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Showmax Sport streaming launched in South Africa – All the details - includes live streaming of South Africa’s games in the ICC Cricket World Cup

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 23:07:59 +0200

“We’re going to trial a bunch of different sport content while keeping Showmax at the R99 price point, and see how our customers interact with the service,” said Connected Video CEO Niclas Ekdahl.

“We’ll be ramping up our live game offerings with everything from selected matches from the best football leagues in Europe to streaming a wide variety of varsity and school sports.”

The sport content currently includes live streaming of South Africa’s games in the ICC Cricket World Cup and live streaming of SuperSport Rugby Challenge matches.

See #^https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/310143-showmax-sport-launched-all-the-details.html

#sport #southafrica
#^Showmax Sport launched – All the details

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Showmax has officially launched its sports offering to all clients.

How to get the best Calendar experience on Linux, MacOS or Windows using MineTime

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:06:22 +0200

Are you looking for the best calendar experience on Linux? Look no further than MineTime. It’s an advanced calendar application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that offers up robust features, such as time analytics, a built-in natural language assistant, and even the ability to sync multiple calendar services such as Outlook, Google Calendar, NextCloud, and more.

Finding a time that works for everybody is a pain! Thanks to Artificial Intelligence, MineTime will soon learn your daily pattern and preferences. Considering everyone’s agendas and their personal preferences, MineTime will make group scheduling fast and easy as never before.

ETH Zurich is a research institute which conducts research in the areas of Artificial Intelligence to provide recommendations about the best time to schedule new events and make the scheduling process faster, Natural Language Processing and Human-Computer Interaction to simplify the daily usage of productivity tools and Visual Analytics to provide insight about past scheduling decisions.

See the Linux install options at #^https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/best-calendar-experience-on-linux/

#minetime #calendars #time
#^How to get the best Calendar experience on Linux

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How to get the best Calendar experience on Linux

How to Use a Slide Rule - Old but very effect tech to multiply, divide, or even do exponents, roots, and trigonometry

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 20:53:35 +0200

Before we needed batteries we had slide rules, which even came in pocket sizes. The theory was that to multiply two numbers you'd add the log of both numbers (now you know why we had log tables). This is also why the scale lengths on a slide rule are log scales and not evenly distanced number scales. It is brilliantly simple once you see how to use it. In case you wondered how you'd work with large numbers such as 235 x 648, everything gets reduced to under 10 so 235 would be 2.35 and once you finish calculating you change the magnitude )decimal point position) back, so some common sense is needed.

I remember having to learn to use log tables at school in the late 1970's but I did not really understand why as pocket calculators had appeared although we were not allowed to use them in school at that time.  I was caught in an era where log tables were still being taught but slide rules had already been largely replaced by calculators and the use of log tables was a bit lost on us.

See #^https://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-a-slide-rule-1835523470 but you can also watch a video which may show the use a bit more clearly at #^https://youtu.be/uAGCDTtIahY

#sliderule #mathematics
#^How to Use a Slide Rule

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I’ve always felt a little left out of the traditional nerd stereotypes. I don’t wear glasses, my lady clothes have no real pockets so I can’t use a pocket protector, and I was born well after the reign of the slide rule. But in the spirit of Analog Week, I’m trying to learn.

How to Shave with a Safety Razor - For the closest possible shave

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:53:13 +0200

A safety razor looks intimidating. On the one hand, it looks antiquated, like something your grandfather would use. We’ve got all this razor science selling us 3- and 5-blade options now. It’s crazy that they used to only use a single blade, isn’t it? Not to mention, those blades are sharp!

So why the hell would you want to put down your cartridge razor and switch to a safety razor? Well, five reasons are given in the article but I could add a sixth which is it is better for the environment too as the blades can be recycled instead of filling up landfills.

See #^https://www.gq.com/story/how-to-safety-razor

#traditionalshaving #shaving
#^The 8 Rules of Shaving with a Safety Razor

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An old-fashioned safety razor may look intimidating, but it's actually the closest possible shave you can get.

