The Daily Populous

Saturday February 26th, 2022 evening edition

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One of the most significant changes came in mid-2021, when Nvidia released "Lite Hash Rate" (LHR) versions of its RTX 3000-series GPUs that halved their performance when mining Ethereum or similar coins but didn't affect their gaming performance.

Cryptocurrency miners have tried to circumvent the LHR limitations in a bunch of ways since then, including by using non-LHR drivers that Nvidia leaked (oops!)

and flashing the BIOSes from 3090-series cards onto 3080-series cards to bump up the hash-rate limit.

And earlier this week, a hacker by the name of Sergey released an "Nvidia RTX LHR v2 Unlocker" that promised to remove the hash-rate limits on most Nvidia cards using a combination of BIOS updates and specially modified drivers.

Surprising no one, the sketchy drivers with the too-good-to-be-true performance promises turned out to be full of viruses.

Other times, as with this well-known AMD driver package for Macs running Boot Camp, it's the best way to get consistent driver updates with the latest fixes and performance improvements.

If mysterious drivers from a previously unknown third party promise a silver-bullet fix for a problem that the entire cryptocurrency mining community has not been able to figure out, you probably shouldn't install them. »

Moscow newspaper condemns Putin over invasion: ‘Russia. Bombs. Ukraine.’

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In an act of rebellion against the Putin government, Russian daily Novaya Gazeta said it would publish editions in Russian and Ukrainian.

Editor Dmitri Murátov, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, wrote: “Together with pain, we feel a sense of shame.

With a picture of her bloodied face, The Sun’s headline was “Her blood on his hands” – a reference to Putin. »

Ukraine crisis: Poland to boycott World Cup play-off against Russia

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Poland will boycott their World Cup play-off against Russia because of the invasion of Ukraine, with captain Robert Lewandowski saying "we can't pretend that nothing is happening".

Russia are due to host Poland in Moscow on 24 March, while Ukraine travel to Scotland on the same day.

The Scottish FA is in talks with Uefa over the home World Cup play-off semi-final against Ukraine and the planned women's World Cup qualifier in Kyiv in April. »

Humpback whales no longer listed as endangered after major recovery

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Humpback whales will be removed from Australia's threatened-species list, after the government's independent scientific panel on threatened species deemed the mammals had made a major recovery.

Key points: Humpback whales will no longer be considered an endangered or vulnerable species.

Humpback whales will no longer be considered an endangered or vulnerable species Climate change and fishing still pose threats to their long-term health. »

Joe Biden signs order to provide $600m military assistance to Ukraine

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US president Joe Biden has signed an order to provide up to $600m (£448m) in “immediate military assistance’’ to Ukraine, as Russia wages war against the country.

Ukraine is under Russian invasion for the third day on Saturday, with no signs of talks between Moscow and Kyiv to resolve the conflict.

Earlier, Mr Biden and Mr Zelensky spoke about strengthening sanctions against Russia and providing defence assistance to Kyiv. »