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Here's a cute little video I got to help make almost a decade ago, back in the days when it was still relatively safe to poke fun at the rate we were slipping into becoming a full-fledged security state:
https://youtu.be/eG-HdXkmgso
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http://www.pddnet.com/news/2015/05/security-expert-said-he-accessed-plane-controls-mid-flight ""Modern aircraft are increasingly connected to the Internet. This interconnectedness can potentially provide unauthorized remote access to aircraft avionics systems," the report said.

The fact that passengers on flights with in-seat video monitors can shift between television and a map showing the plane's real-time location indicates a link between the flight control and passenger entertainment networks, said Steven Bellovin, a computer science professor at Columbia University. And airplanes that offer Wi-Fi are likely using the same data link used by pilots to communicate with the airline, he said.

"Now the question is, what is the form of isolation between the passenger network and everything else?" Bellovin said. "There is some kind of linkage but there are different ways to do this — really securely and not particularly securely, and I have no way of knowing which has actually been done here."

After stopping Roberts from continuing on from Syracuse to California following his FBI interview last month, the airline cited Roberts' "claims regarding manipulating aircraft systems."

"However, we are confident our flight control systems could not be accessed through techniques he described," spokesman Rahsaan Johnson told The Associated Press."
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That was before they used "Exchange ". (G)
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I believe these three articles fit together fairly well, and tell at least part of an interesting story. The plan : replace people with robots. the reality, the first batch of robots are not quite good enough ... and then there is the matter of money, and people.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2889287/apple-supplier-foxconn-expects-robots-to-take-over-more-factory-work.html

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/05/foxconn-robots-iphone-assembly/

http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/05/18/the-plundering-of-a-nation-by-a-beloved-company/
The electronics industry may still rely on human workers to assemble products, but Apple supplier Foxconn Technology Group is hoping robots will take over more of the workload soon.
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Posting this clip, clipped out of a long interview cuz I have tried to explain this stuff in lots of ways, and I've tried to say it a lot of times, but I have never actually heard anyone else verbalize this before, and I have never said it this well, myself. 
This is EXACTLY what my musical experience is about. Up til he gets asked "what have you learned?" ... https://youtu.be/RdfFlRYPrXw?t=34m36s
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There is a lot more to it than just carbon. This story fits nicely with another story that I have been telling folks for the past 25 years and more, about how salmon are really the only part of the earth's circulatory system that actually reverse the processes erosion and terrestrial decay - processes that all send dissolved or suspended material from the land down the rivers and into the ocean. Whereas the returning salmon have actually spent most of their lives accumulating these materials in the ocean and then, in their last stage of life, swim back to the source and deposit them in the headwaters of the rivers, concentrated and bioavailable in their spawned out carcasses. 

“The world’s rivers act as Earth’s circulatory system, flushing carbon from land to the ocean and helping reduce the amount that returns to the atmosphere in the form of heat-trapping carbon dioxide,” said lead author and geochemist Valier Galy.  “Some of that carbon—‘new’ carbon—is from decomposed plant and soil material that is washed into the river and then out to sea. But some of it comes from carbon that has long been stored in the environment in the form of rocks— ‘old’ carbon—that have been eroded by weather and the force of the river.”
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War crimes for our memorial day meditations.
http://www.makewarshistory.co.uk/?p=938
(warning: graphic images) The United States may be finished dropping bombs on Iraq, but Iraqi bodies will be dealing with the consequences for generations to come in the form of birth defects, mysterious illnesses and skyrocketing cancer rates. Al Jazeera’s Dahr Jamail reports that contamination from U.S. weapons, particularly Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions, has led to an …
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Saddam used to spread birth defects around too, but apparently we're better at it. 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halabja_chemical_attack
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I stumbled on this article while looking for something Googlen Image Search thought was related, and one of the images in this piece caught my attention even thought what I was looking for was different.
I like what the author +Charles Buell has to say in this.
I like it a lot. 
My building career started in 1971. Four years later, a developer wanted me to build a house in a development he owned. He showed me the plans; I politely said "no." I said if I were to build a house, it would not be another dinosaur of which there were already too many.
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me too, +Al Bergstein.  His truss-stud walls really appeal to me and I built tooling to manufacture my own truss joists and box beams, going on 30 years ago, quite a while before you could just go out and buy truss-joists.
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As we age, we can expect our experience of our own lives to accelerate and as our days grow ever shorter, I would expect our individual and collective sense of self-importance to retreat not expand as our personal understanding of the intricacies and the depth of the complex entanglements in the world around us grows. 

The delusion of Opportunity slowly eroded by recognition of limits, the realization that in real life, the ends very rarely actually turn out to justify the means, especially when the means turned out to have cause irrepairable harm - as they almost always do - to the incomprehensibly intricate and complex self-assembling web of life that surrounds and supports us. 

As far as I can tell, my generation has turned out to be a disaster - we have broken just about everything we have touched, from the economy to the environment, from international treaties to promises. A little over 25 years ago, when my friends started to cozy up with gangsters and their friends started to cozy up with and emulate the monopolists of the past, I blamed the media for promoting the meme of exceptionalism, for the onslaught of imagery that was remaking "celebrity" a core value and selfishness a core virtue. 

When I read articles that touch on "pre-polarized" issues - focus-group managed issues - like the NAVY's war games or Shell's drilling plans, or Obama's ever deepening fiasco in the middle east, or the regulators' willfully allowing organized crime to run the banks and the economy, or the NSA's implementation of Sauron's eye - I go through the comments carefully, trying to get a sense of the balance - and the distance - between the orchestrated voices taking "sides" always hoping to find points for reconnection. 

In terms of the stages of grief, looking at the incomprehensible mess we have made, and are still making on this watch, I am in the anger phase.  
I am old now and so are most of my friends. if we have learned anything important from experience, if we really do know more than we did when we were 20, we should be able to DO more. We should able able to recognize and avoid the pitfalls that were engineered by the focus groups to prevent us from mounting an effective effort to make things better not accept that every step we take will make things worse.      
 
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176001/tomgram%3A_dahr_jamail%2C_the_navy%27s_great_alaskan_%22war%22/
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All those cute and adorable little boys and girls of 40 years ago have turned into us, of which a considerable number have done just as many wrongdoings as the generation before. Tempting to qualify this situation as hopeless isn't it?

Well, to point out a specific parameter I myself believe that if we had - by some peaceful and utopian miracle - managed to keep the world demographic to the level of 40 years ago, the world would have been quite different today.
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Best advice you are likely to read this week:
"i'm not so much anti-privacy as i am pro-our-government-overlords.  people who speak out against the government are audited by the IRS; they lose lucrative government contracts and get passed over for cushy government jobs; legal and innocuous activities they may or may not have once participated in (e.g. designing 3D printable handguns) become retroactively criminalized for the sole purpose of persecuting them; stuff like that.  so i find that as a former government researcher who is already DHS watchlisted for my involvement in "red flag" work, it is best to uphold a high opinion of the government in all public media.  this strategy has already paid off.  this exact video was actually banned from YouTube at one point; i had to petition to reinstate it.  the crux of my petition was that nowhere in the video do i encourage unlawful acts, and in fact i encourage everyone to follow the law to the letter.  they sustained my argument and reinstated the video.  i doubt they would have done so had my video included an anti-government tirade."
HT/t +Peter DeSimone creator of the airharp  http://www.airharp.com/

Here's a cute little video I got to help make almost a decade ago, back in the days when it was still relatively safe to poke fun at the rate at which we were slipping into becoming a full-fledged security state: Here's a cute little video I got to help make almost a decade ago, when it was still relatively safe to poke fun at the rate we were slipping into becoming a full-fledged security state:
https://youtu.be/eG-HdXkmgso
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this is genuinely interesting. +Bernard DeKoven 
 
