Rep. Frank Pallone 9/25/22 @ 01:41 GMT

This is why the Senate needs to follow the House’s lead and pass legislation to protect abortion access nationwide. Left to their own accord, extreme Republicans will roll back the clock and eliminate the freedoms to which every American is entitled.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. 9/25/22 @ 01:37 GMT

Dominating the ground game #GeauxTigers

Rep. John Curtis 9/25/22 @ 01:00 GMT

It was a pleasure to welcome @TimmermansEU to my office this week. Frans met with members of the @climate_caucus including @RepBuddyCarter, @RepWalberg, and me in Brussels this past February and it was great to continue our conversation (and present Frans with some new socks).

Congressman David N. Cicilline 9/25/22 @ 00:59 GMT

Did you know @RWPZoo is the 3rd oldest zoo in the US?   Thank you to Nancy Allen, Liz Rollins Mauran & the whole gala committee for a great night celebrating this beloved institution. And to the RI Zoological Society, staff, volunteers, and patrons who make the zoo a RI icon.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn 9/25/22 @ 00:59 GMT

Retweet if you think the Air Force Academy is wasting its time teaching our service members how to use pronouns.

Brian Higgins 9/25/22 @ 00:56 GMT

African Americans served in all of our nation's major military conflicts, often facing discrimination - still they fought. This sacrifice is an important part of our history. Honored to join state & local leaders & WNY veterans at the @BfloNavalPark to unveil the @aavm_wny.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. 9/25/22 @ 00:47 GMT

RT @LSUfootball: TOUCHDOWN TIGERS @ArmoniGoodwin24 for the score

Sen. Patrick Leahy 9/25/22 @ 00:45 GMT

RT @Jason_Blazakis: Great to be at #tasteofvermont where Sen Sanders touted that he was “oldest junior senator ever”

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. 9/25/22 @ 00:45 GMT

RT @LSUfootball: TD No. 2 for @ArmoniGoodwin24

Senator Bill Hagerty 9/25/22 @ 00:33 GMT

Rocky top, Tennessee! What a game! Great day in Knoxville supporting the #Vols with @BillPowersTN, Senator Page Walley, @TNTAG76, & UT fans from across the country! #GBO #feelslike98 #vfl @Vol_Football

Rep. Steven Horsford 9/25/22 @ 00:25 GMT

My #BreakTheCycleOfViolenceAct invests $5 billion for anti-violence programs and $1.5 billion to provide workforce training and job opportunities for opportunity youth ages 16-24. This money invests in proven, community-based violence intervention programs for safer communities.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn 9/25/22 @ 00:10 GMT

You’ve probably noticed your bills going up over the last year. It’s no coincidence — Biden and Democrats have been making life in America more unaffordable.

Rand Paul 9/25/22 @ 00:04 GMT

I’m proud of the strength and resilience in our Commonwealth and I’ll continue to support Kentucky.

Rep. Michelle Fischbach 9/25/22 @ 00:04 GMT

Republicans are committed to: ✅Fighting inflation & supporting working Americans ✅Reducing gas prices & restoring energy independence ✅Securing the supply chain & restocking our shelves

Joaquin Castro 9/25/22 @ 00:01 GMT

RT @DiegoBernalTX: If you think my bills and my work on education, hunger, health care, gun control, property taxes, consumer protection, a…

Joaquin Castro 9/24/22 @ 23:59 GMT

RT @DiegoBernalTX: The leading cause of death for Texas children is gun violence. The Speaker just said the Texas House will not hear *any…

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. 9/24/22 @ 23:49 GMT

RT @LSUfootball: In For The Touchdown @ArmoniGoodwin24 💻 SECN+/ESPN+

Mark DeSaulnier 9/24/22 @ 23:41 GMT

@rainbowcentr plays a critical role in supporting the LGBTQ+ community of Contra Costa. We celebrated the grand opening of its new community center and recognized the work of dedicated community activists and volunteers.

Rep. Steven Horsford 9/24/22 @ 23:40 GMT

I introduced the #GUARDAct so our law enforcement has the resources to go after fraud like this and recover illegally obtained funds. The help we passed during the pandemic should go to those who deserve it.

Congressman Warren Davidson 9/24/22 @ 23:29 GMT

Biden’s brute squad strikes again. This is another shameful abuse of power. Sadly, it fits with open claims from whistleblowers.

