In case you did not think Deepfake videos are 'real' - Deepfake video shows UK prime minister endorsing his main opponent

Date Published: Tue, 12 Nov 2019 19:55:16 +0200

On Tuesday morning, a think tank called Future Advocacy released two videos ahead of the UK's general election: a deepfake of UK prime minister Boris Johnson appearing to endorse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and vice versa.

Do you think videos like this on Facebook may sway elections? Yes, we should have freedom of choice and speech but what if it is deliberately abused and it ends up changing the outcomes of a country's elections.


#technology #deepfake
#^Deepfake video shows UK prime minister endorsing main opponent


Well, this is disturbing.

BatteryGuru for Android helps you track usage and optimize battery health for longevity

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:17:27 +0200

Practically all smartphones these days come with non-removable batteries and some form of fast charging technology. Unless done properly with adequate heat management, charging and fast charging do degrade the life of your phone’s battery, and non-removable batteries make it difficult to swap out an older degraded battery for a new one. Glass sandwich designs further complicate the swapping process, often cracking either the front or the back glass if you are not experienced enough. In these situations, it becomes really important to maintain the health of your battery, especially if you plan to use your phone for more than 2 years. BatteryGuru attempts to help you in this endeavor.

BatteryGuru by XDA Recognized Developer Paget96 tries to help your phone’s battery life by focusing on its overall longevity rather than getting you the most work done with a full charge.

See a few screenshots at which shows what functionality it offers.

#android #batterylife #technology
#^BatteryGuru helps you track usage and optimize battery health for longevity


BatteryGuru aims to make your smartphone's battery remain healthy for longer, giving useful info, tips and reminders to ensure optimum battery health.

Getting Started With ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu 19.1

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:02:45 +0200

One of the main features of Ubuntu 19.10 is support for ZFS. Now you can easily install Ubuntu with on ZFS without any extra effort.

Normally, you install Linux with Ext4 filesystem. But if you do a fresh install of Ubuntu 19.10, you’ll see the option to use ZFS on the root. You must not use it on a dual boot system though because it will erase the entire disk.

ZFS is designed with two major goals in mind: to handle large amounts of storage and prevent data corruption. ZFS can handle up to 256 quadrillion Zettabytes of storage. (Hence the Z in ZFS.) It can also handle files up to 16 exabytes in size.


#ubuntu #zfs
#^Using ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu 19.10


Ubuntu 19.10 gives the ability to install use ZFS on root. What is ZFS filesystem and how to use it? This tutorial tries to answer your questions.

Why can’t mainstream medicine admit low-carb works asks Dr. Tro Kalayjian, a board-certified internal medicine and obesity medicine physician?

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:58:26 +0200

Dr. Tro Kalayjian just published a heartfelt, almost despairing blog post about spending a week listening to speakers at the recent Obesity Week Conference in Las Vegas, Nov 3-7. The conference brought together more than 4,000 obesity professionals from around the world. This year, the annual conference focused on diabetes.

Kalayjian, who goes by the name “Dr. Tro” on his blog and social media, lamented: “I don’t quite know how to express my feelings and thoughts about this event, but the words ‘anger’ and ‘hopelessness’ immediately come to mind.” That’s because speaker after speaker at the event, while touting “there is no one best diet”, still then defaulted to promoting a low-fat diet, with multiple small meals featuring plenty of “healthy” grains, fruits and vegetables. This, writes Dr. Tro, is “legacy” messaging that ignores the mounting evidence in favor of low-carbohydrate diets for diabetes management and reversal.


#LCHF #health
#^Why Can’t Mainstream Medicine Admit Low-Carb Works? — Diet Doctor


A leading American low-carb physician (who personally lost 150 pounds on the ketogenic diet) expressed his anger and frustration over the closed-minds of mainstream physicians who won’t acknowledge the mounting medical evidence in favor of low-carb eating.

Microsoft Software - Safe for Europe? Includes an interesting interview with Munich's ex-Mayor about Microsoft's attempts to return

Date Published: Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:25:52 +0200

This is an interesting video to watch which delves into how MS consultants were using government e-mail addresses to gain insider advantages, how framework agreements were signed without going through any tender process, how often no equal opportunity is made to source open-source software in tenders generally, and how exploits in MS Office were used by the US NSA, and finishes off with how and why the Italian military moved from MS Office to LibreOffice.

