An interesting statistic I’ve found: according to Digiconomist’s Bitcoin energy consumption page, the average carbon footprint of each transaction made is 162.48kg of CO2.
Based on Carbon Independent’s aviation emissions estimates of 26.6g of CO2 per passenger km, we can come up with a rough estimate of each bitcoin transaction being the equivalent of a 6,108km (3,795mi) flight. This is more or less the distance of a flight from New York City to Copenhagen, Denmark (calculated using DistanceFromTo).
I used to love this sound growing up but, like most people, had 0 clue as to what was going on. If anything you should check out this article just to relive the joys (🤔) of dial-up nternet for a brief 19 seconds.
The title seems cliché but the author goes through a solid set of reasons for leaving and, more interestingly, goes into other facets of your life that you can alter in order to inhibit an addition to technology.
I particularly like the section on controlling his smartphone, as I can obviously relate to having a group of low-value apps that I periodically check when I’m bored. If I can increase the amount I read by moving the Kindle app front and center vs Snapchat that seems like a no-brainer for a low-effort high-impact change.
Anybody who got really excited about programming when they first started learning can probably relate to this. To date, my most god-awful work was a PHP clone of 4chan written in a night and maintained over the course of a few months. If you think you’ve seen bad code in your life wait until you see a PHP/MySQL website written by a 10th grader in 6 hours.
The beauty of this Terraria clone is that it’s a similar type of ordeal, just at such a massive scale that it’s truly a work of art.
This campaign looks awesome, and it got funded! There have been quite a few attempts at these types of phones and operating systems in the past (namely Firefox OS and Ubuntu Mobile), but none have really been successful as far as I’m aware.
We’ll have to wait and see if Purism can be the exception, but I’m rooting for them. I’d love for there to finally be an open-source option in the mobile world, as I don’t think the existing duopoly of Android and iOS is healthy. It’ll always be a niche market (just as desktop Linux is today), but I think that’s just fine. The important thing is having hardware and software built by people who (ideally) have users’ best interests in mind rather than their shareholders’.
Really great article discussing the immense amount of power tech companies have amassed through smartphones and a fun ‘lil touch of psychological manipulation.
Yes, I understand that sentence sounds a bit hypobolic/conspiracy-theoryish, however I agree that tech’s power/abilities have been rapidly growing this decade and is now culminating in the political insanities (eg Brexit/Trump) we’re seeing now.