Danie van der Merwe

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Danie van der Merwe

283 days ago

Android based eInk reader so you can still install the Kindle or Kobo Android apps too.

inkBOOK Prime 6" E Ink Carta, Open Android, Apps Store, Light, SD Card

inkbook.eu

Danie van der Merwe

289 days ago

Mastodon Social is the name of an instance on GNU Social which uses the OStatus protocol to connect to a vast variety of servers in what’s known as a federation. Mastodon is also the name of the software being used on that server, which was developed by Eugen “Gargron” Rochko. It was built with Ruby on Rails, Redux, and React.js. I learned the latter from the Wikipedia page, which is about the extent of research given by any of the other articles published this week.

What is GNU Social and is Mastodon Social a Twitter Clone?

robek.world

Danie van der Merwe

299 days ago

1080p and 1080i refer to a display resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and it is the suffixes attached to the resolution number that you must pay attention to.

The “p” in 1080p stands for “progressive”, while the “i” in 1080i means “interlaced”.

These terms refer to the scanning technique used to display, store, and transmit images.

Progressive scanning is a common method for displaying video, with entire images displayed a certain amount of times per second. This depends on the frames per second of the source video and the refresh rate of the TV.

Interlaced scanning is different, and involves a technique in which alternating halves of an image are displayed per interlacing “field”.

The difference between 1080p and 1080i

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Danie van der Merwe

314 days ago

Some insight into Microsoft's strategy around file formats being used as a "competitive moat"

In fact, several areas that demonstrate real cross-cutting complexity challenges is where Google’s slower pace is especially relevant. Google Apps have been announcing some variant of offline editing for almost 8 years now and it is still semi-functional. The other “real soon now” promise is “better compatibility with Office”. This has the flavor of the laundry detergent claims of “now with blue crystals”! The claim of “better” is hard to argue with but history would seem to indicate they are not getting any closer to actually being compatible, especially as Office continues to evolve.

The final decision to build the “Word Web App” rather than “a new web-based word processor from Microsoft that is not fully compatible with Word” (and similarly for Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) was strongly driven by the belief that the file formats continued to serve as a critical competitive moat with immensely strong network effects. In fact, an argument can be made that the Office file formats represent one of the most significant network-based moats in business history (with Win32 and the iOS APIs as two others). Even applications like OpenOffice that were specifically designed to be clones have struggled with compatibility for decades. By embracing that complexity, and the costs, we would deliver something that we knew was fundamentally hard to match, especially if there was any confusion or hesitancy about the commitment required to compete.

Complexity and Strategy

hackernoon.com

Danie van der Merwe

315 days ago

If you’re someone that likes to stick to the stock ROM, or maybe you don’t have a root option for your device, then this video is for you. These are five different mods that can be applied to your Android phone without having root. Mods like these will tend to take up a little more battery power when they aren’t baked into a custom ROM. If that doesn’t bother you, then try these out!

5 Cool Android Mods that Don't Require Root

xda-developers.com

Danie van der Merwe

329 days ago

First off, radio waves are indeed a form of radiation. But they’re relatively low-frequency waves, and are therefore low energy. High frequency, high energy waves like X-rays can damage your DNA—radio waves cannot. (What radio waves can do, though, is heat up your flesh. But again, the energy is too weak to do any damage to your ear, much less your brain.)

No, Cellphones Don’t Cause Cancer. Probably

wired.com

Danie van der Merwe

330 days ago

Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade insurers, including government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover the costs. That isn’t an easy sell, because the price of the treatments ranges from $40,000 to $94,000 — or, because the treatments take three months, as much as $1,000 per day.

To persuade payers and the public, the industry has deployed a potent new ally, a company whose marquee figures are leading economists and health care experts at the nation’s top universities. The company, Precision Health Economics, consults for three leading makers of new hepatitis C treatments: Gilead, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and AbbVie. When AbbVie funded a special issue of the American Journal of Managed Care on hepatitis C research, current or former associates of Precision Health Economics wrote half of the issue. A Stanford professor who had previously consulted for the firm served as guest editor-in-chief.

At a congressional briefing last May on hepatitis C, three of the four panelists were current or former Precision Health Economics consultants.

Big Pharma Quietly Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-Per-Day Drugs

propublica.org

Danie van der Merwe

360 days ago

FlashFire is the most advanced on-device firmware flasher available for rooted Android devices. It can flash full firmware packages from various manufacturers, as well as apply over-the-air (OTA) and ZIP updates - all while maintaining root, and without using a custom recovery. It also offers full device backup and restore functionalities in several formats. Relevant files can be stored on internal storage, SD cards, USB connected storage, or can even be streamed directly to and from your computer using USB or Wi-Fi.

