RADV Remains Competitive To AMD's Radeon Vulkan Windows Driver, Linux OpenGL Dominates

I’m currently working on a fresh comparison of the Windows vs. Linux performance for Intel’s Alder Lake hybrid processors due to a number of readers inquiring how the OS support has evolved. In the process of carrying out those tests I also ran some fresh Windows vs. Linux tests with the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT for how the OpenGL and Vulkan driver performance stands…

Source: Phoronix – RADV Remains Competitive To AMD’s Radeon Vulkan Windows Driver, Linux OpenGL Dominates

The latest Apple TV 4K is $150 right now

With so many streaming services now available, finding the right box or dongle to view them on can be a challenge. Apple’s own streamer, the uniquely-named Apple TV, is one of the best on the market, but its price can often put people off. With Prime Day just days away, Amazon has dropped the price of both the 32GB and 64GB models, dropping them by $29 to $150 and $170, respectively. That’s not quite the low of $130 we saw last month for the 32GB version, but it’s a great price nonetheless.

Buy 2021 Apple TV 4K (32GB) at Amazon – $150Buy 2021 Apple TV 4K (64GB) at Amazon – $170

Devindra Hardawar gave the 2021 Apple TV 4K a score of 90 in our review. The new model irons out some of the kinks from what was already a powerful media box. The updated remote is a lot more intuitive in the hand and the beefier A12 Bionic chip delivers both HDR video at 60 frames per second (if the content you’re playing supports it) and better game performance. 

If it’s just basic streaming you’re after, the Apple TV is expensive compared to Google’s Chromecast, Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku’s range of media players. However, if you’re already invested in Apple’s ecosystem and want one of the best streamers available at its second-lowest price ever, now might be time to pull the trigger.

Source: Engadget – The latest Apple TV 4K is 0 right now

OnLogic Factor 201 Fits The Raspberry Pi CM4 For Industrial Needs & Other Innovative Uses

Back in March the folks at OnLogic announced the Factor 201 as a Raspberry Pi CM4 (Compute Module 4) fitted for industrial use-cases like IoT gateways and more. The past few weeks I have been testing out this Raspberry Pi powered device and indeed it opens the door for using the Raspberry Pi within more harsh and demanding environments.

Source: Phoronix – OnLogic Factor 201 Fits The Raspberry Pi CM4 For Industrial Needs & Other Innovative Uses

Police Seizes Underwater Drones Smuggling Drugs From Morocco to Europe

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Spanish police have uncovered three underwater drones, used to smuggle drugs to Europe from Morocco.

Eight people have been arrested so far, and police believe they have broken up a gang.

Spanish authorities say it’s the first time they have discovered an unmanned underwater vehicle.

Spanish police seize underwater drones designed to carry drugs

The vessels would have allowed traffickers to smuggle 200kg of drugs across strait of Gibraltar, police say

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Gang on personal watercraft smuggled drugs at high speeds: Police

The cops said they arrested 20 people and seized 4 tons of cannabis in hashish form.

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In too deep: the epic, doomed journey of Europe’s first narco-submarine

Former boxer Agustín Álvarez jailed for piloting a sub carrying 3,000kg of cocaine across the Atlantic

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Source: TG Daily – Police Seizes Underwater Drones Smuggling Drugs From Morocco to Europe

'The Phone is Terrible For Cloud Gaming'

An anonymous reader shares a column: The promise of cloud gaming is that you can do it from anywhere using any device with internet access and a good enough browser (each cloud gaming service seems to have its own requirements on the browser front). You should be able to play super demanding games whether you’re on a work trip with nothing but a work laptop or at home and the main TV is being hogged — or even if you just don’t feel like sitting on the couch. But the biggest promise of cloud gaming is that, no matter where you are, if you’ve got a phone then you’ve got all your games.

In practice, this is a bad idea. After spending the last few weeks rapturously using my Steam Deck near daily to play games in the cloud, I am never going to willingly attempt cloud gaming on my phone again. Valve’s enormous do-anything handheld PC has made me realize that, actually, sometimes dedicated gaming hardware is good! The Swiss Army knife approach to mobile gaming promised by cloud gaming on your phone is about as useful as the saw on a real Swiss Army knife. I appreciate the effort, but I don’t actually want to use it.

