Smart Access Memory : How Does It Boost Ryzen 3000 Performance?
Smart Access Memory is AMD’s marketing term for their implementation of the PCI Express Resizable BAR (Base Address Registers) capability.
What does that mean exactly?
CPUs are traditionally limited to a 256 MB I/O memory address region for the GPU frame buffer. The CPU can only transfer data like textures, shaders and geometry to the GPU through that small 256 MB “window”.
Turning on Resizable BAR or Smart Access Memory expands that small access window, letting the CPU directly access the GPU’s entire frame buffer memory.
Those graphics assets can thus be sent in full, instead of in pieces. In addition, multiple transfers can occur simultaneously, instead of being queued up.
While this AMD graphic suggests that Smart Access Memory will widen the memory path (and thus memory bandwidth) between the CPU and GPU, that is not true.
Smart Access Memory / Resizable BAR will not increase memory bandwidth.
What it does is let the CPU directly access the entire GPU frame buffer memory, instead of using the usual 256 MB “window”. That speeds up CPU to GPU communications.
Smart Access Memory For Ryzen 3000 : Requirements
This is what you currently require to enable AMD Smart Access Memory for Ryzen 3000 desktop processors :
Is WhatsApp going to charge us to send and receive picture messages from 1 March onwards?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : WhatsApp Is Going To Charge For Picture Messages!
This viral claim is spreading like wildfire on WhatsApp, with people asking – is this true?
Please note: Starting from March 1st, all pictures of “good morning, good morning, happy weekend, etc.” will be charged, and it is a two-way charge (sending and receiving), please use text for greetings , Don’t use pictures! Thank you
Did Al Gore say that the North Pole will be ice-free in the summer by 2013 because of global warming?
Does it mean that global warming isn’t real because the North Pole is still very cold in 2021?
Find out what climate change deniers keep sharing, and what the FACTS really are!
Did Al Gore Say North Pole Will Be Ice-Free By 2013?
Climate change deniers keep sharing this meme, updating it every year so it would stay current.
The North Pole will be ice-free in the summer by 2013 because of man-made global warming. – Al Gore, 2009
You may have seen your friends and even favourite celebrities sharing it, laughing at Al Gore’s stupidity.
He’s such a dolt! How can global warming be real if the North Pole is still so freaking cold?!
Note : We placed the Misleading overlay to prevent them from being further abused.
No, Al Gore Did NOT Say North Pole Will Be Ice-Free By 2013
This meme would be somewhat funny, if anti-climate change deniers did not keep updating it and reusing it to push their false beliefs.
Whether people who shared them are actual climate change deniers, or just useful idiots, is hard to know.
But what we know is that this meme is FALSE. Al Gore did not say that the North Pole will be ice-free by 2013.
Here are the facts…
Fact #1 : Al Gore Misstated Forecast In 2009
This false meme is based on a flub Al Gore made in 2009, when he spoke at the Copenhagen climate change summit.
He misstated a forecast one scientist provided his office earlier, stating that “some of the models suggest to Dr Maslowski that there is a 75% chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within 5 to 7 years“.
The truth is – Dr Maslowski, who worked at the US Naval Postgraduate School in California, stated that his results (at that time) gave a 6-year projection for the melting of 80% of the sea ice, but he expects some ice to remain beyond 2020.
Fact #2 : They Were Referring To Sea Ice
A very important point that climate change deniers don’t tell you is that both Al Gore and Dr. Maslowski were not talking about the entire North Pole being ice-free.
They were both talking about SEA ICE at the North Pole disappearing during the warmest months of the year.
Historically, sea ice drops by 50~56% every year, so an 80% reduction in sea ice during the warmest months would be a possibility in a warming world, albeit an unprecedented one.
These two NASA maps show the change in sea ice in 2016. As you can see, the amount of sea ice present at the North Pole greatly fluctuates throughout the year.
Fact #3 : 2009 + 5~7 Years ≠ 2013
What really perplexes us is how bad climate change deniers are at basic mathematics.
Even if you take Al Gore’s flub at full face value, the North Pole would be ice-free by 2014 to 2016, not 2013.
Yet, every year, they use the same false meme on the North Pole becoming ice-free by 2013.
They should have stayed in school…
Fact #4 : That Was An Extreme Projection
The projection by Dr. Wieslav Maslowski was considered an extreme projection, with most climate scientists agreeing that a 20-30 year timescale is more likely for the disappearance of sea ice.
Even so, he did not say the North Pole would be completely ice-free, only that 80% of the Arctic sea ice would disappear during the warmest months.
Fact #5 : Sea Ice Continues To Shrink
Al Gore may have been wrong in saying that the North Pole would be ice-free by 2014 to 2016, but it is a fact that the Arctic sea ice have been steadily shrinking over years.
Forget about projections. Here are the actual satellite measurements of Arctic sea ice from 1979 until 2015.
The minimum area of Arctic sea ice halved from about 7.5 million km² in 1980 to 3.4 million km² in September 2012.
With maximum Arctic sea ice between 14-16 million km² in the coolest months, a drop to 3.4 million km² represents a 75.7% drop in sea ice – not very far off from what Dr. Maslowski modelled in 2009…
Even so, many people are demanding the right to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some are demanding the right to pay for what they believe are the ‘superior’ vaccine.
But guess what…
The BEST vaccine you can take is the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE.
Here are the reasons why…
Reason #1 : Early Protection Offers The Best Protection
Think of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alien invasion, and the vaccine as body armour that protect you against their attacks.
