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Raise your hand if a gaming PC is currently heating your home

A few weeks ago, our furnace (technically a heat pump) stopped working at the worst possible time of the year. But at least one room stays nice and toasty all winter long — thanks to my gaming PC.

Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this might actually be a trend: some bitcoin miners and gamers are warming their rooms, growing tomatoes, and even heating a chicken coop during the pandemic.

It made me wonder: how many Verge readers are doing the same?


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Me, I keep my PC running all night long, folding proteins to help study COVID-19, which I highly recommend. (I just crossed 175 million points this week.) But I have to admit the room hasn’t been as warm since I swapped my own GeForce GTX 1080 back in. The impossible-to-find AMD Radeon RX 6800 definitely put out more heat, and we actually had to crack a window when I had an Nvidia RTX 3080 folding those proteins. I can’t speak for every model, but the Founder’s Edition runs hot.

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100 former civil servants raise questions over transparency in PM-CARES Fund

 New Delhi, January 16

A group of 100 former civil servants wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raising questions over transparency in the PM-CARES Fund.

They said it is necessary that, for reasons of probity and adherence to standards of public accountability, the financial details of receipts and expenditures be made available in order to avoid doubts of wrongdoing.

“We have been keenly following the ongoing debate about the Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations, or ‘PM-CARES’, — a fund created for the benefit of people affected by the COVID pandemic. Both the purpose for which it has been created as well as the way it has been administered have left a number of questions unanswered,” they said in the letter.

“It is essential that the position and stature of the Prime Minister is kept intact by ensuring total transparency in all dealings the Prime Minister is associated with,” they said.

The letter was signed by former IAS officers Anita Agnihotri, S P Ambrose, Sharad Behar, Sajjad Hassan, Harsh Mander, P Joy Oommen, Aruna Roy, former diplomats Madhu Bhaduri, K P Fabian, Deb Mukharji, Sujatha Singh and former IPS officers A S Dulat, P G J Nampoothiri and Julio Ribeiro among others.

In March last year, the Centre set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund with the primary objective to deal with any kind of emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and provide relief to those affected. — PTI

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London City Hall to Raise City Tax by Almost 10%

The funds will be used to provide free travel for children and the elderly

From April 2021, London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to increase the part of the municipal tax that goes to the capital’s budget by 9.5%, according to The Evening Standard. The proceeds will be used to provide free travel for Londoners under 18 and over 60.

So, the council tax on category D will rise by £ 31.59 per year. £ 15 of this will be used to maintain the reduced fare, another £ 15 to support the police forces, and the remaining £ 1.59 to improve the work of the London fire department.

Taking into account the indexation from the local authorities, the total municipal tax increase in 2021 could be up to £ 100.

According to Sadik Khan, promotion is a forced measure. Now free travel for some categories of citizens in London is provided by the government, but from April it will shift responsibility to the metropolitan mayor’s office. “I understand that many families have faced serious financial difficulties due to the pandemic, but the government has left us no other choice. I promise all Londoners that every penny of this amount will be used effectively. “– said Khan.

In addition, the City Hall will not reduce the entry fee for central London until at least October 2021. Since June 22, 2020, it has risen in price from £ 11.5 to £ 15.

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Tuchel comments raise doubt over potential Arsenal role amid Arteta struggles

When Thomas Tuchel was relieved of his duties by Paris Saint-Germain on Christmas Eve, he was inevitably linked with Arsenal.

The Gunners are languishing in 15th in the Premier League after 14 games and are facing a shock fight against the drop.

Mikel Arteta is coming under increasing pressure in the Emirates dugout ahead of what could prove to be a crucial festive period.

The German press were quick to report that Tuchel wanted his next challenge to be in the Premier League having led PSG to the Champions League final last season.

And a number of Arsenal fans on Twitter gave their approval to Tuchel should Arteta depart.

Tuchel has previously spoken of his admiration for Tottenham

But it’s a different north London club that Tuchel has spoken of his admiration for in the past.

Prior to Dortmund’s Europa League round of 16 clash against Tottenham in 2016, Tuchel revealed his soft spot for Spurs.

“As a little kid, in my garden, when I played [football] I was always [playing] as a team from the Bundesliga but there was one game when I played as Tottenham Hotspur because I liked the name so much,” he said.

