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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 NJMike 0

I suppose I’ll speculate. It’s Friday.

I look at several events that this country has survived – Civil War, Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Kent State, various riots (Watts, Newark), etc. I’m optimistic that the country will eventually weather almost anything that doesn’t put us back into the 18th C. or make everything glow with radiation, or both.

Aside from an economic meltdown, the most likely event we could see would be a Snowflake Revolution at the voting booth. If it happens it will be reactionary and based on political spin and the exaggerated consequences of a Trump presidency. It would resemble a Left version of the Tea Party or the Silent Majority of Trump Supporters. But hey, that’s democracy in action.

I feel our education system and news outlets are creating generations of stupid people who aren’t critical thinkers and allow themselves to be manipulated into actions. Thus I’m worried some misguided soul will try to be the next Hinckley, or even worse be successful.

I’m also concerned about a government being knee jerk reactionary to events (violent protests, singular acts) and we end up with the same types of overreach and controls on peoples lives that were feared the past 8 years.

On that last point I’m going to present a Chicago example. What if, in order to reduce the outrageous inner city gang violence, high murder rate, and drug epidemic we see Chicago getting a Boston Bomber like government response or worse? What if the National Guard is brought in, there’s neighborhoods lock-downed and door to door treatment to remove illegal guns, illegal drugs, illegal aliens, and round up anyone with outstanding warrants? What if a confiscation includes guns or other property of law abiding Americans out of expedience? What if services are turned off (Cell coverage, Internet, Electric, Water) to ensure compliance? What if people die in this operation? What if the actions taken are considered overall to be legal? What if the nation decides the ends justifies the means and expands this systematically to other cities, then suburbs, then elsewhere?

This article was an interesting read on Boston.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the … n-bombing/
Here’s an interesting 6 min video of what door to door looks like:
http://jimbovard.com/blog/2013/04/22/bo … ut-window/

Some interesting topics many people may not be aware of when considering the 4th Amendment:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exigent_circumstance
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plain_view_doctrine

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’

March 3, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0

Cloud based CI…The tap’s and echo’s access the AI via amazon servers.

each unit is a stand alone for now….Play music on one for example but ask a different unit to play the same playlist in a different room and they will not sync…probably the only complaint so far witht the Taps….No whole house sync. But they will all preform multitasking on their own(i.e…Playing music, while maintaining a timer, and able to answer questions or execute a smart home task, then immediately picks up the song where it left off)

Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:28 am


BOL’s and Retreats • Re: Creepy Stories And Weird Things found in the woods?

March 3, 2017 terrapin 0
headhunter wrote:
Last summer we were riding our ATVs and right along the trail there was the top half of a bear’s skull. There were no other bones around it nor was there any hair. The skull was fresh, the meat was still red, and the amount of meat left on it -well you’d have to scrape really hard with a sharp knife to fill a spoon. All of the top teeth were still in the skull, and the incisors were good sized. There aren’t too many things that would view a grown bear as food, and a human hunter would have claimed the skull as atrophy. I guess that leaves the big government dogs, the grey ones.

What about the bigfoot?
Bigfoots might like a bear snack.
Y’know?

We don’t have bears around here,
but, we do have wolves and cougars,
and bigfoots.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 donba 0

This Trump being controlled by Russia is so funny. If Russia, was going to get involved to try and influence our election, why try to help Trump ? Russia already owned the clintons, and obummer. She went to Russia, bill followed gave a couple speeches, got paid the big bucks. Next obummer sells Russia a uranium mine in the U S for pennies. Russia already owned the democrats, they would have helped her if anyone. Will Trump save the country ? No but he will start us on the right track. He is going to need 8 years. Ginsberg retires 1-2 years. trump appoints another conservative Judge. If whoever follows Trump is in the same line. The country has a chance…..

Statistics: Posted by donba — Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:45 pm


Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 rebnavy1862 0
Cast Iron wrote:
Which side is heading that direction?

