intresting read

Assange's papers on conspiracies


Android Phone Solves Rubik's Cube In 12.5 Seconds

via Slashdot: Hardware by timothy on 11/11/10


Laser-Guided Slingshot is Do It Yourself Project

An improvement of the slingshot would be to leave the bolts free to rotate, add a servo mechanism in order to synchronize the laser with the movement of the bolts and fasten the bands tightly on the bolts in order to rotate the bolts according to their angle. \m/

via SlashGear by Evan Selleck on 11/22/10


Why should we invest more in space and marine exploration


How y'all doing? I'm fine too, thank thee :)

In this post, I will argue on the need to invest more money in the exploration and colonization of the solar system (and beyond) and the depths of the sea.

Throughout history, human kind has been defined by expansion. With expansion I mean habitat expansion. This expansion is required or encouraged by:
  • Overcrowding
  • Lack of resources
  • Quests for glory (not the legendary Sierra game) and wealth
  • Scientific (or just plain simple) curiosity and search for adventure
  • Possibly other reasons that I cannot think of right now :P
Except from expanding their territories, humans also explore to escape from unbearable situations in their previous locations. In this case, the territory is not expanded; it is displaced. Thus, it can also shrink.

Let's now see if the reasons for expansion are valid for our time:
  • Overcrowding
    • It's high time to find an escape from this discomfort except committing suicide (BioTek - Die Sect), killing each other and not giving birth to anything.
  • Lack of resources
    • We need more resources.
  • Quest for Glory - Wealth
    • Human nature
  • Adventure - curiosity
    • Human nature
As for the gradual destruction of our territory, it is an undeniable fact. (we've marked it not just by pissing on it)

Having discovered the whole world (as our satellites have proven), we must now turn to more difficult endeavors, in order to survive as a species (in the long run) and in order to avoid future financial crises and wars.

The last two can actually be connected ([1] [2] [3]) in the fashion that financial crisis causes war, which can be viewed as the solution for the crisis due to the development for war, during the war and after the war.

So, we should go forth and explore the far reaches of space and depths of sea. It is essential for our survival.

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted

Alternative To the 200-Line Linux Kernel Patch

via Slashdot: Linux by timothy on 11/18/10

Rat attack!

kill all the mobs :P


Ireland bail-out talks in Dublin

4 down (Hungary, Latvia, Greece and Ireland), 23 to go :P (the UK received a bail-out in 1976, but that's history)

via BBC News - Home on 11/17/10


voting = lost cause?


Should we vote? Who we should vote for?

As you probably already now, I'm not so much into politics.

I do support freedom coupled with kindness and all these traits that are required in order for people to live harmonically in groups without starting killing and eating each other (because of the freedom they enjoy along the inherent predatory instincts), but I also know that human nature prohibits us to be good with each other at all times (due to personal ambition, jealousy or whatever) and I believe that almost any political system would be acceptable by anyone, if everyone was fair, had noble motives, lacked vanity and envy and was kind at heart.

Since this is implausible, I sort of think that the world must make the leap towards direct (pure) democracy, where everyone (who is willing to participate) will have a right to vote for every decision of the world-country-city-village-group (this is more than feasible today using the freakin' net).

So, a first step in order to convert the political system here in Greece could be to actively deny to vote for anyone. Someone could argue here that a good protest vote would be to vote something other than the mainstream; I accept and respect that.

When a feeble (due to lack of voter support) government takes power, we'll start protesting and demand a brutal capitalistic flavor of direct democracy.

Our will be done afterwards.

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted




Happy 10/11/12 13:14 everybody :D

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted


MakerLegoBot is made of Lego, makes things out of Lego, is so meta it hurts ...

nice :)

'Mystery missile' launches in US

The revenge of the black hat \m/ bomb indiscriminately wherever the wind blows. it will be fun destroying the world. just think of the tranquility afterwards. and the toxicity (of all our major cities). at least life as we know it won't be easily sustainable. what a freakin' relief.

via BBC News - Home on 11/9/10

Pentagon officials are at a loss to explain a reported missile launch off the coast of California on Monday, but say it is not a threat.


Hell’s Foundry DashLink Lets you Dock your iPod Touch on your Harley

vroom vroom vroom brabrabrabra :P (this is from southpark, for those who are ignorant, hee hee) ;P

Blog on the facebook

For facebook/blogger integration use this video howto. (it is a little bit outdated, but I think you'll figure it out)

Ants enslave the strong not weak

diluted saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you
should see it.
** Ants enslave the strong not weak **
Slavemaker ants target strongly defended colonies when seeking new servants, researchers find.

Nuclear Bunker Houses World's Toughest Server Farm


via Slashdot: Hardware by samzenpus on 11/3/10

Lanxon writes "Deep inside the Swiss Alps, a former nuclear bunker is now the ultimate hiding place for the world's most sensitive secrets — the Swiss Fort Knox. In a lengthy feature, Wired gains access to the server farm designed to survive a full-scale military attack. From the article: 'As we punch our codes at the checkpoint, the yellow door opens into what looks like a city of server towers, their green LEDs flickering as a technician in a white jumpsuit runs diagnostic checks. [Later], we are in a dimly lit tunnel next to what looks like a metal oven door carved into the side of the rock. "These are expansion rooms in case you have an atomic explosion outside," Christoph Oschwald, a retired Swiss paratrooper turned contractor, says. The thinking behind the rooms, he explains, is that if there were a nuclear explosion, the rush of high-pressure air would fill them through vents in the opposite side. Then, the vents would snap shut, trapping the air before it had a chance of damaging the fortress. "There is a lot of protection you can't see," he says. We stroll past an intricate network of insulated pipelines that carry water up from the underground glacial lake to the cooling system.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Recommended Article By diluted: Why newspapers make you stupid

Memorable quote from this article: Thomas Jefferson said: "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." ;)

Why newspapers make you stupid


Twitterizing the blog


Blogs are traditionally used to express opinions and thoughts in lengthy documents enriched with pictures and other multimedia elements.

I really respect and admire this practice; that's why I started this blog a couple of years ago. Though, due to my lack of commitment to this noble cause and because of the more than occasional boredom fits, I'm not usually able to compose the up-to-my-perceived-blog-standard documents, rich analyses of the contemporary events (e.g. the upcoming municipal elections) and, most importantly, geeky articles commenting on technological advancements, scientific breakthrough or generic blabber.

So, I have decided to use the blog as a conveyor of short messages, media and links.

Ta ta,
elias a.k.a. diluted


24 hour film "The Clock"

This is a very interesting idea actually. The effort to collect all the pieces and edit all of them into such an amalgamation seems huge to my untrained eyes :P