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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Discipline
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:29:56 pm »
That time has passed. The current mode of power cannot be altered via beheadings like a sovereign power could. There will never be another guillotine style revolution in the west, and the reasons for that are buried in the French and American revolutions.

This! We know how power shifts nowadays - hostile takeovers. A business model that the established oligarchy cannot defend against. Buy them up, shut them down, strip their assets, lay off the staff and move on. Aggressive, disruptive business models bombarding the defenceless in a theatre of abstract wealth distribution. Take all the assets, you get the governments and the military thrown in as a job lot.

Open Source is coming. Plutocracy will be annihilated. If we play it right, very little blood will be spilled. All the power, financial, governmental and military is always up for grabs. All you need is a new kind of hand that's better at grabbing.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Spagbook
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:40:55 pm »
That's fuckin epic! Reminds me of Andreas Katsulas in Babylon5.

High Weirdness / Re: P3nT's deranged visions of the future
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:07:08 pm »
Been ages since I did one of these. Had some shit going on in my head, real fuzzy picture.

Biology 2.0

This picture has taken ages to sink in. I've been looking at genetic engineering as one thing and molecular assemblers as another and I've been looking at convergence as a hybrid, with highly optimised (but still recognisably biological) components, working in tandem with nanomachinery to produce one of those - more than the sum - numbers.

But now I don't see it that way. I have a clearer picture that makes more sense. Take the bloodstream. I thought respirocytes would render our biological bloodcells obsolete. Turn off red blood cell production in the genome - we don't nee that shit any more but I never thought about how we arrive at respirocytes beyond a vague - something in a nanotech lab, using lasers and tungsten vibrational quantums something scenario (not my department)

Thing is, tho it's not just the micro-Doozer engineers that are approaching this problem. Fighting in the red corner, we have the biohackers, arsing about with size and shape and whatever a biohacker can do to increase efficiency. By the time respirocytes come along we'll have the perfect manufacturing platform, coded right into the DNA. Add a bit of nano post production and finishing and respirocytes will be Red Blood cell 2.0

This basic approach can probably be applied to every functional component in our current version one physiology.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:18:48 pm »
Pretty trick femtosecond scanner

The measurements, created by the use of short pulse lasers and bioluminescent proteins, are made in femtoseconds, which is one millionth of one billionth of a second. A femtosecond, compared to one second, is about the same as one second compared to 32 million years.
That's a pretty fast shutter speed, and it should change the way biological research and physical chemistry are being done, scientists say.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: My Girl Friday
« on: June 30, 2014, 05:13:44 pm »

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Reconventional Wisdom
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:55:57 pm »
What if some of the things that have always been wrong in the past aren't wrong any more?

Conversely, what if some of the things that we believe to be good ideas have become bad ones in current times?

What if, maybe, some things that even failed spectacularly one or more times only failed because of when they happened, the historical environment they happened in?

What if there's a whole bunch of stuff that's always been absolutely true and generally accepted to be true for so long that nobody thinks about it any more and merely dismisses the notion out of hand?

What if mixed in with flying cats and being able to walk through walls, there's some things that actually would be good ideas now?

Maybe it's a political system or an economics system. Maybe it's technological, maybe it's sociological. Logistics...

There's a fuckload of bad ideas out there to choose from. Question is - are they still bad ideas?

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:35:23 am »
They think precisely like normal humans. This is the kind of thing that normal human brains are capable of. They are also capable of working out things like e=mc2 and how to put people on the moon. Same hardware, different inputs :sad:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Gaining Faith
« on: June 28, 2014, 07:40:19 am »
My delicate, ethereal ego, responds to input. Things make it feel good, things make it feel bad. These inputs may arrive externally or they may be driven from within by the ego itself. It prefers to feel good so it processes inputs based around this primary desire. Filtering and managing the negative and positive feeling inputs in such a way as to facilitate feeling good.

I do not believe or have faith in the notion that feeling good is more important or valid than feeling bad. I don't know if either or neither is more important than the other. The choice is available to me. I make it. This requires neither faith nor belief insofar as I can tell. It's simply my cognitive response to that which is apparent.


Also, Necronom-emoticon:


We have a winner!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: My Girl Friday
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:24:29 pm »
Be still my jaded heart

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: My Girl Friday
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:13:25 pm »
This subject matter is so - right up my street - it's practically in my house, sitting on my lap and drinking my beer. Eagerly awaiting you shitting on my dreams and turning them into something degenerately horrible.


Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:24:52 pm »
Not really heard anything. Came through one of my feeds. I thought it was new. My fault for not checking the dates  :oops:

The best part is, I tend to do my best "work" once I no longer care whether I'm turning up tomorrow or not.

Apathy can be incredible business tool.

It's not apathy as much as eliminating crippling stressors. The - if I rock the boat I won't have a roof over my head - state is akin to being frozen in fear. Totally frozen. If you don't give a shit, however, you're more inclined to explain to the boss that his idea is fucking idiotic and you'll actually enjoy the loud, shouty process of explaining why, replete with "I'll fucking sack you" "Go ahead punk, make my day"s

And you know what - sometimes that's the only way to get your point across and then the huge fucking mistake ends up not getting made and the loud, shouty boss realises how right you were and thanks you profusely during the same sentence he uses to apologise equally profusely for threatening to shitcan you.

The alternative is you kyfms and end up having to implement a whole bunch of retarded fail that proceeds directly to failing retardedly. Guess who gets the blame?


My first suggestion would be to stop playing dumb. If the assumptions are in error, state said error loudly and question why they can't perceive this error. Embarrassment is a great tool for getting people to SHUT UP.

If they are increasing, it's probably because you have SHUT UP and are not refuting said nonsense with appropriate venom.

Directness tends to work rather well with these people, statements along the lines of "That's an incredibly passive-aggressive thing to say. What's the issue here?" have also worked well more me in the past. If they fail to relate it directly to the problem at hand, it's likely a personal thing. If that's the case, whip out any policies/procedures etc that you can use and start playing the Shawshank letter game. 2 letters a week citing their various woes caused. Do this Anonymously and it'll take a while to work. Stick your name on it and you'll probably end up in some kind of mediation with them (assuming standard corporate workplace). This is pretty much your chance to help let them hang themselves.   

Hope that helps.

Your approach will obviously vary by how much you actually care about keeping that job. If you don't give the slightest fuck about keeping it, you can have some real fun.

This rule can be applied damn near universally!

I find being an active-aggressive douchebag trumps it, like rock-paper-scissors. Luckily for me I was born an aggressive douchebag so I do it automatically.

Try yelling "Quit being a whiny passive aggressive fuckhead. If you want a fight lets fucking do it!" at them. See if it helps  :evil:

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