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Painting with gunpowder!

Source: https://www.facebook.com/paintwithgunpowder/
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* This is just some thoughts I wrote down. Not meant to be taken as hard science and it's nothing new and may not be accurate, just a stream of thought.

I find it interesting, that almost all living things share a common code base. It’s a lot like computer programming in ways; except the code base is modular, and different components can be added or removed by loading different libraries. It’s as if there is a common repository that each new instance pulls from. There are forks of the original source code, each fork then creates branches, spinning off new versions in each branch. Some branches get retired, some run in parallel, some break off into separate modules, some iterate. The difference is that the binaries are compiled on the fly and the code writes and replicates itself. It not only replicates itself, but can also merge with compatible versions from the same branch, combining features. Compilation errors result in birth defects, bugs in the code result in diseases, conditions, abilities, etc. Sometimes the programming is all wrong and certain functions of the code breaks. It’s always changing and iterating in ways that optimize the code to suite the environment variables and conditions. Each new mutation can either be of benefit or detriment, almost as if it is testing itself to reach the limits of its own capabilities. As humans evolved, physical changes occurred over long periods of time to adapt to the changes in the environment. So what happens now that we have adapted and manipulated our environment to fit our form? Perhaps eventually we could adapt to life in space or other planets. It’s also code that’s fault tolerant, it can repair itself and can co-exist with other branches and versions of code, cooperate, and form symbiotic relationships. It makes me wonder if there is a standard release cycle; or what drives the pace of iteration, and is it the same for all versions?
When code is reused, you can see the similarities in the different branches, always following a path to the best optimization. Most mammals follow the same patterns of components: head, body, 4 appendages, and sex organs. The branch “human”, seems to have removed the function “grow_tail()”. But the skeletal structure and common shapes and organs reveal all the other similarities. Not just mammals; but birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, fish, etc. Even dinosaurs, head, body, appendages, and tail. The code goes back millions of years. Skin, bone, eyes, ears, fur, heart, lungs, etc. all shared code, all different iterations and versions. Octopi are aliens though…
Plants however, appear to be a fork of the original source. To find the similarities, you have to look at the underlying framework, it’s all there, operating system, kernel, bios, abstraction layer, machine code. In the form of cell walls and membranes, biochemistry, sugar and protein production. They just don’t use the same peripherals.
It makes sense then that we designed computers like an animal. They need a power source, and basic input and output systems. So keyboards and mice for hands, cameras for eyes, microphones for ears, speakers for a voice. Of course, processor, hard drives and memory for the brain. I’m so glad they don’t poop.
The internet, made as a way to exchange information among people; is a representation of our need to feel connected, and be connected to other living things. Computers, software, communication systems, and fiber optics, all evolved from the original idea of machines that can calculate numbers and allow us to send signals back and forth. The internet as we know it today was manifested out of a conglomeration of independent inventions, spanning over 200 years. We had to make the tools that could make the machines, that could make the tools, to make the next version of the machines, and so on… It was not just one project to make computers and make the internet, but all the different technologies needed evolved over different timelines and arose out of different needs. It’s grown organically to what it has become today, with millions of computers in people’s homes and millions of servers sitting in warehouses, and millions of miles of copper and fiber. It’s become a million times more complex than the human cardiovascular system and has a million times more computing power than the human brain.
Have we invented life? We put them in our pockets, wear them on our wrists, carry them around with us, pet them with our thumbs… We are connected to these machines on some levels that mimics human connection. All of it running on code that has evolved over the last 40 years to what it is today. However, human DNA is a million times more complex than the code running on your smart phone, it’s had millions of years to evolve. With current technology, we can mimic the processing of a simple brain, we can mimic processing of human speech and computers can beat humans on Jeopardy and board games. It’s ok though, we created this technology and we have control of it. We know it’s not alive, it’s not life, because it doesn’t think on its own and it doesn’t feel anything. Not yet anyway.
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When considering sizing an IT team, how many team members would you need in the following scenario? Datacenter and corporate IT combined.

20 physical servers
100 virtual servers
5 storage arrays
7 environments
6 networks
3 node Always on SQL cluster
2 vcenter instances
50+ mission critical applications and services
80 employees needing laptops, email, av, phone system, etc.
24/7 uptime
Security is critical
Enterprise level SLAs

Considering all the administration that goes into it and 50+ projects in the pipeline.

Edit: I should also mention that's it's for a heavy development shop, 20+ developers to support that are not considered part of the IT team. 
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Hello.

Is there any way to fix or game the Google + recommendations?

I keep getting these "Recommended for you" stories about Donald Trump. I don't remember searching for him, or +1ing, or sharing any posts about him. I may have clicking on one or two stories about him, but I haven;t recently. All of the posts getting recommend are in support of Trump and a bunch of other conservative posts. These are public posts by individuals and not part of any community I'm in or anything.

I don't support Trump either; and so I'm wondering how Google+ got that idea, and how can I fix these recommendations. I'm just really not interested, but Google + has been showing me these kinds of posts for a few months now, I normally scroll past, but it's getting annoying. I get a lot of other recommendations that are on topic about things I am interested in so I don't want to turn off recommendations. Didn't there used to be an option in the overflow menu to not show recommendations like that?

I'm not trying to start any political discussion though, this just happens to be my specific issue with the recommendation system.

Thanks for anyone reading and replying. 

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The sky over Nashville earlier.
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They installed white noise speakers in the office today. I'm not happy about it, that seems to be the consensus in  IT here as well. What do you guys think? Will I get used to it or should I start working from home... It definitely seems too loud to me, I'm trying to get to turn it down or off in my area of the office... 
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THIS POST IS SATIRE!

Since my last post got removed, trying to share again. I should have stated in my original post that it's a joke, it's making fun of all the "Mars will be as big as the moon posts." I really thought that most would get it considering it says "In HD!" and "It will give you superpowers!" and the fact that it's not even a real date. I am losing my faith in the intelligence level of humanity... 
It must be true!

Edit: I really thought people would get this, it's a joke, satire, it's poking fun at all the stupid posts like this, it's not even a real date! Still, this post got removed from the Space community... smh
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