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Today's quotable quote: Martin Luther: If you're not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there.

This day in history: 07 December 2021: Mary Toft Admits That She Did Not Really Give Birth to Rabbits (1726). Toft, an English servant, had a bizarre 15 minutes of fame in 1726 when she convinced doctors that she had given birth to a litter of rabbits. At age 25, Toft suffered a miscarriage. About a month later, she appeared to go into labor and proceeded over the next few weeks to "birth" several animal parts along with nine baby bunnies. The episode was attributed to a fascination with rabbits that Toft had developed during her pregnancy—until it was revealed to be a hoax.


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Work: map2tech, Spaces, No 1 Bridgeway, Bridgeways Precinct, Cape Town, 7441

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In the news

Public Fallout Over Take-Two Playing IP Troll Begins: Take-Two Interactive continues to find itself in the news for all the wrong reasons. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Elizabeth Holmes Accuses Ex-Lover, Business Partner Of Abuse: In a tearful testimony, the disgraced entrepreneur said she was the abused puppet of her former business partner and ex-lover Sunny Balwani. Posted on 30 November 2021.

Inventors Transform Propane Tanks Into a Working Submarine: Three inventors from Kentucky, who are farmers by trade, came across old liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage tanks and wanted to put them to good use. Posted on 07 December 2021.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Tue 07: few clouds

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 20 %
  • Wed 08: sky is clear

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 09: sky is clear

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 10: broken clouds

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 78 %
  • Sat 11: light rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Watch Apple’s ‘Unleashed’ event live right here: Apple is set to announce new hardware today. Posted on 18 October 2021.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 October 2021.

Best mid-range wifi 6 mesh systems to solve broadband dead zones: Replacement routers put speedy wifi in every corner of the home for reliable work, video calls and filmsWith wifi more important than ever for keeping your home working and your online entertainment up and running, it may be time to banish those irritating “not-spots” and make your broadband work everywhere in your home with a router upgrade. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Antiquities for auction could be illicitly sourced, archaeologist claims: Etruscan bronze attachments in Sotheby’s sale and and Bonhams’ Sardinian lamp said to match items in convicted dealers’ archivesThe auction houses Sotheby’s and Bonhams are facing a call to withdraw two antiquities from sale in London today from an archaeologist who raised “serious suspicions” that the items came from illicit excavations. Posted on 07 December 2021.

This new Firefox browser feature could stop zero-day bugs in their tracks: New technique uses WebAssembly to isolate potentially buggy code. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Ariel: Contract signed to build European planet telescope: Airbus will lead the construction of the Ariel observatory which will study 1,000 distant worlds. Posted on 07 December 2021.

I Tried Running in a Robotic Exoskeleton So You Don't Have To: The first wearable exoskeleton available to consumers is meant to level up your workout. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Instagram unveils new teen safety tools ahead of Senate hearing: Instagram announced the tools designed for its youngest users and their parents a day before the app's head, Adam Mosseri, testifies to the Senate about Instagram's potential risks to kids and teens. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Novel numerical model simulates folding in Earth's crust throughout the earthquake cycle: Earth's crust is constantly in motion. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Microsoft Seizes 42 Websites From a Chinese Hacking Group: The group was likely using the websites to install malware that helped it gather data from government agencies and other groups, the company said. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Sean McDermott: We lost because of sloppy football, not a Bill Belichick-type thing: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s work in putting together a game plan to handle both the elements and the Bills on Monday night earned him a lot of praise during and after New England’s 14-10. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Alibaba restructures to split global, local e-commerce businesses: Citing the need for agility, the Chinese internet giant reorganises into two separate units, one comprising its overseas and wholesale businesses including Lazada, while the other combines all its domestic commerce businesses. Posted on 07 December 2021.

NASA Announces 10 New Astronaut Recruits: The recruits, selected from a pool of 12,000 applicants, will begin two years of training, and some of them may one day walk on the moon. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Data analysts proved what Black Pittsburgh knew about COVID's racial disparities: Community leaders saw early in the pandemic that the city's residents of color were being hit hard by COVID-19. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Sean McDermott: We lost because of sloppy football, not a Bill Belichick-type thing: Patriots head coach Bill Belichick’s work in putting together a game plan to handle both the elements and the Bills on Monday night earned him a lot of praise during and after New England’s 14-10. Posted on 07 December 2021.

Microsoft Seizes Domains Used By Chinese Cyber-Espionage Group 'Nickel': An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: Microsoft said today that its legal team has successfully obtained a court warrant that allowed it to seize 42 domains used by a Chinese cyber-espionage group in recent operations that targeted organizations in the US and 28 other countries. Posted on 07 December 2021.

As Twitter CEO steps down, company looks forward to the future: Jack Dorsey is stepping down from his role as Twitter’s CEO after he co-founded the company 16 years ago. Posted on 30 November 2021.

7 ways Einstein changed the world: We take a look at the ways Einstein changed the world and shaped how we see and interact with the universe, from lasers to understanding space and time. Posted on 07 December 2021.

How SpaceX’s massive Starship rocket might unlock the solar system—and beyond: If all goes to plan, next month SpaceX will launch the largest rocket in human history. Posted on 07 December 2021.


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

  • Tue 07: few clouds

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 20 %
  • Wed 08: sky is clear

    17 ° - 23 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Thu 09: sky is clear

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 10: broken clouds

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 78 %
  • Sat 11: light rain

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Sun 12: light rain

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 54 %
  • Mon 13: broken clouds

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 56 %
  • Tue 14: overcast clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Wed 15: few clouds

    16 ° - 20 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 24 %
  • Thu 16: sky is clear

    16 ° - 21 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 7 %
  • Fri 17: sky is clear

    17 ° - 22 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 2 %
  • Sat 18: broken clouds

    17 ° - 25 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 69 %
  • Sun 19: overcast clouds

    18 ° - 22 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Mon 20: broken clouds

    17 ° - 21 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 52 %
  • Tue 21: light rain

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 60 %
  • Wed 22: sky is clear

    18 ° - 24 ° Wind 10 km/h / Clouds 1 %