Silver linings between the two thunderstorms in Cape Town today
Silver linings between the two thunderstorms in Cape Town today
A Bike Or A Car? Meet Podbike!
Chief engineer and founder of Podbike Per Hassel Sørensen assures us that this is a bike, even if it looks like a car. He says it’s a 4-wheel electric bike with features not found in any other bike. Most electric bicycles have 1 motor. Podbike has 3, but one is used only as a generator. Each rear wheel has a built-in motor and the front wheels used for steering are connected to a generator. Thus, the bike has no mechanical transmission for propulsion.
A standard Podbike at a price of $6,300 has 4 battery modules that are connected for a total capacity of 400 Wh.
The bike is tested to consume an average of 5 Wh/km (8 Wh/mile). So the standard version will get you a range of 80 km (50 miles). The chassis should accommodate up to 18 battery modules, giving an electrical range of at least 300 km (186 miles).
Since launching the concept online, 600 orders have been placed from people around the world. Currently, Podbike is produced in Norway.
|A Bike Or A Car? Meet Podbike! | CleanTechnica
Chief engineer and founder of Podbike Per Hassel Sørensen assures us that this is a bike, even if it looks like a car. He says it's a 4-wheel electric bike with features not found in any other bike.
LinuxQuestions Linux Poll: The most popular Linux desktop programs are...
LinuxQuestions, one of the largest internet Linux groups with 550,000 members, has just posted the results from its latest survey of desktop Linux users. With approximately 10,000 voters in the survey, the desktop Linux distribution pick was: Ubuntu.
No major surprises actually but interesting to see validation around a lot of what has been discussed the last year or so.
See the summary at http://zd.net/2EkiwMA
|The most popular Linux desktop programs are... | ZDNet
The most recent Linux Questions poll results are in, and the the winners of this popular desktop Linux survey have been revealed, with many expected winners and at least one big Microsoft surprise.
Youngsters are still quitting Facebook in their droves
Not new news but the exodus is not slowing down. For me, the important lesson is you can't really have one social network that does it all. They all have different focus and you need to decide what you want to do on social networking. You may end up using Facebook for one reason, Pinterest for a different reason, and Twitter for a completely different reason. More than one perspective on anything is also always a good way to go.
|Youngsters are quitting Facebook in their droves - TechCentral
Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it, European Parliament members say
Earlier this week the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 to review whether Daylight Saving Time is actually worth it. Although the resolution it voted on was non-binding, the majority reflected a growing dissatisfaction with a system that has been used by the US, Canada, most of Europe, and regions in Asia, Africa, and South America for decades.
The resolution asked the European Commission to review the costs and benefits of Daylight Saving Time. If the EU were to abolish Daylight Saving Time, it would need approval of the majority of EU member states and EU Parliament members.
Last week's vote to reconsider seasonal time change was proposed after 70,000 Finnish citizens signed a petition to end Daylight Saving Time, according to German-based international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Ireland Member of European Parliament (MEP) Sean Kelly has been working to stop time changes as well.
"We think that there's no need to change the clocks," Kelly said to Deutsche Welle. "It came in during World War One, it was supposed to be for energy savings—the indications are that there are very few energy savings, if any—and there are an awful lot of disadvantages to both human beings and animals that make it outdated at this point."
More detail at http://bit.ly/2EmwmhD
|Daylight Saving Time isn’t worth it, European Parliament members say | Ars Technica
EU says holdover from post-WWI efficiency efforts isn't relevant in today's world.
Ramme - An open source Instagram desktop photo uploader for Windows, MacOS and Linux
|An open source Instagram desktop photo uploader
Need to post images to Instagram from your desktop? Try Ramme.
Smartphone charging myths – Are you killing your battery?
Nothing is cast in concrete but the consensus seems to be "It is important to note that the durability and capacity decay of the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones are measured in cycles, which consist of full 0-100% discharges and recharges".
"If you want your battery to last as many cycles as it can before it degrades, experts recommend constantly keeping the device above 50%, but below 80%, turning it off when charging, and never allowing it to deplete fully or to become fully charged."
The complete discharge myth was a truth back in the days of Ni-Cd batteries which developed memory problems. The reality is it is often difficult to know when to disconnect your phone at around 80% unless you use an app like AccuBattery to warn you, or if your phone is rooted you could try an app that stops charging at a predetermined percentage like https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/apps-games/root-battery-charge-limit-t3557002.
|Smartphone charging myths – Are you killing your battery?
We examined evidence and expert opinions to determine if any “charging myths” have merit.
TechRadar: The best Linux distro for privacy and security in 2018 - The top privacy and penetration ...
TechRadar: The best Linux distro for privacy and security in 2018 - The top privacy and penetration testing distros
The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different ‘flavours’ available – and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different uses.
But security-conscious users will be pleased to know that there are also a number of Linux distributions (distros) specifically designed for privacy. They can help to keep your data safe through encryption and operating in a ‘Live’ mode where no data is written to your hard drive in use.
Other distros focus on penetration testing (pen-testing) – these come with tools actually used by hackers which you can use to test your network’s security. In this article, TechRadar highlights 10 of the best offerings when it comes to both privacy and security.
|The best Linux distro for privacy and security in 2018
The top privacy and penetration testing distros
Viofo A119 Loses its Settings and the Capacitor does not help
Something I learnt after having this dashcam for one year and 6 months is that the capacitor (instead of it having the normal battery) has absolutely not helped at all. The dashcam loses all its settings as soon as I turn the car off.Worse, it defaults to having the GPS disabled, so every time I switch the car on I must change the settings for the GPS to be on.
There is some real-time clock battery on the board that has gone and I find no easy way to replace it. So going for a capacitor-based model may have just been a waste of time in this case. I'll rather now look for a model with a built-in GPS and a more easily replaceable battery.
|A119 1440p Car Dash Camera with GPS Logger (v2)
That mega-vulnerability Cisco dropped is now under exploit
Hackers are actively trying to exploit a high-severity vulnerability in widely used Cisco networking software that can give complete control over protected networks and access to all traffic passing over them, the company has warned.
The warning of the in-the-wild exploit attempts came around the same time Cisco warned that the vulnerability—already carrying the maximum severity rating of 10 under the Common Vulnerability Scoring System—posed an even greater threat than originally believed. The revised assessment was based on a detailed investigation Cisco researchers carried out after issuing last week's initial advisory, which was based on findings from outside security firm NCC Group. As a result of the new findings, Cisco issued a new set of patches to replace the ones it released earlier.
"After broadening the investigation, Cisco engineers found other attack vectors and features that are affected by this vulnerability that were not originally identified by the NCC Group and subsequently updated the security advisory, Cisco officials wrote on Monday. "In addition, it was also found that the original list of fixed releases published in the security advisory were later found to be vulnerable to additional denial of service conditions."
|That mega-vulnerability Cisco dropped is now under exploit
Bug with maximum severity rating is generating plenty of interest among hackers.