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Resiliency Maps project and OpenStreetMap - How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 22:35:48 +0200

Resiliency Maps project and OpenStreetMap - How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster

If you've lived through a major, natural disaster, you know that during the first few days you'll probably have to rely on a mental map, instead of using a smartphone as an extension of your brain. Where's the closest hospital with disaster care? What about shelters? Gas stations? And how many soft story buildings—with their propensity to collapse—will you have to zig-zag around to get there?

This project was intended to address these issues without all the normal tourist clutter. Their project page actually shows no maps to me but I did note that open source OpenStreetMap has a Humanitarian map style layer and this map layer s focused on resources useful for humanitarian organizations and citizens in general in emergency situations, highlighting POIs like water resources (water wells, manual pumps, fire hydrants...), light sources, public buildings, social buildings, roads quality, etc. The colors used are light, so people can print them and then draw and write on top of the map easily without getting confused too much (this is a useful feature for humanitarian organizations to update the information on the printed map in situations like an earthquake, for example).

See https://opensource.com/article/19/2/resiliency-maps

#disasters #ResiliencyMaps #openstreetmap


How open data and tools can save lives during a disaster
Learn how the Resiliency Maps project helps people navigate and build resilient communities.

Huawei’s Mate X insane foldable smartphone – is a 5G phone with a Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:34:53 +0200

Huawei’s Mate X insane foldable smartphone – is a 5G phone with a Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, and a 4,500mAh battery

The Mate X can be used as a “regular” smartphone when folded, with its 6.6-inch display on the front. When users want to use a bigger display, they can unfold the device – thanks to its built-in hinge under the screen – into an 8-inch 2,480 x 2,200 touchscreen tablet.

Different from the Samsung Fold is that this has the folding screen on the outside and yes if you thought the Samsung was costly, this one will currently be starting at $2,600 but Huawei says they are working on getting the cost down. That said 512GB of storage and a big battery like this is quite high end.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/smartphones/297172-huaweis-insane-foldable-smartphone-mate-x.html

#huawei #matex #folding


Huawei’s insane foldable smartphone – Mate X
Huawei has unveiled a foldable smartphone at MWC 2019 – the Mate X.

US NHTSA Approves 2 Chinese Kandi Electric Cars for under $20,000... Psst don't tell Trump as there ...

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:20:57 +0200

US NHTSA Approves 2 Chinese Kandi Electric Cars for under $20,000... Psst don't tell Trump as there are computers on board but no 6G comms

The Chinese electric car manufacturer Kandi must be seeing the Chinese new year auspiciously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved two of its cars for US sales.

The NHTSA approved the Model EX3 and Model K22, according to the company.

The Kandi K22 is a cheerful Smart ED look-alike. It sports modest performance, ideal for city-dwellers. The Chinese market specs are 990 kilos (2,183 lb), the EV sports a 25.9 kWh battery pack coupled to an electric motor pushing out 35kW (~47 HP) with 165 Nm (121.6 lb·ft) of torque for a range of 202 km (125.5 miles).

The other Kandi is the EX3. Its Chinese market specs are 49 kW (65.71 HP) and 175 Nm (129.07 lb·ft) of torque for a range of 380 km (~236 miles).

No, they are not meant to compete with Teslas or pickup trucks - they are inner city type commuters. The EX3 for example in China is rated for >= 100km/h.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/22/us-approves-chinese-electric-cars-imported-from-kandi/

#kandi #china #EV


US Approves Chinese Electric Cars Imported From Kandi — Price For One Supposed To Be Below $20,000 | CleanTechnica
Kandi Tackles The US EV Market After NHTSA Approves 2 EVs

13 Weird Trivia Facts About the Oxford English Dictionary

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 17:12:30 +0200

13 Weird Trivia Facts About the Oxford English Dictionary

This year marks the 135th birthday of the Oxford English Dictionary (though the eminent reference book is hardly looking its age). As the English language continues to evolve, the dictionary has flourished and regularly added new words such as nothingburger, prepper, idiocracy, and fam. Get to know it better.

