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Today's quotable quote: Dave Barry: We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.

This day in history: 27 October 2019: Italian Public Administrator Enrico Mattei Dies in Plane Crash (1962). After World War II, Mattei was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency, a Fascist state enterprise. Instead, Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI), or National Fuel Trust. Under his direction, ENI developed large deposits of natural gas in Italy and negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East. Mattei became a powerful figure in Italy before he died in a plane crash in 1962.





The Horrors of Anglerfish Mating

mentalfloss.com, 09 December 2019

When you think of an anglerfish, you probably think of something like the creature above: Big mouth. Gnarly teeth. Lure bobbing from its head. Endless nightmares following.










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In the news

Review: 2019 Range Rover Sport SVR is 575 horsepower worth of luxurious OMG: The Rover Sport is a midsized SUV that's a bit smaller than the Discovery and a little larger than the Evoque. Posted on 21 August 2019.

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt: This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is Rico R. Posted on 27 October 2019.

AAP recommends greater access to surgical treatments for severe obesity: Recognizing that severe obesity is a serious and worsening public health crisis in children and adolescents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is calling for greater access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, one of the few strategies that has been shown to be effective in treating the most severe forms of the chronic disease. Posted on 27 October 2019.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Fri 13: few clouds

    21 ° - 27 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 17 %
  • Sat 14: light rain

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 7 %
  • Sun 15: light rain

    15 ° - 19 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Mon 16: few clouds

    15 ° - 24 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 24 %
  • Tue 17: light rain

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Pentagon Gives Microsoft $10 Billion 'War Cloud' Deal, Snubbing Amazon: Early speculation of the giant government defense contract suggested it would go to Amazon. Posted on 26 October 2019.

Car Radar Detectors – Everything you need to Know in 2019: Do you remember the rush you had when you first bought a car? Priceless right? Well, at that moment, no one would even blame you for speeding. Posted on 02 September 2019.

Meet Utah’s next unicorn: Patient communications software provider, Weave, collects $70M at a $970M valuation. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Cornell Tech clinic to help intimate violence victims: The Computer Security Clinic for Victims of Intimate Partner Violence will help survivors of intimate partner violence determine whether their abusers are using technology as a tool to harm them, Cornell Tech announced Oct. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 20 October 2019.

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone: China’s use of technology for social control of its citizens is extensive – but it could affect users elsewhere too, says security analyst Samantha HoffmanSamantha Hoffman is an analyst of Chinese security issues at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Aspi). Posted on 27 October 2019.

Oktoberfest 'produces 10 times as much methane as Boston': First analysis of environmental impact of Munich festival reveals extent of emissionsFor the millions of people who descend on Munich for the annual bash, Oktoberfest is a celebration of beer, bands and bratwurst. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Nike bets on tech CEO Donahoe to accelerate digital transformation: Will it work?: Nike names former ServiceNow and eBay CEO John Donahoe as CEO just as rival Under Armour, which has key digital assets of its own, names a leader with a more traditional background. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Greta Thunberg: New beetle named after climate activist: The Nelloptodes gretae - named after the teenage climate activist - is less than 1mm long. Posted on 25 October 2019.

I Tracked Everything My Baby Did Until Nothing Made Sense Anymore: Has a baby pooped at all if it can’t be viewed as part of a Poop Frequency Trend Chart going back three months?. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Do Robots Or Trade Cost Jobs?: NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben talks about whether automation and robots, or bad trade policies pose a bigger threat to jobs in America. Posted on 27 October 2019.

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Powerful winds fan flames as 'historic' California blaze spreads: Powerful winds fanned Calfornia's biggest wildfire Sunday, threatening the city of Santa Rosa and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon: Amazon was considered a front-runner for the cloud computing project before President Trump began criticizing the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos. Posted on 26 October 2019.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract: Microsoft Corp. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Nike bets on tech CEO Donahoe to accelerate digital transformation: Will it work?: Nike names former ServiceNow and eBay CEO John Donahoe as CEO just as rival Under Armour, which has key digital assets of its own, names a leader with a more traditional background. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Growing Meat in a Lab That Doesn’t Look Like Mush: In their quest to make a lab-grown steak, researchers devised a form of scaffolding made with gelatin. Posted on 27 October 2019.

U.S. Travel Ban Disrupts The World's Largest Brain Science Meeting: Scientists from nations including Iran, Mexico, and India were refused visas to attend this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago. Posted on 24 October 2019.

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Australia's Chris the sheep, the world's woolliest, dies: An Australian sheep who made headlines in 2015 for the record-breaking weight of his fleece has died, according to the carers of the Merino named Chris. Posted on 22 October 2019.

RIPE NIC: 'In Five Weeks We'll Run Out of IPv4 Internet Addresses': An anonymous reader quotes ISP Review: The RIPE Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), which manages regional distribution of internet addresses for the UK, Europe, Middle East and parts of Central Asia, has confirmed that their final reserve pool of Internet Protocol v4 (IPv4) addresses will completely run out in November 2019. Posted on 01 January 1970.

First statewide earthquake alerts now available in California: When an earthquake occurs, the new system will immediately warn users of incoming waves, allowing them a moment to prepare for any shaking. Posted on 17 October 2019.

Facebook and Google urged to set up independent regulator to avoid internet laws: . Posted on 25 January 2018.

US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands After Record 780-Day Mystery Mission: The U. Posted on 27 October 2019.

The three challenges keeping cars from being fully autonomous: Technical, regulatory, and business obstacles are still in the way of safe, useful, and affordable self-driving vehicles. Posted on 27 October 2019.

Dems ask: did Trump 'compromise classified information' with phones?: A veteran of the Bush/Cheney team said Trump's use of unsecured phones "may be the largest, most significant breach of White House communications in history. Posted on 27 October 2019.


Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.


Longer term weather forecast

Cape Town weather

  • Fri 13: few clouds

    21 ° - 27 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 17 %
  • Sat 14: light rain

    16 ° - 22 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 7 %
  • Sun 15: light rain

    15 ° - 19 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Mon 16: few clouds

    15 ° - 24 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 24 %
  • Tue 17: light rain

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 18: moderate rain

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 19: sky is clear

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Fri 20: scattered clouds

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 29 %
  • Sat 21: scattered clouds

    18 ° - 23 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 44 %
  • Sun 22: few clouds

    18 ° - 21 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 16 %
  • Mon 23: overcast clouds

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Tue 24: overcast clouds

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Wed 25: sky is clear

    16 ° - 26 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 26: scattered clouds

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 41 %
  • Fri 27: sky is clear

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 4 %
  • Sat 28: sky is clear

    16 ° - 24 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %