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Low tech solutions like polyculture can help too. cf Why insect pests love monocultures, and how plant diversity could change that.

CRISPR technology can help but it shouldn’t be a reason to avoid questioning monoculture-based agriculture.


Thanks. I wondered why comments didn’t show up anymore.





Gasoline prices may finally force people to lower the amount of fuel their burn, reduce pollution, while reducing energy dependency.

Too bad that didn’t happen sooner and so many countries waited for a war to focus on reducing wasteful energy use, lowering their dependency on fossil fuel imports.


It’s said that drone toroidal propellers are slightly less dangerous than classic blades.

I wonder if that also applies to boat propellers as well. If so there may be an advantage for marine life as these would be less likely to kill animals when they’re hit.




Interesting to read Chinese’ gov position on this.

I read on the same topic “China’s foreign minister signals deeper ties with Russia” on how this policy brought them closer to Russia and “fueled an emerging divide with much of Europe”.



Most apps do sadly. I scan every app before I install them and often decide it’s not worth it when seeing the number of trackers embedded.


Here’s an occasion for them to level the playing field by having strong privacy regulation that would effectively ban TikTok but also ensure competitors (US based or otherwise) don’t spy on their users.




There’s nothing wrong refusing auto-play video (ads) and tracking (ads) from running on your device using your bandwidth.

The issue is that services and newspaper came to rely on advertising platforms and those have become worse and more intrusive, to the point a significant portion of users are now blocking them.

I like the approach taken by EFF’s Privacy Badger. It blocks scripts and cookies that track you despite the presence of an opt-out signal in the browser. It happens to block a number of ad platforms incidentally. But it offer a mechanism to unblock hosts once they honor tracking opt-out. cf https://privacybadger.org/#How-is-Privacy-Badger-different-from-Disconnect%2C-Adblock-Plus%2C-Ghostery%2C-and-other-blocking-extensions



My bad, I should have just ignored the whole article and consider the quote without context. Gotcha.


No.

I read the article, it does not claim Iran have a direct military engagement against Ukraine.


Iran is supporting Russia but is not attacking nor at war with Ukraine, so this is good comparison with regards to the level of involvement.

I’m glad there’s no military engagement of the US against Russia, because that’d probably mean WW3 and we may not be alive anymore to talk about it.



The lack of reliability plus attempt to deceive by claiming to be an independent foundation should be enough to disregard this source.

Because you’ve asked I’ll point to the first thing that appear non-factual. The first sentence starts as follows:

The plan to engage Russia militarily is a tacit admission that the United States […]

US and NATO allies have provided material support to Ukraine but fell short of actively engagingly Russia militarily. That country state they have no intention to go at war with Russia.




Canadian Indian residential school gravesites” lists 20 locations of suspected mass graves, and so far remains where confirmed in 6 locations sadly. Financing and then actually doing forensic on that many locations and remains is a slow task, we may hear more of it.

So the headline is very misleading. It focuses on one location as if it were THE only suspected mass grave, and wrongly generalize that lack of remains in one location to conclude there’s no reason for outrage. People are right to be outrage, abuses and remains were found and documented at multiple locations.




There’s an energy struggle in other parts of the world, including America and Asia. Europe may be hit hardest but it’s not like there’s no energy issue elsewhere.

Also you could argue Europe will either ease economic sanctions should diplomacy prevail in Ukraine, or adapt to a reduced access or gas and coal. It may take a while but I don’t think competitivity will be permanently affected.


The artist doesn’t know how a city WITH car looks like either. You probably couldn’t reach the density shown in this futuristic city using car as mean of transportation. A future city with cars would look much less dense, and spread over a larger area.






This makes a few good points about Europe’s dependency to US via NATO, but there are also omissions or misunderstanding over recent EU action in the Ukraine’s conflict.

Today’s Gaullism movement is critical of Russia’s action in Ukraine and of NATO’s response cf http://www.gaullisme.fr/2022/03/02/ukraine-une-violation-de-lintegrite-territoriale/

The EU is genuinely concerned about the war in Ukraine, and perceive the invasion of friendly neighbor as a threat. There’s an obvious alignment of interest between EU and NATO on this topic, but I don’t see how distancing from NATO would fundamentally change EU’s view on this topic.



Est-ce que ce cabinet d’architecte a fait une étude de l’impact écologique ? C’est difficile de prendre au sérieux un concept de yacht qui se dit écologique. Surtout que la taille et le caractère “de luxe” sont en contradiction avec le principe de sobriété. Avec si peu de détails on peut soupçonner un coup de communication avec de l’écoblanchissement.





