Post Quantum

     Quantum computers have been successfully used to factor numbers.  Many are of the opinion that quantum computers won’t be scaled up enough to represent a threat to cryptography for some years to come.  I disagree.

     Here are a couple of reasons why:

Qubits made from standard silicon transistors

Quantum state endures for 39 minutes at room temperature

    Between these two things, I think quantum computers will be scaled up to where they will be a threat to present day encryption very fast.

     While there are presently encryption methods that are post quantum safe, most of them are not highly practical.  OpenSSL presently has no post quantum safe method of key exchange, and if you can’t exchange keys securely, you can’t encrypt securely.

     I would be surprised if the NSA doesn’t already have a computer capable of factoring primes of large sizes and the ability to break existing cryptography.  I am more or less convinced that this whole stand-off with Apple is just show.

Times We Live In

     It’s an exciting time to be alive.  The Internet making instant communications anywhere on the globe possible.

     I’m listening to sounds of various planets from NASA probes.  See  Every planet has it’s own unique sound and they are awesome and organic and alive sounding.  Something about them really touches my soul.  I wish I could go out and wander among them and hear them and those around other stars.

     I think it will some day be possible.  I think the discovery of the Higgs is to gravity, mass, inertia, and time, as the discovery of the electron was to electricity.

     I also think a kind of global consciousness is forming and we are awakening to each other and to our creator.  And if we can end the killing perhaps the global quarantine will be lifted and we can meet beings from other planets or even realms.

Magnetic Reversal – Super Volcanoes

     Of all the potential natural disasters that I find frightening, super volcanoes are at the top of my list because they have the potential to wreak havoc on a global scale.

     Our Earth’s magnetic field is wandering rapidly and decreasing in strength, there are minor poles forming.  These are all things that have happened during magnetic field reversals in the past, and, while they tell us these things take a very long time, the last one, about 12,000 years ago, happened in only about 400 years.

     Another thing that happened was a super-volcano eruption which devastated much of Southern Europe.  But such eruptions don’t just affect the area of ash and lava deposits, they put so much material in the atmosphere as to cause a global cooling and reduction in plant production that would likely lead to mass starvation if it happened today.

     I think there are folks in the know that know a lot more about this than they are telling us for fear of mass panic.

Clean Energy Happening

     In 2013, there were 143 gigawatts of renewable energy electrical generating capacity installed, 141 gigawatts of fossil fuel electrical generation capacity installed.

     We have turned the corner and all indications are we’ll never look back.  And it’s not the green crowd driving this, it’s economics.  Solar and Wind have become cheaper than coal, the cheapest of the fossil fuels.  New technologies are bringing the costs even lower.

     The cost of lithium-ion batteries are following an almost identical trajectory and promise to extend renewables from the grid to automotive transportation.

     We seem to be entering an age of plenty.  The question is whether or not we will demand that this plenty be shared by all mankind or allow it to be horded by the 1%.

     My take on this is God is increasing the soul carrying capacity of this planet for it’s rebirth to be witnessed and shared by as many souls as possible.

Yellowstone Geothermal

     Seems crazy to me that we’re not exploiting Yellowstone for all the geo-thermal energy we can get from it.  When it erupts again it is likely to be a civilization ending event.  Seems to me it would be in our interest to remove as much heat from that magma plume as possible.  If we can put a dent in it and delay and eruption great, if not, well we’ve got then essentially an inexhaustible energy source until it does put an end to civilization.

Solar Flare – Nuclear Meltdown

     We’ve all heard about the potential disaster another Carrington Event like solar flare could cause to our power grid.  Melted transformers taking weeks, months, maybe years to replace.  The end of civilization as we know it.

     Something not mentioned, so I’m going to mention it here, is the effect such an event would have on nuclear reactors.  Nuclear reactors require constant cooling water flow.  Even when a plant is shut down, control rods in place, it still generates a tremendous amount of heat because most of the fission products continue to decay for some time.

     Nuclear power plants get the power to cool the reactors off site because even if the reactor is not operational it still requires cooling to prevent a melt-down.

     This off-site power is delivered via high voltage lines that have transformers at each end of the circuit.  These lines are subject to induction of huge low frequency currents that could burn out said transformers in the event of a large solar event.

     In a massive event it may not be possible to keep the backup generators fueled.  When they run out of fuel you have a meltdown like Fukushima.  A large solar event taking down our power grid could result in hundreds of Fukushimas right here at home.

Integrated Electric Transportation System

     Last night I dreamed up (literally, this was in a dream) a futuristic integrated electric transportation system.

     In this dream all cars were fitted with a physical connector on the under carriage.  If you wanted to go somewhere local you would drive there under the cars own electric power.  But if you wanted to drive to a distant town, instead of a highway you’d go to a car train station.

     You’d drive up onto a platform and a thing would come and attach to the connector on the under carriage of your car, lift it off the ground and then go onto a track that was like a train track but it was equipped with the stationary portion of a linear motor.

     This would then, under computer control, propel the platform and the car attached to it, at high velocity, to the destination, where you would separate from the platform and drive to your final destination.

     These same tracks would move trains also to their destination to move freight and people that didn’t want to drive cars.

     It seems to me that with cheap enough electricity, such a dual-use system could be practical.

Something in September

     I’ve seen various postings about something coming in September but all vague.  I mean there are the usual predictions of a total collapse of the world economy, or marshal law and people being sent off to FEMA camps to either be exterminated or re-educated depending upon what color of dot is on their mailbox.

     Anyone that has any specifics, I’d love to hear them.  There are so many things to be paranoid about such as Yellow Stone exploding or the big 9.5 quake as the San Juan plate slips under the North American plate, or reptilian aliens invade, or we get another Republican president, but then that’s another year+ away.

     I haven’t had any recent predictive dreams or any recent OBEs where I could go explore the future, so I’m just totally empty when it comes to any paranormal sensing of the immediate future.  So if you’ve got something pass it on and if you allow I’ll make it public here.

Presidential Disaster

     It’s looking to me like next years Presidential election is going to be bleak.  It looks like it’s going to come down to Jeb Bush verses Hillary Clinton.  I can’t say that I’m excited about either prospect since I think both of them will primarily be concerned with their own personal wealth and power and not the good of the country.

     I like Bernie Sanders but I think an independents chances are very remote.  The people who are really in control will never allow it.  I think Bernie is the only candidate at this point that would move the country in a positive direction but he’d be opposed by both the Democrats and the Republicans in congress who are most concerned with their own wealth and power.

Windows 10

To quote a CNN “review” (I say that in quotes because, in my opinion, NOTHING on CNN is real news since Time Warner acquired them), they say, “With Windows 10 you can view and interact with up to four applications simultaneously”.

What an advance?  My Ubuntu Linux workstation regularly has 20 or more visible applications running and more in the background, and it is only limited by available RAM which on this machine is 4GB, of which Firefox by itself chews up half.

I don’t understand why a brand new operating system would place such a small and arbitrary limit on how many applications you can use.  I also don’t understand why virtual desktops isn’t built in.  Both Mac and Linux and even old Unixes like SunOS 4.1.4 have had that capability for eons.

They did make it prettier, I will give them that.  Windows now actually LOOK like Windows with sun shining through.  But perhaps more of the budget should have gone into functionality and a little less into graphic arts.