When you are under attack, do you put on the first body armour you find? Or do you wait until you find the body armour you like the best?
The fact is – even “substandard” body armour will offer you FAR MORE protection than no body armour at all!
You could end up getting killed by COVID-19, before your preferred body armour arrives. What’s the point of getting the vaccine you want if you are already infected or dead?
Don’t believe us? A team of scientists actually did a study on this, concluding that “waiting for a vaccine with a higher efficacy results in additional hospitalizations and costs over the course of the pandemic“.
Reason #2 : All Approved Vaccines Protect You Against Severe Disease + Death
Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.
However, that has confused many people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.
Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.
We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.
Gamaleya Sputnik V
62% ~ 90%
79% ~ 86%
J&J Janssen COVID-19
The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.
It would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to us!
Reason #3 : Vaccines Are In Limited Supply
COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.
Therefore, the possibility of vaccines being made available for sale so you can pick and choose is remote, at least until 2022.
This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.
COVID-19 Vaccine : Don’t Choose. Get One ASAP!
It really doesn’t matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get.
As long as it is an approved vaccine and you complete the dosing requirement, it will prevent you from getting severe COVID-19, or dying from it.
Instead of waiting for a particular COVID-19 vaccine, get the first one offered to you.
Don’t worry, when COVID-19 vaccines are available for sale, you can choose whichever vaccine you want and re-vaccinate yourself to your heart’s content!
Is it true that rear passengers caught not wearing a seat belt on the PLUS North-South Expressway will receive a RM300 fine?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : RM300 Seat Belt Fine By Police On PLUS Highway!
This is the viral message that has been circulating (again) on WhatsApp since early January 2021, but was circulating on SMS and Facebook for a long time now.
The North-South Expressway PLUS starts today, and police officers will check every day in the evening~ The passengers in the back seat with no seat belt, will be fined RM300 per person, RM600 for two people”.
Please do update friends & family members to be alert & pay attention in this matter. Just now a lot of cars have been issued with fines. Please notify everyone going out to remember to wear a seat belt at the back seat.
Photo Credit : NST
The Truth : There Is No RM300 Seat Belt Fine
The truth is there is no RM300 fine for rear passengers who did not wear a seat belt.
Fact #1 : JSPT Refuted The Viral Claim
The Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) refuted the claim that they would be checking cars travelling on the PLUS North-South Expressway in the evenings, and issuing a RM300 fine for those caught not wearing a seat belt at the back.
The JSPT Deputy Director SAC Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said, “We at JSPT would like to advise all road users to continue complying with the laws and regulations to ensure the safety of every road user.”
“In addition, we would also like to urge the public to stop spreading fake information and to always ensure the validity of any viral information shared on social media sites.”
Fact #2 : Rear Seat Belt Mandatory Since 1 January 2009
It has been mandatory in Malaysia to wear a seat belt while seated in the back seat of a vehicle since 1 January 2009, except for :
old vehicles registered before 1 January 1995
vehicles registered on or after 1 January 1995 but lack rear anchorage points
vehicles that seat more than 8 passengers (not including driver)
good vehicles with carrying load of more than 3.5 tonnes
Fact #3 : Seat Belt Fine Is Way More Than RM300
Any driver or passengers, whether seated in the front or rear, caught not wearing a seat belt will be subject to :
a fine of up to RM 2,000, and / or
a prison sentence of up to 1 year
Fact #4 : RM300 Seat Belt Fine Ended In June 2009
For a 6 month period – from 1 January until 30 June 2009 – the police and JPJ only issued a reduced RM300 fine to those who did not wear a seat belt.
The COVID-19 vaccine is administered to control the spread of COVID-19 in this country. When more people are vaccinated, more people will develop antibodies and subsequently reduce the risk of a serious COVID-19 infection. Indirectly, we can protect vulnerable groups that cannot be vaccinated.
The Special Meeting of the Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs that convened on 3 December 2020 has stipulated that the requirement for use of the Covid-19 vaccine is just, and must be taken by the groups identified by the government.
The COVID-19 vaccination requires one (1) or two (2) doses depending on the type of vaccine. This vaccine is usually injected into the shoulder muscles, except in certain circumstances. The type of vaccine that is given will depend on the vaccine supply at the time.
This COVID-19 vaccination could cause mild side effects and other side effects that will be reported from time to time.
HEALTH HISTORY (Please complete)
Have you :
a. Suffered severe side effects (such as seizures, fainting and hospitalisation) after receiving any immunisation
in the past?
b. Had any history of severe allergies?
c. Are you currently pregnant or planning to conceive? (for women)
d. Are you currently breast-feeding a baby? (for women)
I read / was informed about the COVID-19 vaccine information including the purpose and method of vaccination as stated in the COVID-19 Vaccine Information sheet for Vaccine Recipients.
With this, I understand that :
taking this COVID-19 vaccine may cause reactions and side effects as stated in the vaccine information;
I am responsible for the risks that could occur as a result of my decision / action because the benefit of the vaccine fair outweighs the side effects;
this vaccine does not fully guarantee that I will not be infected by COVID-19 in the future;
by signing this agreement to receive this COVID-19 vaccine, I willingly agree to finish the dosage requirements as scheduled.
I, _________________________________ MyKad / Police / Military Number __________________
* AGREE / DO NOT AGREE to receive the _______________ COVID-19 vaccination for * myself / * my parent / * my ward named __________________ MyKad / Police / Military Number __________________
Signature of beneficiary / heir Signature of Witness
Name : Name :
Identity Card Number : Identity Card Number :
Date : Date :
* cross out what is not relevant
Important note : For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine, refer to the COVID-19 Vaccine Information sheet for Vaccine Recipients.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please return this form to the clinic.
