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Techmology and Scientism / Tech Journal
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:51:46 am »
I will go into more detail on this later but because people are complaining about how quiet it is here I'm going to start updating this thread with what I know: Hardware. I won't be posting anything sensitive to the projects but I want to go into detail where I can.

Over the last year I've been working on an indoor location system to track firefighters while they do their training. This is fun and excruciating location is a really difficult one to use. In short the higher your resolution the more difficult it is to accurately say where someone is. For this project we need down to 0.5m accuracy with the ability to distinguish between multiple people huddled together.

Without going into the gritty of it (NDA) we kitted out the test site with an array of sensors that give us the location of people going through, proximity and pressure sensors were used to give us these location. This style of location system has been done before but it's problem is it cannot distinguish between people. We've done it optically using a kinect style approach and not to toot my own horn I am pretty damn happy with the results, we locate and identify people and ID them within the test grid with a perfect accuracy for up to four people, any more than that and the optical system doesn't hold up but that's something we are working on (the main limiting factor is the Sheer amount of data generated from the optical system so the more machines you have to crunch the numbers the higher your resolution can go).

One of the other projects that we are working on that we are really happy with is a multitouch exhibit for a space/science museum. The emphasis being on collaboration and several users interacting at once, something that isn't often done well with these things.

Pictures to come.

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Could I get some people to like this comment Regarding SOPA Ireland?

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=313436838694175&id=185032148201312

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Aneristic Illusions / sopa in ireland
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:01:00 pm »
http://stopsopaireland.com/

I can't personally say much about this, but I hope and pray this doesn't go through.

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Principia Discussion / We've been Invited to a party in Vienna: OM 2012
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:08:17 pm »
Quote from: Großmeister RA-Punzel der Dunkelbunte

Dear brothers and sisters, holy and unholy, dear fucked ups and everyone else,

as Grandmaster of the discordian temple in Vienna I have recognized the 21. December of 2012 as try of the illuminates to bring us the Eschaton.
It is clear that 2021 = 20+1+2 = 23 is year of illumination and therefore there has to be an OM regardless of the nonsense I told you before.

For this reason the temple is gathering on the 23. of may in Vienna at the holy address Ruckergasse 50/23 to start the OM 2012 so we all can live happily eveter after this damn 21. of December. Or just to have fun. Or both.
Feel invited if you are around.

If you need more information please ask. Please ask. Please ask. There will be a colorful leaflet too when I am in the mood of making one. Maybe I will even translate our website some time > tempel.eris23.com


23 Hossa!! and Ewige Blumenkraft
Grandmaster RA-Punzel the Dark Colored 23°=5^
Rebirth of RA-Punzel I. and  "Sabbatarius Veneficus"

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Literate Chaotic / Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: January 09, 2012, 12:32:30 am »
Every so often I post about the comics I'm reading and while we've had the odd thread about Grant Morrison and Alan Moores stuff
most other comic book threads have fizzled out.

Shade, The changing man by Peter Milligan

I'm Just after finishing the seventy issue arc by Peter Milligan and I've found commentary/reviews online to be lacking, I can only assume this was a series that has either been forgotten about or didn't have huge numbers in its later years, which is a damn shame, It's excellent.

Vertigo is a line that prides itself on publishing books with unusual themes, concepts or morality, and I haven't read a title that better encapsulates this.

From the very start we are never fully sure where we stand with Shade, wether we can trust him or not from from his first incarnation as the possessed death row convict and psychopath Troy Grenzer, travelling with the daughter of his victims.

A recurring theme of shade is shifting identities and an endless growth, death reinvention cycle of all of the main characters persona's, something that if you get immersed in the story can be often painful or melancholy to experience.  As soon as you think you have shade figured out he changes again and you are never fully sure if it is for the better.

This is one of the strongest titles Vertigo has completed, my only complaint is I wish there was more. I'm really pleased to see that shade is being used in the DCU and hopefully people take an interest in where the character has come from like I did.

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Aneristic Illusions / Occupy Cork Claims Property
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:31:01 pm »
http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0103/occupy.html

Last night the cork occupy crowd took a 6 story vacant property. Here's why they haven't been immediately kicked out;

  • The mortgage on the building is now owned by Nama, the property black hole
  • The developer who cannot afford to repay it is unable to get the support to kick them out
  • The building has stood unused for close to two years and
  • It's actually going to be used for something useful

Everyone in Ireland hates the property developers so I could see a lot more of this happening very soon.
What would happen if this was attempted elsewhere such as the UK or US?

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Bring and Brag / A fragment
« on: December 30, 2011, 11:18:04 pm »
By now the personality reassignment pill was old news, a common practice prescribed by even the most old fashioned and mistrusting of medical professionals. Narcotics dealers stood on dank street corners doling out idealised personas, counterfeit identities crudely carved together, all with superhero morality and tireless vigour but devoid of depth or substance.

Progress does not slow, not now or ever, the great wheel churns out new products without a second thought of the consequences. Collateral damage chalked up to beta testing hiccups.

Scientists were working on a breakthrough; harnessing the essence of an existential crisis and trapping it in physical form.

These were given bank accounts to fill and licences to use, papers and jobs. All expected to work or starve, to justify their own existence or be swept away by the unstoppable hustle and bustle of every day life.