Paper: [Underground Gravity Energy Storage: A Solution for Long-Term Energy Storage, by Julian David Hunt et al](https://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/16/2/825)

The official’s statement uses euphemism about US counterparts saying their behavior “raise questions” and qualify it as “entryism”.

The part that isn’t behind paywall argue Ukraine is giving too much access to their sensitive systems which may open the door to spying.

They aren’t quite accusing the US of spying (yet) as far as I see, but they have good reasons to be cautious nonetheless. US spy in both its ennemies and allies.


It’s a significant development, however one look at it.

Tech monopolies are a concern and regulation is warranted. Beijing is obviously doing it its own style.


Primary source: [China moves to take ‘golden shares’ in Alibaba and Tencent units, Financial Times](https://www.ft.com/content/65e60815-c5a0-4c4a-bcec-4af0f76462de) (paywall)

This is precisely why it’s hard to trust online services asking your phone number for account security.

Even if they’re genuinely motivated by account security, one of these services will have a breach and the info will leak sooner or later.




You are citing an article about journalists killed on 2015 and then complain they aren’t highlighted in RSF’s report on journalists jailed and killed in 2022.

And my previous comment show that they press freedom index include a page on Ukraine, and it mention both ban of pro-Kremlin media, and attacks on other media by the Russian army.

You’ve repeatedly claiming organization criticizing Russia or China, including RSF, are burring info or are some form of western propaganda. But so far you’re either making unfounded claim without source, or citing source regarding events that RSF either already cover, or didn’t cover for obvious reasons.

I don’t know what’s your motivation but I’m tired of answering a series of bad arguments.


RSF is pretty comprehensive on the topic of press freedom, it’s their reason for being. Their page on Ukraine explicitly covers bans of pro-Kremlin media.

Media regarded as pro-Kremlin were banned by presidential decree, and access to Russian social media was restricted. This has intensified since the start of Russia’s invasion. Media carrying Russian propaganda have been blocked, while the Russian army has deliberately targeted journalists, media and telecommunications infrastructure to prevent the Ukrainian population from having access to independent news and information.

https://rsf.org/en/country/ukraine

By their count there were no journalists jailed in Ukraine in 2022. This may explain why Ukraine is not highlighted in their article about journalists jailed worldwide.

Edit: I was wrong, they do mention Ukraine in this article due to the death of journalists:

The war that broke out in Ukraine on 24 February 2022 is one of the reasons for this rise. Eight journalists were killed in the first six months of the war. Among them were Maks Levin, a Ukrainian photojournalist who was deliberately shot by Russian soldiers on 13 March, and Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, a French video reporter for the TV news channel BFMTV, who was killed by shrapnel from an exploding shell while covering the evacuation of civilians.


I recommend you familiarize yourself with the report and RSF, before asserting RSF is trying to burry information on threat to press freedom in the west.

You may not be aware but RSF has pretty consistently denounced assange’s prosecution. They do in the report shared here, and in their recent #FreeAssange petition.

Edit: Here’s a picture of RSF attending a protest in London in support of Assange.. They’re doing a terrible job of burying information on Assange’s prosecution!

RSF is an international organization that happens to be based in France. Their initials literally means “reporters without borders”. Their famous yearly report and the correponding article logically mention at the top the country that jails the most journalists: China.



Please click “Read the report” at the very top of the article.

Julian Assange is one of the few journalists out of 533 that the report highlights in the “Detained journalists” section.


Belarus could impose sanctions against specific countries or companies, and ban import of goods and services. They could even use reciprocity as argument, I assume they consider countries that sanction Belarus to be unfriendly.

Belarus could also reform its copyright law and set its own norm if they don’t like international copyright agreements. There’s good reason to criticize overly long copyright terms in these agreements.

Neither of these options would involve vigilantism. I think promoting vigilantism is unnecessary and unwise. That’s just my optinion as random internet commenters, Belarus can take bad decisions if they want to. But they shouldn’t be surprised if people see that as tolerance for vigilantism and take it further with sad consequences.


It’d be hard to implement. Assessing a company ethics is tricky and subjective.

Might as well impose limit on copyright for everyone. Maybe going back to the original rules where copyright was valid for 28 years after publication (with option to renew, or not). So it could expire before authors death, and descendants of famous author couldn’t live of a relative’s copyright for generations.


