June 29, 2015

Secret History of the Manhattan Project

Must download and read some of the key parts.

On Polygamy

And how and why it makes no sense to keep polygamy illegal.

This article dismantles all the usual arguments against polygamy.

Some people make the "slippery slope" argument saying allowing polygamy will lead to people marrying animals or children but the difference is the 'bedrock principle' of consent.

"This bedrock principle of mutually-informed consent explains exactly why we must permit polygamy and must oppose bestiality and child marriage. Animals are incapable of voicing consent; children are incapable of understanding what it means to consent. In contrast, consenting adults who all knowingly and willfully decide to enter into a joint marriage contract, free of coercion, should be permitted to do so, according to basic principles of personal liberty. The preeminence of the principle of consent is a just and pragmatic way to approach adult relationships in a world of multivariate and complex human desires."

" ... the case against polygamy is incredibly flimsy, almost entirely lacking in rational basis and animated by purely irrational fears and prejudice. What we’re left with is an unsatisfying patchwork of unconvincing arguments and bad ideas, ones embraced for short-term convenience at long-term cost. We must insist that rights cannot be dismissed out of short-term interests of logistics and political pragmatism."

The other arguments are even weaker.

Windows Disk Encryption

Detailed guide about how to enable disk encryption on your Windows machine. Also, Apple and Linux computers.

The benefits of full disk encryption are that they ensure the data on your hard drive is secure even if it gets physically stolen. Nobody but you will be able to access the data.

Worth enabling if your OS supports it. All you need to do is follow the steps given.

Shuttle Challenger Through The Clouds

With fake photos everywhere these days, it's difficult to tell what is true and what is not.

It's therefore good to have NASA's official comments on the Challenger image.



And a bonus picture of Challenger going to the launch pad on the crawler transporter prior to its first flight.



June 04, 2015

Comet 67P Photos

Views of comet 67P are quite breathtaking because it's an alien world. Here are a few photos.

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