They were generally mild (grade 1 in severity), and the volunteers recovered within 48 hours.
Only one case of acute hypersensitivity with urticaria (hives) was recorded out of 24 volunteers who received the vaccine.
CoronaVac Vaccine : How Effective Is It?
The efficacy of the CoronaVac vaccine is a subject of some controversy…
Butantan Study Controversy
On 24 December 2020, the Butantan Institute in Brazil announced that the CoronaVac vaccine’s efficacy was “above 50%” – the minimum threshold for approval. However, Sinovac asked them to delay releasing their results.
On 7 January 2021, the Butantan Institute announced that the CoronaVac vaccine was 78% effective.
That was “corrected” on 12 January 2021, when they announced that the 78% efficacy rate was “calculated” based on mild, moderate and severe COVID-19 cases.
When they included “very mild cases”, the actual figure was 50.38% – often rounded up as 50.4%.
Out of 12,396 volunteers, 160 who got the placebo were infected, 128 who got the vaccine were infected.
Sinovac Explains Controversy
On 14 January 2021, Sinovac senior director, Yin Weidong, explained at a Beijing press conference that the reason why the CoronaVac’s efficacy was so low was because it was tested on healthcare workers.
He noted that the other vaccines were tested on mostly ordinary citizens with lower risks of infection, even though all vaccine studies include healthcare workers who are most at risk of being infected.
Sinovac Announces Phase 3 Trial Results
On 5 February 2021 – a day before China approved CoronaVac for general use – Sinovac announced the vaccine’s Phase 3 results from Brazil and Turkey.
Brazil Trial : 12,396 healthcare workers
50.65% efficacy against symptomatic disease
83.70% efficacy against symptomatic disease requiring medical treatment
100% efficacy against hospitalisation, severe or fatal cases
Turkey Trial : 1,322 participants
91.25% efficacy against symptomatic disease
The Turkey trial was far too small, and the Brazil trial results were tainted by accusations of data manipulation. The Sinovac furthered that perception by claiming a 83.7% efficacy against medical treatment.
While that may be accurate, it muddies the already murky water and confuses people regarding its true efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 disease.
CoronaVac Vaccine : Should You Take It?
Yes, if approved by the health authority of your country, you should take it.
Did Spain halt Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination due to 46 nursing home deaths after receiving the first shot of the vaccine?
Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Spain Halts Pfizer Vaccination After 46 Nursing Home Deaths!
Websites like The COVID Blog, Humans Are Free and Health Impact News claim that Spain halted their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination program after 46 nursing home deaths from the first shot!
Here were the key takeaways from their articles :
The Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) nursing home is reeling due to mass deaths after mRNA inoculations.
All residents and workers at the facility received the first dose of Pfizer mRNA in early January, according to Spain mainstream media outlet ABC de Sevilla. Most residents became extremely ill shortly after the shots. It is believed many came down with COVID-19, despite being “vaccinated against it.”
The Andalusian Health Service reported that at least 46 residents have died since January. For perspective, Our Lady has a maximum capacity of 145 residents.
The situation remains dire, as at least 28 residents and 12 staff members were COVID-19 positive last week. Health officials halted all further mRNA shots as a result.
Chinese propaganda outlet, GlobalTimes, also chipped in on the controversy earlier this month, naturally attacking the Pfizer vaccine.
Concerns over the mRNA vaccine intensified following a Russia Today report on Monday that all 78 residents at a nursing home in Madrid, Spain had tested positive for COVID-19 after being given their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on January 13, and at least seven people have died.
A Chinese virologist advised elderly people, especially those with underlying conditions, not to take mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer’s, as it could induce their condition and worsen their health.
No, Spain Did NOT Halt Pfizer Vaccination After Nursing Home Deaths
Despite quoting a legitimate news report, both The COVID Blog and Humans Are Freefabricated many parts of their articles.
Now, let’s examine their claims one by one, and show you why they both created a FALSE narrative out of this tragedy to support their anti-vaccination beliefs.
Fact #1 : They Died From COVID-19
All 46 residents of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario nursing home in Los Barrios died from COVID-19, not the vaccine.
The COVID-19 outbreak was first detected on 12 January 2021, and it quickly resulted in multiple deaths :
18 January : 8 deaths in total
28 January : 30 deaths in total
3 February : 46 deaths in total
The Spain Ministry of Health was forced to intervene after an inspection determined that that private nursing home was not capable of disinfecting and isolating the COVID-19 positive cases.
Fact #2 : They Only Recently Received A Single Dose
The residents of this nursing home received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine early this year. They did not receive their second dose because of the outbreak.
We do not know the exact date, but since the outbreak happened before their second dose, it’s safe to say they were only 1-2 weeks post-vaccination.
As COVID-19 has an incubation period that could be as long as 14 days, it is likely the residents were infected before or just after receiving their vaccination.
That means they remained vulnerable to COVID-19, even though they had already received the first dose of the vaccine.
As these Israeli test results show, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine confers very little immunity in the first two weeks.
That’s because it takes time for the body to react to the antigens created by the vaccine, and build up the necessary antibodies to counter them.
The vaccine therefore only offers partial protection in the third week, and significant protection in the fourth week, and maximum protection after the second dose.
% of total infected
More importantly, the results show that 99% of post-vaccination infections happen within 3 weeks of a single dose.
Only 1% of those infected with COVID-19 after vaccination were in their fourth week with a single dose, or just had their second dose.
