Tagging music files is a way of keeping a music library well organized and let us search for songs on the base of Artists, albums, genre and other parameters. Many graphical and command line applications exist on Linux to manage tags for audio files, like Picard or Quodlibet. Most of those applications are written in Python and use the “mutagen” module at their core. In this tutorial we learn how to use it directly.
Source: LXer – How to set, change and delete music tags with Mutagen
The top eight US media groups plan to spend at least $115bn on new movies and television shows next year in pursuit of a video streaming business that loses money for most of them. From a report: The huge investment outlays come amid concerns that it will be harder to attract new customers in 2022 after the pandemic-fuelled growth in 2020 and 2021. Yet the alternative is to be left out of the streaming land rush. “There is no turning back,” said media analyst Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson. “The only way to compete is spending more and more money on premium content.” The Financial Times calculated the planned expenditures based on company disclosures and analyst reports. One entertainment executive called them “mind-boggling.” Most of the companies — a list that includes Walt Disney, Comcast, WarnerMedia and Amazon — are set to rack up losses on their streaming units. Including sports rights, the aggregate spending estimate rises to about $140bn. Disney’s investment in streaming content is likely to grow 35-40 per cent in 2022, according to estimates by Morgan Stanley. The company’s spending on all new movies and TV shows is expected to reach $23bn, though the number rises to $33bn including sports rights — up 32 per cent from its total content spending in 2021 and 65 per cent from 2020.
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Source: Slashdot – Streaming Wars Drive Media Groups To Spend More Than 0 Billion on New Content
Windows 11 is a great operating system. In fact, I can confidently say it is the best desktop operating system Microsoft has ever created. Seriously, folks, it is wonderful. If your computer is compatible with it, and you like Windows 10, you should enjoy Windows 11 even more.
Source: LXer – Celebrate New Year 2022 by switching from Windows 11 to Linux Lite 5.8 RC1
Every car is the result of a long development process in which automakers build many pre-production vehicles that never see the light of day. Rather than scrapping one of its Ioniq 5 test vehicles entirely, Hyundai repurposed the car’s parts to make an air purifier.
According to a YouTube video description, the model “went through numerous tests to ensure our safety.” The video notes that, over the course of a year, the vehicle was used to test the likes of the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, pass-by noise regulation and wind tunnel noise.
The video shows Hyundai engineers stripping the Ioniq 5 to its bones, then designing a completely different product using the components. Among other parts, they used the cooling fan, door panels, LED tail lamp, infotainment unit and, of course, the filter unit. The engineers put a 20-inch alloy wheel on the top of the case (so the purifier is probably pretty large), while the car’s emblem adds some professional branding.
Although many car parts are already recyclable, including batteries, this is a neat experiment. It suggests there are other sustainable ways to repurpose a car that’s otherwise outlived its usefulness. Meanwhile, Hyundai started deliveries of the Ioniq 5 in the US this month.
Source: Engadget – Hyundai built an air purifier out of recycled Ioniq 5 EV parts
An anonymous reader shares a report: Somehow CES 2022 is still happening in a little over a week, despite the single-largest surge in COVID-19 cases ever recorded in the United States. The electronics show will be far less enormous than usual, but not necessarily because organizers at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) wanted it to be that way. CTA president Gary Shapiro went as far as to post an extensive rant on LinkedIn (and in the Las Vegas Review-Journal) about why, exactly, CES is still happening. He says CES “will and must go on.” Let’s take a moment or two to read through Shapiro’s op-ed. We promise it’s worth the time. Here are some of our favorite ways in which the CTA president explains his reasoning:
1. If we do not cancel, we face the drumbeat of press and other critics who tell the story only through their lens of drama and big name companies. We suppose this applies to us (pretty meta of us). Anyway, it’s pretty telling that Shapiro’s leaning on “bad press” — not the ongoing public health crisis — as a reason to not cancel the show.
2. I will feel safer at CES with our vaccine and masking mandate than I do when I’m running every day errands, including food shopping! Sorry, what? CES is notorious for packing attendants in like sardines. What kind of grocery store is this man going to?
