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  1. Well yes but compare to hospitalisations and deaths (i.e. see how the curves in the graphs below for the last wave in January were all in sync but this time they are not.) Cases way up, hospital very slightly up (but less critical patients and shorter stays in hospital), deaths remain low. That said, it does feel like a big leap into the unknown. Things looked much better about a month ago.
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    I know what you mean but I take solace in the fact that electrons are all identical, so its all down to keeping track of how much energy I use, and making sure that same amount is purchased from a renewable provider. The accounting of those sums is as close as its possible to get.
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    This is a very simplistic take - that shifting to EVs will do no good. 1) at least with electric cars, we have the potential to move onto some other source of electricity (e.g. Norway is pretty good at this. And in the UK you can choose where your domestic electricity comes from, so all the electricity used in my house is purchased from renewable sources by my electricity provider). 2) This is comparing apples and oranges because you are comparing (electric car emissions + energy source to refuel car) vs (gas car emissions). The proper way to balance that equation is (electric car emissions + infrastructure to extract and provide power) vs (gas car emissions + massive global oil extractions and distribution system) Taking point number 2 further we could basically say you have to look at a "full life cycle assessment" of making the vehicle and the infrastructure needed to refuel/recharge the vehicle ("well to tank") over its lifetime. Volkswagen did this recently to compare some of their own EV and ICE models: https://www.volkswagen-newsroom.com/en/press-releases/electric-vehicles-with-lowest-co2-emissions-4886?s=09 VW says the EVs already have the edge and this will only improve over time as EV technology improves and energy sources continue to shift towards renewables Edit: or here's another paper that looks at life cycle emissions of EVs in the USA and China under various scenarios https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1352231015002022
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    Its interesting to have the whole history of bitcoin in just a 19 page thread. Elons cold feet on bitcoin (which imho is pretty genuine - at first he was propping up the 'bitcoin energy use is ok' idea but I think he looked into it further after all the headlines about Tesla damaging their eco credentials by holding bitcoin) might be a sortof turning point. So as I understand it, Ethereum is the second biggest crypto and is on the cusp of transitioning to a much 'greener' proof-of-stake system. And from the little I've read up on Vitalik he seems like he's got his head screwed on right. So - can someone who understands all this better than me offer an opinion - what are the odds on the Ethereum 2.0 thing working, and will Ethereum 2 then be the obvious destination for people who like the idea of crypto but dont like bitcoins energy use?
  5. Those saying 'no government' have just never had a good one. Once you've had a really good governing, you'll never look back.
  6. NZ government were good, A+++ would be up for being governed by them again in future
  7. As this is the stuff of legend, I did some research - artist name was "Trout", username was "gron", don't think they've been here for a while https://forum.watmm.com/topic/44313-trout-cardinal-ep
  8. Oh an another project - Watmmpolis, a watmm soundtrack to Metropolis. Trailer: All of it: http://watmmopolis.blogspot.com/2009/09/watch-watmmopolis-clips.html
  9. The original 'most idm' album https://futonic.bandcamp.com/album/deep-sea-creatures Other 'most idm' albums from subsequent years: Large Hadron Collider - https://archive.org/details/fu006 Black Holes - https://archive.org/details/fu002 Bonus: all four "Project 168" compilations (make an EP in a week) https://archive.org/details/project168
  10. There's something really comforting about WATMM having a massive busy eurovision thread
  11. Welcome. I wasn't on that forum but I was on here and so I like this thread because its reminding me just how long we've all been doing this and how old we all are now. *old man voice* I remember the days when to find out when a rumoured Aphex thing was being released you had to go into Sister Ray or Selectadisc and ask them and they didn't know etc etc Oh also I remember this old thread about RDJ (apparently) arguing with someone on the Planet Mu forums about soundcards
  12. Cover of Lightning by Phillip Glass by Glisssssssssendo aka Le Snob
  13. Some of my favourite stuff from the last decade or so is by Ochre
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