I’ve tried to make cloud gaming work on my phone a lot. I’ve attempted Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Halo and Gears of War and plenty of other games. Each time, I’m hit with wonder because, holy shit, these are demanding AAA games that usually require tons of expensive (and noisy) hardware playing on my phone. That feels like the delivery on a promise tech companies made me decades ago. But the wonder wears off when you cloud game on your phone for an extended period of time. Cloud gaming drains the phone’s battery quickly, which means you can and will be feeling the battery anxiety.

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Source: Slashdot – ‘The Phone is Terrible For Cloud Gaming’

Japanese Court Ruling Poised To Make Big Tech Open Up on Algorithms

Japanese legal experts have said an antitrust case related to a local restaurant website could change how large internet platforms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon operate in the country, forcing them to reveal the inner workings of their secret algorithms. From a report: Last month, a Tokyo court ruled in favour of Hanryumura, a Korean-style BBQ restaurant chain operator in an antitrust case brought against Kakaku.com, operator of Tabelog, Japan’s largest restaurant review platform. Hanryumura successfully argued that Kakaku.com had altered the way user scores were tallied in ways that hurt sales at its restaurant outlets. While Kakaku.com has been ordered to pay Hanryumura $284,000 in damages for “abuse of superior bargaining position,” the internet company has appealed against the decision.

Japanese legal experts said the outcome may have far-reaching implications, as the court requested Kakaku.com to disclose part of its algorithms. While the restaurant group is constrained from publicly revealing what information was shown to it, the court’s request set a rare precedent. Big Tech groups have long argued that their algorithms should be considered trade secrets in all circumstances. Courts and regulators across the world have begun to challenge that position, with many businesses having complained about the negative impact caused by even small changes to search and recommendations services.

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Source: Slashdot – Japanese Court Ruling Poised To Make Big Tech Open Up on Algorithms

Vim 9.0 Released

After many years of gradual improvement Vim now takes a big step with a major release. Besides many small additions the spotlight is on a new incarnation of the Vim script language: Vim9 script. Why Vim9 script:
A new script language, what is that needed for? Vim script has been growing over time, while preserving backwards compatibility. That means bad choices from the past often can’t be changed and compatibility with Vi restricts possible solutions. Execution is quite slow, each line is parsed every time it is executed.

The main goal of Vim9 script is to drastically improve performance. This is accomplished by compiling commands into instructions that can be efficiently executed. An increase in execution speed of 10 to 100 times can be expected. A secondary goal is to avoid Vim-specific constructs and get closer to commonly used programming languages, such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Java.

The performance improvements can only be achieved by not being 100% backwards compatible. For example, making function arguments available by creating an “a:” dictionary involves quite a lot of overhead. In a Vim9 function this dictionary is not available. Other differences are more subtle, such as how errors are handled. For those with a large collection of legacy scripts: Not to worry! They will keep working as before. There are no plans to drop support for legacy script. No drama like with the deprecation of Python 2.

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Source: Slashdot – Vim 9.0 Released

The Carbon Emissions Buy Out

Akihabara News (Tokyo) — Carbon offsetting is hailed by many as a potential answer to much of the world’s greenhouse gas emission concerns, but many believe it is utilized only as a means to not engage in more serious climate action.

Carbon offsetting refers to either a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, with a particular focus on carbon dioxide, or storing the gas in a way that compensates for such emissions.

The buying and selling of “carbon credits” to fund offset projects make up the carbon offset market, with one credit equaling one ton of carbon dioxide. These credits function as permits and allow companies to emit as much carbon dioxide as the credits are worth and then claim that their operations are “carbon neutral.”

Companies often use these credits, which can be bought and sold, to theoretically cancel out their greenhouse gas emissions and to comply with carbon caps.

China has the largest offsets market in the world and is comprised of over 4.8 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions–an impressive feat considering that the country’s emissions trading system (commonly referred to as ETS) was introduced only a year ago. By comparison, the European Union has the second-largest emissions trading system in the world, launched in 2005, but is less than half that of China’s system.

Last month, Canada launched its own national offsets market.

In addition to funding initiatives such as reforestation programs, carbon offsetting supports additional avenues for investment into renewable energy technologies and infrastructure. Renewable energy is an increasingly common form of carbon offsetting and essentially “cancels out” a proportion of the carbon dioxide emitted by the buyer.

Australian environmental markets investor and developer GreenCollar further describes carbon offsets as “an effective way for businesses to quantify environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments.”

However, the carbon offset market has also been widely criticized and likened to a form of greenwashing.

