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Googles crazy idea - floating balloons provide net coverage over the world - video

In the weekend Google launched a bunch of balloons in New Zealand with transmitters on them allowing people to receive WiFi in places where there was none The only problems as far as I can see, is that the balloons immediately blow away out to sea, crash, move randomly and there will need to be 1000's It really is cloud computing Here is a video of the crazy scheme Pictures of the launch event http://imgurcom/a/ZkUGP Googles website on the scheme http://wwwgooglecom/loon/

Looking for a new car? Don't buy one made in Brazil if you value your life

Now this is a report that is going to raise some hackles, but according to this article the quality of vehicles built in Brazil is so poor that they are unsafe to use SAO PAULO AP -- The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the w

The Great Gatsby got the Flappers wrong - they were radical feminists

When knees and elbows were shocking This interesting article about the 1920's shows that the Flapper craze was not about music, dance or clothing, but a form of radical feminism rebelling against the constraints of the Victorian period Really interesting to read First, these flappers ditched the constraining, skin-covering clothes of their Edwardian mothers Inspired by Cubist art and Art Nouveau haute couture, flappers rejected the dramatic, hyper-feminine S-shaped Edwardia

UN Peacekeepers in Haiti introduce cholera kill 6000 +

The upside being that Haitians suddenly had move to worry about than fighting among themselves thus the peacekeepers succeeded in their role A new study has yielded the most solid evidence yet that UN peace-keeping forces from Nepal inadvertently brought cholera to Haiti last year, setting off an epidemic that has killed more than 6000 people so far The paper, published today in the online open access journal mBIO, is the first to compare the whole genomes of bacteria from Haitian ch

Someone stole 20,000 M-16 assault rifles and ammunition in Kuwait from an unguarded warehouse

Well this looks like an inside job Kuwait has reported the theft of a massive amount of US weapons The Interior Ministry said thieves broke into a warehouse and stole a huge amount of firearms and ammunition The ministry said 20,000 US-origin M-16 assault rifles and 15,000 rounds for 9mm pistols were stolen “There were no guards during the break-in,” the ministry said on April 7 The ministry said the target was a warehouse of the Interior Ministry in Subiya The statement said t

Now is the season for holidays - unless you live in America - image

Look at how the United States stacks up against the rest of the developed world in number of mandatory days off each year! The United States is the only OECD country that does not require employers to provide even a day of paid leave to its employees Actually the data is out of date, in New Zealand all employees are entitled to at least four weeks’ paid holidays a year More: http://bigthinkcom/praxis/why-do-americans-have-less-vacation-than-anyone-elseutm_source=twitterfeed&utm_m

iOS 6 maps leading people to the middle of a national park instead of a town. Some stranded for 24hrs with no food or water.

From the country whose nature specializes in wanting to kill humans now even IPhone maps are trying to kill them off Maybe it's a form of social Darwinism Mildura Police are urging motorists to be careful when relying on the mapping system on the Apple i-phones operating on the iOS 6 system after a number of motorists were directed off the beaten track in recent weeks Local Police have been called to assist distressed motorists who have become stranded within the Murray-Sunset National P

The US is the only major economy where kids are less educated than their parents

The idea of going to college - and the expectation that the next generation will be better educated and more prosperous than its predecessor - has been hardwired into the ambitions of the middle classes in the United States But there are deep-seated worries about whether this upward mobility is going into reverse Andreas Schleicher, special adviser on education at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD, says the US is now the only major economy in the world where

You know a sitcom is crap when one of the stars in it tells people not to watch it - funny?

Two and half men is hardly a quality TV show but now Angus T Jones, who plays the younger child, Jake, tells people not to watch it because its 'filth' So there are three main characters, one was a drugs fiend, now the other hates the show, who knows what dark secrets the 3rd guy has The behind the scenes stories would be great to read [quote] If you watch Two and a Half Men, please stop watching it I’m on Two and a Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it Please stop watching it,

National Guard think their trucks can drive underwater - after Hurricane Irene - video

What is this new military technology As someone says "How is this possible Its the army bro" Trucks that can drive under water down flooded roads Nope, just idiots from the National Guard who need rescuing when the inevitable happens and they stop National Guard troops, under the mistaken notion that their Light Medium Tactical Vehicles would be able to withstand the Irene-induced floodwaters of downtown Manville, NJ, willfully submerged their trucks, and ultimately had be rescued by

Google takes end of the world seriously cancels December on Android jellybean

A flaw in the latest version of the Android operating system has resulted in the month of December disappearing from an app for storing information about contacts The flaw affects the "People app", which is the default app for keeping contact information on Android devices The People app calendar goes from November 2012 straight to January 2013 Other Google calendars are unaffected by the flaw Google's Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet, which went on sale in the UK last week,

Forbes declares New Zealand to be the best country in the world for Business

New Zealand ranks first on our list of the Best Countries for Business, up from No 2 last year, thanks to a transparent and stable business climate that encourages entrepreneurship New Zealand is the smallest economy in our top 10 at $162 billion, but it ranks first in four of the 11 metrics we examined, including personal freedom and investor protection, as well as a lack of red tape and corruption New Zealand’s economy is closely tied to Australia’s, and both held up better than most du

Non deliberate man made lake grows in the desert

Great to see that a byproduct of civilization can lead to a good outcome for nature, a new lake has sprung up in the desert in the United Arab Emirates A desalination plant right on the coast pulls in saltwater from the Persian Gulf and makes that water drinkable and usable The water is then pumped 150 miles inland to the city of Al Ain The residents there drink it up, bathe with it and then flush it down their drains "It goes to the sewage treatment plant, and they treat it, and the

Interesting life hacks - image

Some great ideas in an interesting series of life hacks, which can brighten your day More on the link http://shialabeowulftumblrcom/post/33670447154/99-life-hacks-to-make-your-life-easier

Meanwhile in Indonesia - learning science deemed irrelevent at school and military Stealth ship burns - video

The Ministry of Education and Culture on Thursday announced that science and social science will be taken out of the elementary school’s curriculum next year to provide children with less school time Meanwhile in an unrelated but coincidental article Fire engulfs the KRI Klewang 625 patrol boat at the Navy base in Banyuwangi, East Java, on Friday The ‘state-of-the-art’ boat was supposed to undergo a final test drive next Monday before the Navy begins using it, but now is a ruin [flash=64
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