During the past administration, I have seen a number of people claim they are ready to fight.
Fight who? was my first question.
Fight how? was my second.
My one co-worker ranted and raved about the “gun grabbers,” coming for everyone’s guns.
He could never tell me who these people were, other than Obama, as if Obama was personally coming for his guns.

Now, seems the Left has drank the Kool-aid.
There are fascists behind every corner. Nazi Brownshirts and Jackboots. Depending on whom you talk to, everyone who voted against Clinton is a fascist, even if their mind they were not voting for Trump but against the status quo. elitist, globalists, call them what you will.

I do feel we are at a greater danger of some kind of real social upheaval.
What it will look like I do not know. No one does.
Some Spider People claim they do.

Reading that, the OP, I am not sure I would want them on my side.
Something or persons more in the middle.

I have stated it before, extremism in any form is dangerous, be it the Right or the Left.

CI, patriots in our first revolution were not only extremists, but also a minority. What they accomplished is considered to be a good thing.
Reb

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Fictional thoughts

March 3, 2017 IceFire 0

It was SPAM! I removed it. He was trying to pimp his essay writing service. When I saw the title, I was thinking “Our thoughts aren’t real? They’re fictional? What gets me, is that all these people pin their “essay writing services” can’t spell worth a darn, and use improper grammar. Their punctuation usually sucks, too. Yeah, use them if you DON’T want a passing grade!

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 RayMac1963 0
Cast Iron wrote:
During the past administration, I have seen a number of people claim they are ready to fight.
Fight who? was my first question.
Fight how? was my second.
My one co-worker ranted and raved about the “gun grabbers,” coming for everyone’s guns.
He could never tell me who these people were, other than Obama, as if Obama was personally coming for his guns.

:shakeyes: Talk like that got James Yager in a whole heap of trouble. I bet they STILL are watching him.

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BOL’s and Retreats • Re: Creepy Stories And Weird Things found in the woods?

March 3, 2017 headhunter 0

Last summer we were riding our ATVs and right along the trail there was the top half of a bear’s skull. There were no other bones around it nor was there any hair. The skull was fresh, the meat was still red, and the amount of meat left on it -well you’d have to scrape really hard with a sharp knife to fill a spoon. All of the top teeth were still in the skull, and the incisors were good sized. There aren’t too many things that would view a grown bear as food, and a human hunter would have claimed the skull as atrophy. I guess that leaves the big government dogs, the grey ones.

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Guns • Re: The 9 vs 40 debate

March 3, 2017 IceFire 0

I also think the caliber debate is silly. I have .22, ,380, .38, 9mm, .40, and .45, as well as several rifle and shotgun calibers/gauges. (oh, and .45LC, as well.) What I carry is usually determined by what I’m doing and what I’m wearing. It’s not so much about caliber, as it is SHOT PLACEMENT (unless you’re out hunting, then tailor the caliber to the size game.)

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 3, 2017 Cast Iron 0

Which side is heading that direction?

During the past administration, I have seen a number of people claim they are ready to fight.
Fight who? was my first question.
Fight how? was my second.
My one co-worker ranted and raved about the “gun grabbers,” coming for everyone’s guns.
He could never tell me who these people were, other than Obama, as if Obama was personally coming for his guns.

Now, seems the Left has drank the Kool-aid.
There are fascists behind every corner. Nazi Brownshirts and Jackboots. Depending on whom you talk to, everyone who voted against Clinton is a fascist, even if their mind they were not voting for Trump but against the status quo. elitist, globalists, call them what you will.

I do feel we are at a greater danger of some kind of real social upheaval.
What it will look like I do not know. No one does.
Some Spider People claim they do.

Reading that, the OP, I am not sure I would want them on my side.
Something or persons more in the middle.

I have stated it before, extremism in any form is dangerous, be it the Right or the Left.

