Hear Native Speakers Pronounce That Foreign Word You Can't Figure Out

Date Published: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:44:30 +0200

Learning a language with an app like Duolingo is perfectly respectable, but unless you want your French to have a noticeable Siri-like quality, you need to branch out. That’s where sites like Forvo come in.

Aiming to one day have “all the words in the world pronounced,” Forvo relies on users to record the proper pronunciations of words that other users request. So you could, for example, check out the pronunciations of different cities, and if you can’t find the city whose pronunciation you’re uncertain of, just head to the add a word page and put in a request for the word you want.

Oddly enough all the pronounciations for 'Ubuntu' are correct - seems just all podcasters get it wrong!

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Learning a language with an app like Duolingo is perfectly respectable, but unless you want your French to have a noticeable Siri-like quality, you need to branch out. That’s where sites like Forvo come in.

Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 22:40:06 +0200

Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining them, potentially depriving scholars of useful research findings, a study has found.

An additional 900 journals published only online also may be at risk of vanishing because they are inactive, says a preprint posted on 3 September on the arXiv server. The number of OA journals tripled from 2009 to 2019, and on average the vanished titles operated for nearly 10 years before going dark, which “might imply that a large number … is yet to vanish,” the authors write.

This is a major risk of the Internet - our current generation could be responsible for a lot of digital loss until some better solution is found. We have the Way Back Machine Archive but it really only makes snapshots of some pages and is not a 100% reliable location for all publications.

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Specialists worry about a potential loss to scholarship

Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft 'cannot guarantee capacity', Google has 'devastating' network outages - You are locked in, and it's going to cost you

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 20:28:19 +0200

The research company has countless magic quadrants, which analyse sectors into leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players, but this one is more of a magic bifurcation, since Gartner failed to identify any challengers or visionaries. There are three leaders, according to Gartner, and they are AWS, Microsoft and Google, in that order. The others are niche players: Alibaba, Oracle, IBM and Tencent, in order of nicheness.

Despite some sharp criticisms of the big three, it is hard to see much changing in the overall picture. Cloud lock-in is real but there is also a strong case for stating that multi-cloud is the wrong answer – which means many companies will mostly shovel more money at their existing preferred provider. Microsoft will build more data centres, and AWS will continue to fail to "reduce prices broadly."

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Take your pick, folks! Latest Magic Birfurcation has some strong caveats, but little is likely to change

Raspberry Pi for Ham Radio - A set of tutorials for beginners on how to configure a Pi for various services

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 11:53:27 +0200

Guides on how to set up your Pi for remote access, OpenWexRx, radiosonde auto rx software, GQRX, and more.

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Introduction Since 2012, the Raspberry Pi nano computer has become an increasingly important part of the DIY and « maker » community. The increase in power of the Raspberry Pi…

Waze now lets you send directions from your computer to your phone - Plan on the computer before you get in the car

Date Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 11:32:39 +0200

Google Maps has offered a similar feature for years, so it’s nice to see Waze finally getting the functionality. Waze says that both Android and iOS users will be able to have directions from a desktop sent to their phone.

Waze is also adding the ability to view saved locations on the web. That means you won’t have to manually type in addresses for things like your home or your favorite coffee shop, as long as you have those saved in your Waze mobile app.

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Both iOS and Android users can get directions sent from their web browser.

Android 11 is now available in stable for Google Pixel phones and in beta for some OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, and OPPO phones

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:46:58 +0200

The article below gives a good high level summary of key new features as well as the links for the downloads for all Pixel phones.

I'll probably be doing my PIxel phone today or tomorrow subject to ensuring my rooting is safe to continue working (this can sometimes not be ready immediately so always worth checking otherwise disappointment can set in if you lose your wonderful extra freedom and you are relegated to being a standard user).

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Android 11 is here with stable builds rolling out for Google Pixel smartphones and betas for select OnePlus, Xiaomi, Realme, and OPPO phones.

Project Connected Home over IP — a unified, open-source smart home platform from Amazon, Apple, the Zigbee Alliance, and Google is on track for a 2021 launch

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:38:11 +0200

Additionally, the announcement clarifies what sorts of smart home devices the Project Connected Home over IP is aiming to work with. If the number of companies being brought together wasn’t ambitious enough, the list of device categories is a lengthy one: “lighting and electrical (e.g., light bulbs, luminaires, controls, plugs, outlets), HVAC controls (e.g., thermostats, AC units), access control (e.g., door locks, garage doors), safety and security (e.g., sensors, detectors, security systems), window coverings/shades, TVs, access points, bridges and others.”

But it does seem rather home assistant driven which means cloud data and privacy. However, it could mean if one supplier goes out of business the services could continue working. But I'm wondering where Chinese WeLink and Sonoff are as many of those devices are in broad use throughout the world too (and are reflashable with 3rd party open source software).

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Easier smart home setup could be on the way.

A quiet bitcoin boom is unfolding in Africa - The technology and need is there but laws are archaic and country bound

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 19:35:52 +0200

Four months ago, Abolaji Odunjo made a fundamental change to his business selling mobile phones in a bustling street market in Lagos: He started paying his suppliers in bitcoin. Odunjo sources handsets and accessories from China and the United Arab Emirates. His Chinese suppliers asked to be paid in the cryptocurrency, he said, for speed and convenience.

The shift has boosted his profits, as he no longer has to buy dollars using the Nigerian naira or shell out fees to money-transfer firms. It is also one example of how, in Africa, bitcoin — the original and biggest cryptocurrency — is finding the practical use that it has largely failed to elsewhere. “Bitcoin helped to protect my business against the currency devaluation, and enabled me to grow at the same time,” Odunjo said from his two-by-eight metre shop.

One can easily see the need for global easy to use currencies whether via Bitcoin, Ethereum, PayPal, or whatever. They are seamless and work but countries are caught up in their boundary based currency controls and need for tax collections etc. One just wonders if businesses and citizens have transformed to become global, do the financial systems of countries not also need a total overhaul in terms of how they operate?

If I can give cash to any individual in my country or even when I'm travelling, why can I not do that virtually? It's a given that such a system is not going to be controlled by my own country - many services are rising above individual countries to become global. Can one become a global citizen of the world?

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It's being driven by payments from small businesses as well as remittances sent home from migrant workers, according to new data.

Seismic shift at South Africa's Eskom: New Data Portal Launched and their future is now Renewable Energy

Date Published: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 16:21:07 +0200

Eskom has come under fire for flouting environmental laws with the pollution from its ageing coal-powered stations. Eskom CEO recognised that Eskom cannot continue to violate environmental laws, which provides them with an opportunity to move to cleaner energy. This change requires certain regulatory approvals, and Eskom is engaging with the government about these changes.

The new portal gives insight into demand, supply, OCGT usage, renewable, outage performance, emissions, etc. It's a great start as without monitoring you cannot start to manage and be accountable for what is happening. The portal appears to be a public open data initiative and something that all government departments were supposed to put in place, along with APIs to extract data.

So we still have the problems around generation but more visibility and some intent around a renewable energy future.

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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said the company is transitioning to new energy sources like solar and wind power.

Elon Musk's 61 Book Recommendations via Twitter - I've read only 5 but I have read his biography which maybe he has not read ;-)

Date Published: Mon, 7 Sep 2020 14:10:02 +0200

These are recommendations by Elon that he has Tweeted about. The book he read at 14 years old would have been banned then in South Africa.

Two definite themes dominate the list: Business unusual and a strong vision of humankind reaching out for the stars beyond the limitations of Earth.

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(Updated 2020) Here are 61 books that Elon Musk has recommended & mentioned. We included all the sources too!

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