Die Rechenpower, die derzeit für Bitcoin-Mining draufgeht, verschlingt derzeit rund 982 Megawatt – mehr oder weniger ein halber Large Hadron Collider. Gizmodo hat sich die Mining-Hardware angesehen und mal abgesehen davon, dass Bitcoins nicht so richtig umweltverträglich sind: Das hier ist purer Hardware-Porn.
An average CPU can run four instructions per clock cycle, and offer a few thousand to a few million hashes per second. This was never exactly great, but a few years ago it was enough for a low-rent mining operation. But then miners discovered that they could use their GPU instead, which can 3,200 instructions per cycle. […]
And because mining is a repetitive task better suited to muscle than smarts, miners suddenly found themselves with an 800-fold increase in hashing power on their hands. Before long, the number of GPU mining rigs—combined with Bitcoin’s regulatory difficulties—made massive amounts of power not just an advantage, but table stakes.
The jump from GPU rigs to FPGAs didn’t bring on a power-increase of multiple orders of magnitude, in the way the jump from CPU to GPU had. It did, however, provide a modest power bump, and actually reduced the amount of electricity necessary to get competitive hash-rates. But perhaps most importantly, FPGAs servered as a final vaulting point into the next—and final—massive revolution in Bitcoin machinery: truly specialized hardware.
Tolle Holzroboter-Kids zum selbst zusammenbasteln von Housei Suzuki, kann man hier für ein paar Yen bestellen und ist Teil der Recycling-Serie eines Soundsystem-Designers. Das Pingmag Japan – Welcome back! Die hatten vor fünf Jahren eigentlich mit dem Bloggen aufgehört – hat ein Interview.
The earth is no longer a safe place where one can live in peace. Countless machines and materials were made and disposed heartlessly though the progress of human civilization. And now, the evil spirits dwelling in them began to take vengeance upon mankind.[…]
At that moment, as if to answer the people’s prayers for peace, a great army dressed in beautiful wooden armor appears from the depths of the forest of GREEN VILLAGE. With a minus-ion protection, they fly into the sky to challenge the evil army. MACHINES and CHEMICALS fall one after another, until the enemy begins to disperse. The black smoke disappears to show blue sky and sunshine. The forest army glitter in the sunlight as people raise their fists in triumph and call out their names: “MOKUSEIDERZ! MOKUSEIDERS!”
Exxon versucht grade, das Gelände um das Öl-Leck der Pegasus Pipeline in Mayflower vor Journalisten unter Androhung von Haft abzuwiegeln und haben sogar eine Überflugsperre erreicht. Weil fuck you, that’s why. Doof nur für Exxon, dass das Gelände ziemlich groß ist und die Leute sich einfach reinschleichen:
Die Agentur Kolle Rebbe hat für das Wissenschaftsmagazin Geolino ein Brettspiel namens Meltdown entwickelt, das schmilzt und so Klimawandel für Kids anschaulich macht. Disclaimer: Gruner+Jahr gehören zu den größten Lobbyisten des Leistungsschutzrechts und darüber hinaus finde ich konzerngesponsorte Bildung grundsätzlich sehr fragwürdig. Wobei es eben auf den Einzelfall ankommt und ich liebe diese Idee hier! Thomas schreibt mir:
GEOlino, the German science magazine for children, wanted its young readers to experience the effects of global warming. Not with dry-as-dust theory, but in a completely child-oriented way. That’s why we’ve developed MELTDOWN – the first board game that melts.
The aim of the game is to take a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland. It’s a race against time, as the way leads across real, slowly melting ice floes, which children can make themselves with the accompanying mould, a bit of water and a freezer compartment. The chunks of ice are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic. The sponge is used as the game board and absorbs the melted ice at the same time. Now you can start saving polar bears.
MELTDOWN makes children experience the effects of global warming in a playful way. Without any wagging finger – just one hand to roll the dice.
