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ICCT Report: Electric Cars Already Cheaper To Own In Europe Than Gas/Diesel Cars - Compared across 5...

Date Published: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 22:06:05 +0200

ICCT Report: Electric Cars Already Cheaper To Own In Europe Than Gas/Diesel Cars - Compared across 5 countries

The International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) has released a report which says electric cars are already cheaper to own than conventional cars. How do they know that? They tracked four models of the Volkswagen Golf — electric, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, and diesel — in the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Norway over four years. They found the electric version of the Golf cost less to own that the other three models, due in large part to a combination of lower taxes, lower fuel costs, and incentives.

Sandra Wappelhorst of the ICCT said, “Most trips are within an electric vehicle’s range, and it is the battery electric vehicle that turns out to be the most cost effective over four years. But if you’re a country doctor, who might have to respond to emergency calls at odd hours in odd places, you’ll have to evaluate a battery electric car differently to a London surgeon.”

The analysis showed plug-in hybrid vehicles were often the most expensive to run over four years, in part due to the higher purchase price of vehicles that in effect have two engines and lower government incentives.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/14/report-electric-cars-already-cheaper-to-own-in-europe-than-gas-diesel-cars/

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Report: Electric Cars Already Cheaper To Own In Europe Than Gas/Diesel Cars | CleanTechnica
A four-year study by ICCT finds an electric Volkswagen Golf costs less to own than any other Golf model. Much of that is due to government incentives, which vary from country to country.

Why is an open standard messaging protocol like Jabber/XMPP not used across all instant messaging platforms...

Date Published: Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:43:27 +0200

Why is an open standard messaging protocol like Jabber/XMPP not used across all instant messaging platforms?

When Jeremie Miller invented Jabber/XMPP technologies in 1998, he did so in large measure to provide a free and open alternative to the proprietary instant messaging services of the day, such as AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ. Although the names of such services have changed, today XMPP still represents a free and open standard for building and deploying instant messaging systems and related applications.

All of the existing XMPP servers, clients, and programming libraries support the key features of an IM system, such as one-to-one and multi-party messaging, presence subscriptions and notifications, and contact lists. This wealth of code enables developers to easily build new applications in a secure and scalable way.

Because user expectations for messaging apps continue to change over time, the XMPP community always works to define and implement XMPP extensions for new features. Whereas five or ten years ago such features included chat state notifications and HTML messages, now they include things like push notifications, message archives, and improved multi-device support.

Whatsapp uses a variation of it whilst Nimbuzz, Chatme, Pidgin, and Kontalk all also use it. Google Talk used to use it (remember being able to then connect to other messaging services).

Is it the fault of walled garden service providers or us as consumers who just willingly entered those walled gardens never to see out again?

See https://xmpp.org/

#xmpp #openmessaging #instantmessaging


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Rex Ambassador Adjustable Safety Razor - Single Strokes Shaving Off A Full Beard - No Ways A Cartridge...

Date Published: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:15:45 +0200

Rex Ambassador Adjustable Safety Razor - Single Strokes Shaving Off A Full Beard - No Ways A Cartridge Razor Will Do This!

It's one thing I've always found differentiating a cartridge razor from a pure blooded safety razor. With a few days stubble I found those narrow gap cartridge blades used to just clog up. Watch this video below from a bit after 3 mins and see how a single stroke just clears away the beard. Blows my mind. Being an adjustable, he had also set it to an aggressive blade angle (wider open).

The Rex Ambassador is definitely on my wishlist for my ultimate safety razor.

Watch at https://youtu.be/JJFdcyzpfFE?t=180

#wetshaving #safetyrazor #rexambassador


This is how many R1.6-million Jaguar I-Pace EVs have been sold so far in SA - It's quite surprising ...

Date Published: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:54:54 +0200

This is how many R1.6-million Jaguar I-Pace EVs have been sold so far in SA - It's quite surprising compared to Nissan Leafs

Jaguar South Africa will launch its all-electric SUV, the I-Pace, at the end of February. However, sales figures show Jaguar has already sold 11 I-Pace units from December to January.

The company's first electric vehicle (EV) uses two electric motors placed at each axle, producing 294kW and 696Nm, and all-wheel-drive. Jag says its rapid too, with a 4.5 second sprint to reach 100km/h from standstill.

The I-Pace has a range of 470km from a single charge, according to the automaker.

The surprising part is that Nissan Leafs cost under half of this and only just over 60 or so were sold in the past two to three years. It's possible Jaguar does a better job of promoting their EV or else the richer buyers want something different and which has good performance. They are certainly NOT buying it to save money on fuel costs.

See https://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Gear_and_Tech/jaguar-sales-this-is-how-many-r16-million-i-pace-evs-have-been-sold-so-far-in-sa-20190211

#jaguar #EV


Jaguar sales: This is how many R1.6-million I-Pace EVs have been sold so far in SA
Sales for the Jaguar's first electric vehicle, the I-Pace, have commenced. We look at the top five selling cars for the brand in in January.

Top 5 audio podcasts for Linux news and tips

Date Published: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 20:48:24 +0200

Top 5 audio podcasts for Linux news and tips

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I find my daily commute is the best time to get some time to myself and catch up on the latest tech news.

Here is a list that was published at https://opensource.com/article/19/2/top-linux-podcasts of worthy Linux podcasts to try out.

