Items tagged with: Thanks
The level of nitrogen oxide has dropped by 38% after local authorities made 472 hectares off-limits to most vehicles at the end of November
Article word count: 803
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19652528
Posted by ingve (karma: 101682)
Post stats: Points: 191 - Comments: 76 - 2019-04-13T12:11:56Z
#HackerNews #center #city #emissions #fall #madrid #new #restrictions #thanks #traffic
Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in the center of Madrid after City Hall launched a pioneering program on November 30, 2018 to curb air pollution and increase the space given to pedestrians.
Viewed as a legacy-making project for Mayor Manuela Carmena, of the leftist Ahora Madrid party, the Madrid Central program made 472 hectares of the city center off-limits to traffic, except for local residents and public transportation. Some private vehicles can also enter the area if they are going to park in a public parking lot (see sidebar).
The air you breathe in the center of Madrid is better now
Environmental activist Juan Bárcena
According to a study conducted to measure the environmental impact of Madrid Central, emissions of nitrogen oxide (NO[x]), a polluting gas released by vehicles, fell by 38% in Madrid’s center the first month the program was implemented, while carbon dioxide (CO) emissions dropped by 14.2%.
The study by the Technical University of Madrid, which looked at both traffic flow and car types in the restricted area, found that emissions also fell across the city, with NO [x]and CO emissions falling by 9% and 2%, respectively, in December.
There are two main factors that influence pollution: polluting gases (which go into the atmosphere) and the weather, which can either reduce pollution with favorable conditions (when wind and rain clear the air) or exacerbate it with unfavorable ones (sunny days without clouds or wind).
Between November 30, 2018, and February 25, 2019, Madrid experienced 42 days of unfavorable weather, according to the national weather service AEMET. In the same period from the year before, the number was only 19.
“There are climatological factors that we can’t influence. But the ones that we can, which are vehicle emissions, have decreased and this helps reduce pollution,” explained Inés Sabanés, the local environment and mobility chief. “These rigorous measures can positively affect the whole city,” she added, referencing the traffic restrictions introduced under Madrid Central.
Emissions fall in Madrid city center thanks to new traffic restrictions
Air quality in the center has also improved, with pollution falling by 8.9% compared to the historic average for the December-March period, according to measurements taken from the Plaza del Carmen monitoring station, the only one located within the Madrid Central area.
“There are 24 monitoring stations in Madrid and the one at Plaza del Carmen was always one of the three worst in the city,” said Juan Bárcena from Ecologists in Action, a collective representing more than 300 environmental groups in Spain. “However, since the implementation of Madrid Central, it has become one of the top five and is only ranked behind the stations located in green areas. The air you breathe in the center of Madrid is better now.”
Pollution in the center has fallen by 8.9%
According to Bárcena, pollution has fallen more in the center than in any other place in the city. “The drop is so significant that it compensates for the bad weather we’ve had at the beginning of the year. Pollution levels have been very high, but in Plaza del Carmen they’ve improved,” he said.
Public transport in the city has also improved thanks to Madrid Central, said Sábanes. According to the local environment and mobility chief, “Madrid’s public transport company (EMT) has added 25,000 more daily trips to the Madrid Central area, and 50,000 more if the whole network is taken into account. It has also improved the frequency of buses.”
The number of people traveling on the Metro underground rail network has also increased, while traffic on the city’s popular Gran Vía avenue and other streets in the area has dropped by 26%, said Sábanes. “Expectations are being met, the numbers are very good. The rate at which emissions are falling is a very positive trend, which complies with what the European Union has asked of us,” she explained.
Improving the air quality in cities is an EU mandate, and the European Commission has set 2020 as the deadline for Madrid to meet its targets. City officials say that Madrid Central will reduce emissions by 40% as a result of eliminating through traffic and banning the biggest polluters from the area.
From Saturday, March 16, drivers who enter the Madrid Central zone without permission will be fined €90 (or €45 if the amount is paid immediately).
Residents may enter the area in their vehicles but only park in their own neighborhood. Occasional visitors may be allowed in by residents.
Non-residents whose vehicles hold CERO and ECO energy labels may also enter the area. And those with B or C energy labels may only enter to park in a private or public parking lot, not in the street. Exceptions will also be made for people with reduced mobility, ambulances, taxis, private-hire cars and delivery vans. Electric vehicles will also be allowed into Madrid Centro.
