Chinese-owned companies in Myanmar are allegedly responsible for illegal mining operations that are destroying the natural landscape of Myanmar’s border region with China, local miners of dysprosium and terbium — two heavy rare earth minerals used in clean energy products and smart electronics — told the organization Global Witness for a report published on Tuesday. Global Witness revealed on August 9 how illicit rare earth mining allegedly supported by Chinese businessmen in Myanmar has ravaged a mountainous border region called Kachin Special Region 1, writing: For Zau*, a local worker, the mining boom is a rare chance to make money. He is paid 3,800 yuan ($600) in cash every month, around twice the average salary in Myanmar. He works in the shadows, at a mine near the Chinese border, for a company that has no permits. On paper, Sin Kyaing Company is owned by a local militia leader called Lagwi Bawm Lang. But like other Burmese [from Myanmar] companies in the rare earth … [Read more...] about Report: China Destroying Myanmar with Rare Earth Mining for ‘Green’ Energy
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In two days, the 2018 hit game Marvel's Spider-Man will break out of its console exclusivity and land on Windows ( Steam , EGS ) as arguably Sony's biggest PC port yet. We knew Sony was bullish about selling more games on PC in the current fiscal year , but we didn't expect a critically acclaimed gem like Spider-Man , which previously drove console sales as a PlayStation exclusive, to make the transition. The thing about PC ports, of course, is that they have to work on a wide range of machines. As of press time, the Spider-Man version we tested doesn't necessarily surpass the mix of stability and impressive technical performance that developer Insomniac delivered on dated PlayStation 4 architecture. Such complaints might be moot when Spider-Man launches on Friday, August 12 —and we sure hope so. At its best, this game does whatever a PC rig can, delivering ultra-wide ratios, super-charged graphical settings, higher frame rates, and increased ray tracing depth. But … [Read more...] about You can finally play Sony’s
Editor's take: Broadcom was once a leading semiconductor company, and then it started buying enterprise software companies. The finance people recognize Broadcom for it is, and while the technology people recognize it as well, they just do not want to accept it. And we cannot blame them for that sentiment. Broadcom began its existence as a spin-off of a spin-off. Twenty years or so ago, Hewlett Packard began its process of miniaturization. First spinning off Agilent which contained a hodgepodge of businesses that were not related to PCs or printers. Agilent in turn split itself into several more pieces, one of which was HP's one-time internal chip business, rechristened as Avago. We followed Avago closely for many years as sell-side analysts. Buried deep inside HP, we knew it sold filters that went into mobile phones and would occasionally provide some really interesting, but obscure piece of information. Then the spin-off happened. Editor's Note: Jonathan Goldberg is the … [Read more...] about What has Broadcom become?
7.0 Astound/RCN home internet service Like Low first-year pricing No data caps No contracts Don't Like Limited availability to metro areas Sharp price increase in the second year of service Confusing equipment fees This week, Astound Broadband announced a nationwide launch of a new internet speed tier featuring download speeds up to 1,200 megabits per second. That puts it right in a dead heat with Xfinity for the fastest cable broadband plan available nationally. Not too shabby. But I have to be honest. I nearly titled this review "Confusion in Cable Land." Why? Because my eyes glazed as I pored over the differences in offerings for the six metro markets covered by Astound Broadband Powered by RCN (whoa, that's a mouthful!). But that hardly matters for most of you unless you're planning to relocate from one Astound Broadband market to another . What matters most is what Astound/RCN offers in … [Read more...] about Astound Broadband/RCN Home Internet Review: Great Starting Price, but Beware a Steep Increase