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Ex The Only Way Is Essex Star Charlie King in ‘depths of despair’ after cosmetic surgery ‘went wrong’

This Is Total Essex - 13 hours 46 min ago
He has called on MPs to offer mental health support for people who have cosmetic procedures
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Infosys skips government meeting - and collecting government taxes

The Register - 13 hours 49 min ago
Tax portal wobbles, again

Services giant Infosys has had a difficult week, with one of its flagship projects wobbling and India's government continuing to pressure it over labor practices.…

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Google keeps legacy G Suite alive and free for personal use

The Register - 14 hours 31 min ago
Phew!

Google has quietly dropped its demand that users of its free G Suite legacy edition cough up to continue enjoying custom email domains and cloudy productivity tools.…

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A12, A120, M11 roadworks and improvements set to start as part of £200m National Highways scheme

This Is Total Essex - 14 hours 43 min ago
Planned works include oad resurfacing, laying of road studs, and improvements being made to drainage and safety barriers
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Petersfield Village lays out plans for events for 2022

Braintree and Witham Times - 15 hours 17 min ago
A SHOPPING village has set out its plans for exciting events throughout the rest of the year for 2022.
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Open day unveils Rivenhall incinerator information hub

Braintree and Witham Times - 15 hours 17 min ago
Developers behind controversial plans to build a new incinerator facility have announced they are set to open an on-site information hub.
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Plans for Witham community centre take step forward

Braintree and Witham Times - 15 hours 17 min ago
PLANS to bring a new community centre to Witham are a step closer after council bosses approved proposals.
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GNU Compiler Collection adds support for China's LoongArch CPU family

The Register - 15 hours 50 min ago
MIPS...ish is on the march in the Middle Kingdom

Version 12.1 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) was released this month, and among its many changes is support for China's LoongArch processor architecture.…

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Met Office weather: Essex weather in Chelmsford, Southend, Harlow, Colchester, and Basildon as sunny in heatwave continues

This Is Total Essex - 16 hours 17 min ago
Essex residents should have suntan lotion handy as high levels of UV rays are expected too
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Stansted Airport Wetherspoons: Pub opening times, food, free wifi, TVs, location and child access

This Is Total Essex - 16 hours 17 min ago
The venue has been serving passengers for nearly 20 years, and has surprising historical links to an ancient village where the airport now stands
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New York Now Has More Airbnb Listings Than Apartments For Rent

Slashdot - 16 hours 47 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Curbed: The fever isn't breaking. There are now bidding wars for one in every five Manhattan rental apartments (and one in three luxury units), according to the most recent Douglas Elliman report. Inventory in all of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and northwest Queens has been hovering well below 10,000 units -- as of April, the number was just 7,669. Which is several thousand less than the number of entire-apartment and entire-home Airbnb rentals available in New York City right now: 10,572, according to AirDNA, a third-party site that tracks short-term rentals. Inside Airbnb, another site that scrapes Airbnb for listings data, puts the number even higher, at 20,397. Ever since Airbnb came on the scene in 2008, there have been concerns that the short-term-rental company would deplete the housing stock by sucking up available rooms, causing prices to rise in cities like New York and San Francisco, where there were already severe housing shortages. The absolute number of available apartments and houses on the site peaked before the pandemic and has since dropped back, according to both Inside Airbnb and AirDNA. But there's a difference now: There are just so few apartments to be had that Airbnbs make up the majority of the city's available rentals. The company doesn't release listings or bookings data and wouldn't comment on the data collected by AirDNA and Inside Airbnb. They did however confirm that its NYC listing inventory has fallen since the start of the pandemic, citing factors that may have contributed to the housing shortage but weren't related to Airbnb. "Over the past two years, our entire space listing supply citywide has decreased, and it now represents a fraction of a percent of the city's rental units -- and all while rent prices have trended upward and city-issued permits for new-unit development remain down by a double-digit percentage," a spokesperson for the company wrote. Curbed notes that this number is "somewhat gamed," adding: "Airbnb is comparing its inventory to the total number of rental units in New York, not just the available ones, which as of 2017 was 2.18 million. But, of course, only a tiny fraction of those are open in any given year, let alone any given month."

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China’s COVID lockdowns bite e-commerce players

The Register - 17 hours 18 min ago
CEO of e-tail market leader JD perhaps boldly points out wider economic impact of zero-virus stance

The CEO of China’s top e-commerce company, JD, has pointed out the economic impact of China’s current COVID-19 lockdowns - and the news is not good.…

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Foxconn forms JV to build chip fab in Malaysia

The Register - 18 hours 23 min ago
Can't say when, where, nor price tag. Has promised 40k wafers a month at between 28nm and 40nm

Taiwanese contract manufacturer to the stars Foxconn is to build a chip fabrication plant in Malaysia.…

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Hong Kong Considers Blocking Telegram As Part of Crackdown On Doxing

Slashdot - 18 hours 47 min ago
Hong Kong is planning a ban on the Telegram messaging service, which is widely used by pro-democracy activists. International Business Times reports: Local media reported that the ban on Telegram was being considered as a means to crack down on rampant doxing, under which pro-democracy campaigners are exposing online sensitive personal data of government officials and citizens. Hong Kong's privacy commissioner for personal data might decide in favor of blocking or restricting access to Telegram in the first such move, the Sing Tao Daily reported, according to Bloomberg. The execution of such a ban would mean that the former British colony has taken a step closer to China-style smothering of personal and civil liberties.

