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Scalpers are struggling to sell the RTX 4080 above MSRP, but retailers won't let them return the cards

We're used to seeing graphics cards arrive with such high demand that they're quickly bought in bulk by scalpers and sold on auction sites at hugely inflated prices. But the MSRP of the RTX 4080 (and RTX 4090) has led to memes calling Nvidia the scalpers.

Our investigation last month showed that the RTX 4080 isn't selling that well—most retailers have plenty in stock. But it seems plenty of scalpers assumed the Lovelace card would be hard to find, so they decided to purchase units for resale.

That lack of demand and abundance of stock is evident on eBay, where many RTX 4080 cards are selling for around or just over their official store prices, a far cry from the bad times when GPUs were being scalped for three or four times their MSRP.

VideoCardz reports that one scalper is offering six RTX 4080s from various manufacturers for MSRP. The seller writes that the "Market isn't what I thought."

Hospital patient arrested for allegedly switching off neighbor’s ‘noisy’ oxygen machine

A hospital patient has been arrested after she allegedly twice switched off the oxygen equipment on which a fellow patient depended because it was too noisy, German authorities have said.

The public prosecutor’s office in the southwest German city of Mannheim obtained a warrant for the 72-year-old woman’s arrest and she was brought before the magistrate and investigating judge of Mannheim Local Court on Wednesday.

She was later admitted to a “correctional facility,” the police headquarters and public prosecutor’s office in Mannheim said in a statement.

The woman allegedly turned off the main switch of the oxygen equipment some time before 8:00 pm on Tuesday, “after feeling disturbed by the noise emanating from (it),” the statement said.

Florida: DeSantis Denies Reports That Florida Lawmakers Are Backtracking On Punishing Disney

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office denied a bombshell report Friday morning claiming that state lawmakers were considering reversing their earlier fight with Walt Disney World, insisting the state will still punish Disney for opposing its policies, and saying the Republican governor “does not make ‘U-turns.’”

The Financial Times reported Friday that Florida lawmakers are drafting a “compromise bill” to prevent Reedy Creek Improvement District, the special district that governs Walt Disney World, from being dissolved in June—backtracking after the legislators were the ones who moved to get rid of the special district in the first place.

The reported compromise would let Disney keep Reedy Creek in place largely as it is but add some “modifications,” the FT reports, with state Sen. Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) suggesting that could include DeSantis being allowed to appoint some members of the Reedy Creek board and barring Disney from taking dramatic steps like building an airport or nuclear plant, as the Reedy Creek agreement now allows.

DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin denied the FT report in a statement to Forbes, saying a plan to dissolve Reedy Creek “is in the works and will be released soon.”

Reedy Creek is set to be dissolved on June 1, 2023, if the legislature does not take action before then, under the terms of the law the state enacted in April after Disney opposed HB 1557 or Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The reports of a potential about-face comes after Bob Iger was reinstated as Disney’s CEO on November 20, ousting former CEO Bob Chapek, who had sparked the feud with Disney over the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in the first place.

Iger, who also publicly opposed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, told employees last week he was “sorry to see us dragged into that battle” over Reedy Creek, and “the state of Florida has been important to us for a long time and we have been very important to the state of Florida”—comments that sources cited by the FT said were viewed as a good “olive branch” toward a compromise.

Psychologists have started to examine why people engage in “sad-fishing” on the internet

New research published in the Journal of American College Health investigated the relationship of sad-fishing to attachment style as well as interpersonal and online support. The findings indicate that those who engage in “sad-fishing” online might be more likely to have an anxious attachment style. However, those who engaged in sad-fishing did not differ from others in their interpersonal and online support.

Social media has become a tool for social connection, especially for adolescents and emerging adults. Social connection can be sought out in ways both positive and negative. The research team defines sad-fishing as “a tendency of social media users to publish exaggerations of their emotional states to generate sympathy.”

Engaging in sad-fishing may leave individuals vulnerable to rejection when seeking help. It also may become a pathological tool used to manipulate those in their social circle. Both outcomes may result in significant challenges for the sad-fisher. Secondarily, when social media consumers become desensitized to suffering due to the assumption that most people are sad-fishing, those who need help may not get it.

Cara Petrofes and her colleagues aimed to discover what psychological elements may motivate some to engage in sad-fishing. Their hypothesis stated that they felt sad-fishers would have a more anxious attachment style and lower interpersonal and/or online support levels.

