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Next Week marks Two Years in My Apartment

February 6th, 2015

Almost 2 years ago I moved in this place. Haven't regretted it yet, it's a wonderful place.

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Thinking of voting Die Linke in 2017

February 5th, 2015

I've never voted that far left in my life. But the facts are the facts:

  • Rich are richer, poor are poorer, distribution is out of wack
  • Socialist parties like the SPD who are supposed to be center-left, aren't
  • Leftist parties like the Greens did not do enough when they were in power to stop the global inequity
  • Greece voted left so why can't I?
  • Perhaps there will be more money for me when I vote Die Linke so that I can pay into a pension fund
  • Right now I face no future, with no or little pension, I'll be poor when I retire
This is the grim reality. I've considered other parties and my past voting was Greens, Pirate Party and now Die Linke. Everything is not normal today, people are suffering and we need real change. For fairness.

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The last frontier, under the ice

February 5th, 2015

An old but new idea caught me last night. You probably heard of NEEMO which is NASA's underwater research station. Well consider NEEMO with a twist. It would be installed under the ice at the north pole of the planet earth. To do this I envisage a purely civilian project that uses old submarines converted with AIP fuel-cell propulsion. If you follow that AIP link it shows that this type of submarine can do 3000 nautical miles at 4 knots. Which is enough range to have a submarine go from Svalbard, Norway under the ice to the north pole and come back. The range between those two points is somewhere between 600 and 800 nautical miles (I haven't really done the math). The idea is to have a research outpost under the ice at the north pole and use nuclear fusion or just plain fuel-cells to produce electricity. Oxygen to breathe would be imported with supply submarines. Communications can be done with long wave radio as is common with submarines but the antenna is gonna be huge. There already is a research station over the ice at the south pole, this would complement its science but under the ice.

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Why I think "The Time Machine" doesn't work in reality

February 3rd, 2015

If you've seen the movie "The Time Machine" you may recall how he sat on a chair and the timemachine moved through time linearly. This would work if the earth was the center of the universe and didn't move in space and time. However our earth follows the "solar apex" which means it's pulled along the sun at some speeds in the direction of the star Vega. Also we rotate around the sun also called orbiting. We complete one orbit in 365 days and a few hours. So if you were to go forward in time but not in space then we would miss the earth if you really think about it. Same with going backwards in time. So when building a time machine make sure you send astronauts out first with preferably a spaceship so they can come back to earth.

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I want a Greek bailout

February 2nd, 2015

While I don't think it's fair that greeks mismanaged their money, I feel they are Europeans like us and we should help them. It's a known fact that the south of the EU cannot produce economically like the north. So for european unity I believe a solidarity tax with the southern countries would be a proper thing. We want to be on a flat and even playing field in all of Europe but industry in the north is way beyond the infrastructure that the south has. Everyone would pay into this tax, all europeans, but it goes back to the south. So in effect it means the north is working for the south, yes. But that's the price of unity we have to pay, perhaps the south can repay us in other ways.

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The rich can't buy smarts, can they?

January 28th, 2015

I think they can. Artificial Intelligence, once it's on the market the rich will be not just rich but also super smart. Because they can put full trust into AI, to make them richer. So the monopoly that peasants have over them on the Internet... well the days are numbered for that. Just my thoughts.

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Purchased some Reggae

January 28th, 2015

I have the winter blues. I decided it's worth it to spend another 8 euros for reggae. I have purchased Delly Ranx's The Next Chapter. I'll be busy listening now.

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Electricity (day) consumption up (unfortunately)

January 27th, 2015

I got my electricity bill today. Something really weird is going on because I spent less electricity for heating (night electricity which charges up my electric furnaces) but more for day electricity. In a little HTML table it would look like this:

YearNightDayTotal
2013694112768217
2014690613238229

It could be one of two new computers, one of which is only on at days. It could be freifunk usage only during the days but not at nights, and it could be that I use my network which is doubly encrypted only during the days mostly. I'll be curious what 2015 will be like. It will likely go a little higher too.

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Cryptowars: Organised Crime and Terrorists

January 26th, 2015

I have had this on my mind for a long time now. Terrorists cause laws to be put in place to weaken crypto, or attempted laws. This falls into the hands of Organized Crime who control corporations who provide Internet. At the point when innocents join a provider that is corrupt their crypto can be read and placed on the Organized Crime black market. Now, the problem with this is who is a greater enemy to government? Organized Crime or Terrorists? Please don't tell me OC doesn't exist. AFAIK in Canada there have been identified six groups of Organized Crime and many are multinational meaning that Germany too has at least some of these groups.

Let's look at Organised Crime further, if these people were in power we'd have:

  • Disappearances (people being eradicated from life)
  • Shadow Governments (think of a place where OC runs a region)
  • Elitism (only those with an edge on technology reign)
  • Stronger crime syndicates (more money will remain in the underground economy)
  • Less taxes, less common taxpayers money
  • Bribes on government would pick pick up
If that doesn't scare the bejeezus out of you but terrorists do, then you should reevaluate life on this world. This is why I'm for strong crypto that, yes, even our government can't break. Perhaps we should prepare ourselves mentally to allow terrorist attacks and work politically to prevent them instead of judicially. I know OC is a bigger beast than terrorism and if we don't get it in check it will cost us a lot more than terrorism ever will.

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Administrivia

January 24th, 2015

I just noticed the dates were wrong for January's articles. I forgot to increment the year from 2014 to 2015 in my template script that I use to write the articles with. It should be fixed now. Sorry.

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