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Ipsos Study: 70% of US adults are concerned about sugar consumption, study finds admin Tue, 2018-12-18 - 19:15

Ipsos Study: 70% of US adults are concerned about sugar consumption, study finds

A new Ipsos study found that 70% of Americans are either somewhat or very concerned about the level of sugar in their diets. The survey was conducted with more than 2,000 adults in the U.S.

The New York-based independent market research firm also found that only 49% were somewhat or very likely to look for or use a substitute such as stevia, Splenda, agave or monk fruit.

When asked which sugary foods concerned respondents the most, soda and carbonated beverages were at the top of the list. They were followed by juices, candy, desserts, canned fruit, condiments and flavored coffee. All of the findings came from three separate Ipsos polls done in the U.S. and Canada in September and October.

Thing is so much sugar is added to many foods. We don't need all that sweetness. Since I dropped foods with added sugar a few years back, I lost those 15kgs and have only put back on about 3kgs. That weight loss was not due to exercise as I had coincidentally had stopped exercise when I changed my diet (note not 3 month wonder weight but permanent lifestyle diet change). Whatever is going to cause you to lose weight, needs to be permanent. You must be able to survive on it permanently. The key is in what we eat and not what Coca-Cola tells us (ie. its only exercise we lack).

See https://www.fooddive.com/news/70-of-us-adults-are-concerned-about-sugar-consumption-study-finds/543921/

#sugar #LCHF


70% of US adults are concerned about sugar consumption, study finds
Despite this concern, the survey found just 49% were likely to use a sugar substitute such as stevia, Splenda, agave or monk fruit.
Unless you flash your own router software the chances are the Americans and Chinese governments could... admin Tue, 2018-12-18 - 19:00

Unless you flash your own router software the chances are the Americans and Chinese governments could be spying on you - I'm wondering why Cisco routers are not banned?

Whilst the NSA has been quick to warn many that Huawei routers may have had a spy chip inserted, zero evidence has come to light. What we have seen over the last few years though on the NSA side is firstly the Snowden leak about the NSA doing exactly the same with Cisco routers, the NSA had been caught spying on the German Chancellor's phone (an ally), and Cisco has had seen security vulnerabilities discovered during 2018 alone.

So I'm just wondering why there is no call to ban the purchase of Cisco routers? It's a weird world full of agendas and power control struggles. Could it be that the NSA is not scared of any Huawei spy chips but in fact that they may lose control of the spy chips they have in the Cisco routers if the Cisco routers get replaced?

What is certain is no router manufacturer (or software manufacturer) can say their products are fully secure or "bug" free. What is also certain is so many governments and corporations no longer "roll their own" and tend to just buy products and are very dependent on external parties.

So instead of say using free LibreOffice office software where you can have the code audited before you compile it, a company will pay a fortune to buy an expensive proprietary alternative where they use less than 10% of the functionality, pay lots of extras for all the levels of support, and can't fix it themselves. A lot of what we are buying is just marketing hype as what we really need is what we already have. What happened to our own "can do" staff who built things and made them happen within their own corporations?

See original Snowden leak about Cisco at https://www.engadget.com/2014/05/16/nsa-bugged-cisco-routers/ and the story about the spying on Germany at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/08/nsa-tapped-german-chancellery-decades-wikileaks-claims-merkel.

#cisco #huawei #spying


Latest Snowden leak reveals the NSA intercepted and bugged Cisco routers
As promised, the release of Glenn Greenwald's new book, No Place to Hide, has brought plenty more Snowden leaks, and one document is particularly mind-blowing...
The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time admin Tue, 2018-12-18 - 17:52

The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB_UZsJUbwQ

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing


How to Install Systemback on Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 - Restore the system to a previous state,... admin Tue, 2018-12-18 - 17:18

How to Install Systemback on Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10 - Restore the system to a previous state, just like the snapshot function of Virtualbox

This tutorial will be showing you how to install Systemback on Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10. Systemback is a simple system backup and restore application, released under the terms of GPLv3 license.

Features of Systemback includes:
- Create backups of the system and the users configuration files
- Restore the system to a previous state, just like the snapshot function of Virtualbox
- Create bootable ISO file from existing installation
- Copy the system from one partition to another partition.
- Upgrade software

So this is a system restore utility similar to Timeshift. I'm not seeing this one in Arch Linux's AUR so maybe this is Debian based only (will work with Linux Mint).

See https://www.linuxbabe.com/ubuntu/install-systemback-ubuntu-18-04-bionic-18-10


Xiao Guoan
4 More Reasons That Electric Trucks Are Better Than Diesel Trucks - A 5th is someone can sell more trucks... admin Tue, 2018-12-18 - 16:49

4 More Reasons That Electric Trucks Are Better Than Diesel Trucks - A 5th is someone can sell more trucks to you!

You never know where news about the electric vehicle revolution will come from. Today’s topic comes via Fleet Manager, a publication for people who have posters of Peterbilts on their office walls. They offer a list of 4 reasons their readers might prefer electric trucks that are a little out of the ordinary.

Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy for Volvo Trucks, says testing of his company’s FL and FE electric trucks shows they are able to operate during off hours — even the middle of the night — when diesels are prohibited. That helps the businesses they deliver to save money.

And wow a fleet could provide 100 MW of power for emergencies during disatsres etc.

More reasons at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/17/4-more-reasons-that-electric-trucks-are-better-than-diesel-trucks/


4 More Reasons That Electric Trucks Are Better Than Diesel Trucks | CleanTechnica
We know electric trucks are quiet and powerful. But they have other advantages you may not have thought of before.
Google+ Migration - Export to Diaspora/Pluspora admin Sun, 2018-12-16 - 18:05

Google+ Migration - Export to Diaspora/Pluspora

Interesting project for those wanting to migrate their G+ posts across to Diaspora/Pluspora. It appears to be setup to run on a Raspberry Pi.

