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A rather satisfying video on how a scam call centre in Delhi was destroyed

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:44:39 +0200

It's not the first video I have seen like this but interesting how very similar modus operandi are used by scammers and such a pity that people keep falling for them.

Watch at https://youtu.be/RHHzoDqZL8M

#technology #scams
#^Destroying a scam call center

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Karl Rock and I went to work on a scam call center in Delhi and managed to shut it down. This is how we did it... If can possibly sponsor me, this is my Patr...

Arcimoto’s electric three-wheeler test driven through New York City traffic - $19,900 gets you 100 miles (160 km) range at up to 75 mph (120 km/h)

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 21:37:31 +0200

It may look a little bizarre but it is very practical for inner city driving and parking. It's running costs will also be pretty cheap. After introducing the first prototype three years back, the vehicles are starting to be delivered to customers. It comes with creature comforts like heated seats, heated grips, a phone mount, the ability to pair your smart phone to onboard Bluetooth speakers, lockable storage, and removable half-doors for some protection against the elements.

See https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/18/20961144/arcimoto-fuv-electric-three-wheel-nyc-drive-motorcyle-specs-price-speed

#EV #environment
#^I drove Arcimoto’s bizarre electric three-wheeler through New York City traffic

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Arcimoto thinks it can appeal to customers beyond the tiny three-wheeled segment.

Switched to open-source LanguageTool as Grammarly has been undoing my grammar and spelling corrections

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 20:37:07 +0200

I've been using the free version of Grammarly for many years (you'd not be able to read my typing if it was not corrected) but the last while I've been very irritated with it undoing the fixes it made. Sometimes I will accept the change two or three times and when I check back a little later there it is undone again. Then I have to manually type the correction in. It's not just free users as I see a paid user complaining of the same thing. It could be it is clashing with browser error correcting or undo features? So far while editing this post none of the fixes have been undone!

But I'm giving LanguageTool a try just to see. If it hits the identical issues then it is likely some clash. Language is free for up to 20,000 characters per check (so not for books but fine for blogs) and the paid version is a good ten times cheaper than Grammarly so who knows I may even try their premium version out. It installs into Chrome and Firefox based browsers, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Desktop Java version, and 3rd party community plug-ins for quite a few other applications. They cover six versions of English including even South African English. For languages 27 different languages are covered. It can also check statistical correctness such as day of a week clashing with a date given.

I nice touch too is that it is open-source on GitHub.

See https://www.languagetool.org

#grammar #spellcheck #technology
#^LanguageTool - Spell and Grammar Checker

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LanguageTool is a free proofreading tool for English, German, Spanish, Russian, and more than 20 other languages.

Planes Are Ruining the Planet - New, Mighty Airships Won’t - Some scientists are serious about resurrecting Zeppelins for Low-Carbon Travel

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:59:09 +0200

Interesting idea as we know so much more today versus when the first airships were used. They may be constrained by lifting weight but larger dimension freight is possible and these airships are not as constrained as ships and planes in terms of routes and ports for landing. The speed is a lot slower than planes but can be a lot faster than ships.

"A paper in the journal Energy Conservation and Management published in September posits that just one airship could move 21,000 tons of stuff using almost no energy at all if we used airships to harness the free winds of the jet stream, the narrow band of fast-moving air above the troposphere, where planes fly."

It's not all plane sailing though as there are some challenges to overcome, but then 30 years ago or so electric vehicles also were not considered practical at all.

See https://onezero.medium.com/planes-are-ruining-the-planet-new-mighty-airships-wont-d8eb39418acc

#environment #airtravel
#^Planes Are Ruining the Planet. New, Mighty Airships Won’t.

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Some scientists are serious about resurrecting zeppelins for low-carbon travel

Optical Switch Keyboards Are Good For 100 Million Keystrokes And Have Faster Switching

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 19:40:55 +0200

Admittedly general use is often served well enough by cheaper membrane keyboards which are cheap to replace (and quieter) than mechanical keyboards. These newer keyboards are going to cost more but will likely outlast existing mechanical keyboards a good five times longer. Their debounce (reset) time is also way quicker so for real high-speed gaming use this is an advantage and there is also the possibility of analogue keys where the travel distance is measured (a bit like a joystick) so that the key is not just on or off.

See https://hackaday.com/2019/11/18/optical-keyboards-have-us-examining-typing-at-light-speed-ish/

#gaming #technology #keyboards
#^Optical Keyboards Have Us Examining Typing At Light Speed-ish

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There’s a newish development in the world of keyboards; the optical switch. It’s been around for a couple years in desktop keyboards, and recently became available on a laptop keyboard …

Open Source game engine Xenko 3.1 ships - It is an open-source alternative to Unity

Date Published: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 11:35:32 +0200

Looking for an open-source alternative to Unity? (Or an alternative open-source alternative to Godot?) Xenko might be worth checking out. Xenko has a feature set broadly similar to Unity or Godot, including a full asset pipeline; a 3D scene editor, 2D sprite editor and UI editor; character animation and pathfinding; and physics and particles.

As you might expect, given that Silicon Studio develops optical effects middleware, its graphics capabilities are pretty good, including support for PBR materials, hair and skin; a light probe system for indirect lighting; and a forward renderer with a standard set of post effects.

