The International Air Transport Association said found that limited air travel would resume in the second half of 2020, but it did not expect international services to restore, resulting in a $314bn drop in industry revenues. Multiple carriers such as Virgin Australia, Monarch Airlines, Flybe, LATAM US, and others have fallen into administration over market volatility due to Brexit and ongoing pandemic. … [Read more...] about American Airlines to Slash 30 Percent of Staff as Carriers Expect Years of Profit Loss Amid COVID-19
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If your big criterion is performance, we can't recommend XFS over ext4, either. XFS trailed ext4 in nearly every test, sometimes significantly. Administrators with massive arrays—hundreds of tebibytes or more—may have other, more stability- and testing-related reasons to choose XFS. But hobbyists with a few disks are well served with either and, it seems, can get a little more performance out of ext4. … [Read more...] about Return to RAID: The Ars readers “What If?” edition
On soft, porous surfaces: COVID-19 can survive on porous surfaces like cardboard, paper, clothing and soft furnishings like pillows and Doonas for up to 24 hours. Porous surfaces allow air and water to pass through, which makes them much less likely to hold infectious volumes of the virus compared to non-porous objects like door handles, taps and phone covers. … [Read more...] about Best-selling candle brand launches $29.95 anti-viral hand sanitiser – and its sold $152,000 worth of the product in seven days
The CDC data is consistent with other assessments. “By now, multiple studies from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. all suggest that the overall fatality rate is far lower than early estimates, perhaps below 0.1 to 0.4%, i.e., ten to forty times lower than estimates that motivated extreme isolation,” Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, told lawmakers in early May, referring to the infection rate. … [Read more...] about CDC Suggests Coronavirus Fatality Rate Higher than Flu’s, but at Least 8X Lower than Initial Estimates
First, what exactly is Warren Buffett complaining about in his New York Times op-ed this morning? He bemoans the fact that he only paid a 17.4% tax rate last year, which would effectively put him in the bracket for making an income of between $8,500 and $34,500. Of course, he didn't. The numbers he provided imply that he made close to $40 million. That's not a bad year. So what's going on here? He explains: … [Read more...] about Should Billionaires Pay Lower Taxes Than You Do?
The report notes that although the 2014 to 2015 study shows what people did with their time before the COVID-19 pandemic "it is important to recognise that changes between the two studies could be unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic and instead reflect longer term changes in society." … [Read more...] about Brits Spend 147 Percent More Time on Gardening and DIY in Lockdown