Steam hit its all-time concurrent user peak over the weekend - More than 20 million people logged in

Date Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 10:02:21 +0200

Steam smashed its all-time record for concurrent users over the weekend with a 24-hour peak set at 20,313,451, according to data from the PC gaming platform’s website. It’s the first time Steam has ever had more than 20 million users online at once; nearly 6.4 million of them were actively playing a game.

There weren’t really any notable Steam releases last week, so it’s probably safe to say that the spike in users staying home and logging on was sparked by the fact that it is generally not advisable to go out in public if you can help it right now. Players mostly stuck to old favorites; Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit an all-time peak of 1,024,845 simultaneous players to become the most popular game over the weekend, while Dota 2 and PUBG followed with 701,632 and 515,050 players respectively.

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More than 20 million people logged in

Telkom zero-rates education websites amid coronavirus outbreak - Institutions should host their video conferencing onsite

Date Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:58:40 +0200

Telkom said on Monday that it is zero-rating dozens of educational websites as well as sites that provide information that can help South Africans contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases and South African government’s coronavirus portal are accessible to the Telkom subscriber base for free. Telkom has zero-rated educational URLs, which include institutions of higher learning and TVET colleges. See the graphic at article linked below for the full list of websites that have been zero-rated.

I'm thinking too that if these institutions hosting free and open source Jitsi video conferencing onsite this could be covered too.

See Telkom zero-rates education websites amid coronavirus outbreak - TechCentral

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Telkom said on Monday that it is zero-rating dozens of educational websites as well as sites that provide information that can help South Africans contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

During Social Distancing You Can Play These Popular Board and Card Games Online With Friends

Date Published: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 09:39:46 +0200

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean the end of game night with your friends, it just means that rather than breaking out a game board and inviting your friends over you need to take things online.

Turns out, almost every board game you can think of can actually be played online, and there are a number of websites out there to make the magic happen. A lot of them will require you to register if you want to play with friends but will let that gameplay happen free once you do thanks to some ads. Others have a subscription fee, but if you’re planning on playing online a lot over the next few months then it might be worth it.

And don’t forget that most gaming consoles have an online option as well. If you haven’t purchased that online package yet, now might be the time to get some friends together for a little Overcooked or Call of Duty.

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Social distancing doesn’t have to mean the end of game night with your friends, it just means that rather than breaking out a game board and inviting your friends over you need to take things online.

With Cape Town's space constraints and safety issues why not consider a suspension railway? A MyCiti Train!

Date Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 16:40:12 +0200

Much of Cape Town's existing railway network has no fencing next to it, people wandering across the lines, theft of infrastructure, and robbery of passengers where criminals jump on and off the trains between stations.

Seeing Cape Town is not suited to an underground railway (which could have solved some of the problems) going overhead seems to be the next logical conclusion as it requires no fencing, puts infrastructure more out of reach, and eliminates the ease for criminals to jump on and off the train between stations. It also helps ensure passengers embark and disembark at controlled points where tickets must be purchased.

MyCiti busses seem to be a success story but have difficulty in many areas where the roads could not be widened. Going overhead allows the service to follow rivers, existing railways or even already congested roads.

Watch a video about Wuppertal's system at Schwebebahn: Why Wuppertal's Trains Are Much Cooler Than Yours

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Wuppertal has possibly the world's most badass public transport: a 120-year-old swingin' suspension railway. But the question is: why? When everyone else was...

Beaker is an experimental peer-to-peer browser - it will browse http and https but also the dat protocol for the next-generation Web

Date Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 15:22:54 +0200

dat:// websites work just like any other webpage. They’re a collection of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files that come together to form a webpage. Just like with http:// websites, you can click links, download images, and use developer tools to interact with the page.

dat:// is a peer-to-peer protocol, which means that visitors to a dat:// site connect directly to one another, downloading and sharing files. Participants on the network are called peers, and when a peer contributes bandwidth to re-upload a site’s files, it’s called seeding. dat:// websites are unique because you can inspect all the files that make up a website.

One of the most compelling reasons for supporting dat:// in Beaker is that it makes it possible to share a website from the browser with one click!

