Archive for the ‘Computers’ Category

US Government Censors 70 Websites

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Computers, Politics

What did I say in my very last post? Corporate domination of the US government, along with said government seeking to raise its powers orders of magnitude, is tearing the country apart. All of the domains were seized under the guise of enforcing our backwards-ass copyright laws, for instance, torrent-finder. Explained by the owner, he didn’t even receive a notice:
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner of Torrent-Finder explained, “I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN.”. How long until wikileaks is accused of copyright infringement and taken down? My guess is that it’ll happen inside a year, and thanks to major news outlets controlling the American public, most people will be happy about it. Please, don’t be among the misguided masses, wake up and smell the government shitting all over the country.

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They were in 1776, and they are now. Battles for the future of freedom are being fought on all fronts, all over the world, evil is everywhere. Hollywood, the MPAA, the RIAA and the two corporatist major parties are conspiring to destroy all freedom of speech on the internet- we’ve already lost it elsewhere- and lock down everyone’s computers tighter than iPhones. Most people are not even aware this war is being fought, they’re being used as pawns and sheep. If you do not pick a side, you are worse than useless to the fight for freedom; apathy is our enemy. All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars

Plenty of science fiction writers have presented their visions for the future, and in my opinion most of them have gotten it flat wrong. So here’s my list of predictions for the year 2100:

Governments have grown extremely oppressive (more so than they are now, if believable), driving the move of humans into space. Earth based governments try during the latter half of the 21st century to assert control over nearby territories, like the moon and earth orbit, but fail miserably due to the widespread usage of orbital bombardment by space settlers and simple lack of experience. Such government is therefore largely contained to earth, the space settlers not allowing earth flights beyond orbit. The usurping of such unjust governments on earth has begun to happen, and is expected to be complete no later than 2120.

Of the few hundred-thousand to million humans in space, most live in the asteroid belt with the de facto capital at Ceres. There’s a wild-west style vigilante anarchy in the belt and open space, a weak confederation style government on Mars and the Moon. Never before had there been such a time of such personal liberty for humans. Science and technology have begun to advance at a remarkable pace due to the achievement of Singularity, and a significant amount of humans now have indefinite, disease free lifespans due to nanobots. The nanobots, however, came about in the mid-21st century, thus of the people then were still alive and thriving by 2100. A new species of post-humans is beginning to take form, using cybernetic enhancements and genetic engineering to advance themselves to new levels. The terraforming of mars is taking place, and post humans are able to use their advanced cybernetics to venture beyond the pressurized colonies without space suits or additional oxygen years before baseline humans would be able to.

Faster than light travel is still science fiction, though research is being done. Anti-matter pulse powered city ships are making decade long interstellar voyages a reality, settlements being established around Alpha Centauriy and Brenard’s star among other locations, though there are less than a dozen ships in service. First contact with an alien intelligence probably occurs around this time, in which it is discovered that humanity’s mastery of spaceflight is highly unusual, most planets having missed the window of technology and willpower necessary. Inside the solar system, voyages between worlds and asteroids take anywhere from months between the outer and inner planets, to about a week or two between the moon and mars or venus thanks to fusion powered plasma-ion engines. The majority of trade occurs in the belt, due to easily controlled environments, plentiful resources and low gravity wells. Cloud city style cities have sprung up in high venusian atmosphere, and are exporting mass quantities of oxygen derived from Venus’s mostly CO2 atmosphere.

 

This is my rather idealistic take on the future, take it as you will.

SliTaz uses openbox as its primary DE

SliTaz is currently the de facto standard for a lightweight distro, replacing damn small linux. The main reasons are that: its simply up to date; DSL used the 2.4 kernel instead of 2.6, it has a beautiful out of the box interface, it somehow squeezes an insane amount of useful software into a significantly smaller package (30 Megabytes!), and its extremely versatile. It’s breathed life into ancient pentium machines with less than 256 Mb RAM, and what’s more, it made them just as fast and responsive as my current computers! I would not recommend any other distribution for retrofitting an ancient computer, and I can only imagine how wicked fast it must be on a current one.

Aliens- Slackware

Posted: October 1, 2010 in Computers

Slackware is my distribution of choice mostly because of its supremely excellent and stable implementation of KDE, its usage of the vanilla linux kernel, and the general pure linux feeling you get by running it, not to mention the knowledge you gain from using so many CLI tools. Its not quite as difficult to use as it’s made out to be, though I’d recommend mint or ubuntu before slack to a new user. It also runs the slipstream drives on the armada of ships I’ve assembled near Tau centauri to wipe out the hu- nevermind.

Stylized debian logo

Debian is solid as a rock. Mostly because they don’t allow any software into their stable release who’s authors are inconveniently still alive and might make updates someday ;). Seriously though, it’s a solid server OS but I wouldn’t recommend it for the majority of desktop users, as it tends to be out of date on release day. Use it for nuclear fusion containment fields.

Sorry for not updating in a while, had a lot to do. Anyway, this is going to be a daily thing for the next week or so, so I can stockpile new content. The first post will be up inside the hour.