Tokyo Olympics organizers call time on lavish IOC hospitality


“The aristocratic behaviors by the IOC members among others have led to damaging the image of the Olympics, so the simplification is a chance to review the degree of hospitality they receive,” he said. “(The organizers) should refrain from offering meals and alcoholic beverages at the lounges.”

Indeed. They can buy their own drinks for once 🙄

Canadian military wants to establish new organization to use propaganda, other techniques to influence Canadians


The Canadian Forces wants to establish a new organization that will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Canadians, according to documents obtained by this newspaper.

The plan comes on the heels of the Canadian Forces spending more than $1 million to train public affairs officers on behaviour modification techniques of the same sort used by the parent firm of Cambridge Analytica, as well as a controversial and bizarre propaganda training mission in which the military forged letters from the Nova Scotia government to warn the public that wolves were wandering in the province.


But attempts to influence the public haven’t always worked out. Last year, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces planned a public relations campaign to counter what bureaucrats and officers believed were false claims that the military had a problem with racists in the ranks. But that plan had to be scuttled after alleged racists and far-right sympathizers with links to military became involved in a series of high-profile incidents, undercutting the message of the PR scheme that the severity of the issue had been exaggerated.

This should be illegal, but Trudeau is a pox on the nation …

More than 80% of COVID patients vitamin D deficient: study


More than 80 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Spain had a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new small study.

Published by the Endocrine Society, Spanish researchers from the University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla looked at the vitamin D levels of 216 patients admitted for COVID-19 between March 10 and 31. They compared their vitamin D levels to those of a control group of 197 people of similar age and sex from a control cohort in the same geographical area. […]

Those most at risk of a vitamin D deficiency are those over 65 and people with dark skin. The darker your skin and the older you are, the less your body is able to produce the vitamin from the sun.

The Canadian government recommends 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D for adults every day. That increases to 800 IU for people older than 70 years, and 400 IU for infants.

You can also get vitamin D from what you eat, but diet may not be enough, which is why sun exposure or supplementation may be needed. But since the winter brings with it less sunlight, it may be helpful to focus on food sources of vitamin D such as milk, orange juice, cheese, and yogurt. The only natural food sources of vitamin D in Canada are fatty fish and egg yolks.

This sounds like as good a reason as any to not work in an office, factory, mall, or any building capable of having rooms without windows that face outside.

I think it also means that is about as COVID-immune as one could hope to be, primarily because of how much time he spends outdoors 😬

Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high-score case will move forward to trial


A Los Angeles County judge has ruled that Billy Mitchell has met the "minimal merit" standard necessary to move forward to trial in his defamation case against the high-score adjudicators at the Twin Galaxies organization. But the ruling doesn't specifically weigh in on the conflicting evidence presented so far, and it suggests that both sides have some chance of prevailing at trial.

Mitchell says in court documents that Twin Galaxies' statement on the matter falsely and libelously implied that he was a cheater and that the organization's investigation ignored testimony from numerous eyewitnesses to his performance. Mitchell argues that Twin Galaxies' case "essentially rests on a conspiracy nearly as broad (and untenable) as the Kennedy assassination: Scores of people around the country with seemingly no connection to each other have agreed to lie and fabricate evidence that Mitchell achieved his records on arcade software."

C’mon people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Gotta love one another right now.

Or, barring that, how about ten paces and turn? 🙄

Samsung, Stanford make a 10,000PPI display that could lead to 'flawless' VR


Ask VR fans about their gripes and they’ll likely mention the “screen door” effect, or the gaps between pixels that you notice when looking at a display so close to your eyes. That annoyance might disappear entirely if Samsung and Stanford University have their way. They’ve developed (via IEEE Spectrum) OLED technology that supports resolutions up to 10,000 pixels per inch — well above what you see in virtually any existing display, let alone what you’d find in a modern VR headset like the Oculus Quest 2.

