X-efficiency – Atlantic Storm http://atlantic-storm.org/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:01:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atlantic-storm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png X-efficiency – Atlantic Storm http://atlantic-storm.org/ 32 32 Aerospike 6 on AWS Graviton2 offers a 1.6x price-performance improvement https://atlantic-storm.org/aerospike-6-on-aws-graviton2-offers-a-1-6x-price-performance-improvement/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:01:30 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/aerospike-6-on-aws-graviton2-offers-a-1-6x-price-performance-improvement/
  • New Aerospike 6 benchmark deployed on AWS Graviton2 processors delivers 25 million transactions per second, 99% of which take less than 1 millisecond
  • Announcement follows recent launch of Aerospike Cloud on AWS

Aerospike, Inc., the leader in real-time data platforms, today announced a new version of Aerospike 6 running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances powered by AWS Graviton2. Detailed in a new benchmark report, Get exceptional value for real-time workloads with Aerospike and AWS Graviton2, Aerospike 6 on AWS Graviton2 delivers proven price-performance benefits of up to 18% increased throughput while maintaining up to 27% lower costs. The test measures Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS Graviton2 against comparable x86 instances running Aerospike 6, with 99% of transactions completed in 1 millisecond or less. (Source: Hakha Momeni, AWS Graviton price-performance calculations.)

Strong sustainability benefits

Aerospike is known to reduce servers and carbon footprint by 80%. A recent IEEE paper cited the importance of software over hardware affecting power consumption. Additionally, AWS Graviton2-based Amazon EC2 instances deliver better performance for greater energy efficiency, helping customers achieve their sustainability goals.

No compromise on performance

“AWS Graviton2-based instances provide secure, scalable cloud computing and better value for workloads in Amazon EC2,” said Andrew Affolter, Principal Engineering Manager, Snap Inc. Aerospike running on AWS Graviton2, we expect even better computation. and benefits in terms of value for money.

“Since its inception, Aerospike’s real-time data platform has been designed to take full advantage of the latest innovations in compute, memory and networking technologies,” said Subbu Iyer, CEO of ‘Aerospike. “The combination of Aerospike 6 running on the innovations provided by AWS Graviton2 once again gives Aerospike a significant price-performance advantage over any other solution on the market today.”

“Powered by C6gn instances based on AWS Graviton2, Aerospike customers will experience far better value and efficiency benefits than other architectures,” said Raj Pai, VP of management of Amazon EC2 products, Amazon Web Services. “Aerospike 6 on AWS Graviton2 makes it ideal for compute-intensive applications such as gaming, distributed analytics, ad serving, financial services, telecommunications, IoT, and more.”

Aerospike 6 running on Amazon EC2 instances powered by AWS Graviton2 joins the recently announced Aerospike Cloud and the successful Aerospike Cloud Managed Service to enable customers to further innovate in the cloud.

The Get exceptional value for real-time workloads with Aerospike and AWS Graviton2 benchmark will be showcased at re:Invent, November 28-December 2 in Las Vegas. Visitors can see demonstrations of Aerospike 6 running on AWS and Aerospike Cloud. You can learn more here.


About Aerospike

Aerospike unleashes the power of real-time data to meet the demands of The Right Now Economy. Global innovators and builders choose Aerospike’s real-time multi-model NoSQL data platform for its predictable sub-millisecond performance at unlimited scale with dramatically reduced infrastructure costs. With support for strong consistency and globally distributed multi-cloud environments, Aerospike is an essential part of the modern data stack for Adobe, Airtel, Criteo, DBS Bank, Experian, PayPal, Snap , Sony Interactive Entertainment and Wayfair. A global company, Aerospike is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, Bangalore and Tel Aviv.

Wireless power transmitted from space https://atlantic-storm.org/wireless-power-transmitted-from-space/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 06:13:25 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/wireless-power-transmitted-from-space/

Solar energy has accumulated far away in space, seen here beaming wirelessly back to Earth where it is needed. The European Space Agency plans to study the key technologies needed to make space solar power an operational reality through its SOLARIS initiative. One such technology, wireless power transmission, was recently demonstrated in Germany to an audience of business and government decision makers. Credit: Airbus

Solar energy could be collected far away in space and transmitted wirelessly to Earth where it is needed. The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to investigate the key technologies needed to make space solar power an operational reality through its SOLARIS initiative. Recently in Germany, one such technology, wireless power transmission, was demonstrated to an audience of business and government decision makers.

The demonstration took place at Airbus’ X-Works innovation factory in Munich. Microwave radiation was used to transmit green energy between two points representing “space” and “earth” over a distance of 36 meters.

The energy received was used to light up a model city and produce green hydrogen by separating water. It was even used to produce the world’s first 0% alcohol beer that was wirelessly chilled in a refrigerator before being served to the public.

To prepare Europe for future decision-making on space-based solar energy, ESA proposed a Preparatory Program for Europe, initially named SOLARIS, for the next ESA Council at Ministerial level in November 2022. Space solar power is a potential source of clean, affordable, continuous, abundant and secure energy. This core concept has been given new urgency due to the need for new clean and secure energy sources to facilitate Europe’s transition to a zero-carbon world by 2050. If Europe is to benefit from this capability revolutionary, we need to start investing now. . Credit: ESA – European Space Agency

For a working version of a space-based solar power system, solar power satellites in geostationary orbit would harvest sunlight continuously 24/7 and then convert it to micro -waves at low power density to transmit them safely to receiving stations on Earth. The physics involved means that these satellites would have to be large, on the order of several kilometres, to generate the equivalent power of a typical nuclear power plant. It would be the same for the collecting “rectennas” on the surface of the Earth.

