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 …

European countries and companies pledge to reduce plastic waste

Thirteen European countries and dozens of companies pledged on March 6 to use less plastic and to recycle more, a decision that NGOs have deemed positive but which cannot replace government regulations on plastic pollution. The Netherlands, France and Denmark spearheaded the "European Plastics Pact", which has also been signed by a multitude of companies.
 
European countries and companies pledge to reduce plastic waste

20% less virgin plastics, and 30% recycled plastics in products. Participants commit to making their plastic packaging "reusable if possible and in any case recyclable" by 2025, while increasing the capacity for collecting, sorting and recycling plastics by 25%.

They aim to produce at least 20% less virgin plastic - that is, newly manufactured plastics that do not contain recycled materials - by 2025. Businesses will need to use at least 30% recycled plastics in their products and packaging by 2025.

"If we are to fight climate change, we have to look beyond it, from energy to materials. We need to start treating plastic as the precious raw material it is and keep it out of our oceans, "said Dutch Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven.

The NGOs welcomed the commitment, but said that they also expected commitments from governments. "The pact remains completely voluntary and cannot be seen as a replacement for ambitious regulatory measures on single-use plastics and packaging," said Delphine Levi Alvares of Zero Waste Europe.

The EU will ban straws, cutlery and single-use plastic plates by 2021 to prevent them from polluting the environment. On March 11, the bloc will unveil its "circular economy" plan to reduce waste in plastics and construction. Researchers estimate that the world has produced more than 8.3 billion tonnes of virgin plastics. Only 9% of this waste has been recycled, 79% ending up in landfills or in the natural environment, and the rest incinerated.