Tolle Idee, wundert mich etwas, dass das noch keiner gemacht hat: Fahrräder aus Schrottautos. Wahrscheinlich ohnehin das beste, was man mit Autos machen kann.
Cars go to the junkyard and we recycle them to create the most efficient, ecological and healthy mean of transportation.
Because we are concerned about where the world is going now, at Lola Madrid we believe it’s always better to do than to say. So before talking about the perfect bike, we decided to create it. Every product we create is based on a consumer insight, that’s also based on an emotion. In this case, the emotion bikers feel when they ride a bike that was made out of wasted cars.
Die Berliner NGO Fuck For Forest verkaufen auf ihrer Website DIY-Porno, retten vom Geld den Regenwald und jetzt hat jemand eine Doku (hier auf Facebook) darüber gedreht. Ich schwanke bei sowas ja immer zwischen meinem Inner-Cartman („Fucking Hippies!“) und meinem Inner-Dr.Motte („Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen“), aber der Trailer sieht schick aus und den Film werd’ ich mir bei Gelegenheit ansehen.
“Sex can save the world” – that is the creed of one of Berlin’s most bizarre NGO’s called Fuck For Forest: an organization that raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made porn on the internet.
Meet Danny, a troubled soul, as he accidentally discovers this exuberant and colorful world where sexual liberation merges with global altruism. Never fearing adventure he joins the group revealing the absurdity in extravagant fashion. From the streets of Berlin to the depths of the Amazon, together they are on a body-liberating, planet-saving mission to buy forest land and save the indigenous peoples from the sick, sick west.
Clean Air Asia visualisieren Daten zur Luftverschmutzung in Japan mit langen Nasenhaaren.
The more dirty air you breathe, the more nose hair you need. Today, 70% of developing Asian cities have harmful levels of fine particulate pollution. These are impurities that enter your nose and penetrate your lungs. It causes over 800,000 premature deaths in Asia every year.
See how much nose hair you need to survive without clean air in your city.
Studies have found that more nose hair gives individuals a three times less likely chance of developing asthma, and the hairy nose metric demonstrates just how vital hirsute nostrils must be to deal with a dirty air epidemic that the World Health Organization notes kills 1.3 million people globally: 800,000 (about 61.5-percent) of those are in Asia.
Wissenschaftler wollen die Furz-Produktion von Kühen per vernetzten, kuh-internen Sensoren messen und so die Fütterung der Tiere für eine optimal-niedrige Treibhausgas-Emission steuern. Steht so beim New Scientist:
By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce.
Die geschälten Bananen in Plastik-Verpackungen gingen letzte Woche durchs (österreichische) Netz und haben bereits (zurecht) einen mittelkleinen Shitstorm ausgelöst, aber ich will das hier für mich festhalten.
A supermarket chain which advertises using a slogan that urges more common sense in shopping has been selling peeled bananas on plastic trays wrapped in foil. […]
One said that selling ready peeled bananas in a plastic package was the ultimate symbol of waste and the throw-away society. A spokesman for Greenpeace in Austria where the peeled bananas had been on sale said: “If there is an easy to open ready packed food it’s the banana – peeling it only to pack it in environmentally unfriendly plastic is just madness.”
Vor drei Jahren postete ich Chris Jordans Fotoserie über tote Albatrosse auf den Midwayinseln, die von ihren Eltern mit im Meer treibenden Plastikmüll gefüttert werden, den diese nicht von ihrer natürlichen Nahrung unterscheiden können. Seit dem hat er weiterfotografiert und eine kickstarterfinanzierte Dokumentation namens „Midway“ auf die Beine gestellt. Und der Trailer dazu ist mehr als ungemütlich. Fieses, großartiges, unbequemes, wichtiges Projekt!
For three years, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan and a small crew of cinematographers have been filming the albatross living and breeding on the island for an upcoming documentary called Midway. Jordan says the albatross has been around for millions of years and for the majority of that time they didn’t have to distinguish what they could and could not ingest. “Today, instead of coming home with a stomach full of squid these birds are coming home with a stomach full of lighters and other plastic objects,” he says.
