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Category Archives: Extropy
Posted: June 28, 2017 at 6:30 am
The Knights of Unicron are a heroic Autobot subgroup from the Shattered Glass continuity family.
The Knights of Unicron were once evil Autobots, but the benevolent god of extropy Unicron reformatted them into his agents of peace. Now, they serve truth and justice across known space. Their members are:
Following their defeat at Decepticon City on Earth, Optimus Prime's forces retreated aboard Sky Lynx for Cybertron. Memory's Splinter Midway through, however, Sky Lynx announced that they would have to lighten the load. Rodimus took the opportunity to dump Optimus, Brawn, Prowl, Inferno, and Ratchet out the airlock. The five badly injured Autobots then found themselves in the presence of Unicron. Familiar Reflections Now dominated by good due to the Shroud, the god of extropy offered Optimus and his troopers truth and enlightenment. After Unicron showed Optimus a vision of his greatest victory, Prime accepted, and Unicron healed and reformatted them. The newly-formed Knights were then sent to Cybertron to stop Rodimus's chaos. Arriving in Rodimus's throne room, the Autotroopers took on the evil Autobots while Nova went head to head with Rodimus. Nova succeeded, sending Rodimus tumbling down into the depths of Cybertron. Restoration The Knights soon had the Autobots arrested, but Unicron contacted Nova to warn him that a greater threat awaited. Cybertron then seemingly began to fall apart. While the Knights barely maintained their footing, Rodimus reappeared and ordered his Autobots to evacuate. Cybertron then completed its transformation into the physical form of the Cybertronians' creator-god, Primus. Awakened by Rodimus and dominated by evil due to the Shroud, the dark Primus observed the nearby dimensionally-displaced Earth and tried to destroy it. However, Earth revealed itself as another Transformer god, Primus's sister Gaea. As the titans clashed, the Knights came to Gaea's aid, taking out Primus's eyes. Gaea then destroyed Primus and transformed herself into a new Cybertron as a home to both heroic Autobot and heroic Decepticon. The Knights became the guardians of the new joint society as a new age of peace dawned. The Future Buried...
Posted: May 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm
I found a strange behavior with TMG 2010 when publishing a website. It appears to rewrite URLs sent outbound to clients when the "send original host header is sent" under certain conditions. Here are those conditions:
Here is precisely what I encountered:
So by process of elimination I found that this appears to be TMG not affecting any host header inbound, nor affecting the alternate URLs outbound.This appears to affect only the main URL outbound, as TMG appears to be rewriting the protocol part of the header when the submitted form returns a redirect from http to https (changing https back to http).
Fixes: Uncheck the "send original host header..." flag and all functionality works correctly. I don't think this is as "clean", because it means that TMG touches every request and changes the host header to the internal host header, however on the IIS bright-side this means the web server will see the same host header no matter what clients request (normalization). The only caveat is that if you wanted to use an internal URL (instead of IP address) for the site that was the same as the external URL it would either not work, or would require a DNS trick on TMG to force it. Or, you could just change the internal URL to something else (not used).
TMG proxy background:
This isn't so much of a bug in TMG as a "feature". TMG is designed to allow external access to internal resources. I've found that it makes a powerful and flexible reverse proxy server, you just have to contend with a few "features". TMG's basic design-premise is based on rewriting URLs that are normally only internally visible, to URLs that are externally visible. This means that TMG errs towards the side of rewriting in exception cases, which this appears to be. This methodology appears to assume that the web servers are dumb, and don't know about external URLs. This premise is fine, except when it is necessary for the web server to perform some type of functionality that requires a complex redirect based on a user action (such as switching to https when a user logs in). TMG assumes that the redirect is internal in nature and blocks the redirect in favor of maintaining the original URL and same-protocol bridging (or more accurately not bridging). This appears to only be an issue when TMG is confused by using the external URL as the internal URL (same as listener and client requests). This shouldn't be an issue when you specify that TMG uses an IP address for the internal site, however it appears that MS has designed TMG to be "smarter" and "more helpful" by performing host header translation outbound, even when you request it no to do so...
