments)

Burma shave!

about a year and a half ago

How Joel Spolsky Shot Down a Microsoft Patent In 15 Minutes

korgitser Re:Huh? (175 comments)

Why would these arguably-sociopathic organizations engage in what amounts to mutually-assured destruction for the sake of leveing the playing field?! :p

Because the first one to start doing it might gain a competitive advantage for a few years?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

korgitser Re:Start your own (472 comments)

I'd go another route:
Be willing to work for a little more than the going rate.
Focus, yes, on the smaller companies, but shoot straight for senior/teamlead positions. Your track record should cover you there. Tell them, you want to gain a level in your career and that your age should help you there.

about a year and a half ago

Xfce, LXDE, GNOME3 Desktops Running On Ubuntu Mir Via XMir

korgitser Re:Hello (162 comments)

millenium - a thousand anuses, from latin 'anus'
millennium - a thousand years, from latin 'annus'

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

korgitser Re:Life (299 comments)

It is common for an it guy to get stuck waiting in the main loop when there is no new input. Beyond ones existing hobbies, i would recommend turning to your wife for recommendations. She is supposed to know you well.
something like
ssh wife "dd if=/dev/urandom bs=1M count=1" > /dev/null
should fill up your own entropy pool quite nicely and refresh your imagination.

about a year and a half ago

Nicaragua Gives Chinese Firm Contract To Build Alternative To Panama Canal

korgitser Re:Competition (323 comments)

Well, it might be time for you to invest in my subprime factories! On a larger scale, you can actually tolerate a steady stream of factories blowing up, as long as enough of them turn a constant rent... And the children there will work for a carrot a day!

about a year and a half ago



Google is pulling the plug on Reader.

korgitser korgitser writes  |  about 2 years ago

korgitser (1809018) writes "I just logged in to Google Reader and was welcomed with rather a surprising news: citing falling popularity, Google is pulling the plug on Reader in three months. I'm sure many a slashdotter are using Reader to manage their daily overdose of newsworthy. What do you think of this? Where should one look for a replacement?
I personally started using it some years ago, when I needed to access my feeds on two different computers — Reader took care of the synchronization problem that immediately followed on desktop apps. I have taken Reader for granted ever since and the EOL took me by complete surprise. Do you think falling popularity (and we are not given concrete numbers) is good enough a reason to pull the plug? Not every service can excpect popularity comparable to that of Google Search, or the big scare that is Facebook. This is especially true for a feed reader, which is a tool for a power user. The regular deprecations Google does usually make sense — this is the other end of throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. But by pulling stuff that has stuck, might it be that Google is shooting itself in the foot by alienating technical people and diluting the platform effect?"

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