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  • Asus?s New Dual Screen Zenbooks Aimed at Creatives Actually Look Practical (4518 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 14:23:00 -0500Asus?s New Dual Screen Zenbooks Aimed at Creatives Actually Look PracticalPetaPixel

    Asus has announced the second generation of its dual-screen laptops and is aiming them at creative professionals thanks to software and hardware improvements. The original dual-screen design felt more like a novelty, but this follow-up feels far more practical.

    The company has revealed two different versions of the dual-screen laptops, the ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (model number UX582) and the ZenBook Duo 14 (model number UX482). Both models add a feature that is poised to make the dual-screen nature of the design a lot more usable: they tilt. Called the Asus ScreenPad Plus, it’s a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that the company says improves readability, has 36% better airflow for cooling purposes, and allows it to work more seamlessly for multitasking and creative applications.

    That second screen tilts upwards by about 9.5 degrees on the Pro Duo and 7 degrees on the Duo 14 which the company says reduces glare and reflections, making it much easier to read.

    When the laptops are placed on the supplied Duo Stand, the tilted display sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both displays support the latest 4096-pressure-level devices including the bundled ASUS Pen.

    The ScreenPad Plus is powered by an upgraded version of the ScreenXpert 2 software that hosts a colleciton of new and upgraded apps that are designed to boost productivity.

    The new Window Flick feature that allows users to simply flick windows between displays. The popular Task Group app has an updated design, so users can see their Task Groups at a glance, and lock into work modes instantly by launching multiple apps with a single tap.

    Asus also announced that the ScreenXpert 2 software has a new feature called Control Panel, which is a fully customizable app that currently works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Premiere, and After Effects. Very clearly targeted at creatives, the Control Panel allows you to gain precise control over Adobe apps like adjusting brush size, saturation, layer opacity, and others through a Dial, Button, Slider, or Scroll control setting. Asus says that each works in a different way to give precise and smooth control over a set of parameters.

    ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

    The Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED is the flagship dual-screen model and features a high-performance Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, up to 32 GB RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. The 14-inch 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus has an improved brightness of 400 nits and sits below the main 15.6-inch display.

    Asus says the Pro Duo is one of the first NVIDIA Studio laptops to feature a RTX 30 series GPU that it says offers GPU acceleration for ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and high-speed video encoding.

    The Pro Duo includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports that support an additional 8K external display or two 4K UHD displays. The laptop is also equipped with WiFi 6 (802.11ax) that?s up to three times-faster wireless connections than Wi-Fi 5.

    The OLED display is a 4K NDR NanoEdge touchscreen that has a frameless four-sided slim bezel design with a 93% screen-to-body ratio that Asus says maximizes screen space for the size of the laptop. That OLED display also provides incredible contrast, something OLEDs are always praised for achieving. Asus says it also has superb color accuracy and hits 100% of the DCI-P3 range and has a PANTONE Validated certification (Adobe RGB specification was not provided, however).

    The ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is slated to be released in April with pricing to be announced at a later date.

    ZenBook Duo 14

    The Zenbook Duo 14 has many of the same features as the Pro Duo but pared down to be more affordable. It is powered by up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 with Intel Iris Xe graphics and a choice of NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics, up to 32 GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. It features a 12.6-inch secondary ScreenPad Plus along with the 14-inch Full HD touchscreen main display.

    The Duo 14 has a pair of Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports which support power delivery and offers the ability to connect an external 8K display or two 4K UHD displays. It is also equipped with WiFi 6.

    Asus uses the term “casual creators” to describe those who would be attracted to the Duo 14, clearly drawing a line between it and the much more powerful Pro Duo.

    The Duo 14 is set to be available much sooner than the Pro Duo, with pre-orders starting January 14 in North America for as low as $999.

  • Dropbox To Cut 11% of its Global Workforce (783 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:45:00 -0500Dropbox To Cut 11% of its Global WorkforceSlashdot

    Dropbox is cutting its global workforce by about 11%, the company said in an 8K filing released Wednesday. From a report: The move will affect 315 people, who will be notified by the end of the business day. "The steps we're taking today are painful, but necessary," Dropbox CEO Drew Houston said in an employee memo Wednesday. Dropbox committed to preserve job security through 2020, but Houston said that looking ahead to this year "it's clear that we need to make changes in order to create a healthy and thriving business for the future." The company said the job cuts will help it focus on its top priorities for the year, which include evolving the core Dropbox experience, investing in new products and driving operational excellence.

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  • Elevating Humanity Through Business with John Mackey (1257 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:41:00 -0500Elevating Humanity Through Business with John MackeyChase Jarvis Blog

    You all know my mission for this show is to help you live your dreams through career, hobby and life and today?s guest and that?s why I?ve invited my guest John Mackey on the show today. He is the cofounder and CEO of Whole Foods Market and cofounder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism. He is the coauthor of the Conscious Capitalism book, and most recently Conscious Leadership, Elevating Humanity through Business. You may recall in the past, that Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon for 13.7 billion dollars. But this episode isn?t about money or acquisitions. It?s about how to connect, inspire, and look within for the things that actually matter to you. It?s about how you go to work every day with purpose and conviction around a passion or a way of being of what you want to see more in the world. Of course we re-trace John?s past, from founding Whole Foods from one of the first organic grocery stores to arrive on the scene to a Fortune 500 company with something like 500 stores, almost 90,000 team members, across 3 countries. Yet what we really get into is the pursuit of your one precious life plus: Leading […]

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  • The Curious Society Wants to Print a New Photojournalism Magazine (15635 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:30:00 -0500The Curious Society Wants to Print a New Photojournalism MagazinePetaPixel

    A few weeks ago, veteran photojournalist Kenneth Jarecke announced the creation of The Curious Society, a membership-based, quarterly print publication for contemporary photojournalism.

