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Speed Camera Claim Shame 2008-09-10

Posted by clype in Gizmo, Health, Statistics.
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Government claims of the value of speed cameras in preventing death and injury have been greatly exaggerated, claim scientists.

A statistical quirk meant that estimates of about 100 lives saved/year should be cut by half (more…)

New Subway Proposals for City 2007-03-14

Posted by clype in Gizmo, Glasgow, Scotland.
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Proposals to modernise and extend Glasgow’s subway at an estimated cost of about 2 500 million GBP have been announced. (more…)

Derby Car Park 10th Safest Place on Earth 2007-03-02

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Gizmo, List, Statistics.
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A car park in Derby is one of the most secure places in the world, according to a study published in science magazine ‘Focus‘. (more…)

Better Than Barcode? 2007-02-16

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Fujitsu has developed a method of embedding data invisibly within printed pictures.

The procedure, commonly known as ‘steganography’, will allow numerical information to be hidden within a colour image and accessed via a camera.
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New Copyright Problems for YouTube 2007-02-03

Posted by clype in Gizmo, Humanities, Intolerance, Money.
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Under the USA’s copyright laws, ‘YouTube’ is immune from legal liability as long as it responds to deletion requests, so when ‘The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers‘ (‘JASRAC’) complained of copyright infringement late in 2006, ‘YouTube’ immediately deleted nearly 30 000 files.

However, because ‘youtube.com‘ is a free upload/download (sharing) site, as soon as files are deleted, they can be immediately uploaded afresh by the public. As a result most companies are attempting to strike a revenue-sharing agreement licensing deal with such sites. (more…)

Hafnium -The Future For Computer Chips 2007-01-28

Posted by clype in Discovery, Gizmo.
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‘Intel’ and ‘International Business Machines’ (‘IBM’) have announced one of the biggest advances in transistors in four decades, overcoming a frustrating obstacle by ensuring microchips can get even smaller and more powerful. (more…)

HD-DVD & Blu-Ray DVD Encryption Bypassed 2007-01-26

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Gizmo, Intolerance.
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When a HD-DVD movie he had bought would not play on his monitor because it did not have the compliant connector demanded by the movie industry, Hacker ‘muslix64’ got frustrated and then angry.

Not being able to play a movie that I have paid for, because some executive in Hollywood decided I cannot, made me mad,’ said hacker ‘muslix64’ in an interview on Slyck.com.

As part of the copy prevention system on high-definition DVD and Blu-ray, content providers can insist that movies will only play correctly if there are HDMI — or in some specific cases, compliant DVI — ports on the player and screen as these two connectors can handle the HDCP copy prevention system.

So at the end of 2006, (more…)

New Hydro Generator Marvel 2007-01-02

Posted by clype in Discovery, Gizmo, Money, Science, Scotland.
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Two Cumbrian friends have come up with an invention they claim could help consumers save thousands of pounds in energy bills.

Ian Gilmartin, 60, and Bob Cattley, 58, both from Kendal, say their mini-waterwheel could supply enough free electricity to power a house. (more…)

Growing Mobiles 2006-12-27

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Gizmo.
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‘Mobiles still ringing in New Year’ — an article by Jonathan Fildes

The mobile cellphone, almost unlike any other device, has changed the way we work, socialise and live our lives.

But although many of us could now no longer live without our cell phones, according to Chairman of ‘Motorola’ Sir David Brown, the cell phone industry had no idea how successful they would become.

Speaking at a conference in 2006, he admitted (more…)

Safer Laptop & Phone Batteries 2006-12-20

Posted by clype in Europe, Gizmo, Health.
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‘Matsushita Battery Industrial’ , a subsidiary of ‘Matsushita’ the company behind the ‘Panasonic’ brand, said that it has improved the safety of its ‘Lithium Ion’ batteries by adding a heat resistant layer of insulating ‘metal oxide’ on the surface of the ‘electrodes’.

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