English version by Asia London Palomba.
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 152 - Loop: 385 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 128
docker, kubernetes, cloud
Article word count: 1275
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19351236
Posted by Corrado (karma: 2112)
Post stats: Points: 124 - Comments: 64 - 2019-03-10T09:53:59Z
#HackerNews #all #and #docker #fish #for #goodbye #thanks #the
Back in July 2018, I started to write a blog post about the upcoming death of Docker as a company (and also perhaps as a technology) but I never got round to completing and publishing the post. It is time to actually get that post out.
OK .. Time to share my thoughts on the soon to be death of #docker — Maish Saidel-Keesing (☁️🚀☁️) (@maishsk) July 17, 2018
So here you go....
Of course Docker is still here, and of course everyone is still using Docker and will continue to do so the near and foreseeable future (how far that foreseeable future is - is yet to be determined). The reason I chose this title for the blogpost is because, in my humble opinion the days for Docker as a company are numbered and maybe also a technology as well. If would indulge me with a few minutes of your time - I will share with you the basis for my thoughts. A number of years ago - Docker was the company that changed the world - and we can safely say - is still changing the world today. Containers and the technology behind containers has been around for many years, long before the word docker was even thought of, even turned into a verb (“Dockerize all the things”), but Docker was the company that enabled the masses to consume the technology of containers, in a easy and simple fashion. Most technology companies (or at least companies that consider themselves to be a modern tech company) will be using Docker or containers as part of their product or their pipeline - because it makes so much sense and brings so much benefit to whole process. Over the past 12-24 months, people are coming to the realization that docker has run its course and as a technology is not going to be able to provide additional value to what they have today - and have decided to start to look elsewhere for that extra edge.
Kubernetes has won the container orchestration war, I don’t think that anyone can deny that fact. Docker itself has adopted Kubernetes. There will always be niche players that have specific use cases for Docker Swarm, Mesos, Marathon, Nomad - but the de-facto standard is Kubernetes. All 3 big cloud providers, now have a managed Kubernetes solution that they offer to their customers (and as a result will eventually sunset their own home-made solutions that they built over the years - because there can be only one). Everyone is building more services and providing more solutions, to bring in more customers, increase their revenue.
Story is done. Nothing to see here. Next shiny thing please.. At the moment, Kubernetes uses docker as the underlying container engine. I think that the Kubernetes community understood that Docker as a container runtime (and I use this term specifically) was the ultimate solution to get a product out of the gate as soon as possible. They also (wisely) understood quite early on they needed to have the option of switching out that container runtime - and allowing the consumers of Kubernetes to make a choice.
The Open Container Initiative - brought with it the Runtime Spec - which opened the door to allow us all to use something else besides docker as the runtime. And they are growing - steadily. Docker is no longer the only runtime that is being used. Their is a growth in the community - that are slowly sharing the knowledge of how use something else besides Docker. Kelsey Hightower - has updated his Kubernetes the hard way (amazing work - honestly) over the years from CRI-O to containerd to gvisor. All the cool kids on the block are no longer using docker as the underlying runtime. There are many other options out there today clearcontainers, katacontainers and the list is continuously growing.
Most people (including myself) do not have enough knowledge and expertise of how to swap out the runtime to what ever they would like and usually just go with the default out of the box. When people understand that they can easily make the choice to swap out the container runtime, and the knowledge is out there and easily and readily available, I do not think there is any reason for us to user docker any more and therefore Docker as a technology and as a company will slowly vanish. The other container runtimes that are coming out will be faster, more secure, smarter, feature rich (some of them already are) compared to what Docker has to offer. If you have a better, smarter, more secure product - why would people continue to use technology that no longer suits their ever increasing needs? For Docker - to avert this outcome - I would advise to invest as much energy as possible - into creating the best of breed runtime for any workload - so that docker remains the de-facto standard that everyone uses. The problem with this statement - is that there no money in a container runtime. Docker never made money on their runtime, they looked for their revenue on the enterprise features above and on top the container runtime. How they are going to solve this problem - is beyond me and the scope of this post. The docker community has been steadily declining, the popularity of the events has been declining, the number of new features, announcements - is on the decline and has been on the decline for the past year or two. Someone told me a while back - that speaking bad about things or giving bad news is usually very easy. We can easily say that this is wrong, this is no useful, this should change. But without providing a positive twist on something - you become the “doom and gloom”. The “grim reaper”. Don’t be that person. I would like to heed their advice, and with that add something about - what that means for you today. You should start investing in understanding how these other runtimes can help you, where they fit,
increase your knowledge and expertise - so that you can prepare for this and not be surprised when everyone else stops using docker and you find yourself having to rush into adapting all your infrastructure. I think it is inevitable.
