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LinkedIn will stop collecting IDFA data on iOS due to Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:34

As the preparation for Apple’s upcoming App Tracking Transparency feature continues, LinkedIn has announced that it will stop using the “Identifier for Advertising,” or IDFA data. This means that the LinkedIn app will not be required to show the App Tracking Transparency prompt to users.


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Apple clarifies it’s not allowing users to set a ‘default’ music service in iOS 14.5

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:26

Apple says that iOS 14.5 users won't be able to set a "default" music streaming app after all, but the feature is based on Siri's intelligence instead.
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CBS Slammed For Giving Airtime To QAnon Shaman

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:20

Yesterday, Capitol Police said that they had obtained intelligence of a credible threat to breach the Capitol today, prompting the House to cancel today’s session.

As we know, the QAnon super big-brain trust have latched onto March 4 as the date that Prznint Stupid will be inaugurated as the 19th president (following President Ulysses S. Grant, who was according to them, the last legally elected president; no word on whether or not Grant will attend the festivities) —based on their superior understanding of Constitutional history and logic too sophisticated for me to understand.

The FBI said that the potential attack could involve the Three Percenters whose name is “based on the myth that only three percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the American Revolution. ” The 3%ers “regard the present-day U.S. Government as analogous to the British” during the Revolutionary War, so you see that they have all the legal grounds covered for another revolution. In other words, you cannot have an insurrection against a country that doesn’t exist? Something like that? I told you that they were thinkier than us!

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An Introduction to Lockless Algorithms

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:19

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Apple doesn’t want you to call nebulous Siri audio feature in iOS 14.5 ‘default music app’ support

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:12

As Jeff Benjamin noted in 9to5Mac’s video coverage, iOS 14.5 will use Siri intelligence to select music services based on listening behaviors. While the feature falls short of actually allowing you to set a default music service, it will open Siri to easier music control for more services without having to specify which service to use. Apple has now described in more detail how it intends the new behavior to work.


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EU Sets 2030 Target To Produce Cutting-Edge Semiconductors

Slashdot - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:05
The European Union is planning to produce its own advanced semiconductors by 2030, part of the bloc's plans to reduce "high-risk dependencies" on technology companies in the U.S. and Asia. From a report: Officials want to ensure that at least 20% of the world's cutting-edge semiconductors by value are produced in Europe by the end of the decade, according to a draft document obtained by Bloomberg. The document, which could still change, is due to be presented next week by the European Commission, the bloc's executive body. The EU has discussed potentially establishing a new foundry as part of a plan to boost semiconductor production in Europe, Bloomberg has reported previously. The EU wants to manufacture chips faster than the most efficient 5nm semiconductors made by industry leaders Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics. "A reduction in critical dependencies will enable the EU to become digitally sovereign and better able to assert European interests," the EU said in the document, which said its approach would seek to support "the open nature of the Internet." The so-called Digital Compass plan outlines the bloc's digital goals for the next decade. As part of that, it also aims to deploy 10,000 climate-neutral facilities to guarantee businesses have rapid access to data services, develop a computer with quantum acceleration by 2025 and cover populated areas in Europe with 5G by 2030. In addition, the EU said over the next decade it wants to double the number of unicorns, or companies with a valuation above $1 billion, by improving access to financing.

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watchOS 7.4 beta 3 with iPhone mask unlock feature for Apple Watch now available

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:04

The third developer beta version of the upcoming watchOS 7.4 software update for Apple Watch is now available. iPhone users will especially appreciate this update as it allows the Apple Watch to replace Face ID and a passcode when wearing a facial covering.


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Apache Age: A Graph Extension for PostgreSQL

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:02

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Why Not Compromise With Republicans on Voting Reform?

Kevin Drumm - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:48

Democrats in the House have passed HR1, an extensive package of voting reforms designed to fight back against the voter suppression efforts of Republicans. I find myself in an odd position about this: I firmly support passage of the bill, but I don't really care that much what's in it. Let me explain with a chart:

The chart starts in 1992, right before the motor voter law was passed. It goes through 2016, and thus includes all of the various Republican state laws enacted over the past couple of decades to restrict voting.