California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would require crypto financial-service businesses to get a special license to operate, calling it premature and costly. Bloomberg reports: Newsom on Friday declined to sign the legislation known as the Digital Financial Assets Law, which was passed by the state assembly and senate last month. While the governor said he shares the bill's intent to protect Californians from financial harm and provide clear rules for the industry, his administration has been conducting research and gathering input on the right approach. The bill would require a loan of "tens of millions of dollars" from the general fund during the first several years, a "significant" commitment that needs to be accounted for in the state's annual budget process, Newsom added. "It is premature to lock a licensing structure in statute without considering both this work and forthcoming federal actions," Newsom said in a statement. "A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm."

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A person may take knowing the local time for granted, but an official review revealed that there is no single, accurate map showing the nation's time zones and local observance of Daylight Saving Time. CNN reports: Federal transportation officials are now at work creating an accurate map of the nation's time zones, according to a report by the inspector general for the Department of Transportation. The issue came up, the inspector general's office said, after the US Senate passed legislation this year to end the biannual time turn by making Daylight Saving Time permanent. Investigators found no single map accurately showing the boundaries nationwide and said several sources of time information on the DOT website contained errors, such as inaccurately noting the time practices in some localities. For example, one map incorrectly identifies a deviation in Nevada: "Elko County, NV is shown as the location that changed time zones rather than the correct location, the city of West Wendover." "The official boundaries are narratively described [in federal regulations] with various types of coordinates and geographic features such as lines of longitude, State or county lines, and rivers," the report stated. The inspector general report said the Transportation Department is responsible for keeping the clock because of the importance of time to travel. It said the original five time zones have expanded to nine.

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Citing McDonald's shelved meat-free burger trial and a 70% dip in Beyond Meat's stock, The Guardian suggests plant-based meats may not interest Americans as much as investors thought. From the report: Getting meat eaters in the US to adopt plant-based alternatives has proven a challenge. Beyond Meat, which produces a variety of plant-based products, including imitations of ground beef, burgers, sausages, meatballs and jerky, has had a rough 12 months, with its stock dipping nearly 70%. Multiple chains that partnered with the company, including McDonald's, have quietly ended trial launches. In August, the company laid off 4% of its workforce after a slowdown in sales growth. Last week, its chief operating officer was reportedly arrested for biting another man on the nose during a road rage confrontation. It's a dramatic reversal of fortune. Just two years ago, Beyond Meat, its competitor Impossible Foods and the plant-based meat industry at large seemed poised to start a food revolution. For a time, Wall Street went vegetarian. In 2019 Beyond Meat was valued at over $10 billion, more than Macy's or Xerox. The most bullish investors believed that plant-based meat would make up 15% of all meat sales by 2030. But the reality of Americans' interest in plant-based meat has proven more complicated than investors thought, and the adoption of meat alternatives has been slower than what was once hoped. Today Beyond Meat is valued at just over $900 million. The sobering story is similar to those experienced by many new ventures that see exhilarating hype after a flood of Silicon Valley venture capital cash, fueled by excitement about innovation. Bill Gates backed Beyond Meat, and a number of venture capital firms that typically invest in tech startups funneled money to startups making plant-based meat. Even the meat industry's biggest players have, ironically, invested in companies coming up with plant-based meat. While eating plant-based meat (or no meat at all) has been shown to be the most effective thing individual consumers can do to fight climate change, "consumers seem hesitant to adapt their behavior when the environment -- not their health or wallets -- is the sole beneficiary," reports The Guardian. "Despite the increasing alarm over climate change, the number of Americans who are vegetarian or vegan has remained relatively stable over the last 20 years." "Even when participants in a study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana were given information about the carbon footprint of meat production, participants were more likely to go with regular meat over a plant-based alternative."

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According to Phoronix, Google has released a new AOM-AV1 update -- version 3.5, that drastically improves encode times when streaming, rendering, or recording from the CPU. At its best, the update can improve encoding times by up to 34%. Tom's Hardware reports: It is a fantastic addition to AV1's capabilities, with the encoder becoming very popular among powerful video platforms such as YouTube. In addition, we are also seeing significant support for AV1 hardware acceleration on modern discrete GPUs now, such as Intel's Arc Alchemist GPUs and, most importantly - Nvidia's RTX 40-series GPUs. Depending on the resolution, encoding times with the new update have improved by 20% to 30%. For example, at 1080P, encode times featuring 16 threads of processing are reduced by 18% to 34%. At 4K, render times improved by 18% to 20% with 32 threads. Google could do this by adding Frame Parallel Encoding to heavily multi-threaded configurations. Google has also added several other improvements contributing to AV1's performance uplifts in other areas - specifically in real-time encoding. In other words, CPU utilization in programs such as OBS has been reduced, primarily for systems packing 16 CPU threads. As a result, they are allowing users to use those CPU resources for other tasks or increase video quality even higher without any additional performance cost. If you are video editing and are rendering out a video in AV1, processing times will be vastly reduced if you have a CPU with 16 threads or more.

