South Korea To Move To Standardized, Internationally Recognized Age System
South Koreans are set to become one or even two years younger - at least on official paperwork. From a report: On Thursday, the South Korean parliament passed a law to scrap Korea’s two traditional methods of counting age. From June 2023, the so-called “Korean Age” system will no longer be permitted on official documents. Only … ⌘ Read more

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FTC Sues Microsoft To Block $69 Billion Activision Blizzard Acquisition
The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday sued to block Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of the video game publisher Activision Blizzard, charging that the massive deal would allow the Washington tech giant to suppress its competitors in gaming. Washington Post: The lawsuit represents the FTC’s most significant effort to rein in con … ⌘ Read more

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BlackRock Says Get Ready For a Recession Unlike Any Other
A worldwide recession is just around the corner as central banks boost borrowing costs aggressively to tame inflation – and this time, it will ignite more market turbulence than ever before, according to BlackRock, the investment giant that manages about $10 trillion. From the report: The global economy has already exited a four-decade era of stable growth an … ⌘ Read more

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Chrome Gets Memory and Energy Saver Modes
Google today announced two new performance settings in its Chrome browser: Memory Saver and Energy Saver. From a report: The Memory Saver mode promises to reduce Chrome’s memory usage by up to 30% by putting inactive tabs to sleep. The tabs will simply reload when you need them again. The Energy Saver mode, meanwhile, limits background activity and visual effects for sites with animations an … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » I finally gave up following Ars Technica. For awhile I enjoyed their tech news because they seemed to dig into stories a little more than other outlets.

@marado that’s a good point. Twitter and Mastodon allow you to mute keywords/keyphrases so that you don’t see posts with those words and phrases in your feed. That’s an important safety feature yarn should probably adopt at some point (unless it has it already and I missed it!)

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EU Sets December 28, 2024, Deadline For All New Phones To Use USB-C for Wired Charging
We finally have a final official deadline for when new phones sold in the European Union – including future iPhones – will have to use USB-C for wired charging: December 28th, 2024. From a report: That’s because the EU’s new USB-C legislation has just been published in the bloc’s Official Journal, making … ⌘ Read more

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FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Is Said To Face Market Manipulation Inquiry
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether FTX’s founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, manipulated the market for two cryptocurrencies this past spring, leading to their collapse and creating a domino effect that eventually caused the implosion of his own cryptocurrency exchange last month, The New York Times reports, citing people wit … ⌘ Read more

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Reverse Nature’s Decline or There is No Future, UN Says
The United Nations’ biodiversity chief says global talks under way in Montreal are the “last chance” to reverse the destruction of the natural world. From a report: “Biodiversity is the foundation of life. Without it, there is no life,” Elizabeth Maruma Mrema told BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science programme. But she is worried about the amount of work still needed for th … ⌘ Read more

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Pacific Island Nation of Vanuatu Has Been Knocked Offline For More Than a Month
The newly elected government in Pacific island nation of Vanuatu encountered a serious problem from the very first day of its term on Nov. 6 – no one could use their government email accounts. But then the situation got worse. Much worse. From a report: Officials could not use any government computer services, from r … ⌘ Read more

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Coinbase CEO Sees Revenue Falling 50% or More on Crypto Rout
Coinbase Chief Executive Officer Brian Armstrong said the cryptocurrency exchange’s revenue is set to be cut by half or more this year as declining prices and the collapse of rival FTX rattle investors’ confidence. From a report: The rapid downfall of FTX capped what was already a brutal year for the cryptocurrency industry, with speculators in retreat as … ⌘ Read more

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EU To Make Crypto Companies Report Tax Details To Authorities
The European Commission plans to make crypto companies report user holdings to tax authorities, it said Thursday – but the European Union (EU) body says it’s still working on how to enforce the measures on wallet providers or exchanges based outside the bloc. From a report: As previously reported by CoinDesk, the proposed new tax rules, known as the eighth … ⌘ Read more

