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

yusing Maybe the results can only be as good as the plan. (352 comments)

Launching everything we need from Earth is too expensive.

True! And yet for 50 years, I could never help noticing, we have de-orbited everything we've sent up! It seems as though noone has given any thought to making things we spend $$$$$ billions and billions $$$$ putting up there so that it will be useful in the future.

It wasn't that long ago that they were talking about de-orbiting the ISS in 2016 !! Gosh, I wonder if there's anything long-lasting enough in the ISS that might be useful later. Gosh, maybe Henry Ford was ONTO something when he discovered standardization of parts. LEGO seems to have figured out how to make a whole lot of stuff work together. Maybe they could hire LEGO.

Huh. I wonder if a plan would be possible. If there were only a bunch of smart guys sitting around in fancy government buildings looking for something challenging to do something that lasts longer than the next election. Instead of looking for more ways to throw more money into the Right pockets.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

yusing Linux Encyclopedia (430 comments)

Documentation could improve a lot faster and better if some company took the time to setup a Wikipedia-type "Linux Encyclopedia". Everyone could get at it and improve it in waves in the very same way, and it would unite stuff that's scattered hither and thither.

about 5 months ago
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Linux Kernel Shuffling Zombie Juror Aka 3.16 Released

yusing Re:Arch not the first (63 comments)

Actually it appeared in the Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 releases a few days ago.

about 5 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.1 Released and Reviewed

yusing Re:OpenSuzzy! (113 comments)

Hah! After a year of reading the Reddit Linux everyday? Made my day!!
Yeah I'll quit doing that.

about a year ago
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Mathematicians Team Up To Close the Prime Gap

yusing Re:See Kuhn (194 comments)

We should all go re-read Kuhn anyways. Because (thinking of the current state of cosmology for one) clearly we didn't get it yet.

about a year ago
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Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

yusing Damn tree huggers (444 comments)

The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, to " to create awareness for the Earth's environment and to encourage conservation efforts."

The phrase "Damn tree huggers" has been heard ever since. Yeah, even in Iowa. So, 40 years of deliberate ignorance and acrimony is coming home to roost? Tough grid.

about a year ago
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Carbon-Negative Energy Machines Catching On

yusing No way ... (228 comments)

No way I'm going to believe any of this. There's no equations on that page, no PhD's are named, and no mention of any government grants. If it were so easy, it'd have been done already long ago.

TOK-a-MAK!! TOK-a-MAK!! TOK-a-MAK!!

about a year ago
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Letter to "Extended Family" Assures That NSA Will "Weather This Storm"

yusing More PR (286 comments)

Every word they've said After Snowden has been public relations. "Our extended family" "sensationalized the leaks" "wrongly cast doubt" "more of a rogue element than a national treasure"

"Denial, Anger, Acceptance" is the third episode of The Sopranos.

about a year ago
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Its Nuclear Plant Closed, Maine Town Is Full of Regret

yusing Regrets? I've had a few. (380 comments)

Sometimes the the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Star Trek warned about dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight.

about a year ago
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Without Plutonium, Deep-Space Probe Missions May Sputter Out

yusing Not really that hard ... (268 comments)

I'm pretty sure the DoD could scrape some together by looking under some rocks somewhere if it had to.

about a year ago
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Mystery of Missing Martian Methane Deepens

yusing Easy (53 comments)

Sun's ultraviolet creates H2O2 from CO2; H2O2 'scrubs' methane. Next question??

about a year ago
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FEMA Grounds Private Drones That Were Helping To Map Boulder Floods

yusing The reason's simple... (356 comments)

Because anything that the people do that's ad-hoc, effective and lower in cost threatens not only the government but the consultants and planning-boards and corporations that get the big tax bucks we pay. The System routing around potential damage

about a year ago
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Why Steve Albini Still Prefers Analog Tape

yusing Albini's experienced opinion is a gold standard (440 comments)

ALL the software - and much of the hardware - I was using 10-15 years ago to craft, record and sounds is long dead ... because of OS and I/O changes. Anything at all proprietary is therefore inaccessible, and much of the hardware is worth a tiny fraction of what it cost. The OSS stuff, on the other hand ... CSound, MIDI, file formats ... remain sturdy and viable.

I'm quite sure Albini remains at the top of his game, particularly including the technical side of the game, and so his opinion will deservedly carry a lot of weight for anyone who doesn't have a recording contract. (Those also have about a 5-year lifetime.) Analog tape remains the only sane archival choice for a 20-30 lifespan, by which time there may finally be alternatives with an even longer lifespan.

about a year ago
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NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

yusing Good thing. (607 comments)

Clearly all the years of talk of security and encryption has accomplished is to lull many of us into a false sense of security. (Much like meeting with the TSA at the airport.) That false sense has kept many of us from asking the hard questions and really thinking about the weaknesses of the whole setup... which, as we are seeing more and more clearly, is rotten to the stinking core.

