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The road ahead for EV adoption is made of gravel
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The road ahead for EV adoption is made of gravel

Every day, Mitch Stults commutes about 60 miles each way from his home in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, a town of 17,000 people, to his job as a sales manager for a manufactured homebuilder in Cullman.Stults was driving a King Ranch pickup 110 miles per day, spending an estimated $1,000 on gas per week, and getting just 13 miles to the gallon. “That was when I decided to give a Tesla a try,” he said.Stults, 29, began hunting for a Tesla Model Y and found one at a dealership in Tupelo, Mississippi, 87 miles away. He traded in his King Ranch a few days later.But the thrill of an electrified ride didn’t last long. Three months later, Stults returned the Tesla and traded it in for a GMC half-ton Duramax diesel pickup. “That was when I decided to give a Tesla a try.”“I ended up getting over it bec...
Honda will launch a ‘new global EV series’ at CES
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Honda will launch a ‘new global EV series’ at CES

While the Consumer Electronics Show looks to be a little light on auto-related announcements next year, Honda said it will use the event to launch a new global series of electric vehicles. And today it dropped its first teaser. The photo shows what appears to be a sloping rear section of a car with no visible tail lights or bumper. There’s a wheel covering featuring lined triangles, and apparently a lot of glass and purple lighting. Beyond that, we don’t know much else. Such is the nature of the teaser: all flair, no substance. A sloping rear section of a car with no visible tail lights or bumper“Honda will showcase the global EV series models and several key technologies that illustrate the significant transformation Honda is currently undergoing,” the company said in a press release. ...
An investigation reveals risqué and disturbing recommendations
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An investigation reveals risqué and disturbing recommendations

Instagram Reels is a feature that lets you create and share fun videos with music, filters and other effects. You might think that Reels shows you videos that match your interests and preferences, based on what Meta, the parent company of Instagram, claims.Meta says it uses artificial intelligence to find videos, guess what you like and display them on your feed. However, an investigation from The Wall Street Journal reveals a darker side to Instagram Reels.CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK VIDEO TIPS, TECH REVIEWS, AND EASY HOW-TO’S TO MAKE YOU SMARTER The Instagram app on a cellphone. (Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson)The investigationThe Wall Street Journal found Instagram Reels will recommend adult-themed videos to users who follow children and teen ...
Amazon criticizes Microsoft’s licensing rules in UK cloud market probe
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Amazon criticizes Microsoft’s licensing rules in UK cloud market probe

Amazon has joined Google in criticizing Microsoft over licensing agreements that restrict competition in the UK’s cloud computing market, claiming Microsoft’s business practices make it harder for customers to switch to alternative cloud providers or run competing services alongside Azure. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is currently investigating the UK’s cloud computing industry which Amazon and Microsoft dominate.“Some IT providers, such as Microsoft, use licensing practices that restrict customer choice and make switching more difficult. For example, Microsoft changed its licensing terms in 2019 and again in 2022 to make it more difficult for customers to run some of its popular software offerings on Google Cloud, AWS, and Alibaba. To use many of Microsoft’s software pro...
Intel accuses AMD of selling snake oil CPUs in now deleted attack
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Intel accuses AMD of selling snake oil CPUs in now deleted attack

Intel has accused AMD of “selling half-truths to unsuspecting customers” by using its Zen 2 architecture in some of its latest Ryzen 7000 series mobile processors. In a now-deleted presentation to system integrators, Intel’s “Core Truths” largely focuses on AMD’s Ryzen 5 7520U mobile processor and its confusing and somewhat misleading naming.AMD revealed a new naming scheme for its Ryzen 7000 series last year, with the first digit referring to the model year, the second for the segment, and the third revealing the architecture. At first glance you might look at the Ryzen 5 7520U naming and think it’s a mid-range CPU from AMD, with the 7 meaning it’s the latest. But the Ryzen 5 7520U is actually based on AMD’s older Zen 2 architecture, not the company’s latest Zen 4 one.Intel criticizes ...
l’enquête de terrain à tout prix ?
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l’enquête de terrain à tout prix ?

