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California’s net neutrality rules will finally kick in this year after a judge rejected an effort by the cable industry to stop it. On Tuesday, Judge John Mendez in Sacramento rejected a request by four industry associations for a preliminary injunction against SB-822 that was signed into law back in September 2018 and hit with the lawsuit [PDF] the following month. The industry associations argued that the rules should not be allowed to come into force until a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice against the State of California was resolved. But when that lawsuit was dropped by the new Biden Administration earlier this month, California’s attorney general immediately petitioned [PDF] the courts to dismiss the injunction request. Judge Mendez not only dismissed the injunction request but had plenty to say about it. According to reporters who followed the hearing live, Mendez specifically acknowledged that net neutrality has become a partisan political punchbag. “There are political overtones,” he noted. “This decision today is a legal decision and shouldn’t be viewed in political lens. I'm not expressing anything on soundness of policy. That's better left to Congress.” He then stressed that the right place to resolve the decade-long back-and-forth over consumer protections over internet access was Congress and not the federal courts. "When you have to deal with legislation drafted in 1934 in 2021, I don’t think anyone is well served,” he said, referencing the Telecommunications Act created in the telephone era that the FCC has been forced to rely on to impose constraints on internet service providers. He went on: “That is Congress' job. They have to keep up with what is going on in the real world.” (Really) outdated laws He’s absolutely right: the 1934 Telecommunications Act that Democrats have ended up relying on for net neutrality rules was not in anyway designed for the internet era and in order to make it work, the FCC was forced to strike huge portions of it. Likewise, the laissez-faire approach championed by the cable industry and Republicans relies on the 1996 Telecommunications Act - passed at the very beginning of the internet era before anyone knew what impact it would have - and comprises a single paragraph; hardly a solid legal foundation for our predominant method of communicating in 2021. US govt drops challenge to California’s net neutrality law, signals shift to once again safeguard connections READ MORE Regardless, the decision was greeted with the usual celebration on one side and gnashing of teeth on the other, making the issue almost on a par with America’s other great political disagreements over guns and abortion. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement: “The ability of an internet service provider to block, slow down or speed up content based on a user’s ability to pay for service d
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Paramount Plus is getting another Star Trek show, the company announced at its kickoff event: Star Trek: Prodigy, the animated kid-friendly spinoff of the iconic franchise. Prodigy was originally set to debut on Nickelodeon, but it will instead air all ten episodes of its first season on Paramount Plus before eventually heading over to the cable channel at a later date. In addition to the shift in location, Paramount also announced more details on the upcoming series, which will feature a group of teens adventuring on an abandoned starship throughout the Star Trek universe. Kate Mulgrew wi
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Paramount is dramatically shortening the space between theatrical and streaming releases for some of its biggest films, with the company announcing that Mission: Impossible 7, A Quiet Place Part II, and Paw Patrol: The Movie will debut on Paramount Plus just 45 days after they first hit theaters. The rapid jump to streaming mirrors moves by other companies, like Universal (which has a deal with AMC to offer films as paid digital rentals just 17 days after they hit theaters) or Warner Bros., which is debuting all of its 2021 blockbusters day-and-date on HBO Max with their theatrical bows.
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Every week on WandaVision, we’ve been watching the inhabitants of a small New Jersey town spellbound by the powers of Wanda Maximoff, helplessly re-enacting a constantly changing sitcom reality. In episode 7, that spell extended to me, and probably you, in the form of a tremendously catchy song that I cannot get out of my damn head. You might consider it a spoiler, so here’s your warning about that: turn away now. In fact, don’t even watch WandaVision if you don’t want your mind invaded by kitschy organs, cheery baritones, and a chorus you’ll repeat in your head every day, forever. WandaVision has always been at its most playful when it comes to its music — which makes sense, since the show features the work of award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo behind Frozen’s “Let It Go.” While it’s been fun to see them come up with WandaVision’s renditions of sitcom theme tropes across decades, the pair’s finest moment thus far came at the end of “Breaking the Fourth Wall,” which reveals a new villain via this unforgettable homage to witchy tunes of yore like The Munsters’ theme song: “It Was ____________ All Along” (the song’s actual published title) is the first real earworm among the show’s songs: short, sticky, and extremely meme-able. But it’s also fun because of what it does in the context of the series. It’s the moment where WandaVision finally stops holding the audience at arm’s length. It’s a collective invitation into one of its last remaining big reveals, and it throws a minute-long celebration for the occasion. Sure, there are still questions, and plenty of time for another game-changing twist, but at this point, it feels like the cards are on the table, and a show that was built around withholding and secrets has finally allowed us into its secret clubhouse for a pizza party. Even more important is the way the song works for those who guessed that Agnes was really comics villain Agatha Harkness a long time ago. “Agatha All Along” (the fans’ preferred version of the song’s title) winks directly at viewers through a performer who’s exceptionally good at playing to the camera: Kathryn Hahn. Each vignette that reveals Agatha’s behind-the-scenes manipulations is accompanied by a moment where Hahn cheeses for the camera with devious glee. When Hahn crows “It wa
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Shortly after President Joe Biden took office in January, a coalition of some 30 groups made a push for a cause that flew under the radar: curbing the power of Big Ag. The signatories, which included familiar groups like farmer advocates, labor unions, animal welfare groups, and environmental organizations, called on Biden to issue an executive order banning food industry mergers, at least until stronger antitrust rules are in place. (Disclosure: The Open Markets Institute, where I work, was one of the signatories.) The effort to shine a light on Big Ag is indicative of a broadening movement to stop the rapid consolidation of food production. It’s also part of an emergent anti-consolidation mood on the left. Antitrust policy has reemerged as a progressive priority over the past few years, though much of that focus has generally been on breaking up and regulating Big Banks or Big Tech. There’s a case to be made that Big Ag — and more specifically, Big Meat — should join that list. As author and business reporter Chris Leonard said at a recent Yale Law conference, “concentration in agriculture is only important to people who eat, otherwise it’s a trivial matter.” How we produce meat has profound implications for people, the environment, and animals. Big Meat corporations operate on an industrial model of animal agriculture that drives farmers off the land, injures workers, traps billions of animals in horrid conditions, pollutes rural drinking water, and in some states disproportionately sickens rural communities of color. Big Meat justifies this destruction under the banner of cheap meat, all the while allegedly working together to actually raise prices for consumers. To be sure, some of these problems existed in the livestock industry 50 years ago, back when we ate less meat and the industry wasn’t dominated by just a few companies. But the rapid expansion and consolidation of the meat industry since the 1970s has translated into immense political power, earned in part by giving out millions to politicians each year and maintaining a revolving door between the federal government and industry (two-thirds of meat industry lobbyists are former government employees). In fact, Tom Vilsack — who served as secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for both of President Obama’s terms, and was just confirmed to return to the post as Biden’s agriculture secretary — was a dairy industry lobbyist during much of the Trump presidency. This revolving door has resulted in legislation and regulatory policy that leans heavily in the big meatpackers’ favor. In fact, early on in the pandemic, President Trump signed an executive order to keep slaughterhouses open — and that executive order was drafted by a meat lobbyist. Obama made major promises to tame meatpackers’ power, but as secretary, Vilsack failed to make headway in the face of industry pushback. The Biden administration now has a chance to move where Obama faltered — but with Vilsack returning, food-focused activists are skeptical. Taking on Big Meat wouldn’t just help consumers, farmers, and meatpacking workers; one poll found 82 percent of
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The Fed chair said better caregiving options was an “area worth looking at” for Congress, while reiterating the central bank’s full-employment pledge.Credit...Al Drago for The New York TimesFeb. 24, 2021, 5:48 p.m. ETJerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, suggested on Wednesday that improved child care support policies from the government might help pull more women into the labor market.The Fed chief studiously avoided commenting on specific government policy proposals during three hours of wide-ranging testimony before the House Financial Services Committee. But he did acknowledge, in response to a question, that enabling better options for affordable child-care is an “area worth looking at” for Congress.“Our peers, our competitors, advanced economy democracies, have a more built-up function for child care, and they wind up having substantially higher labor force participation for women,” Mr. Powell said, answering a question from Representative Cindy Axne, an Iowa Democrat. “We used to lead the world in female labor force participation, a quarter-century ago, and we no longer do. It may just be that those policies have put us behind.”The Fed chair, who had also testified before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, repeatedly refused to weigh in on the $1.9 trillion spending package the Biden administration has proposed or any of its individual provisions. The central bank is independent of politics, and it tries to avoid getting involved in partisan debates.But Mr. Powell did voice qualified support for a few broader ideas — like exploring better child-care options — and he stressed that in the near-term, it is critical to help workers who have been displaced from their jobs during the pandemic. He made it clear that the labor market remained far from healed, that the pandemic’s economic fallout has disproportionately hurt women and minorities, and that both Congress and the central bank have a role to play in supporting vulnerable families until the economy has recovered more fully.“Some parts of the economy have a long way to go,” he said Wednesday.Women’s labor force participation had climbed for decades in the United States before stalling out — and then actually dropping slightly — starting in the 1990s. As Mr. Powell alluded to, adult women in the United States hold jobs or look for them at lower rates than women in some other major advanced economies, such as Canada or Germany.Research has suggested that the divergence may be linked to child care policies. In a 2018 paper that asked why the share of Canadians who work or look for jobs had climbed even as United States labor force attachment had fallen, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco pointed out that most of the gap owed to different outcomes for women. And they pointed to caregiving policy differences as a likely culprit.“Parental leave policies in Canada provide strong incentives to remain attached to the labor force following the arrival of a new child,” the paper, written by the San Francisco Fed president, Mary C. Daly, and co-authors, pointed out. “The contrast between the incentives Canada and the Unite
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Sep 01, 2020 If you haven't noticed already I really love plain text so I thought I would find some plain text protocols that are used in different software systems. The Redis Protocol specification states it best by describing its own protocol, but this applies to all of the plain text protocols I will cover. Simple to implement. Fast to parse. Human readable. The next time you are building a software system and have to exchange data start with using a simple plain text protocol and then add in the complexity for optimization later. All of these protocols can be sent as plain text data over a TCP or UDP. They are easily inspected, small, and
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After three and a half years living inside a Missouri church to avoid deportation, a Honduran man has finally stepped outside, following a promise from Joe Biden’s administration to let him be.Alex García, a married father of five, was slated for removal from the US in 2017, the first year of Donald Trump’s administration. Days before he would have been deported, Christ Church United Church of Christ in the St Louis suburb of Maplewood offered sanctuary.Sara John of the St Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America said García’s decision to leave the church came after Immigration and Customs Enforcement declared that he was no longer a deportation priority and that the agency would
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A former member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration who previously accused him of sexual harassment offered new details on Wednesday, saying he once kissed her on the lips without consent after a private meeting.Lindsey Boylan said that during her more than three years working as an economic adviser in the administration, Cuomo “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs”, compared her to one of his rumored ex-girlfriends and once joked they should play strip poker.Boylan, a Democrat running for Manhattan borough president, wrote in a post on the website Medium that the kiss happened after she gave Cuomo a one-on-one briefing on economic and infrastructur
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The Biden administration is reopening temporary facilities to hold an increasing number of migrant children arriving on the US southern border, reviving concerns about their welfare after immigration agents forcibly separated families and kept children in prison-like conditions under former President Donald Trump. The Biden administration is still expelling all children who arrive with their parents on the border under pandemic-related restrictions enacted by Trump. But it is taking children who arrive unaccompanied into custody, straining the capacity of permanent shelters that have been forced to halve their bed space amid the pandemic. Those facilities, which are overseen by the Depar
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Cryptographers and cryptography engineers love to talk about the latest attacks and how to mitigate them. LadderLeak breaks ECDSA with less than 1 bit of nonce leakage? Raccoon attack brings the Hidden Number attack to finite field Diffie-Hellman in TLS? And while this sort of research is important and fun, most software developers have much bigger problems to contend with, when it comes to the cryptographic security of their products and services. So let’s start by talking about Java cryptography. Cryptography in Java In Java, the way you’re supposed to encrypt data using symmetric cryptography is with the javax.crypto.Cipher class. So to encrypt with AES-GCM,
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Frasier is coming back — this time to Paramount Plus. Kelsey Grammer will play the famous psychiatrist that found a legion of fans when the show aired on NBC in the ‘90s in a new revival series. Details about the series are limited right now, but the show will exist exclusively on Paramount Plus. It’s unclear if characters like Niles, Roz, and Daphne will return for the show. The show was first rumored in 2018. What remains unclear is if the entire Frasier library will be available on Paramount Plus exclusively. Frasier is just one of many shows ViacomCBS announced today as part of its upcoming Paramount Plus lineup. A series based on The Italian Job, Flashdance, Fatal Attraction,