Alexander Chee’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Save Us - Books can be so many things to so many people

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 19:46:16 +0200

“A book to me is like a friend, a shelter, advice, an argument with someone who cares enough to argue with me for a better answer than the one we both already have.”

Chee tells the story of the singular role books played in his self-creation in his lovely contribution to A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (public library) — a labor of love eight years in the making, comprising 121 illustrated letters to children about why we read and how books transform us from some of the most inspiring humans in our world: artists, writers, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, philosophers.

Despite 3D and VR movies and TV, books invoke more of one's own more powerful imagination which can be perceived more vividly than any movie. I believe we all have this potential within us and we can either choose to unlock it from within or we can live in ignorance in the here-and-now...

See #^https://www.brainpickings.org/2019/06/11/alexander-chee-a-velocity-of-being-letter/

#reading
#^Alexander Chee’s Lovely Letter to Children About How Books Save Us

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“A book to me is like a friend, a shelter, advice, an argument with someone who cares enough to argue with me for a better answer than the one we both already have.”

Reducing Carbon Emissions — Hybrid Vs. Plug-In Hybrid Vs. Battery Electric - Normalised against emissions by battery capacity

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:33:31 +0200

Hybrids have been a bit sidelined due to the fact they still contain combustion engines and are not true zero-emission driving vehicles. Yet a case is being made for them from the standpoint that whilst current battery manufacturing technology is not yet efficient and causes pollution in its self, maybe hybrids blend the best of both worlds and emit lower overall emissions right now. Of course, this also depends on the overall lifetime usage of the battery packs (longer means less overall impact), but the point is hybrids have very small battery packs.

There is still no question that full electric's emit fewer emissions overall than normal combustion engine vehicles. And of course, hybrids still have all the complexity of combustion engines and transmissions (same or more maintenance costs).

Advantages with hybrids could be though less or no range anxiety, bigger short term benefits as lower cost means wider adoption, no short term economic collapse of maintenance businesses or petrol stations. It's not the long term solution needed but maybe we need to take a bigger picture view of the situation and see what is best for now?

What is not certain though with this picture and is important to note: If you include the upstream emissions for batteries you must do the same for petrol/gasoline such as extraction, bulk transporting, refining, further bulk transporting, and of course the same for electricity generation being used to charge BEVs.  The period of the lifecycle being compared may not be equal.

Of course, alternative energy storage options are also all improving so in 5 years or more this picture will likely change again.

See #^https://cleantechnica.com/2019/06/14/reducing-carbon-emissions-hybrid-vs-plug-in-hybrid-vs-battery-electric/

#EV #emissions #greentech
#^Reducing Carbon Emissions -- Hybrid Vs. Plug-In Hybrid Vs. Battery Electric

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Emissions Analytics suggest building more hybrid cars and light trucks might be a better use of scarce resources than building a few battery electric cars. Do they have a point?

How to Install Software through Flatpak on Ubuntu - Flatpak is package management that works on all Linux distros

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:22:09 +0200

Flatpak is a universal package system for software deployments, application virtualization, and most importantly package management that works on all Linux distros. With a Flatpak package, you don’t need to worry about any dependencies and libraries as everything is already bundled within the application itself. A notable feature of Flatpak is that all apps work in a sandbox approach which means that they all work in isolation. Among other things, this feature lets you run various versions of a software package on the same system.

In this article, they will describe installing Flatpak on your Ubuntu through the official Ubuntu repository and also through the Alexander Larsson PPA repository. The later repository mostly gets you the latest version of Flatpak on your Ubuntu, and will also explain how you can use Flatpak to install software through the Ubuntu command line and through the Ubuntu software Manager.

