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The biological network in the technology race

July 3, 2015

I was watching this short video

Fascinating stuff. The evil of technology is in that we *have to* learn. We have no choice. We have to anticipate the problems to the best of our abilities and address them in time or face incredibly harsh punishments. When nature unleashes the punishments it is often not known if we could have done something but it isn’t rare for the solution to be sitting there on the shelve for years without anyone caring what it is. If we don’t understand the situation we cant understand the problems or the solutions.

Take where it is argued that the automobile didn’t mean we all have to be engineers. He portrays the automobile as a single component. The invention was not the chair, it was not to put wheels on carts, it was not new to move cargo on a vehicle. The invention he is really referring to is the combustion engine. A better context would be engines in general. Everything from wind turbines, water wheels, steam and pneumatics to electric, gas and petrol engines. At first slowly but then increasingly rapidly we’ve replaced human labor with these powerful prime movers.

If people are not familiar with how these things work they wont understand how the world around them functions. Just like we have today it can only result in a society where billions are detached from reality. We need all of those people to govern themselves, we need for their opinion to be valuable. If they are unfamiliar with that what sustains them others can tell them any amount of stories and they will believe them. Self governing ends right there.

Take the electric car, it was invented in the early 1800’s and it held all speed records up to 1900. This while I suspect most people think the automobile was invented in the early 1900. People continued to build electric cars but lying to the general public  prevailed up to today. The first electric train was from 1879 the first electric tram in 1881. Trains with combustion engines are useful but electric magnetic levitation trains are that much more efficient and that much faster.

You have to think of an automobile as an indivisible unit to think that a tram or a  train is something different. It might be worthy of a special name if you put just 5 chairs on it and rubber bands over the wheels but to argue that this is the point where electricity stops being a viable solution is completely silly.

We use our many types of engines all over the place. To cool your computer, to mow the lawn, to open the garage door and to propel the industrial revolution. Today robots and artificial intelligence are playing an ever increasing role in society.

If it was true that people don’t have to understand any of it we will soon be reduced to a kind of pet in the most literal sense. Fast forwards a bit to the point where machines do everything, they hand us food and make our bed, shave you, put on your pants. From the other end, like with electronics, car engines and processors corporations will seal the components into lego like building blocks while promoting the idea that you should not know how things work.

If we are not careful we really can (and will) build a society where nothing is for you to know.

To take the amazon example. If everyone had a basic understanding of the technology we would have build a distributed system where the book store would be a node in the network. With a basic understanding it would be entirely obvious that a central control for profit at the expense of librarians and other literature professionals is undesirable.

As a direct result of our mistake Amazon purchased those nice little warehouse robots making them unavailable for everyone else.

They’ve hired part of the small group of people who understand how things work and now they own a large chunk of society. A large chunk of *our* society. That people don’t understand this doesn’t make it ok.

He speaks of time. Assaulting time. It is absolutely true that Amazon is able to deliver things faster than anyone else. But that is just a marketing component to them. They are not in the race to set the best time possible but their goal is to finish first.

A collective effort can gradually improve everything simply for the sake of improvement. For amazon it has to first make financial sense to focus on that area. They only have a tiny group of people working for them, they have to chose what to work on. Most will be in warehouses picking orders.

Commercial enterprise can barely get a rocket to ISS while collective efforts are approaching Pluto.

When space x figures out how to launch rockets reliably they could freeze the technology and work on other aspects of their business.

One day there will be a commercial space station and a commercial mission to Pluto.

By that time the collective effort will have bases on the moon and on mars and we will have rovers on Pluto.

The rovers will be complicated and their components will be complicated but those components will be made from simple mechanical contraptions that a child could understand. It will likely have a solar panel, a battery and an electric motor. A familiar computer with input and output devices.

