Ted Chinwag

Girard, IL, United States

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Ted Chinwag
Posted about 3 years ago
A conversation with Shell: How can the smarter use of energy and other resources unlock the true potential of cities?
It would be interesting to see if any of the better answers could be applied to larger cities in the past. You mentioned Mayans, but there are many more. Cities tend to have these problems throughout history. Technological advancement allows for greater carrying capacity (larger population), then the carrying capacity overwhelms the advancement once again causing a systemic breakdown and possible collapse, or another advancement comes along to extend capacity. It's definitely a tough problem to address. Please tell me there will be there will be an Indian history scholar (or Sino or Meso-American, or heck even Greco-Roman scholar) on the discussion panel. Engineers are great for solving problems by utilizing current knowledge of science to actually produce/manufacture the advances but theirs is sometimes a limitec perspective. Take batteries in vehicles. Caterpillar has been using them in heavy machinery to assist their diesel engines in power production for quite some time now, but their tech isn't filling our streets, powering our vehicles and adding capacity to our power grids when not in transit because....? ps, If I had my way, gas stations would be done away with. Fuel distribution would be done by vehicle to vehicle transfer with vehicle to vehicle internet networking keeping track of where every drop of fuel goes. You could pull into a designated area of a shopping center parking lot and search via wifi for vehicles in the area with fuel ready to share, then you pull up alongside them and make the transfer. Distribution costs would be lowerec and as an incentive for being a fuel carrier/distributor a small share of the sale could be creditted to the person's bank account who's doing the sharing.
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Ted Chinwag
Posted about 3 years ago
Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers
Folks your browsing habits are tied to your MAC address (and by extension IP addy). The only effective way around it is to use what reporters use in countries that don't want them plying their trade, use IP obfuscation/proxy and a good secure browser with all potentially exploitable "features" turned off. Tor Browser Bundle is a good starter for those interested.
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Ted Chinwag
Posted about 3 years ago
Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers
All the info being collected is not "anonymous". That's the thing. It creates an infometric fingerprint that can identify you in a digital landscape much more easily/readily than a photograph. You are not anonymous just because you didn't personally put your name into their systems. You are not anonymous simply because you clear your browser history or cookies. And not only is it capable of tracking but predicting both your psychological makeup, and tendency to make purchases or acting in given situations. It's mindjacking basically. It goes way beyond simply deleting cookies. Your every click is stored in databases. You can not erase those metrics. If you don't have a problem with something like that, that's ... well, extraordinarily naiive to put it bluntly but entirely up to you. It's not all bad as it does help tailor your web experience to parts of the web you're likely to use, and make it arguably more easy for you.