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In the latest Open Risk White Paper “Sustainable Portfolio Management: Attribution and Allocation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions", I discuss the different required information layers, approaches to emissions accounting, attribution and forward-looking limit frameworks implementing carbon budget constraints. The white paper serves also as a first installment of the mathematical documentation of the Equinox Software Platform



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The next instant is an overflow 11/11 11:11

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What does *really good* look like for the future of ?

from kids to old folks: easy to use

inclusive in language, culture and abilities

objective map of the digital ocean

integrated mobile, home, cloud

machine learning we control

collective evaluation of nodes / behavior

healthy economy for developers

built-in support for local economies

frugal with computing resources

beautiful, in the way only honest things are beautiful

the digital future we deserve(TM)

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Sustainability is depicted as a curve to bend, a temperature threshold to secure.

A useful visual model is to see sustainability, instead, as a surface of possibilities. Achieving environmental objectives still allows widely differing choices that may not all be equally desirable.

A range of sustainable utopias, and sustainable dystopias fit within that surface

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So, here we are. Hi all. This is a bit of an experiment. To learn more about mastodon and the fediverse, promote our work, find and promote other stuff that we find cool, relevant, worth amplifying. Pursuing an unsolved puzzle of open source, decentralization, sustainability, finance and risk management.

The information density of text versus visuals is a perpetual fascination of mine

They say "a picture is a thousand words" and its true (sometimes) but some words can't be described by a thousand pictures

But that general schism hides a sub-domain of text that is in some sense insanely denser: what we call "mathematical notation"

When I write, e.g.,

"df/dt=k f"

I use 9 chars (incl. a space) to convey (obviously to a math literate) an infinity of behaviors applicable across the universe

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Hacker's avalanche, episode over 9000

Goal: to have a blog. Solution:
1. Write a static site generator
2. Figure out gitlab pages
3. Want comments, start a commenting system
4. Learn Elixir
5. Get angry at Ansible while installing, learn Nix
6. I still need Ansible to copy files :( Design a replacement with `just`
7. Not be done after 2 months
8. Insist that this is better than getting a Wordpress account

despite the minimal impact of this project on more profound questions around financial system design it was undoubtetly the kick in the butt that got officialdom to recognize that in the digital era all social (and legal) contracts are in principle up for re-negotiation (or "disruption" if you like)

in this sense it was a second milestone (after bitcoin and copycats reached their initial notoriety)

libra/diem also set in motion the whole bandwagon

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Facebook's attempt at controlling money appears definitely over

The Diem (was Libra) project is dismantled and their "intellectual property" is for sale:

"The intellectual property will consist of some trademarks, a website and the open-source code for a mediocre permissioned blockchain and various helper projects"

Schadenfreude will be the dominant feeling around here but there is something deeply sad about the cryptomanic era:

A waste of energy, talent and time

ISDA, which is a sort of W3C for high finance, is getting into cryptoderivatives

"The extraordinary growth of crypto assets in recent years has become one of the defining features of modern finance. With a market value of around $3 trillion (ed. as of 18 Jan 2022 print time, today maybe more like $2 trillion?), this is now a well-established asset class"

Apparently a key problem is what to do if the underlying "asset", amoeba like, forks into two 🤦‍♂️

The Open Risk Academy [1] is a instance with courses covering various topics in , , (usually ) and more

All courses are open and free (email self-registration is required). Where relevant, code scripts are available on github [2] (repos named: Academy-Course-CourseID)

Ideas for new content and feedback are welcome



In a plot twist, while civilization on Earth self-destructs, the James Webb Telescope oblivious to the fate of its makers keeps collecting data at the L2 point, eventually develops self-consciousness and discovers intelligence elsewhere in the universe

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Now it's getting criminal:
Watch the biggest identity provider Liveramp stealing a e-mail address from a hidden login field without consent and without login.
It was prefilled by the default Firefox password manager.

Read more about this interconnected login matrix in my in-depth article at @kuketzblog:

Or in a easy understandable version in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (both German).

