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WSJ: ‘Quit Chrome. Safari and Edge Are Just Better Browsers’

Yesterday at 23:43 PM, via Slashdot

The Wall Street Journal’s senior personal tech columnist just published an article urging readers to “quit Chrome. Safari and Edge are just better browsers.” It begins with the reporter pretending to break up with Chrome, adding “I’d say I’ll remember the good times — your speed, your superb handling of Gmail — but your RAM hoovering, battery draining and privacy disregarding make it easy...

Starwatch: Jupiter at its brightest in opposition

Yesterday at 22:30 PM, via The Guardian

Jupiter is at its closest to Earth and directly opposite the sun – so will be conspicuous for its brightness

On 14 July at 09:00 BST, Jupiter will be directly opposite the sun in the sky. Known as opposition, it marks the middle of the weeks when the planet is at its best for observing because it is closest to Earth. From Jupiter’s perspective, our world will be at inferior conjunction,...

Should We Plan For a Future With Fewer Cars?

Yesterday at 22:05 PM, via Slashdot

The New York Times ran a detailed piece (with some neat interactive graphics) arguing “cities need to plan for a future of fewer cars, a future in which owning an automobile, even an electric one, is neither the only way nor the best way to get around town…” It asks us to imagine a world where there’s suddenly more room for two-way bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and car-free bus lanes. But also...

Microsoft Announces It Won’t Be the Ones Building PHP 8.0 for Windows

Yesterday at 20:34 PM, via Slashdot

Today I learned that Microsoft “has been providing support for the development and building of the PHP programming language on Windows,” according to Bleeping Computer. “This support includes developing security patches for PHP and creating native Windows builds.” But that’s going to change:Microsoft has announced that it will not offer support in ‘any capacity’ for PHP for Windows 8.0 when it...

Linus Torvalds Hopes Intel’s AVX-512 ‘Dies A Painful Death’

Yesterday at 19:35 PM, via Slashdot

“Linux creator Linus Torvalds had some choice words today on Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) found on select Intel processors,” reports Phoronix:In a mailing list discussion stemming from the Phoronix article this week on the compiler instructions Intel is enabling for Alder Lake (and Sapphire Rapids), Linus Torvalds chimed in. The Alder Lake instructions being flipped on in GCC right...

As Covid-19 persists around the world, death is not the only outcome to fear | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

Yesterday at 19:30 PM, via The Guardian

There are worrying trends about long-term damage, even in those with milder symptoms

Download the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics

There are a lot of unknowns about Covid-19. This makes sense, because despite six months of the most amazing scientific effort of our lifetimes, the coronavirus is a novel...

iPhone User Sues Microsoft’s LinkedIn For Spying Through Apple’s ‘Clipboard’

Yesterday at 18:34 PM, via Slashdot

“Microsoft’s LinkedIn was sued by a New York-based iPhone user on Friday for allegedly reading and diverting users’ sensitive content from Apple Inc’s Universal Clipboard application,” reports Reuters.According to Apple’s website, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy text, images, photos, and videos on one Apple device and then paste the content onto another Apple device. According to the...

Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests

Yesterday at 18:31 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: King’s College London team found steep drops in patients’ antibody levels three months after infection

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People who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research suggesting the virus could reinfect people year after year, like common colds.

In the first longitudinal...

Holding the Tories to account over handling of pandemic | Letters

Yesterday at 18:20 PM, via The Guardian

Any inquiry into the handling of the crisis must be led by a biomedical expert not a judge, says Tony Mayer, while Alan Marsden thinks the remit should include the actions of previous Tory leaders. Plus Tony Wright calls for a parliamentary commission to be set up urgently

Gaby Hinsliff hits the nail on the head (Boris Johnson’s blame-shifting shows the need for a coronavirus inquiry right...

Delays Reported For Possible Covid-Inoculating Plasma Shot

Yesterday at 17:34 PM, via Slashdot

“It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine,” writes the Los Angeles Times. “Scientists have devised a way to use the antibody-rich blood plasma of Covid-19 survivors for an upper-arm injection that they say could inoculate people against the virus for months.”Using technology that’s been proven effective in preventing other diseases such as hepatitis A, the injections would be...

Wells Fargo Tells Employees: Delete TikTok from Company Phones

Yesterday at 15:34 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Engadget:Wells Fargo does not want TikTok on its employees’ phones. According to The Information, the financial institution sent its employees a note, telling them to remove the app from corporate devices immediately… A Wells Fargo spokesperson confirmed the company’s move to The Information, explaining that it came to the decision due to concerns about TikTok’s...

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