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Comment: Sortocracy Is a Two Edged Sword (Score 3, Interesting) 562

by Baldrson (#46669541) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Sorting proponents into governments that test them is the penetration of the Enlightenment into the social sciences. This allows the social sciences to progress beyond "correlation doesn't imply causation" to perform ethical experiments on human subjects that, because there are experimental control groups, permits much stronger inference of causal laws in human ecologies (human societies) than do mere ecological correlations.

So what's not to like about locales, like the Mozilla Foundation or Google or even Silicon Valley, excluding from their midst those who are incompatible with the social experiment that most people want to perform on themselves? After all, it is only by consent of the governed that a jurisdiction can be deemed legitimate.

Here's the problem:

In the modern zeitgeist it is considered the moral equivalent of Satanism to practice what is called "the politics of exclusion". Why? Because it "discriminates".

These fuzzy tropes forget one thing, however -- and it is something that anyone who is involved in technology should understand in their gut:

It is only by "excluding" various hypotheses that we can "discriminate" between truth and falsehood in the real world.

But no one wants to admit that their religion might be false -- including those whose religion is the de facto state religion that enforces "inclusion" and prohibits "discrimination".

Comment: The Exchanges Aren't Cryptocurrency (Score 5, Interesting) 357

by Baldrson (#46561463) Attached to: Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

Cryptocurrency is a platform and the exchanges are an app built on the platform. The security problems have been with the apps built on the platform. The peer to peer architecture is not what is being exploited. Its reckless abandonment of P2P for client server.

Comment: The Plan to Replace the Welfare State (Score 1) 676

by Baldrson (#46461795) Attached to: 70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
Believe it or not, libertarian American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray agrees with Martin Luther King on one thing:

The welfare state should be replaced by just sending out the same amount to each adult citizen' bank account each month.

So, if those two can agree the solution to poverty what's the hold up?

+ - NASA Langley Study On Cold Fusion's Potential in Aviation->

Submitted by Baldrson
Baldrson (78598) writes "Perpetually in-flight "skytrains" with which smaller aircraft would temporarily dock to exchange passengers and cargo, ground-effect flying container ships ala the Hughes Spruce Goose (only bigger and not made of spruce) and vertical takeoff and landing supersonic business jets were among among the aircraft potentials of cold fusion technology presented at NASA Langley's ARMD Seedling Seminar, February 25, 2014 in a study titled "Low Energy Nuclear Reaction Aircraft" (Warning: Adobe Connect). One comment heard: "There is a similar initiative in Lockheed/Martin.""
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Comment: Yeah get them integrated into society with rape (Score 2) 326

by Baldrson (#46362803) Attached to: The Science of Solitary Confinement
Far superior to solitary confinement, particularly for white prisoners, is to put them in wings with active ethnic gangs to teach them tolerance.

Here is Human Rights Watch's discussion of how ethnic gangs teach white prisoners tolerance:

Past studies have documented the prevalence of black on white sexual aggression in prison.(213) These findings are further confirmed by Human Rights Watch's own research. Overall, our correspondence and interviews with white, black, and Hispanic inmates convince us that white inmates are disproportionately targeted for abuse.(214) Although many whites reported being raped by white inmates, black on white abuse appears to be more common. To a much lesser extent, non-Hispanic whites also reported being victimized by Hispanic inmates.

Other than sexual abuse of white inmates by African Americans, and, less frequently, Hispanics, interracial and interethnic sexual abuse appears to be much less common than sexual abuse committed by persons of one race or ethnicity against members of that same group. In other words, African Americans typically face sexual abuse at the hands of other African Americans, and Hispanics at the hands of other Hispanics. Some inmates told Human Rights Watch that this pattern reflected an inmate rule, one that was strictly enforced: "only a black can turn out [rape] a black, and only a chicano can turn out a chicano."(215)

The benefits of this therapy have been documented by the government's study of the phenomenon:

Prison rape worldview doesn't interpret sexual pressure as coercion," he wrote. "Rather, sexual pressure ushers, guides or shepherds the process of sexual awakening.

