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Nvidia CEO Foresees a Great Year for PC Gaming Laptops

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:15
Nvidia has predicted that the year ahead would be a good one for the company, with demand for laptop gaming gear remaining strong. From a report: Looking forward, Huang said it would be a big year for gaming laptops, as Nvidia knows that more than 40 Turing-based gaming laptops (based on the GeForce RTX 2060) are poised to launch during the year. Those laptops use mid-range RTX cards based on graphics processing units (GPUs) using Nvidia's new Turing architecture -- the GeForce RTX graphics cards that can do real-time ray tracing -- that are battery efficient. Huang acknowledged that visibility is limited. I asked him if cloud gaming would be a disruptive force during the year. But he noted that Nvidia had been providing its own cloud gaming solution, GeForce Now, with relatively little impact on the market for three years. So he said it remains to be seen if cloud gaming and the "Netflix of games" would make an impact on the market. In the meantime, he said that gaming laptops would launch.

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Apple removed five minerals suppliers in 2018 for failing to pass human rights audits

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:13

Apple’s latest Conflict Minerals Report reveals that it removed five mineral smelters and refiners for failing to meet the company’s human rights standards.

In 2018, Apple directed its suppliers to remove from its supply chain five smelters and refiners not willing to participate in, or complete, a Third Party Audit or that did not otherwise meet Apple’s requirements on the responsible sourcing of minerals …

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Fox: Trump Is Fighting The Real Enemy

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:12

Media Matters has a supercut of Fox hosts conceding that President Trump's fight for the wall is primarily about reelection:

Fox contributor Dan Bongino explicitly said that Trump’s insistence on building a wall is about giving him a "political victory,” stating, "This is not about immigration. I think everybody at this table knows this.” Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy claimed Trump needs a wall "because he needs to start running for re-election." Fox’s Tomi Lahren argued, “When President Trump listens to his instincts on this, he is right, which is why he won the election in 2016. He will win on it again in 2020....”

The voters in Trump's base hate and fear immigrants, but they hate and fear Democrats more. We're the enemy. We're always the enemy. We were the enemy in the Bush years, when the right loved the Iraq War, torture, and Gitmo primarily because we hated them. We were in favor of going into Afghanistan, so the Bushies had to start another war, just to piss us off (not that they minded).

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Why So Shocked? Everything Has Always Been Okay If You're A Republican

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:12

You gotta love it. Morning Joe has a clip of Mike Pence speaking out in 2014 against President Barack Obama's use of executive orders in 2014:

"It would be a profound mistake for the president of the United states to overturn American immigration law with the stroke of a pen. Signing an executive order, giving a speech, barnstorming around the country defending that executive order is not leadership. I would implore the president to reconsider this path and demonstrate the kind of leadership that the American people long to see, that the administration would sit down with this newly minted Republican congress and find genuine common ground. If the president of the United States, if he were to go through with this, I think he's acting outside the consent of the government and he's not providing real leadership to solve this intractable issue facing our country the way the country would expect a leader to do."

"Wow. Things happen. You forget stuff. Does Vice President Mike Pence forget that he says that? Does he forget that's what he believed? Does he forget that's him talking about leadership and how it should be properly used as president of the United sStates? Does he forget he said that? what has happened to him?"

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Another One Bites The Dust

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:11

Staying three or four feet ahead of the sheriff and his posse, another Trump appointee is packing up and leaving town.

Brock Long, who investigators determined misused government vehicles during 400-mile commutes to his home in North Carolina, is stepping down as the head of FEMA, the agency chief revealed.

The unauthorized trips cost the taxpayers $151,000. He has also been politely asked to refund the cost of a family vacation to Hawaii. Funding the lavish lifestyles of Trump’s friends is eating its way through my wallet.

This is the dude who was FEMA chief during the Puerto Rico hurricane. I guess the paper towels were his idea.

Get this: before he left he sent an email to staff thanking them for this “incredible journey.” He ignored thanking them for every damn thing he could steal.

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President Lou Dobbs Orders Investigation Of 'Liberal' Chief Justice John Roberts

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:00

President Lou Dobbs had a rough day Thursday. As he came to the realization that Donald Trump was going to sign the bill which specifically banned the building of any walls, and as news of Andrew McCabe's upcoming book rolled out today, it was clear things were going to get worse, not better.