Technical advancements in areas such as in-space manufacturing and robotic assembly, low-cost, high-efficiency photovoltaics, high-power electronics, and radio frequency beamforming would be needed to realize this vision. Further research to confirm that the effects of low power microwaves on human and animal health are mild and compatibility with aircraft and satellites would also be undertaken.

ESA’s SOLARIS – proposed to European space ministers at the Agency’s Council at ministerial level on 22 and 23 November – will carry out research on these technologies, in order to enable the Agency’s Member States to make a informed choice on the future implementation of space-based solar power as a new, clean, always-available source of energy, complementing existing renewable energy sources, helping Europe reach Net Zero by mid-2020. century.

Furthermore, any breakthroughs achieved in these areas will also benefit many other spaceflight projects as well as terrestrial applications.

]]> At RSNA 2022, Agfa highlights solutions that enable X-ray experts to provide intelligent and meaningful answers to everyday needs https://atlantic-storm.org/at-rsna-2022-agfa-highlights-solutions-that-enable-x-ray-experts-to-provide-intelligent-and-meaningful-answers-to-everyday-needs/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:11:16 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/at-rsna-2022-agfa-highlights-solutions-that-enable-x-ray-experts-to-provide-intelligent-and-meaningful-answers-to-everyday-needs/

November 10, 2022 – At RNSA, visitors can experience highlights including how:

• The revolutionary mobile DR 100 brings smart, fast, high-quality DR imaging to the bedside, with excellent maneuverability and ease of use.

• The DR 800 with Dynamic MUSICA and Digital Subtraction Angiography adds clinical value to a wide range of applications, with fast image reconstruction images with less noise and fewer artifacts.

• VALORY ceiling and floor suspended digital X-ray rooms, with high-level MUSICA image processing, offer functionality that goes far beyond the usual basics.

• The Dura-line family of robust, reliable and economical detectors offers excellent image quality.

• SmartXR intelligent digital radiography tools for dose, alignment, patient positioning and more, improve clinical and operational performance, while leaving control to the radiographer.

Agfa is thrilled to be attending RSNA 2022 in person, to shine a light on how its revolutionary smart solutions “Empower X-ray Experts” are providing intelligent and meaningful answers to real-world radiology needs.

Visitors to the Agfa stand can experience the revolutionary DR 100s, including the latest additions that make their use even easier, faster and safer. Other highlights include VALORY, which delivers “Excellence”. Pure and simple.’, with x-ray rooms suspended from the ceiling and floor; the intelligent and dynamic DR 800, now equipped with digital subtraction angiography; the innovative SmartXR 2/4 artificial intelligence portfolio; and the new Dura-line family of rugged, reliable and economical detectors.

Improve patient comfort, safety and care

Agfa’s extensive direct radiography (DR) portfolio combines state-of-the-art technology with ergonomic design and exceptional image quality. These solutions help busy healthcare providers maximize their workflow, without compromising reliability, safety and comfort for patients and staff.

“More than ever, healthcare and radiology teams need to ensure that each member can do what they do best. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that every hospital can implement smart tools to “empower X-ray experts”. By putting the right features at their fingertips, our solutions aim to help these experts deliver improved patient care, delivering high image quality, a smoother and more efficient workflow, and the lowest dose possible. . We invite RSNA visitors to stop by our stand and discuss with us how we can achieve this,” comments Jeroen Spruyt, Head of DR at Agfa.

Improved mobile usability and agility: DR 100 with SmartXR

The revolutionary mobile DR 100s, designed in collaboration with users around the world, combine fast, high-quality DR imaging with excellent maneuverability and ease of use.

Manual movement is almost effortless in all three axes, thanks to the tube head with ZeroForce technology. ZeroForce has been improved to speed up vertical movements, further reducing radiographer fatigue. Further enhancements allow the X-ray beam to be centered on the body part without losing the tubehead angle, for faster and easier tubehead positioning, while additional safety features ensure that the tube head and the PC screen do not collide. The unique SmartXR provides predictive workflow assistance that helps improve efficiency and consistency of results.

A single solution for basic and advanced applications: DR 800 with DSA

The versatile DR 800 is at the heart of ‘sustainable imaging’. This flexible DR multifunction system enables healthcare providers to perform a full range of X-ray and fluoroscopy examinations, with a single investment. 3/4 Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) functionality provides a smooth and efficient workflow for angiography exams. The DR 800 comes with Dynamic MUSICA image processing software, which can handle fluoroscopic images with the same high-quality, low-dose characteristics that have made MUSICA the “gold standard” for radiology departments around the world. whole world.

Beyond the basics: VALORY and Dura-Line offer flexibility, reliability and affordability

Offering a choice of ceiling or floor-mounted x-ray tubes, VALORY offers a simple design with features that go beyond “basic”, to bring reliability, productivity and “right-first-time” imaging within everyone’s reach. hospital. It comes with top-level MUSICA image processing that is standard with all Agfa digital radiography solutions, including Dura-line Cesium Iodide detectors.

These Dura-line detectors offer rugged reliability, cost effectiveness, significant patient dose reduction potential1 and exceptional 15-hour battery life. Dura-line detectors can be shared between different modalities, using Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology. Size range 10″ x 12″ (25cm x 32cm), 14″ x 17″ (36cm x 43cm) and 17″ x 17″ (43cm x 43cm), all offer exceptional battery life and excellent scintillator quality.