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Former Theranos COO Sunny Balwani Sentenced To Nearly 13 Years In Prison
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Former Theranos chief operating officer and president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison Wednesday for fraud, after the unraveling of the blood-testing juggernaut prompted criminal charges in California federal court against both Balwani and Theranos f … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » @adi Gotcha! OK, cancelled the bmac sub and set up a €5 one with PayPal; plus €40 for your domain. (I'm not using Revolut these days; might get back to it at some point, though, so I'll keep that in mind.)

that’s mighty generous of you John 🤗

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In-reply-to » @adi Apologies for going dark. Just set up monthly support through Buy Me A Coffee; not much, but I hope it helps.

@adi Gotcha! OK, cancelled the bmac sub and set up a €5 one with PayPal; plus €40 for your domain. (I’m not using Revolut these days; might get back to it at some point, though, so I’ll keep that in mind.)

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Pentagon Splits $9 Billion Cloud Contract Between 4 Firms
Google, Oracle, Microsoft and Amazon will share in the Pentagon’s $9 billion contract to build its cloud computing network, a year after accusations of politicization over the previously announced contract and a protracted legal battle resulted in the military starting over in its award process. The Associated Press reports: The Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » I've got Ryzen 5 3500X very cheaply (like $20 for both CPU and board), because it - I quote "doesn't run Windows, just Linux". It's a six-core/six-thread CPU originally targeted to asian lower-end OEM market, having SMT turned off permanently and it's the only Ryzen 5 3xxx missing in Windows 11 supported AMD processors. Indeed, both Windows 10 and Windows 11 installers ended in B.S.O.D. around 20% from the start. But when installed elsewhere, Windows 10 worked without any error, so I started tinkering in EFI setup... Long story short: There is an option in EFI called "SMT". It has two possible states: Disabled and Auto. When set to Auto, Windows fail to install, when set to Disabled, both Windows 10 and 11 work. It seems that both systems simply presume the CPU has SMT and fail when trying to use it. When SMT is disabled in EFI, this does't happen and even Windows 11 recognize the CPU as supported and install from the original ISO without any modifications. Mystery solved.

@mckinley Yeah, I considered it mostly a mystery to be resolved. Otherwise I agree - Windows are not an answer, Windows are a question to which Linux is the answer. I bought the CPU on a local auction web, which is also where I’m selling it now, because it lost its mysteries…

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I’ve got Ryzen 5 3500X very cheaply (like $20 for both CPU and board), because it - I quote “doesn’t run Windows, just Linux”. It’s a six-core/six-thread CPU originally targeted to asian lower-end OEM market, having SMT turned off permanently and it’s the only Ryzen 5 3xxx missing in Windows 11 supported AMD processors. Indeed, both Windows 10 and Windows 11 installers ended in B.S.O.D. around 20% from the start. But when installed elsewhere, Windows 10 worked without any error, so I started tinkering in EFI setup… Long story short: There is an option in EFI called “SMT”. It has two possible states: Disabled and Auto. When set to Auto, Windows fail to install, when set to Disabled, both Windows 10 and 11 work. It seems that both systems simply presume the CPU has SMT and fail when trying to use it. When SMT is disabled in EFI, this does’t happen and even Windows 11 recognize the CPU as supported and install from the original ISO without any modifications. Mystery solved.

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UK Approves First Coal Mine In 30 Years
A year after Britain hosted a major climate summit, the British government on Wednesday approved its first new coal mine in 30 years, stoking anger among environmental campaigners. The Washington Post reports: The new mine, approved on Wednesday by Michael Gove, Britain’s levelling-up secretary, will take two years to build and will produce an estimated 2.8 tonnes of coking coal a year, which is … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » I finally gave up following Ars Technica. For awhile I enjoyed their tech news because they seemed to dig into stories a little more than other outlets.

