Friday, March 20, 2020

quarantined man lets drone walk his dog

"One resourceful man in Cyprus used a drone to walk his dog while on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vakis Demetriou shared the video Wednesday and captioned it '5th day quarantine' while encouraging people to stay home, but also remember to care for their furry friends."

Unless the dog takes off chasing a cat.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pandemics always come around, and we're always not ready

We spend billions on the military in order to be ready to defends ourselves in case we're attacked, yet not many millions on a known enemy that we know will come sooner or later.  We are crazy.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

electric vehicle with 400 mile range!

"GM’s Ultium batteries will offer battery capacities that range from 50.0 kWh to a massive 200.0 kWh. Although 50.0 kWh is a capacity seen on many electric vehicles today, 200 would be the first of its kind. Rivian, maker of the forthcoming R1T EV pickup and R1S EV SUV, has said that it'll offer a battery with a capacity of up to 180 kWh. Tesla’s biggest battery is 100.0 kWh, available in the Model S and Model X, which is one of the biggest batteries currently available."

And battery prices are coming down too!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The plastic conspiracy

"Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once, according to a landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances. Unlike aluminum, which can be recycled again and again, plastic degrades in reprocessing, and is almost never recycled more than once. A plastic soda bottle, for example, might get downcycled into a carpet. Modern technology has hardly improved things: Of the 78 billion kilograms of plastic packaging materials produced in 2013, only 14 percent were even collected for recycling, and just two percent were effectively recycled to compete with virgin plastic. “Recycling delays, rather than avoids, final disposal,” the Science authors write. And most plastics persist for centuries."

Baby Boomers ignored the waste their wonderful technologies would produce.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Your internet use damages the environment

"A group of researchers from the European Commission, led by Dr Rabih Bashroush, found that those 4.6 billion streams of Despacito had used as much electricity as the combined annual electricity consumption of Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Sierra Leone and the Central African Republic."

I started wondering about this when I heard about the great lengths cloud computing providers go to cool all their equipment.  This is another example where we set up new technologies without worrying what the long-term consequences might be, or what a better alternative might be.