the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2021-Sep-14 today archive


  1. Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement In Cities Around the World
  2. Scientists Can Now Assemble Entire Genomes On Their Personal Computers In Minutes
  3. Comcast Will Soon Launch Smart TVs Under Its New XClass TV Brand
  4. SEC Charges App Annie With Securities Fraud in $10 Million Settlement
  5. Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter for Not Deleting Banned Content
  6. Millions With Eye Conditions at Higher Risk of Dementia, Shows Research
  7. Twitter Reopens Its Account Verification Process After Another Pause
  8. Facebook's Own Research Shows Instagram Is Harmful To Teens, Report Says
  9. Michelin's Airless Passenger Car Tires Get Their First Public Outing
  10. Online Coding School Treehouse Lays Off Most of Its Staff
  11. Apple Watch Series 7 Delivers Larger Screens and More Durability
  12. AMD Radeon Software Can Overclock Your Ryzen CPU Now, Too
  13. All-new iPad Mini Announced With 5G, USB-C, and Larger 8.3-inch Display
  14. iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Announced With High Refresh Rate 120Hz Displays
  15. TikTok Faces EU Data Probes Into Children's Safety, China Link
  16. China Uses Anti-fraud App To Track Access To Overseas Financial News Sites
  17. India and Singapore To Link Their Payments Systems
  18. South Korea's Antitrust Regulator Fines Google $177 Million for Abusing Mobile Market Dominance
  19. Intel Is Reducing Server Chip Pricing in Attempt To Stem the AMD Tide
  20. AI Can Estimate Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  21. Meat Accounts For Nearly 60% of All Greenhouse Gases From Food Production, Study Finds
  22. China Will Reportedly Break Up Ant Group's Alipay, Force Creation of New Loans App
  23. Nvidia Leak May Reveal Unannounced Games, Including God of War For PC

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Simple Mathematical Law Predicts Movement In Cities Around the World

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: The people who happen to be in a city center at any given moment may seem like a random collection of individuals. But new research featuring a simple mathematical law shows that urban travel patterns worldwide are, in fact, remarkably predictable regardless of location -- an insight that could enhance models of disease spread and help to optimize city planning. Studying anonymized cell-phone data, researchers discovered what is known as an inverse square relation between the number of people in a given urban location and the distance they traveled to get there, as well as how frequently they made the trip. It may seem intuitive that people visit nearby locations frequently and distant ones less so, but the newly discovered relation puts the concept into specific numerical terms. It accurately predicts, for instance, that the number of people coming from two kilometers away five times per week will be the same as the number coming from five kilometers twice a week. The researchers' new visitation law, and a versatile model of individuals' movements within cities based on it, was reported in Nature.

The researchers analyzed data from about eight million people between 2006 and 2013 in six urban locations: Boston, Singapore, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Dakar in Senegal, and Abidjan in Ivory Coast. Previous analyses have used cell-phone data to study individuals' travel paths; this study focused instead on locations and examined how many people were visiting, from how far and how frequently. The researchers found that all the unique choices people makeâ"from dropping kids at school to shopping or commuting -- obey this inverse square law when considered in aggregate. One explanation for this strong statistical pattern is that traveling requires time and energy, and people have limited resources for it.

Re:Try to be clear, not clever, when explaining

By mark-t • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I was going to say the same thing, but then I noticed that there are *two* independent variables, not just one, and if both have the same inverse-square relationship to distance, wouldn't they just cancel eachother out?

Assuming an inverse square relationship to both distance *AND* the frequency of travel, the number of people coming in from 2km a given number of times per week could still be 6.25 times the number of people who travel 5km the same number times a week, and the number of people who come in twice per week could be 6.25 times the number who come in five times per week at a given distance.five times per week, for example, illustrating the inverse square relationship explicitly.

Re:Well, in the US...

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

One place I worked we had half decent coffee making facilities on-site, but I preferred to walk into the village anyway. Getting a bit of exercise is good for you and also helps clear the mind a bit. When I was stuck on a difficult problem or having trouble making a technical decision I'd often go for a walk to ponder it.

I do the same now I work from home, although there aren't many good walks around here. There's a very friendly cat who lives nearby so I usually go see if he wants some fuss.

Just in time for the Foundation series

By Ecuador • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

This is a bit like elementary psychohistory, remember to catch up on the Foundation novels before the Apple TV premiere on the 24th ;)

PS. Yes, I know the series will probably have little to do with the books as the books have almost zero "action". Still we can hope for something good...

This is very old news

By nagora • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I read about Reilly's theory of retail gravitation in the 70's, and have used it (combined with A*) for modelling my fantasy world's trading routes for years and years. Reilly's theory is an inverse square law too.

If they've refined, i particular, how to measure the draw of an area and the best way to measure distance (time, effort, etc.) then great, but this is not "super striking".

Power laws used my market researchers for decades

By laughingskeptic • Score: 3 • Thread
E.g. the Huff Model. Well described here:

Scientists Can Now Assemble Entire Genomes On Their Personal Computers In Minutes

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Researchers have developed a technique for reconstructing whole genomes, including the human genome, on a personal computer. "This technique is about a hundred times faster than current state-of-the-art approaches and uses one-fifth the resources," reports Phys.Org. From the report: The study, published September 14 in the journal Cell Systems, allows for a more compact representation of genome data inspired by the way in which words, rather than letters, offer condensed building blocks for language models. [...] To approach genome assembly more efficiently than current techniques, which involve making pairwise comparisons between all possible pairs of reads, [researchers] turned to language models. Building from the concept of a de Bruijn graph, a simple, efficient data structure used for genome assembly, the researchers developed a minimizer-space de Bruin graph (mdBG), which uses short sequences of nucleotides called minimizers instead of single nucleotides. "Our minimizer-space de Bruijn graphs store only a small fraction of the total nucleotides, while preserving the overall genome structure, enabling them to be orders of magnitude more efficient than classical de Bruijn graphs," says [one of the researchers].

The researchers applied their method to assemble real HiFi data (which has almost perfect single-molecule read accuracy) for Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, as well as human genome data provided by Pacific Biosciences (PacBio). When they evaluated the resulting genomes, [researchers] found that their mdBG-based software required about 33 times less time and 8 times less random-access memory (RAM) computing hardware than other genome assemblers. Their software performed genome assembly for the HiFi human data 81 times faster with 18 times less memory usage than the Peregrine assembler and 338 times faster with 19 times less memory usage than the hifiasm assembler. Next, [researchers] used their method to construct an index for a collection of 661,406 bacterial genomes, the largest collection of its kind to date. They found that the novel technique could search the entire collection for antimicrobial resistance genes in 13 minutes -- a process that took 7 hours using standard sequence alignment.

What's really amazing

By Beeftopia • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

What's really amazing is how boolean algebra, the language of the gates in the CPU, can support all of these abstractions and algorithms.

Trees, graphs, linked lists, stacks, queues, insertion sorts, relational algebra, matrix operations, to whatever this is, all expressed as boolean algebra. Amazing.

Abstractions on top of abstractions. Yet somehow it retains, manipulates and produces information. Freaky.

Now we know

By Tulsa_Time • Score: 3 • Thread

what the Great Filter is...

Re:Measuring 'less'

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Am I the only one who hates it when they say "[x] times less"?

