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Why Carbs Don’t Make You Fat

Posted on: Thu, 2018-08-02 - 09:24 By: admin

Why Carbs Don’t Make You Fat

A very interesting read. Whilst LCHF has worked for me to keep off the 14kg I lost it could also be that by eating LCHF and feeling more saturated (and avoiding unhealthy sugar-laden foods) it has also achieved the effects of a lower calorie diet. I still don't believe a calorie is a calorie, as the studies tend do tend to use healthier food intake, and don't include eating cakes and sweets. I never had to calorie count with LCHF but it is true that one tends to not overeat on a LCHF diet. But it can also help explain why some say they don't lose weight on a LCHF diet at all.

Certainly, an interesting article to read. Healthy calorie restriction should certainly also work for most people.

See https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/why-carbs-dont-make-you-fat/

#LCHF #calories


Why Carbs Don't Make You Fat | The Art of Manliness
For the past ten years, carbohydrates have been labeled as public health enemy number one by many popular diet books, websites, and health gurus. They have been thoroughly excoriated as almost single-handedly causing the obesity epidemic in the West. This actually isn’t the first time carbs have had a target on them. The food group …

Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer iOS App

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 22:47 By: admin

Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer iOS App

One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own imposing synthesizer sounds and teach yourself the basics of music production.

AudioKit’s Synth One app is completely free to download and use, which is remarkable enough given how fully featured this virtual synthesizer is. Fire it up, and you’ll have more than 300 individual presets to try—which are fun enough to load and play using the app’s built-in keyboard.

See https://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-beatmaking-with-this-open-source-sy-1828030421

#synth #ios #FOSS


Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App

Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer iPad App

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 22:47 By: admin

Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer iPad App

One of the best parts of any science-fiction game or movie are those ominous tones that suggest a conversation or discovery is about to head south—a quintessential part of the soundtrack that adds a lot of atmosphere (and tension) to an experience. And now, thanks to an open-source iOS app, you can make your own imposing synthesizer sounds and teach yourself the basics of music production.

AudioKit’s Synth One app is completely free to download and use, which is remarkable enough given how fully featured this virtual synthesizer is. Fire it up, and you’ll have more than 300 individual presets to try—which are fun enough to load and play using the app’s built-in keyboard.

See https://lifehacker.com/learn-the-basics-of-beatmaking-with-this-open-source-sy-1828030421

#synth #ios #FOSS


Learn the Basics of Beatmaking with This Open-Source Synthesizer App

Ending energy poverty with solar power — using cryptocurrency

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 19:33 By: admin

Ending energy poverty with solar power — using cryptocurrency

With a focus on rural micro-grid development, two companies partner by leveraging blockchain and Bitcoin to accelerate energy access in rural Africa.

In 2017 the International Energy Agency (IEA) confirmed that decentralized energy systems, and primarily solar, offer the lowest-cost option for electrification across Sub-Saharan Africa. This means that beyond offering an attractive, renewable and practical electricity alternative, solar can unlock critical socioeconomic development globally, improving education, healthcare, safety and human rights conditions across emerging markets.

The challenge is even deeper for projects where off-takers are not “banked,” as is the case for many rural communities in developing regions. Consequently, community-scale mini-grids are often left unfunded, despite their lucrative potential. Communities are then forced to spend more on diesel fuel and kerosene rather than on solar energy.

An example is a partnership that South Africa-based Sun Exchange, recently announced with Kenya-based Powerhive. Through the new joint initiative, Sun Exchange will utilize the crypto-economy to facilitate funding for up to 150 new Powerhive rural mini-grid projects that will provide power to 175,000 people in Kenya.

Funding will be facilitated through the Sun Exchange solar micro-leasing marketplace, which enables individuals across the globe to buy into remotely-located solar projects and earn a return from the power that those projects generate. This means that a person in Tokyo, for example, can use cryptocurrency to purchase solar assets through Sun Exchange, which will be installed into a Powerhive mini-grid in rural Kenya.

Suddenly, it seems entirely feasible that a fully decentralized, blockchain-based global economic system can unlock the full potential of distributed solar power, and finally give way to what once seemed to be a utopian dream: truly universal energy access for every person on Earth.

