Futurology

AG Eric Schneiderman Leads Multi-State Lawsuit To Protect Net Neutrality

AG Eric Schneiderman Leads Multi-State Lawsuit To Protect Net Neutrality
AG Eric Schneiderman Leads Multi-State Lawsuit To Protect Net Neutrality

Not sure how that will turn out but the effort to protect net neutrality is certainly appreciated.

The day we stop fighting for our internet rights is the day we truly lose the internet; keep fighting.

Agencies such as the FCC are required to take the public's opinions and comments into account when weighing its course of action. In doing so, they must present evidence to justify the policies they wish to implement. The FCC plan passed today did neither.

But, there is another big thing that only got a small mention in that video. That would be the ignoring of or complicity in the possible 2 million cases of identity theft that has taken place with the false comments left in people's names.

I think that on those two grounds we will actually see this stopped, either in the courts or in Congress. What I do fear is that this is actually all a ploy to (please ignore the tin foil hat) get Congress to pass legislation that will be more favorable to the big ISPs than what has been in place since 2015.

Just look at how extreme this is. How it was pushed by with no attempt to hide how horrible it is. How roughly 80% of the population is opposed to it. This plan is just insanely good for the big ISPs. So good there is no way it can hold up in court. But, something that is much more sane, but more in line with how things were pre-2015 coming in the way of legislation would be a God-send for the rest of us by comparison.

Certain agencies hire people all the time to attend protests in support of the agenda they push, I don't see why not.

Quartz: The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change "...Novek’s technology could capture carbon dioxide at $10 or so per metric ton, about 85% less than industry standard..."

Quartz: The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change "...Novek’...

The paper (linked eventually in the article) says something completely different from what the article says. The article is all about CO2 capture by a regenerable solvent mixture, while the paper is all about CO2 production. It turns out that when this guy started working with actual educated research faculty, he may have realized he didn't have what he thought he did.

You see, nowhere in the paper does he demonstrate that he was able to recover the ethanol solvent he used to extract the CO2. And the amounts of CO2 gas produced trend linearly with the amount of solvent added - at a 1:1 molar ratio, in fact. This points not to extraction of CO2 into a salt to be recovered later, but a reaction between the solvent and the amine in solution.

Basically, they're adding a step to the current industrial standard process, producing less CO2 than was absorbed by the original process, but in a purer (SOx/NOx free) form and at added expense. The only reason this research was even publishable is because CO2 is a relatively profitable gas.

Source: I have an actual degree for doing this shit.

Easy. We capture all of the CO2 in canisters and fire them all into Mars.

There's a lot of reading to get to the point in this. Question: when the sequestered CO2 is "piped underground", how permanent is that storage? What keeps it there? Is there a risk it could bubble back up and flood back into the atmosphere?

Yup, and at giga-ton scale the rules of what you can get away with and what makes sense are quite different.

The massive amounts of carbon dioxide mean that a chemical means is not viable, we simply don't have enough of anything else that isn't derived from burning fossils fuels currently.

Musk's Tesla sets new battery record - but it's about to be broken: “South Korea's Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems is building a 150-megawatt lithium-ion unit, 50pc larger than Musk's, that the company says will go live in about three months”

Musk's Tesla sets new battery record - but it's about to be broken: “South Korea's Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems is building a 150-megawatt lithium-ion unit, 50pc larger than Musk's, that the company says will go live in about three months”
Musk's Tesla sets new battery record - but it's about to be broken: “South Korea's Hyundai Electr...

Brilliant, competition in this market is fantastic news. An energy arms race will be a major benefit to the world's energy supplies and the knock on effect on reducing CO2 can only be a positive.

I hope it’s obvious that musk’s game is to get electric mainstream and owning a car company is just a taunt to make other companies invest in electric

one day electricity will be prevalent in a wide range of uses in average people's homes

If we could use these to power ships and large vehicles that would be awesome. The shipping industry creates more pollution than all of the commuter cars on the road. We should stop putting all the responsibility on the consumer to be environmentally conscious and ask companies to start doing the same.

Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study

Electric cars already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel – study

Unless you live in Ontario Canada where electricity keeps going up and up. My next cars going to be electric but not until I slap some solar panels on my house with a battery bank.

EDIT: I haven't taken the time to actually calculate the cost/ saving over the long run but damn are we ever getting screwed for electricity here in Ontario. I would love one day to put solar panels with a power wall and drive something like a AWD Model 3.

Has anyone determined the overall life of EV's yet?

I have 200k miles on my gas sucking behemoth... when the engine/trans finally go... $4-8k will get me another 250k miles.

Yes... the gas is really expensive. But what's the comparable cost to run an EV for half a million miles?

Serious question... not trying to come across as shitting on electric cars.

EVs require far less maintenance than gas guzzlers do. Electric motors are just vastly simpler and more durable than the Rube-Goldberg collections of devices (pumps, belts, distributors, fuel injectors, batteries, starters, air filters, etc.) that comprise the drivetrains of fossil-fueled cars.

I dunno, my brother is a normal neighborhood mechanic and just looked it up on the internet. Then he diagnosed 2 bad battery cells in a "worthless" Nissan Leaf. Replaced them for a couple hundred bucks and everything was just peachy.

It's not rocket science; electric cars really are that simple.

