To be a great thinker is to say that you have confronted some of the deepest, the most revolutionary, and at times the most hard-to-swallow ideas of our time.
To be a great person is to incorporate these ideas, uniquely, as part of your self development.
To be OnBoard is to continually confront big ideas and to incorporate new approaches, except now you’re saving energy for not having to go it alone.
With the widespread popularity of smartphones, everyone is walking around with a computer in their pocket. Which is awesome. What is NOT cool is that due to flaws in the laws regarding what wireless phone provider (WPP) companies are allowed to do, your WPP company is legally allowed to spy on you and collect info on EVERY single thing you do on your phone. What’s worse is that the companies will automatically opt you in to agree to be tracked and spied on, and it’s your responsibility to first of all realize that you’re being spied on and tracked, and second of all it’s your responsibility to opt out of it.
At this point some you might be saying “Well, I don’t do anything bad or illegal so who cares if they spy on me and track me?” First of all, you cannot predict everything that will be done with your phone. Perhaps in the future you’ll use it for something personal, private, or embarrassing. Or perhaps someone borrows your phone to make a call and also uses it to do something unsavory that you’re not even aware of. The point is you just can’t predict the future so it’s not a good idea to give them free license to spy on your personal habits. Second, you may be saying “Even if they have that info, they’re just using it for marketing purposes, it’s not like anything bad will happen with it.” Wrong. The companies are allowed to use that info for whatever purpose they want, including selling it to third parties. Additionally, the law states that if the government asks them for the info for ANY reason, they must turn it over to them. “But I don’t break the law!” Oh really? Did you know that the average person breaks the law at least once per day without even realizing it? Yup, it’s true, check it out: Mr Average breaks the law at least once a day
Now don’t worry, we don’t need to start wearing tin-foil hats and living in the wilderness. I’m going to show you how to opt out of being tracked in under two minutes, and then you don’t have to worry about it anymore and you can continue to use your smartphone without being tracked.
Each company has a slightly different process, but they all involve logging into the companies website, finding the proper page, and selecting to opt out of being tracked. I happen to currently have Verizon, so this is what the page looks like for me (I blacked out my phone number for obvious reasons):
Short promo video explaining uber-pimp Peter Schiff’s book “Crash Proof 2.0” :
I thought this was a sweet interview. This is a short segment.
Content gets good with the guest at about 2:03.
At 2 hours and 20 minutes they are basically debating. Really interesting I though to see Joe Rogan get his mind open to some new ideas (other than that he smoke’s rocks!).
Depending on what type of logic best tickles your noodle, you might prefer to hash out new ideas through debate. Live, in person argumentation, is not only able to get your heart rate up but it allows you to use your inductive reasoning skills to hone in on potential weaknesses in what your interlocutor is saying, which in turn helps you form ideas of your own.
As far as the greater scheme of political discourse goes, this topic is very much on the fringe. This debate is in the minutia, buried under the tumultuous back and forth of above ground politics. Furthermore, and perhaps because of that, it no longer fits on the left-right spectrum. We are going either up or down now.
Because of the circumstances, exploring the proper ethical and pragmatic boundaries of government, to this level of precision, seems like splitting hairs. This is being extremely nit-picky about the role ‘the state’ has to play in all of our lives. But ideas are important. For eons and eons the debate between agnosticism and full blown atheism must have felt similarly hollow. Perhaps more even so, because with the advent of the internet and the campaign of Ron Paul, these ideas are much, much easier to get exposed to. ______________________________________________________________
I hereby present that debate opportunity, albeit vicarious, with two of the heaviest hitters in the idea-sphere:
1) Peter Schiff vs. Stefan Molyneux (< 20 minutes)
- Peter Schiff: “CEO and chief global strategist of Euro Pacific Capital Inc.” – Wikipedia
- Stefan Molyneux: “[B]logger, essayist, author, and host of the Freedomain Radio… He self-identifies as a full-time parent and philosopher.” – Wikipedia
Also, if that leaves you all dressed with up with no person to yell at, here is another debate featuring Stefan Molyneux. This video has pretty shit sound quality, so there is your disclaimer, but nonetheless, this exact video is known to be responsible for the ‘conversion’ of quite a few people. You would be surprised.
2a) Stefan Molyneux vs. Michael Badnarik (Bigger, longer, and cut just a little at the beginning)
- “Michael J. Badnarik: Software engineer, political figure, and former radio talk show host. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2004 elections.” – Wikipedia
Enjoy at the short term expense of your social life but at the long term benefit of your morality and your philosophical clarity. 😀 OnBoard, Johnteezey
This is a very contentious topic and I welcome and encourage discussion, but let’s keep it civil. The title of this article merely highlights the contentious nature of the topic.
There is a wiki-style page explaining why sequential downloading of BitTorrent files is bad. If you don’t understand it, go research it until you do, then come back here.
Let me preface by saying that I think BitTorrent (BT) technology is amazing and I have much respect for all those who helped it be created and maintained. I am not kicking the proverbial gift-horse in the mouth. I’m thankful for what I’ve got. I understand the issue of sequential downloading and how it is detrimental to the whole BT concept. Which is why I understand the heated discussion between people requesting the feature and people explaining why the feature is bad. I am not rehashing that debate.
What I want to do is try and intelligently think about the issue and discuss it, and to do so requires a paradigm-shift by those in the discussion. Think about the progression and proliferation of technology. Think about the concepts of supply and demand. Nobody disputes that zillions of BT users want sequential downloading (zillion = a lot). That means there is a huge demand for it. They might not understand BT technology enough to know why sequential downloading (herein referred do as SD) is bad for BT. But it’s easy to understand why there is a demand for it. If we take a broader look at the history of technological progression, almost always we see that when there is a huge demand for something but our technology is unable to supply that demand, there is great incentive to innovate and improve our technology to meet that demand.
And so my call to action is this: people may be stupid for wanting SD for BT. But the huge demand for it exists for a reason. Rather than telling people to “not want SD”, instead innovate and create to solve the problem. It may be that some innovation in BT technology solves the problem. Or it may be that BT will never be capable of successfully incorporating SD, in which case a new technology is needed. No doubt this problem will be eventually solved. But ignoring a demand does not make it go away. Neither does saying “there shouldn’t BE a demand.” The demand is there, and it must, and will, be supplied. You can argue about it until you’re blue in the face, but that’s the simple fact of the matter. It’s not easy to solve the problem, and I have much respect for the brilliant minds behind the technology. But pretending or insisting that a problem does not exist is not a solution to that problem. The problem remains. And hopefully soon, a solution will follow.
I want to point your attention to 28:00-28:45.
I would really like to see a more secure, private, and web friendly payment system take off. This one even lets you trade in Bitcoins!