More info at https://www.pvbuzz.com/solar-power-cryptocurrency/

#funding #rural #energy


Ending energy poverty with solar power—using cryptocurrency | PVBUZZ Media
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Commodore's Beloved Amiga Is Being Revitalized With Updated Retro Hardware

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 17:10 By: admin

Commodore's Beloved Amiga Is Being Revitalized With Updated Retro Hardware

Although it has been over three decades since the first Commodore Amigas were originally released, a fan base for the beloved systems is still going strong. Of course, the Amiga install base is a small fraction of what it was during the machine’s heyday, but the community supporting the Amiga is still vibrant and very much alive. In fact, the Amiga community – and many other retro-computing communities for that matter -- seems to be more active now that it has been in years, and a number of exciting new hardware projects have cropped up or hit major milestones in recent weeks.

Two relatively new projects, led by popular members of the Amiga community Paul Rezendes and John “Chucky” Hertell, are designed to breathe new life into the Amiga 4000 and Amiga 1200. Both men set out to reverse engineer the motherboards for these systems, not only to continue the possibility of repairing existing machines that are prone to serious damage from leaky batteries and electrolytic capacitors, but to potentially spur additional customizations down the line. The Amy-ITX, for example, is a modern, mini-ITX take on the Amiga 500. Though Paul and John have only made minor modifications to the Amiga 4000 and Amiga 1200 motherboard PCBs to this point, the possibility now exists for additional variants to arrive at some point in the future, and that's a pretty cool prospect for sure.

More details at https://hothardware.com/news/commodore-amiga-revitalized-with-new-retro-hardware

#retro #commodore #amiga


Commodore's Beloved Amiga Is Being Revitalized With Updated Retro Hardware
Commodore's Beloved Amiga Is Being Revitalized With Updated Retro Hardware

My new Steam Controller arrived from Amazon in 10 days

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 15:17 By: admin

My new Steam Controller arrived from Amazon in 10 days

The news is not so much my new games controller, but rather that in 10 days from when I ordered it on Amazon it shipped and passed through customs with its duty and VAT added, and was at my front door. My order from Takelot has apparently been delayed by another week (hopefully it arrives next week now).

Which goes to show that if an item is in stock at a local online retailer it will probably be quite quick, but if it is not in stock it could be quicker ordering from Amazon. In my case the Steam Controller was nowhere to be found in South Africa, just like when I went out a week back to try buy a Chromebook (none in any of the retail stores I visited).

Buying local is always my first option but my attempts seem to be rather frustrated by local retailers who don't know what a Chromebook is, don't stock the LG smartwatch, don't stock Google Home speakers, don't stock high-powered Anker chargers, don't do online customisation of T-shirt orders, etc.

It is a global economy now so our retailers should realise there is global competition, but with the small size market we have it may be that the low demand just does not justify diversifying. Well, at least there are complimentary alternatives that consumers do have...

#amazon #consumers #buylocal #steamcontroller


Facebook’s latest external meddling disclosure: “We expected the organization to evolve”

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 10:12 By: admin

Facebook’s latest external meddling disclosure: “We expected the organization to evolve”

It's worth noting that a number of rallies, causes and protests have allegedly been brought about by groups operating out of Russia, China and North Korea (and likely other countries too) and the aim here is not a direct attack on a government, but rather to manipulate an unsuspecting public, and often to pit opposing public groups against each other.

Maybe it's good news that we no longer really see full out warfare on the ground, but "warfare" has clearly moved into the cyber realm with regards to espionage and terrorism. This move has caused real damage (Iran's power plants) as well as deaths, and is often not easily attributable to the perpetrators (either because they can't be found or because the nation detecting it does not want to expose how they know about it and want to keep tracking the perpetrators or feed false information).

The "Fake News" comes from all sides (it's been going on for decades by all governments including our own governments) and it is up to us to question what we read about and be more circumspect with the sources and reasons for publishing something. It is incredible how easily the public are passing on rumours (we had one last week as a genuine sounding voice note on WhatsApp claiming our petrol stations would be on strike on Friday due to the high oil prices). We are being exploited in the same way that phishing emails exploit many people (these emails are the same way that many cyber attacks are launched within an organisation).