If X is three times more than Y, then Y is three times less than X.

It may be a clumsy way to say it, but it is a common English expression.

I suggest that you reserve your hate for those who confuse "your" and "you're", use the phrase "begs the question", and use "literally" as an intensifier. Those are far worse offenses.

Comcast Will Soon Launch Smart TVs Under Its New XClass TV Brand

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Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the XClass TV brand, Protocol reported Tuesday. From the report: A number of clues left online suggests that a launch is imminent. XClass TVs run a version of Comcast's X1 operating system, which also powers the company's set-top boxes as well as its Xfinity Flex streaming box. However, unlike those devices, XClass TVs will be available to anyone, regardless of whether they subscribe to the company's cable services. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this summer that Comcast had struck a partnership with Walmart to sell its smart TVs; Protocol was first to report about Comcast's plans to enter the smart TV platform business a year ago. While under development for some time, Comcast's smart TV efforts have picked up steam in recent months: The company registered a trademark for "X Class TV" in February. The official website remains inaccessible, but the company inadvertently left a temporary staging site accessible to the public that reveals many details about the initiative.

"XClass TV is a smart TV that brings all your favorite apps, live channels, and On Demand movies and shows together in one place," that site explains in a FAQ. " XClass TV ... gives you thousands of free movies, shows, music, and more. And to find what you love faster, XClass TV comes with a voice remote that lets you control your TV and search across apps with just your voice." Among the tidbits leaked through this staging site: Hisense is making two 4K TV models, with screen sizes of 43 and 50 inches, respectively, for Comcast.

I'm sure it will be

By TuballoyThunder • Score: 3 • Thread
COMCASTIC! From the same people that gave you crappy (for customers probably good for the cable company) set top boxes, I can only imagine how customer hostile the TV will be.

They run out of business ideas

By guacamole • Score: 3 • Thread

A cable company smart tv dvr is worse than a carrier branded smartphone.

Please don't ...

By PPH • Score: 3 • Thread

... use 'smart' and 'TV' in the same sentence.

From rent to own...

By LostMyBeaver • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
to rent to rent

Oh hell no!

By Rick Schumann • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
If theirs was my only choice I'd go without.

SEC Charges App Annie With Securities Fraud in $10 Million Settlement

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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday that it's charging App Annie, the mobile app data provider, with securities fraud, accusing the company of "engaging in deceptive practices" and misrepresenting the origins of its data. From a report: App Annie will pay a $10 million settlement, according to the announcement, although the company has not admitted to any of the SEC's findings. According to the SEC, the company, which sells estimates on app downloads, usage and revenue, assured app businesses that the performance data they shared with App Annie would only be used in an anonymized way and run through an algorithm to generate performance estimates. But the SEC accuses App Annie and its former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt of reneging on that promise and using actual performance data to tweak its estimate models between 2014 and 2018. Then, the SEC alleges, the company sold that confidential data to trading firms, and misled those customers into thinking that the data was compliant with federal securities laws.

How do they get to not admit guilt but pay fines

By bubblyceiling • Score: 3 • Thread
Normal people don't get privileges like this

Russia Fines Facebook, Twitter for Not Deleting Banned Content

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A Russian court on Tuesday said it had fined U.S. social media companies Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete content that Moscow deems illegal, part of a wider crackdown by Russia on the internet and Big Tech. From a report: The Tagansky district court said Facebook had been handed five fines totalling 21 million roubles ($287,850). Twitter received two fines of a total 5 million roubles, it said. Popular messaging app Telegram had been fined 9 million roubles, the court said. Moscow's actions to strengthen its control of the internet have included a push to require foreign internet companies to open fully-fledged offices in Russia and to store Russians' personal data on its territory.

they can just exit Russia!

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

they can just exit Russia!

In Soviet Russia we facebook you!

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 3 • Thread

In Soviet Russia we facebook you!

Re:In Soviet Russia we facebook you!

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The thing is that Facebook, Google, et. al, know that they would be replaced by domestic providers. Some can say that Yandex, VK, and other Russian based service providers are actually better. In fact, if you are in the US, VK may be a more private place than FB.

I wonder why the fine was so low. Hell, this doesn't even cover a mortgage on a home in most of the US.

Good countries vs Bad

By Baron_Yam • Score: 3 • Thread

Most countries: "Yeah, we don't want the US holding our data and using it for god knows what (except we know, and it's not in our best interests). And we're going to levy fines against you until you comply with our rules in our country". I'm good with that.

But Russia? It's not about protecting their citizens from being turned into commodities for American businesses, it's about reducing the ability of other countries to do to Russia what Russia's doing to them. Which is stir up shit in hopes of making things worse everywhere else in the world so Russia isn't doing so badly by comparison, because apparently that's a more attractive option than trying to improve Russia.

Fuck Russia.

Re:they can just exit Russia!

By Opportunist • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Russian astroturfers and political spammers would be a start.

But then, what social media platform really wants to suddenly lose half its user base?

Millions With Eye Conditions at Higher Risk of Dementia, Shows Research

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Millions of people with eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease have an increased risk of developing dementia, new research shows. From a report: Vision impairment can be one of the first signs of the disease, which is predicted to affect more than 130 million people worldwide by 2050. Previous research has suggested there could be a link between eye conditions that cause vision impairment, and cognitive impairment. However, the incidence of these conditions increases with age, as do systemic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and stroke, which are all accepted risk factors for dementia. That meant it was unclear whether eye conditions were linked with a higher incidence of dementia independently of systemic conditions.

Now researchers have found that age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetes-related eye disease are independently associated with increased risk of dementia, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The research examined data from 12,364 British adults aged 55 to 73, who were taking part in the UK Biobank study. They were assessed in 2006 and again in 2010 with their health information tracked until early 2021.

Journal article link

By dsgrntlxmply • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Original journal paper, open access: Shang et al.

Twitter Reopens Its Account Verification Process After Another Pause

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Twitter has again restarted its account verification process, the company said on Monday. TechCrunch reports: Since launching the revamped verification program this spring, Twitter had hit a few snags which have forced it to shut down verifications more than once. The most recent of these pauses was announced on August 13, when the company said it need to make improvements to both the application and review process. [...] Now, Twitter says users who are looking to be verified should keep checking their account settings screen for access to the in-app application. It didn't detail what, specifically had changed -- but hopefully the system will now remain open for good.

Facebook's Own Research Shows Instagram Is Harmful To Teens, Report Says

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In studies conducted over the past three years, Facebook researchers have found that Instagram is "harmful for a sizable percentage" of young users, particularly teenage girls, reported The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. CNET reports: Research presented in 2019 reportedly found that Instagram makes body image issue worse for one in three teen girls. Teens also said Instagram increased rates of anxiety and depression, reported the Journal, citing internal company documents. On Tuesday, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it stands by its research to understand young people's experiences on the app. "The question on many people's minds is if social media is good or bad for people," wrote Karina Newton, head of public policy at Instagram, in a blog post. "The research on this is mixed; it can be both. At Instagram, we look at the benefits and the risks of what we do." Newton added that Instagram has done "extensive work around bullying, suicide and self-injury, and eating disorders" to make the app a safe place for everyone. The company is also focused on addressing negative social comparison and body image, said Newton, and is developing ways to "jump in if we see people dwelling on certain types of content."

