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Kanye West just doesn’t get it

When you’re an artist, a big reason that you create your art is so that you can share it with the world. With that in mind, you generally want to make your art as accessible to the masses as you can. That’s not to say that you should simply give away the things you make, but you might not want force your fans to pay a monthly fee on an exclusive platform, just for the privilege of experiencing your gift to the world. Yes, I’m talking to you, Kanye (and no, I don’t think he’s actually listening).

If you’re not a Kanye West fan, then you might not know that he recently released a new album, The Life of Pablo. Sure, that’s the sort of thing that makes headlines, but this time around, Kanye is making waves because of how he’s chosen to release the album. Instead of making it available through any number of other means, he’s decided that it’s going to be exclusive to Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay-Z.

According to Kanye’s Twitter, the album will never be available to stream anywhere else, nor will you be able to purchase it. Let that sink in for a moment. You can’t buy Kanye’s new album at all, you can only stream it from Tidal.

New Kanye West album hits Tidal for exclusive streaming

So we can’t really rely on the App Store rank to determine just how successful this venture is. Where else can we look? Piracy. How many people are pirating an album that they’re never allowed to purchase? Surely that will give us an idea of how people are responding to this concept.

The Pirate Bay is easily the largest and most notorious torrenting site out there, so I braved the wretched hive of scum and villainy (well, it’s not really all that wretched) to see what the stats were on the album. A quick search found 12 different versions of it available for download. At the time of writing, more than 13,000 people were seeding the various torrents of the album. (I should take a moment to explain that I’m not condoning or even encouraging piracy. If you don’t want to pay his outrageous fee every month for his music, you shouldn’t bother pirating it, either.)

This is an unprecedented level of piracy for a new album. Even TorrentFreak said that they’d never seen anything like this before.

So Tidal hit number 1 in the app store, and the album is being pirated more than any other before it. I’d say that we’ve learned two different things. First, people really wanted to hear Kanye’s new album. Second, a lot of people really don’t like the fact that they can’t actually purchase the music, so that they can listen to it whenever they want, without having to pay $10 a month.

Now what’s perhaps most heartbreaking about this story is that if you keep up with Kanye’s Twitter feed, you’ll know that he’s in dire straits. He’s resorted to begging Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg for $1 billion. He’s got a lot of personal debt, after all. And no, I’m not kidding. Kanye West really shouted out to Mark Zuckerberg to ask for a huge sum of money. I can’t make this sort of thing up. (Btw Kanye, the guy invented Facebook. Maybe you should try contacting him on there.)

Alright, I’ve gotten a little off track. Exploring the depths of his Twitter feed is enough to distract anyone.  I could spend the rest of the day quoting the bizarre things that he’s been tweeting, but there’s just not enough room here for it. I’d suggest taking a look at his Twitter, and just see how far down the rabbit hole his ego goes. But he really does spend a lot of time talking about how great of an artist he is. And he must believe that his art is so great that it is worth paying $10 for the rest of your life to listen to it.

Yes, you can get other content on Tidal, but the fact that you cannot ever (legally) purchase a copy of it just shows how out of touch he is with the rest of the world, and more importantly, his fans. But then again, maybe we should all just enjoy the greatness.

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This West Virginia Town Has Gone Radio Silent

Illustration by Max Temescu

The town of Green Bank, West Virginia, sits at the heart of the National Radio Quiet Zone, where cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, and broadcast antennas are all but absent. For most, it is a throwback to a different era. But for an increasing number of new residents, it is a rare refuge from wireless technology. Welcome to the fringe of the electromagnetic age.

One day in 2003, Diane Schou’s hair started falling out. She got rashes and lingering headaches. Her doctor didn’t know what was causing her symptoms, but Diane began to have her suspicions. She’d fallen ill around the same time a new cellphone tower went up near her Iowa farm. When she drove by the tower, her headaches worsened. So she and her husband, Bert, jumped in their Winnebago and fled. Diane didn’t know what she was running from. All she knew was that she felt better the farther she got from that cell tower, and civilization in general.

Months after leaving Iowa, while stopped at a state park in North Carolina, a forest ranger told the Schous about a place called Green Bank, West Virginia. It was in the middle of something called the National Radio Quiet Zone. So the Schous went to Green Bank for a few days. It was a nice place, but they quickly moved on, like gypsies of the electromagnetic age, searching for somewhere insulated from the technology now synonymous with modern society. Along the way, Diane learned that her affliction had a name–electrohypersensitivity, or EHS–and that there were other electrosensitives like her. She also learned that most doctors don’t believe her condition exists, at least outside of her mind.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), EHS is not a medical diagnosis, but rather a vague set of symptoms with no apparent physiological basis. Even so, the condition–whatever its cause–appears to be widespread. Olle Johansson, an associate professor of neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, says the number of people who claim to have EHS varies by country, from 8 percent of the population in Germany to 3.5 percent, or about 11 million people, in the U.S.