The case is also made that the EU needs to maintain full control over the software it uses so as not to become dependent on a large monopolistic foreign corporation. They also make the point that they could be far better utilising the money saved within the EU itself for its citizens.

Watch at

#Munich #Linux #Microsoft
#^Microsoft-Software: Safe for Europe? (Full Documentary, 2018)


"Wanna Cry" was just the latest wake-up call: the cyber attack with the blackmail Trojan hit hundreds of thousands of computers in over 100 countries in May ...

Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes Down? Yes, a Leaf can power an average home in Japan for two to four days!

Date Published: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:12:05 +0200

For much of any given day, EVs are parked in garages or at offices. When paired with a power control system, the battery packs in those EVs are functionally little different than a stationary battery system.

One big difference: EV battery packs are much larger. Many EVs on the market today are outfitted with battery packs with capacities ranging from 40 to 65 kilowatt-hours. Tesla vehicle battery packs are even larger: up to 100 kilowatt-hours in the Model S or Model X. By comparison, Tesla’s Powerwall home battery has a 13.5-kilowatt-hour nameplate capacity.


#EV #environment #gridstorage
#^Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes Down?


Home battery systems can help during power outages. So can the battery packs rolling around in electric vehicles.

Many universities have begun new initiatives to attract students that are excited about technical freedom and open source

Date Published: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 20:07:44 +0200

Michigan Tech just launched a virtual one-stop free shop for all things open-source on campus. Given their mandate to "attract students that are excited about technical freedom and open source," many universities have started a new front in the battle for educational supremacy. Unlike conventional warfare, this is a battle that benefits the public. The more universities share using the open-source paradigm, the faster technology moves forward with all of its concomitant benefits.

Michigan Tech is hardly alone with major initiatives across a broad swath of academia. Open access databases like Academia, OSF preprints, ResearchGate, PrePrints, and Science Open swell with millions of free, open access, peer-reviewed articles.


#OSS #academia #education
#^How universities are using open source to attract students


Michigan Tech just launched, a virtual one-stop free shop for all things open source on campus. According to their site, Tech Today:

Make Cookie Monster Your Navigation Voice With Waze

Date Published: Sun, 10 Nov 2019 13:03:05 +0200

To celebrate Cookie Monster’s birthday (which is apparently November 2), Waze is bringing the voice back.

To change the voice in your app launch Waze and then tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom left side of the page. From there, tap the Settings button at the top left and then select “Voice & sound” from the menu. Tap “Waze Voice” to see all your options.

That's not all though because with Waze you can also easily record and use your own (or someone else's) voice for navigation. Waze is still more fun than Google Maps navigation.


#waze #navigation #cookiemonster
#^Make Cookie Monster Your Navigation Voice With Waze


Earlier this year Waze made Cookie Monster one of its navigation voices. It was fun, but it was also a limited engagement, which means if you had Cookie directing you around he eventually disappeared and was replaced with the default Waze voice instead.

Coolest Gadgets' Best Indoor Air Quality Monitors for 2019

Date Published: Sat, 9 Nov 2019 18:30:56 +0200

Air quality is essential for everyone, but it is especially crucial for those who have problems with their breathing. Allergies, asthma, COPD, emphysema, and other upper respiratory conditions can make you sensitive to environmental changes as well as pollution and particulates in the air. Keeping tabs on what is happening to the air inside your home is one way you can stay healthy and protect your delicate airways.

Air quality monitors measure numerous factors that influence the air you breathe. The models they chose for their list represent a wide range of what is available today, including those that detect deadly and harmful chemicals, aggravating particulates, and other pollutants. They selected those that are rated as the most accurate in their class, ensuring that the data you receive from their list of top ten choices can help you make the most informed decisions about your home and health.


#environment #airquality
#^Best Indoor Air Quality Monitor [2019] | Coolest Gadgets


Our pick for the best air quality monitor goes to the Awair 2nd Edition. It offers all the functionality you want and looks amazing.

How To Use A Shave Stick 4 Ways Because Shaving Soap Is Not Always The Best For All Situations

Date Published: Sat, 9 Nov 2019 13:58:52 +0200

A shave stick is a specialized shave soap designed to be applied directly on the skin.


#traditionalshaving #shaving
#^How To Use A Shave Stick 4 Ways


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