UNIX is God

Old religions and the priestly hierarchies who largely administer them still propagate the notion that religion is somehow otherworldly.

A new crop of theorists and art, though, begins to get at the miraculous of the now, none the least of which is Lee Smolin from Canada’s Perimeter Institute in Waterloo who argues, time is not illusory, laws of physics in the universe are not immutable but evolve, so that there are no eternal truths, religious or otherwise.

This steeps the mundane world with the value of any and all religions, and infuses each and every one of our waking decisions with gravitas.

The bankrupt notion of commercialism – throwaway trash culture, becomes indefensible.

This is where our computer software comes into the picture.

As I have argued in the past – and because of my ten years of technical writing – I have seen and experienced how closed commercial software is dangerous.

This extends from all the way from design software to Facebook and what the NSA is doing.

Now you have countries trying to shut down the Internet – at least within their borders – and a proprietary newsfeed dwarfing the power of all journalistic institutions in the world (with its makeup a secret).

Moreover, most of the world’s computers are still run on a closed proprietary buggy operating system named Microsoft Windows.

While theorists theorize, time, as Smolin says, goes on for real.

Now, imagine instead of relying on cryptic texts from two thousand years ago, and the word of a priestly hierarchy that has otherwise economic, political, and institutional motivations, you could simply type:

root@MTLTechWriter:/etc/nginx# earth history 1205-1256

Then get a detailed history. Not Wikipedia, but a definitive history, much like a Docker container:

root@MTLTechWriter:/etc/nginx# docker history 272


27233469161f 5 days ago /bin/bash /start.sh 280.4 MB
ec0d0d0c9c64 3 weeks ago /bin/bash /start.sh 43.43 MB
734d1c1b35e8 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) CMD [/bin/bash /start.sh] 0 B
d9cdec6bbe04 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) EXPOSE [22] 0 B
b329046dbdc4 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) EXPOSE [80] 0 B
abb6d44e79d4 8 months ago /bin/sh -c chmod 755 /start.sh 3.244 kB
7643d29ab4cd 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:80991bae6cca512a49 3.237 kB
875b20316ce1 8 months ago /bin/sh -c chmod -R 775 /usr/share/nginx/www 16.9 MB
a09ae8a489b0 8 months ago /bin/sh -c chown -R wordpress:www-data /usr/s 16.9 MB
da48b4843d5c 8 months ago /bin/sh -c mv /usr/share/nginx/wordpress /usr 16.9 MB
6ffa4202a7da 8 months ago /bin/sh -c rm -rf /usr/share/nginx/www 7 B
94fb40028897 8 months ago /bin/sh -c mv /usr/share/nginx/www/5* /usr/sh 390 B
5540355f08cf 8 months ago /bin/sh -c cd /usr/share/nginx/ && tar xvf la 16.9 MB
aa20440e4b41 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD tarsum+sha256:e3b0c4429 5.81 MB
d1c831d941e6 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e “s/PermitRootLoginsyes/ 2.495 kB
b7623742065a 8 months ago /bin/sh -c ln -s /usr/share/nginx/www /home/w 27 B
0bb697bb0251 8 months ago /bin/sh -c useradd -m -d /home/wordpress -p $ 333.9 kB
b6cbbfd87771 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:9eb4f6bdcc4af353a5 1.307 kB
8ff74efbb27f 8 months ago /bin/sh -c /usr/bin/easy_install supervisor 2.778 MB
feb7396508a7 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:871df9048560b9e224 3.567 kB
408f469e9173 8 months ago /bin/sh -c find /etc/php5/cli/conf.d/ -name ” 1.454 kB
a73f851386ea 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e “s/;daemonizes*=s*yes/ 3.965 kB
9c61ae32bb70 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e “s/post_max_sizes*=s*8 68.44 kB
f1fb57184554 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e “s/upload_max_filesizes 68.44 kB
a7a4787ed96f 8 months ago /bin/sh -c echo “daemon off;” >> /etc/nginx/n 1.651 kB
6bd547d664ed 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e”s/keepalive_timeout 2/ke 1.639 kB
7631ee7b19df 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e”s/keepalive_timeouts*65 1.611 kB
9ecc5782d902 8 months ago /bin/sh -c sed -i -e”s/^bind-addresss*=s*12 3.508 kB
a55e362620b7 8 months ago /bin/sh -c apt-get -y install php5-curl php5- 105.5 MB
965428a79ff3 8 months ago /bin/sh -c apt-get -y install memcached mysql 217.3 MB
487795359de8 8 months ago /bin/sh -c mkdir /var/run/sshd 7 B
309edde19763 8 months ago /bin/sh -c ln -sf /bin/true /sbin/initctl 16 B
c27ae8eafa4c 8 months ago /bin/sh -c dpkg-divert –local –rename –add 7 B
0e51db218dd2 8 months ago /bin/sh -c apt-get -y upgrade 7 B
920c0ba29cb9 8 months ago /bin/sh -c apt-get update 49.77 kB
77ba0b813f7e 8 months ago /bin/sh -c echo “deb http://archive.ubuntu.co 66 B
9cbc5c76770d 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) MAINTAINER Eugene Ware <eug 0 B
c0fe63f9a4c1 8 months ago /bin/sh -c apt-get update && apt-get install 26.37 MB
79fdb1362c84 8 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) ADD file:0125346f2266564e00 204.7 MB
6170bb7b0ad1 10 months ago /bin/sh -c #(nop) MAINTAINER Tianon Gravi <ad 0 B
511136ea3c5a 18 months ago


Now that’s Responsa. Stay tuned as Windows and OSX slowly fade away. Long live UNIX and its Linux brethren.


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