Job Losses, Basic Income, and EVE.

The modern person works a job to pay the bills and support their way of life and improve it, hopefully by doing something that they enjoy and find rewarding. I would like to ask what happens when you do not have an income and compare this to the MMO Game EVE.

A job is very important to the average person because it pays for the most important things you need like food, and shelter. I do not know anyone that can do without food, and most places are not sunny year round requiring shelter to survive. You might be luck and your parents, partner or to a limited extent governments can provide a limited coverage when you can not support your self. But if government support runs out or parents have issues how do you survive?

If you are luck to find a job you like and you are good at, you should not have many issues providing for yourself. Many people though do not know what they want to do, or have no support to test the waters and get the first job they can. Many articles have been written on the topic of job progression and how once you are in a job that only provides the basics of survival you do not have much ability to progress to better employment, you cannot risk what little you have. To progress you might need to take risks and the risks need to be balanced against what you might gain and what you might loss. If you risk losing your survival you will not take the risk and this would result in becoming trapped and unable to escape.

In most MMO games you do not need to survive in the traditional sense, in EVE you can sit in a space station forever and never pay for rent or food. Now this is not much of an existence but it does something very basic, you can fail at everything in the game and still have a second chance. You can start a company in game, you can explore the universe, you can do literally everything that is offered until you succeed. But the important thing here is that you can and will fail, and that is not a problem in the game world. Because of this safety net you can keep trying and learning from the mistakes and improving until you do something great, and when someone bigger takes it all away you can still try again.

This is where Basic Income would help society grow by giving everyone a guarantee of survival even if they lost everything. We need to provide the basics of food and shelter to all people with no restrictions if we want to encourage people to take the risks to do something great. We normally can not take the same risks we do in games, but if we could build a safety net like Basic Income then we would finally be able take many of the risks in life, imagine what we could accomplish.

If you would like to read more on Basic Income read the Wiki on the topic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income
I also recommend keeping up with the reddit community. http://www.reddit.com/r/BasicIncome/

Error: The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135)

If you are getting the error "The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application." when you are launching an application you do not have the .NET Framework installed.

You can go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22 to download the .NET Framework from Microsoft.

This can be an issue with XP systems as they do not come with .NET Framework by default, most Vista and newer systems will have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed by default. Please remember that .NET Framework 4.0 is not backwards compatible with .NET Framework 3.5.

Windows ReportQueue Eating the Drive

Working on a few system I have found that the following folder has filled up at times with error report files eating all available drive space.

C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Wer\ReportQueue\*

Now I know that this if you have files collecting here you might have bigger issues with the system and you should check that out in time. The files are safe to delete and will not cause any issues after removed. You can also disable error reporting on the system to stop the generation of the error reports.

Goodbye our friend NPAPI

We are starting to see changes in web browsers that will let us move forward, towards a future of the web that works for everyone on any device. Google has announced that it will stop supporting NPAPI in it's Chrome browser and Mozilla has announced that it is changing how NPAPI works in the Firefox browser. This is a big change because mobile devices, tablets and locked down systems do not have plugins or can not have plugins installed.

With the advent of new web standards like HTML5, WebRTC, and others the operating system that runs your browser is less vulnerable to security holes, bugs or other attacks that can corrupt the operating system. The operating system should be silent and out of the way. What you want to do is use the tools and services provided, you should not be required to learn how to install a printer, find missing DLL's, or patch the kernel.

Example of the command line

Example of the command line.

The natural progression of computers is to reduce the focus on the operating system in the same way we stopped using the command line. What is meant by this is that you can still use the command line if you really wish, but most people will never need to use it. The command line is not the focus of the operating system anymore and has been locked out or hidden. Over time the operating system will slowly fade in to be the background much like the command line, and we will only care about programs and services that are really part of the web and accessed through the browser regardless of what operating system you use.

Imagine a time when you do not need to be setup on the computer, you do not need to install your programs, you can toss your computer in a lake (DO NOT TOSS YOUR COMPUTER IN A LAKE) and all of your files, work, tools, and services are instantly on any system you sign on to. With the Web as the next layer of computing we can have this vision but it is only after we have abandoned our demand that all games, programs, and services are installed locally to one machine. We have many more reasons to do this and many companies are working hard at pushing hard for this vision of the future. 

References:
http://blog.chromium.org/2013/09/saying-goodbye-to-our-old-friend-npapi.html
https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2013/01/29/putting-users-in-control-of-plugins/

Revised with: Mitchel Holt

Google Eric Schmidt Cover

Governments should change tax laws

“If the British system changes the tax laws, then we will comply,” Schmidt said. “If the taxes go up, we will pay more, if they go down, we will pay less. That is a political decision for the democracy that is the United Kingdom.”