VALORY, Dura-line and MUSICA together create a powerful yet affordable combination that delivers high image quality at the lowest possible dose and enables any hospital to improve imaging productivity and confidence.

The radiographer’s “intelligent assistant”: the Plug-and-Play SmartXR

SmartXR puts X-ray artificial intelligence to work to “empower X-ray experts”, adding intelligent digital radiography tools for dose, alignment, patient positioning and more to DR solutions from Agfa. Acting as the radiographer’s “intelligent assistant”, they enable a smoother, more efficient daily imaging workflow and more consistent images. 1 Tests with board-certified radiologists have determined that cesium bromide (CR) and cesium iodide (DR) detectors, when used with MUSICA image processing, can provide dose reductions of 50-60%, compared to traditional fluorobarium bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa for details. 4/4 Integrated sensors and cameras combined with powerful AI software, 3D machine vision, deep learning and artificial intelligence, help the radiographer optimize the imaging workflow while providing superior quality images.

The full SmartXR range is available for Agfa’s high-end DR 100 and DR 600 mobile rooms, while SmartRotate functionality is now available for all Agfa CR and DR systems. SmartRotate directly and automatically presents images ready for viewing, speeding up the imaging workflow and enabling better comparison with previous ones, thanks to the consistent presentation of images in the PACS.

To learn more about how Agfa Empowering X-ray Experts, join us at RSNA 2022, November 27-December 1, Chicago, IL, Booth 2553, South Hall. A

For more information: www.agfa.com

Find more RSNA22 coverage here

Fujifilm’s X-H2S is a photographic weapon https://atlantic-storm.org/fujifilms-x-h2s-is-a-photographic-weapon/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:53:00 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/fujifilms-x-h2s-is-a-photographic-weapon/

I’ve been a fan of Fujifilm for years, but the poor focusing of my aging X-T3 camera started pushing me towards Sony because of its legendary autofocus.

Prior to the release of the X-H2S, rumors swirled that this camera would take Fuji’s autofocus to the next level. I was skeptical, but when I finally got a chance to test the new camera, I didn’t hesitate to grab it, and Fuji didn’t disappoint.

My faith has been restored and I am thrilled that this technology is making its way across the range. This is a game-changer for the brand, and the new X-Trans V sensor set the tone for a much more competitive era for the Japanese camera giant.

Who is the XH2S for?

Dressed up with the extra battery grip and fan attachment, the X-H2S is a beast.

Like many technologies, Fujifilm’s camera line doesn’t have the most intuitive naming scheme. All you need to know is that XH cameras are the premium mirrorless systems. The ‘S’ at the end of the name indicates ‘Speed’ and signifies that this camera is more video oriented.

It’s still a mirrorless camera, but the video cornerstone is important because Fujifilm cameras aren’t often released in this space. The apparent video backbone of the new flagship represents a fundamental change for the company and the technology it uses.

With seven stops of stabilization, outstanding color science, and a minimal rolling shutter, this camera has the right tools to shoot great video with minimal kit. On top of that, it also has the best autofocus ever developed by Fujifilm and the ability to shoot in 6.2K, making it easy to crop for publishing to different media.

watch the video in 4K on our YouTube channel.

I’ve been shooting with an X-T3 and an X-S10 for years, and while both of these cameras produce great shots, I find I often need to work for them. When using autofocus, I re-shoot two or three times before it works the way I want it to. The X-H2S, by comparison, feels smarter, lacks focus less and clings to what I want more consistently.

All that packed into a single unit means it’s pricey ($3,200), but after almost two months with the camera, I’d say that cost is well worth it. If you’re a casual videographer, you might like the standard X-H2 or the new X-T5. Both are capable video machines, but with more emphasis on photography and a lower price. However, if you want to grow a video camera over the next few years, the X-H2S can’t be beat.

My favorite things about it

Regardless of its size, the X-H2S is lighter than it looks.

This camera is a beast, but for me the best thing is the reliable autofocus. If the subject is wearing sunglasses, moving or in a busy area, the X-H2S will just work. I can’t wait to test this new system in a smaller package like the X-T5 or a potential X-S20. The autofocus wasn’t perfect, but it’s a pretty big step in terms of reliability.

The second best thing about this camera is the plethora of custom buttons and dials. There are seven custom modes on the PSAM dial. I only managed to fit four in my time with the camera, but with a bit more time I could have easily put all seven in place. Switching quickly between slow motion, standard motion, photos, different color profiles and preset shooting modes was a great way to increase my efficiency.

The in-camera microphone is also much better than previous models.

One of the great things about Fujifilm cameras is that you can set custom color profiles. However, it is cumbersome to activate and requires a lot of work to turn it on and off. On my X-T3, I don’t use it much. However, since there are seven custom slots on the X-H2S, I can preload two or three of them as different movie sims and jump into them for fun. It’s a small advantage, but it unlocks a bit more fun with the camera.

Across the camera from the top dial, an e-ink display shows your shooting settings. When the camera is turned off, the remaining battery life and SD card space are displayed. Opening my bag and seeing the camera battery at a glance seems like a small thing, but it’s extremely convenient.

The 18-120mm motorized zoom lens has gone to the top of my wish list. It is incredibly versatile.

