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Ghost in the Machine

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#12338 Once Upon A Time....

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 05 November 2017 - 02:48 PM


Most of the time clock drifts and time-stamp discrepancies are related to illegal activities. It's a massive network using atomic-clock monitoring throughout the whole system. All synchronized with one time source. It uses a wide variety of software to prove accuracy across the board. Logging every event and analyzing the whole for drifting. Some systems have low cost battery base quartz crystal clocks. These tend to lag behind the time protocol. Plus, there's the satellite GPS systems. These are vulnerable to signal disruptions over the wireless. Leaving wormholes in time for secret and active travel across the framework.


White space is another way to transmit data. Basically, they're just radio links. White-space technology allows multiple services to share the same radio bands by hopping between frequencies. It's old technology but it's free so they don't want to bring it out. Just like radio. It's super fast bandwidth with no limits essentially.

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#12286 Cock Tales and Feathers

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 31 October 2017 - 11:30 AM


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#12284 Halloween Tricks and Treats

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 31 October 2017 - 11:25 AM

Causing mischief has been a part of the Halloween tradition since the very beginning.
The most ancient roots of Halloween come from the Celts of Great Britain, who believed that the day before their Nov. 1 New Year was a time when spirits came back to haunt and play tricks. On Oct. 31, people dressed up in scary costumes, played games, lit bonfires and left food out on their doorsteps for the ghosts in celebration of this otherworldly event, which the Celts called Samhain.
When Great Britain was Christianized in the 800s, the ghoulish games of Samhain merged with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, during which the dead were honored with parades and door-to-door solicitation by peasants for treats — usually a bit of food or money.
After the Protestant Reformation, much of England stopped the "treating" side of Halloween because it was connected to Catholic saints, and transferred the trickery to the eve of Guy Fawkes Night, a Nov. 5 holiday celebrating the foiling of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up British Parliament. Mischief Night in England is still celebrated on Nov. 4.
The Irish, Scottish and northern English, meanwhile, kept up much of their Halloween traditions, including the good-natured misbehavior, and brought their ways to North America with the wave of immigration in the 1800s.
Before the 20th century, Halloween mischief in the United States and Canada happened on Oct. 31 and consisted of tipping over outhouses, unhinging farmer's gates, throwing eggs at houses and the like. By the 1920s and 30s, however, the celebrations had become more like a rowdy block party, and the acts of vandalism more serious, probably instigated by tensions over the Great Depression and the threat of war, historians say.
To stem the vandalism, concerned parents and town leaders tried to ply kids with candy, encouraging the forgotten tradition of trick-or-treating in costume in exchange for sweets, bumping the mischief element from the celebrations of Oct. 31 altogether. It was then that the troublemakers, neighborhood by neighborhood, adopted Oct. 30 as their day to pull pranks. 
The notion of dressing up in costume and going from door to door for goods dates back to the Middle Ages, according to Smithsonian.com.
“Children and sometimes poor adults would dress up [as saints, angels or demons costumes] and go around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead.”
According to Smithsonian.com, back then, it wasn’t called trick-or-treating. It was called “souling” and the beggars were called “soulers.”
The practice of trick-or-treating emerged in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s.
But the earliest known reference to the term “trick or treat” actually comes from a 1927 publication in Canada.
Here’s what the Smithsonian found in the Nov. 4, 1927, edition of the Blackie, Alberta Canada Herald:
“Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.”
Still, how exactly Americans adopted the tradition is still a little confusing, History.com reported, though it’s widely understood that Irish and Scottish immigrants brought Halloween traditions to the U.S. with them.
Theorists also say it could have been the excessive pranks on Halloween that led to its adoption as a holiday tradition. 
These pranks were popular among “rowdy young people” and often amounted to expensive damage, vandalism and physical violence.
When World War II broke out, however, trick-or-treating came to a halt due to sugar rationing.
Today, Americans spend millions on costumes annually to partake in the door-to-door tradition.
When Halloween Was All Tricks and No Treats
In this era, when Americans generally lived in small communities and better knew their neighbors, it was often the local grouch who was the brunt of Halloween mischief. The children would cause trouble and the adults would just smile guiltily to themselves, amused by rocking chairs engineered onto rooftops, or pigs set free from sties. But when early 20th-century Americans moved into crowded urban centers—full of big city problems like poverty, segregation, and unemployment—pranking took on a new edge. Kids pulled fire alarms, threw bricks through shop windows, and painted obscenities on the principal’s home. They struck out blindly against property owners, adults, and authority in general. They begged for money or sweets, and threatened vandalism if they didn’t receive them.
Some grown-ups began to fight back. Newspapers in the early 20th century reported incidents of homeowners firing buckshot at pranksters who were only 11 or 12 years old. “Letting the air out of tires isn’t fun anymore,” wrote the Superintendent of Schools of Rochester, New York in a newspaper editorial in 1942, as U.S. participation in World War II was escalating. “It’s sabotage. Soaping windows isn’t fun this year. Your government needs soaps and greases for the war … Even ringing doorbells has lost its appeal because it may mean disturbing the sleep of a tired war worker who needs his rest.” That same year, the Chicago City Council voted to abolish Halloween and instead institute a “Conservation Day” on October 31. (Implementation got kicked to the mayor, who doesn’t appear to have done much about it.)
The effort to restrain and recast the holiday continued after World War II, as adults moved Halloween celebrations indoors and away from destructive tricks, and gave the holiday over to younger and younger children. The Senate Judiciary Committee under President Truman recommended Halloween be repurposed as “Youth Honor Day” in 1950, hoping that communities would celebrate and cultivate the moral fiber of children. The House of Representatives, sidetracked by the Korean War, neglected to act on the motion, but there were communities that took it up: On October 31, 1955 in Ocala, Florida, a Youth Honor Day king and queen were crowned at a massive party sponsored by the local Moose Lodge. As late as 1962, New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. wanted to change Halloween to UNICEF Day, to shift the emphasis of the night to charity.
Happy Halloween!

