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  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Testing some entities, to achieve mathematical expression

    That's cool. It works. So I have reduced pessimism!!

    Δ Optimism > 0

  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 8:21pm

    Testing some entities, to achieve mathematical expression

    Trying to write for all, there exists, union, subset of or equal and Integral:

    ∀ ∃ ∪ ⊆ ∫

  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 7:53pm

    Math Programming

    First thing. Maths and Programming != the same thing. Conflating them is confusing.

    We are embedded in societies where communication is mathematically illiterate. Just look at textual posts like this with textual comments.

    (((General Communication) contains Maths) && ((Keyboard / Character-sets) contain (Maths Symbols)) → (We'd be able to use it more)

    I was unable to write the above using decent symbols as they aren't available. In other words, the way our so called civilisation has "developed" is intrinsically hostile to maths. (The dinosaur brains have effectively bred more of themselves by preventing sensible expression of thought...)

  • Mar 6th, 2014 @ 3:27pm

    So the US is a bit like Russia

    In Russia they have a system called SORM. As I understand it the ISP pays for the boxes of SORM which can spy on people at will.

    Seems the NSA has taken a leaf out of the FSB book and wants a similar charging model. Difference is that the Russian system is public knowledge (AFAIK).

  • Mar 6th, 2014 @ 2:28pm

    Not a sane foundation for a civilisation

    When I analyse this, I see a legal system that is not up to the job.

    The way it works is simply NOT FIT for the purpose it's designed for.

    Any civilisation built on such things is maybe doomed. Mankind needs to be rid of the lunacy. I'd prefer determined evolution, very soon. The, high probability, alternative is revolution, but that tends to take us backwards!

  • Mar 6th, 2014 @ 1:47pm

    We need to get out of here

    The planet has just gone wrong. BADLY wrong.

    Elected reps that haven't a clue, legal systems that are inimical to the future of mankind, people with primitive idea sets unable to have original thought and in control.

    Man oh man. It would be cool to just have a clean way to get out of this.

    I'm happy to buy the very few movies or TV series that have interest for me, to buy music on disc. I find newspapers expendable and most TV channels fairly useless. Just need a way to limit influence of these rubbish, to what I want, and keep them from preventing the future.

    Failing that, in this reality, what choices are there:

    1) Do a Ukraine on the idiots?
    2) Take interstellar voyager ONE to Epsilon Eridani?

    Sheesh. We need to stop the decrepit brains from stopping the decent futures that can be.

  • Feb 13th, 2014 @ 9:46pm

    If you object,do something

    These bizarre things will continue while we have law systems based on inappropriate core precepts administered by those who are criminally ignorant of the world they impact.

    Secondary Liability cuts both ways.

    This music company (Universal) represents artists. So I guess they bear primary responsibility for this travesty of reason, rightness and humanity.

    If you care tell their fan clubs, burn your copies of their music (if that's your thing), boycott their concerts, tell them in person whatever (as long as you stay within the law).

    Here's some names from the Universal web site:

    A THOUSAND HORSES
    AALIYAH
    AARON FRESH
    AARON NEVILLE
    ABRAHAM MCDONALD
    ACE HOOD
    ADRIENNE BAILON
    AFI
    AFROMAN
    AGNES
    AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG
    AIR
    AKON
    AKWID
    ALACRANES MUSICAL
    ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
    ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ
    ALEX CLARE
    ALEXISONFIRE
    ALFREDO OLIVAS
    B.B. KING
    BABASONICOS
    BABY BASH
    BABY BOY
    BAD LIEUTENANT
    BAD MEETS EVIL
    BANDA EL RECODO
    BANDA LOS RECODITOS
    BANDA SINALOENSE MS DE SERGIO LIZARRAGA
    BANKS
    BARRY WHITE
    BASTILLE
    BAT FOR LASHES
    BE YOUR OWN PET
    BEASTIE BOYS
    BEBEL GILBERTO
    BECK
    BELANOVA
    BERNARD FANNING
    BETH ORTON
    C. BREWER/D. RUNNICLES/ASO
    C2C
    CAFÉ TACUBA
    CALIBRE 50
    CAPITAL CITIESCARE BEARS ON FIRE
    CARIBBEAN CONNECTION FEAT. DAD
    CARLA BRUNI
    CARLOS Y ALEJANDRA
    CARLY RAE JEPSEN
    CARNEY
    CASHIS
    CAT STEVENS
    CELTIC THUNDER
    CHAMILLIONAIRE
    CHARLES HAMILTON
    CHASE COY
    CHENOA
    CHER
    CHESTER FRENCH
    D. FRIZZELL/S. WEST
    DANIEL ASH
    DANIEL HOPE
    DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
    DAVID BANNER
    DAVID BISBAL
    DAVID GARRETT
    DAVID GRAY
    DAVID GUETTA
    DAVID NAIL
    DAYS DIFFERENCE
    DEAN MARTIN
    DEBI NOVA
    DECEMBERISTS
    DEF LEPPARD
    DELTA SPIRIT
    DEMI LOVATO
    DERRICK HODGE
    D'ESPAIRSRAY
    DIAMOND RINGS
    EASTON CORBIN
    EDDY LOVER
    EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
    EELS
    EL DE BARGE
    EL MACIZO
    EL POTRO DE SINALOA
    EL TIGRILLO PALMA
    EL TRONO DE MEXICO
    ELBOW
    ELECTRIC TOUCH
    ELECTRIK RED
    ELEFTHERIA ARVANITAKI
    ELEPHANT MAN
    ELI YOUNG BAND
    ELIZABETH AND THE CATAPULT
    ELLIE GOULDING
    ELTON JOHN/LEON RUSSELL
    ELVIS COSTELLO
    EMELI SANDE
    FABOLOUS
    FAIR TO MIDLAND
    FALL OUT BOY
    FANNY LU
    FAR EAST MOVEMENT
    FATBOY SLIM
    FEDERICO AUBELE
    FEFE DOBSON
    FEIST
    FERGIE
    FIDEL RUEDA
    FINDLAY BROWN
    FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
    FLIPSYDE
    FLOBOTS
    FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
    FLYLEAFFONOVISA
    FOREVER THE SICKEST KIDS
    FOUR TOPS
    G. LOVE
    GABRIELLA CILMI
    GAME
    GARY ALLAN
    GARY GO
    GAVIN ROSSDALE
    GEORGE STRAIT
    GERMAN MONTERO
    GHOST B.C.GHOSTFACE KILLAH
    GIN WIGMORE
    GINUWINE
    GIRLICIOUS
    GIT FRESH
    GLORIA TREVI
    GODSMACK
    GOLD FIELDS
    GORAN BREGOVIC
    GOYO GASTELUM
    GRACIELA BELTRÁN
    HAJI SPRINGER
    HAL LINTON
    HALEY REINHART
    HALFORD
    HATEBREED
    HAYES CARLL
    HAYLEY WESTENRA
    HAYSTAK
    HECTOR EL FATHER
    HEDLEY
    HELENE GRIMAUD
    HOLE
    HOLLY WILLIAMS
    HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD
    HOOBASTANK
    HOT CHIP
    HUICHOL MUSICAL
    I-15
    IDA MARIA
    IGGY AZALEAIL VOLO
    IMAGINE DRAGONSIMELDA MAY
    IMOGEN HEAP & FROU FROU
    INDIA.ARIE
    INGRID MICHAELSON
    INNERPARTYSYSTEM
    INTERSCOPE
    ISSA GADALA
    IVAN
    IVY QUEEN
    J KING Y MAXIMAN
    J. FUTURISTIC
    JA RULE
    JA-BAR
    JACK JOHNSON
    JACKIE CHAIN
    JACKSON 5
    JADAKISS
    JAKE BUGG
    JAMES
    JAMES MORRISON
    JAMES VINCENT MCMORROWJAMEY JOHNSON
    JAMIE CULLUM
    JARED EVAN
    JARON AND THE LONG ROAD TO LOVE
    JARVIS
    JASON ALDEAN
    JASON MORAN
    JAVEN
    KACEY MUSGRAVES
    KAISER CHIEFS
    KANYE WEST
    KANYE WEST/JAY-Z
    KARDINAL OFFISHALL
    KATE NASH
    KATE VOEGELE
    KATHARINE MCPHEE
    KATIE MELUA
    KATY PERRY