3. It may be messy. But innovation is messy. It is risky and uncomfortable. Well, sure, innovating isn’t a clean process, but CES isn’t actually fostering innovation. The innovation’s already done before these companies arrive on the showroom floor.
4. For those who are vaccinated and willing to take the minor risk of Omicron and a quarantine, CES may be worth it. I’m sorry, did this man just refer to COVID-19 (you know, the one that’s killed more than 2 million people) as a “minor risk”? CES also said today that it will end a day earlier.
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Source: Slashdot – CES’s Justification for Keeping the Show IRL is Absolutely Unhinged
It’s been a full two years since I wrote about how Linux is now a viable OS for PC gaming and in that time a lot has changed. The open-source desktop OS isn’t just for gaming. It’s also great for a bunch of other computing tasks one usually does on Windows or even macOS. After using Windows for more than two decades, I find myself no longer able to put up with it.
Source: LXer – Tired of Windows? It’s time to give Linux a try.
The December 2021 issue of my exclusive “Xfce’s Apps Update” monthly roundup is out now and it’s packed with news about some of your favorite Xfce applications, plugins, and tools.
Source: LXer – Xfce’s Apps Update for December 2021: New Releases of Xfce Terminal, Whisker Menu, and More
We’re closing out the year with a little bit of advice, some utility, and maybe even some mirth. In this line of work, we try out a ton of products, some of which you read about on this very site. Not all of them, though. Sometimes, the things that make the biggest impact on our lives are items that don’t get an…
Source: Kotaku – Video Game Gear: Eight Things We Got In 2021 That We Now Can’t Live Without
No one really knows how to cure a hangover, a new roundup of scientific studies has found. The review found little good evidence for any one particular hangover cure, with existing studies generally being of low quality.
Source: Gizmodo – Scientists Try, Fail to Find a DIY Hangover Cure That Actually Works
Have a pet who loves to mess with a keyboard like a playground? Actually, they love to write their love story! Aha, by bad. To be honest, we all are in the same circumstances, or some ignorant who do not belong to computer line, especially kids, love to finger in keyboard button. That’s how I found a tool that can disable/lock the keyboard’s working whenever pressing the shortcut key in series.
Source: LXer – How to Lock Keyboard on Linux & Windows
Amid a wave of in-person cancellations in recent weeks from big names ranging from Microsoft to Google and a surge of covid-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, CES 2022, the world’s biggest tech show, is cutting one day from its schedule.
Source: Gizmodo – CES 2022 Will Close One Day Earlier as an ‘Additional Safety Measure’
fahrbot-bot writes: The world is full of beautiful equations, numbers and calculations. From counting beads as toddlers to managing finances as adults, we use math every day. But scientists often go beyond these quotidian forms of counting, to measure, weigh and tally far stranger things in the universe. From the number of bubbles in a typical glass of beer to the weight of all the coronavirus particles circulating in the world, LiveScience notes the 10 weird things scientists calculated in 2021.
Number of bubbles in a half-pint glass of beer: up to 2 million bubbles, about twice as many as Champagne. Weight of all SARS-CoV-2 particles: between 0.22 and 22 pounds (0.1 and 10 kilograms).Counted African elephants from space for the first time — Earth elephants (using satellites and AI) not Space Elephants.Acceleration of a finger snap: maximal rotational velocities of 7,800 deg/s and a maximal rotational acceleration of 1.6 million deg/s squared — in seven milliseconds, more than 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, which takes more than 150 milliseconds.Calculated pi to 62.8 trillion decimal places.Updated the “friendship paradox” equations.Theoretical number and mass of all Black Holes: about 1% of all ordinary matter (not dark matter) in the universe.How long would it take to walk around the moon? At 4 hours a day, it would take about 547 Earth days, or about 1.5 years.How many active satellites currently orbit the planet? As of September 2021, there were around 7,500 active satellites in low Earth orbit.The “absolute limit” on the human life span: probably 120 to 150 years.
