OTUS Eye Catchers

Net Neutrality is just a gateway to the real issue: Internet freedom

The US Senate narrowly voted to revive a rule ensuring equal treatment for online traffic or “net neutrality”.  Why should Canadians care?  Internet access is indispensable  infrastructure for the 21st century, and net neutrality is a small part of the overall battle for access to cheap, reliable connections.  Generally, internet service provider giants like AT&T and Comcast have tremendous market power – net neutrality is the first step to ensuring that the public is not subject to higher prices, slower internet traffic, and blocked websites.

 

Songhees Nation serves up traditional recipes, and hits the streets of Victoria in a food truck

A new culinary arts program offered through the Songhees Nation is bringing traditional Indigenous recipes back into the kitchenThe program is a collaboration with Camosun College, and offers 25 students a chance to learn how to cook, with the potential of becoming professional chefs.  Another initiative the community has launched is the Songhees Seafood and Steam food truck. The food truck serves a variety of dishes, including bison tacos, BBQ beef brisket, wild salmon burgers and fish and chips. Henry said what he likes best about working on the food truck is getting to see the reactions on peoples’ faces when they see the food.

 

Teen ordered to pay $37 million for starting wildfire in Oregon near Columbia River

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it’s unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson issued the opinion on Monday, awarding the restitution totalling $36,618,330.24 to cover the costs of firefighting, repair and restoration to the gorge and damage to homes. Victims include the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

Bitcoin’s Energy Crisis Explored

If Bitcoin were a country, it would be the 40th largest consumer of electricity in the world. A new research paper has highlighted the growing problem as major cryptocurrencies seek to solve it. According to the figures, the amount of energy used for each transaction could run a dishwasher for a year.

 “With the Bitcoin network processing just 200,000 transactions per day, this means that the average electricity consumed per transaction equals at least 300 kWh, and could exceed 900 kWh per transaction by the end of 2018.” This doesn’t mean that Bitcoin transactions couldn’t be processed without high amounts of energy, it’s just that there are a lot of miners. Currently, miners earn about $100 per transaction.

 

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