    KEAK DA SNEAK
    KEANE
    KELIS
    KELLY ROWLAND
    KEM
    KENDRICK LAMAR
    KENNY "BABYFACE" EDMONDS
    KERI HILSON
    KERLI
    KEVIN RUDOLF
    L.L. COOL J
    LA APUESTA
    LA ARROLLADORA BANDA EL LIMON
    LA FACTORIA
    LA INCONTENIBLE BANDA ASTILLEROS
    LA ROUX
    LADY ANTEBELLUM
    LADY GAGA
    LADYHAWKE
    LARRY HERNANDEZ
    LAURA BELL BUNDY
    LAUREN ALAINA
    LEDISI
    LEE ANN WOMACK
    LEE RITENOUR
    LENY
    LIFEHOUSE
    LIGHTS
    LIL JON
    LIL' ROB
    M.I.A.
    MACHETE MUSIC
    MACK & MALONE
    MACY GRAYMAJOR LAZER
    MAKANO
    MALI MUSIC
    MALLARY HOPE
    MANN
    MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER
    MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS
    MARGO GURYAN
    MARIAH CAREY
    MARIANNE FAITHFULL
    MARILYN MANSON
    MARISA MONTE
    MARK SALLING
    MAROON 5
    MARQUES HOUSTON
    MARTINA MCBRIDE/TRAIN
    N.E.R.D
    NAS
    NAS & DAMIAN MARLEY
    NATALIA KILLS
    NATALIE COLENATURALLY 7
    N-DUBZ
    NEIL DIAMOND
    NEIL HALSTEAD
    NELLY
    NELLY FURTADO
    NEON TREES
    NERO
    NERVO
    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
    NEW YORK DOLLS
    NE-YO
    NICKI MINAJ
    NICOLE SCHERZINGER
    NIKKI YANOFSKY
    OLGA TANON
    ONE BLOCK RADIUS
    ONEREPUBLIC
    ORIANTHI
    ORIGINAL BANDA LIMON
    ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
    OWL CITY
    PABLO MILANES
    PAC DIV
    PALOMO
    PAPA ROACH
    PARACHUTE
    PARADISO GIRLS
    PATRICK STUMP
    PAULA COLE
    PAULINA RUBIO
    PEARL JAMPEDRO FERNANDEZ
    PEGGY LEE
    PESADO
    PET SHOP BOYS
    PETER FRAMPTON
    PHIL VASSAR
    PHILLIP PHILLIPS
    PHILTHY RICH
    PHOENIX
    PJ HARVEY
    Q-TIP
    QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
    QUINCY JONES
    R.CITY
    RAKIM
    RAMMSTEIN
    RANDY HOUSER
    RANDY MONTANA
    RASCAL FLATTS
    RAY LAVENDER
    RAZORLIGHT
    REBA MCENTIRE
    REDMAN
    RENI LANE
    REV THEORY
    RHYERICH BOY
    RICHY NIX
    RICK JAMES
    RICK ROSS
    RIHANNA
    RISE AGAINST
    ROB ZOMBIE
    SAFETYSUIT
    SALIVA
    SALLY SHAPIRO
    SALT-N-PEPA
    SAM SPARRO
    SARAH BLASKO
    SARAH BUXTON
    SAUL EL JAGUAR ALARCON
    SCHOOL GYRLS
    SCOOTER SMIFF
    SCORPIONS
    SCOTTY MCCREERY
    SEAN GARRETT
    SEAN O'CONNELL
    SEBASTIAN INGROSSO
    SELENA GOMEZ
    SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS
    SERENA RYDER
    SERGIO DALMA
    SHANIA TWAIN
    T.O.K.
    TAIO CRUZ
    TAMAR KAPRELIAN
    TANYA MORGAN
    TAXI DOLL
    TAYLOR SWIFT
    TEARS FOR FEARSTECH N9NE
    TED NUGENT
    TEDDY THOMPSON
    TEENA MARIE
    TERENCE BLANCHARD
    TERIYAKI BOYZ
    TERRIBLE THINGS
    TEYANA TAYLOR
    THE AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT
    THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
    THE AVETT BROTHERSTHE B-52S
    THE BAND PERRY
    U2
    UMLE
    UNIQUE
    UNLADYLIKE
    UNWRAPPED
    UTADA
    VALERIA GASTALDI
    VAN MORRISON
    VANESSA CARLTON
    VERSE SIMMONDS
    VINCE GILL
    VIOLENT SOHO
    VISTOSO BOSSES
    VITA CHAMBERS
    VOLBEAT
    VOZ DE MANDO
    WALE
    WAYNE SHORTER
    WE ARE THE FALLEN
    WEEZER
    WHITE LIES
    WILL.I.AM
    WILLIAM ORBIT
    WILLY NORTHPOLE
    WISIN & YANDEL
    WOLFMOTHER
    XAVIER RUDD
    XTREME
    YANNI
    YEAH YEAH YEAHS
    YELAWOLF
    YG
    YO GABBA GABBA!
    YOUNG JEEZY
    YOUNG LOVE
    YOUNG MONEY
    YOUR VEGAS
    YUKSEK
    YUMMY BINGHAM
    YUNG LA
    Z-RO & CHILL
    ZZ WARD
    .38 SPECIAL
    10 YEARS
    16 FRAMES
    2 CHAINZ24 HORAS
    3 DOORS DOWN
    4 MINUTE
    40 GLOCC/SPIDER LOC
    50 CENT
    9TH WARD