Plastic pollution may have met its match: The saliva of wax worms

Two substances in the saliva of wax worms — moth larvae that eat wax made by bees to build honeycombs — readily break down a common type of plastic, researchers said on Tuesday, in a potential advance in the global fight against plastic pollution.

The researchers said the two enzymes identified in the caterpillar saliva were found to rapidly and at room temperature degrade polyethylene, the world’s most widely used plastic and a major contributor to an environmental crisis extending from ocean trenches to mountaintops.

The study builds on the researchers’ 2017 findings that wax worms were capable of degrading polyethylene, though at that time it was unclear how these small insects did it. The answer was enzymes — substances produced by living organisms that trigger biochemical reactions.

For plastic to degrade, oxygen must penetrate the polymer — or plastic molecule — in an important initial step called oxidation. The researchers found that the enzymes performed this step within hours without the need for pre-treatment such as applying heat or radiation.

Boy, 10, 'shot mother dead after she refused to buy him a virtual reality headset'

A 10-year-old boy allegedly shot and killed his mother because she would not buy him a virtual reality headset.

The boy at first claimed the shooting was an accident, but later said he intentionally aimed at his mother.

He is said to have logged into her Amazon account and ordered a headset the morning after she died, according to his aunt and sister, who claim he has not cried or showed any remorse.

The boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree reckless homicide and is in juvenile detention.

Europe says goodbye to ‘airplane mode’: Passengers can talk on the phone while flying

The first messages that airplane passengers receive before their flight takes off is to turn off their phones or put them in “airplane mode.” But that warning is about to disappear. The European Commission will designate specific frequencies of the new 5G network that will allow cellphones to remain connected while flying.

In practice, the decision will authorize airlines to permit clients to make and receive telephone calls and text messages and use data just as they would on the ground, according to the European Commission. The service will be offered using a piece of special network equipment called a picocell, which connects the plane’s network to the earth through a satellite. “The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity,” Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal market, said in a statement.

Airlines will be able to offer the latest 5G technology on their planes, according to the European Commission’s recent update on in-flight communication, which indicates the designation of certain 5G frequencies for user communication.

Currently, regulations require passenger to turn off their cellphones or activate airplane mode before takeoff and during the entire flight. The practice is a security measure to avoid interference with the plane’s electric and telecommunications systems. Connecting to the internet via wireless devices such as cellphones, tablets and laptops is possible only through an internal Wi-Fi network that the airline company offers, usually as a paid service.

However, the European Commission will now enable a specific frequency band for 5G use, ensuring that it does not interfere with any of the electronic devices on the plane so that the traveler can keep their smartphone on at all times. The network, though, will only work at low altitudes and in favorable weather conditions. In addition, the aircraft commander may order cellphones to be turned off at any time if they deem it appropriate. “5G will enable innovative services for people and growth opportunities for European companies,” Breton said.

FDA clears 1st fecal transplant treatment for gut infection

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called fecal transplant procedures that doctors have increasingly used against hard-to-treat intestinal infections.

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Rebyota for adults who have trouble fighting off infections with Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. diff, a bacteria that causes nausea, cramping and diarrhea. The infection is particularly dangerous when it reoccurs and is linked to about 15,000 to 30,000 deaths a year.

For more than a decade, some U.S. doctors have used stool samples from healthy donors to treat the condition. The healthy bacteria from donors’ gut has been shown to help recipients fight off C. diff bacteria. The procedure has grown more common as many patients no longer respond to traditional antibiotics.

But the proliferation of stool banks and fecal transplant practitioners across the country has created regulatory headaches for the FDA, which doesn’t traditionally regulate doctors’ medical procedures. The FDA has rarely intervened, provided stool donors are carefully screened for potential infectious diseases.

Neuralink's Brain Chip Plans: Help the Blind See and the Paralyzed Walk

Neuralink, the Elon Musk startup that hopes to link our brains directly to computers, showed progress Wednesday in two medical areas: helping blind people to see and helping people with spinal cord injuries to walk.

The company, one of five that Musk leads, is working on technology to drop thousands of electrodes thinner than a hair into the outer surface of human brains. Each electrode is a tiny wire connected to a battery powered, remotely recharged, quarter sized chip package that's embedded into a spot that once held a circle of skull. The chip, called the N1, communicates wirelessly with the outside world.