This sums up my thoughts beautifully, at no point has this company paid less than it should, it paid exactly what the government permitted it to pay in taxes. If you want more taxes from companies and you want the companies to stop using loopholes in the tax code then close all of the loopholes and stop permitting new loopholes to be made. It might be time to fully review the tax code and find all the issues and loopholes that allow companies and people to avoid paying what they should.

I am interested in how they avoided paying  taxes that the governments are claiming they should be paying, but the issue is that the tax law let them avoid paying a large sum of money that the government believes they should be paying.

What Google is trying to do is force a change in the law so that they must pay the proper amount and can not use loopholes. This will have the effect of stopping all companies from using the loopholes not just Google. This will increase the tax flow from all companies and allow the government to provide the services that society needs to operate.

Source: BBC News

The Imagination Engine

I am a big fan of shows like Star Trek, and Doctor Who. I have seen one very strong theme running through all of the shows and one that most people have a hard time grasping. We are constantly creating our future through our imagination.

What do I mean? Well the shows primary source of material is examining how will humanity develop. Do we want to be a war like race (Klingons), do we want to be greedy and only care about money (Ferengi), what about tech do we upgrade our bodies with no care of humanity (Cybermen). The list of villains in these shows normally depict the worst that we could be.

We use our imaginations to find out what things could be like and how we can fix the issues before we even reach the problems, we are a people that shape our world based on our thoughts.

Stop Blocking Google Music Canada

I have just finished watching the Google Keynotes and saw the new Google Music with the subscription service and I thought Hell Yes. So I again look for any details about when I can use this service, I refresh the page and I see the offer to try the new service for 30 days for free, I am so happy.

But that is not the end, I have to verify my request by submitting my credit card details and I am Canadian. I get a nice big message that basically says too bad for you so sad!

Canada Google Music Error

 

I do not know exactly who is stopping me from paying money to support artists that I like. I have heard that the CRTC is blocking Google from coming to Canada but who ever it is needs to stop now.

The search giant is expanding Google Play Music today to cover Australia, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal.

They have expanded to Belgium but still not Canada, who do I need to talk to?

Next Gadgets

The gadget days have not ended, we do not carry around pocket organizers, e-book readers, camcorders, digital cameras, handheld gaming systems, and dumb cell phones.
All of this is now part of one device our Datapads, you could have a better camera but you do not need to have it always. So what is the new gadgets will the geeks start to collect? I mean the people that are always looking for the next gadget. The gadgets that they will collect will not be cool or useful or popular, but they will be innovative and forward thinking. This is the tech that we all will use in the next 10 years after is has been refined and merged into one device that we will all use.

This is my short list of tech that I can not wait to get my mitts on and test what they can do for me.
In no particular order.

  1. The Oculus Rift
    This is a ground breaking immersion virtual reality head mounted display. What this does is shows a separate view to each eye using a head mounted unit that is very light. The device will also track your the movement of your head changing the view point in the virtual world. This will be one of the most immersive experiences that you will have in gaming for some time.
  2. The Muse
    The Muse is a portable head mounted brainwave monitor. You will be able to see your brainwaves in real time on your Datapad or your computer. This will have options to control games, visualise your mental state, and help in reducing stress.
  3. Google Glass
    One of the most popularized devices of the year, if you have not heard of this device you must be living under a rock. Google Glass is a head mounted display that shows notifications, takes pictures and videos, connects to your Datapad and lets you search the web. The surface of Glass has not even been scratched for what it can do. One of the more exciting
  4. Watch Display
    The best example of this is the Apple iWatch, A wrist mounted display that will show incoming calls and messages. The idea has been around in the past but the technology was never up to the idea. We might be able to make it work now. I hope before it become relevant.
  5. Biometric Monitoring
    This is a very broad field but soon we will have temporary tattoos and implantable rice grain sized devices that will monitor your biometrics. This is very interesting feedback, you could show your doctor your pulse rate and blood pressure over a week period. You can tell when you are dehydrated, and so much more. The important part is that you are an organic machine and you need to keep your self in proper running order for peak efficiency.

The next set of gadgets are going to be very interesting, I will keep you posted.

Liberator The First 3D Printable Gun

The first fully 3D printed handgun (except for the firing pin) the Liberator is now downloadable. This is made available from Defence Distributed, and you can see the official page here.

You can also download this file through on of the following torrent links listed below.
Magnet Link: Get This Torrent - Liberator - First 3D Printable Gun
Magnet Link: Get This Torrent - DefDist Liberator Pistol

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