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This is my Tier V USSR Matilda IV Medium Tank in World of Tanks Blitz admin Sat, 2018-09-22 - 18:34

This is my Tier V USSR Matilda IV Medium Tank in World of Tanks Blitz

This vehicle is a Soviet Tier V medium tank. It has low mobility, so it lends itself to being played more as a heavy tank. The Matilda can parade itself in front of other vehicles, with a superior rate of fire, aim time and accuracy that are comparable to the heavy Soviet tank KV-1. It also has an amazing gun depression. In comparison to other tanks of the same tier, the Matilda has a very high survival rate due to its thick well-angled armour and high hit points. This tank is ideal for those who don’t fear facing the opponent on the open field.

I've clocked up about 6 hours of play now on WOT and really enjoying it. Unlike some multi-player games (like Rust etc) where you killed as soon as you spawn, WOT has a great match play where they pit two random teams against each other which are roughly evenly matched. So they will match Tier 2/3 or 4/5 etc players together with each other and spread the types of tank evenly so that the game is enjoyable and you don't need 5 personal friends to play with. Every time it is a fresh team. So I've had some really good matches (even two or three where I was last tank standing and captured the base) a few where I've lasted less than 60 seconds.

My tank is pretty slow but it hits hard and can take a fair bit of damage. One thing you quickly realise is that running off on your own is not best, and it is better to move out in a group together to take on the opposing team. The controls for WOT are not complex at all so no 20+ buttons to memorise. I've just got to start refining techniques to remember to deploy consumables and other boosts in the heat of battle. Mostly where I've been killed is where I've lost situational awareness and was in sniper mode trying to hit one tank.... it's the one that creeps up behind you who gets you!

At higher tiers you can choose different modes of play but I like this evenly matched random team approach. Interestingly the game is for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android but it is also playing fine on Linux in Steam's new compatibility mode (except it crashes if you go into the Store). The game can be viewed in Steam at https://steamcommunity.com/app/444200.

#WOT #worldoftanks


Try out GeForce NOW Beta cloud gaming for free admin Sat, 2018-09-22 - 10:57

Try out GeForce NOW Beta cloud gaming for free

Nvidia has a beta program on the go that anyone can join for free to try out cloud-based gaming. Essentially you get a high-end virtual computer in their cloud on which you install your games. The theory being here you could have a Macbook Air (yes they list them as compatible) as your end-user device and be playing Windows only games in the cloud. GeForce NOW is currently in beta for Mac, PC and SHIELD. It is currently available in North America and Europe.

Requirements though for it to be workable right now are:
- GeForce NOW requires at least 15 Mbps for 720p at 60fps and 25 Mbps for 1080p at 60fps.
- You’ll need to use a hardwired Ethernet connection or 5GHz wireless router.

With over 225 supported top games, like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, and more from Steam, Uplay, and other popular digital stores, you can play your favorite PC games on nearly any device anywhere you go. Select games from your personal PC game library or purchase new ones, with new games being added all the time. Your favorite titles load faster and stay up-to-date with the latest patches when you stream from the GeForce NOW cloud service.

What's not clear is how the client device actually connects to the cloud side eg. browser or an installable app?

See https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/geforce-now/

#cloudgaming


Game anywhere on your Mac, PC, or SHIELD with NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service - GeForce NOW.
An easy and convenient way of gaming anywhere using the power of NVIDIA's GeForce GPUs in the cloud.
In Germany, E-Mobility Startups Are Filling The Gaps admin Sat, 2018-09-22 - 10:27

In Germany, E-Mobility Startups Are Filling The Gaps

Sensing an opportunity, young entrepreneurial startups in Germany are looking to fill the charging void. Leading the effort in places like, “Berlin, where start-up Ubitricity is developing Mobile Charging and slow-charging EV points that can be incorporated in the urban infrastructure, into lamp posts for example. Elsewhere, a joint-venture created by BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group, called IONITY is developing 400 fast-charging stations across Europe.”

