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New Website Showcases KDE Plasma Desktop for Linux

Date Published: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:29:09 +0200

KDE is a very popular, highly configurable and themeable desktop GUI that sits on top of many Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Manjaro, SUSE, Linux Mint, and others. It's also well-known for its high-quality applications such as Krita, digiKam, KDE Connect, etc. So although I've migrated through Ubuntu, Linux Mint and now finally Majaro, KDE has been my desktop of choice also all my Linux flavours I've been using.

Through some web magic, the website guides new and existing users alike through the core KDE Plasma desktop GUI, like the Plasma launcher and system tray, while surfacing other details, like the Discover software store.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/09/kde-plasma-desktop-new-website

#KDE #linux #opensource
#^New Website Showcases KDE Plasma Desktop - OMG! Ubuntu!

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KDE Plasma desktop environment is modern, lean and feature-packed, and it now has a brand new interactive website to showcase it!

7 Year Old Tesla Model S At 98% Battery Capacity Today after having travelled 72,000 Miles

Date Published: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:14:02 +0200

In a fresh Reddit discussion, the owner of a 7 year-old Tesla Model S explains that his battery is at 98% battery capacity today. This is another reminder of the reasons Tesla cars are much slower to depreciate in value. Any Model S already has long enough range that its battery can degrade significantly and it’s still a highly practical, no-compromise electric vehicle, but seeing such little degradation is that much better for initial owners and used car buyers.

That said, not all Tesla cars see only 2% loss of range in 7 years. This car is on the more positive side of things. Also, at some point, this car should see a more notable drop in range due to age, because batteries lose capacity from both use and time. That said, there’s no doubt this anecdote is a positive sign.

Of course no manufacturer probably calibrates everything from a real 0% to a real 100% (to prolong battery life and show usable percentage) but nonetheless, the owner is not seeing 50% usage as many originally predicted for EVs after 7 or 8 years. I remember similar predictions for early TV sets and they ended up working significantly longer.

See https://cleantechnica.com/2019/09/15/7-year-old-tesla-model-s-at-98-battery-capacity-today/

#tesla #EV
#^7 Year Old Tesla Model S At 98% Battery Capacity Today

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In a fresh Reddit discussion, the owner of a 7 year-old Tesla Model S explains that his battery is at 98% battery capacity today. This is another reminder of the reasons Tesla cars are much slower to depreciate in value. Any Model S already has long enough range that its battery can degrade significantly and it's still a highly practical, no-compromises electric vehicle, but seeing such little degradation is that much better for initial owners and used car buyers.

Find Your Next Favorite Podcast With Pod Search

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:42:39 +0200

Pod Search is exactly what it sounds like: a search engine for podcasts. The website and mobile app allows you to search for podcasts by topics, check out recently launched podcasts, and see what “top” podcasts everyone else is listening to.

Categories include Business, Comedy, Education, Health & Fitness, Crime & Law, Pop Culture, Religion, Economics and Finance, Food and Cooking, For Kids, Gaming, Travel, Hobbies, History, Storytelling, Technology, and (a lot) more. You can also search by keyword if there’s something, in particular, you’re looking for. It has quick links to find the podcast on some podcast services but note it does not list all (eg. no Player FM or Pocketcasts) but you'll find most of these podcasts on other podcast services too.

Podcasts are an incredible way to be educated, entertained, and informed whenever you have gaps in the day that can be filled whether online or offline. Services like Google Podcast and Pocketcasts allow you to seamlessly move between mobile and desktop listening without missing anything.

See https://lifehacker.com/find-your-next-favorite-podcast-with-pod-search-1838134958 or the site itself at https://podsearch.com

#podcasts #entertainment #education
#^Find Your Next Favorite Podcast With Pod Search

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My official way of finding new podcasts has always been simply asking my friends. For the most part, when I’ve been on the hunt a handful of conversations have led me to my next favorite thing. Most of my friends seem to have the same plan, which means that eventually, we reach a point where we’ve all listened to and love the same podcasts, but have absolutely no idea what to listen to next.

The signature film for each of 50 major cities worldwide

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:22:59 +0200

Even if you're a casual movie fan, it's impossible to visit a major city and not conjure the memory of a favorite movie that was shot there. You walk into the main concourse of Grand Central Station in New York City, and it triggers a flood of cherished moments — "North by Northwest," "The Fisher King," "Carlito's Way" etc. You look up at the Empire State Building and see "King Kong!" You glance over to the Chrysler Building and there's Q, the Winged Serpent! Metropolises like the Big Apple are loaded with film history. But which movies own these towns?

Some are really well-known movies that you can quickly associate with the particular city but then I found District 9 for Johannesburg and was amazed to see how well the movie had done (for in independent production) and I'd never heard of it.

Let's trot around the globe to 50 cities and attempt to determine which fictional films best exemplify their real-life setting - see https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_signature_film_of_every_major_city/s1__29954069#slide_1

#movies #cities
#^The signature film of every major city

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Which movies own these towns? Let's trot around the globe to 50 cities and attempt to determine which fictional films best exemplify their real-life setting.

How to use Android Themes Channel to Preview Hundreds of Themes and Set as Default in Telegram Messenger

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:15:37 +0200

Telegram Messenger has been able to create and use custom themes since about 2017 but the array of variables to set can be daunting for many. This Telegram Channel lets you easily preview the themes (List and Chat Views) created and shared by others, and to set as your new default with the click of a button.

Yes, there is even a WhatsApp lookalike to confuse people ;-)

Watch how to do it at https://youtu.be/VbNG00Me1uI

#telegram #instantmessenger #themes
#^How to Change Default Telegram Theme | Custom Telegram Themes for Android and IOS

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This video will show you simple steps to change Telegram default theme with a custom one for everyday new look! __________________________________________ • ...