Posted: March 11, 2017 at 8:28 am
Extropy is the idea that human intelligence and technology will enable life to expand in an orderly way throughout the entire universe. Extropy expresses a metaphor, rather than serving as a technical term, and so is not simply the opposite of entropy. Extropy presents the idea that advances in science and technology will some day let people live indefinitely and that humans alive today have a good chance of seeing that day. It also describes a pragmatic consilience of transhumanist thought guided by a proactionary approach to human evolution and progress.
Extropian thinking places strong emphasis on rational thinking and practical optimism. These principles do not specify particular beliefs, technologies, or policies. Extropians share an optimistic view of the future, expecting considerable advances in computational power, life extension, nanotechnology and the like.
Many extropians foresee the eventual realization of unlimited maximum life spans, and the recovery, thanks to future advances in biomedical technology, of those whose bodies/brains have been preserved by means of cryonics or some similar method. Extropy emphasizes finding solutions to problems of the human condition, as well proactively considering potential unwanted side-effects of new technologies.
It should be understood that since the term extropy is a metaphor, a name for a moderately integrated group of values and attitudes, and it is not a force or a thing or a single value or principle; it cannot be measured.
Principles of Extropy
Extropy means seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an open-ended lifespan, and the removal of political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to continuing development. Perpetually overcoming constraints on our progress and possibilities as individuals, as organizations, and as a species. Growing in healthy directions without bound.
Extropy means affirming continual ethical, intellectual, and physical self-improvement, through critical and creative thinking, perpetual learning, personal responsibility, proactivity, and experimentation. Using technology in the widest sense to seek physiological and neurological augmentation along with emotional and psychological refinement.
Extropy means fueling action with positive expectations individuals and organizations being tirelessly proactive. Adopting a rational, action-based optimism or proaction, in place of both blind faith and stagnant pessimism.
Extropy means designing and managing technologies not as ends in themselves but as effective means for improving life. Applying science and technology creatively and courageously to transcend natural but harmful, confining qualities derived from our biological heritage, culture, and environment.
Open Society information and democracy
Extropy means supporting social orders that foster freedom of communication, freedom of action, experimentation, innovation, questioning, and learning. Opposing authoritarian social control and unnecessary hierarchy and favoring the rule of law and decentralization of power and responsibility. Preferring bargaining over battling, exchange over extortion, and communication over compulsion. Openness to improvement rather than a static utopia. Extropia (ever-receding stretch goals for society) over utopia (no place).
Extropy means valuing independent thinking, individual freedom, personal responsibility, self-direction, self-respect, and a parallel respect for others.
Extropy means favoring reason over blind faith and questioning over dogma. It means understanding, experimenting, learning, challenging, and innovating rather than clinging to beliefs.
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[Verse 1: Greydon] Waves. A behavior in space-time. Vibration. Sound. Oscillation Light. A fancy way of saying electromagnetic radiation Sight. Visual perception. The ability to discern direction Might. What I bring to the mic. When these emcees gonna learn they lesson? ...Line throwin' mind blowing rhyme poet, that flows While you condone your time stolen Astro. Greek. Meaning star. Flaming plasma ball Equations embedded in space-time while adinkran images mask it all Some of us were passed down martial science from the ancients A one inch punch? I could pull a strike off from the planck length ....Among humans, the differences are marginal Free to move at light anywhere, like any massless particle Chart and go, spark and blow dro, then explain a parallax And how a nearer object moves faster than when its there in the back We deal in octaves Physics, math, chemistry, logic Enemy? stop it. Youre better off described as an entropy novice
[Chorus] Wake up They want to know how far into the future youre gonna take them Then want to know just.. how stark the view is through an ape lense Cause theyll only respond to perpetual progress if its flagrant Complacent with life, yet are fearful of death
[Verse 2: Greydon] Let me see, while you still stuck on the collection fee Im wreckin' beats, when you check for me Mark the box that says, Extra heat! Technically. Peep it, its like trying to keep a secret the DMT trip When youve already had ego death and your heart is ready to release it This oceanll make you seasick But at least you under the night sky Not only in the right place, but even born in the right time To make music, dj, and write rhymes Everyone has a crew, but no ones doing it like mine Verbal graffiti we spray and hurl in your city The ruckus we create interrupts the early committees ...Theyll scramble in panic thinking that its a takeover But in the context of #GU, were just a placeholder The most powerful of us havent even been born yet Formed yet Why do you think they call us the Hornet's Nest? But, we wont stop until we see, civilization level Z And the only language wed have is Peace, knowledge, and extropy
[Chorus] (x2) Wake up They want to know how far into the future youre gonna take them Then want to know just.. how stark the view is through an ape lense Cause theyll only respond to perpetual progress if its flagrant Complacent with life, yet are fearful of death
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Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:33 am
DotNetNuke has traditionally been packaged with default skin packages pre-installed. The installation packages for those skins are available here.
