World Wide Web – Web Link http://web-link.biz/ Wed, 18 May 2022 10:08:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://web-link.biz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png World Wide Web – Web Link http://web-link.biz/ 32 32 Let’s talk technical | Coeur d’Alene Press https://web-link.biz/lets-talk-technical-coeur-dalene-press/ Wed, 18 May 2022 08:07:44 +0000 https://web-link.biz/lets-talk-technical-coeur-dalene-press/ Do you remember when computers were new to our lives? When you were kinda fancy to have a big metal box on the living room desk. When the World Wide Web was capitalized (and the Internet too). Email chains (forward this to 10 of your galzzz’s who could REALLY use a lift – in pink, […]]]>


Do you remember when computers were new to our lives?

When you were kinda fancy to have a big metal box on the living room desk.

When the World Wide Web was capitalized (and the Internet too).

Email chains (forward this to 10 of your galzzz’s who could REALLY use a lift – in pink, underlined, italic AND bold letters). Dial-up access. Angelfire.com. MSN chat.

And the belief that computers were really going to revolutionize our lives, make them easier.

OK, so I’m happy with the role technology plays in things like sophisticated medical imaging, complex math, and so on. And it’s kind of nice to type this on a computer, deleting entire paragraphs at once without hand cramps while writing as fast as you can.

But how many times a day do they spend dealing with technology? Our computers are absolute babies – moaning, spitting and foaming, needing only the tenderest care and help. And no matter how many stickers you put on it, they are much less cute.

Smartphones are so convenient…until you spend over an hour sorting through photos to send to someone. And shoot down the same photos. And send them back. Then again. Because the dang-nab (didn’t say dang-nab) (didn’t say that either) craft wouldn’t send that many photos at once. Then he wouldn’t send half as many at once. The interweb fairy managed 15 fines, then only 10, then for some reason struggled with five. We ended up compromising on three.

And the recipient? Probably glad to get five separate emails, plus a few repeats.

It’s been a while since I’ve sorted my physical photos, but I’m pretty sure it was a lot more fun. And the worst you had to deal with was a fallen battery. Your purse certainly never told you that 20 photos were too many.

My mom’s life is run by her Roomba, which she inexplicably loves. “Roombie” takes a good two hours to clean the top floor – maybe an hour job. He is stuck and asks for help. He hits the wall a lot. It quickly runs out of battery. He’s a few years old and already confused, waking up in the middle of the night to beg you to “Please put Roomba home to charge” even when he’s already there.

OK, maybe he’s just haunted by a grumpy spirit.

How many emails have you lost in the last month?

How many witty dodging autocorrects have they had?

Have you ever noticed that your program crashes just when you need it most? I hope it’s OK to send this report an extra hour late. Do you think the IRS will notice if you file your taxes electronically 18 minutes after midnight on tax day?

Even the programs that make up this news page are dramatic. Half the time stories don’t automatically appear where they are assigned and have to be placed manually. Sometimes changes come and go. Microsoft Word, pretty much the only program I trust, will probably try to introduce something when I’m not looking.

It’s almost as if those dastardly digital demons are sentient.

Uh, maybe I was a little hasty. Computers aren’t all bad, are they? I love to read on my phone in a pinch. And a laptop is much easier to carry around than a typewriter.

Who even misses the days when you could go out and not have to – I mean make it happen! – hear everyone’s TikTok videos?

Thank you, lords of technology, for your beloved inconvenience.

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Elena Johnson can be reached at ejohnson@cdapress.com.

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Declaration of the Joint Meeting of SADC Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture – Angola https://web-link.biz/declaration-of-the-joint-meeting-of-sadc-ministers-responsible-for-agriculture-and-food-security-fisheries-and-aquaculture-angola/ Mon, 16 May 2022 09:20:15 +0000 https://web-link.biz/declaration-of-the-joint-meeting-of-sadc-ministers-responsible-for-agriculture-and-food-security-fisheries-and-aquaculture-angola/ The Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held on 13 May 2022 at the Bingu International Convention Center (BICC) in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi. The meeting brought together Ministers or their representatives from 14 Member States, namely the Republic of […]]]>

The Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held on 13 May 2022 at the Bingu International Convention Center (BICC) in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi.

