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Today's quotable quote: Samuel Johnson: The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

This day in history: 22 October 2019: The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707). Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors.

World's First At-Home Vinyl Record Cutting Machine Set for 2020 Release - Okayplayer

okayplayer.com, 13 October 2019

Mixtapes will never be the same. Though it’s been something of a wax-obsessive’s pipedream for the better part of a century, pressing your own vinyl is (hopefully,) soon to be the new norm. READ: Vinyl Sales Projected to Surpass CDs for The First Time in More Than 30 Years According to a recent ...

Cape ice cream parlour named best in the world

capetownetc.com, 02 October 2019

Cape Town is on a roll, scooping up yet another international accolade with Unframed Ice Cream parlour ranking in at the number one spot out of 50 ice cream cafés worldwide.

Mathematicians Solve '42' Problem With Planetary Supercomputer

sciencealert.com, 21 September 2019

Mathematicians have finally figured out the three cubed numbers that add up to 42. This has settled a problem that has been pondered for 65 years: namely, can each of the natural numbers below 100 be expressed as the sum of three cubes?

The Great Danube River Starts Here

atlasobscura.com, 03 September 2019

From this humble blue pool the great river flows 1,700 miles, through 10 countries, all the way to the Black Sea.

The Neuroscience of Reality

scientificamerican.com, 01 September 2019

Reality is constructed by the brain, and no two brains are exactly alike

Pictures from Cape Town's past

capetownetc.com, 12 August 2019

The Mother City is a beautiful place and has always been. Granted, in times past it was a little easier to see the mountains and a little less crowded on the beach, but Cape Town will always hold the top spot in the hearts of all Capetonians.

SANParks Free Access Week dates

capetownetc.com, 12 August 2019

This year South African National Parks will be presenting the 14th annual SA National Parks Week from September 8 to 15 2019 and this year the free access week has been extended to include weekends to cater to working locals.

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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.

Cop's Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Nearly Puts A Small Iowa Newspaper Out Of Business: Sometimes the goal of a libel lawsuit isn't to win. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Rice study assesses college leadership training programs: A new study from psychologists at Rice University found they teach students about leadership, but additional measures are needed to evaluate how they impact students' real-life leadership skills. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Wed 23: overcast clouds

    13 ° - 13 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Thu 24: overcast clouds

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Fri 25: moderate rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 13 %
  • Sat 26: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 8 %
  • Sun 27: moderate rain

    15 ° - 18 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 83 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

8chan Is Trying To Come Back As '8kun.' Its Founder Is Trying To Stop It.: For deep-state conspiracy theorists, 8chan's return could bring “the second coming” of QAnon. Posted on 21 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.

Databricks announces $400M round on $6.2B valuation as analytics platform continues to grow: Databricks is a SaaS business built on top of a bunch of open source tools, and apparently it’s been going pretty well on the business side of things. Posted on 22 October 2019.

CS classes can break down cultural barriers, study shows: Computational education can break down and expose cultural barriers in unexpected ways, a new study from Cornell researchers has found. Posted on 21 October 2019.

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

UK queries Facebook decision to exempt political statements from fact-checking: Commons committee demands explanation ‘given constraints it will place on combatting disinformation’The UK parliament has demanded to know why Facebook has decided to exempt political statements from its fact-checking programme – removing all bars on political candidates lying in paid adverts. Posted on 22 October 2019.

New gene editing tool could fix most harmful DNA mutations: ‘Prime editing’ more precise than Crispr-Cas9, but still needs time before use on humansScientists have raised fresh hopes for treating people with genetic disorders by inventing a powerful new molecular tool that, in principle, can correct the vast majority of mutations that cause human genetic diseases. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Amazon deal: Buy a Tile four-pack and get a free $50 Amazon Echo Dot: For a limited time, there are four Tile bundle deals on Amazon that include a free Amazon Echo Dot. Posted on 22 October 2019.

How space affects women and men differently: BBC Radio 5 Live speaks to a space gynaecologist about the impact of space travel on female astronauts. Posted on 21 October 2019.

Today’s Cartoon: Alexa, Give That Back: It was an inside job. Posted on 22 October 2019.

VIDEO: The Military Discovered A Way To Boost Soldiers' Memories, And We Tried It: Researchers have found that giving your brain an electrical stimulation while you sleep can lead to quicker learning and improved memory. Posted on 22 October 2019.

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Extreme biomimetics – the search for natural sources of materials engineering inspiration: Biologically inspired engineering to produce biomimetic materials and scaffolds typically occurs at the micro- or nanoscale. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Facebook Finds New Disinformation Campaigns and Braces for 2020 Torrent: The company also announced several new steps to reduce the spread of false information, including an effort to label posts from state-sponsored media. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Five Ways The Forbes Under 30 Summit Startup Showcase Expanded Into The Best Startup Competition Ever: At this year's Under 30 Summit in Detroit, Forbes will curate guaranteed 1-on-1s with relevant VCs. Posted on 10 September 2019.

Facebook probe by U.S. states expands to 47 attorneys general: A New York-led probe of Facebook Inc into allegations that the company put consumer data at risk and pushed up advertising rates has expanded to include attorneys general from 47 U. Posted on 22 October 2019.

Amazon deal: Buy a Tile four-pack and get a free $50 Amazon Echo Dot: For a limited time, there are four Tile bundle deals on Amazon that include a free Amazon Echo Dot. Posted on 22 October 2019.

The Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Acidified the Ocean in a Flash: The Chicxulub event was as damaging to life in the oceans as it was to creatures on land, a study shows. Posted on 21 October 2019.

Hospitals Around The World Have A Dire Shortage Of Blood: The first global analysis of blood supply and demand finds that many developing countries are relying on risky emergency donations. Posted on 22 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.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Tell Congress That Embattled Libra Crypto Project Will 'Extend America's Financial Leadership': Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the Facebook-backed libra cryptocurrency "will extend America's financial leadership as well as our democratic values and oversight around the world. 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.

Giant Plasma Guns Could Be the Answer to Limitless Fusion Power: Los Alamos physicists want to combine two fusion-power techniques and finally harness the energy source that powers the sun. Posted on 22 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 22 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 22 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

  • Wed 23: overcast clouds

    13 ° - 13 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Thu 24: overcast clouds

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Fri 25: moderate rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 13 %
  • Sat 26: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 8 %
  • Sun 27: moderate rain

    15 ° - 18 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 83 %
  • Mon 28: light rain

    13 ° - 17 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 18 %
  • Tue 29: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 70 %
  • Wed 30: sky is clear

    11 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 31: sky is clear

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 01: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Sat 02: sky is clear

    14 ° - 21 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 6 %
  • Sun 03: broken clouds

    15 ° - 22 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 61 %
  • Mon 04: moderate rain

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Tue 05: moderate rain

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 44 %
  • Wed 06: broken clouds

    13 ° - 20 ° Wind 1 km/h / Clouds 68 %
  • Thu 07: sky is clear

    14 ° - 19 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %