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The dark side of the web — exploring darknets | Kyle Terry | TEDxSalem

Apparently 99% of the internet is darkweb filth. (If you need to ask then no explanation will suffice)

I’m not a particularly judgmental person and think to each his own especially when it comes to one’s leisure activities. But if you’re not alarmed when you encounter the dark web there’s something really wrong with and you need to seek professional help. Seriously, if you think it’s just funny, stop reading and go tell your doctor.

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the web (sorry Al Gore, I know you’re pretty important too) he wanted the greatest minds on the planet to document, collaborate and share. He wanted to cure diseases and discover alternate sources of energy. It’s unfortunate that the power of computer networks has been corrupted by the world’s most evil people and organizations.

The implication is that now everyone is being spied on constantly by the NSA, CSIS and God knows who else. If you haven’t been paying attention, too bad, too late, you said you’re ok with it and gave away your rights without even know it happened.

There’s a lot of reasons your government would want to know what you’re thinking. Chances are you wouldn’t want anyone knowing what you’re doing on the internet (the internet is 80% porn). If you’re generally uneducated on the topic, and a racist who lives in constant fear of terror attacks then you might be motivated to say go right ahead and spy on me please. (maybe?)

The funny thing is, the world’s evil doers don’t even use the regular public internet connections we use that get spied on (obviously). In fact, they use the highly encrypted and untraceable deep web technology that our own government developed, then released to the public. (true story)

As I said, this is not intended to be political, but I say we take the internet back by filling it with the best concepts and ideas we have to offer. It’s unfortunate but in some cases where free speech and human rights are not granted freely that means using anonymity and there are a lot of reasons why anonymizing technology can be used for good.

In order to empower our democratic process the population can’t be spied on and treated like criminals.

I urge everyone to find out what this means. Learn about net neutrality and modular math to know how to be a safe and responsible internet citizen.

I’m just new to this and learning but would love to learn more. Please leave a comment about other important information that should be public knowledge. Let’s play safe and keep each other from getting hurt.

Please don’t send me to irc rooms. 🙂

Categories: Computers, Linguistics, Philosophy, Privacy, Security

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Welcome to Computerphile!

My new favorite obsession.

When I tell people what I do for a living I usually just wiggle my fingers  a bit and mumble “computers” and then try to gauge the level of glassy glaze that comes over them to determine how much further I should go with the explanation.

I’m actually a Product Development manager in Cloud Computing industry. Try explaining that at a dinner party. (Perhaps your friends are more savvy than my own.) I haven’t fixed a computer professionally in years but still routinely get asked for this type of assistance from family and friends all the time. (“I’m going back to school and wondering what computer I should buy for less than $400” – you know who you are you bastard!)

I digress…

The internet is a “world flatener”. See The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Moore’s Law is flatener. Cloud computing is a  flatener.

Soon there won’t be any limitation to the amount of readily available brute computing force that we’ll be able to throw at our tough problems. Simulations that run into infinity that might previously not be able to compute in our lifetime, may be achievable in years or days. (or real time)

The future may be a strange and spooky place for those who don’t embrace technology and may be feeling like an out of place tourist, very disconnected from what’s really going on.

Thanks to Moore’s law, supposedly we’ll be able to upload a brain to storage and interact with the thoughts very soon.

Does that mean there could be ethical concerns like… What if your brain gets lonely in there with no one to play with? Can our digital brains make friends with the other digital brains?

You’re welcome.

 

Categories: Computers, Philosophy

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Numberphile

Videos about numbers – it’s that simple. Videos by Brady Haran

Source: Numberphile – YouTube

Numberphile and it’s sister channel’s Computerphile, Sixty Symbols, Bibledex, Periodic Videos among several others are the product of prolific youtube producer Brady Haran. I believe Numberphile is the one of the first fully youtube funded video channels due to extremely high educational value.

These videos are so great and exactly what I wish the rest of internet content creators would be doing. Using the internet for the betterment of humanity instead of hate mongering. Apparently 99% of all internet content is darknet filth.

There’s some other really great channels on youtube, thinking of you Vsauce and Ted Talks. I’m really enjoying the golden age we’re living in where knowledge is shared so readily.

If you have any other great sites you’d like to share please be a darling and leave a link in the comments below.

 

Categories: Math

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Love and Math – by Edward Frenkel

Math and it’s intrinsic beauty shouldn’t just be digestible to everyone, it should feasted upon with your friends like the bunch of hipster instagramming foodies you know you are.

