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DrupalEasy Podcast 238 - Front-end components for beginners with Brian Perry

Subscribe Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Miro.Brian Perry, front-end architect with Bounteous, joins Mike Anello for a beginners talk about front-end components, including Brian's advice for what the first steps are for someone who wants to get started using them. URLs mentioned DrupalEasy News We're using the machine-driven Amazon Transcribe service to provide an audio transcript of this episode.

Crypto Is Straining the Power Grid. Congress Wants to Rein It In

Only three firms shared data on greenhouse gas emissions, but the pattern the limited data set revealed was troubling to congressmembers: “These three companies that provided clear emissions data alone are currently responsible for approximately 1.6 million tons emitted annually, the equivalent of almost 360,000 cars—and these figures are only set to go upwards in the coming years.”Warren, et al. are not urging a nationwide ban like China's, but they quoted a study from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley that showed the extent of the issue and implications for other areas impacted by future growth: “The power demands of cryptocurrency mining operations in upstate New York push up annual electric bills by about $165 million for small businesses and $79 million for individuals.” That's why Senator Elizabeth Warren joined five other congressmembers to submit a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, recommending the agencies combine forces to draft new regulations requiring emissions and energy use reporting from all crypto-mining operations nationwide. The letter provided the EPA and DOE with new information from Congress' investigation into the environmental impacts of “seven of the largest crypto-mining operations in the US.” Impact on Consumer Utility Bills After China banned crypto mining last fall, the US became the prime destination for firms relocating.“But the information they did provide reveals that these companies' mining operations are significant and growing, have a major impact on climate change, and that federal intervention is necessary.”Now, US lawmakers are worried that plans for rapid growth in cryptocurrency mining operations will further destabilize the grid, while quietly spiking carbon emissions and driving up utility costs to more and more consumers.Within the past few years, the congressmembers say in the letter, the US has supplied “over a third of the global computing power dedicated to mining Bitcoin” (the most popular cryptocurrency). “None of the companies provided full and complete information in response to our questions,” Warren, et al. wrote. Warren, et al. have given the agencies until August 15 to verify their authority to enforce crypto-mining reporting.None of the firms said that they track the impacts on consumers connected to power grids, and none of the firms seemed to think they had any reason to fully comply with Congress' request for information.

'Minecraft' studio wants nothing to do with NFTs

"[To] ensure that Minecraft players have a safe and inclusive experience, blockchain technologies are not permitted to be integrated inside our Minecraft client and server applications, nor may they be utilized to create NFTs associated with any in-game content, including worlds, skins, persona items or other mods," the developer said in a statement . “Each of these uses of NFTs and other blockchain technologies creates digital ownership based on scarcity and exclusion, which does not align with Minecraft values of creative inclusion and playing together,” it said.“The speculative pricing and investment mentality around NFTs takes the focus away from playing the game and encourages profiteering, which we think is inconsistent with the long-term joy and success of our players,” Mojang said. Some other major players in the gaming industry have already shied away from NFTs and the blockchain.Even the erstwhile leader in the blockchain gaming space, Axie Infinity, was the target of a major hack (with victims losing out as a result) and its daily player numbers have plummeted by over two thirds in the last few months.The studio said it might have been possible for players to earn Minecraft NFTs for activities completed inside the game or elsewhere.The studio said it will monitor the evolution of the technology to "determine whether it will allow for more secure experiences or other practical and inclusive applications in gaming." The studio and its parent company Microsoft have good reason to be wary of NFTs and blockchain tech.Mojang has taken a firm stance against the massively popular game's involvement with NFTs and blockchain tech."NFTs, however, can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft," the studio said. While Minecraft server owners are allowed to charge for access, Mojang rules state that everyone should have access to the same functionality and content. Mojang also expressed concern about the speculative nature of NFTs and noted that some have been sold at "artificially or fraudulently inflated prices."Given that Minecraft has millions of young players , it probably wouldn't be a great look for the game to support NFTs.

