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What 1.0 means for World of Tanks - After eight years, it's ready

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-28 - 18:49 By: admin

What 1.0 means for World of Tanks - After eight years, it's ready

World of Tanks launched in Russia in 2010, then in Europe and the US the next year. It’s been around the block, pitting war machines and players against each other in war-torn cities and pastoral paradises, but today it’s only just hit version 1.0. Eight years after launch. For a long-running, living game like World of Tanks, that 1.0 label doesn’t mean what it normally does.

“It means a new game,” says development director Milos Jerabek. But if it is a new game, it’s one with old guts. There’s a new graphics engine, new sound design, 29 reworked maps and one brand new one, and now small buildings and objects can be blown to smithereens thanks to the inclusion of Havok Destruction. But the mechanics, the tanks and the strategies players are used to remain the same.

Every single rock and shrub has been recreated with new textures and physics, and no map has gone unchanged. In most cases it’s purely visual, though some have also been expanded and tweaked.

Some of the almost comical excessiveness of the update must also contribute to its size. As graphics engineer Denis Ishmukhametov walked me through the new engine, he pointed out all manner of ridiculous and impressive touches that you’d hardly notice until they were highlighted. There’s a whole system for how snow acts when it’s on a tank, and how it changes and eventually melts. The same goes for mud and water.

See https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/03/21/what-1-0-means-for-world-of-tanks/amp/

#wot #worlfoftanks


Google Camera mod adds Photobooth, Motion tracking, & live Google Lens to the Pixel 2

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-28 - 17:40 By: admin

Google Camera mod adds Photobooth, Motion tracking, & live Google Lens to the Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 3 was announced earlier this month with many new features in the Googe Camera app like real-time Google Lens suggestions, motion tracking autofocus, Photobooth, Night Sight, and Super Res Zoom. These features all work great on the Pixel 3, but only Night Sight will officially be available for the Google Pixel and Google Pixel 2. Fortunately, we have great developers like XDA Senior Members cstark27 and Arnova8G2 who are working on porting these features for older Pixel devices.

XDA Senior member cstark27 was able to get the amazing Night Sight mode working on all Google Pixel devices earlier this week. Now, he has released an updated port of his Google Camera mod that now only brings Night Sight to all Google Pixel devices, but also adds Portrait Mode to the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL and adds Photobooth, motion tracking autofocus, and real-time Google Lens Suggestions to the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Motion tracking autofocus lets you track an object you select in the viewfinder and keep that object in focus. If the object or the phone moves, whatever was in focus will still be the target of the phone’s autofocus. Photobooth recognizes when you and other subjects in view are making faces like smiles, and will automatically capture a photo when it detects that.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/google-camera-photobooth-motion-tracking-google-lens-pixel-2/

#googlecamera


Google Camera mod adds Photobooth, Motion tracking, & live Google Lens to the Pixel 2
Updated Google Camera port adds Photobooth, motion tracking autofocus, real-time Google Lens to the Pixel 2, and Portrait Mode to the Google Pixel.

5 messaging apps to use when WhatsApp starts showing advertising

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-28 - 11:44 By: admin

5 messaging apps to use when WhatsApp starts showing advertising

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging application in South Africa, but it is also owned by Facebook, a fact that has prompted some users concerned about their privacy to turn to other messaging apps.

There have also been reports that WhatsApp will start showing advertising to users, making it less appealing.

The close relationship between the two platforms and analytical data collected from WhatsApp have alerted many users to potential privacy concerns, and with other apps offering truly private messaging, concerned users have turned to other options for their private conversations.

If your friends are using say three of these networks, not to worry, as most phones will allow you to easily operate multiple messaging platforms simultaneously. In that way you should still stay in contact with everyone. South Africans should also remember they also have Moya Messenger which is zero-rated data within South Africa.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/281285-5-messaging-apps-to-use-when-whatsapp-starts-showing-advertising.html

#messengers #whatsapp


5 messaging apps to use when WhatsApp starts showing advertising
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging application in South Africa, but it is also owned by Facebook, prompting some users to turn to other messaging apps.

List of Linux package manager and their utility

Posted on: Sun, 2018-10-28 - 11:18 By: admin

List of Linux package manager and their utility

A package manager or package management system is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing computer programs for a computer's operating system in a consistent manner. This type of package manager deals with packages, distributions of software and data in archive files. They work closely with software repositories, binary repository managers, and app stores.

