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I found the article below on "The Register" site and asked myself the following question:
If connecting to Internet using an open and unsecured wifi access point is considered as a crime, why authorities do not apply the same principle to other services (mainly electricity and water) we often use without any formal agreement of the owner ?
" More than half of computer users have illegally stolen Wi-Fi connections, according to The Times – but only 11 alleged offenders have been arrested in the UK, as the police seem to think those deploying Wi-Fi should be more careful about securing their connections.
The data was collected from a "Have Your Say" survey on the website of security-specialist Sophos: apparently 54 per cent of the 560 people who responded admitted nicking bandwidth from insecure Wi-Fi routers.
This might say more about Sophos customers than the general population, and extrapolating the results to every computer user in the country is probably a crime against statistics: so that's exactly what The Times has done.
Anyone caught stealing a Wi-Fi connection can be fined up to a grand, even if it's left unsecured, so make sure you ask nicely next time you're looking to log on, and if the person next to you has never stolen a Wi-Fi connection then we have to assume that you have. "
What is your opinion about accessing open wifi ? Do you think it is a crime ?
Source: The Register
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The world of data storage is constantly moving. With more and more data to store and carry, the market propose some interesting solutions.
Time to upgrade ?
- What is the capacity of your USB stick already? Patriot Memory proposes a 32GB (150x writting speed) USB key for about 580.- USD.
- Western Digital has released a Scorpio 2.5'' SATA hard drive with 320 GB (transfert 300 MB/s) capacity for 290 USD.
- Harsh living condition? I-O data proposed HDMC a 2.5 x 2.5 cm hard drive with up to 12 GB capacity which is shock and water proof. Price 180 USD.
With the possibility to carry-on such storage capacity (e.g 32GB USB stick) could we imagine to have computers installed only with operating system and let's say "standard application" and let users to connect removable media that contains not only their personal data but as well their user profile as well as their usual software (individual software licence vs. per computer ones) ?
What do you think ?
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At least one third of the population in developing countries has no access to safe drinking water. The lack of adequate water supply and sanitation facilities causes a serious health hazard and exposes many to the risk of water-borne diseases, This situation led to about 4 billion cases of diarrhoea each year, out of which 2.5 million cases end in death. Every day about 6000 children die of dehydration due to diarrhoea.
INDEX 2007 Award winner Solar Bottle created by italian designers Alberto Medo and Francisco Gomez Paz uses the SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection ) process, developed by the Department of Water and Sanitation at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Research. SODIS principle works with the sun to allow UV-A radiation and increased temperature to destroy pathogenic microorganisms in drinking water.The Solar Bottle is made of slim PET, contains 4 liters of water and can be arranged back-to-back for carry. The handle allows balanced transport and is used as stand to provide optimal solar incidence.
Indeed, a less fashionable version of SODIS process using simple ordinary plastic bottles works well too but they are more difficult to carry and the surface exposed to sun radiations is lots smaller.
More about the Solar Bottle on InHabitat
More about SODIS on Eawag.
Sources: Inhabitat & Index
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I haven't post a lots about photo equipments on this blog in the past but the new models of Olympus SW µ [mju] series bring something new, specially for nomads. They are now shockproof, waterproof and operate at low temperature, so more fear about humidity, sand, scratches and they are ready for some underwater pictures.
The SW µ series is composed of 5 different models, all fitted with the following specifications:
- 7.1 mega pixels resolution
- 3x optical zoom (5x digital)
- 2.5 inch LCD screen
- 38-114 mm 35mm equivalent zoom (6.7-20.1mm)
- Digital image stabilization
- Colored case
The 2 new models (790 and 795) are no more "water resistant" but "water proof"
- 790 SW
Water Proof 3m
Shock proof 1.5m
Operable at – 10° C
- 795 SW
Water Proof 10m
Shock proof 1.5m
Operable at – 10° C
TruePic image processor
Digital zoom x15
Price : ~300 USD
For me the 795 model is the perfect "point & shoot" camera to carry with to "not DSLR friendly" places.
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This year, started on Friday 13 (when the Sun entered into the sign of Aries), Maha Songkran which is traditionally the Thai New Year. It is also known as the "Water Festival" as people believes that water will wash away bad luck. Thais traditionally celebrate Songkran like this:
- On the eve of Songkran day, it's a Spring cleanup and people clean their house and burn all the refuse.
- Early on the first day of Songkran, the people both young and old in their new clothing go to the Wat or monastery belonging to their village or district to offer food to the monks there.
- In the afternoon of the same day there is bathing ceremony of the Buddha images and also of the abbot of the wat. After this begins the well-known "water throwing feast".
The bathing of images is done as ritualistic ceremony, but it is no other than a New Year's purification. Younger people will also on this day or the succeeding days go to pay their respect to and ask blessings from their elders and respected persons. They will pour scented water into the palms of the old people and present them with a towel and other bathing requisites.
Now, as far as I could experience it on my own, in Bangkok, the "water throwing feast" did not wait until afternoon to start. At 11h00 I was already soaked head to toes while moving in direction of Kao San road. In addition of water, chalk is also widely used to make "blessings".
More about Songkran traditions: Thailandlife
My Songkran 2007 Photo Set is on Flickr
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In the past, a Vsat installation on board of a vehicle could not be used when the vehicle was on the move.
The mobile system "IPStar MVV" here on the left has the following features :
- Quick deployment in less than 10 minutes
- Automatic Satellite Acquisition and Antenna Pointing System via GPS
- Proven IPSTAR 1.2-meter high efficiency antenna design
- STAR topology
- 1W or 2W options for IPSTAR Outdoor Unit sub-system
- IPSTAR Indoor Unit sub-system, configurable bit rate of up to 4Mbps Receiving and 2Mbps Transmitting.
- Environmental Control Unit (ECU) and Cooling System
- Optional IP Application sub-system
- Optional single-thread and fully redundant electronics
- Optional diesel generator with power distribution unit and emergency stop.
Now IPStar (broadband satellite for Asia & Pacific) launches what they presented in Telecom World in Hongkong last December: IPStar iMove, a 5.5'' (1.5m) flat, roof mountable, array antenna system made by RaySat (SpeedRay 3000) with the following features:
- Highly efficient automatic deployable antenna.
- Built in Satellite acquisition and antenna pointing system.
- Mountable on a variety of land and water vehicles.
- IPSTAR iMove system can Transmit up to 2Mbps and Receive up to 4Mbps.
- Optional voice, video and data application subsystem.
Next step, to find a real working demonstration vehicle !
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Last sunday was a wonderful day and the perfect opportunity to go walking around down town Geneva to take some pictures.
I started my tour near the famous water fountain (Jet d'eau). Then I walked down along the left bank of Geneva lake, went up to the old part of the city and climbed the 185 steps of the northern tower. Once up I noticed the Jet d'eau had been turned off due to strong winds, so the photos taken from there are without it. Later on I went up the the Seujet hydro-electric dam walking along the Rhone.
All photos are available here
If the weather is ok over the weekend I'll try to take some of the lake's right bank.
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