Heroic Games Launcher 2.4.0 Released With Epic Overlay, Other Features

Heroic Games Launcher 2.4.0 has been released with solid features for Linux gamers. If you haven’t used it yet, try out its new release.

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How to Fire Someone Without Being a Total Dick

Getting fired is devastating. Hell, even getting called into a meeting unexpectedly can be scary for an employee if their mind wanders to the possibility they could be fired. While this experience is rough on the person being fired, it can also be tough on the person doing the firing, especially if the decision is out…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Fire Someone Without Being a Total Dick

How EVO 2022’s Official Soundtrack Almost Missed The Show

Last weekend, the world’s biggest fighting games tournament, Evolution Championship Series—colloquially known as EVO—featured a cavalcade of announcements like rollback netcode coming to a couple fighting games in desperate need of it as well as some sleek character announcement trailers. But what almost didn’t make…

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Source: Kotaku – How EVO 2022’s Official Soundtrack Almost Missed The Show

A Major Star Wars Legend Is coming to The Acolyte

As we prepare to start a new season of streaming on Disney+, Amazon, and HBO, we’re getting a slow drip of teasers from all the services. We’ve got some new posters for She-Hulk and the confirmation of Mandalorian season 4. Leslie Grace’s Batgirl movie is done, but Grace’s Batgirl may live on. There are also a few new…

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Source: Gizmodo – A Major Star Wars Legend Is coming to The Acolyte

Antarctica Is in Trouble

Antarctica is home to 90% of the world’s freshwater, trapped in the continent’s massive ice sheets—and the stability of much of that ice is seriously at risk from global warming. Two studies published in the journal Nature this week take a look at how climate change is shaking up conditions in ice sheets in…

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Source: Gizmodo – Antarctica Is in Trouble

How to Recognize 'Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria' in Your Child

A term gaining traction in the neurodivergent community is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD), which means someone feels pain when they’re criticized or feel like they’re being put down or rejected in any way. Kids with ADHD often have RSD, which is often mislabeled as being a “bad sport,” “too sensitive,” or a…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Recognize ‘Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria’ in Your Child

AMD Posts Linux Audio Driver For The "Pink Sardine"

The colorful fishy codenames are not over for AMD’s Linux driver crew! While on the GPU side they have moved to IP block-by-block enablement strategy for their future GPUs, over on the audio co-processor side AMD posted a series of patches today under the “Pink Sardine” codename…

Source: Phoronix – AMD Posts Linux Audio Driver For The “Pink Sardine”

Formula E’s 100th E-Prix: Eight years of all-electric racing

When the checkered flag drops Sunday in Seoul, Formula E will have run its 100th race. It’s a far cry from the series’ humble beginnings: a shared idea from Formula E chairman Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt, jotted down on a napkin in 2011. In three years, a group launched the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship. And the rest, as they say, is history.

“The people that we knew were laughing about the venture,” Formula E co-founder and chief championship officer Alberto Longo said on a call with the media last week. “And now, look how far we’ve come.”

Longo’s assessment is accurate. Formula E has indeed come a long way since Season 1 and that first race at Olympic Park in Beijing. Most notably, the series has become a hotbed for innovation with a number automakers fielding teams. Mahindra has been there from the start, with Audi, BMW, DS, Jaguar, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, Renault and others participating along the way. Several teams — like Mahindra, Venturi and Andretti — have also remained active in Formula E since that first season.

“Race 100 is a huge validation of the work people have done,” Longo said. “Everybody was saying we were going to fail.”

With all of that in its past, only one driver is poised to drive in all 100 E-Prix: Season 3 champion Lucas di Grassi. He also won the first-ever race back in 2014, amassing 13 wins and 38 podium finishes since. This weekend in Seoul, he’s on the verge of eclipsing 1,000 career points. So, he knows a thing or two about how far the series has come.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Lucas Di Grassi of Brazil and ROKiT Venturi Racing drives his car during the of ABB FIA Formula E Championship -London E-Prix Round 14 on July 31, 2022 at the ExCel Arena on July 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Lucas Di Grassi won the London E-Prix in July.
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“Since Season 1, there have been massive changes,” di Grassi said during a media roundtable. “It has matured and it has moved from being something new and full of doubts to something which has been able to deliver on its promises.” He explained that Formula E is just like any other racing series now when you consider teams that have come and gone, and those that may return.

