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Application for the General Release of genetically modified (GMO) maize into the South African environment... admin Fri, 2018-08-17 - 19:29

Application for the General Release of genetically modified (GMO) maize into the South African environment

DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred RSA (Pty) Ltd has applied for the general release of genetically modified maize into the South African environment. In accordance with the Genetically Modified Organisms Act, they are required to engage with and ask the public for comment. Please click this link to provide your comment on this essential process https://dearsouthafrica.co.za/gmo/

All comments sent through DearSA are reregistered and will be acknowledged and considered in the decision-making process under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act - PAJA. This forms a solid foundation for a legal challenge should the need arise.

#GMO


Application to release GMO maize into SA environment
Click to HAVE YOUR SAY on the application by DuPont Pioneer for the general release of GMO maize into the South African environment.
10 Best Ping Sweep Tools To Tell You More About Your Network admin Thu, 2018-08-16 - 21:41

10 Best Ping Sweep Tools To Tell You More About Your Network

It seems like Ping has been around for so long that we’ve come to take it for granted and ignore how powerful and useful this simple tool is. We’ve all used ping to validate that a computer’s network connection worked. In fact, this is what it is used for most of the time. And along another old tool like traceroute or tracert, it can be a pretty good tool for some basic network troubleshooting. Ping Sweep Tools–one of the many tools available to network administrators – use Ping to poll networks, find responding hosts and often collect some operational statistics about them.

Ping simply sends an ICMP echo request packet to the target and waits for it to send back an ICMP echo reply packet. This process is repeated a certain number of times–5 by default under windows and until it is stopped by default under most Unix/Linux implementations–allowing Ping to compile statistics. Ping calculates the delay between the request and the reply and displays it in its results.

A Ping sweep is the sending of consecutive pings to every IP address in a specific subnet or address range. If you’re wondering why anyone would want to do that, well, there are many reasons. One of them is to discover what IP addresses are active on the network. Another reason for doing a ping sweep is to detect rogue devices connected to the network. As such, it can be instrumental in improving security. Another use would be to ensure that the actual IP addresses used on a network match its documentation.

No matter what the reason is for doing a ping sweep, it is so common that developers have made tools specifically designed for that purpose or have included this functionality other tools.

See the list of tools at https://www.addictivetips.com/net-admin/best-ping-sweep-tools/


10 Best Ping Sweep Tools To Tell You More About Your Network
Ping sweeps can be used to your benefit in lots of ways. Read on as we discuss how and introduce the 10 Best Ping sweep tools you can find.
This Omnidirectional Treadmill Can Track Your Real-Life Steps For VR admin Thu, 2018-08-16 - 20:53

This Omnidirectional Treadmill Can Track Your Real-Life Steps For VR

This omnidirectional treadmill at Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes, England is a pretty refined version of this technology and the video shows how natural walking will in future probably be built into games and simulations.

See http://digg.com/video/omnideck-vr-treadmill

#VR


This Omnidirectional Treadmill Can Track Your Real-Life Steps For VR - Digg
We've always wondered if a technology like this could be possible. The folks over at Transport Systems Catapult in Milton Keynes, England seem to have it pretty much figured out.
Google is developing native hearing aid support for Android admin Thu, 2018-08-16 - 20:41

Google is developing native hearing aid support for Android

For the most part, Bluetooth hearing aids have been easily compatible with iPhones, but Android fragmentation has made it difficult for hearing aid manufacturers to provide support to Android devices. Now Google is working to bring native hearing aid support for streaming on Android.

Google has published the new protocol specifications online for any hearing aid manufacturer to build native hearing aid support for Android. GN Hearing has announced that the ReSound LiNX Quattro and Beltone Amaze will be the first hearing aids to receive direct streaming support in a future update.

See https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/16/17701902/google-native-hearing-aid-support-android-gn-hearing


Google is developing native hearing aid support for Android
Google is partnering with GN Hearing to create a new hearing aid spec called ASHA, or Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids. The goal is to make Bluetooth hearing streams easily compatible with Android devices.
Twitter Lite now available in India and 20 more countries admin Thu, 2018-08-16 - 03:24

Twitter Lite now available in India and 20 more countries

People tend to want more out of the things they already have. A prime example of this is the mobile phone industry, where cellphones used to just be for calling and later texting people on the go but evolved to smartphone use with hundreds of different apps. Now we are at the point where the applications we use are so bloated that they run poorly on low-end hardware—the kind of devices that most people still use. This has sparked a trend where companies release “lite” versions of their applications. Twitter is no exception and this week they announced that Twitter Lite is available for India and 20 additional countries.

The full list is:
Argentina
Belarus
Dominican Republic
Ghana
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Jordan
Kenya
Lebanon
Morocco
Nicaragua
Paraguay
Romania
Turkey
Uganda
Ukraine
Uruguay
Yemen
Zimbabwe

Previously available to: Algeria, Bangladesh,Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Israel, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, and Venezuela

See https://www.xda-developers.com/twitter-lite-india-20-more-countries/

#twitter


Twitter Lite now available in India and 20 more countries
Twitter has been working on a Lite version and this week they announced Twitter Lite for India as well as 20 additional countries.
Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory at Lancaster, California... admin Wed, 2018-08-15 - 21:49

Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory at Lancaster, California

One single diesel transit bus consumes the equivalent of 10,440 gallons of gasoline a year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Replacing that diesel-burning transit bus with an electric bus has some obvious benefits. Electric buses improve local air quality, because the particulates that come from burning diesel don't exist. And, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an electric bus runs cleaner than a diesel bus no matter where you plug it in on the US grid, even if you're plugging into a grid fed by fossil fuels.