This Neural Network Can Restore Any Damaged Photo To Its Pristine Original - “Deep Image Prior takes a different approach. It works out everything from just that single original image, not needing any prior training before it can turn your crappy, corrupted image back into a high-res shot.”

This Neural Network Can Restore Any Damaged Photo To Its Pristine Original - “Deep Image Prior ta...

Maybe Hollywood had it right all along.... "Enhance" - waits - "That's our man"

yeah just like we get that photoshop blur kernel system going right? Except i've got photoshop and i still don't see a fucking blur kernel tool.

yeah just like we get that photoshop blur kernel system going right? Except i've got photoshop and i still don't see a fucking blur kernel tool.

Google is officially 100% sun and wind powered – 3.0 gigawatts worth

Google is officially 100% sun and wind powered – 3.0 gigawatts worth

3.0 Gigawatts? Great Scott.

Great achievement - leading by doing.

"enough renewables to match 100% of the energy it takes to run our products in 2017"

Could that be only server farms etc and not all the offices and other infrastructure?

Also offsetting and replacing are a little different imo!

Still SUPER awesome but perhaps a little misleading article headline

By the way that's almost as much electricity my entire country of 180+ million people is able to generate.

Edit: Nigeria

Regardless of the 'purity test' some might apply to them, this is a pretty encouraging effort, particularly in comparison to the rest of the industry. Ultimately, I'm betting they realize that the cost of solar energy is going to continue to drop as more investments occur. Considering their massive electricity usage, they will gladly ride that gravy train as early as they can. All aboard!

MIT Team Wins Mars City Design Contest for 'Redwood Forest' Idea - collection of "tree habitats" connected through a system of tunnels called "roots." The roots would provide safe access to other tree habitats, private spaces and "shirt-sleeve transportation".

MIT Team Wins Mars City Design Contest for 'Redwood Forest' Idea - collection of "tree habitats" ...

nah

I'd rather spend another $6 trillion on wars in the middle east that create more terrorists. thats where the real action is.

Each dome would have soft cells that would fill with water to help protect inhabitants from radiation, manage heat loads and supply water to both fish and produce farms. The domes would also have solar panels to generate clean energy for charging hydrogen fuel cells and splitting water to create rocket fuel, 

Water cells and material technology would block the radiation.

To be fair, most early Mars habitations will be simple as they're not trying to entice the average person to move there -- they're there as homes for the people that already want to go.

Exactly, how could it survive, let alone grow? Judging by its size it looks to be about 30+ years old, are they going to import them? To my eye those habitats in the video seem rather mundane, not to say sterile, gonna have to ramp that up for me to live there.

Artificial Intelligence: World is ‘'astonishingly pessimistic,’ says EU research commissioner. Media are too full of ‘alarmist, hysterical’ doomsday scenarios, says Carlos Moedas, as EU looks at ways to block flow of online misinformation

Artificial Intelligence: World is ‘'astonishingly pessimistic,’ says EU research commissioner. Me...

Have they considered that people are distrustful of those who would design ai, rather than the ai itself?

It seems there's a major problem in how AI is being discussed. There is already plenty of very narrow-scoped tool-like AIs around, but what people fear (and rightly so) is the development of general or strong AI aka superintelligence. This is an entirely different beast than anything we've seen before and it is absolutely imperative that we approach it with extreme caution.

There's many very large-brained individuals researching this problem and they are the ones prompting public figures to spread awareness of the possible danger. Anyone curious about the difficulties that may exist should read Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence. I've read a few articles regarding it that discount it as hyperbole or sensationalism but I sincerely doubt the writers even bothered to read it. Bostrom offers many caveats and concessions to his theories but the overall point is clear: if we don't sort out some outstanding questions regarding strong AI before we create it, we may find ourselves at war with it or worse.

as EU looks at ways to block flow of online misinformation

Censorship is not a good approach. The truth has no need for censorship; simple counterarguments using facts and reasoning should be enough.

Its Probably because I read to much sci, but I have this nagging feeling we're creating gods

F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality

F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality

The intent is to provide customers with a sense of pride and accomplishment for accessing internet channels provided by the major carriers and the US government.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the web sites and other content people have viewed before the repeal. Among other things, we're looking at average per-user credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that customer have challenges with their service that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via deregulation.

EDIT: Thanks to the stranger who gilded this comment. The increasing greed and power games large tech companies are playing are getting way out of hand and the weapons they try to use are our wallets.

99% of Americans don’t want this to pass. Fuck Ajit pai

Just remember that if this also goes through : https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/at-t-lawsuit-over-time-warner-shows-tough-u-s-... Then you have a gigantic juggernaut that will have a reverse eminent domain over what you do, say, talk to, and visit. It's tantamount to a full circle to industrial revolution robber barons controlling your entire town: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_scrip You do not deserve "company scrips". Remember that information is a currency, and that you do have control over it!!!!! Make sure you don't lose one of the first fundamental rights of the 21st century!!!

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” Mr. Pai said in a statement. “Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

Fuck off, you bribed twat. You don't know a goddamn thing what you're talking about. The only requirement for the internet is how fast of one you can purchase. ISP's shouldn't have a say on what Sites we are accessing.

I hope you Americans can figure this shit out. Major websites themselves should also be oppose to this. Technically the FCC and ISP's are interfering with their consumers. There should be outrage, but instead, it has been shown that Netflix paid extra to a provider to not slow down their website. That's the wrong move.

Try one of these subthreads