Its open source volunteerism approach predates open source software, read about one word that went missing for decades, a murderer was one of its most prolific contributors, it's longest entry is for a three-letter word, and it's most popular edition was impossible to read with the naked eye...

See http://mentalfloss.com/article/574505/oxford-english-dictionary-facts

#OED #dictionary #trivia


13 Facts About the Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary just turned 135 years old. Get to know this authoritative reference book better.

The 4 best alternative file managers on Linux

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:25:33 +0200

The 4 best alternative file managers on Linux

All leading desktop environments on the Linux platform comes with a default file manager. These managers are packed with lots of useful features like integrated FTP client support, SAMBA support, NFS integration, quick mounting of hard drives, USB device support, SD card support, and much more. Still, amazing as all of the file managers on Linux environments are, they aren’t for everyone. Some users find them too bloated, and others simply don’t like the defaults and would prefer to use something else.

Thankfully, as the Linux platform is open source, there are dozens of alternative file managers to take a look at.

Covered here are:
* Double Commander (Windows, Mac, Linux, and BSD)
* Krusader - good for KDE users
* JumpFM (Linux, Mac, and Windows)
* QtFM (Qt rework of the PCManFM file manager for the LXDE desktop environment)

See https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/best-file-managers-on-linux/

#filemanagers #linux


The 4 best alternative file managers on Linux
The 4 best alternative file managers on Linux

How to disable any pre-installed system app bloatware on Android without root

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 14:37:53 +0200

How to disable any pre-installed system app bloatware on Android without root

One person’s hated bloatware is another person’s beloved feature, but unfortunately for the person who classifies certain pre-installed apps as bloatware, they typically can’t uninstall it. Sometimes you can disable system apps, but not every system app will let you disable it.

There are ways around these limitations, though. You could “uninstall” any pre-installed system app on your Android smartphone or tablet. The problem with that method is twofold: it doesn’t actually fully uninstall the app and return space to the user and reverting the change requires you to either sideload the APK (if you can find it) or factory reset. Still, that method is quite useful and we’ve seen dozens of forum posts and user scripts taking advantage of it to debloat their new Android devices.

To help users debloat their devices in a safer way, there is another method that will not only disable the pre-installed bloatware of your choosing but also make it super easy to re-enable them at your convenience, making any mistake a lot easier to recover from. You’ll still be using ADB commands to mess with system applications so be sure you don’t disable anything absolutely critical (use your best judgment), but this method is a lot friendlier in case you disable the wrong app.

See how at https://www.xda-developers.com/disable-system-app-bloatware-android/

#android


How To Disable Any System App Bloatware On Android Without Root
If you hate the bloatware or pre-installed apps on your Android smartphone, here's how to disable them even if Android doesn't normally let you.

OPPO’s 10x lossless zoom tech is coming to smartphones this year

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 14:28:55 +0200

OPPO’s 10x lossless zoom tech is coming to smartphones this year

Oppo’s camera technology comprises of three cameras and a periscope setup. First, you have a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor as your primary sensor. Then there is a 120° super wide angle lens that has a 35mm equivalence of 16mm, which forms the base “1x” zoom setup on the phone.

At the bottom of the setup is the telephoto camera along with the periscope setup. What Oppo has done here is placed the image sensor and additional lenses perpendicular to the body of the phone (instead of sitting parallel and flat) and used a mirror setup to redirect light from the camera cutout towards the image sensor. This placement allows Oppo to provide for a 35mm equivalence of 160mm, forming the “10x” zoom part of the setup. By switching between these three cameras, Oppo provides for a full 10x range of lossless zoom with variable focal length from 16mm – 160mm.

Interesting how it is cameras that are visibly advancing on mobile phones. I'm just hoping that 3rd party developers are able to work with these multi-camera arrays otherwise they are only effective through the OEMs own camera app.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/oppo-10x-lossless-optical-zoom-smartphone/

#OPPO


OPPO's 10x lossless zoom tech is coming to smartphones this year
At the Oppo Innovation Event 2019, Oppo unveiled its 10x lossless optical zoom technology for smartphones. Read on to know more!