    While some might reflexively balk at starting a printed magazine in the digital age, Jarecke believes there is a market for people who want a tactile experience, and one that forces them to more slowly appreciate photography ? and if he?s right, he?ll also be paying photographers a meaningful licensing fee in return.

    Audacious? Undoubtedly. But the news of the past 12 months (from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter protests to the Capitol Siege) has been a constant reminder as to the power of photojournalism in recording history in ways that the written word cannot convey.

    Note: This interview is lightly edited, and was conducted via email.

    Allen Murabayashi: You started The Curious Project in 2018, which led to the publication of a few issues of Curious Magazine. What did you learn through that experience?

    Kenneth Jarecke: The Curious Project was a way for me to get back into print. I used it as a kind of sketchpad. I needed to remember how photographs work on the printed page. Like everyone else, the medium my work was mainly appearing in was digital. No gutters, no figuring out how images affect one another when they?re sitting side by side, no narrative concerns, just one image after another in a never-ending, online slideshow. I had to relearn all of that.

    What was the impetus to expand The Curious Project into The Curious Society ? a membership-based publication in 2021?

    I started The Curious Project knowing that it would become something real. Though, I didn?t know how long it would take or what that final form would be. I thought through every scenario regardless of how crazy they were. I thought about a limited edition magazine for example. The conflict was how to make it both available and desirable, then somehow pay for everything. This is what I came up with. I didn?t want it to be a vanity project, or a coffee table book, I didn?t want to create a boneyard for old relics like myself or some self-serving homage. It had to be a living, dynamic thing that feeds off of the enthusiasm and energy of fresh eyes. Just thinking about that exchange, a young person seeing their work in the kind of platform that hasn?t really existed before, really inspires me to do this right.

    Well, maybe something like this kind of existed in Stieglitz?s Camera Work with tipped in photogravures and whatnot. Now that I think of it, that was a limited edition magazine, but I?m guessing it wasn?t very democratic. I suppose one had to be a rich ?gentleman? photographer to get published there, but who knows?

    Although not perfect analogs, there are publications like Aperture and the British Journal of Photography that seek to curate and showcase great photography in printed form. How do you see The Curious Society differentiating itself from the pack?

    Both of those are great publications, so that?s good company to keep. I don?t know a lot about the inner workings of them to properly comment, but I can tell you what we?re planning.

    Our working philosophy at Contact Press Images was to approach everything we did as if we were shooting for a twenty-page spread in the world?s greatest magazine. Robert Pledge and David Burnett [ed. note: Pledge and Burnett founded Contact Press Images in 1976] introduced me to this concept the very first day we met? at a photography workshop with something like fifty other students? so it wasn?t a secret or anything, just a great way to approach every assignment or personal project.

    Later on, once they invited me to work with them, I asked them what magazine they were talking about that day, was it Life or maybe some foreign magazine that I?d never heard of? Because of course, that?s where I wanted to show my portfolio. They laughed and told me the thing didn?t exist. Which was quite a letdown. I really thought they were talking about a real magazine during the workshop. Later that day Pledge took me aside and broke the news about Santa? not a great day for me.

    Then I said, if it doesn?t exist why don?t we create it. Did I mention I was naïve? Of course, it didn?t make any sense back then. We had hundreds of magazines to market our work to around the world and a lot of them had deep pockets. There was no need, no reason.

    Now, I think there is a need. I think it makes sense as well. It?s still crazy and there?s a lot of risk involved, but I really believe a publication like this can make a difference in today?s marketplace and the wonderful photographers working today. They deserve it.

    But to answer your question, we?re producing the greatest magazine (and at 11×14.5? one of the biggest) that ever existed, and we?re going to publish a lot of twenty-page stories in it.

    It seems rather audacious to have a print publication as your flagship when most photography is consumed digitally nowadays. The website mentions two key factors: 1) print is the best way to experience photography, and 2) the collectability makes the publications more valuable over time. Can you expound on your philosophy of print?

    Yes, it is audacious, and like I said earlier, a little crazy. My answer might sound equally crazy.

    When you look at photos on a phone or laptop, you?re interacting with a device.

    To your brain, there?s no tactile difference between looking at the work of Sebastiao Salgado or a grab shot made by a reporter forced to illustrate their own words (for an example, not to pick on overworked writers). There are no physical clues to tip off the brain, so the mindset is the same.

    The same can be said for the viewer’s eyes? the visual experience is much the same. Maybe if you expand Sebastiao?s image you can see the higher quality or whatever, but there?s still something really lacking there.