John Klavitter, a wildlife biologist and the deputy refuge manager at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, says adult albatrosses have the ability to regurgitate objects in their stomachs but chicks don’t develop that reflex until they are about four and a half months old. As a result the chicks’ stomachs are filling up with more plastic than food. Often times, he says, the plastic punctures the bird’s stomachs, creating life-threatening injuries. Other times they die of dehydration, starvation or poisonous toxicity.
“The plastic often acts like a magnet for toxins and contaminants floating out in the ocean,” he says. To put it into perspective Klavitter says that in total, 20 tons of manmade debris ends up on Midway each year and five tons of that is the plastic fed to the chicks.
Tolles Öko-Experiment in Minecraft: WordworksExperiment hat eine abgeschlossene Map mit limitierten Ressourcen erstellt und die Leute auf einem Server darauf losgelassen. Die Folgen: Bäume und Gras waren bald Mangelware, es bildeten sich Clans und eine archaische Tausch-Ökonomie, dazu Raub, Mord und Totschlag um die verbleibenden Rohstoffe. Am erfolgreichsten setzten sich in diesem Szenario die skrupellosesten durch oder wie ein Redditor kommentiert: „the biggest dicks reap the rewards“. Durch den Text muss man sich wegen suboptimaler Formatierung etwas durchquälen, aber sehr spannend, das ganze.
In a very coordinated experiment 30 players spent 2-5 hours playing in a 350×350 world trapped in bedrock. To keep everything fair the server was only running when everyone was available to play. These screenshots come from 2 months after the experiment started. […] The players were unaware of what I was testing; they went into the server with the following rule: “Never leave the bedrock walls”. Some players realized the challenge at hand immediately, but most were unaware of how devastating the consequences of their actions would be.
3 weeks into the expirment flowers were gone forever, sand was deplete making glass rare and hard to replace, and obsidian was un-minable for most players due to a lack of diamond. The players resorted to war to find diamonds. The four clans raided each other bases and griefed each other. This war went on for a few days and The Axe had lost their castle completely. The Brotherhood had to rebuild a very broken town. The Dwarves took minimal damage due to their underground sub-systems and the difficult nature to destroy caves. The Merchant’s Guild took no damage because they won over their fights with complex trade agreements and treaties. At this point The Axe had disbanded. Their members took to their own trying to make it on their own. This left a lot of griefing for trees and trade with the Merchant’s Guild abundant.
Only two people were clearly ahead at this point, (aside from the merchant’s guild doing well too). They earned the name (pardon the language), the dick-ass griefers. These two players had immediately realized what would happen to the map on day one and began to construct an easily defendable a base that was self-sufficient and renewable. They built there base on a giant dirt platform in the sky. They made it come off of a mountain so the grass would grow onto it. When the grass had grown onto their base (A few days in), they had already acquired the needed materials for sticky pistons and buckets. They created a water elevator that could be toggled with the pistons and began destroying the mountain. They dug all the earth out from around them and made their base impossible to reach without the use of the water elevator or towering up. From the first week in they began systematically depleting resources in a way that would set the other players behind. Glass windows were broken, trees and saplings were stolen, massive amounts of dirt were farmed (the importance of this will be revealed later) and they used their power to persuade the other players.
Vorher auf Nerdcore:
10-Year-long Civilisation II-Game creates Hell on virtual World
its a (rehash of) an old 4chan story! it didnt really happen. here are a few things that seem to me that it’s just a big fake.
these “dick ass griefers” base isnt secure at all. very very very easily looted/destroyed, just make a tower of cobble (which everyone had fucktons off)
see that “pitmine”? its a frigging PERFECT square hole. no staircase visible, no cobblestone where they blocked off caves they came across, if it was a real pit mine it would have roads of access and have mistakes.
look at the screenies, those of you who use mcedit will see right away how this world was made. mcedit.
the “merchant’s guild with its iron doors open” is a tiny ass house. wouldn’t even have enough room to store all the cobblestone they dug up.