Fact #3 : Vaccination Was Interrupted By Outbreak
Both The COVID Blog and Humans Are Free claimed that “health officials halted all further mRNA shots as a result” of the outbreak.
That is COMPLETELY FALSE. The ABC news report clearly stated that the second dose vaccination was “interrupted” by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Once that happened, the residents had to be isolated and the nursing home disinfected. The Health Ministry only intervened “a few weeks later” after the situation turned serious.
Fact #4 : Spain Has Almost Fully Vaccinated All Nursing Home Residents
As of 19 February 2021, the FED Care Home Association said that almost all nursing home residents in Spain have received both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Spain’s Health Emergency Chief Fernando Simon also said that, for the first time since the pandemic began, “people over 65 who live in care homes have a lower rate of infection than those who live outside“, signalling that the vaccine was working.
That completely debunks the claim that Spain halted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination due to nursing home deaths.
In fact, Spain is one of the fastest to vaccinate their people with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – 2.45% of the population – about 1.15 million people, as of 17 February 2021.
Their evidence? Screenshots showing that the nurse used a syringe with a blue needle to extract the vaccine, but the Prime Minister was injected with a syringe with an orange needle!
Suara Rakyat even posted about this, with helpful infographics, asking (with our English translation) :
Draw using BLUE syringe
Injected using AMBER syringe?
Hopefully, the government especially the MINISTER OF HEALTH MALAYSIA Adham Baba explains to the people and country, why there is a change in the syringe when the COVID-19 vaccine was injected into Muhyiddin (the Prime Minister).
Does the COVID-19 vaccine injection process in Malaysia really require two different syringes?
Sedut guna picagari BIRU,
Suntik pakai picagari AMBER ?
Harap pihak kerajaan terutamanya MENTERI KESIHATAN MALAYSIA Adham Baba jelaskan kpd rakyat & negara, kenapa ada perbezaan picagari semasa proses suntikan vaksin COVID-19 terhadap Muhyiddin?
Adakah proses suntikan vaksin COVID-19 di Malaysia mmg perlukan dua picagari yg berbeza?
Many people have expressed their confusion and curiosity to us, asking :
Is it true they switched the needle or syringe?
Why did they switch the syringe or needle?
What’s the difference between the two colours?
Was it just a show? A fake vaccination?
Let’s check out what the facts really are!
They Did NOT Fake COVID Vaccination With Needle / Syringe Switch
First, let us clearly state that there is no evidence they faked the COVID-19 vaccination with a needle or syringe switch.
Fact #2 : A Fake Vaccination Would Not Require A Switch
If they wanted to fake the vaccination for show, they would not bother to switch the needles.
After all, the vial does not even need to contain the vaccine, just saline. It would have made for more compelling TV.
The very fact that they followed SOP to switch needles before administering the vaccine shows that this really isn’t a fake vaccination.
Fact #3 : Orange Is ISO Code For 25 Gauge Hypodermic Needle
Orange (or amber) is the ISO colour code for the 25 gauge hypodermic needle, while Blue is the ISO colour code for the 23 gauge hypodermic needle.
So the nurse was merely following the correct SOP of drawing the vaccine using the larger bore 23 G blue needle, and replacing it with the smaller bore 25 G orange needle to inject into the Prime Minister’s arm.
The colour code chart shared by Suara Rakyat is not of the ISO standard. It could be something manufacturers used prior to IOS standardisation, or for non-sterile / non-medical needles.
Fact #4 : 15 Gauge Needle Not Used For Intramuscular Injection
This is a picture of a 15 gauge arteriovenous fistula needle. Can you see just how large it is?
Not only does it look conspicuously much larger than the needle going into the Prime Minister’s arm, you can tell that it would have been a painful experience!
That’s why 15 gauge needles are NOT used for intramuscular injections. In fact, the most common needle used for intramuscular injections is the orange 25 gauge needle.
Such large bore needles are only used for dialysis or IV transfusions, to allow for high flow rates.
Did the UK government issue a shocking report on COVID-19 vaccine injuries, with many cases of blindness, stroke, spontaneous abortion and death?
Take a look at the shocking UK Yellow Card report, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries!
The Daily Expose UK wrote an article called “SHOCKING! – Official Data on Adverse Reactions to Covid Vaccines release“.
It was reposted by Principia Scientific International as “UK Government Releases Shocking Report On COVID Vaccine Side Effects“, with a PDF version circulating on social media, or this message :
LATEST NEWS > > *As of 24/1/2021, out of the 5.4 millions UK people taken first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 107 people died. 5 people are now blind, 21 suffered a stroke, 4 women suffered a miscarriage.
According to Daily Expose UK, the UK government report revealed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused these injuries or adverse reactions :
As you can tell – it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense. The 11 February edition has already been released, and will soon be superseded by the 18 February edition.
Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site
Everyone’s laughing at Amazon for selling a Chinese potty as kitchen and dining table decoration, or as a “traditional fruit basket”.
You really cannot make this up! And yet, people have actually used it to chill wine and serve sauce!
Chinese Potty Sold As Decoration On Amazon!
This is the infamous post on Amazon, of a Chinese potty (also known as a Tam Pui). It not only serves as a chamber pot, it can also double as a spittoon.
But only on Amazon is it being marketed and sold as a “1960s Chinese Traditional Fruit Basket” or “Chinese Antique Kitchen & Dining Table Decoration” or “Traditional Fruit Basket”.
While it may seem like a joke, this is a real posting by a seller on Amazon.
