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Hi all! 🌊 Recently moved to @dcwalk from @dcwalk@mstdn.io so doing a here.

I am a researcher and designer interested in how to build lasting and transformational alternatives to existing infrastructures, in the past this has included data stewardship, networks, and movement organizing. Now I am focused on the practices and language of low carbon networking.

Currently packing up my life and moving across the country, hoping to camp and spend some time offline along the way ⛺

A fork of the rust borrow checker that grants three extra mutable borrows in addition to the single one you normally get, so it's not so hard on the dev :thinkhappy:

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@EU_Commission These claims go entirely against the consensus in the field.

The projected growth in AI, blockchain, IoT will lead to a massive rise in emissions, not a reduction. And contrary to your claim, none of these technologies is essential in reducing emissions.

Quantum Computing is unlikely to be mainstream by 2050 and has currently no promise of energy efficiency. There are much more promising compute technologies. Space-based services cause emissions in the upper atmosphere which leads to additional warming of those layers, making global warming worse.

Please check with experts before posting things like this.(fwiw, I am an expert in low-carbon and sustainable computing so green & digital transition is my area)

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In the summer of 2009, The Swimming Cities of Serenissima sailed from Slovenia to Italy and made its way up the Grand Canal in Venice.

Brooklyn artist Swoon (a.k.a. Caledonia Curry) conceived the Swimming Cities' shanty boats, built from salvaged junk as a collective artwork.

Her work was included in Radical Seafaring at The Parrish Museum of Art, in 2016, which likened work created on the water by contemporary artists to the Land Art movement of the '60s/'70s;

Photos by Todd Seelie.

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Du arbeitest in der Werbebranche aber hast Bedenken, wass du da überhaupt machst?
@peng sagt dir, wie du dein Potenzial besser nützen kannst:
https://pen.gg/de/campaign/adblockers/

I think contemporary development culture has a CI-fetishization problem and this should be talked about a lot more.

I don't know if this is an unpopular opinion or just not interesting to a lot of people (at least I don't see it pop up much in my feeds for whatever reasons), but the rising amount of commit-triggered senseless cloud computation I see in recent years is really worrisome to me. I can appreciate the utility of a thoughtful automated process that thoroughly checks an entire release before it rolls out on big critical infrastructure, but what I see around me is so often overblown pseudo-testing that provisions entire serverfarms to crunch numbers for half an hour everytime any dev at an org commits as a much as a fix for a typo on some random work-in-progress branch. In the face of our existential climate emergency I can only consider this practice completely mindless, and complete madness. We can not keep doing this.

Moving projects off github is an ongoing effort but I think by the end of the year I might finally have everything out. \o/ Just now I moved my codeberg.org/simonrepp/titleki library over to codeberg to chime in with the festivities. (•̀ᴗ•́)و

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frage: Ich erwäge ein Konzert zu besuchen, habe aber über den Veranstaltungsort - SIMMCity - ein richtig verheerendes Urteil eines Bekannten vernommen (so in der Art "Shopping Mall meets Grundschul-Mehrzweckhalle Flair, mit Werbepausen zwischen den Bands"). War da mal wer? Ist das wirklich so trashig wie beschrieben, oder war das Übertreibung? xD

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also, best case scenario, this enormous plant will remove 36,000 tons of CO2 from the air per year. About .0001% of what we release in a year. (36 billion tons)

Another issue with this tech: It provides polluters a fig leaf. That's why companies like Exxon and BP fork over money to research CCS.

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We are people from all walks of life with one aim: To make it impossible to own a huge polluting 4x4 in the world’s urban areas.

How to deflate an SUV tire, with lentils:
https://tyreextinguishers.com/how-to-deflate-an-suv-tyre

:nocars:

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New study suggests that space tourism has the potential to not only aggravate global warming at a disproportionate scale, but also to cancel the last decades' recovery of stratospheric ozone.

https://phys.org/news/2022-06-climate-space-tourism-urgent-mitigation.html

As usual, billionaires don't play on the same league, whatever you do, they can do worse (probably 500 times worse with each go, in this case).

Direct paper link is https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021EF002612

#science #space #climateChange #globalWarming #ozone #billionaires
@oneabstractaday

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Willy*Fred is a co-living house project in the center of Linz and a member of the HabiTAT syndicate based on the model of the Mietshäuser-Syndikat in Germany. The self-understanding of the project is based on four pillars: Inclusion, self-management, solidarity and the idea of user-ownership & capital neutralization.

We are interested in contact with other co-living projects, self-organised collectives and communities of solidarity for exchange and mutual encouragement.

#introduction

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FULL PROGRAMME ONLINE!
New updates in the #Discourse & #Art programme.

Elevate Festival 2022
13 - 17 July | Graz, Austria

Check it out 👇
https://elevate.at/en/details/news/discourse-arts-full-programme-now-online/

Lots of gratitude and respect to the people behind the github.com/rxi/lite and github.com/lite-xl/lite-xl editors: Very practical, lightweight, fast, no-nonsense editors in the style of atom/sublime/textmate/etc. – and free software! \o/ Some things are a bit too rudimentary that I would be comfortable to have these as my only editors right now, but they've more than earned their place in my toolbox! \ʕ◕ᴥ◕\ʔ

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Quitting gmail 

You can just ghost gmail without closing your account.

1. You'll need a new email address. Maybe your ISP provides one? A friend with a domain name? Proton mail?

2. Set google to forward everything to your new address.

3. Set an autoreply saying what your new address is.

4. As it becomes relevant, unsubscribe from email lists and then resubscribe with your new address.

5. Move your accounts to also use your new address. Go at whatever pace works for you.

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The 2022 Computing Within Limits workshop looks absolutely excellent. It kicks off June 21. Registration is free https://computingwithinlimits.org/2022/

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carbon offsets 

Carbon offsets are at best a very limited resource and at worst a total scam:
* Even if it would work as well as possible, the earth’s land ecosystems can only hold enough additional vegetation to absorb 40 - 100 GtCO₂e from the atmosphere.
* Once this additional growth is achieved (and that takes decades), there is no capacity for additional carbon storage on land.
* The world emits 55 GtCO₂e into the atmosphere per year. So all we can offset is 2 year’s emissions at most.

So even if it would work (but zero evidence so far), offsetting is not a sustainable solution: it is too little and too late because we need to cut emissions dramatically (by 40 GtCO₂e per year) in the next 20 years.

And if that is not bad enough, in practice, it's even worse, because a lot of the saplings die in the first year, and the land used for tree planting was in general already sequestering carbon in its previous state.

So as it stands, carbon offsetting almost certainly leads to increased CO2 emissions, purely because those who buy them have no incentive to lower their own emissions.

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We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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