Chef shows how he eats for less than $25 a week

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Eco chef Tom Hunt says the secret to eating well and cheap is to buy food in season and buy it in bulk. In this Guardian article, Hunt reveals his weekly and monthly lists, along with ovo-lacto vegetarian recipes such as “Porridge with roasted rhubarb, hazelnuts and molasses” and “Spiced rice, roasted broccoli, carrot and peanut salad.” The photos of the dishes look tasty.

From The Guardian:

Affordability is a key element of what a sustainable diet looks like. I call my approach Root to Fruit eating. It is a philosophy that aims to make it easier for people to cook good food, blending a little chef’s knowhow with academic research, and making it applicable to home cooks and professionals alike. My shopping list comes in at just over £18 a week – cheaper than the average national weekly spend per person of £24. Over a year, that’s a saving of about £300 while still enjoying top-quality food (I buy everything from my local independent health-food shop or market, or organic items from the supermarket. Of course, if you need to bring the cost of your shopping down further, buy non-organic). I’m a vegetarian, so there is no meat on my shopping list, and eating less meat is certainly a good way of keeping costs down. However, if you are buying meat, opt for cheaper cuts of higher-welfare animals.

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Dust to Dust and Jello to Jello: the Journey of a Very Strange Knife

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How do you feel about Jello? It’s alright tasting, but it’s much more about how jiggly it gets. Nobody — probably — would eat Jello if it was a hard candy. It would quickly become restricted to the bowl of strawberry candies that Grandma always seems to have. How do you feel about knives? We’re on Hackaday. Most everybody here has at least a couple in their toolbox. Some of them have more than a couple, including the whetstones to sharpen them. It’s safe to say they probably like the concept. Now, what if you could combine the two? Two …read more

Venmo is officially launching its physical debit card

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Just like Square, Venmo is accepting the reality that some people like having a physical payment card in their wallet. If nothing else, it’s good having a backup for digital payments, and a card makes spending your Venmo balance in the real world more convenient. With its new iOS update today, Venmo is signaling a wide release of its debit card.

The company has been testing a physical Visa card for months, but for the official release, it looks like Venmo has switched to MasterCard and a vertical design. Users can now “get in line” for the Venmo debit card, and when it’s ready to ship, they’ll be able to choose from a selection of colors. Venmo’s card has a chip for security, and an icon near that chip also indicates support for…

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Wheel reinvented to allow combat vehicles to easily traverse streets, corpses

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Attention, comrades! A newsflash has this moment arrived. Engineers working with the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program have improved the survivability and mobility of combat vehicles by reinventing the wheel. [via Task and Purpose]

The high-tech Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (RWT) upgrades “transition from a round wheel to a triangular track and back again while the vehicle is on the move” — in short, allowing Humvees to transform into tracked vehicles on the fly.

Golang vs Java

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In a typical tale Of David vs. Goliath, Golang is now successfully taking on the proverbial Goliath of programming languages – Java. This seemingly new programming language has been working wonders for both developers as well as users. Let us throw some light on how Google’s Golang, which was developed by Google employees to meet the company’s internal needs, has now gone on to become the first choice for many while developing enterprise applications. 

Golang vs Java

1. Go-to-Market Time

Once upon a time, Java was hailed as the simplest and easiest to compile language. But move over Java, Golang is here with its super clean syntax and compact form. Enterprise applications are being developed at lightning speed, thus helping businesses reduce their go-to-market time. So Golang gives you these awesome, secure, error-free enterprise applications in the quickest possible time. Java fades in comparison with its vast libraries and frameworks.

Lost in Space Gets 3D Printing Right

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When it has become so common for movies and television to hyper-sensationalize engineering, and to just plain get things wrong, here’s a breathe of fresh air. There’s a Sci-Fi show out right now that wove 3D printing into the story line in a way that is correct, unforced, and a fitting complement to that fictional world.

With the amount of original content Netflix is pumping out anymore, you may have missed the fact that they’ve recently released a reboot of the classic Lost in Space series from the 1960’s. Sorry LeBlanc fans, this new take on the space traveling Robinson …read more

New Google Classroom update makes it harder to cheat on quizzes

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Google has announced several new features for its Google Classroom product today, including new ways for parents and teachers to shut off access to apps and browsers when students should be sleeping or focusing on coursework.

Now, through assigning quizzes in Google forms, teachers can lock students into the assignment and keep them from browsing the internet or searching for answers elsewhere. Another new feature will allow parents a little more control of the school-issued devices by being able to set “off hours.” The controls are similar to most parental control functionalities on devices like the Fire tablet or Kindle, which limit children from accessing certain apps and content.

New hardware is headed to educators as well. Google…

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Google Earth’s new tool lets you measure the distance and area of anything on the map

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Google Earth is getting a new Measure tool today that will let you — you guessed it — measure the distance and area of things on the map.

With the tool, users can measure the distance between two points or the surface area of a selected chunk of the map. (Now you can finally find out how far your house is from the North Pole.) Users aren’t limited to simple squares, either. The Measure tool will let you select the borders of an area so it’s easier to measure irregularly shaped objects like parks, buildings, or even states and countries.

The Measure tool is available now on Android and Google Chrome, and an iOS version is said to be “coming soon.”

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Make Facebook work for your business with this marketing course

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Facebook is good for more than just keeping tabs on your high school friends. In fact, the platform has become an invaluable tool for marketers and entrepreneurs building their brands online. So, whether you’re looking to launch your own venture or climb the ladder in your current operation, the Facebook Ads & Facebook Marketing Mastery Course can show you how to leverage Facebook to reach audiences, generate conversions, and build a presence online. It’s available in the Boing Boing Store today for $9.99.

