from the bottom, one can still make the difference

forget rousseau democracy and the centralized, fake-modernist, ultimately a scam of the rousseau platform

a bit of direct digital government can be seen in action now on euthanasia and cannabis referendum, which can be signed digitally with Spid

Stefano Quintarelli got Spid approved in Parliament working on it over 3 years and 3 governments https://www.repubblica.it/tecnologia/2016/03/08/news/genesi_spid-135026906/

The Radicali, Associazione Luca Coscioni, Magi and Cappato got the parliament to approve the use of Spid for collocting signatures toward a new referendum https://www.repubblica.it/politica/2021/08/12/news/via_alla_firma_digitale_per_i_referendum_in_tre_ore_18_mila_adesioni_al_quesito_sull_eutanasia_transizione_digitale-313814641/

Spid is a public platform of digital identity https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPID

When Standard decided to poison the world, a tragicomic beginning

Why did we use leaded petrol for so long?

“Facing sceptical reporters at a press conference in October 1924, Thomas Midgley dramatically produced a container of tetraethyl lead – the additive in question – and washed his hands in it.

“I’m not taking any chance whatever,” Midgley declared. “Nor would I… doing that every day.”

Midgley was – perhaps – being a little disingenuous. He had recently spent several months in Florida, recuperating from lead poisoning.”

Rejoice, the world just stopped using lead in petrol https://www.thepigeonexpress.com/toxic-leaded-petrol-now-eradicated-from-the-world-un-says/

though lead poisoning is still a problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_poisoning

poisoning epidemics happen for example connected to mining https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamfara_State_lead_poisoning_outbreak

It taskes 1,000 neurons (tech) to model a neuron (rat)

Deepmind built a DL model with 5 to 8 levels and up to a 1,000 nodes in order to forecast with 99% confidence the firing of a single rat neuron

How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron?

“If each biological neuron is like a five-layer artificial neural network, then perhaps an image classification network with 50 layers is equivalent to 10 real neurons in a biological network”

“the authors investigated which features of the pyramidal neuron inspired the much greater complexity in their five-to-eight-layer deep neural networks. They concluded that it came from the dendritic trees, and from a specific receptor that receives chemical messengers on the surface of the dendrites

HVDC lines in China

feature article by IIIE Spectrum on China’s buildup of HVDC lines in the past decade, 18,000 km of lines, the longest over 2,000 km long China’s Ambitious Plan to Build the World’s Biggest Supergrid

Why is it so difficult to build new electric lines in the US? because you must ask permission to all sorts of agencies in every state. And if you want to build an oil pipiline? Just ask the The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC- So during Obama’s presidency only two of the seven lines (no HVDC) were built, meanwhile in 10 years over 100,000 miles of gas pipelines were laid

oh, it shows in the energy mix, renewables are growing but natural gas is the superstar

I am pretty sure we get the same situation in Europe, eruope-wide gas pipes network is probably better developed and more robust than electricity, I have to check, in the meanwhile here’s the gas pipelines. (form reasearchgate somewhere)

one is brought to believe that the oilman is a natural born cosmopolitam while the electricity man is a localist, jealously guarding its home turf. But hopefully this is going to change

China’s HVDC father dreamed of global electric grid, at some point HDVC links were parte of the China Road and Belt initiative ( I always tend to write Bridge and Tunnel, funny)

BTW I think all belongs to a presentation by Albert Pinto https://twitter.com/70sBachchan/status/1420479694877638664

GMO’s some links

U.Chicago announces a RNA modification that yields 50% more in rice and potatoes https://news.uchicago.edu/story/rna-breakthrough-crops-grow-50-percent-more-potatoes-rice-climate-change

pretty good, if demonstrated, never take PR at face value. WIll it be easily accepted

UPDATE Derek Lowe wrote about it and exxplained a bit the role of FTO enzyme in animal and plants https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2021/07/28/one-lost-methyl-group-huge-amounts-of-food-production

Golden rice had a lot of trouble (vitamin A rich rice for developing countries) https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/agriculture/golden-rice-approval-in-bangladesh/

BT modification are blocked in some places, Italy and EU included. Bt is a transgenic modification, plants are modified with genes from Bacillus Thurigiensis and become resistant to some pests, which the bacillum is resistant itself http://www.bt.ucsd.edu/bt_crop.html

I managed to put all this together since I have been following Channa Prakash on Twitter https://twitter.com/AgBioWorld and he always curses the fools who do not allow Bt GMO’s in their countries, while the neighbour does and produces much more

