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Pakistan’s sprawling Karachi ‘broken’ by monsoon floods

Pakistan’s sprawling Karachi ‘broken’ by monsoon floods

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Record rains inundated Pakistan's largest city, paralysing city authorities as people were left to fend for themselves.by Asad Hashim & Aysha Imtiaz19 hours ago For the city's urban poor, the situation has been worse [Aysha Imtiaz/Al Jazeera] Karachi/Islamabad, Pakistan - For Shahzad Ahmed, there was no time to think. "The windows broke and the door caved in, that's how intense the water pressure was," he said of the first night of torrential monsoon rain in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, last week. "We didn't even try to take the water out of the house. I just tied my rickshaw [to a pole] as tightly as I could and my family and I [got on] the rooftop." Ahmed, his wife and children spent more than 10 hours on that roof, in the pouring rain, as Karachi saw more t...
NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 cards make counting teraflops pointless

NVIDIA’s RTX 3000 cards make counting teraflops pointless

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Schrodinger's cuda core. Aaron Souppouris, @AaronIsSocial2h ago 5Comments 71Shares  Teraflops have been a popular way to measure "graphical power" for years. The term refers to the number of calculations a GPU can perform, but while it’s been on spec sheets forever, more recently the teraflop has gone mainstream, appearing in marketing messages found in the launch of consoles like the Xbox Series X. With GPU core counts reaching five figures, it’s nice to have a simple point of comparison. Unfortunately, teraflops have never been less useful. The term teraflop comes from FLOPs, or "floating-point operations per second," which simply means “calculations that involve decimal points per seconds.” Tera means trillion, so put together teraflops means “trill...
macOS Big Sur preview: Five things you should know before installing

macOS Big Sur preview: Five things you should know before installing

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We've spent a few weeks with the public beta of Apple's latest Mac update. Nathan Ingraham10h ago 18Comments 94Shares Apple Apple first introduced macOS Big Sur back in June, lauding it with all the usual flowery language. The OS ushers in a new design language, which Apple’s SVP of software Craig Federighi described at the time as “the biggest change since the introduction of MacOS X,” way back in 2001. But the update isn’t just about aesthetics. Some of the most important built-in Mac apps like Messages and Safari are getting major upgrades, while new UI elements like Control Center and a revamped notifications area promise to make some common tasks more efficient. That all sounded great when Apple announced it, and I’m a sucker for a meaty software...
Xiaomi’s patent related to “Method and Device for Blocking Calls” approved

Xiaomi’s patent related to “Method and Device for Blocking Calls” approved

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By Jed John Ikoba -Sep 4, 2020 Facebook Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Xiaomi Technology Co., Ltd. has published an invention patent called “Method and Device for Blocking Calls”. The company actually filed an application for this patent on October 29, 2014, according to the document.  The application number is CN201410594119.6 while the publication number is CN105635414B, showing it has been authorized. According to the description, this is about a method and device for blocking incoming calls, involving the field of communications. The patent “solves the problem that when a marked unfamiliar phone calls in, the mobile phone still reminds the user that the user needs to hang up or answer, which still causes interference to the user.” The m...
OPPO announces Android 11 Beta recruitment for Find X2/X2 Pro and Reno4/Reno4 Pro

OPPO announces Android 11 Beta recruitment for Find X2/X2 Pro and Reno4/Reno4 Pro

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By Sudarshan -Sep 4, 2020 Facebook Twitter Linkedin ReddIt OPPO is part of Android 11 Beta program. The Find X2 and Find X2 Pro are the only devices from the company eligible for this initiative. But now, the company announces a new Android 11 Beta recruitment, which also includes Reno3 4G and Reno3 Pro 4G. The registrations for the same will open on September 7 from 4:00 (GMT). The Chinese smartphone maker announced a new Android 11 Beta recruitment for four of its devices on ColorOS Community (via PiunikaWeb). What’s more interesting is that the company has included a blank space for the version number of ColorOS in the teaser image. This suggests that OPPO may soon announce ...
Blazing tanker sparks fears of a new Indian Ocean disaster

Blazing tanker sparks fears of a new Indian Ocean disaster

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The Panamanian-registered vessel, currently off Sri Lanka's coast, is carrying about 270,000 tonnes of crude oil.7 hours ago This handout photograph shows the Panamanian-registered crude oil tanker, MT New Diamond, with a fire inside the engine room [Sri Lankan Air Force/AFP] Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish a fire on an oil tanker for a second day on Friday as officials warned of significant environmental damage to Sri Lanka's coast if the ship leaks or explodes. The tanker, carrying nearly two million barrels of crude oil, was drifting about 40km (22 nautical miles) from the coast, army chief Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said on Friday. A navy spokesman, Captain Indika de Silva, said there were 23 crew on board, one of who...
Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile ’10 times limit’

Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile ’10 times limit’

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Published5 hours agoRelated Topics image captionIran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium is well above the limit set in a 2015 nuclear agreement Iran now has more than 10 times the amount of enriched uranium permitted under an international agreement, the UN's nuclear watchdog says. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran's enriched uranium stockpile had reached 2,105kg (4,640lb) - well above the 300kg agreed in 2015.Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes.It comes after Iran gave IAEA inspectors access to one of two suspected former nuclear sites.The agency said it would take samples at the second site later this month. Last year, Iran began deliberately and publicly reneging on commitments it had made under the international nu...
Penjara mandatori terhadap pengganas cemar air

Penjara mandatori terhadap pengganas cemar air

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Oleh Luqman Arif Abdul Karimluqman.arif@bh.com.myKONGSI ARTIKELShareTweet KUALA LUMPUR: Hukuman lebih keras wajar dikenakan terhadap dalang yang menyebabkan pencemaran sistem bekalan air kerana perbuatan sedemikian boleh dianggap sebagai tindakan keganasan. Jurucakap Pemuda MCA, Ryan Ho Kwok Xheng, berkata pendekatan punitif itu bagaimanapun memerlukan pindaan terhadap beberapa perundangan, termasuk Kanun Keseksaan dan Akta Industri Perkhidmatan Air (WSIA) 2006. "Pencemaran air boleh dianggap sebagai tindakan keganasan kerana hanya dengan menjejaskan sumber air atau infrastruktur seperti sistem agihan dan paip yang boleh mengundang masalah bekalan air. "Situasi ini kemudian merencatkan urusan kehidupan seharian masyarakat kerana gagal mendapat bekalan air, selain mencetusk...
Keretapi bergesel, seorang penumpang cedera

Keretapi bergesel, seorang penumpang cedera

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Oleh Faris Fuadfaris.fuad@bh.com.myKONGSI ARTIKELShareTweet KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang penumpang tren tiga gerabak Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) cedera, selepas kenderaan itu bergesel dengan Tren Elektrik (ETS) dekat Stesen Kuang, dekat sini hari ini. Dalam kejadian pada jam 6.37 petang itu, tren KTMB membawa 29 penumpang dan ETS itu 93 penumpang, tetapi mereka tidak cedera. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif KTMB, Datuk Kamarulzaman Zainal, berkata tren KTMB dalam perjalanan dari Stesen Tanjung Malim ke Stesen Sungai Buloh sebelum bergesel dengan ETS yang bergerak dari Stesen Padang Besar menuju ke Stesen KL Sentral. "Satu landasan antara Stesen Sungai Buloh dan Stesen Rawang tidak terhalang dan masih boleh digunakan untuk perkhidmatan tren lain. "Kita jangka berlaku sedikit kel...