The battery life of the X-H2S was excellent and I was able to spend an entire day shooting on a golf course with just one battery. This put the X-T3 and X-S10 to shame. Later I photographed a wedding and only needed to charge the camera twice.

Other improvements include individual doors for the microphone, headphones, full-size HDMI and USB-C ports. This means it’s easy to recognize which plug is which. As someone who plugged my mic into my current camera’s headphone jack, I appreciated that. All ports are weather sealed, so you can take this camera in the rain, and it’ll hold up if you have the right lenses.

Rain or shine, the X-H2S performed.

Beyond these aspects, the biggest change for me is the physical feel of this camera to use. The extra power and size makes it look like you’re carrying a gun. Just point and shoot. The power of the X-H2S will do the rest. As it’s a larger camera, it’s not subtle, but it’s not bulky either. I loved bragging about it, but it’s a stark contrast to the X100V that I really took with me everywhere. This machine is bigger and more deliberate.

where it could improve

In the hand, this camera felt more like a Sony than a Fuji to me.

For starters, the joystick sits too far left on the camera body for my hands. It’s quite difficult to adjust the settings on the fly. Since the new joystick design is so unobtrusive, having it closer to where my thumb naturally rests would make it much less bulky to use while filming.

As with all cameras, the menus could use a little more streamlining and consistency. Features locked behind different modes and only working in certain cases can get frustrating. It’s fully usable, I’ve built my career on Fujifilm cameras, but there’s a steep learning curve for the menus.

Learning the menus will allow you to familiarize yourself with the Pal2Tech channel on YouTube.

Beyond outdated menu software, some features could be changed to make it easier to use. For example, this camera has a flicker reduction setting that is essential in video. That said, if you go from 24fps to 60fps, you need to go back to the menu, turn flicker reduction off, change your shutter speed, then go back to the menu and turn flicker reduction back on. It’s quite boring.

Other than that, an in-camera fast charging system would be great. I guess most owners of this camera will take multiple batteries anyway, but top of the line being able to recharge in 30-45 minutes would be a nice bonus.

There were a few times when I missed my X-T3’s dedicated ISO dial, but I was able to get used to the top button fairly quickly. Ideally, Fuji will update the camera to allow you to set the ISO on one of the custom dials in the future, which would make the switch much less jarring.

A hybrid camera?

My trusty 16-55mm felt right at home on the X-H2S.

While this camera’s focus leans a bit more towards the video side of things, the photos it can take are still stellar.

The new X-Trans V sensor feels richer to me than the older X-Trans IV I’m used to, and I love it. Bringing more color into bleached or desaturated profiles like “Classic Chrome” and “Nostalgic Negative” made those profiles stand out. Others, like Astia, were a little heavier, but with 13 different profiles to choose from now, there’s probably something for everyone.

My personal favorites were the new Nostalgic Negative and Classic Negative. Nostalgic Negative in particular had a great effect with slightly overexposed images, and I loved how Classic Neg brought out the blue in the sky. Nostalgic Neg is only available on new cameras, including the 2022 X-H2, X-T5, and some of the larger medium format Fujifilm GFX cameras. Hopefully they will come to the other new devices in 2023 and beyond.

I can’t fault the 26-megapixel JPEG or RAW camera files either. JPEGs are fun to use because they often have fantastic colors and can still be edited enough for most basic situations. If you want even more color, you can save 10-bit HEIF files like some newer phones. Just be aware that these images might not be as compatible with all software later on. RAW files, on the other hand, offer plenty of data for post editing and working.

That said, the super-fast readout, good autofocus and in-body stabilization made the X-H2S a great tool for street photography. The large size and flip-up screen didn’t help much, but this camera is a sniper, and you can make it virtually silent if you want.

Another little perk that I liked was the new “Feather-touch” trigger. Coming from the silly shutter button of the X-T3 where you have to buy a screw-in secondary accessory, the simplicity of the X-H2S was a breath of fresh air. It’s also great to press, and the virtual shutter sound on this camera is Fuji’s best attempt yet. It is very responsive while giving the feeling of a good click.

~ You can view all sample images in their full resolutions and RAW files here. ~

Ufesa 10L dehumidifier tested and reviewed https://atlantic-storm.org/ufesa-10l-dehumidifier-tested-and-reviewed/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:22:52 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/ufesa-10l-dehumidifier-tested-and-reviewed/

The Ufesa compact dehumidifier is a popular model across Europe, we put it to the test

Ufesa 10L dehumidifier

A compact and lightweight model, the Ufesa 10L dehumidifier will fit into small spaces and will easily fit on countertops.

The supplied tube will allow you to let this unit drain into a sink or other drain. This compressor is pretty quiet, but in a small space you will hear it working.

Its efficiency is comparable to that of most other compressor dehumidifiers and after a day of operation the humidity is noticeably reduced. It lacks the sophistication of some more expensive models, but it gets the job done. It also has a laundry setting that runs the unit on full, but it dried things quite well when washed and hung to dry nearby.

This Ufesa dehumidifier has been tested for 2 years in a very humid environment in a boat based in the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic and has worked well. Although it would be difficult if the ambient temperature drops below 5°C, additional heating may be required if used in a cooler climate. Otherwise, as with all compressor dehumidifiers, you will lose efficiency due to the defrost mode.

Small casters are both a blessing and a curse. To keep this safe on the counter, I had to hoist it on books to keep it from rolling when the boat tips over in bad weather on its berth. Wish it came with rubber feet that could be inserted where the casters go. sometimes you don’t want a unit to roll too easily.