In the desert north of Los Angeles, a Chinese company called BYD (short for "Build Your Dreams") is banking on transit managers realizing this. BYD offered Ars a tour of its Lancaster facility in July, and we found a bustling factory floor filled with 900 workers who were building, welding, shaping, and painting about 90 buses in various stages of completion. The company's workforce, recently unionized, is expected to grow to 1,200 in the near future.

So far, BYD has put more than 250 electric buses on US roads, and, as of mid-July, the company had more than 400 orders in the pipeline.

BYD isn't the only company making electric buses for North America: companies like Proterra and New Flyer Industries have also been churning out their fair share of battery-operated vehicles. As cities, counties, companies, and colleges try to move away from diesel, factories like BYD's stand to grow quickly.

See some interesting photos of the build process at https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/08/are-diesels-days-numbered-a-view-from-a-trip-to-byds-electric-bus-factory/

#BYD


Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory
Buses emit a lot of carbon dioxide, but BYD is making our fleets cleaner.
You can now test Microsoft’s “Your Phone” tool to connect your Android device to Windows 10 admin Wed, 2018-08-15 - 21:21

You can now test Microsoft’s “Your Phone” tool to connect your Android device to Windows 10

As technology has progressed, we’ve watched as things have become easier and easier to connect and work together. With the rise of smartphones, a demand grew for wanting to share content to desktops, laptops, tablets, and more. A result of this demand is why the Chromecast has been so successful for Google. Connecting Android to Windows devices has always been a challenge, and that allowed for applications like Pushbullet and Join to garner millions of downloads. Microsoft’s solution to this feature is a tool they have dubbed “Your Phone,” and you can now test it on devices that are running the latest build of Windows 10.

This is something that Microsoft could have solved a decade ago when smartphones began trending to what they are today. However, they were a bit unorganized at that time and once they figured out a plan the company wanted to use the feature as a selling point for Windows Phones. As we all know, the whole Windows Phone project didn’t turn out to be all that it was built up to be. Since its demise, we have watched as Microsoft has begun focusing a lot of their attention on the Android and iOS platforms.

Yes I know if you use Linux KDE you've had this functionality for years already...

See https://www.xda-developers.com/microsoft-your-phone-android-windows-10-2/


You can try Microsoft's "Your Phone" tool to connect Android devices to Windows 10
Microsoft's solution to phone syncing is a tool called "Your Phone," and you can now test it on devices that are running the latest build of Windows 10.
Brakes, oil filter... original car parts can only be sourced from manufacturers? Not true says Right... admin Wed, 2018-08-15 - 21:08

Brakes, oil filter... original car parts can only be sourced from manufacturers? Not true says Right to Repair SA

For years consumers have been led to believe that original car parts can only be obtained from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), that they are superior parts, and independent workshops deal in inferior, or commonly referred to as pirate parts.

This is not the case, says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA).

"Probably 99% of the parts required for repairs (excluding accident repairs) and maintenance are manufactured by Original Equipment Suppliers (OES) such Bosch, Mahle, GUD etc.

"Consumers need to know that OEMs buy these same parts off the assembly line, by the commission, and sell them to the aftermarket repackaged with their logo on them," explains Schmitz. These same parts from the OES and the same production lines are available to the independent aftermarket i.e independent repair workshops. These manufacturers produce for the independent aftermarket according to the same quality standards, and are referred to as ‘parts of matching quality’.

See https://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Guides_and_Lists/brakes-oil-filter-original-car-parts-can-only-be-sourced-from-manufacturers-not-true-says-right-to-repair-sa-20180813


Brakes, oil filter... original car parts can only be sourced from manufacturers? Not true says Right to Repair SA
'Consumers need to know that OEMs buy parts off the assembly line, by commission, and sell them to the aftermarket repackaged with their logo on them," says Gunther Schmitz, Acting Chairman of Right to Repair SA (R2RSA).
Building a better thermostat with Home Assistant - Nifty home automation setup conserves energy based... admin Wed, 2018-08-15 - 21:03

Building a better thermostat with Home Assistant - Nifty home automation setup conserves energy based on location and weather conditions

A very practical and nicely explained DIY project at the link below to build a rule-based system to manage air-conditioning.

See https://opensource.com/article/18/8/build-thermostat-open-source-tools

#homeassistant


Building a better thermostat with Home Assistant | Opensource.com
Nifty home automation setup conserves energy based on location and weather conditions.
Google One Cloud Storage is open to everybody starting today - Starting at $1.99pm for 100GB admin Wed, 2018-08-15 - 20:41

Google One Cloud Storage is open to everybody starting today - Starting at $1.99pm for 100GB

It's gone live for me today and has the added advantage of being able to share it with 5 family members.

See https://one.google.com/about

#googleone #cloudstorage


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