The seller claims that it is an antique Chinese traditional fruit basket of the 1960s, that is suitable to be used as ice bucket for wine, or a housewarming gift, or a decorative item for your kitchen or dining table!
Even worse – the seller wanted a princely sum of CDN$68.45 (about US$54 / RM 219) for this Chinese potty that only costs about US$4 in China!
Tam Pui : Chinese Potty Explainer
To those who are unfamiliar with the Tam Pui – this is a chamber pot, a portable toilet, a potty. Some people also use it as a spittoon. But never for food or anything nice.
Those familiar with the Tam Pui have been laughing their asses off, because this is something many Chinese families used to potty train their children in the 1960s to maybe the 90s.
The child would sit on it and do his/her business into the Tam Pui, and the parents can clean them before disposing of the waste and toilet paper / waste water.
They are still used these days as portable urinals in hostels or rented rooms without ensuite toilets, for late night convenience.
And one may be purchased as a good luck gift for a newly-wed couple – to imply that they will soon have a baby.
Please Do NOT Use Chinese Potty Like This!
Unless you want to be thought as a complete moron by any person of Chinese ethnicity, as well as many other Asians, you should NOT use the Chinese potty to chill wine, as a bread basket, or to serve soup or sauce!
Take a look at why this cybercafe converted their GeForce RTX 3080 gaming PCs into cryptomining rigs!
Cybercafe Converts RTX 3080 PCs Into Cryptomining Rigs!
The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the cybercafe industry, with many closing down and selling their gaming PCs and accessories.
However, this Vietnamese cybercafe did something different – they began converting their GeForce RTX 3080 gaming PCs into cryptomining rigs!
The Star Gaming cybercafe in Ho Chi Minh City showed how they were transforming their business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, converting their gaming PCs into cryptomining rigs.
Instead of hosting gamers, the cybercafe is now hosting a slew of new cryptomining rigs.
It is possible that they are also building completely new cryptomining rigs. In this picture, you can see that each rig holds at least eight GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards.
How Much Money Can Each RTX 3080 Cryptomining Rig Make?
Just how much money can this cybercafe make from their RTX 3080 cryptomining rig?
Officially, GeForce RTX 3080 cards start at $699, but due to the shortage of cards, they are now selling for about $1,199 each.
So eight of them would cost approximately $9,592. Let’s call it a flat $10,000 for the whole 8-card rig, plus power supply.
The average commercial electricity rate in Vietnam is VND 2,666 per kWh (about US$0.12 per kWh). So electricity should cost about $225 per month. Let’s make that $300 per month (+33%) to account for cooling costs.
As of 21 February 2021, each GeForce RTX 3080 has a hash rate of 86.5 MH/s using the Ethash (Phoenix) algorithm, which should generate approximately 0.18100503 ETH worth US$361 every month.
So each 8-card rig should generate a net profit of US$61 per month or US$732 per year. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a pretty decent ROI of 7.3% per annum.
It would certainly be much better than operating a cybercafe with little to no customers due to lockdown / biosecurity measures.
In fact, their costs would be very much lower if they are converting their existing RTX 3080 gaming PCs into mining rigs, with significantly higher ROI.
This is, arguably, a better solution for cybercafes to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic, than to give up and sell out.
Did a CNN reporter get caught lying on live TV about what a Chinese man really said?
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the FACTS really are!
CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV?
A video clip showing a CNN reporter lying about what a Chinese man said on live TV is going viral, together with this message :
All he said was, “I just finished dinner with friends and want to catch up on my texts.”
If you know Mandarin, you can see how CNN can make up their news.
I can’t believe CNN will go this low.
In the video, the CNN reporter is seen asking a Chinese man why he’s drinking by himself.
The man replied (in Chinese) that he just had dinner with friends and was now, just taking a look at his phone.
But the CNN reporter told the CNN anchor a completely different story,
“Jesus, you can see by the look on his face. This man told me that his family had been taken away, that his brother’s sick, and he can’t get out.”
“And the only thing that’s left to do is drink. And really, I can’t blame him. Poor guy.”
No, The CNN Reporter Was Not Faking Chinese Translation Because…
… the truth is this video was edited, and is being used as Chinese propaganda.
In this video, we will show you why this video is NOT real, and is just another piece of Chinese propaganda.
The viral video clip is really a 29 second segment of a much longer video that runs 4 minutes and 19 seconds.
The original video was created by a UK student living in China, who calls himself Comerad James.
He stated clearly in his original video that he wanted to show how easy it was to make fake news.
Anyone watching his video can see that it was intentionally satirical, with the title CNN Global Bullcast, and his nickname there – Comerad James.
You can even see that both the CNN anchor and the CNN reporter are the same person – Comerad James himself.
And note that he even put in all sorts of Easter eggs – GME (GameStop) share price rising 9999%, and chyrons about public alcoholism spiralling out of control because Chinese citizens are giving up hope.
Comerad James created this video to satirise the “lack of integrity” of CNN and BBC in covering news on China.
Ironically, his video ended up being edited and used by Chinese propagandists to malign CNN’s integrity. So much for “integrity”.
The truth is major news organisations like CNN have fact-checkers and native speakers. Such a broadcast would have been caught very quickly, and they would have apologised for it.
If they didn’t, news of this would spread like wildfire and CNN would have been justifiably castigated online. Not just by Chinese citizens and Sinophiles, but also by other media outlets and the public in general.
On the other hand, Chinese propaganda outlets masquerading as news agencies like CGTN have never apologised or corrected themselves, even after they were caught lying.
