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Not so much it’s about controlling others, but more about being able to control your own space and what comes into it… It’s the balance betwee the right to talk and the right to listen or not ;-)


Emmi Bevensee, of Rebellious Data, SMAT, and the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, has finished the second of Rebellious Data new Research Insights series of deep dives into the critical topics of our time. This report looks at how hate movements are decentralizing using emerging technologie…


In fact, South Africa ranked fifth globally in the ratio of public electric vehicle (EV) chargers to electric vehicles in 2020. Only Korea, Chile, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Netherlands have more chargers per EV than SA, according to the IEA Global EV Outlook 2021 report released recently. …


This week, the academic community provided a rather impressive example of the promise of neural implants. Using an implant, a paralysed individual managed to type out roughly 90 characters per minute simply by imagining that he was writing those characters out by hand. …


SonoBus is an open source cross-platform application for streaming high-quality, low-latency peer-to-peer audio between devices over the internet or a local network

Connects multiple users together to send and receive audio among all in a group, with fine-grained control over latency, quality and overall mix. Includes optional input compression, noise gate, and EQ effects, along with a master reverb. All settings are dynamic, network statistics are clearly visi…


It was Android-only before. I’d been using one for the last 2 years on Android, and just gave that phone to my wife which is 3 years old (the phone, not my wife), and it is still running full days like the battery is new.


I wasn’t picking on Communism at all - I’m highlighting this as I noticed it first with Capitalism that was always held in such high esteem in Western countries. The ideals of Capitalism may be a fine motivating factor but its human greed and corruption now that has dragged it through the mud. So it is more an observation about human nature I was making across the board. It’s not intended to be an argument for or against any political system - more again humans than anything else. Humans have caused more devastation to themselves, animals, the environment, etc than anything else. I’d support an anti-human political system but I’m not sure we have one ;-)


Yep I agree, but funnily enough I also agree on the same point with regards to Communism. Both are actually good ideals in paper, but the way humans used and abused them made both look pretty bad.

Today I fell we are battling with power hungry politicians more than anything else… There are a few politicians who want to really help society and represent their people etc, but there are a lot of rotten apples out there and once voted in they use their power through advertising etc to corrupt the system.

In theory there should be checks and balances for any political system, but they were not designed for deliberate corruption from within.


I’ve been using a Chargie for the last two years on my Android phone (my wife is now using it) and loved that it is a hardware device that shuts off the charging at a user set percentage. It does this by monitoring the battery and temperature via the app running on the phone. …


Yes is pretty odd - many OS’s got hooked on filtering out blue light, but that really does nothing for eye strain from prolonged screen use - they needed the take a break functionality.


It is no secret that the latest technologies and practice trends are transforming the optometry industry recently. The traditional optometry management is no more in practice. Prevention, detection, and management are getting better day-by-day with advanced technologies and new software solutions. A…


Itchy Boots: One woman riding her 250cc motorcycle solo around South Africa's most beautiful and rugged dirt roads and mountain passes

I enjoyed watching some of the Long Way Round, Long Way Down, etc videos with a pair of guys and their support and planning crew tackling travelling on dirt roads through the wilderness. …



Those days are very long gone - they’ve had primitive onboard computers for years. Great thing for mnaufacturers is many of tyhese parts can’t be serviced and they break - not good for consumers.


I’ve featured Safe Eyes for Linux before so this one is for Windows users. We read more and more about blue light filters (and it also being recently debunked) to avoid eye strain, but the most important preventions are taking forced breaks every 20 minutes, not sitting too close to the screen, havi…



That makes zero difference though to what gets synced to your car when you connect it. Only way is not to connect at all if one is worried about it.


Not when it comes to cars - only way really is not to connect your phone at all, but it will still know other data that the car captures.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBT) purchased technology that vacuums up reams of personal information stored inside cars, according to a federal contract reviewed by The Intercept, illustrating the serious risks in connecting your vehicle and your smartphone. …


I know the various manufacturers and 3rd party research entities are pumping their energy (pun?) into research around improved battery storage not only for EVs but also for grid storage. Battery tech has been largely stagnant until this more recent requirement for EVs, and now it is taking off in al…


Not sure why you are asking as there is lots of software given out for free which are not open source - called freeware. The one does not automatically follow the other in terms of being free of cost and then also all being open source. Many propriatary vendors choose to reatin their full rights to the software. Sometimes it serves as a demonstration of their ability with regards to other products which they sell.