Games can be deployed to Windows, Xbox One, Android and iOS – the latter two via Xamarin – and Linux. It also supports the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets.

The video at https://www.blendernation.com/2019/11/15/open-source-game-engine-xenko-3-1-ships/ shows off some of what it can do.

#opensource #gaming #Xenko
#^Open Source game engine Xenko 3.1 ships - BlenderNation

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Need an open-source alternative to Unity? This C#-based 2D and 3D game engine might hit the spot.

Catalogue retailer Argos has digitised all their catalogues since 1975 and put them online showing off old retro technology

Date Published: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 21:03:22 +0200

While this contains a cross-section of over four decades’ styles, fads, and ephemera, it also gives the browser a fascinating look at a host of retrotechnology from a contemporary viewpoint rather than through the rose-tinted glasses of 2019. It's pages full of typewriters, calculators, cassette players, old computers, slide rules, CB radios, TV games, and office and home equipment.

The post at https://hackaday.com/2019/11/16/the-book-of-dreams-brings-back-all-your-memories/ does contain some quick links to interesting items.

#retro #technology
#^The Book Of Dreams Brings Back All Your Memories

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The retro-facing side of British social media has been abuzz for the last few days with a very neat piece of marketing form the catalogue retailer Argos: they’ve digitised all their catalogue…

The Huawei FreeBuds 3 with Intelligent Noise Cancellation, Dual-Channel Synchronous Transmission, and Bone Voice Sensor Microphone

Date Published: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:39:49 +0200

While previous wireless headphones were limited to a single-channel transmission which was split between the two earpieces, Huawei’s self-developed dual-channel synchronous transmission technology fixes this issue. Now left and right pieces have a direct connection to your smartphone, avoiding the need for one earpiece to push audio to the next.

An essential component to creating an immersive audio experience is active noise cancelling. ANC in combination with the class-leading audio processor creates an amazing real-time environment noise reduction. This feature is ideal for crowded travel situations, noisy streets, loud restaurants and more.

The Freebuds 3 will pick up your voice through the vibration of your bones, using the bone voice sensor. Voice enhancement is most noticeable when you’re outside on a windy day. The aerodynamic mic duct design acts to suppress wind noises while you’re jogging or walking outside during high winds.

They're not cheap at € 179,00 but do cost way less than the Apple Airpods Pro and with the features shown here, I'd choose the Huawei in a heartbeat over the Airpods.

See https://www.xda-developers.com/the-huawei-freebuds-3-with-intelligent-noise-cancellation/

#technology #huawei #earbuds
#^The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 with Intelligent Noise Cancellation

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As the wireless earphones scene starts to get competitive, companies are launching their version of Bluetooth earphones, complete with a charging case. Among some of the great option on the market right now, HUAWEI has come out with the HUAWEI Freebuds 3. This exciting new product has everything you could want from your wireless audio

How Do You Choose a Double Edge Razor Blade? By Ordering a Sample Pack to Test Different Blades

Date Published: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:10:31 +0200

Finding the perfect double edge razor blade is a bit like finding your perfect mate. It can take a few wrong turns before you get it right. To help ease you through the rocky parts of this new relationship, it is suggested you try a variety of razor blades. Sharpest is not always the best as it depends a lot on the razor and your own skin and beard.

See https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blogs/wet-shaving-and-grooming-blog/how-do-you-choose-a-double-edge-razor-blade

#traditionalshaving #derazor #shaving
#^How Do You Choose a Double Edge Razor Blade?

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Finding the perfect double edge razor blade is a bit like finding your perfect mate. It can take a few wrong turns before you get it right. To help ease you through the rocky parts of this new relationship, we suggest trying a variety of razor blades. Read on to learn more.

OpenSimulator is an open-source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server

Date Published: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:56:27 +0200

It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols. It also has an optional facility (the Hypergrid) to allow users to visit other OpenSimulator installations across the web from their 'home' OpenSimulator installation. In this way, it is the basis of a nascent distributed Metaverse.

OpenSimulator allows virtual world developers to customize their worlds using the technologies they feel work best. OpenSimulator is written in C#, running both on Windows over the .NET Framework and on Unix-like machines over the Mono framework. The source code is released under a BSD License, a commercially friendly license to embed OpenSimulator in products.

Out of the box, OpenSimulator can be used to simulate virtual environments similar to Second Life, given that it supports the core of SL's messaging protocol. As such, these virtual worlds can be accessed with regular SL viewers. However, OpenSimulator does not aim to become a clone of the Second Life server platform. Rather, the project aims to enable innovative feature development for virtual environments and the Metaverse at large.

So although OpenSimulator is similar to Second Life (closed commercial grid), it is open-source with more freedom to create and build your own creations and you can even run your very own grid for example for simulations for work, or for house design, medical training, etc. There are also open commercial grids like Digiworlds which have their own economy. OSgrid is the largest and one of the oldest grids around, home to a lot of technicians, creative artists, and a lively party community. But Sci-Fi grid is much likely much more awesome for you if you are into star trek and space stuff.

Find out more at http://opensimulator.org/wiki/Main_Page

#virtualworld #technology #opensimulator

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