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  1. Comment on New York Attorney General issues report detailing millions of fake comments, revealing secret campaign to influence FCC’s 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules in ~tech

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    40 years can seem like always in internet-time, but the stampede to de-regulate infrastructures and to market them as commodities is rather recent on a historical scale. Also, the big telcos used...

    Just like always.

    40 years can seem like always in internet-time, but the stampede to de-regulate infrastructures and to market them as commodities is rather recent on a historical scale.

    Also, the big telcos used to be very profitable before the advent of packet-switching, which they resisted as much as they could. The network becoming non-neutral would be for them a way to re-capture part of their pre-digital supremacy.

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  2. Comment on The chip shortage keeps getting worse. Why can't we just make more? in ~tech

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    Remind me : why is there a shortage of chips in the first place ?

    Remind me : why is there a shortage of chips in the first place ?

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  3. Comment on Rental companies buy up used cars as chip crisis gets worse in ~finance

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    You may be interested in this book : How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee − 2010 IRC, half of the lifecycle carbon footprint of a petroleum-propelled...

    You may be interested in this book :

    How Bad are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee − 2010

    IRC, half of the lifecycle carbon footprint of a petroleum-propelled automobile comes from manufacturing. Then the complete environmental footprint is stamped mostly before the car leaves the dealership. I don't know how the manufacturing of electronics accounts in this environmental footprint, but there exists this contradiction that electronics allow for more efficient engines. Theses gains in efficiency have been consistently re-invested, since the 1980s, not in the reduction of emissions nor in fuel economy but in ever more powerfull engines propelling ever heavier vehicles.

    The current and transient slowdown in the global supply of microchips will most likely not make a dent in the global emissions of greenhouse gases for 2021, which will most likely be higher than in 2020, that is 31.5 Gt. (17,100 cubic kilometers)

    Finally, electricity has to come from somewhere. 80 % of the world's electricity is curently generated from the combustion of fossils.

    Bottom line : low-carbon transportation is mostly no transportation.

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  4. Comment on Carbon markets stand to reward ‘no-till’ farmers. But most are still tilling the soil. in ~enviro

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    11 billions is 3 billions more than today, and those 3 billions are twice the Earth population as it was at the start of last century. Most of those three billons will be, are being born in parts...

    11 billions is 3 billions more than today, and those 3 billions are twice the Earth population as it was at the start of last century.

    Most of those three billons will be, are being born in parts of the world where "development" still is touted as emulating the euro-american way of life, with all the associated emissions and looting of resources.

    We'd be lucky to reach the global demographic inversion point before mass depopulation events such as the famines, epidemies and wars that usually come with too many empty stomachs. Said inversion may very well come sooner than expected : not thanks to the progress of birth control, but rather to a regression of death control back to pre-industrial levels.

    Indeed, this curve is more linear than exponential. That gradient, though …

  5. Comment on Carbon markets stand to reward ‘no-till’ farmers. But most are still tilling the soil. in ~enviro

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    In that book on trees, it is said that half of a heathy forest's biomass lives underground. Long ago, I read in a book by a French zoo-archeologist a tongue-in-cheek ode to the modest earhworms...

    the soil and its living organisms

    In that book on trees, it is said that half of a heathy forest's biomass lives underground.

    Long ago, I read in a book by a French zoo-archeologist a tongue-in-cheek ode to the modest earhworms that toil more earth than any plough, and to which we ought to be grateful for all the food.

    It is indeed quite straightforward for us homo industrialis to forget how dependant we are on nature and how befuddlingly intricate are the systems that bring those breakfast cereals to the table.


    on a side note, as a software engineer, I too am a bug farmer ;-)

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Carbon markets stand to reward ‘no-till’ farmers. But most are still tilling the soil. in ~enviro

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    A perfect example of what happens when complex ecosystem dynamics are crumpled together in a buzzword while also trying to preserve the markets as they were solidified by two centuries of...

    A perfect example of what happens when complex ecosystem dynamics are crumpled together in a buzzword while also trying to preserve the markets as they were solidified by two centuries of energy-intensive economy.

    As the world's population continue to grow exponentially, we need to produce exponentially more food, while briging ariculture to net-zero carbon emissions. Now in less than the span of one individual career.

    Meanwhile, albeit in a slightly longer timescale, arable soils are some of those natural resourses that are depleting fast and require conservation.

