Some interesting read from HP re “big data”

Just some amazing stats from HP. A billion exabytes. And all this data is stored somewhere distributed across  the globe on little spinning magnetic disks… still magnetic disks. Wondering when the change will happen there. I am just imagining in my mind things like power loss, magnetic interferences etc. and our universe is gone. It seems so incredible fragile. Who has not yet lost some data at home? Continue reading

Technology and Kids: Startling Statistics Every Parent Should Know About Addiction to iPhones & Screens

First of all, consider that a majority of kids and teens spend about 75% of their waking lives attached to a screen of some sort. Then consider these startling research facts gathered by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA). This study asked 1,000 students in ten countries on five continents to quit using technology and media for just ONE day. When that day was over, the researchers asked the students what happened and how they felt, and here’s what they said: Continue reading

The Many Downfalls of Kids’ Addiction to Tech: Why Limiting Screen Time Will Benefit Your Child

If you think most kids are using tech in moderation, think again. Consider the following shocking statistics:

Recent Rasmussen College research shows that 90% of all two year-olds have used a computer and 50% of five year-olds use a computer regularly.

A study released in June (2013) by Northwestern University (pdf) shows that 21% of children under the age of 2 have a television in their bedroom while 40% of 6 to 8 year-olds have a bedroom TV set. Continue reading

UPnP buggy on most home routers

Not exactly  some environmental news, however I thought it was interesting and worth sharing.

Almost all or maybe even all router manufacturers of routers that provide this UPnP functionality use a open source library called libupnp in their router software. However, in early 2013 this library was found to have some defects. Moreover, this library is also used in several vendor network devices, in addition to media streaming and file sharing applications or digital DVRs – so basically in any network connected device, even a lot of printers. Continue reading

Generation Zero questions Auckland Council’s sign-off for greenfield land in Helensville

A political youth group has concerns about the haphazard releasing of land for urban sprawl which includes Helensville.

Generation Zero gained confidential minutes obtained through a Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act request to show how the council’s governing body signed off the release of greenfield land in Helensville south on May 1 against the official advice of the Housing Project Office. Continue reading

Despite Industry Opposition, Scientists Report Formaldehyde Causes Cancer

A new NAS report said that formaldehyde, which can be present in common households items such as clothing, wooden furniture and beauty products, is conclusively a cause of rare forms of cancer of the bones, head & neck and nasal passages.

via Despite Industry Opposition, Scientists Report Formaldehyde Causes Cancer | EcoWatch.

Respect: Separating New Zealands aging population?

I came across some interesting statistics from the Ministry of Social Development:

The population aged 65 years and over has increased from 11 per cent of the total population in 1991 to 13 per cent in 2009. It is expected to reach 21 per cent by 2031. The number of people aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from around 550,000 in 2009 to 1 million in the late 2020s, when they will outnumber children.

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For First Time, California Gets Ready For Mandatory Water Restrictions

California has some water issues for some time but now it’s official. That does however not come as a surprise.

I suggest you watch “Last Call at the Oasis”, a documentary from 2011. It was already quite clear back then that Lake Mead had issues and would not be able to deliver enough water in the foreseeable future.

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