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F.D.A. studies show the shot strongly protects against severe illness and may reduce spread of the virus. But the drugmaker has fallen short of initial production goals.Credit...Joao Silva/The New York TimesFeb. 24, 2021, 5:36 p.m. ETThe coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson provides strong protection against severe disease and death from Covid-19, and may reduce the spread of the virus by vaccinated people, according to new analyses posted online by the company and the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.The reports provided an in-depth confirmation of the initial results announced by Johnson & Johnson late last month, indicating that the United States is likely to soon have access to a third coronavirus vaccine developed in under a year. The F.D.A. could authorize the vaccine as early as Saturday, depending on a vote by its vaccine advisory panel on Friday, and distribution could begin within days.If cleared, the vaccine would reach a number of firsts for the U.S. pandemic. Unlike the authorized vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which require two doses, Johnson & Johnson’s is just a single shot, allowing the number of fully vaccinated Americans to rapidly increase once it is deployed. More than 44 million Americans have received at least one dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but only around 20 million have received a second dose.Those earlier vaccines use a new technology called mRNA that needs freezers for long-term storage. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which uses sturdier viruses to deliver genes into cells, can keep for three months at normal refrigeration temperatures, making it easier to distribute and easier for pharmacies and clinics to stock. The White House on Wednesday said around two million doses would be ready to allocate to states next week, with up to another two million for pharmacies and community health centers.The documents published by the F.D.A. on Wednesday showed that the new vaccine had an overall efficacy rate of 72 percent in the United States and 64 percent in South Africa, where a concerning variant emerged in the fall that is now driving most cases. The efficacy in South Africa was seven percent
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Jeremy Fleming’s comments come as agency endeavours to placate critics of bulk surveillance activities GCHQ’s director, Jeremy Fleming, speaks at the Cyber UK conference in Manchester in 2018. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA GCHQ’s director has said artificial intelligence software could have a profound impact on the way it operates, from spotting otherwise missed clues to thwart terror plots to better identifying the sources of fake news and computer viruses. Jeremy Fleming’s remarks came as the spy agency prepared to publish a rare paper on Thursday defending its use of machine-learning technology to placate critics concerned about its bulk surveillance activities. “AI, like so many technologies, offers great promise for society, prosperity and security. It’s impact on GCHQ is equally profound,” he said. “While this unprecedented technological evolution comes with great opportunity, it also poses significant ethical challenges for all of society, including GCHQ.” AI is considered controversial because it relies on computer algorithms to make decisions based on patterns found in data. It is used alongside human analysts in investigations. GCHQ will not formally say exactly how it uses AI software or which
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Baby, I hear the blues a-callin’, and they’re calling for a Frasier revival. Talks of a Frasier follow-up have been circulating since 2017. Frasier’s actor Kelsey Grammer spoke in theoreticals, but in 2019 he announced that a series was potentially moving forward. “We’ll see how people respond to it because it’s not going to be in the same place. It’s not going to be in Seattle. It’s not going to be the same Frasier. It’s going to be the man in his next iteration, and hopefully that’ll be something people like watching. I think it will be funny,” Grammer said while on In Depth With Graham Bensinger. “It’s still his search for love ... I think that’ll always go on with Frasier. But [it’ll also be about] a connection with his son.” Previously, Grammer had said he wouldn’t do a show unless all the cast members were involved, which means David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin will likely return. (John Mahoney, who played Frasier’s father Martin, passed away in 2018). Those who aren’t diehard Frasier-heads might not know that the show itself is a spinoff of the super popular sitcom Cheers. Frasier was supposed to be a minor character, a more intellectual, snobbish foil to boorish bartender Sam, but his character was so popular, he stuck around and eventually kicked off his own spin-off. Frasier the show followed Frasier the character, a psychologist with a radio show, and his equally snobbish brother Niles as they rubbed elbows with Seattle’s elite society — all to the embarrassment of their down-to-earth father Martin. Gilpin played Roz, Frasier’s no-nonsense producer and Leeves played Daphne, Martin’s eccentric live-in therapist. It ran for 10 seasons, wrapping up in 2003. By the time the show ended, Grammer had played the character for nearly 20 years. The sequel series will add at least one more to that total when it arrives on Paramount Plus. The new show will be headed by Chris Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Joe Cristalli (Life in Pieces). Cristalli, incidentally, has run a Frasier Twitter account dedicated to imagining the psychiatrist in the modern day.
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This interactive sleuthing show has the punning title The Case of the Hung Parliament. With three cabinet members already hanged, there is every sign that the prime minister will be next.Sherlock Holmes has gone AWOL and there is only Dr Watson (Ralph Bogard) to lead us – his Scotland Yard rookies – through the investigation. We are told of five suspects (an anarchist, a newspaper proprietor, a politician, a publisher and a factory magnate) and sent to the crime scenes, which resemble an animated Cluedo board.Produced by Les Enfants Terribles in collaboration with LIVR, the show is accessed through Zoom and we are also sent links to enter online portals such as the parliamentary chambers in which the three victims were killed and Sherlock’s study. We scan the rooms for clues – newspaper reports, handwritten notes, silver trays, snuff boxes and signs that relate to the suspects, though some of this material is intricate and difficult to read.Written by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo (Lansley also directs with James Seager), the story is situated in Victorian England but there are arch references to “spyglasses” (mobile phones) and Scotland Yard’s database (Google). We are encouraged to use both in order to alight on the three Ms – motive, method and murderer.Interrogation is channelled towards prerecorded answers. Photograph: Les Enfants TerriblesWe go to breakout rooms to question experts in forensics and detection and then the suspects themselves but these encounters are based on prerecorded material, and the only live actor is Watson. Even though we are encouraged to formulate questions to put to these people, we can only ask those already formatted on the screen. It makes this part of the show stilted and unsatisfactory, but with passions running high in our group, it does not seem to matter too much.We are diligent detectives, at least at the start, but not natural sleuths – and it is soon evident we are just in it for the fun of group bonding. Unleashed from the strain and isolation of lockdown, we shout and guffaw. Poor, put-upon Dr Watson, who is often interrogated himself or talked over, mutes us simply to get a word in edgeways.One
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Pokémon Go creator Niantic has published a blog post detailing some of its anti-cheat efforts, and it seems the company has been busy. Since the start of 2020, Niantic has issued over 5 million “punishments” to players caught cheating, with over 20 percent of those being permabans. Doing the math, that’s over a million people who have gotten the boot in just over a year. This includes bans from Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The post did contain some encouraging news about the player base: apparently over 90 percent of people stopped cheating after they received their first warning. That’s a wonderful thing to hear, because it’s relatable; I also like to live just on the edge until someone tells me to knock it off. While it looks like 2020 was a bad ye
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A series based on Michael Caine’s 1969 Italian Job is in the works for Paramount Plus. The original film was remade in 2003 and starred Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Ed Norton, and Jason Statham. Donald De Line, one of the producers of the 2003 remake, will work on the show in some capacity, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is just one of several shows that will head to Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS’s new streaming service. The other shows announced include Love Story, Fatal Attraction, Flashdance, and The Parallax View, according to the Reporter. These new shows join a series of shows already announced for the streaming platform. The Offer, a limited series based on the making-of process behind The Godfather; Lioness, a show about a young marine who is recruited to b
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A cemetery in the seaside resort town of Camogli, in northern Italy, collapsed due to a landslide on Monday afternoon, sending an estimated 200 coffins into the ocean. The cemetery, built more than a century ago, was located along a rocky cliff. Francesco Olivari, the mayor of Camogli, told CNN that the disaster was an “unimaginable catastrophe” that had likely occurred due to erosion along the coast. “This type of collapse that happened today is very hard to detect or to predict,” Olivari said. “This area is subject to this type of collapse ― it’s very fragile.” Aside from the cemetery, the landslide destroyed two chapels that had bodies contained in them, and rubble from the structures also tumbled down the cliff into the Mediterranean Sea below.  According to local Italian media, as of Tuesday, 10 bodies had been recovered from the sea, five of which were identified.  Images and video posted to Twitter by Vigili del Fuocol, the official account of Italy’s firefighting brigade, showed the extent of the catastrophe. Frana a Camogli (GE), cede il terreno sotto una struttura del cimitero: nessuna persona coinvolta, squadre e #sommozzatori dei #vigilidelfuoco al
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NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney is finally ready to write his memoirs, and will use music — and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet — to help guide him. “The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present” will be released Nov. 2, according to a joint announcement Wednesday from the British publisher Allen Lane and from Liveright in the United States. McCartney, 78, will trace his life through 154 songs, from his teens and early partnership with fellow Beatle John Lennon to his solo work over the past half century. Irish poet Paul Muldoon is editing and will contribute an introduction. “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right,” McCartney said in a statement. “The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.” Financial terms for “The Lyrics,” which has a list price of $100, were not disclosed. Publishers have long sought a McCartney memoir, even though he has spoken often about the past and has participated in such projects as Barry Miles’ biography “Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now,” and the 1990s documentary and book “The Beatles Anthology.” The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards has been equally open about himself, but his 2010 memoir “Life” still sold millions of copies. No Beatle has written a standard, full-fledged account of his life. Lennon pub
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Early birds prefer to get to bed early and wake up early, whereas night owls would rather stay up late and sleep in — but do our internal clocks tick the same way when it comes to our appetite for sex?One 2015 survey from the sex toy company Lovehoney found that men tend to want sex in the morning hours between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., while women tend to be in the mood at night between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.Age may be a factor in our preferred sex schedules, too, sex therapist and neuroscience researcher Nan Wise said.“As a rule, people become more like larks as they age. They like to go back to bed earlier and probably would be more interested in sex in the morning,” Wise, author of “Why Good Sex Matters,” told HuffPost. “Young people tend to be night owls and might be more available or interested in sex in the evening.”But is there actually a “best” time of day to have sex? We turned to sex experts to get the pros and cons of doing the deed morning, afternoon and night. Here’s what they had to say.Morning sexOne reason men in particular may be fond of sex before breakfast? Around 8 a.m. is when testosterone levels — the sex hormone that plays a role in libido and erections — are at their peak. “For testosterone-producing men, mornings are when the levels of testosterone are highest, since it’s made during sleep,” Robin Wilson-Beattie, a disability and sexuality advocate and educator, told HuffPost. “For some men, this means they have a better sexual r
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Remember dioramas? They were the friggin’ best. I’d jump on any excuse to grab a shoebox, fire up the hot glue gun (okay, Dad handled that), and strategically place plastic tigers and shrubs in their tiny cardboard habitat. I might have learned something, too, but that was beside the point. I was a tiny god with a world of my own creation in my hands. That’s not unlike the sense of wonder I felt just now watching a miniature prehistoric habitat spring to life on my dining room table. That little bit of magic happened courtesy of Museum Alive, an augmented reality iPhone app available
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image copyrightGetty ImagesThe NHS is being taken to court over its contract with controversial US data firm Palantir. Open Democracy said it had launched the legal action over Palantir's long-term involvement in the analysis of vast amounts of public health data.It also alleges that Palantir lobbied a top NHS official over expensive watermelon cocktails.Palantir has often been a frequent target of scrutiny by privacy campaigners. The firm helps analyse huge volumes of data from governments and others, and sorts through the tangle for useful insights, patterns and connections. Once a notorious
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Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletterCalifornia lawmakers are fighting to protect thousands of residents from deportation with new legislation that would stop state prisons and jails from handing over immigrants to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice).California’s controversial practice of coordinating with Ice agents has received widespread scrutiny in past months, including after the Guardian revealed that the state had transferred two immigrant prisoners to Ice for deportation after they had served as incarcerated firefighters on the frontlines – and after they had comple
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A Georgia pastor who has been expelled from America’s largest Protestant denomination for welcoming a queer couple into his congregation insists he doesn’t regret the decision he made. Pastor Jim Conrad, of Kennesaw’s Towne View Baptist Church, got in trouble with the Southern Baptist Convention after welcoming a gay couple with three adopted children as members of his church in October 2019. “We decided that ‘all means all,’” Conrad told HuffPost in an email. “We will share His Good News with everyone and welcome anyone who calls Jesus Lord.” About 30% of the congregation left after Conrad took this stance, which meant the church’s budget shrunk and the pastor took a pay cut, according to The Associated Press. And on Tuesday, the SBC’s executive committee announced
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The much-anticipated results of the FCC’s Auction 107 are in, with Verizon and AT&T spending big as anticipated on the coveted C-band spectrum. Verizon in particular spent nearly twice as much as AT&T, with a total spend of $45.4 billion. AT&T’s total bid adds up to $23.4 billion. T-Mobile is in a distant third at $9.3 billion, which was also expected thanks to the strong midband spectrum holdings that the company already had following its acquisition of Sprint. There’s nothing outright surprising here: we’ve known for a while that the total bidding added up to over $80 billion, and that Verizon and AT&T in particular would be the top bidders. Those two carriers’ nationwide 5G networks currently rely on narrower low-band frequencies that offer speeds not much greater than 4G L
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“Our idea is to attack for 90 minutes,” the Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero had said on the eve of this match. Instead, down to 10 men early, he and his exhausted teammates found themselves trying to defend for almost as long. They almost made it too. But as the finish line drew close, reward for their resistance, they were finally shot down.From a little outside the area, off a short corner, the left-back Ferland Mendy bent in a brilliant shot that gave Real Madrid a 1-0 away win that had looked like it might evade them. As it hit the net, there was relief for the first Spanish team to win in this round. For the Italian club, who had just made their last change, trying to hang on to a valuable draw, it was cruel.This wasn’t the way either of them had anticipated it, and Mendy w