The Instagram research is part of a "trove of internal communications" reviewed by the Journal. On Monday, the Journal reported that Facebook exempted millions of high-profile users, including celebrities and politicians, from some or all of its community standards as part of a program called XCheck. A Facebook spokesman said the program was meant to give certain Facebook pages a "second layer of review to make sure we've applied our policies correctly."

Wonder no longer

By awwshit • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

My kids wonder why I say no to FB, Instagram TikTok, etc. This is why.

Again, wrong title

By Sebby • Score: 3 • Thread

" Privacy Rapist's Own Research Shows Instagram Is Harmful To Teens, Report Says "

There, FTFY.

Why can't this be regulated?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

If someone came out with a pill that did the same brain manipulation it would require FDA approval.

Jonathan Haidt.

By I am Jack's username • Score: 3 • Thread

"In conclusion, digital media in general undoubtedly has many beneficial uses, including the treatment of mental illness. But if you focus on social media, you'll find stronger evidence of harm, and less exculpatory evidence, especially for its millions of under-age users."

Also check out his interview with Sam Harris at

Michelin's Airless Passenger Car Tires Get Their First Public Outing

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New Atlas reports the latest development with Michelin's airless tire technology, which has been in the works for almost two decades. An anonymous Slashdot reader shares an excerpt from the report: The advantages are pretty clear: firstly, you can never be brought to a stop by a puncture or blowout -- Michelin says about 200 million tires every year hit scrapyards early thanks to these. Secondly, you don't have to look after your tire pressures; that doesn't just save you time, it also eliminates all early wear caused by underinflation. Their internal spokes are hugely tunable to meet desired performance characteristics. You can individually tune their stiffness under acceleration, braking, cornering and bump handling forces. The bump handling characteristics can even be tuned to eliminate the need for separate suspension in some types of vehicles. You can poke holes right through the tread to let water escape, potentially creating much better resistance to aquaplaning. They take less raw material and less energy to make, making them better for the environment, and Michelin has estimated they'll last up to three times as long as a regular ol' hoop.

They have obviously not been easy to commercialize, though; 16 years and counting is a long and difficult birth for a product people are clearly interested in. The Tweel, which replaces the entire wheel assembly, has been available for some time for various off-road vehicles, but it's still yet to make it to the road. Michelin has teamed up with GM to design and start selling an airless tire for street use on passenger cars. Called Uptis, this product is a full-wheel solution requiring specialized rims. Michelin says it will withstand much greater impacts than a regular tire and wheel, and will have a "dramatically" longer lifespan, while adding no extra rolling resistance, not feeling any different to the driver and adding only around seven percent to the weight of the wheel -- less than existing run-flat tires do. GM will begin offering Uptis as an option on certain models "as early as 2024," and the partnership is working with US state governments on regulatory approvals for street use, as well as with the federal government.

At IAA Munich recently, the Uptis airless tire got its first public outing, in which "certain lucky members of the public" had a chance to ride in a Mini Electric kitted out with a set. By all reports, the experience was about as exciting as driving on a regular set of tires -- i.e. not very interesting at all. They felt no different. But that's kind of the point here, Michelin is hoping to bring in a new and improved technology with zero change in the user experience. Hence this awkward interview with "Automotive lifestyle YouTuber Mr JWW" (James Walker).

Re:How do they make them and why do they last?

By hey! • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Tread life *in practice* may be longer because people won't be driving around on improperly inflated tires.

Re:How do they make them and why do they last?

By Aighearach • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The claim is not that the finished product contains less material, but that the entire manufacturing process consumes less material.

Low profile tires..

By willy_me • Score: 3 • Thread
Low profile tires offer great performance when turning. Turning feels responsive because the tires flex less in the horizontal. These tires look interesting because they should offer even better horizontal stability without having to be low profile. Now we might be able to have a smoother ride while still feeling responsive in the corners. Well, in theory.


By Nikademus • Score: 3 • Thread

I think the biggest disadvantage is that it's a full wheel and not just a tire, so you can't just replace your old tire with this one. Also, I am wondering about the homolgation of this kind of thing in many countries, as, again, this is a full wheel.


By argStyopa • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If it takes "less resources to make" that equals cheaper, right? (He said, knowing what the answer would be...)

Second, I'm curious about open-structure tires like that in my local conditions in Minnesota. Summer, great. Deep winter, probably fine. The 4 months of the year where we see nice days but those vast puddles of slush freeze solid each night...? I'm really curious if you park this in 2" deep puddle, and then try to drive away the next morning, what does ice in those interstices do to the function/life of the tire?

Online Coding School Treehouse Lays Off Most of Its Staff

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Treehouse, which launched in Portland a decade ago in an ambitious effort to teach software development online, plans to lay off most of its staff by the end of the month. Oregon Live reports: CEO Ryan Carson didn't answer emailed questions about the cutbacks, but said in a brief reply Tuesday that "we are going to continue to serve our students and customers." Carson, who moved to Connecticut last month, said Treehouse is no longer based in Portland and that its remaining staff now works remotely. In an announcement sent last week over the company's internal Slack messaging channel, later viewed by The Oregonian/OregonLive, Treehouse notified employees that their jobs and benefits would end on Sept. 30, without severance. "A small team will be remaining, along with Ryan, to continue to support students," the company wrote to staff.

Workers later posted an online spreadsheet with the names of 41 employees looking for new jobs. Treehouse has a geographically distributed workforce and the company's employees live in cities across the country. Treehouse attracted national attention in 2013 and 2015 with two unorthodox management strategies: The company eliminated all layers of management and it moved to a 32-hour-work week. Neither experiment worked. [...] It's not clear what triggered this week's cutbacks. Online education has been booming during the pandemic.

Re:Educational Gold Rush.

By rudy_wayne • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

"It’s not clear what triggered this week’s cutbacks. Online education has been booming during the pandemic."

Well, the CEO just moved across the country and bought himself a big new house in Connecticut. So, there's that.

Small team remaining

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The CEO has moved to Connecticut. The rest of the positions have moved to Mumbai.

Re: Get a real degree

By TuballoyThunder • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
The thing I find annoying about all these code academies and "retrain the unemployed to be coders" is that it severely undervalues the work that programmers perform. Just because I can use a chisel doesn't make me an sculptor.

Sexist and Racist

By correct0r • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
I went to their site and clicked through their "Success Stories". Sure enough, it was the all-to-usual racist and sexist, anti-white-guy selection of "random" people. I wonder if, like, they fined teachers for teaching boys ? Fuck the feminaz1s, fuck the racists.

Re:Sexist and Racist

By jandoe • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Imagine being so fragile you're triggered by not seeing white, male faces on a website.

Apple Watch Series 7 Delivers Larger Screens and More Durability

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Earlier today at Apple's iPhone 13 launch event, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 7 with a new, more seamless design with larger 41mm and 45mm cases that include larger, brighter and more durable screens. There's also a variety of new colors to choose from. Engadget reports: The update takes advantage of the bigger displays, with more information and new watch faces like Contour, Modular Duo and World Timer. As for durability? Series 7 is the first Apple Watch with a dust resistance rating (IP6X), making it better-suited to mountain climbing or the beach. The screen itself is more crack-resistant thanks to a thicker new geometry, and you'll still get swim-friendly WR50 (that is, 50-meter) water resistance. You won't confuse this with a rugged watch, but you might not panic quite so much after a fall.

