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Effect Before Cause Before Effect

If time travel is possible, why has nobody come back to tell us?
Ok... take away the anthropomorphic part of the question and I'm starting to wonder if someTHING has... at the very beginning of time!

As I understand it, at the point of the Big Bang, EVERYTHING exploded into existence. All of the matter and energy we have or ever will sprang forth at that moment.

Today, we have Black Holes. Matter/Energy vacuums from which, near as we can tell, nothing can escape. Our current understanding suggests that, eventually, these Black Holes will have eaten up all matter in the universe. Adding to that scary thought, is knowing that, whatever is going on at the singularity, it's so strange we... can't... figure... it... out! Math can't tell us, and Mathematics is regularly touted as being the basis of how the entire universe works, and yet, it fails to explain the singularity.

Now, Black Holes exist. This isn't like only a decade or so ago when they existed only mathematically. We have observed them, yet we cannot explain their cores... the singularity. Math fails there. We cannot see to the singularity... what's happening?

With this mystery comes speculations. White Holes was an idea at one time. Basically, Black Holes eat the matter/energy and White Holes spew it out. Along the same lines is that Black Holes are sort of like a raw Wormhole, but one that's too gravitationally intensive to actually use (over-simplification).

What does this have to do with time travel?
What if Black Holes are BOTH wormholes and one end of a White Holes, and all of the Black Holes in the universe... every last one of them... all link up to the same exit point in space/time... the Big Bang!

What if our universe, as a collective whole, is, in fact, the original time traveler and it's been telling us this from the very first moment?

The Big Bang is the effect of billions of Black Holes gobbling up all of the matter and energy of the universe over uncountable billions/trillions/more of year.

Likewise, Black Holes are the effect of Big Bang releasing all of that matter and energy in which the universe was created.

Black Holes and the Big Bang... the largest Closed-Time-Loop we could ever imagine!

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I Don't Need a Babysitter!

Look... there's one of two things happening in which Twitch has made this policy change...

1) Twitch is run by a gaggle of prudes that think it's their duty to dictate what is or is not for others to view.
2) Children are watching otherwise "adult" streams.
3) Both

You know what? I don't need nor want some service deciding what I should or should not be watching. If I want to watch someone playing an 18+ game, I should have every right to that choice for myself. 

Now, one needs to register with Twitch in order to stream, and, upon streaming, there are a number of things the streamer can set about their stream (such as Title)... so, just add an Age Gate... You know, a simple drop down that allows someone to choose a rating for their stream.

"But... but... but... children can easily get past an Age Gate!" ... Damn right, they can. Children, you see, are smart! Smarter than we adults like to give them credit for. Smarter than those dumb-ass parents for which their children are sneaking behind their backs and watching 18+ video streams. If only those parents... you know... paid attention?

The onus of responsibility for those children should NOT be placed on ME by way of limiting what I can or cannot choose to watch. Furthermore, companies need to stop being some damn Paragon of Virtue by dictating what is appropriate for full grown, able minded adults to watch.
 
Twitch: please don't broadcast Adults Only games on our service
Twitch is asking that its legion of video game broadcasters think twice before they share video of a game with gratuitous sex or violence. In an update t
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Day two of my #printrbot simple assembly. The base is done. The control board is attached, but mostly unwired.

Mostly I've been following this YouTube playlist for assembly...
Building a PrintRBot Simple 1405: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtVq5LPR-1Ceb6ErLSzp0Q2qnKEt240SV

The only thing that worries me is that, I believe, the gentleman in the video has a Rev D control board where I have a Rev F. I've noticed some of the connectors are is different places. I'm hoping that, since the rest of the assembly has been spot on (as far as I can tell) getting the Rev F control board connected isn't going to be that huge an issue.

Can't wait to get back to this tomorrow!

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America... F*CKING Retarded!

The lip service Americans (both civil and political) pay to the idea that we can stand together no matter what terrorists do to us is nominal at best and have the actual terrorists of the world collectively laughing at our stupidity.

9/11, they strike the World Trade Center, but America WILL NOT BOW. We will go to WAR for that! And, in the process, systematically strip right after right away from it's citizens. For a collective majority, Americans are all too happy to let the government strip them of their freedoms for the small "protections" they perceive they get, while the rich jump on this trend and rip us of every last dollar as we chant "but it's only business".

