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Using Google

A little bit of frivolity. Did you know that Google Search has a few extras built in? Well, a lot of extras but we will just look at a few. Open a Google search page on your computer and type… Continue Reading…

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April monthly meeting

  The April 2023 monthly meeting will be next Wednesday, 5th of April. This will be “in person” at our clubrooms. Please make sure you have secured your raffle tickets at the door and are seated before 7pm. Our MC, Peter bacon, will… Continue Reading…

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Darwin awards

Yes, it’s that magical time of year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honouring the least evolved among us. Here is the glorious winner: When his .38 caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up… Continue Reading…

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ChatGPT could be an effective and affordable tutor

Anne Trumbore, University of Virginia Imagine a private tutor that never gets tired, has access to massive amounts of data and is free for everyone. In 1966, Stanford philosophy professor Patrick Suppes did just that when he made this prediction:… Continue Reading…

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Three years into the pandemic, it’s clear COVID won’t fix itself. Here’s what we need to focus on next

Michael Toole Associate Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute Brendan Crabb Director and CEO, Burnet Institute On March 11 2020 the World Health Organization classified COVID as a pandemic. Three years on, it remains just that. As much as we don’t want… Continue Reading…

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Robots are performing Hindu rituals – some devotees fear they’ll replace worshippers

Holly Walters  Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology, Wellesley College It isn’t just artists and teachers who are losing sleep over advances in automation and artificial intelligence. Robots are being brought into Hinduism’s holiest rituals – and not all worshippers are happy… Continue Reading…

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Colonizing the Cosmos: Astor’s Electrical Future

publicdomainreview.org /essay/colonizing-the-cosmos Iwan Rhys Morus During America’s Gilded Age, the future seemed to pulse with electrical possibility. Iwan Rhys Morus follows the interplanetary safari that is John Jacob Astor’s A Journey in Other Worlds, a high-voltage scientific romance in which visions of… Continue Reading…

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Free Tutorials – How to use Smartphones, Tablets and Computers

Geoff Amor Over the past 12 months Committee member Stewart Gruneklee has started a training program for people struggling with our modern “device centric” lifestyle. With the increasing trend of everything moving to the internet, it is important that all… Continue Reading…

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Online stumble-ons

Some interesting things I’ve stumbled into recently roaming the Internet. Do you know any languages other than English? This site gives an indication of how difficult various languages are to learn. https://thelanguagenerds.com/2019/map-reveals-how-long-takes-to-learn-different-languages/ Apple’s enormous profit margins on iPhones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZWn5Z1BTY Want to know… Continue Reading…

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