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It’s the return of the (emotionally tortured) Jedi. Prior to fleeing to Cancun during a winter disaster and pandemic, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was defending former “Mandalorian” star Gina Carano, who was fired after “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts earlier this month.  Cruz said Carano “broke barriers” in “Star Wars” and wasn’t just “some emotionally tortured Jedi,” which some read as a diss toward Daisy Ridley’s Rey, the star of the new “Star Wars” trilogy. Texan Gina Carano broke barriers in the Star Wars universe: not a princess, not a victim, not some emotionally tortured Jedi. She played a woman who kicked ass & who girls looked up to. She was instrumental in making Star Wars fun again. Of course Disney canceled her.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz)
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Courtney Lawes has pledged to keep producing his trademark big hits against Wales on Saturday, insisting the recent flurry of red cards will not hold England back as they seek to address the aggression problems highlighted by Eddie Jones.Jones has put England’s sub-standard start to the Six Nations down to an issue with their “arousal level” in the absence of crowds but Lawes has claimed he does not need an audience to rise to the occasion, suggesting an empty Principality Stadium could level the playing field.Wales remain in the hunt for the grand slam with two victories against Ireland and Scotland, but on both occasions Wayne Pivac’s side took advantage of red cards for Peter O’Mahony and Zander Fagerson respectively. The last time England faced Wales in the Six Nations, Manu
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Casa Borinqueña has been feeding Oakland locals hungry for island cuisine since 2018. The pop-up and catering business won devout fans with pernil, shrimp mofongo, chicharrón de cerdo, and tostones con pollo. But last summer, Chef Lulu (who asked to be attributed by her first name) shocked, and in some cases angered, the small community when she veganized her menu. Many told the chef, who was raised on the archipelago and in Brooklyn, that Puerto Rican dishes sans meat, particularly pork, could never be authentic.“I started to question my own culinary skills: Would I be able to truly achieve the flavors?” chef Lulu asked herself. “I was also really sad because I felt abandoned by my own community. There was a sense of mourning. And there was also fear. I became anxious. I wondered
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So Much Content — Also: the new Spider-Man movie has a name. Loki from Loki. Key art for Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Disney
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Pep Guardiola speaks of how vital it is to “arrive” in optimum form when the Champions League knockout phase begins. This smooth display illustrated why as Manchester City’s remarkable run went to 19 consecutive wins courtesy of the excellent João Cancelo, who was key in each goal. The manager will know passage to the quarter-finals is not complete but Borussia Mönchengladbach are firm underdogs to turn this tie around. Next up for City is West Ham on Saturday when David Moyes has to somehow find a way to outmanoeuvre Guardiola.Mönchengladbach, eighth in the Bundesliga, emerged from their group ahead of Shakhtar Donetsk and Internazionale. Guardiola began the business end of the competition by deciding against starting Kevin De Bruyne in an XI that showed a frontline No 9 in Gabri
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State Department officials overseas expressed anger and disappointment that diplomats in Washington were being vaccinated before those in more perilous posts.Credit...Emre Tazegul/Associated PressFeb. 24, 2021, 2:24 p.m. ETWASHINGTON — In the best of times, working at the United States Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, was always difficult: Pollution, poor electricity, unreliable internet service and a substandard health system there rendered it a hardship post for American diplomats.That was before the coronavirus pandemic.In a cautionary cable sent last week to State Department headquarters, the American ambassador in Pristina, Philip S. Kosnett, described increasingly dire conditions for his staff, including depression and burnout, after nearly a year of trying to balance the public-facing
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Part of HuffPost News. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved. Wild Australian Sheep Gets Sheared Of 78 Pounds Of Wool (Reuters) - A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 78 pounds - nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo - after being shorn for the first time in many a year. The sheep was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary near Lancefield, Victoria, about 60 kilometres north of Melbourne, according to the Mission’s Kyle Behrend. “It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep,” said Behrend, “he had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn o
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Downtime — A Fed statement attributed the outage to "operational error." Enlarge / The Federal Reserve Building in Washington, DC. Federal Reserve electronic systems that enable US banks to send each other electronic payments experienced a massive outage on Wednesday afternoon. A Fed statement attributed it to an "operational error" but didn't provide much more detail. The Federal Reserve System acts as America's central bank, and it controls much of the plumbing of the US financial system. The automated clearing house (ACH) system is used for paychecks, bill payments, and other small and medium-sized transactions across the economy. The
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Closed Bug 259640 Opened 17 years ago Closed 21 days ago Tracking Status relnote-firefox --- ? firefox87 --- fixed Screenshot from IntelliJ IDEA showing matches along the scrollbar 17 years ago
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homemade — Semiconductor demand isn't going to drop, but supply has proven a problem. Enlarge / President Joe Biden signing a different executive order on January 28, 2021.The White House is launching an effort today to ease a global semiconductor supply crunch affecting a wide array of other industries, but any boost the administration can provide is likely to be on the far side of many more months of shortages. President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order this afternoon for "securing America's critical supply chains." The order will address several challenges in the US supply chain, according to a fact sheet from the White House, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, mineral resources, semiconductors, and large-capacity batteries. The order is a sort of combination of all politicians' favorite rallying cry—"more American jobs"—and an acknowledgement that shortages and production challenges in critical supply chains really have had a profound effect on the nation, especially in the past year. It calls for an immediate 100-day review that will "identify near-term steps the administration can take, including with Congress" to identify where the vulnerabilities in these supply chains are and what regulators or legislators can do to increase US manufacturing of these critical components. In addition to the short-term review, the order also calls for a yearlong examination of risks and vulnerabilities in six other US technology supply chains: defense, public health, information technology and communications, energy, transporta
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Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming open-world Harry Potter video game set in the wizarding world of the 19th century, won’t be released until 2022 — but the game keeps getting mired in controversy. Last year, publisher Warner Bros. had to clarify that Harry Potter creator J.K. wasn’t directly involved in the making of the game following a string of transphobic comments from the author. And now, the political views of one of the game’s developers has caught the public eye, leading one major community to eschew promotional coverage of the title. The game’s latest controversy began when journalist Liam Roberston posted a Twitter thread highlighting that Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt once kept a YouTube channel full of far-right content. Videos by Leavitt included a defense of men who were accused of sexual harassment, a defense of cultural appropriation, and discussions on whether or not “thought crimes” are a real thing. Some videos were also sympathetic of the Gamergate movement, which harasses women and marginalized groups in the video game industry under the guise of journalism ethics. The videos are several years old by this point. But they were enough to make headlines, especially since one of the videos claims that publisher Warner Bros. is apparently aware of Leavitt’s channel and political views. W.B. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In 2018, Leavitt said that, while Warner Bros. does not endorse things said on his channel, “at least they seem more concerned with making good games than with pushing some kind of a social justice agenda, so there is hope.” Before any of this unfolded, some of the gaming community alr
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It’s not hard to listen to your favorite video game soundtracks online. Just load YouTube or some other music streaming services, and search there. But that experience pales in comparison to hearing (and seeing) that music played through the hardware it was originally composed on. Legendary gaming composer Yuzo Koshiro has been posting nostalgia bombs on Twitter, playing songs that he made for games like Streets of Rage, Streets of Rage 2, and the 8-Bit Game Gear and Sega Master System versions of Sonic The Hedgehog. And he’s playing them using an NEC PC-88, the 39-year-old PC that was a popular gaming platform in Japan, as well as Koshiro’s machine of choice for creating music. Recorded SOR2 Go Straight from PC88FA headphone out. No EQ and compression. -14.5LUFS.If you want the best sounding of SOR, nothing can beat the PC88. 88FAのヘッドフォンアウトがなかなか良い音していたのでベア2 Go Straightを録音してみました。やはり実機が一番良い音です pic.twitter.com/Je4nmUBKaW— Yuzo Koshiro (@yuzokoshiro) February 19, 2021 Listening to the tunes is fun, especially if you’ve played the games, but these videos are even better than going to a concert. You get to watch a storied music-maker play his tunes through hardware that’s likely very difficult and expensive to find currently. I like the little gadgets he uses to make loading files and navigating easier. There’s just a tiny monitor on top of the PC-88 instead of a gargantuan CRT monitor from another era, and the music is being loaded into the PC through a controller and interface that helps it recognize the SD card. Have you ever known GG/SMS Sonic music was made with PC88? I made most of my PSG-leveled music (GG, MSX, etc.) with it. It couldn't use all the DCSG functions but was comfortable and fast. This video plays all the song's intro including unused tracks running through. pic.twitter.com/LOpImRZbJ6— Yuzo Koshiro (@yuzokoshiro) February 23, 2021 Koshiro obviously has a lot of experience in composing music, but it’s his knowledge of programming in BASIC that helped him get comfortable using something like the PC-88 to express his mus
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins other House Democrats in unveiling a climate change proposal on June 30, 2020, in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images Here’s how climate policy can double as economic stimulus. By Feb 24, 2021, 4:30pm EST From his first day in office, President Joe Biden has been under tremendous pressure to swiftly address three immediate crises: the pandemic, unemployment, and climate change. If all goes according to his plans, Congress will pass a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 rescue bill as early as next week, helping to stem the first two crises. Next, Biden hopes to further tackle unemployment along with climate change through Build Back Better, a $2 trillion infrastructure plan he outlined last summer after Covid-19 hit. On Wednesday, the Senate kicked off the process of turning that vision into a bill. One of the theories of Build Back Better is to cut emissions by pour
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s latest season is almost here and the update patch will bring changes all over both games. The biggest changes are almost all map related, but there are also new weapons for both games, and a whole new Zombies mode called Outbreak, that will be the biggest Zombies mode ever. The change players are likely to notice as soon as they fire up any of Call of Duty’s season 2 modes are the map changes. While the map changes for Verdansk remain a mystery, the new arrival of the Vodianoy ship is certain to change a few things around the map, and maybe even introduce a new threat. Meanwhile in mutliplayer, Treyarch has used the new season to bring a few updates to maps like Crossroads, Cartel, and Moscow, which each received a few revisions. This patch also includes Outbreak, a new objective-based Zombies mode that will let players explore a massive new open-world map. Players will still use some of the familiar Zombies mechanics like buy weapons and upgrading them, but will use these weapons to complete new objectives that get harder as each match goes on. After completing one objective, players will get the chance to either extract, explore the open world, or move on to the next, more difficult objective. The new season will begin somewhere between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. PST on Feb. 24. Treyarch also let players know that the download size for the new Black Ops Cold War content would be between 10.5 and 26.5 GB, while the Warzone update will be between 16.2 and 20.8 GB. For a full look at all the changes and additions coming to Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War in season 2, you can check out the patch notes. Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 2 patch notes Event Outbreak Event (Feb. 25 - March 11) Complete new undead challenges across Outbreak and Warzone to unlock all-new rewards. Available for a limited time: Feb. 25 - Mar. 11 Weapons FARA 83 New assault rifle available to unlock in the Season Two Battle Pass. LC10 New SMG available to unlock in the Season Two Battle Pass. Machete New melee weapon available via in-game challenge or Store bundle. Groza Unlock challenge available for
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image copyrightReutersimage captionFed Chair Jerome Powell has called exploring a digital dollar a "high priority project"The system the US central bank uses to process more than $3tn (£2.1tn) each day crashed on Wednesday.The Federal Reserve said the disruption was caused by an "operational error". It started restoring services within hours.The Fed handled over 184 million transactions last year, from bank transfers to electronic payroll deposits.The crash adds to pressure the bank is facing to keep up with tech disruptors."Let's work together to ensure we have a faster, more reliable way to send payments," Senator Cynthia Lummis wrote on Twitter.At hearings in Washington this week, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was also pressed on the bank's plans to explore digital currencies, pointing to steps by central banks in China and elsewhere, as well as Bitcoin and other private payment systems.The project is "vital to American competitiveness", Congressman Patrick McHenry said. Digital dollarMr Powell said the bank planned to spend this year doing extensive research and public outreach about the idea of a digital dollar, describing it as a "high priority project".But he added that the bank was also wary of doing anything that might have unintended negative consequences for the existing system."We have a responsibility to do this right," he said. "We don't have to be the first."The Fed said Wednesday's crash started at about 11:00 Eastern time. Services started to be restored about three hours later, but some continued to remain dark, including its Fedwire Funds system.On social media, cryptocurrency advocates were quick to highlight the problems. Ok it's cliche. But I'm going to say it anyway. Because this point needs to be driven home. Again. And. Again. The legacy financial system is horrible.FedWire is down. Bitcoin never goes down.https://t.co/FkAPt9r8uD— Yan Pritzker 🦢 (@skwp) February 24, 2021 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on TwitterThey have been on the defensive amid warnings from regulators around the world, including US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, a former Fed chair, who this week called B
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Reddit’s status page currently shows a major outage, and many of The Verge’s staff are unable to load it. Loading the site results in a blank white page. The site seems to have gone down after GameStop stock shot up 100 percent in late hours of trading. One of Reddit’s most controversial communities, r/WallStreetBets, has championed the stock and was intensely active after the surge. At the moment, it’s unclear if the two are related, but the subreddit seemed to be getting a lot of heavy traffic right before the site went down.