Earth.org, a think tank headquartered in Hong Kong, warns that investing in carbon offsetting instead of taking steps to reduce in-house emissions undermines a genuine effort to achieve strong decarbonization results.

In fact, the concept of being able to buy and trade carbon credits itself has been called into question. Some–as reported by Means & Matters, an online publication of the sustainable investment-focused Bank of the West–object to the idea that large corporations can essentially “buy their way out.” Wealthy companies are able to avoid taking more direct and immediate actions towards cutting their greenhouse gas emissions while still claiming to be working towards zero net emissions targets and describing themselves as “carbon neutral.”

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Former Top Apple Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

The former top corporate lawyer at Apple pleaded guilty to insider trading charges, for what prosecutors called a five-year scheme to trade ahead of the iPhone maker’s quarterly earnings announcements. Gene Levoff, 48, of San Carlos, California, pleaded guilty to six securities fraud charges at a hearing before U.S. District Judge William Martini in Newark, New Jersey. From a report: Levoff allegedly exploited his roles as corporate secretary, head of corporate law and co-chair of a committee that reviewed drafts of Apple’s results to generate $604,000 of illegal gains on more than $14 million of trades from 2011 to 2016. Prosecutors said Levoff ignored the quarterly “blackout periods” that barred trading before Apple’s results were released, as well as the company’s broader insider trading policy — which he was responsible for enforcing. “Gene Levoff betrayed the trust of one of the world’s largest tech companies for his own financial gain,” First Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna in New Jersey said in a statement.

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Source: Slashdot – Former Top Apple Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

Watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Horrifying Gorn Come to Practical Life

Last week’s episode of Strange New Worlds gave us a kind of horror that Star Trek has never really seen before, largely thanks to its transformation of the Gorn into something akin to an Alien Xenomorph. Petrifying as they were though, it turns out they actually had a physical presence on set to help really scare the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Watch Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Horrifying Gorn Come to Practical Life

SQLite or PostgreSQL? It's Complicated!

Miguel Grinberg, a Principal Software Engineer for Technical Content at Twilio, writes in a blog post: We take blogging very seriously at Twilio. To help us understand what content works well and what doesn’t on our blog, we have a dashboard that combines the metadata that we maintain for each article such as author, team, product, publication date, etc., with traffic information from Google Analytics. Users can interactively request charts and tables while filtering and grouping the data in many different ways. I chose SQLite for the database that supports this dashboard, which in early 2021 when I built this system, seemed like a perfect choice for what I thought would be a small, niche application that my teammates and I can use to improve our blogging. But almost a year and a half later, this application tracks daily traffic for close to 8000 articles across the Twilio and SendGrid blogs, with about 6.5 million individual daily traffic records, and with a user base that grew to over 200 employees.

At some point I realized that some queries were taking a few seconds to produce results, so I started to wonder if a more robust database such as PostgreSQL would provide better performance. Having publicly professed my dislike of performance benchmarks, I resisted the urge to look up any comparisons online, and instead embarked on a series of experiments to accurately measure the performance of these two databases for the specific use cases of this application. What follows is a detailed account of my effort, the results of my testing (including a surprising twist!), and my analysis and final decision, which ended up being more involved than I expected. […] If you are going to take one thing away from this article, I hope it is that the only benchmarks that are valuable are those that run on your own platform, with your own stack, with your own data, and with your own software. And even then, you may need to add custom optimizations to get the best performance.

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Source: Slashdot – SQLite or PostgreSQL? It’s Complicated!

Turns Out Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy Was Built on a Very Familiar Planet

The more we get to learn about the future of the Force in a post Return of the Jedi, post Rise of Skywalker era for Star Wars, the more we’re getting echoes of its long past—and thanks to the latest novel from the galaxy far, far away, Luke’s attempts to rebuild the Jedi Order have even more connection’s to the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Turns Out Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy Was Built on a Very Familiar Planet

Government Policies Will Not Get UK To Net Zero, Warns Damning Report

The government is failing to enact the policies needed to reach the UK’s net zero targets, its statutory advisers have said, in a damning progress report to parliament. From a report: The Climate Change Committee (CCC) voiced fears that ministers may renege on the legally binding commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, noting “major policy failures” and “scant evidence of delivery.” Lord Deben, the chair of the committee and a former Conservative environment secretary, said the government had set strong targets on cutting emissions but policy to achieve them was lacking. “The government has willed the ends, but not the means,” he said. “This report showed that present plans will not fulfil the commitments [to net zero].”

