EndeavourOS Review: A Very User-Friendly Arch-Based Linux Distribution - Pick the deskop GUI you want to use

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:07:01 +0200

EndeavourOS is a very user-friendly Arch-based Linux distro that fits into a similar-but-different niche as Manjaro. It includes simple, sane defaults and easy-to-use tools that make for an enjoyable user experience that many projects could learn from. This EndeavourOS Review will cover installation, customization, and features of the distro that set it apart from others in the arena.

See https://www.maketecheasier.com/endeavouros-review/

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Sansar To Host Major Virtual World Music Festival Featuring Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Jamie Jones (Gas Tower) and Coldcut, A.Skillz, Krafty Kutz, Henge and Alabama 3 (Freedom)

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:42:19 +0200

Aiming to recreate that festival experience in VR, the team will be replicating real-life attractions from Shangri-La, including the Gas Tower, Freedom and SHITV stages. There will also be a new stage called Nomad featuring drum-and-bass labels like Hospitality, Critical Records and Born on Road.

“Now more than ever, fans are looking beyond traditional live shows to connect with the artists they love. They’re online, they’re savvy about streaming, they’re eager to experience music unconstrained by where they live, and there’s a clear demand for events that transcend old boundaries,” says Sheri Bryant, President of Sansar in a statement. “

Link to site for free attendance at Sansar to Host Major Virtual World Music Festival Featuring Fatboy Slim

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If you thought Sansar was destined for obscurity after Linden Lab sold its virtual world platform to an obscure company called Wookey, think again: Aiming to recreate that festival experience in VR, the team will be replicating real-life attractions from...

Proof of the pudding is in the eating: Even with 18-hour grid outages an EV works well in Zimbabwe

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:35:16 +0200

Brendan’s family had the honour of being the first to register an electric car in Zimbabwe. Now several other families have followed Brendan’s lead and ordered Nissan Leafs online from Japan and the UK. Africa is not traditionally a priority market for most OEMs, so EV fans in most parts of Africa import vehicles on their own. The majority of vehicles (ICE or EVs) imported into Africa are used vehicles from Japan, Europe, and the United States.

The Wright family’s Nissan Leaf came to the right place at the right time, as in late 2017, Zimbabwe started experiencing crippling petrol and diesel shortages. These shortages have been going on continuously since then, as Zimbabwe is struggling to raise foreign currency to import these fossil fuels. Filling up an ICE vehicle’s tank can be quite a challenge in Zimbabwe, and it could involve waiting in a queue at a petrol station for a day or two!

See Zimbabwe Family Shows That Even With 18-Hour Daily Grid Outages, Most People Could Live Comfortably With An EV

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Brendan’s family had the honor of being the first to register an electric car in Zimbabwe. 35,000 km later, we caught up with Brendan Wright to find out what it's like to live with an EV in Zimbabwe.

Obscure Indian cyber firm spied on politicians, investors worldwide inc South African Judges - Who triggers this service?

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:31:11 +0200

New Delhi-based BellTroX InfoTech Services targeted government officials in Europe, gambling tycoons in the Bahamas, and well-known investors in the United States including private equity giant KKR and short seller Muddy Waters, according to three former employees, outside researchers, and a trail of online evidence.

BellTroX’s Gupta (a surname familiar to all South Africans) was charged in a 2015 hacking case in which two U.S. private investigators admitted to paying him to hack the accounts of marketing executives. Gupta was declared a fugitive in 2017, although the U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the current status of the case or whether an extradition request had been issued.

The issue for me is not so much that there is hacking going on, but rather who made use of these illegal services. It means groups with money within these countries resorted to illegal means to try bring down their opposition. That is not ethical in itself.

See Exclusive: Obscure Indian cyber firm spied on politicians, investors worldwide

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A little-known Indian IT firm offered its hacking services to help clients spy on more than 10,000 email accounts over a period of seven years.

A Video Overview of the decentralized Diaspora Social Network

Date Published: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 01:12:39 +0200

If you are interested in seeing what Diaspora can do as an alternative to Facebook or other social networks, or if you are curious about followers from Diaspora who comment on your posts, this video is for you. I run through how it fits into the Fediverse, how you can control what you see, how to block people, the settings, how it interacts with other networks, and how to post. It does not have photo albums and events like Facebook has though.

Watch at An Overview of the decentralized Diaspora Social Network

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If you are interested in seeing what Diaspora can do as an alternative to Facebook or other social networks, or if you are curious about followers from Diasp...