The meeting brought together Ministers or their representatives from 14 Member States, namely the Republic of Angola, the Republic of Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Madagascar, the Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Zambia and Republic of Zimbabwe. The meeting was also attended by the SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration, Dr. Thembinkosi Mhlongo, and officials from the SADC Secretariat.

The meeting was preceded by a two-day Senior Officials Meeting from May 10-11, 2022 which reviewed and approved the documents for the Ministers’ meeting.

The objective of the meeting was to review and review the implementation of policies and strategies aimed at advancing agriculture and food and nutrition security, fisheries and aquaculture production and productivity in the region. The meeting took place against the backdrop of excessive rains, which caused heavy flooding in some parts of the Region, cyclones and drought in others; epidemics of transboundary animal and plant pests and diseases; major supply chain and service disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation and record public debt which limit the ability of many countries to meet current socio-economic challenges as well as the global food insecurity situation caused by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The meeting was chaired by the Honorable Lobin Lowe, MP, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Malawi and Chair of the Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture . In his remarks, Hon. Lowe commended SADC Member States for working diligently during these challenging times to implement many of the recommendations supporting SADC agricultural efficiency, including the 2021/2022 synthesis report on the state of food and nutrition security and vulnerability in the SADC region.

He stressed that it is through collective efforts and the pursuit of mutual agreements and regional approaches and strategies that SADC can fully address national and international investments in agriculture, water and natural resources. while addressing some of the many challenges that have had profound and negative consequences. eroding previously recorded successes.

Dr Mhlongo stressed the need for SADC Member States to dig deeper in the search for sustainable solutions to achieve better and exceptional gains in agricultural space, as this sector is critical to the socio-economic growth of the region. region and a major catalyst in reducing poverty and hunger. reduction. He stressed that SADC should intensify its efforts to increase production as the region faces unprecedented challenges which have had negative global impacts, among others, the raging war in Eastern Europe which has affected the availability of agricultural supplies, including cereals and agricultural inputs.

Dr Mhlongo further emphasized that although the SADC region has made progress in mitigating the impacts of climate change, it was important to continue caring for the environment, especially in the agricultural sector to limit its contribution to global warning, thereby reducing environmental degradation, including the degradation of other natural resources such as fisheries and aquaculture.

The ministers also deliberated on programs with a regional dimension in support of the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 and the SADC Vision 2050, in particular the programs for the development of agricultural space.

Ministers received updates on the implementation of the Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) and its implementation plan, the Regional Agricultural Investment Plan (RAIP); and reviewed the work programs of the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Center (SPGRC) and the Coordinating Center for Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA).

Ministers noted the ongoing challenges posed by the recurrence of transboundary plant pests and animal diseases that continue to affect the production of food crops and urged Member States to strengthen the management of plant and animal pests and diseases. and also to prepare for epidemics, in particular African swine fever (ASF). , two new foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMD) serotypes (O and A), H5 HPA, 14 H5N1 HPAI and many others.

Ministers urged Member States to mainstream and implement Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) mainstreaming guidelines for the agricultural sector, which include the practice of green and environmentally sound agricultural production .

As part of efforts to implement the 2014 Malabo Declaration, in particular the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Compact, Ministers considered the Third Biennial Review Report (BR) which aims to increase public spending on agriculture; increase farmers’ access to agricultural inputs and technologies; and increase investments in building resilience; and open up to intra-regional trade, and use structured markets.

Ministers urged Member States to excel in the implementation of the SADC RAIP which will, over time, improve and expand market infrastructure related to agriculture.

Ministers urged Member States to fully implement the actions endorsed at the UN Food Systems Summit that transform the way the world produces and consumes food as a turning point in achieving and achieving progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ministers called for strengthening cross-sector collaboration on investment projects using the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Framework and mobilization of resources to support capacity building of Member States to implement the Nexus concept WEF in project planning and preparation.

The Ministers endorsed the Standard Operating Procedures, the Guidelines on the Management of Plant Genetic Resources at the SPGRC and the Regional Strategy on the Conservation and Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources 2020-2030, which are key policy instruments to support the achievement of the RAP of SADC and the industrialization strategy.

