Your collection of CDs may be just gathering dust like mine if you’ve converted to music streaming services. While I listen to my CDs, I decided to remove them from my shelves. But many of the CDs still hold special memories. The practical solution is to rip the CDs, tag them, store them on my network drive, and pack them all away in the attic.
Source: LXer – Digitize Your Music Collection including Tagging
The device features a single decode unit supporting MPEG2, VP8 and H.264 streams, alongside the built-in post-processing unit.
Source: Linux Today – Mainline Linux Gains Accelerated Video Decoding for Microchip’s SAMA5D4
New kitchen toys always get me excited about cooking—sometimes a little too excited. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the novelty of it all and want to immediately dive into challenging recipes and elaborate projects, but every new method and appliance has a learning curve, which is why it’s usually best to start small…
Source: LifeHacker – These Meats Will Help You Build Your Charcoal Confidence
If you’re a part of the Xbox Insider Alpha ring, good news: Microsoft is rolling out Dolby Vision on the Xbox Series X and S consoles this week.
Source: Gizmodo – Microsoft Is Rolling Out Dolby Vision for Xbox Series X and S Insiders
A group of U.S. senators are close to unveiling a $52-billion proposal Friday that would significantly boost U.S. semiconductor chip production and research over five years, Reuters reported today, citing sources briefed on the matter. From the report: Senators Mark Kelly, John Cornyn, Mark Warner and Tom Cotton have been negotiating a compromise measure to address the issue in the face of rising Chinese semiconductor production and shortages impacting automakers and other U.S. industries. Sources said there remains at least one sticking point over whether to include a provision on labor rates.
The chips funding is expected to be included in a bill the Senate will take up next week to spend more than $110 billion on basic U.S. and advanced technology research to better compete with China. The proposal includes $49.5 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to fund the chip provisions that were included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, but which require a separate process to garner funding, according to a draft summary seen by Reuters. Democratic Leader Senator Chuck Schumer, also involved in the talks, said Thursday the Senate will take up the technology bill known as the Endless Frontier Act next week in a package of legislation that would include efforts to “invest in the American semiconductor industry, ensure that China pays a price for its predatory actions, and boost advanced manufacturing, innovation, and critical supply chains.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – US Senators Close To Announcing a Billion Chips Funding Deal
When pressed for oxygen, some fish and sea cucumbers will use their lower intestines to get a little extra out of their environment. Now, a team of Japanese researchers say that mammals are also capable of respirating through their rectal cavity, at least in a lab setting.
Source: Gizmodo – Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Intestines, Unsettling Experiment Finds
This week we’re looking at the dark, scary side of youth culture, including Russian trash-streaming, deadly TikTok dangers, and, most frightening of all, Elon Musk doing comedy.
Source: LifeHacker – The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide To Kid Culture: Is Elon Musk Funny?
For the Environmental Protection Agency, having Donald Trump in office was kind of like letting loose a bull in a china shop for four years. Now, the Biden administration is rapidly attempting to clean up the mess he left behind. In doing so, we’re getting a better picture of just how far the agency has fallen behind…
Source: Gizmodo – The EPA Is Doing Its Job Again
Delilah S. Dawson is best known around these parts for her Star Wars books (Phasma, Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire), but she’s also written several non-Star Wars fantasies (like the Tales of Pell with Kevin Hearne). Her latest, though, is The Violence, a dystopian thriller about a woman’s perilous path to freedom.
Source: Gizmodo – Delilah S. Dawson’s The Violence First Look: A Terrifying Illness Sparks Chaos
A4C has discounted the smart speaker to $199.95. Using the checkout code “SLICK25,” you can get an additional $49.98 off the Home Max, making it $149.97 before tax and shipping.
Source: Engadget – Google Home Max is 0 for the first time since Black Friday
The U.S. Government always has an eye on its citizens, as we learned from the 2013 Snowden scandal. Since then, the government has come up with craftier ways of surveilling Americans, which is made easy by the data we give away using our mobile devices. With this in mind, Oregon senator Ron Wyden is accusing the Pentagon of conducting warrantless
Source: Hot Hardware – Pentagon Accused Of Engaging In Warrantless Spying On U.S. Citizens
I once dreamt that I lived inside the belly of a Tyrannosaurus rex. Another dream about a haunted refrigerator that kept reappearing in my kitchen despite my repeated attempts to get rid of it makes me chuckle to this very day. And just last night, for reasons beyond my comprehension, I dreamt that I stole a pair of…
Source: Gizmodo – Our Weirdest Dreams Could Be Training Us for Life, New Theory Says
Apple is swatting down criticisms about how it runs its App Store, arguing its policies are just like those of its peers, in a new letter to senators today. From a report: Apple is making similar arguments to Congress to the ones in its defense in the Epic Games lawsuit — namely, that it has the right to run its marketplace as it sees fit, and that companies and consumers that don’t like it have alternatives. The letter, addressed to the members of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee that held a contentious hearing on app stores last month, contends that Spotify, Tile and Match Group misstated Apple’s policies and are actually examples of companies that have been successful on iOS.
“Rather than demonstrating a problem with competition, these witnesses — representing companies that have thrived in Apple’s ecosystem — showcased how Apple and the iOS ecosystem foster competition,” wrpte Apple chief compliance officer Kyle Andeer, in the letter to Congress. At points, Apple appears to overstate its case. In one part, it writes that Spotify is wrong to suggest that developers can’t communicate with customers about alternate purchase options, saying “Apple simply says that developers cannot redirect customers who are in the App Store to leave the App Store and go elsewhere.” However, this restriction doesn’t just apply in the App Store, but anywhere within an iOS app.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Apple Confronts Critics in Letter To Congress
This the third article in a series about features that first appeared in a version of Python 3.x. Some of those Python versions have been out for a while. For example, Python 3.2 was first released in 2011, yet some of the cool and useful features introduced in it are still underused. Here are three of them.
Source: LXer – 3 Python 3.2 features that are still relevant today