Now... Sony is hit, rather hard by hackers, revealing a whole bunch of secrets, among which include dirty laundry within Sony (and most likely Hollywood as a whole). Bad enough, but there's heavy suggestion that North Korea is behind the hack and it's all because of a single movie. "The Interview". So... if it's true, and NK is really behind the Sony hack, then this is an attack on America. So... what does America do? WE HIDE THE OFFENDING MATERIAL LIKE COWARDS. We don't have a backbone to say "suck it up, NK. It's just a movie... one you're not even going to let your people watch anyway".

In a way, from Sony's point of view, that's fine and dandy. Sony is a company. It's not "America", as the World Trade Center was. They can shelve the film. They're allowed to be scared little cowards all they want.

However, now Paramount is getting in on the growing American Cowardess. Seriously!  I'm sure they're afraid of being hacked too. One can only wonder what secrets THEY'RE hiding behind they're encrypted "password.txt" file. Oh... they'll probably blame their reasoning on some sort of crap like "not appropriate for the holidays" or "the theaters don't have the correct distribution rights". In the end... it's just cowardess plain and simple.

And it's spreading. America apparently cultivated the world's biggest glass jaw since 9/11/2001. We spout the same nationalistic one-liners we have since WWI and WWII, but in the end, we're a growing nation of cowards.

I'm terrified.
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Very well said!
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Now... if only more companies can be like the one
 
A follow up to our earlier piece from geek dad Peter V. Brett.
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To the Moon and Back... In 8 Hours!

My interest was peeked when I first heard about the EmDrive. Being a Star Trek fan, it's kinda hard to ignore articles that state "NASA Confirms Warp Drive" or some such hyperbole... and I know all articles with such headings are just that... hyperbole.

When I first heard of the EmDrive, it was interesting, but, so many things still were untested... such as test in a Vacuum, but still, it had be intrigued...

And it's still around! I was so ready for an article to come out debunking the EmDrive in some way. "Propulsion confirmed to be from temperature currents" or "EmDrive failed to work in Vacuum" were both article headings I was waiting to read.

It's still quite early, though, but, it seems, the EmDrive works in Vacuum! So far, every article I read on this confirms more and more that this device is doing what it actually seems to be doing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm well aware it's not actually a "Warp Drive" in the Star Trek sense. Propulsion-wise, the highest number I've seen was it may be able to send a probe to Alpha Centauri in under 100 years at just over 9% the Speed of Light. Not Warp Drive, but incredibly significant!

As excited as I am, however... even assuming nothing is discovered to put a wrench into this discovery (which may very well happen, still), one of the first basic travel applications for the EmDrive is in it's potential ability to send people from the surface of the Earth to the surface of the Moon in just about 4 hours. Lunar colonies, and permanent population centers on other stellar bodies could be within the reach a generation from now... and that's the disheartening thing for me. Even if everything is perfect... I may never see this space exploration future I've dreamed of. I'm excited that, for the first time in my life, it's a very distinct possibility, but I'm sad I may never get the opportunity to be one of the first tourists to the Moon.

Still... I hold hope that NASA and other research agencies continue to show this engine to be what it actually appears to be. This is so exciting!!  
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Day three of assembling my #printrbot simple is over. Finished the print bed, the Y-Axis assembly, the extruder, and some wire management.

Tomorrow should be the final wiring and testing! So close!

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First day of assembling my PrintrBot Simple 1405. Didn't have the full day to work on it, but I'll have tomorrow.

I'm feeling good about the process so far!

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Bitcoins and Illegal Activity

You know what I think is funny? I've been looking into #bitcoin over the last few months and I've read a number of articles about it being used for illegal activities(such as drugs and other less than legal goods on Silk Road). The thing I find funny is that people consider this news!

The US dollar is used in the purchase of illegal goods too, but we don't insinuate inherent criminality with the US dollar, do we? The same is true for any government backed currency. None of them prevent their use in criminal activities, so why should Bitcoin (or all crypto-currencies for that matter) be singled out for this?

Is it the anonymity of the transactions that Bitcoin allows? Paper currency, including the US dollar, has that inherent property as well. If you son or daughter buys drugs at the school yard with cash you gave them for lunch, then the drug dealer takes that cash, goes to Best Buy and purchases a new 76" curved, OLED TV with that money, then, a police officer goes to that Best Buy, purchases a new camera, and is given some of the cash as change that was used by the drug dealer to buy the tv... The police officer would be none the wiser.

