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4 best Linux sticky-note apps - Indicator Stickynotes, Xpad, KNotes and Pin ‘Em Up

Date Published: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 23:19:23 +0200

There are a lot of great sticky-note apps on the Linux platform that allows users to quickly paste thoughts, lists, and other important information to notes in the form of virtual Post-it notes.

See a bit more about each at #^https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/best-linux-sticky-note-apps/

#linux #productivity
#^4 best Linux sticky-note apps

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4 best Linux sticky-note apps

Government Encryption Backdoors Still Impossible and Pointless, Experts Say - They would end up being backdoors for everyone else

Date Published: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 21:10:27 +0200

Encryption and technology experts told Tom's Guide that law-enforcement "backdoors" in encrypted apps and data would end up being backdoors for everyone else — and that they might not work in the long run anyway, because encryption that police couldn't crack would still be widely available.

To the layman it makes sense that consumers don't need extremely strong encryption, and that perhaps that should be reserved for entities that really need it. But Schneier and Graham said that argument was completely divorced from reality.

"The same consumer communications and computing devices are used by our lawmakers, CEOs, legislators, law enforcement officers, nuclear-power-plant operators, election officials and so on ... it's all the same tech," Scheier wrote. "Barr is wrong — it kind of is like these systems are protecting nuclear launch codes."

The real problem with te approach is the same as with banning gun ownership for law-abiding citizens, as clever criminals will anyway use their own, or other 3rd party, end-to-end encryption. So what are we doing, lessening the protections that small businesses, nuclear-power-plant operators, etc have to protect their devices and data from the bad guys.

See #^https://www.tomsguide.com/news/government-encryption-backdoors-still-impossible-and-pointless-experts-say

#security #encryption
#^Government Encryption Backdoors Still Impossible and Pointless, Experts Say

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Like chasing 'a rainbow-colored unicorn'

Top 10 wireless tech trends right now according to Gartner

Date Published: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:57:39 +0200

Wireless technology plays a key role in today’s communications, and new forms of it will become central to emerging technologies including robots, drones, self-driving vehicles and new medical devices over the next five years.

“Many areas of wireless innovation will involve immature technologies, such as 5G and millimetre wave, and may require skills that organisations currently don’t possess. EA and technology innovation leaders seeking to drive innovation and technology transformation should identify and pilot innovative and emerging wireless technologies to determine their potential and create an adoption roadmap.”

No big surprises in the list but they could have touched more on the new emerging WiFi standard (WiFi 6 with better battery life and better speed in congested areas) itself instead of just the new roles Wifi may play.

See #^https://businesstech.co.za/news/software/330881/top-10-wireless-technology-trends-right-now/

#wireless #technology #trends
#^Top 10 wireless tech trends right now

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Wireless technology plays a key role in today’s communications, and new forms of it will become central to emerging technologies including robots, drones, self-driving vehicles and new medical devices over the next five years.

Google Station - Google planning to bring ad-based “fast Wi-Fi for everyone” to South Africa

Date Published: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:16:40 +0200

Google Station is a platform which makes it easy to roll out safe and protected Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing its partners with software and hardware support. Google works with network operators, fibre providers, system integrators, and other partners to offers its Google Station Wi-Fi service across the world. Google Station also offers monetization opportunities to its partners by displaying advertising to people who use these hotspots.

So yes it is ad-baed like many other Goof=gle services (and Facebook) but means that people with juts a phone/device with WiFi and possibly no cellular contract, will be able to get Internet access.

See #^https://mybroadband.co.za/news/wireless/314917-google-planning-to-bring-fast-wi-fi-for-everyone-to-south-africa.html

#southafrica #googlestation #wifi
#^Google planning to bring “fast Wi-Fi for everyone” to South Africa

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Google is planning to bring Google Station, which aims to provide “fast Wi-Fi for everyone”, to South Africa.

What made KFC's Colonel Sanders truly great is that he wasn’t just a victim of creative destruction, he was an architect of it as well - And he was a sort of real Colonel

Date Published: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 21:12:56 +0200

An interesting short read about this amazing American Dream made true - lots of setbacks and grit and determination to make it work and although he was not a military or ranked Colonel he did indeed have such a title bestowed upon him.

But I really lovee this quote in the article which is so very true: The Epic of America Adams holds up Kentucky-born Abraham Lincoln as a virtuous exemplar of American success, but not for grandiose achievements like the Emancipation Proclamation or losing his Senate election to Stephen Douglas despite winning the popular vote. “Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin,” Adams wrote, “but because he got out of it — that is, because he rose above poverty, ignorance, lack of ambition, shiftlessness of character, contentment with mean things and low aims which kept so many thousands in the huts where they were born.”

See #^https://www.eater.com/2019/7/26/8930899/colonel-harland-sanders-kfc-chicken-fast-food-drive-thru-dreams-book-excerpt-adam-chandler

#^How Harland Sanders Became KFC’s Colonel Sanders

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The life of the KFC founder was one wholly shaped by creative destruction

TAILS and Qubes OS are probably two of the best Linux distros for privacy

Date Published: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 20:39:13 +0200

Linux Operating systems are better for privacy and security than their Mac and Windows counterparts. They are also open-source, which means they are much less likely to be hiding backdoors for their developers, the NSA, or anybody else.  It is for this reason that Linux distros are the Operating System of choice for security professionals and privacy advocates as well as for the majority of computer servers around the globe.