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GameStop is up... again, by a lot. Before market close on Wednesday, the video game retailer’s shares started to soar, and GME just closed at $91.71 — up nearly 104 percent for the day. It’s the highest the stock has been since it fell back down to Earth at the beginning of the month following the unprecedented, Reddit-fueled rally that sent it as high as $483 a share. Over the course of the afternoon, trading on the stock was halted twice. It’s not exactly clear what’s happening here. But one group is celebrating: r/WallStreetBets. The community of retail investors is ecstatic at the results and hailing the jump as proof that the GME rollercoaster ride isn’t over yet. There’s so much interest in the community, it seems, that it’s currently buckling under the load of incoming traffic. A number of events this week may be contributing to the rise. For one, GME advocate Keith Gill, known online as Roaring Kitty or by his more profane handle u/DeepFuckingValue, testified last week in a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the GameStop rally, in which he pleaded his case as an everyday investor who simply liked the stock. Late last week, Gill doubled his holdings in GME to 100,000 shares, worth at the time about $4 million, reports The Wall Street Journal. Gill’s willingness to double down on his GameStop enthusiasm could be one factor explaining the stock rise today, but it’s certainly not the only one. GameStop’s former chief financial officer Jim Bell announced his resignation yesterday, a sudden departure Insider now reports may been less than amicable after the company’s board of directors “lost faith” in the executive. That could be fueling investor enthusiasm. And lastly, and most inexplicably, Chewy founder Ryan Cohen — the GameStop board member whose interest in the company helped facilitate its skyrocketing stock price — tweeted a photo of a McDonald’s ice cream cone with a frog emoji for a caption. What could this possibly have to do with a new soaring GME stock price? Who knows. But at this point, I’m willing to believe anything. Ahhh, I was wondering why $GME was up 75% and then I realized it's because their key holder (the Chewy founder) tweeted this picture of an ice cream cone.Makes a lot more sense now. pic.twitter.com/E1Qw5hhjdX— Nate Anderson (@ClarityToast) February 24, 2021
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A landlord in Albany, New York, is facing kidnapping charges after he allegedly tied up two of his tenants, covered their heads with pillowcases and left them at a snowy cemetery. Albany Police arrested 48-year-old Shawn Douglas on Monday afternoon and charged him with second-degree kidnapping in connection with the incident on Sunday morning, according to the Albany Times-Union. According to charging documents obtained by HuffPost, Douglas forcibly restrained a 32-year-old male tenant and a 21-year-old female tenant sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Police said he used zip ties and tape to restrain them before covering their heads with pillowcases and forcing them into his vehicle. Police said Douglas then drove them at gunpoint to a cemetery where he left them in the snow. Eventually, the female victim was able to free herself and get help from a nearby house. Douglas had been frustrated as he was unable to evict the tenants due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Times-Union reported. New York state placed a moratorium on evictions for tenants who have experienced hardship due to the pandemic until May 1. Citing law enforcement sources, the Times-Union reported two others may have been involved in the alleged incident. No other arrests have been made. Jail records show Douglas was later released from Albany County jail on $50,000 bond. Douglas was previously charged with assault and violating a restraining order. Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter
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Showtime’s upcoming Halo TV series is getting a new home — the live-action adaptation of the popular sci-fi shooters will now debut exclusively on the relaunched Paramount Plus streaming service when it arrives at the beginning of 2022, Deadline reports. There have been a few attempts at adapting Halo to live action (including the less-than-stellar Halo: Nightfall), of which the Showtime series is the latest. It’s been in the works since 2018 and promises to actually focus on the star of the series: Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, the armored star of the series more commonly known as Master Chief (played by American Gods’ Pablo Schreiber.) The show will also see Jen Taylor return to reprise her role as Cortana, Master Chief’s AI companion. “We were on the hunt for signature shows beyond the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and were thinking, what could be a defining series for Paramount+,” David Nevins, who serves both as the chief creative officer at CBS and the CEO of Showtime, said to Deadline. “Halo always fit the bill but seeing it, we felt it would work.” Halo was originally intended to release in 2021, but the show has since been delayed due to a pause in production caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Paramount Plus is the relaunched version of CBS All Access, which will combine content from the recently remerged CBS and Paramount together into a single streaming service. Halo joins other marquee titles for the service, including
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poly-lt-wire-logo Photo: Netflix It’s Gilmore Girls — plus everything, all at once By Feb 24, 2021, 4:16pm EST Netflix’s latest drama sounds like a modern reboot of Gilmore Girls — single mom Georgia raises teenage daughter Ginny in a picturesque New England town. (In the first episode, Georgia does actually declare “We’re like the Gilmore Girls — but with bigger boobs!”) But the series does a little more than that. In fact, it does a lot more than that, pulling in the class conflicts of Little Fires Everywhere, the rebellious teenage narrative of Euphoria, and also a Bonnie and Clyde-esque backstory. And that’s just scratching the surface of everything jam-packed into Ginny & Georgia. The show juggles so many separate big plotlines that it feels like five separate shows vying for attention. If the writers trimmed away one or two, the mother-daughter tension at its core could shine. But with so much going on, that dynamic gets lost. [Ed. note: This review contains slight spoilers for Ginny & Georgia.] Photo: Netflix Free-spirited Georgia (Brianne Howey) and her children — surly teenager Ginny (Antonia Gentry) and quiet elementary-school age Austin (Diesel La Torraca) — move to a small, idyllic New England suburb after her husband’s recent mysterious death. Ginny isn’t thrilled about moving yet again, since Georgia tends to uproot the entire family every time something bad happens. Ginny navigates peer pressure, sexual encounters, her biracial identity, her brother’s struggle with bullying, first relationships that mutate into love triangles, self-harm, internet haters, and prejudiced teachers. Georgia, meanwhile, snags a job in the office of the town’s hot mayor (Scott Porter), steals money from the school fundraiser, and tries to fit in with the Stepford-esque suburbia of bake sales and Halloween decoration contests. Oh, and also, Georgia is running away from a shady past where she was part of a motorcycle gang and robbed gas stations at gunpoint! And her dead husband’s ex has sent a PI looking for her! Fun! It’s a lot, and that’s without even mentioning the huge cast of minor characters. Some, to their credit, are unique, fleshing out the picturesque town and giving it more character. Ginny’s friend Max (Sara Waisglass), for instance, perfectly encapsulates a high-energy, unapologetically herself teenager, with all the intensity of a Monster Energy drink. Soft-hearted diner owner Joe (Raymond Alback) — who shares a past connection with Georgia he’s unaware of — builds a compelling friendship with her. But others, like Mayor Paul’s assistant Nick (Dan Beirne) and PTA mom Cynthia (Sabrina Grdevich
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Cox has been making it extremely difficult or impossible for some customers to stick with their current Internet speeds despite promising that it won't force users onto plans with slower uploads. As we wrote two weeks ago, Cox informed customers with 300Mbps download and 30Mbps upload speeds that they will be switched to a plan with 500Mbps downloads and 10Mbps uploads on March 3. A Cox spokesperson told Ars at the time that customers can stay on the plan with 30Mbps uploads as long as they upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.1 modem. But Cox's email to its customers did not mention this option, and customers who called Cox customer service have since been told in no uncertain terms that they cannot stay on their current plans. Several Cox users from California emailed Ars about the problem after reading our article, all with similar experiences. "I just got off the phone with a Cox tech rep and she said that my current Ultimate Classic plan (300/30) is going away regardless of whether I upgrade to a DOCSIS 3.1 modem or not," a customer whose first name is Dam and lives in Aliso Viejo, California, told Ars on Thursday last week. "When the time comes in March, my new plan will be the new Ultimate 500/10. I told her about your article and she said that is not what she's seeing in her system or hearing from her higher-ups." We contacted Cox about the problem on Friday last week, and a Cox spokesperson admitted that the company failed to ensure that sales reps know customers are allowed to stay on the 300/30Mbps plan. "There clearly are some gaps that we need to address to avoid this confusion," Cox told Ars on Monday. "We're in the process of retraining our frontline-facing teams to make sure they are consistently communicating the options available to impacted customers, including staying on their existing plan of 300/30 so long as they upgrade their modem." As before, customers will be automatically switched from the 300/30Mbps plan to the 500/10Mbps tier unless they contact customer service and insist on keeping their plan. The change to download and upload speeds will happen regardless of whether customers have an upgraded modem, but customers who stick with an older modem may not get the full 500Mbps download speeds. Cox, which has about 5.3 million Internet customers in 19 states, says the changes are related to a network upgrade. Cox’s customer-service screwup The evidence (including Cox's email to customers and statements from Cox sales reps to customers) makes it seem as if Cox didn't intend to let customers keep their 30Mbps upload speeds until the company faced criticism and media exposure two weeks ago. That would explain why customer-service reps have told customers they must give up the 300/30Mbps plan and why Cox is now scrambling to tell employees about the option. However, a Cox spokesperson told Ars that the company "always" intended to let customers keep the 30Mbps upload speeds. If that is true, then the company totally screwed up its messaging to customers and the change to its customer-service systems.
