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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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The Privacy Debate 2: Try the Digital Independence Diet for a Month, If You Dare

Internet giants build walled gardens around themselves

Internet giants build walled gardens around themselves

The Privacy Debate 2: Try the Digital Independence Diet for a Month, If You Dare

With all the talk of Ramadan (fasting in the hours of daylight for 30 days) and of various kinds of sacrificial diet fads, it is timely to wonder if health would improve if you could digitally diet for a period.

This idea was sent to me on the USA’s Independence Day (4 July) and is fitting to make us think, is it possible to decouple from much of the addictive and harmful elements of the digital world without wishing to actually vanish totally.

Dan Gillmor wrote in The Guardian on 4 July this year that he tried a decade ago to ‘sever ties with Microsoft, a pervasive and abusive technology monoploy.’

He said that he failed.

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Shining a Light on the Digital Dark That May Be Coming

Old technology will be worse than useless in the post-digital future

Old technology will be worse than useless in the post-digital future

Shining a Light on the Digital Dark That May Be Coming

As the events to mark the start of the First World War get going this year, you may find it a cause of wonder how much material remains from those days and how we are able to understand so much of what went on in the trenches, at home.

But spare a thought for the future.

There are some who fear that we are headed for a digital dark age, where people know more about the starting decades of the 1900s than the equivalent period of the 2000s.
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Time-Lapse Photography Is a Form of Time Travel Accessible to All

Time-lapse videos or time-lapse stills are endless fascinating

Time-lapse videos or time-lapse stills are endless fascinating

Time-lapse photography allows you to see the natural progression of time without living through that actual time. It is an artform.

It is a method of distorting the reality of time through recording still images at a very slow rate and playing them back at normal speed which gives the effect of rapid motion. It captures a series of moments. Buildings can be built and plants grow and die in minutes.
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