[LINK] Micro-inverters and Browser Monitoring Key to Solar Power

Ben McGinnes ben at adversary.org
Fri Nov 19 13:30:48 AEDT 2010

On 16/11/10 7:39 AM, Ivan Trundle wrote:
> (Wandering dangerously off-topic, off-list...)

Yes, but in for a penny, in for a pound ...

> Interesting pluralistic deontological aside: whose random deaths are
> we referring to? And how does one condemn others to this fate?

Well, I was thinking of the potential increase in deaths due to

> Is it the people of the future - for whom the prospect of having an
> environment that kills them - or the people of today, for whom the
> environment is not yet hostile, and whose resilience is (apparently)
> weakening?
> It's a good example of the trolley car paradox (moral
> action/inaction/obligation).

Oh, bugger, you've got me.

Normally I'd flip the switch or push the fat man in the path of the
trolley, but it's a bit more difficult when you don't know what
technological advances might save future generations.

Yeah ... I've been staring at this email for a while now and I can't
decide which way to choose.  I'm going to have to state the obvious:
that it's a real conundrum (that's probably going to lurk in the back
of my mind for a while).


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