You can edit websites you’ve created, but you can’t edit other people’s websites. Beaker provides a built-in tool to make an editable copy of any dat:// website. If you’re familiar with GitHub, it’s kind of like “forking” a project.

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Beaker is an experimental browser for exploring and building the peer-to-peer Web. Install Beaker Take a tour Beaker brings peer-to-peer publishing to the Web, turning the browser into a supercharged tool for sharing websites, files, apps, and more. Beaker adds support for a peer-to-peer protocol called Dat. It's the Web you know and love, but...

LibreOffice has a powerful plot and draw functionality - Linux Format magazine gave it a 9/10 for plotting apps beating both Dia and Veusz

Date Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 14:09:52 +0200

Many forget that LibreOffice is not just an equivalent free and open source version of Microsoft Office. It has fully featured draw, chart, and database functionality that you do not find in MS Office and of course its fully compatible with the internationally open document format.

See What is LibreOffice? | LibreOffice - Free Office Suite - Fun Project - Fantastic People

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LibreOffice, Free Office Suite, Fun Project, Fantastic People, Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Base, Charts, Diagrams, extensions, templates, word processor, text editor, spreadsheet, presentation, database, documents, Document Foundation

Steam Locomotives 60009 Union of South Africa & 70000 Britannia at York in the UK on 7th March 2020

Date Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 12:34:35 +0200

60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built at Doncaster Works in 1937. It is one of six surviving A4s, and is currently operational and mainline certified. Britannia was built at Crewe, completed on 2 January 1951. She was the first British Railways standard locomotive to be built and the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class.

They're not environmentally friendly but are real crowd drawers as is seen in this video. It's good that the UK is really serious about preserving these monuments to retro-engineering and that they can still be operating today.

Watch at 60009 Union of South Africa & 70000 Britannia at YORK, 7th March 2020

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Two tours , 2 great pacific steam locos! The first tour to arrive was The White Rose from Shrewsbury hauled by 70000 Britannia, followed shortly after by The...

KardiaMobile - for FDA-cleared, clinical grade personal electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) recordings for helping detect Atrial Fibrillation, Bradycardia, Tachycardia or Normal heart rhythm

Date Published: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 11:54:15 +0200

An $84 device that will connect to iPhones and many Android phones to give an accurate reading within 30 seconds. It's certainly an interesting option for Android users who can't connect to an Apple watch, but only downside is this won't be doing live readings all day long.

See KardiaMobile

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Check your heart in 30 seconds with FDA cleared Mobile EKG Monitor. Trusted by top cardiologists. Easy-to-use. No wires, patches or gels. 30-day guarantee.

Not even 2 days and the Internet has basically raised the $256,000 fine money payable by Chelsea Manning to the US government

Date Published: Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:02:38 +0200

I'm not going to try to unravel what the meaning is... but it's clear that a lot of people supported her in what she has stood for and done. The world is not only about poverty, disasters, environment, etc but also about transparency and the right to know. In a way this is quite a tangible demonstration of support.

Chelsea E. Manning is a network security and artificial intelligence expert, and activist. She is a former military intelligence analyst and political prisoner.

Chelsea was incarcerated at Alexandria Detention Center for nearly a year, due to her principled refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the publishers of her 2010 disclosures. She was also fined $1,000 for each day she refused to testify, and those fines now total approximately $256,000.

On March 12, 2020, Judge Anthony Trenga ordered Chelsea Manning's release after the apparent conclusion of the grand jury, but he further ordered that she pay $256,000 in fines that had accumulated over the course of her confinement.

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Wetshaving for Beginners. An overview of what you will need to get started (video)

Date Published: Sat, 14 Mar 2020 20:40:32 +0200

Here is a video for those of you thinking of making the switch from cartridge razors to traditional wet-shaving. Shaving like your father and grandfather did. It's a fun hobby, and costs are much much less for blades compared to cartridge refills. I will cover briefly; brushes, blades, razors, pre shave, soaps and some techniques. Not in depth but enough to give you an idea of what you need to get started.

Watch at Wetshaving for Beginners. An overview of what you will need.

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Here is a video for those of you thinking of making the switch from cartridge razors to traditional wet-shaving. Shaving like you father and grandfather did....

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