“There are few epidemic diseases this large,” Johansson says. “Nowadays, wherever you live, whatever you do, you’re whole-body exposed, 24/7.”

The Green Bank Telescope is so sensitive that even a poorly insulated electric fence miles away can skew readings. Photograph by Steve Featherstone

For Diane, the debate around EHS was academic. Her suffering was real, and no matter how far she ran–to an island in Nicaragua or a yurt in Lapland–she kept coming back to one place: Green Bank, population 143. In 2007, after racking up 170,000 miles on their RV, Diane and Bert sold off half their farmland in Iowa and used the money to buy a house in Green Bank. Diane has lived there ever since.

Over the past several years, Diane’s symptoms have faded. Her rashes dis­appeared. Her hair grew back. And while she says a stranger’s cellphone will still send bolts of pain through her head, she’s recovered to the point that she can use a computer again. But she can never return to the farm in Iowa. Green Bank is her home now, and that’s given Diane a certain sense of purpose. As a conductor on the electrosensitive underground railroad, she has helped, by her estimate, dozens of technological refugees find shelter there. More are arriving every year, and they’re finding that getting out of the radiation is the easy part. Fitting into a small town is a whole different story.

Green Bank is more a hamlet than an actual town. There is a library, a post office, and a school, but mostly it consists of farms and houses scattered throughout a pastoral valley in the Allegheny Mountains, surrounded by steep, forested slopes. Three years ago, Melissa Chalmers and a woman I’ll call Jane (at her request for privacy), met through Diane on an EHS Internet forum. Both women are airline pilots, and they had been looking for a retreat from the Wi-Fi and cellphones they so often contend with while traveling. Diane encouraged them to come to Green Bank for a trial visit.

On a cold November evening, I met Melissa and Jane at the Green Bank Cabins, a row of three log cabins located next to the Dollar General store. Billed as a rustic escape from “the fast pace of life,” the one-room cabins were built in 1810 and have since been updated with electricity and plumbing. I rented the cabin next to Melissa and Jane’s. We planned to explore Green Bank together, so I could see how they responded. Things were not going well. Even after switching off the cabin’s circuit breakers and lighting candles, Jane said she felt itchy. Every 20 minutes, she got up to check her soaring blood pressure with a portable monitor. Melissa was uncomfortable too. She winced occasionally at the stray electromagnetic pulses that she said needled her skin.

“It doesn’t just stop at your skin, like light would,” she said. “It goes into your body. You start getting all fogged out.”

Melissa pulled a digital gauss meter from her luggage. She began tracing the web of electrical wires stapled to their cabin’s log walls, searching for errant sources of electromagmetic radiation (EMR). Then she scanned the air using a radio frequency (RF) meter that looked like a prop from the set of the old Lost in Space program. She found slightly higher readings in that cabin than mine, so I obliged when they asked me to switch. The next morning, I found Melissa holding her gauss meter beneath some power lines running behind my cabin. “I think I found the source,” she grinned. “I told you there was something.”

Diane Schou is a leader of Green Bank’s electrosensitive community. At home, she can use a computer, but only sparingly. Photograph by Steve Featherstone

A little later, I grabbed breakfast at Henry’s Quick Stop and drove two miles up the road to see the town’s most notable landmark, the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the largest steerable radio telescope in the world. Up close, the GBT is a behemoth of white steel and aluminium scaffolding taller than the Statue of Liberty. Its 100-meter dish is visible from just about everywhere in the valley, and it’s perhaps the only thing in town that’s more finely tuned to electromagnetic fields than electrosensitives themselves.

The purpose of the GBT is to capture extremely weak radio signals emanating from the farthest reaches of space. In 1958, the federal government created the National Radio Quiet Zone to shield the GBT and the nearby Sugar Grove listening post (now run by the National Security Agency) from electromagnetic interference. As a result, cellphone, television, and radio transmissions–all of which rely on electromagnetic waves–are heavily restricted within its 13,000-square-mile area and banned in a 10-mile radius around the GBT. Residents are not entirely cut off. They can access TV and Internet with cable. But Green Bank is one of the few places in the world where electrosensitives can be certain that no one is going to erect a cell tower in their backyard or bolt a smart meter to their house.

Although it’s in the heart of the Quiet Zone, Green Bank isn’t completely free of EMR. After all, sunlight is a form of EMR, and electromagnetic fields ring the planet. The big difference between natural sources and man-made ones is their intensity. “Compared to natural levels, the exposure levels today are astronomical,” Johansson says. “I would even say biblical–enormously high.” For example, he says, if you were to take a cellphone and place it on the moon in standby mode, it would still be the most powerful EMR source in the universe from the perspective of Earth.