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BOL’s and Retreats • Re: Some info about my personal situation

March 2, 2017 headhunter 0

Illini Warrior is on the right road. Force multipliers, those things like traps, snares’ and automatic reels will allow you to get the most out of your day. Reading the Laura Ingolls Wilder books with my eldest daughter brought in home . The pioneers worked dark to dark and actually took time off on Sundays to head to church, religion and socializing- then they went home and did chores.
Force multipliers can carry into gardening where laying black plastic between rows will cut down on weeding time. A green house will allow you to get a jump on growing season. A spare shove handle and rivets will make replacement easier , as will spare axe handles. Spare hoes and tools will make work easier. Clean shovels and take care they don’t rust. A shiny shovel will cut smoother and with less force.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’

March 2, 2017 Cast Iron 0
Murby wrote:
The problem with robotic soldiers isn’t software, its energy…

Until battery energy storage densities get much much better, a robotic soldier isn’t going to be very effective.

They already tried a robotic pack mule in Afghanistan.. A “dog like” robot that could carry 100 lbs of supplies and would follow the soldiers wherever they go. No battery can provide that much juice so they installed a small chain-saw type of motor in it.. The soldiers complained it gave away their position because it was so noisy.

I agree.

All of the robotics we have seen, have been impressive.
But all required a significant power source that we can not overcome with current technology.

I think future battles will be more waged in cyberspace, with the physical realm secondary.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’

March 2, 2017 Cast Iron 0
DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:

Cast Iron wrote:

DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:
Terp, I know you were addressing CI, but I’m confused by your post…

Were you saying you don’t think this is possible or just mentioning a joke?….(I do know the Dr.Demento reference…lol…Loved those)

I read it as a joke.

Dr1ven, can you expand on what you meant by Alexa has leaned in two years?

How much computing power does all the units have?
Do they act as a collective?

Sure thing….As best I can anyways…anyone please feel free to add in here….

So “Alexa’ or “The Amazon Echo” is a device that connects wirelessly into your home and is “Always listening” for the “Wake word” which is “Alexa”….then you ask it anything to give you information or preform a task.

For example I can say “Alexa what movies are playing?” and she’ll automatically choose a theater near you, list movies and show times that their playing….An example of the AI improvements over time is she(yes, talk about her as if she is a real person now…At some point it went from “It’ to “her”….weird how you become conditioned) would need and additional prompt to ask for a specific theater vs. now just saying “Alexa, where else is it playing?” and she’d tell you the show times for whatever movie she was just referencing at the next closest theater without specifics being needed in the command….

That is like the smallest example of it I can give…..The AI that Amazon runs is the smartest and fastest growing out there that I’m aware of in the consumer market……Alexa learns and preforms better over time thru collective information from all over the world….Her responses and intuitive nature to correctly identify what you’re asking has grown by leaps and bounds…..Where you use to have to say “Alexa what time is it?” you can now say “Alexa am I running late?” and she will tell you the time, your next appointment, and the time of travel to get there with real-time traffic reports all linked together using secondary applications made to do certain task together like with the “IFTTT” software(IF That Then This)…. The applications are unlimited. you can design your own rules or just add one someone has already created. https://ifttt.com/amazon_alexa

All of this is constantly growing…Imagine all the households experimenting on this, gathering the info, grinding it, refining her intuitive nature every hour of every day……It’s mind boggling really.

There are the “Dots” that amazon has come out with to have a receiver and speaker with access to the echo brain in every room if you want for VERY cheap….Small unobtrusive units that do most of what the full Echo does without the upgraded speakers…..This is a VERY smart move on amazons part as this will refine her knowledge and grow the AI being in more and more households at an affordable price.

If I’m in my hallway between 2 rooms with alexa in them both and I say “alexa…..”…..Both units light up but she determines thru spatial recognition what unit I’m closest to and then shuts down all but the closest unit listening for the command.

