Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants & Reviews

Toyota Hilux moose test

31/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

This is fantastic material for conspiracist.

After losing WWII, the Japanese devised a cunning long-term plan to destroy their old enemy, the Allies. Over decades they crafted cute little cars and pickups that crept into the hearts of the Americans and Europeans. The Toyota Camry and Corolla, Hondas and Nissans have consistently featured well in the rankings of top car sales charts.

With the unsuspecting Americans and Europeans tightly enclosed behind the locked doors of their cute little imports the Empire struck back. Read more…

An appointment with the Justice Minister

31/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

Here’s the plan: you dress up like an Arab, fly to Israel, throw a bag of instant popping popcorn at a Jew, get bashed up immediately, get thrown in jail… and then you make your move.

Considering the treatment you would have received and with clearly visible scars you insist on pleading your case privately with the Justice Minister in her chambers. There you can feast your eyes. Read more…

Edgeless smartphones 2016

26/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

You’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on your latest long-term mobile phone contract. You carefully unbox your latest acquisition and admire its beautiful lines. Then you set it up to your liking and log on to the internet… only to discover a newer, smarter, even more attractive smartphone. Darn!

Chances are that one of those newer model that caught your eye is an edgeless smartphone. They simply look awesome, don’t they? Read more…

Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

25/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

Racial bias increasingly reflects attention to the welfare of one’s own group rather than animus toward other groups.

Many political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking. Read more…

University of Cambridge Open Access making research freely available

11/10/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

The University of Cambridge has received its 10,000th Open Access submission – highlighting its commitment to making research freely available to anybody who wants to access it, without publisher paywalls or expensive journal subscriptions.

The Open Access movement has been growing in strength in academia for many years, and it is increasingly being mandated by funding bodies and government. Read more…

Lost addthis social share button counts after moving to https

10/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

So, you finally installed a SSL certificate and moved your website from http to https. Good move! But now all the count numbers on your addthis social sharing buttons have gone back to zero!

Don’t worry, there’s a quick fix thanks to an organic gardener.

Why did the count numbers go back to zero? Because the sharing services are tied to the root of the URL of the page and stores the data recorded for each specific URL. Read more…

New Triumph Bonneville T100 vs T120

04/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Triumph expanded their award-winning Bonneville range with the launch of the new Bonneville T100 at the Intermot 2016 motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.

At only 11 kg (24 lbs) lighter than the T120 the new T100 is not quite a baby T120; they share the same chassis. In fact, the official specifications report the T100 wheelbase at 5 mm (0.2 in) longer. The T100 seat also is 5 mm higher than the 785 mm (30.9 inches) stated for the the T120.

Looking at pictures and videos, it’s hard to tell the difference. The T100 looks every bit as good as the T120. Read more…

Honda X-ADV adventure scooter launch set for EICMA 2016

15/09/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

One of the most important vehicles in the modern motorcycle world is to be launched at EICMA in November 2016.

Honda first showed the X-ADV as the “City Adventure concept” alongside the new CRF1000L Africa Twin at EICMA 2015 as a foreshadow of “a new development direction for adventure-focused machines.”

The teaser videos are titled “Your horizons are going to change forever” and “Every road is my road.” And that seems like a promise the world has eagerly been waiting for. Read more…

Why we shouldn’t dismiss Bilderberg conspiracies so lightly

14/06/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .

We live in an age of conspiracies about a world shaped by shadowy plots, secret organisations and deals made behind closed doors. And while they are often viewed as the fictions of sad people wearing anoraks and tin foil hats, they can relate to the real business of global politics. Conspiracy theories surround the likes of TTIP, Davos, the CIA, and this week, the Bilderberg meeting.

Haven’t heard of Bilderberg? That’s because security is very heavy, journalists are not invited, and all participants are forbidden from talking about the discussions. The 2016 took place in the rather pleasant looking Taschenbergpalais in Dresden. Other details, however, are kept under wraps. Read more…

World’s fastest graphics card 2016 – nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

10/05/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

Jen-Hsun Huang was a microprocessor designer at AMD when he left the company in 1993 to co-found nVidia with Chris Malachowsky and Curtis Priem. Today, nVidia is not only AMD’s biggest competitor in the graphics card market but is the largest company in its field. And that’s a good place to be, considering that video gaming is a $100 billion-a-year business, twice the size of the film industry.

What made nVidia so big and profitable? Being a step ahead of the competition for most of the time and more than often scooping the title of “World’s fastest graphics card.” Read more…

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