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 Monday, 24-June-2019  18:35:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apple have launched a voluntary recall for certain Macbook Pros, due to a fire safety risk. Facing overheating batteries that “may pose a fire safety risk,” Apple launched a voluntary global recall and replacement program on Thursday for the 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. This includes products sold in Australia. “If your MacBook Pro is eligible, please stop using it and follow the instructions below to have your battery replaced,” the company wrote. To figure out if your machine is impacted, you can head over to Apple’s website and check your MacBook Pro’s serial number.

There's a new Raspberry Pi, with beefed-up specs, USB-C power and supporting twin 4K displays. Your tiny, dual-display, desktop computer …and robot brains, smart home hub, media centre, networked AI core, factory controller, and much more. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

NPR have an article explaining why USB needs flipping, in the pre USB-C days. Turns out there's a very specific reason for the USB's lack of reversibility. A USB that could plug in correctly both ways would have required double the wires and circuits, which would have then doubled the cost. The Intel team led by Bhatt anticipated the user frustration and opted for a rectangular design and a 50-50 chance to plug it in correctly, versus a round connector with less room for error.

Facebook have plans for a new cryptocurrency. The Reserve Bank said it is also closely watching developments. The competition regulator, which is investigating Facebook as part of a wide-ranging probe, the financial crimes watchdog AUSTRAC, and a top privacy agency also expressed caution over Facebook's announcement. Libra's accompanying digital wallet, Calibra, is expected to clash with the RBA's $1 billion new payments platform designed to eliminate transfers through cumbersome BSBs and account numbers. Discussion towards the end of this thread.

Speaking of which, has anyone else noticed Bitcoin has quietly returned to nearly half the early-2018 peak? Bitcoin traded above $11,000 for the first time in 15 months, recouping more than half of the parabolic increase that captured the attention of mainstream investors before the cryptocurrency bubble burst last year. “The bounce-back of Bitcoin has been fairly extraordinary,” said George McDonaugh, chief executive and co-founder of London-based blockchain and cryptocurrency investment firm KR1 Plc. “Money didn’t leave the asset behind, it just sat on the sidelines waiting to get back in.”

I guess this counts as a timewaster - Old_Camper spotted this YouTube channel with short SciFi movies, including this one. I haven't finished watching it yet so if it goes all Black Mirror and you lose your grip on reality, my bad.

Meanwhile here's an almost-convincing use of deepfakes, for a video with a positive political message. An AI-powered imagining of the possibilities around us to make a better world, if we only took the time to see our differences.

PS: I (mostly) typed this with one freaking hand!

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