Death Spiral?

Electricity Map | Live CO2 emissions of electricity consumption

Hm. Earlier effort to post this may not have succeeded. It’s an interesting map.

Electricity Map is a live visualization of where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it.

Source: Electricity Map | Live CO2 emissions of electricity consumption

Electricity, Mapped

Will Canada Elect a Tin-Pot Northern Trump? – The New York Times

How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz | Ars Technica

SXSW: NRK’s dedicated tech team employs “open source” tactics to fight trolling.

Source: How a Norwegian comment section turned chaos into order—with a simple quiz | Ars Technica

[Ksummit-discuss] [CORE TOPIC] GPL defense issues

Karen Sandler of the Software Conservancy raises an issue–actually a set of issues–that has galvanised more than the usually vocal in the free-software communities. Sandler raises it as an issue related to enforcement of license but I think it touches on far more than that. I find interesting a basic question and one that’s shadowed and conceptualised my own interventions from the get-go, back in the late 90s: How the GPL and related licenses on the copyleft have been “normalised” (as in, routinised, and treated less as the essential key to a kind of relationship to making than as an aspect of the commodity in question, emphasis commodity or product). Making free software a regular, routine part of life is hardly objectionable. Gelling over those differences that make it more than just another commodity is.

 

Source: [Ksummit-discuss] [CORE TOPIC] GPL defense issues

Feds expect provinces to ratify free trade deal next year, with booze in the mix

The lede focuses on interprovincial alcohol commerce but that’s probably the least interesting part of the article. The most interesting, if not the most newsworthy, is the point made by the minister regarding immigration and its economic benefits to the region:

“Immigration is an economic driver,” he said. “Frankly, immigration was looked on in a very different light by the previous government. There was a lot of fear-mongering around immigration. It held back innovation, I think it definitely had a negative impact in the past.”

Canada’s provinces and territories will ratify a free trade deal next year and the federal government is pushing hard to include an ambitious liberalization of alcohol laws in the agreement despite provincial intransigence, the country’s economic development minister says.

Source: Feds expect provinces to ratify free trade deal next year, with booze in the mix

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Attack of the week: FREAK (or ‘factoring the NSA for fun and profit’)

Matthew Green is a particularly interesting writer on cryptography, theory and practice. He’s joined the EFF in a lawsuit to undo one of the most contentious and problematical provisions of the DMCA, Section 1201, which limits a user’s rights over a digitally locked object. (See EFF sues US government, saying copyright rules on DRM are unconstitutional | Ars Technica .) The argument by the EFF is that the provision unconstitutionally limits free speech; Green relates the provision to his own work, cryptography and its use on behalf of the (US, at the least) public good, to argue that Section 1201 compromises his work, puts him in legal (and financial) jeopardy, and thus endangers US society. He makes a good case.

But this account below actually relates to issues that have less to do with copyright than with the ways we secure many of our routine electronic communications. And it’s told well.

 

With all that in mind, there’s a third aspect of SSL/TLS that doesn’t get nearly as much attention. That is: the SSL protocol itself was deliberately designed to be broken.

Source: A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: Attack of the week: FREAK (or ‘factoring the NSA for fun and profit’)

Samsung Acquires Joyent, Twitter Buys Magic Pony and Accenture Buys Israeli Firm Maglan

That Samsung has bought Joyent is actually interesting news. Joyent is not an insignificant player in open source cloud. And it also has the frankly brilliant Bryan Cantrill, not to mention Scott Hammond and others. (I mostly know Bryan personally from Sun days and conference intersections.) Samsung has been quietly working in open source for some time (It had taken in a fair number of Sunnies) but its output has been—at least to me—less visible than others’. Much of this doubtless has to do with the nature of the software it’s worked on—Infrastructure, mobility, etc.: not user-facing apps. That won’t change with Joyent’s acquisition, but what will, I would surmise, is Samsung’s strength as a cloudy provider relative to AWS and others.

 

Samsung Electronics has agreed to acquire Joyent, Inc., a leading public and private cloud provider….

Source: Samsung Acquires Joyent, Twitter Buys Magic Pony and Accenture Buys Israeli Firm Maglan

What’s holding up Canada’s internet? • The Register

From the article, which accurately describes the general situation. The costs of fast Internet access (if you can get it, that is), are high; coupled with the extraordinarily high costs of mobile (Canada is one of the most expensive in the world for mobile), the urban consumer ends up paying considerably more for less than her cohort equivalent elsewhere.

Canada is seeking to transition from a resource-based economy towards one that is more knowledge-based. If we are to keep up with the Joneses in the G-20, we have little choice. This means businesses based on something other than cutting down trees and pulling oil out of the ground.

A brief examination of regulatory capture

Source: What’s holding up Canada’s internet? • The Register