In the early days of Linux, programs were only distributed as source code, along with the required man pages, the necessary configuration files, and more. Nowadays, most Linux distributors use by default pre-built programs or sets of programs called packages, which are presented to users ready for installation on that distribution.

Ultimately for most Linux users the key difference they experience between different distros is the package manager (the Linux Kernel is the same and many desktop GUIs such as Cinnamon, KDE, GNOME operate across different distros. So in my case with Majaro Linux my package manager is Pacman and the GUI I use to manage is Pamac (the one I prefer). The emergence though of Flatpak and SNAP now means if these are supported by your distro you can easily install these install files on your distro too (a sort of universally supported installer).

See https://www.geekboots.com/story/list-of-linux-package-manager-and-their-utility


List of Linux package manager and their utility
A package manager or package management system is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing computer programs for a computer's operating system in a consisten...

Want to live longer? Get fit! There is no known alternative in a pill form!

Posted on: Sat, 2018-10-27 - 20:37 By: admin

Want to live longer? Get fit! There is no known alternative in a pill form!

A recent study in JAMA showed that the fittest individuals live the longest. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like a groundbreaking statement. It makes sense, and is backed by science, that fitter people are generally healthier and therefore should live longer. But what’s different about this study is that there was no maximal benefit.

Prior studies such as The Copenhagen City Heart Study and a 2015 JAMA study suggested that there was a lower threshold of only 20-minutes per week to see a benefit, but there was also an upper threshold at around 450 minutes per week of exercise where we no longer saw a health benefit. In fact, other studies have shown an increased risk of atrial fibrillation and coronary calcification with increasing exercise duration.

See https://www.dietdoctor.com/want-to-live-longer-get-fit

#health #exercise


Want to live longer? You need to get fit! — Diet Doctor
A recent study in JAMA showed that the fittest individuals live the longest. On the surface, that doesn’t sound like a groundbreaking statement. It makes sense, and is backed by science, that fitter people are generally healthier and therefore should live longer.

Beginners Guide to Wet Shaving Infographic! (3 Essential Topics)

Posted on: Sat, 2018-10-27 - 20:22 By: admin

Beginners Guide to Wet Shaving Infographic! (3 Essential Topics)

While most men continue to struggle with the pain and irritation of shaving with cheap cartridge razors or disposables, real men shave wet. In the past, basically all men were wet shavers, as this was the only option—either that or grow a cool, 1800’s style beard, or better yet, muttonchops! Then came the convenience of disposable safety razors and suddenly everything changed.

Years later, Gillette further revolutionized the shaving world with the Mach 3, the world’s first three blade shaver! And since then, men’s faces have never been the same again. Well, at least those men who fall for those marketing gimmicks that tell you more blades equals a better, closer shave. Stop being a slave to the throwaway, disposable or cartridge razor system. Break the chains and release your face from the torture and oppression that those inferior quality razors and canned creams are causing.

The time is here to take a stand against all this so-called “revolutionary” new shaving technology and realize that newer and more don’t necessarily equal better. So jump on board and get yourself one of the best safety razors or straight razors, some quality DE blades, one of the top shaving brushes, and a real mans shaving cream or best shaving soap. When it comes to your face, the old school method described in Prim&Prep’s beginner’s guide to wet shaving infographic really is the way to go.

See https://www.primandprep.com/infographic-beginners-guide-to-wet-shaving/

#traditionalwetshaving #wetshaving


Beginners Guide to Wet Shaving Infographic! (3 Essential Topics)
While most men continue to struggle with the pain and irritation of shaving with cheap cartridge razors or disposables, real men shave wet. In the past, basically all men were wet shavers, as this was the only option—either that or grow a cool, 1800’s style beard, or better yet, muttonchops! Then came the convenience of …

New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams

Posted on: Sat, 2018-10-27 - 18:16 By: admin

New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams

A Stellenbosch University student is testing a new traffic light which may cut traffic congestion times significantly.

Master’s degree student Wilko Mohr is developing a “sophisticated and tailor-made real-time computerised control system with cameras to synchronise traffic signals” along the R44 in Stellenbosch.

The system uses a combination of cameras at intersections and existing electromagnetic loops beneath the road surface. These will detect traffic volume and flow, and this data is then fed into its system. Automatic adjustments to traffic signals to get the traffic moving optimally will then take place, based on a custom algorithm from Mohr.