    That?s not even getting into the bigger issues. The narrative issues, the ability to control exactly how one?s work is presented on the end user?s device, the motor reflexes that power one through their Instagram feed? most pictures need to be seen more than a half a second to be digested? right?

    Which brings up an earlier issue? how does it affect me, as a photographer, when I know my images are only going to be seen briefly and then immediately swept away into the internet abyss? Will I even work to make nuanced images when I know they?ll never be ?liked??

    I think they used to say advertisements in print had 1.5 seconds to make an impact on the consumer. That seems like an eternity today.

    A beautifully produced print magazine, with wonderful images, is the final product. What we produce is what the viewer sees. The medium forces them to slow down. The weight of the thing makes them pay attention. It?s like vinyl records on a turntable, you got to change them, maybe look at the album cover when you do so? the main difference being what we?re producing here is like an album that you don?t need a state of the art sound system to properly enjoy? or even a record player for that matter. It?s a complete, standalone self-contained object. One doesn?t need a special device to interact with it, just their eyes, a little window light, maybe a cup of coffee. That?s it.

    Your extensive (and very entertaining) FAQ articulates the need for 4,000 paying subscriber members prior to the publication of the first issue with an aspirational goal of 20,000 members to get to a $500/page rate. Rightfully so, the first subscribers seem to be photojournalists. How do you intend to expand your audience beyond ?the converted? and convince people outside of the PJ industry to take notice?

    If more than 5% of our membership base is photojournalists, we?re doing something very wrong. That?s a losing bet. We?ve built, I think it?s over a dozen now, different membership models. (Evidently this is what people who know how to market things do.)

    One of our top models is, fifty-five or older, has disposable income and fond memories of waiting for Vogue to arrive in the mail each month.

    Another is twenty-eight, lives in an apartment, works online, makes good money, and is desperate for an experience that the other members of their social circle don?t have.

    We?re slow-rolling the launch. We did one posting on a closed Facebook group as a shakedown cruise of sorts, and used that feedback to improve the text and make sure the website was properly working. So if you?re a dentist with an M3, get ready to hear from us.

    Did you consider other crowdfunding platforms like Patreon and Substack as a means to both test/identify a paying audience, as well as starting with a ?simpler? digital platform?

    Not really. I know that?s the smart way to do things, and although I?ve been accused of working like that, I?ve never been convicted.

    Why does the ?Code of Ethics? feature so prominently on the website? Is this a bit of counterpoint to the Photo Bill of Rights that came out in mid-2020?

    No, the short answer is it?s not a counterpoint to the Photographer Bill of Rights.

    The code of ethics itself was something I thought was crucial for the times we?re living in, as polling shows how distrusted the press is across the entire political spectrum. So it had to be something from the heart that wasn?t written by a committee or a law firm. It had to be something I thought all of us journalist types could agree on as well. It wasn?t designed to be earth-shattering or controversial. If it is a reaction to anything it?s just current public opinion polling.

    You spend a few sentences describing the advertising-driven economic model of contemporary media outfits, and how you?re seeking to escape this ?consumer as product? reality by asking people to pay the actual costs of producing the rag.

    Yes, well it?s like anything we buy. There are hidden costs that we pay, we just don?t pay them at the time we?re making the purchase. What does it cost us when a big corporation doesn?t provide proper healthcare for their employees, or they don?t pay local taxes or proper postage rates? We pay for all of that? eventually.

    This $300 amount is the real, non-subsidized cost of producing this product. At least I hope it is, our budget depends on it not being any more than that.

    We?re a nonprofit. We need to cover our costs, but we?re not driven by the bottom line. That?s why our space rate rises as our membership numbers grow. Normally the cost per unit spent on content goes down as the subscription numbers go up. The amount we?re spending on content will go up. The end result is everyone is rewarded for our collective success.

    At least some of the language and positioning of The Curious Society feels like it?s coming from a place of nostalgia. The optimist in me is excited to see where this all might lead. The cynic in me can?t help but wonder whether the ship has sailed and that we live in a harsh reality with crappy rates, WFH, etc. What?s your take?

    I?ve used the vinyl analogy way too many times. But I don?t see this as a nostalgic or hipster thing.

    I think there are better ways to listen to music than from a record. I?ve got my iTunes and Apple Music (family subscription thank you very much). I?ve got the good speakers to sync with my phone. The listening experience is important to me and these things deliver. I don?t want to deal with the hassle or cost of plastic. I want to listen to what I want, when I want.

    So yeah, what are we really providing here? What are we giving people that they don?t get from their phones, or even a 27? iMac?

    I think part of it is the experience. The idea of being part of something that?s important, and part of a like-minded community as well. There?s the excuse to unplug. Reading the New York Times, that?s like a Sunday experience, where everyone is juggling different sections and the thing is spread out across the floor. That?s a nostalgic memory to be sure, but it may also be the very best way to absorb the information, knowledge, and (yes) entertainment that?s in those pages.

    Nobody wants to answer the phone on a Sunday morning right after they?ve cracked open the Times. I think we can deliver that same experience.

    The other side of the coin is delivering that experience. If this is worthwhile, and obviously I personally think it is, shouldn?t that be passed along to a younger generation? Is it okay to just throw one?s hands in the air and just move along?