If amazon had a publicly supported competitor and I had anything to say about it we would have digital copies of all books accessible before the hard-copy arrives in the mail. It could eventually be printed locally – it would defeat amazons delivery speed twice. We would have a debate how to properly reward living authors and reward librarians, we could run pilots side by side.

If people would understand technology we would have to wonder why we need google to find documents on-line. Google should definitely have a place on the web but to fully depend on commercial search providers results in poor search results and it gives them way to much power. They will seal their technology into components and keep it a secret just like all those commercial efforts before them. They will control what you get to read and what you wont get to read. They will closely monitor everything you do on-line. It is not unfair to say they can do whatever they like.

A crucial ingredient is for the general public not to know how simple it is to make a search engine.

The user types some words, they are send to other computers that will forward them again to many others. The words are compared to the index and the results are send back the same way.

The challenge is to sort the results by quality. A public debate about this is extremely important. Who is to decide which pages the general public should be reading OR more importantly who gets to decide which pages the public should not read?

Corporate interests? Must be kidding? I’m sure you can already picture what a joke that is. Google has been extremely nice to us in that regard. We should be glad we have such a benevolent information dictator.

Collectively we could do so much better than to sort search results by popularity as if that would be the ultimate measure of quality. The idea is easily debunked by the lack of sources popular articles cite. Citations after all end up promoting other websites other websites from the one the author is working for. The news article about Joe becomes a direct competitor of Joe’s homepage.

This is also why people are not making websites anymore. If we refuse to make an index that respects our hard worked articles it is no longer worth writing them.

This is how other realms of thoughts are being pushed out.

In short, programming is the reading and writing of the 21th century.

Arguing one doesn’t have to know how it works is equal to promoting illiteracy.

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How I would rule the Netherlands

December 26, 2014

I propose that we use our government to seize all industries without innovation, banks may borrow money from government if they want to lend money to people (rather than just create this money themselves) All types of innovation will be subsidized until there is nothing left to further develop, then the government seizure kicks in.

Then we pay each Dutch person a dividend of roughly ten thousand Euro per month, 2 thousand if you leave the Netherlands (please go away if you don’t like it here)

Then you will see what kind of economic growth that produces. Non innovative companies can leave their bags behind and go do their things elsewhere, because a trick anyone can do – anyone can do!

Private and corporate mortgages wont be paid off, you have a house or building that backs your debt, paying is nonsense. Only the difference between the debt and the value of the building has to be paid. Interest on mortgages will also be abolished.

Programming will start in primary school and drivers licenses will also become part of the basic curriculum (just like in the US) Road tax will also be abolished.

All forms of advertisement will be made illegal, on television only lectures and documentaries may be broadcasted, on university level, and peer reviewed.

Education will be free, there will even be an appropriate monthly bonus for each diploma you obtain and a similar bonus on scale for strength training and for having a good condition.

Build windmills en mass, flywheel energy storage to bridge the periods without wind, then free energy for everyone, corporate and private.

Minimum wage, social support and government health care will be abolished, you will have enough money to pay for that yourself, and if you like working so much you can do it for free.

City hall and other government buildings get party halls open 24/7, with live music, smoke and beer etc. Such nice A locations should be profitable. They make lovely coffeeshops where everyone in Europe is welcome.

Internet and telephone will be free, the self driving cab and public transport will be free too.

Then we build excessive numbers of houses to drive down the prices. Not the old fashion crap but high tech state of the art, with a little door behind which every possible order magically appears in 5 minutes.

Then, politically we will ridicule other countries, point out how silly they are. This is necessary to prevent them from doing something against our elaborate freedoms. With little effort they will be much to busy at home keeping their fairy tales alive to be able to worry about us.

There will be a holiday park for each country so that a good number of civilians can visit the Netherlands (preferably free) and see with their own eyes how fantastic we’ve organized things.

If there is some kind of issue some place then we get on our bicycle, hop in the train or take the car and go there, all together, to fix the problem. Just for the fun of it, if you don’t want to come you should stay at home with your sour face.