It sounds like Belarus is promoting vigilantism. ie to have anyone take justice into its own hands to collectively punish vendors from “unfriendly countries”.

I won’t shed a tear for large companies being a target of piracy. But I’m concerned that promoting this mindset will have bad side effects. Vigilantism is ripe for abuse. There’s a reason independent justice systems exist.




In the discussion on the go bug in GitHub, they state that for “boring technical reasons” the recommandios would be difficult to implement.

It sounds like the proxy’s dev neglected to optimize the crawler traffic and picked a design that makes it difficult to rework/optimize this part.

Google being a for profit company there isn’t necessary an insentive for them to spend engineering time on an optimization if it traffic overhead is negligeable from their side.


Is there an organization doing reliability benchmark that you don’t consider to be state propaganda, and that has a transparent and decent methodology?

Sputnik was already terrible before the war in Ukraine. It’s certainly possible to find worse elsewhere with some effort, but why defend Sputnik?

You’re right in saying CNN is bad (not as bad a Sputnik, but not good either). I haven’t watched CNN in a long time, and neither CNN nor Sputnik would be my go-to news source.


I’ll try to stick on the specific outlet being discussed. Looking at Sputink vs popular Russian outlets, Sputnik is considered one of the least reliable.

Reliability ratings and bias according to mediabiasfactcheck.com:

  • The Moscow Times : High, Left bias
  • Meduza : High, Left-Center bias
  • Russian News Agency-TASS: Mixed, Right-Center bias
  • Interfax: Mixer, Right-Center bias
  • Russian Insider : Low, Extreme-Right bias
  • Sputnik: Very low, Right-center bias
  • RT News: Very low, Right-Center bias

There’s no media anywhere that has perfect reliability and is absolutely bias-free. But most media from most countries are more reliable than Sputnik.

Edit: You could technically exclude The Moscow Times and Meduza. They are now banned and/or moved out of Russia due to crackdown on press freedom. Apparently it’s not possible anymore to publish highly reliable news within Russian.


Yes, kind of. You can’t rely on Sputnik. I wouldn’t ignore Sputnik article automatically, but would first see if there are better sources that support the reporting, which is what my comment is about.

If there’s no better source to back their reporting, then I’d ignore the article.

There’s diversity in western news outlets. There’s diversity in eastern ones as well. So it’s difficult and maybe unhelpful to make blanket statement of all eastern or western news.

It make more sense to talk about specific outlets. Sputnik is unreliable. Goop.com is unreliable. christianaction.org is unreliable. There’s both reliable and unreliable news source in most countries with press freedom. There’s plenty of examples at https://adfontesmedia.com/


I didn’t hand pick western source, but searched for rating for Sputnik news and quoted for first few ones.

It’s possible there’s a part of truth in that article. Ukraine is well known for their animosity against Russia (and vice versa). Sputnik intentially mix true statement with fake news, sometimes in the same article, to muddy the water.

I’m just saying Sputnik isn’t a good source, and inviting you to provide a better source for Oleksii Reznikov’s quote.








(English) [EU, US and partners condemn Taliban decision to ban women from universities](https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/eu-us-and-partners-condemn-taliban-decision-to-ban-women-from-universities/) (Italian) [UE, Stati Uniti e partner condannano la decisione dei talebani di bandire le donne dalle università](https://euractiv.it/section/mondo/news/ue-stati-uniti-e-partner-condannano-la-decisione-dei-talebani-di-bandire-le-donne-dalle-universita/)

Sort algorithm when viewing all communities’ posts
Hi ! This is a suggestion/thought on the option to show ALL communities posts on Lemmy's homepage. The homepage UI is nice because it provides a single place to view posts from either Local to All instance, it makes the fediverse feel whole. One downside is that, since some instances are much larger than others, the All section is often dominated by posts from a single instance. I don't mind seeing lemmygrad.ml posts, but that seems a bit much. It's good to see a diversity of information/opinions (as opposed to Twitter's bubble). A new sort option would be nice to give better visibility to posts on smaller instances. Maybe tweaking the weight to better account for community size . Let's say the default logic is a function of upvote counts, you'd scale the upvote based on instance size (eg weight=upvotes/sqrt(instance active users)). Edit Lemmy's documentation call this the "score" https://join-lemmy.org/docs/en/about/guide.html#sorting



Interesting follow up article on Eufy security (or lack thereof) and security (ie confidentiality) promises

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