“It doesn’t just stop at your skin, like light would. It goes into your body. You start getting all fogged out.”

Electrosensitives say they feel electromagnetic fields the same way the GBT detects radio signals from space–except it hurts. “I feel like I’m being cooked to death every time I get in the plane,” Jane says.

The only recognized health risk from RF radiation is the heating of tissue (as in the rat in the microwave). In 1996, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a safety standard for RF-emitting devices based on thermal heating. That’s why even though the standard is set far below levels recognized to cause harm, wireless companies still recommend not carrying your phone around in your pocket or sleeping with one too close to your head.

The café at the Green Bank observatory is one of the few lunch spots in town. Photograph by Steve Featherstone

According to Joel Moskowitz, the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California at Berkeley, the test for the thermal standard is outdated if not irrelevant. “It’s not at all reflective of what the average user looks like today and not really of any user anywhere,” he says. “It’s not even the right measurement.” Moskowitz believes that science hasn’t caught up with the rapid proliferation of RF-emitting devices–from smartphones to smart meters–that have been spilling radiation into our homes, schools, and workplaces over the past two decades. Electrosensitives may be the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, he says. He cites a growing body of research that suggests RF exposure has many nonthermal biological effects, including damage to sperm cells and changes in brain chemistry. “There are a lot of unanswered questions, obviously, but we clearly have evidence for precautionary health warnings,” Moskowitz says.

Melissa and Jane certainly had no shortage of questions by their second day in Green Bank. Jane’s blood pressure hadn’t gone down, and Melissa still felt tingly sensations on her skin. Something was triggering their symptoms, but Melissa’s equipment couldn’t identify what it was. According to a survey of dozens of studies, the biggest challenge in diagnosing EHS is that those suffering from it often exhibit what’s called the “nocebo effect,” where even the expectation of exposure to EMR can cause physiological symptoms. During dinner at the cabin, Melissa switched on her RF meter and began walking around the room. The reading was 100 times lower than what she’d recorded in the basement of her home in Canada before a cellphone company put up towers nearby. Puzzled by this, Melissa and Jane tried to square their symptoms with the extremely low measurement.

“Maybe I’m reading it wrong,” Melissa said, pressing the meter’s buttons.

“They don’t call it the National Radio Quiet Zone for nothing,” I said. “Maybe it really is that low,” Melissa shrugged. “It’s just that I’ve never seen it that low.”

Like Diane Schou, Jennifer Woods’s journey as an electrosensitive began with upheaval. In 1997, she quit her job as an architect and left her family in Hawaii. She spent the next decade adrift, mostly living out of her car as she drove across the country seeking a cure for her chronic health problems. She tried conventional medicine and homeopathic treatments, but nothing worked. Three years ago, she heard about Green Bank at an alternative medicine conference; within 48 hours, she was parked in Diane’s driveway. “I weighed 80 pounds at the time,” Jennifer said. “I was at death’s door.”

She went to live in a one-room shack in a hollow with no electricity or running water. Within nine months, she’d put on 50 pounds. “I did no medical treatment,” she said. “I didn’t change my diet. The only thing I changed was I got out of the radiation. That’s proof enough that [EMR] was causing my illness.”

Jennifer now lives in a one-room cabin on a wooded ridge outside of town that she designed and built herself. Her second home is the Green Bank Public Library, a small building situated on a hill near the middle school. A plaque out front announces it as the 2003 Rural Library of the Year. With eight computers hard-wired to the Internet, the library provides many electrosensitives with their only connection to the outside world. There’s also a kitchenette in the back where Jennifer keeps a few groceries, since she doesn’t have a refrigerator in her cabin.

One morning, Jennifer made coffee and chatted with Arnie Stewart, a library volunteer whom she considers her guardian angel. “I’ve got big gossip,” whispered Arnie. “Monique married Tom.” The news came as a shock. Monique is an outspoken EHS activist recently arrived from Florida; Tom is a Green Bank local known for his traditional views. Later that day, Jennifer relayed the news of Monique and Tom’s nuptials to Diane Schou.

“It’s not going to last,” Diane frowned, “Tom doesn’t believe in [EHS].”

Diane had reason to be doubtful. As the town’s first electrosensitive resident and the unofficial representative for electrosensitives who came after her, she is a lightning rod for criticism. Four years ago, Bert Schou gave a lecture at Green Bank’s senior center aimed at educating people about EHS. It was a watershed moment in relations between native Green Bank residents and the electrosensitive community. All the skeptics in town showed up, including Tom. After Bert’s lecture, they accused Diane of everything from faking her illness to purposely delaying the construction of a local health clinic. “I was tarred and feathered,” Diane said. “I regret that I was ever there.”

