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the fear is necessary
People who read a lot of internet news might feel like they're in danger; people living in these areas actually live and experience daily danger. But just as Trump isn't concerned about facts, he's not concerned about that experience. The fear is necessary; it, along with the refusal to believe that the world has and will continue to change, is his power source. Eliminate it, and there'd be no need for him. 
journalism  attention  power  internet  media  politics 
19 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
Power Ledger blockchain in trial with energy retailer Origin
"Blockchain energy market provider, Power Ledger is putting its peer-to-peer energy trading platform to the test via a trial with Australia’s energy retailer, Origin. The trial involves Power Ledger using anonymised consumer data. This will seek to prove the accuracy and security of the Power Ledger trading platform. The trial will begin in October and run for a period of three months."
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22 hours ago by jonerp
Evolution Counseling -- Depression And Power
'Depression and power have a paradoxical relationship. On the surface it seems like those suffering from depression are powerless. They certainly feel powerless in the face of that malignant, happiness sucking, energy sucking, life sucking force. -- But at the same time they enjoy a position of power, disguised as powerlessness, when it comes to their close relationships. These close relations usually try to take on the healer role, the look on the bright side role, the glass is half-full role. What transpires is a sort of tug of war where one camp is saying ‘Life is pointless’ and the other camp is saying ‘Life is meaningful’. This tug of war almost always ends with the ‘Life is meaningful’ camp throwing hands up in surrender, feeling exhausted and defeated by that effort of talking the depressed person out of the depressed state of mind. -- When we think existentially we quickly see why the glass is half-full strategy is usually doomed to failure. These types of conversations present an excellent unconscious opportunity for people who are feeling powerless to exercise some real power by winning the conversation while simultaneously projecting feelings of hopelessness, futility, and exhaustion onto somebody else for a bit, thereby gaining some temporary psychic relief. We’re not saying there’s anything particularly malicious going on in the minds of people suffering from depression, only that they seize the chance to take a stand for themselves and to exercise power against something else, even though this stand only serves to keep them in an unwanted place. -- This is why in our view helping people who are depressed should never start from arguing the alternative side of things but rather should start with joining them in their misery, with validating their life experience as it currently is without trying to challenge it or change it. From that attitude of joining an alliance can form where suggestions aren’t the manifestation of a hidden battle for ideological supremacy and therefore aren’t perceived the way. Rather these suggestions start from the worldview of the sufferer and are therefore much more likely to land and eventually spur some real movement.' -- Why Don't You – Yes But
psychology  depression  victimhood  transactionalanalysis  WDYYB  power  counterwill  OttoRank 
yesterday by adamcrowe
Geoff Greer's site: Thinkpad X62
Script to reduce battery consumption on Ubuntu laptop. (IBM Thinkpad)
Ubuntu  linux  power  battery  Laptop 
yesterday by lost_in_space
Generator Monitor Gives the Phone Company the Boot @ Hackaday
Part of the problem with having an alarm system is its reliance on land line telephone service. Some of them are getting away from this practice, but there are still many legacy systems out there that require a check to be sent in to Ma Bell every month in addition to the alarm system fees. Like these antiquated systems, [jgyates] was having a similar problem with the generator at his home which could only be monitored with a link to a cell network. Now that there’s a Raspberry Pi in every house, however, [jgyates] has a generator monitor that isn’t beholden to the phone company.
hackaday  monitor  communications  raspberrypi  energy  power 
2 days ago by cyberchucktx
CHART Breaking Down the $10B Market for Smart Meters and Analytics Through 2021 (2017)
GTM Research explains why utility AMI analytics are entering a new phase of growth—and where the next hot markets will be.
Power  Grid  Electricity  Renewables  Solar  DER  Chart 
2 days ago by mfernando
Massachusetts new SMART tariff "2nd Gen" regulatory structure is one to watch - (Sept 2017)
Massachusetts’ SMART tariff is being touted as a second-generation program, designed to double installed capacity of solar from 1,600 to 3,200 MW over the next several years. It applies several lessons learned from earlier feed-in tariff programs in Ontario and Germany, setting initial prices competitively and adjusting over time based on capacity rather than time. It encompasses many ways to differentiate projects, going far beyond project size to include location and even beneficiaries. It may not be the perfect solar program, but given the care and detail in putting the SMART program, it’s certainly one to watch.
Electricity  Grid  Power  Renewables  Solar  DER 
2 days ago by mfernando
Build A Personal Power Plant.
How to build a compact solar generator with parts from Amazon – for silent, fuel-free power. For off-grid home appliances, emergency backup, festivals and camping.
power  portable  energy  solar 
2 days ago by atran
IMG Midstream
MG Midstream develops, owns and operates distributed power generation plants in the Northeastern U.S. By using locally produced natural gas to generate electricity for the region, IMG is working with local producers to reinvest in the community and provide family-sustaining jobs for the region.
electricity  power  development  energy  ipp 
3 days ago by ff4
I significantly underestimated the power of Jeff Bezos | LinkedIn
But, then again, knowledge monopolists are not like every other business. Every writer, every media outlet, every book publisher depends on these companies for their financial survival. These companies, therefore, have a unique ability to inhibit criticism of themselves. They don’t need to lift a finger to ward off naysayers. By virtue of their size, the fact that they dominate much of the market for disseminating ideas, criticizing them often seems like a suicidal gesture.
amazon  bezos  power  monopoly  antitrust  influence  lobby  society  writers 
4 days ago by ivar
Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian
The engineering mindset has little patience for the fetishisation of words and images, for the mystique of art, for moral complexity or emotional expression. It views humans as data, components of systems, abstractions. That’s why Facebook has so few qualms about performing rampant experiments on its users. The whole effort is to make human beings predictable – to anticipate their behaviour, which makes them easier to manipulate. With this sort of cold-blooded thinking, so divorced from the contingency and mystery of human life, it’s easy to see how long-standing values begin to seem like an annoyance – why a concept such as privacy would carry so little weight in the engineer’s calculus, why the inefficiencies of publishing and journalism seem so imminently disruptable.

Facebook would never put it this way, but algorithms are meant to erode free will, to relieve humans of the burden of choosing, to nudge them in the right direction. Algorithms fuel a sense of omnipotence, the condescending belief that our behaviour can be altered, without our even being aware of the hand guiding us, in a superior direction. That’s always been a danger of the engineering mindset, as it moves beyond its roots in building inanimate stuff and begins to design a more perfect social world. We are the screws and rivets in the grand design.
Facebook  algorithms  artificialIntelligence  surveillance  control  nudge  ZuckerbergMark  hacking  openness  transparency  behaviour  identity  digitalIdentity  multiplicity  engineering  politics  USA  SiliconValley  manipulation  power  dctagged  dc:creator=FoerFranklin 
4 days ago by petej

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