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Today's quotable quote: Dave Barry: The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates.

This day in history: 19 August 2019: American Outlaw John Wesley Hardin Shot Dead (1895). Hardin was an American desperado who claimed to have killed 42 men, one of them allegedly for snoring. He became a gambler and a gunman very early in life, but his friends and gunfighting skills helped him evade the authorities until 1877, when he was sentenced to 25 years for killing a sheriff. He studied law in prison and was released after serving 16 years.

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In the news

Keto lets you unlock and start your car, using your phone: It seems like it was only yesterday that – on some vehicles, at least – the traditional car key was replaced with a Bluetooth fob. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Twitter And Facebook Removing Chinese Disinfo Campaigns Shows That, Contrary To Popular Opinion, They Do Moderate Against Disinfo: Leaving aside the ridiculous and ignorant suggestions from some that no internet platforms should moderate anything, many, many people seem to believe (incorrectly) that the various internet companies refuse to moderate anything because it goes against their bottom lines. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Police less proactive after negative public scrutiny, study says: Public safety officers know that their profession could draw them into the line of fire at any moment, as it did recently for six officers wounded in a shooting standoff in Philadelphia. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Wed 21: scattered clouds

    13 ° - 13 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 39 %
  • Thu 22: broken clouds

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 62 %
  • Fri 23: sky is clear

    16 ° - 16 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 24: sky is clear

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 25: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %

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News (continued)

House Homeland Security Lawmakers Issue Subpoena For 8Chan Owner Jim Watkins: The committee issued the bipartisan subpoena Wednesday calling for Watkins to testify Sept. Posted on 14 August 2019.

You Can Install These 3 Hot Water Dispensers Yourself: With our busy lives where time is valuable, a hot water dispenser can be the difference between getting an extra 5 minutes of sleep or waking up 30 minutes in. Posted on 29 July 2019.

This hand-tracking algorithm could lead to sign language recognition: Millions of people communicate using sign language, but so far projects to capture its complex gestures and translate them to verbal speech have had limited success. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Certificate program develops skills in machine learning: Cornell has launched an online certificate program in machine learning, available through eCornell, to teach the skills programmers, developers and others need to be successful in this rapidly expanding field. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 08 August 2019.

Beats PowerBeats Pro review: Apple's fitness AirPods rock: Bluetooth earbuds have long battery life, rock-solid connectivity and stay firmly planted on your earThe PowerBeats Pro are Apple-owned Beats’ first true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that cut the cable and seek to be the ultimate running and gym earphones. Posted on 20 August 2019.

The five: surprising talents of the Neanderthals: Embracing the arts as well as sports, they were masters of many different and complex disciplinesLast week, researchers from Washington University announced they had investigated the ear remains of 23 Neanderthals and found that around half had bony growths that suggested aquatic foraging was a prominent part of their lifestyle. Posted on 20 August 2019.

Facebook awards $100,000 prize for new code isolation technique: Facebook awards the 2019 Internet Defense Prize to a team of German researchers for their work on ERIM. Posted on 20 August 2019.

Five ways UK farmers are tackling climate change: Farms are on the front line of climate change - vulnerable to extreme weather events - so farmers are coming up with new and surprising ways of tackling the problem. Posted on 18 August 2019.

Bananas in Crisis, Aggressive Social Spiders, and More News: Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less. Posted on 19 August 2019.

New Research Casts Doubt On Connection Between Smartphone Use And Teen Mental Health: New research casts doubt on the connection between smartphone use and teens' mental health. Posted on 19 August 2019.

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Scientists extract hydrogen gas from oil and bitumen, giving potential pollution-free energy: Scientists have developed a large-scale economical method to extract hydrogen (H2) from oil sands (natural bitumen) and oil fields. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Facebook and Twitter Say China Is Spreading Disinformation in Hong Kong: The social media companies removed accounts and said they were sowing divisive messages about the Hong Kong protests. Posted on 20 August 2019.

Japan again approved shipment of photoresists to South Korea: Yonhap News: Japan has approved shipment of a high-tech material to South Korea for the second time since imposing export curbs last month, Yonhap News Agency reported late on Monday, citing industry and government officials. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Hotspot Shield review: Here's a VPN that actually lives to up its hype: It's rare that we're surprised by a product. Posted on 19 August 2019.

The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change: If the species is wiped out by poachers, Africa’s vast rain forest will lose 7 percent of its carbon storage ability, scientists estimate. Posted on 19 August 2019.

Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away: A recent study found virtual reality experiences were better at easing pain than watching televised nature scenes. Posted on 19 August 2019.

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Sporting expression 'caught fire' takes on literal meaning: The sporting expression "caught fire" took on a literal meaning on Sunday as several players at the BMW Championship, including Phil Mickelson, were affected by a fire at their hotel. Posted on 18 August 2019.

Twitter Blocks State-Controlled Media Outlets From Advertising On Its Social Network: Twitter is now blocking state-run media outlets from advertising on its platform. Posted on 01 January 1970.

US Justice Department opens antitrust investigations on Big Tech: The U. Posted on 01 January 1970.

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

Lions: The Uniquely Social 'King of the Jungle': Throughout history, lions have been celebrated for their strength and beauty, and are the inspiration for many myths and stories worldwide. Posted on 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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 21: scattered clouds

    13 ° - 13 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 39 %
  • Thu 22: broken clouds

    14 ° - 17 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 62 %
  • Fri 23: sky is clear

    16 ° - 16 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sat 24: sky is clear

    16 ° - 18 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 25: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Mon 26: overcast clouds

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Tue 27: light rain

    14 ° - 14 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Wed 28: light rain

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 92 %
  • Thu 29: light rain

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 31 %
  • Fri 30: light rain

    13 ° - 14 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 45 %
  • Sat 31: light rain

    14 ° - 16 ° Wind 15 km/h / Clouds 100 %
  • Sun 01: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 15 km/h / Clouds 93 %
  • Mon 02: sky is clear

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 8 %
  • Tue 03: sky is clear

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 04: few clouds

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 12 %
  • Thu 05: broken clouds

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 53 %