“We crucified her,” Arnie told me. “I’m sorry, but we did.” The way he remembered it, a confrontation had been brewing for a long time. It began when Diane asked the senior center to replace fluorescent lights in one section so she’d have a place to eat. It escalated when she requested that someone bring a plate to her table so that she wouldn’t be exposed to fluorescent lights near the kitchen. It reached a climax when she asked for gluten-free options on the menu. By the time Bert gave his lecture, the burning issue on the minds of many in the audience wasn’t the health effects of electromagnetic radiation–Arnie, for one, is convinced EHS is real–but rather Diane’s constant demands for special treatment. “A woman with one arm stood up,” Arnie recalled, “and she said, ‘Look, Diane, no one brings my plate to my table.’ ”

Since then, relations between townsfolk and electrosensitives have reached a kind of détente. At Diane’s request, the minister at her church no longer uses a wireless microphone. Her dentist switches off the fluorescent lights in his office. Cashiers at the Dollar General sometimes bring items outside and allow electrosensitives to pay for them in the parking lot. But Diane and other electrosensitives are alert to the tension lurking beneath social interactions. The situation isn’t as simple as close-minded hillbillies reacting to overbearing outsiders. It’s that in places like Green Bank, personal relationships go back generations. Anyone moving to a town of 143 would stand out, much less a dozen or so electrosensitives who show up and start turning out the lights. It’s not hard to see how an “us versus them” mentality could take root.

Martin Weatherall tests an electric recliner for harmful radiation. Photograph by Steve Featherstone

One afternoon, a group of us set out on a mission of mercy. A new member of the Green Bank EHS community was having a hard time with her home. Melissa, Jane, and Martin Weatherall, an electrosensitive and retired policeman from Stratford, Ontario, who has been coming to Green Bank since 2012, had offered to scan it for her. So we piled into a car and went. Along the way, we stopped in the town of Dunmore.

Five miles south of Green Bank, Dunmore consists of a few homes and a store situated at an intersection. The store was the sort of all-purpose gas station/bakery/de facto town hall often found in rural areas that haven’t been colonized by fast food chains or retail behemoths. We ordered lunch and ate at a picnic table outside as logging trucks rumbled by. Everybody was in high spirits. Perhaps it was the warm sunshine or the low EMR levels. After swapping cabins with me, Melissa and Jane had been sleeping better. Jane’s blood pressure was back down, and Melissa’s chronic tinnitus was completely gone. “I feel good,” Martin added, “definitely better than I do in Stratford.”

Inside the store, I asked the proprietor, who had recently moved to the Quiet Zone, about her experience with electrosensitive customers. She launched into a diatribe about “outsiders” who annoyed her with their petty demands and condescending attitudes and unwillingness to fit in. I thanked her and left, but she waved me down in the parking lot. Back in the store, a knot of grim-faced men confronted me. The proprietor loudly proclaimed that with the sheriff’s deputy as her witness, she was retracting everything she’d said. Unless a camouflage T-shirt qualified as a uniform, none of the men appeared to be officers of the law. One man took my tape recorder and barked at me to come outside with him. As I explained the situation, his eyes narrowed each time I used words like electromagnetic and journalist. Finally, he returned my tape recorder, pointed his finger at my chest, and growled, “Just be careful what you’re doing here.”

Over six days, Diane gave Melissa and Jane the full Green Bank experience. They visited the post office and library, toured the observatory and the town dump. They attended a mountain music jamboree headlined by a band whose fiddler was also the GBT’s principal scientist. On Sunday, Diane shepherded the women to two church services 15 miles apart. They were welcomed just about everywhere. After the service at the Church of the Nazarene in Durbin, the organist asked Jane what it felt like to have EHS. She listened intently to Jane’s reply and posed a question that electrosensitives have been asking for years. “They make allotments for all kinds of ailments,” the organist said. “Why can’t they recognize this one?”

Jane didn’t have an answer–because there isn’t one. Without an official medical diagnosis, it’s difficult for EHS sufferers to claim benefits from insurance companies and government health agencies. Only Sweden recognizes EHS as a functional impairment, equivalent to a disability. But activists are beginning to have an impact on attitudes toward EHS and EMR-related issues, such as the use of wireless networks in public schools. Some day they hope that the medical establishment will treat EHS like other mysterious syndromes, such as fibromyalgia. They won a moral victory in 2011, when the WHO classified RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic” in response to its Interphone study, which found a 40 percent greater risk for certain brain tumors at the highest exposure levels. (Scientists, however, did not find an increased incidence in cellphone users overall.) Then, in February of this year, France restricted the use of RF devices in daycare centers, citing a precautionary approach to exposure. Those gains aside, few if any studies are taking seriously the issue of EHS, and the inexorable expansion of wireless technologies does not appear to be slowing. Barring a breakdown in relations between electrosensitives and townsfolk or defunding of the GBT, Green Bank will continue to attract technological refugees searching for a safe haven from the electrosmog they feel is smothering the rest of the world.

