The dry season has finally started and only 10 weeks late. The first cane train has just passed the house. They will run 24/7 until December. It's a small diesel loco pulling approximately 50 trucks each filled with about 10 tonnes of harvested sugar cane. Some quick mental arithmetic says that's ... a fuck load of diabetes and tooth decay.

KDE userbase, the wiki where users can learn about everything KDE, gets a makeover: It is now cleaner, clearer and easier to use.

carlschwan.eu/2019/07/12/new-u

Someone has recently discovered unique tracking data inserted into pictures by Facebook but it this has been known about for several years:

hackerfactor.com/blog/index.ph

A 21st century version on photocopying's yellow dots.

"Online piracy authority MUSO said that making popular sporting events freely available to watch is a major blow to digital pirates, as cricket fans will no longer need to go through illegal channels to watch the match for free."

independent.co.uk/sport/cricke

No fugging shit, Sherlock. Has the penny finally dropped?

Eminent primatologist Jane Goodall in 2016:

“In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks. The more vigorous and imaginative the display, the faster the individual is likely to rise in the hierarchy, and the longer he is likely to maintain that position.”

She was analysing Trump for The Atlantic.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Adblocking, old man yells at cloud 

The upgrade to @kde neon 15.6.3 has gone flawlessly but then it always does. Thanks :kde:

Facebook, whose CEO in April declared, "The future is private," has applied to patent a system of coordinated finger-affixed cameras that allow wearers to live stream a panoramic view of their surroundings:

theregister.co.uk/2019/07/11/f

Prediction: The porn industry will be enthusiastic early adopters.

One of the things I like about @kde is that I discover new features on a daily basis. It's like an OS combined with an adventure game.

Putin: Wind turbines harm worms:

bbc.com/news/science-environme

"[Wind turbines] shake, causing worms to come out of the soil. This is not a joke,"

Oh yes it is.

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