Farms as skyscrapers
Boing Boing / David Pescovitz
It’s been a decade since Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier launched his “Vertical Farm” project, devoted to the design of skyscrapers that house farms, instead of people or offices. It’s an engagement science fiction-esque idea — no surprise that we’ve followed it closely on BB (see previous posts below). Last year, the meme spread rapidly when Despomier appeared on The Colbert Report, exposing Manhattan borough president Scott M. Stringer who then evangelized it to the City of New York.
The Vertical Farm Project – Agriculture for the 21st Century and Beyond | www.verticalfarm.com
Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. They offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply, and year-round crop production. The concept of indoor farming is not new, since hothouse production of tomatoes, a wide variety of herbs, and other produce has been in vogue for some time. What is new is the urgent need to scale up this technology to accommodate another 3 billion people. An entirely new approach to indoor farming must be invented, employing cutting edge technologies. The Vertical Farm must be efficient (cheap to construct and safe to operate). Vertical farms, many stories high, will be situated in the heart of the world’s urban centers. If successfully implemented, they offer the promise of urban renewal, sustainable production of a safe and varied food supply (year-round crop production), and the eventual repair of ecosystems that have been sacrificed for horizontal farming.
An Antic Disposition: Protocols, Formats and the Limits of Disclosure
An Antic Disposition / Rob Weir
However, no amount of disclosure from Microsoft on how they interpret the ODF standard will help. We see that today, with Office 2007 SP2, where it strips out ODF spreadsheet formulas. Having official documentation of this fact from Microsoft, in the form of “Implementation Notes” is useless. Why? Because when I create an ODF document, I do not know who the reader will be. It may be a Microsoft Office user. But maybe it won’t. It very well could be read by many users, using many different programs. I cannot adapt my document to the quirks of various ODF implementations.
German City Münster Launches Pilot Project For its Schools To Adopt Open Source Software
The city of Münster has started a pilot using OpenOffice in schools. The city’s IT department, Citeq, will also switch all of the 150 servers used in its primary and secondary schools to GNU/Linux. Half of these have already been migrated to open source.
ARMing desktop Linux
ComputerWorld / Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
That was then; this is now. Today, Linux netbooks are still popular, though not as much as they once were. ARM-based netbooks, however, are on their way and, since these systems can’t run Windows, Linux has the potential market all to itself. The real question is, will PC vendors choose to offer low-cost, less than $200 netbooks?
Want a cheap Linux computer? Join the Linux Foundation
internetnews.com / Sean Michael Kerner
Starting this week, those who pay the $99 for an individual Linux Foundation membership will also get up to 40 percent off of Lenovo devices and employee purchase pricing from Dell and HP. According to the Linux Foundation, “these benefits can translate into hundreds or thousands of dollars for those who purchase their devices as part of this program.”
Your Second Life Avatar Is Dressed Inappropriately
The Wall Street Journal Online / Marisa Taylor
Don’t show up to your company’s virtual meeting wearing a tail. And by all means, do not come dressed as a goblin.