Like all dehumidifiers, they draw in air through a filter. Some dehumidifiers are hard to clean and some are easy. This one is really easy. Simply slide out the water tray and lower the filter.

It’s really important to keep on top of cleaning the filter as leaving it clogged will significantly reduce the efficiency of your unit and in some tragic cases with other dehumidifier models, the buildup of lint can lead to a fire hazard.

You should not leave a dehumidifier running for long periods unattended.

The filter is a fine woven plastic mesh. This is easily cleaned with a vacuum cleaner using a brush attachment.

The filter slides on easily and snaps back into place reassuringly. Put the water collection drawer back in place and the appliance is ready to operate again.


power consumption: 200 W

noise: 40dB

weight: 10kg

Dimensions: 296mm x 416mm x 217mm (W x H x D)

type: compressor

Price: £154

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Scotland County Hospital installs new X-ray machines – NEMOnews Media Group https://atlantic-storm.org/scotland-county-hospital-installs-new-x-ray-machines-nemonews-media-group/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:07:35 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/scotland-county-hospital-installs-new-x-ray-machines-nemonews-media-group/

Submitted by Alisa Kigar, Scotland County Hospital

Thank you to the County Commissioners of Scotland for the money they distributed to Scotland County Hospital from their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The new mobile x-ray unit was purchased with this money. The price was $94,869. The new Canon brand portable X-ray machine replaced the old machine manufactured in 2004.

Canon’s new portable X-ray machine can help eliminate the transport of patients inside the hospital, as well as limit their movement. In situations involving critically ill or injured patients, transporting them for chest, skeletal, or abdominal x-rays to the radiology department could lead to more complications. Additionally, the ability to do bedside imaging can limit the spread of diseases, such as COVID-19. The portable unit is primarily used in the emergency department and medical/surgical floor. Sometimes he goes to the operating room. “This new machine is really awesome,” said Mike Smith, RT(R), X-Ray Tech at Scotland County Hospital. “It maneuvers so much easier than our old machine. It’s simply more user-friendly than our other machine.

As well as the new portable machine, Scotland County Hospital’s Imaging Center has also installed a new indoor X-ray machine. A room has been renovated to accommodate the new machine and the technology that goes with it. The new machine offers great flexibility that the old machine and room did not have. The new x-ray table features a floating top lift table to meet the needs of patients of all sizes and mobility. The new indoor unit is on lease with Canon. “Any opportunity we have to increase the quality of care we provide is an opportunity we take. Our two new x-ray machines improve the quality of patient care and increase the efficiency and comfort of our staff performing x-rays. The new ability to raise and lower the table, as well as float the table side-to-side, with a foot lever is a real improvement over our old x-ray table,” said Deanna Rowland, RT(R)(M)(CT), Radiology Supervisor.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Terastal retain attack bonuses of the same type https://atlantic-storm.org/pokemon-scarlet-and-violet-terastal-retain-attack-bonuses-of-the-same-type/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 21:21:00 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/pokemon-scarlet-and-violet-terastal-retain-attack-bonuses-of-the-same-type/

It has been confirmed that pokemon scarlet and Pokémon VioletTerastal’s new mechanic will retain a Pokemon’s same-type attack bonus in addition to its new bonuses. The recent pokemon scarlet and Purple the previews have revealed important details about how the new games will drastically change combat. Terastallization, a new mechanic that grants a Pokemon a new Tera type, is key to these changes. The confirmation of STAB preservation makes this all the more true.


In pokemon scarlet and Purple, players will be able to use a Tera Orb to Terastallize their Pokémon. Visually, the Terastal Phenomenon will look like Pokémon transformed into crystal, accented with a jewel symbol for transformation typing (i.e. balloons for flying or candles for fire). While terastallized, Pokemon will gain buffs for moves associated with the player’s chosen Tera type, but questions remain as to whether a Pokemon’s previous hitting advantages also remained.

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This question has now been answered, as Pokemon are confirmed to retain their STAB. For example, a Charizard typically has fire and flying STABs, which grant a 1.5x bonus to Fire or Flying type attacks. If a Charizard is terastallized with a Water Tera type, it retains its fire and flight bonuses and also gains a water bonus. If Charizard gains a Fire Tera type, its Fire STAB will be increased while its Flying STAB will remain the same.

It should be noted that the reverse is true for Defensive Strike bonuses. A Charizard is weak to Electric, Rock, and Water as these types are naturally strong against Fire or Water. If this Charizard terastallizes with a Water Tera type, it will become weak to Water, Grass, and Dragon instead. They will lose their innate weaknesses and gain the weaknesses of the applied Tera type.

Saying that Terastal mechanics could change from high level Pokemon competitive play is dramatically an understatement. It will allow pokemon scarlet and Purple players not only to attack enemy Pokemon in a new way, but also to defend Pokemon in a new way. Players will need to creatively defend themselves if they face Pokémon opponents with multiple strong hitting advantages.

It is also true that for a majority of Pokemon players, the more complex aspects of Pokemon battle strategy and terastallization probably won’t matter much. Catching powerful Pokemon and leveling efficiency should be more than enough for most Pokemon trainers to climb Victory Road. However, the terastallization should definitely add fun and flair to the experience.

pokemon scarlet and Pokémon Violet out November 18 on Switch.