If people get to lazy we lower the income and introduce forced labor for everyone, 7 days per week 6 to 20:00 military time! Work until the backlog is cleared out.

For addictions one will first get many warnings but eventually you will end up in forced treatment. Nice, a month worth of sports in some park with other crybabies who also don’t have cigarettes.

There will also be a voting diploma, if you don’t know what you are talking about you should shut up and look away. If you really must vote then you can follow the course – with your fat lazy ass.

Armed with the appropriate diplomas you will take the political decisions, at home, on the computer, using the big evil internet.

I understand that you are a bit frightened by all these responsibilities, but we are going to pay you for it, after we take your fake job away from you it isn’t like you have anything better to do.

And if you want to cry, when you see that machine doing your work so much better than you ever could thats okay. Just as long as you go do something fun after that. You could for example go to school and get a real job helping with further automation, or you can go to the beach Go figure!

Je Maintiendrai !

unified apocalyptic theory

December 24, 2006

It’s far worse, people are not fools, they are sheep. The most important subjects can not even be discussed. I’m not even sure if I can myself.

Lets make the really… really…. really….. long story short…..

Only a huge invention can steer our titanic around the iceberg we are heading towards. Mankind desperately needs some incredibly efficient power source.

I don’t want to talk about theater wars, over population, global diseases, the dollar going kaput, oil running out etc wtc etc.

Second of all it’s much to upsetting and First of all it all boils down to the same thing.

Do you think we can live on this planet with 50 000 000 000 without any industry? What kind of life expectancy do the survivors have in a world of corpses? Would you want to live in that place?

I present to you the unified apocalyptic theory

First of all, we are perfectly happy it’s all going to end, it was all planed this way by ourselves.

The theory prescribes it’s better to list previous civilisations and the disasters they didn’t survive. As it is to look for an actual solution. We cant argue with the planning of our fellow man.

When we argue there is so much historical events of hightech civilizations doing the self-destructo-polonaise we have evident prove self destruction is inevitable on our side.

People who argue it isn’t so are to be made fun of. They cant come up with a shred of proof.

This makes the UAT teh supreme theory.

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paper view

November 15, 2005

Advertising is a big industry, we can use add supported services, we can earn money by having others click on our adds, we can even earn money with viewing adds in some programs.

I like to think “free” means something sucks. I sure know great free services but if they offer a payed product it almost always is better as..

I also think the person viewing the adds is doing the work. An add powered service may appear free, in reality they earn add revenue. This may or may not be more as enough it doesn’t matter, it’s still the viewers money in the developers pocket. I figure we are old enough to buy our own things? We are more as capable to judge and pay what things cost.

Now that made me think… “What if free things could be dramatically improved by charging a small fee?”

I imagine a blog posting could cost money. 50 cent or 2 € for posting it – that would be something I could afford.

I imagine a page stuffed with advertisement would be acceptable if the viewer earns money by viewing it.

– just the 2 ideas so far would mean A Blogger has to visit 3-20 blogs to earn back his posting. I would be even more motivated to view the new posts knowing the bloggers payed to post em.

I imagine a comment could cost 10 cent? Why not? It sounds like it makes sense? no?

If a comment would cost 5 € I would expect a serious reply? If that doesn’t appear others can see how it doesn’t. Deleting a comment should return the credit to it’s owner.

Google questions works some whut like that but that community is build from people in the mood to be helped or in the mood to be payed.

For bloggers it would only present some means to be taken more seriously.

I can’t help but think that a lot of people would be happy to earn a few coins by viewing your blog. Just imagine earning 20 cents by reading this posting. That would be fun! (Google makes around 5$ for each search result you view)

Not-free could also mean getting payed for writing posts. I’ve seen programs offer 300 000 articles about almost any subject, reading those mass generated writings gave me the shivers. It was cold and death-boring content, really scary! So, I figure paying to post and earning by reading could be a formula. Greedy people can shut up and serious questions can be answered.