The Gen2 car debuted in 2018/19 for Season 5 with double the energy storage capacity of Gen1, which meant teams no longer needed to trade out cars during the race — or pit at all for that matter. Of course, the cars are faster, but one car per driver also meant the stakes were that much higher on E-Prix weekends.

“When we went from Gen1 to Gen2, you could actually see that the technology was starting to work,” Longo said. “We moved from having to use two cars to only one car.”

Gen2 also debuted a more “Batmobile-esque” design, with more power and a top speed of 174MPH. One of Formula E’s unique elements, Attack Mode, also arrived with Gen 2, giving drivers a timed power boost. The only catch is they have to leave the main racing line to activate it, which can mean sacrificing position for the extra power.

“The technology is only getting better and the cars are getting faster,” di Grassi explained. “Every month the battery tech, powertrain tech and so on evolves. It’s still in its relative infancy and we’re going to see big leaps still going forward.”

Like every sport in the world, Formula E had to deal with the effects of a global pandemic in 2020. The series had completed just five races by the end of February when everyone, everywhere entered lockdown due to COVID-19. The season was suspended in mid-March. Formula E would emerge that August in Berlin, holding six E-Prix in nine days at the Tempelhof Airport.

“Looking back, those six races in Berlin were really important for us,” Longo said. “During COVID, we managed to mitigate the risk of traveling and finish the season.”

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 12: In this handout provided by FIA Formula E,  Oliver Rowland (GBR), Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IMO2 and Robin Frijns (NLD), Envision Virgin Racing, Audi e-tron FE06 lead the field away at the start on August 12, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alastair Staley/FIA ABB Formula E/Getty Images)

It’s fitting then that Formula E’s 100th race marks the end of the Gen2 era. When the series returns in 2023 for Season 9, the Gen3 car will be in every team’s garage. Formula E has already shown off “the world’s most efficient racing car,” unveiling the design and key specs ahead of the Monaco E-Prix in April. Indeed, the jump to the next generation will deliver another massive leap in innovation for the series. A top speed of 200MPH with 350kW of power, 100kW more than Gen2. The electric power units can convert over 90 percent of their energy to mechanical power, making them insanely efficient. Not to mention producing around 40 percent of the power needed to complete a race through regenerative braking. Plus, there’s a new body design that’s decidedly more F-18 fighter jet than Batmobile. And overall, the new cars should allow for tighter wheel-to-wheel racing across Formula E’s calendar of street circuits.

“We’ll drive much faster, smaller and lighter cars which will be even more impressive to see on-track,” di Grassi said. “The events are going in the right direction, providing a better and better product for fans to come and involve themselves with. The evolution will continue in this way — on the technical side and in the spectacle.”

Formula E’s impact hasn’t been solely on the race track either. di Grassi knows the series has opened the world’s eyes to the potential of EVs.

“We can also see how many more people are interested in and aware of electric vehicles,” he noted. “For me, even if you help a little bit, this little bit has already helped to accelerate the advent of technology and change perceptions of consumers and manufacturers about electric cars — so it’s been well worth it.”

Formula E Jakarta
The Jakarta E-Prix circuit.
Formula E

Both the 100th race and the end of Season 8 are poised to be must-see TV. There’s a four-way fight for this year’s championship, with Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne sitting atop the standings, holding a 36-point lead. Jaguar TCS’ Mitch Evans and ROKiT Venturi’s Edoardo Mortara sit 2nd and 3rd, separated by five points. Both Mortara and 4th-place Jean-Eric Verne failed to score any points in the last two rounds during the double-header in London.

Mercedes-EQ could not only snatch its second consecutive driver’s trophy (its other driver Nyck de Vries is the defending champ), it’s leading the team standings heading into the last two races by 36 points. A team championship would make two in a row for Mercedes, and the perfect ending before McLaren takes over the team next season.

There’s no denying the sport’s popularity has grown in eight years and it’s poised to continue the upward trajectory. The Jakarta E-Prix in early June was watched live by 13.4 million people — just in Indonesia. It was the first time the series had hosted an event in that city too, and over 60,000 fans attended in-person. Celebrating the most memorable moments, Longo mentioned Jakarta when listing off key achievements during the 100-race stint.

“The most-watched race in Formula E history,” Longo said.