“I didn’t have a picture and I didn’t know they played in London so to play them in two legs was very special. What I didn’t know as a kid is what I felt today and yesterday, that there are so many friendly people here.

“The coaching staff and the staff in the stadium and dressing room and benches and so on, was unbelievable. Such great support and atmosphere, so many friendly people, they made us feel welcome.

“Thanks a lot and best of luck to the club.”

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NY state lawmakers plan to raise taxes on residents earning $1m to plug $8.7bn shortfall

New York state lawmakers are planning to raise taxes that could be backdated on residents earning $1 million or more, amid fears it will fuel an exodus of the rich to lower-cost cities such as Miami and Austin.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie from the Bronx said Monday the state needs to act ‘now’ to increase rates on its wealthiest residents, in order to plug the gaping hole in the state budget left by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office is projecting an $8.7 billion deficit for the 2021 fiscal year that begins on April 1 which, on top of the existing $8 billion black hole, could throw New York almost $17 billion into the red.  

A state source told the Wall Street Journal officials plan to impose new levies on people earning $2 million or more while another said the hike will impact those earning upwards of $1 million. 

It is not clear how much the state lawmakers plan to raise taxes by but New Jersey recently upped taxes on earners pocketing $1 million to 10.75 percent. 

At present, New Yorkers earning over $1,077,550 are taxed at a rate of 8.82 percent, with an additional tax for those living in the city, meaning a roughly 2 percentage point spike if officials follow the path of the neighboring state. has reached out to the offices of Cuomo, Heastie and Stewart-Cousins for more information on proposed levies.

Official state figures show more than half of the roughly $50 billion New York collects each year from taxpayers comes from the richest 2 percent. 

Meanwhile estimates from the Manhattan Institute reveal 80 percent of New York City’s tax revenue comes from the richest 17 percent earning upwards of $100,000.

Fears are mounting that an increase in taxes, on top of already having one of the highest tax rates in the country, will push more wealthy residents to up sticks and relocate – in turn fueling an even bigger hole in the state’s finances.  

Swathes of New Yorkers have already left the state – and in particular the city – as companies switched to remote learning at the height of the pandemic. 

New York state lawmakers are planning to raise taxes that could be backdated on residents earning $1 million or more as soon as this month, amid fears it will fuel an exodus of the rich to lower-cost cities such as Miami and Austin. An empty Times Square last month

Assembly member Heastie told reporters Monday that the state’s tax increase could be introduced before Christmas and that he is in talks with Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins about pushing a proposal through. 

‘I think something like an income tax, if you want to get a full year’s value of it, I think you do have to consider it now,’ he said from Albany.

Heastie said he wanted to push through a spike in a December session so that the increase can be felt in the new year, rather than wait for the scheduled session start date of January 6. 

However he said the state Senate and governor would need to agree on the details such as a rate, adding that ‘the governor still has the ability to say yea or nay.’

Cuomo suggested Wednesday he plans to delay any tax increase until after Joe Biden enters the White House in January, in the hope that the government will approve federal aid to plug the deficit instead.   

‘I believe President Biden will correct the situation,’ the governor said in a press conference of the Democratic president-elect who takes office on January 20.  

‘He gets it [but] the problem is he has to get into office and then he has to propose a budget, so we’re looking at February, March.’ 

Cuomo hit out at Congress for its current ongoing negotiations over a federal stimulus package that has no provision to send money to deficit-ridden states.

‘It’s madness. Hyper-political. Parochialism. Madness,’ he said. 

Cuomo was speaking after Biden held a phone call with several state governors Wednesday, discussing a federal stimulus package. 

The governor said he was holding out hope that a tax hike is avoidable if the federal government steps up to the task.

He said an increase should be decided upon as part of an overall state budget plan in the new year and warned that planning now could also result in massive funding cuts to essential services like healthcare.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (above) from the Bronx said Monday the state needs to act 'now' to increase rates on its wealthiest residents so they can take effect from January, in order to plug the gaping hole in the state budget left by the coronavirus pandemic

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (above) from the Bronx said Monday the state needs to act ‘now’ to increase rates on its wealthiest residents so they can take effect from January, in order to plug the gaping hole in the state budget left by the coronavirus pandemic

‘I favor waiting until next year,’ Cuomo said.  

