Freedom of Thought

Growing up with my parents in New Jersey taught me one important lesson. Freedom of thought: the ability to think for yourself, to not automatically accept what you hear, but to question everything until you reach the truth.

I listen to the same news as everyone else in the Texas Panhandle (where I live), but I see things differently than most of my surrounding neighbors and co-workers. I also think about things like where did we come from, what is the universe and the nature of the self. Politically speaking in these parts of the world people tend to be right-wing leaning. I don’t think of myself as a “liberal” or a “democrat.” I think of myself as someone who can think for himself, even if that leads me to vote for Democrats.

Which Version of Linux is Right for You?

Do you know how many times I’ve heard that question asked in the media or various Linux magazines or what not? Too many. So I’m going to tell you KISS, Keep it simple, stupid. That is the philosophy of the Arch Linux distribution, but for those who are just starting out with Linux, I highly recommend Keep it Simple, Stupid by just going with Linux Mint. I use Linux Mint KDE when I use Linux Mint.

Now I’m an experienced user. I’ve used all kinds of distros from Arch itself as well as offshoots like Manjaro and Antergos to Gentoo and Slackware. I’ve used Debian, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Linux Mint, SolyXK, Fedora, openSUSE plus I use an Android phone (Android being a derivative of Linux developed by Google).

I’m not talking about installing these operating systems in a virtual box. I’m talking about actually installing it on my computer as my sole and only operating system for weeks, months or years at a time. So I really know what it’s like to live and work in a computer that runs Linux as it’s operating system.

This blog post – posted inside Linux. Although once I was also a kind of Windows XP expert, but I don’t even like, trust or understand Windows anymore. Everything I need is here on my computer and I pay nothing for the privilege of using any software I need. I’ve learned to meet all my needs inside a “Linux box” as we call it.

There’s people going to tell you to install this version or that version, and that’s fine. But if you’re just starting out, go with the most popular, robust and driver friendly version of them all that works right out of the box every time on every computer. Linux Mint.

How would you respond if there was alien disclosure?

FTL, faster than light speed, is science fiction. It’s a convenience for making a great story. It is not possible to travel faster than the speed of light now or ever. You could, sometime in the distant future, reach a fraction of the speed of light, however, but even if you could achieve 1/10th the speed of light, a speed presently absolutely impossible, it would still take over a thousand years one way to reach the Trappist-1 system, a mere 40 light years away. This is because at 1/10th the speed of light it would take 400 years, but it would also take about 300 years to achieve that speed and another 300 years or so to slow down once you get there. These speeds are so incredibly fast. No propulsion system exists, and the fuel required would greatly weigh down the craft’s ability to both accelerate and slow down at the other end.

So I’d like to know why the aliens did it, and ask if they live that long or maybe they had what’s called a “generational spaceship,” or one where many hundreds of generations of people are born and die in the course of the journey. There would be so many question to ask.

It’s the main problem we have about ever leaving our solar system with a manned mission.


How important is relativity when applying it to faster than light travel?

How important is relativity when applying it to fast than light travel?

Your question should be reversed. The correct question is: How important is the speed of light when applying it to relativity? You see according to relativity as you approach the speed of light time changes, but you can’t exceed the speed of light. There is no faster than light travel.

I addressed a similar question in May when someone asked How young would I be if I stayed in space for 50 years? I replied you’d be the same age, but people on Earth would be much older when you got back.

Where can I find Ubuntu 14.04 original source code?

Where can you find the Ubuntu original source code? Umm…. Linux isn’t quite like that. Linux is a kernel written by and maintained by Linus Travalds. On top of that is what we call GNU (a collection of thousands of Linux-compatible programs), which work with the kernel to make the software we commonly call “Linux/Gnu” such as in distributions known as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Arch, etc.

So when you talk about the Ubuntu 14.04 original source code, you’re talking about a collection of thousands of different programs written by thousands of people interfacing in one package or distribution called Ubuntu. The good people at Ubuntu weave it into an interface that is relatively easy to install and use. But there is no source code that makes up what we call Ubuntu. It is thousands of programs included with the Ubuntu distribution and packaged into a downloadable ISO file you can burn and install.

From there you can do just about anything you want by adding or subtracting thousands of additional free programs and giving your system the look and feel you like.

You can contribute to any of the many aspects of the Ubuntu project. Just go to their website at and volunteer. This answer was typed on an Ubuntu system. I’ve been using Linux since the year 2000.

What will happen after 10,000,000,000,000,000 years, i.e. what will the fate of humans, the earth, technology, and everything else, be?

Well, Lee Ballentine answered this very nicely. We don’t even know if the universe will still exist in 10 quadrillion years. As far as we know, the universe is between 12 and 14 billion years old. You can fit ten million billions in 10 quadrillion. So 10,000,000,000,000,000 years from now is thousands of billions of years more than the age of the earth is now. There will be no Sun or Earth. If the present rate of expansion of the universe continues, you will no longer see stars. If mankind somehow survived that, they would likely have evolved or devolved on some distant planet into something not resembling humans of today, and would have had to jump from solar system to solar system as millions of suns came and died. However, as billions of years goes by the stars get further and further away, making hoping from one solar system to the next more difficult.

Therefore it isn’t likely humans will exist by then, what to speak of the earth, the sun or even what remains of Andromeda and Milky Way merged and then dissipated.