How to Demand Action on Climate Change

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report—a klaxon, really—warning of the catastrophic consequences of climate change if global political leaders don’t take action right now. For people who’ve been sounding the alarm for decades now, this report is depressing but not surprising; for…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Demand Action on Climate Change

HP Announces Z Club Device-as-a-Service Program: Hardware Bundles at $108+ per Month

In addition to launching “Boosted” versions of its ZBook notebooks, HP has also introduced its Z Club device-as-a-service (DaaS) program. Under the terms of the program, select HP customers will be able to lend certain hardware bundles at a fixed monthly payment, and get a special Z Concierge service. The Z Club will be initially available only to select HP customers, if the company finds it successful enough, it may expand it in the future.


The Z Club DaaS program is aimed at creative professionals, such as artists, graphics designers, photographers, and video editors. For each group HP will offer a special hardware bundle. Furthermore, it will offer a choice of components and accessories that users may install themselves and find out how certain hardware affects their workflow. Select customers of HP that will be offered membership in the Z Club will be able to tryout HP’s hardware and components bundle for free for 90 days and in that period,  they will be able to configure systems however they see viable. In addition, Z Club members will be offered Z Concierge service available 24/7. The latter will provide recommendations concerning usage of hardware and software to simplify transition to HP Z workstations.



Initially, HP will offer six hardware packages for different workflows:


The Artist’s Bundle will include HP’s ZBook x2 with Pen, HP’s 24-inch DreamColor 24x display, a 1 TB external drive, wireless keyboard & mouse, collaboration software, as well as Z Concierge and next-day business service. Montly cost of this package will be at $156, exact specs are listed in the table below.


The Graphics Designer’s Bundle will include the HP ZBook x360 with Pen, HP’s DreamColor 24x monitor, a 1 TB external storage device, wireless keyboard & mouse, and the aforementioned software and services. This package will cost $167 a month.


The Video Editor’s Bundle will consist of either HP Z2 Tower or HP Z4 Tower desktop PCs, an HP Z38C curved display, or two 24-inch monitors (see the table for details). Depending on exact configuration, the package will cost from $183 to $210.


The Photographer’s Bundle will feature the HP Z mini workstation or HP ZBook x360 with Pen, a 24-inch display, and a printer. The package will be available for $108 to $180 a month, depending on exact hardware specs.



Keeping in mind that HP intends to offer its customers a choice of hardware to install themselves, actual monthly payments will differ from those of canonical bundles. Meanwhile, a quick analysis of hardware packages and their prices indicate that montly payments are about 27-34 times lower than the current cost of hardware. That said, it makes a great financial sense to rent the workstations when using them for less than 27 – 34 months. At the same time, it will be cheaper to buy hardware if you plan to use it for three years or more.











HP Z Club Hardware Bundles
  Configuration Approximate* Price of Hardware at HP.com Monthly Cost
Artists’s Bundle HP ZBook x2 with Pen

14-inch 4K IPS LCD

Intel Core i7-8650U

32 GB of DDR4-2133 RAM

1 TB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro M620 2 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

1 TB external drive

+

Services
$5362 $156
Graphics Designer’s Bundle HP ZBook Studio x360 with Pen

15.6-inch 4K LCD

Intel Core i7-8750H

32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

2×512 GB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

1 TB external drive

+

Services
$5738 $167
Video Editor’s Bundle 1 HP Z2 Tower

Intel Core i7-8700K

64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD

4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z24x+ HP Z 24-inch LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$5374 $183
Video Editor’s Bundle 2 HP Z4 Tower

Intel Core i7-7820X

64 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

Z Turbo 512 GB PCIe SSD

4 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

NVIDIA Quadro P5000 16 GB

+

HP DreamColor Z38C Curved LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$7090 $210
Photographer’s Bundle 1 HP Z2 Mini

Intel Core i7-8700

32 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM

Z Turbo 256 GB PCIe SSD

1 TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM HDD

+

HP DreamColor 24x LCD

+

1 TB external drive

+

HP Photosmart Printer

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

Services
$2937 $108
Photographer’s Bundle 2 HP ZBook x360 with Pen

15.6-inch 4K LCD

Intel Core i7-8750H

32 GB of DDR4-2667 RAM

2×512 GB PCIe SSD

NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4 GB

+

HP 24-inch

+

1 TB external drive

+

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

+

HP Sprocket Printer

+

Services
$5479 $180
Note *Since we do not know exact configuration, actual prices may be different than the ones we picked at HP.com on 10/15/2018.


