Feb 072021
 

The number of people seeking jobless benefits has soared during the pandemic. AP Photo/John Locher CC BY-NC-ND Many economists would agree that the official U.S. unemployment rate is an inadequate measure of actual labor market conditions. Although this is one of the most cited pieces of data on the economy as a whole, not many people understand how this indicator is calculated and who is and – more importantly – who isn’t included in it. The latest data, which found that joblessness fell from 6.7% in December to 6.3% in January, shows why. As a labor economist, I believe it’s important for more Americans to take a closer look under…

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Feb 072021
 

Akku.scm version 1.1.0, a language package manager for R6RS
and R7RS Scheme, is now generally available. It can be downloaded
from GitLab. This version adds support for Guile 3.0,
Digamma, and includes some bug fixes and new features.

Akku is a language package manager designed for Scheme. In Scheme,
libraries can be analyzed to find their names, exports and imports.
Akku uses this information, plus knowledge of how the various Scheme
implementations work, to automatically install libraries where they
will be found. Libraries can come from the current project or from
packages downloaded from the Internet.

Akku installs libraries to a per-project library directory that works
across all supported Scheme implementations. On top of this there is a
traditional package index and a dependency solver. Packages are
manually reviewed…

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Feb 072021
 

Spec sheets are an important tool in determining the performance of a given part or system, but they’re not the be all and end all when it comes to engineering. However, specs alone don’t prove whether a given system can complete a given task. Sometimes, you need to actually do the work to prove it instead – as [Sylvain] has done, running DOOM on the iCE40 FPGA.
DOOM’s minimum specifications demand a 386 with 4MB RAM minimum, but it’s commonly agreed that a 486 DX2 running at 66MHz with 8MB of RAM is required to play the game smoothly. With an iCEBreaker v1.0b running a RISC V softcore at 25MHz, it may seem like a difficult task,…

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Feb 072021
 

In 2018, when KiCad Version 5 modernized the venerable 4.X series, it helped push KiCad to become the stable and productive member of the open source EDA landscape that we know today. It has supported users through board designs both simple and complex, and like a tool whose handle is worn into a perfect grip, it has become familiar and comfortable. For those KiCad users that don’t live on the bleeding edge with nightly builds it may not be obvious that the time of version 6 is nearly upon us, but as we start 2021 it rapidly approaches. Earlier this month [Peter Dalmaris] published a preview of the changes coming version 6 and we have to…

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Feb 072021
 

In all the madness that made up the last month of 2020, a number of copyright bills and proposals popped up—some even became law before most people had any chance to review them. So now that the dust has settled a little and we have some better idea what the landscape is going to look like, it is time to answer a few frequently asked questions.
What Happened?
In December 2020, Congress was rushing to pass a massive spending bill and coronavirus relief package. This was “must-pass” legislation, in the sense that if it didn’t pass there would be no money to do things like fund the government. Passing the package was further complicated by a couple of…

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Feb 072021
 

Carson City, NV – Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments.
Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state’s economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday.
The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services.
The measure to further economic development with the “alternative form of local government” has not yet been introduced in the Legislature.
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Feb 072021
 

The music in the SNES game Super Mario World uses heavily-compressed samples to fit within the constraints of early 1990s’ hardware. Fans exploring the Nintendo leak were able to figure out the sample libraries that composer Koji Kondo used and “restore” the sountrack as it sounded on the hardware he presumably created it with. — Read the rest …

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Feb 072021
 

Jerusalem – The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, potentially clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions.
The decision was welcomed by the Palestinians and decried by Israel’s prime minister, who vowed to fight “this perversion of justice.” The U.S., Israel’s closest ally, said it opposed the decision.
The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a “reasonable basis” to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.
The post ICC Clears Way For War Crimes…

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Feb 072021
 

Scott Wiener is taking another shot at ABC. This bill would be great for everybody, and I wish him luck. California liquor bill aims to make restaurant parklets permanent, plus zones for open containers “As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel with this vaccine, we need to help these small businesses recover,” Wiener said in an interview. “Now’s the time to make common-sense changes to our alcohol rules that…

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