    I had a good run. This isn?t something I need to do, it?s something I want to do. A big part of this is giving others the chance to have a good run as well. We need to shake this business up. I?m not saying The Curious Society will have billionaires rethinking their successful business models, but it can?t hurt to give photojournalists options.

    Right now, where do you go when you?ve produced your Country Doctor? How do you get it seen without signing over a bunch of rights? Do you even bother attempting to do great work today knowing it will have a hard time being properly seen?

    The world doesn?t need a costly, photojournalism driven, print-only publication, the question is, do four thousand, or better yet, twenty thousand people want one?

    In terms of what you?re seeking from photographers, are you looking to republish great essays? Different edits of existing work? Will you ask for embargos or exclusivity?

    We?re looking for fairly current, original work, though I won?t throw anything off the table. I could imagine a photographer who worked in Shanghai thirty years ago, revisiting the same locations today and producing a really great essay using both bodies of work, for example.

    Something I can say for certain is we?re only publishing work that is owned by the photographers who made it. We want to encourage photographers to keep their copyrights and give them a reason to (at least) think about why copyrights are important to them.

    We will be licensing for first-time North American rights, so it would be nice if we got them? once again, nothing (besides that other thing) is off the table.

    We?ve not discussed the embargo issue yet. It will be interesting when we do. That discussion will happen with the board of directors and an agent or two (I imagine).

    I would think, when we get up to a decent space rate, we should have an embargo in North America for three months. The hope being that the print edition drops here and is then used by photographers and/or their agents to market their work for resale in non-competing markets overseas. I think that would be both fair and a win/win.

    We wouldn?t want to go to press and then see the same photos appear in a readily available domestic publication the following week. I don?t think our doctors with Nikons will appreciate seeing that in their lobbies either.

    Where can people sign up?

    I encourage everyone to visit our website, curioussociety.org, whether they think they?re interested or not. It?s a good read and makes a decent case for our project. It?s super easy to become a member there as well.

    Note: Cover image at top is a mock-up design for illustration purposes.

    About the author: Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter, which regularly publishes resources for photographers. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Allen is a graduate of Yale University, and flosses daily. This article was also published here.

  • Takeoff for British Airways? limited edition 747-inspired luggage (2333 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:30:00 -0500Takeoff for British Airways? limited edition 747-inspired luggageThe Points Guy

    Luggage fans, get ready. British Airways has created a fabulous new jumbo jet-inspired suitcase to mark the retirement of its 747 fleet.

    The handmade carry-on cases ? resplendent with the airline?s iconic BOAC livery and an actual fragment from a retired 747 aircraft ? don?t come cheap, though. Two are currently being auctioned to raise funds for Flying Start, British Airways? global charity partnership with Comic Relief, and bids start at about $2,725 (£2,000).

    The design on the suitcases is significant, too, as it also adorned the final British Airways 747 to retire, the famed BOAC livery.

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    The pair of suitcases were the only passengers on BA?s final 747 flight on Dec. 11, 2020, from its engineering base at Cardiff Airport to the aircraft?s new permanent home in St Athan, South Wales.

    An extra bonus: The luggage has also been signed by the flight?s captain, Richard Allen-Williams, British Airways? Chief Training Pilot.

    The suitcases, created in partnership with luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter, are made from high gloss vulcanized fibreboard and have a pearly white shimmer, navy leather trim on the corners and a hand-painted ?Gold Speedbird? insignia on the front exterior.

    ?We are thrilled to be working with Globe-Trotter to create this very special product, and through this unique auction raise money for vital Comic Relief projects across the U.K. and overseas,? British Airways? Head of Brands & Marketing Hamish McVey said in a statement.

    AvGeeks and luggage lovers need to act quick ? the range is limited to just 150 suitcases, available to order online and in Globe-Trotter?s flagship shops.

    During the 1960s, Globe-Trotter was the luggage of choice for BOAC crew, who treasured them for their strength and durability.

    ?The commemorative BOAC case that we have created together, is the perfect celebration of travel and style ? two values that have inspired the past and indeed the future of Globe-Trotter,? Executive Chairman of Globe-Trotter Vicente Castellano said in a statement.

    Featured photo courtesy of British Airways.

  • ViewSonic Announces 8K Color-Accurate Thunderbolt 3 Monitor (2149 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:29:00 -0500ViewSonic Announces 8K Color-Accurate Thunderbolt 3 MonitorPetaPixel

    ViewSonic has announced a host of new monitors that span a range of use cases, with its new color-accurate 4K and 8K monitors of note as the company’s latest offerings for photographers. Called the ColorPro monitor series, the mix of high resolution and wide color gamut looks particularly enticing.

    Starting at the top, the VP3286-8K is ViewSonic’s most premium option and is a 32-inch monitor with native 8K (7680×4320) resolution and will hit 99% of Adobe RGB. It will also offer multiple connectivity options including Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, and a USB hub. It ships with a small “puck” that can be used as a calibration device as well as a module that will act as a backlight for photo editing.

    The VP3286-8K will retail for $5,000.

    ViewSonic also announced three different 4K monitors, each slightly different and at three different prices. The most expensive of the batch is the $2,000 VP3286-4K, which is a 32-inch monitor with native 4K (3840×2160) resolution and 100% coverage of Adobe RGB. Just like the 8K version, it features Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, and a USB hub.