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#11836 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 09 October 2017 - 11:29 AM

Have they taught them how to lie?
Facebook built an AI system that learned to lie to get what it wants
The pursuit of Facebook’s AI isn’t too different than other applications of AI, like the game Go. Each anticipates its opponent’s future actions and works to maximize its winnings. But unlike Google’s Go-playing AlphaGo, Facebook’s algorithm needs to make sense to humans while doing so.
From the human conversations (gathered via Amazon Mechanical Turk), and testing its skills against itself, the AI system didn’t only learn how to state its demands, but negotiation tactics as well—specifically, lying. Instead of outright saying what it wanted, sometimes the AI would feign interest in a worthless object, only to later concede it for something that it really wanted. Facebook isn’t sure whether it learned from the human hagglers or whether it stumbled upon the trick accidentally, but either way when the tactic worked, it was rewarded.
Interesting business possibilities
The first thought that comes to mind is taking us humans out of the equation and letting AI do all of the hard work on large contract negotiations.
How great would it be to bring my "AI bot" to the negotiating table (or I guess now it would be the negotiating computer screen) to outsmart, deceive, and manipulate the pathetic human on the other side of the contract negotiations?
We'd win every time.
Of course, other companies would quickly get smart to it and start to bring their own AI bot negotiators. Then it might be like some form of Robot Wars, except instead of two mechanical robots attempting to slice and dice each other physically, we'd have two AI bots duking it out via a computer screen.
We could have them actually run big parts of the business for us. We could get them involved in the highly strategic world of mergers and acquisitions. Every company could have lots of AI bots out there doing the work, building AI bot relationships, strategically maneuvering around the business landscape while us humans hung out in Vegas.
It might get really interesting for us to watch. Who's to say that the AI bots wouldn't form alliances out there to help them lie, deceive and manipulate their way to success? One AI bot could bluff its way into a big business opportunity by aligning with two other AI bots only to reveal later that it was part of a larger plan to buy those other two AI bots out.
Actually, that kind of sounds like human behavior but just done much more effectively.
Google’s DeepMind pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate
Unsurprisingly, they do both
AI computer agents could manage systems from the quotidian (e.g., traffic lights) to the complex (e.g., a nation’s whole economy), but leaving aside the problem of whether or not they can do their jobs well, there is another challenge: will these agents be able to play nice with one another? What happens if one AI’s aims conflict with another’s? Will they fight, or work together?
Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has been exploring this problem in a new study published today. The company’s researchers decided to test how AI agents interacted with one another in a series of “social dilemmas.” This is a rather generic term for situations in which individuals can profit from being selfish — but where everyone loses if everyone is selfish. The most famous example of this is the prisoner’s dilemma, where two individuals can choose to betray one another for a prize, but lose out if both choose this option. 
The results of the study, then, show that the behavior of AI agents changes based on the rules they’re faced with. If those rules reward aggressive behavior (“Zap that player to get more apples”) the AI will be more aggressive; if they rewards cooperative behavior (“Work together and you both get points!) they’ll be more cooperative.
That means part of the challenge in controlling AI agents in the future, will be making sure the right rules are in place. As the researchers conclude in their blog post: “As a consequence [of this research], we may be able to better understand and control complex multi-agent systems such as the economy, traffic systems, or the ecological health of our planet - all of which depend on our continued cooperation.”

