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Today's quotable quote: Tori Filler: Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

This day in history: 17 April 2019: Ill-Fated. Less than a year after the first lunar landing, Apollo 13 departed for the moon. Two days into the mission, an oxygen tank exploded, severely damaging the spacecraft's electrical system, and the landing had to be aborted. Despite limited power, loss of cabin heat, a shortage of potable water, and the need to improvise a carbon dioxide removal system, the craft returned safely to Earth. The immortal line from the mission—"Houston, we have a problem"—is a misquote.

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In the news

Leatherman presents "the future of multitools": Leatherman's Wave has long been a standard-setting plier-based multitool, but the Portland-based company says it's ready to blow it out of the water with its new Free series gear, which uses a new magnetic one-handed opening mechanism that means you no longer need your fingernails to open it. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Take-Two Dismisses Its Lawsuit Against Pinkerton Agency As The Latter Runs From Its Own Cease And Desist: At the very start of the year, we discussed a lawsuit filed by Take-Two Interactive against the Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations agency over content within the hit game Red Dead Redemption 2. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Logical reasoning: An antidote or a poison for political disagreement?: New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation, tribal instincts kick in and people's ability to think logically suffers when it comes to arguments related to their political belief systems. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Wed 17: scattered clouds

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 30 %
  • Thu 18: sky is clear

    17 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 19: light rain

    18 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Sat 20: light rain

    17 ° - 18 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 21: sky is clear

    17 ° - 19 ° Wind 14 km/h / Clouds 0 %

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News (continued)

Far-Right Activists Are Taking Their Message To Gen Z On TikTok: The video-sharing app has let hate speech flourish as a growing number of users, many of them young, flock to TikTok. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Building an Apex Legends- Friendly PC on a Budget: Apex Legends, by now I’m sure you’ve heard of it, Respawns battle royale behemoth making waves in the multiplayer and streaming scene, but what does it take to run it?. Posted on 02 April 2019.

TED raises $280M to help nonprofits battle climate change, online sex abuse and more: TED is unveiling the eight participants in the second year of The Audacious Project, a program aimed at helping nonprofits pursue their most ambitious goals. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Online health searches in Africa reveal stigmas, needs: Researchers have collected and analyzed health-related internet search terms from all 54 countries in Africa, finding that searches such as “Does garlic cure AIDS?” can reveal pockets of disease prevalence, cultural stigmas and urgent needs for accurate health information. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 30 March 2019.

PlayStation 5: Sony gives the first details of its next generation console: The new PlayStation will feature custom hardware, a solid state drive, 3D sound support and backwards compatibility – but it won’t be out in 2019Sony has announced the first details of its next PlayStation console, but is yet to name it and has confirmed it will not be launched this year. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Causes of cancer may leave 'fingerprints' in DNA, scientists say: Research raises hope that triggers of individual tumours could be pinpointedFrom smoking to alcohol, air pollution to sunlight, a host of factors in our environment can cause cancer. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Wipro confirms internal investigation following claims the IT giant was breached: The company told ZDNet it is continuing to monitor its enterprise after reports that the Indian IT outsourcing firm was dealing with a 'multi-month intrusion'. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Extinction Rebellion: what do they want - and is it realistic?: The UK needs to move to net zero CO2 emissions by 2025 say protestors but how hard would that be to achieve?. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Apple and Qualcomm End Their Legal Beef and Drop Lawsuits: The two industry giants had just begun a trial in a convoluted dispute related to the way Qualcomm charges others to use its technology. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Want To Know How Far Artificial Intelligence Has Come? Just Look At CAPTCHA: NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with researcher Jason Polakis about CAPTCHA, the program that tests to see if you are really human, and how far artificial intelligence has come. Posted on 16 April 2019.

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Catfish use complex coordination to suck in prey: Catfish do not have arms or tongues to help them catch and swallow their prey—instead, a catfish ready to strike moves its head. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Apple and Qualcomm Settle All Disputes Worldwide: Just as a trial had begun in a federal courtroom in San Diego over a suit Apple had filed against Qualcomm, the two companies said they had essentially made up. Posted on 17 April 2019.

FBI Head Of Cybersecurity In San Francisco Warns: Look To Inside Threats: The arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange marks the first step toward trying one of the most prominent cyber crimes in American history and his charges to commit computer intrusion are more common theses days than one would think. Posted on 16 April 2019.

Foxconn's Gou says will follow order of sea goddess to run for Taiwan presidency: Terry Gou, chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn, said on Wednesday he will follow the order of a sea goddess who has told him to run in Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, although he added he has not yet formally declared his intention to contest. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Malvertising campaign abuses Chrome for iOS bug to target iPhone users: Bug affects only Chrome for iOS, not Safari and not any other Chrome version. Posted on 17 April 2019.

Trilobites: How Giant Sea Spiders May Survive in Warming Oceans: A Colossendeis megalonyx sea spider in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. Posted on 16 April 2019.

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway: This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness and sickle cell disease. Posted on 16 April 2019.

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Don't like surprises? AI predicts who survives 'Game of Thrones': If you are a "Game of Thrones" fan and appreciate the element of surprise, stop reading now. Posted on 12 April 2019.

Microplastics Are Blowing In the Wind: An anonymous reader quotes a report from Scientific American: Scientists have detected tiny pieces of plastic falling out of the air like artificial dust. Posted on 01 January 1970.

India's Election Commission wrestles with fake information: Fake political news is proliferating on social media ahead of India's election. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Historian uses lasers to unlock mysteries of Gothic cathedrals: A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces. Posted on 16 April 2019.

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

In Notre Dame Fire, Echoes of the 1837 Blaze That Destroyed Russia's Winter Palace: After the building that symbolized 'all that is Russian' went up in flames, the czar scrambled to restore it to its former glory. Posted on 16 April 2019.

How the hell are cryptocurrency holders supposed to file their taxes?: Though it wasn’t in time for tax day, US lawmakers are pressuring the IRS to clarify its policies for digital currencies. Posted on 17 April 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 17 April 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 17: scattered clouds

    15 ° - 17 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 30 %
  • Thu 18: sky is clear

    17 ° - 20 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 19: light rain

    18 ° - 19 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 98 %
  • Sat 20: light rain

    17 ° - 18 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 21: sky is clear

    17 ° - 19 ° Wind 14 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Mon 22: sky is clear

    17 ° - 20 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Tue 23: sky is clear

    18 ° - 20 ° Wind 3 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 24: broken clouds

    19 ° - 21 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 75 %
  • Thu 25: sky is clear

    18 ° - 20 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Fri 26: sky is clear

    18 ° - 18 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 5 %
  • Sat 27: sky is clear

    18 ° - 18 ° Wind 4 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Sun 28: light rain

    17 ° - 18 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 65 %
  • Mon 29: broken clouds

    16 ° - 16 ° Wind 5 km/h / Clouds 59 %
  • Tue 30: light rain

    15 ° - 16 ° Wind 8 km/h / Clouds 30 %
  • Wed 01: moderate rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 99 %
  • Thu 02: light rain

    16 ° - 17 ° Wind 2 km/h / Clouds 7 %