    Even if they're great artists, these guys have no right to smash the Internet.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 3:37pm

    Should there be open season on public officials

    Maybe this thing is backwards.

    Thought experiment.

    What if all public officials (police, congress-persons etc.) could have database searches by anybody, anytime. Private citizens not paid by the taxpayer have protection and easy ways to check who "checked on them".

    What would be the consequences?

  • Jan 25th, 2014 @ 2:20pm

    This is where publicity makes us do the wrong thing

    The Snowden revelations are being taken wrong.

    They reveal a corner of what is being done. Focus only on that and the problem is, arguably, made worse.

    I believe Germany intercepts 1 in 20 or 1 in 25 emails.
    Frances spy agencies are renown for aggressively using their resources to steal industrial secrets.
    Russia makes Internet users pay pretty directly for spy hardware that can intercept absolutely everything on the Internet without warrant.
    China...
    And we haven't even started on what the Internet Advertising agencies grab.
    Then the criminal gangs...
    ...

    Cherry picking who you whack is itself a mistake.

    We need whistleblower laws internationally that shine light on all of this. (Not just windfall revelations, thanks to one decent person. Seemingly, there are very few decent enough people, among the millions who work in this sector.)

  • Jan 25th, 2014 @ 2:08pm

    Taxpayer funding doing the opposite of what you'd expect?

    I expect taxpayer funded effort to be actively trying to help taxpayers.

    To me that means identifying problems, proactively working to fix those problems.

    This is the opposite of some of what's happening.

    It's been going on at least since they got as close to killing Zimmerman, for inventing PGP, as they dared.

    I don't believe government cryptographers have such a defeatist attitude that they want to prevent cryptography. So who made these decisions?

  • Jan 25th, 2014 @ 2:00pm

    It assumes that only Americans are worth considering

    The mental straight jacket of the national state, rears it's head yet again.

    This is only about Americans. It implicitly declares open season on non citizens and maybe citizens living abroad.

    Another slap in the face for decent people who have the temerity to not be US citizens.

  • Jan 25th, 2014 @ 1:42pm

    Mistrust of the Government

    The thing that strikes me here is the mistrust and paranoia (justified) that I see.

    A few people (in the law, elected reps, management of the securocracy) have started the rot that is progressively destroying faith in government and business.

    A slogan of the US, is mutating into something like:

    Government of the sheople, by the devil, for the psychopaths.

    Sad. I believe that the majority in the occupations that are starting to stink are decent people. The organisations that made this happen, are, in their present states, not fit for purpose in the current age.