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February 1st, 2018

A long-time friend that has been translating my inquiries. Often from english to german, but othertimes the other way around as well. I've also used their french translators occasionally.


Administrivia: 2017 -> 2018

February 1st, 2018

The script template I had that I use to vi the articles, did not update the date to 2018 and it was at 2017 all this time for january. Sorry about that.


Psychosis: a needed thing for 21st century life?

February 1st, 2018

In 2001 I had major achievements while not working but I was coding a lot and learning. The stress I took on, eventually caused a psychosis in 2002. However it's 16 years later and I wonder if the planned way for an IT person is to have a psychosis... For me the Internet came since 1994 (as a door in a BBS) and steadily grew into our lives. The networking of all of humanity. The dangers of cyberweapons, viruses, malware and the changing of minds. On the Internet there is injustices not over material things but over bits and bytes. Games for example. People get heavily emotional because they feel helpless over scripted adversaries and coding geniuses. I've been there. Everything moved so fast for my generation, it must be worst for other generations. Computers now are 1000 times more capable than 20 years ago. While we can easily upgrade computers, upgrading the mind to new tasks is not so easy. I've been taking meds since 2002/2003 now and I feel my long term memory is improving I'm starting to remember things again. I hope this is due to the stuff I take. I'm still a little depressed, or at the verge because I feel my mood swings quickly when I read something emotional. I see others around me fighting with emotions as well, but we can get through this I think. Let's take it this way... machines are on the rise to replace our jobs. AI, robots, quantum computers, increased awareness of our position in the universe, aliens, and secret societies and their plans for us. These things do revolve around us and we have to learn fast as it's a changing thing. Just click on youtube sometime if you don't get faced with these subjects I'd be surprised. We have to learn to cope with changes and with better adversaries than us. You can try and strike out on your own but I hope you can recover. I don't know if I'm recovering I have a mixture of trauma, fears and a feeling of helplessness in me, but I keep staying on this path. And working with computers is very important for me. It's my biggest challenge yet after trying to understand humans. Is it all needed for the 21st century? I know I'm not the only one and the old standing that 1% have a psychosis in their life probably isn't true anymore. I tend to guess there is more than 1% now. We're facing the biggest challenges of humanity. For millions of years we were on our feet and walking or running. Now we're sitting and have to make due. Can we cope? And what about god? I tend to not see myself as religious but rather as spiritual. There's got to be a creator even though I never saw it in person. Can we look beyond earth? Earth is a cozy womb (as others may have said), but what about other worlds? Other structures and other ideas? And most of all is there other life? I don't think we're the only ones. There is so many galaxies out there bigger than the milky way. Do we want to be special? Or do we go out and face the music, that we're not alone. Can we cope outside of this "we're special" ego? Don't get me wrong, we're very special, to us. To our little lives. In the grand scheme of things we're probably not able to cope beyond the little life. We break down, so we have to find ways to get beyond in intelligence, emotions, perception, mental state. Beware the propagandas out there.


I've turned off obfuscation in this blog

February 1st, 2018

I have turned off the obfuscation of this blog. This is because of Meltdown and particularily spectre attack. People have started turning off their javascripts and don't trust sites that require them turned on. Thanks to #openbsd on efnet for the hint on doing this (it's a week later but better than never). Will this blog ever be TLS encrypted? Who knows...


What can the brain do?