Heastie – a longtime ally – hit out at Cuomo on Twitter for pushing to delay action. 

‘I am confused by the Governor’s logic. He hasn’t cut anything so far. We are hoping to give him more revenue to ease the fiscal strain and help maintain essential services until the federal government provides assistance, and he is threatening cuts,’ Heastie tweeted.

‘In 2011, we came back to extend the millionaires tax without doing the entire budget…  Any additional revenue still helps. 

‘I am a very concerned that the federal government is cutting away $160 billion in state and local aid from the federal stimulus package.’

He continued: ‘We now have wait more than a month for President-elect Biden to take office, and also hope that the Democrats win the two seats in Georgia. 

‘The Assembly was willing to do tax increases in March as part of the previous budget.

‘With $11 billion in borrowing authority and $2.5 billion in unencumbered reserves, the Governor doesn’t need to cut and he can wait for the federal government.’  

Until last week, Cuomo vowed not to drive out the rich by implementing tax hikes at all.

He even offered to buy them a drink if they moved back to the state after many fled at the height of the pandemic.

But, in a marked turnaround, Cuomo admitted in a press conference on December 10 that he ‘believe[s] we’re going to have to raise taxes’. 

‘If Washington gives us some of it, then we’re going to have to redo a budget,’ Cuomo said. 

‘We’re going to have to raise taxes – I believe we’re going to have to raise taxes, at the end of the day, in any event. The question is, how much in tax?’ 

Stewart-Cousins said in a statement to the Journal that she is working with the Assembly ‘to make sure whatever action we take helps to address the severity of the crisis at hand.’ 

A state official familiar with the negotiations said Senator Stewart-Cousins’s team is planning to backdate new tax rates to some point in 2020 on New Yorkers earning $2 million or more in annual income, reported the Journal. 

Another official told the outlet Assembly negotiators are looking to implement a tax hike on people earning $1 million or more.  

If New Yorkers earning $1 million or more are taxed at 10.75 percent in line with New Jersey, this could generate $5.28 billion to help plug the deficit, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute.

If further tax brackets are introduced for earners of $5 million, $10 million and $100 million – something assembly members have proposed for years – the FPI estimates another $2 billion could be generated. 

While this could help save the state from financial ruin in the short term, concerns are ramping up that tax increases will drive more rich residents out of the state.   

Thousands of New York City residents fled Manhattan and Brooklyn earlier this year when the city was the COVID-19 epicenter of the world.  

By May an estimated 420,000 of the city’s top 1 to 2 percent – who are responsible for half the state’s income taxes – had left.  

Many flocked to their second homes in the Hamptons or upstate, while others rented or bought new properties, abandoning their expensive city apartments, fearing a tax hike. 

In July, a ‘March on Billionaires’ took place in the city with placards calling for Cuomo to ‘tax the rich’.

Almost half of the state’s revenue comes from its personal income tax, which is projected to bring in around $60 billion before refunds in both the current and upcoming fiscal years, budget documents show.

And more than half of the $50 billion personal income tax collected comes from just 188,000 earners, according to the state budget office. 

Based on Manhattan Institute estimates, if 5 percent of New York City’s earners on $100,000 or more leave, Albany will lose a staggering $933 million in tax revenue. 

As well as New York The richest 1 percent are also fleeing other pricey parts of the nation such as Los Angeles and Silicon Valley as remote working becomes the new norm to set up in the likes of Miami and Texas where tax rates are cheaper.  

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British and US armed forces battle it out on Call of Duty to raise money for veterans

British and US armed forces battle it out on best-selling video game Call of Duty to raise money for veterans

  • US and British military teams competed in a Call of Duty competition on Friday
  • Call of Duty Endowment Bowl was set up to help get veterans back in to work
  • US Space Force team won Friday night’s competition, with RAF finishing second 

Members of the armed forces in Britain and the US battled it out over Call of Duty to raise money for veterans.

For the first time ever, teams from both countries’ army, navy and air forces entered the Call of Duty Endowment Bowl on Friday, which helps support veterans get back into work.

The US’ Space Force team won the competition on the first-person-shooter, with the RAF and British Army sides coming second and third respectively.

