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Today's quotable quote: Homer Simpson (The Simpsons): Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.

This day in history: 24 June 2018: Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE). The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble.


How Do Star Wars Ships Stack Up Aerodynamically?

interestingengineering.com, 22 June 2018

A YouTuber has put 3D models of the Star Wars ships into a virtual air tunnel to test their aerodynamic capabilities. He determines each ship's drag coefficient and discusses how each ship performs in comparison to each other.






Weird Wild World

Posted on 15 June 2018

Inside the world of competitive whistling.



It's Cheaper to Uber Than Own a Car in These Cities

lifehacker.com, 04 June 2018

This week Mary Meeker from the investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers released her 2018 annual internet trends report. There were a lot of tidbits in there covering everything from what city is likely to be the next big tech hub to how people are shopping on the internet. It also tackled ano...




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Tech Insider UK

Posted on 22 April 2018

These whirlpool turbines can provide 24/7 power for dozens of homes.


Freethink

Posted on 21 April 2018

This rock musician lost his arm to an electrical transformer. Now he’s become the world’s first bionic drummer. It’s not science fiction - it’s Superhuman. Follow the show to see all new episodes from the frontlines of medical innovation.







South Peninsula Water

Posted on 08 April 2018

Cape Town gets celebrated for our water saving efforts in the LA Times. #CapeTownWaterCrisis #CapeWater




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In the news

New omniphobic coating could slash fuel costs for US Navy ships: To make ships and submarines slippier, the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the development of an "omniphobic" coating that not only repels water, but many other substances, like oil, alcohol, and even peanut butter. Posted on 24 June 2018.

This Week In Techdirt History: June 17th - 23rd: Five Years Ago This week in 2013, the NSA was seeking blanket immunity for companies that aided its surveillance programs, congressional staffers were being told to pretend leaked documents don't exist, and more than half the Senate skipped a briefing on the NSA's programs. Posted on 23 June 2018.

Risk of autism increased in children of mothers with diabetes: The risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) was increased in children of mothers with the three main types of diabetes that complicate pregnancy, findings that add new information on type 1 diabetes and extend what is already known about type 2 and gestational diabetes. Posted on 23 June 2018.


Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Mon 25: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 76 %
  • Tue 26: light rain

    11 ° - 15 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 8 %
  • Wed 27: moderate rain

    14 ° - 15 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 88 %
  • Thu 28: light rain

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 60 %
  • Fri 29: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 78 %

See next two weeks

News (continued)

Facebook Fundraiser To Reunite Families Separated At Border Brings In Millions: People are outraged by the thousands of immigrant children being split up from their parents. Posted on 19 June 2018.

Comcast Now Offering Mesh Network Pods from Plume for $120+: Good news Comcast customers. Posted on 22 May 2018.

In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare: The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. Posted on 24 June 2018.

Commercialization Fellows explore market for inventions: Doctoral students in Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellowship are developing tools to compress laser pulses, separate blood plasma and 3D print living tissue. Posted on 22 June 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 April 2018.

Tesla whistleblower claims company is 'doing everything it can to silence me': The electric carmaker is suing a former technician for alleged hacking, but he says he’s being scapegoated for leaking concernsOn Wednesday morning, Martin Tripp was an out-of-work Tesla technician trying to figure out what to do next. Posted on 24 June 2018.

'Irish giant' may finally get respectful burial after 200 years on display: Skeleton of Charles Byrne, who had gigantism, could now be buried at sea in accordance with his final wishesThe “Irish giant”, a centrepiece of the Hunterian anatomical museum in London, could be released to allow the remains to be given a respectful burial after more than two centuries on display. Posted on 24 June 2018.

PayPal touts global reach as mobile wallets pop up in APAC: Banks, telcos, and e-commerce players in the region now offer their own payment platforms, but PayPal believes its global reach and security infrastructure will ensure its market relevance. Posted on 24 June 2018.

Why does India's air look different from space?: Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite tracks formaldehyde emissions in the air over the Indian sub-continent. Posted on 22 June 2018.