The updates aren't quite so aggressive under the hood. You can anticipate 33 percent faster charging and fall detection during workouts. Most of the updates come through watchOS 8, which now includes detection of cycling workouts, better tracking for e-bikes and help if you fall off. You'll also get a full swipe-based keyboard, support for more workouts (Pilates and Tai Chi) and respiratory rate tracking while you sleep. Apple Watch Series 7 will arrive sometime this fall starting at $399. The Apple Watch SE and Watch Series 3 will hang around at respective prices of $299 and $199, and you can expect refreshed Nike and Hermes variants for the Series 7.

Re: WR50 not good enough for swimming

By Camembert • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
That is indeed true for traditional watches. However the Apple watch was designed for swimming with even swimming workout modes to track your calories etc. Many people use it for swimming, and it seems to hold up just fine.

Re:WR50 not good enough for swimming

By shadowrat • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

100M (10ATM) water resistance is usually considered the minimum for swimming due to the forces exerted while swimming.

I too was disappointed by this. However, i have, and continue to use my apple watch for swimming (miles in both pools and open water) and surfing. No problems yet after years of doing this.

I suspect the watches are capable of more than the minimum to meet the WR50 standard, but apple only goes after the minimum standard to cut down on warranty claims from people who would take it scuba diving and stuff.

Re:I own no Apple products and like it.

By Yaztromo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

But this round? Today's release was seriously underwhelming; leaving me no compelling reason to upgrade. A refreshed form factor and faster charging is a great big nothingburger versus the Series 6. Where is the glucose monitoring that was oh so hyped? Or ANY new or improved biometrics? The phone's camera improvements look nice. But not even the best, top-of-the-line, DSLR made will turn me into a good photographer. I just don't have the eye for it. And that means the new CPU, whose improvements look to be mostly aimed at the camera and photographers, is equally "meh". So I'll be keeping my iPhone 12 this round as well.

"People who bought last years model" are not Apple's target market for these devices. Their targets are those people who need to replace their ageing iPhone 7 and 8's, and Apple Watch Series 1 through 4s.

The lifespan of these products is supposed to be greater than 1 year. Incremental improvements are targeted at the people using 3 - 4 year old gear that is about to become vintage, and not people who have what yesterday was their latest-and-greatest products.


AMD Radeon Software Can Overclock Your Ryzen CPU Now, Too

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: The latest version of Radeon Software adds an unusual (and welcome) new twist: The ability to automatically overclock your Ryzen processor if you're rocking an all-AMD gaming desktop. Yes, your GPU software can speed up your CPU now, too -- and it can do it all with a single click. [...] The addition of Ryzen auto-overclocking in Radeon Software 21.9.1 continues the theme, and might just allow you to ditch AMD's separate Ryzen Master tool if you're running a Team Red graphics card. They'll need to be newer hardware, though, as the feature currently only supports AMD's latest Ryzen 5000 CPUs and Radeon RX 6000 GPUs.

AMD's blog describes how to use the new tool: "To access this easy-to-use feature, open up Radeon Software using the hotkey 'ALT' + 'R', navigate to the 'Performance' tab found at the top of the window, and select 'Tuning' in the sub tab directly below it. If you have the latest generation of AMD Ryzen and Radeon product installed on your system, a 'Tuning Control' section should appear for your system, allowing you to select 'Auto Overclock' to increase performance on both your processor and graphics card. We also have a new tuning section for CPUs, allowing you to overclock just your CPU. When the feature is selected, the system will ask for a restart and once you are back in Windows, you will be good to go!"
"Radeon Software 21.9.1 also adds official Windows 11 support and the ability for Radeon RX 5000-series GPUs to tap into Smart Access Memory," adds PCWorld. "AMD also took the time to tout FidelityFX Super Resolution's rapid uptake. The DLSS rival is now supported in 27 games, with Arkane's awesome-looking Deathloop set to launch this week with native FSR support in place."

You can download these new drivers here.


By DrMrLordX • Score: 3 • Thread

. . . now can we buy 6000-series video cards as MSRP?

According to a brief search for video cards:

6600XT: $695
6700XT: $890
6800: $1500
6800XT: $1700
6900XT: $1710 (though these go up to $3000 lol)


Doing this in software feels icky

By guruevi • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

Overclocking should be physically limited imho, too many people simply don't know what they're doing and then get all sorts of glitches or even burn out components months later without understanding why.

Either your computer works at full speed or it doesn't, overclocking in software is ripe for abuse, especially if it's just coming in a software update, not what an IT organization originally may have expected the software to do.

Back in the day we modified our multipliers and voltages, 486 motherboards had multipliers of 1.5, 2 and 3 and could swap between 3.3V and 5V by setting them using pins on a motherboard. And if you went too fast on your FSB then the things on your ISA bus would start glitching out because they used a divider. So we overclocked our SCSI and 512k video cards at the same time we were overclocking our CPU. And we had to calculate on pieces of paper what combinations would likely work. I'm getting old.


By bradley13 • Score: 3 • Thread

OK, so the manufacturer tests their chips when they come off the line. They determine what clock rate the chip can support, and sell it accordingly.

Over clocking means that at least some part of the chip - probably one or more cores - will no longer work reliably.

Why do I want to do this?

All-new iPad Mini Announced With 5G, USB-C, and Larger 8.3-inch Display

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Apple has announced its all-new iPad Mini. It features a new enclosure with narrower bezels and rounded corners. From a report: The big news is that it's larger than the iPad Mini 5 with an 8.3-inch display (up from its predecessor's 7.9-inch panel), making the device even more viable as a driver for multitasking or schoolwork. Apple says the screen can reach 500 nits of brightness. The iPad Mini is currently Apple's smallest tablet, even with the bump in size. Apple was rumored to have been considering a Mini LED display on the new iPad, similar to that of its largest iPad Pro. Those appear to have missed the mark; the new Mini sports a regular Liquid Retina display. The new iPad Mini is up for preorder today and will be available next week starting at $499.

Finally USB C

By imcdona • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
It's about time they start using USB-C. I doubt we'll see it in a phone anytime soon but this is progress.

iPad Pro

By JBMcB • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The iPad Pro and Air introduced in May also uses USB-C. I'd bet the next round of iPhones will use it.

iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max Announced With High Refresh Rate 120Hz Displays

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Apple has officially announced the high-end part of the iPhone 13 lineup: the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. It's got a faster A15 Bionic chip, three all-new cameras, and an improved display with up to a 120Hz ProMotion high refresh rate display that can go as bright as 1,000 nits. The iPhone 13 Pro will start at $999, while the iPhone 13 Pro Max will start at $1099. Both will be available to order on Friday, shipping on September 24th. From a report: The OLED screens on both models are the same sizes as last year at 6.1 and 6.7 inches but with slightly smaller notches that should allow for more space in the iOS status bar. Apple says the phones have an all-new three-camera system. The ultrawide should offer better low-light photography, and the telephoto now goes up to 3x zoom, enabling 6x optical zoom across the three cameras. All three cameras now have night mode, and there's a new macro mode for photographing subjects at just 2cm.

