China will require your real name for internet account sign-ups

The Chinese government has long been pushing people to use their real names online. However, it’s now ready to make that an absolute requirement. Starting March 1st, residents will have to register internet accounts (including on blogs, chat services and social networks) using their real names. They won’t have to display a real name, but they can’t create a completely anonymous ID. It’ll also be illegal to impersonate other people or organizations, and neither your avatar nor your nickname can include illegal content — including something that “subverts state power” or promotes “rumormongering.”

Ostensibly, this is to quash accounts spreading rumors by posing as official outlets. It would tackle a problem that Baidu (which hosts forums), Weibo (Twitter-style microblogging) and others have with duplicates and other bogus identities. However, there’s also no question that the requirements are meant to discourage political dissent. You probably won’t criticize an authoritarian government in public if officials can easily find out that you’re responsible, after all. While life in China might not change much on a practical level (the government is already quick to censor online content), true privacy is going to be that much more elusive.

Apple project lead Ted Kremenek discusses Swift 5 & how it is used internally

Apple’s head of Swift development Ted Kremenek has provided insight into the development of Swift 5.0, the upcoming major milestone release for the programming language, with a podcast interview revealing not only what coders should expect, but also how Apple works out what new features to add to future versions.

Named the project lead of Swift development within Apple two years ago, Kremenek is the current manager of the Languages and Runtimes team, which handles Swift’s refinement among other tasks. While Swift is being developed relatively openly, complete with its own dedicated website, Kremenek took time to discuss its development further in a podcast published on Tuesday. 

Speaking on John Sundell’s Swift by Sundellpodcast, Kremenek discusses on ABI stability, referring to the application binary interface that works between program modules, with a stable ABI allowing for apps that are build with one compiler will be able to communicate effectively with those produced on another, for example. Kremenek explains the changes that had to be made to Swift to make it be ABI stable, and how the programming language stands to benefit from its implementation. 

The podcast also covers how String has been improved in Swift 5.0, as well as how Apple uses Swift internally. 

Swift is a core component of Apple’s app ecosystem, and the company has been keen to teach others how to use the programming language as part of its Everyone Can Code sessions and larger software development curriculum in schools. Apple also teaches younger users how to code in Swift via the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad.

Pyramids of Giza

The last remaining wonder of the ancient world; for nearly 4000 years, the extraordinary shape, impeccable geometry and sheer bulk of the Giza Pyramids have invited the obvious questions: ‘How were we built, and why?’. Centuries of research have given us parts of the answer. Built as massive tombs on the orders of the pharaohs, they were constructed by teams of workers tens-of-thousands strong. Today they stand as an awe-inspiring tribute to the might, organisation and achievements of ancient Egypt.

Ongoing excavations on the Giza Plateau, along with the discovery of a pyramid-builders’ settlement, complete with areas for large-scale food production and medical facilities, have provided more evidence that the workers were not the slaves of Hollywood tradition, but an organised workforce of Egyptian farmers. During the flood season, when the Nile covered their fields, the same farmers could have been redeployed by the highly structured bureaucracy to work on the pharaoh’s tomb. In this way, the Pyramids can almost be seen as an ancient job-creation scheme. And the flood waters made it easier to transport building stone to the site.

But despite the evidence, some still won’t accept that the ancient Egyptians were capable of such achievements. So-called pyramidologists point to the carving and placement of the stones, precise to the millimetre, and argue the numerological significance of the structures’ dimensions as evidence that the Pyramids were constructed by angels or aliens. It’s easy to laugh at these out-there ideas, but when you see the monuments up close, especially inside, you’ll better understand why so many people believe such awesome structures must have unearthly origins.

Most visitors will make a beeline straight to the four most famous sights; the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure and the Sphinx. But for those who want to explore further, the desert plateau surrounding the pyramids is littered with tombs, temple ruins and smaller satellite pyramids.

Everything You Need to Know About Pea Protein Powder

Pea protein powder is a supplement made by extracting protein from yellow peas. It’s typically used to increase the protein content of smoothies and shakes and is a great fit for almost any diet since it’s naturally vegan and hypoallergenic.

Pea protein is a high-quality protein and a great source of iron. It can aid muscle growth, weight loss and heart health. This article reviews the nutrition, health benefits and possible side effects of pea protein powder.