With it basically being an open platform design, more and more programmers can make their products work in tandem with alexa or make alexa smarter.
an example of the hindrances of a non-open platform and how it retards learning is the IPhone Vs. android…..Yes before “Siri” could I could ask Google “how old is the president?” and get the correct answer but then immediately without identifying anything else id ask “who is he married to?” and get “Michelle Obama” as the answer…..for YEARS, asking the 2nd question to the IPhone and it would not be able to answer or understand the question…..They have sense caught up but their Closed platform is ALWAYS keeping the behind any new upgrades in the Android devices….

an example of this is when I first got Alexa, I couldn’t control the lights in any room…..Now there are like 4 LARGE manufactures that all offer different bulbs for all types of lights, appliances, power outlets, alarm systems, etc that I can just say something like “Alexa turn off all lights.” or “Alexa I’m home” and just my front room, entry and main hallway lights come on….

Google and Apple are working hard on AI at this point, but they are light years behind amazon Echo with the jumpstart they have……..

When it comes to the Military AI that there is now and where that’s gone/going…..oh boy.

The Singularity is upon us friends….it is just a matter of time now…..What happens after that epoch is anyone’s guess.

With Moore’s law showing the processor with not being able to defy nature and stopping growth of the amount of space for individual circuits by 2022 on a single processor, quantum computing and other advances are going to make that growth pattern obsolete….that march of growth will continue. EXPONENTIALLY…………..(short of full SHTF/Grid down of course. ;) )

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Thank you for the explanation.

I was more envisioning a server to client relationship with subordinate Alexa’s placed throughout a home, with the collective computing power to learn.

So, does Alexa have the computing power to run the AI?
Or is it cloud based?

Could in the future, with so many different IoTs in a household, be a mini-cloud within the home, collective computing power, connected via multi-cast, anticipate the needs of the household?

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

March 2, 2017 Cast Iron 0
LetsPrep11 wrote:
My take on Claire was the same as Ice’s. I was glad when it appeared she had finally had ‘Enough’ but thought her reaction was over the top. I really felt for Claire and I guess I wanted her to be a bit more clever. As my thoughts sped ahead of my reading, I envisioned seeing the tides turn as she began to stand up to her jackazz partner. If she knew how to garden, her mother likely taught her many more useful things that would help them survive (maybe plant identification, food preservation, making soap, etc.). She could have used that against Jason. It would have been fun to see her handing him a job list, instead of her doing everything. Although, Jason probably would have stormed off in search for another weak woman he could control. He’s that type.

Still loving the story! Keep it coming.

Thank you LetsPrep for your input and insight.

I appreciate it.

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Guns • Re: Misconceptions About Pistol Sights

March 2, 2017 headhunter 0

I didn’t want to leave my iron sights, I had just shot one of my best strings and took out 9 bowling pins in 6 seconds. The next shooter took out 9 in a little over 3 seconds using a red dot. Lasers are also quick and light and small. Fiber optics really help “old” eyes. Night sights are excellent. I was sold on “Big Dot” and a friend showed uo with Tru -Glo fiber optic and Trinium. My M&P presently has the factory Crimson -Trace and Tru-Glo. My revolvers almost all wear green fiber optic front sights (with the red,I feel there is to much of a halo). I will own up to having a 2X Leopold on my super accurate Ruger Competition. Not always is it well lit and bright. As far as BK in KC, some people dismiss thinking the bullet to the target- I won’t. The force be with you.

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Prepper Fiction • Re: The Fall

March 2, 2017 LetsPrep11 0

My take on Claire was the same as Ice’s. I was glad when it appeared she had finally had ‘Enough’ but thought her reaction was over the top. I really felt for Claire and I guess I wanted her to be a bit more clever. As my thoughts sped ahead of my reading, I envisioned seeing the tides turn as she began to stand up to her jackazz partner. If she knew how to garden, her mother likely taught her many more useful things that would help them survive (maybe plant identification, food preservation, making soap, etc.). She could have used that against Jason. It would have been fun to see her handing him a job list, instead of her doing everything. Although, Jason probably would have stormed off in search for another weak woman he could control. He’s that type.

