That Pale Blue dot is Earth captured by Cassini from 851 million miles away beneath the rings of Saturn. Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
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To all my Chinese friends and family.
Happy year of the snake. May this year bring ample prosperity and happiness.
All pandas are bunch of cunts. I’m done with pandas, and i will tell you why. every fucking living creature loves pandas, the panda doesn’t have a natural predator on the planet, and they are dying out cause they are fucking dicks.
I say fuck`em, let them die out. The pandas don’f fuck each other therefore they don’t have babies, therefore we have no fucking pandas. let’s loose the fucking pandas. and it is not like we tried. we humans put panda’s in cages together to try and help them fuck. we go “There’s a panda. Go fuck the panda” and they just look at each other. you put any other animals in a cage and with in a week they will be fucking like well animals
It is one of those rare nights that i am stuck at home with nothing to do (touch wood) so i thought i would watch some star wars to get some geek cred back. Since i been told that i have lost touch with my inner geek in so many words And also to get into the mood since i am going as a storm trooper for the Halloween party
There is point in episode three when Obi wan tells Anikin “Only the Sith deal in absolutes”. If you think about it this is a broken statement as the statement itself is a absolute. and makes the whole pramise of jadi does not deal with absolute moot. Now if you like me spend some unhealthy amount of time thinking about it it make sense.
You see The Sith deal in absolutes, but do no recognize they exist. They think everything is a grey area, but act as if there is only good and evil with no gray area.
Jedi believe in absolutes, but do not deal in them. They acknowledge the existence of absolutes, but act always in an area where there is another option/solution other than good or evil. They try to see a peaceful third option, essentially.
Anakin was dealing in absolutes without recognizing the possibility of a third option.
I just read on the news that Maldives polices service have taken owner ship of a brand spanking new Oracle Exadata. This is such a wast of public funds when the government is at best struggling at worst unable to provide basic public services to the people. Since i am some what familiar with oracle products and pricing and being a numbers guy i did some back of envelop calculations.
For a minimum config
|Oracle Exadata x2-2 quarter rack||330000|
|Exadata Storage Server X2-2||55000|
from the picture in the news article it actually looks like it is a full rack which would be:
|Oracle Exadata x2-2 full rack||1100000|
|Exadata Storage Server X2-2||55000|
Implementation of the system would be between 70,000 – 150,000 on the low side
Also knowing how oracle operate they probably convinced them to buy ODI and Golden Gate too which run around 6,000 US$ per core. I will let the reader decide how much that will be on a modern server grade processor with 2x 8 cores.