FlashFire is the spiritual successor to the Mobile ODIN app, which was a similar solution (using completely different methods under the hood) exclusively for Samsung devices on older Android versions.

FlashFire is an extremely powerful application, it should be used with caution. Data loss, soft-bricks, and even hard-bricks are possible if used incorrectly.

FlashFire

flashfire.chainfire.eu

Danie van der Merwe

365 days ago

When it first arrived, the Amiga was a dream machine... The Amiga computer was a dream given form: an inexpensive, fast, flexible multimedia computer that could do virtually anything. It handled graphics, sound, and video as easily as other computers of its time manipulated plain text. It was easily ten years ahead of its time. It was everything its designers imagined it could be, except for one crucial problem: the world was essentially unaware of its existence.

I bought two Commodore machines (a Commodore C64 and an Amiga 500) and loved both of them. They were so ahead of their time, especially the old IBM PC of the day. The story was both a fairy tale and a tragedy. And yes we all know who Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were, but who even headed up Commodore?

The Amiga was way way ahead of it's time not only in terms of colour and proper sound, but also a trick that no modern computer yet replicates: This allowed a trick that no other computer has ever reproduced: the ability to view multiple different screens, opened at different resolutions, at the same time. These "pull-down" screens would amaze anyone who saw them. Modern computers can open different screens at different resolutions (say, for example, to open a full-screen game at a lower resolution than the desktop is displaying, in order to play the game faster or at a higher frame rate) but they can only switch between these modes, not display multiple modes at once. The Amiga made the Apple Macintosh look like a kiddies toy. Multitasking too, for personal computers, was virtually unknown at the time.

Those in the know will remember the famous fatal error message "Guru Meditation Error." and in Part 2 you'll find out how it came about. Also in Part 2 you'll be introduced to lovely Agnes, Denise, and Paula...

A history of the Amiga, part 10: The downfall of Commodore

arstechnica.com

Danie van der Merwe

365 days ago

Gillette claims to have done slow-motion microphotography that shows hysteresis actually works. In an Esquire magazine article on this subject some years ago, a spokesman for Bic, one of Gillette's chief competitors, admitted his firm couldn't prove hysteresis _didn't_ work. Nonetheless, years of testing by consumer magazines and by the razor blade companies themselves have never demonstrated any clear superiority for twin blades--at times, quite the contrary. In 1974, Consumers' Research magazines tested four cartridge razors and found the best to be Wilkinson's, the only one of the bunch that did not use twin blades. (The Wilkinson blade was good for 40 shaves, compared with 7-10 for Gillette, Schick, and Personna.

Are twin-blade razors better than single-blade ones?

straightdope.com

Danie van der Merwe

366 days ago

Zoho Notebook reminds me of a combination of Paper and Google Keep. You start by creating notebooks that resemble physical notebooks. Inside those notebooks are cards. Those cards can be lists, drawings, maps, images, audio, or web clippings. You can stack cards on top of each other to form groups or leave them as individual pages.

Zoho Notebook Is a Card-Based Evernote-Alternative for Android, iPhone, and Mac

lifehacker.com

Danie van der Merwe

367 days ago

The original KDE Connect Indicator hasn't been updated in about 2 year however, Steeven Lopes forked it, getting it to work with recent Ubuntu versions, while also adding various improvements.

Integrate Your Android Device With Ubuntu Using KDE Connect Indicator Fork

linuxtoday.com

Danie van der Merwe

371 days ago

As I've mentioned before I also see the tipping point coming from China which will be focussed on affordable electric cars. Renault from Europe is even selling to China. The China spec EV's won't be readily usable outside China, but their economies of scale will bring down overall costs, and show innovative ways of doing EV's cheaper. Europe, with its demand for EV's as well as smaller compact cars, would be perfect for China to export to, if they can pass quality controls.

And us in Africa where very little has happened with EVs? Well current EVs are just to expensive to import into Africa, and the most recent startup in South Africa has gone completely quiet. So we'll probably catch the wave after the tipping point breaks, when costs of EVs have fallen and smaller cheaper ones are readily available.

fortune.com

Danie van der Merwe

371 days ago

From the article: Power utility Eskom is being accused of blatantly distorting the facts associated with the cost of renewable power purchases.

Cape Town-based environmental and climate change non-profit organisation ‘Project 90 by 2030', together with the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), and various independent energy bodies, have come out in strong opposition to Eskom's claims that renewable energy posted a net loss of R9 billion in 2016.