Comment former à la recherche en sciences sociales ? Quels conseils donner au moment où, durant le master ou en début de doctorat, il s’agit d’accompagner, le plus souvent à distance, un ou une jeune collègue dans sa recherche de terrain ? L’éthique de la recherche ne concerne-t-elle que la protection des personnes enquêtées ? Refusant de séparer d’un côté les questions intellectuelles et théoriques, et de l’autre les questions matérielles liées à la conduite de l’enquête, Marielle Debos, enseignante-chercheuse en science politique, lie fortement les deux quand elle forme à la recherche. Elle a rédigé un vade-mecum à l’usage de ses étudiants, et principalement de ses étudiantes, dernièrement publié dans la revue Critique internationale. Deux décennies de recherches...
Climate groups say Biden AI order doesn’t address AI’s climate impact
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Climate groups say Biden AI order doesn’t address AI’s climate impact

Several groups mainly tackling climate change and disinformation said the Biden administration’s approach to artificial intelligence regulation does not respond to AI’s impact on the climate and how it can be used to spread disinformation. The groups sent a letter to the White House urging the Biden administration, including national climate advisor Ali Zaidi, to add more climate-centered policies in its AI executive order released earlier in October. Seventeen groups signed the letter, including Accountable Tech, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, Climate Action Against Disinformation, Greenpeace USA, and the Tech Oversight Project.The letter accuses the administration of neglecting AI’s impact on spreading disinformation on climate and the huge energy cost of training large languag...
« Il faut encourager les ministres à agir dans le respect de l’état des savoirs scientifiques »
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« Il faut encourager les ministres à agir dans le respect de l’état des savoirs scientifiques »

La simultanéité des crises économiques, sociales, environnementales et sanitaires qui frappent le monde interpelle et force à la réflexion. Pas seulement sur notre impréparation, notre amnésie ou la lenteur de nos réponses collectives. Certainement pas en montrant du doigt les pilotes aux manettes pendant les périodes les plus compliquées. Car ces crises se sont construites sur des décennies, malgré les alertes. Elles nous obligent à repenser les déterminants de l’action publique pour que le long terme cesse d’être sacrifié sur l’autel du court terme. Comprendre la succession des vagues de SARS-CoV-2, établir le rôle de l’humanité dans les dérèglements climatiques et l’effondrement de la biodiversité ou documenter le creusement des inégalités sociales, voilà quelqu...
Anker’s Qi2 chargers support 15W wireless charging on iPhone 13, 14, and 15
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Anker’s Qi2 chargers support 15W wireless charging on iPhone 13, 14, and 15

Apple has not responded to a request for comment, but presumably, this support will extend to all Qi2 chargers. The only problem left is that despite companies like Anker, Belkin, and Mophie all announcing Qi2-compatible hardware a few months ago, there are no certified products available for purchase yet.Third-party chargers that work with iPhones at the same rate as MagSafe-branded tech is the way we’d hoped things would work, considering the updated Qi2 spec’s Magnetic Power Profile brings in magnets and authentication contributed by Apple. That will enable fast wireless chargers you can use with both iPhones and, eventually, compatible Android devices. However, we’ve been asking about this for months, and other than a statement from Belkin about the iPhone 15, we couldn’t get defini...
« Pourquoi financer la science si des intelligences artificielles entraînées sur les efforts scientifiques passés fonctionnent si bien ? »
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« Pourquoi financer la science si des intelligences artificielles entraînées sur les efforts scientifiques passés fonctionnent si bien ? »

En 1768, l’astronome italien Giuseppe Toaldo (1719-1797) s’est posé une question toute simple : à quoi servent les observations météorologiques ? Que faire des registres qui s’entassaient à l’observatoire de Padoue – quatre décennies de mesures régulières de la température, trois fois par jour, qui n’avaient donné aucun résultat tangible ? Toaldo voulait faire œuvre utile et mettre à profit les observations météorologiques passées pour prédire le futur. Afin de faire parler les registres, il se lança dans un énorme travail d’analyse. Son but : détecter, dans le chaos des mesures des cycles, des structures fixes revenant dans le temps. La logique sous-jacente au projet était tirée de la gravitation universelle de Newton : les positions respectives de la Terre, de la...