Source: Engadget – Formula E’s 100th E-Prix: Eight years of all-electric racing

New Research Reveals the Circadian Clock Influences Cell Growth, Metabolism, and Tumor Progression

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: In a new University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers define how the circadian clock influences cell growth, metabolism and tumor progression. Their research also reveals how disruption of the circadian clock impacts genome stability and mutations that can further drive critical tumor-promoting pathways in the intestine. In this study, researchers found that both genetic disruption and environmental disruption of the circadian clock contribute to the mutation of the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) tumor suppressor, which is found in the vast majority of human colorectal cancers (CRC). APC point mutations, deletions, and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) events have been reported in approximately 80 percent of human CRC cases, and it is these mutations that drive the initiation of intestinal adenoma development.

“As a society, we are exposed to several environmental factors that influence our biological clock, including night shift work, extended light exposure, changes in sleep/wake cycles and altered feeding behavior,” said Selma Masri, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological chemistry at UCI School of Medicine. “Strikingly, we have seen an alarming increase in several young-onset cancers, including colorectal cancer. The underlying cause of this increased incidence of cancer in adults in their 20s and 30s remains undefined. However, based on our findings, we now believe that disruption of the circadian clock plays an important role.” The study has been published in the journal Science Advances.

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Source: Slashdot – New Research Reveals the Circadian Clock Influences Cell Growth, Metabolism, and Tumor Progression

‘Ring Nation’ is what happens when America's Funniest Home Videos meets Black Mirror

Wanda Sykes has signed on to host an America’s Funniest Home Videos type of TV show. It won’t be showing clips deliberately captured using cameras or phones, though — nope, it will feature videos captured by Ring doorbells and smart home cameras. The show is called Ring Nation, and it’s a production by MGM Television and Big Fish Entertainment. If you’re wondering what the common denominator is between the three, it’s none other than Amazon. The e-commerce giant owns MGM and Big Fish, and it purchased Ring’s smart doorbell business for $1 billion in 2018.

According to Deadline, Ring Nation will showcase viral videos that feature content such as neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions and animals doing silly things. In other words, videos you’ll probably come across online if you frequent social networks, unless the show will also feature fresh content that could potentially go viral as shared by Ring owners. 

Barry Poznick, president of alternative television & Orion TV at MGM, said: “From the incredible, to the hilarious and uplifting must-see viral moments from around the country every day, Ring Nation offers something for everyone watching at home.”

That Amazon wants to make videos captured by its smart doorbells a source of funny family TV can feel a bit too Black Mirror-esque, especially when you consider Ring’s relationship with law enforcement. Senator Edward Markey recently shared a disclosure revealing that Amazon had provided Ring footage to law enforcement in the US eleven times without a court order or the user’s consent. 

A company spokesperson justified Ring’s actions and told us that the law authorizes companies “to provide information to government entities if the company believes that an emergency involving danger of death or serious physical injury to any person…requires disclosure without delay.” Tweeting about his revelation, Markey said: “We cannot accept this surveillance as inevitable.” He also used the disclosure as an example of why lawmakers should pass the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, which he introduced in hopes of banning law enforcement’s use of the technologies. 

Source: Engadget – ‘Ring Nation’ is what happens when America’s Funniest Home Videos meets Black Mirror

Can You Live 100% Off the Grid in a City or Suburb?

Modern city life is kind of amazing—we can have burritos biked to our door and (usually) have reliable internet. But cities are built on a delicate web of interconnected services and infrastructure, and maybe you don’t want to be dependent on its whims. If you’re the kind of person who is interested in living off the…

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Source: LifeHacker – Can You Live 100% Off the Grid in a City or Suburb?

This Vintage Martha Stewart Recipe Makes Perfectly Easy Candied Fruit

I love hosting dinner parties, but I hate host anxiety. To combat this, I’m always looking out for beautiful, impressive recipes that are secretly simple. Ina Garten and Martha Stewart are two chefs, and undeniably fabulous dinner party hosts, who have mastered these types of recipes (I haven’t technically been to one…

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Source: LifeHacker – This Vintage Martha Stewart Recipe Makes Perfectly Easy Candied Fruit

Rocket Report: SpaceX sees rideshare demand, Russia’s odd launch deal with Iran

India's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle takes flight on Sunday.