Ubitricity is comparing “the evolution of electric vehicles with emerging markets, where land-line telephones have been leapfrogged by mobile phones,” according to founder Knut Hechtfischer. And IONITY claims that “slow charging is a thing of the past. This new generation only needs 15 minutes for a charge … the time it takes to relax and have a cappuccino,” says company CEO Michael Hajesch.

According to the Financial Times, “Germany’s old automotive business model, which lasted for well over a century, of selling combustion-engine cars to private customers, is drawing to a close. … A ground-breaking German court ruling in February stated that cities can ban the most polluting diesel from city centers proving that the only way for electric vehicles is forward.”

Furthermore, the country is setting an ambitious goal, “to put six million electrically powered vehicles on German roads by 2030… [and] over the last year, the share of diesel vehicles in German new car sales has dropped sharply, from about half to 35%. Plug-in electric car sales more than doubled in 2017, with the momentum continuing this year, Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority reported.”

It's a wake-up call though for the automotive industry in that change is accelerating rapidly. If your business is built up around fossil fuel vehicles, that business model will need to adapt. The tipping point will come when EVs are cheaper than fossil fuel cars to buy. Many predict that the tipping point will be in the 2020's - the question is just: The early 2020's or the latter half of the 2020's?

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/22/in-germany-e-mobility-startups-are-filling-the-gaps/

#EV


In Germany, E-Mobility Startups Are Filling The Gaps | CleanTechnica
Last month, another remarkable milestone came to fruition for the Silicon Valley Automaker. Eric Loveday reports (via InsideEVs), "It’s hard to believe it, but indeed it’s true. In the month of August, the Tesla Model 3 alone outsold all passenger cars from BMW." Meanwhile, in Germany, legacy automakers are struggling to develop a cohesive strategy for their fledgling electric vehicle programs
10 bread alternatives to try if you want to cut down on carbs admin Sat, 2018-09-22 - 06:39

10 bread alternatives to try if you want to cut down on carbs

Fresh bread and delicious homemade pastries are nothing short of delicious, but some of our favorite baked goodies don't always love as back, as they can contain high amounts of carbohydrates and calories. Although the thought of cutting bread out of your diet may seem terrifying, you'll be glad to know that there are plenty of low-carb alternatives to bread worth checking out that doesn't sacrifice taste or flavor.

Some quite practical ideas at https://www.businessinsider.com/low-carb-bread-alternatives-2018-9?IR=T

#LCHF


10 bread alternatives to try if you want to cut down on carbs
As amazing as bread can be, it also is filled with carbs and can be unfavorable for health or weight loss. Luckily for us, there are options to replace bread. Here are low-carb alternatives to bread.
Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway — here are the results admin Fri, 2018-09-21 - 23:00

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway — here are the results

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world's roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they're a bit underwhelming.

A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it's not at the optimum tilt angle, it's going to produce less power and it's going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5% of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50%.

The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.

Unable to benefit from air circulation, its inevitable these panels will heat up more than a rooftop solar panel too. For every 1°C over optimum temperature you lose 0.5% of energy efficiency.

As a result a significant drop in performance for a solar road, compared to rooftop solar panels, has to be expected. The question is by how much and what is the economic cost?

Some interesting perspectives obtained from the various tests. Yes, right now this is probably still not the most practical way of doing it using current technology. Seems right now that rooftop solar will yield greater power generation. But I'm sure experimentation will still continue and improve.

Read more at https://phys.org/news/2018-09-solar-panels-tarmac-motorwayhere-results.html

#solarroads


Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway—here are the results
Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world's roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they're a bit underwhelming.
Interbike Reno 2018: Here are all the cool and crazy new electric bicycles you’ll want to see ranging... admin Fri, 2018-09-21 - 22:39

Interbike Reno 2018: Here are all the cool and crazy new electric bicycles you’ll want to see ranging from $600 – $10,000

The indoor expo at the 2018 Interbike bicycle trade show in Reno, NV has kicked off. Nearly all of the world’s biggest electric bicycle brands are here showing off their newest e-bike models, parts, accessories and even some surprisingly weirder offerings.

Here’s a breakdown of all the best new offerings in the world of electric bicycles and other light electric vehicles.