#linux #podcasts


Top 5 podcasts for Linux news and tips
A tried and tested podcast listener, shares his favorite Linux podcasts over the years, plus a couple of bonus picks.

Windows 10 can now run on a Raspberry Pi using Windows on ARM (WoA) installer

Date Published: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:51:26 +0200

Windows 10 can now run on a Raspberry Pi using Windows on ARM (WoA) installer

Raspberry Pi 3 owners can now install a full version of Windows 10 on their device.

The Windows on ARM (WoA) installer is available on GitHub, and can be used to install Microsoft’s operating system on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or B+ boards.

Previously, Windows IoT Core was the only Windows operating system available on Raspberry Pi devices. This new package offers functionality similar to the standard desktop version of Windows 10.

Anyone tried this yet?

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/295890-windows-10-can-now-run-on-a-raspberry-pi.html

#raspberrypi #windows10


Windows 10 can now run on a Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi 3 owners can now install a full version of Windows 10 on their device.

The best priced uncapped fibre deals in South Africa per fibre provider and speed tier

Date Published: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:47:21 +0200

The best priced uncapped fibre deals in South Africa per fibre provider and speed tier

This comparison is based on price (not performance) so does not take into account the fair usage policy (FUP), throttling, and shaping rules for each package which all differ depending on price and ISP, and buyers should investigate these policies before deciding between uncapped fibre packages.

It is interesting to note too for the same ISP how the prices differ across fibre providers indicating how the base fibre providers cost also differs.

US$1 is worth roughly ZAR14.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/fibre/295706-the-best-uncapped-fibre-deals-in-south-africa.html

#southafrica #fibre #uncapped


The best uncapped fibre deals in South Africa
Fibre is continuing to overtake ADSL in South Africa, and the data demands of customers are subsequently increasing.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

Date Published: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 22:52:16 +0200

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

Obit John Haynes, the creator of the Haynes Manual and at least partly responsible for the skinned knuckles of enthusiastic amateur car repairers around the world, has tightened his last bolt and headed off to the great workshop in the sky aged 80. Haynes passed away on 8 February after a short illness.

He bought a camera and documented the step-by-step process of the rebuild with photography and exploded diagrams that would become a hallmark of his eponymous manuals. The first Haynes Manual, for the Sprite, was published in 1966 and sold out rapidly. Other guides soon followed, and to date over 200 million Haynes Manuals have been sold around the world.

Haynes was undoubtedly a pioneer in giving consumers the tools needed to maintain their vehicles as well as instilling an enthusiasm for stripping down and rebuilding recalcitrant machinery.

"Haynes manuals have been a beacon of light in a dark world of increasingly locked down hardware. Their DIY guides have inspired generations of fixers to work on their vehicles. iFixit, and all of us in the repair community, stand on the shoulders of giants like John Haynes."

I bought a few of his manuals myself back in the 1980's. It was my feeling of assurance that I could repair anything myself that broke on my vehicles. It gave me the confidence back then to strip down and rebuild a motor myself. Try this today, even if you could work on the highly computerised engines, the trend has been to lock everything down as tight as John Deere tractor.

See https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/02/13/john_haynes/


Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut • The Register

How to build a WiFi picture frame with a Raspberry Pi that will sync to Nextcloud, NFS, Dropbox, etc...

Date Published: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 22:41:41 +0200

How to build a WiFi picture frame with a Raspberry Pi that will sync to Nextcloud, NFS, Dropbox, etc storage location

Digital picture frames are really nice because they let you enjoy your photos without having to print them out. Plus, adding and removing digital files is a lot easier than opening a traditional frame and swapping the picture inside when you want to display a new photo. Even so, it's still a bit of overhead to remove your SD card, USB stick, or other storage from a digital picture frame, plug it into your computer, and copy new pictures onto it.

An easier option is a digital picture frame that gets its pictures over WiFi, for example from a cloud service. What's nice for me is this is not tied into Flickr or another commercial service. I have a wonderful photo frame from a few years back which is now a doorstopper as it can no longer connect to those services and there is no code I can change. I have a spare Raspberry Pi with a fittable LCD touch screen which I may try out for this project.

See https://opensource.com/article/19/2/wifi-picture-frame-raspberry-pi

#photoframe #photos #raspberrypi



How to build a WiFi picture frame with a Raspberry Pi
DIY a digital photo frame that streams photos from the cloud.

Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death - But it is not definitively conclusive...

Date Published: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:58:40 +0200

Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death - But it is not definitively conclusive

Eating a lot of heavily processed foods is linked to a risk of earlier death, according to a study.

A team in France worked with more than 44,000 people in a study running from 2009 called NutriNet-Santé. They looked at how much of their diet – and calories – was made up of “ultra-processed” foods – those made in factories with industrial ingredients and additives, such as dried ready meals, cakes and biscuits.

The research, published in the journal Jama Internal Medicine, found that deaths were more likely to occur in those who ate more ultra-processed food.

Other scientists were unsure whether the study proved a link between ultra-processed food and an early death, but agreed it was more evidence that a junk food diet was bad for health.

A LCHF diet though encourages the consumption of whole foods (meat, vegetables, fruit) and steers away from processed food as generally sugar, additives, preservatives, etc have been added.

See https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/11/study-links-heavily-processed-foods-to-risk-of-earlier-death

#LCHF #processedfood


Study links heavily processed foods to risk of earlier death | Society | The Guardian
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