    Priced at $1,000 is the 27-inch variant called the VP2786-4K, which maintains the same spec as the VP3286-4K except for the smaller physical size.

    The lowest-tier is the $900 VP2776-4K which has the same port offerings and 27-inch size, but no specification for Adobe RGB coverage was given, instead stating that it can hit 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. ViewSonic’s press language specifically avoids using the term “wide color gamut” for this monitor.

    If you don’t need 4K, the last monitor on the list is the Vp2776-2K, a 27-inch monitor with native 2K (2560×1440) and the same claim of 100% of the DCI-P3 color space as the VP2776-4K. While not offering as high of resolution or a wide color gamut, it is the most affordable at just $500.

    The ColorPro monitors all feature a color-blind mode with advanced color adjustments for improved color recognition. These as well as the other batch of monitors ViewSonic announced today are slated for release this summer.

    (via DPReview)

  • The Right?s ?Respectable? Rioters (939 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:28:00 -0500The Right?s ?Respectable? Rioterskottke.org

    Adam Serwer writing at The Atlantic: The Capitol Rioters Weren’t ‘Low Class’.

    They were business owners, CEOs, state legislators, police officers, active and retired service members, real-estate brokers, stay-at-home dads, and, I assume, some Proud Boys.

    The mob that breached the Capitol last week at President Donald Trump’s exhortation, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, was full of what you might call “respectable people.” They left dozens of Capitol Police officers injured, screamed “Hang Mike Pence!,” threatened to murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and set up a gallows outside the building. Some were extremists using the crowd as cover, but as federal authorities issue indictments, a striking number of those they name appear to be regular Americans.

    Tags: Adam Serwer   Jan 6 attack on Congress   politics   USA
  • Debian Discusses Vendoring -- Again (3137 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:05:00 -0500Debian Discusses Vendoring -- AgainSlashdot

    Jake Edge, writing at LWN: The problems with "vendoring" in packages -- bundling dependencies rather than getting them from other packages -- seems to crop up frequently these days. We looked at Debian's concerns about packaging Kubernetes and its myriad of Go dependencies back in October. A more recent discussion in that distribution's community looks at another famously dependency-heavy ecosystem: JavaScript libraries from the npm repository. Even C-based ecosystems are not immune to the problem, as we saw with iproute2 and libbpf back in November; the discussion of vendoring seems likely to recur over the coming years. Many application projects, particularly those written in languages like JavaScript, PHP, and Go, tend to have a rather large pile of dependencies. These projects typically simply download specific versions of the needed dependencies at build time. This works well for fast-moving projects using collections of fast-moving libraries and frameworks, but it works rather less well for traditional Linux distributions. So distribution projects have been trying to figure out how best to incorporate these types of applications. This time around, Raphael Hertzog raised the issue with regard to the Greenbone Security Assistant (gsa), which provides a web front-end to the OpenVAS vulnerability scanner (which is now known as Greenbone Vulnerability Management or gvm). "the version currently in Debian no longer works with the latest gvm so we have to update it to the latest upstream release... but the latest upstream release has significant changes, in particular it now relies on yarn or npm from the node ecosystem to download all the node modules that it needs (and there are many of them, and there's no way that we will package them individually). The Debian policy forbids download during the build so we can't run the upstream build system as is." Hertzog suggested three possible solutions: collecting all of the dependencies into the Debian source package (though there would be problems creating the copyright file), moving the package to the contrib repository and adding a post-install step to download the dependencies, or removing gsa from Debian entirely. He is working on updating gsa as part of his work on Kali Linux, which is a Debian derivative that is focused on penetration testing and security auditing. Kali Linux does not have the same restrictions on downloading during builds that Debian has, so the Kali gsa package can simply use the upstream build process. He would prefer to keep gsa in Debian, "but there's only so much busy-work that I'm willing to do to achieve this goal". He wondered if it made more sense for Debian to consider relaxing its requirements. But Jonas Smedegaard offered another possible approach: analyzing what packages are needed by gsa and then either using existing Debian packages for those dependencies or creating new ones for those that are not available. Hertzog was convinced that wouldn't be done, but Smedegaard said that the JavaScript team is already working on that process for multiple projects.

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  • MIPI A-PHY Gears (259 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:01:00 -0500MIPI A-PHY GearsImage Sensors World

    MIPI publishes an article talking about the A-PHY standard gears. The scaling is quite impressive: speeds up to 16Gbps per lane with PAM4, 8, and 16(!) modulation schemes. The symbol rate stays at 4Gs/s, apparently limited by the long physical link bandwidth:

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  • A sign of the times: Qatar won?t fly half its A380 fleet again (2710 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:45:00 -0500A sign of the times: Qatar won?t fly half its A380 fleet againThe Points Guy

    There?s no doubt that the A380 is becoming an endangered species.

    On Wednesday, Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker said at a CAPA Live event that the airline would only bring half of its fleet of 10 A380s back into service when demand for air travel starts to return to pre-COVID-19 levels. The airline?s entire fleet of A380s remains grounded at this time due to COVID-19.