Dark Knight Skin from DNN 06.02.05 Dark Knight Regular Skin package Dark Knight Mobile Skin package
The Minimal Extropy Skin & Container from DNN 5.6.3 Minimal Extropy
The following Skins are currently available: DNN-Blue* DNN-Gray*
These are skins from the DNN 3.1.13 package: DNN-Green* DNN-Red* DNN-Yellow*
Dnn Extropy Beta skin This skin is only here for reference, it is currently not supported and not for use in a production environment. If you find any issue with this skin, please log them in the issues tracker (here, not in the DNN tracker). If we get enough feedback, we will release a "stable" version of this skin. DNN-Extropy Beta*
The skin with the vertical menu might not work in DNN versions above 4.4. You can replace the Treeview menu with the NAV skin object and the DNNTreeNavigationProvider. (read the skinning documentation for more info)
Optimized / Clean Default.css Beta Version This is a beta release of an optimized/cleaned up version of default.css (Contributors are: Cuong Dang, Timo Breumelhof, and Salar Golestanian).
Feel free to report bugs and provide feedback to make this an official version for the next release. Default CSS
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Posted: November 27, 2016 at 9:50 am
In my experience, when you have Exchange 2010 in a volatile environment, you open yourself up to the cluster behaviors of the Exchange cluster to behave unexpectedly, or just plain fail. If you're running in DAC mode, then to gain those benefits, you have to manually fail/fix sites to prevent services from staying down, or worse, going split-brain.
Because Exchange 2010 relies heavily on Microsoft FCS (Failover Clustering Service) and AD (Active Directory), there are many scenarios where these distributed decision making functions can fail. When all the servers fail in the primary data center, the second data center takes over as it should, and when the primary data center comes back online, it does not automatically fail back; this is by design (per Microsoft). I have found that to fail services back, you must do two crucial things:
The sites seem to recover after a few minutes, but the changes are not immediately apparent, and the databases take a few minutes to re-mount. The reasons for these commands were not readily obvious to me, but I've come to the conclusion that the following conditions must be considered:
Also, the Microsoft documentation is decent (not great) on this, and is definitely worth reading:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd351049.aspx
A bit about this environment:
Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:03 pm
October/November is our traditional slightly spooky issue, and the 2016 edition is no exception. The magazine is jam-packed with stories about ghosts, angels, demons, souls, curses, and a couple of aliens. Alexander Jablokovs bold new novella brings us a tale of death and danger, a woman with a rather unusual occupation, and The Forgotten Taste of Honey.
Sandra McDonalds cheerful tone belies the horror that lurks for The People in the Building; the souls of the damned are captured in Susan Palwicks poignant Lucite; death and another odd job play a part in Michael Liblings amusing and irreverent tale of Wretched the Romantic; Project Extropy uncovers new mysteries in Dominica Phetteplaces ongoing series; S. N. Dyer draws on history and folklore to explain what happens When Grandfather Returns; seeds of hurt and mistrust are sewn in Rich Larsons Water Scorpions; new author Octavia Cade invites us to spend some time Eating Science With Ghosts; Will Ludwigsen examines the curse of The Leaning Lincoln; and Michael Blumleins heartfelt novella asks us to Choose Poison, Choose Life.