Boasting more than 100 lectures across 11 hours of training, this collection is designed to show you the ropes with optimizing your ads on one of today’s most important digital mediums. You’ll discover how to create ads focused on increasing conversions, find new customers, and grow your page’s following and engagement.

Work toward pushing your business in the black with help from the Facebook Ads & Facebook Marketing Mastery Course, available in the Boing Boing Store for $9.99.

Human civilization likely alone

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The good news: it’s all ours. The bad news: there’s nothing to stop us. A new model of civilization, arrived by taking the Drake equation and plugging in models of chemical and genetic transitions on paths to the origin of life, predicts that humanity is the only advanced one in observable space.

As Dr. Sanberg told Universe Today via email:

“One can answer [the Fermi Paradox] by saying intelligence is very rare, but then it needs to be tremendously rare. Another possibility is that intelligence doesn’t last very long, but it is enough that one civilization survives for it to become visible. Attempts at explaining it by having all intelligences acting in the same way (staying quiet, avoiding contact with us, transcending) fail since they require every individual belonging to every society in every civilization to behave in the same way, the strongest sociological claim ever. Claiming long-range settlement or communication are impossible requires assuming a surprisingly low technology ceiling. Whatever the answer is, it more or less has to be strange.”

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With the number of people living under dictatorships up by a billion, a reminder of dictators’ deceptively humanizing traits

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Stalin was an incredibly devoted father; Saddam Hussein was fantastically charming; Hitler was a streetfighters who risked his personal safety in the fray; and a surprising number of dictators, monsters and autocrats have careers in the arts, and are described by their childhood friends are not exceptionally cruel or sociopathic.
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Adblocker for radio

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Tomek R?kawek, irritated by ads on the radio, created an app that mutes them. Radio Adblock uses digital signal processing to detect distinctive audio patterns that signal the beginning and end of breaks. (via Hacker News)

I also prepared a simple standalone version of the analyzer, that connects to the Trójka stream on its own (without an external ffmpeg) and plays the result using javax.sound. The whole thing is a single JAR file and contains a basic start/stop UI. It can be downloaded here: radioblock.jar. If you feel uneasy about running a foreign JAR on your machine (like you should do), all the sources can be found on my GitHub. Apparently, it works 🙂

https://soundcloud.com/tomek-r-kawek/commercial-block-muted

To make it work universally, perhaps DSP could detect the use of extreme waveform compression. This makes ads sound as loud as possible without increasing the signal volume, and is a technique that advertisers and radio stations supposedly use to skirt the regulations that forbid them from doing just that. It would also have the bonus of silencing shitty pop songs.

Debug JavaScript in Internet Explorer 11 in 7 Easy Steps

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This article will focus on debugging JavaScript code within Internet Explorer 11’s Developer Tools. Despite the criticisms that Internet Explorer regularly receives, the developer tools built into IE11 make developing and debugging code in the browser a task that isn’t dreaded in quite the same way as it was in years gone by. The browser’s tools boast many of the features of the other, more developer focused browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

In this article, we will work through debugging an example in Internet Explorer.

SiFive Releases Smaller, Lower Power RISC-V Cores

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Today, SiFive has released two new cores designed for the lower end of computing. This adds to the company’s existing portfolio of microcontrollers and SoCs based on the Open RISC-V ISA. Over the last two years, SiFive has introduced a number of cores based on the RISC-V ISA, an Open Architecture ISA that gives anyone to design and develop a microcontroller or microprocessor platform. These two new cores fill out the low-power end of SiFive’s core portfolio.

The two new cores included in the announcement are the SiFive E20 and E21, both meant for low-power applications, and according to SiFive …read more

How to read a privacy policy

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We haven’t been able to avoid privacy policies in our post-GDPR world, but figuring out what these legal documents are trying to tell us isn’t easy. They’re typically filled with legalese and boring chatter about data and how it’s handled. I get why no one wants to spend time reading them.

So to save us all some effort, I called a couple lawyers — Nate Cardozo from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Joseph Jerome from the Center for Democracy and Technology — to learn how they read and process tons of policies. They’ve given me a few tips on how we can essentially skim through a privacy policy while still learning something about how our data is handled.

Cardozo and Jerome suggest looking for the information collected about you. The…

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Amazon Prime members can now get Whole Foods discounts nationwide

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Amazon Prime members will now get 10 percent off certain sale items and other discounts at all Whole Foods stores nationwide beginning on June 27th.

There are two ways to activate the deal. You can get the Whole Foods app, sign in with your Amazon account, then scan the app’s Prime Code when you check out at a physical store, or you can enter your mobile number during checkout to verify your Prime membership.

Inside Whole Foods stores, there will be yellow stickers indicating 10 percent off and blue stickers indicating other deals for Prime members. Here are a few highlighted deals that begin on June 27th:

  • Baby back pork ribs, $4.99 / pound (regularly $9.99 / pound)
  • Sockeye salmon, $13.99 / pound (regularly $19.99 / pound)
  • Organic…

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The Nokia 3.1 goes on sale in the US on July 2nd

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Nokia announced today that its new 3.1 phone will go on sale in the US through Amazon and Best Buy on July 2nd. It’ll start at $159. The company unveiled the device in May as an update to its Nokia 3. The 3.1 includes:

  • 5.2-inch HD+ display with a 18:9 aspect ratio
  • MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera; 8-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera
  • 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage

Because it’s also an Android One device, it’ll get monthly Google security updates for three years. It’s a budget phone with budget specs, but for the price, it looks nice.

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