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And there's a Season Pass coming too. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is introducing new fighter Annie of the Stars to its roster this March, developer Hidden Variable has confirmed, and three additional DLC characters will follow.When Annie's DLC debuts in March, it'll be in the form of a Steam early access release, which the studio will continue to balance until it's satisfied the character is ready for the primetime. This initial early access version will include Annie (who was initially designed for Skullgirls Mobile) and her stage, Sound Stage 17, while the full and final DLC release, currently an
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The US Federal Reserve's money-transfer systems failed on Wednesday for a number of hours, likely halting the electronic movement of billions of dollars. Just before 1300 EST, the Fed noted it was “currently investigating a possible issue or disruption to multiple services,” and promised quick updates. The IT outage at the United States' central banking system effectively prevented the nation's financial institutions from electronically sending money to each other, knackering wire transfers and deposits. The breakdown also affected a wide variety of services, including FedACH, FedCash, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Command,
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A GameStop store is pictured in New York, January 29, 2021.Carlo AllegriI | ReutersShares of GameStop surged more than 100% on Wednesday as investors poured into the brick-and-mortar retailer amid a C-suite shake-up.Shares were halted with less than 30 minutes left in the trading day and the stock ended the day up 103.9%. Shares of GameStop rose 30% in after hours trading on Wednesday. GameStop announced Tuesday that its chief financial officer Jim Bell will resign on March 26."Mr. Bell's resignation was not because of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company's operations, policies or practices, including accounting principles and practices," the company said i
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EU and UK leaders have failed to break the impasse over the controversial Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland after more than two hours of talks.However, the two sides have pledged to reach a “pragmatic solution”, with the UK agreeing to develop new plans to respond to problems with supermarket supplies.The Democratic Unionist party leader and first minister, Arlene Foster, accused Brussels of being “stubborn and inflexible” and said it had “closed its eyes to the serious crisis within our supply chain”.In a joint statement after the meeting of the UK-EU joint committee, the co-chairs, Michael Gove and the EU vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, reiterated their commitment to
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With CBS All Access morphing into Paramount Plus in just over a week, the company is announcing a new subscriber milestone for its streaming platforms: nearly 30 million global subscribers. The company also has 19.2 million subscribers domestically across its platforms, CBS All Access and Showtime. Pluto TV has 43 million monthly active users globally, and 30.1 million domestically. ViacomCBS CEO made the announcement ahead of today’s Paramount Plus event as part of its fourth quarter earnings. The last time CEO Bob Bakish previously reported subscriber numbers in November, noting that CBS All Access and Showtime had a combined subscriber base of 17.9 million subscribers domestically,
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Andrew Bailey has warned the European Union against mounting a raid on the City of London, saying the Bank of England will “resist very firmly” any moves by Brussels to force financial trading worth trillions of pounds to relocate following Brexit.Amid growing speculation that EU officials could demand more financial business moves within its borders after leaving, Bailey said steps forcing the relocation of euro derivatives clearing away from the UK would represent a “serious escalation”.Addressing MPs on the Commons Treasury committee, Bailey said Brussels appeared to be moving towards a position where euro-denominated derivatives clearing would be forced to take place within the e
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Lindsey Boylan, a former adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), alleged in an essay on Wednesday that the governor kissed her without consent, made inappropriate comments and fostered a hostile workplace for women. Boylan’s Medium essay expanded on a Twitter thread in December in which she accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected,” wrote Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president. “His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right.” In her essay, Boylan accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior, including asking her to play strip poker while flying home together from a work event and consistently going out of his way to touch her on her back, arms and legs. She also accused him of telling fellow staffers that he had a “crush” on her. “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” Caitlin Girouard, Cuomo’s press secretary, wrote in a Wednesday-afternoon statement. Girouard also included the manifests of all the governor’s flights during the month of October 2017 in order to dispute one of Boylan’s claim, although it’s not immediately clear that the manifests do that. The press statement also included a comment attributed to four other Cuomo staffers who allege they were on the flights. “We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen,” the four staffers said of the specific accusation that Cuomo asked Boylan to play strip poker on one flight. Boylan declined to be interviewed on Wednesday. Today I am telling my story. I never planned to share the details of my experience working in the Cuomo administration, but I am doing so now in hopes that it may make it easier for others to speak their own truth. https://t.co/n1Lcc6Ac66— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) February 24, 2021 Boylan said Cuomo’s alleged behavior came to a tipping point in 2018 after she had been promoted to deputy secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor. She wrote that Cuomo kissed her without her consent. “We were in his New York City office on Third Avenue,” she wrote. “As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking.” She added that she was not the only victim of the governor’s alleged harassment and inappropriate behavior. “The Governor’s pervasive harassment extended beyond just me,” Boylan wrote. “He made unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues. He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others. He said the reasons that men get women were ‘money and power.’” Boylan mentioned other women who allegedly experienced harassment at the hands of Cuomo, but did not offer specific names or examples. Boylan began working in the same circles as Cuomo in 2015 when she became the chief of staff at Empire State Development, a state economic developme
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bad facebook, no cookie — Despite a steadily slipping market share, Firefox is snappy and feature-forward. I installed Firefox 86 on my Ubuntu workstation using Snap to be certain I wouldn't accidentally mess with my working system configuration.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration is expected to release a declassified U.S. intelligence report on Thursday finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, four officials familiar with the matter said. The release would represent the latest move by U.S. President Joe Biden to realign ties with Riyadh after years in which Washington largely gave its key Arab ally and major oil producer a pass on its human rights record, intervention in Yemen’s civil war and other issues. The report’s release is expected to coincide
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# Job DescriptionRelationship Coaches conduct live 1-on-1 and couples coaching sessions on video to help clients overcome their dating and relationship challenges.As a Relationship Coach, you'll help clients all over the world achieve their relationship goals. You'll conduct exploratory sessions and offer actionable step-by-step advice to help clients progress toward their desired relationship outcomes.We value coaches who are compassionate, insightful, self-motivated and have the ability to be objective and empathetic at the same time. An ideal applicant has passion and intuition for relationship dynamics, enjoys working as a part of a team, and takes initiative.This is a unique role that offers flexible full-time hours and the opportunity to make a positive impact daily.Daily tasks include: * Coaching our clients over video and text chat * Participating in ongoing training and development sessions * Working with our coaching quality team to build your relationship coaching skills * Becoming proficient with a large variety of software tools RequirementsSkills and qualities we look for: * Empathetic & compassionate * Energized by helping others * Good writer * Typing speed 50wpm+ * Tech savvy * Fast learner * Excellent English, written and verbal * Reliable, fast internet while working * Quiet environment for video calls * Coaching Skills & QualitiesWe believe a great coaching session has these characteristics:Depth of Insight: You're able to connect various details of a client's situation to make big-picture connections. These are the types of insights that clients won't be able to get anywhere else. Lacking depth of insights manifests itself as overuse of generalizations, incorrectly applying learned knowledge, difficulty elaborating on answers given or not communicating answers in a direct, concise manner.Provide Actionable Advice: You’re able to provide advice on what clients can do to help them achieve their goal. You can break down suggestions into step-by-step plans that clients can understand and do.Compassion: Coaching with compassion means you're not only empathizing with clients, but also understanding why they feel the way they do on an intellectual level and it influences your approach to coaching in a positive direction. Compassion helps you better understand your client and stay attuned with how they feel throughout the time you're coaching them.Clarity: Your thinking isn't being influenced by clouded thinking, personal opinion or ulterior motives. You’re able to draw conclusions from an objective, non-judgemental standpoint and articulate them concisely.Balanced Detachment: Detachment helps you process information without having your emotions be influenced to the point they negatively affect your coaching. The right balance of detaching yourself from a client's situation will allow you to maintain objectivity while empathizing with clients.There is no mandatory previous work experience, but experience in the field of coaching, counseling, psychology, or social work is valuable.# Compensation This is a full time position, 40+ hours per week. You can work from anywhere in the world. We're a 24x7 service so you can set flexib
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A student said she was racially profiled while eating in a college dorm. An investigation found no evidence of bias. But the incident will not fade away.Credit...Christopher Capozziello for The New York TimesFeb. 24, 2021, 3:00 p.m. ETNORTHAMPTON, Mass. — In midsummer of 2018, Oumou Kanoute, a Black student at Smith College, recounted a distressing American tale: She was eating lunch in a dorm lounge when a janitor and a campus police officer walked over and asked her what she was doing there.The officer, who could have been carrying a “lethal weapon,” left her near “meltdown,” Ms. Kanoute wrote on Facebook, saying that this encounter continued a yearlong pattern of harassment at Smith.“All I did was be Black,” Ms. Kanoute wrote. “It’s outrageous that some people question my being at Smith College, and my existence overall as a woman of color.”The college’s president, Kathleen McCartney offered profuse apologies and put the janitor on paid leave. “This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias,” the president wrote, “in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their ordinary lives.”The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN picked up the story of a young female student harassed by white workers. The American Civil Liberties Union, which took the student’s case, said she was profiled for “eating while Black.”Less attention was paid three months later when a law firm hired by Smith College to investigate the episode found no persuasive evidence of bias. Ms. Kanoute was determined to have eaten in a deserted dorm that had been closed for the summer; the janitor had been encouraged to notify security if he saw unauthorized people there. The officer, like all campus police, was unarmed.Smith College officials emphasized “reconciliation and healing” after the incident. In the months to come they announced a raft of anti-bias training for all staff, a revamped and more sensitive campus police force and the creation of dormitories — as demanded by Ms. Kanoute and her A.C.L.U. lawyer — set aside for Black students and other students of color.But they did not offer any public apology or amends to the workers whose lives were gravely disrupted by the student’s accusation.This is a tale of how race, class and power collided at the elite 145-year-old liberal arts college, where tuition, room and board top $78,000 a year and where the employees who keep the school running often come from working-class enclaves beyond the school’s elegant wrought iron gates. The story highlights the tensions between a student’s deeply felt sense of personal truth and facts that are at odds with it.Those tensions come at a time when few in the Smith community feel comfortable publicly questioning liberal orthodoxy on race and identity, and some professors worry the administration is too deferential to its increasingly emboldened students.“My perception is that if you’re on the wrong side of issues of identity politics, you’re not just mistaken, you’re evil,” said James Miller, an economics professor at Smith College and a conservative.In an interview
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Frontline workers and black, Asian and minority ethnic groups will not be prioritised for vaccination in the next stage of the Covid jab rollout, the Guardian understands.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated their advice on Wednesday to recommended that people with learning disabilities be invited for vaccination to ensure people at higher risk of the disease were protected as soon as possible.However, a government source confirmed that the JCVI was also poised to reject vaccine prioritisation by occupation or race – and that jabs would proceed down the age bands of adults to 18-year-olds.“This is ultimately about who is most likely to get seriously ill and die from this disease, and when you put it like that the public do understand that has to the priority,” the source said.Unions have argued that those working in frontline roles such as teaching and the police should be prioritised in the next stage of the rollout, after older groups and the clinically vulnerable. Equality groups have also called for people from BAME communities to be prioritised, in light of research showing they are more likely to die from coronavirus.Speaking to the Commons science and technology committee on Wednesday, Prof Anthony Harnden, the deputy chair of the JCVI, said there was no good scientific reason to prioritise teachers.“We looked at the data very carefully on this, and when you look at ONS data, it doesn’t suggest that teachers are any more at risk of acquiring infections from coronavirus than any other occupation and there are other occupations more at risk than teachers,” he said.“We know, for instance, that people who work in processing plants, who are in closed environments without ventilation and a great amount of noise and having to shout, are quite a lot more at risk than teachers who teach children wearing masks and have adequate ventilation.”Announcing the addition of people with learning disabilities to the list of those currently being prioritised for vaccination, Helen Whately, the care minister, said: “I have heard firsthand how tough this pandemic has been for people with learning disabilities and their families. We are determined those more at risk from Covid should be vaccinated as soon as possible.“Following the JCVI’s updated advice and to make this process simpler and faster, we will be inviting everyone for vaccination who is on their GP’s learning disability register. This will mean those who are at a higher risk from the virus can get the protection they need.”The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said he had asked the NHS to implement the advice “immediately”.The increased risk to those with learning disabilities has been highlighted by the case of the DJ Jo Whiley, who was offered the vaccine before her sister, Frances, who has a genetic disorder and lives in residential care. Frances Whiley tested positive for the coronavirus after an outbreak in her Northampton care home and was admitted to hospital.Harnden said the aim was to reach those with severe or profound learning difficulties, adding that people with milder learning disabilities should not approach their GPs yet.
