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Happy Two-day too

February 22nd, 2020

:-) A happy two day to you too!


The give and the take

February 21th, 2020

Clearly it's evident that somewhere in some city someone went too far. I'm talking about the gunman in Hanau. Was he really racist? Or did he admire someone of colour? Was he really having sexual problems? Or was he just like anyone in society that didn't get married at an early age. I blame not just this subgroup "The racists" in society for this persons actions. I blame the entire society. It failed this dude. It failed to protect him from extremist actions. The entire blame cannot be put on him. And I don't have angst on english speakers, I don't have right-wing ideologies, and I don't have the need to go shoot up a Shishkebob place.

When I lived in Frankfurt a very strange event happened to me. I tried to high five a stranger, because I was feeling great. He thought I was coming after him and called the cops who then detained me and fingerprinted me and took my DNA. I'm sure I was put into some book by them, but it was all a misunderstanding. This is when society is paranoid I concluded. The hate lies within the system and it needs to change. With regards to buddy who then killed 9 strangers, his mother and himself he was a product of this environment, so much I'm sure. And yes he was a weak one, who didn't have better judgement over his actions. 'Nuff said.


Happy Between Two-days

February 21st, 2020

Yesterday was 202002020, tomorrow will be 20200222, both two-days. Then no two-day's until 2022! And after 2022 not until 2200!


Happy Two-day

February 20th, 2020

Today is 20200220, that's rare.


Another batch of starlink sats launched

February 18th, 2020

Yesterday a rocket from SpaceX put another 60 satellites in orbit, upping the total launched to around 300. It is much bigger than iridium already. Iridium was a 77 satellite constellation put up by motorola in the 90's for satellite phone communications. I have thought about this starlink a lot and I think the price for access to this network should be either based on income, or GDP of a country, with optionally a fixed price for high income persons ie. 19.95 USD/mo or something. There is 3 billion+ people on earth that don't have Internet access and a majority of those are people who live on a few dollars a day. They should be given access that is affordable. So starlink could be making 3 billion dollars a month for all those 3 billion people paying 1 dollar a month. That's incredible profit as it costs 10 billion (my estimate) to put 40,000 starlink satellites up. That money would be recovered within the first year of operation. When it's available I'd like to partake in using spacex's starlink. It is skynet.

Now on to the astronomers who are going to get worse and worse starshots. I believe there should be a programme to put a few hubbles up to compensate them. And they already have a company that can do this for them. At reduced pricing. Noone has to lose their job here, although the value to humanity getting everyone access to the Internet outweighs astronomers hunting for planets in other star systems. Don't you think?


Free Julian Assange

February 18th, 2020

And please no extradition to the USA for Julian Assange. If it wasn't for wikileaks, we'd never know about the "collateral murder" video where innocent men, women and children were killed by an apache gunship helicopter in bagdad.

We'd also know less of other leaks that were important. Hasn't Julian suffered enough? Hasn't he made enough mistakes and paid a dear price already? If he was released today he'd still not be the same person he was 8 years ago.

Many prominent personas have already called for him to be released. I'm not prominent but I add my voice. Give Julian a ride home to Australia.


SLRN probably has a bad RNG

February 18th, 2020

Yesterday I was looking through the source of slrn (not released since 2014?) and found this:

static unsigned long fast_random (void)
	return (Fast_Random = Fast_Random * 69069U + 1013904243U);
This is an incredibly stupid fast random as it's not cryptographic. But I analyzed this second number and it looked like a timestamp. It was to the day 18 years ago when this timestamp was (more than luck for me?). I googled but could only find someone named Kaminski dying on that day of old age. Perhaps it has a different meaning.

The reason I looked at slrn is because I'm considering perhaps writing a simple NNTP server with security in mind. But slrn won't even work on it becuase it will be using TLS1.2 and possibly 1.3. So that's a dillema. Once the NNTP server would be done I would have used it for comments in this blog.


This webserver has now powersavings

February 17th, 2020

Good for the environment, I have switched on powersavings mode on this webserver. I had previously thought it was already turned on but it wasn't. The mail server has it turned on so maybe I mistook them. When the system idles it will do so at 1600 MHz and at high load it will adjust higher. It is the apmd -A mode if you know this. I also use this at home on my workstation. It also means more profit for my hoster, but ultimately the environment wins.


Regarding OpenBSD donations

February 17th, 2020

OpenBSD has released a statement that they took in roughly $692,000 CAD in last years donation campaign. I'm proud to mention that I contributed 1/500 of that and at least 1/70's of that for a private donor when counting that private donors contributed up to $100,000 CAD. I have already made up my mind how much I will donate this year and it will be around 50 EUR possibly donating it next month. This is a far cry from yesteryear but I'm poor and last year I had the money and this is what gives me joy.

I hope OpenBSD won't squander their money, but uses it to the best interest of the project. Perhaps hire half a dozen people for a year. These have to be the best and perhaps already OpenBSD developers that can take a sabbatical from their current job. If it means moving to Alberta I don't know if that'll work, but it would be an adventure for those elegible. Good luck to OpenBSD!


Opinion: Germany should not invest in classical Supercomputers

February 16th, 2020

I was just reading about a new Supercomputer in Berlin and Goettingen. And I'm wondering, who pays for the electricity of these 100,000's of cores? In germany when you're a high-wattage user of electricity it costs 15 cents per KWh (so 1/2 price and is subsidized by other consumers, who pay 30 cents per KWh), so do some estimates.. even then the electricity bill is going to be huge. Not to mention they use a coal powered generation plant to produce the electricity. Sorry there has to be a better way! But fear not! There is a solution, when there is need, there is innovation they say! If you invest in photonics research you can cut the powerbill on a truly photonic supercomputer and it should be 1000x faster and require less power. Further more a quantum computer is a nice thing to have it probably only uses electricity en-masse for the cooling and then is fairly fast. Use that until you figure out the photonics! What has happened to the german erfindergeist?


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