MORE: Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Should Fix a Major Ghost Pokemon Issue

]]> Best stackable washers and dryers 2022 https://atlantic-storm.org/best-stackable-washers-and-dryers-2022/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 18:30:52 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/best-stackable-washers-and-dryers-2022/

The best washers and dryers are absolute powerhouses, capable of performing an essential task – washing everything from bath towels to delicate clothes – with ease, precision and efficiency. However, they are generally not very stylish, with the exception of stackable washer and dryer sets. Designed to fit into even the tightest of spaces, the best stackable washer and dryer sets are ideal for those short on space. Despite their small size, these space-saving sets are powerful enough to meet all your washing needs.

So how exactly do stackable units work? Some are sold as an all-in-one unit, while others require you to bundle individual washers and dryers at checkout. To install them at home, stack the dryer on top of the washing machine and align the dryer with your vent. (Since washing machines are heavier and more subject to strong vibrations than their moisture-wicking counterparts, it’s essential that they remain grounded.)

To determine the best stackable washers and dryers on the market, we picked the most popular models and ranked the top performers based on size, features, and value. From super compact sets to smart machines, here are our six top picks you can buy right now.

Best stackable washer and dryer overall

A clever set designed for tight spaces

Cut: 27 x 74.4 x 30.5 inches | Ability: 4.5 cubic feet (washer); 7.4 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: Central control panel with easy to reach buttons | Energy Star Certified: Yes

This stackable set is hands down the best stackable washer and dryer for small spaces. Thanks to the generous capacities of both machines, this set can handle large loads of laundry, which isn’t always the case with stackable sets. Its best feature, however, is by far the mid-level control panel. This means the control panel is at the top of the washer and the bottom of the dryer; when stacked, they line up neatly in the middle for easy access. In addition to thoughtful functional features (like allergen detection technology), this best-selling model is very elegant. While looks aren’t everything, of course, most washers and dryers aren’t exactly pleasing to the eye. the LG WashTower is an exception.


  • Easy to reach and intuitive control panels
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • Sensor drying

The inconvenients:

  • The rear vent is not small
  • The doors are not reversible

Best Budget Stackable Washer and Dryer

An elegant and reliable device

Cut: 26.7 x 75.8 x 30.8 inches | Ability: 3.8 cubic feet (washer); 5.9 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: The washer features automatic load sensing to add the ideal amount of water per load. | Energy Star Certified: Nope

It’s not the flashiest stackable washer and dryer, nor the most cutting-edge. But it’s a reliable and economical choice that won’t disappoint. Choose between 11 wash cycles, allowing you to customize each load. While you can select the precise water level based on the volume of laundry you’re washing, the washer is also equipped with technology to sense the load size and add the right amount of water to each load. time. In addition, customers appreciate the ease of use of this duo and its capacity above expectations. Another highlight? Each machine has cycle status lights, which make it easy for users to see where their load is in the cleaning process.


  • Economic
  • Automatic water filling

The inconvenients:

  • Lack of smart technology
  • Not Energy Star certified

Best Large Capacity Stackable Washer and Dryer

A state-of-the-art set with enormous capacity

Cut: 27 x 74.2 x 32.8 inches | Ability: 5 cubic feet (washer); 7.4 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: Central control panel, FlowSense duct clogging and clean filter indicators | Energy Star Certified: Yes

This extra large capacity duo will challenge everything you expect from average and lean cleaning machines. Not only does this innovative model look great, it also has all the features you need for all your washing needs. AI technology detects optimal movements and temperatures to treat your items with care, while TurboSteam technology helps to fluff items between washes. Bonus: washers are AAFA certified with Allergiene to remove over 95% of pet dander and dust. Although this is one of the more expensive sets on our list, the spacious drums are worth it.


  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Quick wash cycle
  • ThinQ app controls laundry remotely

The inconvenients:

  • May be too large for narrow spaces

Best Smart Stackable Washer and Dryer

An energy-efficient pair from Miele

Cut: 24 x 77 x 25.3 inches | Ability: 2.26 cubic feet (washer); 4.02 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: CapDosing, WiFiConnect, DirectSensor controls and a honeycomb drying drum | Energy Star Certified: Yes

If you’re looking for a smart set, you can’t beat this option from Miele. Among its main features is CapDosing, a brilliant technology for washing special clothes or household items. Once you place the brand’s portioned capsules into the fabric softener compartment, the machine does the rest of the work for you; it automatically dispenses the solution at the optimal time during the washing process, preventing your clothes from getting too soapy.

The standout feature of this model, however, is its WiFi capability, which allows you to control your machines from a smartphone anywhere in your home. It allows users to select and start programs without ever leaving the couch – talk about a dream come true. Reviewers also give this duo high marks for its reliability and overall cleaning performance.


  • Quick-Intense-Wash for quick loads
  • 1600 rpm motor to reduce drying times
  • Smaller size for tight spaces

The inconvenients:

Best Quiet Stackable Washer and Dryer

A set of almost silent washing machines

Cut: 27 x 77.4 x 32.9 inches | Ability: 4.8 cubic feet (washer); 7.3 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: 16-Hour Fresh Wear, Wrinkle Control, Advanced Vibration Control Plus, Sanitize Cycle | Energy Star Certified: Yes

Maytag is known for making some of the quietest appliances (notably dishwashers), and their stackable washer and dryer are no exception. Do you have stubborn stains? Choose the “Extra Power” setting, which tackles tough stains with an intense pre-wash cycle. Forgot to add every dirty item to the wash? Take advantage of the ‘Add Late’ feature to pause cycles for last minute items. With so many features designed for real-world scenarios, this set makes it nearly impossible to ruin laundry day.