Robert Silverbergs Reflections column dabbles in some Magical Thinking; James Patrick Kellys On the Net prepares to Welcome Our Robot Overlords!; Norman Spinrads On Books takes on Short Stories in a column that features the Nebula Awards Showcase anthologies as well as The Fredric Brown Megapack and Harlan Ellisons Can & Cantankerous; plus well have an array of poetry and other features youre sure to enjoy. Get your copy now!
by Alexander Jablokov
Tromvi trudged up the hill from the harbor, where she had just packed the last of her trade goods into the hull of a ship heading to the east. What she had received in return already weighed on her horses backs. She smiled to herself as she remembered the sea captain, caught between a reluctance to say goodbye and the need to be ready for the receding tide, being uncharacteristically sharp with his crew. READ MORE
by Sandra McDonald
At an office building on Tanner Boulevard, two intelligent elevators whisk workers up from the lobby toward their employment destinations. The people headed for the fifth floor greet each other every morning with nods. The people from the fourth floor sip from their brown coffee cups and read their smartphones.READ MORE
by Lisa Bellamy
Today they jostle among us until sundown, listen to our chatter, nudge each other, read the news over our shoulders; they window-shop READ MORE
by Sheila Williams
Welcome to our annual slightly spooky issue. The fall double issue is always long in the making. Throughout the year, we see stories that land a little outside Asimovs, admittedly rather soft, parameters. While we do publish one or two stories in each issue that could be called fantasy, surreal fiction, or slipstream, our focus is primarily on science fiction. Of course I get a lot of traditional science fiction story submissions, but I see a lot of uncanny submissions, too. READ MORE
by Robert Silverberg
Isaac Asimov, for whom this magazine was named and who was my predecessor as writer of this column, was a totally rational man with no belief whatever in matters supernatural. That didnt stop him from writing the occasional fantasy story or from editing a long series of anthologies with such titles as Devils, Ghosts, Spells, and Magical Wishes.READ MORE
by James Patrick Kelly
My friend John Kessel and I have had a longstanding disagreement about the future of artificial intelligence. Even though we have co-edited a couple of anthologies examining post-cyberpunk...READ MORE
by Norman Spinrad
I have been writing this column for close to four decades now, and, yet, to the best of my recollection, I have never reviewed a book of short stories. During my writing career, I have written and published something like twenty-five novels, but I have also probably written something close to one hundred short stories, if by short stories one means fiction of less than novel length, which is my definition here. READ MORE
by Erwin S. Strauss
October is a busy month. My picks range from coast to coast this time: CONtraflow, Archon, EerieCon, VCon, CapClave (where Ill be), ConClave, ConStellation, ValleyCon, MileHiCon, ICon and NecronomiCon. Whew! Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans.READ MORE
Posted: October 1, 2016 at 1:48 am
Nicholas Montera - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Partner
Nicholas is one of the founding members of Extropy and is a leading information technology expert with extensive experience involving large-scale IT initiatives. In his role as CEO Nicholas has developed Extropys strategic approach and focused its efforts to provide world class professional services and solutions. His vision is for Extropy to recruit and cultivate the best talent in the industry expanding Extropys "tribal knowledge" base to deliver innovative solutions founded in deep experience and due diligence. As the Chief Executive Officer of Extropy, he provides leadership to the executive management team; ensuring that the company is focused on the mission and our actions are in alignment with our core values. Nicholas has been deeply involved throughout his career in information technology planning, sales and engagement management. He came to form Extropy after successful careers with both British Telecom and Avaya. Nicholas attended the Florida Institute of Technology studying Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. He also holds the industries highest networking certification, Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert, (CCIE #11811).
