Indestructible Cloud-Systems Inspired by the Cockroach

Near-indestructible cockroach inspires a new data system

Near-indestructible cockroach inspires a new data system

It has been said that after a nuclear holocaust which wiped out almost all life, the cockroach would survive. In the face of extreme climate change, the cockroach will emerge as the winner.

According to New Scientist Life (Shanta Barley, 2009), they can stop breathing for 40 minutes to preserve water.

As further evidence of their tenacity, Scientific American (Charles Choi, 2007) argued that they can even live without their heads for some time.

Several weeks, in fact. It’s all to do with their breathing systems and ability to exist on little food.

The point is that the roach is the ultimate symbol of survival against what seem like impossible (human) odds.

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Devices Shouldn’t Cost More in Rip-Off Britain than the USA

Why should so many things cost so much less in the US than the UK?

Why should so many things cost so much less in the US than the UK?

A blog about how we are being ripped off … Devices Shouldn’t Cost More in Rip-Off Britain than the USA

We Brits have long found it cheaper to buy jeans and other clothes and shoes if on holiday in the USA. Savings can be significant, depending on the relative strength of the pound against the US dollar.

People have been known to travel over there with nearly empty suitcases and return fully laden.

That’s not so easy if it’s electronics that people are after. Getting electric goods through customs can be something of a challenge. But clearly, we’d be better off it we could. Read more…

Coffices In Coffee Shops on Public Wi-fi May Not be Such a Good Idea

Beware, not all wi-fi hotspots may help you work on the move

Beware, not all wi-fi hotspots may help you work on the move

Coffices In Coffee Shops on Public Wi-fi May Not be Such a Good Idea

We had quite a flurry of interest in our blog The Longest Coffee Breaks in the World, (11 July 2012).

It’s over two years since we wrote about ‘customers who ‘nurse a single cup of coffee’ for hours while they use laptops, backpacks/briefcases, phones, bags, coats, keys and newspapers to lay territorial claim to their given area.’

These people resent intrusion and make busy transacting business of laptop or nowadays any device using the cafe’s internet service. They became ‘workers in the third place’, a half way house between home and office.

At that time, Starbucks , McDonalds and Little Chef offered free wi-fi and Costa Coffee were set to follow. Now most restaurants and hotels and sports facilities and a number of pubs offer free web access based on the business case that such a service generates income through other sales.
These ‘teleworkers’ were the product of changing work habits. It is to state the obvious when we say that since then work itself has accelerated its own revolution.

 

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