Why Plastic Roads Lead to a Cleaner Ocean - Bitumen and plastic have certain similarities — they are both made from oil and have comparable binding qualities

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:31:37 +0200

This June, a crew of road workers in Zermatt, an Alpine Swiss town known as a haven for skiing and hiking, laid a new type of road — a plastic one. The road wasn’t built entirely of plastic, of course. But along with the typical paving materials such as stone and sand, Zermatt’s mix included additives from discarded plastic.

Despite recycling efforts, eight to 12 million tons of plastic litter still flushes into the ocean every year. According to some estimates, 60 to 80 percent of marine plastic comes from waste sites, industrial and manufacturing sites, stormwater and sewage spills, and even tourist activities. Landfilled plastic isn’t without problems either. As it breaks down, it leaches chemicals into the soil and groundwater that can harm wildlife or make their way into the human food chain.

Seems the plastic (versus bitumen) helps make the surface more flexible and therefore more durable, with fewer potholes. It will be interesting to see how these roads hold up over time and I'm assuming that traction especially for motorcyclists is not unduly affected.

See https://daily.jstor.org/why-plastic-roads-lead-to-a-cleaner-ocean/

#environment #plastic
#^Why Plastic Roads Lead to a Cleaner Ocean | JSTOR Daily

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To prevent several millions tons of plastic from flushing into the ocean every year, engineers are paving roads with it.

Parts of the RICA relating to bulk surveillance declared “inconsistent” with the South African Constitution by the South Gauteng High Court

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:02:06 +0200

In a decision handed down by judge Roland Sutherland on Monday (16 September), the court found that the law was inconsistent with the constitution on a number of points including:

  • The act fails to adequately prescribe the procedure for notifying a person whose information has been intercepted;
  • The act fails to adequately prescribe the proper procedures to be followed when state officials are examining, copying, sharing and sorting through data obtained through interceptions;
  • The act fails to adequately address situations where the subject of surveillance is either a practising lawyer or a journalist.
  • To remedy these issues, the judgement adds a number of new sections to the RICA Act to remedy the above issues.

It also suspended the invalidity of the act for two years to allow for parliament to bring the legislation in line with the constitution.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/cellular/320155-rica-declared-inconsistent-with-the-constitution.html

#privacy #southafrica
#^RICA declared “inconsistent” with the Constitution

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The South Gauteng High Court has found that parts of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (RICA) Act are unconstitutional.

Japanese Study: Even small cuts to carb loads can improve blood sugar

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:26:37 +0200

Japanese researchers demonstrated in a small experiment with a group of 41 patients with type 2 diabetes who wore continuous glucose monitors. All they changed in the participants’ diets was the carb count of the bread they consumed at each meal, swapping a low-carb version for the normal, high-carb bread.

The result? The participants’ blood sugars and lipid markers improved, as well as other markers of pancreatic function and metabolism. The researchers concluded: “These results indicate that changing only the carbohydrate content of the staple food has benefits on glucose and lipid metabolism.”

There is a link to the study as well as links to low-carb versions of many favorite high-carb staples like bread, rice, potatoes and pasta at https://www.dietdoctor.com/study-small-cuts-to-carb-loads-can-improve-blood-sugar

#LCHF #diabetes #health
#^Study: Small Cuts to Carb Loads Can Improve Blood Sugar — Diet Doctor

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When you are trying to cut carbohydrates to improve your health, even a little bit can count. That’s what Japanese researchers demonstrated in a small experiment with a group of 41 patients with type 2 diabetes.

Tesla battery researcher unveils new cell that could last 1 million miles in ‘robot taxis’ - Current tech is 300,000 miles and 500,000 miles

Date Published: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:59:14 +0200

Earlier this year, Musk said that they built Model 3 to last as long as a commercial truck, a million miles, and the battery modules should last between 300,000 miles and 500,000 miles. However, the CEO claims that Tesla has a new battery coming up next year that will last a million miles.

The new battery tested is a Li-Ion battery cell with a next-generation “single crystal” NMC cathode and a new advanced electrolyte. Dahn’s team have been extensively testing these cells and based on the results, they think that the battery could power an electric car “for over 1.6 million kilometres [1 million miles].” With an active cooling system, like in Tesla’s battery pack, it was pushing the battery cells to over 6,000 cycles, which would easily mean over 1 million miles in a good battery pack.

More info at http://www.impactlab.net/2019/09/15/tesla-battery-researcher-unveils-new-cell-that-could-last-1-million-miles-in-robot-taxis/

#tesla #batteries
#^ Tesla battery researcher unveils new cell that could last 1 million miles in ‘robot taxis’

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Tesla’s battery research partner has released a new paper on a battery cell that could last over 1 million miles, which they say is going to be particularly useful in ‘robot taxis’ — something that Tesla wants to bring to market. When talking about the economics of Tesla’s future fleet of robotaxis at the Tesla Autonomy Event, Tesla CEO E...

DiRT Rally For Windows, MacOS and Linux is Currently FREE on Steam, Saving You $39.99 until 10AM PT on September 16, 2019

Date Published: Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:13:31 +0200

DiRT Rally delivers an exceptional rally racing experience with more than 40 rally cars available to race on more than 70 stages. And DiRT Rally even has a native Linux version to boot! You’ll need a valid Steam account (free, requires e-mail) in order to redeem the offer, as well as to download and install the game.

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/09/download-dirt-rally-free-steam

#gaming #dirtrally #steamgames
#^DiRT Rally is Currently FREE on Steam, Saving You $39.99 [Limited Offer] - OMG! Ubuntu!

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You can snag a FREE copy of DiRT Rally, the well-regarded rally racing game for Windows, macOS and Linux, from the Steam store — but only for this

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