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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can there exist the Ultimate Tautology?

Can there exist the Ultimate Tautology? One, than which no greater can be conceived?

As statements which are always true, to uneducated intuition all tautologies should appear of equal tautological value. This is wrong because it's not true. Not all true statements are created equal. In other words, true statements vary in the degree to which they are not false.

What logically and tautologically follows from the above is that different tautologies possess different tautological values. Their valuations by the degree of their tautological value, thus, vary depending on their tautological value.

To put it tautologically, some tautologies are superior in their tautological value to other tautologies because these other tautologies are inferior to them in their respective tautological values.

By admitting that tautologies can be superior to other tautologies when compared on the basis of their tautological value, we are admitting that the Ultimate Tautology should exist.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just in time

Feb 16, 2010

KISSIMMEE, Florida (Reuters) - General Motors Co's growing output of vehicles capable of running on ethanol-gasoline blends won't help cut polluting emissions or U.S. dependence on foreign oil until a slim network of stations dispensing ethanol is greatly expanded, GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens said.

Half of GM's vehicle lineup will be able to run on a mix of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, called E85, by the 2012 model year, said Stephens, GM's vice chairman for global product operations.

"GM is spending about $100 million a year adding flex-fuel capability to our vehicles. We can't afford to leave this capital stranded," Stephens said in a speech on Tuesday at the Renewable Fuels Association conference.

A copy of the speech was provided to reporters on Monday.

Source: Reuters

February 16, 2010

Novozymes, the world's largest industrial enzyme producer, today launched a new line it says will yield ethanol from plant wastes at an enzyme price of about 50 cents a gallon. The latest product of a decade of research, this marks an 80 percent price drop from two years ago, according to Global Marketing Director Poul Ruben Andersen.

The advances, Andersen said, will help bring cellulosic ethanol production prices to under $2 a gallon by 2011, a cost on par with both corn-based ethanol and gasoline at current U.S. market prices.

Yesterday, Novozyme's competitor, California-based Genencor, a division of enzyme giant Danisco, announced its own new enzyme product, which falls within a similar price range of about 50 cents to make a gallon of fuel, according to Philippe Lavielle, executive vice president of business development.

. . .

"The technology is almost there. It needs to be assembled and demonstrated at the large scale. The bottlenecks are somewhere else," Lavielle said.

Source: The New York Times

The only missing piece is a collapse of the dollar (the fed is working on this), and the energy revolution can begin.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hitech Blues

A short poem to demonstrate that even hitech people can
occasionally experience outbreaks of emotional intelligence


between the Heaven and Earth

I am,

Like the blue screen of Windows

that crashed on shutdown.

Like a zombie process

of an operating system,

overwhelmed by persistent

buffer stack overflows.


for the all powerful sysadmin

to come and press

on that fateful

Reset button.

Oh Samsara!

of my never ending

reboot reincarnations

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The situation in Europe is dire

February 8, 2010 | 2326 GMT
By Marko Papic and Peter Zeihan

After years of profligate spending, Greece is becoming overwhelmed. Barring some sort of large-scale bailout program, a Greek debt default at this point is highly likely. At this moment, European Central Bank liquidity efforts are probably the only thing holding back such a default. But these are a stopgap measure that can hold only until more important economies manage to find their feet. And Europe’s problems extend beyond Greece. Fundamentals are so poor across the board that any number of eurozone states quickly could follow Greece down.

. . .

Simply put, Europe faces a financial meltdown.

The crisis is rooted in Europe’s greatest success: the Maastricht Treaty and the monetary union the treaty spawned epitomized by the euro. Everyone participating in the euro won by merging their currencies. Germany received full, direct and currency-risk-free access to the markets of all its euro partners. In the years since, Germany’s brutal efficiency has permitted its exports to increase steadily both as a share of total European consumption and as a share of European exports to the wider world. Conversely, the eurozone’s smaller and/or poorer members gained access to Germany’s low interest rates and high credit rating.

And the last bit is what spawned the current problem.

. . .

Source: Stratfor

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Monday, February 1, 2010

January 28, 2010

Iran executed two people on charges related to anti government protests. More executions seem to be on the way. The opposition failure to respond suggests that the regime may have finally succeeded to bring the situation under control.

February 1, 2010

It comes out that the two men were arrested months before the protests on unrelated charges. Not clear why the authorities decided to hang them and in particular to link it to the protests. Maybe it's a kind of dry run before executing real protesters. The regime is apparently trying to blur the next red line before attempting to cross it.

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