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For most of us, the solution to having a non-dimmable LED light bulb but needing a dimmable one is a simple as a drive to the store to get the right kind of bulb. But that seems downright boring, not to mention wasteful, so when [Leo Fernekes] was faced with this problem, he looked for a way to make a non-dimmable bulb dimmable. To be fair, there was a financial aspect to this hack, too. [Leo] had a bunch of cheap non-dimmable light fixtures he wanted to put to use. He started with a teardown and reverse-engineering of a light strip, which contains little more than LEDs and a small buck converter. His analysis of the circuit led him to a solution for dimming the light: in
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Mojang Studio’s Diablo-esque take on its classic blocky franchise, Minecraft Dungeons, got a hefty update today alongside new DLC. The update — live now — includes a slew of optimization features for the Xbox Series X version, new missions, and as well additional items to smash your way through creepers and enderman. The biggest addition in the update is a feature called the Ancient Hunts. With this, players will be able to take on procedurally generated mission after they complete the game. If that’s not enough, you can pay an extra $5.99 and unlock the “Flames of Nether” DLC where you conquer the classic hell-like lava land from the original Minecraft game. While Minecraft
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When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you read my profile from my high-school yearbook for the class of 2011, you’ll find the following: “Tom is a man who takes pleasure in doing exactly the opposite of everyone[, such as his] early adoption of Bitcoin, a universal currency more inherently worthless than the Zimbabwean Dollar”. In truth, I didn’t really own any Bitcoin, at least not enough to be meaningful even today. I’d tried mining a bit on my 2006 Macbook, but back then people were giving it away for free in an effort to kick-start the crypto-economy. The focus of the ‘Bitcoin community’ in those days was on buil
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Valheim is a game where players explore a vast world, and build their own bases in a hostile wilderness. There’s lots to worry about out there, from feral hogs to sea monsters, but one boss in particular is causing everyone a big headache. Meet Bonemass, a Slimer-type fellow who, despite being only the third boss, is somehow the biggest obstacle in the game. In Valheim, your progression and exploration is gated behind bosses, who can be summoned at mysterious altars hidden around the world. For instance, in order to mine ore from the mysterious Black Forest, players have to kill a giant lightning elk and take his hardened antler. That lets players make a pickaxe, and as they venture int
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From a galaxy far, far, away — Provides evidence that tidal disruption events can also be cosmic particle accelerators Enlarge / The remains of a shredded star formed an accretion disk around the black hole whose powerful tidal forces ripped it apart. This created a cosmic particle accelerator spewing out fast subatomic particles.Roughly 700 million years ago, a tiny subatomic particle was born in a galaxy far, far away, and began its journey across the vast expanses of our universe. That neutrino finally reached the Earth's South Pole last Oc
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Cat is a statically typed stack-based pure functional language inspired by Joy. Cat has no variables, only instructions which manipulate a stack (e.g. dup, pop, swap), and a special expression form called a quotation (e.g. [1 add]) which pushes an expression onto the stack which can be executed at a later time (e.g. using apply or dip). For example: 6 7 dup mul sub results in a stack with the value 43 on top. The following is a core set of general purpose primitive (built-in) instructions of Cat and their types. apply : (('S -> 'R) 'S -> 'R) quote : ('a 'S -> ('R -> 'a 'R) 'S) compose : (('B -> 'C) ('A -> 'B) 'S -> ('A -> 'C) 'S) dup : ('a 'S -> 'a 'a
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The goal of the project is to create a portable virtual machine capable of hosting various tools and games. Its design should have, at most, the complexity of the 6502, and its assembly language be both human-readable, and allow for the creation of mouse and keyboard driven applications. The distribution of Uxn projects should be akin to downloading a rom for a console emulator.The thin layer that is the "Uxn emulator" should be the only part of this project needing to be ported to make the device available on any new platform. For that reason, Uxn has to be designed with a focus on portability such that it welcomes anyone to try their hand at building their own implementation. The current emulator is 400 lines of C89 over SDL2 as only dependecy.While the aim is to distribute assembled binaries, to respect the philosophy of the tool's ecosystem, the assembly sources should be packaged alongside the rom. Similarly to the emulator, the assembler should be extremely simplistic in its implementation as to not discourage re-implementations. The C89 assembler is also 400 lines with no dependencies.Memory CoreProgram Counter1 short Literal Counter1 byte Balance Counter1 byte Status Register1 byte StacksWorking Stack256 bytes Return Stack256 bytes MemoryRAM65536 bytes Status Register The status register is distributed as follows, it shares the same byte as the register selector. The halt flag is used by the BRK instruction is stops the cpu, the short flag is used for 16 operations, the cond flag is set when an instruction requires a non-zero stack value to operate, and the sign flag is set when the operator should use signed integers. T C S H | | | +---- Halt 0x01 | | +------ Short 0x02 | +-------- Sign 0x04 +---------- Cond 0x08 Special Addresses Addresses at the end of the memory are used to keep various entry points into the program. The reset vector is run once, the frame vector is run each frame, and the error vector is run once when an error has occured. Colorsfff0Red fff1 fff2Green fff3 fff4Blue fff5 Portsfff8Input Device fff9Output Device Vectorsfffa-fffbReset fffc-fffdFrame fffe-ffffError Return Stack The CPU can tunnel throug
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In the wake of the pandemic, there’s a good chance you worked from home for part or all of 2020. As a result, you might be wondering whether you can at least save some money by writing off your home office.You wouldn’t be the only one. So if you’ve been working from home and are thinking about claiming the home office tax deduction, read on to find out how it works.Can Anyone Who Worked From Home Claim The Home Office Tax Deduction?The short answer: No, unfortunately.The only people who can take the home office deduction are those who are self-employed, according to Michael Corrente, managing director of the tax group at CBIZ MHM, an accounting and professional advisory firm. That includes sole proprietors and independent contractors. But if you work for an employer, you can’t claim it, and “that’s anyone who gets a W-2, basically,” Corrente said. There’s no equivalent deduction for taxpayers who work for an employer, either. They’re essentially out of luck, thanks to a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that temporarily suspended the unreimbursed expenses deduction through 2026. “Even though COVID forced a lot of people to work at home, there’s no special consideration for that because of the rules of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” explained Angela Ander
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But live service will continue running "as it exists today". Development on beleaguered multiplayer shooter Anthem's major overhaul - variously known as "Anthem Next" and "Anthem 2.0" - has officially ceased, according to BioWare, and the studio will now focus its efforts on the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect games.Anthem 2.0 was officially announced last February - a little under 12 month's after the game's rocky launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC - with the aim of improving the underlying experience through more satisfying loot, better long-term progression, and a more fulfilling end game."We recognise that there's still more fundamental work to be done to bring out the full potential of [Anthem]," BioWare admitted at the time of its 2.0 reveal, "and it will require a more substantial reinvention than an update or expansion". Anthem - Cataclysm Gameplay Trailer. Since then, a team of around 30 people at BioWare Austin, the studio responsible for Star Wars: The Old Republic, has continued to work on the overhaul project, drip-feeding planned new features to the community along the way. Most recently fans were given at look at a new and improved loot system, as well as a new Destiny-style UI.According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, EA held a meeting earlier this month to review work on Anthem 2.0 and ultimately determine the project's fate. Following that process, the development team has now been informed it will be moving to work on Dragon Age 4.In an official statement on the BioWare blog, Anthem executive producer Christian Dailey confirmed the news, writing, "In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we've made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem."It seems the decision to cease development on Anthem 2.0 at least partly stems from the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As Dailey puts it, "working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress o
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master Switch branches/tags 1 branch 0 tags Go to file Code Clone Use Git or checkout with SVN using the web URL. Open with GitHub Desktop Download ZIP Latest commit Aditya Ramesh initialized e9953d9 Feb 24, 2021 initialized e9953d9 Git stats 1 commit Files Permalink Failed to load latest commit information. Type Name Latest commit message Commit time dall_e initialized Feb 24, 2021 notebooks initialized Feb 24, 2021 .gitignore initialized
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As far as edgy gaming laptops go, this is a looker. Singularly focused but cool under pressure By Feb 24, 2021, 3:26pm EST Gigabyte’s refreshed Aorus 15G for 2021 has a subtle, all-black design that takes a page from the company’s more svelte Aero lineup of creator-focused laptops. It’s a nice upgrade, but there aren’t many other changes from last year’s model, for better or worse. It offers the same wide vari
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On Wednesday, the government announced that all individuals on the learning disabilities register will be prioritised for a coronavirus vaccine. The move came after an outpouring of public outrage when DJ Jo Whiley revealed that she was invited for a vaccine before her sister Frances, who has a genetic disorder and lives in residential care. Frances Whiley was later hospitalised for the virus, but has since returned home.Three families whose loved ones have a learning disability spoke about what the change means for them.‘It’s a shame it’s taken a celebrity to speak out and change things’“There’s a huge sense of relief … but it’s a shame it’s taken a celebrity to speak out and for the public to be aware to change things,” said Adele from London, whose 45-year-old sister
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A retired New York City cop and U.S. Marine wanted for allegedly assaulting a Washington, D.C., police officer with a metal flagpole during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has surrendered on federal charges. Thomas Webster, 54, who once provided security for New York mayor and City Hall, according to news reports, turned himself in Monday on six counts related to the beating of the officer captured on body camera footage during the pro-Trump insurrection, according to a federal complaint. Webster was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Krause in White Plains, who reportedly expressed shock at video of the assault. He declared Webster may still be a threat to public safety and ordered him jailed without bail pending another hearing. The most serious charge ― forcible assault of an officer of the U.S. with a dangerous weapon ― carries a maximum of 20 years in prison if he’s convicted. The video footage appears to show Webster, who’s from the upstate New York town of Florida, first verbally berating the officer, who stands behind a metal gate, and then physically lunging at him with the pole and then his bare hands.  “You fucking piece of shit. You fucking Commie m
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RUSSIAN HACKING ACCUSATIONS — Ukraine says Russia also backed massive DDoS attack using never-before-seen methods. Ukraine has accused the Russian government of hacking into one of its government Web portals and planting malicious documents that would install malware on end users’ computers. “The purpose of the attack was the mass contamination of information resources of public authorities, as this system is used for the circulation of documents in most public authorities,” officials from Ukraine’s National Coordination Center for Cybersecurity said in a statement published on Wednesday. “The malicious documents contained a macro that secretly downloaded a program to remotely control a computer when opening the files.” Wednesday’s statement said that the methods used in the attack connected the hackers to the Russian Federation. Ukraine didn’t say if the attack succeeded in infecting any authorities’ computers. A large body of evidence has linked Russia’s government to several highly aggressive hacks against Ukraine in the past. The hacks include: A computer intrusion in late 2015 against regional power authorities in Ukraine caused a power failure that left hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity in the dead of winter. Almost exactly one year later, a second attack at an electricity substation outside Kyiv that once again left residents without power. A malicious update for widely used tax software in Ukraine that distributed disk-wiping malware to users. The so-called NotPetya worm ended up shutting down com
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Polling released Wednesday confirmed that more Americans than ever before identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. The number of Americans who self-identify this way increased by 60% between 2012 and 2020, according to Gallup.Researchers say the findings are partly due to an emerging generation of young people who have chosen to live openly with an identity other than heterosexual.“It reflects what we are seeing in society and the way society is changing,” Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones said, later telling NBC News that “younger people are growing up in an environment where being gay, lesbian or bisexual is not as taboo as it was in the past”.According to the new survey data, a record 5.6% of American adults, an estimated 18 million, identify as LGBTQ, up from 4.5% in the organization’s last polling year in 2017.Researchers were able to gain more insight from respondents about their precise sexual orientation this year by allowing for more than simple yes or no responses to whether someone identified as LGBTQ, as in past surveys.Polling determined the group leading the growth in LGBTQ identity are members of Generation Z, or those aged 18 to 23. About one in six, or 15.9%, identify as LGBTQ. Identification gradually declined with each older generation. Just 2% or less of Americans born before 1965 identified as LGBTQ.Across age groups, researchers found some notable trends, including that more than 70% of respondents who identified as LGBTQ defined
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The theatrical version of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy clocks in at nine hours and 18 minutes, yet there’s so much of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings that was left on the cutting room floor. 2021 marks The Lord of the Rings movies' 20th anniversary, and we couldn't imagine exploring the trilogy in just one story. So each Wednesday throughout the year, we'll go there and back again, examining how and why the films have endured as modern classics. This is Polygon's Year of the Ring. That’s a good thing. Movies and books are different beasts, and the former c
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A CAD drawing of a radar antenna stolen and leaked online by criminals is of a military radar system produced by defense contractor Leonardo and fitted to a number of UK, US, and UAE aircraft, The Register has learned. The purloined blueprint was dumped on the dark web by the Clop ransomware'n'extortion gang as part of the criminals' usual modus operandi: compromise computers, exfiltrate valuable documents, encrypt victims' files, and demand payment in exchange for the decryption keys and a promise to not publicly leak the stolen materials. To encourage
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During the press conference with the release of the first Perseverance rover video and audio, Allen Chen revealed that there was a code hidden in the parachute, as well as the markings being useful for camera alignment. This is a breakdown of how to solve that code in simple English. You can download the whole thing as a printable PDF, optimised for A4 paper. Feel free to reuse it for educational or personal purposes, but do not sell, resell, or use it for any other commercial purposes. If you have a translation for it, please open a pull request and I'll do a version wit
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He risks infections, bones that do not heal, and foot and ankle injuries that impede walking. His ability to play pro golf again is in question.Credit...Maddie McGarvey for The New York TimesFeb. 24, 2021, 2:44 p.m. ETThe serious lower leg injuries Tiger Woods sustained in a car crash on Tuesday typically lead to a long and perilous recovery, calling into question his ability to play professional golf again, according to medical experts who have treated similar injuries.Athletes with severe leg injuries thought to doom their careers have managed to come back — the quarterback Alex Smith returned to playing football last season after a gruesome leg break, and the golfer Ben Hogan returned decades ago after a car accident.But Woods’s injuries are more extensive, and his path to recovery
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Here comes another bank that has decided, apparently definitively, that working practices will not return to their pre-pandemic norms. Lloyds Banking Group says it plans to shed 20% of its office space. Earlier this week, HSBC said it would get rid of 40%.These figures are so dramatic that they invite suspicion. Have managements really come to the firm view that working from home is so popular that employees’ demands for flexibility must be granted? Or did these banks have too much office space in the first place and now wish to save a few quid?Lloyds did its best to promote the cheery interpretation. It cited a survey showing that 77% of its 68,000 employees say they always want to work from home for three or more days a week. OK, but let’s see if those wishes remain fixed and, second
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The Brit awards and Mercury prize, the two biggest awards ceremonies in British music, have changed their eligibility criteria to allow non-British citizens who live in the UK to be nominated.To be eligible for British artist categories at the Brit awards artists must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria: they were born in the UK they are a UK passport holder (this includes those that hold more than one passport) they have been permanently resident in the UK for more than five years A representative for the BPI, organisers of the Mercury prize, said it would adopt the same criteria.The changes come in the wake of controversy surrounding the 2020 Mercury prize, for which the Japanese-British artist Rina Sawayama was deemed ineligible. Sawayama has lived in the UK for more than 25
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Tubi, the free streaming service run by Fox Entertainment, has struck a deal with Toei Animation to bring some of the studio’s work to the platform. The deal includes six One Piece TV specials that will come to the streaming service as well as episodes from anime shows including One Piece, Slam Dunk, and Dr. Slump. Dr. Slump is an anime adaptation of a manga done by Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball (which the show sometimes crosses over with). According to the press release, the version on Tubi will be the first time the show has been available to stream in the US with English subtitles. Looking up the show online shows how hard it’s been to access, with fans talking about a not-well-done DVD release. Having it available to stream, especially for free, should make it easie
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One of the biggest challenges when playing Dungeons & Dragons, or any other role-playing game for that matter, is what to do when a player character dies. Does the party immediately rush off to the nearest temple to magically revive them, or does the player roll up a new character and press on? Perhaps the Dungeon Master (DM) wants to help orchestrate something more complex. The next campaign book from Wizards of the Coast, titled Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft, promises plenty of interesting solutions to the inconvenience of death. You can even take a few of them for a test drive before the book comes out. Van Richten’s Guide will introduce a new type of character template to D&D, called lineages. According to the book’s lead designer, Wes Schneider, lineages can be used in cha
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AMD has announced a new hardware event for next month, where the company plans to unveil the next GPU in its Radeon RX 6000 line of cards. The presentation will air on March 3rd at 8AM PT / 11AM ET. Like other GPUs in the RX 6000 series, this new model will use the RDNA 2 architecture, including real-time, hardware-accelerated ray tracing and variable rate shading. AMD’s announcement of a new GPU presentation comes just one day before sales kick off for Nvidia’s affordable RTX 3060 GPU at select retailers. AMD debuted the Radeon RX 6000 line of graphics cards in late October, with the GPUs serving as a direct competitor to Nvidia’s RTX 30 cards. Currently, the RX 6000 consists of three GPUs: the flagship RX 6900 XT, the $649 RX 6800 XT, and the RX 6800, which is the most afford
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Photo by Ty Mecham The day I joined Alex Todd on his scalloping boat out of Portland, Maine, I missed a key memo: Bring lunch. Alex is a day-boat scallop fisherman, which means he drags for scallops only in the short winter season, leaving at dawn and staying at sea until he’s filled his 15-gallon quota, which that day took 12 hours. Alex’s generosity saved me. While he and his crew ate prepacked sandwiches, I lunched on his scallops, untouched, shucked from their shells minutes before. The answer to can you eat raw scallops is emphatically, 100 percent yes.