@marado Oh? You think it would be fine if we define more dynamic filters that users can define and control? 🤔

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A New Global Plastics Treaty Is Coming For Your Bags and Bottles
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: The world is choking in plastic trash, and the UN wants to do something to fix it. A weeklong meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on Plastic Pollution in Punta del Este, Uruguay, ended last Friday (Dec. 2). It was a first, formal step towards a legally binding international … ⌘ Read more

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Supercomputer Re-Creates One of the Most Famous Pictures of Earth
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Fifty years ago today, astronauts aboard Apollo 17, NASA’s last crewed mission to the Moon, took an iconic photograph of our planet. The image became known as the Blue Marble – the first fully illuminated picture of Earth, in color, taken by a person. Now, scientists have re-created that imag … ⌘ Read more

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Atari Revives Unreleased Arcade Game That Was Too Damn Hard For 1982 Players
Atari is reviving Akka Arrh, a 1982 arcade game canceled because test audiences found it too difficult. Engadget reports: For the wave shooter’s remake, the publisher is teaming up with developer Jeff Minter, whose psychedelic, synthwave style seems an ideal fit for what Atari describes as “a fever dream in the best way p … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon Joins Open Invention Network
Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) – the world’s largest patent non-aggression consortium. ZDNet reports: OIN has long protected Linux and Linux-related software from patent aggression by rival companies. With the recent increase in patent troll attacks, the OIN is also defending companies from these assaults. This is a natural move for Amazon. Besides rel … ⌘ Read more

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Meta’s Behavioral Ads Will Finally Face GDPR Privacy Reckoning In January
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Major privacy complaints targeting the legality of Meta’s core advertising business model in Europe have finally been settled via a dispute resolution mechanism baked into the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The complaints, which date back to May 2018, take aim a … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » WhatsApp lost an attempt to annul a binding decision regarding a GDPR violation, which is good news. But the fact that, in reaction to it, an WA spokesperson says that this makes no sense because "this case concerns a privacy policy from four years ago that has since been updated" only shows the sense of impunity big tech feels, as well as how ridiculous it is that they are able to drag these things for so long. In the meantime, they keep violating the law (just yesterday Meta lost three other GDPR-related cases!), and with no end in sight - even today's WA case is far from over, with appeals ongoing and more chances for appeal available. A sour-tasting victory, today's.

@marado I feel that until we make advertising based business models illegal, we’ll never see the end of this privacy madness 🤦‍♂️

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Nigeria Limits ATM Cash Withdrawals To Encourage Digital Financial Transactions
Nigeria has drastically reduced the amount of cash individuals and businesses can withdraw as it attempts to push its “cash-less Nigeria” policy and increase the use of the eNaira – Nigeria’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). CoinTelegraph reports: The Central Bank of Nigeria issued (PDF) the directive to financi … ⌘ Read more

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In-reply-to » I finally gave up following Ars Technica. For awhile I enjoyed their tech news because they seemed to dig into stories a little more than other outlets.

@abucci Yeah well I’ve never built anything like this so I’m not sure how it would work yet 🤔

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In-reply-to » Does anyone have first-hand experience with blue light filter glasses for sitting in front of computer screens? I hear plenty of people swearing by them. Since I don't have any issues with screens myself (well, not that I know of so far), I cannot really believe that they would improve my screen time. But nearly all claim that they cannot go back anymore.

@lyse I believe @kt84 does 🤞

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GOP-Led States Ban TikTok On Government Devices
A growing number of GOP-led states are barring state employees and contractors from using TikTok on government-issued devices as the FBI warns of possible threats to national security posed by the Chinese-owned social media platform. Texas became the latest to do so on Wednesday, joining South Dakota, South Carolina and Maryland, all of which banned the app on government devices … ⌘ Read more

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Four-Person Dev Team Gets Apple’s M-Series GPU Working On Linux
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For the brave people running Linux on Apple Silicon, their patience has paid off. GPU drivers that provide desktop hardware acceleration are now available in Asahi Linux, unleashing more of the M-series chips’ power. It has taken roughly two years to reach this alpha-stage OpenGL driver, but the … ⌘ Read more

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I like using the nix package manager in addition to whichever one comes with the system I’m using, because you can use it to craft local environments, development environments, install and experiment with things without screwing up your system, and other good stuff.