The results are pretty obvious: Voter turnout has been steady; Black voter turnout has gone up a bit; and both early voting and mail voting have increased. Roughly speaking, all those Republican voter suppression efforts just haven't had much impact on a national level.

On a national level. This is the key. On the level of individual states, it's likely that Republican efforts have been more successful. And this obviously makes a difference in Senate races, in the Electoral College, and in gerrymandering of House districts.

So here's the thing: it's absurd that political parties are essentially able to control the voting process to their own advantage. No other democratic country that I know of allows this. Voting in national elections should be regulated at the national level, just as the Constitution suggests:

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations...

Congress should set the rules for registration and voting and they should be the same for every state. This is so obvious that it barely even needs to be defended.

HR1 would do this. But once we've agreed to national rules, what should those rules be?  It's here that I think we have a lot of leeway. As the chart above shows us, national voting has been pretty steady despite the hundreds of individual laws passed over the past couple of decades. Things like Sunday voting, early voting, mail voting, ID requirements, and so forth haven't had a big impact. I'd be perfectly happy to compromise considerably on those details as long as the resulting rules applied equally to every state and territory.

Needless to say, this would also put a stop to the tidal wave of state lawsuits that consume so much time after every election. Very often these cases turn on state legislatures that have tried to change the voting rules at the last minute in a desperate effort to squeeze out a few extra votes for their party, and a national law would put an end to that.

I think it's unlikely that HR1 will pass in the Senate. No matter what it includes, Republicans will conclude that they have a better chance of winning by allowing Republican states to create their own rules. But you never know. It's possible that Democrats could attract a dozen or so Republicans by insisting on national rules but making substantial concessions on the details of the rules. My take—subject to correction from experts—is that Democrats will be in good shape as long as they know what the rules are;¹ Republicans will be satisfied if we agree to some of their hobbyhorses; and the country will be far better off if voting regulations are national. We should give it a try and see if Republicans are willing to put their money where their mouths are.

¹As an example, photo ID laws are one of the worst examples of Republicans trying to suppress the votes of groups that vote Democratic. And yet, it turns out their effect was minimal. The reason is that once Democrats understood the new rules, they were able to turn that into higher energy among Black and Brown voters to get to the polls. On net, then, photo ID laws worked in both directions and had only the smallest effect on election results.

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Gohmert Claims Pelosi, Schumer Are The Only QAnon Believers

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:44

Texas Congressman Louie Gohemert, who was admonished by FOX Business for promoting anti-Semitic George Soros conspiracy theories to Lou Dobbs, now claims he doesn't know any Republicans who believe in QAnon.

The Capitol police advised Congress of security threats being made from QAnon and other Trump supporters over their latest March 4th conspiracies. Some Qanon types believe March 4 is a magic day in which Trump will somehow be sworn in for a second term.

The claim got under Gohmert's mask.

Why March 4th? Because that was the country’s original Inauguration Day, of course.

Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said, "We were told 'no,' there is some concern from somebody that the QAnon announced inauguration will be tomorrow (March 4) so we need to get out of town."

Gohmert continued, "Apparently there's somebody that believes --I don't know anybody on our side, but perhaps the Speaker and the Majority Leader are the believers in QAnon. Nobody else here I know of."

Ummmm, Marjorie Taylor Greene?

Trump believes in QAnon.

Michael Flynn believes in QAnon.

Rep. Lauren Boebert believes in QAnon.

QAnon believes in QAnon. In the service of returning Donald Trump to office. Pelosi and Schumer? Not so much.

The list goes QAnon and on and on.