Did the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel get frozen in ice?
Take a look at the pictures, and find out what the facts really are!
USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel Frozen In Ice?
People keep sharing pictures of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel frozen in ice, some as a joke, some as evidence that global warming does not actually exist.
You will find these being shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Reddit, and even some websites.
Note : We intentionally placed the FALSE overlay to prevent them from being further abused.
Because these have been debunked previously on our sister website, someone started sharing a new picture instead. This time, of a much larger ship.
USS Al Gore : The Facts
As you can surmise by now, those pictures are NOT of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel.
Climate change is real, and sharing pictures of frozen boats is not going to change the fact that the world is getting warmer.
Here are the reasons why these are all FAKE PICTURES being shared by climate change deniers.
Fact #1 : There Is No USS Al Gore
The USS Al Gore does not exist. The USS (United States Ship) designation is reserved for active commissioned ships of the US Navy. There has never been a ship named for former US Vice-President Al Gore.
Well, a FICTIONAL submersible aircraft carrier – the CVJ-01 USS Al Gore – was named after him, but I don’t suppose that counts… because it’s a SUBMARINE! 😀
Fact #2 : Al Gore Has A Houseboat Called Bio-Solar One
Al Gore has a 100-foot houseboat that is powered by bio-diesel and solar panels, called Bio-Solar One. It was launched sometime in September 2008.
Here, you can see it at the Hurricane Marina in Silver Point, Tennessee. Completely different design and size, and NEVER FROZEN in ice.
Photo Credit : The Tennessean
Fact #3 : The Frozen Boat Was In Switzerland
The original fake picture of USS Al Gore was of a boat moored off Versoix, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.
It was hit by an ice storm in 2005 – the freezing rain froze into a thick glaze of ice that covered not only this boat, but also vehicles, buildings and the streets.
These Facebook seafood scam pages have a simple modus operandi :
offer online seafood delivery at very attractive prices and even free delivery
advertise on Facebook to reach out to people, and avert Facebook’s ire
ghost you after you deposit money into their bank accounts
delete your negative comments on their Facebook page
Even though many people reported Ocean Sense and East Malaysia Seafood Agent as scam pages, Facebook declined to take action and they are STILL ACTIVE.
Seafood Scams On Facebook : How To Detect Them!
The problem with seafood scams on Facebook is how easily scammers create them. Even if they get banned by Facebook, they will simply create a new one.
Facebook also partly enables them to continue with their scam by ignoring reports, claiming that there is nothing on the scam pages that go against their Community Standards. Duh – as if the scammers will post on Facebook admitting that they are scammers.
So how do we detect these seafood scams on Facebook?
Step 1 : Check List Of Reported / Confirmed Seafood Scams
The first thing you should do is run a quick search online on the name of the seafood vendor. See if anyone has reported them to be a scam.
Confirmed Seafood Scams On Facebook
Multiple people have reported that these Facebook seafood vendors have cheated them :
Pfizer and BioNTech have insisted on the approved two-dose vaccine schedule, stating that :
The safety and efficacy of the vaccine has not been evaluated on different dosing schedules as the majority of trial participants received the second dose within the window specified in the study design.
They also pointed out that there is “no data to demonstrate that protection after the first dose is sustained after 21 days“.
This does not mean that a single dose of the Pfizer Cominarty vaccine is useless after 21 days. It merely means more research is needed to determine how long the second dose can be delayed.
The second dose does more than just boost the efficacy of the vaccine to 95%, it also triggers the Memory B cells to “remember” the COVID-19 antigen, to offer lasting protection.
Take a look at this crypto-mining farm that could make $3.5 million a year using just 900 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptops!
Hundreds Of RTX Laptops Used In Crypto Mining Farms!
Not only gamers are affected by the limited supply of graphics cards in the market. So are cryptominers!
Chinese cryptominers now have to resort to buying up whatever GeForce RTX gaming laptops they can find, literally hundreds of them!
Instead of ASIC miners or GPU mining rigs, they are now powering their cryptomining operations with RTX gaming laptops!
We earlier highlighted the new trend of using RTX gaming laptops to mine cryptocurrency. It looks as this is more extensive that we first thought.
A Weibo blogger called 神鱼BTCer just shared even more pictures of RTX laptop-based mining operations, big and small.
Many appear to be pretty ghetto, placing the laptops in a kind of “tent mode” for better cooling, wherever there’s space – on tables, chairs or the floor.
But he also showed a seriously big crypto-mining farm being built using these GeForce RTX 30-series gaming laptops.
He even shared a short clip (part of the video we posted above), showing the cryptocurrency mining farm partially operational, with more being set-up.
There are 10 laptops per shelf, with each shelving unit capable of accommodating 60 laptops.
While not particularly large, this cryptocurrency mining farm has at least 15 visible shelving units, so that’s a total of 900 RTX gaming laptops when it’s fully operational.
Currently, it’s only partially complete, with about 200 or so laptops running, with many boxes of laptops left to open and setup.
How Much Money Can This RTX Laptop Mining Farm Make?
We had earlier shared about how a Bilibili content creator used an RTX 3060 laptop to mine 0.00053009 ETH while she sipped her coffee at Starbucks for 2 hours.
Based on her experience, we can guesstimate that the average GeForce RTX 3060 laptop will be able to produce :
0.000265045 ETH per hour
0.00636108 ETH per day
0.1908324 ETH per month (30 days)
2.3217942 ETH per year
Chinese electricity costs about RMB 0.545 (US$0.084) per kWh. Assuming each laptop uses about 250 watts of power (including whatever external fans they may be using), that works out to about RMB 1,200 or US$186 per year.