For example:
Say it costs 2$ per post, we only have 10 adds per page, and a page view earns 20 cent.

20 cent divided by 10 adds is 2 cent. 2$ divided by 2 cents is 100 adds.

For the add we make a short introduction of our post, possibly with a small image. Then the viewer earns 2 cent for viewing your add and makes another 20 cent by clicking it.

We are not in a hurry so the 100 adds could take a few months to run out. That way the service can create a buffer to balance out the flow.

The advertisers have already payed you 2 cent, you don’t need to click their add. Still if you want you can.

This way it would be easy to store the add-click history and make it search-able for the user.

Building a safe payment system is so hard that filtering out automated surfers before payday is relatively easy. A few simple questions like “click the green dot” will do the trick. If human verification is slow it will happen more often. Posting a comment should be proof enough of being a real person. If the cash balance is low we also ask less questions. If you earn 20 bucks per day you will have to view the pages a bit longer and click few more dots. On the other hand, a user spending more as he earns should not have to do reality check ups.

Some bloggers have far to little to eat, other bloggers have far to few readers for the size of their budget.

Sure, people will create sweat shops to read our blogs. Do we really care? I love the idea people could make a living by reading this shit I write. That would rock the banana boat.

A friend of mine called it a service for rich snobs. I think she forgot we are the rich snobs on this planet. So, lets get your fat lazy ass into the comment box and write a few words for our sweat shoppers. You are obviously not willing to pay them 2 cent each, the least you can do is make a fool out of yourselves here. 😀

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we are the internet

November 10, 2005

Sure, I’m a lunatic

I do research but I develop nothing (except a few blogs ok-ok) this is giving me a really strange advantage over actual developers. To make things worse I’ve looked closer at most of their competitors and have a user perspective of their creation.

Then on one side we have young people who didn’t get a chance to see how things use to work because they didn’t exist back then (that should make sense). On the other side we have the older developers with their more static way of looking at things. Neither of those have any future in tech because the first is reinventing old shit and the second doesn’t have the energy for it.

Companies are obligated to protect their investors, this effectively means they cant make new stuff because it involves risks that investors are just not willing to take. The company can be forced by law to keep focus on recent activity’s and take things one step at a time.One step at a time means we are not able to take leaps forward of any kind.

I may rant and flame a lot at least I’m honest. The problem of not being able to digest what I say or write is all in the ear of the beholder. I will never say you’re doing great if you’re not.

We are the Internet! My blog isn’t the most popular in the world and I really don’t give a fuck. What I write can only be found here. No-one else can write what I write because I say so.

I hope you lack the brain to see the misery on this planet. If you do see it it’s effectively as much your fault as mine. You are to blame for it as much as I am.

Now WTF was that all about?

Google Microsoft yahoo etc etc they are all running after us. What we want we will get (if it’s possible) They are looking for value but cant grasp the simple things that would be the most valuable to this world. Their food needs to be pre chewed before they eat it.People are dieing all over the world and it’s not even necessary in most cases.

Bill Gates did one good deed in his life after people started to publicly hate speech and piss-pie him. He had his way to expensive advisor’s look for the best charity. It ended up in medical research.

Meanwhile Google news doesn’t have Environment news but does do Sports. Google obviously doesn’t care about any of us. WTF is health? An ego trip? It talks about bird flue, thats Environment to. Entertainment news? Are you fucking kidding? You have THE NEWS and THE ENTERTAINMENT you google freaks.

If I would make a news website I would put the Wether on it as well? huh? I didn’t invent this, people expect the weather on their news bulletin as well as changes in the ENVIRONMENT. If that doesn’t show they lack vision I don’t know what does? The rest of the site is all machine generated. They run after “what people like” blindly. Like mad man! And without care. WTF google LETS DO EAVOL? Just give us the money?