Let’s start off with the brand new releases from the major electric bicycle manufacturers. And if you think this is just going to be a list of $4k+ e-bikes that most of us can’t afford, think again. The prices of the bikes here range from $600 – $10,000, so there’s a bit of everything for everyone.

See https://electrek.co/2018/09/21/interbike-reno-2018-all-the-electric-bicycles/

#ebike


Interbike Reno 2018: Here are all the cool and crazy new electric bicycles you’ll want to see
The indoor expo at the 2018 Interbike bicycle trade show in Reno, NV has kicked off. Nearly all of the world’s biggest electric bicycle brands are here showing of their newest e-bike models, …
Voice-controlled technology aids disabled residents in Cape Town admin Fri, 2018-09-21 - 19:25

Voice-controlled technology aids disabled residents in Cape Town

Seems to be based on Google Home technology (despite the system being called "Alexa") with some additional customisation. But despite that, the fact is that this basic functionality makes a massive difference for those in care facilities who do not have the physical dexterity to control everyday devices such as a TV, a fan, a light, etc. A little technology can go a long way and I hope other care facilities take note of this.

It's sad to see how many care facilities (whether for the aged, disabled, etc) are stuck in the 1980's with regards to just having TVs and books.

See https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/watch-voice-controlled-technology-aids-disabled-residents-17178222


WATCH: Voice-controlled technology aids disabled residents | Cape Times
Disabled residents living at three residential facilities in Cape Town have a new level of autonomy.
13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral admin Fri, 2018-09-21 - 19:07

13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral

Constructed between the 12th and 14th centuries, Notre-Dame de Paris has centuries of French history built into its stone. The Gothic cathedral reflects the prominent role of Paris as an economic and spiritual center in the 12th century, and its scars from the French Revolution are reminders of its long connection with the monarchy—a connection that almost resulted in its demolition. Yet although thousands of tourists enter its doors each day to photograph its rose windows and flying buttresses, this sacred destination still has its secrets. Here are 13 lesser-known facts about Notre-Dame de Paris.

See https://mentalfloss.com/article/556629/facts-about-notre-dame-cathedral

#paris


13 Facts About Notre-Dame Cathedral
Its monsters are modern, not medieval.
Vivaldi is a great web browser for Linux (and Mac and Windows) admin Fri, 2018-09-21 - 18:41

Vivaldi is a great web browser for Linux (and Mac and Windows)

For surfing the web, most people will probably use the established web browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari. But despite these being the most popular browsers, that does not automatically mean that they are the best or most useful or most reliable or most interesting browsers for everyone. There are several alternative browsers available that are certainly worthwhile to have a look at. And Vivaldi is a great web browser for Linux that is distinctive from others and deserves an in-depth look.

Vivaldi has UI features you just won't find on other browsers. One downside is no mobile version yet.

See https://www.reallinuxuser.com/vivaldi-is-a-great-web-browser-for-linux/

#vivaldi


Vivaldi is a great web browser for Linux - Real Linux User
Vivaldi is a great web browser for Linux that is distinctive from others and deserves a in depth look. Read all about it and give it a try.
World of Tanks (WOT) Blitz is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that involves strategy... admin Thu, 2018-09-20 - 20:43

World of Tanks (WOT) Blitz is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game that involves strategy and experience

Whilst I normally focus more on real simulation games I always thought of WOT as an arcade style game (from what I saw in short clips in videos) but having a deeper look today made me realise this is far from the case. There is a lot of choices that go into the type of tank, country of choice, strategy in battle, choice of upgrades, training of crew, and the ballistic mechanics that add to the realism.

Back in December 2013, the game had 75 million registered players worldwide and a 1.1 million peak concurrent players so it has a major following. It debuted as an eSports game at the World Cyber Games 2012 and is playable across multiple platforms.

World of Tanks Blitz is free and playable on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. There is also a version of WOT for XBox and PS4. One tip is before you create an account have a look for online invite codes that will give ytou some extras to startout wiith.

The video below just touches on the choice of nation, type of tanks, and their characteristics - see https://youtu.be/QFon-E7-R1E. Another valuable starters guide is a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS6E5H_yhXc.

#WOT #worldoftanks


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