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Today's quotable quote: Gordon William Allport: So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.

This day in history: 15 July 2019: Fire Ravages Rome's Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (1823). In 1823, a worker repairing the roof of Rome's Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls accidentally started a fire that resulted in its almost total destruction. The church, built under Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, had retained its original character for nearly 1,500 years. Reconstruction work began almost immediately with the aim of recreating the original structure.

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In the news

Kat Loco wearable sensors give VR movement a leg up: Virtual reality systems have aced movement of the hands and head, but it's still tricky to track the feet. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt: This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is Rocky, who provided some details on why game developers take issue with key reseller G2A: And just to expand upon the term fraudulent in this context with an example: Someone buys a Steam-key with a stolen credit-card, sells the key to G2A, some gamer buys the key and starts playing the game. Posted on 14 July 2019.

Early and ongoing experiences of weight stigma linked to self-directed weight shaming: In a new study published today in Obesity Science and Practice, researchers at Penn Medicine and the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity surveyed more than 18,000 adults enrolled in the commercial weight management program WW International, and found that participants who internalized weight bias the most tended to be younger, female, have a higher body mass index (BMI), and have an earlier onset of their weight struggle. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Cape Town weather

5 day forecast

  • Tue 16: sky is clear

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  • Thu 18: moderate rain

    16 ° - 16 ° Wind 11 km/h / Clouds 96 %
  • Fri 19: light rain

    12 ° - 15 ° Wind 6 km/h / Clouds 85 %
  • Sat 20: light rain

    11 ° - 12 ° Wind 9 km/h / Clouds 32 %

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News (continued)

Twitter's New Rules Seek To Curb Hate Speech Targeting Religious Groups: Twitter takes aim at "language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion. Posted on 09 July 2019.

The Best High-Tech Eco-Friendly Must Have Electric Garden Tools: We all know that our garden chores can become a little tedious and time-consuming, especially in spring and summer, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, especially when. Posted on 06 June 2019.

Hellobike, survivor of China’s bike-sharing craze, goes electric: Just two years ago, investors were heavily pouring money into China’s dockless bike-sharing startups. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Collaborators look at legal issues through big data lens: Professors Michael Heise and Marty Wells discuss how they collaborate on empirical legal research, applying advanced data science and statistical analyses to look at legal issues that affect people’s lives as well as examining the judiciary system and how it operates. Posted on 02 July 2019.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 12 July 2019.

The five: genetic fixes for the climate crisis: Scientists are discovering innovative ways to help the natural world adapt to environmental changeLast week, scientists from the University of Texas identified a gene in a species of coral that is activated when coral becomes heat stressed. Posted on 15 July 2019.

How to survive the fake news about cancer: The internet is awash with ads for costly but bogus treatments – and claims that scientists are suppressing a cure for the diseaseFor Eileen O’Sullivan, being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 was the catalyst for a deluge of distinctly unscientific and frequently dangerous advice. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks: If you're going to get the most out of this shopping extravaganza, you might as well do it right. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Climate change: Used cooking oil imports may boost deforestation: Imports of waste oil from Asia, intended to cut carbon from transport, are linked to rising levels of deforestation. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Absolute Best Tech Deals Online: We scoured Amazon's labyrinth of discounts to bring you the best Prime Day deals. Posted on 15 July 2019.

In Boston, Web App Matches Budget Renters With Senior Homeowners: In Boston, a web app called "Nesterly" matches would-be renters with people who have a room to spare and could use a little help around the house. Posted on 14 July 2019.

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Empty nets as overfishing and climate change sap Lake Malawi: On the shores of Lake Malawi, a crowd eagerly awaits the arrival of a white and yellow cedarwood boat carrying its haul. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Fighting Big Tech Makes for Some Uncomfortable Bedfellows: Conservatives are showing up at largely liberal conferences to call for breaking up Facebook and Google. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Forbes OZ 20: The Year’s Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts: The Forbes OZ 20 will showcase each year’s top Opportunity Zone catalysts. Posted on 11 July 2019.

Norway's Telenor warns on Q2 profit after error at Grameenphone: Norwegian telecoms group Telenor said its second-quarter earnings would take a hit from "errors" discovered at Grameenphone, its Bangladeshi telecoms division. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Welcome to Amazon Prime Day 2019: Here's the strategy behind the e-commerce madness: Prime Day isn't just a big sale for Amazon, but a way to drive the flywheel behind the company's businesses. Posted on 15 July 2019.

Messages on the Moon From a World Turned Upside Down: Our journey to the moon took us a long way from Earth, but it was always tangled up with power politics here on the ground. Posted on 14 July 2019.

Rippling Rainbow Map Shows How California Earthquakes Moved The Earth: NASA has mapped changes in the ground's position caused by the recent earthquakes — and it happens to look like beautiful, psychedelic art. Posted on 12 July 2019.

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The longest toilet break? Belgian sits for five days in bid for record: A Belgian man sat on a toilet for nearly five days this week in a bid to set a world record. Posted on 12 July 2019.

Review: 'Solid State' by Jonathan Coulton: We're reviving an old Slashdot tradition -- the review. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Florida cyberattacks highlight need for better security: Three Florida cities have faced cyberattacks this month, two of which paid ransoms to recover their systems. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Why are we afraid of sharks? There's a scientific explanation.: Sharks aren't the mindless killers that we've made them out to be. Posted on 27 June 2019.

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

Why Haven't All Primates Evolved into Humans?: Humans did not evolve from apes, gorillas or chimps. Posted on 14 July 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 15 July 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 15 July 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

  • Tue 16: sky is clear

    15 ° - 15 ° Wind 7 km/h / Clouds 0 %
  • Wed 17: overcast clouds

    12 ° - 16 ° Wind 12 km/h / Clouds 97 %
  • Thu 18: moderate rain

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