If a civilization wants to maximize computation it appears rational to aestivate until the far future in order to exploit the low temperature en-vironment: this can produce a 1030 multiplier of achievable computation. We hence suggest the “aestivation hypothesis”: the reason we are not observing manifestations of alien civilizations is that they are currently (mostly) inactive, patiently waiting for future cosmic eras. This paper analyzes the assumptions going into the hypothesis and how physical law and observational evidence constrain the motivations of aliens compatible with the hypothesis…
As the universe cools down, one Joule of energy is worth proportionally more. This can be a substantial (1030) gain. Hence a civilization desiring to maximize the amount of computation will want to use its energy endowment as late as possible: using it now means far less total computation can be done. Hence an early civilization, after expanding to gain access to enough raw materials, will settle down and wait until it becomes rational to use the resources. We are not observing any aliens since the initial expansion phase is brief and intermittent and the aestivating civilization and its infrastructure is also largely passive and compact…
As noted by Gershenfeld, optimal computation needs to make sure all internal states are close to the most probable state of the system, since otherwise there will be extra dissipation. Hence there is a good reason to perform operations slowly. Fortunately, time is an abundant resource in the far future. In addition, a civilization whose subjective time is proportional to the computation rate will not internally experience the slowdown.
Heh heh heh: “In the long run, we are all dead…”
It was just a matter of time: welcome, CthuluCoin! Oh…and right before you go insane? You’ll go broke…
During the first and second weeks of the ritual, sacrificial amounts are placed in special, once a day blocks. These blocks are a reward to the worshipper for sacrifice made. During the third and fourth weeks of the ritual the rewards build, small at first, then larger as the worship increases with fervor. During the last five days, the ‘Tharanak shagg,’ or “promise of dreamland,” the ritual reaches final pitch and the daily special blocks are highly increased. Finally Cthulhu will return after the xx665th offering has paid tribute to the Great Old One and he will bestow a bounty deserving of Him upon one lucky worshiper. The ritual can be repeated after six months time, following the great halving.
Apparently Toronto is a hotbed of violent activism.
Or Cheney’s worried it might be, what with its close relationship to Vancouver, where the last time Cheney visited our famously polite northern neighbors they had seemingly ingested too much sugar and then forgotten to nap, resulting in a few hundred of them protesting Cheney’s visit.
So the former Vice President canceled The Terror In Toronto Tour!!!! at the last minute.
Ryan Ruppert of Spectre Live Corp. said on Monday that Cheney and his daughter Elizabeth had begged off through their agent.
“After speaking with their security advisers, they changed their mind on coming to the event,” Ruppert said. He said they had “decided it was better for their personal safety they stay out of Canada.”
What a fuckin’ pussy.
Don’t misunderstand; there are real reasons to indict Cheney. But no one is suicidal enough to actually do so. Certainly not an American court, much less a Canadian or any western European state.
No, He Who Hath No Pulse is fairly free to go where he pleases…had he the balls.
It’s more than a little ironic that The Dark Lord, he who exported terror and death throughout his reign, is afraid of a country that exports the Cirque du Soliel.
Greeks Eagerly Embrace Measures to Assist EU Allies By Promising To Eat Dog Indefinitely; Delegation Immediately Sent to ROK For Tasty Bulgogi Recipes
“Greece enacted billions of euros in spending cuts and fresh austerity measures last night in a volatile parliamentary vote aimed at avoiding default on its national debt and keeping the eurozone intact, despite some of the worst rioting and political violence witnessed in the country in years…
In return, Greece is to receive a second eurozone bailout in two years worth €130bn in addition to a €100bn writedown of debt by the bankrupt country’s private creditors.
There was turmoil inside the parliament, too. MPs voted 199-74 in favour of the cutbacks, despite strong dissent among the two main coalition members.A total of 37 politicians from the majority Socialists and conservative New Democracy party either voted against the party line or abstained. A further six voted against sections of the legislation. After the vote, the government announced that those 43 MPs had been expelled” (via)
if you’ve not been following along at home , you should understand that the riots, the forced dog-eating, the rapine and pillage, it’s all over one, count it O N E, PayDay™ loan.
In other words this loan, the granting of which is based on the dog-eating , is only being used so Greece doesn’t immediately default on its obligations
and bust up the EU.
Another, much larger loan from the ECB/IMF will be needed to actually
bring back the EU from the brink of dissolution stave off the country falling into bankruptcy.
And to recieve that financing? Apparently even dog will have to go right off the menu.