These are the two distros we hear the most about right now when it comes to security and privacy but they are not ideal for beginners to Linux and the article has a suggestion for beginners too.

See #^https://proprivacy.com/guides/which-linux-distro-best-for-privacy

#security #linux #privacy
#^Which Linux distro is best for privacy?

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Linux Operating systems are open source and designed for privacy, however, what Linux distros are the most private and secure? In this article we give you the 2 most secure services.

These headphones will support Google’s new Fast Pair features, Find My Device, and Android Q

Date Published: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 20:21:30 +0200

As the name implies, Fast Pair was initially aimed at making the Bluetooth setup process on Android seamless. Headphones near your phone are automatically recognized, with one-tap pairing and automatic connection to tablets — and eventually Chromebooks — signed into your Google Account. Fast Pair headphones will be able to broadcast individual battery percentages for the case and buds later this year. This translates to power notifications on case open/close and per-component status.

The list is quite short right now but its something you want to consider if you will be in the market for a new Bluetooth device later in this year. Bluetooth device management is finally going to get a lot better... if you have a deice tat supports Fast Pair.

See #^https://9to5google.com/2019/07/19/fast-pair-headphones-list/

#android #fastpair #bluetooth
#^These headphones support Google's Fast Pair & Android Q - 9to5Google

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At I/O 2019, Google quietly made a series of announcements to improve Bluetooth headphones on Android. A Fast Pair headphones list is now...

The government of Belgium considers the source code of software solutions created for or by its public services to be public information that must be made available on request

Date Published: Sun, 28 Jul 2019 21:13:09 +0200

Last summer, Belgium proposed changes to the European directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information (known as the PSI directive). The directive should explicitly include algorithms and computer programmes, Belgium suggested. The compromise, following discussions with other EU Member States, was to add this sentence to the introduction: “ Member States may extend the application of this Directive to computer programmes.” This version of the Directive – retitled the ‘Open Data Directive’ – has been in force since 16 July. All Member States will transpose the updated law into their national legislation.

Way to go Belgium!! Let's hope other countries' taxpayers are asking the same of their governments. Such code can be available for small businesses (or other governments) to be paid for value-adding and supporting that code, which ignites a local economy (and of course keeps the money onshore where taxes are paid).  France has already done something similar.

See #^https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/collection/open-source-observatory-osor/news/open-data-directive

#belgium #opensource #government

#^Open Data Directive | Joinup

The government of Belgium considers the source code of software solutions created for or by its public services to be public information that must be made available on request. The federal government now wants to discuss with the country’s regional governments how to accommodate such requests. “This requires a clear legal basis, as part of the ...

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Rice University Researches Develop Nanotubes That Can Increase Solar Panel Efficiencies from the current 22% to a potential 80%

Date Published: Sun, 28 Jul 2019 20:36:13 +0200

As it stands, any hot surface emits light in the form of thermal radiation. But Naik said the problem is the thermal radiation is broadband. In order to convert light into electricity, the emission has to be in a narrow band, and thus the invention. The researchers discovered nanotubes are a way to isolate the photons that would be wasted. The nanotube films act as conduits that absorb the waste heat and turn it into the narrow-bandwidth protons.

So what does this mean for society? According to the researchers, it could increase the efficiency of solar cells which currently peak around 22%. “By squeezing all the wasted thermal energy into a small spectral region, we can turn it into electricity very efficiently,” said Naik. “The theoretical prediction is that we can get 80% efficiency.”

As the momentum is rapidly growing towards green energy we're going to see masses of funding and time poured into generation efficiency as well as storage technology.  Such research won't be identifying a single best solution but it will all be in competition for whats gets to market early and has the broadest adoption. Like with Betamax recorders it may not be the best technology winning, at least in the earlier stages.

See #^https://interestingengineering.com/researches-develop-nanontubes-that-can-increase-solar-panel-efficiencies

#environment #energy #nanotubes
#^Researches Develop Nanontubes That Can Increase Solar Panel Efficiencies

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Researchers at Rice University have created a new nanotube that can absorb heat and convert it to electricity more efficiently.

Bethesda just released official ports of DOOM and DOOM II on the Android Play Store

Date Published: Sun, 28 Jul 2019 19:29:04 +0200

In celebration of DOOM's 25th anniversary, Bethesda has released official ports for DOOM and DOOM II on the Google Play Store. Each title is available for $4.99, and since they are both premium releases, you won't have to worry about any advertisements or in-app purchases.

See #^https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/07/26/bethesda-doom-ii-android/

#DOOM #gaming
#^Bethesda just released DOOM and DOOM II on the Play Store

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In celebration of DOOM's 25th anniversary, Bethesda has released official ports for DOOM and DOOM II on the Google Play Store. Each title is available for... by Matthew Sholtz in Games, News, Videos

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