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Cake day: Feb 20, 2021


Because their drink packaging keeps accumulating in the ocean, in landfill, everywhere else that isn’t the beach.

Meanwhile, Big Drink continues to lobby governments against effective measures such as container deposit/pfand and/or reusable container systems.

It’s better for their marketing image if they don’t acknowledge that they acknowledge that it’s a problem.

If in doubt about the brilliance of this phone, have a watch of these videos by engineer behind this phone:

It’s a non-mass-produced functional art piece. The price seems reasonable for what it is, not for what conventional functions it performs.

Great idea, need to make some new ones though. This is from a set put out about 2 years ago, and refers to websites, hashtags, etc, not in current use.

Security is a really good point. If you’re not running any screen lock then not a consideration.

Some ways to remedy the problem:

Sure, an individual can prevent their own devices collecting data about them, but the paper is about all the devices surrounding a person in other people’s pockets/homes/workplaces: collecting data on – recordingthat individual.

[…] The researchers discovered that even if individual users turned off data tracking and didn’t share their own information, their mobility patterns could still be predicted with surprising accuracy based on data collected from their acquaintances.

“Worse,” says Ghoshal, “almost as much latent information can be extracted from perfect strangers that the individual tends to co-locate with.”

In many (most?) jurisdictions it is illegal to make a recording of a conversation either which you are not party to, or without consent of all parties involved; sometimes with consideration towards whether there was reasonable expectation that the conversation be private. Even when legal, there are often restrictions on how that recording can be used.

The laws aren’t always written specific to audio/video recording (not that always-recording by google/apple/amazon/etc isn’t a problem already…) – how does such surveillance figure in to existing legislation around the world?

If SAF is 100% cooking oil, the planet has nowhere near enough cooking oil to exclusively supply aviation.

Waste cooking oil available would be a miniscule fraction of the 213 million tons produced, so any further use or production for biofuels either takes food out of peoples’ bowls and/or destroys ecosystems.

That said, it could be done in a sustainable way, as suggested by this world economic forum paper. I don’t know enough to criticise the reasoning in that paper. I suspect there could be major negative implications for some solutions for shifting the worlds’ liquid fuel supply to biofuels.

Sailing ships and global rail networks for the win.

You don’t build a conclusion for a technology based on sweeping aside risks of your favoured solution while emphasising the risks of your favoured solution, which is what you did with your “There are zero catastrophes with[…]” comment.

You lay it all out and compare the whole model.

I think laying it all out for wind, solar, hydro, and nuclear, will raise a whole lot of issues with all the technologies. Some specific models of tech will have unresolvable issues (e.g, megadams, dense solar-farms on arable land, any nuclear tech which can feed proliferation).

I suspect the whole supply/waste-chain for nuclear will have unresolvable issues, and very few of the hydro/solar will have unresolvable issues.

Trouble is getting people to agree on how to compare the risk of a well-engineered dam failing and the risk of your nuclear waste storage leaking into the water table, or a contaminated coolant pipe spraying vapour into the prevailing wind, or radioactive contaminated scrap metal making its way into the commercial steel market, or…

Anyone suggesting the thorium-pebble-bed or similar “holy-grail” 100% safe theoretical tech seems to be living between fantasy and pipe-dream.

I only mean it’s a false claim to imply that wind/water/solar energy are inherently zero catastrophe risk.

That said, I think coming close to fully understanding and assessing (and mitigating) the risk of wind/water/solar power projects/economies is far more achievable than for nuclear energy projects/economies.

Especially so when considering the unavoidable context of the (un)predictability of both humans and environment over the next 10,000 - 100,000 years.

There are zero catastrophes with wind, water or earth energy because when you shut it down, it is off and possess no further potential to harm people.

Turn the hyperbole down a little:

Internet. Sanitised for your protection. ™

Yeah, interesting.

I tried a couple more:

…looks like DDG has an undocumented NOT operator, which for some reason is not deactivated when in a long quote, but is deactivated when the phrase is bracketed in quoted nothings. “” “”

“regex is hard”, I guess.

[Meta] Currently 3 upvotes, 13 downvotes. Interesting.

What do up/down votes mean? On a post, I always figured an upvote to mean “This is relevant to the community and should be posted here.”, and a downvote to mean “This is irrelevant to the community or should not have be posted here.”. [/Meta]

I’m not really sure what to make of the linked blog post – I think x-compasses are an oversimplification, that the fediverse has moved and diversified since the post was written, and now lemmy instances are quite a prominent mode of engagement in the fediverse; but some of the problems and stereotypes they painted in the post are still recognisable today, however inaccurate the depiction may be.

Because there’s nothing to explain; it was a typo.

Actual quote:

Players don’t ‘get’ NFTs.

if it’s free than your the product

Providing a basic email service with small storage/traffic allowance costs in the order of cents per UserMonth.

From the business perspective, giving something for free can basically be considered a marketing (advertising) expense – essential for building a successful business.

If you get the free storage/traffic/feature allowance in the sweet spot, it’s useful enough that free users stick around and you get a good reputation, yet juuust constrained enough that users who want that little bit more convenience or features will consider a paid plan. And word-of-mouth advertising is super effective – all the happy users will recommend your paid service to family/friends/acquaintances who happen to be looking for a service provided by them.

Another benefit free services can provide to the business (especially in early stages of developing a system/business) is real-world testing at scale of your infrastructure and processes with real users.

Does anyone know what this thing is? Some kind of decentralized, open source, anti-establishment, etc platform aiming to be an alternative to twitter, but we plebs aren’t allowed to see or participate in the development process or even see any source repositories yet. …