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Anonymous in the Age of Surveillance

Anonymous in the Age of Surveillance

It has become increasingly difficult to remain anonymous on the internet, despite the remarkable success of the WannaCry team in lying low. We understood that video cameras on street corners were for our own good. However, why do we allow Facebook to explore our inner secrets like a bird pecking away at a tasty honeybee?

Are Phones Better Second Time Around

Are Phones Better Second Time Around

Frank Sinatra thought that love was more comfortable when it returns a second time. Ol’ Blue Eyes worked the same way for us when we watched this video.  We guess life keeps drawing us forward with fresh technology. Will there come a point when we say enough is enough or even a bridge too far?

How Knismesis and Gargalesis Diverge

How Knismesis and Gargalesis Diverge

Robert Provine is a neurologist at the University of Maryland. He is one of the fortunate few paid money to observe the absurdities of human nature. These include hiccupping, yawning, and other undignified human behaviours. More recently, Auger has heard he has been getting his mind around tickling.

SOS Signals and Rescues

SOS Signals and Rescues

A news report intrigued us this morning. It told the story of an SOS Message made from stones, and spotted by a helicopter pilot flying across an out-of-the-way part of Western Australia. After they flew to the site, police found nothing but the remains of a campsite.

Magdalen Islands of 500 Shipwrecks

Magdalen Islands of 500 Shipwrecks

Something about a small island archipelago the French named les Îles de la Madeleine aroused our curiosity. Moreover, when Anna Bressanin and Anne Banas wrote that 500 shipwrecks lie there in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, they become irresistible.

Marks & Spencer Banana Breakthrough

Marks & Spencer Banana Breakthrough

We must confess not knowing for ages that bananas ripen other fruit beside them. But we do know that after peeling and chopping them they turn an unattractive brown. We are happy that Marks and Spencer have their mind around the situation.

Septic tank regulations: take steps now

Septic tank regulations: take steps now

With an estimated one million off-mains drainage systems in England and Wales – and increasingly stringent environmental legislation – insurers are seeing a big increase in the volume of septic tank claims being submitted. The set of regulations issued in 2015 – called General Binding rules – state that you cannot allow discharged untreated water [...]

Just the tonic for support group

Just the tonic for support group

A community support group on the Wirral has received just the tonic it needed with a whole new look at its headquarters – thanks to a local company. The WEB Merseyside (Women’s Enterprise Breakthrough) organisation was in desperate need of new furniture at its headquarters in Corporation Road, Birkenhead, when one of its local sponsors [...]

FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality

FCC Votes to End Net Neutrality

The remit of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is to “regulate interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.” To date, it appears to have respected net neutrality, whereby we all enjoy the same right of access.

WannaCry or Change the Oil

WannaCry or Change the Oil

The wannacry hack was a gut wrenching experience for owners of 200,000 computers. The rest of us may have spilled breakfast cereal in the morning worrying about it. If only £60,000 exchanged hands as the BBC reports, then only 260 machines were sanitized at best.