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Submission + - How Abused is the Term "Green Economy"? (

arisvega writes: Quite a lot, if one believes this this (oddly enough) non-paywalled Nature magazine article. Added to the dissapointing, non-binding outcome of the Rio+20 (the United Nations' Conference on Sustainable Development) is a dispute with the so-called Developing Countries, since they do not acknowledge the calling for a transition to a "Green Economy". Instead, they consider "Green Economy"-proposed restrictions as inhibitors for development prospects and business opportunities.

Bolivian President Evo Morales voiced those concerns by stating that this presented "Green Economy" model is a merely a modern form of Colonialism, employed by countries from the "wealthy North" with the goal to establish footholds for intervention mechanisms (IMF, anyone?). Then, they can interfere with and manipulate other Countries' National and Large-scale Planning affairs by invoking environmental concerns as an excuse.

The Bolivian President also called out to the African countries to "protect their natural wealth against multinational corporations", at a time almost five years later back from when the "Chinese Invasion" in Africa was news.

Since there have been stories on Slashdot considering the environmentally ethical face of production, consumption and technology, I thought this will make an interesting topic for discussion


Windows Azure Offers Developers Iron-Clad Lock-in 227

snydeq writes "Microsoft's move to the cloud is certain to create a whole new kind of developer partner, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes. But as much as Microsoft ISVs will likely go along with the shift to Windows Azure to keep revenue streams going, the kind of lock-in they will experience will be worlds away from what they face today. Rather than being able to ignore the new version of a key framework, developers will have no other option than to update their code to suit Microsoft's latest platform. That kind of lock-in will leave customers in the lurch, subject to their vendors' bottom lines, as ISVs that can't afford to rework code to keep up with Microsoft's latest platform will begin dropping services, and customers will have little choice but to accept the new terms of service their vendors send along."

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!