    Circles ave been squared more easily.

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  7. Comment on Twitter has acquired Scroll, a subscription for news sites, and intends to integrate it into their own upcoming subscription service in ~tech

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    I, too, have been dreaming for long of some sort of subscription agregator : one subscription allowing access to a wide selection of newpapers, each of them being in turn remunerated on a...

    replace paying for the individual sites' paywalls

    I, too, have been dreaming for long of some sort of subscription agregator : one subscription allowing access to a wide selection of newpapers, each of them being in turn remunerated on a pay-per-view basis of some kind.

    I'm still dreaming of some business model that would allow the internet to actually inform the citizens instead of cajoling us into the poisonous illusion of free press, as in free lunch but ever less as in free speech.

    Coming to think of it, that's what Reddit could have become, integrated as it is in the Advance Publication media group. Or could not have : I imagine The reluctance o the stakeholders to collect revenues on behalf of their competitors.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Jon Stewart - It's Class Warfare - The Poor (and the rest of us) Have Lost (2010) in ~misc

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    It is funny and sad that such a video be broadcasted by a subsidiary of Alphabet, inc. … Side note : the word broadcast is usually associated with one sort of tele-vision that was ubiquituous in...

    It is funny and sad that such a video be broadcasted by a subsidiary of Alphabet, inc.


    Side note : the word broadcast is usually associated with one sort of tele-vision that was ubiquituous in the second half of last century, and that used a rather narrow band of electromagnetic waves. I use it here purposefully, meaning to underline how modern sorcerers abuse the internet to broadly cast their spells.

    5 votes
  9. Comment on The free and open-source digital audio editor Audacity has been acquired by Muse Group in ~tech

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    There seems to be much confusion about what actually happened and what "to acquire" would mean in the matter of a FOSS. Audacity's own website does not mention anything remotely related to this...

    There seems to be much confusion about what actually happened and what "to acquire" would mean in the matter of a FOSS.

    Audacity's own website does not mention anything remotely related to this "acquisition".

    This could be one of those cases where corporate mumbo-jumbo reaches a copywriter with limited abilities for understanding.

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  10. Comment on Turns out, Spock is kinda bad at logic in ~tv

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    Playing chess, I would suppose, is not entirely about logic. It also involves rote memory of situations, and poker-like psychology, and guts, and maybe luck, and probably much more. A logical move...

    Playing chess, I would suppose, is not entirely about logic. It also involves rote memory of situations, and poker-like psychology, and guts, and maybe luck, and probably much more. A logical move is a weak one, in that it can logicaly be anticipated by the opponent.

    I don't remember this precise scene, but I do feel the gist of it as defining the character of Spock, whose impeccable logic can be a handicap when not complemented by Kirk's bravado. Spock's mission is also to serve as an excuse for our own foolishness and a reminder that life itself isn't a logic system, or at least not one that we mere humans could grasp.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Amsterdam’s ‘doughnut economy’ puts climate ahead of GDP in ~finance

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    What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth.

    What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? "Like a doughnut," says Oxford economist Kate Raworth.

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  12. Comment on Why Lichess will always be free in ~tech

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    Message heeded : I've just donated a few peanuts. Best value for money ever, considering how many hours I've spent playing on this site, which has everything one needs, and nothing more. Monies...

    Message heeded : I've just donated a few peanuts. Best value for money ever, considering how many hours I've spent playing on this site, which has everything one needs, and nothing more.

    Monies apart, I really like the tone of this page. It's reassuring to see that a few islands of honesty and dedication remain in this ocean of crap that the internet has become.

    I will eventually contribute slivers of my CPU, once I've read and understood what, how and why.

    Now, I haven't played a good game of chess in a long time, since my favorite opponent died. It my be time enough to get back in the saddle already.

    6 votes
  13. Comment on Drought in Mexico reaches critical levels as lakes dry up in ~enviro

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    Droughts happen, always have, always will. The rapidly evolving global climate is making droughts occur more often, or to happen in unusual places, like, perhaps, this one, or the one in Taiwan....

    Droughts happen, always have, always will.

    The rapidly evolving global climate is making droughts occur more often, or to happen in unusual places, like, perhaps, this one, or the one in Taiwan.