Electrosensitives fervently believe that it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on to what they already know.

believe that it’s just a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on to what they already know.

“Your body is getting affected–it’s just going to take a few years to really know it,” Martin warned me, “unless you end up like us, and then you’ll wish you’d never seen wireless stuff.”

I asked the group what they preferred to be called–electrosensitives? EHS’ers?

“I prefer injured or harmed,” Diane said.

“That gets people very nervous,” another person said.

“Well they should be nervous,” Diane said. “They could be harmed too.”

“EMF people,” Jennifer offered. “Electrocuted people,” Martin deadpanned, and everybody laughed.

Although the conspiratorial tone got a little thick at times, the electrosensitives sitting around Diane’s kitchen table weren’t technophobic Luddites or doomsday preppers nursing violent fantasies of social collapse. Their conversation seemed quaint in its directness, an artifact from a time when communication between people was unmediated by texts, tweets, and Facebook updates thumbed on smartphones. Over dessert, Jane announced that she was getting a realtor to look for houses in Green Bank. As for Melissa, she didn’t even want to go home. “I feel like I can finally have my life back,” she said.

Despite its abundant natural beauty and rural charm, electrosensitives come to Green Bank because they have no other place to go. Unless you know somebody, it’s almost impossible to find a job or a place to live there. Some electrosensitives leave town soon after they arrive, unable to cope with the remoteness of the place. But Diane Schou has plans to make Green Bank more accessible. Through a nonprofit, she bought 14 acres of land to establish an electrosensitive retreat. Money for the property came from private donations. On my last morning in Green Bank, she took me to see the land. I followed her car down a narrow dirt lane set between double-wide homes. We came to a clearing scented by wood smoke and pine needles. A small cabin stood at the edge of the clearing.

“If people find that they’re affected by [EMR], they can get away from it, get it turned off, recover,” Diane said. That’s how it worked for her. Living in the Quiet Zone, away from the cell towers, has allowed Diane to recuperate. Now, she can tolerate limited excursions into the wireless world to visit her son in Baltimore. “You might be able to go back home and take cautions and be able to live maybe a normal life,” she said, pausing. “Maybe. Cautiously.”

Diane walked around the clearing, gesturing to places where she planned to build structures. Cabins over here. A communal area over there. In this spot, a shielded computer room. Other board members of the nonprofit vetoed the computer room. Too much EMR, they said. But Diane insisted. People have lives. They might want to keep working or email or Skype with their families. It’s a community, not a cult.

“That’s why I call [EHS] technological leprosy,” Diane said. “We can’t be with other people in society. We have to live like lepers. Technology is wonderful stuff–if we aren’t harmed by it.”

Leaving town, the GBT’s big white dish floated in my rearview mirror like a harvest moon shining in the clear autumn sky. At an intersection somewhere in the mountains, I realized that I’d left my road map at the cabin. My cellphone didn’t work, and the radio played only static. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d gotten lost, but I knew I’d left the Quiet Zone when I heard a preacher’s voice cutting through the static on the radio. “You see, our problem is not our weaknesses,” he bellowed. “Our problem is not staying plugged in! We need to plug into our power source, which is God!”

I turned the radio off, relishing the silence while it lasted.

This article was originally published in the April 2023 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Greetings From The Quiet Zone.”

Horizon Forbidden West Vs Breath Of The Wild 2

Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2 [Gamer Guide]

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Many users are struggling with choosing between Horizon Forbidden West and Breath of the Wild 2, but they don’t have enough details about each of them.

Keep in mind that both games are following similar open-world scenarios.

We recommend going for that option that supports the devices and platforms you’re constantly using for games.

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Choosing the best game might be one of the hardest decisions you have to make and it seems like tons of worldwide users are struggling with this kind of situation.

Our research indicated that many players are interested in discovering what is the best option between Horizon Forbidden West and Breath of the Wild 2.

Some users are not interested in investing in two different games. Plus, it seems like a wide range number of them also do not have sufficient time to spend on two masterpieces.

We’re here to present everything you should consider about Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2. So, at the end of this guide, you’ll definitely know what to choose.

Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2: General approach Horizon Forbidden West

This game was recently released, but it is no longer a surprise that it offers a one-of-a-kind experience every time gamers decide to access the action open-world of Aloy.

For those of you who already tried the Horizon Zero Dawn version, keep in mind that Forbidden West is no more than the second part of Aloy’s journey.

If you’re not already familiarized with Horizon scenarios, keep in mind that the protagonist is Aloy, a Nora brave, seeker, and machine hunter of unparalleled skill.

Post-apocalyptic California, Utah, and Nevada create an awesome video-game experience, where players are able to explore wider and deeper into a huge and well-organized map.

