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Global Computer Ship Shortage Now at “Crisis Point”

The global computer chip shortage has now reached a “crisis point,” according to industry experts.

According to The Guardian, while initial shortages were attributable to factories being shuttered due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers are still failing to meet the new rise in demand despite production returning to normal. “Chips are everything,” says Neil Campling, a media and tech analyst at Mirabaud. “There is a perfect storm of supply and demand factors going on here. But basically, there is a new level of demand that can’t be kept up with, everyone is in crisis and it is getting

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NOAA Upgrades Weather Computer Model

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NOAA is upgrading its Global Forecast System (GFS) weather computer forecasting model. These advancements will hopefully improve hurricane genesis forecasting, modeling for snowfall location, heavy rainfall forecasts, and overall model performance.

The GFS resolution will increase by doubling the number of vertical levels, from 64 to 127. Improvements to atmospheric physics will enhance snow and precipitation forecasting capabilities in this latest upgrade as well.

“This substantial upgrade to the GFS, along with ongoing upgrades to our supercomputing capacity, demonstrates our commitment to advancing

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Novel thermometer can accelerate quantum computer development

The new quantum thermometer on a chip, in the foreground. It is probably the world’s fastest and most sensitive thermometer for measuring temperature at the cold end of a waveguide at the millikelvin scale, according to the Chalmers researchers. Credit: Claudia Castillo Moreno/Chalmers University of Technology

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a novel type of thermometer that can simply and quickly measure temperatures during quantum calculations with extremely high accuracy. The breakthrough provides a benchmarking tool for quantum computing of great value—and opens up for experiments in the exciting field of quantum thermodynamics.


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Framework Computer is Repairable and Upgradable

We love our MacBooks, so sleek and thin and shiny. On the other hand, they are difficult to repair and consistently get the lowest repairability scores from iFixit. Upgrading the hardware is almost impossible too; this has consistently been our biggest complaint about them. Apple, on the other hand, claims that this is how they are able to make them so sleek and thin.

A lot of people aren’t happy with the Apple business model; that’s why Europeans can buy Fairphones that can be opened up and upgraded. The Framework computer, just announced and promised for this summer,

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Veterans benefit from VBA computer systems innovation

A group of Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) employees from different offices and locations worked together to speed up a process to get benefits into the hands of Veterans faster than ever by revamping computer systems.

When a Veteran does not receive his or her regular benefit, they usually contact the VBA National Call Center. That benefit inquiry goes into a system – the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) – to investigate the issue. From there, the inquiry used to go through several different computer systems that may or may not work well together. The entire process had to be tracked

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EDD wrestles with computer outage amid unemployment backlog

California’s embattled labor agency acknowledged Monday that “an intermittent issue” has surfaced with the computer system its workers use to process claims for unemployment benefits.

The state Employment Development Department has told staffers for multiple state lawmakers that the computer system for handling jobless benefits is experiencing outages and glitches.

“We’re trying to catch up with our IT folks,” said Loree Levy, a spokesperson for the state EDD. “It appears there was an intermittent issue.”

The EDD told state legislative staffers it is working to fix the problem.

“My staff reached out to the EDD, which informed us they are

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