Economist article one size too large?
The Economist ( Mar 3rd, 2018 ) has touched a subject such as plastic which is one size too large.
Their article represents a superficial assessment without actually going to the depth of the sensitive subject.
Plastics are the lifeline of the economy. Each and every petroleum producer manufactures Gigatons of plastic granules each year.
To blame countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, China, alone, is the easy approach. Petroleum companies are all in the big game of plastics for Gigabucks.
Recycling plastics is no solution as plastic polymers deteriorate substantially during the recycling (re-heating) process. To recycle plastics is one of the most expensive processes, using lots of energy and manpower.
Re-use of recycling plastic granules is limited, in practical usage manufacturers can’t add more than 10 percent. 90 percent will still come in form of virgin material ( non-recycled polymers ).
More than 10 percent will produce substandard products – loss of tensile strength, UV deterioration, etc..
Recycling alone is NO option, use of a biodegradable form of new plastics is. ( Shopping bags, etc. )
Not all applications are suitable for bio degradable plastics though.
Until the rest has been found, I am afraid nothing can stop the plastic manufacturers speak petroleum companies.
Some extract of relevant publications :
Giga millions of tiny plastic pellets, called nurdles – (the raw materials for the plastic industry) – are spilled every year, most of them finding their way into the sea. Acting as chemical sponges, soaking up other toxic man-made chemicals – (artificial) pollutants (for toxicity think DDT, pesticides etc), concentrating them up to a million times more than in normal sea water. Horrific it sounds indeed. It is because of the facts that I consider the article of the Economist superficial, and only partially relevant. As usual – blame is shifted to the poor countries.
GOOGLE LOVES YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS
In 2017 we made as many as two hundred plus new contributions to Google.
This is our latest Google contribution statement you might call it.
For many years prior to this, we were unwilling to post our location.
Whether you wish to, or not, once you hold an Android phone ( or I-phone for that matter ), or not, Google will know your whereabouts.
So why not give them your whereabouts straight away.
They have your pictures, your videos, and email.
Whatever you do, Google will know you.
Unless you dwell in some unknown cave, have no credit card, no bank account, and never fly.
Business jet dreams anyone
I was recently offered a special deal, normally not found. Chances are it isn’t the one you thought of.
Neither is it a car, a home, some fancy getaway deal.
Those who know me are aware I normally like to post about Textile machines.
This deal is a raw deal and it’s special. Sure there are so many offers elsewhere. However, as a member of one of the groups of auction houses, we hear of good offers such as this one when they come.
In our jet age, everything is possible: And this is no exception.
I have some good news for those seeking a dream come true: An aircraft of their own. No, not an aircraft you would think of.
This is a Cessna Citation Twin jet 560XL.
See the rest here
fb gets a lot more
More than what is known to most already – another unpopular move by FB?
It seems ambitions run high with FB. Need more data yet.
Security is everyone’s concern in computing, especially when it comes to mobile devices – albeit not only. When it comes to VPN services, we want to make sure they deliver what they promise.
Overall usage of VPN services has increased over the past years, and internet users often look at VPN as a way to keep one’s traffic safe.
Yet FB’s new VPN service, which has now rolled out for iOS devices, is quite a different thing than other standard services.
Called ‘Onavo Protect’ (from a company Facebook purchased in 2013) explicitly gives itself permission to mine your data. Stacked underneath the “Read More” link, you’ll find the following:
‘As part of this process, Onavo collects your mobile data traffic’ ( HERE WE GO AGAIN ). And it continues: ‘THIS HELPS US IMPROVE AND OPERATE THE ONAVO SERVICE BY ANALYZING YOUR USE OF WEBSITES, APPS AND DATA. Further, it is stated : ‘Because we’re part of Facebook, we also use this info to improve Facebook products and services, gain insights into the products and services people value, and build better experiences’. Wow is all I can say. Or rather: Why am I not surprised – yet again.
Carefully evaluate these statements. In the name of web security – namely to provide safety, Facebook gets to analyze which apps you use, which websites you visit.
If a new app starts to become popular, FB will know about it based on data harvested from user devices.
Watching any other Video channel instead of Facebook Video? FB is all ears to know. When this feature is integrated into Facebook’s iOS app, the application also states that it provides an additional level of security to all your mobile traffic. ( Get this )
Would you go for a VPN service of this kind? I certainly will not. Onavo is in for trouble before it can even get started.
If iOS deploys new features that others like, similar options are going to be listed up on Google stores with Android.
It is FB seeing a successful company and just copying its work, amongst other ‘features’. FB is attempting to find out where its next challenger is going to come from. Plus snoop into your life again more. Since many people use VPNs to increase privacy and security, this is outright deception.
It gives the name acronym – Virtual Private Network – a bad aftertaste. FB leaves out the “privacy” portion thinking nobody notices and hopes noone pays attention.
GEO – UNBLOCKING THE EU
Most consumers will be unaware of what ‘ geoblocking ‘ means.
Geoblocking was introduced by the European Union and it meant that consumers living in countries within the EU were re-directed if they wanted to buy products or services from other countries within the EU.
FINALLY VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS
Now it seems this will change since Brussels will stop geoblocking for consumers who want to buy products or services online within the EU.
According to the latest news, the new rules will boost e-commerce which supposedly will be to the advantage for consumers and businesses.
EU BODIES AGREE
Yesterday the EU Parliament, the Council and the Commission have reached an agreement to end geoblocking.
In essence, this means consumers living in the EU can now buy products online and buy services across borders, just like they do in their home country.
Of much significance: Consumers will no longer be required to pay with a debit or credit card issued in another country.
This is great news for all customers. As result websites will not re-route customers to other sites any longer.
Whether physically entering a store or shop in another country or shopping online, all consumers will benefit from the new law.
Next target is to reduce prices of cross-border parcel delivery.
A new challenge to firms since they have to deal with more foreign customers.
For example, a person in Austria can buy a trip directly to an amusement park in France without being redirected to an Austrian website.
Traders are however under no obligation to sell to other countries, and prices are not being touched.