Category Archives: Things I Read

2013, when we solved the #trolleyproblem: “Enough with the Trolley problem, already | Brad Ideas”

I don’t want to pretend that this isn’t an morbidly fascinating moral area, and it will indeed affect the law, liability and public perception. And at some distant future point, programmers will evaluate these scenarios in their efforts. What I reject is the suggestion that this is anywhere high on the list of important issues and questions. I think it’s high on the list of questions that are interesting for philosophical class debate, but that’s not the same as reality.

Is this #vegan ? Meat Grown in Space for the First Time Ever | Space

“In space, we don’t have 10,000 or 15,000 Liter (3962.58 Gallon) of water available to produce one Kg (2.205 Pound) of beef,” Didier Toubia, Co-Founder and CEO of Aleph Farms, said in the release. “This joint experiment marks a significant first step toward achieving our vision to ensure food security for generations to come, while preserving our natural resources.”

When you learn, your feeling may be misleading…

Reality update: Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom | PNAS … :

We compared students’ self-reported perception of learning with their actual learning under controlled conditions in large-enrollment introductory college physics courses taught using 1) active instruction (following best practices in the discipline) and 2) passive instruction (lectures by experienced and highly rated instructors).

Refugees: So Trump is allowed to do as Europe has been…

In Europe, we have the Schengen area and the Dublin III treaty with so-called “sichere Drittländer” (safe third-party countries). That’s why Italy, Spain and Greece are in such big trouble and why Erdogan became that powerful. Trump is following that path, I think…

Reality update: ‘Shoot them in the legs’: Trump reportedly floated ‘extreme’ measures to stop migrants | US news | The Guardian … :

The supreme court also ruled to allow the Trump administration deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on their way to the US, blocking most Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty who arrive at the southern border. In a dissenting opinion, justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonia Sotomayor said that the policy “affects some of the most vulnerable people in the western hemisphere”.

Blockchain Update: Very Expensive, NoT SuccessFul, no Sense, no Reason. Here’s the hype.

Blockchain Reality update:

0) (2019-06-02) The honorable Bruce Schneier says: There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology | WIRED … :

“There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology Opinion: Cryptocurrencies are useless. Blockchain solutions are frequently much worse than the systems they replace. Here’s why.

1) (2018-11-30) Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don’t call back when asked for evidence • The Register … :

Emergent Tech Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don’t call back when asked for evidence Where is your distributed ledger technology now? By Andrew Orlowski

2) (2019-05-29)  Blockchain Settlement Was Slow, Costly in Trial, Weidmann Says – Bloomberg … :

Cryptocurrencies Blockchain Settlement Was Slow, Costly in Trial, Weidmann Says
A trial project using blockchain to transfer and settle securities and cash proved more costly and less speedy than the traditional way, Germany’s central bank president said.

3) (2019-02-26) You Do Not Need Blockchain: Eight Popular Use Cases And Why They Do Not Work … :

You Do Not Need Blockchain: Eight Popular Use Cases And Why They Do Not Work

(via Slashdot)

4) (2019-05-29) Blockchain officially confirmed as slower and more expensive … :

The Blockchain solutions did not improve in all respects: the process took a little longer and resulted in relatively high calculation costs, Weidmann said in Frankfurt on Wednesday.” Similar experiences have been made elsewhere in the financial sector. Despite many tests of blockchain-based prototypes, a real breakthrough in the application lacks so far.

Graceful? The Story of a Supertanker hunted by the US (german)

Reality update: Die unglaubliche Reise eines verrückten Supertankers | Telepolis … :

Wie so viele seiner Kollegen fuhr er mal unter der Flagge der Marshallinseln, mal unter der Panamas. Mal gehört er einer amerikanischen Schiff-Holding, mal einem Unternehmen aus Dortmund. Aber egal in wessen Auftrag der Tanker auch gerade unterwegs war, er machte immer dasselbe: Er transportierte Rohöl von einem Land zum anderen. Um genau zu sein 2,084 Millionen Barrel Rohöl. Zum Vergleich: Das entspricht in etwa dem Inhalt von 130 Olympischen Schwimmbecken oder dem Rohöl-Bedarf der Bundesrepublik pro Tag.

Guardian: US wants Snowden’s Income from his Memoires

Reality update: US government files civil lawsuit against Snowden over publication of memoir | US news | The Guardian … :

The lawsuit alleges that Snowden published without submitting the book to the agencies for pre-publication review, “in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed”. Additionally, the suit argues that Snowden has given public speeches on intelligence-related matters, “also in violation of his non-disclosure agreements”. Although it does not seek to block publication, the suit aims to recover all proceeds earned.