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Keir Starmer is under pressure to back future rises in corporation tax after a backlash when the Labour leader said he would oppose any new tax on business in next week’s budget.Treasury officials are believed to be looking at increasing the tax on company profits from the current rate of 19% to up to 25% as the government tries to recoup some of the massive debts incurred during the pandemic, though the rise may be delayed until later in the parliament.During prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, Starmer said: “Now is not the time for tax rises on families and businesses.”The shadow business secretary, Ed Miliband, has previously backed moves to increase UK corporation tax – which is the fourth lowest among the 37 member countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
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Paige Flink was facing one of the most difficult calls of her career. An emergency domestic violence shelter she ran in Dallas, the largest in the city, was going on three days without power. The women and children inside were bundled up with blankets and winter coats, but the dark and the cold were getting to them. Flink, the executive director of the Family Place, was on her computer at home, where she had electricity. Sitting at her kitchen table, she weighed whether to evacuate the shelter. It was a logistical nightmare: Hotels were full, and she needed a space large enough to house dozens of women and children. Safety was her prime concern. Homeless shelters had relocated their clients to a convention center, but that wasn’t an option for her clients, many of whom were in hiding fr
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Beginning last year, the internet began playing a bigger role in our lives than ever before. In the US, we went from only three percent of workers to more than forty percent working from home in 2020, all powered by the web. We also relied on it to stay informed, and connect with friends and family when we couldn’t meet in-person. And despite the many difficulties we all have faced online and offline, we’re proud to keep making Firefox an essential part of what makes the web work. Today I’m sharing two new features: multiple picture-in-picture (multi-PiP) and our latest privacy protection combo. Multi-PiP allows multiple videos to play at the same time — all the adorable animal videos or March Madness anyone? And our latest privacy protection, the dynamic duo of Total C
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England’s frustrations boiled over on the first day of the third Test after Joe Root and several of his senior teammates questioned the decision-making of the TV umpire, Chettithody Shamshuddin. It set off a sour and frustrating day for England after they won the toss and were bowled out for 112. By stumps, India were 99 for three.“It’s very frustrating,” said Zak Crawley, who top-scored for England with 53. “We’re behind in the game and we need those little 50-50 calls to go our way, and it seemed like none of them went our way today.”During a long and heated conversation with the on-field umpires, Root complained about the way Shamshuddin had turned down two of England’s appeals on review, one for a catch by Ben Stokes off Shubman Gill, the other for a stumping off Rohit
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Young people are “desperate to be released” from the tyranny of parents and Zoom, said the organisers of Reading and Leeds festival as they confirmed the event would go ahead this year.Festival Republic, organisers of the two-city weekender, one of the UK’s biggest outdoor events, said the event would go ahead following the government’s roadmap to reopening the country from Covid lockdown, tweeting: “Following the government’s recent announcement, we can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET’S GO.”Festival Republic director Melvin Benn told the Guardian that the event, which was cancelled last year and is due to happen in August, did not yet have insurance as it was currently impossible to buy, but he was hopeful that the government would include an insurance
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Grabbit and go — Casey Hudson, who'd led Bioware's plans for "reinvention," left in December. Enlarge / Tears of an Anthem clown.The story of EA and Bioware's beleaguered action-RPG Anthem has apparently ended. According to an official Bioware blog post, the ambitious jetpack-combat game's "overhaul" project is dead. The staff that had been assigned to rebuild the game into a better shape has been reassigned to work on other Bioware projects, particularly Dragon Age 4 and the next Mass Effect game. From what we saw in the game's March 2019 launch version, EA and Bioware clearly intended for the game to receive regularly updated content, but negative reviews (including my own) made clear that Bioware needed to go back to the drawing board. Despite some good ideas and fun flight controls, Anthem's basic core needed serious touching-up before we'd return to the game. No more singing of the Anthem Then-general manager Casey Hudson made a February 2020 statement acknowledging those criticisms. After listing aspects of the game that needed work, he offered a pledge to fans: that Bioware would complete "fundamental work... to bring out the full potential of the experience... specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges, and progression with meaningful rewards—while preserving the fun of flying and fighting in a vast science-fantasy setting." However, 10 months later, Hudson departed Bioware, as did Dragon Age 4 executive producer Mark Darrah. Bioware announced this news with assurances that proj
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This story is part of a group of stories called Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you're looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be. Woot is offering the best sale price we’ve seen yet on the Beats Solo Pro noise-canceling headphones. Normally $300, the light blue and dark blue color options are $150 new. These headphones come with a one-year manufacturer warranty directly through Apple. The lowest price we’ve seen previously is around the $170 mark, depending on the color you’re interested in. The Solo Pro headphones are compatible with Android and iOS, but they shine brighter on iPhone, since they have the H1 wireless chip and “Hey Siri” hands-free controls. The downside for Android owners used to USB-C is that they recharge through a Lightning connector. Beats Solo Pro $150 $300 50% off Prices taken at time of publishing. Our top pick for best on-ear noise-canceling headphones. The Beats Solo Pros are ideal
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Business|Head of McKinsey Is Voted Out as Firm Faces Reckoning on Opioid CrisisPartners decided not to keep Kevin Sneader in the top job. Weeks earlier, McKinsey had reached a historic settlement agreement in the U.S. over its advice to drugmakers.Credit...Samir Hussein/Getty Images for The Business of FashionFeb. 24, 2021Updated 2:42 p.m. ETPartners at McKinsey & Company voted out the consulting firm’s top executive, Kevin Sneader, this week as it continues to face blowback over its role in fueling the opioid crisis.The decision to deny Mr. Sneader a second three-year term as global managing partner came in a vote by more than 600 senior partners, according to a company executive. Earlier this month, McKinsey had agreed to pay 49 states a historic settlement of almost $600 million because of sales advice the company had given to drugmakers.It is highly unusual for a sitting managing partner at McKinsey to be refused a follow-on term. The last time a firm leader was denied a second term was in 1976, according to the company’s internal history book.Mr. Sneader, 54, did not even make it to the final round of balloting, according to the company executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The final candidates for Mr. Sneader’s replacement are Bob Sternfels, based in San Francisco, and Sven Smit, based in Amsterdam. The shake-up at the prestigious consulting firm was first reported by The Financial Times.Mr. Sneader’s term was turbulent from the start, as he tried to deal with controversies stemming from client work that had been undertaken during the nine-year tenure of his predecessor, Dominic Barton, now Canada’s ambassador to China. The issues Mr. Sneader had to reckon with went far beyond the deadly opioid crisis.Days into his new job in July 2018, Mr. Sneader flew to South Africa to apologize for the firm’s work with a state-owned power provider. McKinsey’s lucrative contract, found to be in violation of South African contracting law, involved the use of a local intermediary tied to a corruption scandal that brought down the country’s president. McKinsey has returned tens of millions of dollars in fees it earned in South Africa.“We cam
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Sponsored Top Sites (or “sponsored tiles”) is an experimental feature currently being tested by a small percentage of Firefox users in a limited number of markets. Mozilla works with advertising partners to place sponsored tiles on the Firefox home page (or New Tab) that would be useful to Firefox users. Mozilla is paid when users click on sponsored tiles. Privacy is fundamental to Mozilla's mission and we only work with advertising partners that meet our privacy standards for Firefox. Our current partner is adMarketplace. When you click on a sponsored tile, Firefox sends anonymized technical data to our partner through a Mozilla-owned proxy service. This data does not include any personally identifying information and is only shared when you click on a Sponsored Top Site. You can disable a specific Sponsored Top Site by taking the following steps: Hover over the tile until the menu (three dots) appears Click . You can also disable Sponsored Top Sites altogether. Click the menu button and select Options.Preferences. Select the Panel. In the Top Sites section, unselect Sponsored Top Sites. These fine people helped write this article:
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Your future self will be grateful for instant homemade treats from your own kitchen.Credit...Andrew Scrivani for The New York TimesFeb. 24, 2021, 2:27 p.m. ETIt’s been a year of alternately finding the drive to turn out sourdough, cookies and cake, and wanting to do nothing but lie on the couch and eat comforting carbs. Enter the freezer. Unless you’re preparing small batches of baked goods, you may end up with more than you or your pandemic pod can — or want to — finish in a sitting. Stashing extra treats in the freezer means anyone at home can experience a little joy at any time.Most baked goods, including bread, freeze remarkably well and taste fresh when revived. (Not everything should be frozen: Desserts with high water content — meringues, custards, puddings, whipped cream, gelatin-based sweets — develop ice crystals that make them break.)Freeze baked or unbaked individually portioned sweets (think brownies and cookie dough) on a sheet pan until firm, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. Wrap large or whole pieces (cake!) tightly in plastic wrap and slip those into a container or bag for an extra layer of protection from freezer burn. When cravings strike, grab a treat and reheat in a toaster oven or oven, or simply thaw at room temperature.ImageCredit...Craig Lee for The New York TimesYossy Arefi swirls hazelnut spread into a deep chocolate batter for extra-rich brownies. Straight out of the freezer, these take on a fantastic candy-bar chew. A quick zap in the microwave and they end up nearly molten.Recipe: Fudgy Nutella Brownies2. Field Day PoundcakeImageCredit...Craig Lee for The New York TimesIf you’re familiar with the pleasure of store-bought poundcake from the freezer aisle, then you know this buttery classic from Denise Moseley and Waverly Gage, adapted by Jennifer Steinhauer, tastes great before thawing. A room-temperature slice satisfies, too, as does one toasted in a hot skillet, griddle or on a grill.Recipe: Field Day Poundcake3. Quintessential Chocolate Chip CookiesImageCredit...Andrew Scrivani for The New York TimesThe pastry chef Sherry Yard shared this recipe with Martha Rose Shulman and offered the smar
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3.00pm EST 15:00 1 min: Peeeeep! City get the game started! 2.59pm EST 14:59 The pennant exchange seems to have survived Covid, although only Lars Stindl has got one to give his opposite number. That’s the warm-up done, then - time to play football. 2.56pm EST 14:56 Out come the players! There’s so much space in the tunnel/foyer area they could pretty much just play the game in there, but they decide to use the pitch anyway. 2.53pm EST 14:53 “Unzahmbar translates best as untameable,” points out Julian Menz. Or uncoachable, perhaps? 2.40pm EST 14:40 A glimpse inside Borussia’s changing room. Google informs me that unzähmbar means indomitable. The big plastic crate on top of the table contains a few plastic bottles of water and a lot of space. General view of the changing room before the Champions League match between Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City at Puskas Arena. Photograph: Christian Verheyen/Borussia Moenchengladbach/Getty Images 2.11pm EST 14:11 City make five changes, bringing in Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, Phil Foden and Rodri, and leaving out John Stones, Oleg Zinchenko, Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Fernandinho, all of whom are on the bench. “Next game, against Southampton, we are going to change five or six or seven. It’s the only way to sustain the level,” says Pep Guardiola. Updated at 2.27pm EST 1.56pm EST 13:56 The teams! The teams are in, and look like this: Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach: Sommer, Kramer, Zakaria, Stindl, Lainer, Hofmann, Bensebalnl, Ginter, Elvedl, Neuhaus. Subs: Sippel, Grun, Lang, Herrmann, Thuram, Wolf, Beyer, Traore, Wendt, Lazaro, Jantschke, Embolo.Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Ruben Dias, Sterling, Gundogan, Jesus, Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Foden. Subs: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Aguero, Zinchenko, De Bruyne, Ferran Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Garcia, Doyle.Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal, presumably not Ruben’s dad) Borussia (@borussia) Das ist unsere #FohlenElf für das erste #UCL-Achtelfinale der Vereinsgeschichte! 🐎💚 #BMGCity pic.twitte
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Pokémon Go creator Niantic won a $5 million settlement against Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite hack creators in 2020 — the culmination of a lawsuit that was filed in 2019. But it wasn’t only going after the cheat creators. Niantic announced Tuesday that it has issued “punishments” more than 5 million players across the three games since 2020. More than 20% of those punishments, Niantic said, were “permanent bans.” Cheating in Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite largely means using hacked programs, like the ones named in the lawsuit, which a
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2.58pm EST 14:58 The teams march out on to the pitch, surrounded by barren stands. The visitors are dressed in their famous white kit, while Atalanta sport black and blue stripes with black shorts and socks. 2.31pm EST 14:31 Since beating Loris Karius’s Liverpool in the 2018 final, Real Madrid have failed to make it past the last 16 in this tournament, losing to Ajax at this stage in 2019 and Manchester City last year. 2.04pm EST 14:04 Teams With Real missing a slew of players to injury, their bench has a decidedly youthful look and their starting lineup is missing