January 31st, 2018

I've wished this book for my birthday (in march). It is about the sonar in dolphins. I came across some link (which I can't remember it's location now), that said that dolphins got the ability to use sonar 15 million years ago and that made them more intelligent than humans at the time. Considering that sound travels in water at 1700 meters per second. An object 1.7 meters away would cover 1/1000 seconds or 1 ms. The round trip of the sound bouncing off the object would be 2 ms. You try reacting to any thing in 2 ms! I wish you luck! So not only are dolphin brains faster than humans brains, they have been doing so for 15 million years! Birds are said to have been the survivors of the dinosaurs which lived 100's of millions years ago. Birds have an exceptionally small brain compared to humans but what if they figured out a way to compress brain functions? Where we have a relatively large brain in comparison with most mammals, birds brains are about 2 cm if not smaller. In English there exist what I would guess 20,000 words. For someone to know all these words requires a high IQ. But a bird may have less "words" in its brain and can tell apart a car from a tree (one hopes). What a bird lacks is the mouth functions to be able to speak a word (with exception to parrots perhaps). I wonder if birds and other mammals have quicker but compressed brains in order to have similar brain function to humans? We seem to be super slow compared to a dolphin. I just wanted to paint a what if. Also interesting is that CPU's have compressed instructions (see RISC-V 'C' section). So why not brains?


To systematically spy is akin to colonization

January 30th, 2018

In this article (german) here, it is reported that China was systematically spying on the African Union parliament. One parliament member said this "If the chinese spied on us it's not so much a problem, because they never colonized us, supported sovereignty and help with the african economy". That may be true, but I think this member of parliament doesn't understand the Internet well. When hackers speak of other hackers taking control of a box they speak of "0wning" that box. The word 'to own' means that you lost your property to someone else. If that isn't akin to colonization then I'll be danged. China owned the entire network from the beginning and microphones and other spy tools were found. I think they were caught red handed. I don't have any advise for the AU here, other than the fact to build up your own education of the Internet, the RFC's are open at least, but they already knew that I bet.


I have taken on a new job

January 26th, 2018

Today we signed the contracts (dated wednesday the 24th), and I gave notice at my old employer that I'll be leaving them. I'm starting a new job working with POWER based AIX systems and Linux on POWER/OPENPOWER. POWER architecture is an acronym and stands for Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC. RISC being an acronym as well for Reduced Instruction Set Computer which you may know because I mentioned it before for RISC-V the fifth version of RISC. I have also made a CNAME to remember the POWER acronyms better:

venus$ ping pow.enhancedrisc.de
PING performance.optimization.with.enhancedrisc.de ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=248 time=19.505 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=248 time=19.251 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=248 time=19.549 ms
--- performance.optimization.with.enhancedrisc.de ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max/std-dev = 19.251/19.435/19.549/0.131 ms

So there it is. A POWER computer is based in part on PowerPC that was used for G3, G4, G5 Macs. I'm really excited by this new change. I start on March 1st, 2018 in full-time.


Defectiveness is my word

January 22nd, 2018

I have the following domains:

  1. solarscale.de
  2. virgostar.net
  3. delphinusdns.org
  4. enhancedRISC.de
  5. centroid.eu
  6. dtschland.eu
  7. schweinfurtdating.de
  8. freifunk-schweinfurt.de
  9. goldflipper.de

There is a tenth but I'm not revealing it. It starts with an S though. Now I took all the first letters of these domains (which I btw randomly selected) and grepped them without the g for goldflipper. I got these words:

  • defectiveness
  • defervesce
  • defervescence
  • defervescent
  • devicefulness
  • diffractiveness
  • disinfective
  • diversification
  • nondiversification
  • overdiversification
  • overfranchised
  • undefectiveness
  • unvouchsafed

I like defectiveness or "goldflipper defectiveness" a lot because my nick is buggy and a buggy computer part is defective. Interesting anyhow, notice there is an undefectiveness as well, that would match.


Electricity for 2017

January 22nd, 2018

I got my electricity bill for 2017.


Better than 2015, worse than 2016. I'm not saving much. On top of that electricity got a bit more expensive, so I'm paying back a bit of money. Effing bills ;-)!


Registered EnhancedRISC.de

January 21th, 2018

As I'M a fan of RISC architecture (had a Mac G4 Cube a while back) I registered this domain. Another piece of news is that I may be going to Embeddedworld in Nuremberg February 27th, to view their RISC-V presentations. I'M looking to take a vacation day that day.


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