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Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

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An engineer shows a sample of biodiesel at an industrial complex in General Lagos, Santa Fe province, Argentina. The United States recently imposed duties on Argentine biodiesel, blocking it from the U.S. market.

The law that requires America to turn some of its soybeans into diesel fuel for trucks has created a new industry. But it's costing American consumers about $5 billion each year.

(Image credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)

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rlauzon
3 days ago
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No surprise. Experts have been saying that turing food into fuel was a moronic idea for decades.

Microsoft Releases PowerShell Core 6.0

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Microsoft last week announced the general availability of PowerShell Core 6.0, which is notable for being a cross-platform DevOps tool for Windows, Linux and macOS. This version of PowerShell is supported on Windows clients dating back to Windows 7, and Windows Server back to Windows Server 2008 R2.

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rlauzon
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Sorry, but I simply don't understand why anyone cares about this. PowerShell for Linux or macOS is just such a poor fit and Linux and macOS already have tools that work far better than PowerShell.
kazriko
4 days ago
This is solely for windows admins who aren't comfortable with proper linux tools because they've been stuck on Windows their entire life.

The Search for Truth

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Or, as I usually put it, we need to teach people how to think, not what to think. Bertrand Arthur William Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate (Literature, 1950).
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rlauzon
24 days ago
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This is the problem with Academia today.

Amazon's Door Lock Is Amazon's Bid to Control Your Home

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Interesting essay about Amazon's smart lock:

When you add Amazon Key to your door, something more sneaky also happens: Amazon takes over.

You can leave your keys at home and unlock your door with the Amazon Key app -- but it's really built for Amazon deliveries. To share online access with family and friends, I had to give them a special code to SMS (yes, text) to unlock the door. (Amazon offers other smartlocks that have physical keypads).

The Key-compatible locks are made by Yale and Kwikset, yet don't work with those brands' own apps. They also can't connect with a home-security system or smart-home gadgets that work with Apple and Google software.

And, of course, the lock can't be accessed by businesses other than Amazon. No Walmart, no UPS, no local dog-walking company.

Keeping tight control over Key might help Amazon guarantee security or a better experience. "Our focus with smart home is on making things simpler for customers ­-- things like providing easy control of connected devices with your voice using Alexa, simplifying tasks like reordering household goods and receiving packages," the Amazon spokeswoman said.

But Amazon is barely hiding its goal: It wants to be the operating system for your home. Amazon says Key will eventually work with dog walkers, maids and other service workers who bill through its marketplace. An Amazon home security service and grocery delivery from Whole Foods can't be far off.

This is happening all over. Everyone wants to control your life: Google, Apple, Amazon...everyone. It's what I've been calling the feudal Internet. I fear it's going to get a lot worse.

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Unlink hate – libraries, remove those links to racist websites

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Librarians: please unlink or nofollow sites you don’t want to lend your authority to.

Librarians have a few staple websites we go to when we teach information literacy, especially lately when people talk about fake news. There’s the tree octopus. And there’s MartinLutherKing.org, a site that looks like it might be informative at a glance but is actually run by white supremacists. We put these links in our teaching materials and show people how to evaluate information they find online. However, there’s a problem with this approach. When libraries link to other websites, even if it’s just to say “This is garbage.” search engines see this inbound link and say, in a way only a dumb robot could “Oh hey, this authoritative site is linking to this other site. That must make that other site fractionally more authoritative than we thought it was.” The robot can’t, or doesn’t, read the context of the link, the part that says “This is garbage.” What this means it that our inbound links to this racist website are actually causing it to rank more highly in Google search results; it’s usually on the first page of results when you search for Dr. King. Watch this short useful video for more specifics on what is actually happening.

If you run a page that links to this site, please consider doing one of two things

If you see other libraries or websites linking to this site, encourage them to do the same. We helped cause this, we should help fix this. Thank you.

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rlauzon
30 days ago
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Librarians shouldn't promote censorship - which is exactly what this is.
zippy72
30 days ago
Librarians shouldn't promote incorrect information, either.
sirshannon
30 days ago
someone doesn't know what censorship is. Libraries can help.

daniphantomdraws:I just realized I haven’t posted my Inktober...

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daniphantomdraws:

I just realized I haven’t posted my Inktober sketches here yet, so here they are!

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