It is the choice of any publisher (their freedom?) to choose a propriatary or open source license to distribute under, and it’s up to us to choose what we want to use. We cannot override someone else’s freedoms.


Those are open source rights and Magic Earth made no claim on being open source, which is why I never posted it in the open source community. It’s a free tool to use that is at least privacy respecting.


Your GDPR rights should be well guarded I gather. Citizens outside of the EU though basically don’t have many rights from what I gather if I watch what Facebook gets up to. Which is why many are now choosing to subscribe to services hosted in Switzerland or the EU countries.


Yes I don’t think it is only open source products that are serious about privacy (although that is the general rule) and I suppose not all proprietary companies are into selling their user data. According to Android app they are headquartered in Switzerland but have dev locations in the EU so legislation is quite tight on privacy there.


The app has been around a number of years already and I’m suspecting that, like open source companies do, they have other paid services that keep them running as this is not all that they do. Seems they enterprise services based around 3D terrain mapping etc.


Yes on all counts - it is an interesting one yes as generally you either have a paid service, dish out adverts, or sell user data. Their ownership resides in Romania and The Netherlands which are both inside the EU and fall under GDPR. So the penalties for fraudulently selling user data would be pretty extreme there.


True not open source, but they’ve been on the go a good number of years. They’re very public about their privacy stance so it would pretty well much wreck their reputation if that was an issue. Not seen any issues mentioned though about that, so I would not want to just speculate without some foundation.


Yes also good but not sure if it has alerting, dashcam AI features, 3D terrain, etc and runs also on iOS. I did use it on Android but quite a while back.


Magic Earth uses OpenStreetMap data and a powerful search engine to offer you the optimal routes for driving, biking, hiking, and public transportation. They don’t track you, nor do they profile you. They don’t trade in your personal data, and they don’t collect it (as stated in the Apple app privac…


An Overview of How to Use the Open Source OpenWebRx Web-Based Radio Receiver to Listen to Remote Radio Transmissions

OpenWebRx allows anyone worldwide with Internet browser access to listen to radio transmissions at the location of the receiver. Depending on the OpenWebRx configuration this could be broadcast FM stations, ham radio stations (various modes), two-way radios, APRS, etc. For ham radio digital modes it…


This is the reason why I’ve never used an OEMs app that is unique to them only (well also because I have many friends using different phone brands and OSs). Even when I had an iPhone 3 (and now an iPhone 12 Pro) and a Samsung Android phone, I always stuck to using a service that was generally availa…


No thanks I’ve given up now on that site. Tried a month back to register where it told me I could not upload any videos, and no-one ever responded. I’m already uploading now to Peertube, BitShute, Retroshare, Secure SCuttlebutt, etc and what I post should federate to where it wants to be followed. It is better to upload once into a federation, so anyone can follow it, rather than at separate sites.


Quite a clever idea to just bypass the battery and connect it to the 5V USB (assuming your phone will handle the 5V) so that the phone is always connected, and just starts up with the vehicle. It was equipped with a SIM that shares the same number so that it operates like the primary phone. …


Linux supports a variety of file systems such as ext4, ZFS, XFS, Btrfs, Reiser4, and so on. Different types of file systems solve different kinds of problems and their usage is application specific. …


We have so many options through which to communicate with our friends and relatives during the lockdown, thanks to our smartphones and the number of apps that serve all possible needs. Impressive as they are though, a smartphone is not suitable for everyone. …


Earlier this week, a company Orbital Marine Power successfully launched its latest tidal turbine. Once it’s connected to the European Marine Energy Centre off the Orkney Islands, the two megawatt O2 will have the capacity to generate enough energy to power 2,000 UK households annually, making it one…


Modder ‘Willybach’ released earlier this week a 1.1GB HD Texture Pack for Valheim that aims to improve most of its textures. This pack covers most Biomes so far and many Building and Crafting textures. Furthermore, and by using AI techniques, it tries to stay as close to the vanilla textures as poss…


Olympic Committee will hold its first official licensed esports event, though not part of the Games itself

Competitive videogames may have moved closer to becoming an official Olympics sport after the International Olympic Committee announced plans to hold a virtual esports event ahead of the Tokyo Games. …


Agatha & Poirot Partners in Crime a Biography: Agatha Christie is one of my all-time favourite authors and her first book was published 100 years ago

I have every one of the 100+ books she published and have enjoyed rereading them over the years (I’m blessed with forgetting the ending of books). Nothing does justice like reading the actual books though, as the mind is way more powerful of conjuring up the imagery than any movie or TV series. Even…