Re: Incremental

By Camembert • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I did not find the non-replaceable battery such a big issue. I used an iphone 6 for many years and had its battery replaced once. I gave the apple store my phone, did some household supermarket shopping for an hour or so, and picked it up. Good enough for me.
Otherwise yes it is an incremental update. I am always happy about better screen and better cameras whenever i change my phone but otherwise phones are not so exciting anymore.


By CyberSnyder • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Do people really want a removable battery? Last time I remember seeing that was on a flip phone. The number of times I put a new battery in? Zero. Now with power bank accessories about the size of a Chapstick tube, I'd be fine just using something like that on the rare occasion that I need more battery. And of course it's incremental, If the features were revolutionary every year, iPhones or Androids would act as teleportation devices and be powered with zero point energy. If you look at the changes over the past 14 years, the iPhone and Android have dramatically changed how we live and communicate. Personally, I'd like to see more effort put into Siri.

Still no USB-C. Still not a real device.

By dgatwood • Score: 3 • Thread

Still don't care.

When Apple comes into line with the rest of the industry and starts using standardized ports on their phones, I'll start caring about their phones again. Until I can get a phone with a standards-based connector for audio, I'll be sticking with my iPhone 6s with its actual headphone jack. And when Apple drops support, the Pixel 4a looks mighty tempting.

Re:Still no USB-C. Still not a real device.

By dgatwood • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

They'll never do it, and they would be stupid to do it.

They've already done it on every product that they sell except for the iPhone models and the middle model of iPad (more on this later).

Hundreds of millions of people already own a lot of peripherals for iPhones, and they absolutely lost their shit when Apple changed from the 30-pin connector to the objectively better Lightning connector.

Almost nobody owns Lightning peripherals, give or take, unless you count charge cords as peripherals. The entire Lightning peripheral market is basically within the margin of error. It's not like back in the days of the 30-pin connector where lots of manufacturers were building amplifiers with built-in docks and replaceable plastic pieces to hold your phone. Almost nobody does that with Lightning, because the connector isn't strong enough to hold up to that kind of abuse long-term, realistically speaking.

What would USB-C get them, technically speaking? Nothing. They're about the same size. There's no real technological advantage to USB-C.

For starters:

  • Higher-speed data. AFAIK, the Lightning port on iPhone is still a crufty USB 2.0 interface capped at 480 Mbps. That has an impact for everything from backups to wired networking.
  • The ability to use a single charger with both your Mac and your iPhone. When I'm on a trip, I can plug in my Pixel 3 (from work) and charge it using the same power supply as my laptop. But my iPhone requires a special cable just for it, and has to be plugged into my laptop. Blech.
  • The ability to use a single wired headphone standard for both the Mac and the iPhone. (This works so much better with Android devices and the Mac.)
  • The ability to feed a usable amount of power in the other direction for powering peripherals or charging one iOS device with another.
  • Massively lower cable failure rate. Most Lightning cables are absolute junk.

Bluntly put, Lighting stinks on ice, and massively holds back the iPhone even for average users. The impact on power users is, of course, even worse.

So really, if they changed now for the sake of 'compatibility', all they'd be doing is making their sizable user base angry at them, and accusing them of a callous money-grab. By staying with Lightning, they a) may still be accused of a callous money-grab, but mostly by people that *don't already own their devices*; and b) they don't have to fight with everyone else for USB-C parts on their most popular and wide-spread device.

Why would anyone think that switching to a standard cable is a money grab? No. It's the opposite. Lightning is a money grab, because Apple makes money off of every single (legitimate) Lightning able sold. Apple makes nothing off of USB-C cables. And for a couple of bucks for an off-the-shelf cable made by any of a thousand companies, the existing Apple chargers can charge a USB-C-based iPhone just as easily as a Lightning-based iPhone.

Remember that 99% of people aren't us and they do not give two shits about what connector is on their phone. They want the same cable they had from before to work with their new iPhone. They want to plug into the same docks, same battery cases, whatever.

Battery cases aren't generally compatible across phone models. Heck, even minor speed-bump updates like the iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s caused some incompatibility. And nobody uses docks anymore, or if they do, it's a wireless charging dock, not a Lightning dock.

Appeasing you and everyone else that asks about USB-C is just throwing money away for literally no good reason.

(They can make the change with the iPad Mini because they haven't released one in so long it doesn't matter--nobody has peripherals that they want to carry over anymore. You'll note that the regular iPad, the one most like the other iPads that already exist, still

Re: Incremental

By sonicmerlin • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I upgraded from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone 11 Pro. It's extremely nice, a large quality of life upgrade. The battery lasts significantly longer, the screen is sharper and more vivid, the "feel" of the phone is also subjectively better, and of course it's much faster. They're all small things that add up.

The camera and the telephoto and wide angle functions are also really improved, and having night mode is a huge plus.

TikTok Faces EU Data Probes Into Children's Safety, China Link

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TikTok faces two investigations by the Irish data watchdog following intense scrutiny for months over concerns that children's data isn't safe on the platform. From a report: Ireland's Data Protection Commission, said on Tuesday it opened two "own volition" investigations into ByteDance's TikTok amid worries about the way it handles its users' data. The Irish regulator became TikTok's lead European Union data protection authority in December. The first probe will look into TikTok's processing of data by its underage users and whether it's in line with the EU's strict protection rules. The second follows concerns expressed by the Irish privacy chief, Helen Dixon, that some EU user data could be accessed by "maintenance and AI engineers in China."

Do adults watching TikTok video count as children?

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 4 • Thread

Because most of the content on that site seems to require that level of mental and developmental incompetence:

China Uses Anti-fraud App To Track Access To Overseas Financial News Sites

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Chinese police are using a new anti-fraud app installed on more than 200m mobile phones to identify and question people who have viewed overseas financial news sites, according to individuals summoned by the authorities. From a report: The app was launched in March by the public security ministry's National Anti-Fraud Center and blocks suspicious phone calls and reports malware. Police said it was needed to combat a surge in fraud, often perpetrated by overseas operations managed by Chinese and Taiwanese nationals. The ministry recommended that the app was downloaded but numerous local government agencies made it mandatory for their employees and individuals with whom they work, such as students and tenants. One Shanghai-based user told the Financial Times he was contacted by police after accessing a US financial news service. He was also asked whether he had contacts abroad and regularly visited overseas websites. The user, who asked not to be identified, said police seemed genuinely concerned about foreign scams. "But the questions they raised about whether I have contacted foreigners made me feel like they don't want me accessing foreign websites," he added. "I deleted the app after the meeting."

Capital flight

By Ritz_Just_Ritz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Perhaps they are really looking for the ecosystem of people interested in foreign financial news so they can winnow down the list of people to look more seriously at for illegally squirreling away money out of the country. It doesn't take a genius to see that the Chinese political elite (and by extension, friends and family with businesses enabled by them) have been on a foreign asset buying binge for quite a long time. Perhaps the "CEO" of China is trying to figure out which insiders are per-emptively voting with their financial feet.

So has anyone read "The Big Nine"?