The Controversial Plan to Unleash the Mississippi River

The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion—which is named for Barataria Bay, where the released river water will build a new “subdelta”—has been under discussion for years, but now, on the eve of destruction, it’s come under a firestorm of criticism from shrimpers worried about their livelihood; homeowners concerned about flooding; and environmentalists dismayed at the potential loss of bottlenose dolphins, a federally protected species. Now, the state government wants to open a gap in the levee to divert some of the river’s muddy water back into the marshes, allowing the river to resume its old task of construction. Few places are going faster than Plaquemines Parish, which encompasses the muddy land along the river’s final 100 or so kilometers, where New Orleans’ exurbs give way to a smattering of rural communities.The diversion is intended to build new marshland, but it’s sometimes depicted as the latest assault on the region’s rural communities—which, according to critics, are about to be sacrificed again for the sake of nearby urban New Orleans.Thus the river formed its delta, a vast and muddy and ever-changing landscape where the water once forked into many paths to the sea.Imprisoned within artificial levees, it’s no longer able to deposit its mud according to hydrological whim; instead, the river spits its sediment into the abyss of the deep sea.One morning last summer, as we weave in his skiff through the parish’s marshland, Richie Blink tells me that the federal government has recently deleted 30-odd names from local nautical maps. The creation story told by the Chitimacha people in Louisiana describes the world in its earliest days as a wide expanse of water.“We are facing these massive changes,” he tells me as the solid ground disappears behind us and we speed into open water.Geologists tell a similar tale, though their sculptor is the Mississippi River: For thousands of years, it dumped soils stolen off the continent into the Gulf of Mexico. These days, though, the river is largely restricted to one channel.

The White House wants to make next-gen COVID-19 vaccines

But the churn of new variants of the virus — most recently with the various forms of the omicron variant — has cut into the vaccines’ effectiveness at preventing infection and milder illnesses.Both will be difficult scientific challenges — nasal spray COVID-19 vaccines are still experimental, and vaccine developers have been struggling for years to create universal flu vaccines. Without new approaches to vaccination, public health efforts could be stuck playing catch-up with the virus — which is still killing over 400 people a day in the US.The second is to create a vaccine that targets bits of the virus shared between variants, which would stay more effective even as the virus continues to change.The first is nasal spray vaccines, which would generate an immune response and block the virus right when it enters the body.Ideally, future vaccines would offer longer-lasting protection against infection with and transmission of the virus, not just serious illness and death. The currently available COVID-19 vaccines still work well to keep most people from getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. Getting the investment necessary to move these next sets of vaccines forward will be an additional challenge. Federal officials, researchers, and representatives from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna will meet Tuesday at a White House “summit” to discuss next steps.

GM wants to answer all your burning questions about electric vehicles

“We have not trained our staff to be able to answer questions about Tesla battery packs” “We have not trained our staff to be able to answer questions about Tesla battery packs,” Hassani said. “We’re hoping to break the internet on Monday” But EV Live isn’t in the metaverse, nor will it be powered by bots trained to sound like humans. “We’re hoping to break the internet on Monday,” Hoss Hassani, GM vice president of EV ecosystem, said in a briefing with reporters, citing other moments when the company’s website crashed, such as when reservations were opened for its Chevy Silverado EV and Hummer EV trucks. Anyone with questions about EVs who owns a computer or smartphone can log into EV Live to chat in real time with one of GM’s EV experts, who can offer tutorials, vehicle walkarounds, and (perhaps unsubtly) help promote the automaker’s many EV related products. And for any internet troll thinking of bombing EV Live with harassment or misinformation, GM says it has procedures in place to shut out those types of users, citing its experience hosting similar online forums with Cadillac and Chevy customers. These staffers, many of whom are plucked from the automaker’s pool of auto show workers, will field questions from inside a physical studio that’s located near GM’s Detroit headquarters. EV Live will also be available to GM’s commercial and fleet customers, who may have questions about how electric vehicles can fit into their businesses. “GM has very robust cybersecurity measures in place,” said Caley Hill, EV ecosystem manager at GM.As interest in electric vehicles continues to grow, consumers may find they have a lot of questions that they would like answered even before stepping inside a dealership or taking out a car loan. GM expects of range of questions about EVs, including queries about range, charging, and total cost of ownership. Auto dealers are typically on the frontlines for customer questions about car ownership.