A Major Privacy Win, a Vault 7 Indictment, and More Security News This Week: A good week for privacy, an alleged leaker indicted, and more security news this week. Posted on 23 June 2018.

Supreme Court: Police Need Search Warrant To Track Cellphone Locations: In a ruling seen as a major victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court this morning has ruled that police need a search warrant to track people through cell-phone tower searches. Posted on 22 June 2018.

Researchers create one of the smallest nanoparticle stabilized nanoemulsions with new technique: MIE Assistant Professor Sushant Anand and his research associates have had multiple breakthroughs with their work on oil-water mixtures or "emulsions. Posted on 23 June 2018.

Inside a Heist of American Chip Designs, as China Bids for Tech Power: Micron memory chips. Posted on 22 June 2018.

Comcast xFi Advanced Gateway Modem/Router: Here is Comcast’s most advanced modem/router which promises speed as well as ease of use. Posted on 06 December 2017.

Barnes & Noble's NOOK Sales Decrease 23.9% in 2018: NOOK sales declined 23. Posted on 24 June 2018.

Fox spirits and demons: China's tech giants splash out in cartoon arms race: HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Growing up in the Chinese port city of Dalian in the 1990s, Zhang Hongchang spent hours immersed in Japanese cartoons like Dragon Ball and Naruto. Posted on 23 June 2018.

PayPal touts global reach as mobile wallets pop up in APAC: Banks, telcos, and e-commerce players in the region now offer their own payment platforms, but PayPal believes its global reach and security infrastructure will ensure its market relevance. Posted on 24 June 2018.

The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools: A showcase reflects a reconstruction of Ötzi’s skull, center, and his body at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy. Posted on 22 June 2018.

Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans: A 16-year-old Florida boy is the first person known to have become infected, researchers say. Posted on 22 June 2018.

Lone woman digs for family lost under Guatemalan volcanic rubble: SAN MIGUEL LOS LOTES, Guatemala (Reuters) - Eleven days after the Fuego volcano rained down on the Guatemalan village of San Miguel Los Lotes, a backhoe ripped the roof off one of the homes buried by ash, revealing a corpse in the still-hot dust. Posted on 22 June 2018.

George Lucas's Terrible Idea for Star Wars Episodes 7-9: In an interview with James Cameron, George Lucas reveals what he'd planed for the final three Star Wars films: "[The next three 'Star Wars' films] were going to get into a microbiotic world," he told Cameron. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Florida airport to begin scanning faces of international passengers: Orlando International Airport will employ face scanners for passengers on arriving and departing international flights, a move that airport authorities claim will speed up customs, while privacy advocates worry about the lack of formal rules in place for the data from the scans. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Meet the Bug That Armors Itself With Shells: The caddisfly is one of many insects that get creative in shielding themselves from predators. Posted on 23 June 2018.

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

Water May Not Be the Only Sign of Alien Life: A new study suggests also looking for "bioessential" elements when searching for alien life. Posted on 23 June 2018.

Rebuilding Germany’s centuries-old vocational program: The Ausbildung is widely touted as an example other countries should follow. Posted on 24 June 2018.

Why Looking After Your Teeth Is So Important: Are you have problems with your teeth? Do you have a friend or family member that is struggling with dental problems? This article can help you out. Posted on 24 June 2018.


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

  • Mon 25: light rain

    13 ° - 16 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 76 %
  • Tue 26: light rain

    11 ° - 15 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 8 %
  • Wed 27: moderate rain

    14 ° - 15 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 88 %
  • Thu 28: light rain

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 60 %
  • Fri 29: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 78 %
  • Sat 30: light rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 13 %
  • Sun 01: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 53 %
  • Mon 02: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 39 %
  • Tue 03: moderate rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 13 km/h / Clouds 17 %
  • Wed 04: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 21 %
  • Thu 05: sky is clear

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 06: sky is clear

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 07: light rain

    16 ° - 19 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 73 %
  • Sun 08: light rain

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Mon 09: moderate rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 87 %
  • Tue 10: sky is clear

    14 ° - 14 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 0 %