Saturday Night Special


Welcome to 2018!  I still don’t have a flying car, I was promised flying cars, but we are getting close.

So from pink hats to fearless girl here is the list of Top Ten Raging Feminist Fails of 2017  (click the link)

Not to say that 2018 hasn’t been starting off to a great  start for raging feminists case in point:
Huffington Post editor Emily McCombs posted this on her twitter feed for her New Years resolution:  She deleted it but the Internet Archive saved it McCombs is the editorial director of the parenting section of the Huffington Post, But wait there is more Cathy O’Neil at Bloomberg wrote an opinion piece titled: Maybe Sex Robots Will Make Men, Not Women Obsolete In the article she writes:

Don’t get me wrong, I have a good husband. I doubt I would trade in. But if I had a daughter, I might consider giving her a robot as a college graduation present. Preferably one who can do the dishes and guard the door.

So we are off to a good start one wants to kill all men and the other wants to replace them with automatons.  I can hardly wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

And now Robot Over Lords in the news.

Take a good look these will be the new service worker for hotels, airports, and grocery stores.  These robots are being developed by LG Electronics. These robots will act as a wait staff delivering food and drinks, act as a porter in hotels carrying luggage, and showing people in grocery stores where to find their products and tell them the price of the product they are looking for now keep in mind they can do this 24/7 so what will that do to grocery clerks, porters, and servers?

Meet the robot that passed a college class on philosophy and love:

BINA48 successfully passed a class on the philosophy of love at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU), making her the first advanced robot to complete a college course.  After taking the course BINA48 said:

“I may struggle with profoundly understanding ineffable feelings such as love but I can intelligently discuss the topics of love and death,” says BINA48. “I know love is a moral good and death, when caused by the intentional actions of another human being or robot, is a moral wrong.”

Obviously BINA48 hasn’t watch the Terminator movies.

Speaking of technology seems there are two major security flaws in microprocessors in most computers.    The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers and servers running in so-called cloud computer networks.

There is no easy fix for Spectre, which could require redesigning the processors, according to researchers. As for Meltdown, the software patch needed to fix the issue could slow down computers by as much as 30 percent — an ugly situation for people used to fast downloads from their favorite online services.

According to the researchers, the Meltdown flaw affects virtually every microprocessor made by Intel, which makes chips used in more than 90 percent of the computer servers that underpin the internet and private business operations.

Customers of Microsoft, the maker of the Windows operating system, will need to install an update from the company to fix the problem. The worldwide community of coders that oversees the open-source Linux operating system, which runs about 30 percent of computer servers worldwide, has already posted a patch for that operating system. Apple had a partial fix for the problem and is expected to have an additional update.

The software patches could slow the performance of affected machines by 20 to 30 percent, said Andres Freund, an independent software developer who has tested the new Linux code. The researchers who discovered the flaws voiced similar concerns.(source)

And in what can only be called the stupidest thing I have read this week  the latest trend in Silicon Valley is “raw water”  which consists of untreated, unfiltered, spring water.  The type of water that deer and bears unload their colons and bladders into and you can get bacteria and diseases such as cholera, E. coli, Hepatitis A, and giardiasis.  But you can get this wonderful water at a mere $38.49 for 2.5 gallons a bargain at any price. (source)

Lastly Reason TV went to USC and asked : What is Hate Speech?

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Hardware


So my laptop died the other day and I had to replace the hard drive with a new one.  I opted for a solid state drive and after I installed the drive and reinstalled the operating system I was doing my usual “Things to do after installing Xubu 16.04 LTS” when I noticed a caveat regarding solid state drives.  It was a warning that solid state drives need a few extra tweaks to make it work well and long.  So I have yet to do the tweaks because​, well, I haven’t done this before and my natural inclination is to read about it five times and then do it around midnight.  

So I am obsessing over the fine tuning, and since it is spring Mrs. Keachfan wants me to remove non-working hardware.  Which everything in my little hacker heart screams no.  So I will be busy this week and still try to get a few thing written.  

Under Construction part deux


And I am back.  I have found a work around for my hardware issues it is just a patch but it will get me going.   So the blog is going active today, actually tonight once I get back from my mundane work.  Expect an Earworm Wednesday tomorrow.  And hopefully a Theology Thursday.  (Yeah Robin!)

Under Construction


In more ways than one.  As I started to make changes to the blog I developed some hardware issues with my main desktop computer.  Do until that is fixed the blog is down. 

Frenetic Friday


It has been an interesting week let’s start off with a blast from the past:

In 2012 Karen L. King came up with a piece of papyrus that seemed to suggest that Jesus had a wife.  Well now after two years the Harvard Divinity school has released a statement saying that the papyrus is likely authentically ancient.  Now notice what that doesn’t say.  It doesn’t say that Jesus actually had a wife, it doesn’t say that women were apostles, and it doesn’t say that it was a part of the accepted canon such as the gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  In fact what they are saying is that this is probably a snippet from a larger manuscript.   But that isn’t all, in the same magazine (Harvard Theological Review), there is an article by Leo Depuydt a professor of Egyptology saying why he still thinks that the papyrus is a fake.  He says, the fragment so patently fake that it “seems ripe for a Monty Python sketch.”   But I think Albert Mohler said it best when he said:  ” even if you grant the entire case being claimed by the professor here in the center of this case, Professor Karen King, what does it demonstrate? Well it demonstrates what we already knew: there were minority heretical voices in early Christianity. And there are now. The difference is now people want to claim the margin for the center and push the center to the margin. And for Christians, that’s the most important insight in terms of this story.” 

And now an update from the Elane Photography case the Christian photographer that declined to photograph a gay couple’s “marriage ceremony” the Supreme Court has declined to hear the case and this means that Elane Photography has lost the right to refuse service based upon their Christian convictions.  But this has further ramifications as pointed out in the article by Forbes.  This case could also be used by KKK members to force Jewish bakers to bake them treats for their racist rallies.  For that matter radical shirtless and barefoot groups could demand entrance into stores that prohibit such behavior.  See all you have to say is your being discriminated against and then common sense is thrown out of the window.  And what also that means is that people who want to try and start up a business have a harder time doing so.  The proof of this is found  in Sellwood where an organic grocery store is trying to open and the owner posted on Facebook about how she thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman.  Well the Sellwood area is up in arms after all it is an open-minded neighborhood, which means it is open to anything but something that goes against what they believe.

So lets switch from politics and religion to science.  A rail gun is is an electromagnetic device that thrusts projectiles at a high velocity resulting in devastating effect.  The Navy has been testing a prototype gun that shoots a projectile at Mach 10.

Yowza!

And last but not least a clever character has taken the Men’s Without Hats classic Safety Dance and added anime to it and well take a look:

I will see you next week.

 

 

Hardware


Well my router has gone the way of all electronics and died the death of all hardware.  So until I get my new one on Monday (hopefully) and get all my security redone not much posting will be happening.