James's daughter, Sally, spoke at TedX Nashville recently about her +Consenses project, whose mission is to promote tolerance, empathy, creativity and peace through art.
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This was really just a test of the recording I made at our show Thursday night using a little Samsung 1080p waterproof camera that I got at Goodwill for $5.99 edited in Adobe Premier on my winbox (editing just amounted to clipping a sort of random tune out of a long recording) and rendering that clip as 720p MPEG.
It felt like we were consistently playing near the top of our game most of the night.,and all in all, that this was a show where we should have had a "real-er" audio recording system running.
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Not too shabby...And, ooh, look at that Suit! 
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Senior Generalist, Engineering Design Consultant, public policy wonk and general purpose pariah. I also fix complex interesting things that don't work.
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  • Envirosearch, CH2M Hill, Foresight Science & Technology, City of Port Townsend,
    CTO, Architect and Visionary, 1991 - present
  • joe breskin design
    engineering design consultant, 1976 - present
  • Seven Seas Boat Works
    General Manager, 1976 - 1988
  • Seven Seas Software
    CFO, 1983 - 1989
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mercer island - seattle, new york city
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Putting it in point-blank terms: I am here hoping to find people who I can play with, build teams with, have mutually enlightening conversations with, do amazing things with. 
 
If I post something, I care enough to dig back and find the source. If I have time I try to add context, and let you know WHY something matters to me or why I think something might matter to you. There are a lot of demands on my time in meatspace so sometimes I just don't have time to post every fascinating thing that crosses my path.

For example - I am currently designing a heat pump based soil heating system 
for a commercial greenhouse operation - a system that for most of the year will simultaneously provide the majority of the chill needed for their cold storage facility and the goal is to have it up and running by the first of the year.   

I don't follow a lot of people and I really only post publicly,  Generally I add folks who post interesting stuff that I have not seen elsewhere already or gets closer to the source than the other posts I've seen.  

I have already done a lot of things in my life, but I am gambling that I have time for at least one more BIG project, so I am designing a low-cost, easy-to-manufacture permanently affordable "zero energy house" that actually works in this challenging climate. It is unabashedly low-tech but is based on several highly detailed computer models of airflow and heatflux and leverages work done decades and in some cases centuries ago. Design integrates
cheap, relatively low temperature heat storage, multiple loop thermosiphons, trickledown open loop SDHW collectors, air heaters, and multistage heat recovery at every exit point, avoiding PV, wind, and other high cost and high embodied energy technologies entirely. Also working on a compost powered "living machine" aquaponics system based on black soldier flies.  

For the past 18 months I have been derailed into a black hole attempting to stop a hedge-fund's biomass waste-to-energy cogeneration incinerator project that has captured the regulators at all levels, state and local, while holding the employees of the largest private employer in the community hostage, basically implying that if they can't use taxpayers $$ to increase airborne toxics nearly 3X, chew up the local forests, and import construction and demolition debris to burn to sell for "green power" RECs and PTCs so they can export $$ they will shut down and leave the employees and the community twisting in the wind. 

In an earlier life, I helped build a successful commercialization thinktank (that's still going strong) that cherry-picks useful technologies from the federal labs and independent R&D labs and finds good homes for them in industry,  And before that I did policy work for local government and before that did a software startup developing scientific visualization tools and before that I built a LOT of interesting stuff: huge auditorium soundsystems and seakayaks, and a bunch of big custom sailboats including a few that sailed nearly around the world and one that has gone around twice, 
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Saved/protected the watersheds of two rivers on the Olympic Peninsula from logging and saved a community from having to spend USD $15 million on a water treatment plant they did not need. Directed a bunch of Federal money into watershed storm-proofing, the first projects on the Olympic to do prevention instead of post-disaster repairs. Projects based on sidecast haulback and culvert removal. Saved the estuary of Chimacum Creek from development. Wrote a "smart" building code for a temporary city called Oregon Country Fair which is the literally the fifth largest city in Oregon one weekend a year. Did a lot of "swords into plowshares" work - finding socially useful commercial applications for technologies developed at the federal labs before the Bush coup turned us back into a war-based economy. Played World-fusion Chamber Rock in NYC in the Winter of '66 and Acid Rock in Seattle the Summer of Love in 1967. And have I fixed an awful lot of stuff that other people who claim to be good fixers have broken: software hardware mis-communications, you name it. I have also failed to turn around some organizations that really needed to be turned around, and I am currently seen as a pariah by a lot of people who will thank me for what i am doing, eventually.
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  • mercer island
    develop immune system, 1953 - 1965
  • university of washington
    ethnomusicology, ethology, physiological psychology, 1965 - 1973
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