Bill Gates(our god of marketing) didn’t understand the marketing part of his own research. We all know that 95% of windows vista will be pure profit. What % of my money is going into global health care Billy? I actually don’t give a fuck about your OS it will probably suck but if it had a label “%20 of this product is used for developing medication.” I would be willing to have a look at it. I mr Bill cant get his head around that one I’m pretty sure it’s all down to crazy people like me now.

You don’t want to sell me death stick, you want to go home and re-consider your life.

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Freelance your blog skills

October 31, 2005

People will hate your blog if you don’t get it right. 😆

Besides from being to lazy to do anything I have a perfect picture of how you makes professional blogs happen.

The quality content you need requires lots of work. If the work is un-cool you will hate doing it. 😆 This means you need to find a commercial subject in the second place and a fun subject in the first. Only make a porn blog if you’re a pervert.

The hard part is finding the right kind of sponsor. Clicks on advertisement does not go anywhere as fast as selling Mercedes.

Find businesses that make money around your fun subjects. If no one is making money with something related to your hobby you need to look again because your doing something wrong. Open the eyes maybe.

You imagine what kind of people buy their type of products. What information are they looking for on the web? Then you make a new blog and create 5 posts in it. The title of the posts should explain what information is inside the post. For this text here a “Freelance your blog skills” would be ok.

For the first page view it doesn’t matter if the post sucks. Only the title makes the visitor view the posting. Only good content will get your visitor to visits your blog again.

Then you can already contact the businesses and just ask them if they want your blog to be part of their website. You just move your blog to a sub-domain of their business site.

Don’t hesitate to make jokes about them just having a phone number and items for sale. 99% of those sites offers no fresh & interesting content.

Make some trial deal, use your own money to buy google ad words. Advertise your blog for free on related sites. Then work like a slave day and night to write a (draft) post about every single subject your blog could have a post about.

What are the customers looking to accomplish?

You don’t need to help them at all, just make a soap like adventure about yourself trying to find out how to answerer your own questions. “as I was looking for Mercedes desktop themes I found the following sites….bla bla….” But keep updating that post! One day the post will list all Mercedes-desktop-theme-sites on the web.

A sexy way to obtain mass traffic of the right kind is by searching for questions people ask in forums. Write a good reply in your blog and give them a link like here:

http://www.bloggerforum.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=8648&forum=10

Getting extra cash, traffic and work true referal programs is cool but their banners and links back look nasty and you do have to promote them. You advertise a the program without adding a link to it. In stead offer a link to more information.Thats the WIN-WIN combo!

• You need whole articles to support your referral programs. + They are never good enough, NEVER!

• The “selling products” is the pipe dream of the formula.

• What you need is a lot of successful referrals under you.

putting their name in the box “to be your referral” is one thing, they won’t make a cent from just doing that. Just like you wont! 😆 Say you have a fairly ordinary blog like this one:

http://usavisa.blogspot.com
(This is one of my test blogs)

If you visit and click around a bit like a real visitor. You will spot a little 468 banner where I advertise a blog with all of those referral articles.

So, you make a blog about making money ayou may advertise it by your own TOS! Anything goes! (well almost) did you ever make money online? See any referral links in that? “nope non” Do you expect to see any on the page? “yes, lots with lots of info”. It’s the least annoying. on http://categories.blogspot.com Non of the banners rotating make me any cash. You can just click em, it’s ok. 🙂

I can participate in a whole lot of referral programs and advertise them properly. BUT I will never have to stalk people who are not interested! I was using the smallest adds and they made me angry as they are just as distracting as the big kind.

The whole separate blog is a winner formula. If you want me to do something, give me a whole page about how I’m going to do this and make it look half good. Don’t put to much effort in it, we will hate you for that, it’s just for cleaning up the original blog and for nothing else, well almost. 😆 We want a clean blog but we also want to keep the door open for traffic and cash making programs.

