@cjd Well, we currently offer them cash in exchange for power. Bitcoin's value increase is strongly related to 1) its inherent scarcity, and 2) unpredictable investor faith.

Since solar power is (fortunately!) not scarce in a meaningful way, any attempt to back its expansion with scarce coin would see diminishing return on investment as time progresses. Secondly, investor faith is not guaranteed. Per Willem Buiter's 2014 analysis: the most stable equilibrium for Cryptocoins is zero.

@wion traffic deaths amongst the over-60s have increased markedly in the past few years in the Netherlands, commonly attributed to electric bikes (under-60s mortality has actually declined, slightly) On the other hand, for some of the elderly, the increased mobility is probably worth it.

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Why is this not happening? Maybe because many companies, including Spotify (despite the subscription models) also want to track everything we do. Spotify's app is filled with trackers and asks broad permissions.

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Pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I have two copies of MMM so I could read it faster

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"The speakup project is basically a bunch of blind people who like messing around with Linux and writing cool and, hopefully useful, software. It began with the Speakup screen reader package and has grown to encompass a number of projects as well as becoming a vibrant community. "


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Saw the news that Tesla is now accepting Bitcoin payments for cars, so I looked up some figures and did some math.

According to Tesla's own figures, a Model 3 saves 30 tons of CO2 emissions over its lifetime compared to a traditional car. A Model 3 costs 0.69-1.21 BTC. Mining one BTC results in 257 tons of CO2 emissions.

For the next time someone tells you Elon Musk is saving the planet.

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@abhimanyu@qoto.org Yes, it's called a "content warning". Typically used to summarize messages that might be contentious, offensive or only of interest to a small group, so people can avoid reading them.

@pho4cexa Dijkstra discusses the problem in this interview from 1985, pointing out that the trend started at least fifteen years before then:


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This kind of S-joint can be done with a jig and router, but having it CNC machined is definitely easier. Also, this joint is dimensionally stable in horizontal and vertical directions, once glued

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@cypnk I'm not a woodworker, but that looks like it would only be as strong as the curves of the 's', though.

@bascht Paris->Toulouse is about 4.5h, Paris->Nice (another busy route) about 6. Personally, I despise the experience of plane travel, but I get the impression people's tolerance for travel time drops off sharply after two hours.

@bascht It's surprising that most of the busiest routes are intra-, not international. Some make sense (Sicily, the West coast of Norway that requires you to travel over mountain ranges). Others really make you wonder why people can't spare two more hours to go by train or car.

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With great fanfare, the government announced it will invest billions for the future of our country in ....

A subway line from the financial district to Schiphol Airport. An estimated 1.5 billion(!) for 8 kilometers of above-the-ground railway track. There's a already highway along the same route. There's already light rail along the same route.

1.5 billion is about half of what the country spends on welfare. Just so that a banker can catch his plane on time.

@wion (going further into explaining someone else's country to them, this video might be enlightening: youtube.com/watch?v=y_SXXTBypI). If this is correct, I don't see this cycle of urban development stopping any time soon.

@wion And people will have no incentive to do so until the (inevitable?) collapse of suburban infrastructure.

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