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“Every time El*n M*sk or Neur*link trends in neural tech, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach. It's difficult to explain all the reasons behind the sheer depth of the despair I feel…

… it is truly heartbreaking to see foreshadows of where neurotech is headed -- in the direction of concentrating power, attention, resources, and wealth in the hands of so few, wrapped in the disguise of “helping” the many.”

Fediverse folks, it’s on birdsite, but please read this.

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I want to live in a foreign language student's book's world.

Where the only thing separating people from different cultures is that they speak different languages, and everybody just randomly meets eachother and starts talking about where they are from.

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"This is a map-drawing game. You collectively explore the struggles of a small community trying to transition from extractive technologies, economies, knowledges and practices and build a new way of living. It is a game about community, difficult choices, solarpunk dreams and anti-capitalist futures. Players will narrate the events of the community and the groups within it as it struggles to overcome the many challenges of climate change and the transition away from capitalism and control by a few to an expanded democracy of communities controlling their lives and futures, together. When you play, you make decisions about the community. Those decisions get recorded on a map that is constantly evolving. Parts of the map are literal cartography, while other parts are symbolic. You will also name and describe the various groups that make up the larger community."

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Opinion dump disguised as market analysis 

@openrisk Facebook is stalling for time. They have hardware, but not relevant game titles - or any media. The rationale behind the rename seems to be that they want to so identify Facebook with VR that it will keep other companies from even trying. Also Facebook is the only company in the big 5 without a voice agent, which could become crippling handicap as more devices go hands free

Where Facebook said they couldn't go after companies with their own vision, Microsoft decided that they needed an acquisition of that scope. After what they paid for Minecraft, they can't afford small. Microsoft is going toe to toe with Sony, or trying. Aquiring Blizzard scratches a lot of other itches, too. Gaming for Microsoft isn't just Xbox; it's Universal Windows Platform. They want people to use the store in Windows like they use iTunes, Google Play, and the Kindle App Store

Google's pattern is to launch their own product, fail, and learn from that failure what they need to make an informed purchase. They'll probably find a small company with a good product and build it up, maybe make 2 or 3 attempts before they find something that works for them. They don't need to be first. They'll find something sufficiently different from the market to be viable - eventually. The way that YouTube became their first successful social media product after failing with G+ and failing to go broad with Orkut

Amazon has had one failure after another as a game publisher. The Kindle app store is an afterthought for Android developers, but unlike Google, they have a media library that people use. They also developed Alexa in-house, so (unlike Facebook) they have hands free control to market digital products on big screens and wearables. I'm not sure that VR is relevant to Amazon, but if it becomes relevant they'll likely find a way to avoid getting shut out like they did with Kindle Fire and Alexa

Meanwhile, game publishers are dying to get out of these walled gardens and players are having none of it. Publishers are trying to sell players on Blockchain and doing poorly. Not only do players hold NFTs in low esteem because of the vagaries of the art market, but publishers are issuing press releases about play to earn games (?!?) instead of talking about players having more control over their in-game assets

It's these markets that make the most money. Apple makes enough on iTunes that they could sell hardware for a loss, if it wouldn't hurt their premium brand. They keep 30% of in-app purchase revenues, and they also set prices by market so the biggest single items are $99 or 99€. The justification is that credit card companies generally won't touch this business directly, and if they do, they charge $25 everytime they process a complaint against the vendor. This price cap creates a shortage of high-end packages to sell 'whales'

Breaking that 99 $/€ price cap and selling $10k+ vanity placements in game lore and visual assets is where the game market wants to go. VR will come later when headsets are common as accessories and voice controls are somewhat better than today

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An absolutely amazing article about how GPS works. It's a great achievement to visually explain things so well on the web. (most likely needs a modern browser)

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The EU's will be discussed and debated in niche circles: whether it is sufficient in the first place, whether it will be watered down in next steps and what it all means in practice

But savor for a moment the meaning of a democratic body representing the interests of half a billion people (that don't usually agree on much) asserting a view about digital society that is sharply at odds with what has been delivered by private interests

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