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Future of electric mobility is on two wheels - not only because of falling costs but also to beat the...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-14 - 18:09 By: admin

Future of electric mobility is on two wheels - not only because of falling costs but also to beat the worsening traffic

Until recently, electric motorcycles and scooters received far less global attention than electric cars. That’s beginning to change, especially in India, where two-wheelers — predominantly motorcycles — account for 76% of vehicles on the roads and a whopping 30% of the country’s pollution. In Southeast Asia’s biggest economies, the number of households that own two-wheelers exceeds 80%. Cleaning up the region’s air means reducing emissions from two-wheelers.

Electric cars, even cheap ones, won’t solve the problem. Cost is the first and tallest barrier. In India, a new, entry-level commuter motorcycle can cost less than $500 (and, on the secondhand market, far less). Traffic is the next burden. In the mega-cities of emerging Asia, jams are notoriously bad and getting worse. In Mumbai, the average speed of city buses has declined from 16km/h to 9km/h over the last decade. Little wonder that even commuters who can afford a car often look to bikes and scooters to get around.

The good news is that Asia’s emerging middle class seems open to the idea of e-scooters if the price is right and charging is convenient. In China, low-speed electric bicycles powered by bulky lead-acid batteries have replaced many traditional motorcycles and scooters, especially given more stringent emissions rules. They’re cheap, and — unlike electric cars — the batteries can be charged at home or at the office. Today there are 200 million them, with 30 million more added every year.

Traditionally, the costs of lithium-ion batteries have made vehicles powered by them too expensive for emerging markets. But prices are falling precipitously: Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts they’ll decline 73% by 2030. While that may still not be enough to make electric cars broadly affordable, it’s a good bet that two-wheelers will be.

See https://techcentral.co.za/future-of-electric-mobility-is-on-two-wheels/84394/

#elctricscooter


Future of electric mobility is on two wheels - TechCentral

MADtv Razor Spishak (video) - Fast forward to 2023 and we have the Gillette Mach, a razor with 20 blades...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-14 - 17:52 By: admin

MADtv Razor Spishak (video) - Fast forward to 2023 and we have the Gillette Mach, a razor with 20 blades for the closest shave ever!

No, it's not true (but it may be if Gillette keeps adding blades). What we do know though is the marketing and advertising will be top notch. What I know personally today though, is a good old double-edged razor blade (single blade shave) gives a way better shave with less irritation than any double, triple, quadruple, etc cartridge razor!

Watch this hilarious video at https://youtu.be/UjAZnGeBcgg

#gillette #shaving #wetshaving


EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-14 - 17:34 By: admin

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

A ham radio probably isn't the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it's the only one that works. Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios. And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management co-ordinator. Storms that knock out telecommunications for long periods of time create more problems for co-ordinated emergency response, he said.

He is partnering up with EOS Eco-Energy and the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club to hold a free workshop in Sackville to try get more people interested in ham radios.

Not only do ham radios continue to work when the telecommunications infrastructure is out, but many operators also have portable and mobile models that will allow them to stay in communications with a network of other hams while on the move. This means being able to communicate to the entire group for coordinating actions. The more digital convenience we experience with the Internet and mobile phones, the more vulnerable we become if these services go down.

See https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/ham-radio-workshop-sackville-1.4859729

#hamradio #amateurradio


EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio | CBC News
A ham radio probably isn't the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it's the only one that works.
Renault’s ‘Advanced Battery Storage’ Program Explores The Potential Of Second-Life EV Batteries admin Sat, 2018-10-13 - 16:15

Renault’s ‘Advanced Battery Storage’ Program Explores The Potential Of Second-Life EV Batteries

The Renault Group is launching its new Advanced Battery Storage program that will work to build Europe’s largest stationary energy storage system using a combination of used and new electric vehicle (EV) batteries by 2020.