Still loving the story! Keep it coming.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’

March 2, 2017 Murby 0

The problem with robotic soldiers isn’t software, its energy…

Until battery energy storage densities get much much better, a robotic soldier isn’t going to be very effective.

They already tried a robotic pack mule in Afghanistan.. A “dog like” robot that could carry 100 lbs of supplies and would follow the soldiers wherever they go. No battery can provide that much juice so they installed a small chain-saw type of motor in it.. The soldiers complained it gave away their position because it was so noisy.

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Stories and Fiction • Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

March 2, 2017 rj5156 0

We have had very nasty storms in Southern Indiana. Power companies are still working to get all their grid customers lit back up. The damage was bad over a large area and we got off lucky compared to other areas.

Being off-grid meant we never noticed power outages – but our ISP sure did! They are local and small and soon had service running with backup power. Our location is remote and not ideal for service to begin with. We have to use a long antenna to get service and wind wobbles it around, causing us to drop on and off very quickly. We are STILL getting enough wind for this to be an issue.

I have been trying hard to get pics uploaded but it just is not happening right now. Maybe it will calm down soon. Weather guessers promised better than we are getting, though we always get strange, isolated weather due to the steepness of our elevation over a large river valley we think.

Just feeling thankful we do not have serious damage to deal with as so many do and praying for those who were hit so much harder than our area. Our only casualty was a screen door that the wind teased open and beat up badly before we could get there to grab it back. Compared to the leveled buildings and roofs ripped half off very close by us, we feel most fortunate.

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General Food Topics • Quinoa prices slowly coming down

March 2, 2017 broden 0

seems more and more must be becoming available to market which makes sense

every year at tax refund time we order 50 pounds of red quinoa from ifsbulk

last year it was 150 something dollars (including shipping)

this year it was 130 something dollars (including shipping)

we vac seal it in a brown paper bag inside the vac bag 5 pounds per

eating 3 year old quinoa now .. not a problem so far

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 2, 2017 Mollypup 0

Perhaps if the right buttons are pushed long enough……… but this country is in it’s death throes anyway & has been for quite some time, so it’s not going to make too much of a difference. I don’t think Trump is going to be able to pull the country’s arse out of the fire no matter how long he stays in. Mainly because he got on the ticket & the position because the powers that be want him there & the powers that be control both sides of the game.

Meanwhile the population is all caught up in the chaos & far too occupied to notice anything else.

I do find it amusing the left is now all caught up in this so called Trump Russia drama making when they had no issue whatsoever with a snippet of video catching was certainly appeared to be some secret deal making between Putin & Obama………

We’re in the same circus people, the faces have just changed. Nothing else.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 2, 2017 rickdun 0

Somethings going to happen, what, don’t know. Impeach Trump, well the republicans called for the impeachment of Obama. Polititions have been fighting for years, it just depends on who’s side you’re on and when we’re dead and gone, they’ll still be fighting each other.

I say give them some military experience and send all of them to Iraq, Afganistan, etc., then they’ll know what fighting really is.

They don’t represent the american people, they represent what’s best for themselves, but we voted them in.

Yes something is about to happen, people are just hating each other because of politics and the polititions love every minute of it. There’s only one country that loves it even more and that’s Russia. V. Putin is laughing while sucking down his vodka.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: They Are Playing With A Revolution

March 2, 2017 101airborne 0

Hmmmm………..Honestly, I think that we have been heading for some kind of “incident” for the last 20+ years. Be it a revolution, civil war, collapse ( I lean more toward the last one). If you look back it seems that anytime someone is elected that goes against the sociodemocratic, liberal mindset it seems all the fruitcakes, nuts, and such come pouring out of the woodwork. Anything that threatens the entitelist mindset causes havoc. For those of us old enough to remember similar reactions happened when Reagan was elected. While not as severe at the time because the liberals hadn’t been able to brainwash and condition a entire generation and start on a second. But still went crazy, and made the wildest of accusations INCLUDING that Reagan was the ANTICHRIST.