As of 11 February 2021, Ethereum is priced at US$1740. So here’s roughly how much this cryptocurrency mining farm would make, at that price :
100 laptops : $385,392 per year
200 laptops : $770,784 per year
300 laptops : $1,156,177 per year
400 laptops : $1,541,569 per year
500 laptops : $1,926,961 per year
600 laptops : $2,312,353 per year
700 laptops : $2,697,745 per year
800 laptops : $3,083,138 per year
900 laptops : $3,468,530 per year
So there you have it – this small cryptocurrency mining operation can potentially make almost US$ 3.5 million in a single year.
But what’s the ROI, you say?
The Chinese OEM, Hasee, offers a GeForce RTX 3060 gaming laptop with a starting price of just RMB 6,499 (approximately RM4,089 / US$1,005 / £732 / A$1,309 / S$1,340).
And the video shows that this mining operation is using the same, or similar, Hasee RTX gaming laptops.
Let’s say they paid a 20% scalper’s premium, and purchased all 900 Hasee RTX 3060 laptops for a cool US$1,085,400.
Let’s further round that up to US$1.1 million for miscellaneous costs – shelving units, lights, fans, etc. including US$500 per month for rental.
Based on those assumptions, their net profit for the 900-laptop mining farm would be US$2,368,530 per year, at current prices.
After recovering the cost of the entire mining farm ($1.1 million) in just over 3 months, everything else they make after that is pure profit (after deducting rental and electricity costs), unless they are stealing the electricity!
Please note that MySejahtera logging is now MANDATORY, and there is a RM 1,000 non-compliance fine!
MySejahtera Now Mandatory : RM1K Non-Compliance Fine!
COVID-19 contact tracing requires timely and accurate logging of everyone’s movements, which has been accomplished by many apps and manual logbooks in Malaysia.
However, to streamline and speed up the contact tracing process, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced on 9 February 2021 that MySejahtera logging is now mandatory.
Starting from Wednesday, 10 February 2021, everyone in Malaysia must log their movements in public areas using the MySejahtera app.
You can use other contact tracing apps as well, but only in addition to MySejahtera, which again is MANDATORY.
The use of manual logbooks is no longer allowed, except in rural areas where Internet connectivity is poor or not available.
If you are fail to log your movements using MySejahtera, you can be issued a fine of RM 1,000 per person, per offence!
However, the government did not detail how people who do not own a smartphone are supposed to log their visits.
Now, the RM 1,000 fine for not logging your movement in public places is not new. Malaysian netizens have shared videos and photos of enforcement checks for months now.
MySejahtera : What Is It?
MySejahtera is a mobile app developed by the Malaysian government. It serves as a contact tracing tool, as well as a way to disseminate verified information on COVID-19 in Malaysia.
Its users can log their movements by quickly and simply scanning a QR code at public places. This is a safer option to signing a logbook, because you won’t need to touch the logbook or use a shared pen.
Using MySejahtera also allows the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to easier and faster conduct contact tracing.
Please note that EVERY PERSON – including children and domestic helpers – must be registered.
Unfortunately, the government has not stated what people should do, if they do not have a smartphone.
Yesterday we discovered that we have become a victim of a targeted cyber attack, due to which some of our internal systems have been compromised.
An unidentified actor gained unauthorized access to our internal network, collected certain data belonging to CD PROJEKT capital group, and left a ransom note the content of which we release to the public. Although some devices in our network have been encrypted, our backups remain intact. We have already secured our IT infrastructure and begun restoring the data.
We will not give in to the demands nor negotiate with the factor, being aware that this may eventually lead to the release of the compromised data. We are taking necessary steps to mitigate the consequences of such a release, in particular by approaching any parties that may be affected due to the breach.
We are still investigating the incident, however at this t time we can confirm that – to the best of our knowledge – the compromised systems did not contain any personal data of our players or users of our services.
We have already approached the relevant authorities, including law enforcement and the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, as well as IT forensic specialists, and we will closely cooperate with them in order to fully investigate the incident.
We are used to all kinds of packaging for online purchases, but this is the first time we have seen a package wrapped in pink underwear!
Delivery Mystery : Package Wrapped In Pink Underwear!
Online shopping is all the rage during the pandemic, and we are used to all manners of packaging. Everything from cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, to plastic bags and styrofoam boxes.
But this is the first time we have ever seen a cardboard package wrapped in pink underwear!
On 7 February 2021, Mamaayu Admia Ayunormaslinda shared about how her husband received a package from J&T Express. Not only was the box beaten up, it came wrapped in pink underwear!
The J&T Express delivery man was tickled by the odd packaging, but said that he was delivering the package as received.
To be clear, she ordered pencil boxes for her children, not underwear. So it was not a case of a package of underwear being torn, and someone at J&T Express just wrapping an errant underwear over the package, instead of stuffing it back inside.
Package Wrapped In Pink Underwear : Who Did It?
As this case came right after the J&T Express worker controversy, netizens suggested that it may be a case of “protest” or “sabotage” by disgruntled J&T Express workers.
After all, no vendor would actually ship their parcels wrapped in underwear. That’s a sure way to become infamous and possibly lose customers.
This led some netizens to accuse Mamaayu of making up the story.
But this “wrapping” was peculiar enough that someone working at J&T Express noticed it earlier and took a picture of it.
Ain Nurza, posted this picture below, saying that her husband who works at J&T Express found the package already wrapped in the pink underwear earlier.
