Adriaan van Dis speaks with Stephen Fry in this very last interview Adriaan will do during our yearly returning event that lasts a week and is all about books. Adriaan has had many very interesting conversations with famous writers. Like many times before this talk is also very interesting. In my opinion.
Check this video out. It’s really interesting! I have never been a religious person but I’m starting to think that science is slowly becoming my religion. For me personally the things that are shown in this video immediately make more sense to me, and I automatically believe that we are one step closer to learning more about our world and our lives and the meaning of it all because it corresponds with a gut feeling I’ve been having all my life.
Over the years I often played with the idea that we live our lives in some sort of self-induced reality. And that this reality can be seen as a sort of matrix, as shown in the movie the matrix. I sometimes joke around that we are just like virtual sims in a setting that is actually pretty similar to the virtual worlds we are creating ourselves and where we play our games. I got this idea when I learned that quantum bits, that are part of the fabric of everything around us, will only appear once they are observed. In my opinion that means that somehow we the observers make them appear, and happen, and thus litterally create our own world or what we experience as reality around us. We call it reality, but I dare to say that it’s actually a lot more like dreaming. Our brains, or rather our consciousness, create a whole different “reality” in our dreams, so where lies the difference between reality and dreams? Here’s a comparrison I like to make. What is the difference between our reality and the reality that a virtual A.I. creature we have yet to create in the near future. Once we have created A.I. that has a similar form of consciousness as we do, will that make us gods? A virtual character can not see, know, or grasp anything outside it’s own virtual world. Are we also caged in a environment that is similar? When we think about how big the universe is that would seem highly unlikely. But that’s because we are unable to think outside the box, or outside our universe. Just like a virtual character can not imagine a place outside it’s virtual environment. In a virtual world the computer renders everything you see in front of you. But what is behind, or what we “know” is behind, is never rendered by the computer. So in fact there’s nothing there. And that’s exactly how our view of our reality is build up. The quantum bits are not there when we don’t observe them. Our brain automatically fills in the gaps because that’s just how our brains are wired. So even though there is nothing behind a character in virtual setting, we know what will be there when we turn around and look at it. Beyond that layer of what our consciousness keeps giving us is, in my opinion, something that we in our current form as humans in a 3d world will never be able to see. And those are the borders of reality, the other realms, beyond 3d, all the way to 8d. Thinking about it while I’m writing this down this makes me feel even tinier as when I think about how big the universe is and how insignificant I appear to be due to the passing of time. We are prisoners of our own device. And when I say device I mean our central processing unit we call brains. Unfortunately I don’t have the brainpower or capacity to try and imagine what lies beyond our caged form of reality. But somehow, somewhere deep inside, I have a gut feeling that I will find out and even remember as soon as I loose one of my lives in this realm. Until I respawn that is.
Today at work I recorded this video where a McDonnell Douglas KDC-10 from our national air-force lands at Eindhoven Airport. This is a bad ass plane!! They had a training day and did several “fake” landings. After the wheels touched the ground it would hit the throttle and immediately fly up again. This is to save fuel because an actual landing and another take-off again would cost a lót more fuel, and time. So I guess this proves that our defense department does actually put some effort in to thinking about how to use our hard earned tax payer’s money in the most efficient way. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.
I like to keep a monitoring eye on my servers, as most people who manage servers do. I have one central server that monitors the others. I choose to use a central server so the other ones don’t have to use any extra resources. But now I found a tool that can be run on every linux based server with SNMP, that barely uses any resources. And it shows a shitload of real-time graphs. Since I like graphs, and stats, and figures, a lot, I decided to install it on a test server. I was surprised how much information it will show you. It’s an awesome tool in my opinion! It shows graphs about literally everything that is going on with your server. There’s several functioning demo’s that show what it can do and what it looks like. So go there and see for yourselves: http://my-netdata.io/#demosites
If you like what you saw on the demo pages and decided to try this out for yourself, here’s some really simple instructions that will only cost you five minutes of your time. Click the Read More link below to view the rest of this article.
Just found an awesome script online that I tested today and it works great. It’s a script that allows you to create an ISO for a unattended installation for Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS. Just made myself one of those ISO’s and I’m going to try to see if I can implement it in my PXE environment. If not, I can always place it on a USB flash drive and boot from that. This makes the life of a person who tends to install Ubuntu very often (either on a virtual or a physical machine) a whole lot easier and it’s time-saving. All you need for this script to work is a running Ubuntu system (I used VMware Workstation to create a fresh net-install, and I assume that VMware Player also works) and the script itself of course. The scripts and the really easy to follow instructions are all the github page right here. Took me approx 15 minutes to install a fresh Ubuntu server, follow the instructions, and the actual creation of the ISO. Give the author a star for his efforts cause he deserves it.
From Wiki: The IBM 1401 is a variable wordlength decimal computer that was announced by IBM on October 5, 1959. The first member of the highly successful IBM 1400 series, it was aimed at replacing unit record equipment for processing data stored on punched cards and at providing peripheral services for larger computers. The 1401 is considered to be the Model-T Ford of the computer industry, because it was mass-produced and because of its sales volume. Over 12,000 units were produced and many were leased or resold after they were replaced with newer technology. The 1401 was withdrawn on February 8, 1971.
Nowadays there are still several of machines like these operational. For example in the Computer History Museum in Mt. View, California. The people who used to operate these machines are mostly retired now like Ken and Paul in this introduction video. It’s a great video, you should have a look at it. Now what I found very interesting is a recent fun project by enthusiasts, that had no particular practical use, except for fun. The project took three years but it was successful. As a bit of a nerd myself I had a huge nerdgasm watching the video below when you click the “Read More” link.
Today was a good day for me in the World of Warcraft. I got my achievement Ahead of the Curve: Argus the Unmaker by killing Argus in Antorus on Heroic difficulty. That means I also received the awesome mount that goes really good with my transmog. Many thanks to Laurens and the people in his guild who made this possible by boosting me. So that’s one thing to cross of my in-game todo list. Next is to start farming reputation at Argussian Reach and Army of the Light factions. I must admit reaching goals like that was a lot easier when I was without a job. But I don’t have any problems with the fact that it takes me a bit more time as it used to. I still enjoy spending my free time on building towards these goals. Or I could switch to watching TV…. nah just kidding, who watches TV anymore? Click on the read more link below to see a short video of the fight with Argus. Oh and for the real fanatics here are the Warcraftlogs stats.
Many cloud storage services give you the option to mount your online storage as an extra drive on your operating system. This can be done really easy on any operating system that runs a desktop environment. But I wanted to add my storage as a mounted drive on Ubuntu Server, and it does not use a desktop environment so I use WinSCP and Putty to administrate my server.
I did some research on how to mount my cloud storage I use at Stackstorage. In my account info on their website they showed me that the address I have to use for WebDAV should be . This was all the information I needed to get started. Here’s a step by step guide how I did this that you can follow but keep in mind that some commands should be different depending on what cloud storage provider you are using. Click on READ MORE to read the full article and watch the video.
Source: The psychology of video game addiction is an interesting read.