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#11737 The Dark Side of the Internet

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 02 October 2017 - 10:04 AM

All things you do, whether it is streaming movies, browsing Facebook, some other thing, you are doing it on the web, not on the internet. The Internet is a network of computer devices, routers, and server across the globe. While the web or World Wide Web is like software running on the internet, it doesn’t have any physical existence. The web used to access all the websites and services with the help of various protocols.
The “dark web” is a part of the world wide web that requires special software to access. Once inside, web sites and other services can be accessed through a browser in much the same way as the normal web.
However, some sites are effectively “hidden”, in that they have not been indexed by a search engine and can only be accessed if you know the address of the site. Special markets also operate within the dark web called “darknet markets”, which mainly sell illegal products like drugs and firearms, paid for in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
The dark web has been host to crowdfunded “assassination markets”, where users can pay towards having someone assassinated. A site was reportedly created to crowdfund the assassination of US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence, but most of these platforms are likely to be scams.
More recently, a journalist was able to purchase his Medicare details on a Tor website. The dark net vendor claimed they could sell the Medicare patient details of any Australian.
Because of the the dark web’s almost total anonymity, it has been the place of choice for groups wanting to stay hidden online from governments and law enforcement agencies.
Whistle blowers have used the dark web to communicate with journalists, but more frequently, it has been used by paedophile groups, terrorists and criminals to keep their dealings secret.
So just for a minute imagine that the whole internet is a forest – a vast expanse of luscious green as far as the eye can see. And in the forest are well worn paths – to get from A to B. Think of these paths as popular search engines – like Google – allowing you as the user the option to essentially see the wood from the trees and be connected. But away from these paths – and away from Google – the trees of the forest mask your vision...
Broadly cybercrime can be broken down into two categories:
Cyber-dependent crime: a criminal act that only exists because of the computer, such as writing and releasing malware or efforts to hack and penetrate computer or network security.
Cyber-enabled crime: a criminal act that is enhanced through the use of technology, such as Ponzi schemes or credit card fraud.
The bulk of cybercrime is computer-enabled crime, predominantly economic in nature such as fraud, financial scams, and so on. This is why Action Fraud, the lead cybercrime reporting mechanism in the UK, has joined the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NIFB) of the City of London Police. Reports of cybercrime are analysed and then passed on to local police forces, or the National Crime Agency which deals with serious and organised crime.
What is Deep Web?
A private network, tagged as deep web, can be right next to your house. It’s just the internet that isn’t within reach of standard search engine crawlers. For instance, the network maintained by some paid streaming service. It is a type of deep web or hidden web. Obviously, the search engines won’t be opting for a monthly subscription to index the catalog of such websites.
What is Darknet?
Contrary to deep web, Darknet is better known to the people. It is an encrypted network built on top of the existing internet, and specific software or tools are required to access the darknet. It is possible, conventional protocols used on the internet might not work on the darknet.
Darknet provides anonymity to the users. One such darknet is Tor or The Onion Router. You require the Tor browser to enter into the Tor’s network.
What Is Dark Web
There is another thing you would like to be aware of, the dark web. You can think of the dark web as a subset of the deep web.
The darknet is a network, and the deep web constitutes the chunk of the World Wide Web that is beyond the reach of the search engines. So, we can decipher dark web as the World Wide Web of the darknets like Tor, Freenet, etc. That is, the services and websites running on the darknet is the dark web.

