Before assessing the value of synthestic starch, I really want to see a full life cycle analysis comparing this technology to traditional production. That seems to be where "vat meat" starts to look a lot more questionable (https://biobeef.faculty.ucdavis.edu/2019/12/15/cultured-meats-and-lca-statistics-what-do-the-data-say-2-of-4/).
In the meantime, it would be really nice if they provided units for this 8.5x efficiency number that all the science journalists are tossing around. Efficiency is usually calculated as units of product divided by units of some kind of input, but the results are very different depending on what kind of input goes in the denominator. Almonds are pretty efficient with regard to land, but a nightmare with regard to water inputs. Grassfed beef is extremely efficient with regard to fossil fuels, but a nightmare with regard to methane emissions. The journalistic coverage on this research doesn't specify, and at the moment I'm unable to put my hands on the _Science_ article, so the 8.5x number is basically meaningless.
@dankwraith i, as a person with a disability which prevents me from driving, have gotten into shouting arguments with other people who have other disabilities who are like "my car gives me so much freedom!" and are just fundamentally incapable of imagining a world where their freedom didn't come at the cost of mine
"but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply? What is love of one's country; is it hate of one's uncountry?" – Ursula K. Le Guin 2/2
By chance, I found this comprehensive discussion about their publishing and business strategy:
The "10 Year Smartphone" initiative aims for a sustainable mobile ecosystem
It's always seem really weird to me that children are asked "what do you want to become", but they are restricted often from just doing that. Like, not exploitative child labor of course, but if they want to be a carpenter why not have them on the job site for a couple hours a week chatting with the other workers about building plans and helping with things that they can do? Even if that's just taking inventory of supplies.
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Instead of always focusing on global calls to action, climate change should be linked to specific national concerns. Francisco Diaz carries greens from his farming plot back to his household in
Which raises the question of why the allowed level of pollutants was so high before. The cynic in me wonders whether the reason why they're making this shift *now* is that electric vehicles are more available now, so that it's plausible for countries to come into line without making any big changes to things like urban design : \
Called it. Google made a choice to employ people in Russia, and now that bad decision has put them in a position where Putin could force them and Apple to shut down Navalny's Smart Voting app (which is basically a simple list of endorsements) before the Russian parliamentary elections.
Don't put people living in oppressive regimes in a position where they can be used as hostages and tortured for admin access to major online platforms.
Next year, my older son starts highschool. They use MS Office 365, which I consider a tragic waste. I feel very strongly that my boy shouldn't have to install any Microsoft (or any other proprietary) products in order to study at a public school. It's ethically indefensible, esp on his Linux-powered laptop. He can use excellent, functionally equivalent #FOSS & if the tech staff don't 'get it' & insist on MSO, then they'll have a major problem on their hands. Summary: https://davelane.nz/explainer-digitech-risks-school-boards
I didn't realize just how much I blamed Microsoft for the current state of passwords until I sat down to write about their "passwordless future": https://puri.sm/posts/microsoft-ruined-passwords-now-aims-for-a-passwordless-future/
#sustainability must be a fractal property: true at all scales.
Flows and exchanges may happen both in the small and in the large but there should be no choke points or critical dependencies.
If you remove a part of the system, the remainder reorganises with what is left.
If you stick an obstacle, it wraps around it.
It doesn't mean that a home or a neighborhood or a city or a region or a country must be self sufficient, but they should have the structure to become so if need be.
Co-op idea: Several of my neighbors and I periodically need a truck but don't have one to borrow and don't want to bear the expense and difficulty of using one as a daily driver. I wonder if anyone has ever collectively purchased a neighborhood co-op truck? You'd all split the cost and maintenance based on logged miles. Whomever parks it pays a bit less maybe.
The Crawford County Federated Library System has been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. They realized early on the potential of open source and integrated it into their enterprise. They were a part of my own Linux journey as I built a content filtering system for our school district. Twenty years ago, there were few models for the use of open source in libraries and education. Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System were the leaders then and now.
Personally, I find the dramatic increase in mortality to be clearer evidence that bad things were happening during that interval.