Speaking of fools, we are always folled by randomness, As Taleb says, and Taleb says that transgenic modifications fall in higher risk class versus normal mutations, so we shild apply the precautionary principle https://www.fooledbyrandomness.com/PrecautionaryPrinciple.html

Government vs. Tech the comeback

After years watching the internet take life, live by its own and create the tech giants governments realized there’ is something wrong and are sharpening their knives

Biden tries to overcome Bjorkism and bring antitrust back to Brandeis, Noah Smith on the issue https://noahpinion.substack.com/p/the-economists-revolt

China cracks down on internet companies probably fearing that the superb economics of software growth would crowd talents out of less frivolous challenges “Why is China smashing its tech industry?” still Noah

Thiose less frivolous challenges is what we call “deep tech”, I never quiet understood this term until I decided that I would rename tech into “consumer internet” then “deep tech” becomes Tech

naturalismo, rassegnazione e monopoli digitali

capire cosa sono i monopoli digitali, come interferiscono con la nostra felicità on e offline, come si limitano, spaccano, combatto, regolano etc è poi così esoterico e fuori dalla nostra portata che una posizione molto tipica che ho notato, in cui sono passato anche io è:

è colpa delle economie di network, ci sono cosa ci possiamo fare

antitrust, ma se danno tutto gratis, non si può fare, non pensiamoci

poi tanta gente che non capisce il web lo fa per potere politico, non voglio essere uno di loro

in fondo, è naturale, è il mercato, ce l’hanno fatta, va bene così perchè se facciamo qualcosa dalla padella alla brace

molte cose vere ma messe in fila così fanno un ragionamento sbagliato, meglio studiare e studiando piano piano si riesce a mettere qualche punto fermo per reagire allo strapotere delle piattaforme, per sentirsi nel giusto nel farlo

per iniziare, quella cosa lì del “è gratis non si puà fare antitrust” , storia USA, l’antitrust nacque come una rezione politica alla strapotere dei cartelli, rockfeller e amici e l’azione era giustificata dallo strapotere che squilibrava la democrazia. Quindi in origine si pensava in termini di potere e tutela della democrazia

poi venne Bork negli anni 80 che cercò una definizione puramente economica, misurabile e da allora l’antitrust si faceva solo se c’era un pregiudizio per il consumatore, cioè aumento dei prezzi. Inapplicabile ora, e sarebbe insensato applicarlo perchè cambiano i tempi si possono aggiornare le interpretazioni, ed è quello che si deve fare. Ritorno a Brandies, consiglio la lettura di The urse of Bigness, Tim Wu

Questo però mi lascia ancora quello smarrimento intorno, se penso che Facebook è sbagliato così com’è, Zuck è colpevole per quello che è passato sulla piattaforma, le basi per i genocidi, per gli attacchi alla democrazia, per le stragi di qualche fuori di testa di 4chan, sono io che sono invidioso, pieno di odio, fondamentalmente un poveraccio in cerca di un capro espiatorio che incidentalmente sta sempre su Facebook ?

Fuck no, sono sul web da più di 20 anni, non era, così, era il web dei milioni di siti, non il mosaico di piattaforme di milioni e miliardi di utenti, tutte chiuse in se stesse. Scrivo su Linkedin e non so dove finisce, discuto in gruppi Facebook e non so come esportare. La portabilità dei dati, se ne parla, ma è una cosa statica, terminale, un backup.

Ecco, l’interoperabilità avversariale di Cory Doctorow, dovrei poter scrivere qui su e buttare in automatico su linkedin e facebook perchè loro non possono bloccare il mio wordpress che si logga come me e posta. Fantasie? eppure era e può essere così

come si giustifica ? il principio di concorrenza nei mercati, questo è la sua articolazione nello spazio del web.

Mandated interoperability, or rather adversarial interoperability “we need something that stops dominant firms from subverting standards—a penalty that they pay that is market-based, that impacts their bottom line, and that doesn’t rely on a slow-moving or possibly captured regulator but that, instead, can actually just emerge in real time. That is what I call “adversarial interoperability”: reverse engineering and scraping and bots”

Wet bulb temperature

a human-readable definition that explains why it is important to measure heat waves and their letality “

—the lowest temperature to which something can be cooled through evaporation from its surface

that means, you are in 37c wet bulb temp you do notcooldown and you are in trouble