That was the post I wanted to write 8 months ago...
What triggered me to finish this post today was a post from Scott Mccarty - about the upcoming RHEL 8 beta - Enterprise Linux 8 Beta: A new set of container tools - and my tweet that followed
— Maish Saidel-Keesing (☁️🚀☁️) (@maishsk) February 20, 2019
Lo and behold - no more docker package available in RHEL 8.
If you’re a container veteran, you may have developed a habit of tailoring your systems by installing the “docker” package. On your brand new RHEL 8 Beta system, the first thing you’ll likely do is go to your old friend yum. You’ll try to install the docker package, but to no avail. If you are crafty, next, you’ll search and find this package: podman-docker.noarch : "package to Emulate Docker CLI using podman." What is this Podman we speak of? The docker package is replaced by the Container Tools module, which consists of Podman, Buildah, Skopeo and several other tidbits. There are a lot of new names packed into that sentence so, let’s break them down.
[IMG](Source - Tutorial - Doug Tidwell (https://youtu.be/bJDI_QuXeCE)
I think a picture is worth more than a thousand words..
Please feel free to share this post and share your feedback with me on Twitter (@maishsk)
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 104 - Loop: 57 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 26
Don't think this whole thing is just a flash in the pan, because it's not. I can't sustain the blitz of last weekend's rebel postings. That was the summation of a long term plan and a weeks nights on the GIMP doing the #ArtHarder to produce graphics. Even though the frequency of Rebel postings might slow a little, rest assured this alliance is here to stay and will remain a permanent addition to the diaspora* landscape. Slow and steady is the pace.
As expected, the opposition has been relentless but we are thankful for our many supporters, both overt and covert. You know who you are. ;) I appreciate you all, when things seem dark and I start to feel demoralized, you guys lift me up and give me hope. I am eternally grateful for that. The opposition posts reek of desperation, and their talking points are tired and redundant. Our future is looking bright.
In the near future there are more rebel posts planned. I intend to release a bunch of the badges and flags I've made as CC creative commons, so that the d* community can freely use them. Also I am noticing a lot of the same comments and questions are being repeatedly asked, so I plan on putting together a Rebel Alliance FAQ post.
So stay tuned true believers, there is much more to come.
#Thanks #Appreciation #Gratitude #Perseverance #Network #SocialMedia #Federation #Community #GrassRoots #Public #Pub #Freedom #FC #FreedomClub #Motivational #Hope #NeverGiveUp #NoSurrender #qotd #uncleTed #Inspiration #Gunday #SKS
VERSION 19.01 Has Been Released!
Took a bit longer than expected but I've found 31 new songs to add to the collection, bringing the total upto 442, with a combined playtime of almost 29 hours!
I also did a few minior changes, fixes and updates as usual.
You can check out and download the collection from here: https://juniorsdisk.com/
The next update should be out by the end of April assuming that everything goes well.
I'll add these songs to the bot soon.
Add finally, I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has been following, supporting and spreading the disk so far! =D
- The Compiler
#music #songs #diaspora #announcement #project #development #dev #mywork #update #community #thankyou #thanks
Holy cow. Stats from https://the-federation.info/ show that Gibberfish Social's user base has tripled since the beginning of the year. Is this the #gplusrefugee effect? We don't see the same bump on #Pluspora's stats at all.
This is, of course, good news. More people on the network is always welcome. Should this growth continue, however, we'll need to invest more resources (aka $$) to keep the pod running smoothly. So, if you're one of the ~2,000 new users, or even if you're a not-so-new user, please consider chipping in a few bucks to help us pay the bills. We appreciate it!
#gibberfish #diaspora #gplus #gplusrefugees #donate #thanks