“(A few days in), they had already acquired the needed materials for sticky pistons and buckets. ” why sticky pistons? non sticky would’ve worked just as well. ok this one’s a bit thin, just pointing out a flaw in the authors writing.
and this in my mind is the big one. there is no way all off this was dug up in 2 months time when the server was only up when everyone was available.
the fact that the OP made an account just to post that and only has 9 posts doesn’t make it more believable.
i believed it too as i was reading it, its a good story, its an interesting idea. but its just that, a story.
Anonymous haben 90.000 Mail-Accounts der Mitarbeiter von Shell, BP, Exxon, Gazprom und Rosneft gehackt und mit denen haben sie dann eine Greenpeace Petition gegen Ölborungen in der Arktis unterzeichnet. Sehr schön! Aus dem Statement auf PasteBin:
We know we’re going up against the most powerful countries and companies in the world. But together we have something stronger than any country’s military or any company’s budget. Our shared concern for the planet we leave our children transcends all the borders that divide us and makes us – together – the most powerful force today.
Similar to #OpSaveTheArctic – Phase I (http://pastebin.com/1ca3BR19), The listed targets where breached and as a punishment, The employee accounts of the concerned Corporations where used to sign the petition at http://www.savethearctic.org/. […] After the full operation, a total amount of 96K petitions where signed at http://www.savethearctic.org/ (96,176 to be precise).
The Yes Men spoof Shell: Arcticready.com und Shell Arctic Ready: Company Won’t Sue Greenpeace Over Spoof Campaign.
Die Macher der Aktivisten-Doku Just Do It, über die ich fast genau vor einem Jahr gebloggt hatte, sharen ihren Film in einer CC-Version über Bittorrent. Mein Download läuft und ich seede danach noch ‘ne Weile. Hier der Direktlink zum HD720p-Torrent (2,4GB), hier das kleinere x264-Torrent. Unbedingt weitersagen, der Film ist es absolut wert:
For one eventful year, Emily James was allowed unprecedented access to film the secretive world of environmental direct action. Two years later, Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws is about to hit the big screen. This is how it happened…
Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. She went over fence, through mud, in daylight and twilight, to capture over 300 hours of footage. That footage was lovingly crafted, moulded, pushed and pulled by Emily and editor James for over a year before the film you see today emerged.
Torpedoing the tired cliches of the environmental movement, Just Do It introduces you to a powerful cast of mischievous and inspiring characters who put their bodies in the way; they super-glue themselves to bank trading floors, blockade factories and attack coal power stations en-masse, despite the very real threat of arrest.
The film is a story of people standing up for what they believe in and making themselves heard. But it was a story that needed to be told without the creative constraints of traditional production models or the editorial control of big investors. And so it was that Just Do It – the totally independent project – was born.
Staying true to its principles, this film has been made possible thanks to the power of the crowd; the generosity of almost 500 crowd funders, an army of over 100 volunteers, and a slate of indie film giants, all of whom have given generously of their time, and expertise.
Shell wurde heute Opfer eines Hoaxes einer Truppe, die eine Fake-Party fingierten und dort einen „Bohrturm-Kuchen-Unfall“ zeigten. Das Video ging schnell rum, wurde aber von Gawker ebenso schnell als Hoax entpuppt. Soweit, so uninteressant.
Jetzt legt sich allerdings nochmal Shells PR-Abteilung ins Zeug und will sicher gehen, dass auch wirklich alle Leute dieses Video sehen.
Lawyers operating on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell plc. (Shell) are considering formal action against unknown activists who staged a counterfeit campaign launch event at the Seattle Space Needle.
The groups released a stream of social media content, with the defamatory hashtag #shellfail, which deliberately misrepresents the safety of Shell’s drill rigs heading to the Arctic, and extensively violated Shell’s intellectual property rights.
Shell is monitoring the spread of potentially defamatory material on the internet and reporters are advised to avoid publishing such material. [Hervorhebung von mir]