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Out-of-the box thinking IT-Professional with a Ph.d. in physics. Co-founder and CTO of GenieBelt.com
Out-of-the box thinking IT-Professional with a Ph.d. in physics. Co-founder and CTO of GenieBelt.com

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So many so obvious reads I haven't read, guess family and work has won most battles last many years, now then ...
Barnes & Noble published a run-down of all novels that won both Hugo and Nebula Awards. STARTIDE RISING is rated in the upper half, so…

And in the same week, TIME Magazine on August 2018 listed EARTH as one of “8 books that eerily predicted the future.”

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/the-novels-that-won-both-the-hugo-and-nebula-awards-ranked/

http://time.com/5380613/books-predict-future/
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We are all imperfect, but that is only human.
“His work, his life, and his scientific contributions made him an inspiration to millions across the world, including to me. But the combination of his achievements and his affliction with ALS — combined with his meteoric fame — often made him immune to justified criticism. As a result, he spent decades making false, outdated, or misleading claims to the general population that permanently harmed the public understanding of science. He claimed to have solutions to problems that fell apart on a cursory glance; he proclaimed doomsday for humanity repeatedly with no evidence to back such claims up; he ignored the good work done by others in his own field. Despite his incredible successes in a number of arenas, there are some major scientific lessons he never learned. Here’s your chance to learn them now.”

Hawking’s contribution to physics, from the existence and meaning of singularities to properties of a black hole’s event horizon, entropy, temperature, and the radiation they generate were remarkable in the 1960s and 1970s. His popularizations of science were groundbreaking, too, exposing a general audience to a wide variety of wild and speculative ideas, igniting an interest in theoretical astrophysics in the minds of millions around the world. But as brilliant as Hawking was, there were a number of lessons about science and humanity that he never learned for himself, from the Big Bang and black holes to lessons about communicating speculative or unproven information as though they were facts. We have a tendency, when we turn people into heroes, to lionize their achievements and ignore their failings, but to do so cheats humanity out of recognizing all the facets of a complicated character.

Come learn, for yourself, the 4 scientific ideas that Stephen Hawking never managed to learn and incorporate while he was still alive.
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Another leap frog from Elon. Basic physics calc on ping times which include that light travels much faster in vacuum than fibers, factor in the number of routers it is passing and you see why it is a great idea. Now add that rockets is now going to drop to few % of prior cost and you see that a first mover may have great advantage here. Next investing in satelite platform now helps getting buyer for your rocket launches, we see synergies. Of course, essential for colonizing Mars too. Side effect? Global uncensored internet, if DIY laser nodes can connect... time span 5-15 years...
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Seems like a brilliant idea and experimental work. Cannot wait for the execution in business.
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Great interview in Wired. +David Brin spans widely, so although I find him hard to read I appreciate the doors he opens and I plan to read transparent society at some point, definitely seems the right way to me as #paradisepapers etc and Seth Abramson (check him on twitter) clearly shows (Seth shows how much transparancy is already available for the bright and bold).
Agree that Star Wars, like sugar, should used in moderate and wise doses.
An earlier me declared this manifesto of militant moderation. From a 2012 interview in Wired. It’s not aimed at the average person, but that smug dogmatist you know - left, right or libertarian - who, I guarantee, will stammer angrily, but will have no cogent answer. It is time for the Center to stand up and defend the only reasonable, pragmatic and effective revolution in the history of the world. Before we tumble into the other kind.

“One of the gods of the right, Friedrich Hayek, founder of the Austrian School of Economics, who the conservatives claim to consider to be the greatest economist of all time, said that the absolute necessity of capitalism is for all the players to know all of what’s going on all the time, so they can make good capitalist decisions. Even a laborer in a factory, even a peasant. If that peasant knows everything that’s going on, then that peasant can make the best deal for the fish he just caught or the yam he just grew.

“The greatest hypocrisy on the planet right now is for those who defend capitalism not to favor radical transparency — for all of us to know who owns everything. And that is my militant, radical, moderate, pro-market, pro-Enlightenment, calmly-ferocious stand.”

https://www.wired.com/2012/08/geeks-guide-david-brin/

Wow, who was that guy! I could use some of his passion, right now. ;-) It oversimplifies a bit. But I think all of this boils down to - the Basic Human Dilemma. Which I’ll lay down next.
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Glædelig Jul til alle der bruger Google+/Merry X-mas to all using Google+.



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Like Kill Decision by +Daniel Suarez boiled down to 7 minutes just way scarier since it targets "us all" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HipTO_7mUOw
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Our domain seems to have Chinese spammers form #########@qq.com where # is a digit. Thought it was merely bad user experience to have a digit email, but it turns out that using digits alone makes a lot of sense for Chinese natives, see this article https://newrepublic.com/article/117608/chinese-number-websites-secret-meaning-urls (thanks to our resident deep thinker Gee Kay and Chinese)
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In two minutes you can see what I am involved with for my work hours.
GenieBelt Demo in less than 2 minutes!
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