California Wants to Make Cheap Insulin. Here’s How It Could Work

“Our pricing is based on what it costs to manufacture and distribute the product, plus a small margin that makes production sustainable,” says Allan Coukell, Civica’s senior vice president of public policy.Eventually, the state will spend another $50 million to build a California-based manufacturing facility that will create what Newsom calls a “stronger supply chain.” There are more than 30 million Americans with diabetes, and around 8 million of them take insulin, a hormone, to regulate their blood sugar.State officials haven’t worked out exact cost targets, but Alex Stack, deputy communications director for the governor's office, says patients can expect to pay anywhere from 47 to 95 percent less than what they currently do.“Nothing epitomizes market failures more than the cost of insulin,” he said in a July 7 video posted on Twitter.“We'll make it available at any pharmacy that wants to purchase it and abides by our pricing policy, which is not to mark it up too much before it gets to the patient,” Coukell says. Coukell says Civica will make its insulin widely available to drug stores across the US, including online ones.Initially, California will spend $50 million to acquire insulin from a manufacturing partner to get a product to the market as quickly as possible.Civica, a nonprofit pharma company based in Utah, announced in March that it would manufacture and distribute its own low-cost insulin.Earlier this month, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state would produce its own insulin in an effort to combat rising prices. The plan would set aside $100 million of the state’s $308 billion budget for the effort.While the state hasn't worked out distribution details yet, Stack says the insulin it makes would be to anyone in the US, not just California residents.

Your Final Resting Place Could Be a Coffin Made of Mushrooms

It wasn’t until the following week that I heard from Hendrikx again: “We won,” he texted, with a photo of the “Public Award” trophy.The goal of the casket is to “prove that we can collaborate with living organisms,” he says, which will pave the way for his more radical living products.“I think it is incumbent on them to demonstrate that [the mycelium] is reactivated in a meaningful way,” Campbell says.Overlooking a peaceful garden setting through the panoramic windows in the living room, I listened as Hendrikx took a new order for four Living Cocoons—his largest yet—and fielded calls from enthusiastic investors and journalists eager to report on his exhibition. Bob Hendrikx pours in a solution containing his special mycelium, while a Loop worker uses an electric mixer to blend it into a batch of substrate, ready for decanting into a casket-shaped mold.“We are pioneering, but this is a movement we will see in the coming decades,” Hendrikx says.“Instead of street lamps, we’d just have a nice tree,” he told me.“It’s unrealistic right now, but for me it’s the only way forward.” THE NEXT STEP is to develop a portfolio of live mycelium funeral products for humans and animals, and then to move into above-ground composting and luminous trees.“For now, I see this as one more product, and not a bad one, but not a breakthrough.” That afternoon, we transported some bushes from the family’s garden to the Microlab, a concrete behemoth of a building that hosts Dutch Design Week.In the future, he wants to grow gene-edited light-emitting trees that he believes could one day line idyllic city streets. Over lunch, he batted away my questions about whether the Living Cocoon would indeed activate in the soil because Ursem had told him that it would.“Before this, people were seeing nature as a source for inspiration.One day, Hendrikx wants to bioluminate entire cities and then, at some point, to build those cities out of mycelium.

A Filipino politician wants to make ghosting a criminal offense

Arnolfo Teves Jr., a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, claimed in a note accompanying his bill that ghosting "can be likened to a form of emotional cruelty and should be punished as an emotional offense." The bill suggests ghosting occurs "for no apparent justifiable reason but solely to cause emotional distress to the victim."He argued that “ghosting is a form of spite that develops feelings of rejection and neglect” and claimed the emotional toll can impact productivity. Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo Teves, Jr. filed a bill declaring "ghosting” as an "emotional offense."pic.twitter.com/Vv56IQJbMg — ONE News PH (@onenewsph) July 26, 2022 Importantly, the bill does not account for blocking someone without explanation if they're being creepy or threatening.It defines ghosting as something that happens when a person is "engaged in a dating relationship."The document goes on to define a dating relationship as one where the parties live together without being married or are "romantically involved over time and on a continuing basis."A lawmaker wants to punish people for ghosting , or abruptly cutting off communications with someone without explaining why.Proposing to punish people for ghosting after you've been burned too many times instead of going to therapy probably isn't the answer either. Teves referred to studies that indicate social rejection activates the same neural pathways as physical pain.Teves claimed neither casual acquaintances nor "ordinary socialization" constitutes a dating relationship.He says "ghosting" is when someone cuts off communication with friends, partners, and alike without real closure.