After all, it was just earlier this week that the President* called him up on the phone and tried to manage Lou's angry, ruffled feathers over the fact that Donald Trump had not just failed to secure funding for a wall, he'd actually gotten fewer dollars for border barriers than he could have had on December 21st, with no government shutdown.

Lou lashed out. Not at Congress. Not at Mitch McConnell. Not even at Andrew McCabe. No, Lou lashed out at Chief Justice John Roberts, demanding he be investigated, using Wall Street Journal writer James Freeman as his foil.

Media Matters helpfully provided the transcript so you can read it for yourself, or just watch the clip up above:

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Pelosi's strength and McConnell's weakness is generating an epic leadership gap

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:47

On Thursday, Mitch McConnell reversed himself on previous statements about the National Emergency Act and declared that he would go along with Donald Trump’s ludicrous, and dangerous, theft of $8 billion. In doing so, McConnell is writing himself a spot in the history books … a spot that falls somewhere between Arnold, Benedict and Quisling, Vidkun. 

McConnell is agreeing to support Trump in an executive branch takeover of legislative function. But wait! He’s also counting on the judicial branch, the branch he’s been trying to cut off for years, to pick up the pieces of his disaster. It’s a plan that just screams “Mitch McConnell-Style Leadership.”

But this isn’t a surprise to anyone. Mitch McConnell’s style of leadership is already extremely familiar to Americans on the left and the right. That’s why McConnell is viewed like this:

Congressional Leadership Index. Net favorable ratings of congressional leaders in 2019

Nancy Pelosi enjoys the support of most of her party, and her position has been slowly but steadily improving since Election Day. That’s not the situation for McConnell. On Election Day, he was just three points behind Pelosi. But after leading his party into the first shutdown, he entered the new congressional session 28 points behind his Democratic counterpart. That distance between McConnell and Pelosi is the leadership gap. It’s the gap between a leader who is working with the various factions of her party while balancing the needs of the country, and a leader in name only who is continually finding new ways to fail. It’s also a measure of how McConnell has taken the “upper” chamber of Congress and turned it into something even less than a sideshow.

As McConnell bends the knee to Trump again … watch this space.

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A waiver went down to Georgia….

Balloon Juice - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:44

Georgia Senate Bill 106 would authorize the governor to expand Medicaid and apply for reinsurance for the ACA exchanges.

 

SECTION 2-1.
Article 7 of Chapter 4 of Title 49 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to  medical assistance generally, is amended by adding a new Code section to read as follows:
“49-4-142.3.
The department shall be authorized to submit a waiver request, on or before June 30, 2020,  to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and  Medicaid Services pursuant to Section 1115 of the federal Social Security Act, which may  include an increase in the income threshold up to a maximum of 100 percent of the federal  poverty level.

Georgia, like Utah, wants a partial expansion of Medicaid to 100% FPL. Right now, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will approve that waiver at standard federal financing rate. Utah and Georgia presumably want CMS to pay the ACA enhanced rate of 90% of costs.

The folks who earn between 100-138% FPL are dual qualified. They earn enough to qualify for Exchange subsidies on premiums and out of pocket costs. They earn little enough to also qualify for full Medicaid expansion. If a partial expansion went through in Georgia, they will be no worse off as this cohort would still be eligible for premium assistance and cost sharing reduction (CSR) silver plans.

The critical question is the counterfactual when we think about this problem.

Is the correct counterfactual full Medicaid expansion?

Or is the correct counterfactual current policy of no Medicaid expansion at all.

Choosing that counterfactual fundamentally predetermines the answer.

But either way, Georgia is thinking about expanding some of its Medicaid program. This makes whatever waiver Utah submits critical for both the Arches State and as an indicator of the future for the Peach State.

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Trump goes 'off the rails,' forces Republicans to 'eat a manure sandwich' on national emergency

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:43

Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill funding government Friday morning and, at the same time, to declare the national emergency he’s using to call this whole debacle a win. His allies concede there’s no winning here: “Zero chance you could spin this as a win for Republicans,” according to House Freedom Caucus extremist Rep. Mark Meadows. “Bluntly, it was a waste of three weeks” from Trump’s cave in reopening government to the “total capitulation” of the bipartisan deal to keep government open.