Which should mean better trade-in value when replacing your EV's battery after 10+ years of use.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/13/renaults-advanced-battery-storage-program-explores-the-potential-of-second-life-ev-batteries/

#EV #batteries


Renault's 'Advanced Battery Storage' Program Explores The Potential Of Second-Life EV Batteries | CleanTechnica
The Renault Group is launching its new Advanced Battery Storage program that will work to build Europe's largest stationary energy storage system using a combination of used and new electric vehicle (EV) batteries by
Elon Musk Beginning His Journey: “I Arrived In North America At 17 With $2,000” admin Sat, 2018-10-13 - 15:56

Elon Musk Beginning His Journey: “I Arrived In North America At 17 With $2,000”

I always find this such an inspiring story. Both Elon and Mark Shuttleworth started out in South Africa and both made their money through software (without threatening, doing devious deals, etc) and Mark branched out further into software (Ubuntu Linux) whilst Elon went into hardware (vehicles and sustainable energy).

Mark reached out to space... and Elon is reaching out far beyond that (Mars). Clearly, both people of vision and the grit to make it happen.

See trhe start of Elon's story at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/13/elon-musk-beginning-his-journey-i-arrived-in-north-america-at-17-with-2000/

#southafrica #elonmusk #markshuttleworth


Elon Musk Beginning His Journey: "I Arrived In North America At 17 With $2,000" | CleanTechnica
How did Elon Musk grow into the business maverick he is today? It didn't come easy. CNBC reports that even though the 47-year-old "tech titan Elon Musk is currently worth more than $20 billion ... the Tesla and SpaceX boss hasn't always been so wealthy." Really

Some Google Plus users begin migrating to the MeWe social media platform

Posted on: Fri, 2018-10-12 - 21:48 By: admin

Some Google Plus users begin migrating to the MeWe social media platform

I've only been using MeWe for about two days now but am quite liking it from a functionality point of view as well as its very user-friendly interface and pretty good Android/iOS apps.

What I am liking is its Groups that have a lot of configurability, and with the right settings your Groups there can mimic Google+ Collections. It's got good controls over notifications, and it also has masses of open Groups on lots of diverse topics. One difference with MeWe's Groups is that a post to the group does NOT appear in your Profile stream like on G+ with Collections. This can be positive or negative depending on how you look at it - your Profile feed can be followed for purely non-Group posts, but in this way, there is no "single feed" to follow all your posts (think pushing your feed out to another service like say Twitter). Of course for those posting everything on their Profile feed only this makes no difference.

So although I will be posting there now (my profile is at https://mewe.com/i/danie.van_der_merwe) I'll still do my main posting from Google+ for a while. The main reason being MeWe's posts are not yet open public posts (you have to register for free to see posts). But some changes and improvements are coming to MeWe that will open this up and also bring other improvements that G+ users have been asking for - watch the video with MeWe's Product Manager at https://youtu.be/Jzf_mcgjo_0. This is encouraging as MeWe is keen to make improvements so I'm not judging it by what I only see today.

On the downside it is a pity it is not federated (but I get that many users actually want a single site where all their contacts and groups are), or open source, as this would provide assurance against it just being shut down in future. That said a saving grace is Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is on their advisory board, and who is busy with a big drive to get social media platforms more open. To be honest the majority of social media users probably find the federated approach confusing, especially when they want to just find their friends. So I'm guessing that many G+ users will still find their way to MeWe!

Other alternatives that G+ users are moving to (or that there is a bit of mention about) are:
- Pluspora
- Mastodon (more Twitter-like)
- Minds.com

MeWe still offers the richest functionality in a good looking and modern looking UI.

If you are a MeWe user let me know in the comments to this post what you think of it. Did you compare other alternatives, if so, why did you choose (or not choose) them?

See https://techaeris.com/2018/10/11/google-plus-users-migrating-me-we-social-media/

#not4sale #mewe #googleplus #deletefacebook


Some Google Plus users begin migrating to the MeWe social media platform
Many Google Plus users are migrating their social usage to the MeWe social media platform.
Using AI To Pull Call Signs From SDR-Processed Amateur Radio Signals admin Fri, 2018-10-12 - 20:34

Using AI To Pull Call Signs From SDR-Processed Amateur Radio Signals

AI is currently popular, so Chirs Lam figured he’d stimulate some interest in amateur radio by using it to pull call signs from radio signals processed using SDR. As you’ll see, the AI did just okay so Chris augmented it with an algorithm invented for gene sequencing.

