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Today's quotable quote: Albert Einstein: It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion.

This day in history: 17 November 2018: The Luxor Massacre (1997). Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists.


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In the news

Lockheed begins manufacture of X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft: Commercial supersonic flight has left the drawing board with Lockheed Martin announcing fabrication of the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft has begun. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Blockchain Voting: Solves None Of The Actual Problems Of Online Voting; Leverages None Of The Benefits Of Blockchain: Just recently we wrote about why blockchain-based DRM was a terrible idea, and it could be summed up by the simple fact that a blockchain solves none of the "problems" of DRM today, and leverages none of the actual benefits of a blockchain. Posted on 17 November 2018.

New inhibitor which blocks inflammation could also treat sepsis: Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered a new inhibitor which decreases lung inflammation and could hold the key to treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome -- a life-threatening disease which affects thousands of people in the UK. Posted on 17 November 2018.


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News (continued)

Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue': The chief operating officer denies that she and Mark Zuckerberg "weren't interested in knowing the truth, or we wanted to hide what we knew. Posted on 16 November 2018.

OhGizmo! Review: The Zeus Arc Vaporizer: Today we take a first look at the new Zeus Arc vaporizer! Not the brands first release, they’ve also put out units like the Zeus Smite+ and neat gadgets like. Posted on 02 November 2018.

YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site: YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Google doodles Cornell message to extraterrestrials: Today’s Google doodle celebrates the 44th anniversary of humankind’s first intentional radio message to extraterrestrials, via the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, then managed by Cornell. Posted on 16 November 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 26 October 2018.

Zuckerberg: I didn't know of Facebook ties to firm that attacked George Soros: CEO says he learned about relationship with PR company after it was reported in New York TimesMark Zuckerberg defended his leadership of Facebook on Thursday, claiming ignorance of the company’s relationship with a political consultancy that used an antisemitic narrative to undermine critics. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Coffee or tea? The answer might be in your genes: Choice of drink linked to how we perceive bitterness of substances, researchers sayDo you prefer coffee or tea? The answer to that question might in part be down to your genes, research suggests. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Marijuana means business: Everything you need to know about the cannabis industry: With the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in constant flux, and varying wildly from state to state, the opportunities and risks of this market are mind-alteringly complex. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Kilogram gets a new definition: Scientists take the massive decision to change the definition of the kilogram. Posted on 16 November 2018.

How Did the 'Freedom From Facebook' Campaign Get Its Start?: Facebook hired an opposition firm to fight the initiative, which was funded by hedge fund millionaire David Magerman. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Facebook Increasingly Reliant on A.I. To Predict Suicide Risk: Ten times a day, on average, Facebook's AI-driven self-harm detection system alerts authorities to someone who may be about to harm him or herself. Posted on 17 November 2018.

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Mexico says 48 manatee deaths due to heat, algae blooms: Mexican environmental authorities say a combination of hot weather, drought and toxic algae blooms contributed to the deaths of 48 manatees in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco this summer. Posted on 16 November 2018.

A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook’s Attack Dog: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, testifying in September before a Senate committee. Posted on 16 November 2018.

Move Slow and Make Things: Airtable’s Howie Liu Built A $1B Software Giant Emphasizing Substance Over Speed: By focusing on design and user experience, Airtable’s hot, cloud-based software has taken hold in 80,000 organizations from Netflix to small profits. Posted on 15 November 2018.

Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project: Alphabet Inc's life sciences division Verily said on Friday that it was putting on hold one of its oldest and highest-profile projects, a smart contact lens designed to help monitor sugar levels. Posted on 16 November 2018.

Marijuana means business: Everything you need to know about the cannabis industry: With the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in constant flux, and varying wildly from state to state, the opportunities and risks of this market are mind-alteringly complex. Posted on 17 November 2018.

The Kilogram is Dead. Long Live the Kilogram!: A one-kilogram sphere of single-crystal silicon, one of the roundest man-made objects in the world. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Bringing Up Baby: This week we focus on the behavior of the youngest members of the human race. Posted on 15 November 2018.

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Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: 'I've never used a computer': (Corrects minister's time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. Posted on 15 November 2018.

Lock-Screen Bypass Bug Quietly Patched In Handsets: secwatcher shares a report from Threatpost: A design flaw affecting all in-display fingerprint sensors -- that left over a half-dozen cellphone models vulnerable to a trivial lock-screen bypass attack -- has been quietly patched. Posted on 01 January 1970.

How 'net neutrality' became a political rallying point: Before there was "net neutrality" there was "end-to-end principle," the idea of letting end consumers control the internet and its content rather than a central authority. Posted on 01 January 1970.

How World War I launched mapmaking at National Geographic: This Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Posted on 09 November 2018.

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

Voyager 2 Creeps Closer to the Edge of the Solar System: Going, going — nope, it's still just going, NASA says of its Voyager 2 probe, which the agency realized was approaching the edge of the solar system back in early October. Posted on 16 November 2018.

The US military is testing stratospheric balloons that ride the wind so they never have to come down: A sensor that can spot the wind direction from miles away will let DARPA’s surveillance balloons hover at the very edge of space in one spot indefinitely. Posted on 17 November 2018.

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 17 November 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

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