But boy does it eat disk space. I just did a hard garbage collection and it zapped almost 70 Gbytes of stuff.

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Apple Advances User Security With Three New Data Protections
WankerWeasel writes: Apple today introduced three advanced security features focused on protecting against threats to user data in the cloud, representing the next step in its ongoing effort to provide users with even stronger ways to protect their data. With iMessage Contact Key Verification, users can verify they are communicating only with whom they … ⌘ Read more

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Apple Kills Its Plan To Scan Your Photos for CSAM
Apple plans to expand its Communication Safety features, which aim to disrupt the sharing of child sexual abuse material at the source. From a report: In August 2021, Apple announced a plan to scan photos that users stored in iCloud for child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The tool was meant to be privacy-preserving and allow the company to flag potentially problematic and ab … ⌘ Read more

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WhatsApp lost an attempt to annul a binding decision regarding a GDPR violation, which is good news. But the fact that, in reaction to it, an WA spokesperson says that this makes no sense because “this case concerns a privacy policy from four years ago that has since been updated” only shows the sense of impunity big tech feels, as well as how ridiculous it is that they are able to drag these things for so long. In the meantime, they keep violating the law (just yesterday Meta lost three other GDPR-related cases!), and with no end in sight - even today’s WA case is far from over, with appeals ongoing and more chances for appeal available. A sour-tasting victory, today’s.

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Does anyone have first-hand experience with blue light filter glasses for sitting in front of computer screens? I hear plenty of people swearing by them. Since I don’t have any issues with screens myself (well, not that I know of so far), I cannot really believe that they would improve my screen time. But nearly all claim that they cannot go back anymore.

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San Francisco Halts ‘Killer Robots’ Police Policy Following Backlash
San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco supervisors have walked back their approval of a controversial policy that would have allowed police to kill suspects with robots in extreme cases. Instead of granting final authorization to the policy Tuesday in its second of two required votes, the Board of Supervisors reversed course and voted 8 … ⌘ Read more

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Scammers Are Scamming Other Scammers Out of Millions of Dollars
Nobody is immune to being scammed online – not even the people running the scams. From a report: Cybercriminals using hacking forums to buy software exploits and stolen login details keep falling for cons and are getting ripped off thousands of dollars at a time, a new analysis has revealed. And what’s more, when the criminals complain that they are … ⌘ Read more

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Canada’s Biggest Pension Fund Ends Crypto Investment Pursuit
Canada’s biggest pension fund, CPP Investments, has ended its nearly year-long effort of studying investment opportunities in the volatile crypto market, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: The reasons behind CPPI’s abandonment of crypto research were not immediately clear. CPPI declined to comment but said … ⌘ Read more

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Amazon Sued by District of Columbia for ‘Stealing’ Delivery Driver Tips
Washington DC’s attorney general is suing Amazon, seeking civil penalties for allegedly misleading consumers who thought they were tipping delivery drivers but had the money diverted to cover the couriers’ base pay. From a report: The case, filed in Washington DC Superior Court, cites a 2021 settlement between the company and the Feder … ⌘ Read more

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Microsoft Teams Adds Free Communities Feature To Take on Discord
Microsoft is launching a new communities feature for Microsoft Teams today, designed for consumers to use the best parts of Teams free of charge to create and organize groups. From a report: The new community feature will allow groups to use the calendar, meeting, and chat features of Teams. Features like group chat, calling, and file / photo sha … ⌘ Read more

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Boeing’s Last 747 Rolls Out of the Factory After More Than 50-Year Production Run
Boeing’s final 747 rolled out of the company’s cavernous factory north of Seattle Tuesday night as airlines’ push for more fuel-efficient planes ends the more than half-century production run of the jumbo jet. From a report: The 1,574th – and last – 747 will later be flown by a Boeing test pilot, painted and han … ⌘ Read more

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