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now we know why psychedelics are generally illegal

while alcohol/tobacco/xanax etc are legal



yeah, i agree its fun to question these things really.

also, i suppose we could say, there’s ALOT more we can observe which is unexplained about this, than there is eg. an invisible friend following you (as far as I’m aware hehe).

but yes, i agree there’s currently no clear evidence any of it exists.

basically i got passingly interested in this topic a while back (‘life’, not woo products lol), as far as i got was essentially we don’t know. so when people say eg. “x doesn’t exist”. but in fact we just don’t know.

here’s about as far as i got on the topic before moving onto other things. some random “interesting” bits in no specific order:

This had also been found from work done 18 years earlier in the Miller-Urey experiment which if I recall used arc discharge rather than a stricly thermal regime [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miller–Urey_experiment]. But essentially you have this gas mixture which simulates prebiotic earth atmosphere, and subject it to various conditions for example simulating lightening, and it can produce amino acids. And we can see the absorption lines of those gases all around the universe. Pretty crazy and interesting.

  • Seeds are actually already living, and living in dormant “suspended animation”. Apparently they very very slowly use up a store of energy and possibly interact with other systems while dormant, and may actually live many thousands of years. The oldest reported successful germination i’m aware of was a 2,000 year old date seed [Sallon et al, 2005]. There was some they thought might be 10,000 years old but the sample turned out to be contaminated. [http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=4405].

is there completely zero evidence?

something happens which turns a bunch of molecules and amino acids into ‘life’. we still don’t know what that thing is.

there is evidence of that process occurring in nearly every mm^2 on the planet, yet noone has been able to reproduce it.

is it simple random chemical chance? perhaps, but there’s not exactly clear evidence of that either.

[not defending snakeoil sales people btw, they are scum]


Can we say with certainty that it doesn’t exist? Perhaps it does exist.

But shitty scammer companies like this wouldn’t know how to find it.

And anyone who claims to have it is probably full of bs. Does that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist though?


there is some/broad consensus that we can do better than iptables these days

oh yeah i have no doubt about that. just wondering what a healthy timeline looks like for the transition.

i don’t follow it especially closely, but had the impression bpf is still in the maturing phase regarding vulnerabilities. hopefully that is at least in part a sign it is being actively inspected and hardened with this purpose in mind - and i’m sure iptables still has many lurking vulns.

in summary, agree some form of transition is likely inevitable. wondering what the timeline will look like.


eBPF is powerful for sure, is it yet mature enough to replace iptables?


that is a good point, and thanks for the recommendation.

though its also good to be mindful of privacy respecting re. search terms vs privacy respecting re. data leaks. and some timing leaks are independent of the plaintext payload, ie. easily grabbed in transit.


Cool, thanks for the new details.

Just my 2c, be wary of search bar suggestions if it may leak data to 3rd party, including accidental typings etc, timing info etc


Wow, great job. Very much like your work and your guide.

Quick note, what do you mean by?

enabled search engine suggestions

I tried to check with your user-overrides.js but the file is gone?


thanks for the good info.

could you please provide a brief overview of the core concepts you have implemented in your user-overrides.js?



yep, and this is basically the case in alot of places now - perhaps not just stated so officially.

how can we pretend to talk about a free society, when your choices to be recognised as a citizen are apple or google?


Computer monitoring software is helping companies spy on their employees to pretend to measure their productivity – often without their consent