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Bitcoin Mining Emissions In China Will Hit 130 Million Tons By 2024

According to researchers in Beijing, China, the total carbon footprint of bitcoin mining in the country will peak in 2024, releasing around 130 million metric tons of carbon. This figure exceeds the annual carbon emissions of countries including Italy and the Czech Republic. New Scientist reports: By 2024, bitcoin mining in China will require 297 terawatt-hours of energy and account ... Read More »

Google Open-Sources Lyra In Beta To Reduce Voice Call Bandwidth Usage

Google today open-sourced Lyra in beta, an audio codec that uses machine learning to produce high-quality voice calls. VentureBeat reports: The code and demo, which are available on GitHub, compress raw audio down to 3 kilobits per second for “quality that compares favorably to other codecs,” Google says. Lyra’s architecture is separated into two pieces, an encoder and decoder. When ... Read More »

Google Now Supports Rust for Underlying Android OS Development

For the past few years, Google has been encouraging developers to write Android apps with Kotlin. The underlying OS still uses C and C++, though Google today announced Android Open Source Project (AOSP) support for Rust. From a report: This is part of Google’s work to address memory safety bugs in the operating system: “We invest a great deal of ... Read More »

DoorDash Drivers Game Algorithm To Increase Pay

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Dave Levy and Nikos Kanelopoulos are trying to beat the algorithm. The two DoorDash drivers — Dashers, as the company calls them — are trying to persuade their peers to turn down the lowest-paying deliveries so the automated system for matching jobs with drivers will respond by raising pay rates. “Every app-based ... Read More »

Cosmic Rays Causing 30,000 Network Malfunctions in Japan Each Year

Cosmic rays are causing an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 malfunctions in domestic network communication devices in Japan every year, a Japanese telecom giant found recently. From a report: Most so-called “soft errors,” or temporary malfunctions, in the network hardware of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. are automatically corrected via safety devices, but experts said in some cases they may have ... Read More »