Imagine the homophobia to which the world would be subjected if it weren't for the sexual awakening offered by the government's integration of angry white males with the rest of society.

Comment: Report all user intpus to DHS! (Score 1) 240

by Baldrson (#46357013) Attached to: WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies
The only way we're truly going to get a handle on this crime problem and protect the American people from themselves is to mandate installation of ROM-based drivers to report all keyboard presses, mouse events and screen gestures to the Department of Homeland Security's central analysis system where they can use Big Data Mining techniques to forewarn our protectors of imminent dangers to the public good.

This may, of course, require modifications to CPU hardware architecture to override any attempts to subvert the reporting drivers, but no measures are too great to protect the public good.

Comment: Dr. David R Criswell and Shimizu (Score 4, Informative) 330

by Baldrson (#46319967) Attached to: Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon
Actually, lunar-based solar power for Earth is decades old, and was first patented by Dr. David R. Criswell in the late 80s. I was working for Dr. Criswell at the California Space Institute in La Jolla in 1985 while he was developing this idea so I know it goes back at least to the mid 80s.

Shimizu Corporation intersects with Dr. Criswell in another way that I just discovered today after searching for his more recent patents.

We've got to attract technological civilization's population away from natural ecosystems into idealized artificial environments such as Shimizu Corporation's design for what it calls the "Green Float". You can house the entire population of civilization in beach-front property on the boundary of a tropical rain forest where people can swim, fish, hunt and gather recreationally, as well as access the height of urban lifestyle. From there space habitats are likely to emerge so that the natural propensity of these "cells" to replicate endlessly needn't destroy Earth's biosphere. Interestingly, I came up with a geometry that looks very similar to that years ago, with the Solar Updraft Tower Algae Biosphere proforma and, over the subsequent years, I found a floating photobioreactor technology that requires little more than 2 layers of polyfilm that has demonstrated production per cost figures far in excess of what I projected in that proforma. Before I ran across Shimizu Corp's Green Float I had further refined the idea based on the Atmospheric Vortex Engine, which, like Shimizu's "Green Float", is ideally sited in the equatorial doldrums and could make use of the central tower of the Green Float. I posted some preliminary thoughts over at the Seastead Institute's blog.

A key problem I attempted to address in my preliminary thoughts was the early market for energy from the Atmospheric Vortex Engines that would form the nuclei for Shimizu's Green Floats. A big problem was the fact that the electric power markets are thousands of miles away from the floating AVEs even if you could build on the order of a terawatt of oceanic power transmission lines thousands of miles long. Early markets are critical for attracting capital -- the lack of which renders such grandiose ideas "non-starters".

I had thought it would be very nice to have a microwave transmission technology that could dynamically switch the power distribution to achieve the holy grail of "dispatchable" power generation for peak loads, but wasn't aware, until just now, that Dr. Criswell's recent revision of his patent serves precisely that purpose.

Comment: Land mines on 8 mile road (Score 1) 398

by Baldrson (#46082923) Attached to: Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa
From Steve Sailer:

We are constantly told that the U.S. border, unlike say the Finnish or Israeli border, is impossible to enforce. Yet 8 Mile Road, the northern municipal boundary of Detroit, is apparently seeded with landmines or something because nobody seems to wonder how the new visa-holders will somehow be corralled permanently in Detroit instead of quickly moving to Birmingham, MI or Ann Arbor or San Diego or some other place in the U.S. nicer than Detroit.

Comment: Tragic Waste (Score 1) 223

by Baldrson (#46000601) Attached to: China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism
The opportunity to introduce a new operating system platform with sufficient critical mass to overcome existing standards is an opportunity to introduce advances in OS theory, and languages, that have been achieved over the decades. Hell, f all they did was adopt the A2 operating system with Active Oberon it would be an advance over Linux/"C".

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