Trump suddenly turned against the deal on Thursday: “We thought he was good to go all morning, and then suddenly it’s like everything is off the rails,” a Republican aide told the Washington Post. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spent Thursday cajoling Trump, reportedly talking to him on the phone at least three times to keep him from shutting down the government again just three weeks after a record-breaking shutdown. In the end, to get Trump to sign the deal, McConnell agreed to support the national emergency declaration, something a former Republican member of Congress described as “You’re watching Mitch McConnell eat a manure sandwich in this whole process” as he agrees to publicly support something he thinks is a bad idea in order to prevent something that’s a worse idea.

McConnell was just one of several congressional Republicans focused mainly on convincing Trump to sign a bill everyone realized was a bad deal, with Trump and Republicans having lost ground because of the massively unpopular shutdown. But while declaring a national emergency will allow Trump to both claim victory and do some of the damage he so badly wants to do, the story of the last couple months is the story of Trump losing ground.

As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told the Post, “I think the president’s view was that he could get us to fold,” but “Once he learned he couldn’t bully us into doing what he wanted, once he learned that the public was on our side, he realized he should give up.”

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How to manage bookmarks in Safari on iOS and Mac

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:30

Safari Bookmarks on Mac

Bookmarking your favorite websites in Safari on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac is handy for accessing the pages you need with a tap. But bookmarks can also quickly get out of control. You can organize your bookmarks in folders, rearrange...
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Samsung opening Apple Store-like retail outlets in New York, LA and Houston

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:22

Samsung has announced plans to open three US retail stores, in New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

From the company’s description, it sounds like Samsung has modelled them on Apple Stores

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:01
Mike's Blog Round Up

First Draft: True unity.

Slacktivist: Tone policing, abolitionist edition.

Crooked Timber: Democracy and inequality as a global foreign policy agenda.

The Nib: The gooey center.

Obsidian Wings: Night owl woes.

Whatever: How to make anything sound "science fictional."

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.


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Morning Digest: GOP frontrunner for Mississippi governor could have a real primary on his hands

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:00

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

MS-Gov: On Wednesday, former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. confirmed that he would run in this August’s GOP primary for governor. Waller is the son of former Gov. Bill Waller Sr., a Democrat who served in the 1970s, and the younger Waller reportedly had considered running for this post as an independent, but in the end he opted for the Republican Party.

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There he’ll encounter a definitive frontrunner in the race for the right to succeed termed-out Republican Gov. Phil Bryant: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Reeves ended 2018 with a massive $6.7 million in the bank, while Waller will be starting largely from scratch with only about 6 months to go before the primary. However, the Clarion-Ledger’s Sam Hall argues that the former chief justice could very well put up a serious fight.

To begin with, Hall explains that Waller has some very useful connections that could help him raise money and get his name out. Perhaps more importantly, Reeves also has made his share of enemies in the state Republican Party who could cause him trouble. The lieutenant governor also serves as leader of the state Senate, and Hall writes that he’s run the chamber “with an iron fist,” which has alienated a number of party regulars.

This isn’t the first story that’s focused on Reeves’ poor relationship with his subordinates. Last month, Mississippi Today’s Adam Ganucheau wrote about the intra-party discontent with Reeves, noting that a number of state legislators refused to endorse him even though he had yet to pick up a credible primary opponent. One state senator relayed, “Somebody said they like his policies, like on tax cuts, but that he might not have the best bedside manner. That’s a good way to say it.”

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BUSTED: Texas Secretary Of State Caught In Voter Fraud Lies

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:00
 Texas Secretary Of State Caught In Voter Fraud Lies

What do you call it when a state's top election official falsely flags tens of thousands of names as illegal voters? I call it voter suppression. In Texas, they call it Thursday.