    ?The 380 is, I think, one of the worst aircraft when it comes to emissions that is flying today,? Al Baker said. ?This is why we have decided that we will not operate them for the foreseeable future and even when we operate them we will only operate half the numbers we have.?

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    Qatar Airways has previously cited the aircraft?s sustainability as cause for concern about the future of the A380 in its fleet.

    Of the 10 A380s in Qatar?s fleet, the average aircraft age is just 5.5 years, according to data from Planespotters.net. It first took delivery of one of the superjumbos in September 2014. The youngest of the Qatar A380s is just over 3 years old, having been delivered to the airline in April 2018.

    The A380 is the only Qatar Airways aircraft outfitted with a first-class cabin ? complete with a bar. Qatar?s famed Qsuite does not feature on any of the A380s, as it?s offered solely as business-class seating on some of the airline?s Boeing 777s and A350s. As for economy, flying Qatar?s A380 is one of the most comfortable ways to fly in the rear of the plane.

    Related: Qatar Airways business-class seats ranked from best to worst

    The initial outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020 forced many airlines to ground their A380s because of reduced passenger demand. Fast-forward to May and there was only one airline in the world still operating the superjumbo, though some have since resumed A380 operations.

    The continued lack of demand for air travel over the course of 2020 meant that seeing A380s in the sky was rare. Airlines across the world have had to make network and fleet changes in line with the ongoing global crisis, which even meant that some airlines retired their A380s forever. French flag carrier Air France and Portuguese charter airline HiFly both retired the rest of their A380 fleets.

    Emirates, the largest operator of the A380 with 117 of the aircraft in its fleet, remains committed to the aircraft. Even as the pandemic still looms, Emirates has resumed flying the A380 to several destinations, including London. Additionally, it elected to install its newest premium economy cabin on its brand-new A380s. The airline will resume flying its A380s to U.S. destinations in March.

    Featured photo by Liam Spencer/The Points Guy.

  • Just-in-case revisited (1189 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:44:00 -0500Just-in-case revisitedThe Endeavour

    Just-in-time learning means learning something just when you need it. The alternative is just-in-case, learning something in case you need it. I discussed this in an earlier post, and today I’d like to add a little to that discussion.

    There are some things you need to know (or at least be familiar with) before you have a chance to use them. Here’s a variation on that idea: some things you need to have practiced before you need them in order to overcome an effort barrier.

    Suppose you tell yourself that you’ll learn to use Photoshop or GIMP when you need to. Then you need to edit a photo. Faced with the prospect of learning either of these software packages, you might decide that the photo in question looks good enough after all.

    There are things that in principle you could learn just-in-time, though in practice this is not psychologically feasible. The mental “activation energy” is too high. Some things you need to practice before hand, not because you couldn’t look them up when needed, but because they would be too daunting to learn when needed.

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  • United gives elites a big head start toward 2021 Premier status (2898 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:30:00 -0500United gives elites a big head start toward 2021 Premier statusThe Points Guy

    As with a variety of other airlines and hotel chains, United adjusted its requirements for earning elite status in 2021.

    The carrier has reduced qualification requirements by roughly 25% across the board, but, given ongoing entry restrictions, a new U.S. testing requirement and, of course, the risk of contracting COVID-19, it’ll likely be challenging for many members to meet even the reduced requirements for the tier they have in mind.

    Right off the bat, United is making it easier for existing elite members to requalify in 2021, or reach a higher tier. Any members who held status at the end of 2020 should have just received an automatic deposit of Premier Qualifying Points, or PQPs. The number of points you’ll earn breaks down as follows:

    • Silver: 875
    • Gold: 1,750
    • Platinum: 2,500
    • Premier 1K: 3,750

    When I logged into my account this morning, I noticed that I was already well on my way to requalifying for status. MileagePlus members who earned status without meeting flying requirements, such as Million Miler companions, may also find that they’ve been issued bonus PQPs based on their current tier.

    United is also issuing bonus PQPs for trips flown in Q1 ? you can earn a 100% bonus for your first three PQP-qualifying trips, with a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 1,500 PQPs per trip.

    Since I qualified with a flight that earned 268 PQPs, I earned the minimum bonus of 300. If I book two trips, each totaling at least 1,500 PQPs, later in the first quarter, I’ll earn an additional 3,000 PQPs as part of the promotion.

    Depending on your travel plans early this year, these promotions can help get you far closer to status ? between the “starter” bonus and the 100% PQP bonus United’s offering for flights between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2021, I already have enough points to qualify for Premier Silver.

    United’s also making it easier to qualify based on credit card spend in 2021, with credit card PQPs counting for all status tiers, including Premier 1K. Members can earn 500 PQPs for each $12,000 spent with current co-branded cards that carry an annual fee, up to a maximum of 1,000 PQPs, including the United Explorer Card and the United Club Infinite Card.

    Assuming we aren’t able to travel freely anytime soon, I’d also expect airlines to introduce a variety of programs and promotions to help members close the gap later in 2021.

    Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

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  • Signal's Brian Acton Talks About Exploding Growth, Monetization and WhatsApp Data-Sharing Outrage (1403 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:25:00 -0500Signal's Brian Acton Talks About Exploding Growth, Monetization and WhatsApp Data-Sharing OutrageSlashdot

    Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. From a report: Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company's co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split over messaging and privacy. Now Acton says the ongoing outrage over what Facebook has done to the messaging service he helped build is driving people to his latest project -- Signal. Acton, who serves as the executive chairman of the privacy-conscious messaging app's holding company, told TechCrunch in an interview that the user base of Signal has "exploded" in recent weeks. "The smallest of events helped trigger the largest of outcomes," said Acton on a video call. "We're also excited that we are having conversations about online privacy and digital safety and people are turning to Signal as the answer to those questions." "It's a great opportunity for Signal to shine and to give people a choice and alternative. It was a slow burn for three years and then a huge explosion. Now the rocket is going," he said. The event Acton is referring to is the recent change in data-sharing policy disclosed by WhatsApp, an app that serves more than 2 billion users worldwide. Poll: Which Messaging App Do You Prefer To Use?

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • How Covid-19 Has Turned the Spotlight Back on Obesity: QuickTake (503 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 00:34:14 -0500How Covid-19 Has Turned the Spotlight Back on Obesity: QuickTakeBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    The coronavirus highlighted the risks created by another escalating health emergency: obesity. The prevalence of obesity has almost tripled in the past four decades and is still rising. Obese people have a higher risk of suffering complications or dying from Covid-19, while also being vulnerable to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. The United Nations warned in 2020 that obesity is a ?global pandemic in its own right.? Tougher rules have forced more disclosure on food labels. Now money

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  • Costco is Closing All Photo Centers (2119 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 12:00:00 -0500Costco is Closing All Photo CentersPetaPixel

    Costco has announced that it will be closing the Photo Centers in all its locations by February 14, 2021. The announcement was made known to Costco Photo Center patrons via email early this morning.

    In March of 2019, Costco announced that it was closing some of its in-store photo departments, citing plummeting print sales and a lack of demand for the service. Today, that sentiment was echoed in the email to customers.

    We are writing to inform you about the upcoming closure of the photo department at all Costco locations on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

    Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing.

    Costco is not getting out of the photography market entirely, however. While the company plans to close its in-store locations, it plans to continue to offer prints through its website.

    Digital technologies allow consumers to do more with their photos, including the ability to personalize canvas, metal & acrylic prints, or create photo books, stationery, calendars and other gifts. We will continue to ship these high quality products and prints to your home or business through the Costco Photo Center website, CostcoPhotoCenter.com.

    The loss of the in-person services also means the company will no longer be offering passport photo services either.

    Costco?s home movie video transfer, passport photo, photo restoration and ink cartridge refill services will no longer be available after February 14, 2021.

    The company is urging all members to plan to retrieve any remaining orders by March 28th.

    The Costco Photo Center had been a staple of the company’s locations, usually located just off the entrance to its many stores. How Costco will use the newly freed-up space in its locations is unknown. PetaPixel had reached out to Costco for comment, but the company did not respond ahead of publication.

  • NASA Spacecraft Discovers the Universe is Less Crowded Than We Thought (1319 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:45:00 -0500NASA Spacecraft Discovers the Universe is Less Crowded Than We ThoughtSlashdot

    An anonymous reader shares a report: While we might think of space as a vast sea of blackness, all we have to do is look up at night to see that it's punctuated by countless stars, galaxies and even a few planets visible to the naked eye. Scientists recently used data from NASA's New Horizons mission out beyond Pluto to measure just how dark the cosmic background really is. What they found has implications for what we thought we knew about the makeup of the entire universe. In short, space is so dark there can't be as many galaxies out there, adding their faint glow to the backdrop, as astronomers have previously estimated. "It's an important number to know -- how many galaxies are there?" Marc Postman of the Space Telescope Science Institute said in a statement Tuesday. "We simply don't see the light from 2 trillion galaxies." That was the earlier estimate derived from Hubble Space Telescope observations, but a new study forthcoming in the Astrophysical Journal and co-authored by Postman suggests the total number of galaxies in the universe is probably in the hundreds of billions rather than the trillions. Interestingly, this is closer to an even earlier figure guessing there were around 200 billion galaxies. That was based on Hubble data from the 1990s.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Why WhatsApp?s New Privacy Rules Are Sparking Alarm (497 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:37:00 -0500Why WhatsApp?s New Privacy Rules Are Sparking AlarmBusiness News, Financial News, Business Headlines & Analysis - The Washington Post

    Facebook Inc.?s WhatsApp has begun alerting its 2 billion users to an update of its privacy policy -- and if they want to keep using the popular messaging app, they have to accept it. The new terms, delivered in early 2021, have caused an outcry among technology experts, privacy advocates, billionaire entrepreneurs and government organizations and triggered a wave of defections to rival services. WhatsApp says the change is necessary to help it integrate better with other Facebook products.

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    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:37:00 -0500Why WhatsApp?s New Privacy Rules Are Sparking AlarmBusiness Policy and Regulation News - The Washington Post

    Facebook Inc.?s WhatsApp has begun alerting its 2 billion users to an update of its privacy policy -- and if they want to keep using the popular messaging app, they have to accept it. The new terms, delivered in early 2021, have caused an outcry among technology experts, privacy advocates, billionaire entrepreneurs and government organizations and triggered a wave of defections to rival services. WhatsApp says the change is necessary to help it integrate better with other Facebook products.