Enlarge / India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle takes flight on Sunday. (credit: ISRO)

Welcome to Edition 5.06 of the Rocket Report! The big news this week is Northrop Grumman’s deal with both Firefly and SpaceX to make sure it can continue flying Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station. This is a bold move that draws upon the deep US commercial space industry in order to meet NASA’s needs in space. It is great to see this kind of cooperation in the aerospace community.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don’t want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

Astra pivots to larger rocket. Astra will shift away from its previous mantra of being lean in terms of staffing, moving at breakneck speed, and tolerating some failure in launch vehicles, Ars reports. It will also go bigger in terms of its rocket size. “First, we’ve increased the payload capacity target for launch system 2.0 from 300 kg to 600 kg,” CEO Chris Kemp said. “Second, we’re working with all of our launch service customers to re-manifest on launch system 2.0. As such, we will not have any additional flights in 2022. And third, we’re increasing investments in testing and qualification.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Rocket Report: SpaceX sees rideshare demand, Russia’s odd launch deal with Iran

The 9 Dumbest Defenses for Trump Keeping Nuclear Secrets at Mar-a-Lago

Former president Donald J. Trump, a continued threat to the safety and security of the United States, had his home in Florida raided by the FBI over classified documents on Monday. And we now know those documents at Mar-a-Lago likely contained highly classified secrets about nuclear weapons, according to the

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Source: Gizmodo – The 9 Dumbest Defenses for Trump Keeping Nuclear Secrets at Mar-a-Lago

The best cheap Android phones

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The Morning After: A humanoid robot and a foldable phone from the same company

Xiaomi had a busy Thursday. It revealed a new slimmer foldable smartphone to go up against Samsung’s just-announced Galaxy Z Fold 4, then made that appear dull when its own humanoid robot prototype walked on stage. The Xiaomi CyberOne is 177cm (5.8 feet) tall, weighs 52kg (115 pounds) and is, apparently, a Leo. It comes before Tesla’s humanoid vision arrived as a real-world prototype. But there’s some definite style overlap.

The CyberOne is the second product out of the Xiaomi Robotics Lab, after the CyberDog from August 2021. The humanoid machine has a face in the form of a curved OLED panel, it can see the world in 3D and hear with two microphones to identify “85 types of environmental sounds and 45 classifications of human emotion.” I don’t think I even have that emotional range. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said each CyberOne would cost between 600,000 and 700,000 yuan (about $89,100 to $104,000), so it’ll be sometime before the robots hit mass production, if ever.

— Mat Smith

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The man who built his own ISP to avoid huge fees is expanding his service

Jared Mauch just received $2.6 million in funding.

Given a choice between settling for pathetically slow internet speeds from AT&T or paying Comcast $50,000 to expand to his rural home, Michigan resident Jared Mauch chose another way: starting his own fiber internet service provider. Now, he’s expanding his service from about 70 customers to nearly 600, thanks to funding aimed at expanding access to broadband internet. He’ll need to expand from 14 to about 52 miles of fiber to complete the project, including at least a couple of homes that require a half mile of fiber for a single house.

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Moto’s Razr 2022 foldable gets the flagship processor it deserves

It looks less like a Razr, too.


Another foldable appears – this time to go up against the Galaxy Z Flip 4. Motorola’s last Razr was a nifty folding smartphone and $1,500 fashion statement, but the weak hardware struggled. Now, the company has revealed the Razr 2022, a foldable that might live up to that kind of price, thanks to a true flagship-class Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and an upgraded, more expansive screen. The curved chin and top camera notch has been nixed in favor of an all-screen design, removing a lot of that Razr design DNA.

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Xiaomi’s second foldable phone is only 5.4mm thick in tablet mode

The Mix Fold 2 is also Xiaomi’s second device with a Leica camera.


Xiaomi’s Mix Fold 2 is the Chinese brand’s second foldable phone, featuring a surprising thickness of just 5.4mm, opened — barely enough to house a USB-C port — and 11.2mm thick, folded. One feature that enables the Mix Fold 2’s thinness is Xiaomi’s third-generation “micro water drop hinge,” which gives a tighter fold on the flexible display panel. Alas, the Mix Fold 2 is China-only for now, so good luck finding an importer.

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Google Meet app lets you host group Spotify and YouTube sessions

You can also play games with the live sharing feature.

Google’s merger of Meet and Duo is definitely confusing, but there should be some benefits. The company has added a live sharing beta feature that lets users of the revamped Meet share Spotify and YouTube streams during chats. The functionality will sound familiar if you’ve tried Apple’s SharePlay, but you can’t use Spotify or YouTube with that feature. At least, not yet.

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Source: Engadget – The Morning After: A humanoid robot and a foldable phone from the same company