Ministers further commended the Republic of Mozambique for signing the Charter Establishing the SADC Seed Centre, which guides Member States in coordinating seed certification and quality assurance, improving agricultural production and diversification of food resources while preventing genetic erosion in agriculture.

Ministers endorsed the report on the implementation of the fisheries protocol, which provides updated information on the extent to which member states have implemented the protocol and highlights success stories where significant progress has been made . They also urged Member States which have not yet acceded to the Fisheries Protocol (2001) to do so.

Ministers commended the cooperating partners, namely the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF), Water Research Commission ( WRC), WorldFish and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to support the implementation of regional programs and the operationalization of the RAIP to support SADC in the implementation of priority regional programs in all sectors.

Finally, the Ministers appreciated the support provided by the Government of the Republic of Malawi for successfully hosting the Joint Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, and Fisheries and Aquaculture.

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Two equal chances to dominate the Web3 world https://web-link.biz/two-equal-chances-to-dominate-the-web3-world/ Sat, 14 May 2022 04:14:00 +0000 https://web-link.biz/two-equal-chances-to-dominate-the-web3-world/ For most casual digital asset investors, the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade promises to be a game-changing event that will improve efficiency, reduce network costs, and propel the entire blockchain and crypto space. closer to a Web3 reality. Ethereum is struggling with a lack of scalability and skyrocketing gas fees, and since it serves as the largest […]]]>

For most casual digital asset investors, the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade promises to be a game-changing event that will improve efficiency, reduce network costs, and propel the entire blockchain and crypto space. closer to a Web3 reality.

Ethereum is struggling with a lack of scalability and skyrocketing gas fees, and since it serves as the largest platform for developing smart contracts and DApps, the shift to a proof-of-stake blockchain ( more reliable and scalable PoS) will be a welcome reprieve.

Unbeknownst to most casual investors, however, Polkadot’s Substrate platform has made massive inroads in developing a parallel decentralized internet infrastructure that many believe will eventually eclipse that of Ethereum.

Related: The Polkadot Architecture and Introduction to the Substrate Framework

Since the publication of the Polkadot whitepaper, its value as a bridge between the Ethereum ecosystem and the many possibilities that make up a Web3 Internet experience has been at the forefront of Polkadot’s main selling points.

So how exactly does Polkadot compare to Ethereum? What is Ethereum’s current progress towards a decentralized internet, and have Polkadot’s parachains become a viable threat to the mainstream smart contract network? Here is a brief overview of the technical details that differentiate Polkadot’s ecosystem from the upcoming Ethereum update.

Two Paths to Decentralized Internet

To understand the value that Polkadot brings to the table, we must first compare Polkadot’s substrate and how it differs from what Ethereum currently offers.

There is no denying that at one time, Ethereum was considered a breakthrough technology and a sought-after platform for DApp development. Over the years, however, scalability has become Ethereum’s Achilles’ heel. With around 1 million transactions per day, the Ethereum blockchain is only capable of processing 15 transactions per second (TPS), which leads to volatile gas fees. Although this number is expected to increase with the upgrade to Ethereum 2.0, it will still be far from traditional centralized infrastructures such as Visa, which can theoretically process well over 1,700 TPS.

In addition to its slow and congested network, Ethereum’s outdated consensus algorithms consume up to 112.15 TWh per year, which is comparable to the electricity consumption of Portugal or the Netherlands. Simply put, Ethereum relies heavily on a proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm that requires computationally intensive mining to add new blocks to the chain and confirm transactions.

Related: Inside the Mind of the Blockchain Developer: Proof of Work Blockchain Consensus

Ethereum 2.0 plans to address these concerns by moving from a PoW algorithm to a more efficient PoS algorithm, which will eventually allow Ethereum to become carbon neutral and achieve more speed.

Ethereum 2.0 will also use sharding as a scalability solution which will see the network split into smaller pieces that can process transactions in parallel. In theory, this will allow Ethereum to process an infinite number of transactions per second, but in practice this will be limited by the number of shards created.

As of today, the move to Ethereum 2.0 is still ongoing, even though the testnet is live. Frustrated by the delays, developers of ambitious projects like Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood left Ethereum to build the Web3 Foundation and Parity Technologies. Parity Technologies and the Web3 Foundation mainly focus on the development of three main technologies: Parity Ethereum (also known as Serenity), Parity Substrate and Polkadot.