You can also engage in strategic battles against dangerous machines and mounted human enemies by using weapons, gear, and traps.

Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is the in-development Nintendo Switch exclusive any gamer wants to experience as soon as possible.

However, Nintendo doesn’t seem to be in any great hurry to lay all its cards on the table. In this matter, we’re still waiting for confirmation of its official title and the specific release date.

For the moment, all we know related to that highly-anticipated release date are rumors that it could be in the latter half of the year.

Keep in mind that Internet users already came up with some fan theories based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 E3 trailers.

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The two Links are other aspects you should consider. This theory is strongly related to the 2023 BotW 2 trailer.

There we can see Link in the normal Hyrule wearing his traditional clothing and hairstyle. However, Link in the floating island realm is wearing a new set of clothes and loose hair.

In these terms, many gamers are wondering if he just changes his look or if floating island Link actually Links from the past.

The Secret Zelda is another important theory. Again, floating island Link could not be Link at all. The loose hair is not too long, and we already saw Zelda with shorter loose hair in the 2023 trailer. It’s not unlikely that BotW 2 will feature both Link and Zelda as playable characters.

Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2: Main Differences 1. Supported devices and platforms Horizon Forbidden West

Keep in mind that Horizon Forbidden West is only available to play on the latest PlayStation versions, like PS4 and PS5.

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a game that would work on PC, you should go for another masterpiece.

Breath of the Wild 2

When it comes to Breath of the Wild 2, worldwide players will only be able to run it on Nintendo Switch.

2. Size requirements Horizon Forbidden West

If you’re wondering what are the Horizon Forbidden West size requirements, do not forget that it will take around 90 GB on PS5.

However, there are variations depending on the region. In the US, the PS5 edition is around 87 GB with the day one patch installed.

Breath of the Wild 2

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will require around 14GB of free space if you wish to download the game to your Nintendo Switch.

Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2: Reported issues Horizon Forbidden West

It is no longer a surprise that any game or software might sometimes generate specific problems. We’re here to highlight the most popular issues that you can encounter while running Horizon Forbidden West, as follows:

Horizon Forbidden West is not working at all – This one can appear if our console is outdated or the disk space is full. If you ever face this error, check out some useful solutions to easily fix it.

Can’t install Horizon Forbidden West – This problem is usually related to insufficient disk space on your device. Thus, you’ll have to make sure to have enough space to install the game.

Horizon Forbidden West is not downloading – Similar to the previous aspects, this issue might occur due to your corrupted or overloaded disk space.

Breath of the Wild 2

Of course, similar to Horizon Forbidden West, even if Breath of the Wild 2 is a newly released game, it can also run into some troubles:

Breath of the Wild’s lack of traditional dungeons – When worldwide gamers are asked about their BOTW 2 complaints, the lack of traditional Zelda–style dungeons is the first thing that comes up.

Breath Of The Wild’s Unimaginative Boss Fights – In other terms, keep in mind that it is a similar complaint to the lack of variety found in BOTW‘s Divine Beasts. However, the game’s boss fights are an even more egregious example of a lack of creativity. 

So, we hope that this guide helped you with choosing between Horizon Forbidden West vs Breath of the Wild 2.

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Billionaire No More: Kanye West’s Antisemitism Obliterates His Net Worth As Adidas Cuts Ties

The superstar rapper no longer has a place on the Forbes Billionaires’ list now that his lucrative deal with Adidas is over.

Just days ago, the rapper-cum-fashion entrepreneur Kanye West challenged Adidas to drop him following a weeks-long barrage of antisemitic remarks made on social media and in national media appearances.

“I can say antisemitic s—- and Adidas cannot drop me,” said the rapper, who legally now goes by the name “Ye,” on the Drink Champs podcast earlier this month. Ye, who had worked with Adidas since 2013 on his Yeezy line of super-expensive, super-popular sneakers, thought he was untouchable. After all, Adidas gets an estimated 4% to 8% of its sales from Yeezy products, according to investment bank Cowen. For Ye, it was an even bigger deal, accounting for $1.5 billion of his net worth.

But Ye’s words put the German athletic wear company, with its own Nazi ties dating back to its founders, in the hot seat. What followed was even more escalating pressure on Adidas to sever ties with Ye, as his string of antisemitic remarks drew condemnation from the top tiers of Hollywood. For weeks, Adidas stayed silent, except to say on October 6 that their partnership with Ye was “under review.”

The pressure ratcheted up on Adidas after an image was released over the weekend of a banner draped over a Los Angeles highway overpass reading “Kanye was right about the Jews” accompanied by a group of white supremacists giving the Nazi salute to the drivers below. The white supremacists were apparently referring to Ye’s “death con 3 on Jewish people” tweet that got his Twitter account locked; other antisemitic remarks got him blocked on Instagram, and thousands upon thousands upon thousands of social media users chorused for Adidas to also drop Ye.

