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Politics

Minister Jackson Mthembu passes on

Today at 15:08 PM, via SABC News

Minister in Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed on earlier today from COVID-related complications.

Education

Malware reportedly found on laptops given to children in England

Today at 18:01 PM, via The Guardian

Investigation launched after teachers warn of worm on devices handed out for home schooling

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An investigation has been launched into reports that some of the laptops handed out to vulnerable children for homeschooling in England are infected with malware.

According to an online forum, teachers from a school in Bradford noticed the...

Education

Treasury expected to balk at further education loan plans

Today at 17:07 PM, via The Guardian

Gavin Williamson hails plans for ‘lifelong loan entitlement’ but Treasury is hostile to expanding system

The government’s plans for a “lifelong loan entitlement” for further education study – a key part of its new skills white paper for England – are predicted to run into stiff opposition from the Treasury.

The white paper says the loan entitlement will be equivalent to “four years of...

Entertainment

‘Walker’ gets a new look with Jared Padalecki as the Texas Ranger

Today at 17:20 PM, via CNN

Occasionally a reboot comes along that’s so different from the original you wonder why they bothered. “Walker” is one of those, dropping the “Texas Ranger” part of the title from the CBS series that signed off 20 years ago, and trading in Chuck Norris for “Supernatural’s” Jared Padalecki, in what feels more like a family drama than a butt-kicking crime show.

Science/Tech

Goodbye and Good Riddance To the 16:9 Aspect Ratio

Today at 18:43 PM, via Slashdot

One of the biggest trends coming out of this year’s CES wasn’t something people will necessarily notice at first glance unless they look closely. From a report: After enduring years of cramped, “widescreen” laptop displays, it looks like we’re finally starting to say goodbye to the 16:9 aspect ratio. […] The aspect ratios you’ll typically see on laptops are 16:9, 3:2, 16:10 (which, for whatever...

Science/Tech

Ubuntu Now Runs On Apple Silicon, Devs Say It’s ‘Completely Usable’

Today at 18:03 PM, via Slashdot

niftydude writes: Developers at ARM virtualisation company Corellium have managed to get Ubuntu 20.04 up and running on the new Apple Silicon Mac Mini. And we’re not talking ‘it boots and prints a load of text’ running here. No, this is the full Ubuntu desktop experience — and it’s already being described as “completely usable!” Pretty impressive, right? Even Linus Torvalds wasn’t convinced...

Nature

Fish migrations: they would swim 500 miles and they would swim 500 more

Yesterday at 18:23 PM, via CapeNature

By Nicole Horn and Alexis Olds Migration is a widespread but highly complicated and diverse component to many fish species lives.  Migration can be strenuous and often consists of extremely long journeys. The life history stages of certain species rely heavily on migration. Fish will migrate for several reasons including escaping unfavourable conditions, moving to […]