Another added bonus: if you’re the type of person who sometimes leaves your laundry sitting in the machine, this set could be the one for you, thanks to its 16-hour Fresh Hold feature. Using an internal fan, the washer intermittently airs and tumbles your clothes after the wash cycle ends to ensure everything stays fresh.


  • Big capacity
  • Smart settings for your best wash ever
  • An almost silent spin cycle

The inconvenients:

  • Overhead control panels on dryer

Best Compact Stackable Washer and Dryer

A small unit for small spaces and families

Cut: 27 x 76 x 32 inches | Ability: 4.3 cubic feet (washer); 8.0 cubic feet (dryer) | Special Features: LuxCare wash system, Activewear cycle for dry-wicking clothes, StainTreat technology for tough spots and reversible washer door | Energy Star Certified: Yes

Reviewers give this stacking set high marks for its ability to squeeze into tight spaces, as well as its many customizable features for wash cycles. (For example, there is a special setting for sportswear). This compact model also has a sanitize option, which is guaranteed to kill and remove 99% of bacteria and 95% of allergens with every charge. In addition to its features, let’s talk about form. The washing machine has a reversible door so you can easily open and close it no matter what your space layout is – a definite plus if your machines are in a particularly small room.

The dryer, which has eight drying cycles, also comes with an impressive list of features. Thanks to its Luxcare drying system, you don’t have to worry about this machine drying your laundry too much or too little. It also features an instant refresh cycle and perfect steam wrinkle release to keep items fresh.


  • Very high drying capacity
  • Balances loads to reduce vibration for smooth operation

The inconvenients:

  • Some complain of a noisy spin cycle
VANTIVA Demonstrates Carrier Grade Wi-Fi 7 Home Gateway Demonstration at Broadband World Forum https://atlantic-storm.org/vantiva-demonstrates-carrier-grade-wi-fi-7-home-gateway-demonstration-at-broadband-world-forum/ Tue, 18 Oct 2022 06:38:46 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/vantiva-demonstrates-carrier-grade-wi-fi-7-home-gateway-demonstration-at-broadband-world-forum/

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VANTIVA’s Wi-Fi Gateway 7 is among the first CPE manufacturers to move from theory to reality. VANTIVA’s demonstration at BBWF 2022 will showcase a fully integrated solution that will bring Wi-Fi 7 to homes around the world.

VANTIVA (formerly known as Technicolor) will showcase the world’s first carrier-grade Wi-Fi 7 home gateway at Network X/Broadband World Forum (BBWF) 2022. VANTIVA’s Wi-Fi 7 gateway demo shows the power of this new wireless technology by extending the operating bandwidth up to 320 MHz and featuring 4096 quadrature amplitude modulation or 4K QAM which together rival the speeds offered by Ethernet cables. It represents a step change in home wireless broadband connectivity that will enable a wide range of new experiences, such as metaverse, immersive gaming, and 4K and 8K video streaming.

As demand for these next-generation services grows, Network Service Providers (NSPs) will come under increasing pressure to deliver customer-premises equipment (CPE) capable of delivering ultra-high bandwidth and low latency to and inside the home.

“The industry has been talking about the possibilities of Wi-Fi 7 for some time now. VANTIVA’s Wi-Fi 7 Gateway is one of the first CPE manufacturers to move from theory to reality,” said Ashwani Saigal, Vice President of Broadband Products Unit, VANTIVA.

“VANTIVA’s demonstration at BBWF 2022 will showcase a fully integrated solution that will bring Wi-Fi 7 to homes around the world, including: housing integration, mechanical design, antenna design and placement, components, software, and thermal attenuation in the premium device support needed for next-generation services and applications in the home,” he added.

The gateway offers all the benefits of Wi-Fi 7, with multi-link operation (MLO) that allows client devices to simultaneously connect to 2.5, 5 and 6 Ghz radios. This capability creates multiple links on different bands to simultaneously transmit data packets to improve latency and data throughput. MLO also enables the gateway to provide uninterrupted connectivity in areas with high interference and congestion.

VANTIVA’s Wi-Fi Gateway 7 takes full advantage of the spectrum made available by the emerging standard, increasing channel utilization efficiency by avoiding channels with interference to maximize bandwidth.

VANTIVA experts and executives will be on hand to discuss and explain the key features included in this next-generation gateway. To see the VANTIVA Wi-Fi Gateway 7 demo, visit Hall 8, Stand 4 (8.B4) at RAI, Amsterdam, during Network X with the Broadband World Forum.

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Push the limits

VANTIVA, headquartered in Paris, France and formerly known as Technicolor, is a global technology leader in the design, development and delivery of innovative products and solutions that connect consumers around the world to content and to the services they love – whether at home, at work or in other smart spaces. VANTIVA has also earned a solid reputation for optimizing supply chain performance by leveraging its decades-long expertise in high-precision manufacturing, logistics, fulfillment and distribution. With operations in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA, VANTIVA is recognized as a strategic partner by leading companies in various verticals, including network service providers, software publishers and video game creators. for over 25 years. Our relationships with the film and entertainment industry go back over 100 years providing end-to-end solutions to our clients. VANTIVA is committed to the highest standards of corporate social responsibility and sustainability in all aspects of its operations. For more information, please visit http://www.vantiva.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter


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You’ll have to remove the “unfriendly” thumbs up emoji from my cold dead hands https://atlantic-storm.org/youll-have-to-remove-the-unfriendly-thumbs-up-emoji-from-my-cold-dead-hands/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 19:14:00 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/youll-have-to-remove-the-unfriendly-thumbs-up-emoji-from-my-cold-dead-hands/

The thumbs-up emoji has long been one of my favorite responses. It’s simple. It’s versatile. It’s friendly. Or so I thought until a headline from the Daily Mail snapped me out of my blissful stupor this week. “Why NO ONE should use the ‘thumbs up’ emoji in 2022,” the post kicks off.