City of Nijmegen in The Netherlands reinvigorates OSS policy, forcing interoperability

Date Published: Sun, 24 Feb 2019 11:06:17 +0200

City of Nijmegen in The Netherlands reinvigorates OSS policy, forcing interoperability

Nijmegen, the oldest and 10th largest city of the Netherlands, is reinvigorating its open source policy. Last month, the City Council unanimously adopted the resolution 'Nijmegen digitally independent'. The resolution basically requires the City to deploy both the mandatory and the recommended open standards listed by the Dutch Standardisation Forum for external as well as internal communications. At the same time, the City wants external suppliers to have sufficient experience with open source solutions, and to explicitly include open source alternatives in their consultancy recommendations.

"Rather than requiring the use of open-source software, we decided to primarily focus on 'not having to choose'," explains Joep Bos-Coenraad, City Counselor for GreenLeft and the proposer of the resolution. "Vendor lock-in by proprietary suppliers makes it hard to migrate to free and open source software solutions. For example, when a mail server supports only the proprietary Microsoft Exchange protocol, Linux users cannot use their open-source mail clients to connect. So in this case, the choice of operating system is influenced by the choice of mail server. Another example is when mobile devices can only connect to an application using a proprietary authentication tool that limits the choice of both software and hardware. So the most urgent task now should be to force the interoperability of software."

With its renewed policy, Nijmegen is in good company. The City of Amsterdam is one of the more vocal proponents of the use of free and open source software. It relies on open source software to build and deploy applications that combine geographic maps and other data, creating solutions for the City's maintenance crews, police, fire and rescue services, and easing interactions between citizens and the administration.

See https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/not-having-choose

#Nijmegen #FOSS #amsterdam

Photo credit: By Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28590379


Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 21:05:08 +0200

Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

During nearly two months of researching, testing and even dreaming about double-edge safety razors, they asked five different testers to put their faces on the line with each of the seven best products available to discover the Parker – 99R was the best safety razor for the money. The Parker – 99R earned high marks for easy manoeuvring, blade loading, construction material and all-around shaving comfort. The Viking – Chieftain came in a close runner-up.

What's interesting about this review is that it not the usual suspects (like th4e Merkur 49c) so gives a slightly different perspective. Also some useful background on aspects of safety razors to consider.

See https://www.yourbestdigs.com/reviews/the-best-safety-razor/

#safetyrazor #wetshaving #shaving


The Best Safety Razor of 2019 - Your Best Digs
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Monkey Shoulder - A buttery smooth blended Speyside Malt Whisky

Date Published: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:41:28 +0200

Monkey Shoulder - A buttery smooth blended Speyside Malt Whisky

Finally got a bottle of this excellent Speyside blended malt whisky as it was on special today. It's probably on the opposite end of the tasting scale compared to say a Highland Park whisky (complex peaty taste). Also being a Speyside blend it is quite similar to Chivas Regal but more will be revealed I'm sure once I get a bit further into the bottle.

The name monkey shoulder referred to a temporary injury suffered by the malt-men when turning the barley by hand. As working practices have since changed, the injury no longer exists and now the name Monkey Shoulder lives on as an affectionate tribute to the malt-men of Yore in recognition of the times they suffered for their art.

https://photos.gadgeteer.co.za/picture.php?/12561/category/40

#monekyshoulder #whisky


Monkey Shoulder Blendeed Speyside Malt Whisky | Danie's Photo Site
Finally got a bottle of this excellent Speyside blended malt whisky as it was on special today. It's probably on the opposite end of the tasting scale compared to say a Highland Park whisky (complex peaty taste). Also being a Speyside blend it is quite similar to Chivas Regal but more will be revealed I'm sure once I get a bit further into the bottle.

The name monkey shoulder referred to a temporary injury suffered by the malt-men when turnin...

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