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This day in history: 19 November 2018: Prestige. On Nov. 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker suffered damage in a storm and began leaking oil. Denied entry to ports in Spain, France, and Portugal, the stricken vessel was kept at sea for nearly a week before it broke apart and sank about 150 mi (250 km) from the Spanish coast. The resulting oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in Spain's history, fouled much of the Galician coastline as well as parts of the French coast.

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In the news

Lamborghini decides the world needs a race-ready SUV: The Lamborghini Urus "super SUV" is many things: fast, comfortable and an order of magnitude more practical than any other Lambo for years. Posted on 19 November 2018.

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt: This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is James Burkhardt responding to the idea that the EU Copyright Directive may not have blocked the Wonky Donkey viral sensation because "no one is required to enforce copyright": Article 13 requires proactive efforts to ensure copyright is not infringed. Posted on 18 November 2018.

Residual inflammation risk affects outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention: Patients who have persistently high levels of inflammation following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for coronary artery disease are significantly more likely to die from any cause or to have a heart attack within a year, according to a study of 7,026 patients published in the European Heart Journal. Posted on 19 November 2018.

Cape Town weather

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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.

A closer look at Royole’s foldable display: You’d be forgiven if Royole doesn’t ring any bells. Posted on 19 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.

UK 'wholly' unprepared to stop devastating cyber-attack, MPs warn: Ministers not taking growing threat to national infrastructure seriously, says committeeMinisters are failing to act with “a meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of a growing cyber threat to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI), a parliamentary committee has warned. Posted on 19 November 2018.

Space: how far have we gone – and where are we going?: Billionaire entrepreneurs are trying to create rockets fit for human travel, while government agencies spend billions furthering their explorations. Posted on 19 November 2018.

NBN satellite business plan 'a matter of urgency': Joint committee: NBN should introduce its business-grade satellite project, address fixed-wireless congestion, and update its regional broadband levy amounts before passing legislation, the joint standing committee has recommended. Posted on 19 November 2018.

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

Best Cookbooks (Fall 2018): José Andrés, Anissa Helou, Simone Klabin: This year's best food books reflect the importance of community, whether it's about saving the world or just understanding it a little better. Posted on 18 November 2018.

Supercomputers Assist Firefighters As Wildfires Spread In California: New technology builds on existing models and adds in the growing amount of real-time data available from NASA satellites, weather stations, field cameras and aerial reconnaissance flights. Posted on 18 November 2018.

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Scientists create atomic scale, 2-D electronic kagome lattice: Scientists from the University of Wollongong (UOW), working with colleagues at China's Beihang University, Nankai University, and Institute of Physics at Chinese Academy of Sciences, have successfully created an atomic scale, two-dimensional electronic kagome lattice with potential applications in electronics and quantum computing. Posted on 19 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.

Apple cuts production orders for all 3 new iPhone models: WSJ: IPhone maker Apple Inc has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources. Posted on 19 November 2018.

Website geoblocking is not that widespread, study finds: Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Cuba are the most geoblocked countries. Posted on 19 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 18 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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Darts-Players let rip in flatulence row at Grand Slam of Darts: Players set more than just their arrows flying at the Grand Slam of Darts this week, with opponents rowing over who had emitted noxious smells during their match, media reported on Saturday. Posted on 17 November 2018.

Facebook Now Faces a Massive Backlash. But Will Anything Change?: Slate argues that Facebook "is a normal sleazy company now," saying the company "obscured its problems and fought dirty against its critics" -- but that now its failings are being publicly aired. 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.

Divers Surprised by Gorgeous 'Feather Boa' of the Sea. And the Video Is Glorious.: An undulating ribbon of silver surprised divers near northern New Zealand in October — but not so much that they couldn't get it on video. Posted on 18 November 2018.

Ford wants to launch a fleet of thousands of self-driving cars in 2021: The automaker believes sponsorship and ride-sharing will be key to making its nascent autonomous-car business take off. Posted on 19 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 19 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

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