Pea protein powder — or pea protein isolate — is made by isolating the protein from ground yellow peas, forming a beige powder. Nutrition facts can vary between brands, but — for example — two scoops (20 grams) of NOW Organic Pea Protein Powder contains:

  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 15 grams
  • Carbs: 1 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Total fat: 1.5 grams
  • Sodium: 230 mg
  • Iron: 5 mg

Pea protein powders offer a variety of nutritional benefits.

High-Quality Protein Source

Pea protein contains all nine essential amino acids that your body cannot create and must get from food. However, it’s relatively low in methionine (1).  It’s also a great source of branched-chain amino acids, especially arginine — which promotes healthy blood flow and heart health — and leucine, isoleucine and valine — which promote muscle growth (4, 5, 6).

Still, research demonstrates that pea protein is one of the more easily digested plant-based proteins — just behind soy protein and chickpeas (7, 8).

Rich in Iron

Pea protein powders are also rich in iron.

Most products contain around 5–7.5 mg of iron per serving — roughly 28–42 percent of the reference daily intake (RDI) for premenopausal women and 62–94 percent of the RDI for men and postmenopausal women (9).

However, the iron found in plant foods is less absorbable than that found in animal products (10). This can be improved by consuming pea protein powder with vitamin C or vitamin-C-rich foods like citrus — which boosts iron absorption by up to 67 percent (11).

Since approximately 10 percent of American women are iron-deficient, including pea protein powder in your diet could be a great way to boost your intake of this nutrient (12).

Works With Many Special Diets

Pea protein powder is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and does not contain any of the top eight food allergens — peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, cow’s milk, wheat and soy (13). Therefore, it works with nearly any diet.

Sarah Hyland Claps Back: Defends Wearing Spanx After She’s Trolled For Claiming She’s Fat

Fans slammed Sarah Hyland for delivering ‘horrible body image advice’ after the ABC star revealed she wore two pairs of Spanx to an Oscar party. She had to remind the hecklers of her kidney transplants!

Spanx have long caused Internet wars, one of which waged in Sarah Hyland’s Instagram comments section on Feb. 26. The Modern Family star, 28, shared a picture of her stunting in a Zac Posen gown at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar party on Feb. 24, and revealed her secret in the caption: “#funfact I’m wearing TWO pairs of spanx. Why diet? When you can just hide it!” Not all fans laughed at the joke. “Says the girl who is sickly skinny and has done multiple posts about not being able to gain weight. What are your intentions with this post? Wrong,” one Instagram user wrote, after Sarah had revealed she was once 75 lbs. in early 2018. But the hater seemed to forget that the weight loss wasn’t a result of dieting, but from health issues. Still, another user commented, “This makes me sad that a) you think you need to wear two spanx and b) horrible body image advice you’re unintentionally dishing out.”

But Sarah wasn’t necessarily trying to “hide” fat, as some fans assumed — she set the record straight in multiple clapbacks! After one fan tweeted, “If you’re trying to hide the bump from your transplant, forget it. I’ve been trying for years!! Stay healthy,” the actress replied, “Someone gets it!!” Sarah expanded that thought in a follow-up tweet, writing, “When you have two kidney transplants and are on steroids for life get back to me.”

The ABC star has kidney dysplasia, which is “a condition in which the internal structures of one or both of a fetus’ kidneys do not develop normally while in the womb,” according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). She has undergone two kidney transplants, revealing she received her second from younger brother Ian Hyland, 24, in Sept. 2017, after her first transplant from dad Edward Hyland failed, in a Dec. 2018 interview with Self. In the same interview, Sarah revealed she had 16 surgeries total in her lifetime, and also battles endometriosis.

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy feels like a bleak X-Men story

Netflix’s TV series The Umbrella Academy isn’t as weird as the Gerard Way / Gabriel Bá comic book series it’s based on, but “less weird” for this story is admittedly a very low bar to reach. The first issue of The Umbrella Academy comic features a battle with the zombie robot Gustave Eiffel, which culminates with the Eiffel Tower blasting into space. In the series, showrunner Steve Blackman (Legion, Altered Carbon) reduces that fight to a coy visual reference. His team has carefully pruned the story in a way that embraces the comic’s more bizarre qualities, while making room for a more coherent narrative.

The story of The Umbrella Academy kicks off 30 years ago, when 43 children were born around the world to women who had previously shown no signs of being pregnant. Eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves bought seven of these anomalous babies from their mothers, gave them numbers as names, and subjected them to a mix of abuse and neglect, while training them to become superheroes. Most of the kids fled home as teenagers, but they reunite when they learn that their adopted father has died, and then learn that the end of the world may be just days away.