Apple Ending Key Source of iPhone E-Waste: Headphones, Chargers

It’s Apple Day, and for once, I don’t have to take on the usual role of climate journalists completely raining on the parade of people hypebeasting the new iPhone.

I mean, look, of course you should run your old iPhone into the ground instead of buying a new one if you value a habitable planet and not foisting your conspicuous consumption habits onto the backs of poor communities tasked with mining the metals and constructing a new phone you don’t need while dealing with the waste created by you getting rid of your old but perfectly good phone, you monstrous bastard. But if you actually need a new phone and order the iPhone 12, you’ll be getting a lighter ethical load than usual.

The company announced it will no longer ship iPhones with headphones or wall chargers. To which I say, thank the lord. This is like the lowest of

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JFrog Launches Free Subscription to Multi-Cloud DevOps Platform with Built-in Open Source Security Scanning

Development teams can accelerate delivery with universal package management, DevSecOps tools and cloud-native CI/CD solutions across major cloud providers

The JFrog Platform Free Subscription

JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.
JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.
JFrog launches a free subscription to its Multi-Cloud DevOps platform with built-in open source security scanning.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JFrog, the liquid software company, today announced the general availability of a free subscription of its universal, hybrid and multi-cloud DevOps Platform, including industry-leading DevSecOps capabilities offered at no cost.

The JFrog Platform is used by some of the largest enterprises in the world to streamline and accelerate their delivery. Available on all major public cloud providers—AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform— and across 18 cloud regions, the free subscription of the JFrog Platform includes:

  • JFrog Artifactory, a universal software package (binary) management

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Work-integrated learning is a key source of talent for the Canadian bio-economy

BioTalent Canada today released new findings from its most recent bio-economy Labour Market Information (LMI) study. The data in this new brief—The Talent Differential: The case for work-integrated learning in the bio-economy —was collected from a series of three facilitated roundtable discussions, a survey of 573 bio-economy employers in 2020, and an analysis of data from BioTalent Canada’s current wage subsidy programs.

The results indicate work-integrated learning (WIL) such as co-op, work placements, internships, and clinical placements that combine practical work experience with formal classroom learning are a key component of many Canadian post-secondary education models. The programs also offer a key source of talent recruitment for bio-economy employers.

“Students who take advantage of work-integrated learning opportunities have an easier time transitioning to the workforce,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “But this brief uncovers some challenges. While women account for the majority of WIL participants, they

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Researchers identify a new source of protein for humans — ScienceDaily

Rapeseed has the potential to replace soy as the best plant-based source of protein for humans. In a current study, nutrition scientists at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), found that rapeseed protein consumption has comparable beneficial effects on human metabolism as soy protein. The glucose metabolism and satiety were even better. Another advantage: The proteins can be obtained from the by-products of rapeseed oil production. The study was published in the journal Nutrients.

For a balanced and healthy diet, humans need protein. “It contains essential amino acids which can not be synthesized in the body,” says Professor Gabriele Stangl from the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at MLU. Meat and fish are important sources of high-quality proteins. However, certain plants can also provide valuable proteins. “Soy is generally considered the best source of plant protein as it contains a particularly beneficial composition of amino acids,” says Stangl.

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The best open source software of 2020

High-performance time series databases are often closed-source products that not only can be costly to maintain, but also require learning proprietary query languages. Not QuestDB. 

A free open source database developed for fast processing of time series data and events, QuestDB is queried using familiar SQL, along with time series extensions for temporal aggregations. And yet its Java-based query engine delivers blazingly fast response times with minimal latency. 

To deliver its impressive query performance, QuestDB takes advantage of a custom storage engine, modified Google Swiss Tables, SIMD instructions, parallel execution queuing, and pipeline prefetch optimizations. Its onboard web console provides a schema explorer, a code editor for interactive queries, and some basic table and visualization tools.

QuestDB is still a work in progress. Not all queries have been optimized yet, and the SQL dialect is still being fleshed out. But when you get breakthrough time series query performance together with

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Trump immigration policies a source of frustration for employers

Through policy, the Trump administration has made it clear it is looking to minimize employer use of the H-1B visa program, the immigration pathway for highly-skilled foreign nationals to help meet key talent needs in tech, healthcare, and finance, among others. Talent consultants, researchers and employment attorneys say the administration’s continuous effort to complicate the process for hiring this talent has caused “a lot of frustration” for employers.

“It shakes the whole core of the organization,” Eileen Scofield, an attorney in Alston & Bird’s labor and employment group, told HR Dive. “It incentivizes them to go and build their infrastructure someplace else where they don’t have to worry about losing key people.”

In the early months of the pandemic, the administration declared a series of cessations of entry for H-1B applicants and other foreign nationals, citing public health and labor market concerns. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of

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Seven studies describe progress thus far and challenges ahead for a revolutionary zero-emissions power source — ScienceDaily

Two and a half years ago, MIT entered into a research agreement with startup company Commonwealth Fusion Systems to develop a next-generation fusion research experiment, called SPARC, as a precursor to a practical, emissions-free power plant.

Now, after many months of intensive research and engineering work, the researchers charged with defining and refining the physics behind the ambitious reactor design have published a series of papers summarizing the progress they have made and outlining the key research questions SPARC will enable.

Overall, says Martin Greenwald, deputy director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center and one of the project’s lead scientists, the work is progressing smoothly and on track. This series of papers provides a high level of confidence in the plasma physics and the performance predictions for SPARC, he says. No unexpected impediments or surprises have shown up, and the remaining challenges appear to be manageable. This sets a

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U.S. House Judiciary antitrust report likely to come out as soon as Monday October 5: source

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo from Reuters files

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a much-anticipated report into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies as soon as Monday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The chief executives of four of the world’s largest tech companies, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple and Alphabet’s Google, testified before the panel in July.

During the hearing, the four CEOs parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share. The four companies have a combined market value of about $5 trillion.

The House antitrust subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on Friday on proposals to strengthen antitrust laws and restore online competition as it nears the release of this long-awaited report on

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U.S. House Judiciary antitrust report likely to come out as soon as Monday Oct. 5 – source

FILE PHOTO: The logos of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google in a combination photo from Reuters files/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a much-anticipated report into antitrust allegations against four of America’s largest tech companies as soon as Monday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The chief executives of four of the world’s largest tech companies, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc, Apple and Alphabet’s Google, testified before the panel in July.

During the hearing, the four CEOs parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share. The four companies have a combined market value of about $5 trillion.

The House antitrust subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on Friday on proposals to strengthen antitrust laws and restore online competition as it nears the release of this long-awaited report

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MIT physicists inch closer to zero-emissions power source

Sept. 29 (UPI) — For the last few years, scientists at MIT have been working on a fusion research experiment called SPARC and, according to a series of papers — published Tuesday in the Journal of Plasma Physics — the research is going quite smoothly.

The research effort, a collaboration between MIT and startup company Commonwealth Fusion Systems, is intended to pave the way for an emissions-free power plant — a fusion reactor.

According to the latest updates, scientists have yet to encounter any unexpected hurdles. What’s more, researchers characterized the remaining challenges as manageable.

Over the last 2 1/2 years, researchers on the project have focused on working out the physical principles underlying their planned fusion reactor. So far, the work has confirmed the validity of the plasma physics behind their SPARC plans.

“These studies put SPARC on a firm scientific basis,” Martin Greenwald, researcher at the MIT Plasma

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