Google delays death of tracking cookies again, wants more time for “testing”

Advertisement Google explains the delay by saying, "The most consistent feedback we’ve received is the need for more time to evaluate and test the new Privacy Sandbox technologies before deprecating third-party cookies in Chrome."Once the new tracking system is up and running, the third-party cookie phaseout would happen around Q3 2024, or four years after Apple and Mozilla started blocking cookies.Google's stated position is that it refuses to match the competition until it builds an alternative behavior-tracking system directly into Chrome; the company calls this system the "Privacy Sandbox.Google says it has been in communication with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) while it designs this platform and that the delay for testing "aligns with our commitment to the CMA to ensure that the Privacy Sandbox provides effective, privacy-preserving technologies and the industry has sufficient time to adopt these new solutions. Google's new timeline shows the "Topics API" tracking system exiting the testing phase and launching to the general public in Q3 2023." Google does around $200 billion per year in advertising revenue, so the company stands to lose a lot if it suddenly hobbles web tracking. Google is using its position as the biggest browser vendor and web advertiser to change the way web advertising works, and that has naturally attracted the attention of some regulators.Chrome's browser competitors Safari and Firefox have both been blocking third-party tracking cookies used by advertisers, by default, for over two years now.

Tim Hortons wants to settle location-tracking lawsuits with coffee and doughnuts

Tim Hortons has agreed to settle multiple class action lawsuits that accused the company of tracking customers' locations through its app without consent.An investigation conducted by Canadian privacy officials determined last month that the Tim Hortons app was tracking and recording users' locations every few minutes, even when they didn't have the app open. In an email to customers, the company said it will delete any geolocation data it obtained from them between April 1st, 2019 and September 30th, 2020, and tell third-party vendor Radar Labs to do the same.The probe determined that the company and Radar Labs didn't have sufficient consent from users for that level of tracking.

Rick Santorum wants the states to throw a 'live piece of ammo' at Washington with a constitutional convention

Santorum said a convention would rein in "the Deep State," and assured the assembled lawmakers that the GOP's interests would dominate a one-state-one-vote for the same reasons that rural, conservative areas have an outsize influence in the Electoral College and the Pennsylvania legislature. Audio of Santorum's appearances at the American Legislative Exchange Council's December 2021 policy summit obtained by the left-leaning watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy and shared with Insider reveal how he sells a convention to state lawmakers.AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File In a separate closed-door workshop, Santorum, Meckler, and legal scholar Rob Natelson pitched their convention movement and fielded questions from state lawmakers, audio of which was also obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy and shared with Insider. Former Sen. Rick Santorum wants Republican state lawmakers to throw "a grenade" at Washington, DC, and "pull the pin" with a first-of-its-kind constitutional convention. "One more state, and then you take this grenade and you pull the pin," he told a crowd of assembled lawmakers. "One more state, and then you take this grenade and you pull the pin," he told a crowd of GOP lawmakers. Audio recordings obtained by Insider show how the ex-senator pitches a convention to lawmakers. Santorum is a senior adviser to Convention of States, a group led by ex-Tea Party activist and Parler CEO Mark Meckler. "Even under the Trump administration, with the growing spending and deficits and everything, it's got a lot of people concerned that we're risking the Republic here if we don't get some constraint on what's going on in Washington," Santorum told Insider during a brief July 2022 interview at the US Capitol. "This is the opportunity the founders gave you, state legislators, they gave you the power to fix this country. "We have a hard time winning presidential elections, as you know, in Pennsylvania, yet we dominate the state legislature and Congress. Behind closed doors at the ALEC summit, Santorum urged the GOP lawmakers in the room to embrace the long game." Santorum argued for the moral necessity of a convention in soaring historical terms, invoking the founders' vision of federalism.So far, 19 GOP-dominated states have passed the group's call for a convention to limit Congress' spending power, rein in the scope of the federal government, and impose term limits on federal officials." Santorum, a Republican who represented Pennsylvania, made his mark with his socially conservative views and early embrace of culture wars." Former US Sen. Rick Santorum, then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate in North Charleston, South Carolina, on January 14, 2016. Sign up for our newsletter to receive our top stories based on your reading preferences — delivered daily to your inbox.After two unsuccessful presidential runs in 2012 and 2016 and a stint as a pundit before getting fired from his CNN gig in early 2021, Santorum is now one of the most prominent faces and advocates of a conservative movement to rewrite the Constitution." "That's a big load on all of your shoulders, because now that grenade is in your hands, but how did it happen? "This is why, in a country that's deeply divided, you can say, 'How can we, how can we achieve whatAll [of Democrats'] votes are concentrated in a very small group of people," Santorum explained to the lawmakers. Santorum added: "We've got to get this done.Santorum, speaking the day after the US Supreme Court heard arguments in the case that led to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, described it as the result of "25 years of blocking and tackling by the pro-life movement.

