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Comment Re:Stop eating cows... (Score 1) 278

I agree. With the goal of feeding the global human population in the future (as stated in the article) we need to become much more efficient. Automation will happen, but its importance is very small compared to what we gain from stopping or reducing meat consumption.

I grew up on a dairy farm, I'm a vegetarian and a climatologist.

Comment contra-automation (Score 1) 540

While a lot of automation replaces boring, dirty and dangerous tasks, there is a modern type of "automation" that does not automate or solve problems, and appears to be much more present than actual automation. It exists as a purpose of its own. Big consultancy and software corporations misuse the trust of other corporations, governments and people in order to create a world that is worse than what it would be without their bad advice.

Comment Re:I have my Nexus 5 about 2 years (Score 1) 116

I agree that we should be able to use our Android devices much longer than three years.
However, if I am able to upgrade my Nexus 7 with CyanogenMod 13 (Android 6) with security patches for the next ten years or so, I am happy. I care about longivity, not the latest features (which makes me learn new things all the time). I am fine with the current feature set.

Comment Re:Some sensible things (Score 1) 168

Open Source is perhaps modestly more trustworthy, but things like the obfuscated C contest and the fact of very long lived bugs in core elements like SSH prove that open source is no panacea. Whether done by the US or somebody else, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that there are intentional backdoors injected into lots of open source projects, and that it is done skillfully enough that they haven't been noticed.

There may be backdoors in some free software, but this is quite unlikely for such security-focussed projects like OpenSSH (assuming you refer to this implementation).
Calling free software only "modestly more thrustworthy" is close to spreading FUD.

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