Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Joby Elliott
1,499 followers -
Make cool stuff, learn new things
Make cool stuff, learn new things

1,499 followers
About
Posts

Post has attachment
Add a comment...

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
Burning fossil fuels in a car for transportation can be roughly as efficient as burning fossil fuels in a power plant for transportation? Shocking!

The breathless coverage of this spectacularly misses the point of electric cars. They're not better because they're (so much) more efficient at converting fossil fuel grid energy into transportation than IC cars are at converting liquid fossil fuels into transportation. They're better because they decouple the transportation from the exact source and form of its energy's origin.

The most useful property of electric cars is actually that they let us make giant, sweeping changes to our transportation infrastructure's energy use, through the grid. With electric cars, if you replace a coal plant with a solar farm, suddenly all the cars in the city are producing dramatically less pollution per mile, even though they're all the same cars they were before. That's not the case with a "next-gen gasoline engine as clean as an EV."

See the difference?
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
This is a pretty accurate list Google Docs put together of the topics referenced in the paper I've been working on all day. It's kind of spooky, actually.
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
ONCE UPON A TIME...

Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob started attacking residents and businesses of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in what would become The Tulsa race riot of 1921.

This is not only considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in the history of the United States, But with more than 300 dead, IS THE DEADLIEST MASS KILLING IN AMERICAN HISTORY...And yet, very few know about it.

The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than 35 blocks of the district, at the time the wealthiest black community in the nation. More than 800 people were admitted to hospitals and more than 6,000 Black residents were arrested and detained, many for several days. The Oklahoma Bureau of Vital Statistics "officially" recorded only 39 dead, but the American Red Cross documents reported that up to 300 Blacks were killed...a number supported by historians. Numerous aid stations were set up in the city by the Red Cross to aid the wounded. Because of the rush to bury the bodies, it was also reported that no records were made of many burials.

The riot began over a Memorial Day weekend after a young Black man was accused of raping a young white female elevator operator at a commercial building. After he was taken into custody, word that he was at risk of being lynched raced through the Black community. A group of armed African-American men rushed to the police station, to prevent a lynching, where the young suspect was held and a White crowd had gathered. A confrontation developed between Blacks and Whites; shots were fired, and some Whites and Blacks were killed. As this news spread throughout the city, mob violence exploded. Thousands of Whites rampaged through Greenwood that night and the next day, killing men and women, burning and looting stores and homes. About 10,000 Black people were left homeless, and property damage amounted to more than $1.5 million in real estate and $750,000 in personal property ($30 million in 2017).

Tulsa policemen had joined the mob, and National Guardsmen fired a machine gun into the Black community as planes dropped sticks of dynamite. In an eyewitness account discovered in 2015, Greenwood attorney Buck Colbert Franklin described watching a dozen or more planes, which had been dispatched by the city police force, drop burning balls of turpentine on Greenwood's rooftops.

Many survivors left Tulsa. Both Black and White residents who stayed in the city were silent for decades about the terror, violence, and losses of this event. The riot was largely omitted from local and state, as well as national, histories: "The Tulsa race riot of 1921 was rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private. Blacks and Whites alike grew into middle age unaware of what had taken place."

"AS SURVIVORS DWINDLE, TULSA CONFRONTS PAST"
By A. G. Sulzberger (The NY Times - June 19, 2011)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/20/us/20tulsa.html

(Info: Tulsa Historical Society & The New York Times)
Photo
Add a comment...

Post has shared content
This was just stealing cpu cycles. "It could be worse?"

It is worse ... all the time. Even from major and purportedly respectable ad networks.

Hash mining to monetize websites is actually an improvement over spying on people to monetize websites. It's also a lot easier than advertising to do securely and ethically. Just one piece of code the site owner can host themselves and thoroughly inspect, instead of asking their users to execute whatever half-vetted shit comes out of some ad network.

Via +Emlyn O'Regan
The security model of the web is built in part on transitive trust. It is a model that does not work. This time, they were only stealing time. It could easily be worse.
Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
I've seen a lot of alarmist hand-wringing about TPB experimenting with Javascript hash mining as an alternative to advertising, but I don't see the big deal. Yeah, it consumes your CPU cycles to make them money...but all the tracking and fingerprinting and malware shit in traditional ad networks isn't exactly known for being easy on your CPU. This is at least up front about what it's doing.

Implemented responsibly, this strikes me as a more secure and ethical way of monetizing websites than letting an ad network run essentially any code some scumbag will pay them to host.

Both methods of making money boil down to users executing arbitrary code for the profit of the website owner. At least cryptocurrency mining to fund a website isn't also trying to take over our brains.
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Wait while more posts are being loaded