By shanen • Score: 3 • Thread

Just got a copy of the recent book. Three of the nine are Chinese (and I was surprised TikTok didn't make the cut), but I can't yet say how it relates to this story (besides via the money part of the non-Chinese six, of course). (It's in my high-priority stack, so I hope to finish it within the week... (But the stack is bloated just now.))

Re:Their housing bubble is bursting....

By StormReaver • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

You've touched upon the bigger reason: China is deathly afraid of a populace that can see through the Communist party's State lies, and foreign news sources are a great way to get an outside perspective. Anyone who has accessed them, especially the financial sector, is ripe for the re-education/re-indoctrination camps.

India and Singapore To Link Their Payments Systems

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India and Singapore are working to link their digital payments systems to enable "instant, low-cost fund transfers," in a major push to disrupt the cross-border transactions between the two nations that amounts to over $1 billion each year. From a report: The project to link India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Singapore's PayNow is targeted for operationalization by July 2022, both nation's central banks said on Tuesday. Users on either of the systems will be able to make transactions to one another without having to sign up to the second platform, the banks added.

That's not what 'disrupt' means

By ScentCone • Score: 3 • Thread
Apparently, now, anything that's an improvement over anything being used is so unimaginably cool and rebellious that it's "disruption." Like, "Area man totally disrupts restaurant industry with new pot pies."

Need one standard

By DarkRookie2 • Score: 3 • Thread
All of these banks, fake banks, mobile payments, and similar need to make a global standard.
That global standard should also include a ban of putting any other services in the app or links to those other services. I would like an app to just for sending and receiving money.

All kinds of fun when trying to figure out what each payment method. One will have cash. Another Paypal. Another Zelle. Another CashApp. Another GooglePay. It is a fucking mess. None of them are link together so you have to create an account for each of them.

Dear Singapore...

By NFN_NLN • Score: 3 • Thread

Expect a significant increase in India scam calls.

Re:That's not what 'disrupt' means

By Wycliffe • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

It will definitely disrupt if not completely eliminate the existing players like bitcoin, western union, or whatever is currently used in those countries legally or illegally to transfer money across border. Many of those money changers charge substantial fees and make millions doing something that will essentially become free after this link up.

South Korea's Antitrust Regulator Fines Google $177 Million for Abusing Mobile Market Dominance

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South Korea's competition regulator on Tuesday announced it will fine Google 207.4 billion Korean won ($176.9 million) for allegedly using its dominant market position in the mobile operating system space to stifle competition. From a report: Google's Android operating system currently holds the lion's share of the smartphone market, ahead of Apple's iOS platform. The U.S. tech giant allegedly used its market position to block smartphone makers like Samsung from using operating systems developed by rivals, according to the Korea Fair Trade Commission. Yonhap News added that the regulator, which published its decision in Korean, said the tech giant required smartphone makers to agree to an "anti-fragmentation agreement (AFA)" when signing key contracts with Google over app store licenses and early access to the operating system. That agreement prevented device makers from installing modified versions of the Android operating system, known as "Android forks," on their handsets, Yonhap reported. The regulator alleged that Google's practice stifled innovation in the development of new operating systems for smartphones, the news site added. The KFTC has asked the tech giant to stop forcing companies to sign AFAs and ordered it to take corrective steps, according to Yonhap.

Android forks

By Mr. Goodprobe • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
Does anyone besides me remember how hard it is to get Android OS upgrades on because of all the "special" versions of Android (OUR shovelware, OUR ads)? Maybe if the OS was left STANDARD, and whatever garbage added was done via an overlay, OS upgrades for Android might make it to more phones. Naw, makes too much sense, obviously I don't have the big picture...


By DarkRookie2 • Score: 3 • Thread
If you are going to fine Google, it needs to be AT LEAST 10 digits not including fractions of a dollar.
What is $180,000,000 to them?

Intel Is Reducing Server Chip Pricing in Attempt To Stem the AMD Tide

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Intel has pivoted on its server strategy in order to fight a supply-constrained AMD, reports DigiTimes. It's reportedly flooding the market with chips at discount pricing, rather than sticking to MSRP. From a report: While some reports point toward a relative normalization on AMD's CPU supply, AMD has two distinct disadvantages when compared to Intel: It has fewer revenue sources than its much bigger CPU rival, and AMD doesn't own the factories that produce its market-turning Zen chips. Intel, on the other hand, can leverage its vertical integration (meaning that development and manufacturing takes place in an almost entirely Intel-owned and managed supply chain), as well as its massive revenue advantage, to play with final client pricing. In other words, Intel pull a lot more levers to increase demand and (Intel hopes) attract would-be AMD clients back into the Intel fold.

AMD has seemingly been making strides in server market penetration. As seen in renowned system distributor Puget Systems' statistics, AMD has risen from a 5% share in systems sold since June 2020, up to a dominating 60% as of June 2021. However, unserved demand means that companies looking to invest in their server infrastructure or who aim to deploy AMD chips in any major way sometimes can't wait for the chips to become available. And Intel is smartly making it more attractive for those companies to go back to the Intel fold, or to skip AMD in the first place.

Race to the bottom

By jellomizer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

If AMD is smart it probably won't go on a price game with Intel. But find a way to make better products at their price.

AMD is competing with Intel not because their chips are Cheaper, but they are a better value.

If you look at the people who are "In the Know" about a particular type of products, Such as the Car Guy, or the Computer Guy, the Watch Guy... You will often find that they rarely get the Cheapest product, nor do they get the most expensive product, but would pay a bit more for the best value product.

Intel has been lagging, and AMD is having a better value. So other than Intel making better chips they are dropping their price, Now that could either make them a better value, or just make them cheap (as Intel may find more cuts to meet the price point)

It's not only cost...

By Ritz_Just_Ritz • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

AMD's Epyc parts offer more density than Xeon. 64-core/128 thread Epyc cpus have been available for about 2 years already with a much larger number of pci-e 4.0 lanes available. The core count is scheduled to double to 128 cores/256 threads next year. It will be interesting to see if/when Intel can compete on density AND price.


Re:Limited impact?

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

If you are looking for some server grade hardware then check out all the used Intel gear on eBay. The massive efficiency gains from switching to AMD have made it worthwhile replacing relatively new hardware, meaning you can grab high end Xeons and motherboards for a tiny fraction of their list price right now.

Still no

By nbritton • Score: 3 • Thread

The thing is, data centers have a finite amount of energy and cooling capabilities and Intel chips, in general, are a disaster with respect to performance per watt. So, honestly, even if they are effectively selling these at a loss, Iâ(TM)m still not sure if I could recommend them to a client depending on the computer systems engineering requirements.

Every time I re-evaluate the situation it only looks worse for them, I would say itâ(TM)s going to take them a decade to dig themselves out of this hole.

Unfortunately for them, by that time RISC-V will hopefully be the dominant platform. Maybe Intel actually just need to abandon AMDâ(TM)s x86 64-bit ISA (remember AMD owns the patients to x86_64) and go straight to mass producing a processor utilizing the RISC-V ISA.

"the Intel fold"

By TheNameOfNick • Score: 3 • Thread

You used that twice, like you aren't whitewashing an abusive relationship by pretending Intel is caring and benevolent. Intel would fleece you if it weren't for the competition.