Brett Coover - Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Managing Partner
Brett is one of the founding members of Extropy and is a thought leader in solutions across many technologies and industries. As CTO Brett focuses Extropys "tribal knowledge" to define and refine our technology and business solutions; always staying ahead of the curve. His vision is centered on creating and delivering the most innovative technology solutions available and developing them into long term growth opportunities. Brett has extensive experience in delivering innovative solutions to Fortune 500 customers, transforming their businesses as a trusted partner. Additionally Brett has experience in developing and operating service provider organizations. Brett's educational experience spans across the sciences, having attended Clarkson and the University of Buffalo studying physics, information and computer sciences. He also holds numerous certifications, including the industries highest networking certification, Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert, (CCIE #11918), and the most respected security certification, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
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Posted: July 29, 2016 at 3:15 am
Extropy Institute Publications: Extropy: The Journal of Transhumanist Thought from 1989 to late 1996 in high-gloss print and distributed at major bookstores.
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Future Survey: A Monthly Abstract of Books, Articles, and Reports Concerning Forecasts, Trends, and Ideas about the Future
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International Journal of Forecasting
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The Journal of the Evolutionary Study of the Future
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Journal of Forecasting
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The Manoa Journal of Half-Baked Ideas
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On the Horizon The Environmental Scanning Newsletter for Leaders in Education
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World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution
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YES A Journal of Positive Futures
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Posted: June 17, 2016 at 4:59 am
Philosophies of life rooted in centuries-old traditions contain much wisdom concerning personal, organizational, and social living. Many of us also find shortcomings in those traditions. How could they not reach some mistaken conclusions when they arose in pre-scientific times? At the same time, ancient philosophies of life have little or nothing to say about fundamental issues confronting us as advanced technologies begin to enable us to change our identity as individuals and as humans and as economic, cultural, and political forces change global relationships.
The Principles of Extropy first took shape in the late 1980s to outline an alternative lens through which to view the emerging and unprecedented opportunities, challenges, and dangers. The goal was and is to use current scientific understanding along with critical and creative thinking to define a small set of principles or values that could help make sense of the confusing but potentially liberating and existentially enriching capabilities opening up to humanity.
The Principles of Extropy do not specify particular beliefs, technologies, or policies. The Principles do not pretend to be a complete philosophy of life. The world does not need another totalistic dogma. The Principles of Extropy do consist of a handful of principles (or values or perspectives) that codify proactive, life-affirming and life-promoting ideals. Individuals who cannot comfortably adopt traditional value systems often find the Principles of Extropy useful as postulates to guide, inspire, and generate innovative thinking about existing and emerging fundamental personal, organizational, and social issues.
The Principles are intended to be enduring, underlying ideals and standards. At the same time, both in content and by being revised, the Principles do not claim to be eternal truths or certain truths. I invite other independent thinkers who share the agenda of acting as change agents for fostering better futures to consider the Principles of Extropy as an evolving framework of attitudes, values, and standards and as a shared vocabulary to make sense of our unconventional, secular, and life-promoting responses to the changing human condition. I also invite feedback to further refine these Principles.
Extropy The extent of a living or organizational systems intelligence, functional order, vitality, and capacity and drive for improvement
Extropic Actions, qualities, or outcomes that embody or further extropy
A Note on the Use of "Extropy"
For the sake of brevity, I will often write something like extropy seeks or extropy questions You can take this to mean in so far as we act in accordance with these principles, we seek/question/study Extropy is not meant as a real entity or force, but only as a metaphor representing all that contributes to our flourishing. Similarly, when I use we you should take this to refer not to any group but to anyone who agrees with what they are reading. Rather than assuming any reader to be in full agreement with every one of these principles, this usage instead imagines a hypothetical person who has integrated the principles into their life and actions. Each reader is, of course, at liberty to reject, modify, or affirm each principle separately. What this tentative, conjectural approach to the Principles of Extropy loses in terms of compelling emotive power, it gains in terms of reasonableness and openness to innovation and improvement.
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