What these people don’t, won’t and never will understand is that the majority of the people have decided that enough is enough of THEIR rule and policies. That the MAJORITY do not want them controlling every single aspect of our lives. The MAJORITY does NOT want to be led around by our nose from the cradle to the grave because we are “to stupid to control our own lives”. No matter what we do or say they think we’re joking.

Is it going to take a revolution, or political war of some type to settle it? Quite possible. As much as I hate to say it, it may very well be the time for something to happen so that we can take back control.

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General Homesteading Topics • Birch syrup

March 2, 2017 tamtbell 0

Hey all,
I can’t recall if I can or cannot do this but I have a blog up about making your own birch syrup out of your own tapped birch trees.
http://tamsgarden-howdoesourgardengrow.blogspot.com/2017/03/foraging-from-nature-birch-syrup.html#.WLheyPnL9SM

We’re trying something new this year! We’re starting to slowly pull more and more off the grid, off the food supply, stay local.
We now produce our own meat, fruits, veggies, honey, BIRCH syrup, and so on.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Congress told to brace for ‘robotic soldiers’

March 2, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0
Cast Iron wrote:

DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE wrote:

terrapin wrote:Cast Iron, “They’re coming to take me away, Haha…
to the funny farm. :crazy:

Terp, I know you were addressing CI, but I’m confused by your post…

Were you saying you don’t think this is possible or just mentioning a joke?….(I do know the Dr.Demento reference…lol…Loved those)

I read it as a joke.

Dr1ven, can you expand on what you meant by Alexa has leaned in two years?

How much computing power does all the units have?
Do they act as a collective?

Sure thing….As best I can anyways…anyone please feel free to add in here….

So “Alexa’ or “The Amazon Echo” is a device that connects wirelessly into your home and is “Always listening” for the “Wake word” which is “Alexa”….then you ask it anything to give you information or preform a task.

For example I can say “Alexa what movies are playing?” and she’ll automatically choose a theater near you, list movies and show times that their playing….An example of the AI improvements over time is she(yes, talk about her as if she is a real person now…At some point it went from “It’ to “her”….weird how you become conditioned) would need and additional prompt to ask for a specific theater vs. now just saying “Alexa, where else is it playing?” and she’d tell you the show times for whatever movie she was just referencing at the next closest theater without specifics being needed in the command….

That is like the smallest example of it I can give…..The AI that Amazon runs is the smartest and fastest growing out there that I’m aware of in the consumer market……Alexa learns and preforms better over time thru collective information from all over the world….Her responses and intuitive nature to correctly identify what you’re asking has grown by leaps and bounds…..Where you use to have to say “Alexa what time is it?” you can now say “Alexa am I running late?” and she will tell you the time, your next appointment, and the time of travel to get there with real-time traffic reports all linked together using secondary applications made to do certain task together like with the “IFTTT” software(IF That Then This)…. The applications are unlimited. you can design your own rules or just add one someone has already created. https://ifttt.com/amazon_alexa

All of this is constantly growing…Imagine all the households experimenting on this, gathering the info, grinding it, refining her intuitive nature every hour of every day……It’s mind boggling really.

There are the “Dots” that amazon has come out with to have a receiver and speaker with access to the echo brain in every room if you want for VERY cheap….Small unobtrusive units that do most of what the full Echo does without the upgraded speakers…..This is a VERY smart move on amazons part as this will refine her knowledge and grow the AI being in more and more households at an affordable price.

If I’m in my hallway between 2 rooms with alexa in them both and I say “alexa…..”…..Both units light up but she determines thru spatial recognition what unit I’m closest to and then shuts down all but the closest unit listening for the command.