Today—Tuesday, October 25—Adidas finally broke its silence and ended the relationship. That move will cost them big, but Ye even more, immediately knocking him out of the billionaire ranks.

With that gone, Ye is no longer a billionaire.

The $1.5 billion value of the Adidas deal was calculated off of a multiple of annual earnings. Based on interviews with industry experts, Forbes had viewed the royalties Ye received from Adidas to be similar to royalties from music catalogs or film residuals. The Adidas income stream could be sold off, those experts said, just like dozens of musicians (including the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen) have sold off their life’s work over the past two years.

Without Adidas, Ye is worth $400 million. The remainder of Ye’s fortune, Forbes estimates, comes from real estate, cash, his music catalog and a 5% stake in ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s shapewear firm, Skims. (A source close to Skims told Forbes Ye hasn’t been involved with the brand since its 2023 launch.)

Removing Ye from the Billionaires’ list caps off a years-long saga between the rapper and Forbes. Ye always felt his net worth was undervalued. When he first made the list in 2023, with an estimated $1 billion fortune, Ye wasn’t happy. “It’s not a billion,” he texted us at the time. “It’s $3.3 billion since no one at Forbes knows how to count.”

This pattern continued every year, with Ye continuing to complain about our low numbers. For this year’s valuation, Ye sent documents claiming his Adidas partnership alone was worth $4.3 billion. When Ye learned he would clock in at $2 billion overall, his unhappiness with Forbes leaked to the tabloids.

Losing Adidas was the final nail in Ye’s net-worth coffin. GapGPS terminated its Yeezy partnership in September. Earlier this month, JPMorgan reportedly unbanked Ye. French fashion house Balenciaga nixed their relationship with Ye on October 21, just weeks after he walked their runway at Paris Fashion Week.

Adidas’ stock price has plunged precipitously since Ye’s antisemitic tirades began.

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Just yesterday production company MRC said it would not air a completed documentary on Ye and talent agency CAA, where Ye was signed, dumped him.

The two had been in partnership since 2013, when news of their Yeezy collaboration was announced. In the decade since, Ye’s ridden wave after wave of conflict—with Taylor Swift, with his former recording home Universal Music Group, and more recently on social media against Kardashian and her boyfriend at the time, SNL alum Pete Davidson.

Now the road has ended. (There’s always the chance Ye could relaunch Yeezy on his own.) Five days ago Ye made his first post to Parler, the right-wing social media site he agreed to acquire for an undisclosed amount after getting locked out of Twitter and Instagram. He quoted Romans 8:31.

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Additional reporting by Lauren Debter.

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Is Your Phone Waterproof Or Just Splash

I have a screen protector and a heavy-duty case on my phone, which probably says something about me as a person. But terms like “splash-resistant,” “waterproof,” and even “military-grade” are terms that exist on a spectrum – how many “splashes” can something resist? What depth is something waterproof to? And what if one of the military grades is “F?” Luckily, between the actual IP (Ingress Protection) standards that exist and the thousands of people dropping phones in water on YouTube, we can get a pretty good idea of what these terms mean.

Ingress Protection ratings

You can find more details on IP ratings here, but the table above (high-quality version here) is your key to figuring out what IPXX means when you see it listed in the device specs. There are two different types of IP ratings — solid/dust and liquid. The first number refers to the dust-protection level, and the second refers to the liquid-protection level. For example:

IP6X = completely sealed against dust (6), not tested against water (X)

IPX6 = not tested against dust (X), can be sprayed by a lot of water

IP68 = completely sealed against dust (6), can be immersed in over one meter of water (8)

Most electronics are at least a level five as far as dust is concerned, but water is a little harder to figure out. Levels one through six only cover water that is sprayed at the device, and at levels seven and eight the phone can be immersed in up to/over one meter of water.

But just because it can be immersed doesn’t mean it can be sprayed. The tests are different, so the capabilities are different. If a device can take a decent spraying and be submerged, it will actually get two ratings, such as IPX6/IPX8.

So it’s time for a translation: what do the words on the package mean in terms of actual use and IP ratings?

Splash-resistant/Splash-proof

Water-resistant

This is the broadest category, so it’s the hardest one to really figure out. Technically water resistance should mean that a device can survive a little immersion, but in practice, especially on cheaper phones, it just means it can take a bit of a spray. Usually, it denotes a step up from splash resistance, so these devices will often have either an IPX5 or IPX6 splash rating (can stand heavy rain/big spills) or an IPX7 or IPX8 immersion rating. If the device just says “water-resistant” and doesn’t have an IP rating, though, you should just refer to “splash-resistant” above, because that’s probably what it is.