Cut to me doing the kind of expression you see on the confused emoji: 😕 😕 😕

“Sending a thumbs up can be seen as passive, aggressive and even confrontational, according to Gen Z who say they feel attacked every time it’s used,” reads the article, speaking of a generation through a thread of 10. months in the adulting subreddit and an alleged Perspectus Global poll in which young people name the 10 emojis that make people look old. Thumbs up tops this list, which also includes lipstick face, pile of poop, and red heart. Guilty, guilty and very guilty. 😘 💩 😘

I – a Certified Senior ™, so old I’m excited Blink-182 reuniting – often use the thumbs-up emoji to indicate that I have read a colleague’s post, agree with their thinking, or approve of a course of action. In cases that don’t warrant a conversation beyond a quick nod, a thumbs-up has always seemed like an efficient and cheerful way to get the job done. 👍 👍 👍

But the Daily Mail article suggests I could be seen as downright hostile to Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2012). Like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, that favorite of millennials and millennials, I couldn’t help but wonder… Am I alienating my younger colleagues by relying on the loyal thumbs up ?

The fact that I even ponder such a question highlights the lingering confusion and anxiety over subtext that stems from new and ever-evolving forms of digital communication that often lack the benefits of intonation, eye contact and body language. Heck, a little phone punctuation incident nearly ruined my CNET colleague Erin Carson’s entire college social life.

Until this week, I naively thought of the thumbs-up emoji as, well, a thumbs-up emoji. Sometimes a thumbs-up emoji is just a thumbs-up emoji, Freud said. Freud was not on Slack.

“My last place of work had a WhatsApp chat for our team to send information to each other and most people there just replied with a 👍,” wrote one Reddit user. “I don’t know why, but it felt a bit hostile, like recognition, but sort of ‘I don’t care/I’m not interested’?”

But I do really pay attention and I a m interested. So I asked my colleagues to give it to me directly. Are breathless headlines over an emoji as the latest salvo in endless culture wars exaggerating? Or is a thumbs-up made of pixels really equal to a middle finger? The answer lies somewhere in the middle. 👉 👈

“Too Long on the Internet”

“Yeah, I use it all the time for a quick ‘yeah, I’m on it’ and so on for work,” says science writer Monisha Ravisetti, who is on the cusp of Gen Z. Monisha and I regularly trade five or six thumbs-up emoji every day, so far with few hurt feelings. She likes the effectiveness of a boost at work, but adds that she doesn’t use it in non-work settings.

“In a non-professional context, being ‘effective’ makes me feel dry or insensitive,” says Monisha. “I would probably go for an ‘ok!’ or “perfect”.

My Gen Z colleague, Meara Isenberg, agrees that “thumbs up” a message is always a safe bet. She sometimes sticks a thumbs-up emoji at the end of the texts: “That sounds good” “Perfect”. But she sees how the emoji alone, instead of a response, can seem a bit colder.

I understand. As much as I lean on the symbol, there are Sometimes it seems abrupt – when a friend shares that they finally feel better after being sick, for example. In a case like that, a single thumbs up might sound like a channeling conversation killer that I don’t want to hear anymore.

David Lumb, who covers all things mobile for CNET, sees a similar nuance in the thumbs-up emoji.

“My friend in his 50s sends thumbs up in casual texts and I had to learn not to be offended,” says David, a millennial in his 30s.

“When I think about it,” David continues, “the associations I place on a thumbs-up are kind of absurd — like, an iOS thumbs-up reaction via iMessage is somehow less offensive, but a full emoji feels like going through the effort of sending a single word telegram I’ve lived too long on the internet.

OK, I want to know what is really Rude?

Digital communication, it is clear, leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation. Even something as benign as “OK” can be a sharp sword in the right hands.

“Saying ‘k’ is definitely ruder than a thumbs-up emoji,” suggested my colleague Corinne Reichert. This drew widespread agreement, with one colleague calling the terse “k” a “targeted missile strike”. The former ‘KK’, the team agrees, is a far superior choice. 👍 👍 👍

Of course, deciding between a k or two or choosing the perfect emoji seems like an utterly meaningless activity in a world where Ukraine is under siege and hurricanes are taking away cities and lives.

“Young people don’t give a fuck about a thumbs-up emoji,” one Gen Z member tweeted this week. “I don’t know why the media thinks this is our concern, but we just want healthcare and to be able to make decisions about our own bodies.”

Yet the intricacies of everyday communication impact how we experience our friends and colleagues, and ultimately how we view ourselves. The vagaries of language and iconography reflect important cultural conversations. I’m just not convinced that thumbs up is one of them.

So while I’d rather not be known in the office as a rude old man (at home, that’s another story), I will proudly continue to use the thumbs up – and the red heart, the kissing lipstick, the pile of poo and other symbols that expose me as an elder. Aging brings enough concern without having to worry that every time I click a thumbs-up emoji I’ll be seen as a surly senior yelling “get off my lawn.” ✌😘 👍 👍