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How To Fix Broken Ubuntu OS Without Reinstalling It

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:42 By: admin

How To Fix Broken Ubuntu OS Without Reinstalling It

I've never had to do this but the information at the link below could be useful to keep somewhere in case.

See https://www.ostechnix.com/how-to-fix-broken-ubuntu-os-without-reinstalling-it/

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How To Fix Broken Ubuntu OS Without Reinstalling It - OSTechNix
This brief tutorial describes how to easily fix broken Ubuntu OS without losing data or without reinstalling it completely.

Porsche and BMW unveil EV charger that’s three times faster than Tesla’s - Giving you 100 km of range...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:34 By: admin

Porsche and BMW unveil EV charger that’s three times faster than Tesla’s - Giving you 100 km of range in just three minutes

A research group with members including Porsche and BMW has unveiled a new 450 kW charging station prototype in Germany (via New Atlas), which has a capacity of three times that of Tesla’s existing Superchargers. Supplying that much power means that the new station, built by the FastCharge research group, could supply around 100 km (62 miles) of range in just three minutes, or charge a BMW i3 from 10 to 80 percent in 15 minutes.

In contrast, Tesla’s Superchargers currently have a maximum capacity of 145 kW. However, FastCharge is unlikely to maintain this same lead for long: Tesla has already upgraded its network from 120 kW in the past, and it plans to increase the maximum capacity of its network to 250 kW next year.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/14/18140868/fastcharge-porsche-bmw-450kw-electric-vehicle-charging-station

#EV


Porsche and BMW unveil EV charger that’s three times faster than Tesla’s
Giving you 100 km of range in just three minutes

Signal messaging app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:31 By: admin

Signal messaging app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute.

"By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars," Joshua Lund, a Signal developer wrote. "The end-to-end encrypted contents of every message and voice/video call are protected by keys that are entirely inaccessible to us. In most cases now we don’t even have access to who is messaging whom."

See https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/signal-to-australia-good-luck-with-that-crypto-ban/

#signal #australia


Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban
Country's efforts to slow Signal and other apps is a "disappointing development."

The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter - over 750 million to 1,500 million pounds...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:28 By: admin

The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter - over 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste

Cigarette butts have the proud distinction of being the most common form of litter on America's beaches. Some 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured on Earth each year, and between 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste — largely made of a plastic-like material called cellulose acetate — are ultimately flung to the ground annually, according to the World Health Organization.

To be fair, not all cigarettes are flung or flicked to the ground. Over a quarter of littered cigarette are stomped, while around 35 percent are "dropped with intent." Just one percent of smokers shoot for a receptacle, but like Shaq at the free-throw line, miss.

Dumping your waste on the ground, which is at best a lame and short-sighted activity, isn't some mindless, subconscious habit. It's a committed effort, explained Wes Schultz, a social psychologist who has diligently observed and researched the phenomenon of people's propensity to litter cigarettes.

"People know what they’re doing, but they choose to do it anyway," Schultz, a professor of psychology at California State University San Marcos, said in an interview. And it's quite common. In formal, peer-reviewed studies, Schultz and other researchers observed smokers littering cigarette butts a whopping 65 percent of the time.

"It's not a matter of convincing people not to do it," said Schultz. "It's a matter of making the trash disposal easy."

"There's a common misconception that the litter you see on beaches is from people smoking on beaches," Sherry Lippiatt, who works at NOAA's Marine Debris Program, said in an interview. Instead, rivers, storm drains, and the inexorable movement of things downriver brings someone's flicked cigarette butt to the beaches.

See https://mashable.com/article/most-common-litter-cigarette-butts/#kbEux6LqksqO

#cigarettes #litter


The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter
"People know what they’re doing, but they choose to do it anyway."

More Than 1,000 Institutions Are Now Divesting From Fossil Fuels

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:21 By: admin

More Than 1,000 Institutions Are Now Divesting From Fossil Fuels

The global divestment movement has celebrated an important milestone this week as it now boasts more than 1,000 institutions around the world worth almost $8 trillion which have committed to divesting from fossil fuels.

Global grassroots climate movement 350.org announced on Thursday that, with the announcement at the end of November by France’s public sector pensions manager Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC) that it would no longer invest in companies that make more than 10% of their business from coal, the total number of institutions committing to divestment had reached 1,000. In addition to CDC, three other commitments helped push the movement over the 1,000 mark, including AG2R la mondiale, Australian Vision Super Fund, and Brandeis University.

“This movement started to send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry that we would not sit by while they profited by selling fuels that cause climate breakdown. It’s not just about the bottom-line, it’s also about their reputations in the public square. The scale of this movement shows that selling products that you know cause climate change is not acceptable, and nor is investing in them.”

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/14/more-than-1000-institutions-are-now-divesting-from-fossil-fuels/

#fossilfuels #oil


More Than 1,000 Institutions Are Now Divesting From Fossil Fuels | CleanTechnica
The global divestment movement has celebrated an important milestone this week as it now boasts more than 1,000 institutions around the world worth almost $8 trillion which have committed to divesting from fossil fuels

NanoStudio 2 for iOS could be the end-to-end iOS music production app you’ve been waiting for

Posted on: Sat, 2018-12-15 - 17:17 By: admin

NanoStudio 2 for iOS could be the end-to-end iOS music production app you’ve been waiting for

NanoStudio 2 is designed for end-to-end music production, taking you from the ideas stage through to a final master. Although you can use AUv3 plugins, NanoStudio 2 can also function perfectly well as a wholly self-contained app, giving you a couple of impressive-looking new devices to work with.

NanoStudio 2 is an iPad exclusive to begin with, priced at £28.99/$29.99. A universal version that works on iPhone and is optimised for the iPad Pro will arrive in 2019, along with more features such as a convolution reverb and linear audio tracks in the sequencer.