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  • Regarding Photographs: Photo Criticism ? An Example (6203 characters)

    Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:27:00 -0500Regarding Photographs: Photo Criticism ? An ExamplePetaPixel

    If you?ve been following along for any length of time, you might be starting to wonder if the author here even owns a camera, and if so, whether he can work it at all. I can! I really do, and I can! I mean, kinda, anyways.

    This is a picture I took. Let?s talk about it.

    I have proposed that, when we look at photographs, we are metaphorically there for a time. We are, metaphorically, present with this gentleman. We are, sort of, on the scene, and we react a little as if he were actually in front of us. What do we imagine, how do we make sense of this scene?

    Here is a man, outdoors somewhere; behind him is a post; behind that are some cars. Is he near a parking lot, or a street? What is the post? These are minor questions, of course. More important is the subject himself.

    He is neither thoroughly scruffy and unkempt nor particularly well kept. He is ill-shaven, but his hair is fairly recently cut. His T-shirt does not look new, but nor is it ragged or filthy. The man has a tattoo on his right arm. His teeth are crooked and appear broken. His nose also looks as if it has been broken.

    His expression suggests some kind of pain, suffering, or exhaustion. Some kind of stress. If I asked you a leading question ?doesn?t he look hungover?? you would likely agree, but you might also if I asked, ?doesn?t he look exhausted?? There is something about his eyes.

    Let?s add a caption: ?Homeless panhandler. Bellingham, WA, 2019.?

    When you run across a homeless panhandler in real life, you likely make a number of choices and judgments. Should I put a coin in his cup? Should I make eye contact? Should I cross the street to avoid him? Is he a drunk, a good fellow, a wastrel, a criminal? Is he dangerous?

    You might also, maybe, let your mind wander to policy issues. What ought we to do about the homeless, the addicts, the mentally ill, about panhandling? You may be aware of a little or a lot of this policy stuff, and may or may not have strong opinions about it.

    In the same way, confronted by a photograph of a homeless panhandler, being in sense ?present,? you react in something of the same way. You make similar judgments, your mind wanders to similar issues. You don?t have to decide whether to give him money, or to avoid him, but you might speculate about whether you would have given him anything, whether you would have avoided him.

    You might, as in real life, spare him only a moment and a brief reaction: sympathy, revulsion. But, you might also find yourself mulling over the man himself, over policy, over your own opinions.

    What of the meaning of this picture? Is this man good or bad, right or wrong? Is he a worthless blight on humanity, or a victim of circumstance? In the West, at least, we spend a lot of effort on homeless policy. What should we do for, or with, the homeless? Should we lend more aid or less? Does lending aid make the problem better, or worse?

    Opinions vary widely. If you believe that lending aid to a homeless panhandler merely enables him to further bad choices, further drug use and drunkenness, further suffering, you think one way. If you believe that the problem lies with not enough aid rather than too much, you think another way. You might feel sympathy for this man, while simultaneously believing that his solution lies not in more enabling, more aid, but in less support to force him to improve his own lot. Alternately, you might despise him for a loser, but opine that more aid is the solution. Any mix-and-match of ideas seems possible, here.

    If you have been touched more directly by the kinds of problems evoked by the caption+photo, your opinion may have further nuance. Have you been or do you know someone who was or is homeless? An addict? Mentally ill?

    Should you drop a dollar in this man?s cup or not? Should you vote for increased funding for homeless services, or against? Should you donate to the Mission, or not? Some people carry fake money with them, specifically to hand out to panhandlers. Others donate to the Mission. Others campaign against such socialist ideas.

    To truly understand the meaning of the photograph critically, to understand what people and society will make of it, you need to grasp something of all these points of view. You need to stand in the shoes of both the bleeding heart liberal who would throw money at services to ?help? this fellow, and also the firmly conservative voter who refuses to enable his addiction. You need to stand in the shoes of the prankster who throws $100 bills of Movie Money out his car window at panhandlers. These are all meanings that flow naturally from my picture, and my caption.

    The critical reading, the sheaf of personal readings, is all of these together. If you published this picture in your magazine, on your blog, in your gallery show, your viewers would arrive among themselves at all these and probably more readings. The man?s name is Steve, and all these things are what your readers would make of this picture of him.

    Wastrel? Or Victim?


    Help him or abandon him?


    It happens that Steve is an alcoholic, and he was both hungover and drunk when I took this picture of him. He was actually kind of cheerful, pleased to hang out for a bit. This picture doesn?t really show his true mood at the time, but I think it shows something of Steve?s life at that time. This was taken near the very nadir of his life on the street; he had come close to dying of alcohol poisoning multiple times when this photo was taken.

    Steve is a friend of mine. Steve is an alcoholic. As of now, he?s been sober for a year. And, yeah, he got a lot of help along the way to get him there, but at the end of the day, he still had to do a lot of the work.

    There?s no other way.

    This is the seventh in a series of essays on photographs, on the ways we as viewers construct meaning from them, and on what it all means.

    About the author: Andrew Molitor writes software by day and takes pictures by night. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Molitor is based in Norfolk, Virginia, and does his best to obsess over gear, specs, or sharpness. You can find more of his writing on his blog.

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