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Source: AnandTech – HP Announces Z Club Device-as-a-Service Program: Hardware Bundles at 8+ per Month

Scientists Release Result from 'Astonishing' Feat of Creating and Testing Quantum Gas in Space

Last year, graduate student Dennis Becker watched from a safehouse as the MAIUS-1’s sounding rocket took off from a launch facility in the Swedish Arctic. But even after repeated delays from snow and wind, he wouldn’t know for a few days whether the rocket’s payload survived. When the ambitious experiment dropped back…

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Source: Gizmodo – Scientists Release Result from ‘Astonishing’ Feat of Creating and Testing Quantum Gas in Space

Updates From Titans, Godzilla vs Kong, and More

Jon Favreau offers a look at the voices behind his Lion King remake. Star Trek producer Heather Kadin promises Discovery and Picard will feel different from each other. The DC/CW superhero crossover teases both Lois Lane and a familiar Superman location. Plus, what’s to come on Supernatural, and a clever new Daredevil

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Heads Roll At Intel Over Manufacturing Missteps In Major Division Shake-Up

Heads Roll At Intel Over Manufacturing Missteps In Major Division Shake-Up
Intel this week announced a major shakeup in its manufacturing division amid continuing delays in rolling out its 10nm processors. Intel has been building chips on its 14nm process since 2014 and the company has indicated that its 10nm CPUs won’t be ready for volume production until 2019. In order to get its house in order, Intel is splitting

Source: Hot Hardware – Heads Roll At Intel Over Manufacturing Missteps In Major Division Shake-Up

MoviePass parent company under investigation for fraud

MoviePass’s owner Helios and Matheson is allegedly under investigation for misleading investors, marking the latest in a series of setbacks for the cinema subscription service. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has opened a probe into the c…

Source: Engadget – MoviePass parent company under investigation for fraud

Several Excuses For Why I Am Still Playing Nintendo's Latest Mobile Game

When Nintendo and Cygames’ Dragalia Lost launched at the end of last month, I said it was a slick version of the same old mobile action role-playing game. Turns out a little slickness goes a long way, as I’ve been playing the damn thing every day since. Why? Let me pull out my list of excuses.

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Source: Kotaku – Several Excuses For Why I Am Still Playing Nintendo’s Latest Mobile Game

US Announces Plans To Withdraw From 144-Year-Old Postal Treaty

JoeyRox writes: The Trump Administration announced today that it’s intending to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union, an international postage rate system overseen by the United Nations. “The decision was borne out of frustration with discounts imposed by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) that allow China and some other nations to ship products into the U.S. at cheaper rates than American companies receive to ship domestically,” reports The Hill. “The administration argues the system undercuts U.S. manufacturers and allows China to flood the market with cheap goods.” The U.S. is hoping to renegotiate the rates, known as terminal dues, but was frustrated with opposition from other nations in the UPU. According to the report, “The withdrawal would not take effect for one year, allowing the U.S. some time to broker a new deal.” “The 144-year-old UPU sets fees that postal services charge to deliver mail and packages from foreign carriers,” reports The Hill. “For decades, developing nations have been allowed to pay lower rates than wealthier nations. China has fallen under the developing nation category, a designation the U.S. says it no longer deserves because of its booming economy.” The Trump administration wants to move to a system of “self-declared rates” that would allow the U.S. Postal Service to set its own prices for shipping international packages of all sizes. As it stands, the P.O. is only allowed to use self-declared rates on packages exceeding 4.4 pounds.

