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Posted on: Mon, 2018-04-16 - 07:43 By: admin

Linux Kernel 4.17 Offers Some Promising Power-Savings Improvements

The most promising power management change in Linux 4.17 is a rework of the kernel's idle loop that may lead to some systems seeing their power drop by up to 10%+.

Intel's Rafael Wysocki who also serves as the Linux PM/ACPI subsystem maintainer explained of the change, "the rework of the idle loop in order to prevent CPUs from spending too much time in shallow idle states. It reduces idle power on some systems by 10% or more and may improve performance of workloads in which the idle loop overhead matters... Making it stop the scheduler tick before putting the CPU into an idle state only if the idle duration predicted by the idle governor is long enough. That required the code to be reordered to invoke the idle governor before stopping the tick, among other things."

See https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linux-417-power&num=1


Linux 4.17 Offers Some Promising Power-Savings Improvements - Phoronix
Phoronix is the leading technology website for Linux hardware reviews, open-source news, Linux benchmarks, open-source benchmarks, and computer hardware tests.
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 23:57 By: admin

Researchers find genetic cause for Alzheimer's, possible method to reverse it

Scientists at an independent biomedical research institution have reported a monumental breakthrough: The cause of the primary genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and a possible cure for the disease.

Researchers at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco identified the primary genetic risk factor for the disease, a gene called apoE4. They were able to create a harmless apoE3-like version by inserting a class of compounds into it.

Their findings were published this week in the journal Nature Medicine.

"Drug development for Alzheimer's disease has been largely a disappointment over the past 10 years," Huang said in a press release. "Many drugs work beautifully in a mouse model, but so far they've all failed in clinical trials. One concern within the field has been how poorly these mouse models really mimic human disease." Huang used human cells to model the disease and test new drugs.

See https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2018/04/11/Researchers-find-genetic-cause-for-Alzheimers-possible-method-to-reverse-it/4661523454194/

#alzheimers


Researchers find genetic cause for Alzheimer's, possible method to reverse it - UPI.com
Researchers have discovered the cause of the primary genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and a possible cure for the disease.
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 23:50 By: admin

It’s time to give Firefox a fresh chance

Ironically enough I stopped using Chrome itself about two months ago when Firefox had a major upgrade. I'm using Firefox and Vivaldi browsers now, both of which offer more advanced UI changes and controls. Firefox has been fast and rock solid and it's extensions offer a breath of fresh air as some of their functionality does not exist under Chrome.

Never get stuck.... worth reading https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/15/17239548/firefox-chrome-safari-competition

#firefox


It’s time to give Firefox a fresh chance
Because everyone using Chrome for everything is a bad idea
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 22:57 By: admin

Orkut.com has come back from the dead as Hello.com and says it won't sell user data

In 2004, one of the world’s most popular social networks, Orkut, was founded by a former Google employee named Orkut Büyükkökten. Later that year, a Harvard University student named Mark Zuckerberg launched ‘the Facebook’, which over the course of a year became ubiquitous in Ivy League universities and was eventually called Facebook.com.

Orkut was shut down by Google in 2014, but in its heyday, the network had hit 300 million users around the world. Facebook took five years to achieve that feat. At a time when the #DeleteFacebook movement is gaining traction worldwide in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Orkut has made a comeback by launching a new social network in India. Say hello to “Hello”.

See https://www.bloombergquint.com/technology/2018/04/13/the-man-behind-orkut-says-his-hello-platform-doesnt-sell-user-data

#deletefacebook #orkut #hello


Orkut Hello: The Man Behind Orkut Says His ‘Hello’ Platform Doesn’t Sell User Data - Bloomberg Quint

How To Install A .deb Debian Package On Any Linux Distribution

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 22:07 By: admin

How To Install A .deb Debian Package On Any Linux Distribution

Debian packages are the most famous packages in all of Linux. 9 times out of 10 when someone is moving a program over to Linux, they’re putting out as a Debian package i.e., a DEB file. Having Linux support, even if it’s only with one type of Linux distribution is nice. That said, not every Linux distribution is designed to run these packages. In this article, we’ll be going over a fool-proof way to install a Debian package and make the program work on your Linux distribution.

No “converting” will take place in this guide. Instead, just extracting the data and moving it around. To get started, download a Debian package. Though this guide focuses on the Google Chrome Debian package, it is a proof of concept. Take the method shown here and apply it to install a Debian package.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/install-a-debian-package-on-any-linux-distribution/


How To Install A Debian Package On Any Linux Distribution
How To Install A Debian Package On Any Linux Distribution

ESPN (a streaming sports alternative to DSTV) may work for some in South Africa using a VPN

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 21:58 By: admin

ESPN (a streaming sports alternative to DSTV) may work for some in South Africa using a VPN

ESPN recently launched its new streaming service, ESPN+. The service is available on a variety of devices, but unfortunately for South Africans is not streaming outside of the US.

