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What Is Wet Shaving? And How It Subtly Differs From Traditional Shaving

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 19:29 By: admin

What Is Wet Shaving? And How It Subtly Differs From Traditional Shaving

Wet shaving by very definition is when you use a razor to completely remove the hair from your face while using water. Of course, using just a razor blade and water on your face won’t be too comfortable – therefore, men will incorporate shaving cream (and a slew of other products) for a much more satisfactory shaving experience.

While there is no formal definition that we could find that classifies traditional shaving, most wet shaving enthusiasts would agree that traditional shaving as the reliance on age-old products that were used by men in the 1950s and earlier. This means a reliance on a straight or double edge safety razor, traditional shaving cream, shave brush, and aftershave. Therefore, you won’t often see electric, cartridge, or disposable razors mentioned in tandem with traditional shaving.

The article goes on to explain the different equipment and options in a great overview. But I also found many of the other articles quite interesting on this site such as Best Shaving Creams for 2018, Straight Razor vs. Safety Razor: How Do They Compare? and much more.

Read the full article at https://www.toolsofmen.com/what-is-wet-shaving/

#traditionalwetshaving


What Is Wet Shaving? And How It Subtly Differs From Traditional Shaving | Tools of Men
Wondering what wet shaving is all about? Check out our in-depth guide comparing wet shaving to traditional shaving and all the products for a perfect shave.

Our hike up to Elephant's Eye above the Silvermine Nature Reserve in Cape Town

Posted on: Sat, 2018-04-07 - 13:52 By: admin

Our hike up to Elephant's Eye above the Silvermine Nature Reserve in Cape Town

We did an early morning hike up to the cave. It only takes about 55 mins at an easy pace. We were back down by 10:15 and then had a picnic next to the dam.

Here is a short movie that Google kindly made from my photos. More photos on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/gp/dvdmerwe/449dRh.

#hike #silvermine #capetown


Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform - after Telegram refused to comply with requests...

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-06 - 21:30 By: admin

Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform - after Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys

Russia appears to be following through on its threat last year to block access to the Telegram encrypted messaging platform.

The BBC reports today that the Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block the app in the country, after Dubai-based Telegram refused to comply with requests that it hand over the encryption keys.

Telegram was given a deadline of 4 April to hand over the keys, but the company has refused, explaining that the way the service is built means it has no access to them.

Russia's main security agency, the FSB, wants the keys so it can read messages and prevent future terror attacks in the country. In its court filing, Roskomnadzor said the legal action was related to the FSB request and Telegram's non-compliance with its legal requirements as a "distributor of information".

See https://www.macrumors.com/2018/04/06/russia-moves-to-ban-telegram-messaging-platform/

#privacy #telegram


Russia Moves to Ban Telegram Encrypted Messaging Platform
Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-06 - 21:20 By: admin

Twitter’s crackdown on third-party clients continues as key features will disappear in June - Mastodon etc would Welcome These Devs I'm Sure

Yes, many of these third-party clients enhanced the appeal of Twitter itself in the early days when Twitter's own functionality was fairly bleak. Well, if they're not welcomed by Twitter anymore, they could have free reign with Mastodon (a popular open alternative to Twitter) and who knows, maybe they'd help grow Mastodon even more. The same could apply for Diaspora, Friendica, and other alternative networks. Whilst Mastodon's default UX is often complimented, a good looking UX for mobile clients for Diaspora and Friendica could be very welcome!

Come on Devs, move to where you're wanted and make a real difference! I'm sure your talents will be welcomed and appreciated.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/twitter-third-party-apps-api-changes/

#BreakingMyTwitter


Twitter will remove key features from 3rd-party apps in June
As Twitter has grown and become more mainstream, they have made life difficult for developers. A new change could drastically change 3rd-party apps as we know them.

Mainstream academia embraces open source hardware

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-06 - 21:06 By: admin

Mainstream academia embraces open source hardware

In the last 17 years, the concept of open source hardware has erupted in ivory towers throughout the world. Now more than 1,000 articles are written on the topic every year.

Elsevier, the largest academic publisher in the world, is publishing HardwareX, a new open access journal to help accelerate the distribution of low-cost, high-quality open source scientific hardware. There is also the Journal of Open Source Hardware published by Ubiquity Press, PLOS One from the Public Library of Science, and numerous titles from MDPI such as Designs, all of which publish free, open access, open source hardware articles.