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Source: Slashdot – US Announces Plans To Withdraw From 144-Year-Old Postal Treaty

The Best Athens Travel Tips From Our Readers

Like the ancient Spartans, the commenters on our call for Athens travel tips were few but mighty. Captbrad6 may have set the all-time Hack Your City record with six comments each on a Homeric scale. His recommendations alone could fill a weekend trip. See highlights below, along with more great tips for visiting…

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Source: LifeHacker – The Best Athens Travel Tips From Our Readers

Essential Products Chops 30 Percent Of Its Staff As Future Darkens

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When the father of Android, Andy Rubin, left Google and later launched Essential Products, the world expected big things. The launch of the Essential Phone proved that just because you are the father of the most popular operating system for mobile devices doesn’t mean people will flock to your new products. The Essential Phone was essentially

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Developers Speak Out After Rockstar Lifts Social Media Ban

Last night, Red Dead Redemption developer Rockstar Games lifted its social media policies, telling employees they were no longer banned from speaking about their work experiences on Twitter and Facebook. The move has led to a number of current staff sharing mostly positive stories from their time at the massive game…

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Source: Kotaku – Red Dead Redemption 2 Developers Speak Out After Rockstar Lifts Social Media Ban

Samsung has figured out EUV, the holy grail of chipmaking

Samsung has finally nailed a much-anticipated chip manufacturing technique that will help phones perform faster and keep their batteries juiced for longer. The company is now building 7-nanometer chips using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology — a…

Source: Engadget – Samsung has figured out EUV, the holy grail of chipmaking

Intel to Split Manufacturing Branch Into Three Divisions

The Oregonian says that Intel will split its manufacturing and technology group into three different segments. Mike Mayberry, head of Intel labs, will lead the technology division. Ann Kelleher will lead manufacturing and operations, while Randhir Thakur will run the supply chain branch. Sohail Ahmed, who led the manufacturing division since 2016, will retire, and former Qualcomm executive Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala will supervise all three divisions. This shakeup comes after long delays of the deployment of Intel’s 10nm process, which was supposed to be ready in the second half of 2016.



“Thanks to the efforts of Sohail and the entire Intel team, we are making good progress on 10nm,” Renduchintala wrote to employees Monday. “Yields are improving consistent with the timeline that we shared in April, and we continue to expect systems on shelves for the 2019 holiday season.” Intel has been without a chief executive since June, when Brian Krzanich abruptly resigned after the company uncovered “a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee” in violation of corporate policy. Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan is serving as interim CEO.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Intel to Split Manufacturing Branch Into Three Divisions

eBay accuses Amazon of illegally poaching its sellers

eBay has officially filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of hatching a scheme to poach its biggest sellers. The platform first threw down the gauntlet in early October, sending its rival a cease-and-desist letter. According t…

Source: Engadget – eBay accuses Amazon of illegally poaching its sellers

Stock Up On Your Favorite Snacks During Amazon's One-Day Happy Belly Sale

Amazon’s Happy Belly brand makes some surprisingly good snacks, and a bunch of them are deeply discounted in today’s Amazon Gold Box. Save on nuts, sunflower seeds, and trail mixes, with extra discounts available if you use Subscribe & Save.

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Source: LifeHacker – Stock Up On Your Favorite Snacks During Amazon’s One-Day Happy Belly Sale

Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' was meant to be shredded completely

Banksy’s latest performance piece — which saw him remotely shred his $1.1 million Girl with Balloon canvas seconds after it sold at auction — captivated the world. What was he trying to say? What did it all mean? Was this a comment on capitalism? O…

Source: Engadget – Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ was meant to be shredded completely

Ubuntu 18.10 Is A Nice Upgrade For Radeon Gamers, Especially For Steam VR

Among the changes to find in Ubuntu 18.10 are the latest stable Linux kernel as well as a significant Mesa upgrade and also the latest X.Org Server. These component upgrades make for a better Linux gaming experience particularly if using a modern AMD Radeon graphics card. Here are some results as well as whether it’s worthwhile switching to Linux 4.19 and Mesa 18.3-dev currently on Ubuntu 18.10.

Source: Phoronix – Ubuntu 18.10 Is A Nice Upgrade For Radeon Gamers, Especially For Steam VR