    There is a sad irony in my learning this from Aljazeera, a media group that was founded thanks to petroleum riches, and also in my reading this on the internet, seeing how the current drought in Taiwan hampers the manufacturing of semiconductors critical to the maintenance of the material infrastructure of the internet.

    Also, this dispensable comment has a non-null carbon footprint, of which I should be ashamed.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Microsoft enables Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 for developers in ~tech

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    to become more like Alphabet, inc., isn't it ? I wonder what is the share of advertising in their new revenue model.

    Microsoft’s overall plan is

    to become more like Alphabet, inc., isn't it ? I wonder what is the share of advertising in their new revenue model.

    2 votes
  15. Comment on A summary of the book "Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop" by Jack Devanney in ~enviro

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    In all seriousness, no, I don't. Every conversation starts by assuming a shared knowledge and understanding of basic facts. Your pet theory isn't radical, it's cute.

    Seriously you need to back up a claim like this

    In all seriousness, no, I don't. Every conversation starts by assuming a shared knowledge and understanding of basic facts.

    Your pet theory isn't radical, it's cute.

  16. Comment on Our miserable 21st century in ~life

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    If the meaning of cheap energy isn't so obvious, a glimpse of the crude oil prices since 1861 may offer perspective. For a more detailled bibliography, I'd suggest the one that comes with Oil,...

    If the meaning of cheap energy isn't so obvious, a glimpse of the crude oil prices since 1861 may offer perspective.

    For a more detailled bibliography, I'd suggest the one that comes with Oil, power and war : a dark history.

    Neoliberalism was neo because there existed a plain old liberalism before it : when the Industrial Revolution and the industrial exploitation of coal imposed free trade (and incidently colonialism) as the only way to dispatch the sudden overproduction of the newfangled steam-powered factories and to make use of the newfangled steam-powered railroads and steam-powered freight ships.

    Economics may seem abstract, they are indeed deeply rooted in the material conditions that prevail at the considered point in time, and on the first order by the resources that we can extract for the environment, that is, stricto sensu, our immediate surrounding. Schools of thought don't exist : there are only geology and hungry stomachs.

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  17. Comment on disroot (a provider of open source services such as mail) has received funding to implement mailbox encryption in ~comp

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    I had never heard of disroot.org. Interesting. The array of services that they propose is impressive.

    I had never heard of disroot.org. Interesting. The array of services that they propose is impressive.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Our miserable 21st century in ~life

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    had existed in a context where the GDP grew very rapidly thanks to the availability of cheap energy. Back then, a shallow bore was enough for petroleum to gush, even in Oklahoma. This economy on...

    the Keynesian consensus

    had existed in a context where the GDP grew very rapidly thanks to the availability of cheap energy. Back then, a shallow bore was enough for petroleum to gush, even in Oklahoma. This economy on overdrive provided governments with comfortable fiscal revenues which allowed keynesian models to operate.

    The 1970 American peak oil and the 1973 and 1979 OPEC embargoes that ensued slammed the breaks on it all, and birthed the reaganomics.

    Economics are, first and foremost, a matter of geology.

    (Look around you : if you own it, petroleum made it.)

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  19. Comment on A summary of the book "Why Nuclear Power Has Been a Flop" by Jack Devanney in ~enviro

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    In the United States of America, the monetary policy enacted by the Federal Reserve System does bear on the cost of money for private corporations, but that's about as far as it goes when...

    In the United States of America, the monetary policy enacted by the Federal Reserve System does bear on the cost of money for private corporations, but that's about as far as it goes when considering the delayed ROI of an atomic power station and how palatable it is for investors accustomed to the Wall Street tunes and rythms.

    The US federal government has been running on debt since 1970 and hasn't much money to lend. Even if it had, its lending money to a private corporation that operates on the commodity market would be problematic on so many level.

    Now, a SOE like the TVA can borrow at very low rates, but in the last 40 years, the forced march to de-regulation make it very unlikely that a new TVA-like organisation be incorporated anytime soon, how desirable that would be.

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  20. Comment on Our miserable 21st century in ~life

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    1970 Half a century later we're still confused and still haven't understood what energy really means for the economy.

    From work to income to health to social mobility, the year

    2000 1970

    marked the beginning of what has become a distressing era for the United States

    Half a century later we're still confused and still haven't understood what energy really means for the economy.

    9 votes