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Smithsonian Magazine: It's an increasingly common sight on vacation, particularly in tourist destinations: An influencer sets up in front of a popular local landmark, sometimes even using props (coffee, beer, pets) or changing outfits, as a photographer or self-timed camera snaps away. Others are milling around, sometimes watching. But often, unbeknownst to everyone involved, another device is also recording the scene: a surveillance camera. Belgian artist Dries Depoorter is exploring this dynamic in his controversial new online exhibit, The Followers, which he unveiled last week. The art project places static Instagram images side-by-side with video from surveillance cameras, which recorded footage of the photoshoot in question. To make The Followers, Depoorter started with EarthCam, a network of publicly accessible webcams around the world, to record a month's worth of footage in tourist attractions like New York City's Times Square and Dublin's Temple Bar Pub. Then he enlisted an artificial intelligence (A.I.) bot, which scraped public Instagram photos taken in those locations, and facial-recognition software, which paired the Instagram images with the real-time surveillance footage. Depoorter calls himself a "surveillance artist," and this isn't his first project using open-source webcam footage or A.I. Last year, for a project called The Flemish Scrollers, he paired livestream video of Belgian government proceedings with an A.I. bot he built to determine how often lawmakers were scrolling on their phones during official meetings. "On its face, The Followers is an attempt, like many other studies, art projects and documentaries in recent years, to expose the staged, often unattainable ideals shown in many Instagram and influencer photos posted online," writes Smithsonian's Molly Enking. "But The Followers also tells a darker story: one of increasingly worrisome privacy concerns amid an ever-growing network of surveillance technology in public spaces. And the project, as well as the techniques used to create it, has sparked both ethical and legal controversy." Depoorter told Vice's Samantha Cole that he got the idea when he "watched an open camera and someone was taking pictures for like 30 minutes." He wondered if he'd be able to find that person on Instagram.

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Code repositories for the Ethereum-based mixer Tornado Cash were relisted on GitHub on Thursday. CoinDesk reports: The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets (OFAC) banned Americans last month from using Tornado Cash, a decentralized privacy service that mixes cryptocurrencies together to obfuscate the original address. The mixer was blacklisted and designated under the Specially Designated National list because the North Korean hacking group Lazarus had used it in the past. GitHub is a centralized internet hosting service for software development often used by Ethereum developers. Within hours of the OFAC announcement, GitHub, along with other platforms, removed Tornado Cash from their sites in order to comply with the new U.S. regulation. Ethereum developers -- believing that computer code is protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution -- have called for platforms that host the Tornado Cash code to reverse their bans. In particular, Ethereum core developer Preston Van Loon asked for GitHub to relist the mixer's code on Sept. 13. Further reading: Treasury Says Sanctions On Tornado Cash Don't Stop People From Sharing Code

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New submitter cj9er writes: Considering all the privacy issues in today's online climate (all the issues with Meta right now), what is the best high-end smartphone to select? Apple: No way they don't sell your data... Sure, they have privacy for third-party apps, but what about the data they collect from the phone itself? Consider what the revenue is on a single smartphone (say $150), how do you think they have all that cash on hand? Google: Yeah right, Pixel is probably collecting [data] 24/7 considering their main business is selling ads on Search. They have developed the Pixel line because they probably realized they were missing out on the direct collection of data from their own hardware (cut out the middle players using Android). Samsung: Their TVs even collect and sell data on you. I don't really understand the price premium on Galaxy phones anyways. I have kept my data and Wi-Fi turned off on my phones for years. Initially it was for battery reasons but now add in data collection. Ultimately, if we could turn off the GPS feature at will on our phones, maybe we could prevent all tracking (except for cellular triangulation). If we then think about safety, GPS is great and now with satellite-tracking on Apple phones, even better. But then what is going on behind the scenes 99.99% of the rest of the time when you don't require those options for safety reasons? What phone manufacturer can be trusted?

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