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'I Want An iPhone Mini-Sized Android Phone!'

Slashdot - 19 hours 27 min ago
Eric Migicovsky, founder of smartwatch company Pebble and lover of small Android phones, decided to take matters into his own hands and "rally other fans of small phones together" to put pressure on phone manufacturers to consider making a small Android phone -- complete with all the premium features one could expect to find in a larger device. Essentially, what he wants is an iPhone Mini-sized phone running Android. Is that too much to ask? Here's an excerpt from his manifesto (via smallandroidphone.com): My Dream Small Android phone Optimizes for only 3 things: - Sub 6" display, matching size and design of iPhone 13 Mini - Great cameras - Stock Android OS If you can hit these three bullets, you've built the perfect phone. Currently there are ZERO premium Android phones with less than 6" displays. No amount of money can buy one right now. Focus on these three bullets, all other specs are flexible. Price: $700-800 (again, we have no alternatives so we should be willing to pay a bit more!) In a call-to-action, Migicovsky asks readers who agree with him to sign up on this page to help "convince a manufacturer to build us our dream phone." He adds: "If no one else makes one I guess I will be forced to make it myself, but I really really don't want it to come to that!"

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NASA's InSight doomed as Mars dust coats solar panels

The Register - 19 hours 40 min ago
The little lander that couldn't (any longer)

The Martian InSight lander will no longer be able to function within months as dust continues to pile up on its solar panels, starving it of energy, NASA reported on Tuesday.…

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FreeBSD 13.1 Released

Slashdot - 20 hours 7 min ago
FreeBSD 13.1 has been released today. Some of the new features include UEFI boot improvements for AMD64, a wide variety of hardware driver improvements, and support for freebsd-update to allow creating automated snapshots of the boot environment to try to make operating system updates foolproof. Phoronix reports: Some of the other changes with FreeBSD 13.1 include enabling Position Independent Executable (PIE) support by default on 64-bit architectures, a new "zfskeys" service script for the automatic decryption of ZFS datasets, NVMe emulation with Bhyve hypervisor, chroot now supports unprivileged operations, various POWER and RISC-V improvements, big endian support improvements, support for the HiFive Unmatched RISC-V development board, updating against OpenZFS file-system support upstream, and many other changes throughout this BSD open-source ecosystem. Downloads and the full change-log for FreeBSD 13.1 can be found here.

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The ‘substantial contributions’ Intel has promised to boost RISC-V adoption

The Register - 20 hours 27 min ago
With the benefit of maybe revitalizing the x86 giant’s foundry business

Analysis  Here's something that would have seemed outlandish only a few years ago: to help fuel Intel's future growth, the x86 giant has vowed to do what it can to make the open-source RISC-V ISA worthy of widespread adoption.…

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DeepMind Unveils 'Gato' AI Capable of Completing a Wide Range of Complex Tasks

Slashdot - 20 hours 47 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: Human-level artificial intelligence is close to finally being achieved, according to a lead researcher at Google's DeepMind AI division. Dr Nando de Freitas said "the game is over" in the decades-long quest to realize artificial general intelligence (AGI) after DeepMind unveiled an AI system capable of completing a wide range of complex tasks, from stacking blocks to writing poetry. Described as a "generalist agent," DeepMind's new Gato AI needs to just be scaled up in order to create an AI capable of rivaling human intelligence, Dr de Freitas said. Responding to an opinion piece written in The Next Web that claimed "humans will never achieve AGI," DeepMind's research director wrote that it was his opinion that such an outcome is an inevitability. "It's all about scale now! The Game is Over!" he wrote on Twitter. "It's all about making these models bigger, safer, compute efficient, faster at sampling, smarter memory, more modalities, innovative data, on/offline... Solving these challenges is what will deliver AGI." When asked by machine learning researcher Alex Dimikas how far he believed the Gato AI was from passing a real Turing test -- a measure of computer intelligence that requires a human to be unable to distinguish a machine from another human -- Dr de Freitas replied: "Far still." [...] Fielding further questions from AI researchers on Twitter, Dr de Freitas said "safety is of paramount importance" when developing AGI. "It's probably the biggest challenge we face," he wrote. "Everyone should be thinking about it. Lack of enough diversity also worries me a lot." DeepMind describes Gato in a blog post: "The agent, which we refer to as Gato, works as a multi-modal, multi-task, multi-embodiment generalist policy. The same network with the same weights can play Atari, caption images, chat, stack blocks with a real robot arm and much more, deciding based on its context whether to output text, joint torques, button presses, or other tokens.

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FBI warns of North Korean cyberspies posing as foreign IT workers

The Register - Tue, 17/05/2022 - 23:58
Looking for tech talent? Kim Jong-un's friendly freelancers, at your service

Pay close attention to that resume before offering that work contract.…

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