AI Can Estimate Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2015, representatives from more than 196 countries met in Le Bourget, France to sign the Paris Agreement. The legally binding treaty limits global warming to a rise of well below 2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial levels, preferably capping warming at 1.5 degrees. While the Paris Agreement doesn't spell out how the undersigned are expected to achieve this goal, some countries have pledged to cut their net climate emissions to zero by 2050. For these and other steps to be successful, reliable data is key. While the ability to evaluate companies' carbon footprints will be critical for countries seeking to comply with the measures, only a fraction of companies currently disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. But researchers at Bloomberg Quant Research and Amazon Web Services claim to have successfully trained a machine learning model to estimate the emissions of businesses that don't disclose their emissions.

The researchers say investors could use this model to align their investments with international regulatory measures and achieve net-zero goals. Some regions, including the European Union, require investors to apply a "precautionary principle" that penalizes non-disclosing companies by overestimating their emissions. "Merely 2.27% of companies filing financial statements are disclosing their [greenhouse gas] emissions according to our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) datasets," the coauthors wrote in a paper. "In order to make a meaningful change, we need to measure who is contributing [greenhouse gases] into the atmosphere and monitor their claims to decarbonize."

But what should we do about it?

By MacMann • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Another article on the problem but not on the solution.

I see plenty of people demand that we "follow the science" and yet refuse to do so themselves. Science tells us what are the best solutions. The ones with the lowest CO2 emissions, least cost in limited resources, highest return, safest, most abundant, and available today. Those are onshore wind, geothermal, hydro, and nuclear fission. We'll need some natural gas to ease the transition, as an alternative to petroleum and coal. We'll need to develop synthesized hydrocarbon fuels. There's some options on carbon capture to consider. The experts I've seen don't all agree on the best method of carbon capture but they agree it is important. They all agree that we need nuclear fission power. Anyone opposing nuclear fission power today is not serious about global warming.

We can keep talking about how bad this problem is but it's far more productive to discuss how to solve it.

Meat Accounts For Nearly 60% of All Greenhouse Gases From Food Production, Study Finds

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found. The entire system of food production, such as the use of farming machinery, spraying of fertilizer and transportation of products, causes 17.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases a year, according to the research. This enormous release of gases that fuel the climate crisis is more than double the entire emissions of the US and represents 35% of all global emissions, researchers said.

The use of cows, pigs and other animals for food, as well as livestock feed, is responsible for 57% of all food production emissions, the research found, with 29% coming from the cultivation of plant-based foods. The rest comes from other uses of land, such as for cotton or rubber. Beef alone accounts for a quarter of emissions produced by raising and growing food. Grazing animals require a lot of land, which is often cleared through the felling of forests, as well as vast tracts of additional land to grow their feed. The paper calculates that the majority of all the world's cropland is used to feed livestock, rather than people. Livestock also produce large quantities of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. [...] The difference in emissions between meat and plant production is stark – to produce 1kg of wheat, 2.5kg of greenhouse gases are emitted. A single kilo of beef, meanwhile, creates 70kg of emissions. The researchers said that societies should be aware of this significant discrepancy when addressing the climate crisis.

The researchers built a database that provided a consistent emissions profile of 171 crops and 16 animal products, drawing data from more than 200 countries. They found that South America is the region with the largest share of animal-based food emissions, followed by south and south-east Asia and then China. Food-related emissions have grown rapidly in China and India as increasing wealth and cultural changes have led more younger people in these countries to adopt meat-based diets. The paper's calculations of the climate impact of meat is higher than previous estimates -- the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization has said about 14% of all emissions come from meat and diary production.
The study has been published in Nature Food.

Let's just be honest

By argStyopa • Score: 3 • Thread

...the problem is population, not cows.

It's just that the message 'we have to get rid of all the cows' is a lot more palatable than 'we have to get rid of some people'.

Re: Only twice? Impossible.

By jobslave • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

No, it's basic science and fact. It's not a hit piece. It's showing just how much of an impact a heavy meat eating society has. The vast majority of farm land is used to grow feed for animals that get consumed which is destroying the ecosystem. It should be the other way around with the majority of farm land growing food for humans to eat. For one thing you'd need a lot less land to do that and most of it wouldn't be getting turned into methane. I'm not saying stop eating meat, but eat less meat, a lot less meat. Meat is the issue, well the type of meat at least. If you raised your own chickens and rabbits and they were able to graze on your property without having to purchase additional feed, there would be very little emissions from your animals. Pork, beef and factory farming of chickens where they are not grazing for food is the majority of the problem. You'll also be a lot more healthy if the majority of your diet was plant based. But then again, the vast majority of meat eaters couldn't kill and clean an animal. So that begs the question why are they a meat eater. If you eat meat, you should be required to kill and process at least one bird and large animal. All those city dwelling meat eaters who have never smelled what the guts of an animal smell like if you puncture the intestines shouldn't be eating meat at all.

They also gloss over the fact that in many cases, grazing land isn't well suited for crop farming. So what the animals are doing is converting inedible foliage into edible meat (and other products like dairy) at the expense of methane emissions.

Says someone who hasn't been around farms. Most beef, pork and milk you consume are raised on feed lots, where there is nothing to graze for at all. All the food they are fed is grown on millions of acres of farm land set aside purely to grow food to feed animals. You're also not paying attention to the fact the the meat you eat from places like McDonalds, Burger King, etc is usually coming from places where they destroyed millions of acres of forest land, like the Amazon to raise cattle cheaply enough for them to sell $1 burgers. So there is your "grazing land" that was perfectly good forest that actually served a purposed for the entire globe and would actually make very excellent land to grow food to feed many times more people the any number of animals they raise would ever be able to.

Re:Are we comparing apples to apples?

By Vegan Cyclist • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's not a threat. It's reality. The house is burning down, and we're busy trying to rearrange the furniture. Is it a threat if someone tells you your house is burning down?

And calling it a threat is just another excuse. The reality is you will be eating less animal products in the future. We have to progress, similarly the car you're driving consumes less gas (or none.) If you want to drive a high MPG car, it's becoming less and less an option.

The comparisons are almost always actual 'food', there's also a lot to a beef carcass we don't eat as well. Stop trying to find loopholes, and figure out what you can do that isn't as useless as rearranging the furniture.

Lifetime of Methane

By schweini • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
One interesting tidbit about Methane is that it only stays in the atmosphere for aprox. 12 years, compared to CO2's partly thousand year lifespan (although the CO2 cycle is way more complex). But, during those 12 years, it wreaks havok, and has a Global Warming Potential of 25 times CO2 in the first 10 years.
So, on the one hand, Methane isn't THAT critical, because it's effect is relatively short-term - but on the other hand, it is so potent that it can accelerate other positive warming feedback loops.

Vegetables make it easier to lose weight because

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You can eat a lot more of them relative to the calories. A pound of carrots has a lot less calories than a pound of hamburger meat. Especially the kind of hamburger meat most people want to eat (80/20, about what a fast food restaurant has). A good mix of vegetables we'll also give you a better mix of vitamins and minerals and decrease the odds that your body is going to keep sending hunger signals because you're missing something. The downside is that at least in America we don't subsidize vegetables very much or at all ( Just grains not vegetables) so eating a healthy vegetarian diet gets really expensive really fast. It's also very time-consuming to cook vegetables compared to meat. You can throw some meat in a pot with some seasoning and cook it for a bit and it tastes fine even if you're not a very good cook. It's a lot harder to do the same with vegetables unless you're just eating beans and rice.

