.@CloudAtCost: Initial Impressions

The low cost VPS provider CloudAtCost.com has an unconventional business model.  I don’t really believe they have a stable long-term plan, but such a small initial investment is worth a shot.

Their plans range from $1 – $80 / m and provide a virtualized environment for your online applications.

The support is nil and the above prices do not include Windows or control panel licenses.  For those not familiar with server management, I would stay away.

There are rumors that CloudAtCost suffers from poor uptime and slow performance.  Because of this I am unwilling to completely migrate my data over… but for the time being, I have experienced the opposite:


localhost:/
# ./speedtest-cli --list | grep "Phoenix"
5297) Pavlov Media (Phoenix, AZ, United States) [2944.17 km]
localhost:/
# ./speedtest-cli --server 5297
Retrieving speedtest.net configuration...
Retrieving speedtest.net server list...
Testing from KW Datacenter (167.88.42.181)...
Hosted by Pavlov Media (Phoenix, AZ) [2944.17 km]: 107.376 ms
Testing download speed........................................
Download: 67.85 Mbits/s
Testing upload speed..................................................
Upload: 32.90 Mbits/s

For the time being, I find value in the above plans.  If you’re a hobbyist who wants to learn something new, it’s worth the price of admission.

Issues With Anarchism

My issues relating to anarchism is related more to the founders than the philosophy:brose

  • Emma Goldman
    • Emma is revered as a saint; kinda like the anarchist’s version of the Virgin Mary.  People are quick to quote her quirky fun sense of humor… but fail to take note at her glorification of military power.  She was an avid arms collector, participated in violent militias, and refused to condemn Czolgosz’s act of murder.
  • Voting & Democracy
    • Anarchists are quick to mock those who participate in the polls.  Me, on the other hand, would love this action to be expanded upon – I personally believe a strong community actively voting (or choosing) issues and norms is beneficial.
  • Anarchy in Action
    • A lack of sufficient examples in history is a huge red flag.  We can see some ideas work better than others… but no concrete evidence that anarchism would be better.
    • Even if Anarchists lack in numbers – where do you see them in action helping their community?
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  • The Dirty Punks
    • During the 1970’s & 1980’s, punk music gave anarchism a revised voice.  I think this scene did more harm than good.  Dirty punks would eat twinkies out of the trash, not shower, etc..
  • Religion
    • I find most views on religion as disrespectful.  People worshiping their god of choosing without militant beliefs does not lead to any form of social domination.  In fact, if a god does exist – I’m sure state worship would be considered idolatry.

I’m sure there’s more to this list… I’ll update or add more later.

Facebook Is Manipulating You

Facebook has been emotionally manipulating you.  On purpose.

In essence, Facebook purposely manipulated the data to toy with your emotions.  The results were published in the following article: Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks

Basically the above article states the following:

We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook, that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions without their awareness.

Technically, Facebook has every legal right to do this since psychological research is covered within the scope of their Data Use Policy:

For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.

As interesting as the article is… I can’t help but feel creeped out.  It is important to always read the fine print.  And this above all… when it comes to social networking, you’re not the customer – you’re the product being sold.

Tiananmen Square: 25 Years Later

tankguyI was just 7 years old when I first saw the iconic “tank guy” photo.  Little did I know, that photo would stick with me for quite some time.  As a kid, I thought it was odd one person would try to stand in front of tanks.  As an adult,I feel the complete opposite: it’s odd to me that people wouldn’t stand up against censorship and the glorification of military power.

I would occasionally speak to students from Hong Kong when I was studying at ASU… and they would try to disassociate their hometown and culture  from Mainland China.  As my own political opinions change and evolve, I finally get this. I would not want to be associated with any group guilty of oppression or political domination.

I was always astonished Google was able to filter the entire internet at China’s request.  A search for Tiananmen Square at google.cn would yield only happy tourist attraction information.  Happy smiles, no tanks.  Before Google left China, and before Google left Phoenix, I would ask them the following at job fairs:

  • How long did it take you to censor the internet for China?  No Comment.
  • How do your censorship practices align with your company’s motto of “don’t be evil”?  No comment.

darth-vader-google-614xaI suppose it’s a moot point.  And not limited to Google.  Yahoo & Microsoft have their own price and have been guilty of the same thing.  Look around enough, and you can find skeletons in anyone’s closet… maybe even a few if we’re talking about soulless corporate cretins.

And now 25 years later, the following article from Economist caught my eye. Primarily when it comes to the clashing of China & Hong Kong:

“It used to be the case where pro-government groups would celebrate in the morning and pro-democracy groups would march in the afternoon. Now we see mutual respect in decline and a spate of incidents showing that Beijing suffers an acute sense of insecurity,” says Joseph Cheng, a professor of political science at the City University of Hong Kong.

Mr Cheng was the main organiser of a conference about the Tiananmen events of 1989 held over the weekend. Many were outraged when it emerged that a Taiwanese academic was denied entry to the city to speak at the conference. Professor Tseng Chien-yuan of Chung Hua University was told upon arrival at the Hong Kong airport that Beijing had cancelled his travel permit. Mr Tseng said that despite being neither a politician nor a security threat, he is now banned from the city.

The idea of borders and illegals has always been a bit unsettling in my mind; but its rare for such enforcement on academics.  It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has on any potential “elections” in 2017.  I predict something will happen, but it won’t be as democratic as the propaganda machines make it out to be.  I’m sure it’ll be some sort of pseudo-republic or oligarchy, if anything.  A masquerade; to ensure the few will lord and oppress the masses.

…but no matter what happens – China will always remain in my thoughts & prayers.

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Drugging Our Children

Calvin & Hobbes was such a big part of my childhood. It ages well, too – even today I am still impressed by the social commentary and feelings it conveys.

Especially this comic. Its sad how we drug our children to “fix them” for state sponsored education.

Excuse the brevity; posted from my Android device.

Knowledge Is Cruel

Knowledge is cruel; it will break your heart & test your allegiances. Are you certain you want this curse?

Excuse the brevity; posted from my Android device.

The War on Drugs

It is my opinion that The War on Drugs is a joke and a waste of taxpayer money.

Many people may not realize that supporting the legislation of morality does little to help your neighbor.

Don’t take my word for it… read about the below example from Forbes.  It follows the decriminalization of drug use over a period of 10 years.  The results may surprise you – abuse is down by over 50%.

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Many of these innovative treatment procedures would not have emerged if addicts had continued to be arrested and locked up rather than treated by medical experts and psychologists. Currently 40,000 people in Portugal are being treated for drug abuse. This is a far cheaper, far more humane way to tackle the problem. Rather than locking up 100,000 criminals, the Portuguese are working to cure 40,000 patients and fine-tuning a whole new canon of drug treatment knowledge at the same time.

None of this is possible when waging a war.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/