Cibo e sostenibilità: al Barilla Center si cercano idee originali

Autore: Rinnovabili

(Rinnovabili.it) – Giovani idee per un’alimentazione sostenibile cercasi. Il Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition inaugura la nuova edizione del bando BCFN YES!, concorso creato per stimolare soluzioni efficaci ed originali per uno dei  più grandi paradossi del nostro Pianeta: l’accesso al cibo. L’iniziativa è stata creata con l’obiettivo di dare voce a studenti universitari e giovani ricercatori di tutto il mondo sul tema alimentare contestualmente al suo Quinto Forum Internazionale su Alimentazione e Nutrizione, che si terrà a Milano il 26 e 27 Novembre 2013 e che proporrà momenti di dibattito e confronto con i maggiori esperti nel panorama internazionale. All’interno della due giorni le migliori proposte pervenute saranno esposte e valutate per trovare “l’idea vincitrice” a cui sarà assegnato un premio di 1.000 euro, mentre lo studente (o il team) avrà l’opportunità, nel 2014, di partecipare a un progetto di ricerca del BCFN.

Il tema dell’edizione 2013, “Cibo e sostenibilità: come ridurre il nostro impatto ambientale, garantendo salute e accesso al cibo per tutti”, dovrà essere affrontato partendo da una delle quattro aree disciplinari del BCFN:

1. Food for All: human development, relazioni internazionali, scienze politiche, food security, economia, ecc.

2. Food for Sustainable Growth: scienze agrarie, ecologia, logistica, ingegneria delle risorse naturali, distribuzione, architettura, design, scienze naturali, economia, ecc.

3. Food for Health: scienze della nutrizione, health and life sciences, farmacia, food safety, ecc.

4. Food for Culture: food studies, marketing e studi sul consumatore, education and cross-cultural studies, media e comunicazione, scienze sociali, sociologia e antropologia ecc.

 

Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard Review: One Month with the TECK

Autore: AnandTech

Introducing the TECK

Back in late January, I received the TECK for review, a keyboard that goes by the not-so-humble name of “Truly Ergonomic Computer Keyboard”, manufactured by a company that likewise uses the name Truly Ergonomic (hello name space collision). I’m sure other companies that make ergonomic keyboards might take exception to the name, but as far as I’m concerned that’s mostly marketing. The real question is how the TECK fares in day-to-day use, and whether it’s really a better keyboard for serious typists—and particularly typists like me that suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)—compared to the other options.

I won’t sugarcoat the difficulty of the initial learning curve: it’s brutal, and I already wrote some first impressions on the subject. If you buy a keyboard like this, you’re going to need to plan on a solid three or four days minimum before you can start to approach your previous efficiency. Give it another week or two, though, and as with most things it becomes mostly second nature. With over a month of regular use now in my back pocket, I’m ready to provide some thoughts on the TECK experience. Can any keyboard possibly be worth a price of entry well north of $ 200? I suppose that depends on what you’re doing with it.

My Background—Why the TECK Matters

Let me start with a bit of background information so that you know where I’m coming from and why I would even be interested in using the TECK. Currently, I’m the Senior Editor of the laptops/notebooks section at AnandTech, but I also provide proofing/editing on various other articles, and I dabble in the occasional other section. I’ve now been with AnandTech for 8.5 years, and during that time I’ve gone from 30 years old to a ripening 39 year old. I have a habit of being perhaps more verbose than necessary in my reviews (my current record goes to the ~25K word socket 939 SFF roundup back in late 2005—and it’s the reason I try to avoid roundups these days). Succinctly put, I type quite a bit on a keyboard and as I got older I started having issues with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

I’ve tried a few other approaches during the years to help mitigate the irritation of CTS, including doing a lot of dictation using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for a few years. I actually like Dragon, but when I got married and then had one young child and later a second enter into the equation (I now have a 10 year old, nearly 3 year old, and our baby just turned 1 this past weekend), I found that getting the necessary privacy to do proper dictation can be rather difficult. So as much as I like the idea of speech recognition, it’s probably not going to be viable for me until either my children get old enough that they can learn to leave dad alone while he’s working, or I get an office with a soundproof door I can lock myself behind.

My secondary approach to alleviating my CTS has been threefold. First, try to type less; I basically quit commenting on most hardware enthusiast forums because it was creating extra wear and tear on the aging carpals. Second, try to exercise more, eat healthier, and take breaks from the computer every hour or so—I’m not doing so well on that last part, though I’m definitely in better shape and eating healthier than when I was in my early 30s and 20s! Finally, I switched to a split keyboard back in 2004, a Microsoft Natural that I still have today—it’s so old that it doesn’t even have a USB connection if that helps. All of the above help to varying degrees, but until I fully quit typing I suspect I’m going to have to continue the search for ways to avoid causing my carpals undue stress.

When Dustin started reviewing mechanical keyboards last year, I started taking a minor interest. I have plenty of other keyboards around the house, not to mention a bunch of laptops as well, but they’re all “cheap” membrane-based keyboards. I was curious to see if anyone offered a good mechanical switch keyboard with an ergonomic design—basically something like my MS Natural but with Cherry MX switches. There was only one option at the time, from Kinesis, and it wasn’t quite what I was looking for plus it was priced way higher than I wanted to spend. Then early this year a press release crossed my email inbox (forwarded from Dustin) about a new ergonomic keyboard with mechanical switches, the TECK. I was intrigued and sent an email asking for a review sample, and that brings us to today’s review.

Now you know something more about my background and interest in the TECK. For the record, I now have a Kinesis Advantage for review as well, which will replace the TECK once I finish with this review. Then I’ll use it for a few weeks and will provide some thoughts on how they compare. But for now, let’s move on to the TECK itself and look at the design along with a subjective evaluation.