At least that’s what Edward Frenkel says in a much more articulate and elegant way in his book Love and Math. He also appears on Youtube videos with Numberphile and talks all over the world bringing the Gospel of numbers to the masses.

Math appears everywhere in nature and that’s what we love using it to explain our universe by applying number theories to Physics and Chemistry.

The beauty if Math is that it’s self-evident. (with a bunch of explaining) But the truths uncovered by Archimedes and Euclid still hold true to this day. Math students today being initiated into Geometry still study the same puzzles and proofs from 2000 years ago.

Edward Frenkel has personally inspired me to revisit math and I’ve taken it further than I ever thought I would.

It’s actually very enjoyable and entertaining to just sit back and be amazed instead of the brow beating practicing proofs most of experienced in our High School Algebra and Geo-trig courses.

If that’s the experience you recall I urge you to head over to the Numberphile channel and let Edward and all the experts show you the artistry you missed back in school.

Warning: you will be thinking about math when you’re trying to sleep.

A New York Times bestseller. Winner of the Euler Book Prize. Currently being translated into 14 languages. (I’m not the guy getting the book signed)

Source: Love and Math – by Edward Frenkel

Categories: Math, Philosophy

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You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It: George Smoot at TEDxSalford

This is the stuff that really hurts. I didn’t want a sliver of doubt George. And then you said you’d plant one, and did. How am I supposed to go about my day knowing that we are in “The Matrix”?

At least I get to be the hero of my own story line. That’s not so bad I guess?

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard some wacko talk about “The Matrix” being real. I just thought they had always taken one too many red pills from Morpheus.

But George Smoot is a Nobel Prize winner and wouldn’t waste anyone’s time if he didn’t believe in it somewhat. That lends a bit of credibility right?

George doesn’t talk about this but there’s been a lot of other stuff said on the topic. I recall from an episode of Through the Wormhole (I’ll try to find a link) that talked about bombarding a carbon molecule with electrons and you get a perfect predictable pattern shooting out the other side. Since carbon is the most common building block of life it’s plausible that element is just a mathematical unit that is most easy to manipulate. This would be useful for something like I dunno, creating an automated computer generated simulation of the universe?

I think I also saw something similar from Edward Frenkel in his book Love and Math. He describes the “double slit” experiments in which he observed electronics passing through the slits will stack themselves up perfectly uniform fashion which demonstrated a deterministic characteristic of matter.

Due to the previously understood to be erratic behavior of electrons, this was a very unexpected result. But once observed seems like would have been the obvious result to a child watching sand in an hourglass.

In other words, the more we understand about the universe makes the randomness appear… not random at all. As if it programmed that way.

Mind blown?

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Categories: Computers, Linguistics, Math, Philosophy

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The Zipf Mystery

Let’s start here.

Mysterious, elegant and somewhat disturbing. Why? (why do I do this to myself? is the real question)

Can anyone explain this? We’re really just living in a simulation aren’t we?

Do you have any other mind blowing mysterious elegant facts of the universe? I want to know. Lay it on me and blow my mind.

 

Categories: Computers, Linguistics, Math, Philosophy

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Firsties

This is the first post and my about page.

I land on a lot of mind blowing pages throughout my internet stumblings. I don’t have the power of perfect recall so I rely on this technology to be my personal repository of interesting and inspirational concepts, however trivial.

I hope this page embodies the essence of what Tim Berners-Lee envisioned for the internet. I’m not trying to get published in a scientific journal or the Harvard Business Review. I’m just a regular curious person who feels the internet needs to up it’s game. I’m sick of everything being over run with click bait listicles that do nothing but pump up your blood pressure and most of the time aren’t even true.

I do not want to focus any energy on negative thinking and don’t want to anyone else to wast their time trolling or posting hateful or angry ideas here. So I won’t discuss much politics and religion here unless to show how it might relate to some pertinent math and science (see Zipf’s law – whoa!).

I apologize in advance for any advertising on this page. It is not my intention to sell to you and bombard you with ads but I have included some referral links to products that I mention and recommend here. If you want to buy something you might as well click on the ad here and toss a couple coppers in the coffers.

I hope you find this page interesting and entertaining. Let me know what you think. I probably don’t care about any essential oils or ginseng capsule so don’t leave those links in my comments. THANKS!

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