He said net zero policies were also the best way to reduce the soaring cost of living. Average household bills would be about $151.3 lower today if previous plans on green energy and energy efficiency had been followed through. “If you want to deal with the cost of living crisis, this is exactly what you need to do,” he said. The greatest failure was the insulation policy. Britain’s homes are the draughtiest in western Europe, heating costs are crippling household budgets, and heating is one of the biggest single sources of carbon emissions, but the government has no plans to help most people insulate their homes.

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Source: Slashdot – Government Policies Will Not Get UK To Net Zero, Warns Damning Report

F1 2022 Is Out With Beautiful Ray-Traced Cars And The Same Sweet Benchmark Mode

F1 2022 Is Out With Beautiful Ray-Traced Cars And The Same Sweet Benchmark Mode
If you’re not a hardcore racing fan, you may not have been aware that this year’s F1 cars have seen significant redesigns to comply with the latest regulations for the racing class. Indeed, every team’s cars look and perform quite differently this year, and that means big changes for Codemasters’ latest entry in its aptly-named simulation

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Crosby, Stills and Nash return to Spotify after COVID-19 misinformation boycott

The music of Crosby, Stills and Nash is once again available to stream on Spotify. In February, the supergroup left the platform to protest Spotify’s inaction against Joe Rogan, who was accused of spreading COVID-19 misinformation through his podcast. According to Billboard, the trio plan to donate their Spotify earnings to COVID-19 charities for “at least a month.”

Crosby, Stills and Nash were among a handful of musicians who left Spotify in response to Rogan’s interview with vaccine skeptic Dr. Robert Malone. The exodus, such that it was, began with Neil Young and later came to include Joni Mitchell, as well as author Brené Brown.

In the end, Spotify did not drop Rogan. Instead, the company said it would add a content advisory to any episode that includes a discussion about COVID-19. The protest’s effect on Spotify’s bottom line appears to have been minimal, with the company recently reporting that it grew to 422 million monthly users.

Despite the return of Crosby, Stills and Nash to Spotify, don’t expect to see all of the music the trio helped created on the platform. As The Verge point outs, Young’s continued absence from the service means not every song from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young is available. For instance, tracks like “Helpless” and “Country Girl” are missing from the band’s 1970 album Déjà Vu, 

Source: Engadget – Crosby, Stills and Nash return to Spotify after COVID-19 misinformation boycott

Gartner Predicts 9.5% Drop in PC Shipments

The party is over for PC makers as figures from Gartner suggest the market is on course for a breathtaking decline this year. From a report: According to the analysts, worldwide PC shipments will decline by 9.5 percent, with consumer demand leading the way — a 13.5 percent drop is forecast, far greater than business PC demand, which is expected to drop by 7.2 percent year on year. The PC market in the EMEA region is forecast to fare even worse, with a 14 percent decline on the cards for 2022. Gartner pointed the finger of blame at uncertainty caused by conflicts, price increases and simple unavailability of products. Lockdowns in China were also blamed for an impact in consumer demand. It all makes for grim reading from a channel perspective. While worldwide PC shipments fared the worst, tablet devices are forecast to fall by 9 percent and mobile phones by 7.1 percent. Overall, the total decline over all types of devices in the report is expected to be 7.6 percent. This is in stark contrast to a 11 percent increase year on year in the shipment of PCs in 2021 and 5 per cent for mobile phones.

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Source: Slashdot – Gartner Predicts 9.5% Drop in PC Shipments

The Amazing Spider-Man Got There, In the End

It isn’t just Transformers that’s celebrating a milestone this holiday weekend. Back in 2012, Sony returned to Marvel Comics’ most popular hero with The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot completely separate from the original Sam Raimi trilogy, for better and for worse. And ten years later, the two-film franchise (well,

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Source: Gizmodo – The Amazing Spider-Man Got There, In the End

A Game So Good It Could Have Been Hexen III

In the mood for a retro-style FPS, I dug around the new releases on Steam, and poked at a few, not really clicking. Until, that is, I found Hands Of Necromancy, and then played it all weekend. This is a Hexen-like FPS, with enormous, sprawling maps, a whole bunch of weapons, an array of enemy types, and some fresh…

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Source: Kotaku – A Game So Good It Could Have Been Hexen III