Eskom arrived at this figure by using a methodology developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which showed the economic benefit of renewables in the first six months of 2015 to be almost R4 billion.

"Through the national renewable energy programme, there have been a number of bidding windows (BW). During this process the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) dropped from R3.65/kWh in BW1 to R0.62/kWh in BW4 expedited. Wind power dropped from R1.51 to R0.62 per kWh over the same timeframe. Coal IPPs come in at R1.03/kWh, and Eskom's new Medupi and Kusile power stations have current levelised cost of electricity estimated at R1.05 and R1.17 per kWh respectively.

"While a proper comparison should be across all the IPPs, however you look at it, wind and solar PV are now cheaper than coal for new build electricity production."

Business Technology News and Information Site | ITWeb

itweb.co.za

Danie van der Merwe

372 days ago

Is there enough evidence for doctors to prescribe a low-carb, high-fat diet to treat people with type 2 diabetes, obesity and related problems? Certainly, if you ask me.

Here’s a new review of the science, co-authored by Professor Tim Noakes. It’s a good one for anyone who wants an overview of the evidence.

New Professor Noakes Review: The Evidence for LCHF

dietdoctor.com

Danie van der Merwe

372 days ago

Being a little more thoughtful and circumspect about your social media presence will improve the experience for everyone. Think like a publisher – because in this brave new world, that’s exactly what we’ve all become.

Why people are so brave on Facebook

mybroadband.co.za

Danie van der Merwe

372 days ago

If open offices are really so productive etc, why don't senior executives then also join their staff in the open environment??? Surely we would all collaborate better?

Why open offices are bad for us

bbc.com

Danie van der Merwe

372 days ago

Tor Onion Browser's Creator Explains Free Version For iOS

yro.slashdot.org

Danie van der Merwe

373 days ago

So, it has taken a brilliant US investigative journalist to expose all the food industry’s “biggies” trying to silence scientist Prof Tim Noakes. True, signs of food industry involvement were there from the start. CrossFit’s Russ Greene joins the dots to confirm it.

However, Greene adds damning dots that don’t just implicate Big Sugar and Big Soda. He joins them in one straight line leading to a big food industry arm. It’s the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) that influences global food and health policy. (Scroll down for a link to Greene’s report. It’s long but well worth the read.)

The kindest thing Greene says about ILSI is that it’s a “Coca-Cola proxy organisation”. He also says ILSI is a “money launderer for purveyors of toxic substances”. And it’s a proxy for other food-industry giants, such as Kellogg’s, Unilever and Nestlé. One of Greene’s many strengths is that he shows all ILSI’s links to doctors and researchers driving the HPCSA case.

Noakes vs ILSI 'queenpins' who are trying to nail him

foodmed.net

Danie van der Merwe

373 days ago

My own experiences with installing solar at home

plus.google.com

Danie van der Merwe

374 days ago

How To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps. Cure Them Like Never Before

manlinesskit.com

Danie van der Merwe

380 days ago

London breaches annual air pollution limit for 2017 in just five days

theguardian.com

Danie van der Merwe

382 days ago

Gadgets for Men: 7 Places to Find Cool Stuff

dailytekk.com

Danie van der Merwe

382 days ago

Misfit has made its first touchscreen smartwatch, and it’s called Vapor

theverge.com

Danie van der Merwe

382 days ago

Top voted myths on Reddit

These Linux myths need to die

mybroadband.co.za

Danie van der Merwe

384 days ago

Call for Written Submissions on the Taxation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

parliament.gov.za

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

When we read about the scale of plastic waste clogging our landfills, and polluting our oceans, it’s tempting to feel overwhelmed, and question whether anything we can personally do would realistically make a difference to this mammoth issue.

However, the truth is that even small changes of habit, accumulated over time, add up to a big difference. Then when you factor in that there are lots of like-minded people making the same positive changes as you, to reduce the plastic waste they are creating, you can see that together we can make a massive difference for the better.

9 tips for living with less plastic

lessplastic.co.uk

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

The biggest threat to your waistline this January? Your juicer! Avoid the latest trend if you want to stay skinny

dailymail.co.uk

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

Very hard hitting case against sugar. I'd certainly like to read this book.

What Not to Eat: ‘The Case Against Sugar’

nytimes.com

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

Media And The Game Of Climate Change Denialism

forbes.com

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

I use just about every one of these apps!!

The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

lifehacker.com

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

entrepreneurs.maqtoob.com

Danie van der Merwe

385 days ago

China Says It Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade in 2017

npr.org

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