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If we treat every #information that we encounter just as bits of information, how can we ever understand, that these are even meaningful bits of information;

if we treat everything as arbitrary, how can we ever come up with some kind of statistics?

And do we have a life of our own?
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In another thread there came up an interesting question: would it be possible to provide 'free' energy on a global scale by solar and other renewables in a rapid time-frame of 10-15 years? What would it cost? How would one approach it?

Bonus questions:
How would societies change?
What are the obstacles to such a project?
What are possible synergies (e.g. regarding MDG)?
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I would say yes only if corperations and the truly wealthy would loose the purse strings. I think a decade could accomplish a lot if money wasn't an issue. I won't get my hopes up.
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Sometimes one opens up a room, where it is possible to experience something (like music, talk, or work). This room is not completely identical with the room of death.
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"All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise, but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing #machine that the world has seen; but, as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer—excellent for drawing the veil from men’s motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner to admit such #intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his."
 
Very wellknown abandoned palace in Lower Silesia

#urbex   #urbanexploration   #abandoned   #palace  
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"These dissensions, and the continual rumours of civil war, raised the courage of the Britons. They were led by one Venutius, who, besides being naturally high spirited, and hating the name of Rome, was fired by his private animosity against Queen Cartismandua.
#Cartismandua ruled the Brigantes in virtue of her illustrious birth; and she strengthened her throne, when, by the treacherous capture of king Caractacus, she was regarded as having given its chief distinction to the triumph of Claudius Caesar. Then followed wealth and the self-indulgence of prosperity. Spurning her husband Venutius, she made Vellocatus, his armour-bearer, the partner of her bed and throne. By this enormity the power of her house was at once shaken to its base. On the side of the husband were the affections of the people, on that of the adulterer, the lust and savage temper of the Queen.
Accordingly Venutius collected some auxiliaries, and, aided at the same time by a revolt of the Brigantes, brought Cartismandua into the utmost peril. She asked for some Roman troops, and our auxiliary infantry and cavalry, after fighting with various success, contrived to rescue the Queen from her peril. Venutius retained the kingdom, and we had the war on our hands."

http://classics.mit.edu/Tacitus/histories.3.iii.html
 
Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes – the largest tribe in ancient northern England - was an influential figure in the political intrigues and military campaigns of the day. She is notable in early Roman British history as holding a pro-Roman policy when many others waged war on the empire.
#queen   #empire   #england  
Standing next to Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament in the heart of London is a giant bronze statue of a woman with her two daughters on a chariot. This was Boudicca, the queen of the Ice
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Boudica was undoubtedly politically astute but she miscalculated by making her lover her consort.
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"Say what you like about nurses, garbage collectors, or mechanics, it’s obvious that were they to vanish in a puff of smoke, the results would be immediate and catastrophic.
A world without teachers or dock-workers would soon be in trouble, and even one without science fiction writers or ska musicians would clearly be a lesser place.
It’s not entirely clear how humanity would suffer were all private equity CEOs, lobbyists, PR researchers, actuaries, telemarketers, bailiffs or legal consultants to similarly vanish."
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"Urbanists have for some time now been drawing attention to the ‘over-scripting’ of public space in modern urban regeneration schemes, so that all conflicts and loose ends are designed out of the development, and people are subtly organised and choreographed into patterns of use and timetables decided by others. This disallows for that sense of wandering, of going off-piste, and of discovering a neighbourhood or district by serendipity."
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In another thread there came up an interesting question: would it be possible to provide 'free' energy on a global scale by solar and other renewables in a rapid time-frame of 10-15 years? What would it cost? How would one approach it?
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This is a trailer for the really cool Physical Theatre piece Megalomania:
"Over night all #objects suddenly grew in size by the factor 300.
These monster objects kill everything they can get a hold on,
so if you want to live, you have to disguise yourself as a object!"
 
Megalomanisches Duo von und mit Saskia Rudat und Ivo Schneider >>> Physical Theatre >>> Duos2015 >>>


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So we are now post #MDG2015
What comes next? MDG2030?
 
New #OurPlanet: Investments in smart technologies such as rural electrification and energy saving stoves could go a long way to reduce the impact of the drivers of poverty towards achieving sustainable development goals.
Read the Magazine here: http://ow.ly/Kx2ee
As we move towards the historic post-2015 summit at the 70th UN General Assembly next September, governments will be expected to adopt a transformational sustainable development agenda, including the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of Our Planet emphasizes the importance of an integrated and universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. The SDGs are based on three principles: 1) le...
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Has anybody else the feeling, that the Business Insider-article is inspired by some kind of twumbled Marxism?
Though of course the strange fact, that productivity gains don't translate into more free time, is possibly just one aspect of the larger scope of Marx' prediction that Capitalism will eliminate itself by its own very success.

Productivity gains lead to the decline of profit margins, and insofar to lesser incentives for competition.
Human labor competes with machine labor (and digital products), resulting at some point in stalling of demand (also because we can only consume so much).

Mitigating approaches to prolong the death of capitalism are (ironically) UBI and corporate oligopolies.
 
I'm not sure that it's coherent to blame capitalism for this. But something has gone seriously wrong, and it's unclear what it is.

(1) First off, it's not coherent to blame capitalism-qua-capitalism for anything. Capitalism, in every society (including socialist ones!), is merely the aggregate of all informal systems across that culture which use voluntarily-structured markets as their primary form of allocation.

(2) Empirically, there are sharply diminishing returns to extended work. Countries with more extensive markets (viz. the US, the UK, Japan) tend to use more low-value worker time than even very functional countries with more extensive nonmarket systems (France, the Nordic states). Countries that use very few markets at all are generally basketcases, and should probably just be tossed as models -- we don't want to be Cuba.

(3) But why is this the case? If there are declining marginal returns to work, at some point, a worker's marginal product will drop below their wage, and their workday should stop. Countries with more market-based labor systems (i.e., those with loose labor protections and predominately private employment) should actually be better at reducing work hours when it's irrational to pay people to work.

I'm not sure that there's a good explanation that doesn't attribute the problem to some feature of markets that's hard to reason about. From most capitalist-favorable to least, some thoughts:

(1) Markets already know this implicitly, and declining marginal productivity is already baked into wages. Unfortunately, this means that part-time jobs should pay more per hour, and this is not the case.

(2) There are significant structural benefits to keeping all similarly-situated workers on the same schedule, creating a strong status-quo bias.

(3) Near full employment, reducing hours economy-wide would create a huge monetary shock; far from full employment, unemployed workers almost tautologically prefer money to time.

(4) Compensation is not strongly correlated to marginal product.
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Problem description: Navigating in texts via the Android finger point function often lacks precision. Often the cursor is placed just one or two spots to the left or right of the exact spot, where it is needed (for instance to insert, delete or correct a letter), and some micro efforts are needed to move it into the right position. This interrupts the flow of text production (and is a testable thesis).

Technical suggestion: Implement an additional (optional) cursor movement function by (left/right) arrows. The arrows could either
1) Be integrated in the (e.g. Google) keyboard and the arrows should only become visible in the menubar (where the wording options are shown), when the cursor has been activated by finger pointing on the screen.
Or
2) Could be some additional options in the popup menu which appears, when one holds the finger on the screen (insert options)

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