For the record I'm more or less did the same as what the GP did. So while you're right about the physics of it there's more to human beings and how we eat then calories in calories out.

China Will Reportedly Break Up Ant Group's Alipay, Force Creation of New Loans App

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Beijing plans to break up Ant Group's Alipay and create a separate app for the fintech giant's loans business, according to a Financial Times report on Monday. CNBC reports: Regulators previously ordered Ant to split the businesses of AliPay from lending businesses Huabei and Jiebei. They now want the credit businesses to be split into an independent app as well, according to the FT. According to the plan, Ant will turn over user data underpinning loan decisions to a new credit scoring joint venture, the FT reported, citing people familiar with the process. The JV will be partly state-owned, the report said. Reuters said in early September that state-back firms are set to take a sizeable stake in the credit-scoring joint-venture, with Ant and Zhejiang Tourism Investment Group owning 35% each of the venture.

Ant will not be the only online lender in China affected by the new rules, according to the FT. [...] In April, regulators ordered Ant Group to revamp its business, including restructuring into a financial holding company as well as creating more separation between its payment app Alipay and its credit products. In that same month, Chinese regulators also slapped Alibaba with a massive 18.23 billion yuan (about $2.8 billion) fine in its anti-monopoly investigation of the tech behemoth due to alleged abuse of its market dominance.

Re:China dismantling Jack Ma

By Luckyo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Marxism, the ideology created by a German, popularized by a Russian, implemented properly for the first time in history on national level by a Georgian and who's methods were copied by Chinese is... "uniquely Chinese" or "late stage capitalism".

In case anyone wondered just how disconnected modern Marxists in the West are from reality, this post is an excellent example of the sheer depth of insanity such people suffer from.

Re:China dismantling Jack Ma

By Luckyo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Ma isn't a monopolist robber baron. He's the diametric opposite. He tried to take on state banking monopoly failing to meet the needs for loans of citizenry.

And in Communist societies, you can be a robber baron. You just have to be in good graces of Communist Party leadership. Ma wasn't, and he was taking on robber barons that were.

Re:China dismantling Jack Ma

By Entrope • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

China isn't nationalizing the companies, so it's not exactly Marxism in the traditional form. It's much closer to fascism, in terms of notionally private ownership of companies but fine-grained management from a government that enforces traditional virtues (no sissy men in their media!) and an ethnic nationalism.

The fact that China got to full-blown fascism from the left rather than the right shows that the horseshoe theory might not go far enough... or that the usual diagnosis of fascism as a right-wing phenomenon is wrong.

Re:China dismantling Jack Ma

By Luckyo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Fascism is just as much of an outgrowth of Marxism as Communism, but in the other direction. Whereas Communists effectively totalize Marxism to people rather than just properly as Socialists do, Fascists instead move Marxism to concern only people and not property.

I.e. Socialists nationalize property. Fascists nationalize people. Communists nationalize both.

And Chinese system is distinctly Communist, as it nationalizes both people and property. Most people forget that there is no actual ownership of land or means of production in China. It's merely various lease terms from the government. And people are considered utterly unseparable from The Party, the reason why the biggest Chinese propaganda push has always been against Western individualism.

Re:China dismantling Jack Ma

By jellomizer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Given a rather short period of time, An educated idea that that Karl Marx published, got became popular, popularity created followers, followers worship the publisher, which creates a cult, Cults can be swayed by often a Charismatic leader, where the idea and concept, become ideology, ideology is adapted to changing conditions...

Communism, while touts Marxism statements, is not what Karl Marx wanted, and is actually more of the same that he was warning about.
The same way, some people who call Christians, think that because someone was rich and successful that they got there because of God's graces. Which was the opposite of Jesus's/Christian Teaching. It is just a corruption of the idea, where people will start to pick and choose what parts they like and don't like, to make their own version, which is often less thought out.

Nvidia Leak May Reveal Unannounced Games, Including God of War For PC

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An Nvidia GeForce Now server has leaked a confidential list of thousands of games, some of which have never been seen before, like the PlayStation exclusive God of War seemingly coming to Windows PC via Steam. Developer Ighor July has published the list to GitHub. The Verge reports: Here's a screenshot of what that looks like in the GeForce Now client, according to the developer. There are reasons to believe the list is legit. We know graphics giant Nvidia has access to games long before they're released -- and we know Sony in particularly has been banking on banking on PlayStation games on PC. It quietly revealed Uncharted 4 was coming to PC, after seeing a 250 percent return on its investment porting Horizon: Zero Dawn to the platform, and it was just Thursday that Sony announced it would be part of the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection -- a name that we'd never heard of before then, but already appears in Nvidia's list as well. So too do Demon's Souls and Final Fantasy XVI -- the games where Sony had to retroactively retract all mentions of PC to make them sound like PlayStation exclusives. PS5 exclusive Returnal appears as well, as does a Final Fantasy VII Remake for PC.

And there are codenames for games in here that seem original, ones that bring up zero search results. Is "Platinum" the internal name for Bethesda's Indiana Jones games? But there are also a lot of mentions that seem rather out of date or out of place, like a whole host of Facebook-exclusive Oculus Rift titles that would make little sense on Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud gaming service, or a mention of a "Titanfall 3" which clarifies that it's actually "GAMEapex_legends_-_titanfall," aka Apex Legends, the popular battle royale game. And some of them may simply be guesses, like Kingdom Hearts IV, "BioShock 2022," and so on. All of that means you should probably take any given name on the list with a grain of salt...

Would be nice to have GoW on PC

By Gaygirlie • Score: 3 • Thread

I have a PS4 Pro, but never really ended playing on it much. I very much prefer keyboard + mouse over a controller anyways, but to make matters worse, I find the PS4 controller horribly uncomfortable to hold: those shoulder buttons and triggers being at the top of the controller instead of where one would naturally place one's fingers -- namely, in the back of the controller -- just make hands begin to ache very quickly.

I do own Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Spider-man and Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PS4, since those are among the biggest hits for the console and I got them when I got the console itself, but I've only actually played RDR2 and HZD after they were released for PC. Due to the issue I mentioned above, I don't see myself ever bothering with consoles again, unless they come out with an actually comfortable controller, so I sure do hope the leak is correct about GoW coming to PC.

Bethesdaâ(TM)s Indiana Jones games?

By sabbede • Score: 3 • Thread

Like, Lucasarts style adventure or Bethesda style first person open world? Seeing the words, âoeIndiana Jones gamesâ, makes me salivate for the former and leaves me uncomfortable about the latter.

I highly doubt it

By aitikin • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The implication that everyone is taking away is that the "exclusives" will be coming to PC. The implication I took away is that nVidia has a bunch of stuff that they're testing in the background, but not releasing publicly for expectation of lawsuits over it. The inclusion of Dolphin seems to indicate that they're playing around with emulation capabilities and other things that would be unlikely to be officially released. Perhaps someone in the office is even supporting development of these emulators in their off time and decided it'd be a good idea to share it with other employees.

My $0.02.