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The sense of ennui was almost tangible. Two men merely going through the formalities of prime minister’s questions with neither expecting their exchanges to serve much – if any – purpose.All of which was pretty much as Boris Johnson had planned. Boris has never been one to offer a straight answer to a straight question so his long-term goal has always been to lower the Labour leader’s expectations to his own level.And judging by Keir Starmer’s rather lacklustre performance, he’s just about achieved his aim. For this week, at least. Maybe Starmer will surprise us all next Wednesday by expressing himself through the medium of interpretative dance.On Wednesday we were treated to the startling admission that Johnson had abandoned a career in journalism because he was fed up with abusing people. So we got to see that Boris had merely swapped the pages of the Daily Telegraph for Downing Street. After all, why limit yourself to an audience of a few hundred thousand when you have the intelligence of the entire country at your disposal to insult?For what better way to display your contempt for everyone than by rewriting PMQs as a pointless, unfunny farce.Starmer’s sense of resignation was apparent from the off. Normally the Labour leader can rustle up some enthusiasm for at least his first two questions before the air of futility descends, but this time he appeared to have lost the will to live before he had even begun speaking.He rushed his way through his first question about the Tory backbenchers criticising the government’s coronavirus roadmap safe in the knowledge that it would be ignored before moving on to financial support for those asked to self-isolate.Johnson merely lied, claiming that everyone was eligible for £500. Everyone, that is, apart from those who aren’t eligible.Even the digs felt laboured. Maybe Boris is finding impersonating a grown-up harder work than he had imagined. He brushed aside Keir’s remarks about croneyism in awarding PPE contracts to Tory donors with access to Matt Hancock’s Whatsapp number (what was the point of being in power if you weren’t prepared to give a few mates a leg up now and again? ) and the exchanges over which party would raise taxes higher went nowhere.At one stage it felt as if we had disappeared through the looking glass with Johnson promising the Tories would spend more and raise taxes high
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It was a night when José Mourinho wanted victory, a cohesive performance and a confidence booster for the critical run of Premier League fixtures that comes next. The Tottenham manager got the former, even if there was little real doubt he would against the side that sits fifth in the Austrian Bundesliga.As for the rest, it was not Spurs at their most fluid and energetic, although it is difficult to put bodies on the line when a tie is effectively over after a 4-1 first-leg away win. But there was the tonic of Dele Alli’s cutting edge and the latest evidence that Gareth Bale can feel a return of the old rhythms.Dele added a magnificent overhead kick to his back catalogue of classic goals while he contributed two assists; the first for Carlos Vinícius and the second for Bale, who had come on as a 69th-minute substitute. Bale swept on to Alli’s pass shortly after his introduction and bent a first-time left-footer into the far, top corner.Mourinho introduced three youngsters in the closing stages and one of them, Dane Scarlett, won the ball high up for Vinícius to add his second and Spurs’s fourth to seal a cake-walk into the Europa League last 16. There were debuts for Marcel Lavinier at right-back and Nile John in midfield. Spurs will face far tougher opposition in the next round but, before that, it is Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace in the league.Carlos Vinicius scores Tottenham’s second goal with a header in the 4-0 win over Wolfsberger. Photograph: Getty ImagesMourinho’s starting lineup was always going to be a talking point and there was a focus not only on who he selected but on who he left out. Bale’s absence at the outset felt significant. The win
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As the golf world faces the possibility that Tiger Woods will never return in competitive form after the serious car crash that left the 15-time major winner requiring lengthy surgery, Rory McIlroy has said there are “still a lot of other ways that he can affect the game in a great way”.Woods remains in a California hospital after the accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is said to be “awake and responsive” but damage to his right leg is significant. Rods, screws and pins have been inserted to stabilise the golfer’s “comminuted” and “open” injuries. The Los Angeles county sheriff, Alex Villanueva, told CNN it is “nothing short of a miracle” that Woods survived. Villanueva, who later described the incident as “purely an accident” and also revealed the black box from Woods’s vehicle will provide investigators with information on how fast he was driving when he lost control, said: “We have seen accidents with far less obvious damage that are fatalities.”Woods, who recently had back surgery for the fifth time, now faces a lengthy absence from golf at the very least. Speaking before the first World Golf Championship of the year, in Florida, McIlroy said: “He’s a human being at the end of the day. And he’s already been through so much. At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he’s here, that he’s alive, that his kids haven’t lost their dad. That’s the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equati
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Partners at the world’s largest consultancy firm, McKinsey, have reportedly ousted their leader, Kevin Sneader, over his handling of a string of controversies during his tenture. The firm’s 650 senior partners voted Sneader out before the final round of a leadership election that was seen as a referendum on his three years in the role, according to the Financial Times. The 54-year-old Scot would be one of the first McKinsey leaders in recent memory to serve only one term – all five of Sneader’s predecessors as global managing partner have served a two terms or more.The influential firm is known for providing expensive advice to governments and multinational companies around the world. Known as the “CEO factory”, McKinsey’s network for former employees includes some of the biggest names in business and politics.Notable alumni include Chelsea Clinton, Facebook’s former chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and the ex-chief executive of Credit Suisse Tidjane Thiam. In Britain, those who worked or the firm including the politician William Hague, former HSBC chair Lord Green, former city regulator Lord Turner.With 30,000 staff in 65 countries, McKinsey is a go-to consultant for the UK government, and has picked up lucrative contracts during the Covid crisis. Last year, McKinsey consultants were paid £563,000 for six weeks’ work – £14,000 a day – to create a permanent replacement for Public Health England, defining its “vision, purpose and narrative”.But the firm, which has a fondness for mottos such as “Leadership through integrity”, has been stung by a string of crises during Sneader’s leadership. Earlier this month, McKinsey agreed to pay nearly $600m (£426m) to settle a lawsuit brought by 49 US states over its role in helping drug makers sell more prescription painkillers – even as the country faced a nationwide opioid overdose epidemic.The consultancy came under pressure after legal documents revealed that it advised the Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma on how to “turbocharge” sales of the drug in 2013. The firm was found to have encouraged sales representatives to focus on doctors who already prescribed high volumes of OxyContin, and to try to move patients to more potent versions of the drug.Sneader expressed regret after the settlement but stopped short of admitting guilt on McKinsey’s behalf. The company announced two years ago that it would not advise clients on opioid-related business.The blue-chip consultancy has also faced criticism for working with authoritarian regimes. In 2018, the firm said it was “horrified” to learn that a document it produced may have been used to target government critics, while earlier this month it was one of a number of consultancies named as having received millions from a company embroiled in an Angolan corruption scandal. McKinsey says an internal investigation found no irregularities.Business morning email sign-upWith Sneader out of the running, McKinsey is likely to be led by one of two senior partners, Bob Sternfels, , or Sven Smit, w. Both have reportedly made it to the final round of the election, which is held every three years.A spokeswoman for McKinse
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Unlike millions of Texans who received boil water notices from utility companies, families who rely on private wells have been left to figure out for themselves whether their water is safe to drink in the wake of last week’s deep freeze. “There’s no warning put out there in the press for what these homeowners who have their own water supply, what they should be doing in these scenarios to protect themselves and their family,” says Jackie Young-Medcalf, executive director of the nonprofit Texas Health and Environment Alliance. Bacteria and contaminants can find their way into cracks in pipes that burst after freezing. As a result, millions of people on public water systems were told by utilities to boil their tap water after frigid temperatures wreaked havoc on Texas’ infrastructure last week. But more than 1.3 million Texans aren’t connected to public water utilities, and instead depend on their own wells for their drinking water, according to the state’s Groundwater Protection Committee. Even those official numbers can easily underestimate how many wells there really are and who relies on them, according to Young-Medcalf, because people don’t always register wells that they dig. Wells that might have been most at risk recently in Texas are older wells with shallow piping. These would have been more exposed to the cold than deeper wells and probably don’t have as much protective casing. Within a private water system, pipes are most likely to have sustained damage, compared to other pieces of equipment, experts say. Any pipes that ruptured above ground should be repaired but aren’t as likely to let in contaminants. Breaks that happen underground are less likely but potentially more dangerous. “If you’ve had pipes that are broken and they’re in the ground — or worse, were flooded or underwater — then you’d want to repair that and test your water first before you drink it,” says Steven Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He developed a free class on well maintenance that’s available online. Texas A&M University’s Texas Well Owners Network offers similar resources. Young-Medcalf is especially concerned about people who rely on well water and live in places where there’s a history of toxins polluting soil and groundwater. She says she’s heard from several people this week who are concerned about their well water and live near a Superfund site called the Jones Road Groundwater Plume just outside Houston. Superfund sites are places that have been so polluted that the federal government placed it on a “National Priorities List” for cleanup. “Folks have been reporting to [us] that their water has particles in it and that their water is varying shades of yellow and brown,” says Young-Medcalf. “When multiple groundwater well owners are reporting these observations in their water you have to think, ‘What’s in the environment that made their way into their water system?” How your water looks and smells isn’t necessarily the best indicator of whether it’s safe to drink. Naturally occurring tannins and silica in groundwater can give it a
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Incident on 2021-02-24 19:25 UTC Incident Report for GitHub Resolved This incident has been resolved. Posted Feb 24, 2021 - 20:01 UTC Investigating We are investigating reports of degraded performance for Git Operations. Posted Feb 24, 2021 - 19:25 UTC This incident affected: Git Operation
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There was a time when a microphone for most people was a cheap plastic affair that probably came for free with their sound card, but in the age of pandemic video streaming no desktop is complete without a chunky model that looks for all the world as though it escaped from a studio. Few people make their own microphones, so the work of [DJJules] in building very high quality condenser microphones is a particularly fascinating read. A condenser microphone is a capacitor in which one plate is formed by a conductive diaphragm. A bias voltage is supplied to the diaphragm via a resistor, and since the charge on the plate remains constant as its capacitance changes with the soun
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After putting a pin in short-term updates and expansions to focus on a “longer-term redesign” of the game, EA announced today that it will be canceling its planned revamp of the game Anthem, called Anthem Next. But the company plans to keep Anthem’s live service running “as it exists today.” “In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey said in a recent blog post. “We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.” BioWare does have other projects in the works, including D
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Brisbane has been picked as the “preferred partner” to start talks over staging the 2032 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee has said.The move can be seen as the first major step to the Australian city being named as an Olympic host.The IOC president, Thomas Bach, said on Wednesday that the IOC had approved a recommendation of the commission in charge of future hosts.“This commission recommended to the IOC executive board to enter into a targeted dialogue with Brisbane 2032,” Bach told a virtual news conference. “The Executive Board has unanimously approved this recommendation.”Several cities and countries had expressed an interest in the 2032 Games, including Bris
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BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts are giving up on Anthem. The planned overhaul of the 2019 game — referred to as Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0 — is coming to an end, BioWare said in an update on the status of Anthem. The studio will continue to run the current live service for Anthem. “In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey said in a post on the BioWare blog. “We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.” Dailey noted that the COVID-19 pandemic and work-from-home orde
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FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said it is restoring services disrupted by an “operational error” that resulted in outages for a dozen areas, including check clearing and Fedwire, which handles trillions dollars in transactions daily for the world’s biggest banks.“A Federal Reserve operational error resulted in disruption of service in several business lines,” the Fed said in an emailed statement. “We are restoring services and are communicating with all Federal Reserve Financial Services customers about the status of operations.”The Fed first reported
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