In 1999, it was challenging for a young, untenured professor to enter the field of open source hardware because it was too immature to potentially offer a high number of citations, as almost no one was working on it. This acted as an artificial barrier that prevented the most aggressive faculty from participating. Instead, the field was led by the old and secure and the idealists.

Today, due to the rate of free and open source hardware papers being published, it is now relatively easy for academics to dedicate their careers to advancing free hardware. These professors can expect to be rewarded with high citation rates from their rapidly growing academic peers.

The payoff for society is a high return on investment for accelerated and improved research and development. Many scientists are already focused on making open source equipment and even creating entirely open source labs. This drives down the cost of science and accelerates development of technology.

See https://opensource.com/article/18/4/mainstream-academia-embraces-open-source-hardware

#openhardware


Mainstream academia embraces open source hardware
Growth in research citations proves that academics with an interest in open hardware are no longer alone.

Screenshots of Open Source Alternatives to Slack that I tested

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-06 - 19:24 By: admin

Screenshots of Open Source Alternatives to Slack that I tested

This was the shortlist of what I tested out in practice in the end. I'm actually using Riot.im the most mainly because I'm on actual discussion forums relating to Mastodon. But Riot.im does not have threaded discussions so it came pretty well much down to Rocket.chat (more modern look) and Zulip. I'm actually leaning more towards Rocket.chat as it was a super easy installation on my virtual server and is doing all the basics I need.

I also included screenshots of Friendica (Facebook alternative) and Mastodon (Twitter alternative) juts for those who have never seen what they look like in practice. Both are federated services with no paid advertising or passing on of your private data to 3rd parties.

See the album of screenshots at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmfAZH2a


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State Capture: Another SA Police Services sole supplier threatens to cut services, this time a mobile...

Posted on: Fri, 2018-04-06 - 17:57 By: admin

State Capture: Another SA Police Services sole supplier threatens to cut services, this time a mobile encryption service to Crime Intelligence

A Durban businessman who supplied R6.7-million worth of bulletproof vests to SAPS, without a tender, is now threatening to “collapse” a confidential mobile encryption service app he sold to Crime Intelligence by switching off the server, if he is not paid more than R5-million.

Inbanathan Kistiah, of I-View Integrated Systems, wrote his “top secret and confidential” letter of demand to former Divisional Commissioner Major-General King Ngcobo on 22 March. In his correspondence, Kistiah reminds Ngcobo that the Daedalus Mobile Encryption Service was implemented in 2016.

The system allowed users, about 200 Crime Intelligence officers, to communicate “via the Daedalus App without being intercepted” with 200 user licences allocated to “various law enforcement officers”.

But now we're being held ransom again by a private businessman. So why could be not just use some free end-to-end encryption phone service like Signal? Signal has a desktop app too and you can establish trust between the various endpoints. It's a lot cheaper than R5,7 million(US$480,000).

To answer my own question I suspect it is because governmnets often go out on a tender and only companies respond wanting to sell something. Signal themselves are not going to respond with a 80 page tender document saying "here have it for free". And it could also be that specifications are made to specific so as not to allow adpating to the use of a generally available solution.

See https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-04-05-state-capture-another-saps-sole-supplier-threatens-to-cut-services-this-time-to-crime-intelligence/#.WsdxeTPRb3A


State Capture: Another SAPS sole supplier threatens to cut services, this time to Crime Intelligence | Daily Maverick
A Durban businessman who supplied R6.7-million worth of bulletproof vests to SAPS, without a tender, is now threatening to “collapse” a confidential mobile encryption service app he sold to Crime Intelligence by switching off the server, if he is not paid more than R5-million. By MARIANNE THAMM.

FDA holds South Africa to ransom, threatens to ‘collapse criminal justice system’ - Which is Why Open...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-05 - 23:19 By: admin

FDA holds South Africa to ransom, threatens to ‘collapse criminal justice system’ - Which is Why Open Source Software Should be Encouraged!