The PTV software is being operated internationally, and in a comparable setting in India – on a 3km road – average travel time has decreased by 26% and queue length by 37% thanks to a similar system.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/motoring/282075-new-south-african-traffic-light-could-shorten-traffic-jams.html

#traffic


New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams
A Stellenbosch University student is testing a new traffic light which may cut traffic congestion times significantly.

ifidie.org website gives you a way to write notes that will only be delivered if you die

Posted on: Sat, 2018-10-27 - 15:49 By: admin

ifidie.org website gives you a way to write notes that will only be delivered if you die

The service is free, easy to use, and completely secure. Use this website to leave instructions for what to do with your pets and journals, to write letters to the people you care about, or for anything else you want. It's not as morbid or scary as you think; it's an easy way to be prepared just in case something totally unexpected happens.

What sort of notes can I write? This is really up to you, but here are some ideas:
* A letter to a friend - to say something personal.
* Simple instructions - whether or not to read your journal, what to do with your cat, where your documents are kept.
* Passwords - how to log into your computer, how to access your address book.
* An informal will - so your next of kin knows what to do with your stuff.

My last such service "died itself" (Deathswitch) and ceased to exist but this looks like a worthy successor. You only need these services for if you die - if you don't die you can switch to a new service, and if you have died it activates and is not needed a month or so later on. It will also confirm with trusted friends (the Safeguards) to confirm you have actually died before it releases the notes.

This type of service is really zero effort and whilst it is no official will and testament it can give direction to your friends and family in terms of your wishes, where to find things, how to get into your computer, etc.

See https://ifidie.org

#ifidie #whenidie


If MacOS Mojave is killing your Macbook battery - How to Downgrade from macOS Mojave to High Sierra

Posted on: Sat, 2018-10-27 - 13:22 By: admin

If MacOS Mojave is killing your Macbook battery - How to Downgrade from macOS Mojave to High Sierra

Since upgrading to Mojave the battery life on my Macbook Air has been terrible and is especially noticeable even in sleep mode. I've been forced to switch it off when not use which has never been necessary with the previous 3 OS versions. I see many others complaining of the same battery issues and I'm seriously thinking of just downgrading now. Te really long battery life on my Macbook Air (a good 11 hours) was the real pleasure I got out of using it. That just all went away within days of the upgrade.

Luckily I have Time Machine backups to restore so this should be easy.

See https://www.gottabemobile.com/how-to-downgrade-from-macos-mojave-to-high-sierra/

#mojave #batterylife


How to Downgrade from macOS Mojave to High Sierra
This guide will show you how to downgrade macOS. If you can’t deal with macOS Mojave problems, app compatibility or other issues, you can downgrade from Mojave to macOS High Sierra. There is no time limit on your ability to downgrade to macOS High Sierra. You can go back to macOS 10.13 in just a few […]

Spain to close most coalmines in €250m transition deal and embraces the future of cleaner energy

Posted on: Fri, 2018-10-26 - 22:46 By: admin

Spain to close most coalmines in €250m transition deal and embraces the future of cleaner energy

Spain is to shut down most of its coalmines by the end of the year after government and unions struck a deal that will mean €250m (£221m) will be invested in mining regions over the next decade.

Pedro Sánchez’s new leftwing administration has moved quickly on environmental policy, abolishing a controversial “sunshine tax” on the solar industry, and announcing the launch of Spain’s long-delayed national climate plan next month.

Unions hailed the mining deal – which covers Spain’s privately owned pits – as a model agreement. It mixes early retirement schemes for miners over 48, with environmental restoration work in pit communities and re-skilling schemes for cutting-edge green industries.

Teresa Ribera, the minister for ecological transition, said: “With this agreement, we have solved the first urgent task we had on the table when we came to government. Our aim has been to leave no one behind. We also want to go further, we want to innovate. That is why we offer the drawing up of ‘Just Transition’ contracts, with the aim of helping the regions to consolidate the employment of the future.”

Spain’s coal industry employed more than 100,000 miners in the 1960s, but its energy dominance was eroded by cheap imports and increasing awareness of the industry’s environmental, health and climate costs. National coal provides just 2.3% of Spain’s electricity.

See https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/26/spain-to-close-most-coal-mines-after-striking-250m-deal

#coal #spain


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