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Aneristic Illusions / More NOTW hacking bullshit
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:47:17 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16283935

I don't know an awful lot about this James Hipwell guy, but the casual nature of the hacking he describes has me dumbfounded. I have yet to come across any kind of working phone hacking stuff online, what they are describing is the police forensic tool used on phones in investigations. The only way journalists without any tech knowledge could have operated easily with this kind of stuff means that not only were they in bed with the providers but would have had to have been given police training in how to use their software.

Or maybe he's just saying this for sensationalism. Naming the Sainted Mccann's is a dangerous move. It will more then turn people from mild apathetic anger into a pitchfork mob if they confirm the mccanns phone was hacked.

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Literate Chaotic / Black Mirror
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:51:24 pm »
Charlie Brooker has a new show airing called as you might have guessed from the title The Black Mirror.
The Mirror in question refers to the bleak monolith sitting in everyone's living room or in their pockets. Each episode is to deal with a different aspect of technology and the role it plays in society told through different styled stories.

The first episode deals with a situation where a celebrity is kidnapped and the ransom for her life is that the prime minister fuck a pig on live tv, and how as soon as it hits the internet it goes viral.

While the first episode was good, it wasn't until the second that the show blew me away and it is this episode I would suggest everyone watch.

I won't go into specifics.

It deals with a lot of the themes we're very much familiar with on the boards. All of it works through nightmarish parody of culture we have now, X-factor is brought to its logical and extreme conclusion of utter judgement of a persons worth, we see health obsession, unskippable adverts in life, purchasing digital representations of real life commodities, having an online Doppelgänger to portray an idealised pretend version of yourself (and then being ridiculed when it doesn't fit in), assuming someone is inferior because they don't have the prepackaged lifestyles that are allegedly desirable.

We've seen some of this stuff in the likes of transmet and Doktor Sleepless, but it's never hit so close to home.

I'd really like for some people to watch this episode and tell me what they think.

I don't know if this link will work for everyone:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/episode-guide/series-1/episode-2

if not acquire it any way you can because this is good.

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Principia Discussion / FW: Correspondence from discordians
« on: July 13, 2011, 09:21:35 am »
This Email was more to the general community but it came to my inbox, I'll send back any responses.

Anonymous just launched a Discordian Reality Hacking game!

Hey guys, I would like to ask you if you know anything about this.

I've been reading for a while in some private boards that the Anonymous HiveMind just launched an Alternate Reality Hacking GAME ( see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacking_(innovation)#Reality_hacking ), called Project Mayhem 2012, set to hack Reality & Collective Global Brain by massively organizing thousands? millions? of Anons to DO something globally next December 21st, 2012... yeah, I know!

It seems to be part of 'The Plan', which is introduced here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_9T1SPJXRI

The game looks like a Meta-Hypersigil! They have taken several hypersigils and combined to create something said to be BIG.

The game is being played at Project Mayhem 2012:

http://projectmayhem2012.org

More info hidden in the html comments of each and every one of those pages (CTRL+U to view html source code), specially at http://projectmayhem2012.org/pm2012.html

protip: Matt Bellamy of MUSE, whom is a self-confessed fan of "the occult" and some Chaos Magicians like Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Douglas Rushkoff's Cyberia & many other big names seem to be behind this.

Everything explained here. EPIC thread is EPIC (registration is free):

http://www.whatis-theplan.org/t1676-project-mayhem-2012

Guys, its quickly going viral, +4000 likes @ fb and going up, so, I would like to know:

I'm absolutely SURE that there should be someone in the forum, some insiders who know what this might be about.

Have you got any further/inside info about this?

As registration seems to be closed, could you please pass the word to the forum and please please pm me if you find out something, as I'm hooked trying to solve the hidden enigmas and I wanna know! :)

Looks intriguing & potentially world changing indeed!!

fnord23!

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Or Kill Me / Congratulations
« on: June 19, 2011, 11:59:18 pm »
In recognition of your accomplishments and tireless efforts in taking from the world an aspect of Science, arts or philosophy that can never again be replaced we have found that through your diligence an irreplaceable keystone of humanity is forever lost to the ether.

For hastening the dark night of humanity by extinguishing one of its brightest lights, we the academic committee bestow upon you the the title of anti-doctorate and hope that you will go forth and endeavour to strengthen the ranks of villainy and evil science.

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This topic has been moved back to Screaming Into The Void.

Thanks for your time.

EDIT TO CLARIFY: THREAD WAS MOVED AT OP'S REQUEST. IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY THERE IS A SECRET FORUM FOR LYS THEN YOU ARE WONDERING THE SAME THINGS I AM.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / ATTN: Rizzo
« on: December 08, 2010, 11:05:22 pm »
You're LAAAAAAME. My mother could troll better then you.
You're not going to get banned that way.

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Apart from hookers and weed does anyone know what kind of fun stuff there is to do there? Will be visiting Museums and stuff.
Actually now that I think of it, are any of you spags from Amsterdam and want to meet up?

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For a substantial period of time, a number of users contact information was available on google due to a mistake made by Enki.

Anyone who's contact information is hidden from other users is unaffected.

The people effected were the ones who posted in Paynes book of revelations style thread which I cant seem to find a link to right now.

So what does this actually mean?
It means that email and messenger addresses like AIM or MSN that you allow other users to see was indexed by google. Your accounts are in no danger of being hacked (well, any more then usual), but it does mean some of you will have been receiving a lot more spam lately, or had more bots add you on messenger programs as a result of them being found on google.

Once I find the thread I will be posting the list of everyone who was effected

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