With it basically being an open platform design, more and more programmers can make their products work in tandem with alexa or make alexa smarter.
an example of the hindrances of a non-open platform and how it retards learning is the IPhone Vs. android…..Yes before “Siri” could I could ask Google “how old is the president?” and get the correct answer but then immediately without identifying anything else id ask “who is he married to?” and get “Michelle Obama” as the answer…..for YEARS, asking the 2nd question to the IPhone and it would not be able to answer or understand the question…..They have sense caught up but their Closed platform is ALWAYS keeping the behind any new upgrades in the Android devices….

an example of this is when I first got Alexa, I couldn’t control the lights in any room…..Now there are like 4 LARGE manufactures that all offer different bulbs for all types of lights, appliances, power outlets, alarm systems, etc that I can just say something like “Alexa turn off all lights.” or “Alexa I’m home” and just my front room, entry and main hallway lights come on….

Google and Apple are working hard on AI at this point, but they are light years behind amazon Echo with the jumpstart they have……..

When it comes to the Military AI that there is now and where that’s gone/going…..oh boy.

The Singularity is upon us friends….it is just a matter of time now…..What happens after that epoch is anyone’s guess.

With Moore’s law showing the processor with not being able to defy nature and stopping growth of the amount of space for individual circuits by 2022 on a single processor, quantum computing and other advances are going to make that growth pattern obsolete….that march of growth will continue. EXPONENTIALLY…………..(short of full SHTF/Grid down of course. ;) )

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Guns • Re: The 9 vs 40 debate

March 2, 2017 DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE 0
BK in KC wrote:
I’m with Terp and Dirk on this, pistol caliber debates are silly. 9, 40, 45 are all viable as are many other calibers, just use what you’re comfortable with. If you have a shotgun or rifle handy when it goes down then use that instead.

I agree on this. It really comes down to practice and placement under stress reliably no matter the caliber.
***I personally think firearm manufacture is 20X more important than caliber choice in said manufacture. If you have a FTF/malfunction it matters not the caliber you’re running…lol.

I have 3 .9’s, 1 .40, an 2 .45’s- All in the same manufacture (among some others as well)—I’ll run all 3 on different day’s in an IDPA, steel, or 3 gun shoot and while I’ll tend to run my .9 the most I think that’s really just for the cost.

The .45 did take me longer to feel I was getting on point, but with that I’d also disclose the .45 is my bedside gun of choice now where it was the .9 before owning the .45 for a while…..this is just something you decide personally over time as sometimes you can “Just be having a bad day” on the range.

Take from that whatever you will for the topic of discussion….

Good post CI….

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Statistics: Posted by DR1VENbyKNOWLEDGE — Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:55 am


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March 2, 2017 Murby 0

Wow.. this thread was SOOOOO unexpected.

I absolutely love eggs.. we have (had) chickens I would eat 30 eggs per week in all forums from sunny-side-up to scrambled to french toast.. Next to Alaskan King Crab, eggs are one of my favorite foods.

So a while back, I did some engineering work for a factory that just happens to produce… wait for it! Powdered eggs! So I called up the plant manager and asked him if he could send me a box of them.. We didn’t discuss much.. I’m thinking I’m going to get a plastic bag in a shoe box full of egg powder right? Wrong! A week later, a 30ft box truck pulls up to my house with one of those lift gates.. The guy rolls off a pallet filled with 16 inch square boxes and I’m like “umm.. think you have the wrong address buddy”.. Nope.. turns out the plant manager sent me 500 lbs worth of powdered eggs. (they must have been real happy with the work I did for them! LOL)

So anyhow.. I tried them and I loved them! But one thing I did learn is that you have to mix them with water correctly… You can’t just “eyeball it”.. its not hot chocolate.. not enough water and they taste to thick like cardboard… too much water and they don’t reconstitute correctly.. But when we followed the directions, I couldn’t really tell the difference between fresh eggs and powdered eggs.

Not sure what the problem with your eggs is but mine are fine..

Statistics: Posted by Murby — Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:54 am