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#10766 Coffee: The Irresistible Bean

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 16 July 2017 - 02:08 PM


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#10758 Rhetorical Devices Used in Literary Logic

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 16 July 2017 - 12:55 PM


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#6838 The Hypnotic Effects of Pornography

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 01 September 2016 - 09:36 AM

Ho ho ho....A healthy body?
That's plain foolish. The advent of the internet has made it easier to acquire porn of all kinds. Its profiling methods are extreme in variety. The more you watch it, the more you need to increase your stimulation. Sexual deviates of all sorts are increasing exponentially because of all these sickos. Sex slaves, child pornography, rape....you name it! These deviations into the normal sex drive of human beings is creating a moral dilemma that society may not be able to break away from. All you care about is profit. Not caring what the consequences are for the overall whole of decent society.

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#6053 The Sound of Music - MERGED

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 16 June 2016 - 01:04 PM

Video Games: Do You Play Better With the Sound On or Off?
The role of music and sound effects in video games
Every gamer may have an opinion—but what has research shown?
More research on video games:

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#5983 This is your brain …

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 13 June 2016 - 05:30 PM

Does society really learn about themselves while playing these games? How aware are individuals with their thoughts and emotions in the game? Does it hypnotize? What subliminal messages and programming are players receiving? Questions! Questions! Always more questions....answer them for your own self if you can.


The Shadow knows....perhaps it is even helping you dig deeper into your psyche. The problem is the continued temptations provided to keep consumers gobbling up things that in the end they know are bad for them. Addiction follows.......

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#3810 Orientating the Stars...

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 07 January 2016 - 03:55 AM

Cato stays where he is. For all his stubborn foolishness it was the right way for him. Roman honor dictated his ultimate action...too bad for him!


He points the way up the mountain!


Ah, a beautiful battle of thought. The medium must know itself in the unfolding of the poetic voice. Yes, Cato points the way up, but you are wrong in that he will stay where he is! After all, purgatory gives everyone redemption. Cato will move on, eventually! He has been forgiven his sin. For at this pathway to the mountain, Cato is urging Moral purification. He is saying to begin again...in forgiveness!
Appreciate what the good must be...
Love too much?
Love too little?
Love the wrong thing?
How do we measure?



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#3691 How to mix up a batch of extreme prejudice

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 30 December 2015 - 12:50 PM

Suppose it symbolizes adding fuel to burn for vain glory?!
Concentrating and condensing Itself for the chosen few .. or predestined.
The extreme use of prejudice denotes an escalation in hatred beyond insanity.


A Common factor with all groups with extreme prejudicial viewing systems:
They destroy not only a whole groups of human beings, but, all traces of their books, their artwork, their knowledge...
An evil, single minded force to wipe clean all traces of existence.


Follow the trail of all that glittering silver and gold coming over from the New World.


What did it finance?
What debts did the Crown incur?

Blood and Gold The Making of Spain





To whom were these debts paid to?

Where is all that gold and silver today?



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#3592 Private Economy with Public Magnificence

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 24 December 2015 - 07:24 AM

More honey for the pot?
Paid All in pounds sterling. Shipped directly back to England. Always that flow of gold and silver flowing right through the Bank....
Like shite through the golden goose.
Still got a few more years before the Bank of England gets the complete schlong!
But, it's ready to come, and right soon!

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#3555 Private Economy with Public Magnificence

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 21 December 2015 - 01:13 PM

Rub a dub dub, here's an interesting one for the tub:  The Stamp Act!

Ho, ho, ho, what do you know?

Fees and fines for every living legal paper in the colonies. You couldn't even buy a deck of cards without it being stamped. Like cigarettes, right!

Well, well, well..this bullshit needs a new spell...

Considering the colonies got real pissy about all these new taxes on papers, papyrus, and page...why the hell do we still pay all these fees today?




Somehow, somewhere, someway, we've all forgotten the reasons we were fighting the tyranny in the first place. This pyramid of power from Britain became too large to control from one place and the elite started bickering. So, its essence, as a whole, started to break up into competing groups of control. The Crown of Britain and all it stood for seemed to be breaking apart forever. But, no! There was a bigger plan in the making....

Behind the veil of veils....


The American Elite wanted to control their own destiny! Only, they and the British powerhouse are still NOT the true 'elite'...


Money, honey.  Who loves the bunny!


Down the hole we go....


Lo, lo, lo



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#3012 Psycho Acoustical Behaviors in Music

Posted by Ghost in the Machine on 22 November 2015 - 12:57 PM

The symbolic connotative quality is the reason why it's called theory!  A bridge to the spirit within the self to cross over and connect the synapses of the larger spirit of man as a whole. Expanding outward further to the holy spirit of God and the infinite!  Nothing boring about that.



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