On Wednesday, Keith Keating, director of Forensic Data Analysts and the man at the centre of two massive investigations into alleged procurement irregularities involving SAPS and SITA, threatened to “collapse the criminal justice system” in South Africa unless he was paid by midnight. In February Scopa ordered SITA to cancel its contracts with FDA. A week ago IPID too recommended that SAPS terminate all contracts with Keating’s company. So far no one has been able to explain how one man, a former cop, has been allowed to act as a sole supplier for these “mission critical” systems.

This is just one scenario that is happening but imagine also a cloud-based document service where government (due to governance and bureaucracy) does not renew their cloud subscription on time and is held ransom to pay before they can access or edit critical documents.

More reasons why governments especially should consider using open data standards (to exchange data) and open source software (no vendor lock-in or mandatory subscription fees). Apart from prevention of being held ransom, open source allows many vendors to bid for support which makes pricing more competitive and usually also results in the money being spent 100% locally.

See https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-04-05-sapssita-capture-fda-holds-south-africa-to-ransom-threatens-to-collapse-criminal-justice-system/#.WsXZQzPRb3A

#FOSS #vendorlockin #opendata


SAPS/SITA capture: FDA holds South Africa to ransom, threatens to ‘collapse criminal justice system’ | Daily Maverick
On Wednesday, Keith Keating, director of Forensic Data Analysts and the man at the centre of two massive investigations into alleged procurement irregularities involving SAPS and SITA, threatened to “collapse the criminal justice system” in South Africa unless he was paid by midnight. In February Scopa ordered SITA to cancel its contracts with FDA. A week ago IPID too recommended that SAPS terminate all contracts with Keating’s company. So far no...

You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum (Aluminium) in Your Deodorant - Another Decades-Long Myth Busted...

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-05 - 22:30 By: admin

You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum (Aluminium) in Your Deodorant - Another Decades-Long Myth Busted

Another long-standing legendary myth that has just perpetuated for so long...

There’s a whole market for aluminum-free deodorants. They’re marketed as natural or primal or somehow vaguely better for you. But hold up a sec: why are you avoiding aluminum, which (unlike those natural deodorants) can actually stop you from sweating? It’s fine.

Aluminum—yes, the same metal that “tinfoil” and beverage cans are made of—turns up in trace amounts in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients and in breast tumors. However, people who work with aluminum don’t develop dementia or Alzheimer’s at higher rates than anyone else, and aluminum is found in healthy breast tissue at the same rates it’s found in tumors. There is zero evidence that avoiding aluminum will reduce your risk of either condition.

More info at https://vitals.lifehacker.com/you-don-t-need-to-worry-about-aluminum-in-your-deodoran-1825016935

#antiperpserant #aliminium


You Don’t Need to Worry About Aluminum in Your Deodorant
There’s a whole market for aluminum-free deodorants. They’re marketed as natural or primal or somehow vaguely better for you. But hold up a sec: why are you avoiding aluminum, which (unlike those natural deodorants) can actually stop you from sweating? It’s fine.

Avocados: Nature’s Magical Fruit - They’re delicious, and they’re nutrient-rich

Posted on: Thu, 2018-04-05 - 05:01 By: admin

Avocados: Nature’s Magical Fruit - They’re delicious, and they’re nutrient-rich

No matter how you consume them — and the numbers of ways to do so are many — the creamy green superfood always packs a powerful and diverse nutritional punch. Adding a nutrient-dense food like Avocados From Mexico to your daily diet can be a very beneficial way to get more of what your body needs to keep thriving.

Nutrient-dense foods are lean or low in solid fats, and minimize or exclude added solid fats, added sugars, and added refined starches, as these add calories but few essential nutrients or dietary fiber. They also minimize or exclude added salt or other compounds high in sodium, and come in forms that retain naturally occurring components such as dietary fiber.

What they’ve found in avocados are nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients per 50g serving, which is generally just one-third of a medium avocado. Avocados are also a good source of fiber, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid and copper, among other things. Avocados are also one of the only fruits out there that contain unsaturated fats of both the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated varieties. These, generally referred to as “good” fats, and they help your body to absorb fat-soluble nutrients without raising your LDL cholesterol, which is nicknamed “bad” cholesterol.

Lots more detail at https://mashable.com/2018/04/04/avocados-nutrient-rich/

#health #lchf


Avocados: Nature’s magical fruit is delicious and nutrient-rich (Paid Content by Avocados from Mexico)
This is such good news for all the avocado lovers out there.
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