The ‘frugal computing’ movement is built on the understanding that computing resources are finite, precious, and to be used only when absolutely necessary and in the most efficient ways possible.
Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology"
"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.
But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.
This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.
We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."
The European Commission has started the initiative "Sustainable consumption of goods - promoting repair and reuse” and is calling for public input. We welcome this, are already preparing our statement and encourage you to participate as well: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13150-Sustainable-consumption-of-goods-promoting-repair-and-reuse_en
Sphere of No Form vibes today. I wonder what happens when a sphere of no form meets a frictionless surface?
Yesterday, during a bike ride to the picturesque Microsoft hyperscale datacenter in Middenmeer (NL), I learned that Microsoft and Google store over 2 million liters of Diesel there, of which half is burned during monthly and yearly tests of their emergency generator. I suppose this is commonly known, their way to reach 99,999 percent availability, I just never pictured datacenters having *that* many chimneys... Biking past them also lets the hyper-ness of their scale sink in 😱
A Nuclear Warning Designed to Last 10,000 Years
CARMACK: *makes a game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*
CARMACK: *makes another game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*
CARMACK: *makes ANOTHER game with well-meaning scientists whose work gets used by an evil company to open a portal to hell*
REAL LIFE HELL PORTAL COMPANY: Carmack, please come work for us
CARMACK: this is probably fine
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