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley is under fire for claiming voter fraud in the case of 95,000 of the state's registered voters, saying at least 58,000 of them been voting illegally since 1996. Republicans at all levels, including, of course, the Town-Crier-In-Chief, rang the loudest of alarm bells. According to Talking Points Memo:

The voter list was released in January and suggested that of the 95,000 possible noncitizens on the Texas voter rolls, as many as 58,000 may have illegally cast ballots since 1996. President Donald Trump seized on the reports out of Texas to renew unsubstantiated claims of rampant voter fraud, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office prosecutes election fraud cases, sent a campaign fundraising email to supporters with the headline, “VOTER FRAUD ALERT.”

Apparently, it turns out, that is a massive overcount. Tens of thousands of those registered voters had already become naturalized before they voted. Despite there being questions raised about the accuracy of Whitley's report on multiple occasions, he insisted his numbers were correct, and there was no way he was wrong.

Oopsie.

Did he apologize? Define apologize.

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Facebook Settlement With FTC Could Run Into the Billions

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are discussing a settlement over privacy violations that could amount to a record, multibillion-dollar fine, according to three people with knowledge of the talks. The company and the F.T.C.'s consumer protection and enforcement staff have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that Facebook violated a 2011 privacy consent decree with the agency, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is private. In 2011, Facebook promised a series of measures to protect user privacy after an investigation found it had harmed consumers with its handling of user data. The current talks have not yet reached the F.T.C.'s five commissioners for a vote and it is unclear how close the two sides are to wrapping up the nearly 11-month investigation. The commissioners met in mid-December and were updated by staff members that they had at that point found considerable evidence of violations of the 2011 consent decree. The FTC investigation into Facebook began after it was reported that the information of 87 million users had been harvested by a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, without their permission. The agency could seek up to $41,000 for each violation found.

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Cartoon: The Revolver

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:50

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Trump’s pick to lead the Department of the Interior has been through the revolving door between government and lobbying so much it’ll make your head spin. David Bernhardt has been the number two guy at the agency for a while and is likely going to be the next Interior Secretary now that ethically-challenged Ryan Zinke is out.

The more you look into Bernhardt, the slimier he appears. He lobbies for oil and gas, lead paint and big agribusiness when he is in the private sector. When he puts on his government hat, he pushes policies favorable to those same interests. Um, within months of going through the revolving door.

Bernhardt pushed oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge when he worked for George W. Bush and is trying to gut the Endangered Species Act under Trump. The more you look, the worse this guy is— and it looks like he’s well on his way to leading the agency that controls around 75% of our public lands. Enjoy the cartoons, and consider supporting my work over on Patreon!

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Wrongful death lawsuit brought against Apple after fire allegedly caused by iPad

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:42

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Apple in New Jersey after a man died in an apartment fire which allegedly began when his iPad burst into flames.

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550232966

WormBase Manet - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:30
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump's manufactured emergency

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:30

President Trump has signaled his intention to formally declare a “national emergency” in order to siphon off emergency funds to pay for the border wall he promised Mexico would pay for. We begin today’s roundup with The New York Times and its editorial against the plan:

With his intention to declare a national emergency at the southern border, President Trump is planning to take executive overreach to dizzying new heights. The damage to American democracy threatens to linger long after his administration is no more than a dank memory.

To repeat: The influx of migrant families at the southern border does not constitute a national security crisis, much less a bona fide emergency. There is, at this point, a worsening humanitarian crisis, actively fueled by the draconian policies of the administration. But the suffering on display requires thoughtful policy adjustments, not a steel monstrosity.

USA Today’s editors also decry the plan:

Assuming that Congress is unable or unwilling to overrule Trump’s emergency declaration, it will almost certainly be challenged in court. That would mean a ruling on whether the situation at the border really is a national emergency. In all likelihood, the answer would be no. Illegal immigration and the influx of Central American asylum seekers are significant ongoing problems, not national crises like Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 attacks.

The legal challenge would also invite the courts to consider the broader question of whether Congress even has the right to cede its constitutionally derived powers, including the power of the purse, to the president. [...] All of this should prompt Republicans to ask: Is the extra wall money worth trampling on the Constitution, stretching the definition of emergency, setting a bad precedent and diverting money from other worthy projects?

The clear answer is no.

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White House declares ‘national emergency’ using a (bad) screen-grab from Apple’s Notes app

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 07:04

The Internet responded with a mixture of incredulity and amusement after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a ‘national emergency’ in the form of a screen-grab from Apple’s iOS Notes app …

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