His experiment was simple enough. He picked up a Baofeng handheld radio transceiver to transmit messages containing a call sign and some speech. He then used a 0.5 meter antenna to receive it and a little connecting hardware and a NooElec SDR dongle to get it into his laptop. There he used SDRSharp to process the messages and output a WAV file. He then passed that on to the AI, Google’s Cloud Speech-to-Text service, to convert it to text.

Rather than train his own AI, Chris’s clever solution was to turn to the Smith-Waterman algorithm. This is the same algorithm used for finding similar nucleic acid sequences when analyzing genes. It allowed him to use a list of correct call signs to find the best match for what the AI did come up with.

See https://hackaday.com/2018/10/09/using-ai-to-pull-call-signs-from-sdr-processed-signals/

#hamaradio #amateurradio #SDR #AI


Using AI To Pull Call Signs From SDR-Processed Signals
Microsoft makes its 60,000 patents open source to help Linux - The company is joining the Open Invention... admin Fri, 2018-10-12 - 20:12

Microsoft makes its 60,000 patents open source to help Linux - The company is joining the Open Invention Network to protect Linux

Microsoft announced today that it’s joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), an open-source patent group designed to help protect Linux from patent lawsuits. In essence, this makes the company’s library over 60,000 patents open source and available to OIN members.

OIN provides a license platform for Linux for around 2,400 companies — from individual developers to huge companies like Google and IBM — and all members get access to both OIN-owned patents and cross-licenses between other OIN licensees, royalty-free.

Microsoft joining is a big step forward for both sides: OIN gets thousands of new patents from Microsoft, and Microsoft is really helping the open-source community that it has shunned in the past.

In theory, this could take the wind out of the sails of those many patent trolls? It will be interesting to hear the commentary unravel about this over the next week or two. This obviously excludes Windows OS and desktop applications.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/10/17959978/microsoft-makes-its-60000-patents-open-source-to-help-linux

#microsoft #patents #linux


Microsoft makes its 60,000 patents open source to help Linux
The company is joining the Open Invention Network to protect Linux
Taxify now embedded in Google Maps in SA admin Fri, 2018-10-12 - 19:57

Taxify now embedded in Google Maps in SA

Ride-hailing service Taxify — a direct competitor to market leader Uber — said on Thursday that it is now directly integrated with Google’s Maps app in South Africa.

People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, in addition to the familiar car, public transport, walking and biking options, the company said in a statement.

“Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps shares the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform, as well as an estimated fare for the trip,” it said.

See https://techcentral.co.za/taxify-now-embedded-in-google-maps-in-sa/84340/

#taxify #southafrica #googlemaps


Taxify now embedded in Google Maps in SA - TechCentral
Internet Archives now has many Commodore 64 games and music that plays online in your browser admin Fri, 2018-10-12 - 19:52

Internet Archives now has many Commodore 64 games and music that plays online in your browser

The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 or the CBM 64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7–10, 1982). It has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent estimates placing the number sold between 10 and 17 million units.

In 2011, 17 years after it was taken off the market, research showed that brand recognition for the model was still at 87%.

I got one of these back then (around 1984), just after I had a Sinclair ZX81. This was my first computer with colour graphics and that had moved beyond plain beeps. I got some of these games to play with SPACE key as Enter, 0 on numeric keypad for left mouse click, and using the number pad keys for direction. I found Castle Wolfenstein, Ghost 'n Goblins, Donkey Kong, River Raid, The Bards Tale, Sim City, Lord of the Rings, Space Invaders, Gunship (one of my all time favourites), and many more.

See https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_c64&tab=collection

#commodore64 #C64 #retro


Software Library: C64 : Free Software : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive
The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 or the CBM 64, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International (first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7–10, 1982). It has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single...
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