So it is good to see that Facebook is actively doing something about it (as are many other large social networks). But everything can't be automated as these perpetrators exploit weaknesses in human behaviour. Now we also realise that fake followers on social media account are not just there for boosting follower numbers for the rich and famous, they often fulfil a more sinister purpose.

See https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/facebook-takes-on-inauthentic-meddlers-ahead-of-major-dc-protest-next-week/

#cybersecurity


Facebook’s latest meddling disclosure: “We expected the organization to evolve”
32 accounts shut down on Tuesday thanks to connection to 2016 IRA meddling.

Toyota’s heavy-duty fuel cell truck project moves from alpha to beta

Posted on: Wed, 2018-08-01 - 09:46 By: admin

Toyota’s heavy-duty fuel cell truck project moves from alpha to beta

The first truck, known as Alpha, used a pair of development powertrains from the Mirai sedan running in series. These gave it 670hp (500kW), 1,325ft-lbs (1,796Nm), and a range of 200 miles (321km). Even though Toyota has not increased the capacity of the 12kWh lithium-ion batteries on the new Beta truck, it has managed to boost that range by 50 percent to more than 300 miles (482km) between refueling. Beta retains the same power and torque output as its predecessor.

The second-generation truck now sports a sleeper cab and a revised hydrogen fuel storage system that frees up more interior space without requiring a longer wheelbase. Toyota says that Beta is also more maneuverable than the earlier Alpha truck.

Toyota notes in its press release that more than 16,000 trucks are in operation at the two ports in Southern California. And the short-haul nature of these big vehicles means they are ripe candidates for zero-emissions powertrains. Like electric buses and hybrid garbage trucks, their daily duty cycles involve a lot of stop-start driving—good for regenerative braking—and plenty of idling. And there's no need to build out extensive refueling infrastructure since the journeys are localized to a relatively small geographic area. Replacing existing fleets of dirty diesel vehicles with ones that emit nothing but water would surely be a good thing as far as local air quality is concerned.

See https://arstechnica.com/cars/2018/07/toyotas-heavy-duty-fuel-cell-truck-project-moves-from-alpha-to-beta/

#fuelcell #trucks


Toyota’s heavy-duty fuel cell truck project moves from alpha to beta
The new truck uses the same powertrain but now has 50-percent more range.

Sleep As Android sleep app has been packing more features in

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 23:17 By: admin

Sleep As Android sleep app has been packing more features in

I last used this app a year back but when I ditched my Pebble watch I forgot that my Android Wear watch would also work as a heart rate/movements monitor with this app. So I tried it out last night and it works really well. If you don't have one of the supported devices then it will still let your phone pick up movement on the bed if placed next to you. It's the most feature-packed sleep app that I know of...

The app has an optional recording function to record snoring or talking in your sleep, snoring stats, and can play a sound or vibrate your watch to disturb you without waking you. It also has various options for different ways of waking you up. Another nice feature is giving comparative trends of your stats vs your country and other countries.

A new feature is control over as Philips Hue light for waking up, a Sleep Phaser, a Sleep Mask, Pulse Oximeter support for respiration, a low breath rate alarm, and it can even use your phone's flashlight as a built-in option to wake you up.

The attached image shows my sleep stats for last night and more info is available on the app's website at https://sleep.urbandroid.org.

#sleep


Google Clock app can now use Spotify for alarms

Posted on: Tue, 2018-07-31 - 22:58 By: admin

Google Clock app can now use Spotify for alarms

There’s nothing worse than hearing the obnoxious beeping when you’re deep in sleep. The Play Store has plenty of great alarm clock apps that can help make the wake-up experience as stress-free as possible. Today, Google has announced Spotify integration in their own Google Clock app, which should make mornings a little more enjoyable.

An update is rolling out this week that adds a Spotify tab to the alarm sound options. You will need the Spotify app installed on your phone to use it. The tab shows your recently played music, Spotify’s curated morning playlists, and a search button so you can find anything you want. When the alarm goes off you’ll hear the selected music. You will have the option to continue listening to music after you turn off the alarm. This feature works for both Free and Premium subscribers.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/google-clock-spotify-alarm/

#alarms


Google Clock app can now use Spotify for alarms
Today, Google has announced Spotify alarm integration in the Google Clock app, which should make mornings a little more enjoyable.
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