The US Space Force won a Call of Duty competition between America’s and Britain’s respective military esport clubs on Friday night 

Lance Corporal Kieran Girdler was captain of the British Army’s team, following the result, he told the BBC: ‘We came third with a nail-biting finish, with just four points in it, we’re a bit gutted however I can say for all the guys that we had a great experience.’ 

Representatives from the Royal Navy, US Marine Corps, along with its army, air force and navy, also took part. 

All eight teams were captained by a popular Call of Duty streamer, along with members of the armed forces, as they battled it out on the latest installment of the franchise – Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.  

Following Friday’s result, the RAF’s dedicated e-sports team wrote: ‘Second place in #Codebowl2020. Incredible result and in the end it came down to a tie breaker where both teams were on the same score but the most dominant round won it for Space Force.

‘Second place in that tournament is no mean feat.’ 

The competition was set up to raise awareness of the charity, which hopes to get 100,000 veterans back into work by 2024.

So far it has funded the placement of more than 77,000 veterans in high quality employment, by working with charities in both countries.

Both countries taking part in the Call of Duty Endowment Bowl were playing Cold War, the latest installment in the first-person-shooter franchise

Both countries taking part in the Call of Duty Endowment Bowl were playing Cold War, the latest installment in the first-person-shooter franchise

In the UK, it has worked with Walking with the Wounded and the RFEA (The Forces Employment Charity, formerly known as the Regular Forces Employment Association).

Major Tim Elliott, the British Army’s officer in charge of e-sports, told the BBC ahead of Friday’s tournament: ‘It allows soldiers to communicate with their mates and not be alone, especially over Christmas if they’re going to be isolating if there’s lockdown or restrictions

He added the streaming teams helped the military ‘connect with the general public and show we’re human.’ 

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Disney Plus will raise the price of its service in March | The State

By comparison, the cheapest Netflix subscription is $ 9.

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Disney Plus will increase its price by US $ 1, making a subscription cost $ 8 a month from March. It should be noted that Disney launched the streaming service in November 2019 enjoying enormous popularity from the start.

In continental Europe, prices are rising from € 2 to € 9 per month, and similar adjustments will be made in other markets where Disney Plus is charged in local currency.

By comparison, Netflix’s most popular plan costs $ 14 a month, after the streaming giant raised its own prices in early 2020, CNet reported.

The cheapest Netflix subscription is $ 9 And its premium package, which unlocks some benefits like 4K resolution, HDR image quality, and the ability to stream on four devices at the same time (benefits offered by the standard Disney Plus package), costs $ 18 per month.

-You may also be interested: Will Costco be open at Christmas and New Years?



EU: the Twenty-Seven raise their climate ambitions after saving the recovery plan

The Twenty-Seven agreed on Friday to raise their goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, after a sleepless night of negotiations with Poland, after having saved their plan the day before massive post-Covid stimulus.

• Read also: Record 7% drop in CO2 emissions in 2020 due to COVID-19

Meeting in Brussels at the summit, the heads of state and government also decided to sanction Turkey for its “aggressive” activities in the Mediterranean against Greece and Cyprus, two EU member countries.

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the Europeans gave the green light to cut the continent’s emissions by “at least 55%” by 2030 from the 1990 level, against a target of 40% currently, in order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

The summit adopted “an ambitious proposal for a new climate target,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter.

“No plan B” for the climate

“Ten years is tomorrow. So let’s do everything we can to succeed, now, all together. Because there is no plan B, “reacted French President Emmanuel Macron.

The modalities and the distribution of efforts were at the heart of the negotiations: Poland, very dependent on coal, feared the heavy economic consequences of this greening and demanded guarantees on the financial aid it would obtain.

Warsaw wanted to secure a share of the new resources from future carbon market reform, which other states refused because of lack of knowledge of the amount of potential revenue, diplomatic sources said.

Faced with the United States and China, “the EU can not miss the climate after having been a leader for twelve years”, stressed a diplomat to justify these long hours of talks.

Poland had already united with Hungary to block the recovery plan and the European budget.

European leaders managed to find an agreement on Thursday allowing Europe to borrow jointly to revive its economy, without sacrificing the new mechanism conditioning the granting of its funds to respect for the rule of law (independent justice, anti-corruption policy …).