Waterproof

Because it’s a more specific claim than “water-resistant,” “waterproof” almost always means that you can safely immerse the phone in water. Generally, though, you shouldn’t go too deep or keep it in the water for over half an hour. As above, if something calls itself waterproof and doesn’t provide an IP rating, you should be skeptical.

Military-grade

If you see something marketed as military-grade, it’s probably marketing-speak for “tougher than average.” There is no universal standard, and for all you know, the military they’re using for reference could be the non-existent Vatican City military. A better standard in that case might be Popemobile-grade.

Military grades do exist – they’ll have numbers like MIL-STD-810, which are actual standards developed by the U.S Department of Defense. However, unlike the IP standard, there’s no set test or certifying body that checks up on testing methods, meaning that even if a company says something has gone through the MIL-STD-810 immersion test (one meter, with the device heated above the water temperature to ensure that changing pressure inside the device doesn’t suck water inside), it may not actually meet the Department of Defense’s standards. If something calls itself “military-anything,” check to see if it’s backed up by a third party.

Conclusion: no swimming in the deep end

Unless a device specifically says it can withstand active immersion, you probably shouldn’t take it for a swim. No matter how high your phone’s IP rating is, it’s just not a great idea to expose it to lots of water on a regular basis. Especially keep in mind that water resistance is tested using fresh water, not chlorinated pool water, salty ocean water, sugary sodas, and other liquids we encounter in real life. Exposure to harsh types of water can degrade the seals that keep many phones water-resistant.

Also remember that most of these phones are only rated for ~1 meter of pressure. Beyond that, you risk getting leakage. If you have a nice water-resistant phone with an IP68 rating, that’s great – but it was probably an expensive phone, so treat the resistance like an insurance policy, not a lifetime pass to the water park.

Image credit: So, yes, it is waterproof , EC4U

Andrew Braun

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Industrial Hacking Isn’t Just Made In China

‘UglyGorilla’ represents the latest trend in global business.

Mr. Gorilla, who also goes by the name Wang Dong, is one of the three Chinese hackersnamed by a US security firm this week as being involved in a massive cybertheft operation. The other two are “Superhard” (Mei Qiang) and “Raith.” (“Raith”? What kind of a boring hacker name is that?)

The security company Mandiant this week published a 74-page reportthat revealed previously unknown details about alleged Chinese government hacking. Specifically, the report claims to have learned that a specific unit of China’s Army has stolen information from 141 companies (most of them American companies) since 2006.

Chinese officials deny the allegations.

If the Mandiant report is accurate, the three hackers work for an organization called APT1, which is really a unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) called Unit 61398. (Another possibility is that APT1 is an outside hacker group directed by the Chinese Army unit.)

Either way, Mandiant claims to have traced massive hack attacks involving terabytes of stolen data back to an unfashionable district of Shanghai where PLA Unit 61398 operates from this shabby, heavily fortified 12-story building.

(BBC reporters trying to video footage of the building yesterday were detained by guards and forced to hand over their videos.)

That building, according to top notch guesswork by Mandiant, employs not just UglyGorilla, Superhard and Raith, but hundreds or thousands of other English-speaking computer, security and hacking experts whose full-time job is to break into the networks of foreign companies, US defense contractors and foreign government agencies in order to steal whatever they can and use it for whatever purposes help the rise of China as an economic and military power.

For example, when Google was hacked by the Chinese government (allegedly) nearly four years ago, presumably the “trade secrets” alleged by Google to have been compromised in the attack were handed over to the Chinese alternative to Google Search, called Baidu.

(We can also fear that China is trying to hack KFC to learn exactly what those 11 herbs and spices are and also gain unfair access to Victoria’s secret.)

It’s not clear what the connection is between the ongoing hack attacks alleged by Mandiant and past Chinese programs for stealing secrets, including Operation Shady Rat, Operation Night Dragon and Operation Aurora. (Aurora? What kind of boring hacker operation name is that?)

In recent weeks, news reports of hacks originating in China have been numerous.

Major newspapers in the United States, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and BloomBerg report being hacked, and information and internal communication focusing on stories about China have been stolen.

China isn’t alone in hacking and cyber industrial espionage, of course.

Tech companies have been hacked recently. Twitter reported recently that the personal profiles of about 250,000 Twitter users were compromised. Facebook and Apple were hacked. Both claim employee laptops were compromised but no data stolen.

A controversy is brewing as to whether the Facebook and Apple hacks originated in China or from Eastern European organized crime syndicates, but it’s probably the latter.

All these attacks appear to have originated with malware spread on the site iPhoneDevSDK, an iPhone developer message board.

And Burger King’s and Jeep’s Twitter feeds were allegedly taken over this week for more than an hour by a hacker named Tony “iThug” Cunha, according to Gizmodo.

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