See https://www.musicradar.com/news/nanostudio-2-could-be-the-end-to-end-ios-music-production-app-youve-been-waiting-for

#nanostudio


NanoStudio 2 could be the end-to-end iOS music production app you’ve been waiting for
The reborn mobile studio features a new synth, drum sampler and much more
Download: Call of Duty Mobile Android beta goes live, here’s how to play admin Fri, 2018-12-14 - 23:19

Download: Call of Duty Mobile Android beta goes live, here’s how to play

The increased popularity of the Battle Royale genre of shooting games can be credited to Fortnite and PUBG, but a fair amount of credit also goes to Call of Duty, the game that contributed to the popularity of shooting games. Every Call of Duty game is massively anticipated on PC as well as consoles, and its publishers, Activision, are now hoping to tap into the mobile segment to emulate the success of PUBG Mobile and Fortnite Mobile.

Activision has teamed up with Tencent Games to release Call of Duty: Legends of War, it’s newest first person shooter for the Android platform. The game combines the familiarity of the Call of Duty universe and brings it over to Android in a game that would certainly grab the attention of fans of the fps genre.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/download-call-of-duty-mobile-android-beta/


Download: Call of Duty Mobile Android beta goes live, here's how to play
Call of Duty: Legends of War has just been soft-launched in Australia. Read on to know how to install and play the game before its global release!
Intel BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS) Overview admin Fri, 2018-12-14 - 21:56

Intel BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS) Overview

The BIOS Implementation Test Suite (BITS) provides a bootable pre-OS environment for testing BIOSes and initialization of Intel® processors, hardware, and technologies. BITS verifies your BIOS against many recommendations and includes Intel's official reference code as provided to BIOS, which can be used to override BIOS hardware initialization with a known good configuration, and then boot an OS.

Use BITS if:
1. You're a system or BIOS developer, and you want to validate that your system meets Intel's recommendations.
2. You're an OS or application developer building on technologies provided by Intel platforms, and you want to check if your system (or one of your user's systems) has configured those technologies correctly.
3. You're an advanced user or developer, and you want to check your BIOS to see if it configures Intel hardware correctly, and if not, to make a stronger case to your BIOS vendor to get it fixed.
4. You need to poke hardware in a low-level way, and you need a pre-OS environment to avoid OS interference.

BITS functionality fits into three broad categories:
1. Validate: run test suites to verify recommendations.
2. Configure: override BIOS using Intel reference code.
3. Explore: experimental tools and information gathering.

BITS consists of a modified GRUB2 bootloader, with many additional commands to probe and manipulate hardware configuration, as well as scripts using these commands to test and reconfigure hardware.

So it seems this software can be used to see if your Intel BIOS software is up to date, correctly configured according to recommendations and even can apply a known good configuration eg. if your firmware became corrupted. But note it is likely to overwrite the existing BIOS settings so be warned. You'd likely only use this if your BIOS firmware was corrupted.

See https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000020974/processors.html

#BIOS #intel


BIOS Implementation Test Suite Overview
Defines uses and functionality of the BIOS Implementation Test Suite.
Podcasts, streaming rapidly displacing radio in cars admin Fri, 2018-12-14 - 08:07

Podcasts, streaming rapidly displacing radio in cars

Increasing connectivity between cars and smartphones is changing what drivers listen to behind the wheel, according to a new study.

As wireless links between cars and mobile devices using streaming services have become more common, the number of drivers listening to downloaded or streamed audio has doubled in the last five years, the research by Nissan suggests.

The study claims one in six drivers now chooses to listen to a podcast, audio book, or downloaded or streamed music playlist while behind the wheel, compared with only one in 12 people five years ago.

Listening to podcasts is certainly my preference while driving - I decided what I'm following and have them queued from downloading to provide me with interesting discussions on the topics I'm interested in. I set the playback speed at 1.5x to get through more of it a bit quicker. But it beats listening to a radio where they decide what you hear when and it does not cater 100% to your individual interests... I suppose this is why many prefer Netflix over broadcast TV. The infinite library on demand.

See https://techcentral.co.za/podcasts-streaming-rapidly-displacing-radio-in-cars/85969/

#podcasts


Podcasts, streaming rapidly displacing radio in cars - TechCentral
Elon Musk hints at a Tesla Store Planned For South Africa Next Year admin Thu, 2018-12-13 - 22:40

Elon Musk hints at a Tesla Store Planned For South Africa Next Year

Add South Africa to the growing list of countries where Tesla will have a store. Elon Musk tweeted on December 11 that Tesla is planning to open its first store in his native country next year. Well, probably next year.

While that is good news for South Africans, the idea of bringing electric cars to that nation is fraught with technical challenges. The electrical grid there is chaotic, with rolling blackouts common. Selling cars will be easy. Creating a network of Supercharger locations to keep them charged will be hard. So far, electric cars are enjoyed only by South Africa’s wealthiest citizens, according to Fortune.

This is interesting as EVs have not really featured in South Africa at all and I can't imagine Tesla doing this launch unless there is some expected traction in South Africa. The only pity is this is another EV for the wealthy. South Africa really needs cheaper EVs like those appearing in Europe and China. That said, Tesla did help make EVs go mainstream in the US, so who knows...

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/12/tesla-model-3-comes-to-japan-tesla-store-scheduled-for-south-africa-next-year/

#tesla


Tesla Model 3 Comes To Japan, & Tesla Store Planned For South Africa Next Year | CleanTechnica
People in Japan can now see the Tesla Model 3 on display in local Tesla stores. Elon Musk says Tesla may open its first store in South Africa late next year.
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