Good. Thinking about it all is good, and so is talking about it.

about a year ago
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Why the Japanese Government Should Take Over the Fukushima Nuclear Plant

yusing Re:Hyperbole isn't necessary (211 comments)

Hiroshima was long time ago, that's not scary. When I think about what the US faces (screw Japan) if those 400 tons of fuel catch fire and start burning for years, I'm already scared. When I think about TEPCO trying to 'fix' that alone, I'm more scared. Rocky Flats and Hanford and a terrorist with two halves of a plutonium baseball are a joke by comparison.

Something better get us all scared soon, because there's nothing else scarier on the planet right now ... and few people in the US seem to realize that.

about a year ago
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Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

yusing Re:save some lives? (67 comments)

It looks as though Earhardt might have washed up on an island somewhere, so yeah, it seems worth holding out hope.

I was just reading the other day about some Japanese guys whose boat was blown out to sea and they eventually wound up in the US. At the time it was illegal to leave Japan, so it was decades before some of them found a safe way back in. Their families were stunned.

about a year ago
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NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record For Stability

yusing Re:Stability and Precision (85 comments)

[these clocks] could help industry build GPS systems that can rapidly pinpoint locations with sub-centimeter-scale precision

Now, if only I could get transceivers to strap to fruit flies, I might find out where they're all coming from.

about a year ago
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NASA Testing Frickin' Laser Communications

yusing Re:Huh? (108 comments)

But this is the Internet. You don't have to know anything about a subject, or even understand what someone's saying to remit some dopey argument because there's nothing worth watching on TV.

But this is Slashdot. So thanks for making the modest suggestion, even though that never seems to penetrate the cloud cover.

about a year ago
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The Register: 4 Ways the Guardian Could Have Protected Snowden

yusing Dumb title but article may clue a few (233 comments)

What a BS title. Snowden and Greenwald -were- using GPG/PGP ... long-established fact.

about a year ago
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

yusing Re:NO NO NO (687 comments)

It comes at a price...

Yes, global warming trends show the price of the alternative: seashores being drowned and lengthy, very hot summers and an eventual massive die-off of humanity for lack of foodstuffs. I'm SO glad I won't live to see and suffer it.

Bravo to Germans for sholdering the burden. Here in the US we'd actually have to do without all the stuff we cram into our "Public Storage" spaces. And that 4th iPad.

about a year ago

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Note to self

yusing yusing writes  |  more than 8 years ago

A thousand years of systematic murder

"Shamanistic practices are sometimes claimed to predate all organized religions, and certainly date back to the Neolithic period. Aspects of shamanism are encountered in later, organized religions, generally in their mystic and symbolic practices. Greek paganism was influenced by shamanism, as reflected in the stories of Tantalus, Prometheus, Medea, and Calypso among others, as well as in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and other mysteries. Some of the shamanic practices of the Greek religion were later adopted into the Roman religion.

The shamanic practices of many cultures were marginalized with the spread of Christianity. In Europe, starting around 400, the Christian church was instrumental in the collapse of the Greek and Roman religions. Temples were systematically destroyed and key ceremonies were outlawed or appropriated. The Early Modern witch trials may have further eliminated lingering remnants of European shamanism.

The repression of shamanism continued as Christian influence spread with Spanish colonization. In the Caribbean, and Central and South America, Catholic priests followed in the footsteps of the Conquistadors and were instrumental in the destruction of the local traditions, denouncing practitioners as "devil worshippers" and having them executed. In North America, the English Puritans conducted periodic campaigns against individuals perceived as witches. More recently, attacks on shamanic practitioners have been carried out at the hands of Christian missionaries to third world countries and by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) against its own citizens. As recently as the nineteen seventies, historic petroglyphs were being defaced by missionaries in the Amazon. A similarly destructive story can be told of the encounter between Buddhists and shamans, e.g., in Mongolia....

It has been postulated that modern state campaigns against the use of entheogenic substances are the offshoot of previous religious campaigns against shamanism....

The holomovement theory proposed by David Bohm is often seen as an approach to create a scientific foundation for concepts such as parallel worlds and alternative ways to traverse time and space."

(from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamanism "Shamanism" ...)

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Quote#2, McKenna: Cosmic Giggle

yusing yusing writes  |  about 12 years ago Quote#2 - from: terence mckenna: mind contagions by Alex Burns (alex@disinfo.com) - September 08, 2001

McKenna also feels close to the SF writer and cyber-shaman Philip K. Dick, drawing analogies between his encounter with an 'insect-like intelligence' during an anthropological safari to the Amazon Basin in 1971, and Dick's startling encounter with a Vast Active Living Intelligence System (VALIS) three years later.

Both were according to McKenna, "encounters with the Overmind, which is the humanly knowable portion of the intelligent Other. Jacques Vallee called the category of experience that Dick and I had 'the Cosmic Giggle,' which is a randomly roving zone of synchronicity and statistical anomaly.

"Should you be caught up in it, it will turn reality on its head. It is objective and subjective, simultaneously 'really there' and yet somehow is sustained by imagination and expectation; the umbilicus of our ontology, the place where we see that the world came from something very different from what it now appears to be."

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Quote #1, PKD on manipulation of reality

yusing yusing writes  |  about 12 years ago

Until I decide what else journals might be good for, I guess it's a good place for pithy quotes ... and to point out human beings who think deep and straight.

Like this guy:

"The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words."

-- Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)

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