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The Sonos Roam leaks out, a new portable speaker coming soon for $169

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:43

The Sonos Roam has leaked out, offering a small form factor for a portable speaker and a $169 price tag.
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Insurrectionist screams during latest hearing because he doesn’t want to be in jail anymore

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:42

On Jan. 6, 2021, as the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was under siege from a cast of Qanon characters and predominantly misguided white-wing extremists, images emerged showing a gentleman lounging about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. He posed for photos while sitting in the speaker’s chair, feet up on the desk, and ended the adventure by stealing a piece of Pelosi’s mail. Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arknasas, even took a nice portrait photo, bare chest exposed (for some reason), in front of the Capitol building, holding up the piece of mail he had stolen from Speaker Pelosi’s office. Barnett reportedly even left a note for Pelosi that read Nancy, Bigo was here, you B****." “Bigo” is his nickname.

Barnett was quickly identified and arrested. His initial defense was that he wandered into Pelosi’s office because he had been looking for a bathroom. Not unlike many other well-documented insurgents, Barnett’s No. 1 argument is that he didn’t physically knock down the doors of the Capitol—he just walked right on in. The 60-year-old Barnett was hit with three charges: Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds; and Theft of Public Money; Property, or Records. Initially, an Arkansas judge approved Barnett’s release into the custody of his girlfriend—a person who had admitted to aiding and abetting Barnett on his return from D.C. This was quickly reversed by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell, who chastised Barnett in court and ordered him jailed until another hearing.

 A couple of weeks later, a grand jury indicted Barnett on five additional charges, including Obstruction of an official proceeding; Aiding and abetting; Entering and remaining in a certain room in the Capitol building; Disorderly/Disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; and Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. So how are things going now for Mr. Barnett—I mean, “Bigo?”

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Plex’s free streaming video service officially adds integration with Apple’s TV app

9to5Mac - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:36

Last month, Plex began beta testing integration with Apple’s TV app, but some of the specifics were unclear. Plex has now confirmed to 9to5Mac that it’s now rolling out integration between the TV app and its free on-demand video streaming service. Here’s what that means.


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House Passes Major Voting Rights Bill, Setting Up Battle For Filibuster Reform

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:35

The House stayed in late Wednesday to wrap up a critical week's of work: passing H.R. 1, the sweeping voting and democracy reforms, and a expansive overhaul of American policing, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House was shuttered Thursday, a result of the threat of violence against the Capitol bubbling up from those forces that, in part, make the legislation necessary: those with fascist and white supremacist instincts to impose their will over the majority, and particularly citizens of color, by keeping them out of the polls and under constant threat from law enforcement.

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Kevin McCarthy declared open season on his caucus. Some Republicans now regret the error

Daily Kos - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:32

It's really hard to wrap one's mind around how hapless House Republicans are, not to mention the astounding failure in leadership Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy represents.

To review: McCarthy ran down to Mar-a-Lago to kiss Trump's ring and publicly enlist his help in retaking the House majority, while also failing to extract any promises from Trump not to target sitting members of their caucus. In other words, the GOP incumbents who voted to convict Donald Trump—at least a handful of whom hail from moderate/swingy districts—are on their own. Seven of the 10 Republicans who voted to convict have already attracted primary challengers.

Now some House Republicans are revisiting the fact that McCarthy sold out his caucus, and they apparently regret the error. Control of the House could literally come down to a handful of seats, and Trump's vendetta tour is putting roughly that many House Republicans at risk of losing their primaries and therefore their districts to more reasonable Democratic challengers in the general election. In Trump's first major rally since Democrats took control of the White House, Trump outlined a hit list of sorts—reading the names of every single congressional Republican who found him guilty of inciting an insurrection. 

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Ask HN: Do you think Agile/Scrum is beneficial for software delivery?

Hacker News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:28

what are the pros and cons of sprints and daily standups in your experience

Coming from old school 'non-agile' financial world focused on bottom line I was in a bit of a shock learning about this daily standup ritual.

Besides being a dream for micromanagers, it seems to be more about signalling progress vs. actually making progress.

Do these extra bureaucracy layers, meetings, checkmarks and vague "man-points" estimates actually bring any value.

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