Elon Musk Has Become the Richest Man in the World!

Elon MuskElon Musk is the world’s richest person

Ars Technica – “Elon Musk has become the world’s richest man, surpassing previous record-holder Jeff Bezos, according to CNBC. Musk is now worth more than $180 billion.

Musk’s rising wealth reflects the meteoric rise of Tesla’s stock. The company’s share price closed at $816 on Thursday, up almost 8 percent for the day. That share price values Tesla at almost $800 billion—several times more than any other car company.

CNBC says that Musk’s rise to become the richest man in the world is the fastest in history. At the start of 2020, just over a year ago, Musk was worth only $27 billion. At the time, Tesla stock traded for less than $100 (adjusting for a 2020 stock split).

The stock increased to more than $700 over the course of 2020. Then, in the first week of 2021, it rose above $800.”

Linux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” Cinnamon Has Been Released!

Linux Mint 20.1 CinnamonLinux Mint 20.1 “Ulyssa” Cinnamon Edition

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 20.1 ‘Ulyssa’ Cinnamon Edition.

Linux Mint 20.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:
This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

What’s new in Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon‘.”

Follow-up to My Rant on YouTube

This just happened to me today, I posted this on Facebook:

Here’s one for you. I was JUST watching a video from NewsMax, that was running on YouTube. As I watched, the speaker on the video made the statement that there was plenty of evidence that proves that the election was stolen. The video immediately cut off, and disappeared! I could not go back and see it, it was just gone. Real time censorship by Google/YouTube because I was watching the claim that there was evidence of fraud. It gives you a very “hair on the back of your neck rising” feeling.

Do we live in a communist/socialist dictatorship?

Then I saw this article on The Verge: YouTube will now remove videos disputing Joe Biden’s election victory

Whatever you believe about the election, I don’t care. It SHOULD worry you that our freedoms to speak are being curtailed!

Is an IPO Coming for SuSE Linux?

SuSE LinuxAccording to Linux Today:

“$6 billion Linux deal? SuSE IPO rumored

According to Bloomberg, EQT is planning an IPO for German Linux and enterprise software company SUSE. EQT is a Swedish-based private equity firm with €50 billion in raised capital. SUSE is the leading European Union (EU) Linux distributor.”

According to Wikipedia on SuSE Linux: “SUSE Linux is a computer operating system developed by SUSE. It is built on top of the free and open source Linux kernel and is distributed with system and application software from other open source projects. SUSE Linux is of German origin, its name being an acronym of ‘Software und System-Entwicklung’ (software and systems development), and it was mainly developed in Europe. The first version appeared in early 1994, making SUSE one of the oldest existing commercial distributions. It is known for its YaST configuration tool.”

Google Will No Longer Pay Small Creators!

According to a Slashdot post:

YouTube has updated its Terms of Service to include a new section that gives it the right to monetize videos from channels not big enough to be part of its Partner Program. Engadget reports:
That doesn’t mean new creators can start earning from their videos right away, though — YouTube said in a forum post explaining the changes to its ToS that non-YPP members won’t be getting a cut from those ads. To become eligible for the YouTube Partner Program, a creator has to be living in a country where it’s active, has to have 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months and has to have over 1,000 subscribers. YouTube only used to run ads on videos from channels that don’t meet those criteria under special circumstances, such as if the channel was previously a YPP member. Going forward, though, the website can monetize any video, so long as it meets its ad-friendly guidelines.

In addition to this change to its Right to Monetize section, YouTube has also added “faces” to the kinds of information people aren’t allowed to collect from its service. It explained that the website never allowed the collection of personally identifiable information, but it altered its language in the ToS “to be extremely explicit about what kind of data users” can’t collect. YouTube is rolling out these changes in the US first, but they will be effective worldwide by the end 2021.

Apple No Longer Using Intel CPUs

M1Apple now has their own chip, the “M1.” I also got this email today:

“MacBook Air

Power. It’s in the Air.

Our thinnest, lightest notebook, completely transformed by the Apple M1 chip. CPU speeds up to 3.5x faster. GPU speeds up to 5x faster. Our most advanced Neural Engine for up to 9x faster machine learning.(1) The longest battery life ever in a MacBook Air. And a silent, fanless design. This much power has never been this ready to go.

From $999 or $83.25/mo.

Available starting 11.17”

I used to have a MacBook, back in the day, but I am no longer a customer.

Crowd-sourcing in Google Photos

Googles Photos and AIGoogle wants you to help them in their quest for world domination! OK, OK, that may be a bit extreme… or IS it? They want your help in the form of your time to label images in your own personal account, so that their AI can learn to recognize your images.

Google Photos integrates crowdsourcing tool to help improve machine learning

9to5 Google – By; Abner Li – “Object, person, and pet recognition is one of Google Photos’ best features. Google is now inviting Android users to help improve the service’s machine learning technology through a built-in crowdsourcing tool.

There is a new ‘Help improve Google Photos’ button at the very bottom of the “Search” tab after the various query filters. Featuring the Crowdsource logo, this feature is powered by Google’s micro-task service.

Google wants to better understand ‘what’s important to you’ in pictures. The ‘Understanding your photos’ screen presents pictures from your library with the date noted in the top-right corner. You’re asked to ‘type in what’s important,’ with the option to skip and a progress bar below.

After that initial session, you can improve the following aspects of Google Photos:

  • Understanding your photos: We’d like to learn what’s important to you.
  • Printing preferences: Help us understand what you’d like to print
  • Made for you: Help us create better collages, animations, and more
  • Holiday photos: Help us learn which photos show a certain holiday or event.

    A Google Help document explains how it ‘may take time to see your contributions impact your account, but your input will help improve existing features and build new ones, like improved suggestions on which photos to print or higher quality creations that you would like.’

    This feature is ‘only available on Android devices,’ while you can delete answers that you’ve contributed at any time from the overflow menu on the main screen.

    It’s widely rolling out with Google Photos 5.18 today after on-and-off testing over the past year.”

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