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Source: Slashdot – Amazing / Strange Things Scientists Calculated in 2021
Starting in March, Netflix will have to stream 20 state television channels in Russia. Roskomnadzor, the country’s media watchdog, registered the platform as an “audiovisual service” this week. Among the channels Netflix will have to carry are the flagship Channel One, entertainment network NTV and a Russian Orthodox Church channel called Spas (which means “Saved”).
Streaming services with more than 100,000 daily users in Russia are included on the register, which was established late last year. Not only must registered platforms offer state TV channels, they need to set up a Russian company, according to The Moscow Times.
Companies on the register also have to abide by Russian laws. For one thing, Netflix will not be allowed to promote “extremism.” Critics claim that provision has been wielded against those who support the Kremlin’s opponents.
Other video services in the country reportedly argued that Netflix should be added to the register to level the playing field, since it meets the requirements. The Russian version of Netflix is operated by Entertainment Online Service, a subsidiary of National Media Group, which has a stake in Channel One.
Engadget has contacted Netflix for comment.
In November, it emerged Russia was investigating a complaint over LGBTQIA+ content on Netflix. The company told Engadget such content was rated appropriately. That same month, Russia ordered several tech giants (including Apple, Google, Meta, TikTok and Twitter) to set up offices within its borders by the end of this year.
Source: Engadget – Netflix will be required to stream 20 state TV channels in Russia
CentOS Linux 8 reaches End of Life today midnight. If you want to migrate to AlmaLinux 8 from CentOS 8, here is how.
Source: LXer – An Official Way To Migrate To AlmaLinux 8 From CentOS 8
Starting today, eligible US residents can apply for help with their internet bills under the new Affordable Connectivity Program. The program launched today with $14.2 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed in November. From a report: Households can apply to take up to $30 a month off their internet service bill. For households on qualifying Tribal lands, the discount is up to $75 per month. The program could help to connect millions of people to the internet who haven’t had access to it at home, especially in communities that have historically faced more barriers to getting online. Almost a third of people living on Tribal lands lacked high-speed internet at home in 2017, according to a report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). That’s compared to just 1.5 percent of city-dwellers without high-speed internet access. On top of limited infrastructure, cost is often another barrier. The United States has the second-highest broadband costs out of 35 countries studied by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And American Indian and Alaska Native people have the highest poverty rate of any race group in the US, according to the US Census Bureau.
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Source: Slashdot – A Program for Cheaper Internet for Low-Income Americans Launches Today
2021 is basically done. Old news! Now all people care about is this hot new thing called 2022, and its many, many release dates. Have you heard about our upcoming stacked February? Even taking into account that the pandemic and supply issues will likely shift some things around and cause some delays, the year still…
Source: Kotaku – 29 Games Coming Out In 2022 That We’re Excited To Play
Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9’s regular round up of all the cool toys we’ve found on the internet lately. This week we’re looking forward to 2022, mostly because there’s only a few more hours of 2021 left, making it very hard to release new toys this year. Check out what’s to come!
Source: Gizmodo – Count Down the End of 2021 With the Toys You’ll Want in 2022
If your community is still putting on a fireworks display for New Year’s Eve, this could possibly be the last such event. We love the whizzes, bangs and rockets lighting up the sky, but the growing use of drones for light shows could make the real pyrotechnics a thing of the past and there are a few obvious benefits as well.
Source: Hot Hardware – Drones Have Begun Replacing Fireworks Displays But There Are Obvious Pros And Cons
When you think “the world’s fastest gaming PC,” you don’t have any reason whatsoever for your mind to wander to Sega. It’s not as if the venerable videogame company sells gaming PCs, or PC components, even. Well, in a clever bit of wordplay, Sega does indeed lay claim to “the world’s fastest gaming PC” title—with an Intel-powered machine that
Source: Hot Hardware – Sega Built The World’s Fastest Gaming PC On Wheels And You Must See It In Action