The technology is still far from the initial medical uses, much less Musk's ultimate vision of using Neuralink to hang out with superintelligent AIs. But it's making significant progress, including applying with the Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials it hopes to start within 6 months, the company said at a "show and tell" event lasting more than two hours.

"Our goal will be to turn the lights on for someone who's spent decades living in the dark," said Neuralink researcher Dan Adams, who's working on the effort to repackage camera data into a brain-compatible format and pipe it directly to the visual cortex.

Lastpass says hackers accessed customer data in new breach

LastPass says unknown attackers breached its cloud storage using information stolen during a previous security incident from August 2022.

The company added that, once in, the threat actors also managed to access customer data stored in the compromised storage service.

"We recently detected unusual activity within a third-party cloud storage service, which is currently shared by both LastPass and its affiliate, GoTo," the company said.

"We have determined that an unauthorized party, using information obtained in the August 2022 incident, was able to gain access to certain elements of our customers' information."

Lastpass said it hired security firm Mandiant to investigate the incident and notified law enforcement of the attack.

It also noted that customers' passwords have not been compromised and "remain safely encrypted due to LastPass's Zero Knowledge architecture."

"We are working diligently to understand the scope of the incident and identify what specific information has been accessed," Lastpass added.

STAR TREK IS MOTIVATING THIS TEAM OF SCIENTISTS TO BUILD A WORKING WARP DRIVE SPACECRAFT


In the vast majority of space-based science fiction, ships that can travel faster than the speed of light are pretty much a given. Most credit Gene Rodenberry for creating the first warp drive spacecraft for his 1967 premiere of the TV show Star Trek, but before too long, other space dramas like 1977’s Star Wars were using their own “hyperdrives” to power ships like the Millennium Falcon from planet to planet in a matter of hours, or even minutes.

Still, these technological terrors were more deus ex machina than actual hard science concepts, used by their creators to move the story seamlessly from planet to planet or star system to star system.

That all changed in 1994 when Mexican mathematician Miguel Alcubierre laid out the mathematical foundation for a real-world warp drive spacecraft. Critics immediately pointed out the shortcomings of Alcubierre’s work, primarily the mammoth amounts of energy required to power his spaceship as well as the so-called, purely theoretical “exotic” matter required to build the thing. Nonetheless, his mathematics were sound, moving at least the idea of a warp-capable spaceship from science fiction closer to science fact.

Since Alcubierre’s breakthrough, a number of physicists and engineers have laid out their own formulas for theoretical warp drives, with each design seemingly inching the concept closer and closer to reality. The Debrief has covered many of these concepts, including a 2013 refinement of Alcubierre’s model by former NASA engineer and warp pioneer Harold G. “Sonny” White which dramatically lowered the power requirements from a completely unfathomable amount to a slightly less impossible yet still unattainable (by present-day engineering standards) amount.

A Florida woman is suing Kraft for $5 million, saying Velveeta microwave mac and cheese takes longer to make than advertised

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The label on a cup of Velveeta’s microwaveable mac and cheese says the meal only takes three and a half minutes to prepare. But a Florida woman says this is false – and she’s suing the manufacturer for $5 million.

Amanda Ramirez, of Hialeah, has filed a proposed $5 million class action lawsuit against Kraft Heinz Foods Company alleging the food producer’s Velveeta Shells & Cheese takes longer than advertised to prepare, court documents show.

Attorneys for Ramirez filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 18, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit claims that the packaging on the microwavable single-serve cups of mac and cheese that says it will be “ready in 3½ minutes,” is “false and misleading.”

Woman’s name and tiny sketches found in 1,300-year-old medieval text

For nearly 1,300 years, no one knew it was there. The name of a highly educated English woman, secretly scratched on to the pages of a rare medieval manuscript in the eighth century, but impossible to read – until now.

Academics have discovered the Old English female name Eadburg was repeatedly scored into the surface of the religious text, using a method that kept it hidden from the naked eye for more than 12 centuries.

The covert writing of the woman’s name was finally revealed when researchers at the Bodleian Library in Oxford used cutting-edge technology to capture the 3D surface of the ancient manuscript, a Latin copy of the Acts of the Apostles that was made in England between AD700 and AD750.

It is the first time this technology, capable of revealing “almost invisible” markings so shallow they measure about a fifth of the width of a human hair, has been used to record annotations on the surface of a manuscript.

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