See https://blog.kugelfish.com/2018/12/google-migration-part-viii-export-to.html




Google+ Migration - Part VIII: Export to Diaspora*
<- Part VII: Conversion & Staging The last stage of the process is to finally export the converted posts to Diaspora* the chosen target ...

This R425,000 (US$30,000) rig is the craziest gaming setup we've ever seen - but cup holders are important...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-16 - 13:33 By: admin

This R425,000 (US$30,000) rig is the craziest gaming setup we've ever seen - but cup holders are important near expensive electronics

Lewis Hilsenteger is always showing off the latest and coolest technologies over on his YouTube channel, Unbox Therapy.

But Hilsenteger may have outdone himself with this particular setup, which he filmed earlier this year. He rigged up a $20,000 gaming computer to probably the craziest-looking game chair we've ever seen, added three monitors, and designated snack areas to create the "ultimate gaming PC setup." He even threw in a PlayStation 4 Pro, just for good measure.

It's comprised of an elaborate gaming chair, a high-end gaming PC, a PlayStation 4 Pro, computer accessories from SteelSeries, a snack cart, a refrigerator, and three massive displays.

That said if you're going to spend serious time gaming good lumbar support is also important! Don't miss the video at the bottom of the post which shows this rig in the dark... really impressive!

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/ultimate-gaming-pc-setup-unbox-therapy-2018-11

#gaming #imperatorworks


This R425,000 rig is the craziest gaming setup we've ever seen
If you're into video games, Lewis Hilsenteger's setup is a dream come true – at a pretty expensive price.

Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-16 - 13:24 By: admin

Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store

Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no longer be able to buy apps through the store.

Founder Jay “Saurik “ Freeman revealed the news via a Reddit post this week recommending users remove PayPal accounts from their profile. Freeman notes his initial plan to shut the service down by year’s end, before ultimately opting to close down the purchasing mechanism this weekend over the PayPal issue.

The software engineer cites the toll running the service has taken on his personal life and finances in making the decision. “[T]his service loses me money and is not something I have any passion to maintain: it was a critical component of a healthy ecosystem,” he writes, “and for a while it helped fund a small staff of people to maintain the ecosystem, but it came at great cost to my sanity and led lots of people to irrationally hate me due to what amounted to a purposeful misunderstanding of how profit vs. revenue works.”

Really sad. Back in the day Cydia was one of the key apps I used on my first (and last) iPhone. Watch out though for a follow up announcement from Freeman in the coming week.

See https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/15/cydia-shuts-down-purchasing-mechanism-for-its-jailbreak-app-store/

#cydia #jailbreak #rooting


Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store – TechCrunch

How to back up your Linux PC with BackInTime - a basic system backup tool for the Linux platform

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-16 - 13:20 By: admin

How to back up your Linux PC with BackInTime - a basic system backup tool for the Linux platform

Yes I did post about this not too long ago but I can't stress enough the importance of also backing up system files and configuration. Most people back up their /home directory data but sometimes an upgrade breaks an important config file outside of the /home directory.

Invest a few minutes in setting this up and then forget about it- you'll thank yourself later.

See how at https://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/back-up-your-linux-pc-with-backintime/

#backups #linux


How to back up your Linux PC with BackInTime
How to back up your Linux PC with BackInTime

My first MeWe Group has crossed the 1,000 subscribers threshold

Posted on: Sun, 2018-12-16 - 13:05 By: admin

My first MeWe Group has crossed the 1,000 subscribers threshold

Since the "original" shutdown notice of Google+ I've added MeWe and Minds to the original list of places I was posting to namely Diaspora/Pluspora, Tumblr, Blogger, Twitter, Mastodon, Friendica, Hubzilla, and a GadgeteerZA Facebook Page. So excluding specifically the Twitter and Tumblr accounts as they are older accounts, the biggest growth has been on MeWe (for me).

But once again the growth is with the focused groups and not my personal profile. A profile shows any and all general posts while someone subscribing say to my Tech & Gadgets group only sees tech & gadgets posts. Even on Google+ my profile followers are 43,128 whilst the Tech & Gadgets Collection is 516,132 (another 16,000 or so in the last month so G+ is still growing). I spend a lot of time cleaning out spam and off-topic replies which allows a cleaner and more focused feed. Unfortunately, not all social networks allow such Collections / Groups, and I really wish that MeWe would hurry up with allowing truly public posts (no need to register to follow).

I'm just noting this for interest's sake as I see an interesting trend across the networks I post to. I've never promoted or spammed signups to my groups across other people's groups or networks. I enjoy posting for the sake of sharing knowledge and feel a bit guilty speaking about follower numbers. They're an interesting trend for me.

So these are some of the current numbers based on similar age accounts and identical posts.

MeWe:
Profile: 162
Tech & Gadgets Group: 1,006

Minds:
Profile: 91

Mastodon:
Profile: 379

Diaspora/Pluspora:
Profile: 85

Friendica:
Profile: 161 (but half are Twitter contacts so actually 88)

Facebook:
Page: 59 (told you Facebook is more social than interests)

Hubzilla:
For some reason, the node I use has been offline since yesterday and that is the danger of smaller decentralised instances. The entire domain has become a Cake & Bake site ;-)

So yes right now it does look like MeWe is offering the most similarity for Google+ users with their well established centralised directory of Groups. Their Groups can be configured to act like a G+ Collection or a G+ Community and they have a Pages option too. But let's still see what emerges and happens by April... Mastodon is also very busy and has grown well but it is distinctly more Twitter-like than Google+-like.

#mewe #google+ #socialnetworking


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