Hostile to this system and regularly accused of undermining democratic values, Hungary and Poland blocked the European budget for the period 2021-2027 (1,074 billion) and the recovery plan (750 billion euros), adopted in July.

To overcome their reluctance, the German Presidency of the EU proposed that the mechanism be accompanied by an “explanatory” declaration, specifying in particular the possibility of bringing the matter before the European Court of Justice to examine its legality before it comes into force. application, even if it means delaying it.

Such an appeal takes 18-19 months on average, according to the Court … until the next elections in Hungary. But once validated, the device will apply retrospectively from January 2021. The declaration was approved by the Twenty-Seven on Thursday.

“We can say, in all modesty, that we have saved the unity of the Union,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban boasted at a joint conference with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki.

“The mechanism will be limited to specific criteria”, which exclude social issues (right to abortion, LGBT rights) and migration policies, it is “a victory”, launched the Pole.

The hypothesis of a recovery plan for Twenty-Five, which would have deprived the two recalcitrant of significant European funds, had been raised.

“This is a strong signal, triumphing over selfishness: the rule of law will apply everywhere,” German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said.

Individual sanctions

Thursday’s declaration has “no legal effect” on the mechanism, “it is a simple document that allows Poland and Hungary to save face”, said MEP Petri Sarvamaa (EPP, right) rapporteur on the text.

The first payments from the stimulus fund could be made by the end of the first quarter of 2021, according to the Élysée.

The Europeans had also overcome their divisions at the end of the evening to sanction Turkey for its gas exploration work in disputed maritime areas with Greece and Cyprus.

The threat of retaliation was raised in October, but several states blocked the adoption of sanctions. “Germany fears migratory flows, Italy has energy links with Turkey, Eastern countries see Ankara as an important NATO ally against Russia,” explained a European diplomat.

The decision concerns individual sanctions – a list of names will be drawn up -, and additional measures (adding new names, companies) could be decided in March at a new stage, if Turkey continues. his actions.

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Raise your hand if ‘Cash App launches a clothing line’ was on your 2020 bingo card

If you’ve ever used Cash App and thought “wow, I wish I could put this on my body…” we may need to talk about your relationship with apps. But also you’re in luck! The payment service announced in a tweet today that it’s launching its own apparel line, called (what else) Cash. According to its website, the apparel line will follow the standard streetwear release model of “limited edition drops”.

If you follow this link from the tweet, you’ll first be subjected to some creepy 3D models — you can click on them to make them dance — before you actually get to the shop. Once there, you can browse the “fits” (as I’ve heard the kids calling them). If you need a new T-shirt, sweatshirt, jacket, or pair of pants, and for some reason don’t mind being a walking billboard for a company that makes money when you spend money, you can, of course, buy one using your Cash Card. You’ll even get an extra 25 percent off if you use its service instead of a credit card. And, if you’re worried about getting chilly from the ice-cold look you’ll soon be rocking, you can even get a scarf.

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Comcast to raise internet and TV prices nationwide next year

If you’re a Comcast TV and internet user, prepare for price hikes. The company is planning to increase the prices of a variety of services starting January 1st, 2021, according to Ars Technica and a document detailing the various price increases being shared on Reddit.

The increases include as much as $4.50 per month added to the “Broadcast TV” fee and up to $2 per month added to the Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee, which collectively would add as much as $78 per year.

In a statement to Ars Technica, a Comcast spokesperson confirmed the above fees, as well as a $3 per month increase for internet-only service and up to a $2.50 per month increase for TV boxes on the primary outlet, with a decrease of up to $2.45 per month for TV boxes on additional outlets. (This means the fee for someone’s primary TV box is increasing from $5 to $7.50 per month, while the fee for additional boxes will be lowered from $9.95 to $7.50 per month.)

Some TV packages might also see increases, but Comcast tells Ars Technica it depends on the service area. In Chicago, for example, the Choice TV package is increasing from $25 to $30 per month.

At the same time as these price hikes, Comcast also said this week it’d impose a home internet data cap of 1.2TB per month in more than a dozen states next year. If people go over this allotment, they’ll be charged $10 per 50GB, up to $100 in a month. That means it’s going to be an expensive year to be a Comcast customer.

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