Euro: Storia di una “Balla Colossale”

Autore: nocensura.com

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 Chiunque sia minimamente informato sa che introducendo l'euro ci hanno raccontato una marea di frottole. La moneta unica serviva per realizzare due progetti: quello imperialistico tedesco (ampiamente realizzato come chiunque può constatare osservando i dati) e la disciplina delle istanze sindacaliste per mezzo del vincolo esterno tanto cara alla classe dirigente dei cosiddetti "pigs."

Un esempio lampante delle mistificazioni con cui i media ci hanno bombardato e continuano a bombardarci in maniera trasversale è la visione del debito pubblico come origine di ogni male che affligge i paesi periferici dell'eurozona. Che lo sostenga la destra è abbastanza normale, assai più singolare è che lo faccia e lo abbia fatto quella che ancora chiamiamo sinistra.
Se il "male" fosse veramente il debito pubblico la crisi avrebbe colpito (nel 2008) per prima la Grecia (debito al 110% del Pil), successivamente Italia e Belgio (106% E 89%) e poi Francia e Germania (67 e 66 %). Ma la crisi si è abbattuta in primis sull'Irlanda (debito al 44% del Pil), Spagna (40%), Portogallo (65%) e soltanto in seguito Grecia ed Italia.
Appare palese come nella ricostruzione propinataci ci sia, per usare un eufemismo, qualcosa di strano. La verità è che in tutti questi paesi l'inflazione era in crescita, come la Bce indicava già nel 2006. E come dicono tutti gli economisti non palesemente di parte, in un'unione monetaria tassi di inflazione difformi conducono a crisi di debito estero. E che questo sia un vantaggio per leeconomie più forti (quelle del nord Europa in questo caso) è lapalissiano, ogni surplus implica infatti che qualcuno sia in deficit. In pratica le esportazioni diminuiscono per via dell'impossibilità di svalutare competitivamente e si deve giocoforza aumentare il debito con l'estero per garantire le importazioni. A questo punto crescono anche gli interessi e si entra in un vortice da cui è impossibile uscire senza cambiare le condizioni (cioè la moneta unica).

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Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8 and Office 2013 to overcome slow adoption

Autore: ExtremeTech

Microsoft's used car salesman approach to selling Windows 8

In a double whammy of bad news, it seems that Microsoft has been forced to cut the price of Windows 8 and Office 2013 licenses to spur the adoption of Windows 8 — and Samsung, citing lack of consumer interest, has pulled its Windows RT tablet from Germany and “additional European countries.”

According to the Wall Street Journal’s anonymous sources, Microsoft has been offering a dual pack of Windows 8 and Office to OEMs for $ 30 since late February, for touchscreen devices under 10.8 inches. The previous price was $ 120. This massive discount is obviously intended to increase the number of affordable touchscreen laptops and tablets running Windows 8, which is currently experiencing very slow adoption. (See: Four months in: Windows 8 adoption is almost at a standstill.)

Steve Ballmer: FisticuffsAdding credence to the WSJ’s anonymous sources, the CEO of Asus recently said the following at the company’s investor conference: “Microsoft has been making many efforts lately that I cannot talk about in specific, but that will help give momentum to the notebook and netbook and Eee PC area.” Digitimes, a Taiwan-based site with vision of the high-tech supply chain, also reports that Microsoft is discounting the OEM price of Windows 8 and Office licenses.

We still don’t know exactly how many touch-enabled Windows 8 devices are actually being used by consumers, but the mere fact that Microsoft hasn’t shared any figures — either in general, or specifically for its Surface tablets — is a strong indicator that things aren’t going to plan. The only real indication we’ve had is from retailers such as Newegg, which said that sales of Windows 8 tablets had been very slow, and that most Windows 8 devices sold had been laptops or tablets. Numerous industry analysts have also chimed in to say that Windows 8 adoption in general has been slow, with some specifically claiming that sales of Microsoft’s own Surface tablets have been lackluster.

Which leads us neatly onto the second tidbit: Samsung is pulling the Windows RT Ativ Tab out of Germany and “additional European countries” (Samsung hasn’t yet specified which ones). This follows on from Samsung’s decision to not release the Ativ Tab in the US, citing a lack of consumer interest and confusion over what Windows RT actually is. (See: Windows RT explained: Microsoft finally gets tablet computing right.) The reason for a lack of consumer interest in Windows RT, incidentally — according to Samsung, at least — is because of the continued and growing success of Android and iOS tablets in the US.

Samsung ATIV Tab tablet running WIndows RT

Like the Surface RT, we don’t have any exact figures when it comes to Windows RT tablet sales. The latest estimate from IHS iSuppli pegs Surface RT sales at around 750,000 units after three months of public availability (the end of January 2013). In the same quarter, Apple sold 22.9 million iPads. We can only guess at the Windows RT sales figures from Samsung, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo, but they’re probably much lower than Microsoft’s highly (and expensively) publicized Surface RT.

Moving forward, we should also remember that Microsoft is working on Windows Blue, which will reportedly be very cheap — or possibly free. It isn’t yet clear whether Blue will be a standalone version of Windows that you can buy off the shelf, or the code name for Microsoft’s internal shift towards annual releases, instead of every two or three years. It is possible that Microsoft’s slashing of Windows 8 and Office license costs is simply a precursor to Windows Blue. Considering how Windows and Office bring in the lion’s share of Microsoft’s profits, though, this certainly seems like a dangerous game for Microsoft to be playing.

Now read: Windows 8: The disastrous result of Microsoft’s gutless equivocation