The box looks to be in good condition and not beaten up, so this must have been early in the delivery process.
With this corroborating picture from a third-party, it is clear that Mamaayu was not making up the story.
It seems most likely that someone at another J&T Express hub wrapped the package with this pink underwear as a prank, or as a form of protest or sabotage in relation to the alleged cuts in commission.
事情是这样的，刚才我去银行处理事务然后再存款，M银行大排长龙好不容易排到我，下一个就轮到我存款了！这个时候执法人员进来拍照了，然后要大家把ic拿出来交给他，并且请我们提款之后在外等候。我看了看脚下，幸好有站在格子里保持安全距离 也有scan My Sejaterah，我想说乖乖配合就好了。这时M银行经理出来了，他请执法人员去一旁，执法人员说对她说：我昨天已经警告你们了为什么你们还不遵守SOP？M银行经理说是顾客Degil不遵守SOP。
The mega crypto-mining rig, built using 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards, has powered up!
Check it out, and find out why crypto-miners are buying graphics cards by the pallets!
78-Card GeForce RTX 3080 Mining Rig Almost Operational!
You may have seen Simon Byrne’s crypto-mining rig, that uses 78 GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards arranged in an array of 13 x 6 cards.
That 78-card RTX 3080 mining rig, which he calls Bertha 2, is almost operational. And he’s keeping it cool with 120 fans, with RGB, of course! It is said – RGB makes thing go faster? 😉
In this picture, you can see most of the GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards powered up. When fully operational, it should deliver 6.5 gigahashes per second!
In case you are wondering what Berta – his first-generation mining rig – looks like, here is a photo he shared :
He created Bertha 1 using 130 Zotac GeForce RTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, in January 2018 – 3 years ago!
How Much Money Can This RTX 3080 Crypto Mining Rig Make?
Just how much money can Simon make from this crypto-mining rig?
Officially, RTX 3080 cards start at $699, but due to the shortage of cards, they are now selling for about $1,199 each.
So the cards in this rig alone would cost approximately $93,522. Let’s call it a flat $100,000 for the whole rig, plus power supplies.
The average commercial electricity rate in Las Vegas (where he’s based) is 8.43 cents per kWh. So electricity should cost about $1444 per month. Let’s make that $2166 per month (+50%) to account for cooling costs.
Each GeForce RTX 3080 has a hash rate of 83.57 MH/s using the Ethash (Phoenix) algorithm, which should generate approximately 0.22236870 ETH worth US$165 every month.
So the total rig of 78 cards should generate 17.3447586 ETH worth $12,840 per month. Deducting electricity costs, that’s a net profit of $10,674 per month or $128,088 per year!
That’s an incredible ROI of 10.7% per month, which means he recovers the cost of the entire rig in just under 9.5 months.
No wonder crypto miners are buying up graphics cards by the pallets… at the expense of PC gamers all around the world!
Simon assured gamers that he doesn’t buy his cards from the regular retail supply chain. However, the large-scale purchase of graphics cards for crypto-mining is a major cause of graphics card shortage across the world.
A WhatsApp message has gone viral, claiming that Dr Noor Hisham has tendered his resignation!
Take a look at the WhatsApp message, and find out what the facts really are!
Viral Claim : Dr Noor Hisham Has Tendered His Resignation!
This is the WhatsApp message that has gone viral, claiming that Dr Noor Hisham has tendered his resignation!
FINALLY DR NOOR HAS PUT HIS FOOT DOWN. THE DAILY FIGURES FOR COVID 19 ARE BACKLOG FROM LAST YEAR.\ THE REASON BEING THE PRIME MINISTER AND TWO MINISTERS ARE KEEN TO CONTINUE THE RISE TO JUSTIFY THE BLUNTED IN RUNNING THE NATION. THEY WANT TO CONTINUE STAYING IN THEIR POSITION. I AM NOT SURE WHY ALL THE SULTANS ARE KEEPING MUM ON THIS.
THE ACTUAL FIGURE IS LESS THAN 100 DAILY SINCE EARLY JANUARY 2021.
IT IS TIME LIKE THIS THAT EVERYONE USE THEIR COMMON SENSE WHY PASAR MALAM IS ALLOWED TO RUN FROM 4PM TO 10PM AND KINDERGARTEN HAS BEEN ON WHILE THE REST ARE ON MCO.
AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT EXTENSION TO 16TH FEBRUARY 2021, THE MINISTER WENT TO HIS PENTHOUSE TO HAVE A CELEBRATION. ALL 13 OF THEM DID NOT FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING NOR WEAR A MASK.
WHILE A TRIP TO BUY ESSENTIALS GOODS WAS GIVEN SUMMONED.
Villagers fined for trip to Tenom to get essential supplies TODAY ANYONE CAUGHT WILL BE FINE RM10,000 WHILE MINISTERS ARE ABOVE THE LAW.
IT IS TIME LIKE THIS THAT MALAYSIANS WISH SOMETHNG DRASTIC IS DONE TO STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD.
The Malaysia Ministry of Health and Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah himself has called the post fake news, denying that he tendered his resignation.
We should also point out that the MalaysiaFlipFlop post is factually wrong in a couple of instances :
Fact #1 : Only Some Cases Are From Last Year
While MalaysiaFlipFlop claims that COVID-19 daily figures are from last year, that is only true for a few cases.
On 31 January, 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said that the recent surge of over 5,000 daily cases was partly due to a backlog, and partly due to targeted screening at work places, and screening of high-risk groups.
Fact #2 : Over 2000 New Daily Cases Since January 2021