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"By speeding up Morse code using an audio tape recorder (this is an obsolete method), or using a computer and digital modes such as JT6M or FSK441, very short high speed bursts of digital data can be bounced off the ionized gas trail of meteor showers. The speed required to confirm a two way contact via a short lived ionized meteor trail can only be performed by fast computers on both ends with very little human interaction. One computer will send a request for contact and if successfully received by a distant station, a reply will be sent by the receiving stations computer usually via the same ionized meteor trail to confirm the contact. If nothing is received after the request, a new request is transmitted. This continues until a reply is received to confirm the contact or until no contact can be made and no new requests are sent. Using this high speed digital mode, a full two way contact, can be completed in one second or less and can only be validated using a computer. Depending on the intensity of the ionized meteor trail, multiple contacts from multiple stations can be made off the same trail until it dissipates and can no longer reflect VHF signals with sufficient strength."

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The Weird Shift CCTV selfie station was being delightfully weird

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worsethandetroit:

 THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE / INFRAECONOMY OF JOB ‘THREAT’ BILLBOARDS

Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.
EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.
It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.


if they could replace workers with iPads, they’d do it already, no matter how low the minimum wage is. Remember, they need you, or they wouldn’t give you anything at all.

worsethandetroit:

THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE / INFRAECONOMY OF JOB ‘THREAT’ BILLBOARDS

Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.

EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.

It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.

if they could replace workers with iPads, they’d do it already, no matter how low the minimum wage is. Remember, they need you, or they wouldn’t give you anything at all.

(via neural-entropy)

(Source: faeires, via iconomancy)

Finally, what shall we think about those witches who somehow take members in large numbers—twenty or thirty—and shut them up together in a birds’ nest or some box, where they move about like living members, eating oats or other feed? This has been seen by many and is a matter of common talk. One should say that it is all brought about by the devil’s work and illusion. The senses of the witnesses are deceived in we have mentioned above.
A man reported that he had lost his member and approached a certain witch in order to restore his health. She told the sick man to climb a particular tree where there was a nest containing many members, and allowed him to take any one he liked. When he tried to take a big one, the witch said you may not take that one, adding, because it belonged to a parish priest. (Malleus Maleficarum Part II, Question 1, Chapter 7)

Finally, what shall we think about those witches who somehow take members in large numbers—twenty or thirty—and shut them up together in a birds’ nest or some box, where they move about like living members, eating oats or other feed? This has been seen by many and is a matter of common talk. One should say that it is all brought about by the devil’s work and illusion. The senses of the witnesses are deceived in we have mentioned above.

A man reported that he had lost his member and approached a certain witch in order to restore his health. She told the sick man to climb a particular tree where there was a nest containing many members, and allowed him to take any one he liked. When he tried to take a big one, the witch said you may not take that one, adding, because it belonged to a parish priest. (Malleus Maleficarum Part II, Question 1, Chapter 7)

(Source: foie, via 3liza)

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Rather than going smaller, our computers could go bigger. It is possible to replicate the functions of a transistor using water. In what is called the hydraulic analogy, a water transistor has a pressure-actuated valve that either enables or disrupts the flow of another pipe. A computer built with these transistors doesn’t need electricity at all, only water pressure. If one built what Charles Reid calls a “low/no power computer” using gravity fed water and a quarter million liquid transistors, one could build a water-based ENIAC. With only 5,600 liquid transistors, one could build a water-based Apollo Guidance Computer.
Of course, water does not flow as fast as electricity, and so the speed of these computers could not be replicated with liquid. What computational speed is necessary to fly to the moon? All that is important is that the computer is fast enough to aid the maneuvering necessary during the flight.
Perhaps, given some worldwide catastrophe that impedes the construction of microprocessors, we might still see things as complicated as space travel, but just on a longer time scale. A hydraulic computer that only functions at a rate of one cycle per second might still allow you to go to the moon. You will just have to travel at a speed one thousand times slower than Apollo 11 made the trip. Such a post-electronic technology could be called “slow computing.” Wars are conducted not in the blink of a split-second decision and the flash of a rocket motor, but with the slow trickle of water through a valve. The hydrogen boosters of ICBMs are replaced by hydrogen-lofted intercontinental balloon missiles. A spacecraft hundreds of miles in diameter crawls to the moon at a rate of a few inches per second, all to prove a point about the proficiency of one belligerent’s hydraulic-military complex to the other’s.
Hello World

Rather than going smaller, our computers could go bigger. It is possible to replicate the functions of a transistor using water. In what is called the hydraulic analogy, a water transistor has a pressure-actuated valve that either enables or disrupts the flow of another pipe. A computer built with these transistors doesn’t need electricity at all, only water pressure. If one built what Charles Reid calls a “low/no power computer” using gravity fed water and a quarter million liquid transistors, one could build a water-based ENIAC. With only 5,600 liquid transistors, one could build a water-based Apollo Guidance Computer.

Of course, water does not flow as fast as electricity, and so the speed of these computers could not be replicated with liquid. What computational speed is necessary to fly to the moon? All that is important is that the computer is fast enough to aid the maneuvering necessary during the flight.

Perhaps, given some worldwide catastrophe that impedes the construction of microprocessors, we might still see things as complicated as space travel, but just on a longer time scale. A hydraulic computer that only functions at a rate of one cycle per second might still allow you to go to the moon. You will just have to travel at a speed one thousand times slower than Apollo 11 made the trip. Such a post-electronic technology could be called “slow computing.” Wars are conducted not in the blink of a split-second decision and the flash of a rocket motor, but with the slow trickle of water through a valve. The hydrogen boosters of ICBMs are replaced by hydrogen-lofted intercontinental balloon missiles. A spacecraft hundreds of miles in diameter crawls to the moon at a rate of a few inches per second, all to prove a point about the proficiency of one belligerent’s hydraulic-military complex to the other’s.

Hello World

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"It is the responsibility of the radio user to read and understand all applicable rules and regulations regarding GMRS. These hybrid radios are often referred to as “bubble pack” radios, since they are often packed in a plastic shell, for hanging on a display shelf. The massive sales of these radios have led to the term “bubble-pack pirates”, persons who use GMRS without a license."

General Mobile Radio Service

emergentfutures:

A Fully Mechanical 3D Printer is Mind Blowing

That’s right. Mechanical.
No computers, no motors, just the power of gravity. It could have been built 100 years ago.
The machine uses a 15kg weight to power the mechanism — it does need to be reset during the print, but that’s a small price to pay for this kind of mechanical automation.
Full Story: Hackaday

#solarpunk

emergentfutures:

A Fully Mechanical 3D Printer is Mind Blowing

That’s right. Mechanical.

No computers, no motors, just the power of gravity. It could have been built 100 years ago.

The machine uses a 15kg weight to power the mechanism — it does need to be reset during the print, but that’s a small price to pay for this kind of mechanical automation.

Full Story: Hackaday

#solarpunk