Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).



Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

African continent is suffocating under urban pollution

With one million deaths linked to air pollution, Africa is the most polluted region in the world after South Asia, according to the WHO. An alarming finding that mobilizes governments. Today, the use of solid fuels, such as coal or wood, for cooking by nearly 1 billion people fuels household pollution, responsible for 24% of deaths in Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the African Continent which shelters 16% of the world population and has only 3% of motorized vehicles is nevertheless very impacted by pollution linked to transport, responsible for 50% of premature deaths, according to Climate Change News.
African continent is suffocating under urban pollution

Dying megalopolises

Between 1990 and 2013, outdoor pollution increased by 36% on a continent where the rate of industrialization remains low. In the west, growth remains intrinsically linked to gas and oil, and feeds exponential pollution. Also, companies that support African growth such as Shell, Total, BP or ExxonMobil are regularly singled out.

Last July, the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian revealed in an article titled "Breathing Kills" the consequences of pollution that suffocates urban residents of South Africa, where 20,000 deaths a year are attributed to air breathing. "Half the time, pollution exceeds acceptable levels for health [...] 15% of the time, we could speak of airpocalypse", could be read in the South African weekly.

Pollution is the main cause of death for African children under the age of 5, exposed to levels of pollution far above WHO recommendations. As for the city of Onitsha in Nigeria, it has become famous for its highest concentration of PM10 in the world, the finest particles, according to the WHO, 30 times more than the recommended level. Ethiopia, Nigeria and Egypt rank first among the most polluted countries and, in North Africa, annual pollution averages are five times higher than the authorized limits. Finally, what about Madagascar where 20% of deaths are attributed to it?


Hunting plastic and imports from another age

However, African governments are responding. Last May, Tanzania was the 34th African country to ban the use of plastic bags that pollute the urban landscape. Anyone producing or importing plastic bags is now liable to a fine of 390,000 euros or a prison term of up to two years. As for bag holders, they are liable to a fine of 79 euros and up to seven days in prison!

In Kenya, since August 2017, the law is just as strict and provides for a fine of up to 32,000 euros and four years in prison: no more "flying toilets" or bags that disfigure the mythical hills of Ngong. Africa legislates. This is particularly the case with the import of old vehicles from Europe. Senegal has recently banned the entry of any vehicle over eight years old on pain of being “re-exported within two months or destroyed on expiration at the expense of the owner or importer, without prejudice to penalty of 2 million CFA francs ”. To date, Dakar concentrates 70% of the vehicles in circulation in Senegal and represents the 91st most polluted city in the world.