Ultimately, the goal of these organizations and projects is to accelerate the Web3 vision.

Their victories and their defeats

As a central blockchain infrastructure company, Parity Technologies provides several tools and software that allow developers to launch their blockchains quickly and easily. The Parity Substrate is a toolkit for building custom blockchains from scratch, and it powers some of the world’s most popular blockchains, such as Polkadot, Kraken, and Chainlink.

Parity Ethereum, on the other hand, is the software that runs Ethereum 2.0 clients such as Geth and Prysm. Parity’s main contribution to Polkadot is the Substrate framework, which is used to create custom blockchains or parachains on top of the Polkadot relay chain.

Related: How Polkadot’s Parachain Auctions Make Decentralized Web3 Possible

Compared to Ethereum’s existing system as well as its future sharding framework, Substrate is very modular and allows for the creation of custom blockchains. Developers can choose the features they want for their parachains up to the degree of technical difficulty they can handle.

Here are some examples of how the functions of blockchains built with Substrate can differ:

  • Zeitgeist has prediction markets (similar to sports betting or betting on the weather next week) and uses them for on-chain governance.
  • KILT is a very complex system of decentralized identifiers (DID) with the aim of bringing an identity to Web3.
  • Subsocial is composed of two communicating Substrate blockchains with social interactions integrated into the code (a palette for making posts, another palette for comments, another palette for reactions, etc.).

As a result, Substrate allows users to assemble a few palettes and launch their chains in less than an hour, which is much easier than starting from scratch. In the future, they might be far superior to Ethereum in performing specific tasks. Additionally, they can still communicate easily using XCMP, a cross-consensus message format developed for Polkadot that allows interaction between networks that share the same relay chain.

Substrate also provides developers with a library of modules that can be used to create compatibility between new blockchains and legacy chains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Moreover, you don’t even have to create blockchains that connect to Polkadot when using Substrate. Simply put, any developer can use Substrate to create forkless blockchains that can be upgraded without the need for hard forks and on any ecosystem outside of Polkadot or Ethereum.

In terms of validators, Polkadot uses a Nash equilibrium staking game that incentivizes validators to behave in a way that is best for the network as a whole. This is different from Ethereum’s current focus on rewarding miners for their efforts, which often leads to centralization and high barriers to entry.

The Polkadot relay chain is also designed to be much more scalable than Ethereum’s, with the ability to process around 1,000 transactions per second compared to Ethereum’s meager 15.

Perhaps the only flaw in Polkadot’s armor is the fact that Parity Technologies had a major security breach in its multi-signature wallet software in 2017, when over $30 million worth of ETH was stolen from several multi-signature wallets.

No confrontation, but complementarity

Ultimately, Polkadot is a complementary platform to Ethereum, as both blockchain ecosystems strive to achieve the same goal of providing a fully decentralized World Wide Web.

Although Polkadot has a ton of features and enhanced capacity, it’s still in its infancy, with only a handful of apps (Moonbeam and Moonriver) running on its network. At the same time, Ethereum continues to be a jack-of-all-trades, with hundreds of thousands of developers and projects giving it a significant edge in terms of adoption.

Polkadot and Ethereum serve different purposes and can co-exist and complement each other in a decentralized future.

A glimpse of the future

Polkadot and Ethereum have their own strengths and weaknesses. In the future, they might even coexist to provide a fully decentralized Web3. Developers can use Substrate to build decentralized social media platforms or video-sharing apps that integrate Ethereum’s ERC-20 token economy. With more developers arriving to help accelerate the shift to a Web3 internet, it’s unclear what the future holds for both Polkadot and Ethereum.

This article does not contain investment advice or recommendations. Every investment and trading move involves risk, and readers should conduct their own research when making a decision.

The views, thoughts and opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Cointelegraph.

Oleh Mell is the developer of Subsocial, a social networking platform designed to support the social networks of the future. These apps will feature built-in monetization methods and censorship resistance, where users will own their content and social graphics. Built with Substrate palettes, Subsocial is one of a kind in the Dotsama ecosystem and designed specifically for social interactions. These interactions don’t have to be social media specific, as Subsocial can support apps like YouTube, Shopify, or even Airbnb.