The only currency that can be tracked where, when, and how much you spend it, is credit.

So, yes, some Bitcoins are being used for illegal goods and services... But so is every other currency in existence and so will every currency that will ever exist.

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Review of Indie Box Subscription Service
#BringBackTheBox

Ok... so... I said I would do a review on this service, and, seeing as I've subscribed to it back in August, I think I have a good background for which to do this review.

First... if you don't know... Indie Box is a mail subscription, like #lootcrate in which, once a month, an indie game is mailed to you with box art, printed manual and all sorts of extra goodies... all DRM free, and, most of the time, including a Steam key... for those that want to keep their digital library running.

So, what's my impression? I canceled my subscription.
Ok... first off, I loved, and still do love, the idea behind this service. There have just been a number of things that've been bothering me about it, almost since I started.

Issue 1) As of this moment, they are STILL behind on shipping. I've only received two boxes so far (September and October) and I received them in October and November. This wouldn't be so bad except that I get billed for the following month before the current one arrives.

They're a fairly new service. I'll give them some slack for that, but, in the end, I really was uncomfortable paying for "the next box" before I even obtained the one I was waiting for.

Issue 2) I can't buy Indie games on my own if I'm a member of this service. Seriously. I'm a gamer. If an indie game comes out that looks cool, I usually nab it. However, if I keep to that mindset, then, in the end, I could end up paying for the game twice if, in a month or more down the line, Indie Box releases the game too. Sure, there're a lot of really nice, well made extras in the box, but the game is suppose to be the heart and soul of it all, so... if I already bought the game, I'm out of luck. My only other option is to NOT buy the game and wait to see if Indie Box releases it... or not.

Issue 3) Nearly no communication. This may not be an issue for some, but, I don't have Twitter nor do I have Facebook. As such, the only communications I can get from Indie Box is via email... which they don't use to communicate. Don't get me wrong... when they ship my box, I get an email saying it was shipped, complete with tracking number, but, other than that, there's no communications at all. Perhaps I unchecked something when I subscribed, but I don't think so. For the most part, without any communications or news via email, Indie Box feels almost non-existent... except for when it takes my money.

Issue 4) This is suppose to be Indie Box. The latest game I received was Brutal Legend. This game was a console game published by EA back in 2009. It's true that the game has only recently been released to PCs, but that does not make the game an Indie game. This may not bother some people, but it irks me a little.

Issue 5) They've been around for less than a year and their already changing up how they're delivering the actual game. NO... I don't mean they're not giving me a box or any goodies, but, rather, with this latest box, I was only able to obtain the game for a single OS where as in the past (all 5 past boxes, as displayed on their website to date) the games were available for all OSes right out of the box. This isn't a problem if you use the Steam key, of course... and for most people, this won't be an issue, but I worry when they start limiting me so early in their operations.

Issue 6) Not to harp on the latest box, buuut... It's a DVD. The reason is they claim that the game (even for a single OS) wouldn't fit on the media they normally use (which, up until the latest box, was flash storage). I'm a computerist... therefore, I call bulls*it in that statement. A DVD holds, at max, 8 gigabytes of data. Flash storage can go to 16, 32, and even 64 gigabytes. It may be that their flash supplier didn't offer anything larger than 8 gigabytes, but I feel it's probably more like, the game was already setup for DVD by another company and Indie Box did not feel like reconfiguring the game and/or installer to work with flash media.

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While three of my issues revolved around the latest box, I think the real reason I canceled was mostly the first three reasons. I subscribed on August 12th. When I subscribed for Loot Crate I received my first box within the same month. It took Indie Box nearly two months before I saw my first game. I heard nearly nothing from Indie Box via email except for the shipping confirmations. Finally, I felt I couldn't jump on exciting looking Indie titles on my own without running the risk of paying for the game twice.

In the end, I felt, for the money, Indie Box is not for me. I may buy a box outright from time to time (which, I think, is the best option), but, as a subscription, nah.
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The internet is suppose to be a free and open environment without any artificial slowdowns or fast lanes needed! Stop the money grabbing +Comcast , +Verizon Wireless , +Time Warner Cable ... "Just business" be damned!
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