10,000ppi would allow for 20K resolutions. If this technology can handle refresh rates as high as 120fps, then that would be 20,000x11,250 pixels, which works out to 225-million in total, by 120 … 27,000,000,000 pixels generated per second.

Okay, so that would be about … 4 of the new nVidea GTX 3090 cards with at least an i7 and 64GB RAM to coordinate them. A 3000-series AMD ThreadRipper would probably be better for it, though.

My goodness, that’s a lot of pixels to shove in someone’s face 🤐

Man with 8 lifetime driving bans caught speeding in Ontario


Police pulled over a man near Orangeville, Ontario for speeding October 20, but when officers checked his licence, they found the infraction was not his first, nor worst, offence.

Yes, 60-year-old Timothy Fraser of Toronto had been previously issued eight separate lifetime driving bans. Yes, eight. Either this guy is some sort of ageless vampire who’s already served those lifetime bans consecutively, or, perhaps slightly more plausibly, he just doesn’t care about the cops.


'I’m alive': Jordan Peterson back in Canada after lengthy medical treatment, he says in emotional new video


Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychology professor who skyrocketed to fame before vanishing from the public eye for nearly a year, has posted an emotional new video online, explaining that he’s back home in Toronto after months seeking medical treatment for withdrawal symptoms related to benzodiazepine use.

“Hopefully, much of that is behind me and I can return to something resembling a normal life,” said Peterson. […] “I hope that what I produce in the future will, that people will find it, of equal or greater utility. That’s an ambitious hope … but it still seems appropriate, an appropriate goal for my upcoming activities,” he said.

This is good news. I’m really glad that he’s able to carry on. Hopefully there will be less interference from the media and haters.

Can Evernote make a comeback?


Evernote used to be the king of note-taking apps. The obvious go-to, regardless of the hardware you owned and what you were trying to store. […] That popularity allowed the company to expand into new areas. It partnered with Moleskine to produce paper notebooks which, through a combination of stickers and scanning, could be easily tagged and ported into Evernote. It launched a food-specific app and offered a whole range of merchandise including desk tidies and socks.

But those days are long gone.

Evernote has been retooling their system for just over two years. A lot of things have changed for the better. Some things, like the API interfaces, have remained the same. I’ve found the system to be a lot easier to approach after years of waffling between different note-taking apps.

Hopefully Evernote can find some success with their recent releases 👍🏻

Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device


The Good

  • It's pretty. The flat glass and ultra-thin profile makes for a compelling ultra-premium looking design.

The Bad

  • The lack of a split keyboard means you're stuck with one-finger typing in the standard "book" configuration. You have to swap to single-screen mode to get two fingers on the keyboard.

  • The phone is extraordinarily wide for no reason. Android apps don't do well on wide screens, so you either get a huge UI or giant margins. The width means the phone doesn't fit well in a pocket and is hard to hold.

  • The whole notification experience is terrible, with a skinny notification panel and no way to see notifications when the phone is closed.

  • There's no NFC.

  • There's no wireless charging.

  • There's no water resistance.

  • There's no high refresh rate display.

  • Microsoft is shipping last year's SoC.

  • You will probably break the USB port.

  • The software is very buggy, and you should expect to regularly fight with wonky gestures, a wonky touchscreen, and lots of problems that will need a reboot or at least closing and opening the phone again.

  • The $1400 price tag.

The Ugly

  • Microsoft's "We would really like to ship this existing hardware" mentality ruined all the hype around its entrance into the Android ecosystem.

This reads like something put out by my employer, not a company with the resources of Microsoft … 😑

Raymond J. de Souza: We can finally admit that plastic recycling has been a sham all along


After generations of governments at all levels promoting recycling with salvific zeal, we now have the confession: recycling of plastics has mostly been a crock. Those who wished to know knew long ago. I did, but then we economists tend to be the sort who — what’s the phrase? — follow the science. We are not dumbfounded if there are unintended consequences when government regulation mandates that rubbish has resale value.

This has long been known. In Japan it’s about 40% of plastics that get recycled. The rest is generally incinerated 🙄