See #^https://vitux.com/how-to-install-software-through-flatpak-on-ubuntu/

#flatpak #linux
#^How to Install Software through Flatpak on Ubuntu

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Flatpak is a universal package system for software deployments, application virtualization, and most importantly package management that works on all Linux distros. With a Flatpak package, you don’t need to worry about any dependencies and libraries as everything is already

KDE has adopted non-proprietary and decentralized instant messaging services and is now running its own community-managed instance of Matrix

Date Published: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:08:40 +0200

KDE is now officially using Matrix for collaboration within KDE! Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralised communication (which means you can follow and comment from a different instance of Matrix where you already have a presence), backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridges, bots and more. It provides all the features you’d expect from a modern chat system: infinite scrollback, file transfer, typing notifications, read receipts, presence, search, push notifications, stickers, VoIP calling and conferencing, etc. It even provides end-to-end encryption (based on Signal’s double ratchet algorithm) for when you want some privacy.

All the existing rooms on Matrix (and their counterparts on IRC, Telegram and elsewhere) continue to exist (because it is decentralise = no need to move). The new service provides a dedicated server for KDE users to access them using names like #kde:kde.org.

See #^https://dot.kde.org/2019/02/20/kde-adding-matrix-its-im-framework

#matrix #riot #KDE
#^KDE is adding Matrix to its instant messaging infrastructure

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KDE is adopting non-proprietary and decentralized instant messaging services and is now running its own community-managed instance of Matrix. Matrix works fine on mobile as well. KDE has been looking for a better way of chatting and live-sharing information for several years now. IRC has been a good solution for a long time, but our channels are currently on servers KDE cannot control. It also lacks features users have come to expect from more modern IM services. Other alternatives, such as Telegram, Slack and Discord, although feature-rich, are centralized and built around closed-source technologies and offer even less control than IRC. This flies in the face of KDE's principles that require we use and support technologies based on Free software. However, our search for a better solution has finally come to an end: as of today we are officially using Matrix for collaboration within KDE! Matrix is an open protocol and network for decentralised communication, backed by an open standard and open source reference implementations for servers, clients, client SDKs, bridges, bots and more. It provides all the features you’d expect from a modern chat system: infinite scrollback, file transfer, typing notifications, read receipts, presence, search, push notifications, stickers, VoIP calling and conferencing, etc. It even provides end-to-end encryption (based on Signal’s double ratchet algorithm) for when you want some privacy. All the existing rooms on Matrix (and their counterparts on IRC, Telegram and elsewhere) continue to exist. The new service provides a dedicated server for KDE users to access them using names like #kde:kde.org. For more information go visit our wiki page which contains details and instructions on how to get started. You can also try KDE's Matrix service right now by checking in to KDE's webchat or by installing a Matrix client like Riot and connecting to the kde.modular.im server!

KDE Plasma 5.16 Released, This is What’s New - Lots of new eye candy!

Date Published: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:49:53 +0200

Months in the making, and hyped more than any other release in memory, Plasma 5.16 is finally here!

So what’s new? Well, what isn’t!? Plasma 5.16 is chock-full of changes, improvements and little flourishes that, together, create an impressive whole.

KDE devs say they “…worked hard to polish Plasma to a high gloss. The results […] provide a more consistent experience and bring new features to all Plasma users.”

See some of the changes at #^https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/06/kde-plasma-5-16-features-upgrade

#KDE
#^KDE Plasma 5.16 Released, This is What's New - OMG! Ubuntu!

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KDE Plasma 5.16 is here with a raft of new features and changes. We highlight what's new and show you how to upgrade to Plasma 5.16 on Ubuntu.

How to install Riot on Linux - The same secure alternative to Whatsapp that the French government adopted

Date Published: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 23:02:50 +0200

Riot is a universal chat client powered by Matrix, an open protocol that makes it easy to chat with friends, team members, co-workers, etc. It comes features that users would expect out of proprietary solutions like Slack and is a good alternative if you would prefer an open solution for IM communication on Linux and other platforms.

See how at #^https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/how-to-install-riot-on-linux/

#riot #security #FOSS
#^How to install Riot on Linux

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How to install Riot on Linux

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