Lane Change for a day.
It’s domestic duty Sunday. That means laundry, groceries, what not. It also means that I am working on the book as we speak. (Kinda, its break time for a few. can only look at the edit screens for so long before I want to throw the computer through the wall.)
All of this brings up a peeve of mine though. I am sure that some of us older types that have been around since the Commodore 64 days can all feel for this. UPDATES! I hates ’em! Remember when your computer was top of the line with 128Meg Hard Drive? Yeah, me either. Not anymore. This laptop I have been using has a Solid state Terabyte drive in it, and the operating system covers almost a quarter of that. My very first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000. It didn’t have an operating system, it was a programmable chip with video interface to learn Basic on. it had a WHOLE WHOPPING Kilobyte of memory! ROFLMAO. These days, you can’t write a message to your buddy without hitting that kilobyte limit.
Back to that peeve for a minute. Most of the updates we see these days, aren’t really ‘updates’, they are security patches. So many of our programs/apps allow access into some pretty private areas in our little electronic universes, that the app writers have to constantly keep up on security patches to keep one step ahead of the thieves that would do us harm. MY PEEV is this. Blockchain would eliminate almost all of the security issues, but the Government and several corporate types resist that tech and discourage its use. They tell the masses that blockchain will make crime easier or some such shit.
No, sorry, the real reason is this: Blockchain removes their ability to collect your information at whim and use it to prosecute whatever schemes they have this week. (and the shit is now rolling on a weekly change basis. Gotta keep the masses reeling with the blows or they may wake up to the fact that the powers that ‘wanna’ be are out of control.) You may recall a court trying to order someone to give up their password protection on their encrypted files? That wasn’t a blockchain thing, but the encryption is similar. They have to ask YOU for permission and that eats at their withered blackened souls to no end. They will posture and threaten with incarceration, but in the end, it comes down to YOU giving them permission and, Oh! Hell! To! The! NO! is their position on that!
Blockchain is a bottom up security model, YOU control who has access to your information, not the guy on the other end. That irritates people like Bill Gates, who has a stranglehold on almost all of your information (especially now with Win-DOH!!s 10) And blockchain is the foundation for crypto-currency that may be the saving grace of our planet, if we can keep our shit together long enough.
Long enough for ‘What’, Dio?
Long enough for the majority of people to wake up to the fact that GOVERNMENT is the real problem, and that PEOPLE are the answer. It’s a bit more complicated than that, but I seriously believe that if we could reduce our GOVERNMENT to a local condition where people KNOW PERSONALLY who is trying to do what, then we would eliminate so much of the bullshit we have now. The disconnect we see in people like PElousy, Sloe-Joe Biden, and others would go away because they would be our neighbors and if they started slipping the leash,,,
The parallel between our program complexities and how fat our Governments have grown are obvious to me. It’s all, and I do mean ALL about control. The government has to grow to keep burying its shit so the masses don’t catch whiff of it. (and its not enough anymore) and the programs have to grow to keep the patches on top of patches functional. It’s like a hemorrhaging wound. You don’t take off the first bandage when its soaked, you have to add another on top of it and keep applying pressure. But if the wound is arterial, you’re gonna need a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
And with the way things are bleeding out right now, I don’t think a tourniquet will suffice. It may be time for that third level of triage: Make the patient comfortable while they die.