That is if you are on a “South African” Internet connection.

Firing up a VPN and accessing ESPN+ via a web browser overcame this geographic restriction when tested, with streaming smooth and clear.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/256101-i-signed-up-for-espns-new-streaming-service-using-a-vpn-and-it-worked-perfectly.html

#sport #DSTV


I signed up for ESPN’s new streaming service using a VPN – And it worked perfectly
ESPN recently launched its new streaming service, ESPN+.

Tesla battery degradation at less than 10% after over 160,000 miles, according to latest data

Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 13:51 By: admin

Tesla battery degradation at less than 10% after over 160,000 miles, according to latest data

Battery degradation is one of the biggest concerns for electric car owners and potential buyers, but data from Tesla battery packs have been very reassuring so far. Now the latest data shows less than 10% degradation of the energy capacity after over 160,000 miles on Tesla’s battery packs.

A group of Tesla owners on the Dutch-Belgium Tesla Forum are gathering data from over 350 Tesla vehicles across the world and frequently updating it in a public Google file.

The data clearly shows that for the first 50,000 miles (100,000 km), most Tesla battery packs will lose about 5% of their capacity, but after the 50,000-mile mark, the capacity levels off and it looks like it could be difficult to make a pack degrade by another 5%.

The trend line currently suggests that the average battery pack could cycle through over 300,000 km (186,000) before coming close to 90% capacity.

See https://electrek.co/2018/04/14/tesla-battery-degradation-data/

#EV


Tesla battery degradation at less than 10% after over 160,000 miles, according to latest data
Battery degradation is one of the biggest concerns for electric car owners and potential buyers, but data from Tesla battery packs have been very reassuring so far. Now the latest data shows less t…
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 09:12 By: admin

Hubzilla - Better than Friendica at being a Facebook Replacement?

I've only been using Hubzilla for one day but it seems to have all that Friendica has, and even more. Definitely well into the "serious contender" for replacing Facebook.

Not only are there events, groups, like/dislike buttons, tags, etc it has slightly richer photo album capability(like drag and drop to upload photos to an album) as well as voting on a post (agree, disagree, abstain), webpages you can create, Dropbox like storage, calendar sync, a Wiki, chatrooms, and many 3rd party apps that bring in masses of extra functionality (one being even a chess game).

It is supposed to also federate with Diaspora, Twitter, Friendica, RSS feeds, etc but I'm still in the process of finding the best instance that supports as many of these functions as possible. Right now I'm at https://start.hubzilla.org/profile/danie but this may change. If there are any Hubzilla users who have suggestions for a feature rinstance please reply to this post.

See an interesting overview at https://medium.com/we-distribute/the-do-everything-system-an-in-depth-review-of-hubzilla-3-0-692204177d4e

#deletefacebook #hubzilla


The Do-Everything System: An in-depth review of Hubzilla 3.0.
One of the most feature-filled platforms in the federated communications and publishing ecosystem.
Posted on: Sun, 2018-04-15 - 08:43 By: admin

Really enjoyed watching 'Ready Player One' movie yesterday

If you're a gamer you will especially enjoy watching this movie and I highly recommend it. It has retro tech, VR, puzzles, nerds, horror, corporate greed, love and all the other essentials.

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, Simon Pegg, Hannah John-Kamen and Mark Rylance.

The film is set in the year 2045, when much of humanity, escaping the desolation of the real world, uses the virtual reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Orphaned teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for a large company, run by businessman Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.

See a trailer at https://youtu.be/Scj3wiIcSu0

#readyplayerone #gaming #movie


Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-14 - 21:32 By: admin

7 Best Safety Razor Blades That Provide a Perfect Shave

Positioned between disposable razors and straight razors, a safety razor might seem like the typical middle child. That hardly tells the whole story, however.

Make no mistake; safety razors are damn good. They’re a definite upgrade over the majority of disposable razors, and rank right up there with safety razor when it comes to delivering a close, professional-like shave.

Like any other razor, however, a safety razor is only as good as its blade. Slap a dull, mediocre blade in your favorite safety razor, and you’ll get a dull, mediocre shave.

It is well worth trying out different blades in a safety razor as safety razors all differ, and therefore the blades and your own skin / beard skin type will make the experience unique to you. There is no single "best" blade.

See https://www.baldingbeards.com/best-safety-razor-blades/

#razorblades #deblades #shaving #traditionalwetshaving


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