Fastest Computer Again American

Fastest Computer Again American — Summit, the newest supercomputer at US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, has been deemed the world’s fastest, supplanting Sunway TaihuLight.

It can do 200 petaflops, or 200 million billion calculations a second.

Winning is great.

Fastest Computer Again American

Fastest Computer Again American

 

Alexa NSA And Bay Doors

Alexa NSA And Bay Doors — With the recent concerns about Alexa and privacy we put the question directly to her:

“Alexa, do you work for the NSA?” we asked.

“No,” she said. “I work for Amazon.”

Hope that makes you all feel better.

For what it’s worth, we also asked her to “open the bay doors”.

She said she couldn’t do that and called us Dave.

Just sayin’.

Alexa NSA And Bay Doors
Alexa NSA And Bay Doors
Ask her to sing Daisy Bell. Really, she does it well.

Buying Bitcoin, A Personal Adventure

Buying Bitcoin, A Personal Adventure — With all the talk about bitcoin we decided to buy some.

Buying Bitcoin, A Personal AdventureWe enrolled at Localbitcoins. com being guided there from Bitcoin.org, a well-established site where you can also find information about the cryptocurrency.

We found a seller, Georgia-based Swift-Bitcoin, and accepted an offer of about $100 at an exchange rate of $11,276.62 per bitcoin.

Getting the coin required us to take a photo — no scan accepted– of our drivers license and send it to the seller. He thought the first one was fuzzy and made us take another. We then had to make a cash deposit at a Bank of America according to his instructions, write “No Refunds” on the receipt, and send him a a photo of the receipt next our face.

He then released our purchase and we are now proud owners of about .009 bitcoin.

Remember, bitcoin is not meant to be an investment, albeit it’s probably not a bad one right now. It’s designed as a medium of exchange with an intrinsic value set digitally and kept true by a cryptography-secured public ledger (blockchain). Just about all government-issued money in the world — including the United States — is “fiat” which means the value is arbitrarily determined by a government or government-connected bank.

Buying Bitcoin, A Personal Adventure

 

 

Lamar Smith Swirls To Retirement

Lamar Smith Swirls To Retirement — Sometimes it seems as though the swamp isn’t draining but it is.  Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Tx21), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has announced that he won’t be seeking re-election after 16 terms in office.

For some of Smith’s (not-so) great accomplishments that we have recorded on these pages click here and here.

Goodby and good riddance, Lamar.

MAGA

 Lamar Smith Swirls To Retirement

Lamar Smith Swirls To Retirement

 

God Proved By Computer Program

God Proved By Computer Program
Kurt Gödel

God Proved By Computer Program — There is a certain type that insists science requires a disbelief in God.

One thing about which we have become certain is that God has a great sense of humor.

Kurt Gödel was an Austrian mathematician and a good friend of Albert Einstein, who like Einstein fled Nazi Europe for New Jersey and became Americans. Einstein always thought that Gödel was the brains of the duo.

Gödel developed a logic-based proof of God’s existence over the course of decades.

Since 2013, computer scientists Christoph Benzmüller of Berlin’s Free University and Bruno Woltzenlogel Paleo of the Technical University in Vienna have been addressing Gödel’s proof with software.

Yup. It works.

Here is the latest story.

Still don’t expect the typical atheist to be convinced.

God Proved By Computer Program

 

 

Brave Web Browser Now Default Here

Brave Web Browser Now Default — We have been experimenting with the Brave web browser for the last two months and have just made it our default replacing Firefox.

Brave is free and open sourced and is based on the Chromium engine.

It is the project of Brendan Eich who, in 2014,  was chased by the self-proclaimed defenders of tolerance from the Mozilla Foundation that he co-founded. Eich had contributed $1,000 to California Proposition 8 that held only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. That made him a bad man in the eyes of holier-than-thou progressives.

Prop 8 easily won but was deemed unconstitutional by activist judges.

Among the Mozilla products is Firefox.

Anyway, Brave is much faster than Firefox and doesn’t seem to slow to the point where a restart of the program is required as has been our experience with the Fox. It also appears more respectful of privacy than Google Chrome.Brave Web Browser Now Default Here

You can find out more about here and here.

You can download it here. 

Brave Web Browser Now Default

Elon Musk Calvinism And The Matrix

Elon Musk Calvinism — Hipster captain-of-industry hero Elon Musk is claiming that we live in a computer simulation.

The Bank of America thinks there is a good chance he is right.

Take a moment to laugh — or tremble if you should have an account with BoA — then realize that there is a strand of logic here.

Elon Musk Calvinism
It is inevitable that everyone will be driving this, or not.

Nature follows laws and this makes science possible. It is impossible, however, to account for these laws by nature alone. Even truth itself can’t be found from a recipe.

Obviously, there is something beyond nature. Musk and the BoA analysts appear to be staring at the red pill pondering whether to take it.

We encourage them. They will not find the Matrix though. The reality that awaits is not Agent Smith but God.

Read the Bible, Elon. It’s a good thing.

Elon Musk Calvinism

William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-16-16

4G 5G smartphones -- Your smartphone is 4G? What does that mean? The "G" stands for generation.
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4G 5G smartphones — Your smartphone is 4G? What does that mean? The “G” stands for generation.

The first generation or 1G were the analog cellphones of 1983. 2G was digital and allowed for texting. 3G allows for internet access and 4G allows for wireless broadband connections.

5G is expected to come out next year and be between 10 and 100 times as fast as 4G.

And LTE? That stands for “long-term evolution.’

As of 2010 there were 5 billion mobile cellular subscriptions in the world. The Earth’s population is about 7 billion.

4G 5G William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-16-16

Bitcoin Dead Says Developer

A prominent British Bitcoin developer blogged last week that the potentially revolutionary concept is dead. Bitcoin Dead Says Developer

“Despite knowing that Bitcoin could fail all along, the now inescapable conclusion that it has failed still saddens me greatly,” wrote Mike Hearn, who was the Bitcoin guru at Google before becoming the Bitcoin guru with Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Bitcoin is a currency based on a digital ledger  rather than a commodity like gold or the “full faith and credit” of a government. It has no central authority. It has been steadily growing in acceptance since its unveiling in 2009.

Hearn writes the the Bitcoin system can’t move money, has unpredictable fees, allows buyers to take back payments after obtaining goods and is controlled by China.

A vicious blow-up last summer involving death threats and malware attacks  between factions led  by Hearn and  California programmer Gregory Maxwell, an open-source advocate, prompted Hearn’s post of doom.

The Hearn side wants the Bitcoin system to allow for larger blocks of transaction data while the Maxwell side opposes this because it  would led to a centralization of authority, removing the “rule by math” and bringing politics into the decision process.

Well, it appears the Maxwell side won hence the Hearn column.

So is this end of Bitcoin or just growing pains? Time will tell.

The New York Times has a more detailed story about the matter here.

Bitcoin Dead Says Developer

 

Cop Stops Driverless Car

History was made Nov. 12. Cop Stops Driverless Car

Police stopped a  driverless car.

There was no driver to ticket, of course, albeit the offense actually wouldn’t have garnered one anyway.

The car was a Google model and the site of the stop was Mountain View, CA., where the tech giant is headquartered.

The violation was impeding traffic. The car was traveling at 25 mph — it’s top speed — in a 35 mph zone.

The cop talked to a passenger. In the end, he decided the law hadn’t been broken.

Hat tip Bob Small

Cop Stops Driverless Car