Changli - The world's cheapest electric 'car' on Alibaba for $1200 - has some features but not too practical at 30km/h speed

Date Published: Mon, 8 Jun 2020 21:36:23 +0200

Yep 30km/h fully loaded with a range between 40-100km is not too practical unless you only drive to work and back in peak hour traffic. The quality is not great but it does have metal panels, a radio, a colour reverse camera, a rear diff, and suspension that is better than golf carts costing four times more. It seems to use standard 12V batteries in series too so there is little worry about how to change the batteries one day.

Actually given all that (and the price) it really wants an upgrade kit of sorts to maybe boost it to 60km/h and give it an easy 100+ km range. It's not going to flood any Western market in a hurry but I suspect in highly congested cities with a short driving range it may find a niche (or else you ride a bicycle instead?). Maybe it's fairer to compare it to an electric bicycle with a roof...

See Here's What The World's Cheapest Electric Car Is Like To Drive

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You’ve all been so very patient, but, finally, it’s time. The world’s cheapest new electric car you can buy has been ordered from Alibaba, shipped over from China, trucked to my house, unboxed, and now it’s finally time to see if this ridiculous thing actually drives. Are you excited? Of course you are; you’re human. So go ahead and watch that video up there and see for yourself.

How to Configure Gaming Mouse on Linux Using Piper GUI Tool - Works with most Logitech mice as well as some Etekcity, GSkill, Roccat, and Steelseries

Date Published: Mon, 8 Jun 2020 20:12:53 +0200

Usually, when you switch from Windows to Linux, you lose access to a lot of GUI (Graphical User Interface) tools to manage gaming peripherals. You can still enjoy playing games on Linux, but the ability to configure your mouse is a big deal if you are more than a casual gamer.

See Use This Nifty GUI Tool to Configure Gaming Mouse on Linux

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Love gaming on Linux? Take your gaming to the next level by configuring your gaming mouse in Linux using Piper GUI application.

How to Stream Netflix with DRM, Fix YouTube on Raspberry Pi

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 10:50:02 +0200

One of the biggest problems with any Raspberry Pi, even a top-of-the-line Raspberry Pi 4, is that it can't handle streaming video very well, at least not by default. When you fire up Chromium, the default browser in Raspberry Pi OS, paid streaming services such as Netflix, HBO Go and Disney+ just won't work, because the DRM (digital rights management) software they use to protect their content is incompatible with the ARM version of the browser.

YouTube videos don't suffer from DRM issues, but they are sluggish and drop frames when you try to play them at full screen, no matter the resolution. Amazingly, a developer named Ventz has come up with a way to solve both problems by running a specialized version of Chromium that comes from the Chrome OS source code.

See how at How to Stream Netflix, Fix YouTube on Raspberry Pi

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By default, you can't run Netflix on Raspberry Pi at all and YouTube drops frames.

The 2nd Life Of Used EV Batteries - After 8 to 12 years in a vehicle, the lithium batteries used in EVs are likely to retain more than two thirds of their usable energy storage

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 10:44:14 +0200

When an electric vehicle (EV) comes off the road, what happens to the vehicle battery? The fate of the lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles is an important question for manufacturers, policy makers, and EV owners alike.

Today, EVs are a still a small piece of the automotive market. Many of the batteries coming off the road are being used to evaluate a range of options for reuse and recycling. Before batteries are recycled to recover critical energy materials, reusing batteries in secondary applications is a promising strategy.

The economic potential for battery reuse, or “second life,” could help to further decrease the upfront costs of EV batteries and increase the value of a used EV. Given the growing market for EVs, second-life batteries could also represent a market of low-cost storage for utilities and electricity consumers. But in order to enable widespread reuse of EV batteries, policy will play an important role in reducing barriers and ensuring responsible, equitable, and sustainable practices.

After 8 to 12 years in a vehicle, the lithium batteries used in EVs are likely to retain more than two thirds of their usable energy storage. Depending on their condition, used EV batteries could deliver an additional 5–8 years of service in a secondary application.

The article goes on to list 21 projects where second-life batteries are already in use.

See #^[url=https://cleantechnica.com/2020/06/06/the-2nd-life-of-used-ev-batteries/

#environment]https://cleantechnica.com/2020/06/06/the-2nd-life-of-used-ev-batteries/

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How to Create Curve Text in GIMP in 5 Simple Steps [GIMP Beginner’s Tutorial]

Date Published: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 10:24:28 +0200

When you are working on a badge, poster or any other composition in GIMP and you need to bend or curve some text. The versatile GIMP tool offers several ways to create curved text. Depending on how you will use it and the curvature you want to give to your text, some methods are better than others.

See How to Curve Text in GIMP [in 5 Simple Steps]

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Using the 'text along path' feature, you can bend text in GIMP. Here's a screenshot tutorial to show you the steps for creating curve text in GIMP.

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