GM cracks down on EV and sports car flipping with controversial new policy

In short, GM has designed the policy to deter people from buying an in demand model from a private party (who wants a new vehicle without a warranty?) and to discourage sellers from getting on GM's naughty list (who wants to be banned from reserving a future vehicle you may really want?). "These changes are being implemented to ensure an exemplary customer experience, to ensure our brands remain strong, and to help prioritize ownership by brand enthusiasts and loyal customers," said Carlisle. In a letter recently sent to US dealers, GM North American President Steve Carlisle outlined changes impacting three high demand products: the 2023 GMC Hummer EV, the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V and the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.On the Hummer EV, the bumper-to-bumper, electric vehicle propulsion, sheet metal, tire, and accessory coverages under GM's warranty will also be null and void if resold within the first year.It essentially traps buyers into a minimum year of ownership and ensures that third-party shoppers won't be buying these models as frequently from private parties. GM will limit the transferability of warranties on these models if the original owner resells the vehicle within the first 12 months of ownership. Furthermore, the seller will be prohibited from placing future orders for certain high-demand GM products.

Ask HN: Who is hiring? (August 2022)

Don't miss these other fine threads: Who wants to be hired?Please only post if you personally are part of the hiring company—no recruiting firms or job boards. Readers: please only email if you are personally interested in the job. Commenters: please don't reply to job posts to complain about something. Searchers: try https://kennytilton.github.io/whoishiring/, https://hnjobs.emilburzo.com, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10313519.

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers wants to simplify lowering student-loan borrowers' monthly bills to avoid 'catastrophic' consequences of falling behind on payments

Allow taxpayer information from the Treasury to automatically verify the eligibility of borrowers that are totally and permanently disabled for a loan discharge to protect them from delinquency and default Require the Education Department to use income information on file at the Treasury to send notices to borrowers at immediate risk of default informing them of lower monthly payments under IDR plans and automatically enrolling those who continue to progress toward default Use defaulted borrowers' income information to automatically enroll them in IDR plans once they complete loan rehabilitation, which is when they make a required number of on-time payments under a rehabiliation agreement And eliminate annual paperwork requirements for borrowers currently enrolled in IDR plans. In July, Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick introduced the Streamlining Income-driven, Manageable Payments on Loans for Education (SIMPLE) Act, which is intended to help prevent borrowers from defaulting on their student loans by automatically enrolling them in income-driven repayment (IDR) plans. "The bipartisan SIMPLE Act will streamline the enrollment process for income-driven repayment plans, making it easier for borrowers to access affordable payments and avoid catastrophic defaults," Bonamici said in a statement.The Education Department in April announced temporary reforms meant to bring 3.6 million borrowers on IDR plans closer to relief, and the department is in the process of creating a new plan through its rulemaking process that Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal recently said "will make student loans much much more affordable." The goal is to keep student-loan borrowers out of default by automatically enrolling them in the plans.When it extended the student-loan payment pause through August 31 in April, the department also announced a plan to restore nearly 7 million borrowers behind on payments to good standing before they would have to restart paying their debt. A Democratic and Republican lawmaker are joining forces to prevent student-loan borrowers from suffering the consequences of falling behind on payments. When it comes to student-loan defaults, the department has floated plans to tackle that issue, as well.Details of those plans have yet to be announced, and Biden is also in the process of deciding broad student-loan forgiveness for federal borrowers before September.The plans would calculate affordable monthly payments for them based on their income with the promise of loan forgiveness after 20 or 25 years. Here's how the legislation proposes improving income-driven repayment plans to prevent defaults:And an NPR investigation from April proved the mismanagement, finding that loan servicers often failed to track payments borrowers have made on the plans, keeping forgiveness at bay.

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