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What is the proper etiquette when it comes to using affiliate links on your blog or in message forums?

Lets see you investigate this in a that blog.

Should they always be labeled as such?

YES!

Are there times when it is O.K. to use an affiliate link without telling your audience that it is an affiliate link?

NO! You are looking for loving and caring referrals. 😆

I am kind of on the fence on this one. In some cases your credibility can take a hit because your entire post that has the affiliate link may be viewed as an ad.

Then stop the denial and make it so.

In other cases you may not care if the link is an affiliate link or not because going to the URL in the link is the reason for reading the post in the first place.

lol, you could add popups to links so they look as if they are part of the site linked to. You can expect me to remove all links to you the moment I find out. It’s like comming over for a beer and pulling out a vacuum cleaner and start selling it to me. Yeah, you may succeed but who cares? Why not ask me if you can show the machine and say some things about it first.

I figure it would be fun to see the lot of blog publishers make a lot of money to. I’m gonna go figure it all out for all of you. I don’t really care if you become my referral, I’m just looking for readers and this appears a popular topic. 😎

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The disappointment of Web 2.0

October 24, 2005

Email was invented by Xerox in 1930. In 1987 I was hard coding things in assembly on my commodore 64. lda sta brq and jrs was all I ever needed to make all possible miracle’s happen and even some impossible stuff.

A modem was used to send and receive data in the stone ages and Flickr adds nothing to this experience. It hosts images. Well DUHHH that ain’t original at all!

In the PC stone ages A folder was used to group a group of programs or sort the kinds of data properly. Tags and labels are cool if you’ve failed miserably at sorting things in folders. Only if I didn’t keep my flopy’s with games together I had to read the label.

Now we have google, del.icio.us and Digg do the same thing with the web and sadly fail to even find the documents let alone know what the f*ck things are. This is the right order of words for it: “Whatis” the “Whois”?

quote: eBay, Amazon, anypay, paypall work because LYING and CHEATING carries with it a price to pay.

They want us to believe the big 2.0 WEB will mean total domination for mega dumb multinationals. HAHAHAHAHA

Look at google talk! It’s by far the most ugly chat client ever! Look at Internet explorer! HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS they harvested and LOOK HOW IT LOOKS, LOOK at MSN!!! BWHAHAHAHA!!!! The shit is cheap for 1990 standards can code that in a week or so.

Microsoft had this great lie that all PC’s would be the same after you infect it with the 1000$ OS. That sure got things going. Now google is hiding web-based! They made a few windows applications but Microsoft always made sure it didn’t work. HAHAHA

Google is going for “life inside Internet explorer”. If that doesn’t show [Microsoft does nothing but celebrate it’s victory] I don’t know what does. Google is huge jet fits inside a browser.

I was looking at some Linux distributions (like this one) and think each one of those idiot multinationals could pull it off. Yes, even MS-Linux would be fantastic!

We have all eyes inside the browser but it’s a rather small part of computing. Even software takes a pretty small area of it. We need hardware! The Google mini is nice but useless for the normal user. We need the whole google pc, Microsoft PC etc etc

Googles single card idiocy is a project of the size I would expect from Digg or del.icio.us LOL. “load my bookmarks from a server each time I use em? Are you serious??? Your joking right???”

Google shows text results without tags. Is it still 1960 google?? In 2005 the results should be illustrated with at least an avatar linked to a profile. Fuck! Make a flash version of ur site? duhh – Blogger wont allow sorting a blog (after a few 100 postings the fun is gone) Even Columbus had categories in his journal.

People wearing Walkmans are idiots – the same goes for ipod Walkman. People who don’t talk back are not social. I think they probably don’t know how to use a smart phone.

Web 2.0 should mean governments building feedback systems, governments pushing the envelope on education, lets have the government moderate the description(and tags) of domain registrations. Then the state will supply us with profiles a blog-space a micro wallet and a free market place.

Easy!